World of Warcraft: Starter Edition
So because I was curious as to what WoW was like, I decided to try my luck and give it a shot. The version I'm playing is the Starter Edition, in which you are limited to leveling your characters up to level 20, limited in communication with other players, cannot start raids or make teams (to my knowledge), and so on. I ended up making a level 5 (now level 6) Blood Elf Mage named Lunafilia. Luna is Latin for "Moon" and filia is Latin for "daughter", so the name literally means "Moon daughter" or "Daughter of the Moon". I also made a level 2 Draenei Shaman named Nataya, whose name was inspired by the name Nadia (Nadia wasn't available, so I made up something similar-sounding. Lol).
Sometime after making Lunafilia, part of me thought that maybe I should've made a Blood Elf modeled and/or named after Kalus from Kameo: Elements of Power (pictured below).
Champions Online: Free-to-Play
Playing WoW prompted me to try out some other free (and free versions of subscription) MMORPG's. Since playing it also made me miss playing City of Heroes (a superhero-themed MMORPG), I decided to go look for a free one. I ended up running across Champions Online (which I at first thought was free in general, being that I was brought to the Free-to-Play page). I downloaded the Free-to-Play version and started playing. I made two characters: a character named Hunter Hood, who was a character I made on CoH who was based off of B.B. (Baby Bonnie) Hood from Darkstalkers, and Ulala, who was based off of Ulala from Space Channel 5.
sLet me describe B.B.Hood and Ulala. B.B.Hood is from the Darkstalkers video game series. She looks like Little Red Riding Hood and oh-so innocent, but in reality she's an assassin who acquires blood money. She uses a variety of weapons, including machine guns, daggers, bombs, missiles, and so on. As for Ulala, she's is from the Space Channel 5 video game series. She's a 22-year-old report for Channel 5 News and saves the galaxy by imitating her foes' dance moves and saving hostages. She kills enemies and saves the hostages by using two blue ray guns. In the first game, she had to fight against the Morolians (an alien race), who were actually being brainwashed by Chief Blank, the head of Channel 5, who did it to get more viewer ratings. In the sequel, Ulala has to fight the Rhythm Rogues, who are lead by Purge, an insane genius who wants to take over the galaxy and force everyone to dance for him.
I got the idea to play Perfect World when I saw a clip of it on YouTube of a character levitating in midair while crouching/surfing on a sword, which in a "10 best free MMORPG's" video, or something with a similar title. I downloaded it and ended up making an Untamed named DuchessQ. I based her off of Duchess Quagmire, one of my most favorite sims. "Duchess" was already taken, so I went with DuchessQ. Lol It didn't allow spaces, so I had to put it together as one word.
And now for the Sims 3 version of Duchess.
See the resemblance?
Anyway, let me tell you my frustration of trying to log into the game first. It let me download the game, install it, and start it up without making an account. When I got to the log-in screen, I realized "Oh, I don't have an account. Lemme go make one..." So I made my account and then tried to log in. It said that it was incorrect. I kept trying and it kept saying the same thing. I forget the order that everything happened in, but what mainly happened was I kept telling it to send me emails to tell me my account name and password. They were as I made them. I also kept trying to log into they official website, and it kept denying me entry, being that it kept saying my log-in was incorrect. I was very frustrated and I was saying obscenities at my computer monitor. Lol When you register your account, it automatically makes everything you typed lowercase (at least your username anyway). I kept changing my password and it my log-ins kept failing, even though I confirmed that I was typing them and my username correctly. I finally thought and/or noticed that maybe there was a character limit in the password, and there was. My passwords went over the character limit. After I made one within the limit, I was able to log-in. I was so happy. Lol Though another interesting thing that happened ont he site was that a pop-up offered me free ZEN coins for doing something or other. I clicked on it or "Ok" and got something like "No noobs allowed -- Sorry/Uh-oh, you are not old enough to access this feature. Come back after you aged/leveled your character more." I was like "Did that seriously just call me a 'noob'?" and I laughed. I know I'm technically a "noob" to the game, but I've just never been called that before, let alone by an official game site.
I started out by making DuchessQ in the character creator. You can customize a lot of things, such as facial structure, hairstyle, hair color, skin color, etc., except for the costumes and accessories. Some of the classes are gender locked, such as the two that are in Untamed in which only males can be Barbarians and only females can be Venomancers. After I started Duchess's journey, I noticed that the camera was far behind her, so I had to figure out fix it. I ended up holding down the right mouse key and scrolling the mouse wheel. Like other MMORPG's, you start out with some tutorial pop-ups and simple missions to complete. You also attack by clicking the abilities in the row of slots. Though there are some features of the game that I'm not sure if I understand, but will probably as I progress through the game. I also like the game's fantastical art design and its theme. It's heavily based upon Chinese mythology (the game was even developed in China) and takes place int he mythical world of Pangu. Another unexpected thing I received was a genie that I was able to level up. Ok, so we have genies that we can train, and we have pets that we can ride? What kind of crazy MMORPG is this? Lol The only reason I can think of of why there may be genies in the game is the fact that I read that the original version of the Aladdin and the Magic Lamp tale supposedly takes place in China. The source said that it subsequently became popular to make it take place in Middle Eastern countries and was included in the 1001 Arabian Nights tales. Anyway, the art style and graphics are beautiful and (I think so anyway) captures being in a Chinese mythological world very well. The environment makes me feel like I'm in a Chinese forest (even though I've never been to China, lol). One of Duchess's missions was to go kill, like, 10 ghost lanterns or whatever (it was night time) and dawn broke before I finished the mission. I could see the sunrise over the hill/mountain and near trees. That paired with the lens flare effect made it a beautiful sight to see. It really does feel like you're in a world of enchantment. Anyway, when I first tried to exit I had a difficult time finding the exit button. I couldn't find it anywhere. o_O I had to look it up online, and found that I had to click some button in the lower right of the screen to make a second row of buttons appear, which included log out and exit. Overall, this MMORPG is curious, interesting, and has a good atmosphere, though some things about it were confusing to me at first and I still need to learn more about it. Lol
I also tried downloading the free version Everquest II. I had played the subscription version of Everquest II for a few days or less back in 2005, but then abandoned it. Anyway, after I downloaded and installed the free version, I entered it. I was disappointed in the lack of content you had to chose from. The free version only let you choose a few of the neutral races and some of the classes, while everything else was literally locked off from you playing unless you purchased it with real money. I was like "The heck with this" and I exited out. The character designs of the available races didn't look so pretty to me either. Seriously, this is something I could imagine EA doing. Lol
Though there is still one MMORPG I've played that was like no other one I had ever played: The Sims Online. Though the character creator was limited to selecting from a variety of preset bodies, heads, and three skin tones, I still had a blast playing TSO. It was like The Sims 1, but just formated for online play with added features. I remember the first time I played it. I ended up making a white lady with long purple hair (the hairstyle was similar to Bella Goth's in TS2) who wore a purple sweater, a skirt, and sandles who was named Tina Tart. I chose to include "tart" in her name because I thought it sounded catchy and sweet (sweet as in candy). I didn't find out the other meaning for tart until 9th grade (after I stopped playing TSO) when my class read Of Mice and Men, so older players probably thought that "tart" meant something else. Lol When I made her and entered the game, I bought her a plot of land and built her a house. After that, I went to some romance/dating service lot, in which I semi-ruined a wedding. Lol I had Tina boo at and/or slap the bride while she flirted with and/or tried to kiss the groom. Needless to say, I was kicked out. Lol I also remember the time I made Shannon Doherty, put her in Test Center, and had her make the Deathmatch Arena. I was inspired to make it by the T.V. show Celebrity Deathmatch. I remember that once some guy was standing in the middle of the ring, so I moved a cannon in front of him and had Shannon fire it at him. The cannon ball hit him and he peed in his pants (literally, there was a puddle on the floor). He immediately left after it happened. Lol I think I also made a list of alter egos for Shannon, though the only one I can remember is Pile Driving Tina. I would have her pile drive other people's sims. Lol I also remember that they eventually introduced the feature for sims to get official jobs at a restaurant and at a factory. You had to act as a waiter/waitress at the diner. You had to take NPC customers' orders and send them to the cooks, who would then make them. Then you would take the orders to the customers. When they finished, they would leave you tips (if they got good service). If you gave them the wrong dish, they would complain (from what I remember). You worked in shifts, each lasting for a few minutes I think (or at least less than ten minutes). You couldn't enter during a shift, but rather had to wait until after it was over. A lot of things happened in TSO with many different characters of mine, but I'd probably be going on and on about it. Lol But Oh Em Gee, TSO was awesome. It's too bad they shut it down on August 1, 2008. There is the TSO Restoration Project, which is a group effort by a group of people in an attempt to recreate TSO and let people play it for free, though who knows how long it'll take them to complete that and whether they'll have copyright issues with EA. Oh well, I guess I'll see what The Sims Social is like when it comes out, being that that's the closest we'll likely ever get to TSO.
Thank you for reading my long and mainly non-Sims-related post. Lol