Sunday, February 20, 2011

Riftdrawal/WoW is annoying

Let's start this off by saying that I've been playing Rift since closed beta...5 or something? I dunno. Look, it's good, I pre ordered  the special edition and everything. Rift is god damn pretty. I know I don't really have constructive or thoughtful comments but I'm not that kind of person. I'm a chick, I'm impressed by 'pretty' things, 'sparkley' things, things that make me take screenshots. I mean..lookit that!

Screenshots don't really do it justice when you can hear the pounding waterfalls shooting out of your speakers and you're running around dodging the fire invasion shooting out of this massive rift in the sky you can see from across the map. You tilt the camera and you're like, "Whoa, holy shit, that's some fire rift!" o_o;

There are other great things about the game that people have detailed endlessly that I don't feel the need to get into. Like the amazing class system that makes me feel really immersed in the game, like I can create the unique character I always wanted.

When I ordered my game I got to choose between three little vanity pets and I got this cute as shit chicken thing that chases me around going, "Squawk, squeak, wark!" Oh shit it's so annoying and I love it! I like to climb alot of mountains I probably shouldn't be climbing in the game by force jumping my way up and I feel like my little friend is my demented companion, he seems to have alot of character. IT'S SO FLUFFY >:0!


And on a final note it's annoying as shit that my general chat is crowded by people crying about how this game is like World of Warcraft. Gamers who have been around the block much more can compare Rift to many more games, can catch glimpses of where the creators have gained their inspiration from but I feel that having such dynamic environments and an easily accessed grouping system for dealing with raids make the game that much more enjoyable. But really I think the WoW trolls won't have huge spam fights with the fanboys in general chat once they have to pay for the game. Unless they're paying for both, which some people said they will be doing...

I noticed alot of people saying they can't leave WoW because they are 'needed' because they are raiding and their guild 'needs' them, that they have a 'commitment.' I'm glad to feel under control of myself for quitting WoW after 3 years of playing, MMO addictions are no joke to me and I've seen a close family member suffer dearly for it to the point where he needed a family intervention, I've felt the need to play, I've lost hours to the screen before and have had marathons of 12-14 hour gameplay. It's no way to live really and I simply play MMOs casually now. It's important to realize that you're not 'needed.' It can be a serious addiction, rolling on loot after a long raid you get excited, the endorphins kick in and you WIN THAT PHAT PURPLE HELMET WOO! But it's just pixels, it's just like the release when you're gambling. Just-log-off. It's that easy. I told everyone I was leaving and simply shut off my account. I felt withdrawal for about 3 weeks while I was learning how to live without a constant MMO again.


Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Food Porn

I am so lonely and so bored without a job. I've done the housework, begrudgingly, but now we can eat off of clean plates and sleep on clean sheets. Huzzah for civilized living. 

Lately I find myself shopping at Big City Chick, oh sorry, City Chick, which is a well...a store for us ladies who stuffed in that last slice of cake. So while I can't cram myself into an 18 or barely a 20 at Jean's West, I can happily meander across the street to City Chick and hop into a slick fitting pair of jeans in their size 16. It feels like cheating at life, the numbers really mean nothing but the elation of staring doubtfully/defiantly at a 16 and then fitting a 16 feels like the euphoria of eating that cake slice that got me there.

Watching alot of Bourdain, reading food blogs, and watching alot of cooking with dog has led me to the conclusion that food has become my new porn. I watch these shows and suddenly I feel I am an expert chef, I can do anything, I can make a soufflĂ©, I could totally do up some dumplings. So I waddle myself into the kitchen, hitch up my new size 16s and I make..popcorn. I figure what the fuck is popcorn anyways? It's like little magical fluffy kernels, it can't possibly have any calories in it. Here is where I apply my life long (23 year long) lesson folks:EVERYTHING TASTES BETTER WITH SEASONING SALT.

Bourdain would be ashamed. I know he professes the street food and simple foods love and all but I'm sure he'd ask for more vodka before even dreaming of taking a mouthful. I feel ashamed, for since food has become like porn for me this would be the equivalent in satisfaction of getting off while flicking through the preview pages of those "CREDIT CARD NOW, $15 FOR 3 MONTHS!" websites.

Speaking of Bourdain I think he's brilliant. I mean, I read Kitchen Confidential, the man must be brilliant since he can still even articulate a sentence after everything he shoved in his veins, etc, in the 80's. In my eyes he's lucky he's hasn't developed a tremble or speaks incoherently like a certain Prince of darkness we all know. I recently told one of my friends at a party my feelings for the man and he happened to have his laptop ready and available. Google is such amazing thing, within seconds I heard, "Ugh, seriously? You have got to have better tastes than that? He's like a fried dinosaur!" Awww, but come on, beauty is on the inside, right next to his smoker's lungs. 
"What the hell did I just read?"