Category Archives: DDO

Why so Much Emphasis?

After reading a number of early morning blog posts left over in my RSS reader from yesterday, I found myself wondering: Why do gamers put so much emphasis in what we and others are playing. Especially others. Why do we even care? Every day I read a post from one or more authors that includes some sort of semi derogatory remark condoning a group of players simply because of how they choose to spend their time. Or, to be more precise, where they choose to spend their time.

There are those who have made up their minds that everyone who plays a free to play game must be a certain ‘class’ of gamer. How dare they actually enjoy ‘the grind’ that comes with a lot of these games. Don’t they know that in the long run they’ll pay more for their “free” game then some people will pay for their monthly subscription?! Then there are the WoW gamers. Don’t even get me started on these people. I have heard everything from how close minded they are to how stupid they must be, simply because of where they choose to spend their time. It’s as though we as gamers have moved into certain categories and stereotypes not based on who we are, but because of where we play.You ask a fellow blogger their game of choice and suddenly your opinion of them shifts slightly.

So I ask again – why does this aspect of a person even matter. Why are we so keen to judge someone based on a persons decision to spend their free time where they wish. I have even heard people go so far as to say they do not like a particular person because they play certain games that they are not fond of. Really? Are we so shallow that we are now making character judgements based on video games?

I simply don’t understand it.

In my opinion it doesn’t matter where you play, so long as you have fun. In fact voicing my opinion about any other ‘type’ of gamer is a moot point because when it comes to how others are spending their time – my opinion doesn’t matter! It’s their time, their money, and what I think of the matter is completely irrelevant. I refuse to classify a person based on whether they’re playing EQ2, EQ, VG, LotRo, WoW, WAR, DDO, Darkfall, Wizard101, Runes of Magic, EVE, Alganon, Fallen Earth, Lineage II, Allods, Champions, STO, Free Realms, Aion, FFXIV, SWG, Guild Wars, AoC, or any other game.

Go play, and enjoy. Don’t like it? Move on and find something you DO enjoy. It’s a game. They’re supposed to be fun. There are SO many games out there and despite what others would say about them all cloning one another there are always unique factors to each and every game – you may be surprised at what you end up playing and enjoying. I implore gamers to make their own decisions about what they like and don’t like, and refuse to be classified into a category of gamer simply because of where they spend their time.

Simply Not Enough Time

Ellithia is sporting the Shard of Love headgear that dropped for us earlier this week – and that’s been the extent of my time in EQ2, which hasn’t happened in literally, months. I haven’t logged in. It’s not that I don’t have things to do in game, because I certainly do but I just don’t have enough time lately to do everything I want to do. Isn’t that always the case?

EQ2 is always my home base, and I’ll always return there. Especially after I glanced through this HUGE list of patch notes that are currently on test. Wow. Some pretty amazing stuff is finally getting fixed. This has been a very long time coming. Earlier this week I also transferred my 80 swashbuckler over to Antonia Bayle, so I can get back into boxing. I had closed my second account for a little while but decided that 12 alts was simply not enough, so I’ve got both accounts once more.

Vanguard is my home away from home. It’s the game I play for pleasure with a few friends when we all happen to have time, and I really love the game. The problem is it’s not one of those duck in real quick for a minute or two games, so it looks like it gets a lot of back burner time.

Aion is what I’m playing a lot of lately, mostly for work. I play during the day, when it’s quieter then normal and I can’t say I’m hating it. Leveling is slow, quests are grindy but it’s beautiful and still new, and I’ll be sticking with it.

Torchlight and Dragon Age are still on my play list as well, but I’ll probably be playing those more on the weekend when I’m not busy with other things. The weather is getting much colder and it’s almost time to hibernate for the winter. No doubt my adventures there will be fun as always.

NaNoWriMo is eating up a lot of time. I’m just over 12k words right now (although I completely slacked yesterday and didn’t do any writing – today I should be making up for it) and I’m excited about my story. It’s something that I’ve been meaning to write for a very long time, but simply never got around to. Now that the motivation is there I just need to stick with it for the month of November. I’ve also been very excited watching all my friends work on their stories, and the inspiration and motivation that bounces off of one another is fantastic.

There are five games that are on my “dang I wish I had more time” list currently. These are the Lord of the Rings Online, Fallen Earth, Wizard 101, EverQuest and Dungeons and Dragons Online. Thankfully DDO is free to play, so I don’t exactly feel like I’m missing out by NOT playing right now. The Lord of the Rings Online recently extended their special Mirkwood promotions until mid November, so I’ve been debating whether or not I want to get in on that and plurge on a life time just because. It’s one of those games I’ve really enjoyed playing but just can’t seem to find the time. Fallen Earth I managed to score a 15 day trial for, and never logged in – sighs. Wizard 101 is something I should be playing a lot more of next week, fingers crossed. EverQuest currently has their closed beta ongoing for Underfoot – and if I could convince a few of my friends to play with me, I’d probably be there a lot more. I really love EverQuest, always have, even 10 years later. It’s just not fun for me to play alone.

After the list of “I wish I had more time” games, there are a few games that I wish I could simply afford to take a peek into every so often, even if I don’t have the time. These include Warhammer (I loved the game, but lacked friends to play with), Free Realms, and Champions Online (which I played a few times but honestly never got into it, I was right about it simply not being the genre for me). Of course there’s those games I’ve tried but never stuck with (and I’ve tried them multiple times), EVE and World of Warcraft. I even bought the latest EVE game and never actually installed it (it went on sale for $5 if I recall) because I just don’t have the time right now to learn another game. I’ve played WoW off and on since release, and I just think it would have been neat to make it to the level cap at least once. My highest level is 50.

Don’t get me started on all the free to play games out there that tickle my fancy.

There really is just not enough time for everything.

DDOU – Another Shot

I played DDO not that long ago, writing a review for MMORPG about the newly revamped starter area (I no longer write reviews, or at least I try not to as it’s simply not my style of writing and I don’t have a thick enough skin for that sort of business). At the time, I did not enjoy the game. I was on an older machine that ran the game poorly, the controls were unfamiliar to me, and there were multiple other facets that I just didn’t enjoy in the least. I made no secret that I did not enjoy the game which of course brought the masses down upon me flogging me for my dislike.

I have no issue giving games a second (or third or fourth) try in order to see if it will eventually grow on me. When EQ2 first came out it didn’t hook me right away either. When EQ came into my gaming vision I was happily playing MUDS and it took me a good while to start playing on a regular basis.

I beta tested DDOU for a while, though I didn’t make it in game nearly as much as I would have liked, and I found that if I revamped almost all of my command keys, the game was a little more enjoyable. If I tweaked the graphic settings, again it was a little more enjoyable. Playing in the beta gave me early access yesterday when the new free to play version of the game went live, and I decided to create a character on the new server that opened, Connith (I may have the name of that server spelled wrong, it’s early and I wasn’t paying nearly enough attention I was so excited).

Sticking with my elf, I noticed you can pay money to unlock two other races. I decided to choose a cleric again, something I’m most comfortable with. Thus Stargrace the Warpriest of Siberys was born.

The more I started to play and run around dungeons exploring, the more I found myself enjoying the game. The community was exceptionally friendly, answering questions and comments from veterans and fresh players alike. There were more people running around then I had ever seen before, masses of them during off peek hours. It was great.

An hour went by and I started thinking of a character background for my cleric, giving her a history and character traits. I enjoy having my characters come to live in that manor, and it was something I did not expect to happen while playing DDO so the effect caught me off guard. I giggled to myself as I ran around breaking sarcophagus looking for coins (or the odd skeleton) and shouted battle cries to the empty (thankfully) living room as I charged diseased rats and spiders.

Why the sudden change of heart towards a game I had always viewed as one of the worst games I’d ever played?

I’m really not sure. Game mechanics and the starting area haven’t changed since last I played. I did spend a good amount of time customizing things this time around so they were more comfortable to me which was a huge help, but could that be all it took?

The friendly community was a huge part in this new found love, so I can only assume it was a combination of things yesterday that had me playing and enjoying the game as much as I did.

I’m unsure at this point how far you can get on the free to play model before you’ll want to have to start forking out money, but it’s certainly a lot of fun. I plan on posting more in depth looks at the game as I continue along, and as I learn and discover things. Main game of choice? No, EQ2 will probably hold that spot for some time to come, but there’s always room for another game (or two or three).

Happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!