My mind works in strange ways. Yesterday, while waiting for the washing machine to finish and browsing my favorite gaming sites, I was reminded of the fact that Trion is bringing ArcheAge to the west. This makes my tingle with joy, especially knowing that the company is offering different “Founder packs” to get into the alpha. I’m all about getting into a game earlier than the unwashed masses, so I went and checked them out. Alpha access…the thought of that made me wild. Would I already be knees-deep in ArcheAge this weekend? Would I already see what all the fuss is about, sailing my own ship and tending my own farm?
I would…had I spent €140.
Okay, €140 is a lot. Really, I have friends who would kill me if I told them I just spent €140 on goddamn video game. Then again, it’s my money. I really want the game, and I get a lot for it once the game goes live. I should treat myself to something nice in awhile, and it’s not like I spend outrageous amounts of money on so many other things. So why I don’t just go and–
“No!” yelled my conscious, and I stopped in my tracks. That voice in my head talked some sense into me: Saturday afternoon boredom and the need of something new and “shiny” made me not see the madness of paying for an alpha, let alone paying that much for one. I sighed, agreeing with my conscious while browsing away from ArcheAge’s site and tempting Founder packs.
I still wanted to do something new. Well, at least something semi-new. Then it hit me: that white-and-red icon on my desktop, shaped like a dragon, roaring at me. Guild Wars 2 was still on my machine. Why had I abandoned it again? I could not remember, for I had only written positive things about it and told all my friends to join me. But had any of them joined me? Well yeah, my loyal girlfriend did, but even my oldest friend had not ventured into Tyria yet. Was that the reason I had abandoned the game? Would I have to drag my friends into it?
Then it popped up on my Facebook stream: Guild Wars 2, 50% off! This was a sign! Faster than a fern hound, I bought a copy for my buddy Dee, told him to give it a spin, and the rest is history. By now, we’re playing a smashing Sylvari duo, burning and shooting all the threats while enjoying the game.
For me, it’s a welcome return to Tyria, while Dee is also slowly getting into it. I’m glad my conscious had a word with me, and I’m glad that I get to show this fantastic game to such a good friend. ArcheAge, I bet you’re a ton of fun, but we’ll meet later. If you’re really good, you’ll still get those €140. Eventually.