So I feel for Japan.
My home town, in January went through some of the worst flooding it has had for 35 years.
In no way am I comparing what Brisbane experienced to what Japan is going through now, but I can sympathise in some small way. while their houses got washed away by a wall of water, ours got filled up slowly over the course of 24hrs or so. in the end though… All that is left is the mud.
Here’s a few shots of around the area I live from back in January
this is a major highway
it’s the sludgy, stinky mud that gets you in the end… given that the sewerage treatment plant broke down, we were literally up shit creek
Many many people volunteered even if they weren’t affected. We had one person who owned a bobcat come around to help clear out rubble. he had his small son in his lap as he operated the machine. At one point he grabbed a mattress that was lying on the curb in the jaws of his bobcat’s bucket and literally wiped the mud off the street with the mattress 🙂
Those that could not physically lift heavy things made food for those who could, and when we had finished helping out close relatives everyone went to help neighbors. the community spirit was surpurb.
This last one is courtesy of birdiecanfly (my sister in law) on flickr.com:
So yes, this is my little corner of the world. it’s been a busy year. I sincerely hope those in Japan recover quickly and well. It will take many years, but let it be as quick as it can be. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Japan.
So where have I been this past year?
Some of it was spent planning to leave the UK (during which time I got quite addicted to Left 4 Dead 2.
Some of it was spent living at my parents house due to us not having a house or job
Some of it was spent looking for a new job
Some of it was spent rescuing all my brother’s worldly posessions from the Queensland floods (Australia)
Some of it was spent buying a new house
Now I am finally settled and am almost back to normal. I’ve been able to spend a bit of time reflecting on how games have influenced my life and so I put together a list of games that I have played over the years, for posterity’s sake
I had a commodore 64, I played pac-man and it got me hooked.
I wrote my first computer game (copied the code out of a book) and modified it when I was 6 years old.
I played Golden Axe – two player with my brother! I liked the dwarf!
I played Commander Keen and memorised Standard Galactic Alphabet, to this day, I still use it to write private notes to myself.
I went to high-school and discovered network Doom and was amazed by my friend’s massive 3gb hard drive!
I played Dune II on my brother’s 486, absolutely loving real time strategy and the cutting edge graphics!
I played a mud for a bit, got bored, made a fool of myself and got myself killed by another player because I was being an ass.
I played Warcraft II, connecting to my friend’s PC’s via direct dial into their modems.
I played Diablo the same way when that came out.
I played Starcraft when that came out – this time with the new fandangled battle.net
I played quake with my friends at an internet cafe because we were to poor to afford computers powerful enough to play it
…time passed, I got a job and got married.
I played Half life 2 when it came out – I pre-ordered it and absolutely loved the fact that because it came out BEFORE christmas, the games were actually civil and fun. After christmas all the little kids that had it bought for them came online and made it less fun. I could still hold my own for a few months but then the whole not being able to practice 12 hrs a day due to having to go to work to earn money, started to have an effect.
I don’t know if anyone reading this will remember, but we used to be able to turn ourselves into headcrabs and the combine camera things due to a bug, but those of us who did this had the decency to only use the crowbar against the players who didn’t… ahh, those were the day.
It was around this time I started taking screenshots:
It was around this time my friends and I started having regular lan parties – Counter strike was the order of the day, as was Unreal tournament.
Then, we all discovered WoW.
I remember Vanila WoW, back in early 2005:
About this time I started a Gmt+10 guild on Bronzebeard with some good friends:
at the time, there were no oceanic servers so we all got together for late night pwnage, they were good times.
Not so good for my relationship with my wife, and so around about mid-2006 I quit WoW and started playing Guild wars, and for the first time played a female character. I didn’t have the same attachment to my Guild Wars character as I did to my WoW character, it was a game I played, not an extension of myself.
I loved this character quite a lot though – so much that I paid quite a bit of in-game cash to get a drawing done of her:
After a year of this, I started Eve online, and the rest of that story is documented in this blog.
I’ve also played L4D2 and Dragon age in that time.
Now, I’m back playing WoW, but I can’t bring myself to say anything about it. last time I played was patch 1.9. just before the first major Mage overhaul. I have to say…. Things are EXTREMELY easy compared to back then. UBRS used to require the coordination of 10 people and you had to fight well. now…. Ironforge is deserted, players complain when there is a slightest bit of difficulty in a dungeon. Players are leveling without knowing the things that us original players took for granted… Just the other day I healed a druid who thought he could tank BRD in feral spec WEARING CLOTH. *sigh* these young-uns get it too easy.
The only reason I keep playing is because of my friends still playing. I can’t bring myself to raid, but I did buy myself one of those ragnaros companions… I spent a good portion of my life trying to take him out, now he’s my bitch!
Ahh well, I hope that there will be many many more hours of gaming still to come.
It’s been one year and the itch to blog is begging to be scratched….
The problem I have though, is that I don’t play EVE anymore. As much as I want to play, I no longer have the luxury of hours upon hours after work and on the weekends to spend in fleets. No computer game will ever compare to my time in Eve, I’ve tried pvp in WoW, Warhammer online and guild wars, but they don’t compare to eve in the slightest. pvp in Guildwars actually takes some skill and teamwork, but nothing beats 1500 people all online striving against each other to hold a virtual star system.
However, I want to blog about many things – other computer games, other geek-type stuff, wine, whisky…. is it right to do it here? is it right to turn evemonkey.wordpress.com into something not about eve?
if only I had a generic moniker like “ancient gaming noob”.
This blog still gets upwards of 40 hits a day. So for those of you reading and who liked my previous blog style…. What should I do?