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Ye Olde Game Journalism Debate

Posted in Editorial with tags , , , on January 10, 2010 by howtoloseyourlifetoanmmorpg

Psychochild has a new post up about journalistic standards within the video game industry.  I largely agree with these posts, whenever they pop up.  To me journalism is journalism, and the integrity, standards, and legitimacy should cover every aspect of journalism(including writings on video game culture).

I thought it was a good opportunity to share a bit of how I operate and why.  I come from a very academic background in writing.  From that viewpoint, I don’t think I am a very good journalist or reviewer.  I try and feel I’ve come a long way, but still have a long way to go.  I’ve always tried to be at my utmost professional when I wrote for other sites(even when I included snarky humor).  When I represent my self as a journalist, I can be obsessive about grammar and spelling.  This site, however, is my personal platform.  I’ve actually had to work at being more casual with it.  That opens up a lot of room for me to make errors.  Errors in judgment, and grammar have found many places within many of my posts.

As a rule, if I’m writing for someone else, I want to do the best job I can(as a reflection of the job I can do, and upholding standards of writing).

To that end, I probably should take more care and effort in my postings, as it does reflect on who I am and the quality of my writing, but I still defend it by saying that this is my personal blog, and I don’t hold it against other blogs.  In fiction, whenever you are writing dialogue(when you have a character speaking), grammar is not important, and that is how I view it when I write many of my posts.  Many of my posts are streams of thought, so I just go with it.

Reading Psychochild’s post has made me re-evaluate this blog though.  In light of me changing my template and name, I probably will try to achieve a higher quality of writing.

Thanks Psychochild.


Current Online Gaming Plans

Posted in General with tags , , , , , , on November 3, 2009 by howtoloseyourlifetoanmmorpg

As I am partially back online and gearing up to be back full-time, I am sharing my list of near future gaming plans.

Download DDO

I’m downloading Dungeons and Dragons Online.  What’s the proper short form for this anyway? DDOEU- Dungeons and Dragons Online Eberron Unlimited,  DDEU, DDOU, or just DDO?  Because of my current situation it may be a day or two before I can actually try it out.  Any opinions are welcome.


I’m having quite the headache with World of Warcraft.  I have forgotten my log in and only have vague memories of what my account name and password are.  So I go to try and get them to be told my account has been merged with  But when I go to it says I have no merged WoW account and asks me to do it.  So I tell it to merge my account, where it asks me for my WoW account and password only to tell me it’s been merged and I need to go to my account.  An evil vicious loop.  I’ll plan a day to actually call and talk to a live person in hopes of sorting this out.

I was just going to wait for Cataclysm, but I figure on using the 2-month time card that has currently been collecting dust and figure by the time of the expansion, I’ll be able to afford more time cards or pay online.


I’ve successfuly updated my client and logged back into Runes of Magic.  I’ll be continuing my RoM Diary and what not for now.

My Blog and Writing

As for other online gaming related matters.  I need to get back in touch with some sites I had been writing for.  I can finally start emailing and staying in contact in a regular like fashion.  I’ve been writing that RoM “book”(fanfic if you prefer).  It’s fun but my creative prose needs a ton of work.

It’s National Novel Writing Month

Posted in General with tags , , on November 1, 2009 by howtoloseyourlifetoanmmorpg

Go go go!  Write something MMO related(preferably WoW or RoM).  We’re looking for quantity not quality man.  Just start writing.  Don’t worry about if you think it’s dumb or silly.  For crying out loud!

Murphey’s Law…

Posted in General with tags , , on August 20, 2009 by howtoloseyourlifetoanmmorpg

I worked on my app for a long time yesterday and logged on today to find it gone(insert sigh here).

I’ve been using mobile web and library computers to make my sparse posts while I wait to get hooked back up in a few days.

The PC’s here don’t like Gmail….at all!

At this point I would start to think about conceding but I think I’ll suck it up and say that nothing is going to keep me from trying my best.  Besides this intermittent PC problem will be gone soon.

Thanks Beej for the well wishes and good luck to you, and all the applicants, too.

More updates from the unemployment line

Posted in General with tags on July 30, 2009 by howtoloseyourlifetoanmmorpg

Well, out of the past month, I’ve recieved one call back.  But so far it looks promising.

I had an interview, and I felt it went really well.  They said it may be up to a week before I hear anything though.

I’m roughly estimating, based on if I get the job, another 3 weeks before I’ll be back to writing.

As a note, writing as a profession can be very very….very hard.  It’s something I’ve been working towards for over 5 years now, so I’m not giving up.

I’ll be back as soon as I can.


My Runes of Magic Book: Plot Established(EDIT)

Posted in General with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 8, 2009 by howtoloseyourlifetoanmmorpg

I’m still going to use the generic fantasy template I found, but most of the plot will be laid out for me to just “colorize”- so to speak.

I kept thinking of how I should write a story that could involve NPCs, mobs, bosses, and the like in the World of Taborea, and I remembered the Epic Quest Chains.

There are currently 2 Epic Quest Chains in Runes of Magic, that are quite long and take you to every zone.  I believe they are designed to continue clear up to level cap, and some spots require groups to complete.

I decided to write the book on the 2nd Chain Quest.  Perhaps the first Epic Quest Chain would be more fitting as it was developed first, but I didn’t do the first Epic Quest Chain yet, plus I really enjoyed the Second Chain.

So I also have a title for my book(the title of the Epic Quest Chain).

Runes of Magic: The Seductive Dark Pearl

It has a rather pirate-like sound to it, and if I remember correctly it does end in Ravenfell(where the pirates are).

The first Epic Chain may do as a better first introduction into the World of Taborea, and I may go back to it.  But I have a quirky love for out-of-order story telling.  Besides, it would still fit correctly in a time-line, if I decided to later right a book on the first Epic Quest Chain.

Now I have:

  • Title- Runes of Magic: The Seductive  Black Pearl
  • Plot- The second Epic Quest Chain in Runes of Magic
  • Main Character- Abernacky Anvilslayer

I need to flesh out my main character.  I’m following my template’s lead but expanding it a bit by coming up with 2-3 positive qualities, and 1-2 negative qualities.

So far I thought- He starts the story as a low-level Warrior/Mage, with high levels in Armorcraft and Alchemy.

Good Qualities:

  • Good Morals: He may grumble like a dwarf a lot, but he usually opts to help people and do the right thing.
  • Exceptional Armorcraft as well as a good Alchemist

Bad Qualities:

  • Sensitive about his short height
  • A bit Anit-Social

I’m open to suggestion.  Actually I would love suggestions/advice/help.

Edit:’s handy RoM database helped me find the entire chain of quests for the 2nd Epic Quest Line: The Seductive Black Pearl

It goes up to 43 with the last quest saying it requires level 36 to complete.

I will be reading through the whole line and using it as my outline.

My initial thought is an average of 5 pages text per quest(yeilding 215 pages) would be good.