First, much apologies for the site outage. I’m not sure what happened, I suspect that twitter whatever haberdashery caused some coding issues. A new twitter widget added to wordpress? Then all the wordpress blogs suddenly fail to load? Coincidence? I THINK NOT.
It took something like six hours to even post those four words yesterday or whenever it was. It might have been a few days ago, I dunno; I’ve sort of spent the last 15 hours reading the entirety of Least I Could Do. Not exactly wise to start an archive binge when you first find the comic at 3am.
Dude’s been updating nearly every day since 2003. That’s a lot of damn comics. I think my brain hurts, and I now have a massive repertoire of pick-up lines ranging from terrible to hilariously awful to hate crime.
Secondly, has anyone else seen the Filefront closure? Like… seriously, holy crap, guys! There’s over 48 terabytes of downloadable content there! I can’t… I can’t even imagine how much porn that would store. Unless it’s uncompressed avi files. Then we’d get… what, five hours?
This had better beone of the crueler April Fool’s tricks out there, or I am going to be unreasonably sad at the loss of what is, essentially, a glorified digital museum full of priceless junk.
Some would say “free” or “worthless”, but those people are the same morons who always ask Guitar Hero and Rock Band players “Why don’t you play a real instrument?”
I don’t know, candle wax for brains, why don’t you ask that dude over there playing COD4 why he doesn’t go get a real machine gun and kill people? Why don’t you ask that guy playing Command & Conquer to get a real army of tanks and invade the soviet union?
God forbid you see a guy playing GTA and ask him why doesn’t go get a real prostitute and run over old people in a hearse.
Sorry… sore point.
Anyway, on actual WoW related stuff, I think it’s time I come clean on a couple PvP related things.
I love battlegrounds. Deeply. I despise arenas. Deeply.
I enjoy PvP as much as the next guy. I can waste hours as a Pyro in TwoFort. I can even convince myself to play L4D online with other people that are better at it than me in every single way.
See, I like PvP combat if there’s a point to it, even if it’s as rudimentary as capture the flag or blowing up the other team’s HQ with a shark filled with C4 and kinder surprise toys.
That last one may very well be a hallucination, but my point still stands.
I just cannot have fun for very long in pointless PvP. The novelty wears off extremely fast.
Compare, say, Unreal Tournament with Team Fortress 2.
In the former, you’ve got guns and you shoot other dudes with guns. That’s really the only objective. There are modes like CTF that exist, but nobody likes those. Case and point, Halo 3 multi-player consists nearly entirely of that one mode that lets everyone shoot everyone else.
In the latter, shooting people with guns and things that are sort of like guns definitely makes up a huge part of the gameplay, but it isn’t the one and only point.
Take TwoFort. The point is to capture the other team’s flag brief case full of loose papers. Putting bullets/syringes/baseballs into other players’ brains is merely a side effect of that goal.
To put it simply, senselessly killing other people is fun for about ten minutes. Then it’s boring. Strategically killing other people, however… now that’s fun, and remains so until my drugs stop working.
Don’t get me wrong, I have testicles (last I checked, anyways) and as such suffer from the same random “I JUST PWND YOU” outbursts that afflict my gender. The drive to compete and win pumps freely in my veins and occasionally in my arteries, too.
But I need competition with a goal, even if the goal is something as stupid as “killed an imaginary midget after burning down towers made of stone with the power of magical flags.” Battlegrounds in WoW serve this function. They give me PvP with a purpose.
Competition without a concrete goal (even a digital concrete goal) does not appeal to me. This is, basically, what arenas are. There isn’t a point besides “kill the other dudes”. There is no strategy beyond that.
In battlegrounds, it’s all about the objectives that have basically nothing to do with killing other players.
Get the flag from point A to point H. Protect your flag carrier. Prevent the other team from getting yours, or at least getting away with yours. Control the middle so it’s easier to make the transition. Randomly hit the graveyard with a couple people to tie up reinforcements. Cover the druid making a run for homebase with as much CC as you can put out…
The tactics go way beyond kill the other guy, though killing the other guy sure is helpful.