So I have gone back to more WoT and less WoWS. WoT is a pretty mature game. There’s a lot of tuning going on, but the game system is more or less complete. There’s a lot of fun to be had and I enjoy it immensely.
But I’m not very good. My ratings are below average, although improving, and I’m trying very hard not to care with most of my tanks. Some of them I do care about, for example I firmly believe that if you aren’t over 50% in a fully upgraded T29 you probably shouldn’t be playing heavy tanks. It’s just that good.
One of the things I guard against very well is going “On Tilt” which is a phrase for getting reckless or overly aggressive. Basically you lose a game, as a result you start playing worse, which makes you lose more… you get the idea. I am very good at avoiding this IN GENERAL. But we all have our moments and we all mess up. Tonight I struggled mightily in the M4A3E2 Jumbo. Which is a VERY good tank and a VERY hard one to go on tilt in. It’s well armored, fast enough to get out of trouble, slow enough not to get you IN trouble, and has a very good gun that rewards patience.
Somehow I lost several games in a row; one of which I scored 4 kills in and had more EXP than anyone on the winning team. Le sigh. I ended up finally getting a win but it was a VERY rough night and I forgot the best way to stop going on tilt. Bring out The Stopper.
In baseball a “Stopper” is an older pitcher who may or may not be a teams Ace but is always the guy they count on to stop a skid. For example in 2004 Pedro may have been the Ace but Schilling was The Stopper. For all of Pedro’s emotional antics, Schill was out there to win at all costs. For me The Stopper has become the T29. It is VERY hard to have a bad game in this tank and it can carry games even at Tier 8 with some luck. It’s also a relaxing tank to play, it has a very smooth roll and you can very easily make shots on the move. In fact I’ve built mine up to make shots on the move and I love imagining the look on people’s faces when I reliably hit them on the move while moving, turning my turret and still hitting weak spots.
Going on tilt is bad. It’s bad in EvE, it’s bad in FFXIV, it is AWFUL in League of Legends and it’s very bad in WoT. The key is having that stopper. Whether it’s an Alt in EvE. A good raid leader, a good friend to pull you back, or that unstoppable tank that lets you recover your balance, find a stopper, and don’t go on tilt.
So right now my Hard Drive is a bit crowded. I’m going to talk about the major MMOs that I at least have installed, why I have them, and why you should consider them (if you should)
Get ’em While They Last
These are games that I don’t think will last very long for whatever reason. These may or may not be bad games, but they are endangered for one reason or another.
Lord of the Rings Online
Where to start. Look. LotRO will be on my computer until they shut down the servers. I love the game, I love the community, and I loved many of the devs who have worked at Turbine over the years. But this game is heavily threatened on multiple fronts. First off they are going to lose their license. Right now I don’t think there is anyone as pissed off as Christopher Tolkien is with the licensing structure of his Tolkien estate. So there’s that. The player base continues to erode away under the winds of lackluster patches, no endgame content, buggy systems and overall disappointment. I’ll make the march into Mordor with all the rest, probably through Cirith Ungol, but if this game is going 2 years from now I’ll be surprised and if it’s going 4 years from now I’ll be stunned.
I would recommend playing though. You can see SO much detail and love for the world, and visit SO many famous locales that even if you are only a casual Tolkien fan you owe it to yourself to try it out for a couple months.
Star Wars The Old Republic
SWTOR has followed the development strategy of “Two steps forward, two steps back” ever since launch. It’s a good game, it’s a fun game and the stories should be played through by any fan of the Star Wars expanded universe. That being said the mouse is going to want a mint to extend the license and Bioware probably won’t see the value in doing that based on the money they are making. There’s still plenty of players out there but if the mouse takes his cheese and goes away there won’t be a game, just more disappointed Star Wars fans.
This is another “Log in while it lasts” game. Do you really want to miss the chance to force-choke people or steal an Imperial prototype out from under the nose of a Sith Lord? I didn’t think so.
Who makes this now? Daybreak? Who is that? Oh. Does anyone work for them? Ouch. This one will last longer than the rest but… Don’t invest a lot of time into it.
Notice how there’s a lot of big IPs involved? Yeah this thing has been a massive disappointment. I just patched it and while that was downloading I lost interest in actually playing.
I Should Log in More
World of tanks
WoT is offering a lot of bonuses right now so I actually am logging in every day. I should probably play more though. This is just a fun game to drop in and pew pew. If you like it and especially if you have people to play with it’s worth the time.
League of Legends
This is another game that I can log into for 20 minutes, play a game or two, or drop 6 hours on in a binge. It’s a fun game if you invest the time into it but my GOD is the community shit.
World of Warcraft
Not logging in a whole lot. The games in a great place, and it’ll be in a great place without me. The problem with this run through isn’t that the game isn’t fun. It is. The problem is that you can do everything you want to do pretty fast and just don’t feel like you have to do a lot more unless you put in the time on alts.
The Secret World
Every time there’s a story I get excited, patch, and try to remember my login. This game has SO much potential but whenever I play it feels janky and like there’s no plan for most of the fights. The story is fun, even better than SWTOR in a lot of ways but the gameplay feels poor by comparison.
Star Trek Online
Another one of those “It’s worth logging in to take the tour” games, STO sets the bar low and revels in fan service, acceptable, if mediocre-to-average gameplay and capitalizing on a community that wants to make the game MUCH better with its robust fleet and foundry systems. It would be nice to see more developer driven content, and there is some neat stuff on the horizon. I spend a fair amount of time in the Alpha quadrant these days, albeit not as much as I probably should.
Unsubbed right now, maybe even for good, although I doubt it. I just don’t ever feel like I’ve done anything when I log out.
The Time Sink
Final Fantasy XIV
FFXIV has become the time sink that EvE would be if I could get anything done these days. I always have made progress in something and now that I’ve set some goals for myself I’m actually enjoying working through all the stuff I want to get done. The game is a blast to play, visually stunning, the score is fantastic and the sound effects… the score is stunning! The community is great with far more helpful people than dickheads even if the dickheads retain the ability to be incredibly annoying from time to time.
So that’s what’s on my menu right now. How about you guys?