January 2009


There’s something almost poetic about driving in the middle of the night.

The little country me and my little car frequent during the day is a busy place, full of big cars cutting in front of you, of teenaged schoolchildren with not enough sense of safety, of traffic jams and red lights.

Not so at night. All of a sudden the blearing, bustling traffic has made room for space. Pedestrians and cyclists are nowhere to be found. The very few cars you meet in the fog are other lone travelers heading home, absorbed in their own little world. The last thing they’re doing is cutting in.

The massive flow of impressions and information you get while driving during the day has been reduced to a trickle, leaving room for music.

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 Every once in a while, I try an mmo. Usually, this ends in disaster.

But a combination of utter Asian weirdness and a system that digs its claws straight into the hoarding epicenter of my brain seems to have made something addictive enough for me to brave the morons that populate the internet and try to run around in a virtual world, shooting stuff.

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For some reason, a lot of people hate their capital.

Long, thoughtful articles are written about why the Flemish don’t like to go to Brussels, most peripheral French people don’t like Paris, and several of the Brits I know hate London with a vengeance.

Well, sorry to my British friends, but I quite like the place. Mostly cause it’s one of the more… schizophrenic cities I’ve been to.

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Tolkien is not Ma’Duk

Ma’Duk is the kami deity in a game called Ryzom, for reference. Yes, yes, I know I said I wouldn’t write about Ryzom…

Actually, I’m not writing about Ryzom. I’m writing about almost every other MMORPG in existence.

Darkfall – orks and dwarves.

World of Wankercraft – elves, orcs, dwarves.

EverQuest II – dwarves, halflings and elves.

Lineage II – elves, orcs and dwarves.

Vanguard – dwarves, halflings, elves, orcs and goblins.

You may have noticed a common theme by now – that of a total lack of imagination on the part of game designers everywhere.

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