Friday, May 29, 2009

In a Return to Form

So yes, it's been a long time since I've last written here, but I feel like I should be doing so. Especially if I want to be a video games writer. I wonder if I would write more if it was my only job. I don't know. Maybe I'm so uninspired because I'm not getting paid. That may be part of it.
Anyway, I've been playing a lot of Team Fortress 2 lately. Like almost an unhealthily large amount of it. I'm in class right now, but I'm guessing my Xfire profile is going to have about 20 hours this week. I do know for certain that I just hit 400 hours of it. That's a long time. I almost have 1,000 in World of Warcraft and that game is very very conducive to sitting down and playing for eternity. Team Fortress 2 is not. But somehow, I'm just gaining time slowly but surely.
Now, everyone who reads this blog knows already about the Spy vs Sniper update that just came out. Valve decided that their old system of unlocking weapons was fubar and so they decided to overhaul it. So they released a system that would randomly give you weapons as you accumulate play time. After playing for a week, I have to say this system is retarded. While I'm playing, it is nice not to have 4 snipers and 3 spies running around in every server in attempt to unlock achievements. However, I've played about 20 hours and have only unlocked one new weapon: The Ambassador. I have unlocked three other force of natures and another sandman. It's infuriating if I think about how much I'm being ripped off. But, if I just play the game like it's suppose to be played, I have fun, namely because there are only a slightly larger number of spies and snipers.

This is an informal piece of writing, right? Okay, good. Well, when I'm playing Team Fortress 2 my name that I have on Steam is “Awesome”. This sounds really self serving, right? But, I feel as though I deserve the title. I was playing yesterday and felt especially vindicated when I have 19 points, the next guy had 9 and my friend had 0. I just sat back and said, “wow I really am Awesome”. I have been getting really good as a sniper actually. Par example, I was sitting at about the midway point of the first Goldrush at the first point. I was looking through my scope and hear a Pyro near me. So, instead of trying to kill the Pyro who was bum rushing me, I looked slightly to the left and saw another Pyro running. I flicked by wrist and clicked. My life then ended. I looked at the scoreboard and saw that I did indeed kill him. I was very pleased with myself.

Recently, funnily enough, I have been recently been thinking of renewing my World of Warcraft account. Yes, I know I should not and I think I'll be able to stave of this craving until I finish finals, but I am really thinking of doing it. I've been thinking about how much fun it is to just run around Azeroth. I care about the world. I like to go Dustwallow Marsh or The Hinterlands. I like to explore the world and think about how the world use to be so bustling and important. I like finding the huts that are off the beaten path and looking around. I also like speculating about future expansions. I like to read about The Emerald Dream and think about how they may implement it. I want to get to level 80 and then go back and clear all the Burning Crusade dungeons. I want to get some bored people together and run some AQ. I find myself wishing I was really involved in Vanilla WoW. I played then, but I didn't really play. Back then, getting a group through Van Cleef was a huge deal. Most of the time we didn't have enough people or people had to leave or the group was retarded. Westfall was a beautiful place and was fun to run around in. Gaining a level was a big deal and you felt as though you had fun with the whole thing.

This is how I want to play WoW if I started again. I would play Akoris, sure. But I would do everything meticulously, trying to do all the quests in an area before moving on. I'm not sure I want to raid however. I definitely want to clear all the dungeons and heroic dungeons in Northrend. But I don't know about Raids. I may PUG a raid or two but I would make sure that I knew the fight very very well before going. I just don't want to have a commitment to a guild that I can't always fulfill. I think I'll be holy after I hit 80 though. Healing gets you into lots and lots of groups and I feel like I've a good healer. I hear that you can obtain an obscene amount of money in Northrend so I'll be able to get my epic flying mount. Then, I can go back to Outland and finish all the quests. Then, I can go back to Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor and finish doing those quests. Then I can grind reputation for all the factions I never got to exalted. I feel like I want to play this like I played Grand Theft Auto and that's okay with me. I've just been being really nostalgic and longing for the days that I rode my elekk into Un'Goro Crater while watching Groundhog Day.

I also want to start a guild. I always got a kick out of my <We Hate WoW> fake guild spam and I feel like if I created the guild, people would join. It would be the people who I like too. The only people to join would be the ones with the subtle sense of humor because those would be the only ones who thought it was funny and worth responding to. I would invite anyone and everyone. I wouldn't care about any sort of guild disputes or anything. My motto would be “well fuck it”. I think we could be a pretty good griefing guild and become notorious. I would not mind being known for that. I think running a guild would be fun. Oh, and about the guild bank, I would allow everyone to take everything. I would of course tell everyone about that beforehand. It just seems unfair for someone to expect something they deposit to be there and it's not there. That's rude. But funny. Maybe I shouldn't tell everyone. Maybe I'll make a blogspot for the guild. Just talk about nothing. Should be fun.

I need to review a couple games actually. I played enough of Dawn of War 2 to review it, and I believe I have the review on this computer. I played through Braid and was very impressed by it. I could review that. I could also review Demigod. I've only played about 10 hours of it, but I feel as though I fully grasp the gist of the game. I also could review Sins of a Solar Empire: Entrenchment. I have played only like 2 games, both as TEC, but again, I feel as though I get the game.
Writer Curtis Wright knows that renewing WoW right now would surely be the end of him


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