First and foremost, allow me to introduce myself. I go by many names, Zinfacter, RyanSnake, and if you play Age of Conan (which I have just started), you can look me up on Wicanna as Nuhmudiira (Nuh-moo-deer-uh). I've had a hobby of writing fiction since 2005. I've got a few different random documents of meaningless and plot-less drivel, a few short stories and a novel I'm working on. I am also yet to be published, but that's obviously something that takes time and hard work.
I try to be as grammatically correct as I possibly can but my punctuation is not always correct, which is something I need to improve on.
Forums are not usually my thing, but if I happen to be lurking around and I notice a topic of interest, I might pop in. This comes from bad experiences with most people on the Internet, I'm very opinionated and defensive, most people can't handle that. I also do not hide myself behind an avatar and an alias, I am the same person on the Internet as I am in person, although if you've met me or ever do, you'd notice a difference in my speech. Most likely because I don't put that much effort into being grammatically or politically correct when having conversations, most people I associate with don't really care about that sort of thing.
If you'd like to get to know the person that I am, in all of my weirdness and oddities, I've got a Facebook account. Lookup Ryan Fortney.
And now, my gaming hobbies.
I started out with games in general back in the late '80s, early '90s when my parents bought my brothers and I a Nintendo. My addiction probably comes from watching my Father play the whole way through Super Mario Brothers, only to be presented with the beginning of the game again, along with harder bad guys. Ah, the memories!
Throughout the years I made my way through console games and eventually into PC Games, starting with Wolfenstein 3D and then of course, Doom, the game that captured and helped shape my imagination as a kid. ...I still remember the nightmares.
Eventually MMOs caught my eye, which started out with the Anarchy Online beta, although since I had been playing PC Games on a 486 (circa 1999) at the time, I wasn't able to participate. It wasn't until 2003 that I finally started investing in my own computers and more powerful systems.
AO kept me hooked for at least 2-3 years, making friends, leveling, grinding... possibly my best gaming experience ever. To this day I still have my original character and the funny thing is, she's not even max level. That's how you know an MMO is good, if you can play it for years, have a blast and not even care if you make it to the elusive "endgame".
Which brings me to my biggest gripe, World of Warcraft. I played this game for 2 or 3 years, a year and a half of on again, off again play. The urgency to rush yourself to endgame, just to farm gear, is my biggest gripe. What are you getting that gear for? So you can get more when Blizzard releases yet another dungeon? You see my point. Sure, Blizzard does it right, why do you think they have so many players. An "easy-button", linear, unoriginal and easy-to-access game for mostly pre-teens, teens and adults whom, in my opinion, don't know what a good MMO really is. And it's a shame that this has become the measuring stick for all other MMOs emerging from lesser companies.
My other main problem with World of Warcraft is the community. Coming from Anarchy Online, I was very used to a mature and generally helpful and thoughtful group of players. WoW has the exact opposite of that. If you were a psychiatrist and you were tasked with diagnosing the population of Blizzard's giant, you'd probably come to the conclusion that you're dealing with a slew of insecure, entitled men and sadly, women too, who all, in my opinion, either are of a young age or believe themselves to be. This is not something I want to deal with when playing a game, nor do I ever intend on making an MMO my full time job.
You'll also probably notice that I bash Asian MMOs. Why? Because I hate 90% of them. Don't get me wrong, I'm not racist, I love Asian chicks, but the games the Chinese/Koreans/Japanese pump out every couple of months are vomit inducing. No I won't pay money to gear up my character and no, endless hours of nothing but killing "mobs" and collecting gold is not my idea of a fun time, maybe it is for a gold farmer, but not me. Sorry, I'm American, I need more distractions than that.
In conclusion, this is me and I intend on posting my thoughts about games here on this MMORPG.com blog. Leave comments if you like, but be civil. I murder trolls as a 3rd hobby.