September 27, 2004

So, Yeah, This Star Wars Galaxies Thing

I didn't much like Star War Galaxies after I bought it, but I figured I had better play it a little bit, because I did, after all, spend over $30 for it.

As games go, Galaxies is pretty boring. I spend most of my time doing missions to build credits so I can afford better armor and weapons, which are astronomically expensive, if you want GOOD armor and weapons.

It pretty much goes like this: I need 40,000 credits for a new helmet, so I go to a mission terminal and select two missions that, when completed, will result in about 3,000 worth in credits. So, I pretty much have to do that 14 times so I can buy a freakin' helmet.

During those 14 missions sequences, I get all injured and wounded, so I have to go to a medical center in the off-beat chance there's a medic there. Then I have to go to a cantina to sit on the floor and watch dancers and musicians, which is just bout the most boring thing in the world. Then, I have to swing by a garage to repair my speederbike, which usually costs around 3,000, which means I have to tack on yet another couple missions to pay for that.

Along the way, I keep bumping into creatures that can kill me by means of a gentle breath of air, which makes me want to buy an armor chest plate costing 125,000 credits to protect me. Which of course means a lot more freakin' missions.

Thing is, despite the unbelievable overall boredom of this game, I can't stop playing it. I'm completely addicted to this freakishly boring game. There's something about the advancement set-up of the game that just keeps me glued to the screen.

I hope this gets out of my system pretty soon, because, honestly, this just can't be healthy.

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Posted by Ryan at September 27, 2004 12:54 PM

GET OUT NOW!!!!!!!

Posted by: Rick at September 27, 2004 01:23 PM

That sounds suspiciously like some kind of satirical commentary on life in a modern post-industrial capitalist economy.

Posted by: Joshua at September 27, 2004 01:54 PM

Yeah, Joshua, I'm sure a better game would more closely adhere to the workings of a more Socialist society, where everyone makes the same amount of credits and they wait in line for hours in the off-beat chance there will be a spare roll of toilet paper in stock. It would have to have a flashy Socialist title, something like: Star Toils: Working Together To Accomplish Nothing In Particular

Posted by: Ryan at September 27, 2004 02:09 PM


I was actually making an allusion to the "company towns" of old, where income was designed to fall short of living expenses, so the workers were basically slaves to the system, but were still ostensibly free agents. A la the famous old coal miner's song:

"You load 16 tons and what do you get?
Another day older and deeper in debt."

Far as that goes, I suppose I should have said "industrial" rather than "post-industrial", except that I know a lot of IT workers who definitely feel like they can't get on top of their workload.

But hey, that's okay. You go as far out of your way as necessary to pick a fight with me there Mister Punchy Guy.

Posted by: Joshua at September 27, 2004 07:03 PM

Huh. And here I thought I was making a joke rather than picking a fight.

Posted by: Ryan at September 28, 2004 10:36 AM
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