The Best Of The Rest: The Future Edition

The Future

I'm surprisingly bitter that it's 2010 and we still don't have flying cars or hover skateboards.

I’ve being racking my brains to come up with a common theme for my chosen blog posts this week and eventually settled on the concept of the future. Maybe it’s purely a subconscious connection based on things going on in my real life (buying a flat, getting a will draw up etc) but it seems like a lot of bloggers are busy contemplating things to come, largely because the present isn’t all that exciting. Even though Final Fantasy XIV just came out and I found myself fingering the box in Game with mild temptation yesterday (sorry, that just sounded awful didn’t it?), it doesn’t seem to have made a huge dent on the excito-meters of my peers. Most of the opinions I read about FFXIV tend to recommend holding off checking it out for a few months. Wise words no doubt but alas, it leaves most bloggers in a rather more whimsical state.

Anyway, here’s my pick of the week:

  • Larisa is having a timeout. A very touching article from Larisa, a rather wonderful blogger, who has decided to take a little time away from the whole blogosphere and its related shenanigans. I know exactly how she feels sometimes as I guess most bloggers do. Putting your thoughts and opinions out there for the world to see is tough enough without battling against the rabid trolls that lurch on the Internet, plus sometimes the weight of carrying a blog can become suffocating. When you get in too deep, it’s time to pause, take a breather and dig yourself out, reflecting on the reasons behind why you blog and game in the first place. All the best Larisa and see you around soon (or not), whatever you decide we all wish you well.
  • Kieron Gillen leaves Rock, Paper, Shotgun. I’m not saddened by this new in the slightest. Well, OK, maybe a little, but as I far as I’m concerned Marvel comics have benefited from RPS’ loss and gained another great writer for their ranks. I enjoyed Kieron’s run recent run on Thor and am looking forward to what he does next. Plus getting a job writing for Marvel? God, I’m so jealous.
  • Wolfshead wonders if chatless MMOs are a precursor to console MMOs. I don’t want to critique Wolfshead’s post and can only recommend that you head on over there to read it for yourself as, although he has a way of polarising opinion, he always comes up with some very thought provoking articles. The concept of how chat (or rather the lack of it) is going to fit in with the potential move of MMOs becoming more console based is definitely a very interesting one and made me ponder the future of the genre. Is it my beloved text-based roleplaying gone forever? Has voice chat or pure silence taken its place? Lots to think about whilst in the bathtub for sure.
  • UnSubject takes a look at the marketing decisions of DCU. Speaking of console MMOs, I was totally thrown and utterly bamboozled upon reading this article to discover that DCU plans to release in November… 2010. Ex-squeeze me? Bacon powder? When did this happen? I’m quite interested in DCU and have been following the news about it yet this has either slipped past my radar complete or was the quietest launch announcement in the history of gaming. Sounds like SOE are just forgoing the whole beta process too. Colour me skeptical.

-Gordon

In Gordon’s immediate future he sees a bacon sandwich, mug of cocoa and a Benny Hill style sketch as he chases his wife around the bed.

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9 Comments

  1. Klepsacovic says:

    The future? That may have been the most depressing mix of posts of any Sunday. Now I’m sad.

  2. Bhagpuss says:

    DCUO is in beta now and has been for a while. There was a flurry of invitations a week or so back, expanding on the already-ongoing “friends&family” beta. November 2nd has been set as the release date for a few months (which is not to say it won’t get pushed back, of course).

    I’m keeping my fingers crossed. Since I decided not to apply for Rifts of Telara’s beta (don’t want to spoil a game I will certainly play from launch), DCUO is the beta I most want to get into after the mild disappointment that FFXIV beta turned out to be.

  3. Carson says:

    The only thought Wolfshead has ever provoked in me is “damn, he’ll write any old shit if it gives him a chance to attack Blizzard.”

  4. Larísa says:

    Thanks for the kind words Gordon! We’ll see what my timeout turns out to be. I don’t know for sure yet (it’s only been one day so far ;) )

    As long as I’ve been playing people have adviced me to go for a break from WoW every now and then. Maybe that’s true about blogging as well? It somehow drags you in, a little bit too deeply, at least if you’ve got a job and a family and other interests to tend to as well.

    Now keep up the good work here! More beer please!

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