Traditionally-although never planned to be that way-I seem to do a slowdown at the end of the year. This year’s probably no exception. Still, there’s at least a couple things that will likely make an impact on the blog posts as we warp up 2018.
First, we’ve got a new Star Wars: The Old Republic publish coming soon, which will actually have content I’m interested in playing. I still remember when Bioware kept hyping the “fourth pillar of story” for the game, and that was one of the big draws for me. (The other being, duh, Star Wars.) It’s been a long drought since I’ve been online there for any real length of time, and I’m hoping to have a return to the game in the reasonably near future.
Second, which is sort of over to the side, is an upcoming delivery of a new computer system, which is sort of long delayed. I’ve had my current system for more than half the lifetime of this blog, which in computer-years is Methuselah-like in scope. It’s hard drive is begging for mercy, and the graphic card struggles at times, particularly when newer graphical stuff get thrown in; I haven’t ever actually seen the “Lighting 2.0” in Star Trek Online because my system can’t handle that. The new system, on the other hand, if all goes according to plan, should be able to handle maximum graphics settings on the games I’ve got and maintain a high frame rate. We’ll see. Some of my screenshots will hopefully look a lot better when that time rolls around.
I was this close to getting ready to pick up the character of Selak back in STO again; the Foundry came back online, but I’m not sure the kinks have been worked out. I chose a Foundry Spotlight mission, which indicates that this is a mission that should be working just fine, and it wouldn’t let me advance past the first map. So, his chronicle stalls a bit longer.
The winter festivities have begun in STO, and although there aren’t new activities, there is a new ship for those interested in putting the time into doing races every day, and a few new other wintry related things. No winter festivities have started in Champions Online yet (to my knowledge, anyway), but SWTOR is set to kick off its Life Day festivities on the 11th (amusingly, the same day the Republic/Empire war re-ignites. Happy Life Day!). I imagine the other assorted MMORPGs have also either started or are getting ready to start their winter events. I usually don’t go all-in for these events, but I do enjoy doing some of the stuff. Whether it’s throwing snowballs at Sith at Vaiken Spacedock or engaging in combat with caramel-throwers against snowmen (or most recently, taking my Jem’Hadar, arming him with a candy swordfish, and hacking away at Krampus), it’s a nice break from the usual storylines of the games I play. After all, games are meant to be fun-and if you don’t take them too seriously, this season is big on fun.
(Except Ewoks on Valentine’s Day. That was just wrong on so many levels. Long story.)