I’m not sure what it is lately, but I’ve been playing a boatload of different video games. I can almost blame Rachael, cuz I think it started with StarWars Galaxies. Not that I didn’t play my share of games before that, (in the past year – DiabloII, The Sims, The Sims Online, UT2K3 on the PC; Animal Crossing, Mario Sunshine, Metroid, The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker on the GC; nothing significant on the PS2; The Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past, Metroid, Mario Kart on the GBA), but I’ve gone into a frenzy recently.
Star Wars Galaxies is/was interesting. Not really counting The Sims Online, it was my first MMORPG. I had difficulty at first absorbing everything, but quickly got the hang of it. However, it always felt like a solo adventure and I quickly got bored of acquiring skills. I almost got to Combat Medic, but fell short in a few of the medical skills. I cancelled my account after about two and a half months.
Next, I got accepted into a beta test of a new MMORPG that I was told was a lot like EverQuest. I played once and it was either the fact that I just couldn’t get used to the controls (not using the mouse for movement, but using it to access menus and stuff really threw me off) or that there were a lot of problems with the game itself (yeah, I know, its beta) or a combination of the two, but I never went back. It’s still installed on my system, so I may take another look at it because….
Rachael’s the one that convinced me to get Star Wars Galaxies, but then she went back to EQ (she’s been playing for 4+ years). At that point, I figured I would give EQ a chance. I mean, how can so many people be wrong? And, since the price was right ($30 for EQ Evolution which includes the classic game plus the first five expansion packs – the most recent expansion is $30 alone, so I held off there), I gave it a try. I started a bard on Rachael’s advice and I’m up to level 3. I am dealing with the keyboard controls pretty well, I think, and I hope it will help me to go back to the beta game and try it again. And BTW, if anyone has any suggestions for a noob bard wandering around in Kelethin/Greater Faydark, please let me know.
So, while EQ has my attention, I also recently picked up Mario Golf Toadstool Tour. I played a few rounds, got through the first couple of courses and then I didn’t pick it up for a week or so cuz I had other things to do. Part of the arrangement of buying it though, was that John was going to buy Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic and we’d swap. He played KOTOR for a bit and his XBox got fried some how. For whatever reason, it freezes while playing games and now it won’t even boot up. So, he wanted Mario Golf. I gave it to him and then my brother, Tim, loaned me his XBox so that I could play KOTOR. But, not only that, he brought over all his XBox games and 26 CDs from XBox magazine that have a bunch of playable demos. Now I have a huge selection of stuff I’ve never played before and it makes my little head hurt sometimes to think of all the unplayed games. Anyhow, Tim also got Dungeons & Dragons: Heroes via GameFly so we’ve been playing that together. It’s a Gauntlet style game where up to four characters play at once on a single screen. It’s linear and hack-n-slash, but quite fun. We’re almost finished with it. I can’t imagine it would have much replay value, but I’m glad to play it through once.
Bleah, ok. I think I’ve gotten that out of my system. Back to the regular programming.