Sometimes hard decisions are simply a case of On or Off.
After a Division 2 weekend binge of Level 4 Control Points,
Invasion missions and a Hunter mask, I decided to just delete the game from my primary
PS4 and jump into the FarCry New Dawn World.
I grabbed the financial bait, a whopping 67% off the list price and the
offline, story driven nature of the game.
Don’t get me wrong, deleting the 97+GB of Division 2 was rough especially knowing how much time it will take to re-install but the Raids did not justify the potential time investment. Also, one of my long term fellow gamers became totally obsessed with my skin colour breaking the relatively anonymous nature of online multiplayer games.
My meticulous plans had to be migrated to countermeasures due to the unexpected rogue drone exploiting commercial airspace. This planned attack was timed on one of the busiest travel times and the numbers of passengers impacted over 100,000.
I was scheduled on the 12:15 Vienna to Gatwick flight today.
07:00 Check BBC radio for general news then got the heads up on the closure of Gatwick.
08:00 Decided to head to the Vienna airport and check in early expecting some delays.
10:35 Gatwick still closed, my flight is delayed to 14:10. Lots of media chatter and noise.
10:45 Suddenly dawns on me that they may not open Gatwick till after 14:00
11:00 I decided to ditch that flight and look for another destination. Hats off to EasyJet for a no quibble of flight to Luton.
11:25 Had to retrieve my checked-in luggage, check in again and go through Passport check….again.
12:00 Gatwick flight pushed back to 16:55 delayed departure. Gatwick still closed.
13:00 arrive at gate and ready to fly
14:17 Late fight departure but relieved to be heading back to the UK.
15:29 (London time) arrived in Luton. Pretty busy, not sure if this is the normal state. My Gatwick flight was cancelled
16:45 Finally boarded train to London.
Things that worked
Good situation awareness made it easy to make decisions.
Planned contingency already in place
Solo travelling, no dependency or discussion.
Things to improve
Checked luggage slowed me down but it was needed.
Lots of anxiety and panic, lost my ear buds so couldn’t watch any movies.
Combat Medic is probably the most satisfying role for me on multiplayer titles. A powerful medic makes a difference and in many situations, on The Division it is almost impossible to thrive without a high-level medic on the team.
For new players the safety net of being revived makes the healer class an instant friend. The real life comparison to a knowledgeable InfoSec Pro is interesting as not many organisations wing it without at least one specialist being accountable.
I’ve spent the past few days in the game reward loop earning points on Tom Clancy’s The Division Global Event. It’s an excellent way to keep gamers playing with the hope of finding loot and rewards.
I ended up aiming for 50 mixed caches as my goal at the end of GE which should increase my chances of getting something special. My cache opening ceremony will probably take 20-30 minutes just to re-organise the inventory.
Here’s what on the Wishlist
AlphaBridge Classified Holster
Striker Classified Gloves and Holster
Lone Star Classified Mask, Knee Pads and Holster
D3-FNC Classified Holster
Reclaimer Classified Gloves and Knee Pads
This is absolute gibberish to non-Division gamers and like all acronyms and industry talk, it inadvertently divides people. I could actually meet a Division player and have a full decent genuine conversation dispute the demographic or real-life profile. Words like grind, face tanking, exotics and caches mean a totally different thing here.
This is what makes a game successful, I don’t see nothing wrong with a little Bump and Grind.
1st day of exercise for 50 days….feels good though.