Reverse engineering Life

One of my friends said a while ago – “Man, you think too much, and most of it is just useless”. He might be right, but anyway that got me thinking about life. Would I Play my life if it was a mmorpg? Would the level curve be too steep? The mobs too hard? Would it have enough content and enough challenging raids to keep me interested?

And the final question, do I have what it takes to reach the max level in the game of “Life”?

An idea started to take form in my head.. What if I reverse engineer my life into a mmorpg? Would I wanna play that game? I toyed around with this for a couple of weeks in my head think tank. Now this is harder than you might think. As in gaming, there are a lot of things we just take for granted in life. There so much stuff just too obvious for us to notice, content we just miss out on. After a couple of days I just had to stop – this “thinking project” just got too big and intangible. The variables too complicated and the details too many. A couple of weeks later, thinking about other useless stuff (for another post in the future) it finally hit me. What would I do if this really was a game?

Alt+Tab whenever in doubt!
The solution was simple. I would google an easy step-by-step guide and Alt+Tab to whenever in doubt! So I decided this was the way I would approach the question – Write a step-by-step and then deciede if I would wanna play my life if it was a mmorpg..

So L.I.F.E Inc. presents:

The easy step-by-step guide to L.I.F.E
(Gameplay may vary depending on location and hardware)

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Most anticipated right now

Shame on Sony Online!
Took me about 3-4 weeks to reach max level, and raid all the content in DC Universe Online.. phhhft..
Keep in mind that only says something about how little content the game really has, it’s amazing how long they worked on it, hyped it and how little they actually acomplished in the end.. Shame! Shame! Shame!

Yes im a little bit pissed.

The art of powerleveling

However, always looking forward to the next game, this is how i planned my gaming year in order of planned release:

Rift – Pre-ordered and allready in the Beta, having loads of fun

Brink – Pre-ordered. This game have some high expectations to live up to.

Star Wars – The old Republic. Do I even have to say anything here?

Battlefields 3 – BF, i have played every BF there is, and Im sure as hell not going to stop now!

The Secret World – will this ever be released? I really hope so cuz the game gives me goosebumps all over..

Diablo 3 – this will be great, mark my words.

So next stop Rift!

Southwest.. starting a world  event and getting the whole server killed..

Champions Online Goes Free2Play

Maybe not so suprising now with DCUO release, but CO never relly got me exicited. However, free is always a great thing. Yes you can still pay for the game if you want, but as a free player you are confined to one archetype instead of having the full freedom as a paying goldmember.

DC Universe Online
Personally i lost my intrest a few weeks after release for various reasons, but i’ll be sure to try it out again now that free play is here. Later thou, cuz right now im deeply hooked in DC Universe Online, and im having so much fun I can’t imagine myself playing anything else right now. But you know me, it can change as fast as the raiding content comes to an end.

And I have only “Batcave” left to do..

Play Champions Online for free!

The final MMO blow for Acclaim?

Starting next month 9Dragons will be published by GamersFirst . According to a press release gamers currently playing 9Dragons under Acclaim’s publication will continue their service uninterrupted when the game changes hands next month.

What’s more interesting is the fact that Acclaim has lost almost all of their MMORPGS now..
Since Playdom bought out Acclaim earlier this year, it seems there more aimed towards their social games.

9Dragons itself is nothing to cry about tbh, the game is a huge  Asian grindfest. Don’t be fooled by the “Free2Play” concept, you will get absolutely nowhere without buying levels, xp and gear thru micropayments. And most of the people you will meet in game are Asian gold farmers.

The market in game is one of the craziest places i ever seen in a mmo – with hilarious pricing, managed by bots sitting all over the place..
To see this would actually be the only reason trying out this game if you ask me..

Check out their new fancy trailer (which has nothing to do with the reality)

This is all quite sad, cuz it would be really cool with a good Kung-Fu mmo out there, imagine what you could do with that and the whole asian theme, with different dojos and houses fighting for power.

But right now I am a bit ashamed there’s a “Blackmoore” in 9Dragons..

Hell yeah!

THQ and Vigil Games have released their Gamescom 2010 trailer, which features the game’s first announced playable race, the Imperium of Man.

“WoW clone”, “DoW clone” – Who gives a shit!
Warhammer 40K: Dark Millennium Online (est.rel 2013) will surely be played by any Warhammer fan out there, including myself.

The game where I lost my virginity..

My real passion for online gaming started way back when a rumor circulated on the Internet about a game in development, a game that could hold thousands of players simultaneously in a persistent 3D world, this world would have shops, clothing, PvP action. As a newly arrived colonist you would have to make a choice between the corporate Omni-Tek and the rebellious Clan. With nothing but the clothes on your body you would have to choose sides and work your way through society, being able to level to the amazing(!) level 100 and manipulate  every skill you learned as you explored the waste lands of Rubi-Ka.. Yes, I’m talking about Anarchy Online – the game where I lost my virginity.

For years, I read everything I could about this game, following its progress and waiting for the release. So finally it got released in the summer of 2001, the first game in the genre to include a science-fiction setting, dynamic quests, free trials, and in-game advertising.

“woot!”, “AFK” and “leet!”
I can still remember that feeling when I logged on for the first time in the “backyard” where you spent your first five levels.. I had absolutely no clue what I was doing, and the manual was pretty basic. The GUI was non-existent, and most of the things was done via the command line. But I loaded up my guns and went out hunting. After a couple of minutes I realized that I was actually fighting side by side by real people from around the world, my heartbeat raised and suddenly my little computer room felt connected to the whole world for real.. People was chatting, screaming “woot!”, “AFK” and “leet!”, teaming and hunting. It was a totally amazing feeling, we all felt like pioneers for real, exploring a new world (which in fact was what we were doing).

I phoned my brother and got him in the game
I was totally blown away, and I played 24/7 for the first couple of weeks. I phoned my brother and got him in the game, he was hooked just like me in minutes after logging in. I spent  about 4-5 years in AO, raiding at the highest level, got every item there was, bought every expansion and did the same thing over again, in the end I even was the leader of one of the largest raiding guilds in the game. It was crazy, and many of the friends I made in the game will be my friends for life.

My addiction almost cost me my marriage
Finally it had to end, my addiction almost cost me my marriage, I was totally burnt out with several characters with the best gear possible, raiding the highest content on a regular basis.

I have no regrets for the time I spent in Rubi-Ka, I would do it all over again in a heartbeat. Since then the sci-fi genre has a special place in my heart when it comes to mmo’s, and the lack of good sci-fi mmo’s has made me frustrated over the years, and more so lately..

Just for fun i tried to round up as many mmo’s as possible, both the active ones and the ones in development to be released later. Just to get an overall picture of what genres being developed.

Well fuck me sideways.. wtf is up with all this fantasy shit?
Well anyways, from the 60’ish sci-fi mmo games there’s actually only one that get my hopes up for a “new Anarchy Online”, a game called Earthrise.
And besides the franchise titles like Stargate, Star Wars etc. the rest actually looks like poo..

So check out Earthrise due to be released later in 2010 (I would prepare for 2011 actually, with a open beta in 2010)

Countdown for Global Agenda

Hope you all preordered and are ready, cuz  2010 02 01 is almost here!

Being Developed by Hi-Rez Studios, Global Agenda is an MMO shooter based in a 22nd century world where player created factions struggle against each other for power. Simultaneously, they fight in opposition to a totalitarian world government bent on domination. Built on the popular and durable Unreal 3 Engine, Global Agenda promises fast-action PvP, a dynamic, player-driven world, strategy elements, robots and more!

Get ready!

Bringing Dunegons and Dragons to Microsoft Surface

A walk-through of the current build of a proof of concept for a Dungeons & Dragons experience on the Microsoft Surface. Created by the Surfacescapes team at the Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University.