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Relax? Relax?!

I tend to get pretty stressed before going on trips, be it for vacation or work, but this time it got me really bad – yesterday I was truly a mess. I don’t know why it happens, and I’m not sure what was different this time, but it is annoying. Mostly since I know that when I’m actually there, usually busy working, I won’t give it a second thought.

No matter. I haven’t blogged in a while, so I’m not even sure why I’m posting this to say that I won’t blog for a while. I’ll be heading to LA tomorrow, for E3, and will be gone for a week – we’re heading back to Denmark/Sweden next Friday, which means we will be here at around 9am local time on Saturday. The team is pretty big, which is nice, and our boss and his girlfriend will be staying with us at the condo we’ve rented near Marina del Rey. It will be a lot of fun, and a lot of work, I just need to get over this particular bump and realize it too…

I’m very much looking forward to seeing Sera and Shawn (of Massively-fame), with an added bonus being the place where we’ve decided to meet up. There will be photos, trust me. I shall try to update my newly re-discovered Flickr account, but I won’t make any promises. I guess I will have a ton of photos to go through when I get back home, though.

Time to get the last packing done, before my brain implodes.

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Pick a MMO for 2009, or should I just sit down, shut up & get out?

No hugs in Fallen Earth!

We don't hug in Fallen Earth!

I can be so weak when it comes to MMOs. I bounce back and forth and I still have a hard time finding a place to call home – the only place that even resembles one right now is Atys. I’m slowly settling in the post-apocalyptic wasteland that is Fallen Earth‘s Grand Canyon, having teamed up with the Casualties. As I’m writing this, I’m AFK-mining in EVE using an Iteron V, hoping to at least make a few ISK without raising so much as a finger – even though my pride has taken a bit of a hit after I decided to go from PvP pilot to miner/industrial. I love all three games, but something in me feels restless already.

With the fall of 2009 here, the major MMO push is over for this year. As far as I can tell, unless I’ve been struck by a complete black out, there’s no other interesting MMO being released this year. I’ve already given up on Aion (as Wiqd said, “why play a WoW clone when you can play the real thing?“) and Champions Online never managed to grab my attention. Actually, it bored me to death, so I never saw a reason to keep playing it.

That kind of leaves me with the games mentioned above, with a few others circling around me, poking at my interest. I do miss Middle-Earth sometimes, I never did get to Moria after all, and I can’t help thinking that I don’t want to miss out on World of Warcraft’s patch 3.3. Star Wars: Galaxies still feels interesting, especially after the server mergers. And Vanguard will always be Vanguard, especially after Stargrace has started to blog about it again.

So, I’m trying to figure out what games to stick with for the rest of the year. At the same time I can’t help drawing parallels between my bouncing between MMOs and the way my head is wired in general. Right now I’m writing this, AFK-mining in EVE, poking around an EVE mining guide, trying to make the last few fixes to a review in OpenOffice, playing Brütal Legend, chatting on Skype and MSN, eating a banana (yum!), reading the Fallen Earth forums and considering doing a dive into various Star Wars: Galaxies-resources.

Brain...hurts...

That’s not very good at all. I am sure my friend Breki would chastise me for it. I need to learn how to focus on one thing at a time, instead of doing everything at once. I know my brain can handle it, but I’m not sure my mind can, especially since I’ve long since started to identify stress symptoms. Not being able to settle for one MMO is probably another sign that I have problems focusing on one thing, desperately seeking stimulation from multiple sources at one time.

So, perhaps I should just stick with one. Or three. Or maybe a fourth one…hmmmm. Ok, I might need help.

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