In this new year, I have made some promises to myself that will help facilitate the process of making new content for this blog. One thing I decided I should do is regular features. I write reviews from time to time, put up some news pieces occasionally, but I very rarely keep up with some of the blog-ier aspects of actually having a blog. So I am trying to come up with some new ideas for regular features I can do somewhat easily, between my day job and social life. So far I have two things that I want to give a try to. One is very much video game related, and the other is not. While this may seem odd as everything I have ever written here has been game based, I expressed a while back I want to start to incorporate more of my interests into this space, if nothing else as a diversion.
Feature in the first: I have been playing World of Warcraft for…too long. In the decade WoW has existed, many other companies have tried to jump onto the MMO bandwagon, but none have been able to replicate Blizzard’s massive success. That isn’t so say they failed though. A lot of them, not being able to keep up the subscription model that WoW still has, tried different things, with varying degrees of success and profitability. So for the first time with many of these, I plan to throw myself into their worlds, and get a look at how these other games get on in an age still dominated by WoW in their very immediate space. I plan on doing videos, and write-ups of this experience, so this will also be a good chance for me to learn more about doing semi-professional video pieces. I don’t know as of yet which MMO I will be playing first, but I am eyeing Star Wars: The Old Republic, Lord of the Rings Online, and Dungeons and Dragons Online.
All three of those games are free, providing no barrier to entry besides computer power. I don’t have a ton of disposable income and do not intend on really sinking money into any of these games. I may buy something here or there, but I will never feel like I have to. Some games still have up-front costs to them, like Guild Wars 2, and I am willing to consider them if I can get the base game for a good price. 50 dollars is not something I am willing to throw away, but 20 dollars is a different story under normal circumstances. However, generally speaking, I am unwilling to pay a monthly subscription fee for a game, unless I find it absolutely amazing. While Final Fantasy XIV looks amazing, it will be a hard sell to me.
Feature in the second: I am a life long fan of pro-wrestling. Ever since I was a kid, I fell in love with the matches I would see week in and week out from WWE and WCW. I knew then as I know now the outcomes are predetermined, but that never stopped me from loving it. I pay my $9.99 a month for the WWE Network, and now it is time to make that work for me a bit. Starting soon, I am going to watch and review every Wrestlemania, match by match. Being that there are 31 of those things now, this will be a large time investment. I believe each show is 4 hours, with a lot to talk about in those shows. But I do want to add something else to this blog besides video games, and I know wrestling is something I can talk about.
Both of these are going to start soon, very soon, and I hope to keep them up for quite a while. This is the start to my new 2015, and I hope anyone who reads my stuff will enjoy it.