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!


Eating My Words (and a bee)


Typically, just as I had posted about my dissatisfaction with the Funcom Patcher, the speed picked up and I was done a couple of minutes later. It still took a lot longer than it should have, but not as long as I had feared.

So I eagerly logged in and decided to create a new character. This time around I chose to join the Illuminati, as I had joined the Templars on my last stint in The Secret World. Not really pumped about their faction outfits (gas masks? seriously?), but I have heard good things about the humor of the faction specific stuff there.

After swallowing the glowing bee in my sleep, wrecking my appartment and being “invited” to join a secret organization, I made my way to Manhattan and encountered a weird conspracy theorist.


My character pretty much had the same facial expression as myself, a mild confusion wondering what he might be talking about. Well, not to be discouraged, I followed some leads and finally found the (not so) secret Illuminati base in the sewers. Confidently striding in, I tripped an alarm and was shortly drugged and dragged off to a lab where this stereotypical crazy scientist guy pumps more drugs into me.

Anyway, a short combat and gameplay tutorial later, I am let go and free to explore the Secret World on my own. Well, with some “guidance” from the Illuminati of course.

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!