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Month: April 2020

Diablo 3

Posted in Gaming

I don’t think I have really posted about Diablo 3 on my blog aide from when I got started and some seasonal updates, I spotted a post by Jen over at https://bookofjen.net and I thought I should rectify this fact.

I didn’t play D3 at launch despite being a fan of the franchise and I really enjoy ARPG’s as they are always a good method for story telling. Growing up on a diet of isometric RPG titles I think ARPG’s always feel like a natural progression of that genre.

So I picked up Diablo 3 a few of years after the launch and the auction house kerfuffle, when I was on the hunt for a new title to play. I had hear good stuff from friends and the folks on the Gamers with Jobs podcast.

I am a sucker for in-depth lore and of course Diablo lore reaches back to 1997 and is very rich and detailed.
I was fortunate to get the Book of Adria: A Diablo Bestiary as a gift last year and the books contain so many notes and details at aren’t necessarily obvious through the medium of the game.

It’s a Social thing

I have come to really enjoy the social element of the seasonal events, for a 2 month period there is a swarm of activity, we get to help each other out and team up to push Greater Rifts.
It may not be the same a say a raid in a larger scale MMO title, but then it feels more ad-hoc and relaxed which again makes it fun rather than a chore.

Favourite Class

I adore the Crusader class, I endeavour to play it every season where possible, mostly as I love the flexibility that the class brings, it grants me solo play and group play without too much alteration of my build, usually just those elements that offer team support that I usually don’t run if solo.

My second most played is Necromancer, I love this last addition to the D3 class list, it plays so different and has very different options like the health sacrifice elements that makes using it challenging and different.


Do you play Diablo 3?
What is your most enjoyable class?

Re-enjoying soundtracks

Posted in Music

There is something wonderful about listening to a game soundtracks, they have the great ability to trigger our memories

  • maybe taking you back to a game you have recently completed
  • maybe a game that you played in your youth
  • maybe it reminds you of a certain area or dungeon from a MMO
  • maybe they just trigger other memories from different periods of your life.

So for this post I thought I’d share some of my favourite game music.

Planetside

Planetside was one of my main MMO’s, the music was larger than life with a heavily military undertones. While playing the music was allocated to regions, but would also change as a fighting increased, ultimately blending into music that indicated victory or defeat.

Streets of Rage

The Streets of Rage music was great, the Yuzo Koshiro chip-tune tracks are instantly recognisable and have stuck with me for years.
Given the games had limited space for music, and the music had a limited note range, the soundtracks never felt as if they were repetitive to the point of annoyance, which if you listen to many game tracks from the same era they would likely force you to switch the game off for some respite.

The Chronicles of Spellborn

A unique game setting, with a unique combat system and artwork style.
The Chronicles of Spellborn was a game that I felt didn’t shy away from darker world elements, this also tied into the artwork style that blended the fantasy setting into something more rugged.

Command and Conquer

The C&C soundtrack was a wonderful experience, I always enjoyed the fact the game had the two paths each feeling different and the music through-out the series cemented the different tone of each.

The Secret World

The Secret World needed a theme that would allude to the cloaked underworld that exists just beneath the surface of our world, the power that was hided from everyday life.
For me the title theme managed to nail that vision rather nicely in my opinion and even though the game has relaunched as The Secret World Legends it is still one of my favourite MMO intro/main pieces.

More?

If you enjoy MMO soundtracks then I strongly advise you to check out the Battle Bards Postcast https://twitter.com/battlebardscast it’s the world’s only podcast that is centered around MMO music.
Each episode the trio of hosts take you on a journey through different MMO soundscapes.

The worlds uneasy slumber

Posted in About Me

Like me you are probably spending your days staring at the interior walls of your home and most likely at a number of differently sized screens throughout the day.

While trips to get shopping get me away from the house they leave me feeling both physically and emotionally exhausted, those essential works who still have to commute and do their job in such an environment continue to have my utmost respect.

When I saw Belghast was preparing a blogging event for April (Blapril), I was very tempted to to embark on the experience once more, however I wanted to ensure that I was better placed to achieve completion this time before signing up, My last few attempts had to end early due to health and being overloaded at work reasons.


I’m happy to say that I shall be taking part in this great idea giving “a dose of internet togetherness to combat the negative effects of social distancing”. Not having to commute gives me back a solid 75 minutes a day and I want to ensure I ring-fence that time into some constructive and creative like Blapril.

Even if you aren’t inclined to fire up your blog and flex those writing skills, please follow some of the participants, I can’t wait to read the blogs of some of those who have signed up (The reading list is wonderful BTW).

Happy (Thank-Goodness-Neverending-March-Is-Finally-Over) April everyone I hope you and your family all keep safe.