Two commenters on yesterday’s comic linked to these videos. I enjoyed them so much, I couldn’t resist posting. The first one is shorter and hilarious. I love how they treat the baby shower as a raid. The second one is long but packed with awesome.
I keep having an internal dialogue with myself that goes something like this: “Ooooooh so excited for Cataclysm! It looks so awesome and I can’t wait to try a goblin and worgen and play through the new old world and see what archaeology and Path of the Titans are all about! Aww, too bad it won’t be out for a year probably. I wish I didn’t know about it at all. Guess I’ll go fish. Ugh, this is boring, and it’ll be better in Cataclysm. Stupid Cataclysm, ruining my enjoyment of the game now. I don’t even care about Arthas anymore. I just want to get to Deathwing. I wish they didn’t announce Cataclysm yet!!!”
I am, of course, glad that I know about Cataclysm. I admit that I still enjoy the game quite a bit, and I’m very glad I have enough forewarning that I can make sure I experience any old world content I never got to before it becomes forever changed. But still, it takes a little something out of my game experience. I kind of wish that all they told us at Blizz Con was that the next expansion will change the old world forever. Then wait until after the 3.3 Icecrown release to give us all the juicy details. I know that isn’t really feasible, since Blizz Con is all about hype, and it makes sense for them to announce what they already know then. What do you guys think? Does the timing of the Cataclysm announcement affect how you enjoy the game now at all, for good or for bad? Are you still pumped to take on the Lich King in 3.3?
My trip to GenCon in August got me thinking about the direction of gaming. It seems that over the years we’ve sought to make games more immersive. From classic card games, to beautifully illustrated board games, to hyper-real video games, we have enjoyed an ever growing amount of visual stimulation from our games. Video games are getting more and more real while we leave the board games to collect dust.
But are we really leaving the board games behind? GenCon, the board game mecca for North America, continues to attract huge numbers. Fantasy Flight Games, the company behind board game hits like Arkham Horror and Battlestar Galactica, reported that they’re seeing a steady increase in board game consumption in the US. Perhaps we’re all just consuming more games in general, electronic or tabletop alike.
Still, there’s the feeling that we should be heading towards the ultimate gaming experience: the holodeck. But I wonder if that idyllic goal would get turned on its head if our gaming had evolved with video games at the beginning. Maybe instead of trying to satisfy our senses with realistic images, we’d seek to challenge our imaginations with the rule systems and stories in RPG taletops, the ultimate goal to strip down the tools to pen, paper, and dice.
I certainly got a lot of enthusiastic comments about RPGs on my previous post, Got Dice, Need Time. I hope all spectrums of gaming continue to evolve.