I thought I would revisit some of the games that I used to play and tell you what I think of them today. I think I told you I had begun to play World of Warcraft the other day. Day 3 finds me at level 16, back with my old guild, Bran’s Believers, which was the second guild I had formed and is now run by my friend, John, known in-game as Camber. I bought the complete game which comes with a character level 90 boost. More about that later. I am very rich for my level as Camber gave me a huge amount of gold. Thus I bought a better bow and was able to fully train my character up to the max for her level. I w,as able to chat with Oschelan and Annaleighh and Rosethorne. Great friends and guild-mates from years back. So far I am frustrated only that my character is so low that I have no mount and that I can’t find where the quests are, but that was true before. I also miss having fancier armor and looking more feminine than I currently do. I love the new quests I’ve encountered, especially The Balloon Quest in Stormwind, one of the game’s major cities. I play a human hunter and it seems to fit me better than the healer characters I tried hard to learn in this game. I also made a Pandorian, a new race since I left. She is also a hunter. I find her very cumbersome and find the quests much harder than the ones I face as a Human Hunter. I chose tailoring and sinning as my main professions, along with cooking, fishing and first aid as my secondary professions. Cooking is my favorite. Big surprise.
The Next President from Prodigy was the very first online game I played. Talk about addiction. This game was addictive and very expensive. Those were the days you had to pay for your online time. The game came out when President Clinton was running for his first term. There were 6 candidates at the start of the game and as in the real election, candidates were weeded out until only 2 were left and finally it was time to vote. This was the best gaming experience I ever had. No drama at all and met some wonderful people. I dragged a couple from Prodigy’s Food Board which is where I usually had hung out before the game came into being. One of those people, Camber, the now leader of Bran’s Believers, I had met on the Food Board, got him involved in The Next President, and so the circle revolves. From the Next President, we tried our hands in a Star Trek type game on Prodigy. That game didn’t really intrigue me, although I am an avid Star Trek Fan.
Yserbius from The Imagination Network was the first. This is still my very favorite game. It was where my character was born and where MRA (Mystical Realm of Asgard), my guild was born. This is where I met Sethiel, my long-time questing partner and my best friend. Yes, I have two best friends. I am lucky. The Shadow of Yserbius was a puzzle-based MMORPG that really brought people together. Many of those friends I am still friends with. It took me a long time to go to the mountain, which is how people used to refer to The Shadow of Yserbius as. The man who is currently running Bran’s Believers, Camber, tried to get me to go and tried to teach me. No luck. Let me back up a bit. The Imagination Network was an online service (I think that is what you would call it.) that hosted many forums and games such as a version of Yahtzee, backgammon, a golf game and was the first that I know of that you could “chat” real time to people. Anyhow, one day, a couple of neighborhood boys did some work for me as a good deed. To repay them, I told them about INN (The Imagination Network) and told them they could play. They created Leah. They made a friend who helped them get Leah a few levels and told me his name was Aljo. The next day I decided to see if I could go to the mountain and meet this Aljo and see what the game was about. Aljo was great and he was a good teacher. So Leah was begun as was her saga. I will tell that some other time.
Next came a game called Empiriana. Empiriana was a good puzzle-based MMORPG, but it’s developers, for whatever reasons, never kept up with the game. Also, the game was really the first graphical game I know of. It was a decent game with great players. Met so many good people here. But our time was short-lived. The developers didn’t keep it up so we got bored.
Onward to Asheron’s Call. I have so many fond memories of Asheron’s Call. It is here that I met my best friend, known then as Annabelle. She and I had the most fun shopping for high fashions in that game. It is also the game where my in-game children, of whom Annabelle became one, would bring me incredible gifts. I really loved Asheron’s Call and in my heart it remains my second favorite MMORPG of all time. My guild, MRA (Mystical Realm of Asgard) flourished here. We should have s stayed there. I believe we’d all still be together if we had. The game is downloading as I am typing this. I am not finding the installation of this game easy. It’s probably me and the late hour and my impatience though. Why don’t they make things easier for us non-geeky gamers? Now this is strange. They allow you to download the game but then tell you that you need to purchase an account. So forget that.
I tried Everquest just once and very briefly. I did not find that game user-friendly at all. Within five minutes I fell into water and couldn’t find my way out. Forget that!
So I thought that I would re-visit Dark Ages of Camelot. For some weird unknown reason I don’t qualify for an account. Too late to worry about it tonight, but I am a person of little patience, so I say, they lost out!
And now back to World of Warcraft. This is a good game and the powers that be keet making the game more exciting. There have been many changes since I last played, and from what I see, it’s for the better. I really like that they are throwing today’s social issues such as homelessness into the storyline. Cudos for that Blizzard!! The graphics are great as always, but the servers are crowded and thus lag is great. Lag is frustrating to all gamers, but most MMORPGS suffer from them. If someone ever solves this problem, I am willing to wager he/she will become a millionnaire. There are good people playing this game and I find that there is a more mature group playing it.
So, that was my journey into the addiction of gaming. Gaming is a good release. I wouldn’t say it is relaxing. Maybe just the opposite, but it does take you away from the problems of your own life. It stirs your emotions and fosters friendships and in some cases romance, or romantic entanglements. I know of at some marriages that we broken up due to gaming. One on-line friend had to quit gaming because he was so addicted. I am fortunate, Paul allows me this folly. First because he worked 12 hour days before he retired, and I was home alone and lonely. And now, he does his computer thing while I do mine, although we are joined at the hip.
Do I think gaming is good or bad? What a difficult question that is. I think it’s a good thing if done in moderation. I hate it when I see young kids sit and play for hours everyday and on the weekends when they should be out having the time of their lives. I know there are kids who are shy in real life, or don’t quite fit in. I think for them especially, trying to make real life friends is crucial and to interact and learn social skills is crucial. I think that for adults, it is a great way to unwind after a day’s work or if you have nothing to do on the weekend. But even then, go out and socialize. People in real life are important. I learned that lesson the hard way. I became reclusive and came up with excuses on how I needed to stay home. I only wanted to be with my on-line friends.
Now, on the positive side. Gaming teaches leadership, team work and does teach some social skills. Netiquette is essential in gaming. However, there is definitely a lack of it, in my humble opinion, when it comes to going after quest kills. Then people are greedy, pushy, etc. It’s like a sale at a bargain basement. Everyone for themselves. I hate that in the gaming world, but I guess, that’s part of gaming. Gaming is fun, entertaining, and fascinating. If you get into role-playing, it is a good way to be creative.
The thing I hate most about gaming is the PvP (Player vs. Player) aspect. I am a pacifist at heart and even for pretend I abhor the idea of killing others. I respect the human race too much to be comfortable killing other players. So I choose not to duel others and not to go on battleground raids. I stick to killing monsters and non-player characters (NPCs). I am limited my play time and am not getting consumed with leveling, which I never did anyhow. My time mostly went into running my guild. I never got a character over level 20 because of this. Maybe this time I will be able to play and learn the game. Who knows, perhaps now is my time to really get to the end game which I have never been able to do. Wish me luck!
While looking for graphics, I came across a great post about the psychology behind WoW at the Metropolist. Here is the url for an interesting viewpoint about MMORPGs: http://www.themetropolist.com/play/latest-play/cant-stop-playing-world-of-warcraft-can-learn-psychology-behind-mmos/
Gamers, when they get hungry like a quick meal that is easy to eat at their computers. Here is such a recipe. Enjoy!
Home Cookin Chapter: POULTRY
Chicken, Zucchini, And Prosciutto
preparation: 15 minutes
cooking: 20 minutes
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1/4 pound (about 8 slices) prosciutto
3 small zucchini, thinly sliced into half-moons
1 clove garlic, thinly sliced
Heat oven to 400° F.
Season the chicken with ¼ teaspoon each of the salt and pepper.
Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large ovenproof skillet over
medium-high heat. Cook the chicken for 2 minutes per side.
Transfer the chicken to the oven and roast for 8 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a second skillet, over medium heat, heat the
remaining oil. Cook the prosciutto until crisp, 1 to 2 minutes per
side. Transfer to a plate.
Add the zucchini, garlic, and remaining salt and pepper to the
skillet and cook until tender, about 3 minutes.
Add the prosciutto and zucchini mixture to the skillet with the
chicken, squeeze the lemon over the top, and toss. Divide among
source: Kate Merker
December 2006 via
Photo: Anna Williams
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This post is dedicated to Sethiel, Blackie, Ham and his boys, Annabelle, Camber, Sojo, Truefoe and all of the rest of my wonderful MRA family!