Kingsbridge (Part Two)-A A +A
By Rene Lizada
Sunday, February 10, 2013
WHAT changed? Simply put, the purpose of the game changed for me. Before the attacks came, I was content with the quests and the tasks. Some were difficult to do; others required waiting and waiting especially when your energy ran out. But after raiding other villages, I found out that you could get what you wanted without waiting or working. You merely had to have force.
You just went in and took what was not yours and consider them as yours when in fact, they are not really yours. You just took them by force. I actually felt guilty about that. It sounds crazy because after all, it is just a game in cyber space. But it did not diminish my guilt feeling.
Now, I was not thinking of the quests. I actually forgot about them. Now, I was thinking of ways to upgrade my army camp and my barracks so that I could build a bigger army and let loose them in some unsuspecting village. So that what was I did. I built the army. I built stronger defenses to protect my village. I even missed reading some books because now I was thinking of the game. I stopped listening to music because I was watching the game. I was attacked again and again by different players and I attacked them in return. I was becoming like them.
It was a lot easier to steal than to work. It was a lot easier to raid then just to work and toil.
There are really some people out there who will deliberately steal from you because they are by themselves thieves. Some people are like that. When they no longer have the resources or the crops, they find ways to steal from you. They use strength and perhaps, even cheat codes to overwhelm you and your village. And sometimes, you do the very thing they do not because you want to but because you have no choice. After all, you have to defend yourself. You strike back. But there is a catch here.
There is this one player who attacked me. And in a span of two minutes, notwithstanding the speed of my Internet at home though it is fairly fast, I retaliated. I destroyed her village, and yes it was a woman! But then she attacked me again. And I went back and attacked her once more.
In one session, I think we attacked each other several times. It was back and forth, forth and back. It was a one on one war over the net! I only stopped because I was sleepy and I had to work the following day. I had forgotten my quests! I was now watching for attacks.
The next day, when I opened the game, it was the same woman who attacked me. My first impulse was to counter attack. But another thing happened. My mouse pointer was actually hovering over the attack button. Her village was in sight and I could have easily destroyed it but time I pulled back. I had enough and this was silly. So I went back home. I started looking at the forgotten quests and looked at my depleted resources.
Because of my raiding, I actually had a lot of resources but because of others raiding me, the resources dipped. I vowed that I would not attack again and instead go back to the original purpose of the game and that was to build a village and make it prosper. Of course, I kept my army because there were still bandits out there but I promised not to attack anyone again. And so I was happy again, harvesting crops, building structures and just minding my own business.
Then I was attacked once more. And it was the same player! My village lay in ruins. Again.
Everything that I worked for was in wasteland. I sighed. There was the choice again. Get back at the raider or just quit the game.
I decided to do delete my account. This was going to be a never ending battle and all my resources and not to mention time would be spent in getting back. This was not worth it, let them have their fill of stealing and raiding. This was not me. It would never be. I have better things to do. So I went to my home page and deleted the apps for Kingsbridge. They can have it.
I was never suited for stealing and raiding anyway. And besides, there is someone out there who is bigger and stronger than all those raiders. There always is.
So now, what game am I playing? My other favorite game in Facebook. Bubbles. That is an innocent game. Why do I like exploding bubbles? Because it is fun.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on February 11, 2013.