Are you kidding me!

I have to vent a little.

I now have 5 losses in a row in League of Legends, the first one was because of a useless teammate who ran whenever there was a fight.

The other 4 losses have been because of AFK/Leavers.  I am so sick of this.  In WoW if someone leaves the group, unless it is the tank it’s not a big deal, just get a random in.  In LoL it totally ruins the game.  Most of the time there is no way to win a game 4v5.  You simply don’t have enough champions to guard all the lanes at once.  I understand that some people may have EMERGENCY’S that they need to attend to but for the most part it is just dickish and deliberate behavior.

When you AFK or leave a game in LoL you aren’t just losing the game for yourself but ruining any chance that the rest of your side has.  Not to mention the fact that you can’t surrender a 5v5 game until 25 minutes in.  That means that you are wasting 100 minutes of peoples time at least.  I am not a particularly busy man but this is still 25 minutes that I could be having fun playing another match or another game.

This game makes me angry in ways that no other game does.  There is such dickish behavior in this game most of which is deliberate (Tanks taking kills from carries, people using their killsteal buttons even though they did not contribute at all to the fight.  Im looking at you Gangplank, Lux and Morgana).  Even people who hog minions in the lane.  I was once in a game when a person was raging because he had 4 minions and his lane partner had 53 which was more than the 2 champs in the middle lane had.  That is poor play and is for all intents and purposes crippling one of your team-mates.  If this is a champion that is an early/mid game champion you are basically making them useless for the entire game.

Think about how you play, be considerate of others and remember this is a TEAM game.  In real life if you acted like that you would be kicked from the team without hesitation, same in a workplace.

-Sighfigh

P.S – Sorry if this post is kind of all over the place, I am in a rush and pretty steamed.

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Holy new computer Batman!

Computer Troubles

So, with all the computer explosions and other shenanigans, I have been taken out of action recently.

All fixed!

I have an entirely new computer for myself and my wife now has my old pc with a bunch of upgraded parts.  I built them up, installed all relevant software and they are now working perfectly.

Gaming Troubles

  • League of Legends

I am currently on a massive losing streak in League of Legends at the moment.  I keep getting lumped with horrible team-mates that think they are awesome when in fact they are actually pretty bad.

I have been playing a fair bit of Sion, the stun with such a short cooldown is just too good if you have a good team, it is also helpful for ganking squishies like Ashe/Teemo/Miss Fortune.  I mainly play him as AD/Crit Chance which is so much fun.  Going a full AP build is not as much fun but it is a sight to kill an Ashe with just my rotation of stun and explosion in about 1 second flat.

  • Rift

This game is a disappointment.

I know it is still in beta and there is still a lot of work to be done but for crying out loud, how hard is it to create smooth gameplay?  There are so many bugs but that is another story.

When I am playing my ranger, I use a few different shots, none of them seem to have an animation because the combat is so broken that it just doesn’t play most of the time.

It is so incredibly easy, I have never felt that a quest is hard or that any of the rifts pose any great danger.  Sure, I have died a few times but that was because I was stupid or something spawned on top of me while I was fighting something else (another horribly annoying thing).

The rifts are meant to provide ‘dynamic content’ but in actual fact can be quite annoying.  It is just a dps e-peen showoff to see who can top the kill list for the rift and get the better loot.  While this helps promote people actually fighting in the open rifts, it just seems like a shallow excuse for dynamic content in my opinion.  Im not sure if it can be called dynamic when the same rift opens in the exact same spot 4 times in an hour session.

One of the saving graces for this game is the character classes.  I do like being able to have a lot of customization in how I play my character.  Currently I am a ranger/bard, with bard leveled up to the first major buff that you can get and ranger for the rest.  Also the character models are pretty sweet, except the dwarf models, they just look weird.

The main thing that breaks this game for me is that i have played this game before.  Everything in this game has been done in other games in some form or another, there is nothing new here and most of the old stuff seems broken anyway.  The whole time I am playing this game all I can think of is that I could be having just as much fun playing World of Warcraft or LOTRO and having a much smoother and much much more polished experience.

Time will tell if this game gets any better by its release but I don’t have my hopes up.  I think the designers are deluding themselves if they think that what they have in their rifts system is ‘dynamic content’.

  • Grand Theft Auto IV

Man this game is good IF you play it on the PS3 or Xbox.  The PC version of the game plays fine on my new computer but it ran like a fly in molasses on my old computer.  It is so demanding on resources even after the patch that was supposed to fix all these issues, it did fix a lot of things, just not enough.

The multiplayer while tremendous fun if just broken, why can’t I just have an old fashioned server browser rather than this stupid crap where I have to open up my phone to play some multiplayer action?  Not to mention using GFWL is just plain stupid, that program is more broken than the remote control helicopter that I got for christmas and then flew into the ground at high speed.  It is simply broken.

  • Starcraft 2

I love this game, boy do I suck at it though.  I played a few multiplayer matches the other day and just got owned.  I think I will stick to watching gameplay videos on YouTube.

  • Darksiders

One of the worst ports to PC I have ever played, if you don’t have an xbox control for your PC don’t buy this.  If you have an Xbox or a PS3, buy it on that.  Simple.

  • Monday Night Combat

I have a lot of love for this game.  The server browser is broken though.  How hard is it to get a server browser that works?  Considering that this game is primarily multiplayer, having a working server browser would probably help.

  • Magicka

This game is great, I really enjoy it.  However.  The game’s release date was pushed back for the retail version of the game, though it was still released on steam.  Big mistake.  I played this a few hours after it released and it was so broken you could not get past the second room of the tutorial.  All the text was screwed up along with countless other bugs.  They patched all of this quite quickly and it all works fine now.  They really should have just delayed the steam launch as well.

Anyway, that is enough rambling for today.

-Sighfigh

Back to normality!

There have not been a lot of posts over the last few weeks as I have just been flat-out and have not really had the time to do much gaming at all.

Christmas was a blast and so was new-years.  That being said, I am glad that it is all over and I can now return to my normal routine of doing things.

Not a lot of World of Warcraft has been played lately, I have been playing a lot of the games that I have bought in the recent Steam sales.  Wow I have spent a lot of money.  In between playing the games from Steam I have been playing an aweful lot of League of Legends.  I recently started playing Sion with an attack damage build and I am really enjoying it.  I have been having a horrible losing streak of late though, bad luck getting teams with afk’ers/leaver’s or with people who simply do their own thing and don’t work with the team at all.  For example, I was in a game where we had a Xin that was more interested in getting buffs and killing the dragon than helping us defend, in the process we lost 2 towers and an inhibitor, then he has the nerve to call one of the other players a noob?!?!?!?!  It is people like this that make this game suck.

I love LoL and will probably play it for a long time to come but wasting 45 minutes on a game that you cannot win because not only do some of the players suck but will not surrender is depressing.  Considering just playing ranked games all the time.

List of steam games I have bought:

  • Darksiders – I have been interested in getting this since I saw a review on The Totally Rad Show.  I have not installed this yet, Steam has been really slow to download from while the sale is going.
  • Bethesda Pack – I mainly bought this pack for a digital version of Fallout 3 and for Fallout: New Vegas.  The pack was only slightly more expensive than New Vegas alone.
  • Company of Heroes games – I loved these games years ago.  I mainly bought these for nostalgia purposes but will still replay them when the time comes.
  • Mafia 2 – Loved the first game, second looks to be more of the same goodness.  Mmm Goodness.
  • Divinity 2 – Looks interesting and for $20, I think I will get my money’s worth.
  • Neverwinter Nights 2 – Played the crap out of the first one.  Never really played the second game.  Looks a little dated but the gameplay still seems solid.
  • Assassin’s Creed 2 – Played the first one and despite some repetitiveness was still a good game.  This game is a whole lot more fun than the first so far.
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops – Played of lot of Modern Warfare 2 and was dissapointed that there were no dedicated servers.  This game is much of the same, gamplay is similar despite a few different guns and killstreaks.  Dedicated servers make this game much better though, shame the server browser is really poorly done.  Games that are 4 years old have a better server filter than in this game.

Of course, there has been a tremendous amount of Minecraft being played.  My friends and I have been playing the new survival multi-player and man it is so much fun playing together.  After playing the multi-player I can’t really play single player anymore, it just doesn’t seem as fun.

I have also been using DosBox to play some of the old GoldBox games.  The games are VERY dated now but are still a lot of fun.  I spent a lot of my youth playing these games and re-visiting them has been great fun.

I also plan on hooking into some video editing and getting some videos uploaded to YouTube on the various games that I have been playing.  I have some very old but good LoL stuff to upload.

-Sighfigh

League of Legends is Legen….wait for it….dary!

In my past I played a lot of Warcraft 3 and when a custom scenario called Defence of the Ancients (DoTA for short) came out, I was blown away.  This scenario was fantastic, you controlled a hero instead of the base and minions like in the normal Warcraft 3 scenarios.  I played a LOT of this game.  It was addictive and there were so many different heroes to try out.

About a six months ago one of my friends encouraged me to try out League of Legends (LoL) saying that it was similar to DoTA but much better.  I was reluctant as I was kind of over DoTA, I didn’t really want to get pulled into another huge time-sink of a game.

I tried it out and I haven’t stopped playing it since.  I have a group of friends that I play with regularly allowing us to have a 5-man premade team.  There are 2 map types, one is 5v5 and the other is 3v3.  I mainly play 5v5 as it is longer and more fun in my opinion.

I won’t bore you with my poor explanation of the game so if you want more information head on over to their website.

I have used and feel that I am competent with all the champions in the game (I get bored playing the same champ over and over) but I have been playing a LOT of Master Yi lately, and when I am not playing him I have been playing Garen.  You have to be pretty bad to not have at least a decent game with Garen.  There is not really a lot you can do wrong, I build him full tank build and most of the time I have the most kills on my team.  I also like to scream “Demacia” through TeamSpeak every time I get a kill or use his ulti.

-Sighfigh