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Games are Life

Just a personal blog for everyday gaming. Playing various MMO's and always looking for the up and coming title.

Author: Mcdrecan

Rethinking my gaming past Part 2

Posted by Mcdrecan Friday June 24 2011 at 8:21PM
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So like I said in my last post I had a lot of experience with FFXI, some good, some bad and something’s that you just can’t escape from no matter what game you’re playing. If you’re reading this post than you probably know what I’m talking about ‘bots’. They were at almost every rare spawn point in the game that was even worth camping out for a couple of hours (some had an 8 to 16 hour window between spawns). I’ll admit it I tried out botting but it was only for fishing and mainly for my own cooking skill not to throw on the auction house to make money from it (I had my BCNM fights to thank for my funds).
I loved that fact that in FFXI after about level 10 (you could try earlier if you were bored enough) you had to get into a group to actually level your class up. It gave you more playtime to get the feel for a class, write macros and overall figure out what works for you. Unless you were playing one of the few classes that could solo level (beastmaster, pupper master, and blue mage were the ones in the game when I last played). Granted most of the time at level 10 you were grouping with people that didn’t have a lot of experience with the game, had no sub class support and was entirely under geared for the fights, but you pressed on and survived the dunes. Fun times going after the sub class item that only skeletons at night dropped, unless you got some help from a higher up and they took you into the mines were the skeletons were always up.
Also the one thing that FFXI had better then any mmo that I’ve played is the story line. Right from the start you were thrown into this huge story line that ended up taking you into huge fights that you needed to complete before being able to go to the next chapter in that story. You also didn’t have to finish one story just to get into another story from a new expansion.  There was more to do within the game itself then there was “end game” material, yeah there was fights like the tornberry you had to kill just to get your “Carbuncle Mitts”, or the tornberry that you had to run in circles for fear of death while 17 other people chased after it to try and kill it from behind (best time for this fight was almost 3 hours). But you had a lot of classes that you could level on one character and you could reuse some of the gear that you have gathered while playing another class to use.
Macros for me were the best as well, because you could make a macro to change gear at any given moment and while fighting to give you a certain edge. While playing a thief I had a macro to change gear for range attack and let me group know when and what I was pulling, and then switching to another set of gear entirely (except weapons cause that would reset TP) to give me a better attributes for melee attacks. The same went for any class that had the ability to pull and do melee damage even with my red mage and black mage class (had to do the same set up for my wife’s red mage as well) I had to change elemental staffs according to what I was casting at that given moment.
Next week will have a longer post due to my deployment coming to an end then I’ll be able to get back into gaming as soon as I get my hands on my new laptop, or actually setup my desktop again. Until next time thanks for reading.

Rethinking my past gaming

Posted by Mcdrecan Friday June 17 2011 at 10:19PM
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So this post is to inform people of my experience with MMO games and I am an addict so to speak. It all started when I was in school for military training. Didn’t really have too many options for stuff to do outside of class, except being bored in my room, going out drinking and just being dumb with stuff to do.
One day a friend of mine was talking about playing Everquest and I found it interesting. I instantly ran out and bought the game and all the expansions that were available for it at the time. I spent the rest of the day installing and updating the game. My excitement was growing because I’ve actually always wanted to play a RPG online after reading a lot about it online and reviews.
I spent the rest of the weekend trying to figure out the game play, fighting, skills, inventory, and all that go with your typical MMO. Once I got used to the controls and started learning how to play a necromancer my friend offered some help so I could level up a lot faster. Next thing I know I was pushing level 45 and still not really knowing what I was doing but it was a good thing my friend also played a necromancer and gave me some pointers.
 I continued to play for a couple of months and ended up helping with a dragon that was woken up on our server that took an entire weekend to kill, but all that was dropped from the dragon was an egg. It wasn’t even like a valuable egg but just a normal egg to cook with. So I left the game never to return; I did try to get back into a couple of months later but it was pointless.
A couple months later Final Fantasy XI was released for the Playstation 2 and I immediately ran out and bought it. Being a fan of all the Final Fantasy games I was curious of what was in store. It’s funny because I had no idea that it was another MMO, I just thought it was a pretty big version of Final Fantasy that need a hard drive. Till I got installed and started getting everything set up, I ended up using the random name generator to create my first FFXI character. It took some time to actually get one that sounded good and caught my eye. Then I stumbled on ‘Drecan’ (another form of the name I use on this blog) this name ends up being the one name that I try to use with all the games I play.
I played FFXI for over 3 years, had my wife playing along with me after she tried playing my character. When I got her to play I was then banished to the desktop to play and she took over the Playstation 2. I made a lot of friends on that game, spent a lot of time in Jueno, Dynamis, BCNM fights, and way too much time in Sky to the point where I actually routed memorized.  I ran my own linkshells after playing big roles in other linkshells and realizing that I could make up my own and actually help people get gear, levels and even summons.
I had every class leveled over 40, with thief at 67 and my warrior at 75 with countless Merit points. I still too this day have almost 100 gigs of unedited video of game play, mainly thanks to my son who was only a couple of months at the time. I would hold him while playing sometimes and he would beat my keyboard and end up hitting the right key to start my recorder.
More to come next week…. These will continue till I return back to the states to actually start playing MMO’s again once I drive my wife crazy to the point that she tells me to get on my computer to stop bugging her.
Man I love that woman!!

Life Interruption

Posted by Mcdrecan Tuesday June 7 2011 at 9:02PM
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So my life interruption is finally coming to an end! I am a sailor serving in the United States Navy and currently floating in the big blue mass we call the ocean. Been away from most video games, well anything that is 3D uses a lot of resources for a laptop and well any good game for a laptop. Since my laptop doesn’t like any type of game played unless I want to drown myself into “The Sims” or some other half brainless game that doesn’t take much. Although I did have some fun with buddies playing the original “Starcraft” or playing “Diablo II” on my net book (I know it’s a small laptop but I had to see “Diablo II run on it because I could not believe it when I heard about it).
My laptop was a great gaming laptop spending hours playing World of Warcraft, Eve, Dragon Age, and many other titles, but now it just over heats and forces the computer to shutdown. I know your saying to yourself why don’t you just get a new laptop, easier said than done cause I’m very picky when it comes to desktop parts and laptops. I spend hours just looking at all the specs and prices of everything till I come to a conclusion.
Enough rambling on about my laptop and back to the reason I was writing this in the first place. Been out of the loop for awhile (gamer sites are blocked due to bandwidth limits). Been doing research when I can on Rift and my old favorite World of Warcraft, as well as Knights of the Old Republic trying to figure out what game I want to dive into or back into.
Been playing World of Warcraft for over 5 years now, have all but 2 classes (Druid and Rogue) are 80+ with a Priest, Warrior and Hunter at 85. Was finally getting into heroics and getting better gear just before leaving for deployment, then start to see the patch notes (as I get them emailed to me) and I’m really losing interest in the game period. Maybe it’s the fact that I haven’t played in a couple of months but just off the updates I can’t help but ask “Why Blizzard?”
Rift sounds promising and from friends that have played World of Warcraft as long as I have if not a little longer say it’s just amazing. One of them said “it’s the graphics of ‘Aion’ pvp of ‘Warhammer’ and old school leveling (talent system) almost like ‘World of Warcraft’.”
I have been trying to look up as much as I can but with limited bandwidth it just sucks to even try. If you found my blog hit me up and let me know what you would suggest and why.
I plan on having this blog as a review of MMO’s out there with my unbiased opinion and will only do review comparison’s when people request me to do so. My next post will probably be more random stuff that I find interesting about some MMO’s that I may or may not try; or it could just be the ramblings of a crazed gamer without games who knows.
Thanks for reading!