When the writing still falls short

Hello Friends and Readers,

I cannot sleep and i’ve been formating this post in my head for nearly a month now. So, i figured why not strike while the iron is hot and i cannot sleep.

I am STILL playing through ESO (Elder Scrolls Online) and i am loving it. I am if you cannot tell from my prior postings big on storh and boy does ESO deliver. That said though it falls short at times when, in my opinion matters. I’ll give some examples below but of course i’d love to hear your thoughts.

1. The race you choose should have more of an impact on how the world reacts to you. They do this somewhat but not nearly as much as they should.

As an Argonian if you are in the Ebon heart pact there is a side quest in Deshann where you are saving a local village of fellow Argonian the Elder recognized you as a fellow Saxhleel and you respond in kind saying you want to help.

Small things like this happen if you are in the correct alliance with one of the allied races. However if you are for example a Khajiit in the Ebon heart pact gets nothing dialog wise which is a let down from a story standpoint

2. Same can be said for if you choose to become a werewolf or vampire. Yeah you have small dialog with Lyris and Count Ravenwatch if you are a Vampire but not much else. Furthermore if you are a vampire during the second half of the greymoor chapter. Your vampire companion doesn’t even acknowledge you as a vampire and you have to use pirtals to travel around. That was a missed opportunity if i ever knew one.

I respect that this is an MMO so it is unlikely that all boxes could be checked but this lack of forsight just seems lazy to me. I still love the game but it takes me out of my experiance of being my character and the story i am telling in my head.

What do you all think. Have you come across this in games you love?

My Time in Elden Ring

Hey Dear Reader and Friends,

Let me start by saying I am NOT a souls player. I tried darksouls 3 and my god, it was a bloodbath. I am not afraid of a good fight but this was something totally different and your dear Otome was not a fan. Now to bring us to Elden Ring. Came in on the 25th the day it launched and wow I actually got it. Now I am by no means the best and youtube is a welcome friend along with my other gaming pals but Elden Ring at least almost 2 weeks in to me has a really nice mix and balance of challenge and reward. Is it perfect, no, but what game is. The multiplayer in my opinion needs a rework but that may be on me. The idea of summoning your friend only to lose them again at the end of a dungeon or to restrict the amount of flasks you can bring with you I get it ups the challenge. However, maybe it ups it to much?

What do you all think of the game.

Choices, and we love them

Hey party people so i was thinking. What keeps me coming back to Otome games, Rpgs, JRPGs and the like and i thought about it and its the choice. At least for me. The choices also help shape the world we make and our own stories.

If we sit back and look at Otome games, or any dating sim we play to be able to choose that guy or girl we want to romance. THEN, we go back and do it again to see what we missed in prior path. Plus who doeen’t love yummy hot men fauning over you. There is also the added benefit that we get to see the other story arcs finish up nicely as well.

In many RPG’s or JRPG’s you can choose who you marry, among many other options. Look at famous games of this like the Fable, Dragon Age, Mass Effect, KOTOR. Speaking for myself i loved going back and choosing different things from a privous playthrough and see how it changes.

Choice, even when it comes to the dialog is a factor as well. You can make jokes, flirt. Be broodish and just enjoy being pulled in that much more to what is going on in the world around you. Will your party members love you or hate you. Will you be the hero or the villian of your story. The diologe choices we make help that.

All of these above are just of course my examples and by no means the end all and be all of choices and examples big or small. What do you all think? Does choice matter to you or is there another reason you come back to Otome games, RPG’s or JRPG’s.

I can’t wait to hear your thoughts.