Redundant and gaming for the poor

No post for a while, turns out that the company I work for has lost it’s contract to the local hospital.  As a result, both my wife and I are being made redundant and are out of a job.  I will try to post here as much as I can but I will be quite busy for at least the next few months.

We are now in the process of packing everything up and moving 5 hours away to live with my parents until we find our feet again.  We have at least 2 months before we are booted which is a good time-frame to organize around.

My parents do have an internet connection but it is only 1.5 mbps so it is quite slow compared to what I am used to.  This connection will not be very good for online games when there will be 3 people wanting to use it at the same time.  While thinking about this new development I have come to the conclusion that I will probably have to cancel my subscriptions, at least for a while.  This means both my wife and I will not have WoW to fall back on all the time.

I am looking at this soon-to-be joblessness as a positive.  Not only will we be in a position to go wherever we want in regards to moving, we will also be able to catch up on all the single-player games that we have both bought in all the recent steam sales etc.

I personally have a massive list of games that I need to play.  A short list of the games I want to play follows.

  • Amnesia: The Dark Descent
  • Assassin’s Creed 2 and Brotherhood (once it is released)
  • Batman: Arkham Asylum
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops single player (never finished it, very close to the end)
  • Darksiders (horrible pc port of the game, may play it, doubt it)
  • Dawn of Discovery – Venice
  • Dead Space 1 & 2
  • Dragon Age 1 and possibly 2
  • Fallout: New Vegas
  • GTA 4 (never actually finished it)
  • Just Cause 2
  • Mass Effect 2

Just a quick list of some of the games that I have either started and not finished or have not even begun to play.  Which leads me on to my next thought.

Is playing mmo games that take up so much of our time limiting what we can experience in other games?  I know personally that I loved what I played of some of the games mentioned above, they were great fun and had fantastic story.  I would be sure that I would go on to finish the game but inevitably we back to League of Legends or World of Warcraft because my rl mates wanted me to play.  I get that you experience the social aspect of mmo’s but is that worth missing all of these other wonderful games?

I also have a bunch of games on my Xbox 360 and my PS3 that I have also not finished.  Even more to play!



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.


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

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.