March Update: More MMOs

A new month come and gone!

You know those moments when it seems like your body is just going “f*** you!” and tries to pile all these problems on at the same time? Yeah…. >.> Previous illness is getting under control, but now new issues arise and my body is definitely trying to war with me. Thank you…. -_-”

But as highlights of the month, GDC week was in March. I didn’t go (I’m not in games anymore), but I did catch up with some old classmates and alumni from the ETC. It was nice seeing them again, strangely nostalgic and bittersweet (as it reminded me of the joys and trials of working at EA). I got a fast forward update of the gaming industry trends of the year and #1 at GDC… was virtual reality. Honestly? I’m not too excited about this. I’ve tried Oculus and Google Cardboard equivalents from other developers and while it’s fun and very immersive to see an environment react to the rotation of my head, the motion sickness it induces really reduces gameplay to just a few minutes. So while my fantasy would definitely be to immerse in a 1st person MMO and take on dragons from the perspective of my character’s avatar, that disconnect between what I’m seeing and what my body is really doing is too jarring to endure for any long-term session. A friend of mine who works in VR explained it to me once before (something to do with inner-ear fluid motion). If these new VR models can somehow mitigate that issue, then we definitely have a game hardware revolution on our hands. But… until then, I’ll just keep watching from the sidelines…

… And play more Guild Wars 2! 😀

My friends, sadly, are not inclined to join me in my in-game roaming (they’re all committed to other titles), so I’ve started reaching out to other online gamers, namely joining a public guild (it is a game called ” guild wars”). My first encounters were a little… creepy (apparently being female in real life is a novelty worth noting and oggling in the online gaming world… which is weird to me since most of my MMO-playing friends are female), but for the most part, GW2 players are very friendly. I ended up joining a role-playing group, RPcd. I’ve never really done role play before. The closest I’ve gotten is in my game design class back in grad school where we had to design one, and a guy in my group ran us through a mini D&D dungeon, but this wasn’t quite the same since the characters were given to us and no one was really playing out their roles. This group is very light on the “role-play” part, though some do play in-character. They are an action-based guild that likes to welcome new players and help guide others across the maps of Tyria, and they are flexible about having people jump in and leave as real-life calls, so it’s a good group to just find friendly faces to play with. Honestly you have to run & fight so much that it’s hard to really stop and type out a line… so to me so far, it’s just mindless roaming and killing of things with an occasional emote about the environment or pretending to drink water from a canteen. Some of them really do get in to the role-playing aspects, and I feel a little awkward witnessing it (intimate conversations that are emoted get seen by everyone), but for me, it’s really no different than getting immersed in a RPG’s story and then saying the lines you think your character would REALLY say in that situation. I mean, when u finally beat that dragon, don’t you want to cheer with the other players?

I have not gotten that deep in to the role-playing part yet. Maybe I will in the future since I do like creative writing (and maybe not with this group, b/c I don’t think it would be very easy for me with the given pace). This is kind of like the campfires back in days, I think. 🙂

Finally, here is an image of my new level 80 Human Thief, Sonieeee wearing some variation of a medium armor outfit (or what I could remember of it). Probably somewhere in Sparkfly Fen. The blue thing next to her is called a Quaggan, which I recently got as a stuffed animal from a friend who went to GDC and knew I was a GW2 fan. 🙂

Sophie and a Quaggan
Sophieee, my Guild Wars 2 character with a Quaggan.