September 11 2020

MMO’s When You’re Strange

Too Weird to Play?

I do have some issues with games that keep me out of them sometimes. Tonight is no exception since I’ve been pushing myself this week to get stuff done. Now that it’s the weekend I’m not just exhausted from work but also looking at everything in life that’s piled up in the meantime.

Since I’ve been working in the evenings I haven’t even joined my friends in Warframe and haven’t logged into anything else.

Everyone has weeks like this though, you know when you’ve got a heavy project or there’s been a lot of work over the week. A lot of times for me thought it’s like this whenever I have work as I usually have to put a lot of effort into concentrating. When I do I get great results, but it can be pretty taxing.

Folks who’ve hung out with me for any length of time eventually figure out that I’m really good at pretending to be normal, but under the facade I put on to make other people feel more comfortable I’m actually pretty weird.

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September 8 2020

MMO Baggage: Encumbrance Vs Inventory

Piles of Loot

Inventory managment has always been an issue for me and I despise it in every game except for Warframe. For some reason this is the only game I’m playing at the moment that just has one big pot for all of the craftables and ‘stuff’.

Warframe does charge for arsenal unlocks, but to be fair, that’s a pittance in comparison to the sheer amount of different types of blueprints, crafting materials, pet growing materials, lootables, and other random junk a Tenno collects as we murder hobo their way through the universe.

So today I want to ask the following:

Why don’t we see too many other games taking on Warframe’s inventory model?

Why aren’t more games looking at ESO’s near bottomless crafting bag?

And/or why not Encumbrance over slots?

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August 28 2020

What To Play Now?

Rainy Day In Gridania

So yeah. What to play now?

Elder Scrolls Online

Despite my lack of blog content, I have been playing ESO on and off again since at least a year before Summerset hit. Even as the slacker I am, I managed to accomplish quite a bit in the few years I played ESO. I know, I know, I’m a total slacker so I really shouldn’t have bothered, but I was actually hanging out with some people for a change and got caught up in things.

That is not exactly the case anylonger. As these things tend to go, but I am still in touch with some of the really fun people I met in ESO and played on weekends with Talta. Getting to run around in ESO was pretty fun once she got the hang of it. Since she’s been getting more into games she’s improved in leaps and bounds from the “Just lay down now” days back in our old WoW guild.

World of Warcraft:

Well these guys are realeasing a whole new expansion in a couple of months. This has me kind of interested because I like some of the new concepts. What do I not like so much, well it’s still WoW and despite the number of times I’ve tried to get into it, I rarely stay there for long.

BUT Talta wants to pick it up again as well… So that’s becoming a deciding factor. Talta is a member of my family that still lives back in the US and I get to play with her on weekends. So that weighs a bit on which game I’ll end up playing.

I played the hell out of Legion but BFA just didn’t do anything for me. Calls to war just don’t sell for me. That and after getting Pathfinder I felt pretty burned out. I took a break from WoW and when I tried to get back into the game but found things to be well, less than inviting at the time. I think it was just the people I knew.

Now I’m back on the US servers with Talta and I’ll give it a go for a bit. If it sticks I’ll get the new expansion and see if it keeps my attention. If not, I’m not going to feel bad about walking away, yet again.

Final Fantasy 14

I have an on again off again relationship with FF14. I can’t tell you why, I really just can’t. The graphics are great. The combat is a cut above the standard stand still and cast. The Chocobos racing is adorable.

It really is a game with so much life, charm and … housing. Yes I mangaged to convince myself, CrankyB and a friend of ours to buy an FC house. This is one of the big reasons I’ve stuck with FF14 is to keep the house. I really love that aspect of the game. Even with a smaller item cap than ESO the houses do feel pretty comfy and there’s a lot to do with them. That is since I use the garden and everything.

Talta couldn’t really get into FF14 though and her overseas ping was pretty terrible. We’re playing on a Euro data cluster. Granted it would be easier for me to just make a new character to play with her on a US data cluster and not have to pay TWO SUBS, but meh. Yeah I don’t think paying one sub will let me play on the EU side of WoW. So.. I can either choose to play with Talta or play with people who share the same time zone. Such fun!

Guild Wars 2

This game is one of my guilty pleasures. I rarely stick around in it for very long. When I do I usually end up burning out on getting one or other of the mounts or some other collection done and then I don’t want to log in for another month. I love the combat in the game, but I can’t really say that the story speaks to me. But I’m probably waaaay too old to get most of it.

I love the look of the game and love the combat. But I really feel like small guilds were sold short when they released guild halls in the manner that they did. They also never really released a toned down version (and no the bs hall in Lion’s Arch doesn’t count if you can’t add furniture) or at least real personal housing.

And no I don’t mean the instance where you can pretend you have a house, but a place where you can actually build something for yourself. I’m pretty sure ESO’s housing system is what kept my attention the longest, AND how I could use that for social gatherings.

While I love GW2 to death, I can’t really say that it has much going for it when it comes to inspiring me to want to hang out with people. I mean let’s face it, you just walk into a pug in the open world. You join a queue for Fractals or Dungeons. Oh, I’m also not touching raids. I probably should since I can get all dem fat lewts, but I’m sitting in a room with a bunch of people I don’t know doing the same thing over and over agian is not my thing.

I think that’s why I loved Legion in WoW. I had something to do in the game that didn’t involve having to do raids. The open world daily content. It wasn’t quests and it was just fun. As a Demon Hunter tank I just started things and let the other people show up when they felt it was safe. I really, really liked that. I hope that Shadowlands has something similar.

The problem with GW2 is that once you’ve done a meta a time or two, even doing things from different lanes, it does get old. I do love the fact that it is open world and I don’t have to deal with the social anxiety involved in bothering to dungeon/raid though so it’s still a big win. After a break here and there.

Talta did play GW2 with us and she still hops in with us once in a while. Granted it isn’t really her thing so it’s not like WoW where she’ll play on her own and go running off to do whatever. You know, like that time she started an entire wave in Ahn’Qiraj… We’re still laughing about “I think I started something” as being a Talta-ism.

So.. What to Play?

When it really comes down to it, what I’m missing from online gameplay is a community. That’s a bit of a tall order for me since I don’t do the people thing well at all.

At the moment I pretty much only play MMO’s with family as well, they don’t mind putting up with my nonsense. While I’ve debated on recruiting for my guild or even joining another one, my sporradic play time at the moment makes it pretty tough for me to settle into a gameplay routine, and without having much in the way of a character ready for end game content (outside of ESO I’d imagine, all that yellow’s gotta be good for something) I don’t really have much to offer any guild.

So what to play? I guess, anything and everything until I finally find a new MMO home.

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October 21 2019

FFXIV Screenshot Info

Queek?

We all love taking screenshots and this is just a note to self on how to take screenshots in FFXIV and where to get them once I have them.

Hide the UI:

Scroll Lock

Take a Screenshot:

Print Screen (PrintScrn)

Folder Location:

Documents > My games > Final Fandasy XIV – A Realm Reborn – screenshots

Since I don’t play Final Fantasy 14 super often, this is the best way I can think of to remember how to capture the fun and have it for later! This might change later and I may have to update it but pre-patch 5.1 it still works.

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January 16 2019

ESO – Going Elsweyr

Yep, I’m still lurking in ESO. Something about Elder Scrolls definitely has me captivated. Magic, mystery, and a big fuzzy bear, what’s not to love right? Yes I’m also still rolling Warden.

I’m not sure how long that’ll be the case, it really depends on what the new class coming with the upcoming Elsweyr expansion has to offer. I can’t wait to try it out and since I have the PTS loaded I’ll probably be doing just that. 

It’ll be yet another gold sink in bags and mount upgrades if I choose to actually keep it. As it is on my warden I have more skill points than I want to count. Mostly from sky shards but also from completing all kinds of quests. 

I even have both the Savior of Morrowind and Summerset on Isabeau. For me that’s a big deal. I’m a total slacker.

Vinny, my partner in crime is still running around with me and we’re getting into no end of trouble here and there. He re-rolled Warden and picked up Werewolf. He seems to be having a blast with it and it’s fun to have someone to run around with. Though honestly, I still do a lot of the quests and achievement grind solo. 

My mother still plays the game with us and we have a dedicated family game night. It’s not as easy with the time difference. For right now though it’s quite a bit of fun. We’re rolling three wardens and that makes life interesting.

The will I won’t I on the necromancer is going to have to wait until I get a hands on chance to play the class. Without knowing how it plays it’s pointless to decide if it’s something I’m interested in or not. 

I can’t wait however for a new zone to explore, hopefully some new armor motifs to grind and… I really want to buy something from an Alfiq. It will be a squee worthy moment.

As it is I’m really itching to try out a Vampire as well and I’m curious how a Vampire Necromancer would play PvE wise. From a lore perspective you’d be an utter abomination. The only way to make that worse would be rolling a Red Guard Vampire Necromancer. Not that it wouldn’t make room for the possibilities of one crazy dude or dudette. 

First though, it’s going to be a matter of slogging through dungeons to get a taste of the story before the open world bit lands. I’m not sure how I feel about that since I don’t like dungeons. I don’t mind public dungeons, but I never really got into doing dungeons. Since I actually have a sub again though, I can just dink around with them if I get the time.

Well here’s to the beginning of the YEAR OF THE DRAGON! I just hope I don’t get eaten. 

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December 6 2018

Warframe Leveling Inaros

INAROS!

I finally have this mummy themed warframe out of the cooker and he’s pretty fun so far. To get more out of him I guess I need to work on getting a one handed dagger so that I can use Covert Lethality. Though that’ll be grand for Ivara too so no sense in NOT having that. Apparently it’s only works in single daggers, of which I currently have none and of course have to build. 

As if building things is a problem for a crafting nut like me! 

I’ll probably have him done soon and I’ll probably play him here and there as he has some pretty fun skills that I actually like so far. I also need to finish leveling Zephyr Prime and hopefully Titania will be out of the foundry before the weekend.

I may or may not have a small problem collecting Warframes. 

Well really the problem is that they’re all so fun to play. It’s hard to choose which one I like the best, though I will openly admit that I enjoy some of them a LOT more than others. I also like that Warframe doesn’t punish me for leveling up new frames and since I gain mastery by leveling up new warframes and weapons, trying out new things is actually a bonus. 

That and I really enjoy trying out new weapons since they have some REALLY unique weapons in Warframe. While at first it can be a bit of a draw back that Warframe is just so different from most MMO’s out there that it can really throw you off. If you stick with it though, it really is worth the time it takes to step outside the norm and wade into Warframe. 

I’ve enjoyed this play through since I’ve taken my time. Experimented with weapons, and I’ve done a LOT of reading on the wiki. Which can help quite a bit.

Not that I would have imagined myself saying that about a year ago I can tell you that much. When I first tried it I had no idea what was going on, what did what, what I even WAS in the game! But then I learned how to fish, and from there the rest is history.

Hey any game that gives me a good reason to fish as a great game in my book. 

Though I’m not all crazy fisher in the game since I still need to farm for some of the awesome mods I want and wait for Baro to actually sell the really awesome mods I want. In the meantime though, it’s back to missions. It can be a bit repetitive, but when you’re using new warframes all the time it doesn’t really get old.

Though what is getting old is that after a patch landed yesterday my Battacor keeps firing on other people’s screen for some weird reason. That’s pretty annoying. I’ll have to figure out jut how I bugged my Battacor later. 

I actually still have quite a bit to do in Warframe since I have a few years worth of content to catch up on. I have bits of story to do, a lot of warframes to farm, and a bunch of upgrading to do. While it can be pretty grindy I feel like I’m moving at a pretty solid pace which is odd for an MMO especially a grindy one.

Though these days to me it feels like the quest oriented theme park games are almost more grindy than the just go out and kill stuff games. Possibly because of all the waiting and time spent running around. 

Even though I am oddly obsessed with Warframe, as I tend to do when I find a shiny, it is a game that has enough depth to it and enough content variety to keep me busy. Something that it’s taken Warframe a few years to build up and something that a lot of MMO’s never figured out how to master even over time.

I’m also a lot more willing to log in since Warframe doesn’t charge a monthly fee or have any premium subscription packages. I can access all of my stuff whenever I want and honestly I feel more generous to games that let me spend when and how I want as opposed to holding things over my head like inventory space, access to my own characters and level limitations.

I’m glad that GW2 proved that MMO’s could make money using their current free to play model and hopefully they’ll continue on that trend now that they’ve added the Nintendo Switch to the number of ways you can access and play Warframe. The use of a tradeable cash shop currency probably has a lot to do with how they’re able to have an in game credit system used for in game stuff.

I could probably write a series on how virtual currencies actually give people more incentive to play games than less, but that’d be for another day. Until next time, remember your F-budget and don’t forget to have some fun out there.

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December 5 2018

So Much Warframe

Despite folks getting me tempted to get back into World of Warcraft. I’ve actually been enjoying myself in Warframe. Not something I thought I’d say after I gave it up over the summer, but I feel like I’m actually progressing a bit in the game which is pretty nice.

I have both Inaros and Titania in the cooker. Zepher prime is almost done and I’m working on Nekros prime, but I need to farm some materials for him which is ironic since that’s why I’m getting him. Heavy facepalming was to be had. 

I also played some Trinity this morning and for some reason I just have a hard time giving her up even though I’m going to need several more mods to make her viable.

I literally feel like Trinity rick rolls me EVERY time I play her to level a new sentinal. Yep I use Trinity to level sentinals and pets because she can keep them alive through the entire mission. It’s worth it. 

I also decided to try out the Redeemer. I’m in LOVE. Swish swish BAM!

I think it’s right up there with the Battacor as one of my new favorite weapons. I intend on trying out the Sarpa as well but I need to farm some cryotic and I just haven’t gotten around to it.

What’s keeping me from taking Trinity further into the star chart is her fragility at higher levels. Without hitting the damage mitigation cap she can be tricky to keep going at higher levels. That and having a solid melee weapon that not only is effective but fun for me to play has kept me from enjoying her as well. 

Trinity is really designed to be an in yo face frame. So the damage mitigation that she has from Link and Blessing make her really fun to play when all you want to do is walk into a room and say “COME ON…. HIT ME!”

To me she’s more fun than Valk, probably because as long as I have just enough energy to keep Energy Vampire running I can just keep slowly plodding through things. She’s a lot like Rino in that respect. Not the flashiest frame out there, but very reliable once you drop the whole “gimme energy” for friends thing and start playing the frame as a merciless melee death bringer.

Though once again that is another thing about Warframe, it really depends on your playstyle. What one person finds fantastic the next absolutely hates.

Though regardless, if you’re just starting out in Warframe…. Get Rhino. You can NEVER go wrong with Rhino. 

Aside from primed mods that I’m just going to have to wait on I’ll also need Power Drift and Blind Rage. I’m going for a Trini-Tank since she’s just so much more fun to play that way. We’re working on getting those slowly over time but it’s run after run until you get what you want. At least there’s always something which IS nice.

While friends of mine are moving toward World of Warcraft or sticking around in ESO, I have a really hard time not wanting to Warframe. For me it’s just so much more fun. I mean I can play a healer that dishes out some damage. For me that’s so much more fun than just hoping I don’t die all the time because game mechanics. 

I’ve always wanted to play something that heals in a game but can still survive. Paladins are a prime example. I don’t need huge damage numbers, but I would like to wade through a bunch of enemies and laugh while I’m taking punches to the face. Dunno just my thing.

I’m going to have to start a mod list. In the meantime it’s time to get some work knocked out so I can get back to what I enjoy most. Playing with my new toys!

Until next time.

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November 27 2018

Warframe Fun in Fortuna and Playing in the Plains

Dat Moa

Currently I feel like a dog chasing my own tail as  I work on a lot of different rep gains per day. The downside of starting a game years after it launches is that you’re sitting on a HUGE amount of content you get to sift through and with Warframe that isn’t easy. 

There is a LOT to do in Warframe from the basics of just getting through the star-chart to grinding enough Mastery to unlock better weapons that’ll help you get THROUGH the star-chart with a lot fewer upgrades.

Finding the right balance of funzies and completion is pretty tough. 

When you’re idea of fun is roaming alone over the plains havesting anything and everything, it takes a bit longer to work through the masteries and star-chart. BUT, because of my obsessive hunter/gatherer (and sometimes fisher) compulsions, rep for the open world map factions has gone quite a bit smoother than I’d anticipated. 

This way I can work on my Syndicate standing a little bit when I’m roaming those areas. That is when I’m not just getting any new warframe and weapon out of my foundry and taking it to the usual grind spots.

So far I have my first Zaw and a little MOA buddy I’m going to name Alfred (once I have enough rep to Gild him AND the Zaw… such fun). 

Fishing on the plains of Eidolon and mining out Orb Vallis have really made a big difference in making my daily standing cap with these factions rather quickly and banking extra rep for days that I just don’t have time for the grind.

As for the Vent Kids, well that one is going to take longer since that one you have to actively grind that out daily. The one upside is that it doesn’t cost anything but time and effort to level it, so it’s toats worth it. 

That and the K-Drive is super useful as quick and easy transportation across the open world areas. You can’t use weapons with it like the Archwing launcher, BUT it’s super quick and a lot more fun to use. The animations are awesome sauce.

Since I’m the K-Drive nut in the crew I pretty much have to wait until I have solo time to grind that out. Though doing rotations at The Pearl there in Orb Vallis has made that go a lot more smoothly. Especially for folks like me that can’t get 3,000 points in tricks just grinding along the pipes in Fortuna’s back yard.

I’ve tried, but I think that it’s nearly impossible with the base board and I’m building my K-Drive not buying it. It’ll be worth the rep to have it exactly the way I want it. That and I hoard plat like a dragon hoards gold. I’m terrible I know. Don’t get me started on gnome punting.

Hopefully soon I’ll be able to gild my Zaw and see what it’ll be able to do with “moar mods” and the like. I’ve been looking around through videos and the configuration I’ve set up seems to be a strong weapon. It’s pretty decent even without gilding so it’ll be fun to see what it can do once I can get that knocked out.

Treed Rhino

I’m also working on a mighty bow collection since I’m trying to decide what I want to use  on Ivara. I know I’ll be using the Dread when I want to do anything sneaky. It’s a great weapon. Downside is that it’s single target and I’m crappy at aiming. With stealth I’m not too bad though, but it does take a bit more time. I need the mod to speed up my stealth, but that’s another grind.

I’ve had a lot of fun with Ivara and now she’s my go-to solo char. High damage, sneaky stealth and utility. She’s really fun for roaming the open world content at my own pace. I just think I’d need to invest in a LOT more damage and whatnot to make her viable for doing more types of mission running, but I’m thinking it’s possible.

Ivara can also be fun to play with others. The little stealth bubble has made life on the planes a lot easier for Vinny and myself, even if he still stomps around on Rhino.

We have a bit of the star chart to go. The problem is I still can’t decide which frame I’m going to work on first. See getting a frame to 30 is just the start. Customizing the frame for mods that require more resource, that takes time and it’s a serious investment.

Right now I can’t decide between Ivara and Octavia. I usually end up playing Ivara a lot more lately.

I have put a lot of work into my Trinity Prime and trin-tanking is quite a bit of fun, but it’s doesn’t give you that powerful feeling that the other frames offer, so she’s just chilling in the arsenal for the time being. While I do like Trinity, she’s a VERY expensive frame to fully kit out for end game. For me it’ll be a LOT more because I prefer playing the more tanky Bless type Trinity. 

So that’s shelved while I work on either Ivara or Octavia and probably beef up my Smeeta Kavat, Buffy. She’s having a hard time in the planes so she needs more modular love. That of course means that she’ll need to be polarized and releveled at least two or three times as well. JOY!

Well time to go and get lost in Warframe. Until next time I plan on continuing my rep grind and trying out some different bows! Have fun out there.

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November 20 2018

Warframe Noobin’ it at Fishing

If you’re like me, which you probably aren’t because I’m strange, but if you ARE, you’ve heard of fishing but haven’t tried it. You’ve probably seen screenshots like this in Discord from guild mates. You’ve probably even bought the gear because someone drug you to the NPC, but may or may not have equipped it and STILL haven’t seen a fish! 

Recently I saw that I needed fish parts to build the K-drive of my dreams that I am WAY too cheap to spend plat on, so Imma goin’ fishin’! I decided to bite the bullet and figure this crap out finally. Here’s how I did it, and it might just work for you.

Getting the goods

So to start with, you’re going to want to talk to The Business. He’s the dude rocking a radiator like a boss.

The Business

Next up, you’re going to have to spend some standing to buy STUFF! Fortunately if you’ve unlocked Orb Vallis you should have a little standing. If you need more just head outside and talk to the bounty guy, do some missions and you’ll be good to go.

You’re going to want to buy at least the Schockprod Fishing Spear. 

Shockprod Fishing Spear

If you haven’t done any fishing before, try picking up the bait. It’ll actually bring the fish in quicker so you can see what you’re trying to hit. That helps a bunch.

Broad-Spectrum Bait

Equip It!

Now that you have your new shiny fishing… spear… thingy… Don’t forget to hit your arsenal in the escape menu. You don’t even have to go back to your ship you can change your loadout right there in Fortuna just as if you were in a relay or in the Dojo. Once in that menu go on down to equipment and toss the speargun in the wheel there. The bait doesn’t need to be equipped, just the speargun.

Shockprod Fishing Spear Equipped

Gone Fishin’

With your shiny new fishing spear equipped it’s time to pack those thermal underpants and head out in the the bitter cold of Orb Vallis to sit next to a somehow not frozen pond of water spearing robotic fish.

I kid you not, that IS what you’ll be doing. Bear in mind that it doesn’t make it any less FUN!

Now sidle on up to the water. You’ll want to get really close or almost toes deep in before you hit number 2. That’s the keybind for your Broad-Spectrum Bait. Check out the image below in the bottom right hand corner.

Keep in mind that it is consumed on use so it is a chunk of rep gone but if you’re doing it all of once to just see where the fish are, OR you’re probably trying for a greater range of fish, it’s worth it.

My Equipment Yo

Now just look out in the water and start looking for something wriggling. It shouldn’t take too long really.


If you have your spear out you’ll even see a little fishy hit bar that’ll make it easier to target the lil bastages.

Spearin’ That Fish!

Just hover over the fish until your reticle brings up that fishy hit bar. Then click with the left mouse button to fire the speargun and snag that fish. It helps to wait until they’re just chilling out somewhere for a moment otherwise you’ll have to lead them a bit.

You can also use your right mouse button to zoom in on the water. This’ll bring them a bit more into focus and help you hit ’em.

Once you’ve got one on the line just wait until the little hover bar in the center there lands in the red. Fortunately you just have to click the left mouse button one time when it gets there. Saves out on a lot of time, energy and keyboards. I’m looking at you BDO. 

The music Warframe plays when you DO catch a fish is SO AWESOME that’s worth every catch. At least I think so, but see the top of this post if you have questions.

Now, rinse and repeat until you feel like you’ve thinned the schools enough for one day and head back on into Fortuna.

Getting the Goods

So you’ve managed to get these fish, but why would you even bother going through this much effort? Well if you want to build either the fancy new warframe or you want to build a better K-drive, you can sacrifice your new fishy friends to get at their sweet, sweet, components.

To do that you’ll want to head on back to The Business and this time you’re going to want to ask him to put his back into it for a change and disassemble those fish for you by selecting Dismantle Servofish.

Gimme Parts!

He’ll pop up with this handy menu where you can select which fishies you’re willing to part with, either some or all, you know whatever goes. Just select and hit dismantle.

By By Fishy Friends

Once that’s done you’ll see what your part haul is for you fishing adventures. Most of these items are used to build the things you need to build, TO build the things you WANT to build. What’s an MMO without steps before steps?

Sweet, Sweet Lewtz

Now you’re well on your way to getting the fishtacular components you’ll need to craft the random crap you’ll be crafting here in the belly of Fortuna. Well at least the start of it, you’ll find more of the goods roaming the frozen hills of Orb Vallis. Now on to getting rep to build that sweet, sweet, new K-drive that you’ll be able to trick out and well… you know, do tricks ON. Not to mention the cool mods that’ll let you rip through mobs as you shred your way across the map!

WHEEEEEEEE!

Hey a gal’s gotta have goals. A bigger and better K-drive is mine! Until next time, remember your f-budget and enjoy stabby stabbin’ them fishies!

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November 12 2018

MMO – Get That Body Movin’ GW2 and Warframe

Vroom!

For me Guild Wars 2 and Warframe are taking MMO Gaming up a notch in some interesting ways. Their PvE is amazing and the way they’re adding movement as an art form to their games is incredible in a lot of ways.

I mean who wasn’t excited to get their first horse back in the old days of MMO’s. I mean you usually had to grind forever to get enough gold to buy it and then just sat on it in town taking screens shots so incredibly happy that you finally have something that’s faster than running. 

Ah those were the days right?

Well those days my friends were dead as soon as Fallen Earth offered a horse to new players within the first hour of gameplay. Not to mention as soon as Runes of Magic offered the ten dollar horse. 

But sure, having a faster way to get around is nice and all, but what if it just adds so much to the game play that it’s just fun all by it’s self?

Well I’ll give credit to Wildstar for kicking off the concept. They had hoverboards! The hoverboards and the housing were probably the two things about the game that kept me logged in for an extra month after the game launched. I even built a skate park in my house just to play on the hoverboard. No foolin’. It was pretty fun, it added a neat extra way to get around and it was something else to do. 

Guild Wars 2 decided to take mounts into a whole new direction with Path of Fire in that the mounts are actually a part of the game play. They can be openers for combat, you need them to get to specific places and to get specific items and their animations are just amazing.

While Riders of Icarus made an interesting go at making riding in game more involved by adding your mount as a combat pet, I’ll be perfectly honest with you, it was not a game that captured my interest and I’m not exactly sorry about that.

Even in Final Fantasy XIV your Chocobo is a friendly helper and not just a funny mount. Also not something I’ve played with much myself, that’s a game I tried and was pretty quickly turned off by.

Now with the launch of Fortuna Warframe is reviving that sweet sweet hoverboard action. If you’ve gotten as far as Venus in the over all story chain you’ve probably unlocked it. It’s worth giving it a go. I really liked the story and the hoverboard animations and controls are SUPER fun. 

While granted it’s not as complex as the over all mount structure in GW2, the hoverboards in Warframe do have their own mini games associated with them. You can participate in races and just try to hit up random stuff around the map. Doing these things helps you “grind” rep with the kiddos in Fortuna that sell… get this… even better boards!

I want one… I want one so much!

Safe to say this kind of thing actually adds some fun to games. Funny thing is that if you add something fun to games people actually enjoy them. Hard to believe I know.

Warframe needs to have little fun extras like the fishing, mining and now hoverboarding to kind of distract a bit from the grind. Yes it can be a grindy game, but it’s pretty rewarding if you’re the kind of person who just loves getting dropped off on a random planet somewhere and thinning out the population. 

I can’t explain why I like that, but I really do.

I’m betting that in the future we’re going to be seeing a lot more games work on trying to implement this kind of game play. If we don’t I’m thinking that those games are going to start losing players to the games that do. Not overnight of course, but it doesn’t take long these days for word to get around that there’s just more cool stuff in this other game.

Once again the devs at GW2 and Warframe are pushing the MMO genre forward in some interesting ways. Even their revenue models are something that the other companies could take a long look at. Just saying. 

Anyway, until next time remember your F budget and have fun out there. Also… get the hoverboard… it’s AMAZING….

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