Claudius1964's Science Fiction Essays

The latest Science Fiction reviews of the books I have read, and various miscellaneous topics.

My perceptions of a competitive gaming world (Part II).

clock August 30, 2009 22:26 by author Claudius

Playing all Alliance, all Horde, or some variation of both.  You could say that I don't mind playing some variation of both, simply because I do not get into the bitter wow reality that most players see "behind" the game.  I have found a great deal of prejudice in the game, Alliance hating Horde, Horde hating Alliance.  I embrace the indifference presented to me.  The game is not a reality that I embrace at that level.  I would call a person who plays to one or the other extreme, an X-type player.  This is the type of player who embraces Alliance or Horde exclusively, and will hate the other side to the end.  As far as players that don't get too involved in the reality of the game (fantasy, because the game is just a game), you would be a Y-type player, because you exercise indifference as to what I would consider what Blizzard Entertainment (The money-making corporation prefers to exclude the Y-type player because war "sells", quite likely just as much as sex).  I choose to be a Y-type player because I like to do other things than playing World of Warcraft, like reading books, watching TV, doing my laundry, going to work, the hard cold reality which in the game you would abbreviate as "RL".  Oh, and the X-type player has no idea what RL really is, well they know what it means, but their reaction is "Ahhhh....", and their own wow-life continues in the "PVP" they are planning to destroy the fictional world, becoming "uber-geared" so they can PVP effectively enough to become "PVP uber-geared"..... and to them that is a big difference and the only difference.  Within the game there is no limit to how far you can take it.  (an interesting note: a cable company here in south florida had an advertisement with a specific finite number of web-sites you can visit, where Ironically yet quite realistically, I personally know nothing about a running tally..... new websites are always being added, subtracted everyday.... the internet is just the internet). In my next section I will delve a little further into wow as a reality-game, and the real reality that is your life, and the racial-nationality divide I tend to call my Racism vs. Nationalities discourse. I strongly believe and support the "We are a people divided by nationalities, and not by race." stigma.... For Example I am 50% Dutch, 25% English and 25% Swedish...... I am not a race... I'm a mix of different origins..... my family had different preferences in their mates and I am who I am, because my parents parents, and their parents made it that way by happenstance, and I'm sure there is a tree of geneologies supporting that claim.  (to be continued)....

The Sam Gunn Omnibus by Ben Bova

clock August 22, 2009 08:51 by author Claudius

This is yet another good read where the storyline is hard to follow, as Ben Bova seems to disregard structure, he is adept at grabbing the attention of the reader.  Among the many adventures of Sam Gunn I find myself running into previouse characters such as Martin Humphries and the exiled Lars Fuchs. Sam Gunn finds it easy to work with other scientists, geolgists, rock-rats, businesspeople, lawyers, congresspeople, senators, etc. Full of livelihood, the women find him exhilirating and exciting.  You never know what Sam is up to. And he is always turning on the charms to the many beautiful women that come his way. Sam at some point finds himself, the schemer that he is, gambling with the mafia, he and the Rockledge Industries owe the Godfather some 20-blllion dollars, so Sam puts on a micheivous grin and has the idea to play poker for double or nothing.  Of course he loses, but later on it tured out to be a scheme that turns profitable in the end.  As tiring it can be to keep up with Sam Gunn, the quantum physician he schemes with manages to reproduce or duplicate him using a Matter-Duplicator, and it successfully duplicates Sam. As if one Same were not enough, it is comical how two Sam Gunn's make the book more interesting, as science fiction does get interesting, Sam gets trapped by his little known daughter, which is discovered towards the end of the story, and he manages to satisfy two different wives where one was totally in love with him, and wanted to make him an honest man.  The other simply was after his money.  Well with two Sam Gunn's was able to divide himself among the affections of the ladies, and also manage to be two different places at once.  Eventually his idea of a Matter-Duplicator, actually he finds himself correcting himself (Matter-Transmitter), as he made a promise to extinguish any idea of a Matter Duplicator.  This was an enriching read, very rewarding. I found myself thinking about Star-Trek, and I am not a Trekkie.... in the possibilities of materialization/dematerialization, made manifest. This was a very enjoyable book.

My perceptions of a competitive gaming world. (Part I)

clock August 16, 2009 18:06 by author Claudius
World of Warcraft specifically. When you start to play this game you have to take into account the hours you will spend levelling your character, and the implications of the choice of being an Alliance or Horde character. Although it makes no personal difference when you are starting out, you are still learning about the game, and in a sense learning more and more about strategy, tactics, handicrafts, interactions, communication, and yes, war in its rawest form.  What you typically get in the game are two sides of the War coin, Horde (typically evil, ugly, godforsaken creatures including trolls, orcs, tauren, undead, blood-elves, and if i left any horde race out forget about forgiving and may i be ganked to the pits of pvp, bowing down to the lords of humility), and Alliance (typically Humans, Gnomes, Dwarves, Night-Elves, and Drainei, and the other hand if I left any poor suffering Alliance race out of the picture, I know that they will forgive me, given the forgiving nature and life supporters that the really are). This will be the beginning of a discourse, so if I bore you with it by all means you do not have to read further.  Chances are you 1) already know what I'm talking about, 2) disagree entirely so far and have me marked down as a newb/noob (a term meaning new to the game, etc.) or 3) are legitimately never played the game, and have been looking for some sort of precept before you decide to play, or if you are the (younger), looking for supportive documentation that you can present to your parents, so they can learn more about the game, and let you play (if you deem my literature worthy to do so).  To cut this introduction short, what I wish to delve into further is the nature of addiction, the pro's and con's of the addiction in this game, and how to manage your control not only controlling your addiction, but managing to grasp the difference in reality/fantasy perspective's and some religious/political/philosophical observations of my own that may help anyone make an inference, or decision whether this is the right game for you.  As it is not only a game, it is an online game.... it is an adventure and a separate life from the everyday reality of your own life.  (to be continued)...

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Claudius or Claudius1964 hails from Kalamazoo, Michigan and has his BS in Computer Information Systems from Western Michigan University.

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