Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Tuesday raiding in style

Tonight's raid: Emerald Nightmare.
Tonight's outfit theme: Fel magic and dragons.

Friday, 26 August 2016

Ghost iron and mogus

A new video is up! It's mostly talk talk talk about Pandaria crafting, comments about my gender, and the Legion transmog system.

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Horde at heart... but...

...sometimes I level characters on Alliance. It's true. And... I even like it. This time, it's a draenei shaman. No plate, but still melee. Dress code: Red.

My first toon was a night elf druid, a very rare choice because literally noone made a night elf druid as their first toon amirite. Anyway, I played and roleplayed him for about a year, mostly with real life friends, but playtime with them got scarce due to reasons. So when another rl-friend told me he was to start play on Horde side on another server, I followed.

And found roleplayers. So many roleplayers. And I made this blood elf paladin, a true emo despite the bulk and brutality and the blond hair, and I felt at home.

But you know. Sure, there's no place like home and all that but the other side is sooo tempting at times. The music in the night elf starting zone gives me a glimpse of that first feeling in World of Warcraft, when I took my first step in this completely new world that I had never seen the like of until then. It was around Christmas, so that music and the night elf forests are forever connected to Christmas in my mind.

Nowadays I play Alliance mostly to see the world of Azeroth from the other side, explore areas that I haven't seen on my Horde characters and to create characters of other races and classes.

I realize I also do it for the privacy. I'm in no guilds on any of my allytoons, and I usually level on my own. Sometimes I've thought of either joining or maybe even starting a guild for asocial players who wants the benefits of being in a guild but don't want to interact with other people.

However, since levelling is so damn superfast these days that even I, with my lack of patience, can do it once in a while, And since I'm not levelling for the sake of levelling, or for raid goal or whatever, but for the adventure, I actually don't mind that it takes more time.

I got enough heirlooms to make the quests fairly easy, but a guild would have me outlevel the zones way too fast, and I want to actually complete zones now rather than rush through them to level as quick as possible.

Which is what is so great with World of Warcraft, that there is so much to do even if you "done it before" a whole bunch of time. I get bored easily. So easily. And I can also get very dedicated to something that catches my eyes.

Now, I'm going to save the world from fel corruption with my shaman. Well. At least for now. Meanwhile, I'll hunt neat red gear for him. Until I get bored and go do something else. Or start feeling lonely in my guildless, no party situation.

Saturday, 9 July 2016

World of Warcraft: Legion - Beta test

Sooo I got me a shiny beta för the coming expansion of World of Warcraft - Legion. I must say, I have never anticipated a new expansion this much before.

Not that I had many opportunities before. The Burning Crusade was out before I even levelcapped on my first toon, and when I rerolled a blood elf (and Alliance was brutally kicked out of my heart and nowadays only invited in very rare occasions) I had to rush through TBC because Wrath of the Lich King begun before that level cap too.

It was in Northrend I did my first proper random dungeoning. It was as usual, fun if you did them with friends, horrible when pugging them. However, I actually tanked random hc's eventually. Northrend offered a lot of great roleplaying too.

Then came Cataclysm, and the map of Azeroth was redrawn, for better and worse. I liked Cataclysm, but it also felt as if the new zones were kind of isolated. And I still don't know how to handle the Harrison Jones-questline in Uldum emotionally. Should I love it because, well, Indiana Jones? Or should I loathe it because completely immersion-ruining? Well, I'll be generous and love it, I suppose.

When Pandaria was revealed, the first thing that crossed my mind was Kung Fu Panda and that image is forever carved onto my retina. As of lately, I have re-thinked my aversion to it, mainly because of my re-awakened gardening nerdism irl. When I, for some reason or another, couldn't gnoming around in the garden, at least I could go haydaywire in Sunsong Farm, and in addition do the cooking dailies and fishing dailies and become a self-supporting master chef.

I am no fan of alternative timelines in fictional universes (can't say anything about the real universe because I, yet, haven't encountered it there), mainly because I go into cerebral meltdown when all the paradoxes pile up. As you can guess, I wasn't overly excited when Warlords of Draenor was announced. But, you know, it's fun to meet all the lore characters that I half the time have no clue who they are but at least have the common decensy to be impressed by, and to see how Outlands looked before the planet was torn apart.

Now, we get to fight demons! Play as demon hunters! Blood elves sporting horns! What is there not to love?? Well the disappointments will probably be - wait for it - legion, but as will the pleasant surprises.

Also, can't WAIT for the new transmog system that will clear my bags from all those "well it's pretty and I want to keep it but I'll never use it for rp but maybe I'll use it for pve transmog but I don't think it's that pretty but if I sell it I'll regret it" etc. etc.. They'll be full again in no time of course, but still.

"Use judgement"...? õ C'mon, I've been playing a paladin since TBC ffs 

Friday, 8 July 2016

Better be bloglovin' me, nerds

Heh. Facebook picked up my last post's content and suggested to me a group with the name "Pornfuckgroup" (only in Swedish). Why thank you FB, very generous, I'm good though.

What I was gonna say was this, however: Follow me on Bloglovin' right now, if you're into such behaviour.
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Oh, speaking of porn. We recently had an rp event where our characters infiltrated Highmaul as gladiators. I may or may not have struck half my guild with in-character-awe. Enjoy.

"Anyel overstepped with that outfit, but your response was...-"
"As it fucking should be!"

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Porn, computer games and patriarchy

A debate article in Swedish tabloid today accused patriarchy for encouriging destructive men's culture and driving men into isolation. The sentence "Men flee into computer games and porn and live isolated, without close relations" [my translation] caused emotions to stir in some video game journalists (FZ.se and Eurogamer.se)

The journalists draws the conclusion that the article authors equals porn and computer games, and that they think that men will feel better if they stopped playing computer games. Now. Personally I do believe that patriarchy offers a destructive men's culture. However, whereas the article says that men need help to start talk about feelings, stop watching porn and seek help, they don't say that men should stop playing computer games. Like, they literally don't say it.

Though, it is of course implied between the lines, that computer games is an isolating hobby and that only tormented men who can't talk about feelings or treat women with dignity plays computer games. As the video game journalist points out, women play as much video games as men.

But... the part about fleeing is true. Escaping the real world's problem by playing video games is a thing. We are legion, we who can witness how games helped us focus on other things than the pain and frustration we felt in the "real" world. There's even scientific reports saying that playing video games help children to forget about their physical pains, helps PTSD sufferers to feel calmer without medication, and so on.

I never really watched porn, so I can't compare that with computer games, but I have been binge watching SupernaturalThe Walking Dead, Spartacus (which, I must admit, does have a thing or two in common with porn) and other tv-series and I really don't see the difference behaviour wise. It's all about dealing with that lump of angst in your chest until you get proper help.

However. No hobby, or escape occupation if you like, be it gaming or watching porn, is healthy if you put everything else that makes you feel good aside. I mean, If I hadn't seeked professional help during the times I felt the worst mentally, playing World of Warcraft wouldn't have helped me feel better in the long run, only for the moment.

And while we're on the negative aspects of mentioned business, I dare say that porn and video game culture has one other little thing in common: That twisted idea of women and their purpose in said media. So, putting "porn" in the same sentence as "computer games" isn't as far fetched as some would think. Both are surrounded by a culture that treats women different than men, and usually in negative terms.

However. I strongly agree with the video game journalist that gaming doesn't equal isolation and destructive behaviour, or automatically causes it. Far from. The social life I have would be much more limited if I didn't have World of Warcraft. It's another kind of social relation than eye-to-eye of course, since we communicate mainly through text and use avatars and character names, but it's still social behavior with real people. And it suits me good since eye-to-eye contact drains me energy-wise, no matter how much I like the person I hang out with.

So, all in all - no, the debate article shouldn't use computer games and porn as sloppy and trollbaiting as they did, but also no, the debate article authors doesn't say that men would feel better if they stopped playing computer games.

Game on (and remember, it's okay to cry)!

The Walking Dead: No Man's Land - but women's!

I've been playing TWD: No Man's Land for a while now and still like it. One reason is the humungous amount of mindblastingly awesome women. Mostly because there's nothing special about them. They are as good as any other character, and they make up about half the randomized characters I get.
Sorry Daryl, my heart beats for you but in this game you're not number one.
In a world that is so white-cis-male-hetero-oriented as the world of video games, this is really refreshing. Of course, there are a whole bunch of kick-ass female characters in other videogames too, but usually they're there for a special purpose. The mass in the background tends to consist of men.

One of my first bruiser characters, the equivalent of tanks in this game, was a woman called Catherine. She had black dreads, pilot shades and body armor. Not gonna lie, I was dumbstruck with awe when she entered my team. She served me well until the quests started requiring a minimum of level 6 characters, and she was fully trained at level 5. I had to retire her. Catherine, you always have a place in my heart.
Tough luck, lock, Catherine's tougher.
Of course, out of the characters I recruit, there's a majority of white people. Or... I think most of them are. Sometimes it's hard to determine the color of their skin. Maybe it's me interpreting them as white because that's the perspective I have? Anyway, my point is that even if this game is good gender-wise, it could probably improve color-wise. Then again, what game couldn't...?

By now, I must admit that when I recruit new characters, I usually go by their looks. Do I find them attractive? No? Reject. Do they look cool? Handsome? Okay, let's check what type they are. Rare? Accept. Uncommon? Well, if they look awesome and kickass enough, they're in. Shallow, I know. But hey, it's only a video game. Right? Right.
Lip piercing? Knitted cap? Glasses? You're hired, Virginia!
This means that I currently have no male character at all. I had one that looked allright, but he reached his level cap and I retired him. Sometimes I think that maybe I should stop selecting from appearance like this. Diversity in video games and all that. But, on the other hand, it's a way of selecting without having to go into calculating extremes, where I need to make an effort in my planning.
You're cute, Phil, but cute alone  kills no walkers.