It feels kind of weird to actually be working on another blog post within a week of writing the one before this. What?! I’ve actually found time to do something that’s not directly related to school? I know, it’s almost a tragedy. But I found out, when writing my previous post, how stressed I was about school. I mean, obviously I’ve been pretty stressed about school and I’ve been aware of it, but I guess I never really realized the extent of it until I wrote that post.
Anyway, the reading break has started and I’ve got a week off from classes. I’ve still got like three essays due by the end of the break, but without the need to go to classes, I’ve got a lot more time. That means more time spent taking care of myself, video games, and, yes, surprisingly enough, writing that isn’t for school.
I’ll probably talk more about the things I plan on writing in the near future, but today I actually wanted to talk about the video game that I’ve been playing near-obsessively since the beginning of 2017’s summer. Well, I actually started playing in Oct 2016, took a break, then started playing again.
The game is called Black Desert Online, and it’s a Korean Mass Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG) with a huge focus on Player vs Player (PvP) combat. But there’s so many things you can do besides that– hunt bosses, cook, go fishing, or other lifeskills that don’t involve combat at all, let alone PvP. Overall, there’s a lot to the game. I admit, when I initially started playing, I was a bit overwhelmed and that’s part of why I stopped playing for a while… though a large part of it was actually my computer basically dying on me for a while (and not because of school, hehe).
As of late, I haven’t been doing much PvP, or, really, playing much at all. I get maybe a few hours tops a week to actively do anything in the game, which is usually consumed by the events organized by my guild, and not to actually do something that I want to do. But that’s fine, I’m happy just doing a little bit of whatever because I can’t really stand killing monsters for 10 hours straight anymore just to get a couple % of the way toward my character’s next level.
A big plus, for me, is that a lot of progress can be made in the game without actually playing. I can set my character to do something and she will do it until her inventory is full or until some other condition isn’t met anymore. So, I can leave the game doing something for hours without touching it, giving me lots of time to do homework and still getting that sense of progression in the game.
I think that’s really all I have to say about it. I mean, honestly, I could write for hours about how beautiful the game is and about all the different things you could do, but all I wanted to do for now was just mention it. Maybe if you’re into MMOs, you should take a look at it.