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My New Addiction: Diablo 3 Reaper of Souls

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Ah but first, a brief history of games I’ve played ūüôā

One method that I have always used in the past to relax is playing games. ¬†I love everything about them. ¬†Even though I began years ago as a console gamer, playing systems like atari (yes, I’m old), nintendo, playstation one, game cube, and gameboy. ¬†I was the one that was completely excited when Nintendo created a color version of their Gameboy system (insane)! ¬†I eventually migrated to playing PC games, my first being Diablo II for the PC.

Years ago, I started playing World of Warcraft with my ex boyfriend and I had a ton of fun in cooperative gameplay in PVE. ¬†As with any MMO, it is really difficult to be a casual player, usually the game content and social aspects pulls you in making you want to play more and more. ¬†Well, I didn’t have much free time so I decided to quit playing.

Then enter League of Legends. ¬†League is ¬†a MOBA and is still one of my favorite games and I still play on a regular basis. ¬†What I liked about League is the gameplay but also the ability to play a game or two without a ton of time commitment (for us casual players). ¬†This fit lovely in my schedule because with school and work, I needed something to play that I didn’t feel like I needed to put a ton of time into.

Ok, so you were talking about Diablo 3? 

Right… When I quit World of Warcraft, this was my last interaction with Blizzard Games¬†for years, but somehow I am now playing three yes three¬†Blizzard Games. ¬†Somehow they have pulled me back in, and with a vengeance. ¬†I am currently playing Hearthstone, Diablo 3, and their game that is still in technical alpha status,¬†Heroes of the Storm.

But yes, Diablo 3. ¬†Blizzard has made some changes to the game play that has made me¬†return¬†to a game that I started playing when it was released. ¬†Diablo is a “grind” game that has you constantly fighting demons in order to find gear upgrades so that you can graduate to the next tier in difficulty. ¬†Often times I find myself running through the content which enables me to relax while I smack demons around with outrageous abilities, all in the hope of staying alive and obtaining the goodies that fall from them when they are defeated.

But what makes this game any different? ¬†In between my World of Warcraft days through today, I’ve played other “grind” video games and the only other game that I’ve made a little time for has been League of Legends. ¬†One other game that I enjoyed was Tera Online. ¬†I loved this game because it was 100% skill shots, and monsters purposefully stepped from side to side while you aimed in an attempt to avoid being shot. So. Much. Fun!

Tera didn’t stick primarily because once it’s novelty wore off, it was just another MMO and my friends gravitated to other games that they were more comfortable with playing (WOW and League). ¬†For me, I sort of meandered around playing games here and there and didn’t really have a game that I played seriously. ¬†I even wiped the dust off of my XBox 360 guitar and played Guitar Hero and another rhythm game called Osu.

What made Diablo 3 stand out.. 

Well, in the defense of all of the other games I’ve played in the last year, Diablo has always held an important place in my little gamer heart. ¬†I started playing Diablo with the first iteration that was released on Playstation back in 1998 and then Diablo II that was released in 2000. ¬†So, when I returned to Diablo 3 for a second time, I loved how the game had the old feeling again without the people spamming ¬†to buy/sell gear and people that were focused on making money in the Real Money Auction House (RMAH). ¬†The game lost its appeal and became a cesspool for people only interested in making a quick dime, or people who had the money to spend to get an advantage over other players. ¬†Gone were the days of people “grinding” to achieve the highest tiers of the game. ¬†What happens when you remove the true “grinding” from a “grinding” game? ¬†Yes, exactly.

Well, Blizzard decided to shut down the RMAH and did a complete overhaul of the game play.  I have to say that they did a fantastic job with the changes they made, bringing back my favorite game with some cool new features to boot.  This made me super happy panda.

Apart from the return of the nostalgic gameplay style there’s one more thing…

One thing that always stands out to me is female gear in games. ¬†It’s never something that I could understand how a development company could justify the over-sexualization of their female characters. ¬†Ok, the majority of gamers are males, I get that. ¬†But come on, their has to be even a hint of believability here. ¬†Take the main picture in this post as an example. ¬†On the left¬†is a decked out female character from Tera Online. ¬†The gear is even worse with low level characters who run around in high heels and lingerie (yes, lingerie). ¬†Then they go out to fight random monsters. ¬†Um… yeah that “gear” won’t protect you, sunshine!

Now on the right is my Crusader in Diablo 3. ¬†I dyed the gear (yes so many dyes to choose from) and transmogged¬†my gear until I found the perfect bad ass configuration of gear. ¬†I made the gear pink to make a point for this post, but I’ve done all white, all blue, and all purple so far. ¬†Something as simple as Blizzard taking this opportunity to make female gear look flattering and not make their female characters look like porn stars really appeals to me. ¬†This is not to say that I didn’t have fun playing Tera, because I did. ¬†I would still be playing if my friends didn’t abandon me while playing it :). ¬†But I feel innately comfortable and completely proud of my Crusader and her shiny gear (matching my bubbly personality)! ¬†I also don’t feel trashy running around wearing something that most people would feel uncomfortable wearing to sleep at night.

One aspect of game play is the relationship between the actual player and the main character that they are playing.  It is up to the game developer to manage this relationship and the connect between the two entities.  Many control this connection with the story line.  Some facilitate this relationship through making robust character customization available to the player.  Making the character look like the player or something the player could relate to is one way to manage that relationship.  When a successful relationship is created, the player feels like they are actually in Act V in Diablo III, fighting Reapers in the hope of protecting the citizens of the town.

Home Sweet Home…

There will always be a new shiny thing to play with, but I really feel as though I will always have Diablo 3 to return to after checking out the new and shiny. ¬†I’m really happy that Blizzard has created this updated version of a game that I love so much.

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Posted by on September 16, 2014 in Gaming

 

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My Attempt to Redefine Productivity =^.^=

My Attempt to Redefine Productivity =^.^=

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I’m not in Kansas anymore…

As time goes on within my studies, I’m realizing that my typical way of learning is getting me frustrated. In the past, I’ve been able to learn new things quickly and get to the point where I can teach others. In my management days, I’ve been in situations where I was thrown in the deep end to see if I would sink or swim. I’ve always worked best under pressure and in uncomfortable environments.

Recently, learning in the way that I’m accustomed to learning has led me to rabbit holes of possibly useful but mostly irrelevant learning. I know that I want to learn above and beyond my school’s curriculum but often times my learning translates to a wasted afternoon of vision-less research. I’ll start my day out with a plan on what I’ll learn and practice, but then there’s some topic I didn’t consider. Sometimes there’s a bug with the OS I’m using. Or there’s a concept that will help make the topic I’m learning much more clear.

Is that time really wasted?…

Probably not. But sometimes it does feel as though I’m spinning my wheels. Ultimately I know much more than I did last year. I also understand that I learn more every single day. Most days however, I think I need to play catch up because I think I’m so far behind. Behind what? Who? I’m not sure entirely. Here’s where my learning style can be problematic lol. There’s SO much information. I turn into a kid in a candy store. Utterly fascinated by the smallest bits of information and shamelessly celebrating “Ah Ha” (or “Duh”) moments. I can spend an entire day practicing writing code. Or I can spend it reading about different programming paradigms. I can get lost for hours digging through open source code or daydreaming of a program I’d like to write just for my personal use.

What’s bothering me is my inability to quantify the time I’m spending. Days can go by and I don’t have a tangible idea of what I’ve learned. I’m also not 100% sure that I want to measure my time spent. But I do want to have something to show for my endless hours of pondering.

An unexpected kick in the teeth…

A completely unrelated situation lead to a revelation of how my thought process works. ¬†Someone offended me pretty badly recently and I realized that I let it get to me. I’m convinced that the person was mostly clueless that their words had an effect on me. Because of this fact, I had no where to direct my anger. Do I think they are a bad person? No. The result of this conversation led to me second guessing myself. So much so that I began to question my every move and my time spent.

I know that there will always be people in life to challenge our resolve. It’s how life is. What I am taking away from this situation is¬†that other people’s opinion of me cannot add nor subtract from my value. ¬†If they are too closed minded to recognize my value, then that is their loss and of no concern of mine. ¬†All I can do in life is be authentic and strive to be the best me, each and every day.

A conclusion? ¬†I think so…

Each¬†of these experiences have all concentrated into one single point of understanding¬†that “Excellence is a habit”. ¬†Who cares if I spend random hours of pondering different topics if while at the same time I’m maintaining the 4.0 that I sought after? ¬†Who cares what some small minded person thinks about me when I am the one who knows exactly what she wants in life and is not afraid to pursue it? ¬†Excellence is relative to our current situations, are we being the best that we can be? ¬†Excellent!

 
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Posted by on August 6, 2014 in Programming, Uncategorized

 

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Programmer vs. Designer…

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“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” – Albert Einstein

Recently, I have been thinking about the differences between designing and programming.  I suppose this is a typical thought process considering we have just started really getting into GUI within my studies.  I have a passion for both design and programming and that puts me in a position where I am starting to contemplate how in depth I should pursue each.

Currently I have a double major in Comp Sci and Graphic Design, so my courses are aligned to put me on the proper path.  However, in my free time, I find myself being drawn to learn more Graphics and design concepts than coding.  I have a great passion for both, but it seems as though my creative side wants to take over during those times that I am learning new concepts during free time.

Should I choose just one?¬† I’m thinking… no!

I am in the process of thinking should I stick to one path?¬† Each path will give me a lot of practice and study since, in my opinion, there is no “mastering” either.¬† Designers get better and better, but there’s always things to learn and the same goes with being a great programmer.¬† With all of the different paradigms to learn, 20 years in and I there will always be something more to learn.¬† However, I love each so much that I don’t want to let go of one.

You may ask, what’s the big deal, just do both!¬† Well, simply put, I am.¬† But there’s an underlying fear that if I do both that I will end up mediocre in both instead of great in one.¬† One major point in me dropping everything to return to school was to ensure that I did make the very best of it and that I put 200% into everything I do.¬† There is a tangible fear that splitting my focus will dull my effectiveness in both areas of study.

And then I remembered that I have no life!

The one thing that will help me pursue each with the tenacity that I am accustomed to is the fact that I don’t really have much else to do LOL.¬† When I’m not doing my homework and assignments, I am reading and researching everything I can get my hands on about programming and design.¬† I spend my free time watching Lynda.com tutorials and read a ton of design an programming blogs.¬† Quite possibly, my unique situation will lend a hand to me having my cake and eating it too, with ice cream to boot!

Welcome to the dark side, we have cookies…

If forced to choose between the two at the moment, I would choose to pursue programming.¬† Luckily I don’t have to choose, however, knowing that if push came to shove I’d choose programming, makes my path a tad bit clearer as I look towards my future.¬† There is something about programming that not only intrigues me, but invokes a since of pride with each concept that I learn and begin to understand.¬† I think back to the first week and that first project this semester that I sat and worked over for hours and hours.¬† I lost so much sleep that week and I was beginning to believe that I was in way over my head.¬† To understand the progress that I’ve made so far really motivates me to keep pushing towards my goals.

 

 
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Posted by on November 27, 2013 in Programming

 

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