A (p)review of the Guild Wars 2 beta
June 14, 2012
Guild Wars 2 had an open beta this past weekend and I received an invite since I had pre-ordered the game (back in August of 2009, for the record). It was very clearly labeled as an open Beta, “Feel free to talk about it with your friends,” noted the load screen. Sure, it’s just NCSoft trying to drum up more interest, but I’ll help them out by giving you a few thoughts on the game I saw along with what I found out about their Free To Play (F2P) system.
Book Review: Ready Player One
April 26, 2012
This last weekend I bought and finished (in a 24 hour time-frame) a great new booked titled Ready Player One. I found it while surfing Amazon after finishing the Ender’s Game series and I’m really glad that I did. I won’t spoil the book for you (for that there is Wikipedia), but if you’re a geek, nerd, or grew up around the 80s — you’ll probably enjoy it too.
Getting back into Final Fantasy XI
September 7, 2010
A long time ago (2003) Final Fantasy XI came out. When it did, I bought it and played it for a good while. I really enjoyed playing the game, and the vistas were quite beautiful (for as low quality as the graphics were). One of the best things about the game was the fact that it ran on just about any computer and any internet connection. I have fond memories of playing FFXI over 56k dial-up from the College library (because the school internet was too heavily firewalled) on a school issued laptop. Good times. Eventually, as with all MMO’s I play, I got bored. In 2006, FFXI came out for the Xbox 360, which kicked me back into playing it. Unfortunately, I had lost my original account information, so I had to start over, but that didn’t really matter. Playing on the 360 was no different than the computer, because I used the keyboard just the same, but it was nice to not have to tie up my computer (in those days, I didn’t have such an overabundance of functional machines laying about). As with MMO’s, I got bored and quit again. November 2006 was the last time I played FFXI… until now.