When you look at your flight time of 5 minutes – what are you meant to do during those 5 mins?
I am finding myself trying to plan long flights around Bathroom trips – washing dishes, putting washing on ect ect, When I am on such a long trip I am not paying attention to the game – Is that intentional?
Its a forced break – you either stare at the screen thinking – Hurry up – hurry up – Alt Tab out, do stuff on your duel screen or walk away from the computer.
Now the danger in walking away from the computer or Alt Tabbing out is you get distracted. Its no longer important that you now have finally landed in Tanaris – You can dry the dishes after you wash them, finish reading the news or your Rss.
I know there are other distractions such as Peggle or Bejewelled that you can play while you are flying – but isn’t that rather silly? You need a game within a game to distract you through periods of inactivity. Often the easiest thing to do is walk away from the PC – which is the healthier alternative then staying at your screen staring blankly at the landscape as it passes. I love some of the views, but my love is wearing thin at its repetitiveness.
So I think those long haul flights need to be shorter. Maybe go through mini portals in flight. The technology exists – permanent portals. Mages can do it, borrow some of those Daralan Mages and have them cast sky portals. It could be like a Star gate in the sky -( so Blizzard should made sure they consult with Captain O’neal and Lieutenant Karter in Stormwind Champions Hall before they do introduce this technology. Maybe there are other Aliens that also use this technology.
My Little Shammy is getting bigger and at level 44 now she is going back and forth from STV, Feralas and Tanaris finishing off all the quests there, so the flying times are hurting, and when I do get to play her, I will log off midflight because I can’t be bothered waiting for her to land.
She is also now my highest leveled Horde character – my Hunter sitting at level 42. One of the reasons I lost interest in leveling her was I was finding it difficult to find a place to quest, I had completely forgotten about Feralas, but now my Shammy has discovered it, I may go back and try and get her a little higher ( pvp realm – Cringe)
I get three weeks off work soon. Yeah! I’m going to visit our very own capital Canberra for a few days – and to see a friend there, and maybe a overnighter in the mountains, and a couple of days in Qld or Melb if I can get some cheap flights. I am trying to promise myself that I will not buy a netbook just so I can have internet for those days.
I also won a beta key for Cites XL so I intend on giving that a good whack on my holis too, ( just because I’ve never had a beta key to anything before)