Happy Friday, dear readers! Tomorrow is the last day of the month, making this a ‘Final Friday,’ so I figured I’d just let my thoughts bounce around and see where they land.
This weekend marks the first anniversary of doing one of two BETA tests for my MMORPG, the Elder Scrolls Online. I’ve been involved with this game for a year! TESO, as it is called by those of us who love it, is getting a major overhaul quite soon with a free-to-play option, the introduction of a ‘crown store,’ and the final loyalty rewards for those of us who subscribed from the beginning and stuck it out through all of the bugs, bots, and other general hassles! Some players are pissed off and bitch incessantly about how everything has been ‘nerfed’ – but the ‘nerfing’ happened because of those incessantly bitching children! I use the term “children” loosely here…even many of the so-called adults qualify as juveniles, IMHO! The console version of the game will finally be released, which may drop the population of infants slightly – more kids are certified ‘couch potatoes’ who can’t take sitting at a desk properly, so the ‘adult’ population might grow. Also, some people apparently can’t afford the expense of a $15/month subscription – those who let their subscription lapse will be able to play for free with their original characters…their accounts weren’t deleted. Not sure why $15/month is considered steep; it has been the standard fee for MMORPGs from day one, but I guess some freaks out there actually subscribe to more than one game – go figure! Incidentally, speaking of freaks…I’d forgotten how many ‘freaks’ there are in online games, and that term covers a broad swath! Wow…Ultima Online was bad enough; now, with avatars being more life-like, some people seem to get a charge out of their own (or others’) scantily-clad characters. It’s the new online ‘socializing,’ I suppose! In conclusion, I will continue to subscribe for a time – I have a TeamSpeak (TS3) account and some awesome headphones for PvP directives, and have joined a couple of decent guilds. On top of that, I have my four Veteran Rank (VR) toons, and am currently grinding a 5th as high as I can take her before the update supposedly drops on Monday, 2nd March…which is a tall order when I’m trying to keep my highest-ranked vet on the Cyrodiil leaderboards for the final two days of the Thornblade campaign! I have kept a full pot of coffee on around the clock, and my husband is no better…he has alarms set to ensure that he feeds his full stable of horses as many times as possible before the update, so we each have our own obsessions about this one game – it’s fascinating, to say the least. It’s certainly an interesting psychological study, given how the anonymity of the interwebs can cause people to say and do things that they ordinarily wouldn’t.
What next…ah, yes – how is my book coming along, you ask? It is coming along marvelously and will be completed on its timeline, but I still wonder if this blog is the best medium to post excerpts…bad enough that there are people out there who have tried to rob my tagline, so there are certainly shameless plagiarists out there! I suppose I should upgrade to the paid version of WordPress™…I guess that the supposed extra security would be worth it? We’ll see.
I was recently skimming over some other blogs; some new that I happened across while idly browsing, others are ones that I used to subscribe to but have since abandoned due to repetitive content and lack of interaction when I comment. One has been taken over by ubiquitous “guest posters” that have no blog accounts of their own. Another is taken up with comments about posts that are 3+ years old and utilizes selective moderation. Many have simply not been updated for months, and I can’t fault those bloggers – things occur IRL that take time away from online things, so it’s understandable when that happens. I go back to those sites every three months to see if anything is new, but if a blog hasn’t been updated for over a year, then it’s safe to assume that it has been abandoned. Other bloggers simply state “enough” on their sites and never post an update again. I’m glad for the new blogs that I have found, though, and will post the top three links below – I don’t mind showing a little bit of love to the good ones! (I see you, Hernie!)
Deconstructing Myths: “Complications”
I wanted to add: if you haven’t been watching the Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, you are missing out – it’s fantastic! Certainly as good as the Colbert Report, if not a smidge better. The panel portion had me worried for a moment, but it actually works out well. The episode which aired on Thursday, 26th February was dynamite…please, check it out and give this brotha a chance – he deserves much support!
A final, sad note…I just learned of the passings of two other notable Aries men: Leonard Nimoy, actor best-known as his role of the Vulcan Mr. Spock in the Star Trek series and movies, and that of Earl Lloyd, the courageous brotha who broke the “colour barrier” in professional basketball. Go with the gods, good sirs…rest well. You both lived long and prospered…now you belong to the ages.