Hey there! Welcome to my amazing game page. Isn't this exciting? Aren't you impressed? No? You're not? Well, FINE THEN! This means war!!! I challenge thee to an online game of Battlefield 2142! :) Actually, BF2142 is a very cool game (one of my favorites... yes, still, even now)! I just can't bring myself to delete it off my already too full hard drive. LOL... My online nicknames are Nobody777.com and SgtGodfear (for just about everything). I actually have a life outside of my day job so I don't play all the time, but I'm pretty good at flying the fighter aircraft. I love zooming full speed low to the ground, between buildings, through trees and just over rooftops and landing on enemy soldiers is fun too (hahaha). I've engaged a few dogfights so far and done pretty well, though there is still room for improvement. Since I'm into a number of different games right now, I don't play this one all the time but it's still installed and I can jump in at a moment's notice... you know, whenever duty calls! ;) Also because I almost never update this page and don't feel like it, so this information will still be here after the Internet blows up. hahaha|
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In late 2007 I got myself into World of Warcraft; a game that's been out since 2004. The graphics are a bit dated now (compared to more recent games like RIFT, Guild Wars 2, etc.) but are still very entertaining to look at. I've always pretty much hated RPG-style games (though there was a brief time that I enjoyed playing Zelda on the Nintendo game system) and then the MMORPG revolution hit and I still mostly hated them. Maybe I'm partly brain-damaged or something but that's just the way it is with me. ;) I really have always preferred FPS style games (especially WW2 shooters). Fable was my first introduction to an RPG-ish game I could tolerate and that actually entertained me. After that I tried Morrowind..... HATED it (too hard - lame graphics). Then came Oblivion. I loved the game (that's saying a lot for an RPG hater)! I think why I enjoyed it more than your average RPG is that the combat was active. It wasn't just level up, set your skills, and then watch your guy do the fighting. You actually did the fighting (in either third-person or first person style like a regular FPS shooter). The world was massive, the quests were fun, and the graphics very good (though the inventory interface sucked a bit in my opinion). Unfortunately, it was still a bit complicated for my taste (not so much hard as it was too involved... I like to have some mindless fun not just sit and work my heiny off when I'm gaming). I kept getting lost in the massive world and then lost my interest as well. Back to first person shooters (more 2142)...
Then a new member of the association where I work was talking about WoW one day (hi Jen) and she told me I should get the trial and check it out. Because of my total lack of interest in RPG's I never got around to picking up the trial, until a couple weeks later, my brother-in-law told me he got into World of Warcraft (had been playing for almost a year now along with his son) and he kept talking about it so I figured that, along with the work associate I knew who recommended it too, it might be worth finally giving it a shot. First day, I hated it! In fact, I didn't touch it after that for over a week. But after giving the learning curve a chance to kick in (and with some nice help from my bro-in-law and nephew), I started to enjoy it more and then I started to play it too often (haha). In fact, after a couple of months, I wound up with two accounts and over 20 characters (I have since retreated to one account and only play occasionally). Even though the graphics were a bit sub-par for my typical level of expectation, I still found the game really fun and I hear they are planning to release a full-scale, multi-million dollar movie based on the game in 2014. At the time of writing this (03/22/2011) I have a priest called Xdoulos that is a level 80 something (I have other characters too - most of them around level 30-70). Below are some early screenshots of my character fighting along side my (then) girlfriend's character, "Shaleyna" (more on that in a moment)... and below that is an early pic of my priest... and then below that a short video clip of one of my early fights (at about level 15 or so), followed by an enjoyable flight from Westfall to Stormwind on a griffin. For those of you who remember the days before Cata (before the landscape changed) and long long before Panderia, this might be a trip down memory lane or remind you of the first time playing. There's also a video clip of a cool Flyleaf song (I'm So Sick) made with scenes from the actual game. If you're a WoW player, let me know and we can do some questing. "Well met!"
As an interesting side note... I met my WIFE (her name is Tammy) in WoW (her main character's name is "Shaleyna")! Yes, as crazy as that sounds it's true. I met her in October of 2007. Even wilder is the fact that she is from Australia. We talked on the phone and/or computer every day and webcam as often as possible for over two years. Our record conversation I think was 12+ hours, but our average was between 4-6 a night! She spent most of her savings to fly over in October (2008) to see me and it was AWESOME!!! In fact, we got engaged in December (same year), while she was here, and were married in Australia on September 19th, 2009!!! Now we live happily in our little one-bedroom apartment as husband and wife and, let me tell you, being married is AWESOME!!!! Who says you can't meet people and fall in love online? In fact, let me tell you all something... I tried e-Harmony a few years before getting into WoW... It sucked! Totally mis-matched me and was a complete waste of money. How cool is it that I can say I met my baby in a video game I love playing? Suck on that e-Harmony! hahaha... So tack that little story on to those articles (below) about video games being good for ya. ;) They have been good to me (hehe). I do thank God for the gifts He gives people (like the folks at Blizzard) to inspire creative new ways to meet people and enjoy life. For certain, games like WoW are addictive and playing too much can suck away all your time so, as with everything, use moderation... but do have fun! :)
THESE ARE SOME IN-GAME SCREENSHOTS OF TAMMY ("SHALEYNA") AND ME ("XDOULOS") PLAYING WoW TOGETHER
An early screenshot of my priest character in World of Warcraft
Priest Xdoulos in Battle and in Flight - World of Warcraft
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I'm So Sick (World of Warcraft Music Video)
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Actually, as fun as World of Warcraft is... Tam and I hardly play it anymore. We still do, just not as much. There are so many other cool games out now... some that are even free to play. One of the most visually stunning (and I think more fun that WoW) is called RIFT (and these kinds of games just keep getting better all the time). RIFT is basically the same style of game as WoW but with MUCH better graphics and improvements on a lot of the gameplay. We also LOVE playing a game called Sevencore. It's totally free to play and there are no subscription fees. It's also similar to WoW. We also play Allods Online (free and very similar to WoW also but includes awesome ship battles in space). I also play Star Trek Online (free to play) and Star Wars The Old Republic (very fun). I hardly play first person shooters anymore.
CHECK OUT THESE ARTICLES FROM VARIOUS NEWS SOURCES:
Yahoo News - Video Game Playing May Fulfill Innate Human Need!
"Playing video games can satisfy deep psychological needs and, at least in the short term, improve people's well- being, new research shows." -Yahoo News
BBC News - "Video Games 'Good For You'"
"US scientists have found that regular players of shoot-em-ups, such as Half-Life and Medal of Honour, have much better visual skills than most of the population." -BBC News
USA Today - "Video Games Can Actually Be Good For You!"
"Video games as therapy is just one example of the changing attitude that some in the health care and medical industries have toward video games, an often-criticized pastime." -USA Today
SMH Technology News - "Video Game Skills May Give Edge In Life"
"Researchers are finding players can make sharper soldiers, drivers and surgeons. Their reaction time is better, their peripheral vision more acute. They are taking risks, finding themselves at ease in a demanding environment that requires paying attention on several levels at once.." -SMH Technology News
BBC News - "Games At Work May Be Good For You!"
"Playing simple computer games at the office could improve productivity and job satisfaction, research suggests." -BBC News
APA Science Watch - "Your Brain On Video Games"
"After only 30 hours playing video games, healthy adults process visual information faster." -APA Online
MY SYSTEM SPECS (last updated 03/22/2011):
(Got money? Davy need upgrade!)
Star Trek Online
Just Cause 2
Far Cry 2
Half Life 2
Half Life 2: Episode 1
TrackMania Sunrise (Extreme Edition)
Need For Speed: Most Wanted
Roller Coaster Tycoon 3
Unreal Tournament 2004
Medal of Honor (all versions)
Call of Duty 2
Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay
Splinter Cell (all versions)
No One Lives Forever
Return To Castle Wolfenstein
World of Warcraft
and a handful of others...
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