Video games are good for us

Like all the other gamers out there, we all get tired of the superstitions about gaming: that it’s bad for our health, that it makes us more violent, that it make us lose contact with other people, that gaming can get addictive, etc.  One has to remember that every new media has been bashed from radio, movies, tv, video games, internet, etc.

I’ve decided to share links about video games that have just good things to say.

Video games are good for you!

5 Reasons Video Games Are Actually Good for You

6 Ways Video Games Are Saving Mankind

Could video game addiction help save the world?

How Video Games Stretch The Limits Of Our Visual Attention

Top 10 Frustrating (and Incorrect) Preconceptions About Video Games

Video Game Research Project Helps Blind Children Exercise

Video Gamers Can Control Dreams, Study Suggests

Video Games Lead To Faster Decisions That Are No Less Accurate

Video Gaming Prepares Brain For Bigger Tasks

Why video games are good for kids

Gamers make for better workers

Some online video games found to promote ‘sociability,’ researchers say

Social Games Can Save the World

Daphne Bavelier: Your brain on video games

Les jeux vidéo feraient de bons citoyens

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Swimming Sessions in Guild Wars 2

I watched recently a french video about the useless activities that the players in Guild Wars 2 can do if they want.  One of them consists of jumping from a high place and do the same moves that the olympic swimmers do in competitions.  I had to go in Lion’s Arch anyway so I decided to give that one a try.

When you get in that area your character suddenly wears a swimsuit and a pair of glasses.  And when you jump, you get access to certain skills allowing your alt to do the same moves than the ones in competitions.

Here is my Asura guardian who looks all professional with his mini-pet golem that I got from my Hall of Monument in Guild Wars.

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MySpace

Well, with the closure of Multiply, that makes me think there is another website that I should cut off my ties too and delete my account: MySpace.  I had not touched it because I had worked very hard to create a theme for my page with a ritualist wallpaper from Guild Wars for background and using similar color schemes for texts and links for my page.  It looked awesome, it was beautiful.  Unfortunately, MySpace has gotten rid of those skins so mine is gone, I should have taken a screenshot Triste.  I blogged there at first so I’ve decided to transfer the good posts here too, like for Multiply.  Which I just did.  I’m quite happy to see that we can set the dates of our blogs in the past on WordPress, but that means that you will have to dig to see which posts have been added from MySpace.

The reasons I had so many spaces/blogs

As you now know, I have a separate Multiply account for my tarot and gaming hobbies.  I also had a pagan blog on CovenSpace , who after some bug the admin lost everything, so CovenSpace has been dead for some time now.  I’m three times a freak.  While I was sharing the links to my tarot and gaming blogs in CovenSpace, I never shared my other links on my tarot and gaming blogs.

Yes, any Pagan will tell you, telling to people you’re Pagan can cause some bad reactions.  And while here where I live in Canada no one reacts when I tell them I use and collect tarot and oracles decks, I’ve notice online though I can get bad reactions from some people too.  And I’m sure you must have heard the bad press gaming can get, that it can cause the worst things ever, from violence to addictions (which by the way the same has been told for every single new media in history including radio, movies and television), which is utterly bullshit.  Some people wonder why at my age I still play videogames.  Why not? Surpris

So like I said, I’m three times a freak but we’re in 2012, if some people, have any issues with these, then they’re the ones who have problems and who have to deal with them, they’re also the ones who need to change.

The Death of Multiply, the Changes here

Multiply is closing in december. So that means that both my tarot and gaming space won’t be there anymore.  My mother told me I should build my own website, there are some places where you can get your website hosted for free.  I really don’t have the energy for that.  Already moving everything will be a lot of work, if on top I have to dig in HTML and CSS, and mine are rusty, nah!

So I’ve decided instead to transfer everything here in my blog on WordPress.  I like it here.  Since you cannot really make galleries on WordPress, and that would require from me to upgrade to Pro which would be costly, I prefer hosting the images on JAlbums.  I like the look JAlbums give to the albums, it allows me to share the high res versions as well, and it would just be 2.50$ a month for that.

I have already created a page here to put the stuff I shared on Multiply to download, and I’ve used Dropbox for that.  You will find an ebook I created for XMPlay, an audio player I love very much, I put in it the guides on their support website.  Considering how many websites have disappeared since I’ve been online, I feel safer knowing I have a hard copy of those guides.  They have accepted kindly to host it too on their support website.  I have put there as well a screensaver I created with screenshots, concept arts and music of the now dead MMORPG Tabula Rasa.  Since I’m a big Silent Hill fan I share as well the load of avatars I created for MSN Messenger and the tiles set I created for Kyodai Mahjongg.

I’ve also created a page called “Thoth Tarot and Golden Dawn Tarot Decks Related Files and Websites” which I had posted on Multiply.  I made a page instead of a blog entry to make it easier to find those informations.

I created a “MMORPGs I’ve played” page where I intend to put my gaming screenshots of the MMORPGs I’ve played.  So far only The Secret World is there, but I plan to add more.  I also plan to create another page about the videogames I’ve played too but I want to focus on the MMORPGs ones right now.

After that I’ll have to check if there is any post I should transfer here.

My biggest disappointments about Guild Wars 2

The dyes

We were told that the dyes we would unlock would be account based, so those who play many characters like me would be able to access all their dyes.  And there is a LOT of dyes to unlock, 400 in total.  Obviously something that would take a LOT of time.  Well, in all beta events the dyes were indeed account based, including the big media week-end beta event where journalists in gaming industry were invited, including smaller guys like TotalBiscuit, who confirmed to the world, in different medias, that dyes were indeed account based, that ArenaNet follows their promises.

It’s only in the very last beta events that suddenly dyes were not account based anymore.  Everyone thought it was a bug and reported it as a bug it to ArenaNet.  Up until someone showed up in their official forums to tell us that ArenaNet had suddenly changed their mind, that now dyes are character based and gave us the most ridiculous reason why : to give us a sense of progression.  Most people on the forums were angry and did not agree at all with that and wanted their account based dyes back.

I just want to mention that publically dyes are still account based because ArenaNet has not put on their website or blog that they’ve changed their mind, that they BROKE a promise, only other places have mentioned it, so that means that someone who check the beta events articles and videos, especially the journalists ones, and quickly check their website, will have a hard wake up call when they realize that sneakily dyes are not account based anymore.

On top of that, the dyes that drop are not identified so that means you don’t even know what color it is.  Well, I don’t plan to play that gambling game.  I plan to just NOT identify said dyes up until either the dyes become account based again or up until there is a way to identify the dyes before unlocking the dyes.  Also, l will NOT buy dyes in the ingame store either.  Again, it’s a gambling game.  None of these are fun is any way whatsoever.

Ironically, some short time after ArenaNet changed their account based dye system to character based system in closed beta, ArenaNet had the nerve to write a blog article called Is it Fun? Colin Johanson on How ArenaNet Measures Success.  The nerve!!!  In other word, while they were working on the game they made sure to put emphasize on fun and get rid of not fun stuff.

Well guess what ArenaNet, the current character based gambling dye system is NOT fun at all. NOT FUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  And multiply that NOT FUN by how many alts we have.  NOT FUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Mesmer

In Guild Wars mesmer was the most awesome coolest fun original class.  It was too much fun to play.  And in PvP even better.  It was so much fun tossing Ineptitude on melee classes and Backfire on casters, and watching them kill themselves.  The most fun PvP I’ve had was playing a mesmer in alliance battles in Guild Wars.

In Guild War 2 most of the classes have gained new stuff, for the ranger more pets to have, for the warrior ranged weapons, necromancer death shroud, assassin a western look and guns.  Mesmer in the other hand is not a mesmer anymore, I don’t know what it is but it’s NOT a mesmer.  Someone wrote a better post about the sad situation about the mesmer in Guild Wars 2, here: Guild Wars 2: How ArenaNet ruined the Mesmer.

All I’m going to say is that I fully agree with the author.

Lack of focus

My daily reading was right.  I showed up at the mall to debit money from my bank account with my debit card and I realized I had completely forgotten my debit card home.  So I had to go back home.  I’ve got to admit I don’t feel too well, so I’ve decided to postpone to tomorrow the shopping and the grocery.  Maybe it’s better that way.  So to cheer myself up I just bought the latest edition of Tarot of Dreams.  I have the first edition but the cards are very big and hard to handle, so this smaller edition with extra palace cards sounds like a good deal.  I plan to play Guild Wars 2 too soon.

Daily Reading

Here are my cards for today:

Card 1 Today: VII The Chariot

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Well, today I have to make a trip to the mall, to do some shopping, and the grocery after that, so I’m not really surprised to see I got this card.  The Chariot can implicate a trek of some sort.

Card 2 Surprise: Ten of Scepters

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With this card I see that I should make sure not to overdo it today, to ensure not to get a bad surprise, that would cause stress and frustration.

Card 3 Advice: Ace of Knives

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With this card I see I should focus on my goals today and to keep my head clear of mental confusions as well.

Card Today: 14 Marie Masquerade

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I have the feeling the only way to be loved for who I am is not through my talent and style but through glamour and glitz.  There is gossip and intrigue around someone I admire and wish to be like in some way.  I will feel jealousy and envy towards people who are beautiful, successful and be-loved.  I should focus on my own hard work and create my own style.  Some are around others simply for the influence and help they can offer.  Someone like Marie who is beautiful and successful may be in need a for  true friend.  Someone very charming may try to tempt me to get involved in intrigues, I should refuse.

Daily Reading

Here are my cards for today:

Card 1 Today: Daughter of Scepters

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I think this card means that I’m starting something, a new area of study, which I’m going to do tonight in our pagan group, and our lead is a red-headed woman.

Card 2 Surprise: Eight of Scepters

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This could be a message that I’ll get.  Maybe my mind will be filled today with ideas and inspirations, I will make some realizations.  After all we have work tonight to do just that.

Card 3 Advice: VIII Justice

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The advice could be about me being fair and just with others and myself today.  It could also be about balancing things.

Card Today: 44 The Fairy of the Green World

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I should take care of plants to counteract the damages done to Nature.  I should learn to have a more ecological living and donate money to charities supporting nature and wildlife.  I should take a walk in nature, give my blessings to it and talk to this fairy.