Sunday, February 19, 2012

Many moons have passed since I left the town of Tristam behind me!

I have played Blizzard games since I was in high school, starting with Warcraft. I recall loading Warcraft I to my Intel 486 PC using a dozen floppies. The computers have come a long way since then. The last Blizzard game I played was Starcraft II, around 2 years ago. I liked its storyline as well as the ability to choose alternate flows in a few locations. It seems the online play is more popular. I never got into playing things online, as I like to play at my own pace against the computer and with a storyline. I think I might have hit an age threshold and SC2 might be the last one for me. Never say never though.

A friend of mine, who is a Physicist, told me that someone from Blizzard has called him recently to inquire about underwater sound effects. When I was an undergrad, I always thought Blizzard must be the coolest place to work on earth. I will never know if that is the case, as life is too short to try out all you wonder about. But I know one thing for sure, these guys do a great job and take it very seriously. Anyway, I don't expect any calls from Blizzard, but if Diablo himself were to call me, I would give him some advice on evilship (is that a word?). Sometimes the urge to do bad is nearly overpowering, but that is a different story.

I recall watching one of Diablo's cinematic trailers (which are usually top notch), and I remember the dialog 'Many moons have passed since I left the town of Tristam behind me...'. I am at a stage of life where I can say the same, just replace Tristram with Trabzon and that is it. 4 years of college, 5 years of Ph.D. and 5.5 years of work, since I left Trabzon behind me. I am close to another big change in life. After more than 10 years in the US, I am returning back to Turkey, to Ankara to be specific. This has been the most difficult decision I made in life so far and all kinds of thoughts are rushing through my head for the last several months. I guess they are not going to stop until I do move back.