Post Task Force collapse has been less stressful in many ways which is great. I’m more on my own schedule so dealing with operations is much better overall even though I’m only doing easy stuff. But it doesn’t bother me that much since there’s just a lot less stress in general from having to succeed on a smaller scale.
So as a major change just happened in my life the other day, simultaneously my Task Force collapsed. Another guy who runs two other Task Forces essentially poached my guys and left me empty. It didn’t bother me until he revealed to the other members that I was playing with two accounts.
The last few days I’ve been a bit burnt out on Boom Beach mostly because my Task Force has been doing Operations again. A few were pretty bad and I don’t even recall finishing yesterday’s. My life situation will be changing soon so I don’t know how much time I’ll be able to devote to the game anymore, even though the game is pretty casual for me. At any rate, I just wanted to talk about current progression.
I’m a very old school gamer that started on an Atari 2600, went to the local arcade at the mall, had a Commodore 64 and other devices prior to the internet evolution. On top of that, I used to play table top games like Advanced Dungeons and Dragons, Shadowrun, Paranoia, etc. I was used to packaged software and have no issue paying for something if it’s worth the money. These days online games have been creating new paths that are somewhat beneficial but also have engendered a toxic environment that has been slowly driving me away from gaming.
Earlier, I read an article that talked about how Medium will do a pretty big layoff and close a few offices around the country. Medium describes itself as a publishing platform and allows people to “have their voices heard.” Yet from a superficial viewpoint, I can’t see what their platform does that a simple WordPress blog cannot do. Nonetheless, the company has (had?) roughly 150 people to support this system. I don’t know what roles existed that required 150 people for a content based system (beyond writers and maybe sales people) but it baffles me. That said, even with 50 people gone, the remaining 100 still seems like a huge number to me for the type of business they support. With that in mind, why are content businesses more or less doomed?
I faintly recall seeing this movie when I was younger. For some odd reason though, I decided to check it out since I was watching old John Belushi movies and it happened to be on Netflix. Bored, I decided to see if this classic still had the magic that made it a classic.
This movie popped up on Netflix and having both Harrison Ford and Sigourney Weaver (as well as a brief showing by my favorite actor, Kevin Spacey), it pretty much became a must-see movie for me. I did read a few summaries and the general consensus made it seem as though this movie would be fairly interesting. However, I have other feelings for this movie that I would like to share.
People constantly have talked about the death of World of Warcraft for years. Most would point to the latest MMO as being the thing that would end World of Warcraft. However, there really hasn’t been an MMO that has come close to putting World of Warcraft into the pasture. With Legion many people have cited it as the best expansion from Blizzard yet for World of Warcraft. Despite this, I’ve seen a real mixed bag when it comes to the responses from people regarding this expansion.
In this post, I’m not going to create a giant rant about p2win type of games or features. The thing about Boom Beach is that you can play without paying a single dime. In truth, it’s one of the better freemium games that I’ve tried in this genre. That said, I think it does suffer from that stigma of requiring some sort of monetary investment in order to be fun. Even before that issue arises, there’s a bigger issue at stake: the low level grind.
From the weekend until today, I managed to push a Landing Craft level 16. For the first 12 levels, I spent Diamonds to upgrade my newest Landing Craft, something I considered employing a Builder instead. Now that I managed to hit my first goal, I want to re-examine if a Builder is really worth subscribing at this stage in the game.