Cloudy’s Secret Hobby- Online Gaming; the Rant

Hi guys, I know I’ve disappeared for about two days and it’s because I am SO SWAMPED with work lately… which is why I was inspired to do this post. Today I’ll be talking about one of my favourite distressing pastimes and that’s GAMING RAWR!

LaTaleI’m sure some of you guys probably game on your phones, at home, online, there are games everyone and it’s a great way to kill time during travel time to and from class or just pass the day away. I love logging online and partying with all my friends into dungeons and let my inner geeky gamer Cloudy out for a few minutes… sometimes a few hours. All of you are probably wondering if I play the two big ones – World of Warcraft or League of Legends and to be honest, I really don’t… I’m jut not a really big fan of the art style or the orientation of the game world. I’ve played LaTale, Maple Story, Mabinogi, Age of Wushu (Wulin), Club Penguin, Neopets (no shame), some by Gaia of which the names escape me, and many otome games… and of course, Tetris on Tetris Friends Online just because that’s my classic childhood mindless go-to game (well, not so mindless)

I lean to online games a lot so it’s either generated by the browser or easily downloadable. I’m mainly fan of MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game) games and it’s not only gaming, but social media at the same time because you get to connect with friends or family members on the other side of the globe playing the same game as you. It’s much more exciting than gaming on my own, that’s for sure. I love the MMORPG interactions with people who share similar interest with me and I enjoy following otome browser games over the summer every once in a while ❤

Maple Story

The big game I’ve never really been able to get away from was Maple Story. I first played it in elementary school when the experience points were A LOT HARDER TO GET. Hell, there use to be only 6 servers. Our whole gang in grade seven and eight played and it was a great interactive way to connect and chill together after school. I was really obsessed for a while… and when the hype finally died down, I thought it was over and done with, just a phase. Low and behold grade ten when I decided to game Maple Story again over the summer as a way to pass the time. Once again, levelling was extremely difficult. AND now we get to the present year, when the Maple world was restructured, the quests reorganized, the grading curve levelled out and the stories rewritten.  I have to admit, my current self is pretty impressed with the newly remade Maple World so if you hated the old one, you’ll love the new one. Seriously.

Recently Age of Wulin has been really great to me too. Since it’s a sandbox style game, you make an account, choose your professions and really cultivate your skills at your own pace. For lovers of ancient Chinese series, history buffs or general martial arts enthusiasts will love love love the world! If you’re into chibi anime art style gaming, go check out LaTale or Maple Story– but if you’re looking for a bit more refined animation, go for Mabinogi or Age of Wushu (Wulin). I generally like two dimensional games because I feel like I have more control when everything’s on one side of me, but I am really impressed with gamers who can manage three dimensional landscapes and still manage to stay alive during dungeon raids or zombie apocalypse hunts.

I’m not an intense gamer on a day-to-day basis which is why I generally try to stay away from the MASSIVE massively multiplayer online role playing games. What I found confusing about some of the big epic fantasy games was how they changed up a lot of the terms to be game-specific. For example, in Age of Wulin, experience points are called cultivation points and it takes a little while for your brain to make those connections when you bounce from game to game.

Part of why I enjoy choosing simple magic worlds involving classic quest styled adventures is because I love stepping into fantasy settings through the role of a character of my choosing whether it be a Hero, a resistance fighter, an Elf Queen or a regular adventurer, and seeing the world through their lens. And really, the fantasy genre is my personal preference but depending on what you like, whether it’s steampunk or sci-fi, dark fantasy or supernatural, there’s probably a game out there for you. Accounts are free and you don’t even have to pay for the game. Overall, MMORPGs are generally easy to catch onto due to the bulk of tutorials that are provided for you at the beginning, once you get ahold of the system, everything comes naturally and there’s no intense pressure to really do anything. You can immerse yourself in the game’s main storyline or reach a certain level and use that status to simply travel the land. I find that hunting down monsters is a great way to vent your rage or stress when it comes to the escapist aspects of the games. My preferred professions are usually archers, crossbowmen, hunters or anything involving medium to long distance projectiles. Somehow I don’t feel secure as a magic user cause if I ever run out of mana, I’m dead met and I’m usually too lazy to run up to monsters to kill them in direct combat so I generally prefer clearing the path up before I proceed. As well, I’ve found that long distance battle generally means fewer hits to health, but then again, I salute the master swordsmen who can charge into an army of orcs or goblins and leave completely unscathed or the master cleric or wizard who can level the earth with ground shaking lightning or storms of fire.

MapleStory Heroes

So now we’re nearing the end of our rant. I don’t do these often so I hope you all enjoyed this. Let me know why you guys game, which ones are your favourites and what profession you generally choose. If you play Maple Story (which is what I’m currently on), I would love to game with some of you and if you are not a Mapler, go try that game now! The character designs are adorable, the music is catchy, navigate and the fact that I keep returning it to periodically in my life says something about the story and world.

Thanks for reading!

– Cloudy

What are you pondering today?   –Wouldn’t it be cool if one day MMORPGs became virtual reality oriented? *secretly wishes for actual Log Horizon, .hack and Sword Art Online (without the actual dying in game and life thing – duh!)

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