Going Home

It has been exactly a year since I started this blog — a rather auspicious day, all things said. I think it’s also a good day to close up shop.

I’ve had a very fun year playing MMOs specifically, and video games in general. But I’m in a different place now than I was a year ago, and I just don’t have the time or energy to play and/or write anymore.

Star Trek Online turned out to be about exactly what I wanted — it was fun, and it was easy to get into, out of, and back into again. Since it launched a year ago, the game has come a long way. I’ve not logged in recently, though… but I hear the most recent season has revamped sector space in a good way, and that the game just keeps improving.

I really enjoyed playing the game with my online friends, but I also felt out of synch with the rest of my fleet. I just didn’t never played as much as everyone else, and so I was always out leveled and in some distant part of the galaxy. Furthermore, a kerfuffle between a fleet member and I ended up spoiling alot of the joy and excitement I had accumulated for the game — Star Trek Online wasn’t some realization of a post-scarcity, utopian ideal; it was just another game, with its random misunderstandings and very human squabbles.

Age of Conan was fun — the combat mechanics are great, and the most recent expansion really seemed to bring a new life to the game. But… the game for me was my barbarian’s adventures in Conall’s Valley, with its great music and somber, misty earth tones. I was satisfied — what else could I really want from a game?

That said, my Herald of Xotli was pretty damn awesome. Just writing about it the game me want to pick AoC back up — I still have several months left on my year-long subscription — but I’ve just recently uninstalled it.

I had high hopes for All Points Bulletin, and one of my most memorable shared gaming experience of the year — hunting criminals with good internet friend HarbingerZero — comes from this game. But it was seriously flawed and disposed toward unbalanced fights; only time will tell if the game’s relaunch will solve these problems.

I now own both Global Agenda and Guild Wars — and yet I’ve not played either since purchasing them. EVE Online drug me in during the winter, as it is wont to do, but I already feel my attraction to it diminishing.

Looking back on this year, though, it isn’t the actual gaming that is most memorable. And I’m really glad that I got to flex my creative muscles and write some fiction, but it isn’t that, either.

What I’m really glad for, are the number of friendly writers and readers that have time-and-again commented on my posts, and in-turn wrote fantastically funny and interesting posts themselves. Thank you all for your support, and your awesome creativity. Congratulations are particularly in order for GeeCee, who also just wrapped up a year of (much higher quality) MMO blogging.

If the spirit moves me, I’ll write again. In particular, I really want to do a long write-up on Mass Effect 2 (once I’ve finished the game). And there’s always that germ of fan enthusiasm that is just waiting to burst out into another story. But I’m not providing any promises.

Except that all y’all were amazing, and will continue to be.

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15 thoughts on “Going Home

  1. It’s always sad to see a blog close its doors, but I understand when real life obligations take precedence, and you know, I get it when you just have to go where your interests take you. I’m hoping this isn’t THE end for combat archaeology, and I take heart in your last paragraph that we’ll see a few more posts here even if you don’t update regularly 🙂

    Take care, and good luck my old friend 😀

    • As always, a kind and uplifting comment from GeeCee. Thank you!

      I’m giving some thought about the future of this blog, and of my presence on the internet in general. I’m a graduate student (much like you were?! I discovered that today, reading your anniversary post!) with hopes of advancing in an academic career.

      For the past year, I’ve operated under the assumption that it behooves me and my career to keep separate my game-oriented writing and my academic life. Actually, I’ve tried very hard to keep any academic musings of mine completely off of the internet, because 1) they’d just be dumb, as I’m not really all that smart or special, and 2) because regardless of what I write, there would some way it could come back to bite me in the butt.

      That said, there are reasons I’m an academic — I like thinking ‘deep thoughts,’ whatever the hell those might be, and I like telling stories. In particular, I’m really interested in thinking of history-as-a-story, and what conceits storytelling (writing history) force on the writer (historian). There’s overlap with that interest, and with how I enjoy and experience a game’s story.

      All in all, I would — maybe, maybe, maybe, at some point in the future — like to shift the focus of Combat Archeology away from MMOs and more toward an analysis of games and gaming archetypes, bringing in some of the academic thoughts I sometimes have about these subjects while keeping the tone decidedly non-academic and more personal.

      The problem is that when you try to take that approach — the personal but well-thought and researched — you had better do both parts fantastically well. Otherwise it’s just sappy individualized prose, or unrelatable academic hogwash, or some even worse mutation.

  2. Sorry to see you close up shop. But sometimes you have to step back and reassess. I completely get that. I’ll always keep an eye here for whatever rare posts you may share with us.

    And the blogging community can always use an academic perspective if you decide to pursue that idea. There have been one or two bloggers who have tackled that field that I have really enjoyed reading.

    • Thank you for the kind words! I’ve always been (secretly) jealous of your bulletpoint format, and even if I’m posting less, I hope to keep reading your great posts.

      As for the ‘academic perspective’ — can you point me in the direction of these authors? I’d like to get a sense of what is out there.

  3. Your blog will and shall always be your home! And it will be your home when a thought moves your and you just feel like letting it out there as a outlet.

    You may slow down, you may stop playing, life may pull you back to other things, but never hang up your blog. Its where anyone that knows you know where to find you if ever you inked your thoughts. I’ve been there a few times.

    The blogging community was better because you were here and made a mark on it. It will miss you whenever your gone. And though we all may move on, its never the same when a blogging and gamer friend is gone.

  4. I am certainly sad to see you go. I enjoyed your stories and insights. I’ll miss Nezi, Shahi, and the rest. Your travelogues in EVE were interesting, too, despite the fact I don’t think I’ll ever play.

    Well, I’ll continue to be subscribed so if you ever post here again, it’ll hit my email. May you have success in all your endeavors.

    • I’m glad you liked the stories — getting to finally bang something out was one of the nice perks of this blog.

      I absolutely love reading your own pieces of fiction, and I hope you continue.

  5. Always leave the door open buddy, you never know when the itch will hit you again. Congratulations on the year annivesary, its takes fortitude to make it that far.

    Who knows, maybe I’ll catch you on the relaunched APB later this year. (-:

    • Well, you know what they say — closing a blog is the quickest way to ensure you start posting again! And thank you for being such a good gaming friend; your mustachioed police + my punk cop = awesome times in awesomeville.

  6. So long, and thanks for all the fish.

    I say “fish”, I mean “posts and stuff”.

    I always get those two confused…

    If you do get back to writing something somewhere, pop a note up, sure it’ll be splendid!

    • Zoso, in my book you are — hands down, bar none — the funniest writer in the MMO blog-o-sphere. I don’t know how you do it, and I wish I had just a fraction of your humor and wit.

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  8. *hugs*

    I do hope you come back to writing. If you decide to retire the combat archaeology URL and want to return to writing on a sporadic basis, feel free to let me know. I’d love to have another partner in crime for blogging, seeing as I think Elandarex, my other partner in crime and site banner maker, up and got engaged. 🙂

    Cheers!

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