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This blog will be exactly like any other blog that deals with MMOs. Except it's written by me. And if that fact alone isn't enough to make you click thru, boy were you stung for the 5 bucks you paid to see this. Whaddya mean, no royalties?

Author: notquite

Drift City - Drifting Along On The Crest Of Free-To-Play

Posted by notquite Monday October 29 2007 at 2:55PM
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Been a while since I was here. Has anyone out there tried Drift City? It's published by ijji (who also put out Gunz: The Duel amongst others), and is basically an MMO Burnout ripoff with cel-shaded graphics and a bizarre Korean pop soundtrack. The car models are pretty fun, and completely thieved from real life. The names are cute - VW Beetles are now Dragonfly, Mini are renamed cleverly to Maxi, and that all-American creation the Hummer gets the new moniker of Tyrant. Nice. Jeep, Chrysler and Dodge actually have licenced names in the game, which I suppose is something different from opening an island in Second Life. Me? I'm driving around in an MMT1 at the moment, aka the original Smart car! Drift City's got it's drawbacks - perhaps a little too simplistic, lag hits when swapping from map to map (just wait a sec before taking those timed missions on, let the map load!), and a collection of players in chat that makes Barrens chat look, well, tame really. But for all that, the multiplayer racing is fun and balanced, the lure of trying to get an extremely long chain of combo points going is quite strong - and that bloody soundtrack will stick in your head whether you like it or not. I haven't even tried partying yet, but I suspect some Dukes of Hazzard style shenanigans would ensue ;)

PvE Preferred - Why I Chose The Carebear Way

Posted by notquite Saturday June 30 2007 at 12:43PM
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OK, so I realise a lot of the fun in MMOs lies in having the opportunity to beat up on your fellow man in a safe virtual environment. It's just not something I'm interested in doing. The main reason, I guess, is that I'm too competitive by nature, and it just wouldnt be fun for anyone to play me, win or lose. It would be griefing, ragequits, the works.

I have had some very limited PvP experience, mostly in Guild Wars (Fort Aspenwood, the occasional special holiday PvP such as the Dragon Arena, and even a few Alliance Battles). But the objective there wasnt to fight the other guys, it was to gather Faction or presents for my own characters, I viewed it as kind of a necessary evil in the way of my goals.

So it's PvE all the way for me. Next time you see me in WoW and you try and duel me, just watch that duel flag sail back on up into the sky ;)

My So-Called MMO Life

Posted by notquite Sunday June 10 2007 at 11:46AM
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Last time out I listed all the MMOs I've played. Now here are the ones I'm still playing:

WoW - it took a couple of years and a couple of false starts, but I eventually succumbed to the lure of Azeroth around 6 months ago. In my particular case, the lure was to run around as a big minotaur-lookin dude screaming "Woo Woo" at people. He's Level 40 now, bless him. I have other characters, but due to the fickle nature of my guildmates there's not much prospect of doing any raids in the near future. And I rarely team with anyone I dont know in RL.

EVE - Despite all the recent controversy, I've actually returned to the game after almost a year away. This time round, my one and only character is being outfitted as a serious miner, with the ultimate goal being one of those new Tech 2 Exhumers brought in with the Revelations expansion. I play EVE solo, mostly with my attention elsewhere such as a book or IM conversation when no one else I know is gaming. I have never managed to convince anyone that this can be fun.

Guild Wars - This was my main game for 18 months straight, but boredom set in around Xmas time. However, one of GW's great strengths is the fact that my account is still there, waiting for me to pick up and play at a moments notice. I do worry that Eye Of The North and the sequel on the horizon are not going to be all they could have been - little tell tale signs like Dwarves and Tengu not being playable races, which I thought would have been a no-brainer.

Second Life - I was a paying Resident for a while, but I sold my land and went back to being just a wanderer. The main draw for me was the International Spaceflight Museum, and more recently, the efforts of NASA and other space-related organisations trying to get a virtual community up and running within SL.

This Blog May Consider Itself Started

Posted by notquite Wednesday June 6 2007 at 11:50AM
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Welcome to this, my umpteenth blog (approx). I've been trying to figure out an exact number, and determine if I've played more MMOs than written blogs. I guess the only way to find out is to list em. But first: How many MMOs have YOU played?

Let's see, MMOs I've played... how very handy it is to have a list on this very site! ;)
Anarchy Online, Auto Assault, City Of Heroes/Villains, EVE, Guild Wars (all flavours), Kingdom of Loathing, Planetside, Second Life, Shot Online, Star Wars Galaxies and World of Warcraft. So eleven it seems. I have loads more blogs than that...