All Geek to Me

April 15, 2008

A Very Long Weekend

Filed under: Geek Stuff — britinla @ 2:09 am

Just over three years ago, I was facing a four day Easter weekend in the UK while my wife was in the US. I wanted to find something to do to keep me occupied for the break. I decided to buy a new computer game. A friend of mine had raved about the delights of online games, specifically World of War craft (Otherwise known as WoW). I figured there might be enough to keep me interested for the four days, but none of the local stores seemed to have the game in stock. So instead I purchased Everquest 2, another Massively Multiplayer Online fantasy roleplaying game. The purchase did not quite work as intended, instead of a game to keep me busy for the weekend, I had a game that has kept me amused for over three years.

What is it about the game that is so fascinating? Initially, it was the sense of wonder exploring a vast and dangerous new world as my character progressed and gained new skills. Long before I came close to losing that feeling, I discovered what makes these online games so much more fun that traditional computer games; other people. One evening, I was lost in the dark and dangerous Nektulos Forest. I needed to find my way out of the forest, but I was afraid to venture too far into its gloomy depths, for fear of what might be lurking behind the trees. It was then I came across a couple more elven characters, so I asked them for directions. They obliged and started talking to me, before inviting m to join their guild. A guild, in the context of Online games, is a set of players who join together to help each other in their progress through the game. The guild provides help and support to its members and it is this friendship and of shared challenges that differentiates playing this game from any others that I have come across.

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2 Comments »

  1. As I recall it didn’t stop you getting down to the pub in the evening šŸ™‚

    Comment by @mmonyte — April 16, 2008 @ 8:39 pm

  2. As a math scholar, and former math teacher, you might appreciate this game http://scienceblogs.com/chaoticutopia/2008/03/a_curious_quest.php

    Comment by ilegirl — April 20, 2008 @ 2:49 am


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