Saturday, July 17, 2010

My mysterious past (few months)

To the disappointment of some (I'm looking at you Dalaila :) I'm back playing WoW again. In case anyone is curious as to what I've been up to these past 3 months apart from P90X, well, here it is.


I've done a lot of reading because that's all I have the energy for after a hard workout. Some philosophical stuff and some Star Wars.

The Star Wars phase

I went through another Star Wars phase (I get these at regular intervals) during which I got the urge to buy myself some action figures and Lego sets. Unfortunately I couldn't find any of the action figures I wanted and the Lego set I really want (the Millennium Falcon) is way too expensive.

And by the way, if you like episodes 1, 2 and 3, you're not a true Star Wars fan :)

I also watched all original episodes again (4, 5 & 6 FTW!) and I was amazed how they still made me grin like a kid. The weird thing is that when I was younger I preferred them in this order: 6 > 5 > 4 but now I like them exactly the other way: 4 > 5 > 6.

The iPhone 4 fiasco

Though I don't own any Apple products nor do I see myself ever owning any, I'm always watching the tech scene with interest and I believe that competition is very healthy so I want Apple to release new stuff as often as possible.

The iPhone 4 antennagate was entertaining to say the least. Jobs' response was also somewhat to be expected. Basically screw everybody, we won't admit we made a mistake. This arrogance may yet be Apple's downfall.

The reasons why I don't think I'll ever buy into Apple are twofold: it's a closed system, unlike Android or others that are out there and I hate Steve Jobs' arrogance and style.

My first smartphone

During this period I finally took the plunge and bought my first smartphone. It's not an iPhone and it's not an Android device, yet it does all the stuff that these platforms can do. It doesn't have a touchscreen and it has a physical keyboard. It's also tentatively considered to be that particular manufacturer's best phone ever. Oh and I bought it unlocked so I can use it without a data plan, yet I can still connect to the internet provided I can find a wireless hotspot. I'll give you a virtual cookie if you can guess what phone it is.

The RealID(iotic) fiasco

This is one for the history books. There's been tons of virtual ink spilled over Blizzard's blunder so I won't go into details but here's my take on it in a nutshell. I think it would have been a big mistake if real names would have been displayed on the forums. Not only does this violate people's privacy without even asking them if they want to be part of this, but it creates a very dangerous precedent.

I'm willing to bet anything that if this had gone through, the next thing would have been real names in the armory and from there there's only a tiny step to real names in game. It's mind boggling.

Those who think it would have been a good idea don't know what they're talking about or are new to the interwebz. Sorry but that's my firm opinion. There are no ifs or buts about it. Privacy is becoming more of a concern as technology and the internet evolve, not less.

Suffice to say that if ReadID had been implemented like they wanted initially on the forums, I wouldn't have quit WoW over it because I can count the number of posts made over the years on the fingers of one hand. But if they had extended that to the armory or, worse, to the game, that would have been the end of it for me.

So that's what these past few months have been like. Now I'm looking to the future (of WoW) with a lot of interest. I like what I see coming from the Cataclysm beta but I'll talk more about that and my plans for the expansion in my next post.


Gyldenfeax said...

Nice to see you back and hear what you've been up to Darth. Glad to hear the workout is going well and continues to improve. I agree about Apple. I hate Apples' proprietary software telling me what I can and can't run.

As for WoW, I hope the game is fresher for you after a break. I've stopped playing WoW regularly for a few weeks now, apart from posting a few auctions. When I finally got my 310% mount from the world events it felt like a let down. I don't like large mounts and other than the Celestial Steed it was the only super speed choice until Catacylsm.

I like soloing stuff at my own pace but also like getting achievements and the rewards they give you. Since so many achievements (raids and Arena) depend on others, a huge number of achievements are just not doable for me. Since the game was just not fun anymore (apart from selling stuff on the AH) and I was shut of from so much content I quit WoW and tried, like you did, playing different solo titles. It's been pretty refreshing so far.

Has much changed since you left?

Darth Solo said...

Hey Gyldenfeax glad to see you're still reading my blog!

It's called burnout man! Even solo players go through that. Perhaps *especially* solo players.

Initially I thought I would just return for this one month but I might stick around for one extra, depending on how things go.

Nothing has changed since I left but since absence makes the heart grow fonder, I'm happy to go through the same motions as before. Well, there's a twist.

You see, I have an agenda. There are a few things that I want to finish before Cataclysm and I'll talk more about those in a future post.

As for achievements, I think they are the second best new feature brought to the game apart from the dungeon finder. They're basically a game within a game. Love 'em!

MK said...

Welcome back!

Looking forward to reading your plans for Cataclysm.

Darth Solo said...

Thanks MK. It's coming soon.