One of the things that I find really fun about new expansions is the evolution of the login screen.
The classic screen was the Dark Portal, and you know, after three Dark Portals… I’m still not sick of it. I like the Dark Portal. It’s iconic and it feels like you’re stepping into another world (of Warcraft.)
Picking a favorite is tough. I might have to go with TBC for maximum nostalgia (and Dark Portals). Although, who can forget Wrath and its big dragon roar?
There probably won’t be a Dark Portal involved in Legion, but who knows, I guess!
Between Brewfest, Harvest Festival, and this Pirate Thing, it’s a busy time to be in game. So many holiday events! So many achievements! So many little items and toys and costumes and junk!
It got me thinking: do you care much about the holiday stuff in online games like WoW? For me, it usually comes down to badly I want the title or associated little toys and stuff. For example, I recently did the whole Fire Festival brouhaha just so I could give my baby mage the “Flame Keeper” title. Otherwise I probably wouldn’t have bothered.
What about you guys? How do you like your holidays in your MMOs?
So the other day I figured I’d do some Spring (uh, Autumn) cleaning and delete a couple of old characters that I haven’t played in years.
Then I made the mistake of logging in on them to see if they had anything cool.
Hunters with intellect gear!
Hunters with quivers and arrows!
But what really got me were the pets. The above troll hunter had a snow leopard from Dun Morogh, so presumably I ran her up through Stranglethorn Vale at level ten all the way up to Ironforge. I also had a tauren hunter, similarly low-level, with an owl. From Teldrassil.
Now I suddenly find myself loathe to delete these two characters. I’ll probably never play them again, no. And yet they remind me of a time long, long ago, when hunters had mana and arrows and when I’d take each one on a weird little journey to find the most unusual pets for them.
Do you have any characters like that, who you don’t want to delete?
These days it feels kind of… well, not really embarrassing, but weird to admit that I still play it. It’s like saying “I still write checks” or “I still have a VCR” or something. Isn’t WoW that game that everyone’s moved on from by now? Aren’t all the hip and happening gamers playing FFXIV and Dota 2 and Hearthstone and all that other stuff?
And yet eleven years after its release, I’m still here in WoW. Why? Well, I imagine everyone has a different answer to this question, but for me, it comes down to four main reasons:
1.) WoW Token
For me, this is definitely the biggie. If I still had to cash out real money for this game, there’s a good chance I would be either on hiatus right now or heading to hiatus very soon. But since I can make enough gold to pay for my subscription just by doing garrison stuff every day… why not stay subscribed?
2.) WoW is a Theme Park Game
In a way, WoW reminds me a lot of those games that were big in the late 90s. Stuff like Super Mario 64 and Banjo-Kazooie. The gimmick in those games were that there were a bunch of mini-worlds inside a big overworld, and you could go to whichever mini-world you wanted to go to.
WoW is similar. It’s been around for so long and there’s so much to do at this point that it just feels like its own mini theme park. Even if you don’t raid, there’s stuff to do. It’s a lot of entertainment for free (if you’re using the WoW Token).
3.) I Like the Lore and World
It’s probably a little silly but it’s actually one of the things that keeps me invested in the game. If I didn’t find the lore and characters as interesting as I do, I don’t know if I’d still be playing.
4.) It’s Just Comforting
Because I know all the little nooks and crannies of this game, I can sit down at the end of a long stressful day and shoot stuff without thinking or worrying. It’s pretty nice to have a ready-to-play comfort game.
So yeah. It’s 2015 and I’m still playin’ WoW. Hey, I’ve also still got a CD player in my car and I still wear a watch. It’s all good.
Aaaaaahhhhhh I’ve been so busy lately. Day job work! Freelance writing work! Work work!
Finally it’s time for some video games though. I think I’m going to continue leveling some of my alts in WoW (I’ve got three that I’m cycling through who are in their mid-60s!), try to actually get some FFXIV done, and work on my new seasonal wizard in D3 (because I can’t stop playing wizards now). There are other games I want to play but they’re not a top priority so we’ll see how things go.
So yeah, them’s my weekend plans!
Sorry there haven’t been any particularly interesting posts here lately. Just, ya know, busy.
Have you ever had that problem? Have you ever had a game that you find really fun, but there’s a “but” attached?
That’s kind of where I am right now with FFXIV. I’m having a lot of fun with it. But… work is busy, and I’ve been playing other games, and if I had to drop something right now it would probably be FFXIV. Not because I dislike it. But because, well, my time is limited. And right now I’m feeling other games.
So as it stands, I’m not so sure I’ll subscribe once my free month is up. Granted, I’ve got two weeks left on my free month, and a lot can change between now and then, so nothing is final. But right now I’m not seeing at as something I’ll play long-term. Not right now, anyway.
Meanwhile, I’ve been playing absurd amounts of Diablo 3. Especially wizards. At some point I’ve gone and gotten myself addicted to wizards. It’s magic, I ain’t gotta explain nothin’.
I know, I know, this expansion is probably the most controversial one yet. But there was a lot of stuff I liked about it, at least. Here’s my list:
I am going to defend these til the day I die. Fantastic for social anxiety stricken players like myself, and also fantastic for being money printing machines.
2.) Reagent Bank
I love this thing so much. It was such a little thing but it made a gigantic difference when it came to quality of life and saving bagspace. Related: reagents stacking to 200, and being able to craft right from the bank. Gosh this was a great idea.
3.) Heirloom Tab
I remember back in Wrath of the Lich King when starting a character on a new server meant running heroics for days so I could get the badges to buy an all new set of heirloom gear, stick it on a new character, and then pay real money to transfer said character to a new server. I mean, I guess you didn’t HAVE to do all that, but heirlooms spoiled me quick, and I’m so glad that it’s easier than ever to be spoiled.
4.) Twitter Integration
As anyone who follows me on Twitter can attest, I love sharing screenshots of video games. Now I can share EVEN MORE screenshots of video games! Bwahaha! Anyways this has spoiled me a lot and I now wish that all games came with Twitter integration because it’s just so great.
I’ve talked about this a million times before and I’m talking about it again because I love it. The great thing about it is that it’s optional and nets you some neato mount rewards but it’s not required for progression, so people who don’t want to do old content don’t have to. But for nostalgia hounds like me? Bring on the rose-tinted glasses!
Updated character models, bag improvments (like the sorting button), and an overall improved dailies experience (IMO).
So yeah! The quality of life changes have been good to us this time around, I feel.
I feel awkward saying this because I just wrote a post a few months ago about how much I enjoyed my server. And you know, I do… or, rather, I did. But between CRZ and connected realms I find that I don’t enjoy good ol’ VeCo half as much as I used to. We were always a small server to begin with and I feel like the other ones have kind of muscled in, making it a place that’s hard to recognize these days.
So I’ve been seriously considering a transfer, at least of my current main and maybe a couple of my alts. Obviously, every server’s community is going to have some issues, but going back to a care bear lifestyle by jumping ship from RP-PvP to RP is a start. (I will miss the good world RP-PvP times I had but am not gonna miss all the extra camping that came with the influx of players from other servers.)
I already have some ideas on where I’m going but I’ll save the details for now in case I change my mind. The next step, of course, is figuring out how to transfer my gold over…
People sure are quiet in my MMOs lately. I just hopped out of a Timewalking dungeon where no one said a word the entire time. (Actually wait, I think someone said “skip” because we skipped the optional boss. So, one word.)
FFXIV isn’t much of an improvement. All I’ve heard out of anyone so far is gold selling spam.
Maybe it’s because both of those games have been out for a while and are nice and streamlined. Project Gorgon, by contrast, is really chatty anytime I’m in there.
The thing is, I’m not sure if I care terribly. I kinda like just popping in and then popping right back out. Doing my own thing. It’s one of the big reasons I like garrisons so much. It’s just my own thing, ya know?
But hey, maybe a “hi” would be nice every so often…