That about sums up my evenings this past week. I returned home late Saturday night, pretty much went straight to bed given how many hours I had been driving and how zoned out I was (“highway hypnosis” is a term I recall from long ago). Sunday, I took in my missed episode of Boardwalk Empire, followed by the new epsiode (both good). Monday, and Tuesday though, I had some time. I’ve been meandering my way through Star Trek Online, clawing my way to the long desired Nebula and Akira. I made it through another level, so only two more to go. I realized some of my slow going is that I haven’t spent nearly as many bridge officer points as I need to, and I haven’t upgraded my ships weaponry since I got it some 8 levels ago.
But mainly I’m just not with it. Its not the games themselves mind you. Its anticipation of what’s just over the horizon and out of reach. I spend a good bit of time each day reading through whatever scraps of information I can come up with about Rift and SWTOR. Which is admittedly very little. SWTOR in particular is being stingy, for a game only a few months from launch and having been in closed Beta for awhile now. Its starting to give some signs that it may be pushed back. For my two cents, if there is not a class update this weekend a pushback is all but certain.
Rift isn’t out of Alpha yet, so I don’t expect as much from them, and yet they seem to deliver updates more consistently, which I think is probably good. Some may argue that its not good since information can change that early in a development cycle, but they are putting out mostly lore and backstory and world related updates. That stuff does not usually change and still generates good interest. Compare that with SWTOR, which has still not finished dribbling out their backstory (a backstory, I might add, that ignores some 200+ years of history as if nothing at all happened therein), at a time when they should be promoting other things. The biggest complaint though, by those much more heavily invested than me, is that the developers are nowhere to be found. There were a handful of posts this week – the first tim the devs have spoken in the forums in perhaps three months.
For whatever reason Guild Wars 2 isn’t on my radar much. No particular reason.
But those games all come next year at the earliest. And even if SWTOR launches on time, there’s a long way to go. So for now? Well, I’m sure writing a novel in November will keep me mildly busy. And we’ll see what my third tour of duty in EVE Online will bring with it…