Traveling Journalist: A Monk to Guardian story

Mystical Sparkle is ready to become a Guardian of Tyria

LION’S ARCH — The cold wind of the Far Shiverpeaks pierce my charr pelt, I’m not meant for this frigid weather. Mountains to the left and right; you get a sense of claustrophobia — it seems like the mountains are always getting closer and closer. Only the brave venture this far north (this journalist was lucky to hitch a ride with some traveling heroes), the path is laced with Ice Imps, Tengu and Snow Wurms (just to name a few) that will attack without thought or reason. The bitter cold chills my bones but I travel this far north to talk to a Monk that is willing to sit down with me and discuss some new events in Tyria. Prophets have foretold that Monks, as we know them, will have to pick up armor, forgo their traditional cloth robes, and prepare to fight along side their Warrior brethren — the destruction that is to come to our land will need everyone to fight. Read more of this post

Checking-in to games

“Checking-In” has become a very popular social media term. You can use FourSquare to check-in at your favourite restuarant, bar or club; Gomiso to check-in when you’re watching a cool movie or T.V. show; and (just recently) you can use Chirrps to check-in at web sites that you frequently visit. There are probably many more that use the “check-in” term that I don’t know.

Each of these web sites offer awards — or badges — for enough check-ins at one place, show or web site. You can even become the “mayor” of a place on Foursquare, or become a “master of a domain” on Chirrps, if you checked-in at one place more than anyone else.  It starts to become a bit of an addiction when you watch your check-in counter go up and as you unlock new badges. You can also allow these applications to tweet where you have checked-in and add a comment to give your Twitter followers a bit more info on the place you are at (“try the steak, it’s great!”). Of course you can follow people on the web sites, but I haven’t found it very useful . I can just watch Twitter and see if anyone has used the applications.

In the gaming world, the mobile application is next step for developers. ArenaNet recently announced that Guild Wars 2 will have an iPhone, iPad and iPod application to keep in contact with your friends in the game (and do many other interesting things). World of Warcraft already has a mobile app and many other online games do too. Now a days we want to be in the game, even when we can’t. These mobile apps help to fill that niche.

I wonder if “check-ins” can be used for MMORPGs? Or just “check-in” what game you are currently playing?

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