This Is My Wandering Albatross
Scientific Name: Diomedea exulans
I would like to introduce you to a super friend of mine. She’s been missing in action for a very long time, but my other super friend let me borrow his “bat signal” to summon her back into the fray. I needed this friend for one conclusive adventure. She’s five foot eleven, weighs 135 pounds and always eager to throw down. Her sapphire blue skin glistens in the light and her ominous glowing eyes can burn a whole right through you. Short hair on one side with long bangs on the other, she’s as stylish as she is deadly. And her wingspan…well let’s just say her wingspan would make Marvel’s own Archangel crazy jealous. The name of this amazing wandering albatross is Arcilla and she hails from the Massively multiplayer online role playing game, DC Universe Online.
I have only played a total of four RPGs in my lifetime. In three of them I was given the option to create and customize my very own playable character. DC Universe Online is DC’s answer to creating a fascinating role playing world. Arcilla (named after a college friend of mine) was the first super heroine that I’ve ever created and together we’ve been on a number of quests. Our relationship started when I downloaded this free-to-play PS3 game back in May 2013 and I had every intent to play and immerse myself into this superhero themed experience. After all it was a DC game unlike any other. It was pronounced and my favourite comic book creator of all time, Jim Lee, was involved as a director. All signs pointed to “Play this game!” And play I did. I created my super hero and began blasting, zapping and scrapping my way through the streets of Gotham City and Metropolis as a low level do-gooder. I say low level because I only got enough XP to level my character up to a level six. In this game they say that the real action begins at level thirty because this is when all of the amazing endgame content becomes available. The duos, raids and other endgame missions are where the real parties are at. Basically the game doesn’t start until you hit the level cap so Arcilla would have to grind her way through until she reached those final double digits. Sadly though I never made it to those double digits. But as history dictates, life and other top priorities got in the way to trump my video gaming goals. Alas, it has been over a year since I last played DCUO and sadly I had to admit to myself that this is one special game that I am just never going to finish.
Yes, truly a sad realization. Even though all of your characters and progress can easily be downloaded onto the PS4 it still took me a while to press the delete command on my PS3. I don’t like letting things go. Plus I have the tiny fear that something could go wrong. What if I do decide to resume play in the future on my PS4 and all of my data in the DCUO server goes missing? Not to worry. Worst case scenario would be to start all over again from the beginning. This would mean creating a new super hero. Arcilla would have to reincarnate into someone else, but it’s a risk I’m now willing to take. There are so many games, new and old, to keep me occupied. And right now I’d rather be grinding and leveling up my Titan in Destiny. Sorry Daybreak. I’m a big fan of the DC Universe, but right now, when it comes to MMORPGs, Bungie’s Destiny is my go to. But I’ll save my praises of Destiny for another post. I’m saying goodbye to a unique role playing universe where I was able to play alongside some of DC’s most iconic superheroes. DCUO was very short lived, but it was memorable and it introduced me to a type of online gameplay that I now love and appreciate. These things happen for a reason correct? Maybe I was not meant to finish this game. Maybe it was just a gateway drug to a much more addictive game. Whatever it’s purpose DC Universe Online is gone from my infinite playlist, but still within reach. Barring no issues with the DCUO cloud, Arcilla may rise again in true next gen form on my PS4. But until then I bid you farewell. Here’s looking at you kid 😈