I recently finished reading Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson, which I very much enjoyed. Actually I’ve found that I like everything by Brandon to some degree, and sadly have now exhausted his works. In January the final Wheel of Time book comes out (hey, only 20 years later), but does anyone have some recommended reading before then? Looking for something similar to Warbreaker or The Mistborn trilogy.
On the gaming front, my second playthrough of Fallout: New Vegas is going well. I snuck my way up into the city itself at just level 8, and I’m doing a lot of the content I never experienced the first time. Even the stuff that I had done before is different thanks to building a different character (melee/energy vs guns, low karma vs high, bad guy vs good, female vs male), and a lot of people/places have surprising depth in terms of their reaction to you.
I’m kind of sad that more developers are unable to make these kinds of games right. So many TES clones focus way too much on combat (which often still sucks), and completely miss on creating an interesting world and memorable characters. Much like the MMO genre, I guess really making something worthwhile and with depth is hard. Go figure.
Speaking of depth, I’m surprised how little I miss playing GW2. Since hitting the progression game over screen, the game has gone untouched, and even when I have ample gaming time, I just can’t will myself to load it up and play. The game just has zero pull for me in terms of wanting to see more of what it offers (finished the story, finished Orr), and with nothing meaningful to work towards, the idea of running zones at a pre-fixed level “just because” is unappealing.
What’s interesting is I view my short time with GW2 as a complete bust, like I would in a normal MMO. Maybe it’s the lack of a sub cost and by extension Anet’s expectations of retention, or the fact that while the game is flawed by design in many ways, it not outright bad as a quick trip single player style. Or maybe it’s just that it looks good, so ooh shiny. I’m not sure, but yea, I just can’t muster up more than a ‘meh’ feeling about it, and I’m perfectly content just moving on.