So the date of the next beta weekend has been announced and between 8pm GMT Friday 8th June and sometime on Monday 11th I’ll be able to once more explore Tyria. Let the streets ring with the w00ts! of the interwebz. Let there be joy unbound across the land. Let… well, let me explain why instead of elation, joy and excitement I feel nothing a deep-rooted sense of worry.
As I pondered my strange reaction last night I listed off my reasons:
- Will I actually be able to play using the expensive & untested set up I now have? I have tried it a little with LOTRO but that just led to another problem – oh the set up worked, more or less it’s just that…
- I seem to have totally lost the spark that playing an MMO once gave me. Even logging into LOTRO sets off a deep feeling of irritation and boredom. I recognise this from my last days in Second Life and I don’t like it. What if, even given all of GW2’s wonderful innovations & differences, I just don’t like playing MMOs any more?
- And let’s not forget the elephant in the room that is my shoulder. About 10 years ago I partially tore my right supraspinatus and now find that any prolonged activity with my right hand (keep your current imaginings clean, you mucky buggers) results in the worst headaches I’ve ever experienced. I’ve moved my work mouse to my left hand and this reduced the headache attacks by 90% overnight but I can’t seem to manage to do the same with my gaming mouse – my left hand lacks the fine control that 42 years of muscle memory has granted to my right. The end result is, if I can’t find a set up that both works *and* reduces the strain on my shoulder I might have to give games up altogether.
So it’s not with loud yeehaws that I find myself approaching the next GW2 Beta weekend, but rather with a sense of apprehension. I better make sure I have some Tramadol in.