Tag: LineageII

Why so Much Emphasis?

After reading a number of early morning blog posts left over in my RSS reader from yesterday, I found myself wondering: Why do gamers put so much emphasis in what we and others are playing. Especially others. Why do we even care? Every day I read a post from one or more authors that includes some sort of semi derogatory remark condoning a group of players simply because of how they choose to spend their time. Or, to be more precise, where they choose to spend their time.

There are those who have made up their minds that everyone who plays a free to play game must be a certain ‘class’ of gamer. How dare they actually enjoy ‘the grind’ that comes with a lot of these games. Don’t they know that in the long run they’ll pay more for their “free” game then some people will pay for their monthly subscription?! Then there are the WoW gamers. Don’t even get me started on these people. I have heard everything from how close minded they are to how stupid they must be, simply because of where they choose to spend their time. It’s as though we as gamers have moved into certain categories and stereotypes not based on who we are, but because of where we play.You ask a fellow blogger their game of choice and suddenly your opinion of them shifts slightly.

So I ask again – why does this aspect of a person even matter. Why are we so keen to judge someone based on a persons decision to spend their free time where they wish. I have even heard people go so far as to say they do not like a particular person because they play certain games that they are not fond of. Really? Are we so shallow that we are now making character judgements based on video games?

I simply don’t understand it.

In my opinion it doesn’t matter where you play, so long as you have fun. In fact voicing my opinion about any other ‘type’ of gamer is a moot point because when it comes to how others are spending their time – my opinion doesn’t matter! It’s their time, their money, and what I think of the matter is completely irrelevant. I refuse to classify a person based on whether they’re playing EQ2, EQ, VG, LotRo, WoW, WAR, DDO, Darkfall, Wizard101, Runes of Magic, EVE, Alganon, Fallen Earth, Lineage II, Allods, Champions, STO, Free Realms, Aion, FFXIV, SWG, Guild Wars, AoC, or any other game.

Go play, and enjoy. Don’t like it? Move on and find something you DO enjoy. It’s a game. They’re supposed to be fun. There are SO many games out there and despite what others would say about them all cloning one another there are always unique factors to each and every game – you may be surprised at what you end up playing and enjoying. I implore gamers to make their own decisions about what they like and don’t like, and refuse to be classified into a category of gamer simply because of where they spend their time.

LineageII, The Witcher, Dungeon Runners and W101

Today being Boxing Day in Canada, it just wouldn’t be complete without some shopping. I typically avoid the stores because there’s a million people out there all shopping too, but this year I wanted to brave the crowds and go out. My parents graciously gave me $100 certificate for EBGames (as well as numerous other gifts) so that’s where I headed. I was looking for a few pc games that I’d never played, had heard very little about, that were maybe not exactly my typical games, that I didn’t care if I got bored of them 10 seconds after I bought them. This was “fun” money after all.

I contemplated getting a game card for WoW. Looked over at the rack of pc games (small and all alone) as the crowd swarmed around me. I almost picked up LoTR, but decided against it. 

Instead I came home with The Witcher, Dungeon Runners, and LineageII. 

The Witcher was slightly annoying to install. For some reason my copy didn’t come with a code (and it said it should be on the back cover, inside the phone book sized manual that came with the game) and without that code yes you can play but you can’t patch the game. Annoying. There were a number of solutions, and the one I found worked. I didn’t want to be waiting forever for customer support to email me a code (which was another option). 

Decided to install and activate the two free months that came with LineageII. Reminds me of guild wars (gee wonder why) to start. VERY pretty game though, and it was fun running around learning commands. No idea how to claim the black mask I apparently got with the 4th anniversary edition, but I’m not too concerned yet. I know very little about this game at all. I know it looks pretty. Hey that’s all that should matter, right?

Haven’t installed Dungeon Runners yet, but for $20 and 6 months of game play I’m not expecting all that much. They advertise it as a game to play when your ‘main’ game is down, perfect. 

I forgot to mention, renewed my subscription for a month for Wizard 101. Over the holidays I (of course) had my laptop, which the game runs perfectly on. I managed to creep into level 14, part way through as I finish off a few last Wizard City quests before moving on to the next world. Also got a new outfit, which is just as important as those levels. 

Lots of games to keep me entertained, and lots of learning about them to do. I don’t mind that though, it was exactly how I wanted to spend the game certificate, hehe. 

Hope everyone is still enjoying their holidays!

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