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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Rant: Lines in the (virtual) Sand

MW3 vs. Battlefield 3... Diablo III vs. Torchlight 2... WoW vs. Every other MMO...

Why is it that so many gamers these days are so one-sided when it comes to games in the same genre?  Anyone who paid attention to comments on gaming stories about MW3 or Battlefield 3 prior to release (and even sometimes now) knows what I'm talking about. 

Apparently, according to the majority of those comments, if you're a true gamer, you can only play one game from any given genre at a time.  I've played both, Modern Warfare 3 and Battlefield 3 (although not as much BF3 due to time constraints), and guess what... They're both pretty darn good games.  Determining which is "better", in my opinion, comes down to nothing more than personal preference.  MW3 and BF3 are two completely different games, that both excel and fail in certain ways.  Just because they're not the same though, does not mean that you can't play both.

The newest of these "rivalries" I've seen amongst game fans is between Diablo III and Torchlight 2.

I will throw the disclaimer out there that I am probably one of the biggest Diablo fans out there, and "excited" doesn't begin to accurately describe my anticipation for Diablo III in a couple weeks.  I have played the original Torchlight, and I'll be the first to say that it was an awesome game.  I also have no doubts that Torchlight 2 will be a pretty awesome game too.

Am I blaspheming against the gods at Blizzard and against the lord of terror himself by saying I plan on playing Diablo III and Torchlight 2?  No... I'm pretty sure I'm safe from being struck down by any retribution by the burning hells or the high heavens. 

After all, I did commit the ultimate gaming sin and played both MW3 and Battlefield... and I have yet to be taken out by snipers or tanks on my way to work.  If I wasn't struck down for that, I think I'm safe playing both Diablo and Torchlight.

Believe it or not, it's actually good for the industry if people play a variety of games, instead of one or the other.

I just don't understand why so many gamers get so uptight over the fact that someone else might like a game other than the one they personally are a bigger fan of.

I like both chocolate and vanilla ice-cream.  Some days, I'm in the mood for chocolate, other days vanilla.  To prepare myself for any potential cravings, I buy both flavors.  The world continues to turn, even though I bought two different flavors of the same food...  Shocking, I know.

I do not like strawberry ice-cream though... so I don't buy it.  Just because I don't like strawberry ice-cream, and prefer chocolate... that doesn't mean I'm going to hang out around the ice-cream freezer at the store and tell everyone who buys strawberry ice-cream how they fail at life.  I'm also not going to waste my time trying to "convince" them about how much better chocolate is than strawberry... because it really doesn't matter. 

The exact same concept applies to games.

Have you noticed this type of game-flaming?  Why does this type of flaming happen more with games than it does with other things?

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Limited time only

First, a disclaimer...  This isn't the normal flavor for a post of mine... since it's been so long since my last post here, I seriously doubt anyone still reads this anyway.  If per chance anyone still checks it, I will once again be posting thoughts here again, but this will not be the normal tone going forward. 

I like to think of a personal blog as a person's own little corner of the interweb.  Sure, some have themes or topics, but that is because that is what they choose to put there.  While this blog has been primarily used for my opinions on things like music and video games (and still will be), it is still my little corner of the web.  If I need a place to vent, this is as good a place as any.

I've had a very rough few months which have resulted in some pretty drastic life changes (multiple deaths of friends and family members, a lost relationship, career changes, and relocation to name a few).  If something important in my life could change... it most likely did. 

This whole post is spawned from the plethora of funerals I've had to go to lately.  While that may sound like a depressing reason to blog... it has seriously gotten me thinking about things left unsaid.

I'll be the first to admit that I probably didn't handle some of the changes happening in my life as well as I could have, and I know I hurt some people and burned some bridges along the way. While I'm sorry for the mistakes I've made that have impacted important people in my life negatively, I don't live my life in regret for the mistakes I've made.  Do I wish I could have handled it differently to avoid hurting anyone?  Yes... but that didn't happen.  There is no changing it now.  I simply try to learn from my mistakes and hopefully try to make amends to the people I may have hurt, somehow. 

I've learned a lot about life in the last few months.  Probably the most jarring thing I've learned about life though, is that it is far too short to be lived in regret.

Here's to family and friends lost with things left unsaid, and to making amends to those still with us.

--Tim