Posted September 28th, 2013 by Miss Mediocre
It always hits around the first day of Fall. It’s like the changing of the leaves triggers something in my brain. Unlike other mammals whose instincts tell them to collect food and hibernate, cooler temperatures always send me into virtual worlds. I haven’t touched a video game in 6 months but now I’m back into SimCity, adding another 30 hours to my total play time in the past week. There are still a lot of irritating bugs, but I managed to get up to 80 million dollars in my city, which is a new personal best. Blizzard, those sweet marketing geniuses, obviously read my mind and sent me 7 days of free play time too, which I foolishly activated before installing the game. Now I’m trying to play while the background downloader is running and it keeps crashing my game, but it’s still so nice to be back!
I guess gaming is like my form of hibernation! Thankfully I still have this lovely pink blog on which to share my gaming adventures. For some reason if I write about it, it doesn’t feel like gaming is so much of a bad thing to spend my time at! Plus I have been toiling away trying to improve my drawing/painting, hoping someone someday will buy something I’ve done and I’ve already started working on a few of my own characters. Yaay for gaming inspiration!
I’m not sure if anyone still reads this thing or not, but either way I will likely be posting more as the nasty cold season approaches!
Posted April 28th, 2013 by Miss Mediocre
I’ve been getting into the new series Bates Motel and I’ve also been playing SO MUCH SIMS. So naturally, I created Bates Motel for the Sims3! I thought it would be fun to move in my own little family of psychos, rent out the motel rooms to some unsuspecting tenants and just see what happens, lol. I also wanted to share it on here since I searched for one in the exchange before building this and couldn’t find one!
I made it as close to the television house as I could, I even followed their floor plan. Hopefully someone else out there is a fan of both Bates Motel and the Sims and can get a kick out of this.
Here’s my link to it on the Exchange : http://www.thesims3.com/assetDetail.html?assetId=7240653
Posted April 6th, 2013 by Miss Mediocre
I haven’t been playing much in the last couple of weeks but I logged onto WoW quickly tonight to check out the changes they made to the Noblegarden event. I noticed they added a new mount, the Swift Springstrider for 500 eggs and two new colours of bunny ears, pink and black, each for 50 eggs. I wasn’t sure I was up to farming 500 eggs for the mount, but figured I’d give it a shot. It actually only took me an hour and a half to get 500 eggs in Azure Watch. I got enough for 2 mounts, a Polymorph Rabbit Tome, and a pair of the black ears before I got bored of it. I found an extra mount in one of the eggs as well as about 10 of the Spring Rabbit pets. I’m attempting to sell the extra mounts for 2700g, which is less than anyone else on my server right now. Hopefully they sell and if so the mount I kept and the gold definitely make all my egg grinding worth it!
Anyway I just thought I’d post quickly about it in case anyone was thinking they maybe wanted the mount but thought it would take too long to farm for. The eggs respawn super fast and the chance of one dropping from an egg helps to keep it interesting. Best of luck and Happy Noblegarden!
Posted March 18th, 2013 by Miss Mediocre
Alright so after 117 hours, I’m pretty much done with the game. I guess that’s a pretty good hours of enjoyment vs game price ratio! I just feel like I’ve done everything I wanted to do. I got almost all the achievements and the final straw was two more of my biggest cites “stopped functioning properly” and the roll back option that says it should take a few minutes, has been processing for days. I think it’s still worth the initial $70 to check out and play for 100 hours or so, but if you get frustrated easily, I’d still give it some time before jumping in!
Now I’m headed back to Azeroth, where I have (yep it’s disgusting) over a year of play time, and yet there’s still new things to do!
Posted March 14th, 2013 by Miss Mediocre
SimCity is finally up and running after one of the worst releases of all time. Now that it is, I hate it even more than when it wasn’t working because now I can’t stop playing!!! It’s so much fun! I have a region I’m playing with my two little brothers and we each have a few cities. I find it really fun trying out different cities with different specializations. My main one is a mining city that turns the alloy and recycled plastic into processors which I sell for big bucks on the “global market”, lol. I made it up to 10million simoleans and a 200k population in that city. I managed to build the solar farm Great Works with that city too by setting the trade port to “use locally” for all the different components (alloy, plastic and processors). It took me ages to figure that out and then it takes ages for your city to produce and ship everything to the Great Works site. It was definitely worth it though with the Solar Farm because it makes it so all the cities in your region that are connected to the site don’t need to create any kind of power and can just buy it for cheap from the farm. Now I’m working on the Archology site and trying to make a tourism specialized city.
I’ve had the game for a total of 144 hours… I’ve worked for 15… I’m now at 91 hours played! I don’t think I even played WoW that much when I first got it! Though that was probably only because I had a life back then, lol… I’d write way more about the game… but instead I’m going to go play it!
Thanks for reading!
Posted March 8th, 2013 by Miss Mediocre
I was having a hard time deciding if I should get the new Sims University expansion or the new Sim City. After much deliberation I decided on Sim City because I hadn’t played a Sim City game since I was a kid and The Sims 3 expansions I have so far have all been buggy and frustrating to play on my computer. So I purchased, downloaded and updated Sim City (about an hour long process) and then started my city in a region with my little brother. It was pretty easy to get the hang of and before long I was really enjoying the game.
Then after a couple hours all the servers crashed and were unable to connect. I couldn’t get my city to load and neither could my brother so we quit for the night. Then when the servers finally did get working again the next day, every single American and European one had a que time of at least 20 minutes. I waited then selected my game, but it wouldn’t load so I had to wait in que for another 20 minutes. Finally I got back into my city and worked away for about an hour. I noticed that the Community College I’d placed the night before when the serves were going wonky wasn’t there, so I tried to put down a new one. An alert came up and said my town wasn’t functioning properly so did I want to abandon it or roll it back to a time when it was working? I chose to roll it back, since obviously I didn’t want to abandon my sweet city!
So it rolled my city back to when it was “functioning”… To when it had 0 simoleans and a population of 0… I thought that couldn’t be right and tried to take a closer look at my city, but it didn’t work and I had to restart the game and am now in another 20 minute que. So as far as I can tell I have 8 hours played and absolutely nothing accomplished. This all brings to mind the experience I had with The Sims Medieval. Another game from Maxis/EA that would glitch out and make a 20+hour campaign suddenly corrupted and unplayable. I get that launches can be a tricky thing with any online game but this is just ridiculous…
If you’re considering buying Sim City, it’s probably awesome but you won’t be able to play it. Don’t waste your money, save it and buy the game in a month, or two months, or spend it on another game! Like World of Warcraft! Which I have been playing a lot, decided to take a break from to check out Sim City, and am now thankfully able to retreat to!
Posted February 24th, 2013 by Miss Mediocre
I really wanted the Love Rocket from this year’s Love Is In the Air festival thingy so I rushed my Warlock and Priest to 89 so they’d be able to que for the daily dungeon event. I wasn’t lucky enough to get it but I did end up with 3 level 90 characters, so it wasn’t a totally wasted week in WoW! My ret paladin was the first character I got to 90 as I mentioned in my last post. Next I leveled my destruction warlock, which was the most fun I’ve had leveling a character in a long time! She was a beast! Next I leveled up my shadow priest, who was fun and pretty beastly herself, but just couldn’t compare to my lock! I’m worried I should have saved the warlock for last and now everything I level will feel just not quite as fun, but oh well!
My lovely lock
Now I’m leveling my fire mage who is named Missmediocre that I made a while ago! She was only level 66 but I got her to 73 in only 2 days! Leveling is super fast now with heirlooms, guild perks and randoms! I haven’t even been minding the LFG experience this time around, there are still a lot of assholes, but some people aren’t too bad and you don’t have to deal with them for very long if they are really annoying.
I’m thinking it would be cool to have one of every class at level 90… I made it to one of every class to level 80 before Cataclysm hit and I think it was the coolest thing I’d achieved in WoW (imo anyway). There’s only one more achievement for having multiple 90s right now, Quintessential Quintet (for 4) but I think I’d still like to try it! Plus they might add more achievements for alt-o-holics like me in the future!
Pandaria is turning out to be a pretty decent expansion! And to think, I almost didn’t even bother buying it!
Thanks for Reading!
Posted January 23rd, 2013 by Miss Mediocre
Well I reached level 90 this evening on my Paladin at last. It was pretty anti-climactic unfortunately. Usually I’m playing with someone and there’s all this build up and then I get there and we cheer and then go back to playing, lol. Getting there alone wasn’t as fun, I dinged, looked around smiling expectantly and was met with only a confused look from my cat. He wouldn’t even give me a high five!
It actually only took me a little over 5 hours to get from 89 to 90, which is maybe why it didn’t feel like a huge accomplishment, it just wasn’t a big time investment. Now I get to choose who to level next. I was leaning toward leveling my lock, but I found the Spear of Xuen (BoA level 85 polearm) from archaeology, so now I’m thinking I should level someone who can actually use it. I did find the Umbrella of Chi-Ji (BoA Level 85 caster offhand) too I guess, so I could make use of that on my warlock!
Posted January 19th, 2013 by Miss Mediocre
I got a response to my ticket this morning but it was not a pleasant one. Basically they told me that there was nothing they could do about my missing gold. They said my account had been compromised back in August of 2011 and because it was so long ago, I was just out of luck. I was so upset and considered cancelling my account on the spot but then decided I’d try to clarify what had happened since I recently had to go through 10 different GMs before one of them could help my brother get his account back. The second GM I talked to today said they saw what had happened, that someone had accessed my account for only a few seconds so GM#1 had missed it. They restored the gold that had been stolen from my main character, Lauriella, but the 60k gold stolen from all my alts was still missing.
I clarified that I’d lost gold across all of my characters and listed each of their names and the amount of gold that had been taken from them through the Auction House. GM#3 said there was nothing they could do about that lost gold because they couldn’t find it in the logs. That was frustrating but I contacted them again with a screenshot of the Auction House receipt for the “Tough Hunk of Bread” the hacker had sold to my characters to get the gold from them and again listed every character that was effected. The 4th GM was wonderful and got all my gold back for me!
I’m so glad I contacted another GM after GM#1 let me down, otherwise I’d probably have never played WoW again, lol. Now I can re-focus on getting to 90!
Posted January 18th, 2013 by Miss Mediocre
I logged in tonight to do a bit more leveling. My pally is a couple quests away from 89 so I figured I could get that done before I had to sleep! To my dismay I looked up at my titan panel at one of my favorite things to see, my gold, and it was GONE! My character was exactly where I’d left her, somewhere in a field in Pandaland, yet she only had 56 silver on her. I thought it might be a glitch and quickly re-logged, but nope, my golds were really gone. I changed my password, opened a ticket and began inspecting the damage. As far as hackings go, I’ve heard some horror stories, but mine doesn’t seem to be too bad. I have all my gear, my banks and guild banks don’t seem to have been touched and the hacker only stole my gold on my main server.
It appears they logged into my 10 characters, recorded how much gold they each had and then created auctions for bread for each of the different amounts. They then bought the auctions on each of my characters and finally put them back in the exact same spot as I’d left them. The hacker was nice enough to leave me with 87g on my deathknight, but maybe that just didn’t seem worth the effort to take after the hundreds of thousands of gold they got from my other toons.
I’m not all that upset, as long as a GM can help me get my gold back then I won’t be upset at all. I even know who the hacker was because they left the auction house mail receipts in each of my character’s mailboxes. I have no idea how they got my password, I’m always super careful about what sites I visit and I have never given it out to anyone but I guess it’s pretty common. At least it was my WoW account that got hacked and not my bank account I guess!
Anyway, I took a mug shot of my hacker from the armory, just for fun, lol. His name is Tayneranos and he’s a warrior. He looks like a dick! I wonder if Blizz will suspend or cancel his account for this? It seems crazy that they would go through the trouble of taking all my gold, putting my characters back to where I left them, and then leave the auction house receipts so that I know who they are…
Needless to say I did not get to level 89 tonight. I just didn’t have the heart to play with an empty gold purse. I’ll update in 2 days when it says my ticket will be answered…