Nothing to see, move along!


Too much work, too little time to play games the last couple days, so not much to report right now.

Just one thing: What really grabs me in The Secret World are the characters. The quest givers and associated NPCs are really memorable. It has been quite some time since I last played, but I still remember a lot of the people in that game world. The old lady with her shotgun, the mummy in a business suit, the french girl with a chainsaw, and so on. Part of that is obviously because they stand out, are unusual. But even the “normal” ones (I am using that term loosely here) are more interesting than some major plot characters in some other games I played.

That also extends to the story of the quests. In essence most of the missions boil down to “kill this” and “pickup that”, but the way the story is delivered makes them engaging. I find myself actually caring about the people I am helping.

And that’s all for now, folks!


Highly Recommended?

On Sunday Massively asked “What MMO would you recommend to others?“, and Syp over at BioBreak has helpfully compiled a list of votes for different games. The Secret World won this totally non-representative poll handily.

That got me in the mood to play that game again. The last time I played was before their buy-to-play conversion. So with no strings attached I went to reinstall it.

One thing: Funcom, your patcher sucks!

The download speed was fluctuating wildly between my maximum bandwidth and a slow trickle. The estimated time of roundabout 1 hour seems to turn into more like 3 hours. It looks like the patching/downloading process is not well optimized for small files, as whenever the download rate went down, my hard drive went into a frenzy.

Or could it be my system? Nah, blaming someone else is way more fun!

So, yeah…. Hi!

Hmm, how to begin…

My name is Lyle. (No, not really, but let’s just pretend it is, ok?) I have been playing video games for what feels like an eternity. Starting with all kinds of games and later finding my love for Roleplaying Games and more specifically Massively Multiplayer Roleplaying Games.

For a long time I had a nagging feeling that i should write down some of the random stuff swirling around in my head. Not necessarily for other people to read, but mainly just for myself. I just never got around to actually taking that step.

Now after reading about the Newbie Blogger Initiative I decided to finally throw myself (and my thoughts) out there. So here goes…