I have been pretty good about keeping myself away from MMORPGs since last year. I started playing Final Fantasy Online back in 2004, and for the next (almost) 5 years I went through the supposed 9 rings of gamer hell. It starts off casual, you just play for a few hours a day. Eventually you peak at obsessive gaming, playing every day, waking up at ridiculous hours to make specific events or hunts. After the obsessive stage, comes the burn out. I burned out last year. I stopped playing the game on a regular basis for nearly a year and got to free up all those hours to play other things, to study more, go out with friends more, all the good stuff.
This was the first warning sign: I didn’t cancel my account. I’ve been paying the monthly fee for a game I haven’t been playing for months. I keep thinking, yeah I’ll cancel it at the end of this month, and it’ll be over. But then the month goes by and I don’t update the client and actually cancel the account. This month, I finally went and installed the client (and the game) to my new PC. I did it mostly out of curiosity – I built the PC in January and I wanted to see how the graphics looked (opposed to on my laptop where I’d been playing FFXI all these years). Oh man, the game looks so beautiful! I’m still going to cancel at the end of this month, but for right now, I’m feeling that pull, that gravity that MMOs seem to have to suck people right in.
So, everyone cross your fingers that I hit that cancel button in 2 weeks!
So, a lot of things have been keeping me from games lately; “A lot of things” being dating an absolutely wonderful someone for the past month and a half. Recently, a friend of mine found a nice little deal on Steam for Borderlands. It was marked off 50% to begin with, but there was also a 4-pack priced so each copy of the game came out to about $18.50. I must say, it’s the best $18.50 (or more…) I’ve spent on a game in a long, long time. I’ll give three reasons why I play this game (and you should if you aren’t already):
1. I can play it at my pace (single player) whether I have 20 minutes or 3 hours at a time to entertain myself. I’ve found lately that I can’t play games that take up too much of my time any more. Between working, dating and pursuing a real career on the side I almost always choose to spend my free time out of the house instead of indoors. That being said, I need to play games that I can dedicate very little time to (on a daily basis). No more 5-hour EXP grinds for me.
2. I can play it with my friends online whenever we’re all online (huge bonus…it’s the same reason that sold me on Titan Quest, actually). It’s the same deal with a lot of games I’ve come to enjoy.
3. It’s got one of the most simple UI I’ve seen lately. There is absolutely nothing unnecessary cluttering my screen. I’ll even add a fourth reason hanging off of this one: the little robot is the most hilariously adorable character for a shooting/looting game EVER. Yeah, cute robot. Come on, how could I say no? Oh, and have I mentioned the artwork is totally awesome (hand-drawn technique)? Now that’s 5 reasons.
Total win? Yep…
My name is Kristina, and I am very excited to participate in this blog-site written by female gamers. I am 23 and just graduated from a university in south Florida this past December after studying abroad in Japan last summer. I’ve spent my entire life around video games, comics, regular print books, anime and music of all kinds. Right now, I’ve become more of a casual gamer compared to what I expect will be most of the writers on board. Nonetheless, I hope to contribute honest and interesting reviews of the games I do (or have) played.
I generally go for RPG type games on consoles like Wii, PS2/3 and handhelds such as the DSlite. I also like to play some FPS on Steam, and I love, LOVE zombie games (they’re too funny!). I’m just disappointed I haven’t had the time to play all of the ones worthwhile. I can guarantee all you readers that at some point (probably soon, and more than once) you’ll see me talk about the Monkey Island games. I personally think those are some of the funniest games ever written, and try to share them with everyone that will listen.
Lastly, I have MMORPG experience, playing Final Fantasy XI and Titan’s Quest (among others). My handle on WP should be Chiiana, which is what I name almost all of my toons in online games and my profiles on consoles and handhelds.
That’s all I have for you all tonight. Thanks for having me, and happy reading!