This is a cautionary tale about the pitfalls and dangers of even visiting a gaming store.
Yesterday I was escorting a buddy to Gamestop (he has impulse buying issues and is not allowed in any gaming store without adult supervision). I made endlessly snide comments about corporate gaming greed and buy local and support independent games and then I saw a vision.
There, glowing slightly on an out of the way wire rack, was a box copy of Tera. The box was scuffed, clearly the result of being used by staff as an off-hours football, but it seemed legit and in spite of being the brunt of my friends aha-I-told-you-so scorn for the next few hours I bought it.
I can hear my regular readers hollering now. What about SWTOR/LOTRO? How can I get a NEW game when I've not level capped all alts in every game I currently subscribe to? Why not revisit Rift or even Aion *coughbotfestcough* and save that money? Didn't I just download STO? And why even BUY Tera when it's free to play these days?
I'm going to confess fully and place the blame clearly where it belongs.
That's right, Reddit. The self professed front page of the internet, the land of orangered and periwinkle, where you can find so cute! cats, intense political debate, lots of trolls and kewl stuff to learn. Picture a huge time sink where you spiral down surrounded by funny, smart, stupid, annoying, inspirational people. There I was on the gaming subreddit when someone *coughkuldebarcough* posted about Tera Rising. "Hey try it it's fun" and "Lots of content and lore and super combat" and other clearly subliminal messages. So I posted that I'd try it. I wandered over to the Tera site, downloaded the game, made a character, loaded in, ran forward and stopped right there.
The esthetic of the game is lovely. Beautiful buildings, charming natural surroundings, insane armor in some of the screenshots. But when my lil character (complete with cute horns and green hair) ran forward, the back of her skirt lifted up showing her perky lil undies.
Meh. Another game built for teen age boys and intheirmom'sbasement guys that need to look at bootie while they grind. It's apparently part of the look and feel of the game overall- and truthfully as a woman I still don't get it. I'm not turned on in the least by the look of the guys in the game. I have not rolled a male alt so I can watch his powerful thighs stride boldly forward as he kills a piglet (yes, there are pigs in this game). I was, however, taken back by the peekaboo nature of my female character's lingerie and rolled another to see if all female characters had the same purposeful wardrobe malfunction.
Fortunately they do not. I created a female Aman and made her as alluring as possible, given the hefty nature of the race. Green hair, gorgeous horns, piercing eyes, and an ever so discrete scar. (Stop judging me about my green hair fetish. I'm living vicariously through my toons.) When I loaded her in not only was she wearing a charming capri pant/tunic combo but it turns out that this race is HUGE. I tower over all the other players like Goliath, and yet I'm still incredibly cute. Really. In a knock you down with a backslap kinda way.
Community on the RP server I chose is insanely nice. Think LOTRO Landroval Server a few years ago nice, area chat is full of helpful answers and fun impromptu player driven games nice, veteran players rolling alts to help in the newbie areas nice. And in all of the murmers and convo's on area chat I picked up the fact that the box set of Tera gives you more character slots and a nifty mount. I didn't have any real plans to buy Tera Rising but when I saw that box, dusty, forlorn, in the back of that Gamestop I knew in my heart that I needed it with a yearning that rivaled trying to get into SWTOR on launch day.
So here I am with another game. I still have not gotten all my spiffy loot from the Anniversary Festival in LOTRO, have not managed to take the 30+ minute balloon ride on Tatooine to get that flippin hologram in SWTOR, and am nowhere near fully geared in either game. I blame Reddit and the gaming community on there, as well as the Tera Rising character creator for its effortless creation of green haired vixens.
My final thoughts? Don't go in Gamestop. Stay off Reddit. Game addiction portals, both of them.