Who are you?
To paraphrase Gag Halfrunt, I’m just this guy, you know. I’m a middle-aged, young-at-heart, UK based, Star Wars loving, ultrarunning, movie-watching gamer. I’ve been playing video games for the best part of 30 years.
Are you an MMO noob?
I have no idea what you’re talking about. I’ve been playing MMOs on and off for the last seven years. My first major MMO crush was the late Star Wars: Galaxies which I played and enjoyed a lot. Before the dark times. Before the NGE. I also tried EVE: Online at about the same time but never really took to it. After leaving SWG, I pretty much went on to World of Warcraft although I also played Everquest 2, Lord of the Rings Online, EVE (again) and tried several others (most recently, Champions Online).
Are you a blogging noob?
No – but I’ve done very little of it over the last few years. My first and longest blog (started in July 2003, retired in, um, 2010?) was aimless though. I occasionally blogged about games and MMOs for a bit – and even blogged now and then over at the MMO-centric Kill Ten Rats. This domain was originally set up as a screenwriting blog but didn’t last long. I’ve also got a running blog which I haven’t updated in a couple of months because I’m naughty like that.
Hardcore or Casual?
That old question! Maybe I’ll save that one for a blog post sometime. It’ll be relevant when players start getting to the end game in SWTOR. (Hint: I game for fun.)
Alliance or Horde?
Horde for life, baby! Oh – and Victory for Sylvanas!
Original or Prequels?
I went to see Star Wars when it was first released in UK cinemas in 1978. By the end of 1983, when Jedi came out, I’d seen all three films countless number of times. (Okay, that’s a bit of an exaggeration but I had seen them a lot!) The prequels don’t come anywhere close. You can argue with me all you like but you’d be wrong.
Why “Get the girl, kill the baddies”?
It’s the archetypal heroes journey: the final act, the resolution, the payoff at the end of a story. To complete the quest, all the hero has to do is get the girl, kill the baddies and save the entire planet.
Haven’t I heard that before somewhere?
You may well have done. A track called “Ruff justice” from the album “The looks, the lifestyle” by UK grebo band “Pop Will Eat Itself” featured the exact same words as a refrain. They in turn were, in all likelihood, influenced by the movie, “Total Recall”, which had the line of dialogue “By the time the trip is over, you get the girl, kill the bad guys and save the entire planet”.
Why don’t you get a life?
Fuck you, that’s why!