How to tell characters apart?

What differentiates characters from each other? When is a game finished?

Almost my entire wow career I would have said Gear. But it could also be seen to me the pets, achievements, and such. Hmm. Maybe my dislike of these side distractions is all wrong?

Then I hear about the guy who has all but completed wow, and pretty much sacrificed his non-gaming life to do this. I’m not in any danger of doing that, but I have to question the religious and destructive devotion it takes to get to that degree of game play.

Popular comments were bound to target the “no-life” stream of comments, and at a base level I agree. But I also think that this demonstrates the tiny percentage of what is possible in the game, and why Warcraft still has something to offer people (even if the do need to be a bit OCD).

Off I go to see which of my Reps need the most attention.

Champions Online Trial Weekend

Champions Online had a free to play weekend a few weeks ago, and I’ joined the heroic fun to see what it is like.

Right out of the box download this game is made for comic fans.

The character creation (much raved about by folks online) lives up to its reputation, and the selection of powers is staggering. No 6-9 classes here, you want it, you can create it. I honestly had no idea on a character concept before I started, which made the choices even harder. If anything the 15 or so default power sets make the choice so varied, you’re not stuck for choice, as you have huge freedoms.

The “random hero costume” option has yet to show anything which was not totally strange (and I mean friggin bizzare). Shark head with cybernetic legs and zombie feet? OK. I’ll called him Robo-Zombie-Jaws, or RoZoJaw. Uh. That said it was also hard to not think of toons that are straight from comics themselves. I made a sniper, a robotic tank, and an ice-blaster.

Awesome news for tweakers and power gamers – this is a must try game. I guess a goal I had was to know what the “end-game” content and experiences are like, but trialing from level one will never do that.

So after a very short weekend I think had wow not already have my regular income, and the patch not hit recently; I’d be playing Champions. But keeping closer to the curve in wow is more appealing to me that starting again in Champions.