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Posted: Feb 27th 2010 12:19AM (Unverified) said

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Goddamn you, Microsoft. You have once again denied me my dream: writing for a video game website.

Champions Online was announced for PC and 360, and I waited on bated breath for its eventual release on the latter. Finally, I would no longer be plagued by my vengeful Macbook Pro, who is prone to overheating and exploding (not to mention being a Mac and not being compatible with anything fun). No longer would I see other people around me seemingly teleporting behind me, stabbing me in the spine thanks to my terrible computer lagging up on me. No longer would I have to delete gigabytes upon gigabytes of The Office or sleazy erotica to make room for a game that has no business being run on my computer. Finally, a game for me, a game on 360 in which we would all be on level playing ground.

When City of Heroes came out, I didn't even have a PC. I was already running World of Warcraft on my dad's computer at the lowest possible setting. I had no money, and maybe an hour a day to play video games. My dream of soaring through the air, cape flowing majestically through the air whilst laser beams rained upon ne'er do-wells from my eyes, would be delayed for almost a decade.

By time I did get City of Heroes, the game had been practically abandoned. After World of Warcraft, it seemed like a throwback to more innocent days where simple things like chat options seemed like an impossible labyrinth of doom, only mastered by the grown ups who would laugh when I asked them where the Inn in Minoc was. "Minoc?" They would scoff, "only fools and beggars go to Minoc". And off they'd ride, on their giant scorpions, laughing as I was left with only crushing self-doubt and esteem issues. City of Heroes was now only a barren wasteland. Champions Online was supposed to be a shining beacon of light, leading me to Zion.

So I waited. I hyped the games to my friends. This was no easy task. Some were deeply entrenched in World of Warcraft, running continually harder to pronounce dungeons. Some thought that anyone who indulged in MMOs were of questionable sexual nature. I was forced to persuade and sometimes outright lie to the best of my ability. I regaled them with tales of being a man-shark Nazi who manipulated ice, or of being a cybernetic bank robber who could fly on a metal disc made of gold. Eventually, a reasonable sized super team of heroes was collected. I was ready for Champions.

So I waited. And waited. Delays were endless. "That's alright" I thought, "When the game gets released, it'll be done right". I fed my unquenchable anticipation with the incredibly few media releases that Cryptic put out. Eventually, a solid release date was made. Unfortunately, not for the 360 version.

The PC version was eventually released. I waited for a month, thinking that it was only a momentary delay due to tweaking it for the 360 version to be compatible with an MMOs controls. Months flew by. Even Killzone 2 was released. Champions Online never saw the 360 shores.

Eventually, I read that Microsoft had no idea how to charge people for MMOs on the 360, and thus never greenlighted the game. It was then and there I completely lost hope of ever seeing that game. My planned character, White Magical Hat, based on maybe the most ridiculous thing I've ever seen on a playing card, would never be made. His brand of magical street justice never doled out. His ridiculous sense of style never gracing the sides of kids' lunchboxes. I started hoping that DC Universe Online would see a kinder fate and started pining for that instead.

And then I find out Massively.com is hiring for bloggers for a number of MMOs, including Champions Online. It sounds like a dream job for some. To me, it was proof that Satan indeed has slapped me with the long arm of bad luck.

Posted: Feb 28th 2010 6:59PM (Unverified) said

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Alas, I would have loved this job, but as many others have mentioned - the list of games don't include any I currently play.

I'd be willing to jump in on a particular game and give it a noobs guide perspective and chronicle my experiences, but I'm not sure that's what Massively is looking for.

I'm sure they'll find a suitable candidate - and I'll just have to hope they are looking for more in the future.

Best of luck!

Posted: Mar 2nd 2010 5:51AM (Unverified) said

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I bet if they put World of Warcraft columnist requested they would die of exhaustion caused by endless application reviews.

Posted: Mar 4th 2010 6:49PM (Unverified) said

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Mostly bumping to follow the thread. ; )

But will you post here when you make a decision?

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