Yet Another About Me Post

Books

Love to read books. When I was still in Primary and Secondary I must’ve read every one of the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew series that the school libraries had on its shelves. Later I would go on to read titles from big authors like Tom Clancy, Michael Crichton, John Grisham, and Dan Brown to name a few. One of the longest reads I’ve had was the Wheel of Time (WOT). A 14-book saga by Robert Jordan, although the last 3 books were completed by Brandon Sanderson. Also read New Spring, a prequel to WOT. Which may be the only book I bought a physical copy of for myself for all of RJ’s WOT-related literature, but can’t remember where I placed it? Now how in the world did I finish all those 14-part series without even owning a single copy? 🤔😅

Reading has taken a back seat lately. I haven’t had the pleasure of turning the pages of a good novel since 2019. If I am not mistaken, I think my last good read was Jonathan Stroud‘s – Bartimaeus: The Ring Of Solomon. This is a prequel to a 3-part series about Bartimaeus, a sarcastic and mischievous djinni (genie). Need to hunt those 3 books when time permits. Had the opportunity to finish The Art Of War by Stephen Coonts last March 2021. Trying hard to flip to the last pages of Peter Mountford‘s novel – A Young Man’s Guide To Late Capitalism.

I’ve put down the Peter Mountford book on indefinite hold for the moment. Will get back to it. Because I’ve recently acquired a copy of the first book of the Bartimaeus TrilogyThe Amulet of Samarkand.

Well I blame this sort of reading drought on lots of easy to digest and readily available media content nowadays from YouTube and Netflix. One where I won’t have to imagine so much because the format does that for me. The younger generation truly has it really easy-ish for them.

Games

While I spend most of my time in front of a computer, what with the job and everything connected over the Internet nowadays, I have gotten past the addiction of games out of my system that I don’t even have a single game on my Android Nokia smartphone Samsung Galaxy A52 / Galaxy Tab A.

However, at one point I was a serious World of Warcraft (WOW) raider. This massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) was my life for roughly 3 years. This was during the Burning Crusade and Wrath of the Lich King expansions. I have lead (ineffectively 🤣) 25-man and 10-man dungeon raids. QQed incessantly (QQ is WOW slang for whine and complain). Topped the DPS charts easily. Played countless battlegrounds and arenas too.

Before that there was the Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) phase, namely, Defense of the Ancients (DOTA). Played dusk until dawn with friends for numerous nights for I don’t know how long in the original incarnation of this game. Wasted hours battling bots in AI maps, even at thousands of feet above ground. The Internet was still in its infancy that time. Online games were not much heard of yet. LAN games were the norm. What I thought was the end of it after I discovered WOW, only resurfaced years later when DOTA 2 came out. Valve’s Steam platform revolutionized online gaming sort of. Not only was this sequel free to play, with very improved graphics and design, it was also now easier to play with just about anyone as long as you had an Internet connection. I played hundreds of hours with friends in other countries, or random faceless dozens in 5 vs 5 match-ups. Those were fun days.

In the action role-playing game genre (ARPG), my most-played title would be Diablo 3. I still play it every now and then up to the present. Its addicting to collect pets, wings and other achievements. Not to mention, trying to get as high up as I can in Greater Rifts for the challenge. My highest is GRift 122 on a Solo Barbarian (around Season 20). But it gets boring over time thus the long breaks in between. There were other games in there too. Both on PC and Android. Neverwinter Nights, Diablo 2, Dragon Age, Plants vs Zombies, and Angry Birds to name a few. Heck, even Flash-based games on Facebook when that was still a thing! 

My latest fascination so far is with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on the Nintendo Switch console. Down on the 2nd and last expansion pack. I still have to defeat the final boss, Dettlaff.

It has been over a year and I still have not finished The Witcher 3. Not because I can’t, but because I’ve been procrastinating. At one point I resolved to clear out all those question marks all around the map, including those ridiculously in the middle of the ocean. I think I cleared out the western half of the map before I stopped. It was becoming very much of a chore rather than a fun game.

Now I’m thinking of getting one of Capcom’s Monster Hunter games for my Nintendo Switch. Either Rise or Stories 2: Wings of Ruin. I’ve played through the former’s demo version. Only starting on the latter’s trial version, and I haven’t gotten past the village yet. Between the two, it looks like Stories has more engagement outside of the actual monster hunting. But I don’t know, maybe that’s just me. Then after getting to the first guided monster fight, the whole thing is turn-based? Okay. After much deliberation, I’ve eventually settled with Monster Hunter Rise 🏅. I would have loved to play MH titles on PC, but alas, my old laptop does not have the juice to run such games. 😝

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