Monday, April 30, 2012

MMORPG - Adventure Time #3 (End of the adventure)

I'm giving up on Minions of Mirth.  I might as well just give up on MMORPGs all together because I find it kind of boring.
Unless I get a team together, I've got fuck all to do except kick a bunch of skeletons in the teeth (which I do a lot because I've got 48 Broken Skulls in my inventory), and that's pretty fucking boring.  Every time I've tried to get to another town, or into another section, some giant evil thing busts out and beats me to death.  While I have been leveling up, it's just not enough to beat these giant dudes, and so I'm stuck in this town.
I get that this game these style games are more fun if you can get a team together but really, listen, I have a blog about drinking and comic books, do you think I have any friends?  No. If I had social skills to get people to hang out with me, I'd be doing that in real life!  With real people! Clearly, this game is bringing up some issues I have to deal with (and by deal with, I mean make some margaritas and play Portal 2).
Buy anyway, I am stepping away from MMOs and I am stepping away from online play in general.  I think I will stick with things I understand: Aperture Science Handheld Portal Devices.

Friday, April 20, 2012

MMORPG Adventure Time #2

So here's an update on my MMORPG gaming quest.  If you remember, I'm playing Minions of Mirth, and currently, I've got one player: A Level 8 Ranger.
You guys, gaming is boring. Listen, before you curse me out, or do whatever internet people do (Photoshop cats, I'm guessing), hear me out here. I am used to storyline driven video games.  Games where I have an objective and an ending are what I'm used to; playing without a "real" storyline is completely new to me. If I rescue the princess, or kill off GLaDOS, I win!  In MMOs, regardless of how many quests I do, there is never an end, and that's frustrating for one not used to that.  It just keeps going.
Beside trying to get used to the lack of storyline thing, I'm frustrated with my Ranger level.  I'm high enough where I can kill off small enemies with ease, but anything bigger and I die.  I'm basically stuck in this one city killing off skeletons and wood mites because I can't battle the bone golem, since those dicks keep killing me the second I flash my battle hammer (one plus in this game: BATTLE HAMMER).
And the number one reason I'm bored with this game is there is nobody to interact with because I have yet to get into a guild, or a team, or whatever it's called when I play with other people. Talking to a friend who is an actual MMO player (World of Warcraft), she confirmed my suspicion: Playing with just yourself is boring, joining in with a group and killing things together is fun.  Here's the deal, I have no clue how to actually join a guild.  Maybe there's a way to do it, but without somebody saying, "Oy!  This is how you join a guild!"  I'm totally lost. 
Luckily for me, I have hoodwinked my amazing husband into playing a MMO with me.  The adventure continues once he joins the battle!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

My MMORPG Adventure Time

So, to keep up with my descent into total a shut in, I've started to play an MMOPRG. I've never played one before (heck, I don't even play the multiplayer doodad on Xbox), so I thought this would be a fun experiment.
My criteria for finding a game to start gaming the following:
1. Must be compatible with a Mac.
2. Must be free.
3. Must be fantasy based.

Really, that was it, so the world was give or take my oyster. I couldn't play WoW, because that shit costs money, and DDO was off the table because you need a Windows platform. So, because of this, I picked up Minions of Mirth. I mean, come on, it's got mirth right there in the title so you know it's going to be fun!
Starting off, I realized that MMOs and video games are NOT the same thing. Toss in Mass Effect 3 and they'll start you off easy, giving you some target practice and showing you how to play the game, then give you a storyline that you have to play through. When I entered the world of Minions of Mirth, there was no real starting point and there's no "real" story line, so you just kind of wander. I had to run around a while until I figured out how to talk to people and get quests. Luckily, MoM is made up of the nicest people ever, and when I waved my newb flag in chat, I had lots people willing to help me (all surprisingly snark free!). One person even gave me armor and weapons and a healing spell, so I wouldn't die right off the bat.

So, after all this, and finding out how to fight/talk to people/get quests, I've been having a good time. I don't really know what else you're supposed to do in an MMO besides punch skeletons and give townspeople the bat fangs they're craving, but I'm learning. I guess somewhere along the line I'll have to join a team, but it's a pretty sparsely populated game (from where I am), so I don't actually know where to find people.

Anyway, like I said, this is my adventures into MMORPG, so we'll see where this takes me.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Awkward first moments...

Let me say this right off the bat: I am totally going to see this movie. I will, most likely, go see it opening weekend, and completely geek out over it, and I will totally find Mark Ruffalo the hottest one.

That being said...

Avengers! Why did you start your trailer off with a freaking September 11th montage?!

What? You guys didn't see that? You're saying I over reacted? Wait, let me show you this:

Now, look at this trailer:

People running down an avenue in New York City while buildings fall behind them and huge clouds of dust raise up? I mean, read that sentence and tell me what you think of? Does it rhyme with Fine E-Melon (really, that was the best I could come up with)?
I'm not saying that an homage to 9/11 is a bad thing., not yet at least, because I haven't seen the movie. I am saying that I wish they didn't start the trailer off with such a strong image. I saw that scene and the rest of the trailer was kind of tainted, I couldn't help but flash back to that day. I don't want to go to a super hero blockbuster to think of one of the most tragic events in America's history, I want to go there and swoon over Bruce Banner and his tortured soul.