Archive for March, 2012

Another Reason to Hate Facebook

Posted in Rants with tags , , , , on March 30, 2012 by C J Spear

At some point soon I’m gonna write a bunch of articles on what was wrong with the prequel trilogy of Star Wars, and say how I would have changed them so that the story flowed better, they made more sense and they were more entertaining. However, I’ve been a bit Star Wars heavy the past couple days so I’ll save that talk for another time and instead spend today ranting about Facebook – because why not?

Now, its no secret that I’m not really a fan of social media. This may be because I’m not a particularly social person, or because I generally just hate people, but lately I’ve come to enjoy twitter and I will actually check my facebook every once and while. That said, while I have come to find certain things I like about social media (mostly through twitter, and being able to follow people that I don’t know in person) my main gripe about it still exists, and I’ve come to discover other things that really irritate me.

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That’s No Small Moon

Posted in Gaming with tags , , on March 29, 2012 by C J Spear

OK, as promised, today I’m continuing my discussion of SWTOR, mostly in comparison to WoW, and discussing what features SWTOR has that wow could learn from (by which I mean, should outright steal like it has from every other game. I mean, its already stolen AOE looting).

The main aspect of storytelling in SWTOR that distinguishes it from other MMO’s isn’t the cutscenes with dialogue that everyone talks about, but rather the opportunity to make different decisions. The dialogue wheel in most cutscenes is largely a superfluous addition that you just manouvre around to get companion affection points, but you get several chances in most questlines to make an actual decision, and whether that has good or evil connotations, making these choices makes you feel more connected to your character. I suppose you could say its putting the RP back into MMORPG, but the thing is, you don’t suddenly become an RPer by playing SWTOR.

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These Aren’t the Droids You’re Looking For

Posted in Gaming with tags , , on March 28, 2012 by C J Spear

After playing Star Wars: The Old Republic for some time now, I can finally write down some conclusions I’ve drawn about the game and, more importantly, why I feel this way. Pretty much since day one I knew that SWTOR simply wasn’t as good as WoW, but I continued to play it for two simple reasons. The first was that it’s a Star Wars game, and I enjoy the Star Wars universe and story (running around with a couple of lightsabers doesn’t really get old). The second is that its new – not new as in it looks nicer than WoW, but new as in it had lots of content to play through, whereas I’d run out of things to do in WoW. After leveling a character almost to level 50, and listening to what people playing at end game are saying, I can now contextualise exactly why SWTOR just simply isn’t as good as WoW.

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Operation Heroic Rant

Posted in Miscellaneous on March 28, 2012 by C J Spear

To start off, a little history. I’ve always liked writing, whether that be fiction or articles or whatever. A couple years back, I had the chance to do some regular writing that I could get feedback on – my weekly GM update on the guild site. The idea was to try and get more people visiting the guild site, and I enjoyed the challenge of writing a different topic each week. After a while though, I was beginning to get busy with other things, and the articles were only being read by about 5 or 6 people, so I decided to stop and start my own blog, which I could add to in my own time and (theoretically, at least) reach a larger audience. Of course, what ended up happening was that with the weekly deadline removed, I rarely got any articles written, and then when I stopped playing WoW I just stopped writing.

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