Shades of Kae

A Continued Lack of Motivation

I think I just need to resign myself to the fact that it’s going to be a while before my interest in WOW picks up again, and that if I want to write any posts at all, they need to be about a more broad spectrum of topics. I do miss writing here – it’s therapeutic. I have been posting a bit on my personal blog, but it’s all been very domestic and “safe”. I miss ranting, and writing about obscure geek topics with much less restraint.

I miss connecting with other people who are more like me.  So many of those whom I’ve encountered over the past four years of playing WOW, through blogging or the game itself, have always felt more like “my people” than those I encounter in my daily life. I’m starting to feel like I lost that somewhere along the way. Most of the blogs that I truly enjoyed in the WOW community have gone dark (mine isn’t really any exception, given the number of posts I’ve made lately). I find myself reading home design blogs or tech blogs to fill the void, but I miss this community. I’m absolutely terrible at keeping relationships going. I don’t know if this stems from laziness or just being so paranoid and devoid of self-esteem that I fear that no one actually wants to talk to me.

I can say that I’ll try to do a better job to read blogs, talk on Twitter, comment, and start being a part of this all again, but I don’t want to make any false promises. A part of me is just hoping Mists of Pandaria’s release date will be announced soon so I can just find some motivation.

If I have any readers left, some links to your favorite geek/WOW blogs would be helpful. I feel like the volume of compelling writers/content coming through my feed reader has slowed down to a trickle.

Real life has been a bit stressful over the past month or so. My company is doing a huge restructure and everything is up in the air. I don’t know what I’m going to be doing next month, who I’m going to be working for, or even officially if I’ll have a job (I’m not too worried on that front, but there is always a small chance). It’s taking them what seems like an eternity to make decisions. I don’t deal well with change or the unknown. I get annoyed when friends try to change/make plans at the last-minute. I get annoyed when the weather isn’t what I expected. Obviously, a large change like one with my job gives me some pretty serious anxiety.

I’ve spent most of my time lately reading, playing a bit of Diablo, or watching TV. I’m not entirely sure where the time I used to spend on WOW went. I’ve also discovered that my home is becoming a substitute for the sanctuary that WOW once was to me. I don’t need to retreat to a virtual world to feel safe and happy – I can just enjoy hanging out in my comfy library or on our new patio, with a book and perhaps a cocktail.

Diablo 3 is certainly a great game. I expected no less from Blizzard. It’s exceptionally polished, with a great stylistic appearance, decent voice acting, and solid gameplay. The care and thought they put in to designing all the class abilities was obviously worth it. It’s fantastic leveling up and continuing to get more awesome abilities or ability modifiers. The story is also quite entertaining. I really don’t have any complaints other than it’s a bit cumbersome to have to log on when playing single player.

I dabbled in the beta for Torchlight II awhile back. I didn’t get very far, but I liked what I saw. Having a pet that sells your trash for you is by far the best feature, and one I’m disappointed Blizzard didn’t implement. Torchlight II has a bunch of new animals compared to its predecessor, including an awesome ferret. I worry though, that I’ll be temporarily burnt out on dungeon-crawler-style game play by the time Torchlight II actually releases.

And for today’s most random topic – Otters. I’m slightly obsessed with otters and how adorable they are, and it seems like the rest of the internet is too. Here are a few adorable otter links:

And my favorite baby otter picture of all time, from Das Otterhaus:


I think that’s enough rambling for one day. Until next time, enjoy whatever game(s) you are currently playing, and an early Happy Father’s Day to all those geek dads out there!

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  1. Windsoar says:
    June 15, 2012 at 11:26 am

    I definitely understand where you’re coming from, as I’m going through my own disinterest at the moment. For new reads you might try checking out the MMONBI bloggers list. There’s a whole slew of established and fledgling bloggers on a myriad of gameworlds, or just MMO’s in general. I’m at work, so don’t have the board bookmarked but I *think* it’s or I have a post on my site with all the participants.

    1. Kaelynn says:
      June 15, 2012 at 12:37 pm

      Looks like it’s Thanks for the reminder – I kept meaning to check it out. The wrap-up on your site is fantastic.

  2. Tucker says:
    June 15, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Agreed, I’ve barely logged onto warcraft a half dozen times in the past month. I did spend some time playing Tera, which has awesome “True action combat” but the questing is overly grindy. Also, the enchanting process has become a game-breaker for me. MoP looks like more of the same WoW re-skinning, Waiting patiently for more news about Titan. “Reality TV” is moronic, and yet on most every channel.. I may have to dust off my XBox

  3. Zack Baywood says:
    June 22, 2012 at 8:11 am

    I’m glad to hear that i’m not the only one that has been less than thrilled with wow lately. It’s not so much that I don’t like the game but Cata to me was a big let down, I hope MoP will bring back that spark to the game. In the mean time “Long live Diablo” I love the new Diablo 3 and think that i’ll be spending most of my “game time” playing it untill MoP comes out.

    Game on!!!

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