Posts tagged EVE Online
Everyone that has read just a few entries here knows I play a lot of games (points over to his ‘gamercard’). Most of the time you can find me logged into EVE Online or Champions Online. Those MMO’s have a tendency of sucking away most of my free time but I do spend quite a bit of time on my Xbox 360. Recently I have played Batman: Arkham Asylum and Halo 3: ODST. Both were interesting and well designed but have not held my interest very well. Halo was great in Co-Op mode and Batman, even though it is very faithful to the Batman mythos and is one of the best DC superhero games ever (that isn’t saying much, though), just did not hold my interest. Kicking the heads of bad guys in over and over just to get to the next boss battle has become blase. The Bat-gadgets are neat but they just seem to be more of ‘this’ and extra hit points, nothing to really strive for.
Today’s blog post will probably only interest about 5% of the people that read my diatribes, if that many. This subject has been eating at me since Dragon*Con. I have been going to Dragon*Con for the last 4 years. Between eating at Trader Vic’s, Chicken ‘n Waffles, paying big bucks for autographs and standing in lines, I do actually attend a few panels. The one I have made sure to attend each year is the EVE Online panel. For those of you ‘not in the know’, EVE Online (EVE) is a Massively Multi-player Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG or MMO) set within a space faring science fiction (SyFy many may say) backdrop. EVE’s biggest difference is that all 30,000+ players participate on one server. Everybody plays in the exact same sandbox. EVE is run by CCP, which has its US offices in Stone Mountain, GA, a suburb of Atlanta, the same city in which Dragon*Con is held. Even though they are just 30 minutes from the venue, CCP has had the inability to send anything more than a ‘talking head’ to the panel. Last year, it was a single story guy that had little to no information. This year, it was 2 marketing guys and a single story guy. You would think with some marketing goobers there we would have some pretty pictures or new ‘smoke and mirrors’ promotional videos…. ANYTHING! Even those losers over at Sony Online (creators of such stinkers as Matrix Online and Star Wars Galaxies) could muster up some videos and graphics, but the CCP locals could only offer talking heads… again.
About 6 Months ago, I picked up an Asus EEEpc 900 off of the internet geek site “Woot!“. For those that are not familiar with the EEEpc, it’s Asus’ bare-bones line. It’s a netbook with a Celeron M (pre Atom) processor and only a 4GB SSD. Now I have upgraded the SSD to 16GB so that I could put Windows 7 on it (which runs very well) and I have also installed a touch screen. The touch screen upgrade has been compared to putting spinners on a Yugo, but it makes it really easy to use while on the couch. Because of the extremely small hard drive and trying to get maximum portability, I decided to only install Google Chrome and a few utilities to keep the machine clean. Any spreadsheets, documents creation, and e-mail would be done in the ‘cloud’ as an experiment. Can I do it? Can I only do work in Google Apps? Is this really possible?
As I prepare myself for my major convention trek of the year, Dragon*Con and the launch of Champions Online… I have been evaluating my ‘gaming’, particularly MMOs. Currently I pay for:
No, I don’t play WoW… haven’t for nearly 3 years. I have an unused copies of both Burning Crusade CE and Wrath of the Lich King CE. They both given to me by Eric “The Finger” Wampner as hopes that I would return to that grind-fest.
I loved City of Heroes, the problem was, it pigeonholed a player into a specific power set. I had a Martial Artist (Joey Snackpants), but that is all he could do… punch and kick. In Champions Online, I can mix and match power sets, which makes Joey Snackpants (“Joey Snackpants@Snackpants” if you are looking for me in game) gun and kicking his way to beating the “Bad Guys”. I am very impressed… oh and my Lifetime Membership in Champions Online gets me access to the Mirror Universe uniform set in Star Trek Online. Though I am not sure if I will be playing that one. If it is part of the Hackbrams Universe, then count me out!
For those of you going to Dragon*Con, I hope to see you there! We will be partaking of Gladys and Ron’s Chicken and Waffles, Trade Vic’s, Lavapalooza, and a whole mess of other craziness! Zaniness will ensue! Keep up with my twitter (@Joey Snackpants) to see where me and the rest of the Green Mustard goobers will be!
Many of you don’t know this… but I play ALOT of EVE Online… actually not as much as I used to, but with a certain convention over, I should be able to dedicate more time with it. They like to joke that an Eve player as the game open in one screen and a spreadsheet open in another… ACTUALLY… I have the game in one screen, a spreadsheet in another, a Ventrilio Client open in another, and web searches running on another computer connected through Synergy. I am pretty bad about it… but again, I have 3 Carriers and a Jump Freighter… I need to be.
I saw this on my old LiveJournal, and about died… If you get the reference, let me know.