WoW, GW2 Beta Action, Updates & College Stuff

There haven’t been as many posts happening as of late, I know. Being in college does have its drawbacks, specifically when it comes to side projects, such as this. The blog is not abandoned in any way, and I have a few ideas in my head just waiting to hit the digital page. In the meantime though, I’m working on a variety of designs and trying to update my own site.

As far as video games go, I’ve been sticking to WoW for the time being. I am happy to say that my guidelines that I’ve established are more or less holding up. My Draenei Paladin is level 25 (I had to stop XP a couple of times so I didn’t outlevel Erik,) and I just recently finished both Bloodmyst and Redridge. We also took it upon ourselves to 2 man both Deadmines and Shadowfang Keep, with relative ease. But now that Erik is stopping WoW, I may have to resort to joining randoms, or…dare I say, soloing dungeons?!

Also, there’s a lot of buzz going on around Guild Wars 2’s beta registration. I have not signed up for it, and I have my Mac to thank for that. I just won’t be able to support the game on my current machine, Bootcamp or otherwise. Hopefully I’ll have a new gaming system before the game comes out, but here’s to hoping.

Speaking of GW2, Mike Ferguson, a designer working on the World vs. World component of the game, is doing an AMA on Reddit today. For anyone who isn’t already aware and following, I’ll link it here:

That’s all for now. I’m off to keep designing/gaming!



Let’s Talk About: Why You Should Play WoW In Slow-Motion

Image credit: Blizzard

World of Warcraft is a game that I used to play rather regularly during 2008-2011. As a college student, it was basically the equivalent of my entire entertainment budget since I don’t have the cash to afford new systems, or a better computer to keep playing new games. It was basically the most convenient way to spend my downtime when I wasn’t stressing out about projects. I enjoy a lot about the game, but one thing I noticed towards the end of my last active playing cycle is that after a while I started to become disconnected with the game. I did enjoy PvP, raiding (for a brief time period) and questing, but after playing for so long I started to know exactly what the game was throwing at me at all times. The only aspects of the game that I’d really get a rush were in the dynamic areas such as PvP, and even then I had such tunnel vision I forgot to question whether or not I was having fun anymore.

After a while WoW just becomes a chore, but only one that you sort of enjoy doing. I stopped because I grew more and more self-aware of just how much I had to force myself to care (plus I was now more aware with how flawed some systems were, more on that another time,) and by that time I really wanted to play other games. That was last summer, and recently I started playing again because I wanted to give it another shot, but before I re-subbed I took the time to question why I wanted to come back and how I could make the most of the experience without just falling into the same traps I had before.

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Let’s Talk About: How Portal 2’s Music Sums Up The Creative Process

Portal 2 SoundtrackVideo game music, or what my girlfriend lovingly describes as “bleep” music, is a larger part of my iTunes Library than anything else. I listen to it constantly, that means every day, and for many years. This has led to some awkward moments in high school when my friends and I, who were all sitting around a table in the cafeteria, would talk about music, and one person who eventually ask, “So Joe, what kind of music do you listen to?” to which I would have to give the blanket statement of “Anything that sounds good.” Sometimes they’d ask to see my music library on my iPod, so I would (begrudgingly) and wait for their confusion and then to ask me why I listen to Japanese guys and Mario.

Anyway, repressed high school memories aside, I never see myself listening to any less of the music from the games I love. They seem to always inspire me in some way, whether it is creatively or not. And lately I’ve been noticing how I connect to the Portal 2’s soundtrack whilst I work on whatever it is I have to do. I’m not talking about the entire soundtrack, or what the game is even about here, but three songs in general, found on volume 2. You’re probably familiar with them, though nobody really likes to bring them up from what I’ve noticed.

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