6 April 2011
| | pixiestixy
Here’s my usual setup while playing WoW: WoW is displayed on my large monitor hooked up to a powerful desktop for extra visual fun. My wimpier laptop sits to my left at my desk — playing music, skyping, playing videos, or simply staying available for my occasional trip to WoWhead for quest help without the need to tab out of the game. But I’ve now found a far superior use for that laptop, and it’s the game Shakes & Fidget.
Like most of you, I was skeptical about this game when I first signed up. It’s a browser game — no downloads required — and has a real-time aspect that translates to spending a lot of time in-game simply waiting around to finish a quest, complete a work shift, battle the next dungeon monster or get your arena on. But that’s also the same thing that brings beauty to the game – that you can set it up and leave until you are ready for the next task.
Between quests while playing WoW, I can queue up my S&F character for her business. I refocus attention back on the main screen until I hear that unmistakable “zing, clack, whirr” sound of battle starting on the laptop. I don’t have to actively participate — but I want to at least watch to see how my character performs with the latest attributes that I’ve leveled. Continue Reading
19 August 2010
| | iTZKooPA
The awesome pewpew isn't worth $15.
You may have noticed that I tend to play multiple video games at once, even multiple MMOGs. I always have a go-to game — it has been WoW for the past two years — but it can change every few months. Right now, for example. World of Warcraft is in the doldrums. When the Lich King died, Wrath of the Lich King ended for me. Sure, there’s Ruby Sanctum and its connection to Cataclysm, yet that lore hasn’t tickled my fancy. There is Ulduar, nearly untouched by any of my characters, but a serious group is impossible to find. Thus my eyes have begun to wander.
I’ve given numerous games the once over. Been swooned by their large features lists, bowled over by their end game, and enticed by their customization. From the tried-and-true fantasy genre to the FPS post-apocalyptic world, no type is off limits. Heck, I have even slummed it in Second Life recently. You know, just to see what’s up (in the furry community).
I have spent hours researching, but I still haven’t found The One. It’s always come down to one simple thing: money. Thankfully, I do not need to worry about that with Global Agenda anymore. The MMOTPS continues to hold my attention, but in a casual way. It’s fantastic for those random spurts of playtime, 15-30 minutes of pure unadulterated bliss and stress relief. The title just doesn’t fill the void (currently) left by WoW.
What I am looking to play is a deep MMOG. A game I can get attached to; one that has group content, but can be played as a solo player. Most of all, I want a story-driven title with flavorful quest text and a living lore timeline. Going back to Warhammer Online was a waste and APB isn’t anywhere near adequate. Star Trek Online calls to me, but I fear what Cryptic has beneath those sirens. Continue Reading