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.