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Author: beauturkey

So, where to watch fireworks, and in which game?

Posted by beauturkey Wednesday July 1 2009 at 10:08PM
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Fireworks are quite the experience. When I was a child, they were all about pop-bottle fights and possible trips to the hospital. They were about running around our pond with the smell of gunpowder in the air. My dad would set off entire packs of thousands of Black Cats as he laughed, and all me and my brothers could think was: "All those ant piles we could've blown up...gone, all gone..."

Now that I am older, watching fireworks is pretty much like Christmas, Easter, or any other holiday. They're fun, but even my nostalgia for the holidays is waning. Similar to when someone dies, you find yourself nostalgic for the nostalgia, rather than enjoying the holiday. Anymore, holidays are just another day.

Except in game.

I don't know exactly why, but when you log into an MMO holiday, I feel a different kind of holiday joy. It's similar to the joy I felt as a kid (Christmas as a kid was INCREDIBLE) but a little alien, probably because most in-game holidays are much like the real life ones, but with a twist, The same, but not.

That alien feeling is closer to the wonder I felt as a kid than holidays are, now. There are your friends with you, in game, but they are not besides you. There is food and cheer, but it is made of pixels. The holiday fun in an MMO is more pure, maybe because it is NOT real, and made of nothing but emotion and camaraderie.  I can actually say that I have spent more holidays in a game than with my family. Granted, they live in the next state over, only 3 hours away or so, but the price of gas and the cost of a pet-sitter usually leave us in-game to celebrate.

So, with the 4th of July holiday coming up, what do we do?

Leala, of course, will want to spend it in WoW. I am game for anything, but want some fireworks that are INCREDIBLE. Ryzom has, hands down, the best fireworks in the virtual world (watch this film ....watch near 2:45), but I want to be in game with Leala, and she only does WoW.

We COULD, I guess, go up to the local big-ass annoying mall to watch them like last year. They were nice, minus the mosquitoes and crappy "proud American" music, but after-wards it took us literally 30 minutes just to get out of the parking lot. This was 10 minutes from our house.

So yeh, screw that.

If anyone has a suggestion, shoot. Just remember: they have to be loud and boomy.

Beau

Inktomi writes:

A > B

A) Watching your significant others face light up when the real life fireworks start.

B) Watching a cartonn avatar standing next to you "Says:ooh"

A) The smell of sulfur, a good hot dog, fresh air.

B) The computer monitor, hot pockets and air conditioner.

A) Laughing at all the weirdo people you never usually see that only come out on these types of events.

B) Digitized avatars youve seen 1 million times and all look alike.

A) Bar-B-Q'd anything.

B) /eat

I have more but I'll spare you, some things are better done reallife style. The 4th is one of them IMO

Wed Jul 01 2009 11:36PM Report
Death1942 writes:

WoW's fireworks (from personal experiance) were beyond lame.  As for what fireworks you should watch, invite some friends over, grab a few beers and fire up the BBQ and have a private fireworks show in your backyard.

I do that every year for the Queens Birthday and it's easily one of the best nights of the year.  Why not get everyone to cook and bring a unique dish (foreign food, special homemade stuff....ect), makes the night so much better

Thu Jul 02 2009 12:44AM Report
beauturkey writes:

 Yeh we would do the backyard thing but it's illegal, and 101 degrees for the last week.

 I think the point is, too, that I really don't like going where there are huge crowds anymore, you know? Not unless it's a SPECIAL event. I can dig on real life activities and all that, and do, but I guess I just can't find too many reasons to go.

 Though, the lake is supposed to have a good show and some guy suggested this lil alternative route that would be nice.

 

 Beau

 

 

Thu Jul 02 2009 2:21AM Report
OddjobXL writes:

Again, it's hard to beat SWG for fireworks.  I know, I'm late on this, but it's true.  A dozen different kinds and they can be bundled together to make custom displays. 

Here's a peak:

http://starwarsgalaxies.station.sony.com/players/guides.vm?id=80114

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tag9wzEiCo&feature=related

And, of course, here's a typical celebration event, in this case a market day, so you get a feel for the throngs of folks, the vendors and of course the entertainment.

http://www.guildportal.com/Guild.aspx?GuildID=70851&ForumID=327664&TabID=613052&Replies=3&TopicID=8201206

Note that all the props for the market are hand placed by Storytellers or folks decorating merchant tents.  Many are handcrafted with unique names as well.

 

Tue Jul 07 2009 12:02PM Report

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