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Not What You Expect

The thoughts and views of a girl gamer.

Author: Thradia

V-Day In Game

Posted by Thradia Thursday February 7 2008 at 5:36PM
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I'll admit it, I'm a sucker for in game holidays.  It doesn't matter what it is or how I feel about it in real life, I get giddy thinking of the next in game holiday fun. 

Valentine's Day if obviously the next "holiday".  Not that I consider it a holiday. Nor do I really celebrate in real life.  Shouldn't love be celebrated every day? My man does not get me flowers or candy, and I wouldn't have it any other way. But I digress....

Stepping into a MMO on Valentine's Day...now that is a different story!!! My house fills with roses and silly hearts.  Running the new quests and doing frivilous things instead of actually finishing the tasks that I have already agreed to.

It's a gaming distraction within a game.  A break from questing and killing in the normal fashion, and a chance to do a few limited time things and grab some items that may not be available again.  Christmas is usually the best holiday, but so many games now implement other holidays (and new game lore based ones) that it is a treat.

Not everyone feels this way, I know.  I have some friends that are oblivious to in game events, but these small things really do excite me and make me excited for certain game updates. 

Maybe it's just cause I"m a girl :P LOL

Suuuuure you did!

Posted by Thradia Monday February 4 2008 at 4:48PM
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This happens in all games....

Someone grinds and speeds their way to max level, then proceeds to head to forums of all kinds to complain that they are bored and have done everything in the game.

Suuuuuuuure you did!

No one who reaches max level in under a month has done it all.  Now, I understand some people like to play that way.  Nothing wrong with that.  But don't bitch to the developers and game companies that they didn't put in enough content. 

They did.

You chose to skip it.

In EQ2 for example....you can go learn languages..work up a faction..lots of little things...so don't tell me you have done EVERYTHING in the game.  We all know you are exaggerating...

Complaining really gets you no where.  No wait. Let me re-phrase that.  Complaining without constructive suggestions will get you no where.  In all my years working for fansites, I've found that if you have a complaint that is intelligent and you have a suggestion to make it better, they will listen more often then not. 

It really doesn't matter if you power level, or if you play casually....but don't run around spouting that you finished the game in 2 week and <insert company here> sucks because you are bored.  You chose to skip all that content inbetween so you deal with it.  Either backtrack and do some other stuff, or close your account and wait for the next expansion. 

Now not all games have a great end game...in my guild...the people at max have been exploring their end game for a loooong time.  And still are not done.  Perhaps if you like it like this, find a game with a lot of end game content. Would be a better use of time then running around to forum complaining....

At least in my opinion :P

What about you?

Posted by Thradia Tuesday January 29 2008 at 1:30PM
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Lately my thoughts have been leaning towards the next SOE Fan Faire.  Because I work at a fansite, we have some inside info of where this year's Faire will most likely be, letting me able to price things out and make plans before any official announcement. 

This will be my first Fan Faire and I am freakin' excited! For me, is it definatly a vacation.  I don't live in the US, but I love visiting whenever I can.  This will be no exception.  A group of four of us are planning to go and be the biggest geeks we can be.

I mean, come on, how can one not go to a Fan Faire or Blizzcon and NOT let your geeky side reign free.  I want to meet other players and guildmates.  Be able to talk to anyone about these games and not be looked at like I'm crazy. 

*dances with excitement*

What about you? Do you go to the conference for your game?

Never Cross This Line

Posted by Thradia Friday January 25 2008 at 10:20AM
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Please, I beg of you....

There are many instances where your fantasy, gaming life should never cross into your real life.  Never.

I am speaking of children.  No, no, not children playing the games. Not limiting them and all that crap that everyone likes to argue about.

That joy has come for you. You find out that you (or your wife) is pregnant! Yay?  Things go well and the two of you start deciding what to name it....

You see where I am going with this?

Please do not name your child after your avatar!!!!!! Unless it is a normal name, please don't do this!

I have a friend...male...that always plays female characters in game.  And he uses a very strange name, some one for every game.  Him and his girlfriend agreed...AGREED no less...that if it was a girl they would name it this name.

I don't want to say this name because the power of Google will find this post if he searches it. 

But trust me, it is wrong.  Thankfully, her last doctor visit determined that it was a boy.  Their boy choice is better.. and not going to match daddy's female dwarf in EQ2!

Remember that these children have to go to school and take the teasing for even normal names.  Name responsibly!

First Post, Welcome, All that Crap

Posted by Thradia Tuesday January 22 2008 at 12:36PM
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So here it is...my gaming blog.  Very seperate from my every day blog.

As you guessed, I'm a girl.  That's right. Pure girl and pure gamer. 

Time after time I get strange expressions when I tell people what I am into.  The response is usually the same.."I never would have thought".  I am shocked that some people still have a very stereotypical view on what a gamer should look and sound like.

And I personally don't get it.  I feel like a geek...act like one...talk like one....*looks down*..maybe not dress like one though.  No pocket protecters in sight!

Anyway, back to the introduction. 

My forte is MMORPGs.  Love them.  Played many of them, but my addition lies in EQ2 at the moment.  Sorry, but Blizzard just couldn't keep my interest.  I grew out of WoW after about a year.  Of course, I play other things too.  PC mostly, but I love my PS2  and DS just as much as anything else. 

This blog will be my views on gaming topics and news.  Instead of just discussing it with my friends, I can discuss it with you. 

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