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Games I'm Not Playing

It may seem hard to believe given all the other things going on with me lately, but I have actually been poking around looking for a game that would catch my attention. Unable to face another night of slogging around Moria with my under-construction champion, I went back to my blue space-goat from World of Warcraft, I installed and poked around in Dungeons and Dragons Online, and I did the same in the new Neverwinter. I've also tried and failed to be excited by Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep... all with no success.

They all have the same problem: they're all made to highlight the part of the RPG experience I'm least interested in, to wit: wandering around killing random monsters. There's a terrible crushing sameness to it all that leads me to despair. We have the technology to create stunning worlds-within-the-machine, and this is what we do with it? Kill 10 skeletons and return to the quest NPC for the task to kill 10 giant spiders?

Speaking of sameness, how many of these games open with you on the beach after a shipwreck? At least two of the ones I tried recently did; my memory is that Age of Conan did as well, and I think one of the Elder Scrolls games I tried did.

I want cool and interesting people to talk to! I want to see amazing things that I've never seen before! I want to be astounded by magic altering the fabric of the universe! I sure as hell don't want to compare whether this sword has a 0.5% better chance of hitting an orc than that one does.

Lord I miss you, Quest For Glory series... I remember when CRPGs were awesome and fueled by imagination. It's been a long time.

-The Gneech

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applejinx
Jul. 13th, 2013 02:38 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure how helpful it is, but that's one of the reasons I am so into Minecraft: we're literally creating astonishing worlds-within-the-machine. Kind of blocky ones, but it's all this stuff about 'this system builds up chickens in my farm, in this place where wandering monsters are blocked out by THIS type of fence which the spiders can't climb and was pretty cheap to make though it is vulnerable to skellies firing through etc etc'

Or, 'this is my tunnel through the Nether hell-space which I built block by block, dangling over a lava sea and scared that Ghasts would shoot fireballs at me—you can see the creepy environment because I built the top out of glass which they don't shoot you through, that's good because they don't break cobblestone but their blasts DO blow up glass sometimes, and I gotta smelt glass out of sand that I got from what used to be this desert island over here'

I guess I play that sandbox game like it was a RPG game only all the cool things you basically have to make yourself (or build out of natural formations). Unless you're getting blown up a lot and losing your stuff (augh!) the grinding tends to be towards a self-directed end, rather than simply leveling. It's like there IS no leveling beyond 'got 30 XP levels, time to enchant another shovel!'

I gotta find out what you can get for enchanting a diamond hoe, because that's funny—my Applejack character in my minecraft lets-play would really enjoy that. Farmer REPRESENT! :D
jamesbarrett
Jul. 13th, 2013 03:20 pm (UTC)
But but..Tiny Tina's was full of all kinds of awesomest awesomesauce and there were so many awesome things to find and silly quest to complete. Otherwise, it was borderlands, whose whole point was to slaughter everything in sight at all times.

I'll give you the Lotro fail. That's getting boring even to me, who doesn't mind the grind most of the time.

I'm waiting for ESO myself. I think that's gonna be my next game.
the_gneech
Jul. 13th, 2013 07:59 pm (UTC)
On paper, I should be all over TTADK, so it may just be that my current circumstances have sucked out all the give-a-damns I had handy.

I guess I want to jump ahead to the interacting-with-people part these days, instead of having to learn which button to push to fry the orc again.

I'd join you in ESO, except I just can't get into that setting.

-TG
jamesbarrett
Jul. 13th, 2013 03:25 pm (UTC)
regarding shipwreck: in Morrowind, you got off a boat which was a prison transport and that might be what you were thinking. As I recall, your problem with ES was getting good at anything, despite having full control at what you wanted to be good at.

I have this feeling you'd find Tomb Raider the same way, and that was the most awesome game ever made to date. Oh well.
the_gneech
Jul. 13th, 2013 08:03 pm (UTC)
My problem with ES was that it took forever to develop skills, and if I was going to spend that much time trying to learn how to fight/shoot arrows/whatever, I'd be better off out in the real world doing the actual activity instead of sitting around making my pixel elf do it.

Plus, as mentioned, I just don't get into the setting. It feels like "Generic Fantasy World #3,895" to me.

-TG
kensterfox
Jul. 13th, 2013 05:06 pm (UTC)
That's the good thing about the Steam Sale - you can give a look at things you might otherwise not, for ridiculously low, low prices! Last night, I picked up Magicka for $2.49 (it's not at that price now, but it may be again in the next week or so), and as we speak, I'm buying the Witcher 2 for $4.99 (as well as finally getting Borderlands 2 for $10.something).
the_gneech
Jul. 13th, 2013 08:05 pm (UTC)
I've poked around the steam sale some, haven't really had anything jump out at me. I'll keep my eyes open, tho.

-TG
m0nkeygrl
Jul. 13th, 2013 05:11 pm (UTC)
WoW
I want cool and interesting people to talk to!

Though I never really played WoW for the RP, I am feeling this a lot lately. The social/raiding guild my husband and I are in isn't very active anymore, because Real Life happens. Also, WoW is getting a bit long in the tooth and a lot of people who used to play are just bored with it.

We used to raid a lot. We weren't on the bleeding edge but we did finish content while the patches were relevant. We were the server first level 25 guild. There was a time where I couldn't imagine NOT raiding. But now that so many friends aren't playing anymore I just don't care. If I really want to raid there is the Looking for Raid tool, and I do use it occasionally; but mostly I just don't care. For me raiding was about hanging out with friends doing something together/chatting/drinking/joking, not Phat Lewtz. These days I'm mostly doing Pet Battles.

I think the game that will bring our guild back together will be Elder Scrolls Online, like jamesbarrett mentioned.
anthony_lion
Jul. 13th, 2013 09:03 pm (UTC)
Never could stand the overhyped Pay2Play/Pay2Win games like WoW or the other mssive MMOs.

When I get the rare hankering for a killing monsters, I ply Minions of Mirth, an indie MMO which is free to play. (Up to a certain level. 15 I think, and possibly 5 on your secondary class if you pick one. I paid the $30 one-time fee, and my Drakken is now a L36/35/35 Ranger/Wizard/shaman

Loads of different skills to practice, there. I think I'm up to around 600(out of 1000) on unarmed combat, similar stats on one-handed and two-handed swordfighting, axes, clubs, archery... Decent skills in fletching, armorcrafting, as weaponsmith. Suck at enchanting, working on my poisons. Haven't even started on cooking and brewing.
(The trouble with poison skill is that I need to pick new recipes as my skill improves. Too easy recipes and the skill doesn't improve. And the reciptes 'in line' now all requires ingredients from the area where the Minions of Darkness hangs out. It's kind of a drag getting there, even with stealth skills... )

http://minions.prairiegames.com/trac/mom/phpbb

Don't play it so often any more. Runs on pretty cheap HW, though.

Mostly these days, I play World of Tanks...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxSBU9UsVQI
I'm Slow216mac over on the EU servers.
(Mostly Sealclubbing with my NC-31 or MS-1, or making a nuisance of myself with SPGs)

My replays for those who are interested:
http://wotreplays.com/player/slow216mac
(Need the 0.8.5 client installed to play the two oldest, and the 0.8.6 for the newer replays. Stats can be seen online)

Good game to get rid of a bit of aggression after a long day at work helping idiots to use their computers...

If you have a few friends you can platoon together, maybe using a TeamSpeak server for in-game chat and really get some mayhem done...
stilghar
Jul. 13th, 2013 11:02 pm (UTC)
Greetings, Starfighter...
It's not fantasy, but there is a game in the works that started as a Kickstarter project that's snowballed into something that looks like it could be downright spectacular. I'm very excited about this.

Does the name "Chris Roberts" ring any bells?

https://robertsspaceindustries.com



Edited at 2013-07-13 11:05 pm (UTC)
the_gneech
Jul. 14th, 2013 02:07 am (UTC)
Re: Greetings, Starfighter...
Yup, I was on the original Kickstarter for that one. :)

-TG
stilghar
Jul. 14th, 2013 05:09 am (UTC)
Re: Greetings, Starfighter...
I didn't hear about it until late January. :(
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