Treadmill Gaming, Rebuilding a Habit!
Playing computer games while walking on a treadmill is one of the few weird skillsets that I’m proud of developing over the years. Thanks to Nerd Fitness and their 4 week challenges, I’m finally getting up off my duff and playing again! 🙂
My old gaming treadmill setup worked fine in the old house, but in the new house things are arranged a little differently and I hit the added hump of having two people who are going to be using the treadmill… of drastically different heights.
So a simple shelf on a wall with some wooden shims wasn’t going to cut it this time. (To be fair, it was never a very good setup last time either, I could never get the angle quite right).
With that in mind, I worked out a way to combine an Ikea bookshelf and a desk-mounted monitor swivel arm into the perfect adjustable setup!
Here we go a’Druiding… with DANCE!
It’s a new year, a newly repaired treadmill, and time to return to the lands of Azeroth!
…Well, to be honest I was going to renew my sub once the whole gaming rig was back up, but some friends wanted to play early so… yeah.
They wanted to play Horde, so Shandris is was! In theory we were all starting new toons so we could relearn how to play (they’ve been gone a while longer than I have). Since I already had a Troll druid on Shandris, I figured it was time for a Tauren. 🙂
So I suppose this means I should start a series on How to Low Level Cat. *ponders*
But first I need to see if Curse is still out there, because it doesn’t seem to be installed on my computer anymore (weird!) and play catch-up with all the WoW blogs that I don’t read on a semi-daily basis, and, and, and….
Treadmill Gaming – Starting Over
I played World of Warcraft (and Diablo, and Firefall, etc.) while walking on a Treadmill for a little over three years. It was fun, I was in better shape than I’d been for quite some time, but then the treadmill broke…
It seemed like a simple fix, but after I replaced the drive belt the walking belt started randomly skipping. It’s hard enough to walk and game without having to deal with the ‘ground’ lurching around! After much YouTube tutorial watching and tinkering, I gave up and meant to get a professional to fix it some time after we moved.
Which was roughly a year ago.
So why am I finally getting around to setting my treadmill gaming rig back up?
One of my goals for this year was to ‘win’ one of the Six Week Challenge rounds over at the Nerd Fitness Rebellion. It went about as well as most New Year’s Resolutions are wont to go… but I realized it’s still something I want to do in 2016.
(Plus I noticed I was getting traffic from the Treadmill Gaming subreddit every now and then and felt guilty I wasn’t keeping up the fight.)
The next Nerd Fitness Challenge starts January 4th and my goal is to have the gaming rig ready to go so cross your fingers and wish me luck! 🙂
A Paladin by any other game… is still a catgirl
My World of Warcraft subscription expired a few months ago when my bank card did… and I didn’t notice.
Part of that was because my coworkers had lured me first into Star Wars and then into Final Fantasy (where I current reside), but even before that my actual time in Azeroth was sparse. Ever since the new expansion dropped I’ve been losing interest in playing. I wanted to log in, I wanted to explore the still new-to-me content of the expansion– I just didn’t.
I tried leveling alts or working on random achievements instead of chasing level cap, but nothing could hold my interest. I even found myself swapping windows to look something up only to forget I was playing. Being a druid just wasn’t druid-y enough anymore and I found myself resenting the game for having grown away from what I wanted it to be.
Final Fantasy isn’t druid-y and neither was Star Wars, but I wasn’t expecting them to be. So ditzing around in FFXIV trying to level ALL the things or burying myself in the entrancing story-line of SWTOR wasn’t burdened by the memory of what they used to be. Sure, in time that feeling will leach into these games –with every new expansion the digital worlds I play in are apt to warp and sunder– but for now they are just fun.
And I’ll keep the hope alive that maybe someday WoW will be fun again too… I still have Druid-ing to do, after all.
Ashella making New Friends!
I love new content! There are new quests to do, new things to ooh and aah over. Cutscenes and lore and all the new goodies that come with a new (or old) chunk of Azeroth popping into existence.
What I don’t like is all of the people.
I spent last Friday fighting server queue times, insta-spawning quest monsters, rares that are only up long enough to click once and pray you do damage before they’re down again, and layers upon layers of friendly folks who’ve buried the quest givers under a sea of mounts… It the same thing that happened with MoP and it’s enough to make a Kitty Blender of Doom™ take a vacation.
Stuck on the Docks
I can’t wait to play the expansion, but after a long day of work the last thing I really want to do is fight with the game for a chance play my Kitty Cuisinart™. So I think I’m going to throw in the towel/keyboard for this first week and let the newness wear off a bit.
In the meantime I’m just going to soak in the awesome goodness from all the other WoW blogs on my blogroll and maybe play a little SWTOR on the side…