Author Archives: Zevia
Hello? Anyone still here?
Quite some time has passed since Saate and I were active on this site, or on WoW. While it was technically available to blog about gaming in general, it’d be hard to argue that it was truly anything except a WoW blog – despite my scatterbrained efforts at just about anything else.
I quit WoW back in February 2011, and after over a year, I had no desire to go back. I’d think about it from time to time, but I had a lot of clear, rational reasons not to whenever I actually paused and considered it.
However, with the new scroll of resurrection deal and due to current circumstances, I found myself popping back in for a month to see if it was something I’d be interested in picking back up. I feel ashamed for even saying that I’m playing again, oddly enough, but I thought I’d talk a bit about how it feels to play again after more than a year of absence and why I resubscribed in the first place.
I’ve noticed something that strikes me as peculiar over the last few days.
I started streaming some games late night – the big ones that have drawn viewers have been Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and Secret of Mana, although I still stream other games at times.
However, I’ve been watching other people play games from time to time when I’m just not in the mood to work on my own files, and what I’m discovering is that there are a lot of people streaming competitive play or top-tier playstyles or speedruns of classic games, but it’s very difficult to just find someone playing an older game of theirs that they haven’t mastered. And you know what? They’re a hell of a lot more entertaining to watch.
Saate’s most recent post is pretty good, so I don’t want to take up too much space here. If you haven’t read it, go down one post and check it out.
However, I wanted to let you guys know that I’ll be streaming some emulators over the next few nights as I have time. You can find my channel at this website. I keep my emulators in windowed mode so I can see the chat box, and I keep my microphone plugged in for anyone who happens to pop in and start talking.
So if you want to chat for a bit and follow me along as I play SNES, Sega, NES, and maybe some N64 games if I can get my PS3 controller hooked up to my computer properly, check in each night around 11:45 PM or midnight, Pacific time. I’ll probably continue my playthrough of Super Mario World tonight – would love to hear from some of you guys!
During the days when Naxx 25 was the hardest content available in early WotLK, I was guildless. I happened to play frequently with a guild called ASM, however, as a fill-in priest since they were always short healers.
Over a few days, I started recording Vent and paring down the 4 hours of audio into 3 or 4 minute clips of funny things from throughout the night. The most popular one was a night where the raid leader, Vanek, had a hell of a time trying to nail down the healer assignments on Patchwerk.
Once we all had a good laugh about it, I eventually took it off my profile, but Vanek hounded me for months to put it back up – however, the file was on my laptop, which was back in Washington.
Well, I just got back from Seattle and while I was up there, I grabbed the raw audio and reconstructed the healing assignments just for him. So for your amusement, please laugh at my old raid leader:
I’ve never really been a big PC gamer.
Some of you may recall a video I made some time ago that could use some serious editing in the beginning and a complete re-voicing with better sound quality. More importantly, though, it was entirely about the days of console gaming with the SNES and Genesis. Part of the reason I talked about those games so much was because they were all games I owned as a youngin’.
They were also games that came out when the internet was still in its fledgling stages. The first version of the internet I ever had access to was America Online 1.0, and we didn’t do much more than IM, e-mail, and occasionally roleplay in the chat rooms (because I’m just that nerdy).
Most of my gaming was done either by myself or with one other person. Even as I got older, “A lot of people” was playing a system that had 4-player capability. Replay value for a game just meant it had great multiplayer so that you could bring it out whenever there was a party or you just wanted to invite a few friends over for an all-nighter of GoldenEye.
WoW is thus a very unique anomaly in my life. It was unlike the games I played before it, and it completely changed the way I play games. It was a very large part of a very long portion of my life, and now that I’m done, I feel like taking a look back at what it was as a way of perhaps putting it to final rest.
I know it’s been awhile since either Saate or I have posted anything, but I thought everyone would get a kick out of this. For those who don’t know, I work in a grocery store. Here’s an excerpt from an e-mail I sent to a family member earlier today:
“Still recovering a little from all the (literal) running around I was doing at work yesterday. People panicked over ice and water like nobody’s business, and both just happen to be handled by my department, which is all of two people. When the power went out at about 3:30, I ended up just going to work 15 minutes early, planning to sit in the break room until my shift started. I didn’t know the power outage was so widespread, so I thought I’d just sit somewhere that was actually air-conditioned if I was going to have nothing to do.
Well, they had me start as soon as I walked in, and between 4:15 and 6:00 PM, we sold over 11,000 pounds of ice [edit: for you non-Americans, about 5,000 kg, if my conversions are still correct]. It got to a point where I was just grabbing a pallet jack and hauling pallets out to the ice chests at the front of the store to load it directly, and I couldn’t even do that. As soon as it got anywhere near customers, it got swarmed like a zombie flick and people just tore it down. I couldn’t get a single bag into the cooler because there wasn’t a point, people were just ripping it down.
It actually got so bad that we couldn’t even get it out onto the sales floor – we just brought it about 30 feet from the freezer to the backroom doors and started handing it out to anyone who wanted to buy it. And, of course, as soon as we ran out, we had people swearing at us and chewing us out because we didn’t set a limit on how many bags people could take. Nothing like getting yelled at because of OTHER peoples’ behavior. My department manager mentioned it at one point, “Hey, make sure they can only take… 3 bags, let’s say, so everyone in line can get some,” but our assistant director just said to let people take however many they wanted. I think even if we had set a cap, we still would’ve been chewed out. We had people coming in and asking for ice for hours after we ran out.
None of the other departments really had much to do because all the refrigeration was down, so they started sending the dairy box and produce guys over to my department so it wasn’t just the two of us trying to keep up with the ludicrous demand. Water started selling like nobody’s business, and even with 4 or 5 of us running it out there, we couldn’t keep it stocked. We ended up blowing through about 3 or 4 days’ worth of water sales in about 4 hours.
We, of course, also very quickly sold the few flashlights and candles we had, then managed to run our rack of batteries out in a couple hours, as well as our styrofoam and plastic ice chests, which we got chewed out again for.
The great thing was, power came back on at the store at about 8:30 or so. Maybe 5 seconds later, I had customers asking me, “Is power back on everywhere or just here?” To which I had to just shrug, but in my head, I was saying, “How the hell would I know? Call someone who’s not here.”
I got home at 10:30, and power came back on at about 10:55 for the whole area. So all those people panicking and swarming over losing electricity are now going to have a lot of unnecessary ice and water. I guess the news had predicted the outage would last a couple days, but nonetheless.
All I have to say is, if that’s how people freak out over a 5 hour power outage, they are -screwed- if there’s ever an actual disaster – and I really don’t want to be the one working that day.”
As for game-related postings and news, part of the reason I haven’t been posting much is that I stopped playing WoW about 8 months ago, and I wasn’t really sure how interested all of you were in hearing about other games or general internet-related quandaries, so I left it to Saate to put the WoW back into the site. He and I have talked some Mass Effect 1 and 2 a bit in e-mails back and forth, if people would be interested in it as a topic of discussion.
What about the rest of you? Still playing? What’s the buzz about the game now?
I want to start with something completely unrelated to the rest of the post. Saate has, at this moment, the following drafts of posts that could probably be finished and turned around into something on the site in the space of an hour:
- His trip to the Philippines
- That kid in Australia who pile-drived the bully that had been harassing him
- Thoughts on various “hard to earn” achievements being made significantly easier to acquire
- An IRC conversation about making gold that can be extrapolated into general thoughts on people just wanting to be told what to do instead of applying critical thinking
He’s also left notes to himself to write articles about how important location is to a sale and how to present the same product in a different way. He’s also got a note to himself for a post called “Making Margin The Wrong Way” which, he notes, has infinite examples.
So why am I telling you this? Well, he’s expressed some concern that he may overanalyze his posts before he actually puts them up, to the point that several of them end up becoming obsolete or irrelevant. He’s put in massive time on an RNG guide that I’d still love to see as a finished product.
As a result, this is me kicking his ass into gear by teasing you with what he’s been drafting up that you don’t know about. I’m tempted to include another picture of an ass. Anyway, if any of those topics sound like something you’d like to read his thoughts on, feel free to leave a comment telling him! Nothing generates motivation more than knowing that there are readers who are eagerly awaiting the next installment.
OK, let’s move on.
Normally Saate and I leave a couple days between each others’ posts to give readers enough time to catch up on anything they may have missed, but I wanted to post a quick little update here to let you guys know that I entered a video into a contest for Global Agenda a few weeks ago. They picked two winners for my category, and I was one of them!
As some of you may or may not know, Saate went on a trip recently. I’m pretty sure it was for business, but in his extended absence, you got to read a lot of me and my thoughts on… Well, mostly on D&D, but a little on Global Agenda and Audiosurf.
He’s back, he has pictures, and he’s started writing a new post detailing about his trip, but I told him that I wasn’t going to post anything else until he did because it’s his turn and I imagine people are getting very tired of reading non-WoW-related things and of reading only me. He was concerned I might hold the site hostage by perhaps showing pictures of asses, to which I said I wouldn’t.
Well, he still hasn’t posted anything, so now I’m going to go ahead and say I totally lied.
Initially I was going to just post this as a new ICYMI, but when I really think about it, I’m going to be throwing a lot of videos at you of me playing this game, and that’s really all I do in the Games You Should’ve Played section. The only difference is, with GYSP, there’s a pretext of me reviewing it, but this time, the lies end – I’m just posting a lot of videos here.
Actually, I’m really just posting a lot of music that I think you might enjoy, but to make it related to the site, I’ve included the music in video game format. “What the fuck are you talking about?” you say? Well, in this episode of ICYMI/GYSP, I’m going to be posting video after video of a little game called Audio Surf.