Blaugust Day 1: Game Recommendations from the Editor of an MMO Website

There’s something I see on Reddit quite often that I usually feel compelled to answer, people asking for tips on which MMO they should play. I feel that my job as Editor in Chief of MMOGames.com puts me in a unique position. I get paid to keep up on the industry, play these games, and give my opinion. With that in mind here are my recommendations for MMOs, MOBAs, and other online games.

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I Want to Write MMO Fan Fiction

I don’t know why but today I’ve suddenly been struck by the urge to write fan fiction. I’ve never had this desire before but suddenly today, for two different MMOs I find myself wanting to write fan fiction. To make it even worse I don’t want to insert myself or my own characters into the story. I want to use the characters that are already there! What have I become? In case anyone is wondering the two games are The Secret World and Guild Wars 2.

Over the weekend I completely binged on Guild Wars 2 and caught up with the living story. All I’m going to say is we better get Rytlock back. So there you go, a little spoiler. Rytlock will be involved. If I ever write it that is. Which, eh….I doubt. The other game is The Secret World. I don’t really have anything in mind for that one yet other than the atmospheric surroundings of Kingsmouth.

I’m not sure why but I’ve always looked down on fan fiction. Part of it I think is the hate I feel towards people self inserting into stories. You know how it is, they get the characters of your favorite game/movie/tv show perfect and then there’s this one girl who they all love who was never in the show. Yeah, that’s the writer.

But there’s also the fact that writers so often get characters wrong, or change them to fit the story they want to tell. Of course the idea I have for Guild Wars 2 is guilty of this very thing. Which is why it’s so odd that I want to do it. And also why I’ll likely ignore the idea entirely.

I’m also ashamed to say that only 4 days into Blaugust and I’m already out of ideas for things to write about. Though amazingly gaming has been the focus of every one of the entries so far. Sooo….I’m going to try to do it for a week! Of course next week is Gamescom, so that will make things easier. And then so much harder. Anyway, I suppose that’s all for today. Short and sweet.

 

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This entry is day 4 of the 31 day blogging initiative Blaugust which is being run by the awesome Belghast! Find out more about the awesomeness going on by heading over to the Blaugust organization page.

August is the Month of Blogging!

Even though I’ll be in Germany for nearly a week of this month I’ve decided to take part in a blogging initiative called Blaugust. It’s mostly being done by game bloggers. Because I write about games for my day job I don’t often write about them for myself. But I’m going to dedicate at least 1/3 of this month talking about games. And I’m not counting the time I’ll be in Gamescom because that is just something totally different.

So I suppose the big question to start off with is, what am I playing these days?

The answer is, not a whole lot. I’m subscribed to ESO, but the game seems pretty dead, which I have to say is impressive. I started to get back into Guild Wars 2 again but the push to log in isn’t really there like it used to be. And of course there is The Secret World which I write about for MMORPG. So while I have games, and I do play them none of them are really games I would say “yes, I am playing this.”

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I miss the days when friends didn’t have to ask what game I was logged into they knew exactly where to find me. I had that for a good run in Guild Wars 2 but the Scarlet story was just so bad. And it wasn’t like you could just ignore it. So after suffering through months of crappy stories, farming for loot all day, and not getting to do our own stories Jonathan and I walked away. We came back again about two weeks before Season 2 started. We kept playing right up to the weekend before Episode 2 and then just stopped again. I keep meaning to go back, we’d like to see how the story is going. I’ve not heard anything but great things about it. We just…haven’t.

I also played an R2 Game called Shadowbound for an upcoming review on MMORPG. Spoilers: it is terrible. As an industry standard it is an unofficial rule that you should at least play up into the 20s level range. This, in theory should give you a good idea of what the game is like. I got to 20 in that game in less than a half hour. Needless to say I had to keep playing. I was barely out of the tutorial at that point. Anyway, I won’t spoil the rest of the review for you. You’ll just have to keep an eye out for it on MMORPG in the next couple of weeks.

Red GM text says: We need to clean the floors so we are unpluging the servers.

Red GM text says: We need to clean the floors so we are unpluging the servers.

Why am I taking part in Blaugust? I always start out these sorts of things then end up not finishing them. I’ve tried to do NaNoWriMo for several years now, there was a Blogathon I wanted to take part in a few years ago that seems to have just disappeared. I suppose the only thing I’ve ever actually completed like this is Extra Life. I’ve done it three years in a row. But I’m not going to do it this year. While I’d love to continue to take part they’re no longer supporting hospitals outside of North America. And sure, there are international hospitals in North America that treat kids from all around the world, but it really is hard to get support for somewhere that is an entire ocean away. So fundraising is difficult. That being said, it wouldn’t take a whole lot to convince me to take part. There have already been a lot of requests for the City of Heroes team to return, and I have been the leader of that. So…maybe you’ll see me here asking for donations sometime soon.

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This entry has been day 1 of the 31 day blogging initiative Blaugust. If you’d like to find out more about it, read blog entries from others, or join in you can find out more information by going to the initiative’s page on Anook.