Posts Tagged ‘Gamer’

What Does a Geek in the Bed Mean?

c144bb11c7d62e49f8d0b6761ec9a531

I received my first response to my request for questions to answer for my FAQ page! @R3DN4 from Twitter asks: “What does a geek in the bed mean?”

geekinthebedtweet

He is referencing the tagline below my blog title, “lady in the street and a geek in the bed.” Not too long ago I was a bit worried that the humor in the Ludacris reference is lost on some people. I’m not sure if this is the case here, but let me elaborate on that.

When I first decided to start the blog, I wanted the blog name to describe me and what the blog would be about. I strive for perfection, and this was no different. I went through a few different names—some were too long, some were too stupid, some were already taken. One of the names I considered was “lady in the street and a geek in the bed,” because I thought the play on the Ludacris lyrics from Usher’s song “Yeah!” was funny.

[spotify id=”spotify:user:heather_pls:playlist:6jrYLE4Na3Q2BBmBGkQt1e” width=”300″ height=”100″ /]

Here’s an excerpt of the lyrics I’m referencing from “Yeah!” by Usher ft. Ludacris & Lil Jon:

“Let’s drank you the one to please, Ludacris fill cups like double D’s.
Me and Ursh once more and we leave ’em dead, we want a lady in the street but a freak in the bed to say yeah!”

Interestingly, this is not my favorite music genre! But you will have to ask about that in another FAQ. Unfortunately, this was way too long for a URL and blog name.

Somehow I thought of “Pretty Little Sith,” but I still wanted to use the “geek in the bed” line. One of my friends suggested using it as a tagline for the blog instead, and that is what I did.

Get your question answered! E-mail me at heather@prettylittlesith.com, tweet me @Heather_PLS and/or use #prettylittlesithFAQ, and I will try my best to give you an answer!

SWTOR Is My Significant Other

Leia and Han Solo

When I was first introduced to SWTOR, I didn’t think too much of it. I didn’t really care. I didn’t bother trying it because I was happy playing Pokémon on my Nintendo 3DSXL and Nancy Drew mystery games on the PC.

One day, I gave it a chance. A first date! When that cinematic Star Wars music played, when I watched the character that I specifically designed actively taking part in the story, when I saw the glorious beauty of the Korriban desert fill my screen, I was hooked. No game that I ever played before could compare. From then on playing SWTOR was like an addicting love affair consuming my life, but not necessarily negatively.

Other games have come along, that have attempted to win my affection: Skyrim, The Sims 3 expansions (and perhaps the upcoming The Sims 4), Pokémon games, The Elder Scrolls Online, WildStar, Animal Crossing…. While they were nice distractions, I always came back to Star Wars: The Old Republic. Through ups and downs, good and bad in-game experiences, SWTOR is my #1.

I was thinking about how some people play so many different games, which is fine too, because everyone is different. However, if you’re going to play an MMO, you should have some kind of loyalty to it. You shouldn’t expect so much out of your game it if you’re not investing your time and/or subscription fee. However, I think a lot of gamers are very fickle, and will quickly move on to the next Big Shiny that comes along.

While I know for many people this Summer of SWTOR will be a bit dry, for me, it’s not an incentive to start playing something else. Like a real life relationship, I will persevere and find new ways to keep it going like trying something new and fun (PvPing, actively taking a bigger part in in-game events, actually doing my Dailies, playing the Republic side). Instead of whining and tossing the game aside and saying, “I’m done!” because the game doesn’t give me everything I want, I try to understand why something is happening instead of immediately complaining and giving up.

I understand that the game won’t last forever, but it sure looks like it will last for a while. I think you should be happy with what you have, here and now. When the time comes that the game is really done, I’ll be able to close out a chapter of my life and move on. I will play SWTOR unless something really awful happens to the game, or if maybe another game does come along that steals my attention for good.

Elder Scrolls Online Review

The kind folks at Bethesda and Zenimax Online have lifted their NDA ban this past weekend, so I’m free to post my Elder Scrolls Online review. Yay! However, I have only played the most recent beta testing weekend, so if you’re still on the fence on buying the game, I would wait until it comes out in April to read a more up to date and complete Elder Scrolls Online review. There are many things that I can talk about right away though, so let’s get started.

Elder Scrolls Online Review: What I Liked

Character Creation: WOW!

Okay so not the character creation screen, but look at the chest, not too skinny waist, and hips. Unfortunately can't see backside.

Okay, so this is not the character creation screen, but look at the chest, not too skinny waist, and hips. Unfortunately you can’t see her backside.

This was one of my favorite things about Elder Scrolls Online. I’m such a superficial girl, haha. You could really customize your character’s body exactly how you want it to look like. You would think only horny, lonely male gamers care about this, but I LOVE that I can give my character an itty-bitty waist and a round thing in your face. And large breasts. And thin but kind of muscular legs. And I have options to choose a soft/angular/heroic face style. Additionally, there are so many different face options and sliders, very much like in The Sims games, which is one of my favorite thing about The Sims. You can choose the shape, size, height, width, of all sorts of facial features. So far in SWTOR I have been stuck picking the same body types and same faces that I thought were attractive because I couldn’t really customize or choose anything different, so I really, really liked this part.

Beautiful Graphics and Landscape

Watching the sunset in Daggerfall. Notice the backside on this toon.

Watching the sunset in Daggerfall. Notice the backside on this toon.

During some parts of gameplay, there are absolutely breathtaking scenes. I mostly tried out the Daggerfall Covenant and Aldmeri Dominion because I didn’t want to waste my time doing the Ebonheart Pact when I’ve played so much Skyrim, so I’m not too sure what the other cities in that faction look like, besides the first one, which was in Skyrim. Unfortunately, I really didn’t take enough screenshots because I didn’t believe my print screen button was working (lol noob), so pretty much all of my pictures are of Daggerfall. I can’t remember which one of the cities in the Aldmeri Dominion was called…. the one where you’re in that harbor town with that guy that gets killed by poison (I know, spoiler alert, plus I’m not the best note taker/reviewer) , but that town was stunning. They even incorporate day and night, and weather features. So basically, it’s not always nighttime, and it’s not always raining. I’m not sure how often time of day or the weather changes, but it was pretty cool. When I arrived at Daggerfall, it was a beautiful sunny day. After that, it just kept raining.

Cause and Effect

I liked that if I chose to help a certain NPC in the first city (Daggerfall Covenant), they helped me do something later on. This wasn’t a permanent thing, as they didn’t really come back once I got to Daggerfall, but it was kind of cool that you could have minions do your dirty work real quick instead of doing it yourself. For example: I saved a thief from jail. Later on, instead of having to steal something myself, he offered to help, and I could choose yes or no. Of course I chose yes! This particular NPC doesn’t stay with you, but I was kind of hoping for some kind of romantic relationship between him and my character, since all the female NPCs were talking about how hot he was. And he sounded like Steve Blum, voice of Andronikos Revel, the female inquisitor romantic companion in SWTOR.

Elder Scrolls Online Review: What I Didn’t Like

Combat

So this is a pretty important thing for gamer to like about a game. Unfortunately for me, a lot of the time it seemed kind of clumsy, confusing, and weak. Maybe I just suck at playing the game, but I got through Skyrim and SWTOR successfully enough. I liked that you could use your weapon with your mouse, but then you also had to manage that with the abilities that get hotkeyed to your keyboard. This was actually the worst with the archer character I had, but maybe I was putting my skillpoints in the wrong thing. I did like my Sorcerer and Dragonknight, who both used magic, but I didn’t know what to do with my sword, or how to buff them up for melee range. This problem could probably be solved with more gameplay, but that was my first impression.

Is this an MMO?

A lot of the gameplay could be completed alone or without any contact with other people. If you went for the same enemy, ungrouped, you would still be able to loot it. Or maybe I was just really good and looted before everyone else–I don’t know. There weren’t really any quests that forced you to group up, or perhaps I didn’t play long enough. To me, it doesn’t really make too much of a difference if I’m playing with someone or not, but to not really have a big MMO aspect yet pay a $14.99 subscription every month seems odd.

Is this quest mandatory or not?

I’m sure they’ll fix the  bugs by the time the game is released in April, but certain quests bugged out on me. If I didn’t complete them, I couldn’t move on to the next area. I didn’t really like this, because sometimes, after you’ve played a game for a while, you don’t want to do every single little thing to level up.

Crafting

I was pretty confused by crafting, and once I kind of figured it out, I couldn’t find the supplies or ingredients anywhere. However, with time I’m sure I would get good at this if I kept at it.

Overall thoughts?

Elder Scrolls Online 3

I haven’t been annoyed enough with the game to cancel my pre-order. Additionally, it seems like it would be a pain to call and explain to them why I didn’t want to buy the game after all. I think I’m going to continue with the pre-order, but I probably won’t subscribe after the first month, just because the cost of gaming won’t be worth the time I spend playing it. Also, I’d rather just play Skyrim, even though Elder Scrolls Online was so beautiful! So yes, I’m staying faithful to Star Wars: The Old Republic for now.

7 Reasons Why I Love My Sith Assassin

I forgot which of my guildies said this about the Sith Assassin the other night, but I thought it was pretty funny:

“The (SWTOR) devs thought it was a good idea to wrap a Sith in toilet paper and throw them at the boss.”

Or something like that. I’ve played quite a few different classes on SWTOR (which perhaps can be a post for another day), and my Assassin, Dianah, is my favorite. She is the alt that became the main! So here are seven reasons why I love my Sith Assassin, who is normally specced into the Deception skill tree:

1. Pretty light armor.

Samus Aran

Sith wear light armor robes, or “toilet paper” as someone said. But before the days of Adaptive Armor and the Cartel Market, I hated my Juggernaut because I had to wear the damn heavy armor all the time. I guess it wasn’t so bad, kind of had that Samus Aran thing going on, but still. I wanted my female toon to wear the cute crop tops and maxi skirts (because basically, that is what a lot of the female Sith light armor looks like), so I rolled an Assassin. Now any of my characters can wear whatever I want, but they do look coolest from a roleplaying aspect if you put them in gear designed for that specific class.

2. Stealth and burst DPS in PVP.

Honestly, I don’t make it into the warzone very often because it stresses me out to have to follow an objective and then get gang-banged by 4 different Republic players at once for trying to get some orb. But if there is a random, flagged Republic character out in the world, it’s on like Donkey Kong.  With the stealth ability and burst DPS, I can pretty much almost kill someone before they realize what’s happening. If I happen to go into PVP as a tank, it’s even better because I’m harder to kill, but that’s a rare occasion.

3. Stealth rez!

This was ahhmazing when I first figured it out. In our operation runs I’m not the tank, so if someone vitally important goes down, I can quickly stop DPSing and stealth revive that essential raid member. The bad thing is that I have a 15 minute cool down on Revive. If we wipe and I stealth out to avoid having to run back, you won’t get revived until someone else does it, because I want to have the Revive up in case of an emergency.

4. Better animations than the Shadow.

So you might say, “If she likes her Assassin, she’ll like the Shadow too.” Nope. When I first started leveling a Jedi Shadow, I was thinking, “OMG so cool, it’s gonna be just like Dianah.” Unfortunately, Jedi Consulars throw around ugly rocks and don’t make cool purple lightning and shock noises. I was disappointed. But I still have one, sitting hopelessly at level 28 or something. One day I will level her so I can run Pub-side operations.

5. Backup tank FTW

Sometimes it is just useful having a pretty little Sith Assassin DPS sitting in your operation with backup tanking gear, defensive cooldowns and taunt abilities. Most of the time I would probably just try to stealth revive the tank. But on other bosses, like Nefra in Dread Fortress for example, if a tank somehow goes down, there is the mechanic where the two tanks split the cleave damage from the boss. If the tank stays alone, it’s pretty much instadeath for them. What an Assassin DPS can do is run in real quick, hope their healer quickly battle rezzes the dead tank, pop defensive cool downs and hope they have enough force to switch to tank stance, and then get cleaved with their buddy tank. This sounds like I’m a grossly exaggerating my tank abilities.

Despair getting ready to pull Nefra.

Despair getting ready to pull Nefra.

6. Maul.

My healers shouldn’t have to worry about me running in front of the boss, because I will always be attempting to stand behind or on the side to use my big pokey double-lightsaber to Maul the boss from behind. Somehow, this doesn’t always happen in my case, because I end up standing a little too close to things sometimes. So yes, healers, I hear you when you say don’t stand in front of the boss, and I’m sorry! Anyway, Maul does a crap-ton of damage, and you get it pretty early while leveling up as well. I typed out a whole PVP rotation using Maul, but that should be secret, right?

7. Awesome DPS!

According to Dulfy’s site, Assassin DPS is “lackluster.” Well, I guess since she (he?) has the experts from Hatred writing then they must be right. Now, I wouldn’t vehemently argue that I was the best, because I know I’m not, but personally, I can keep up with any of the other supposedly “best” DPS classes. To state that Assassin DPS was lackluster just hasn’t met the right player, or one who knows how to play the Deception skill tree.  I have run into a few fail-Assassin DPS players, and the Deception skill-tree is extremely weak regarding AOE damage. However, I would have chose a different word. Maybe AOE-impaired… haha.

At the end of the day, most of us play Star Wars: The Old Republic to relax and have a good time because it’s fun* and a break from work and real life, so I play the class that I love, which is not necessarily the class that they say is the best.

*If it wasn’t fun, I’d be impatiently waiting for Elder Scrolls Online, which I’m not for a few reasons (NDA! NDA!).

Despair Guild Raid Night & Galactic Starfighter Review

Here are some photographic highlights of last night’s guild run in Star Wars: The Old Republic (SWTOR). We had a few newer members that were learning the hard-mode (HM) mechanics of Terror From Beyond (TFB). Hopefully next week we can get back to progression raids!

Dianah's current outfit, thanks to the Rakghoul event.

Dianah’s current outfit, thanks to the Rakghoul event.

As you can see, I decided to use this photo as the banner, because it sucked as a background. It was so easy to add with WordPress! Back in the old days of HTML and web designing, I slaved away in Photoshop and typing HTML. One day I’ll find images of my old website…. Anyway, I usually change Dianah’s outfit every now and then when I get bored, and I picked this one after picking up the Black-Green Hawkeye Crystal from the recent Rakghoul event.

Pretty bubbles! In the latest patch, you can Kolto Shell the entire raid group now.

Pretty bubbles! In the latest patch, you can Kolto Shell the entire raid group now.

After the most recent patch, Bioware changed the Mercenary to be able to cast multiple Kolto Shells. One of the healers, KitKat casted it on everyone before Operator IX, and here is the result–pretty bubbles!

More pretty bubbles.

More pretty bubbles.

Pretty Galactic Starfighter screenshot.

Pretty Galactic Starfighter screenshot.

Yesterday was my first day in a Galactic Starfighter match, and I was horrible. I didn’t really know how to use any of the abilities (Thanks a lot, tutorial), and my push-to-talk was actually one of the key buttons… Oops. I had 0 kills. Then again, I only played like 2 matches. Dianah is much better at ground PVP, which is still kind of stressful for me. Luckily, my guildies are not horrible! They’re actually really, really good. I wish I screenshotted it (maybe next time), but Sleeth carried our team to a win with 27/50 kills in one of the matches. I should keep trying, because I heard that death match PVP was not as good to learn GSF as some of the other objectives. I do like how you have different ship choices and abilities and are able to customize and upgrade your ship. I haven’t really looked at the GSF companions, but that was a nice touch from Bioware also.

I'm on fire because I suck at GSF.

I’m on fire because I suck at GSF.

The Cost of Gaming

EDIT: I will be canceling my pre-order because I didn’t like Elder Scrolls Online in beta. I doubt that feeling will change when the game is fully released.

I feel like I’m cheating on Star Wars: The Old Republic, because…
 elder-scrolls-online

I pre-ordered Elder Scrolls Online Digital Imperial Edition! I know, I probably should’ve just waited to try it before spending the big bucks (so irresponsible), but I consider gaming a fairly cost-effective hobby. Plus, I love Skyrim, and ESO just sounds awesome. The cost of the ESO Digital Imperial Edition was $79.99, and for the first 30 days after release I will get 30 days of unlimited play, which will be followed by a $14.99 monthly subscription. The game will be fully released on 4/4/2014 on PC and Mac.

For all the gamers that whine about how expensive a monthly MMO subscription is, you need to reevaluate your monthly spending. Or, you’re a kid that can’t pay for their own stuff anyway. $14.99 a month? Bring your lunch to work/school with you one day (or a couple of days, depending how much you like to spend on lunch). If you think the $14.99 is a waste of money to spend and not a good thing by providing the company money to spend on developing more content, then you’re probably just not playing enough to make it worth it.

We can also look at monthly subscriptions in comparison to other forms of entertainment that one would spend money on. I can go to the movie theater, and spend upwards of $20 for 2 hours of entertainment and sub-par theater snacks. I might not even like the movie! I could also go to the mall for a couple of hours and spend $200 on clothes I don’t really need, but just bought because I was bored and was trying on clothes for fun. With video games, especially on the PC and with MMOS, your $14.99 monthly subscription is worth hundreds of hours of entertainment over time. Even if you include costs of upgrading your computer reasonably over time and the price of purchasing the game itself, I would still spend way, way more money trying to entertain myself some other way.

Let’s look at this mathematically. Figures are monthly estimates.

Amount Spent on Shopping / hours of entertainment = Cost of going shopping for fun
(This is not even factoring cost/per wear factor and possibly buying clothes I will hardly wear.)
$300 / 4 hours = $75.00/hour

Amount Spent on Movies / hours of entertainment = Cost of going out to the movies.
$40 / 4 hours = $10.00/hour

Amount Spent on Playing Subscription MMO / hours of entertainment = Cost of playing video games
$14.99 / 50 hours = .2298 or 23 cents/hour

Obviously not everyone spends $300 a month on clothes. I probably don’t even spend that much, but these are just examples. Figure out what you spend money on for fun in your own life. Is the cost worth the entertainment? For me, it definitely is.

BTW: Kate Beckinsale is one of the voice actresses for the game!!