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Key Things to Take Into Account When Attempting to Rank Up in Duelyst

Image credit: Duelyst

I’ve been in a bit of  Duelyst craze lately. Mainly because of my potato laptop. But the way I see it, if I consistently play a game that I run at 10-20fps then it must be good :D.

First thing you need is practice. Git gud. This one is obvious so I wont spend so much time on it, but the more time you spend playing and experimenting then the better you’ll get and the higher you’ll progress.

Second you’ll need a good deck, and that doesn’t mean an expensive one. It’s completely possible to rank high with a budget deck that you’ve built yourself. With enough practice you can start building your own decks and making your own synergies, you test them out in a match to see what works and what you need. For example, do you keep running out of cards to play? Maybe you need more card draw. Do you consistently find yourself unable to deal with spell-casting or powerful minions? Maybe you should add in some dispel or crowd control. Keep experimenting and changing the deck and eventually you’ll refine it into something that works.

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Gaming, Reviews

Thoughts on Journey (5th Year Anniversary!)

Image Credit: Journey (Duh). As a side note: possible spoilers ahead.

I never owned a PS3, so the only reason I even played Journey was because of a friend. The experience was the same as when he made me play Dark Souls: He sat me down on a beanbag, handed me a controller then ninja rolled onto the bed behind me and swathed himself in a blanket. His eyes visible through a tiny gap in the fabric, keen on seeing what my reaction would be.

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Duelyst is Awesome (And Why I Think It’s Better Than Hearthstone)

(Header Image Credit: The Duelyst Team)

Ok, let’s get straight to the point. I started off playing Hearthstone, and fell out of it because it was impossibly hard for me to get a deck built and to consistently win games to reach a high rank. Of course I did eventually get a decent priest deck built, and made it to the rank of 15, not the most amazing achievement, I’m aware, but it was good enough for me at the time. Nowadays I have a budget dragon-priest deck which gets the job done decently enough.

Now onto Duelyst. I have played it for maybe the same amount of time as Hearthstone. I picked it up during the beta actually, after reading a post on Kotaku. Before that I had no idea it even existed, and I am really glad that I know about it now.

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Dota 2 – The Logic Behind Buying Wards as a Support

Being a support is such a hassle. You need to buy the courier, upgrade the courier and constantly spend all of your precious gold buying wards for the entire game. How are you supposed to buy your items if you’re so busy purchasing support items the whole game?

Here’s the thing, when you place a ward you provide your team with map awareness. That ward stops you and your allies from losing gold when you get ganked by an enemy (Which means you can buy more items) and lets you perform ganks or counterattacks of your own (Meaning you get more assist gold which lets you buy more items). A ward can make the difference between getting teamwiped and successfully repelling an enemy attack. This is because you’ll know where they are attacking from and where different heroes are positioned, allowing you to prioritise targets.

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What it’s like being a noob in DotA 2

Everything is in place, everyone is in their designated positions. It’s almost time. Stay ready, stay vigilant and most importantly just don’t mess up. And… go! WHAT IS HAPPENING!? WHERE DID THAT PURPLE GHOST PONY COME FROM!? WTF DOES MY “E” BUTTON DO AGAIN!?

Let’s face it. DotA is a pretty unforgiving place where (In SE Asia anyway) no one is going to let your mistakes slide just because you’re new to the game. ‘Course there are a few helpful people out there but because of the competitive nature of the game, players tend to be quick to anger which can be quite frightening for someone who’s started up the game for the first time.

I remember the first time I had been introduced to DotA was because a friend of mine literally begged me to join him and try it out, after my first few games of playing solo and being completely lost I eventually quit in disgust (I had never played a moba in my life) and left DotA to collect dust in a dark, dank corner of my steam library. However! after about a year and a half I decided to give it another go, and after asking my friend to show me the ropes (again) he agreed, rather dubiously, to help me out.

And wow did that make a difference, simply having someone there showing me the ropes and informing me of mistakes WITHOUT a rather unnecessary amount of abuse actually helped me to improve and enjoy the game. Granted they may have sounded like they were resisting the urge to throttle my nooby neck because, Erm, well I was pretty bad at the game. But at least they took the time to inform me of mistakes rather than getting angry at me for those mistakes.

And this, I think, is something that must be done more often in DotA. Informing of mistakes rather than getting angry about them, additionally, the person receiving criticism should also consider what they did wrong instead of making up an excuse and getting angry at the person who is informing them of what they may or may not have done wrong.

But, let’s face it. There will always be those annoying troll players or people who are completely hopeless, the ones that never communicate and are playing to annoy other people. I’m aware that what I just said probably contradicts the message I’m trying to put across but, eh… You know it’s true.

Don’t get me wrong, I love to play DotA and know that the majority of the community is full of nice, helpful, decent human beings. I’m just pointing something out, that I at least think is a problem in the SE Asia servers,  and giving my random opinion.

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Repetitive Games Are… Boring?

Are they though? Are they really? Look at those swings up there ^, all they do is go back and forth but that doesn’t stop anyone from enjoying them.

Let’s look at the definition of repetitive. According to my friend Google: re·pet·i·tive means “containing or characterised by repetition, especially when unnecessary or tiresome.” And its synonyms are things like “monotonous, tedious, boring, humdrum, mundane, dreary, tiresome

Reviewers apply this word. Repetitive. To the games that they are critiquing, and they do it for good reason; repetitive games are boring. When the repetitiveness is not done right. Let’s look at it this way: Every game is repetitive in some way, essentially you repeat at least one certain aspect of the game several times over. However the way this is counteracted is through variety and creativity to the… repetitiveness. Repeating something in a varied way, so to speak.

Let’s take a look at those swings again. They were created to go back and forth but as children, equipped with our infinite wisdom, we found ways to add excitement and variety to them. We’d jump off the swings, we’d race against others to see who can go higher or maybe we’d twist the ropes and spin around. Oh and let’s not forget that there are also different models of swings, which serve the same purpose but perform differently. All these examples are adding variety to a basic concept.

And that is essentially what all games do. DotA for example is played on the same map. Every single time. (That’s changed a bit with the Reborn update but you know what I mean). So why is the game still fun? Because 1. It’s competitive, it provides a drive for certain players to achieve more, 2. There’s a wide variety of heroes, 3. The way every game plays out is different.

Then again, I will admit I’m not the pickiest person when it comes to games, Dead Space 3 was critiqued for being repetitive and although I noticed this it didn’t detract from the experience. But, I had played it coop with a friend so that may have made it more enjoyable for me, who knows.

My point is… well, I don’t really have a point for this post but… I just found the whole situation about designing a repetitive thing well makes it enjoyable even though the changes tied with it are tiny.

Or y’know, addictiveness and OCD and psychological stuff comes into play as well. Ahem, Clash of Clans (Why’s it getting so much hate anyway, I find it ok… does that mean it’s sucked me into its evil schemes and is toying with my brain? :s)

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Steam’s 10 Cent Store

Prepare your wallets steam users becau-…A DISCOUNT! MINE, MINE, MINE!

Steam, it’s the biggest platform for us video gamers to buy and play games; and to interact with each other. On it are large AAA games as well as small (or sometimes large) indie games. Nonetheless no matter what type of game it is, as soon as a sale begins everyone prepares their wallets and flocks towards those sweet, sweet discounts.

If you delve a little deeper you’ll find a section that will list games under $5, which can then be organised by lowest to highest price and it’s here where we find (mainly indie) games for the tiny price of 10 cents. But why are they that cheap?

Alright let’s be honest, some of these games are just plain bad and the developers are trying to sell some extra copies. On the other hand some of these games are actually quite good, but not good enough in the eyes of some to be worth the full price. We see this a lot with games that don’t quite hit the mark but, are nonetheless still quite fun to play.

Then we have the early access games, such as Flesh Eaters which I mentioned in an earlier post. It Has the potential to be an awesome game but it can be difficult for some to place their trust in early access schemes due to some other titles fouling the early access reputation. Because their development process is slow they are worried people won’t value the game enough to be worth buying, which would lead to fewer funds leading to the inability to complete the game. So, a long-term 90% off discount for them is a way to earn funding and makes the investment very risk free to the buyer.

I suppose that my point is that it’s worth browsing that area of the store because you can find some fun or good quality games down there. They may be in early access or maybe not but, take a look for yourself.

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The Humble Total War Bundle. It’s One of /Those/ Bundles again…

And by “Those” I don’t mean a bad one. Just like any other humble bundle its coming straight at you out of nowhere for an extremely cheap price. Kind of like those horsemen ^ up there. Came out of nowhere + free arrows for everyone *.

tl;dr Head on over to their site and buy, buy, buy! Remember, some of it goes to charity as well .

What I mean by “One of Those Bundles” is that it’s one of the bundles which is really, really worth the low price that you need to pay for. Don’t misunderstand me though, indie games are awesome and I love them; but it never hurts having one of the big publishers/developers have a bundle as well. (The Humble Origin Bundle was pretty awesome as well, so was the Tom Clancy one).

Pricing, what everyone is interested in. $1 will get you the Medieval II Total War Collection as well as Viking: Battle for Asgard and the original Shogun Total War. Additionally you’ll get a few cool historical/fiction e-books centered around Total War, a Total War: Warhammer illustrated campaign map, a Total War Arena beta key; and some extra bonuses, and finally goodie codes for Total War Battles: Kingdom. (The new management/free to play sort of game they’re working on)

Paying more than the average will get you the Medieval and Empire Total War Collections, extra goodie codes for Total War Arena, a 66% off coupon for Total War Attila and some hidden games that are yet to be revealed.

Feel like you want to go higher? Paying more than $15 will get you the Emperor Edition for Total War: Rome II (That’s the base game and some dlcs).

Still got more to spend? If you pay $30 or more you’ll also get a Total War T-Shirt. It’s not a game, booooo! Just joking I love you Humble Bundle.

We all love Humble Bundle (And similar sites) for getting us awesome deals for awesome prices but lets not forget that some of it also goes to charity, and to be honest it is a really good way to raise money. This Bundle goes to support; Special effect, The Royal Surrey County Hospital’s Charitable Fund, Willow, Walking with the Wounded and Bles.

What are you waiting for? Get over here! there!