Writing – 2/17/11

642 words. Not shabby. Good to be back at it with enthusiasm.


Hey there blog. I remember you. Now where did we leave off?

Games: I love video games. It might be a result of the generation I grew up in. I love consol games with my kids. I love MMOs with my wife. Hell, if it weren’t for EverQuest, I may not even know my wife. Video games have been a part of my life for probably the last 20+ years.

To deny video games would be to deny some part of myself. My writing doesn’t exist in a world devoid of video games. It is hard to say how many characters I have created based off an initial image I had of them in an MMO.

Work has kept me pretty well slammed this last month or so. Lately my only desire after the kids head off to bed has been to just unplug from everything and jump into a game. And the writing word count has borne out that reality.

So please pardon me as I break from time to time to write about topics other than writing. I have always enjoyed the stories the games have told, even if that story is a bit weak at times (I’m looking at you, Halo).

Here is how gaming has looked in the last month:

Mass Effect 2 – Wow. This game is simply amazing. They took the things about ME1 that were incredibly tedious and changed them into an awesome game. I am really having a great time. Of course Bioware has always had top notch storylines. (See how that worked back into writing?)

Champions Online – They are F2P! Based on the Champions RPG (I never played it) but still a lot like City of Heroes. It’s a superhero MMO. And did I mention F2P? At the very least you can play dress up with your heroes without the pain of trying to hack the chinese COH character creator. It has been fun so far, and since it is F2P, I see no reason to remove it from my computer.

Rifts – Rifts has entered open beta. Basically a try before you buy kind of deal at this point. So far, I am really loving the number of options I have when choosing my class and skills. The game is beautiful and looks very polished. Hopefully we reach a spot in the game where we get to see the Rift mechanic in action soon. I’m unsure if we will keep playing once the game goes live, but we are enjoying it for the time being (More a cost hinderance than anything else, paying $100 for two copies of the game stings the wallet a bit).

So that is where I have been this last month or so. I wrote 300 or so words last week and can pretty safely say I will have 500+ today. So at least that is moving along. Now I just need to pick the guitar back up.