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My PS4 Journey…

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The Euphoric, and over-dramatized story of my PS4 purchase…

The day is Black Friday 2014.  There are a zillion deals online for gaming systems, with many deals specifically targeting PS4 systems and games.  My heart skips a beat when I see several games bundled with the PS4 system, for FREE.  But wait!  I can’t buy a PS4 now!  I have finals, and lots of school work, and and and… My logical mind reminds me that the deals that were out probably would not be topped until the following Black Friday season (maybe this wasn’t THAT logical).  As my fingers clicks away, adding my shipping and payment information, I can’t help but become giddy at the prospect of playing a brand new system with amazing graphics.  My mind wanders to happier times of staying up late and killing things in the privacy of my own home.  Finally, I click that bright orange “Confirm Purchase” button and I receive an email confirmation informing me that I would receive my new system in 2 days.

The wait began, but I didn’t wait idly!…

While waiting for my new system, I decided to catch up on all of the new games that were available for the PS4 and read about future game releases.  During my wait time, I also ordered a few more games and my excitement only grew as I tracked my PS4 system daily (ok hourly) until its arrival a few days later.  I became at war with myself because I had final exams to study for, but I also had a brand new shiny system waiting for me to click it, touch it, smell the new plastic smell (ok this is going too far).  But you get my point, I was torn between being the good straight A student and the video game playing cave troll that I’m just as comfortable with being.  But finally, the student won, and I tucked my PS4 away on the shelf until I finished with my final exams, for I knew that had I cracked open my new system, I would not be able to pull myself away in order to be productive.

Once final exams were over… 

Now, grades were posted, exams done, and I had 3 entire weeks to play to my heart’s content.  I started with, “The Last of Us”, with its pull on my protective nature and my fondness of dystopian settings.  I found myself loving the story and wanting to play more, but my mind kept returning to wishing I had a keyboard and mouse and not a controller.  So, I thought to myself, maybe it was just how the game was made and I moved on to the next game, Grand Theft Auto V.  Again, so much excitement and I was ready to repo the crap out of some cars and be as bad ass as I could be.  But again, my clumsy fingers kept yearning for my keyboard and mouse.  I told myself that it had just been some time since I played console games.  Over the past 5 years, my gameplay has been strictly PC and I wanted to convince myself that I just needed some time to revert back to my origins.  I started playing console games with the PSOne and wasn’t introduced to PC gaming until YEARS after I’d already fallen in love with game consoles.

I failed my fellow gamers… 

After hours of playing all of the games I’d purchased, GTAV, The Last of Us, Shadow of Mordor, Destiny, and Minecraft (don’t judge, or I’ll cry lol), I realized that my issue was the console/controller.  I found myself incredibly interested in the story and the game play itself, but not  enjoying interacting with the game via a controller.  My new-found disdain for controllers was extremely confusing to me considering the hours of time I spent playing COD, Halo, and pretty much every other FPS on my XBox360 and the metric ton of games I played on both my PSOne and PS2.  I considered that possibly I had bumped my head or was coming down with something, but no, I was in great health.  I found myself slowly gravitating back to my PC games, playing a game of D3 here, a game of LoL there.  Next thing I knew, my PS4 and the games were sitting collecting dust.  What happened?  What did I do wrong?  Do unicorns really exist?  My brain could not comprehend what was happening.

I haven’t completely given up…

I still believe deep down that I just need to keep at it.  Now that winter break is long gone and school is in session, I don’t have much time to play video games, so when I do, I go back to my old faithful games that I enjoy playing.  Although I do play some type of game every day, usually an hour or so of Diablo 3, or a match (or 2) of League of Legends, I don’t have nearly as much time as I will have during the summer break.  I will definitely spend quite a bit of time playing during the summer break.  I plan on playing around with the controller settings again and maybe tweaking my way back into the console scene that I loved so much for so many years.  Either way, I REALLY want to finish The Last of Us, and get much further into GTA V at the very least.

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Posted by on March 18, 2015 in Gaming

 

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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 🙂

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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