I Just watched Coriolanus, loved it so much it made me want to share how great it is with the world (and obviously the best place to do that would be here in my blog).
It was a bit weird hearing Shakespearean script from the mouth of a ruthless modern day solider but once you grow accustomed to that it is quite easy to appreciate this masterpiece.
The character development and dialog was like nothing I have ever seen outside of a book. Truly worth watching, I hope it inspires a great director to make a movie of it in its natural setting (Ancient Rome, F Yeah!). Can’t really go wrong with Ralph Fiennes (Voldemort) and Gerard Butler (Leonidus) backed up by a script written by Shakespeare himself.
In other news I started playing League of Legends again back in September and mostly played that until January where I started playing Guild Wars 2 (Mesmer).
I find League of Legends to be very easy to get into and quite enjoyable. It also has the added bonus of a decent skill ceiling and a relatively good matchmaking system. I have something like 400 wins, my position preference is as follows: Mid, ADC, Jungler, Top, support.
My average Kill/Death/Assist is approximately 5/2/7, best that I can remember is 32/0/28 and Ive had pentas with morgana, lux, ezreal, ashe and Warwick. (So close to A karthus Penta). The game is not quite good enough at a high skill level to be a true E-sport but the skill ceiling is high enough for casual gamers to take it seriously if they choose to (I say this in the least condescending way possible :p).
As for Guildwars…..Well its an MMO and I can’t think of them as anything but a place for people with no lives to go and waste their time.
I gave it an honest go (Got to max level (80) played what is supposed to be the hardest profession to master (Mesmer), completed the hardest Dungeons, killed the Dragons (In groups and alone, campaign and PvE), took keeps in WvW alone, defended a borderland (Alone as far as I could tell for 3 hours!) Won some “epic” 4-5 v 1 battles and 8-9 v 2 etc.
I even gave sPvP a go. This is where I expected to find a home in MMO land but alas there was no 1v1 mode, here it is more like LOL with (mostly unskilled) people running at each other practically just spamming abilities at the nearest targets. I took it seriously until I realized that even after I finish top of my team (the winning team) multiple times with next to no losses I was still being put up against unskilled players, its not like I played the game for long or anything so I dare not dwell on what it would have been like had I devoted more time to this game.
If anything Guildwars 2 has reinforced my opinion that an MMO is a pastime in the most simple sense of the word, its is what you do to pass time, you might gain a small modicum of enjoyment out of it but never a sense of achievement and well, I thrive on defeating worthy opponents, not spending time passing time for the sake of it.
I have not stopped playing SC2, I have just been spending less time on it as it kindled a love for games in me and I sought to find other games like it. If anything I am happier to find there is nothing (yet) quite like starcraft so I greet the new year with anticipation. Every second waiting for http://eu.battle.net/sc2/en/buy-now/collectors-edition something worthy of my time and effort, more then worthy in fact.
I can not tell you when my next blog update will be, i pray you do not anticipate it too much as that may be the only regard in which I let others down. You can rest assured the next update will be great, but it probably won’t be soon.