SimCity Review (Final)

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!

SimCity Review Take 2

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!
MM <3

Sim City Sucks…

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!

Terrific Trio

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!
<3 MM

Level 90

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!

Decisions decisions!

Hacked : Update

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…


Playing Pandaria

Posted January 5th, 2013 by Miss Mediocre

Wanted to share this moment of this quest, because it made me giggle.

I finally caved and bought myself Mists of Pandaria. This was the first WoW expansion that I didn’t get right at the midnight release, but as my blog here betrays, I haven’t been quite as into gaming these days. I like Pandaria but I’m all by myself in WoW now, my 11 year boyfriend and I used to always play through the new expansions together but we broke up in the spring, so this is the first expansion I’m tackling totally solo. It’s definitely not as much fun without someone to joke about the content with and share in the experience, but I’m still enjoying it. It’s definitely a solo-friendly expansion, which has helped.

I’ve gotten my 8 year old Paladin to level 88 now. She’s always been ret, but with all the class changes I’m not really liking her anymore! I’m finding her boring and am looking forward to getting to 90 just so I can start on one of my other characters! I think I’ve got a Mage, Rogue, Warlock, Druid and Priest at 85 but I’m not sure which I’ll play to 90 first, or if I’ll start myself a Monk. The pandas are pretty cute so I don’t think I’d mind playing one, but I was also thinking I might make a Bloodelf Monk just to be different, lol.

I’m pretty out of the loop when it comes to making gold or organizing holiday guides now, but I’ll try to keep posting on here as long as I’m playing, even if it’s just to say what I’m up to!

Gaming Dilemma

Posted December 24th, 2012 by Miss Mediocre

Hi! I’m still alive! I’m also bored and it’s cold outside, so I decided I wanted to play some video games. First I revisited an old favorite, Vampires The Masquerade Bloodlines. I beat it twice last month, then decided it was time for something else. I got the Hearthfire expansion for Skyrim, but didn’t like farming for mats and quickly got bored of it after building just a tiny house. I have been playing Guild Wars a bit. I have an account and I find the game entertaining, but unfortunately every time I try to play my computer nearly bursts into flames because it’s old and tired and needs to go live out it’s days on a farm somewhere. My computer also can’t handle all of the Sim expansions I have, so I can’t play that anymore. I knew SWTOR had finally gone free to play so I patched that thing up and logged in today. I got so angry that they had merged the servers and made it so I had to rename ALL of the characters I’d created that I uninstalled it. I had the legacy name Darkmoon and a character named Lady… so “Lady Darkmoon”, I logged on as soon as they introduced the legacy system just so I could have that name, loved it, and now it is gone… Effff that!

Occasionally I find myself humming the Lament of the Highborne and have started seeing pandas in my sleep… I’ve used up all my free trials so my last WoW option is to purchase Pandaria and re-sub. I’m so angry at Blizz right now though! My brother’s account got hacked and I had to talk to 8 different GMs online and 2 on the phone before any of them could tell me what we actually had to do to recover it. Each of the previous times they would tell us what to do, we’d do it, then they’d tell us that wasn’t actually what you had to do or they just wouldn’t respond at all. Then we ended up having to submit two forms filled out by hand, a picture of him holding his drivers license, his drivers license laying on a national newspaper with today’s date clearly visible, and an image of the license. None of the representatives were understanding or apologetic and when they finally recovered the account they were just like, okay, there’s your account back. Plus the whole process took over a month!

I’m bored, I want to play something fun, but I just can’t bring myself to give Bliz any money after dealing with them. The worst part is, I have loved the new expansion anytime I’ve tried it! I should probably just get over it and buy it if that’s what I want to do, but my brother and I have been active subscribers since launch, we’ve each given the game so much time and money, and we were basically just shrugged off by 9 out of 10 blizzard employees. It just doesn’t seem right!

I hope I can get over it and play, I’m so bored I’ve even taken up cross stitching! Like my Link?… lol

Someone Stole My Guild!?

Posted August 29th, 2012 by Miss Mediocre

I tend to take my summers off from gaming but when the temperature starts to drop and the leaves begin to change I start itching to pick up a controller or log into some virtual world. I figured since the new expansion is almost here that I might jump back into WoW for a while. I looked around on the armory, checked out my characters and noticed that some of my guilds had been taken over! My main guild that I made way back when WoW first came out hasn’t been active in many years, but I kept it around and bought all the bank tabs and kept the characters of everyone who didn’t play anymore in there for nostalgic reasons. I used the many bank tabs for storage in my gold making campaign and never thought when I deactivated my account that I’d be saying goodbye to my guild, my inventory and my gold simply because I didn’t take the time to kick out all the characters that were not my own.

I ticketed a GM to try to figure out what happened and they told me all about Guild Dethronement, which did not exist when I left the game. They basically said there was nothing they could do but if I had a suggestion about how to improve this feature that I was welcome to share it. There was probably about 100k gold worth of stuff in the guild bank and I believe 100k gold as well, which I’m sure is now long gone. A level 42 druid is the new guild master of a guild I started 7 YEARS AGO! My guild is level one, there have been no achievements or perks unlocked, it was an obviously inactive personal bank guild that someone stole just for the contents of the guild bank. I’m sad and angry that Blizzard would allow for this to happen without so much as attempting to warn inactive players or to remedy the situation at hand.

They spend all this time working to make account security better. We get authenticators and do everything we can to prevent our account from being hacked, and then Blizzard implements something to allow people to ninja entire guilds and their bank contents with no repercussions. Because of my dethronement and the loss of countless hours of collected goods and golds, I will not be reactivating my WoW account after all. It seems a good time to say goodbye to Azeroth forever. The loss is just too great and at this point even angry birds seems much more appealing.

Update : I used a scroll of resurrection and got back into WoW for 7 days to check on my poor lost guilds. It turns out the two that I was dethroned from, the dethroners were kind enough to leave me at a high rank and to not touch anything from the guild banks! I am now the GM of my Horde guild and my dear 7 year old Alliance guild. I have now kicked everyone else out so someone less kind doesn’t dethrone me in the future if I don’t continue to play.

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