Weekly Rant Buffet - 10/10/2008

Arep | 10 October 2008 | 1 Comment

Well, I don’t have enough of one subject to talk about so I copped out and decided to pile everything into one blog. First of all I would like to thank GameFly for yet again saving me from buying a crappy title. GameFly, for those who are not familiar, is a service that allows you to rent games through the mail. (TOG’s UNK will be releasing a feature on GameFly soon) Usually it helps me wade through the landfill that is the Wii catalog of games. Today, it allowed me to have a peek at Deadliest Catch: Alaskan Storm before shoveling it back into the packaging in near record time. Let me just begin by asking you how much fun a game based on your day job would be? Certified Public Accountant: Aggregate Blitz or Fast Food Line Cook: Doomfrier may sound interesting but chances are they wouldn’t be. Granted, deep sea crab fishing off the coast of Alaska while dodging storms and other hazardous conditions is a big step up the “Interesting” scale from, say, high school janitor but its still work and so is the game. The beginning of the game is a series of tutorials that teach you the basics but it doesn’t take long for tediousness to set in when you realize that you’ll eventually have to do everything they teach you over and over again. The game tries to be interesting by throwing challenges at you such as racing other boats into the harbor and not falling asleep while playing. In the end you are still playing at someone’s job and I have enough problems doing my own.

Next week begins the gaming blitz that is poised to leave me divorced and penniless. For the 360 we’ve got Saint’s Row 2 and Dead Space. The week after is Spidey: Web of Shadows, Fable 2. Soon after that is Guitar Hero: World Tour, and Fallout 3...and that is just the rest of October. November is going to bring us Far Cry 2, Gears of War 2, Call of Duty: World at War and Left 4 Dead. That doesn’t even mention the Moria expansion for LoTRO (or Litch King for WoW if you are so inclined). All in all its a great time to be a game but a lousy time to be a broke gamer. 

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throwing challenges at you such as racing other boats into the harbor and not falling asleep while playing

lol Classic mate! 

I actually felt put off playing EVE Online because… you actually have to work to earn money!!  I’d get right into it if it’d pay my rent!  As cool as being a space faring, ship piloting astronaut sounds, hours on end of doing the same repetitive tasks - no matter the environment - is still work.

It’s funny, RPG’s give you jobs to earn money, but it’s that there is variety, chance and choice that make it really rewarding and interesting.

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