Gaming & Things I’ve Missed

I finally returned Persona Q since I hadn’t touched it in months and it was just costing me 16 bucks a month to just sort of have it there in case I got the urge.  It’s not that I didn’t like it, but in the end it felt sort of very boxed in and I got bored with the grind.  That being said, I will always love a game that lets me draw my own map (I’m looking at you Etrian.)

That being said, most of the games I’m getting from GameFly aren’t even for my PS4 (which my dad got me for Christmas and is a lovely thing but lesbionest the amount of suitable RPGs that won’t make me hurk from simulation sickness are slim.) Right now, I’m waiting for Majora’s Mask to show up, which leads me to a confession…

While I’ve been gaming for like… 25 years or some shit like that, there were dark periods in my gaming education in which I couldn’t afford a new system or game and fell behind on what was considered tops at the time.

I never played Majora’s Mask before this.

And that goes for most of the Zelda games in that general era.  Not for lack of desire or anything like that, but simply because I didn’t have the system or couldn’t afford them.

Some games never got to fall by the wayside because of my obsession — Suikoden chief among them, which any of you who actually know me is one of my favourite series ever — but Zelda, the Tales series, and things like that have spotty positions in my history.

I realise it’s a bit taboo (and possibly illegal — shit ) to talk about emulation, but I have managed to get Dolphin to work and emulate Tales of Symphonia, which I never played when it was new, but am enjoying playing now… but it makes me feel sort of embarrassed.

I have, in the past, given shit to people who try to give me shit for being a ‘girl gamer’ — a distinction I’m not happy with anyway because my tits have nothing to do with gaming — and try to question my status, as it were.  I understand there are these splotchy periods for everyone, but if you’re calling me an attention whore who doesn’t really know games when that’s not really the truth… I might get a bit cunty at you and that’s just how it is; it’s not you, it’s me, really.

But in all seriousness, the things I’ve missed have always been a sort of annoyance for me, because I do want to play these things an experience them… now that they’re doing the remakes for the 3DS it’s becoming easier for me, and if I could get a NEW 3DS and play those, it’d be even better… but they come in stages.  I’m lucky to have what I have and am not going to start getting overtly greedy.

So as it stands, yes, I haven’t played the majority of the newer Zelda games, but I’m sort of working on and am eager to actually have something to say about them, whether positive or not.

Majora’s Mask should be here tomorrow, mail willing.

Gaming: World of Warcraft Pet Battling

So for the last day and a half I’ve spent most of my time in World of Warcraft doing pet battles and trying to get rares of each pet just because it’s a goal to have. Music helps with the flow, but I seriously zone out in this shit, and it’s not the same as Pokemon where I kind of get easily distracted and stop focusing on the task at hand. I seriously just go bongo and continue to search for these pets for ages at a time.

I’m starting to wonder if I maybe have a problem. … Maybe. I also think my blog needs a new theme.

Top 3 Saddest RPG Deaths

More often than not I find myself saddened over a character in a game dying more than I do in movies or anything like that– I somehow feel connected to the characters I’m playing more than I do the people I’m watching act out what they were told, in a way. I find myself incredibly attached to the characters in my party, and sometimes I’m not sure how long they’ll be around. Some I can do without, but some it just kills me to lose… and sometimes, a character death is portrayed in such a way that you just can’t help but feel a little heartbroken, or a lot heartbroken as the case may be for me, over their untimely demise.

I’ve decided to countdown my top 3 RPG deaths from several game series– some games may repeat, but never the same game, just a game from said series. Trust me when I say that these are the ones that kill me the most. This is very spoiler heavy so if you haven’t played Suikoden, Suikoden V, or Wild ARMs please do not read further. You have been warned. (sorry if you came by direct post, the jump from this warning to the first ‘spoiler’ is kind of lame.)

If you understand, dive right in

Blizzard: Customer Service

I’ve been dealing with this all day and decided perhaps to make a few points on the status of Blizzard customer service. I’m going to try to get this out in as succinct a way as possible and still manage to make my points clear.

Overall

While I respect the ability for Blizzard Customer Services to be polite and as ‘prompt’ as possible given their ability ((I realise there are a crazy butt-ton of people who play this game, so the numbers of petitions and the like must be through the roof, but yeah)), I’m not sure I’m at all happy with how things have been going as late. Calling the phone-line is pretty much a bust, as if you do get through you still have hours to wait until you get an actual person and not just a customary “we’ll get to you soon” type of response, and the tickets are only answered between certain hours, which means if you ticket comes in late in the day, you’re kind of boned because they do it (supposedly) by when they were put in.

I’d love to say amazing things about the Blizzard Customer Service department, but I can’t, I really can’t say much– they are highly polite, but overall we’re talking a major lack.

Payment Options

Oh yes, forget asking Blizzard to offer more payment options for things– you can pay for your account up-time with paypal, but you cannot pay for Character Faction Changes or any other Character Service with anything but a credit card– they used to encourage you to use the Paypal plugin to do it if all you had was access to was PP, but PayPal has since discontinued their plugin ((dumbest move ever, it was the only reason I was ever going to have to verify my account, and it’s also a shifty move to encourage people to sign up for their debit and credit– but that’s a rant for another time))… which leaves you /very little else/ to do but hope you have some good friends or someone willing to spot you a credit card if you transfer them the money.

This is what I did on Friday. I had some money I’d made from blogging right here at bated-breath.net and decided to cash in and get my Faction Change on, only I had to wait for the money to clear the bank into the credit card in question, and then try to use it– it finally clears today and I dive right in to try and actually get my shit taken care of, and maintenance is going on– that’s fine, you know, it’s Tuesday, it’s always going on on Tuesdays… usually not until like 5pm which is only a few hours before the end of their ‘work day’ at Customer service, but whatever. They got it all back up and I go to do it all and it’s denied. The man uses this card to pay for his goddamn account and buy pizza out several times a week and yet somehow here I am unable to give Blizzard my money for something I’ve been waiting five days for. Now I kind of just want to do it out of spite and because the money’s already allocated for it– right now I’m so pissed at Blizzard actually devoting time to the game seems moot.

Service?

Let’s talk about service– service, when you’re making as much money as a company such as Blizzard would make– seems like it should be number one. I realise it takes time and resources to accommodate new employees and new systems and all that jazz in, but come on, this isn’t a wholly new issue for Blizzard… they’ve had months of these complaints, if not years, and we’re still chomping at the bit for a better system. How is it that this kind of thing continues to happen when they’re raking in billions of dollars? Why is it so hard for me to get them to take my damn money?

Haven’t even had a response on the forum post I made in their specific Customer Service forum just yet– interesting. Interesting. Other posts are getting answered, yet while mine was detailed with the exact issue and everything I’d done, posts like “WTF IS UP WITU GUYZ” are getting answered and I’m not. Service my ass.

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I realise this turned into more of a rant on a few points than anything actually even verging on actual content, but I can’t help but think that venting helps everyone– maybe that’s what Blizzard needs, for their employees to whack each other around with Whiffle bats for a few hours and get out their pent up bullshit so they can work for an extra few hours– or, oh, oh! I know! Hire another shift of workers! Criminy christ, that’d be awesome, wouldn’t it? Yeah, then I could get my shit done. Shifty ass game.

… /end-rant