Friday, 20 September 2013

A Different Route


So as I've told before I wanted to get Ducktales Remastered and I did in August. I have always been a huge fan of Disney and Disney games, I played loads and loads of them on my old Sega console, and when they announced a remake of Ducktales I was ecstatic. I love the game even more so now because I can save inbetween levels and don't have to keep playing untill all my lifes are lost, one of the downside of really oldschool gaming. This allows me to just pick a level, take about 30-45 mins to finish it and then quit the game when I don't feel like doing another level after that. It's a really nice way to play games when you're used to being in games in an everchanging world where you don't really have levels to finish but rather characters to develop.

The concept of picking a level (or more) and finishing that off with an endboss is really very old. It's how all videogames work(ed), look at Super Mario, Sonic, practially all Disney games, Crash Bandicoot, Rayman and many more. However with recent day gaming the developers kind of let go of this and replaced levels with missions that you have to complete in a continuous game. This concept is ofcourse not very new either, it's what most RPG's like Zelda, Final Fantasy and Pokémon are based on. You live from mission to mission, making the character you play with better by fitting them out with new gear or new spells so you can take on harder missions while keeping the game in a continuous flow.

What this means for me as a person is that with most games I own, which are RPG's, I find it very hard to get into the game properly since it takes a while before you can do truly amazing things on your character but I also find it hard to step out of a game once I've properly dove into it. I see it with most of the MMO(RPG)'s I play where I can get lost in for hours and suddenly realize that I haven't done anything I was supposed to do and then berate myself for gaming too much. I don't have this problem with level/endboss based games. I can start up Ducktales for instance, pick a level, do a boss, shut down and go do something usefull. This because you don't really "evolve" during the course of the game. The skillset of the character you play stays mostly the same throughout the game, you can earn power-ups in the levels you play but other than that there's no time commitment when it comes to developing your character and I've found out that this gives me a lot of peace and enjoyment when gaming. Progress is easier measurable, aka I've finished 3 out of 5 worlds in Ducktales now 2 more to go and the endboss and then I've finished the game, and it's easier to get into and out of the game. You can say for yourself: I'll just do this level and then I quit and that feels good to me. I can decide for myself what I want to do in how much time and not have the feeling that I need to keep playing for 5 mins longer so I can get an upgrade or level up and unlock a new spell. It just doesn't exist in level based games and that gives me much enjoyment right now.

This doesn't mean that I'll throw out all of my other games, but in my current mindset I will probably be focussing on playing a lot of Ducktales on my PC and level based games on my PS2 (Crash Bandicoot, Spyro and more) and 3DS (Super Mario). I'll probably post here for now about these games that I play and maybe I'll get back to posting about MMO's and League of Legends on a later time.

For now I'll leave you with another picture of Ducktales, one specifically to show how the new models look compared to the old game. I love what they've done to this game and I hope they will remake more Disney games in the future and let me relive my Sega childhood!


Thursday, 19 September 2013

What If You're Not A Gamer Afterall?

Lately I've been having doubts, struggles even with the fact that I see myself as a gamer. Because I think that's not really the case anymore. Over the years I have bought many games and started them all at some point, but never finished. I have a huge pile of PS2 games lying underneath my bed, scarcely touched because after 10 mins of playing a game I get bored with it. It doesn't absorb me anymore, not the way it used to anyway.

This dilemma has been going on for a while, I've had periods before where I didn't really like any game I played but just logged certain ones because of the people that were online. Sidestep: I have always considered myself to be more of a social gamer, I like interacting with others while I play, it's probably the big reason why I love any form of MMO so much. Sadly for me most of my IRL friends have stopped playing games alltogether. Real Life has taken over in many situations (too bus with jobs, kids, money, boyfriends/girlfriends etc) and it has left me feeling very alone. Sure there are some hardcore people that still play certain games that I play aswell, but they do what they feel like leaving me to fend for myself in the process. And I hate that. I hate having to run around and farm alone, I hate having no social interactions in games, no one to banter with or to compare things with or have fun with. It makes me cranky and upset and more and more I get the feeling that it's being destructive for me as a person.

I get moody a lot, I get cranky and annoyed and I take it out on the people that are dear to me. I lash out and whine and behave like a child because I don't really get what I want. Another side effect is that I can see myself getting more introverted again, a state that I had left behind when I broke up with my most recent ex. My personality is in general one of extraversion, I like having people around and I blend in with any type of personality great. When it comes to friendship I am a huge maintainer, I want to be able to physically touch my friends every now and then and keep extensive contact, because I need that. Not that I need them for my self esteem, I'm perfectly comfortable with who I am, but I need it because that's who I am. I blossom in social situations with many people and I'm a wreck when it comes to having to deal with being alone for extended periods of time. Sometimes I wonder if I have a case of separation anxiety purely because I just want certain people around me in my life and I get really upset when they can't be around me for some reason or the other.

Right now my biggest dilemma is whether I should even bother with buying new games anymore. The only games I can truly say I've played to pieces are World of Warcraft, Diablo 3 and my Pokémon games. The former two were because I always had people to play with, the latter is because that's probably the only gaming brand that really captures my interest. My WoW sub is running out and I am probably not going to renew it because I just feel like there's nothing there for me anymore. There's 1 raid per week (a flexraid) that I can join, but I don't want to spend money just to do a once per week raid. Not while I'm also playing FFXIV which costs me money on a monthly basis aswell. And even there I'm having doubts of whether I want to keep playing even though I'm having a lot of fun in a game for the first time in a looooong time. I just don't know anymore right now.

The only thing I do know is that gaming isn't making me happy anymore... And when something isn't making you happy anymore, maybe it's time to move on to something else.

Friday, 13 September 2013

Shooting With Pointy Things

Ranger, Archer, Hunter. Three names for classes in three essentially different MMO's, but when it boils down to it, they all do the same. Every MMO has one of these, a ranged damage dealer that does it's thing with either a bow, crossbow or gun (or some of the more exotic weapons you can equip on GW2), sometimes has a pet and doesn't cast spells. It's the class that attracts me the most in any game. I "main" an Archer on the Phoenix server of Final Fantasy XIV, I have two high level Hunters on the World of Warcraft (and mained one for a period of time in Wrath of the Lich King and Cataclysm) and the character I've spent most time on in Guild Wars 2 has also been a Ranger.

Even though the differences between games are quite big I love the class in general and think I'm most comfortable playing a ranged dps. It even shows itself in a game like League of Legends where I prefer the role of AD carry, champions that stand from a distance and shoot! On Diablo 3 I also leveled a Demon Hunter but due to the group of friends that was I was playing with already having one I never "mained" it, instead I played a Monk because after Hunter my favourite class to play is some sort of Melee, on WoW and Guild Wars 2 it's a Warrior, on FFXIV I haven't really checked yet what I like.

Anyway back to the subject of me playing the "hunter" type class. I'm not really sure why it appeals to me so much. I like not being dependant on mana, even though WoW Hunters used to be but they had a very proficient system for regenerating this mana, and being able to auto attack while from a distance. It gives me a "safer" feel and I don't have to worry about having to stand still to cast spells. Next to this for some reason I have always been able to get much more DPS out of my Hunter on WoW than I was able to with any of my other characters. On FFXIV I see the same with my Archer just being ridiculously damage-y compared to some of the other classes I've tried so far, the only thing I miss on the FF Archer is the fact that I don't have a pet. I feel like it belongs to a Hunter type class but I guess you can't have it all.
Next to this I think I also just like "uniqueness" of the class in most games. It's a midway between playing an auto attack dependant melee character and a mana dependant spellcaster. Hunters are often also a bit more tanky than the squishy spellcasters so that they survive better when it comes down to it and in the case of World of Warcraft and Guild Wars 2 you have a companion on your travels in the form of a pet. The pet can act as tank aswell giving you an extra buffer of safety.

All in all a Hunter/Archer/Ranger just gives me a nice combination of things to make me feel like it's my favourite class to play in any game. I've been levelling my Alliance Hunter (Aylanna) on the World of Warcraft again and gearing her up with some help of the Timeless Isle to see what I can do still on a Hunter before my sub runs out. Next to this I'm also still levelling my Archer on FFXIV and maybe when time allows it I'll pick up my Ranger on GW2 aswell, for now though I'm still shooting with pointy things and enjoying myself immensly doing so! And I'll leave you with a look at my three lovely ranged characters :) Kassandri Nobre the Archer, Aylanna the Hunter(Cata screen, pre disallowing Hunters from having a Ranged and Melee weapon) and Vayne Redleaf the Ranger.





Friday, 6 September 2013

Final Fantasy XIV: Meet the Characters!

So, for the past week and a half I have been playing Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn like crazy. It's the first MMO after WoW that has really captured my interest and made me addicted again. I have been toying around a bit with making characters and am currently levelling up 2 on 2 different servers. This because on one server I could log more often during the past week, there were many server issues, and some friends of mine are hanging out on the other server.

My first character is Sarella, a Miqo'te Conjurer who currently resides on Shiva EU at level 22 (as Conjurer) and who has just gotten her own little Chocobo! She aspires to be a White Mage in the future but for now enjoys exploring the world and all it has to offer. As far as professions go, she is currently a Botanist, Carpenter and Leatherworker, all low level.
Here she was as a little level 1 Miqo'te in the Miqo'te starting outfit. Isn't she cute? I really loved levelling on her as Conjurer, it gives me many benefits (mostly instant queues for dungeons and duties) and I like the combination of spells I have making me an excellent Healer but also someone who is able to dish out some DPS. The only downside I am currently experiencing is that I find myself going oom quite fast in solo quests, making me struggle when there are big waves of mobs. Also as Conjurer you do not have much in the way of AOE spells so it can take quite long to get all your foes down... On the second picture you see my Conjurer as she is now, level 22 and on her little Chocobo called Cheri!
I really do love riding around on my mount. It makes it so much easier to go from place to place. Especially when moving to FATE's or when gathering with botanism it's nice to not have to walk everywhere.














The second character that I would like to introduce to you all is Kassandri, a Hyur Archer and my favourite race after Miqo'te (I think everyone loves the Miqo'te!). She's my newest char and situated on Phoenix EU. Type in Kassandri as first name and you'll find her when I'm logged on! To the left is a picture of her on level 1, the right picture is one on level 10 which is also the level I'm currently on.




So there you have it :) My adventures in FFXIV. I'll be playing it a lot and maybe hope to see some familiar faces ingame!