If you’re playing OtherSpace – or just thinking about it – it can be a little daunting.
Assuming the role of a character in an original-theme space opera universe that doesn’t have hundreds of fansites online isn’t always easy. However, making yourself familiar with the genre in general can go a long way toward preparing you for what to expect.
With that in mind, I’ve compiled a list of movies, TV shows, video games, and books that could help get you in the right mood for a successful experience on the MUSH.
Tomorrow, World of Warcraft: Cataclysm finally hits the shelves. I’m still trying to decide whether I should sue Blizzard for stealing my life for their own profit!
Want proof? Well, okay. Here goes:
In Cataclysm, the world is ripped asunder by a vengeful dragon. In reality, a conniving harpy tore my world apart.
In Cataclysm, some statues were broken during Deathwing’s rampage. In reality, a couple of my action figures suffered a little damage in transit.
In Cataclysm, talent trees got tweaked. In reality, I had to retool and update my resume.
In Cataclysm, they added new starter zones. In reality, my starter zone is changing from Cary, NC, to Huntsville, AL.
In Cataclysm, they’ve raised the level cap. In reality, I made it to Level 44 in September and now I am proceeding toward the new current max of 45. I’m optimistic the cap will get raised again.
In Cataclysm, you can now fly mounts everywhere! In reality, I’ve been trying to train Huck to fly like that dog in Neverending Story.
So, what do you think? Do I have a case?
“People who play games are wasting their time when they can be out in the world, doing something real. But I don’t mean you!”
As a friend correctly pointed out, you could say the same thing about people who act, write novels, enjoy soap operas, or obsess about fantasy football. How did I learn enough to become a professional game designer? Playing games, giving up a life of doing “real” things. I have nothing but the utmost respect for people who save the world day in and day out – doctors, teachers, firefighters, cops, soldiers, and every other stripe of do-gooder. Some of us have to be entertainers and those of us who entertain rely on an audience.
Take me as I am, people. I’m done changing for someone else.
I went into this movie with expectations below those I had for Gemma Arterton’s last movie, Clash of the Titans. In the case of Titans, I had low expectations and found that movie fell shorter than I’d anticipated. With Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, however, I discovered something that was surprisingly enjoyable, if relatively mindless.
The platformer video game homage action does get a bit tiresome after a while, though. Seeing Jake Gyllenhal bounce from wall to wall or make death-defying leaps across open spaces starts to become like an endless rerun of the last five minutes of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – complete with a moment where the hero stumbles on a few pretty girls with whom to flirt during the chase.
But it’s a fun movie, Ben Kingsley is wonderfully evil, and I spent a lot of time wondering who the hell played Prince Tus. For much of that time, I thought it was this guy:
However, it turns out that it was THIS guy!
Jeff, from the British TV series Coupling! He was my favorite character on the show.
Anyway, I thought I’d hate Prince of Persia. I didn’t. Go figure!