Another One Of Those Days


Still sick. Still stuck at home. Still unable to be active–even walking to the kitchen wears me out and makes me dizzy.

So I’ve taken to doing what geeks do best on sick days: gaming.

Today’s going to be a strange hodge-podge of gaming geekery. I resubbed to World of Warcraft despite knowing better and decided to get my Druid up a bit so I can explore Pandaria at some point with him. But it’s Tuesday, which means scheduled maintenance.

So while WoW‘s realms are down, I’m working on patching up my three other F2P lovefests: Guild Wars 2, Star Wars: The Old Republic, and The Secret World. I love each of these games for very specific reasons, and I can’t pick which reason sounds more awesome today.

Star Wars: The Old Republic

I love to PvP in SWTOR. Love it. There’s something incredibly appealing about SWTOR’s 10-49 PvP bracket that I can’t find in other games. The PvE is meh-tastic, and while I love the class quests, I find myself outleveling them via PvP and then going back and beating them with ease just for the narrative.

I just don’t know if I have enough energy to deal with PvP today.

Guild Wars 2

GW2 is the best PvE experience of any game I’ve ever played. It’s horizontally focused, which means that the game is the game from beginning to end. We don’t have to grind through a million levels only to hit the “real game” at the top. It’s progression makes it a fun game to hop into and see the game and experience it without feeling tethered to it.

I just don’t know if I can focus long enough to get anything done today.

The Secret World

TSW took me by surprise. A birthday gift from a friend, the game went buy-to-play (like Guild Wars 2) just before Christmas. Of any game I have my hands on right now, TSW is hands-down the coolest. The urban-horror setting is intriguing and makes me read every last word of quest dialogue. The cutscenes and voice-acting blow SWTOR’s out of the water, and the combat is actiony enough that I don’t get bored tapping 2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2 for hours. And the atmosphere…man, the atmosphere. It’s really and truly creepy.

Any game where the tutorial turns you into a small Japanese girl with a shotgun fighting Cthulhu in the subway is a game after my heart.

I just don’t know if I have it in me to get that tense today.

Or maybe my sick day will have a little bit of all of them in it. Who knows? What do you do on your sick days where you’re stuck inside?

B.J. Keeton

B.J. Keeton

B.J. is a geek, gamer, podcaster, and livestreamer. He has been the co-host of the Geek to Geek podcast since 2016, and he helped start the Geek to Geek Media Network. His biggest pet peeve is when someone spells Wookiee with only one E. One time, he told his friends he liked vegetables maybe more than he did Star Wars, and they made him put a dollar in the jar. That should tell you everything you need to know about him. Find him on Twitter as @professorbeej or on Discord as @professorbeej#1337.

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