I’m kind of a late bloomer when it comes to mmo games. Well, actually, I’m kind of a late bloomer when it comes to any online games. I blame the fact that I grew up and lived a good chunk of my adult life in BFE, Missouri. [Author's note: this is not a jab at Missouri, I love Missouri. It's a jab at the tiny ass town I am from.] Internet was slow to come to my hometown. I didn’t get a dial-up internet connection until 2001. And when I left that town in 2006, dial-up was still the only option. I have a brother who still lives there and he has had Centurytel dsl for a couple of years now, but I’ve used it and it’s sad.
Point is, World of Warcraft is pretty much my only experience with an mmo, an rpg or even just a fantasy game. I’ve never played Final Fantasy, Diablo, Eve, or even any form of Dungeons and Dragons. Honestly, I’m a terrible nerd because I really don’t even know much about any of those games. I did (embarrassingly) play Runescape for about 2 weeks when luckily my nerdy brother, who has played all of the above and more because he did not grow up in BFE, Missouri and had a completely normal exposure to the internet and the world, recruited me to WoW. Thank you, Scott. Seriously. So when RIFT was available for beta testing earlier this year, I decided to give it a try and see what the world outside of WoW was like. I played for about 3 days, racking up an approximate 8 hours total play time. I didn’t really have any problems with the game, no specific complaints; I just didn’t feel any connection to it. There was no chemistry between us, so to speak. It wasn’t WoW. The whole time I was logged into RIFT I was wondering what my guildies were all up to in the other game. I knew very quickly I had no interest in RIFT and would not be playing when it was released.
However, as someone who is addicted to screenshotting the beautiful scenery in WoW it should be no surprise that during my time in RIFT I found the opportunity to take some pretty screenshots. I’ve had them collecting dust in a folder ever since then, but I have finally decided to go ahead and post them here. Just some random things I thought were pretty and a few that are simply informative about the game.