The hot new MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game, for the uninitiated) starts today for those who preordered the game. Which I did.
I know, I know, there probably isn’t a one of you who knows or cares what I’m talking about. I’ve mentioned before that I play Warhammer Online. And there’s been so much talk there about Aion that I finally took a good hard look at it a few days ago. I succumbed. I “preordered” and downloaded it. Doing so gave me early access to the game, which doesn’t officially release until next week, and the chance to create two characters — thereby reserving their/my names — before the big release.
From what I can see, it’s a beautiful game. And the character creation process is the most extensive I’ve seen in any game to date. Have I ever mentioned that creating characters is one of my favorite parts of these games? Imagine having yourself on a computer screen, with the ability to choose or tweak every single aspect of your appearance: hair style; eye and brow shape; height; physique; eye, hair, skin, and lip color; tattoos; facial marks and scars, facial hair (for the guys); jut of chin, shape of nose … and the list goes on. In itself, almost worth the price of the game for someone who has so much fun with the process.
Lol. Makes me sound pretty superficial, doesn’t it? Being so obsessed with my characters’ appearance. But as in real life, it’s the face you’ll be presenting to the rest of the virtual world you’re about to enter. You want it to be you, or at least the “you” you want to be in the game. And you want it to be a “you” you’ll enjoy being (and looking at) for many months to come.
Anyway, if my posts here drop off for a while, Aion is the reason.