I like to think I have a broad range of interests. They include motorbikes, fast cars, gadgets and phones and recently I’ve been getting into Board Gaming. You might think of Cludo or Snakes & Ladders, but modern board gaming is a lot more complex. Intricate pieces, colourful boards and complicated rules and scoring mean it can be quite taxing on your brain if you want to do well.
Star Wars The Old Republic is a new MMORPG that has started this week, with early access to those of us that ordered and registered back in July. I’ve been playing it for around a week now, so I thought I’d get down some of my thoughts on the game.
You may recall the last MMO I played was Rift, which I blogged about a couple of times earlier in the year. I still have very fond memories of Rift, if things had gone a little different could very well still be playing it and in many ways it will be the yard stick by which I measure other MMO’s.
I’ve been toying with the idea of building a new PC all through the year, mainly based on the Blue Screens of Death I’ve experienced on my old machine, mainly when playing Bad Company 2. Mid way into summer I found the crashes to be down to a dodgy stick of RAM, which I replaced, but still I had an itching to upgrade.
I was rather surprised when I discovered it was actually a month off of two years since I built the machine I was using right now. With the Beta of Battlefield 3 on our doorstep and Star Wars: The Old Republic due in the next couple of months, I thought maybe I should get it over with and build myself something new.
One reason I do this blog is to remind me of things I’ve done, almost like a diary. It’s interesting, even only 3 months later, to look back at my beginnings in Rift. I left off asking if Rift would move up through my all time played games according to Xfire. Well it did. I commented I played 30 hours in one week, far more gaming than I’d done in a long time, well Rift soon took all of my spare time and it peaked up around 70 hours in a week, now sitting in 2nd position with 649 hours played in a 3 month period. That’s an average of around 7 hours a day!
I don’t play many computer games these days, it’s either I’m growing up or my obsession with gadgets is taking over… I think the latter is more likely. The games I do tend to still enjoy are those that let me develop and build the skills of a character or play to gain achievements of some kind. MMORPG’s (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games) fit the bill here, but it’s often hard to find a good one.