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Bane
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   Posted 7/4/2010 11:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I was initially going to put this as a reply to the "I need new friends" thread, but as I typed I realized I'd be hijacking it for something that most of you probably won't be interested in.

Anyway, due to my health, I am unemployed. As such, I have a lot of time on my hands. I pass the time (and keep my mind off my guts) by playing online games. I find it actually helps me feel better. Perhaps because it's something I enjoy doing that can be done mere feet from- or even on- the toilet. Some of them are First-Person Shooters, like Halo and Call of Duty, others are Action-RPGs, like Mass Effect... but the most enjoyable are Massively Multi-player Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG, or MMO for short).

Anyway, MMOs are particularly enjoyable for me because they provide an environment close enough to real life that you are able to form real friendships. I met some of my closest friends while playing Final Fantasy XI. We can't hang-out in real life all that much, as some of them live halfway across the world, but it's nice to be able to talk to a good friend without reminding them that you're not there because you're sick, or having to make constant plans for what you'll do if you really need to poo.

It's no replacement for friends that live in your area and whatnot, but its nice to have people to talk to when stuff is going on and you can't participate, so it makes a nice supplement. Like tonight, for example. 4th of July, all my friends are out partying and whatnot, and I'm running to the bathroom every 5 minutes. So, I log into the game and chat/play with other people who, for whatever reason, aren't out attending the festivities.

Some games I'd recommend that are out right now:

EVE Online: You are a capsuleer; an immortal. After undergoing intense training and surgical augmentation, you board a Capsule. From this capsule, you control warships as large as cities with a mere thought. Should your ship ever be destroyed, and your capsule ruptured, your neural implants inject you with a poison that freezes your brain's synapses. They then scan your brain and beam this information to the nearest stargate, where it is instantly relayed across thousands of lightyears to where you installed your clone. Machines then write your synapses into your new body, and it is activated. You live on. This game is like a giant sandbox. There are very few restrictions to what you can do, outside the basic game mechanics. The learning curve is more like a cliff with spikes at the bottom and a guy standing at the top trying to sell you the cure for stupid. Also there's a pirate shooting at you. It's rather complex, and the people you meet are as likely to scam you as they are to shoot you.... which is pretty likely. However, it is extremely fun, especially if you find a group of good people. Uses a unique training system that does not require you to be online for your character to grow, which means it can take months (or in some cases years, but thats only for the really really big stuff) for you to fly a ship effectively. Expansions are free, and subscription costs can be paid using in-game currency (make money in-game, buy an item in-game, apply it to your account in-game, and get free game-time) which makes it possible to play for free. Has one giant server that everyone plays on, except the Chinese. They get their own because of censorship issues. I'm currently playing this.

World of Warcraft: You play as a member of the Horde or the Alliance, and can choose from several races each. You spend much of your time killing zebras for their hooves, finding lost axes, killing evil monsters, and lots of other quests like that. This game is the sequel to Warcraft 3, which is an awesome game, so WoW itself is pretty awesome by default. Low learning curve, easy to get the hang of, time consuming to master. Extremely popular. Lots and lots of people. It's a fun game, but full of teenagers with full anonymity and a lack of consequences. A new expansion is coming out fairly soon, introducing new features and a raised level cap. Requires a subscription. Has several regional groups of servers, such as European servers, US servers, Asian servers. In order to switch server groups, you need to buy a game from that region... so not great if you want to play with friends from other regions.

FFXI is soon to be replaced by FFXIV and Star Wars Galaxies is soon to be replaced by Star Wars: The Old Republic. Warhammer Online fizzled, as did several other MMOs that I've played. I've heard that Aion is doing fairly well, but I haven't tried it.

Some games I'd recommend taking a look at when they come out:

Final Fantasy XIV: The successor to FFXI, my first MMO. It's looking like a good game, and the Final Fantasy series has always had a strong following, so it won't lack for players. I don't know much about the story, but I expect there to be damsel-saving, nation-saving, and world-saving. Appears to have incredible customization options. Not quite as many as some others, but still impressive.

Star Wars: The Old Republic: Looks pretty good. I'll probably try it out, because Star Wars is awesome. Set during the war between the Sith Empire and the Old Republic. I expect many lightsaber battles.

Diablo III: Diablo I and II were very gory. I expect the same from Diablo III. However, they were also extremely fun. They're not really MMOs, but they're close enough, and they're great games, so yeah. Basically, you're a hero fighting the forces of hell in a struggle to save Sanctuary, the realm between heaven and hell that mortals inhabit.

Anyway, even if you're not a gamer, I'd suggest giving one or more of these games a shot. They're incredibly fun. I should warn you, though, that they can be extremely addicting. I eventually learned to practice moderation, but I know a few people who never did and almost lost their jobs over it. Just pay attention to your habits (nothing new to a Crohnie) and you'll be fine.
Diagnosed with Crohn's late December 2004. Narrowly avoiding a full-blown flare using nothing but sheer awesomeness.


spookyh
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   Posted 7/4/2010 11:36 PM (GMT -7)   
I have Xbox Live, but have used it a grand total of ONCE. I find that I'm too shy to chat it up with strangers blush. Plus, I'm a terrible choker. I can be playing just fine, but if someone is watching me or depending on me, my gameplay goes down the crapper. It's too bad, because I've been playing Crackdown (the first one), and I'm sure it would be more enjoyable to crack heads with someone else. And when I play Rock Band, I'm not much of a band all by myself smilewinkgrin.
35 years old, Crohn's disease for 15 of them
Resection of ileocecal valve on 09/22/09
Current Meds: LDN, Pentasa, Effexor XR
Supplements: 3 kinds of Fish Oil, Multi-Vitamin, Vitamin D, Calcium, CoQ10, Enzymes
SCD since 12/01/08 - eating Stage 3 foods


vixen
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   Posted 7/5/2010 12:49 AM (GMT -7)   
 
LOL I am glad my son doesn't read these posts :-) He needs no encouragement to go online gaming !!
You are right though it does keep you involved and 'chatting' with new people.
He is in touch with people all over the world and some of the games you have mentioned sound pretty familiar-you may even have 'fought' or 'spoken' to each other.
 
I try and get him to practice moderation (usually falls on deaf ears-until I threaten to remove a fuse or lock his computer)

MAG102886
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   Posted 7/5/2010 8:52 AM (GMT -7)   
I used to play WoW it got too expensive though.  I do play a game called Tibia, it's 2D...but I enjoy it.  It's kinda nice to have friends all over the world and not have to explain yourself when you say "brb!" haha.
Dianogsed with Crohns: At 16 years old. 23 years old now.
Surgeries:3 Bowel Resections, Gallbladder Removed, 3 Abscess Cleanings, Fistula Repair
Current Meds: Methorexate, Vitamin B12 (injections), Nexium.
Next Surgery: None.
 

dragonfly137927
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   Posted 7/5/2010 3:49 PM (GMT -7)   
I started with FFXI I now play WoW and have tried a few others and my BF (who is also disabled) and I are looking into FFXIV and signed up for the beta. Currently in WoW we run a guild and hey when the loot master has to have a potty break and being the main healer they have to wait I have met some great people in the game and even talk to 1 woman who's brother has CD etc. you just never know and I am very open about me having CD.
Dx with Crohn's 1987, symptoms as early as 1984.
Temp iliostomy February 2007, reversed June 2007, Ovarian cysts, migraines, allergies (incl food allergies) , oral allergy syndrome (diff than true food allergies), Asthma, Gall Bladder removed 1999, Inguenal hernia 1987
 
 
 


leysa
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Date Joined Oct 2009
Total Posts : 111
   Posted 7/6/2010 6:30 PM (GMT -7)   
*waves* I'm a long-time WoW junkie/addict - I currently run one of the top casual raid guilds on my server. :)

I'll play anything I can get my hands on though. I even still have a working Atari 2600.
30/f
chronic active colitis/unspecified IBD - still awaiting a PillCam
Lialda 1.2 mg 2x/day
Prednisone 10 mg taper in progress
Remicade - 2 infusions so far
Darvocet or Lortab as needed for pain


spookyh
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   Posted 7/6/2010 10:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Ahh, the Atari. My first console holds a special part in my heart :-).
35 years old, Crohn's disease for 15 of them
Resection of ileocecal valve on 09/22/09
Current Meds: LDN, Pentasa, Effexor XR
Supplements: 3 kinds of Fish Oil, Multi-Vitamin, Vitamin D, Calcium, CoQ10, Enzymes
SCD since 12/01/08 - eating Stage 3 foods


JAB
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Date Joined Nov 2003
Total Posts : 351
   Posted 7/7/2010 9:11 AM (GMT -7)   
I like the fact that ya still can be social without having to go out in public when you're not feeling well. I'm partial to FPS games and like Halo, Call of Duty, Battlefield Vietnam. I actually have both XBOX and PS3. I like the XBox Live since you are able to talk and hear people where as the PS3 online access, allbeit free isn't as interactive.
 
JAB

Sniper
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   Posted 7/7/2010 11:53 AM (GMT -7)   
JAB, I got to play that, Battlefield VietNam game back in the 60's and 70's . I really didn't find it all that much fun, but then neither I nor my friends were immortal or have clones to take over for us. Back then when it was game over, it really was game over....
If we would read the secret history of our enemies,we would find in each mans life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.


JAB
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Total Posts : 351
   Posted 7/7/2010 12:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Sniper-
I'm sure my experience with Vietnam is much more sedated then your true life experience. I can't imagine at any point that you could've summed up your experience into the form of a video game. On the other hand I'm sure the experience was in some ways surreal, similar to a video game. Fortunately I can "live" to fight another day unlike many who lived and died the real deal.
 
God Bless You!

SaraOnThisSite
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Total Posts : 211
   Posted 7/9/2010 5:54 PM (GMT -7)   
I used to make fun of my ex and my friends who played WoW...but then I got hooked! It was nice, especially when I lived in NYC and going out all the time was way too expensive. But I quit a few years ago while I was getting my masters because I didn't have the time to play so it seemed silly spending 15 bucks a month. But I sure do miss my druid and warlock :) Though, since I was in big raiding guilds, sometimes it would feel like a job... :/

However, lately, being horrible out of remission and not being able to go out (like tonight, my friend's band is playing but in wayyy too much pain to consider going...and driving a half hour...bleh) and having my friends be somewhat less than sympathetic...it's certainly been on my mind!
 
25 year old female, diagnosed with Crohn's in 2002 after being misdiagnosed with Lyme Disease for a year.  Have been on Prednisone, Asacol, Entocort, Remicade, and Mercaptopurine (even the lowest dosage was messing up my liver, argh) in the past.
 
Currently on Avalox (well, when I'm not throwing it up...), and a quick power pack of Pred, ugh  

Trying to get on Humira but having insurance issues.. :(


chornsguy
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Date Joined Jul 2010
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   Posted 7/9/2010 9:08 PM (GMT -7)   
look me up anytime stormrage gnome warlock named Norrinradd

NiceCupOfTea
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   Posted 7/12/2010 6:29 PM (GMT -7)   
I play video games, but have never been much tempted by MMOs. I get all the social interaction I am capable of dealing with from forums, and I struggle to keep up with even that sometimes - I am an introvert who can tire of talking, or posting, rapidly. An exhaustion comes over me. The fatigue from Crohn's doesn't help with this tendency either.

I did, however, used to be a big RPG fan back in the PS1 days. FF7 was my first and greatest love, but I also played FF8-10, Wild Arms, Alundra, Grandia, etc. These days I don't seem to have enough hours in a day to sink into an RPG. I don't do anything, but that doesn't stop the days, weeks and months just flying past in a blur.

At the moment I'm on a Zelda kick. Currently playing Zelda: Ocarina of Time on an old second-hand N64. Want to get Majora's Mask and play that. Earlier on this year got all 120 stars in Super Mario 64.

Got some PS2 games I'd like to play as well. FF12, FF6, Okami, Shadow Of The Colossus (played ICO and thought it was great), and Metal Gear Solid 2/3. Only then will I even consider buying a PS3 and moving onto this current generation of consoles. To be honest, there are enough old games left to last me a decade.

Oh, and whoever mentioned the Atari 2600; that was my first console and holds a special place in my heart too :p

spookyh
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   Posted 7/12/2010 9:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Those of us who said that Atari 2600 was our first console are dating ourselves ;-).

You and I have the same taste in games NCOT. The N64 Zelda games were the best, and I like Mario 64 a lot better then the new Super Mario Galaxy games. Definitely play Okami, one of my favorite games ever!

I've only played one FF, the 10th one. I really liked it, so I don't know why I haven't played the others. I own 7-12, just haven't gotten around to them. Between PS1, PS2, Gamecube, Wii, GBA, DS, and Xbox 360, I have quite a large gaming backlog!
35 years old, Crohn's disease for 15 of them
Resection of ileocecal valve on 09/22/09
Current Meds: LDN, Pentasa, Effexor XR
Supplements: 3 kinds of Fish Oil, Multi-Vitamin, Vitamin D, Calcium, CoQ10, Enzymes
SCD since 12/01/08 - eating Stage 3 foods


NiceCupOfTea
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   Posted 7/13/2010 6:05 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm not a decade over 25... >_>. (Yeah, I'm 35... <_<)

Great stuff! I've been wavering between playing Majora's Mask or Okami next, but I think I will make it Okami. I've heard really, really good things about the game. Plus it's directed by the same guy who also directed Devil May Cry, Resident Evil 2 and Viewtiful Joe - that's got to be a draw. By the way, if you haven't played Devil May Cry, I recommend it. It's quite hard for a modern(ish) video game, but it's worth it. It's got a brilliant gothic atmosphere, combined with some great enemies - it's a bit like RE with swords and guns. And if you like that, there's the also excellent Devil May Cry 3. (The 2nd DMC is pretty lame.)

And if you only manage to play one more RPG in your life, make it FF7! >_>. I think if you really liked FF10, you will also really like FF7. FF10 is my second favourite FF game after #7, but 7 is top by quite a long way. The story, music, characters, backgrounds, and even the minigames - there's just something about it which was special.

chornsguy
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   Posted 7/13/2010 6:08 AM (GMT -7)   
i only have a xbox360 and the pc for xbox i would recomend the 2 mass effect games, dragon ages orgins, obliviane, and blue dragon

NiceCupOfTea
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   Posted 7/13/2010 6:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Yeah. I haven't even tried western RPGs. Only played Japanese ones. I've never had an Xbox and don't play PC games, which is probably the main reason why :-/

Homeboy
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   Posted 7/13/2010 10:17 AM (GMT -7)   
What a great post.

Chornsguy; I looked you up, nice lock.

Undead warlock here named Semi(of the horde), I enjoy the battlegrounds.

/wave

spookyh
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   Posted 7/15/2010 11:35 PM (GMT -7)   
chornsguy, I have Mass Effect & Oblivion, but haven't played them yet. As soon as I finish mopping up a few more achievements in Crackdown, I think I'll give Oblivion a try.

NCOT, I played the first Devil May Cry (I think that it came out at the same time as Ico and RE:Code Veronica), but not the other 2. And an Okami sequel (called Okamiden) is coming out for DS. Yeah!!!
35 years old, Crohn's disease for 15 of them
Resection of ileocecal valve on 09/22/09
Current Meds: LDN, Pentasa, Effexor XR
Supplements: 3 kinds of Fish Oil, Multi-Vitamin, Vitamin D, Calcium, CoQ10, Enzymes
SCD since 12/01/08 - eating Stage 3 foods


MToronto2
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Total Posts : 232
   Posted 7/17/2010 8:06 AM (GMT -7)   
For those of us more old school, pogo.com has free card and board games.

I play bridge daily, keeps me.. ahhh, sane, yaa that's it, sane :)
CD 24 years. Multiple surgeries in past 10 yrs. 4 year Illeostomy. Mesh rejection. Too close to death, twice. Large inscisional hernia. Perpetually underweight. Short bowel syndrom. Have used a variety of complementary medical therapies. Highly recommend Bowen Therapy as the best body work. Take me vites. Started Low Dose Naltrexone March 27, 2010. Got married for the only time 2008. Survive because of the love of good friends, and because I can. Happy to be alive. IBD needs more awareness and more voices willing to speak up. BE well.

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