What Should the Definition of a Gamer be?

Posted November 4th, 2013 by Miss Mediocre

Traditionally, it was not a very difficult task to define what a gamer is. The number of different machines on which you could play games on was limited and having access to a gaming machine was quite a privilege. Prior to the nineties, only a small amount of people owned one of the earlier games consoles. At that point, the easiest way to get involved with some fun gaming action would have been to visit an arcade and play the various classic games there. If you were old enough to experience this in the eighties, you’ll undoubtedly be familiar with some of the timeless classics, such as Kong and Space Invaders.

By the time the nineties arrived, the prices of consoles reduced as their quality improved. The Sega Megadrive and the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) were launched around this point, and offered a standard of gaming like never experienced before. At this point, someone who played these consoles and/or arcade machines was considered the definition of a gamer.

The definition of a gamer remained the same for around a decade, while the next generation of consoles were launched. We saw the rise of the Nintendo 64 and the PlayStation 1, which were far more sophisticated than anything we had ever seen before. Around the same time, the first handheld devices began to emerge. Nintendo released their Gameboy, and these became so popular that its players were considered to be gamers, much like the console players. Some time later, the next generation of consoles came out: the PlayStation 2 and the Xbox.

About a decade ago, we began to enter the next age of console gaming, which was mainly marked by the rise of online gaming. Being able to connect to other players over the internet has opened up a world of possibilities in the gaming industry, and this became the area in which the ‘hardcore gamers’ veered towards.

The most recent major shift in the general gaming industry was initiated by the launch of Apple’s first iPhone. This was the start of the smartphone era, and they have developed significantly since then. As they have improved, they have been able to support more powerful and sophisticated games. Not only are the games more complex, the smart phone technology allows for HD graphics too. The fact that smartphones are always connected to internet means that players can compete in games against people across the world! Being able to access games from a mobile device has appealed to people who would not otherwise buy and play games. As the mobile gaming industry continues to grow, its players are becoming recognized as ‘gamers’ in a similar way to console gamers.

The trends in the market are also helped by the high prices which it costs to buy and update games. Buy a game on the PlayStation 3 and you could easily end up spending £100 once you have bought all of the update packs. This is unaffordable for many, which has led to more and more people trying out mobile games, which can often be trialled for free and purchased for a couple of pounds.

The surge of internet-connected mobile games has allowed the rise of mobile gambling apps. People wanting to make a bet can easily place a wager instantly from the convenience of their mobile phones. The days are gone where you have to go down to a bookmaker shop to try to win some money. Today, there are so many mobile casino apps available for you to choose from. If you visit mobile-casinos.org.uk, you can find some detailed information on the best casino apps on mobile phone. There is a whole range of different online gambling apps available, depending on what you are into. There are loads of apps for playing bingo, poker, casino games and placing sports bets. As time goes on and smartphones continue to replace computers, these apps are only going to increase in popularity we will see more and more of them appearing on the app market.

With an ever evolving gaming landscape, it is difficult to put a specific definition on what a gamer is. We need to accept gaming in all of its forms.

Happy Halloween Painting

Posted November 1st, 2013 by Miss Mediocre

Night Elf Vampire

Posted October 29th, 2013 by Miss Mediocre

This is a Night Elf who is so excited to be dressed as a vampire for Hallow's End.

I have been playing WoW… A LOT lately! Mostly because right now it’s just a very effective distraction. I lost my poor sweet kitty to cancer a few days ago after 18 years together and very rarely while I’m playing I forget for a few minutes how sad I am. It’s better than laying in bed or watching movies for taking my mind off it anyway. Hallow’s Eve is almost here and though I didn’t really feel like posting anything, I did want to share the couple WoW/Halloween artsy things I’d finished last month before Hallow’s Eve has passed.

Austerity – Level 1 to 20

Posted October 20th, 2013 by Miss Mediocre

14 Hours, 53 Minutes, 1 Second

I meant to write a level 1 to 10 post about my experiences while leveling my priest, Austerity (without killing anything, if you missed my earlier post), but by the time I sat down to write it, I was already level 20. So obviously it hasn’t been too painful an experience yet. I’m actually kind of enjoying this alternative and slightly roleplaying-ish way of leveling. So far I’ve just been focusing on picking herbs, mining and doing any quests that don’t require me to kill any mobs. I’ve been bouncing between continents hitting up all of the low level Alliance zones and really the most frustrating thing so far has been WALKING! It’s been so long since I started a new character that wasn’t able to ride a horse within like 2 hours of creation, that I had forgotten how slowly you get places when you have no flight paths discovered and have to walk everywhere, lol. As soon as I dinged level 20 though I hearthed back to Elwyn Forest and trained the riding skill at last! I feel like things will really speed up from here.

She made me bleed my own blood!

I had a rather disappointing experience in Westfall. I was questioning the homeless Stormwind citizens for a quest, and one of them didn’t want to answer me so she turned hostile. I didn’t take her out of course, just threw on a shield and continued questing and collecting things. I’m not sure why, but she just would not leave me alone! My shields kept me from taking much damage from her, and I’d fear her whenever I wanted to pick an herb or mine, but she seriously followed me all over Westfall for almost 15 minutes! She ended up punching me all the way to Sentinel Hill, where a kind high level warlock one-shotted her in passing. I was happy to be rid of my abusive side kick until I noticed it’d counted as a kill! That was pretty crappy and I considered scrapping the whole project but eventually decided that I still knew I hadn’t killed anything so it was still something I was interested in seeing through.

It’s going to be kind of tricky from here because I realized in a mine in Dun Morogh a few levels later that if I fear something and someone else kills it, it sometimes counts as me killing it. So people who are being helpful by killing the mobs smacking me, thinking my poor priest is overwhelmed when really I’m just trying to get to some copper, are actually ruining everything! My stats say I have killed two mobs now, but I haven’t! I don’t have a weapon equipped and have never even used one of my offensive abilities. I’ll try  to be careful about the fearing thing from now on, but really I had no idea I could be scaring these poor mobs to death.

It’s taken me just under 15 hours to get to level 20, which isn’t bad considering what I’m doing and that I’ve AFKed out a couple of times at least. Now that I can ride my horsey, I’m thinking I’ll start hitting up all those nifty candy buckets that are located in the Inns for Hallow’s End! They each reward a decent amount of experience and it will coincide nicely with my exploration! Hopefully I’ll be posting about level 30… or maybe even level 40 soon!

The Austerity Project

Posted October 13th, 2013 by Miss Mediocre

Gaming is a pretty awesome escape for me. When things get really bad, sometimes losing myself in a virtual world for a few days helps me deal, without really focusing on dealing. It’s probably not the best method, but hey, there are much worse things I could lose myself in! Someone I know was having a bad a day so I suggested World of Warcraft to them as a fun distraction. They thought it wouldn’t work for them because they didn’t want to have to kill things! Even in a video game, it was just something they didn’t want to do. That gave me kind of an interesting idea!

So I made, Austerity, the human priest, who will never kill a mob of any kind for any reason. I really don’t know how well this is going to work out but I am really interested to see if you can be at all successful in the World of Warcraft if you refuse to kill things. I know there are collection quests, experience for mining or herbalism, exploration experience and probably other things I haven’t even thought of.

My goal will be to get to level cap with a “–” still as my “number of creatures killed” (meaning zero). Then if I can get all the way to 90, to find out how successful/useful a character Austerity can be! This probably seems like a silly waste of time to a lot of people, but I’m hoping a few of you might find it as interesting an undertaking as I do! Anyway I will continue to post about my progress until I reach my goal or throw in the towel, lol. If anyone has an alternative experience gaining ideas for me, please leave me a comment and let me know!

Thanks for Reading,
Miss Mediocre <3

My Moon Moon Adventure

Posted October 13th, 2013 by Miss Mediocre

This has been my first week re-subbed to WoW. My game priorities tend to  be pretty different than a lot of players I think. I didn’t jump into any of the new content or start running dungeons, instead I just checked out the Darkmoon Faire and everything that had changed since I departed from Azeroth in the spring. The first thing I noticed was the ability to upgrade heirlooms to level 85, and that it only cost 44 tickets per item. Since I’m a hardcore alt-a-holic, this excited me! While I was grinding tickets across my many alts I saw the zone-wide notification about Moonfang spawning in the woods. I figured she’d be something that would be too tough for me, or something I’d at least need to find a group for, but someone in general mentioned where it was so I thought I’d go check it out.

I helped kill her and was happy to discover that I didn’t have to be part of a group to get loot. I really love that new feature because I’ve always hated trying to get into groups for such things. Then I got 10 tickets for turning in Moonfang’s paw, which was awesome since I was trying to get as many tickets as possible to upgrade all my heirloom pieces! After killing her on a couple of my other characters to get the paw turn in and more tickets, someone ran by me trailed by the Moon Moon companion, and I knew I had to have one of my own! I hung around Darkmoon for the rest of the day, helping to kill Moonfang every time she spawned. I figured out it was roughly every hour and I had a level 90 on two different servers, so I hopped back and forth between them for most of the week, killing her about 38 times.

Yesterday I noticed a level 20 looting her corpse and I realized I didn’t need a 90 to kill her. I then started hopping between my 6 main servers, piling up another 42 kills before finally finding a Moon Moon of my own tonight on my old Horde server.

Pet collecting is a pretty big deal to me from long before pet battles came along, so I was very happy to add this new little guy to my pet family. I’m currently at 362 unique pets and have noticed lots of other new pet faces running around since my return, so collecting them will be one of my next big in-game projects. I just wanted to post about my little Moon Moon adventure because it did take up a huge amount of time this week and just in case anyone else was trying for the pet and getting discouraged, I just wanted to say to keep at it, across as many servers as possible and you’ll find one!

PS – As I was finishing this post, Moonfang spawned, I killed her and found a second Moon Moon! Hopefully I can sell it for a decent amount since there have not been any listed on my main server’s Auction House all week!

Re-Subbed to WoW

Posted October 7th, 2013 by Miss Mediocre

I reactivated my WoW account for real today. This will be my test month, to see how much I actually play and decide if it’s worth it to stay subbed throughout the winter. Part of me misses my old obsession days when I’d wake up and log on before I even ate breakfast. It was unhealthy the amount I played back then, but it sure was a lot of fun. The only thing that’s really changed is now I play all alone and back then I was with a guild and a few family members. It really is the more the merrier with WoW, but I’m managing to have a somewhat merry time solo so far! I know I could probably find new people to play with if I transferred servers/factions, but I think my transferring and re-rolling on new servers days are behind me! I seriously have 80s all over the place from attempting to find a new group to play with!

I’ll continue to blog about my solo adventures in WoW and whatever other games I pick up in the next little while. I’ll also keep posting any game-related artwork I do. This one I finished last night of my main, Lauriella the Paladin, in her new transmog set.

Side note, as I was attempting to post this Friday, my internet went down and stayed down for the WHOLE WEEKEND! So I wasted the first few days of my WoW subscription but got a lot of artwork done while I was internetless. Thankfully it’s now fixed so I can get to WoWin’!

Best Board Games to Play to Win Money

Posted October 4th, 2013 by Miss Mediocre
You can play many board games for money, and although board games such
as snakes and ladders can be significantly spiced up once you start
betting real money on them, as the results depend entirely on chance
your chances of winning are the same as the other players. The best
board games to play to win money are those where you have an edge, in
other words where you have a better chance of winning than your opponent.

Obviously this includes mind games such as chess, where you can always
beat a better player, but it is very difficult to hide the fact that you
are better, and after winning a few games nobody else will want to bet
against you.

However, if you choose a game that most people think is entirely chance,
but you know some special tactics and strategies that give you a
significant advantage, then you are in the driving seat and in the long
run you will always win.

An example of this kind of game is Monopoly. In this game there are some
mathematically proven strategies that will always increase your chances
of winning and that few people know about. For instance, Marlborough
Street, Bow Street and Vine Street are the most visited properties; and
this is where people are most likely to land when they get out of jail.
And Park Lane, a much coveted property, is rarely landed on. These are
just a few examples; there are others if you care to research them.

There are also many online casino games that are based on traditional
board games where you can win a very large amount of money. Play the best 
online casino games in the UK at JackpotCity.co.uk. For instance the afore mentioned snakes
and ladders is used as the theme in various instant win games as well as
some interesting slots. There are also slot versions of monopoly. Other
exciting examples include Cluedo slots, and although there are slots
games based on Draughts (or Checkers if you prefer) we are yet to come
across one based on Chess.

Quintessential Quintet Achieved

Posted October 2nd, 2013 by Miss Mediocre

My free WoW time is up today but I do think I will re-sub! I had a lot of fun just leveling by myself and actually got two different  characters to 90 tonight. I now have a Paladin, Priest, Warlock, Mage and Rogue at 90 and got myself the Quintessential Quintet achievement. I wish there was an achievement for leveling more than 5 characters to 90, but it is cool they added any alt-related achievements at all. When I got every class to 80 before Cata there was no special reward, other than having every class at 80 I guess.

Whenever I actually re-activate my account (potentially later on today), I’ll have to finally go check out the Timeless Isles and other more recently added content! While playing my 7 free days there were lots of things I thought I’d like to do, I was just focused on trying to get at least one more character to 90, so hopefully when I come back I can actually keep busy in game this time!

If anyone has any must-check-out suggestions for me that have been added to WoW anytime in the last 10 months or so, please let me know! I know there’s a lot of new content, it would just be nice to know ahead of time what is the most fun or rewarding!

Leveling and Brewfest and Transmogs!

Posted September 30th, 2013 by Miss Mediocre

It’s kind of funny the things I fall back into when I get a little WoW time. Basically I ran Coren Direbrew until I got the DPS trinket for my main. I leveled my mage from 85 to 89 in one sitting and then ran Direbrew with her for the trinket. I also tried to make some gold on the AH and went back to farming the transmog set I’d been after before I canceled my account. I haven’t even checked out any of the new content at all.

I have been enjoying my WoW time though, so actually re-subbing when my time runs out Wednesday evening is a definite possibility. I’d like to get one of every class to 90 before the next expansion because leveling is still one of my favorite things to do! Plus I actually got the transmog piece I’d been farming for ages last night, so that made me want to keep playing. It’s the [ Cassock of the Loyal ] from Heroic Underbog. Basically it’s the re-colour of the cool Paladin Judgement set skirt. It’s hard to find a plate skirt, which is why I love it so much. I’m not so much into having a complete set though. I more like taking certain pieces from a bunch of different places and making a cool outfit, the skirt was just the foundation. I really like how my paladin ended up looking kind of like a mage, lol. She’s got on Warrior’s Embrace from Sunken Temple and a Purple Martial shirt from the clothier in Dalaran, who I had totally forgotten about! Oh and Mask of Penance, which is the Judgement set re-colour from Steamvaults.

I have managed to step away from WoW for a few minutes here and there to keep working on some of my artwork at least. I finished my painting of my warlock, Elaynna and her imp. I am pretty happy with how it turned out! Now I have started a Halloween themed Night Elf picture. It seems like every painting is just a little bit better than the last, so hopefully my progress continues!

Thanks for Reading!
MM :)

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