Wildstar Wonderings

If Doctor Seuss made video games I imagine it would look much like this.

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I fully admit that I didn’t bother reading much if anything about Wildstar before diving in and so this is basically my own internal dialogue as to whether I wish to buy the game made external.

Plus points

I love the whimsy of the game. Exploring any virtual world has always ticked my boxes and Wildstar is no different there. Unlike recent WoW expansions too, it seems to favour wandering around looking at things rather than being forced into doing one quest at a time. It’s impossible not to smile when you shrink yourself to follow white vermin down rabbit holes and discover this:

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The detail is stunning, I’m findings things to ooh and aah over everywhere I turn. I like the puzzle aspect of the game too, it’s not as simple as walk to x and kill 10 of y because after all games should get you thinking. The fact that I can wander to a higher level area and still get the quests even if I promptly get splatted pleases me.

Rivers have currents and if you don’t swim, you’ll be pulled down stream. I’ve spent far too much time drifting along testing this particular feature.

Pink Sheep…. nothing else needs saying.

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Once I got the hang of the challenges I also found myself really enjoying them, especially the non killing ones (it turns out I’m a pro jumper) and yet, despite this I find myself questioning whether I wish to purchase the game.  In order to do it justice, my graphics card would definitely need upgrading especially as jerky computer games mean migraines for me but that’s not an issue as Mr Harpy points out, we’d need to do that soon anyway. I think his apathy towards the game doesn’t help but then, I know if I said I want to play this, he’d have no issue getting two copies and trying it out.

So what are my negatives.

I’m not sure of the combat side. Now, I picked a class purely at random and ended up as an Aurin Esper without really knowing what I was getting in too and I’ve no issues at all whilst leveling but I’m not sure I like those boxes the game draws on the floor.

The character creation screen lacks options I feel. I was really hoping for more hairstyles/colours plus body shapes and yes, I realise it’s a multi player game which already taxes a lot of people’s graphics but still. That said, I’m playing a blue haired bunny with a large behind.

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The whole cowboys and aliens vibe bothers me too. I suspect I’m a traditionalist in the sense that I like medieval-esque settings for games.

I think the whole housing aspect will swing it one way or another for me and now I just need to stop staring at the scenery and make it to the correct level for a piece of my own green and verdant land. Plus my bags are filling up with decorative items to put in a house and I can’t wait to see what they actually look like.

A Screenshot a Day – Days 5 & 6

It’s time for another installment of Tycertank’s ever so slightly addictive A Screenshot a Day series.

Day 5 – Square

An almost square dock (if you ignore the other bits)

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Day 6 – C is for Corpse

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A Screenshot a Day: Days 2 through 4

It’s another installment of Tycertank’s ever so slightly addictive A Screenshot a Day series. Of these months I will actually manage to illustrate all the prompts.

Day 2 – Favourite

This had to be my favourite race – the Harpies. Here I am looking up at this one in awe!

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Day 3 – Something Orange

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Day 4 – Childhood

This little orc trapped in the time out pen of bones pretty much sums up my childhood.

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WoW Screenshot a Day: Day 1

Nothing ventured, nothing gained or so they say. Yep, it’s February’s WoWscreenshot A Day Challenge. There are two pluses this time around, the lack of days in February and the fact that I’m actually starting on Day 1!

Day 1 – You

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Here is Snowflower back in all her Night Elf glory stopping off in the swamp whilst hunting down archaeology digs.

A Screenshot A Day: Days 10 through 16

I’ve failed so far this month with the A Screenshot A Day January Challenge but I thought I’d have a little go at playing catch up (with a few skipped prompts).

Day 10 – Man Made

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Day 11 – Looking Down

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Day 12 – Colourful

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Day 13 – Makes me Smile

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Day 14 – Three Things

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Day 15 – Black and White

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Day 16 – Sun (God)

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Days 1 through 5: A Screenshot a Day

I was flicking through my blogroll and when I came across Tycertank’s January Screenshot Challenge. Now I can think of at least five good reasons why I should have carried on going without giving a second glance but always a sucker for screenshots, I found myself “oohing” over the prompts. Given that I’m back to work tomorrow, it’s highly unlikely my prompts will be posted promptly but I will try to make it to the end of the month one way or another.

Day 1 – Lunch

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The Draenei have the best food.

Day 2 – Begins with G

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Day 3 – My Town

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It had to be Darnassus.

Day 4 – Words to Live By

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I’ve loved this quote ever since I first encountered it on the Wrath Beta. It’s partly why I like defending in Isle of Conquest, got to keep my hero alive.

Day 5 –  Found

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This storeroom was a recent discovery for me and I’m glad I’ve found it. In fact it might be my secret hideout whenever I’m in the Valley.

Solstice Challenge: Days 20 & 21

Twenty-One Days, starting today, December 1, of things in Azeroth of Light Screenshots, from now until December 21. This works for both sides of the equator, seeing how we’re getting darker days in the North, the South is getting lighter. The only hitch I will add is you have to add a caption or haiku to your screenshot.
The topic/theme is light, and all its incarnations.

Day 20

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In that land where a princess sits under lock and key,
Pining behind massive walls.
There gardens surround a palace all of glass;
There Firebirds sing by night
And peck at golden fruit;

Yakov Polonsky

Day 21

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Hope’s fire grows when the flames come together.”

For some reason, this little shrine in amongst the farmlands struck a cord with me. Whilst I was flying around trying to make friends with everyone on the farm, I would often stop by and whisper a prayer or two of my own.

Thank you Matty for suggesting this because focusing on things light and airy in these long dark days has helped, not only to spark my imagination but to lift my emotions too.

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