The other night while watching Pizza Maid's stream the topic of how we "codify" our appearance in games came up. It was a pretty good conversation and even prompted her to write a blog post about it which you can find it here. Go ahead and give it a read. I will be waiting until you come back. 🙂
Ok, back already? Like I said, in that conversation I don't usually have recurring themes when picking character appearances in single-player games except that my first character tends to be male, a melee class and whichever race picks my fancy at the moment of character creation.
A while ago Ravanel made a post about Fandoms that I never though I'd like (bud did)*. It is a pretty interesting post (and topic) and I've been meaning to write about it since then. Unfortunately certain things got in the way so I am only writing about it now.
Anyhoo, unlike Ravanel I can't say I always had an open mind. Sure, if you asked teenage me I would have said that I was the most open and accepting people in the world. But the truth is there was a lot of things I snubbed down or outrighted hated because it didn't conform to what I felt was the way the world and myself "should be". Nowadays I try to police myself better to not fall into those kind of traps and to actually have an open mind. But it is a constant battle for that, one that I do not always win.
So this post is about those franchises I snubbed in the past then through certain circumstances gave it a try and found out that I was wrong, that I actually really like it. Here are my picks, in no specific order:
There is something going on the blogosphere now called The Creative Blogger Award and I just got nominated to it by Eldaeriel. For a moment I was scratching my head because I thought I got nominated to it already a few months back but turns out it was the Liebster Award. The idea is pretty similar though.
So these are the rules for this award:
Thank the person that nominated you and share a link back to their blog
Post 5 facts about yourself
Nominate 15-20 people for this award
Let the people you nominated know, that you have nominated them
Post the rules so everyone will understand what to do
First a big thank you to Eldaeriel for the nomination. 🙂
And now the 5 facts about myself:
I am 1.68 meters tall which is about 5ft 6.1 for you non-metric people.
My current game vice is Fire Emblem Fates. It just hits the right spot for me of tactical RPG and story. Plus I love to see the dialogue between the people of my army as their relationship improves. Great music too!
Speaking of music, I may not be too much into it but I do have a favorite band and that is the Queen.
Summer might be my favorite season although I don't know exactly why.
If I had a choice into being a supernatural creature I'd probably be either a werewolf (as long as I could keep my mind and not become a mindless monster) or a vampire.
For nominations I will just pick 3 people since 15 to 20 people are way too much. My nominees are:
Recently, Roger Tyranny of the blog Tyrannodorkus wrote a pretty good post about how he got convinced to starting writing a blog of his own. This made me think of the reasons I write a blog myself. After some thinking I decided to write it down. Maybe someone might relate to it and start a blog of their own too. Maybe it might just be an interesting reading to someone else. Or maybe I will just be amusing myself. Any of these options work for me.
So why do I write a blog about video-games for no pay, no fame, no reward at all? Short answer to scratch an itch to write.
The longer answer is pretty much the same as the short answer but with my usual wall of text. :p
Recently Ravanel wrote on her blog about her experiences as a guest in a Star Wars the Old Republic stream. In there she pretty much explains why she prefers to blog rather than stream. Part of the reason being how exhaustive it is for her to use voice chat for hours. (Do go read her post, she explains it much better than I could in a paragraph).
I did end up commenting on her post with my reasons for disliking voice chat. Once it was finished I realized it was big enough to make a blog post and so with Ravanel's blessings I decided to put it here too, with some editing and additions.
Now, just to be completely clear, I am not claiming that these are the reasons for everybody who hates voice chat. These are mine. Other people have their own reasons for that feeling. I also have nothing against anyone who likes to use voice chat. To each their own, as I always say.
With all that out of the way, here are the reasons I tend to avoid voice chat in games:
Last week Ravanel made an interesting post titled "The games I love to play" and then she asked her readers what games they love to play. I decided that instead of doing my usual and just making a gigantic comment on her blog, I will instead make a post here as an answer. Specially because the games I am going to list aren't necessary the games I love to play as much as games I tend to go back to when certain moods hit me and I just don't have the energy or patience to try something new. They are kinda like comfort food for me, they are familiar, they keep me distracted and help to recharge my energies, so to speak.
I will also list what kind of mood I tend to have when I decided to play these games for the millionth time as that will probably give it a better context.
Mood: Social Butterfly, Building
Nowadays I don't have much reason to play MMORPGs anymore besides chatting and doing something fun with my friends. But even with that I can be pretty picky about the games I am willing to play. As I always say, there is only so much good friends can compensate for a bad game. And Everquest 2 just happens to be the only game we can all agree to play without anyone complaining (much) about it.
When I am not out in the world pretending to be an adventurer I am most likely inside an in-game house seeing if I can build something cool. I can't say I succeed at it but I have fun nonetheless!
So, there is something going on in the blogosphere called the Liebster Awards. Basically it is something where you tell 11 facts about yourself, answer 11 questions posed by someone else and then proceed to create another 11 questions and nominate 5 other bloggers to answers your questions. Or something like that. The intention seems to be to get to know a bit more from the bloggers behind all the game opinions, war stories sharing and other game-related topics that don't tell much about the person behind the pseudonym. At the same time it is a way to encourage readers to go check other blogs that might get missed for a reason or another.
I have no idea who started it but I got nominated by Ravanel of the blog Ravalation. So you can blame her for the horrors I am about to inflict on the world. :p
There are certain times or moods that makes me go through a reflective state, to think about my life, about the stuff I did, why I did it and so on. Some times however that kind of reflection is triggered by something external, like this post by Eldariel at StarShadow about her gaming history. That made me go through the memory lane, remembering games and consoles I played as well as how it shaped my vision of them. So I thought it might make an interesting post to someone, even if it is pretty indulgent. Also, a good way to test some of the changes I did under the hood to the blog.
Just one note before we begin, you will have to forgive me not mention any years as I have a terrible memory. I can remember things more by stuff that happened (or in this case, consoles, games and PCs I owned) than the time that it all happened at! With that said, let's begin!
Before beginning this post, let me do a shameless plug to a blog from my guildie and friend Celesteral. It is called Lost Ranger. I am not sure what kind of topics she will tackle but no matter what it is, judging by her first post, they will be very enjoyable to read. 🙂
Now the reason I am doing that shameless plug is because of that first post I mentioned. It made me think a lot about my own relationships with books. And instead of writing a giant wall of text in her comments I thought it might be better to just write a post here.
Let me just give a disclaimer first. Although I try to keep this blog with a general positive attitude this one might have a few drepressing/negative parts. It also may end up being somewhat of a incoherent ramble. I might as also mix fiction, comic books and tabletop RPGs throughout the post. Albeit they are technically very different types of books they were all important in the formation of my reading passion in a way or another. I will try to minimize all that for the sake of myself and for the sake of anyone reading this post.
For reference purposes, this is all relative to Brazil, the country where I was born, grew up and still live in. I am just pointing it out because it is one of those instances where this kind of detail matters.
.... or would it be the ratonga behind the man? Hmmm....
If you are wondering what the hell I am talking about, it is this month's challenge by Ambermist of Tastes Like Battlechicken. The idea is basically to give a peek about the person behind the blog. Sadly, I skipped last month's challenge which was to tell a story involving a MMORPG of our choice. Unfortunately, I could not think of any interesting stories to tell. There were sure lots of epic or funny moments moments in my MMORPG history but nothing that led itself well to an interesting narrative. This month however is a topic I can write something about that I hope might be interesting to somebody.
So, here are some facts about this guy who writes this little blog:
I am a brazilian. Or if you want to get technical about it, half-brazilian, half-japanese. Unfortunately, I don't know much about japanese culture. Or even eat japanese food. I know, it sounds strange but my mother is the most pragmatic woman I know. So I guess she didn't see much point in teaching those things to me and my older brother. She is also second generation, with my grandparents from her side being the ones who were actually born and raised in Japan. The part about food though is my fault since I am terribly picky about food.
My grandparents, from my mother side, never learned to speak portuguese. Yet somehow I was always able to get along pretty well with them. Sadly they passed away when I was still a little child so I never got the chance to learn japanese to actually talk to them. Ah, well, I will always have the best memories from them, despite the language barrier. 🙂
I learned to speak in english in a course for it outside school at... 11 years old, if I recall correctly. My mother thought it would be one of those required skills to get a good job in the future (she was right). I didn't abandon it without completing it though since I got really tired of all those silly stories they make you read in those kind of courses. Plus the years were starting to drag by. I learned enough to get by myself though so the rest of my english was honed through lots of reading of tabletop RPG books (which were pretty much never used), games and reading websites. Go internet!
I wasn't confident in my english skill until I started to play MMORPGs. I can read and write without issues. But listening and speaking is still hard for me. How hard? Well, this is how people in voice chat sounds a lot of times for me. To be fair I am pretty sure I sound the same when speaking english.
I started playing video-games back at the Atari days (whenever those were. It is been too long). Although I don't think I really got into them until the Super NES and a little game called Final Fantasy VI. That was the point where I really started to get interested into all things gaming. Before that it was usually platformer games or action games (I forgot the actual term) which could be played by two players with my brother. On the PC it usually was strategy games or adventure games.
My first real MMORPG was a little known title called Fairyland. As far as I know it is long gone by now. I think it was originally produced taiwanese company whose name I don't remember anymore nor who did the american version of it. Anyway, as the name implies it was a game where all the quests were based around fairy tales. It was interesting to see how they turned some fairy tales into quests. It also had an interesting pet system, where pets were like party members. Pets also had elements so having the right pet for the right battle could make things a lot easier. Oh, combat was also turn based in the same style as Final Fantasy VI.
The name Rakuno was one I made up when I started playing Everquest 2. Originally my intention was to make my ratonga my "main" character. After much pondering about a name, I started to try thinking about things that would have to deal with stealing since ratongas have a natural tendency toward kleptomania. Eventually I thought about the word gatuno (a not very common word for thief, robber, etc. in portuguese. The most common word being "ladrão"). Change a couple letters and voila! New name that sounds original enough.
I chose a ratonga to serve as my person on this blog because they are the coolest race ever. If I had god like powers I would use it to put ratongas in every game in every MMORPG! Thinking well, maybe I just should use such powers to transform humans into ratongas. The world would be a much better place that way.
On a random note, it has been dang cold here lately. In a related random note, I never seem snow! Well, ok, I've seem it on TV and movies. But you know what I mean!