Sheesh, time slipped away from me. This might be the longest I’ve gone without writing, but at least there’s been a decent discussion going on in my last two entries. I haven’t been hiding under a rock doing nothing. I’ve actually done quite a bit of gaming this past week and I want to catch you guys up.
In WoW, Graev and I are both at the point where we have nearly the best gear possible pre-raid. On one hand it’s a good place to be, but on the other it’s dangerous. It’s dangerous because this means the mental state has been reached where we question “what now?” Our guild is just about ready to begin raiding — next week we’ll schedule our first official night — but until then we’re just running heroic dungeons for no real reason. I don’t feel bad saying that the game feels boring right now. This is the reason why WoW’s model of themepark dungeon grinding is so terrible: You can love the game and then flip on a dime. Pugs make it worse; they bring out the worst in me. It will subside, though, once we start raiding.
I’ve also been playing some Battlefield Bad Company Vietnam. I really, really like it! It’s slower pace than BFBC2 since the weapons are more crude and there’s a lack of the modern tech that lends itself to fast and fraggy. The destructible environments are a lot more realistic and the maps aren’t completely leveled like they are in BC2. I would like to see some better vehicle utility from boats and helicopters, but what we have is acceptable. The maps are nice, although I wish we had planes. Overall I feel like it’s a great value for $15.
Now… here’s something you might be interested in.
Graev convinced me to play DC Universe Online. The game has gotten mixed reviews and a skeptical sit-back-and-watch attitude from me so far. However, I’ve watched enough of the videos, seen Graev play, and think it’ll be worth a deeper look. It’s 75% downloaded which means I’ll be able to play it tonight and write up my thoughts for tomorrow. We’re going to play Villains on a PvP server and see just how close we can come to being true villains by becoming infamous world PvPers. If nothing else, this will provide us a good opportunity to bring you guys some interesting analysis of what the game did or did not do right. The guinea pigs are here and ready to go.