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!

-Sighfigh

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.

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

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