Heidy’s Top and Bottom 5 Film Franchises

“Heidy!” You ask. “What are you doing talking about movies? I thought this is a Blog about Star Trek Online and other MMOs?”

“Well,” I reply. “It is, but Star Trek Online has been kinda slow lately. There hasn’t been much real new content like the big expansions in a while; maybe something will be announced in the Las Vegas convention this weekend? Till then, I wanna talk about movies. Hey, it’s my blog!”

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Cryptic’s “Rebalancing” Update

Cryptic’s current attempt to “rebalance” space combat is a couple of weeks from rolling out, but is currently being tested on the Tribble server. Nothing yet is set in stone, and while I was initially hopeful that this is an opportunity for Cryptic to address some glaring balance issues, the latest update has filled me with more dread than hope.

Bad, bad pessimist Heidy.

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Long-Term Game Sustainability (aka Why I continue to play STO)

A couple of days ago was the three-month mark since I started playing Guild Wars 2 full time. I have been plugging away pretty diligently at GW2, essentially sidelining STO for the duration, and got all five of my characters to max level. They are nowhere close to being fully kitted out; in fact, I haven’t even started working on Ascended Gear for anyone yet. But my exposure to this very different gaming experience got me thinking about the long-term sustainability of MMORPGs.

Keep in mind my experience with MMORPGs is still rather limited, between STO, GW2, Rift and to a much lesser extent, Champions Online. I’m only going by what I know.

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Sex sells in MMORPGs?

NOTE: I debated whether I want to post this, since it’s a bit of a touchy topic for some people. But then I remember, this is my blog! I can delete comments that don’t agree with me and execute any traitors! I HAVE DA POWER! So, uhm, read on only if you want. This is your final warning. >.>

Since I am working my way towards endgame content on Guild Wars 2, Barbie-ing is starting to come into play for my toons. One topic that invariably comes up in fantasy-themed MMORPGs – Not unique to Guild Wars 2 by any means – is how sexualized female characters are, with an usual array of customization options that are more fitting for a Victoria’s Secret catwalk than out there fighting dragons.

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O Brother, Where Art Thou?

It doesn’t matter if I am writing stories set in fictional worlds and universes, or playing online games like Mushes — one of the first things (if not THE first thing) I look for or create is a map of the setting. It anchors the stories and provides a foundation for the setting to be built on. Imagine a book like Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones without a map… readers will be so hopelessly lost in the story.

By contrast, many TV shows (especially Sci-Fi TV, of which Star Trek is a prominent example) have no maps of their worlds/universes — I assume this is done on purpose so that the ability to tell stories isn’t hampered by the confines of a map. Fans then pick up the slack and try to cobble together maps; it’s just part of our human instinct to codify things! There are MANY versions of Star Trek galaxy maps out there, but here is a simple one that seems to have the basic essentials that most agree with:

MapAB

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Cheaters. You know who you are.

cheater-memeNo one likes cheaters, not even other cheaters.

I recently read an old forum entry on video game botting, quoted below. Interestingly, it’s titled “Botting Ethics”. Clearly, irony is a new concept to the original poster.

Hello fellow botters

Lately I am noticing a lot of other botters on the spots where my bots farm. Whats the point of making the same profile where I am?
I’ve already made multiple profiles for farming credits and moved from planets to planets and noticed new botters on almost all of them on different servers.
We are both getting less if we farm the same spot.
I’ve already moved my toons multiple times and I am getting really sick of it.
If I’m searching for a new spot I am investing my time and I find that the spot is taken I move on and continue searching for a new one.
Please guys you know who you are. Just move on and find your own empty spot. Its not funny anymore.
I know I don’t own the ingame terrain but whats really the point of making the same profile?
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Post-War Speculation

star-trek-online-new-dawn2Now that the final mission is out and the war officially over, it certainly looks like the stage is set for a new age of Exploration to begin (in October, I guess). But given the scale of the war and resulting devastation, there should be a long, hard road to recovery, right? We already saw the destruction wrought within the Solar system, on the surfaces of Qo’nos and New Romulus, as well as across countless other worlds that were mentioned in dialogue.

At the same time, the galaxy is at peace. The Iconians have agreed to end the war to rebuild their civilization; the Alpha Quadrant Alliance stands united, and in the process helped forge the Delta Alliance. Even the Dominion and Cardassians showed up to stand with the good guys. Isn’t it time to hold hands and sing Kumbaya?

Well, hold that thought. Aren’t we forgetting something?

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