Returning to Elite: Dangerous (Blaugust #4)

psycheplays_blaugust15-day4_elite-dangerous-bounty-huntingI have neglected my time in Elite: Dangerous lately, I am loathe to admit. I got a little frustrated with Voice Attack as it has issues with my weird accent, and I was taking that out on the game (shame on me, I know.)

But the game is truly beautiful, especially for a space geek such as myself with aspirations to be a space cowboy and/or pirate. Yes, I may have seen one too many sci-fi movies and TV shows or read one too many trashy space opera novels, but what can I say? Elite: Dangerous has allowed me to, at least in some way, indulge in my fantasy of exploring the skies and beyond.

Bounty hunting gets my heart racing and the blood pumping through my veins in a way that few games have had me feel in recent years. I end up whooping at the screen when I start to blow an enemy to bits, only to follow it up a few minutes later with intense screeching while I try to haul ass away from the torrent of lasers and/or projectiles flying my way.

I also find I get very…engaged. You know when your mum or dad tried to play video games back when you were young, and they would try to throw themselves bodily around corners in racing games, or jump in real life with Mario when hopping over a gap? Yeah, I do that in this game. I find myself hurling my upper body around while gripping my joystick and throttle, hoping to escape certain death (and thankfully usually managing it, until I crash into the side of a station while getting cocky at winning a race with my fiancé, ahem…)

All in all, I’m really excited to get myself back into space. I just don’t know where to start! I’ve begun my upgrading my Viper, and trying out my new guns in some combat zones and trawling for bounties, but my heart lies in exploration. Right now, I am using my Viper to build up funds to build a decent exploration ship with all the fixings, and get myself checking out some of the beauties of our universe. You can check out some of the results of my last exploration trip (some time ago, admittedly) in my video of a visit to the Acrux system.

Because after all, that is the beauty of this game. This is our galaxy. It’s all that we know about the Milky Way, plus our best estimate as to what else is there. If we know about it, it’s in the game. And I think that’s incredibly exciting.

 

What’s In a Name? (Blaugust #3)

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Since I’m making an effort to write every day, I thought it would be a good idea to share something about me I get asked often, as a way of getting to know you all a little better! I often get asked where my gaming alias, Psyche, came from and why I went with it.

First of all, I think it’s important to say that it’s Psyche; not Psych, not Psycho, not anything in between. The ‘e’ is not silent — pronounce it like “psy-kee”.

The name itself I took from the Greek legend of Eros and Psyche. I had a bit of a mythology obsession when I was much younger, and read up on ancient stories in my spare time. I was around 11 or 12 and was looking for something to identify myself online when we first got the internet, and Psyche was born. I found the story beautiful, and it just sort of stuck.

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I have gone by that name ever since; in the gaming centre I used to hang out in and eventually came to work in, I was Psyche or Psy. It was my name on various online communities, and I was always devastated (and still am, these days!) when the name was already taken. That’s how I became MissPsyche on Twitch and in various games I play, which sometimes I regret, especially after branding my blog this way.

I always feel a bit antsy when the name is taken, because it’s genuinely been my name for so long that I respond to it in real life if someone calls me by it. My mum even jokingly called me it a few times, and if she came into the gaming centre I worked in she would ask for Psyche, not Kirsty. Colleagues call me it at work, as it’s what I go by in our game’s community as well.

What inspired your name? Share it with me in the comments or feel free to make a Blaugust post of your own on the topic!

On MMO Progression (Blaugust #2)

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I’ve never been one for hardcore raiding. In fact, Final Fantasy XIV was the first MMO I ever raided in at all. I came close in a few past MMOs, but I’ve always found myself bumbling around, levelling up and exploring but never taking the game very seriously. FFXIV was different, because in that game, I have met a group of like-minded people who make content progression fun, which is honestly what I’d always been missing.

That said, I find myself hungry. I want to do more. I want to experience more, challenge myself, and push myself to complete content. I don’t expect to ever be world first or even close to it, and I don’t have the time (unfortunately) to dedicate to such an endeavour. But I do find myself watching streams and videos of people progressing through FFXIV‘s most recent raid content (Alexander Savage) and wish I was doing so too.

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