Gaming and City of Heroes

This blog is supposed to be my personal space to write about and share things that interest me and I’ve realized that I don’t post much, or haven’t in a while, about City of Heroes and gaming in general.

Mainly, I’ve blogged about crafty things. Things I have handmade. Though gaming doesn’t fall under “handmade” things it is a kind of creative outlet for me and sometimes it’s also a stress releasing outlet. And check out the video below to see how pretty the game is. :P

How is gaming creative? Well, with most games, at least games I personally like, there is something you have to figure out or solve. This isn’t so much true with COH (City of Heroes) in general gameplay but I do enjoy “badge hunting”.

Within the game there are certain tasks you can do to obtain badges, a sort of reward for completing that task. There are different categories of badges, the easiest probably being the Exploration category where you simply visit the location where a badge is and it is rewarded to your character.

There are also more difficult categories like the Achievements category where you have to earn a set of multi-category badges that lead into an Achievement badge or for certain milestones such as for reaching level 10, 20, 30, 40, and 50.

Sounds complicated but once you’re into it I think it’s fun. I’m sure I have pulled some gaming friends into enjoying badge hunting. And that’s another fun aspect! You can do this with your friends. It’s like a virtual scavenger hunt game. How corny do I sound? Oh well. :)

Another fun COH activity is costume creation! COH’s costume creator is a lot of fun and probably one of the best in any game out there currently. There are a myriad of costume variations. The game developers are also continually adding more and new costume pieces. I read somewhere once someone describe the costume creator as Barbie dress-up for adults… or Barbie dress-up for gamers? Something like that. And there aren’t only superhero style costume pieces, there are Steampunk pieces, barbarian pieces, robot, gunslinger, animal, Roman period and science fiction style pieces and more.

Who wouldn’t want this seemingly endless “closet” of costume possibilities? (And still we players want more!)

The game is also stress-relieving because the most fun I have is when I get to play with my fellow supergroup members. A supergroup is like an in-game guild/group/club you can form with others and it includes a supergroup base that you can build and design to (mostly) your heart’s content. I love my gaming friends, some of which I’ve met in person! Most recently, we hosted two married game friends at our home and had a great time being touristy in and around Seattle. (Separate post on that soon!) I can be myself which is harder in “real life” because of my social anxiety. In a weird way, though, it hasn’t made the anxiety worse, the game has helped me to better socialize with people when I have to in real life. :)

Other games I have played and/or still enjoy are: Mortal Kombat on any system or platform, Mario Mart Wii, DC Universe Online, racing games, puzzles, solitaire, sudoku, Angry Birds, some tabletop games, card games, Mad Gab is hilarious, and many more I can’t remember and am too tired/lazy to type in. :P

Our most recent game that Travis and I have played is a tabletop game called Munchkin. I had heard of this game before but never had a chance to play it but then I saw Felicia Day and some of her friends/The Guild actors play it on her Geek and Sundry YouTube channel and then I REALLY wanted to play it. We played our first game (the first night we got the game!) with his brother, Spencer, and Spencer’s girlfriend, Tessa. Fun was had. :)

Watch Felicia Day, Steve Jackson (Munchkin game creator), Sandeep Parikh, and Wil Weaton play Munchkin:

Are you a COH player or gamer? What games do you recommend?


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