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I write about everything that goes with MMORPGs

Author: SirIsaacJewton

It's A Rough Road [P4]

Posted by SirIsaacJewton Monday March 2 2015 at 12:35AM
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Part 3 was meant to be the end of this personal series of blogs, but… I decided to go against that original thought and let you all in some more on sort of the behind the scenes type of thing. I’ve talked about personal things before, but not on why exactly I write, how it comes to be, and future plans.

I think someday I will take screenshots of this notebook I have, of all the ideas and thoughts that go in before I even start typing things up. Some may read this stuff and say “Dear God man, It’s just a blog, don’t take it so seriously.” True, but like… If I’m putting this much time and effort into something, that has grown a lot since the beginning, I want to take it seriously and such. I take this “Hobby” of mine seriously.

I think what really got me into this whole thing, and got me to take it seriously is when I first did my LOTRO series. I kept talking in my head about all the stuff I could talk about, what I would say about it, and it sort of evolved from there, you could say. I started getting Unique titles for the games I would play, instead of like SWTOR [P1], it would be May The Force Be With You, Always [P1]. I took the [P1, P2] thing from a YouTuber who did their let’s plays like that. It seemed really cool to me, but sorry bud… I stole it. There’s shame…

 When I first started every blog post would be a name of a poem I have wrote. They didn’t really make sense, but they spoke true to what exactly it was about. Some of the names came from my favorite songs from bands. I think one I took from a band named “Miss May I”. I told myself “I should come up with my own stuff”. In college, I always have to have a unique title for the papers I am writing, even if it is for Psych. They have to have some unique name to it, because then I know it’s mine. Of course I wrote it, but I want the teacher to know as well. “Oh God, Unique title, it must be Josh again”. Yeah. that’s me.

Alright, so I got the style down, I got names down, and now it all comes down to my content right? I think I used to be a very boring writer, there wasn’t much of my personality in it. I strictly wrote about the game, but didn’t really add any personal touches to it, which therefore it wasn’t really my piece of work. Sure, it was my thoughts and ideas but… It felt empty to me in a sense. I think this is where my love for SWTOR came into a deep, deep love. (… I’m sorry)

I really was involved with that game you know? I think it’s because of the nature of the game, and the immense story-line the game had. There I was able to add more personal connections to the game, and such. For previous readers, I think you know exactly what I am talking about. Here is where a real problem begins with me. I think this will be a longer than usual post, so please bare with me here. A lot of cool topics are about to be discussed, and explain in the best way I can. I sort of already explained my game jumping, and why I end a series so abruptly, or I don’t follow through with a certain series to the extent I told you all I was going to.

You could portray me as a liar in a sense I guess, but really… I’ll explain what I am doing, and what I am thinking the whole time. Probably the best examples would be Destiny, and probably Wildstar. I’ll first start with Destiny, and why I haven’t written/finished Part 7. I’ve been streaming the game every night practically, and just having a joy of it. I’ve streamed the raid, and other stuff, which I told you all I would do. So, where is part 7, 8, 9, 10. Knowing my writing pattern, thats where I probably would be right now if I continued on. (I still plan to write). There are some drafts for 7 floating around here in Google Drive somewhere, I promise. Other games came out, and my priority switched to focus on The Secret World, World Of Warcraft, and etc.

So when my priority of things switch, I sort of take everything I was doing, and put it on a full halt, and wait patiently for myself to bring myself to write about it again. Lazy? You could say, but I dunno, that’s just how I am right now… Sort of always been like that.

Example 2: The Wildstar Syndrome. Oh man… I feel so bad about saying all the stuff I am going to say, but to explain it in the best way I can, it has to be said. I did Wildstar, and then Wildstar:Revisited. What exactly happened here? I’m not going to tell you everything that happened to Wildstar, you can either Google it, or read them in the series. Essentially what happened was, I thought Wildstar was going to be my game for years to come.

Okay, that’s my first problem right there, I assumed way to much. The problems the game had, graphically, and everything. I have a pretty good PC, and I was getting 10-15 FPS, even in dead zones. Cool eh? No. God, I had such high hopes for this game, I really did. I might even email Carbine one day and say “Hey, can I have a free 24 hour trial to see how the game is.” I want that game to succeed so badly… And it hasn’t announced changes for a change of payment yet.

Then I did the revisited posts, and the story continues from there… I’m not sure if I ever did a final post to the revisited series… I may have. Another case of the blogs just stop there, and never continue on. I’ll touch on something else before wrapping this all up…

I always try to predict how long a series will be, and I think that hurts me more than it does pretty much anything else, when I say it’ll go on for about 7, and then ends at 3, it’s completely like “What the crap happened, man.” I don’t know… There is a lot to think about. Too much one could say…


Anyways, thanks for reading this… I hope you have enjoyed it. If you have, please leave a comment below or tweet me @SirIsaacJewton Cheers!

It's A Rough Road [P4]

Posted by SirIsaacJewton Monday March 2 2015 at 12:35AM
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Part 3 was meant to be the end of this personal series of blogs, but… I decided to go against that original thought and let you all in some more on sort of the behind the scenes type of thing. I’ve talked about personal things before, but not on why exactly I write, how it comes to be, and future plans.

I think someday I will take screenshots of this notebook I have, of all the ideas and thoughts that go in before I even start typing things up. Some may read this stuff and say “Dear God man, It’s just a blog, don’t take it so seriously.” True, but like… If I’m putting this much time and effort into something, that has grown a lot since the beginning, I want to take it seriously and such. I take this “Hobby” of mine seriously.

I think what really got me into this whole thing, and got me to take it seriously is when I first did my LOTRO series. I kept talking in my head about all the stuff I could talk about, what I would say about it, and it sort of evolved from there, you could say. I started getting Unique titles for the games I would play, instead of like SWTOR [P1], it would be May The Force Be With You, Always [P1]. I took the [P1, P2] thing from a YouTuber who did their let’s plays like that. It seemed really cool to me, but sorry bud… I stole it. There’s shame…

 When I first started every blog post would be a name of a poem I have wrote. They didn’t really make sense, but they spoke true to what exactly it was about. Some of the names came from my favorite songs from bands. I think one I took from a band named “Miss May I”. I told myself “I should come up with my own stuff”. In college, I always have to have a unique title for the papers I am writing, even if it is for Psych. They have to have some unique name to it, because then I know it’s mine. Of course I wrote it, but I want the teacher to know as well. “Oh God, Unique title, it must be Josh again”. Yeah. that’s me.

Alright, so I got the style down, I got names down, and now it all comes down to my content right? I think I used to be a very boring writer, there wasn’t much of my personality in it. I strictly wrote about the game, but didn’t really add any personal touches to it, which therefore it wasn’t really my piece of work. Sure, it was my thoughts and ideas but… It felt empty to me in a sense. I think this is where my love for SWTOR came into a deep, deep love. (… I’m sorry)

I really was involved with that game you know? I think it’s because of the nature of the game, and the immense story-line the game had. There I was able to add more personal connections to the game, and such. For previous readers, I think you know exactly what I am talking about. Here is where a real problem begins with me. I think this will be a longer than usual post, so please bare with me here. A lot of cool topics are about to be discussed, and explain in the best way I can. I sort of already explained my game jumping, and why I end a series so abruptly, or I don’t follow through with a certain series to the extent I told you all I was going to.

You could portray me as a liar in a sense I guess, but really… I’ll explain what I am doing, and what I am thinking the whole time. Probably the best examples would be Destiny, and probably Wildstar. I’ll first start with Destiny, and why I haven’t written/finished Part 7. I’ve been streaming the game every night practically, and just having a joy of it. I’ve streamed the raid, and other stuff, which I told you all I would do. So, where is part 7, 8, 9, 10. Knowing my writing pattern, thats where I probably would be right now if I continued on. (I still plan to write). There are some drafts for 7 floating around here in Google Drive somewhere, I promise. Other games came out, and my priority switched to focus on The Secret World, World Of Warcraft, and etc.

So when my priority of things switch, I sort of take everything I was doing, and put it on a full halt, and wait patiently for myself to bring myself to write about it again. Lazy? You could say, but I dunno, that’s just how I am right now… Sort of always been like that.

Example 2: The Wildstar Syndrome. Oh man… I feel so bad about saying all the stuff I am going to say, but to explain it in the best way I can, it has to be said. I did Wildstar, and then Wildstar:Revisited. What exactly happened here? I’m not going to tell you everything that happened to Wildstar, you can either Google it, or read them in the series. Essentially what happened was, I thought Wildstar was going to be my game for years to come.

Okay, that’s my first problem right there, I assumed way to much. The problems the game had, graphically, and everything. I have a pretty good PC, and I was getting 10-15 FPS, even in dead zones. Cool eh? No. God, I had such high hopes for this game, I really did. I might even email Carbine one day and say “Hey, can I have a free 24 hour trial to see how the game is.” I want that game to succeed so badly… And it hasn’t announced changes for a change of payment yet.

Then I did the revisited posts, and the story continues from there… I’m not sure if I ever did a final post to the revisited series… I may have. Another case of the blogs just stop there, and never continue on. I’ll touch on something else before wrapping this all up…

I always try to predict how long a series will be, and I think that hurts me more than it does pretty much anything else, when I say it’ll go on for about 7, and then ends at 3, it’s completely like “What the crap happened, man.” I don’t know… There is a lot to think about. Too much one could say…


Anyways, thanks for reading this… I hope you have enjoyed it. If you have, please leave a comment below or tweet me @SirIsaacJewton Cheers!

It's A Rough Road [P3]

Posted by SirIsaacJewton Thursday February 26 2015 at 9:18PM
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It’s been a spree of writing! No really, it has been. I have a ton of like drafts on Google right now… It’s sad, but hey… I am being productive at the same time, so it’s a win win situation. Continuing the trend of this series, I have been testing my stream of the PS4 for Destiny, and other various games. I’m still having some difficulty of the quality on my PC. I’m not sure if it’s my PC specs, or the settings with XSplit, but I’m still tinkering around. I’m having a lot of fun just messing around with it, and I can really see myself doing this as a daily thing.

The repeating question in my head is… “What kind of streamer do I want to be?”. That’s a pretty broad question, and I’ve touched on this before but like… I figure I can be like my favorite streamers I watch now. Comedic, informative, etc etc. I tend to be okay at explaining things to people, I did a fairly decent jobs at explaining raids in World Of Warcraft when I was a raid leader, and I like to think I was pretty decent at it. I can always incorporate that into my streaming style. Most important though is that I need to be myself. I don’t want to fake my way to viewers, or be someone I am not. I need to be who I am, and that’s that. That’s a pretty scary thought though, being myself.

So, I know exactly what I will be streaming on my PS4, so then it comes down to once I figure all my PC settings out, what exactly do I stream? Well, I play a lot of Hearthstone, and with the upcoming game I will announce at a later time, what then? Well, of course we always have The Secret World and such. I like to keep my “Playing” games to a min. I don’t want to playing 5 different MMOs at the same time, it devalues all of them. I keep on thinking to myself just hold off on the PC streaming until the later date, and focus on streaming console games. It’s all fine and dandy if I do that, but like… I want to stream all the games I play, you know?

I guess it all comes down to my preferences and such. I have a lot of time to think and overall develop my stream style, my schedule, and etc. I don’t plan on making any money off of this, I don’t plan on having a ton of viewers as well. This is really just to get my reviews more content, rather than writing it all down. Don’t get me wrong, if I gain some viewers that’s awesome, I would surely love that! The core of this though, is really to expand my reviews into more than just writing. I have this book, it’s a notebook you could say it’s my own review journal, of ideas and such I have that I want to jot down, for future reference.

I can’t tell you how big this notebook really is, and how full it is… I would be kind of ashamed. Literally it’s filled with games I want to review, how I should go about it, and etc. This “journal” has really helped my writing style grow and mature into what it is now. Okay, I know I have bad sentence structures, I use a TON of commas but it’s not like… Put into one huge paragraph, and no pauses. It’s readable dang it! I’ve came a long way, a really long way when I first started. I write down what I don’t like writing about, and what I do like writing about. Certain aspects of the game I should focus on more, etc etc.

I think my biggest problem with all of this right now is sticking to a game. It’s kind of like the problem I have in World of Warcraft, “Hello, my name is Josh, and I’m an alt whore”. I can’t stick to something for so long. As it stands now, ESO, and SWTOR are my current longest reviewed game. I’ve come back to SWTOR more times than I can remember, because it’s just so good. Well, if it’s that good what’s the problem? Well, I feel a lot of pressure when reviewing a game. When I feel pressured, as in life I tend to drift away from the problem, until I fill it’s void with something else, I.E MMO Hopping.

How do we fix this problem? I don’t know really, force myself? I kind of did that with SWTOR. I forced myself to play it, and it kind of worked for a little while, but it didn’t settle… Alas, I still have a want to come back to it, but then about two months or even less the problem repeats itself. I don’t think there is an exact cure, until I find that “Right” game. If there is such a one. Maybe in due time. I think another huge problem is that I over hype myself, and the game.

Let’s discuss that before I wrap this all up once and for all! If we Google the definition of Hype we get… extravagant or intensive publicity or promotion. We as players tend to over hype games when we know very little about it, or after we seen a two minute in-game clip. That’s just who we are. We want the game we see, and like what we see to be the best there ever will be. Of course with that comes huge problems, let downs, etc etc. “Oh my god, we hyped this game so much, but it sucks, how could they do such a horrible job!” Etc etc.

I kind of do that in my game I over hype myself in the game, by saying “Holy crap, it’s so good, it can only get better right?” Wrong, I do the complete opposite of what I saying. Instead of keeping the energy of what I am saying, the game will just fall off as it normally does, and as always… I’m left with the hype syndrome. I’m causing the self destruction of the game I call fun. It’s a sad and lonely world. You think I would learn my lesson after doing it over and over. Of course, I don’t, because I want to believe that this game can live up to the hype I am presenting it with.

Going back to a point of… Is there such a cure for this? Maybe if I learn some patience or something, and stop stressing out over small things like that. I believe it’s more of a personal issue than anything else… Maybe one day I’ll go back to SWTOR, or ESO, or whatever game. Until then I am focusing on two games, and a third unannounced game. I hope you’ve enjoyed this read of my personal things. I think I’ll do this every once in awhile to let you all have some insight on what goes down in my thought process. I’ve enjoyed letting you all in my odd world. Thank you for reading for the past couple of years, and here is to many more years to come. Cheers!

It's A Rough Road [P2]

Posted by SirIsaacJewton Wednesday February 25 2015 at 11:24PM
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Note: This was originally only posted on my blog website, but instead I decided to post the series here as well. So you will see references to my blog, and this site, because I legit just copied and pasted. Thanks for reading.

I’m kind of ashamed to be writing about all of this, because of how much I have talked about it in the past. Oh, I’ll be streaming this or that, which I have but I’ve never taken it seriously enough to purse it further. Well, not as much as my writing of course. I wish I could explain it better than this, but this is all I got for now. Do I have plans for the future and such? Of course I do, but I’m taking it a few steps at a time to ensure I don’t screw anything up. I don’t want to lose focus on what I want to do the most, and is that pretty much dish out quality content again and again. I don’t want anything done without my 100% attention to detail.

With that all being said, it arises a new question for me to ask myself. “Am I doing the right thing?”. That is a very broad question to be asking myself. Even today I’m questioning myself on streaming and video content. I’m pretty good at hardware stuff, but when it comes to software… I’m no good. I’ve tried using OBS, and I still have an open subscription to Xsplit, but I barely know how to use both of them and it worries me a lot! I have a few days off a work this week, and I plan on doing a ton of research about it. By research is like reading guides, and watching videos, and taking a lot of notes.

What I am thinking of doing is basically this… Every time I play a game I am reviewing, whenever I am playing I will just stream it. As a sneak peek, if you currently watch the stream, you will see the next game I review. Nobody really watches the stream as of now, so I get to test out settings without revealing anything to much. Yay me. It’s all about perspective! So, basically as of today whenever I am gaming on my PC, I will be streaming. I will configuring settings and such, until I get everything perfect. I think right now I will be using Xsplit Gamecaster, which I like the whole setup/layout and the simplicity of it all. Plus, the (BRB) graphics I have played around with is kind of fun!

Two more problems I would like to talk about before I wrap it all up… What exactly should I be doing when I streaming? Do I need to be myself, along with commentating? It’s a whole new world for me basically. I think eventually I will find my groove as time goes by, let’s hope sooner rather than later of course. I think this problem will be solved in due time, and I shouldn’t worry to much about it, am I right?

The second problem arises… YouTube. Should I upload my streams to YouTube, or try my best to edit for highlights? I know very little about editing software so that would be a whole new world. I know very little, to nothing about editing software, and video stuff in general. I guess to prevent these problems, I should just take baby steps, and let it flow you know. That’s just how I need to approach this situation, and future situations about this stuff. I am super excited about all of this though, it’s a brand new world. I’m hoping my readers of previous series, and current ones will watch in and enjoy the process live with me.

It’s going to an insane, long ride… I hope the people who are reading here and on http://www.mmorpg.com are ready for the ride. It’s gonna be fun! Cheers!

 

It's A Rough Road [P1]

Posted by SirIsaacJewton Wednesday February 18 2015 at 10:58PM
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I’ve been going at this whole writing thing for a long time, and it’s not easy all the time. I wish it was, I mean… I have all of this wonderful games to talk about, and I can never seem to click with any of them for a LONG period of time. I think my longest series was SWTOR, and Elder Scrolls Online. Destiny has been taking a slight recess for now, but I feel like my time here is just dwindling down to nothing. I’ve changed writing styles, I’ve played multiple games, and I am dedicating a lot of time to “The Secret World”. Don’t get me wrong, nothing will ever stop me from writing, it’s just that I wish I could do more.

I try to stream games as much as possible on my Twitch channel, and I may try to do some YouTube stuff in the future, but right now I am focusing on my writing. The thing is, I’ve covered some many games, and I’ve stuck to some, and others have just dwindled because of lack of interest. It’s not that MMOs are dead to me, it’s like nothing exciting has happened in awhile. “The Secret World” is doing a great job at keeping my interest peaked, and my gaming at full. What about the future though? Am I looking forward to anything? Well, yes I am, and I kind of want this game to take me to the next level of reviewing. As I’m typing this, I am watching fraps tutorials, and other video software to take me to the next level. I am not going to mention the name of the game yet, it’s going to be a secret until further notice.

I will answer some things about the game, and why I chose this game to elevate my reviewing to the next level, rather the current games. It only makes sense for me to explain. I tend to think TSW, will be my last fully written game. What does that mean exactly? Will I stop writing? Of course not, never. I just to want to branch out, and do some more types of review. Videos and such you know? It’s kind of why I named this post, “It’s A Rough Road”. It’s kind of like that from here. I’ve really got nowhere to go but up. I’m starting at writing, which I have been going on for years now, and finally deciding to take it more seriously, and move on up.

What does that exactly mean though? I don’t really feed the need to do videos, but I feel the want to do them which are two totally different things. I finally want to do them. Alas, I am scared of what’s to come. Will people like my voice? Will they like my style of commentary? It’s a whole different factors bundled into one giant thing. There lies the problem, pressure, fear, and whatever else comes with it. With that fear comes excitement of a whole new world you could say. I can talk and talk for hours about a video game I am playing, but what will the people think? I mean, hell… I am getting way to ahead of myself, will people even watch my content? Like I said, a ton of factors go into play, before I even think about doing all of this you know?

Another hint towards my first game that will have video content, it is a PC game, and it is an MMO. I will be sticking to that, because I don’t want to go away from the trend that I have going on for many years now. Though I have played single player games before, I don’t want my first game that has video to be a single player game, going away from what I’ve written all along. Another question arises… When will this happen? The game is currently in pre-alpha, and yes I purchased into pre-alpha. (The game looked surprising good, and promises a lot, and has a lot of good people behind it). I estimate the first written, and the first video will come out in about 4-6 months. Why such a long time you might ask?

I don’t want to devalue TSW. That is the last thing I want to happen to a game I am currently loving and playing. I’m giving TSW some value time before investing any time in another MMORPG. Of course, things may change or something, but I will always update you on if that happens! I will release the details before anything has been written or recorded. I have a lot of hopes and “dreams” about going into streaming or video content. I still have a LOT to think about on what I want to do first and everything. It’s overwhelming but we will get through it you know? We will see in due time of course. It’s going to be awesome though, I can promise you that

We, The Illuminati[P2]

Posted by SirIsaacJewton Friday February 13 2015 at 2:12AM
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“Those who manipulate the organized habits and opinions of the masses constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.” - Edward Bernays

I’m treating this game very differently from others, 1: Because it’s very different in itself, and 2: You can repeat missions, and just really explore, and find side-quests or what not you know? So, I am taking my time, and enjoying the scenery, the dialogue and just doing some hard missions. Ones that require time and thought, which… I have little of, (Both). Joking aside, I’ve had to look things up, think about things, and most importantly try to figure it out myself before asking for help, or cheating if you want to call it that.

Most of them involve just looking for the clues, or research about a specific character in the game. You don’t have to have a brilliant mind to do them, you just gotta be thinking out of the box, and even me at times I struggle with it, because I’m used to all those easy quests of gathering so much, or killing something so much. We are all used to them by now, even if we don’t want to admit it. Let’s be real here, those are boring after the second time you know? We just power through them like it’s no big deal, because it’s become a chore, an easy chore at that.

Beating a dead horse it seems here, but I am trying not to coat all of this with rose tinted glasses. Every game has it’s downsides, some more than others. This game is not an exception. This game does have it flaws. As I play it more, and get deeper into the game, I will explain what they are, and how it affects me as a player. For people who currently play this game, have played it, or looking to play it I hope this will help you settle your issues with the problems that arise for me. I have a tendency to sugar coat things you know, even when I’m writing a review, I want the best out of the game to come out, and sometimes… It’s not fair/balanced.

Everything needs to be balanced in this series. Everything good that has happened, and the downsides. Whether it be a specific instance or people, or bugs. It could be that I really enjoyed this mission, or found an awesome item. I want to share the stories with you in a way that reflects both good and bad. I don’t want someone coming to me and saying “Oh, you didn’t tell us about this bad part of the game, only the good stuff”. You are correct, potential players should know about everything so they don’t go full throttle into the game thinking it’s perfect. That’s not what I am here for. I feel like I have done that in the past, and that is truly unfair.

Anyways, back to the actual game. I’m still in Solomon Islands, the first area. Going through the main story pretty slowly, like I said I’m taking my time, but I’m not losing track of the main goal here. I’m experimenting with my skill choices for the two items I have picked out. Sword and Assault Rifle. I like the combo, high damage output for me at-least and some sustain. I feel like I would die a lot more without my leech ability. Self healing has put some dire situations into not so dire. Don’t get me wrong though, I’ve died plenty of times so far, and not even to mobs. There is a quest, where you get the wrong answer, you pretty much die to poison smoke. I have around 2,000 health and it still kills me. (Yes, it does happen). Quests kill! Yes, the monsters and quests kill. Isn’t that a terrifying thought? I think so at least.

What’s next for my character? As I mentioned before I am testing out new skills, researching combos, and doing enough quests to make sure my character will be ready for the next zone. (I will go into detail on how, during the next post, I promise). I’m preparing, enjoying and really taking the whole thing in slowly, and making sure I get the best out of this experience. I was reading on another website, a new person to the game asked how they should approach the game, and someone said, which I am going to apply to myself as well “Take it slow, enjoy the game for what it offers, and find what dark secrets the game has”.

The game has a dark setting to it, which I love… I’m having fun finding all it’s quirks, getting to know the NPCs in each zone. I think I have communicated with a lot of people, and it’s fun while questing to talk to people in the chat, and really just talking...  Decent conversations, no one is flaming one another. (At least, on my server.) I’m actually you know reading the backgrounds on the NPCs I can and stuff. It’s really cool all the details Funcom put into this game.

In the next post, I will explain my current skill build, how I am planning ahead, and what’s to come after the first zone. I should be done with the first zone before I publish #3. If you enjoyed this post, leave a comment below! If you have any questions, please leave a comment below, or tweet me @SirIsaacJewton Cheers!

We, The Illuminati[P1]

Posted by SirIsaacJewton Wednesday February 4 2015 at 1:48AM
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Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think we’re being run by maniacs for maniacal ends and I think I’m liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That’s what’s insane about it. - John Lennon

I’ve talked about this game before, I’m going to go through a short introduction to this game, and then get into the meat of it all. I hope you are ready for the modern adventure of secrets, and a lot of weird, weird people. First of all, let’s cover the basics here. The Secret World is a MMORPG made by Funcom. They have made games like, Anarchy Online, Age of Conan, and Asheron’s Call. The game is set in the Modern era, it’s not a fantasy MMORPG, or Sci-fi. It’s modern, with areas like New York, Tokyo, and London! It’s very different from what I have played in the past, which makes it great. It’s basically a breath of fresh air. It’s also a Buy to Play game, with a cash shop.

The game is focused on Three factions. Illuminati, The Dragon, and Templar. They all fight the forces of darkness, but as you can already tell by the title, I have selected… Illuminati as my faction. I have always liked Illuminati, even with books by Dan Brown, and movies/documentaries about them, it has intrigued me beyond measures. (Yes, that much). I sort of love just how modern the game is, you’ll see people with smartphones, cars, motorcycles, etc. I said it before, a breath of fresh air in my gaming world!
 

The game is really hard, there are missions that require investigations, research, and sometimes Google. (I cheat, so what). That’s the beauty of it though, it requires effort, thought, and time. You don’t feel like your time is wasted while questing. A lot of games that I feel my time is wasted questing, because they really don’t mean anything you know? Sure, there is Lore and everything, but this game takes storytelling to a whole new level of awesomeness. It’s something you can really get behind, and just mold into it. You feel like you are going through the pain of the characters in the game. Oh, did I mention… It’s all voiced. Yes, the quests, and the storylines are all voiced. It’s really amazing. It’s really that and other things that make you delve into the story.

Of course, with every game there is some downsides. I’m trying to not make the first have rose tinted glasses on the whole time. (Sorry Funcom). So what are they exactly? My only downsides I have right now are legitly two things. Since it is a type of harder MMORPG, the community is smaller than others, but there is hope on this downside… The community is just helpful, and amazing. Sure, you get your trolls and jerks, but people are extremely helpful, and kind. You have a question? Boom, ask away and receive help. I’ve been needing help somewhat a lot recently, and people have answered all my questions with mature answers.

The other downside? This one is more personal preference, than anything really. Difficulty. Yes, I mentioned it before the game is sometimes rather difficult, but there is always clues in the game, and sometimes you just have to look around, and read. It has become frustrating a couple of times, when you think you have what you need, or you think you have the correct information, and then it fails… It’s heartbreaking at times. Yet, of course we have the amazing power of Google and other helpful sites, but that’s cheating… Yeah, I cheat, but not all the time I swear! That being said, it can be frustrating at times, but it’s fun using brain power, and hidden things in the game.

During these posts, I will try to refrain from spoilers for the people who are currently playing the game, and wish not to. If I have to post a spoiler, I will alert you before hand, of course! It’s going to be an odd, weird, and bumpy ride through the game The Secret World! I will try to have a… Illuminati like quote at the start of each post to make it more immersive. Thank you for the first read, it’s been a pleasure writing for you, and I hope you will keep reading this series as it develops!
 

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A New Chapter

Posted by SirIsaacJewton Monday January 19 2015 at 1:01AM
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I kinda don't know how to start this one, so if you don't mind some random babble, eventually it'll come around to a point, so bare with me please. 2014, was a kind of important year for me, personally, and gaming wise. Lots of games came out, lots of disappointments, but also a lot of joy. Before the year ended, I really thought about what I wanted to do, and how I wanted to shape up my MMO playing. I did the usual, and looked at what games were on EA (Early Access). I know right, gross. Upcoming pay to play MMORPGS, and even Free to play ones. Only a few caught my eye, but what about the ones I never gave a shot?


There was one that came to mind, and I think 2015 will be it's year to be played. "But Josh, you suck at sticking with one game". It's true, and a lot of you might say that, hell I even say that. So I want to balance between around three games. You all know Destiny, what about the other two? I've come to realize, MOBAs aren't really my thing anymore... I loved playing League of Legends, and I LOVE Dota 2... But it's becoming a bore to me, and I just watch the professionals play, rather than play myself. A spectator sport if you will now.


So, what's been going on now? I've pretty much deleted MOBA games from my life. We’ve narrowed it down to three games. One we know is Destiny. What about the other two though? I’ve been playing Hearthstone basically since Closed Beta and has become one of my favorite games of all time. Alright, so we got two games, but they aren’t real MMORPGs are they? No, sadly they are not. Back to my point about looking at upcoming games, and sure some of them caught my eye, but not enough as the game I’m about to talk about.


I’ve shown this game little love, even though I adore it so much, and with my neglect I have learned to appreciate it more and more. It’s not the biggest MMORPG, but popular enough to catch my attention more than once. Alright, so if it’s caught my attention more than once, why haven’t I played or talked about it before? I have, but again I have neglected it, but this time around… I’m giving it a better shot, 2015 will be this game’s year for me.


Why now, and what happened to the other games? I know, I’ve been jumbled and everything for the past couple of months, well the whole year really… Multiple adventures, a ton of games, and a ton of memories… But it’s not all for naught. I’ve came to make some great friends, who I talk to on a daily basis. Taking everything seriously has sort of matured my type of gaming. Yeah, I play Destiny, and Hearthstone but the MMORPG gamer in me as matured. I’ll talk on why The Secret World fills that void that has been missing later. Back to my other point, before I babble on more.


I’ve played various games in 2014, subbed to an endless supply of MMORPGs it seemed, a lot of them clicked with me, and a lot of them didn’t. It’s never money wasted though. To give you a list would be a long one, but I will give you a rundown of what I played. LOTRO, ESO, FFXIV, TOR, Neverwinter, and so on and so forth. Many games I talked about right here on this blog, and some I didn’t. (There is plenty more, and even one’s I am currently playing, but I left them out)

A lot of them fell with disappointment, but there was some that gave me a lot of happiness.

Alright, so what about the games you keep talking about? World Of Warcraft, yes I know the new expansion, and my problem with talking about it. I will finish the series of course, and give my final opinion on the expansion, and my experience as a whole, that I promise. Even though I switched servers, found a nice guild, and even switched factions… It wasn’t enough, but that will all be explained in the upcoming final posts. I believe there will be at least two more. (I have a lot of drafts, and such). It’s a sad story at the end, but you will all fully understand when I publish those. I promise you.


Why the drastic change, and why only three games? I need to limit myself really, when I play too many games, it just drains me to the point where I don’t play anything at all. Not even Hearthstone! That’s bad right? Least I think so. That’s why I have to limit myself to only three games. I don’t know if some of you do this or not, but it becomes overwhelming to the point of stressful, and gaming shouldn’t be stressful right? Well, depending on what type of games you are playing of course, but generally they shouldn’t.


Alright, final point of this post, before I go venture on into the The Secret World, so why this game, what makes it so important to dedicate a lot of time to it? As I told you before, my MMORPG gaming habits have matured in the sense, that the whole fantasy, or sci-fi doesn’t do it for me anymore. Whereas TSW is a Modern MMORPG. (I”ll get into this in a lot more detail in the first blog post). There will be huge upcoming news about the Cabal I will be running in the game! (Cabal means Guild). It’s seriously going to be one hell of a ride, and 2015 will definitely be it’s year for me, and I hope you all will join me along in this adventure as you have before.


In closing, I want to thank you for all for the amazing year I had in blogging, with all the readers and supporters, you have been amazing. I will keep doing this throughout 2015, sharing my adventures with all of you. There has been a lot of talk with myself and some of people who read my stuff, if I will ever take streaming really seriously. I truly intend to stream most of my The Secret World adventures on my twitch channel. (Details to come sooner, rather than later). Once again, I thank you all for reading. It’s been awesome, and will continue to be awesome. Cheers!

Warlords Of Draenor [P5]

Posted by SirIsaacJewton Saturday December 20 2014 at 2:55AM
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It's been awhile... So we continue on...

Long time no see, or read I guess. It's been some time since I've posted anything really, so I thought I would start off with World Of Warcraft, (Don't worry, Destiny posts will come soon). I believe last time I just talked about what I plan on doing, server wise, character wise and such. Time to get deep down into what's actually going on inside the game, am I liking it, or am I disliking it? Truth be told I have always liked the leveling process more than anything in the game, not more than raiding, but more than most things. Actually reading the quests, and doing other things besides getting to 100 ASAP you know? There are many improvements that I love, generally has to with the graphics overhaul, and it feels like a brand new game since switching to Horde side. (Sorry Alliance). It's not brand brand new you know, but it's that vanilla feeling that I so desperate want to feel all the time... Sadly that's not how it is.

Is that such a bad thing? To many people probably, for me it's not such a huge deal. As much as I love "Vanilla" World of Warcraft, it won't be there for long, so what can I do except cherish it for as long as I can feeling it. It's like growing up, and moving on from things... It's great that they were there, and maybe the future won't hold better things, but we still have to move on with it. I won't be stuck in the past, hating the game for what it should be, I'm loving it for what it stands for now. It's not all perfect sadly. There are still things in-game that I truly dislike. I wish the inventory system was different. I wish flight paths were faster. That's just not how it is, so we suck it up move along, and find things we like and don't focus on those bad things.

My buddy is desperate for the "Vanilla" feeling, and I can't say to him yeah the new expansion, all the new additions is just like that... It's just not there, I would be sort of lying to him if it was you know? Sure some elements are there, but it's not the whole thing. One thing I am feeling a lot more now, is that I'm playing less and less. (That sounds bad, but true). I went from playing 3-4 hours a day, to about 1-2 1/2. Sounds rough, but the thing is I am enjoying my play time. It doesn't feel like a chore, or anything. I generally feel like I am having a great time playing the game. Quests/crafting/etc don't feel like a friggin chore. Playing time could change, you know? It's really confusing how I am stating it, but the point is, I am more overall enjoying my time playing.

This post will seem out of whack so I apologize if it does, tired, and been very busy and I figured I wouldn't have much time writing for awhile so better do it while I can. My horde character is level 68, been progressively leveling pretty fast, even while reading the quests and such. (Spoiler: I use a ton of heirlooms). Cheating I know! I'm sorry! Shame on me, okay well... I still earned them haha. You could argue it devalues the true leveling process, but I'm still taking my time, reading the quests and even exploring. It sure quickens the process, but it doesn't lessen the value of the overall experience to me, which is what I came for right?

Since hitting up the Role playing server, I've started to do it within chats in towns and such when multiple people are doing it. It's defiantly interesting... I'm not sure how to take it as of yet, maybe it was just that group of people? Still trying to find an hardcore RP guild to test the waters out as well. I think RP is better suited when you have the same people daily doing it with you. (Hence, why I loved DMing DnD). I think that will defiantly up the value of role playing. It's something new and exciting for me to do.

It's funny to me, I have been doing WSG (Warsong Gulch for people who don't know). I'm so used to the Horde stomping every time, but it's been very 50/50 lately which is depressing... I want to win every time dammit. It presents a challenge, and I haven't dabbled to much in Warrior PvP, I'm mostly watching Swifty PvP, or various YouTube videos of Warrior PvP. It's defiantly fun, charging to everyone and then killing them. (Level 19 PvP). I still hate Hunters and Fear. If you don't hate Fear then please... Get feared some more until you learn to hate it.

I think this will be the last post until I hit 90ish, and update you all on how I like all the content. The series is called Warlords Of Draenor dammit. When I hit I wanna say 91, I'll update you on how I feel about all the new content, quests and such. It'll be a blast I'm sure. I think I will upload another Destiny post before Christmas... Hopefully. I hope you have enjoyed the read! If you would like to discuss this post, or Warlords Of Draenor, please leave a comment below or tweet me @SirIsaacJewton Cheers, and Happy Holidays!

Warlords Of Draenor [P4]

Posted by SirIsaacJewton Saturday November 29 2014 at 2:55AM
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I’ve been thinking to myself lately, what exactly drives me to play World of Warcraft? I ask myself this more than you think trust me… It can’t be only the fact that the expansion was released, sure that plays a huge role with it. I do believe World Of Warcraft was my first MMORPG, and a lot of people attribute a first MMORPG like a first love. You just don’t forget about them. They sort of always linger in your head, behind some walls or whatever. I think that does it justice, World Of Warcraft is always lingering my head when I’m playing other games. I wouldn’t say that’s a sad or bad thing.


I stated before, and then edited my post saying I would re-roll pretty much everything. Server, faction, and classes. I’m used to playing on PvP servers, and this time I rolled on Wyrmrest Accord. A RP server. I think it’ll be a nice change of pace, along with the faction change. A little back story on this, I’m always felt like I have been a Horde player at heart, but when I first got into the game, way back in Vanilla, my IRL friends were always Alliance, and I never switched over due to that fact. Now that most of my friends are not playing anymore, it seemed to be the perfect time to switch over. For the Horde! (Alliance people, I am sorry).


Alright, back to my question, what exactly drives me to play? We got the first MMO down, and the expansion, but deep down what does really matter? Raiding? Pvp? Lore? Yes, I actually read quests and such. The shame of it all! (No, there’s no shame in that). It all sort of bundles together. I have such a love/hate relationship with the game, but that’s what is exciting about it. Rose tinted glasses were never fully on when playing the game, even back in Vanilla. I always found something to complain about… Even now, I still find things to complain about. The game isn’t perfect, and somehow… I don’t want the game to be perfect. I want it to be flawed, and I want to elaborate on that a little bit.


If the game was perfect as it was back let’s say in Vanilla, we had all that we wanted, and we didn’t need anything else. There would be no Burning Crusade, or Cataclysm, so on and so forth. With the newest expansion released, it brings that sense of, there is way more to do now. Sure, you could look at it like it’s the same old stuff, just branded new. It’s there though! For us to do! The game needs to be flawed so it can improve, and Blizzard has done a hell of a job with Draenor. Is it perfect? I’m sure it’s not, and I can’t even give you a good answer, until I have done even some of it’s content, and I assure you I will.


We’ve all read about the rocky launch, the DDoS attacks, so on and so forth. I have had que times, and I usually just played Destiny, or Hearthstone while waiting. I’m not going to sit around on the forums and complain when I can just do something else while waiting. (My queue times were usually around an hour or less). Not the worst, but certainly a wait nonetheless. I’ve been back and forth with this game ever since the release. I come and go, and each time I say it will be different, it’ll last. (Like a relationship, ha!). I do however tend to ask myself this time, will it? Mist lasted a very long time for me, and I played, and played. Other things came around, and my subscription ended, and I didn’t renew it.


Distractions, or shiny new things usually end my World Of Warcraft playing streak. First it was SWTOR, then FFXIV, then Elder Scrolls Online. All these great games came out, and then I sort of just forget about the game, and then it comes around back to World of Warcraft, funny eh? I’m sure I am not the only one who feels this way about this game, or another game. Though I try to stick around in most of the games I have played, I keep coming back to WoW. It’s not really because the other games are worse, and it’s not entirely it’s better than the rest, it’s just… I don’t know how to really put it. I’ll explain to the best of my ability though.


Every expansion, except probably for Cataclysm has made the game 10x better. (We can argue about Cata later). When I took my I believe second break from the game, Mist was about to be released, and afterwards about a month after being released, I renewed, bought the expansion and went on with my life in World of Warcraft. The distractions came in, new games came out, and it withered away on my PC. Even when I am playing other games, like I said before, it always lingers in the back of my mind. I got news of Draneor, and here we are talking about it. The game constantly improves.


Improvements can be small and big things. Every time I come back I find more and more of what I like about the game, and less I dislike. I don’t know if that’s the fanboy in me talking or what. After watching multiple streams, and IRL friends play the new content I cannot wait to hit it myself, and play. If you have played the content. Do you enjoy it? I would love to know all ya’lls opinion of it. If you would like to discuss this post, leave a comment below, or tweet me @SirIsaacJewton Cheers!