Magic 2015 – Don’t Believe the Negative Hype

I purchased Magic 2015 yesterday after wading through a bunch of negative reviews on the Steam community hub (most saying they were posted “Just Now”). The gist of them all pretty much ended up being that a lot of people had gripes with the UI, lack of 2 Headed Giant (a play mode), lack of sealed draft (play mode), and microtransactions being “necessary”. At first all of these things worried me, but then I read the Reddit thread today. Now it all has become clear to me.

First off I have to start at the beginning for myself. I started playing Magic in the 7th grade (I am 27 now) and the first thing I learned was that I needed more money. I only played for a year or two but it definitely left an impression on me, specifically that 1) Magic is awesome and 2) Magic is expensive. Now ever since then I have had (much like I had with MMOs) urges to play Magic from time to time. This has lead me to look up ways to play online over many years. Each time I have found something it always resulted in remembering the 2nd thing I learned when I first played Magic, it is expensive. Much like any MMO, if you really want to get into it, you have to invest a lot of your time (though, money in Magic) usually (i.e. EVE online, as the vastness of the world is probably the closest comparison to the vastness of Magic cards/sets/history). There are guides out there that lay out difficult paths to play MTG Online without spending that much money, the problem is you have to win mini tournaments held in the game to win enough prize value to continue to “play for free” essentially. Much like winning X amount of Arena games in Hearthstone allows you to do. The bottom line is that there is no cheap way to play Magic, because that is how they pay their bills and have paid their bills, since the beginning of Magic.

In the Reddit thread I linked earlier I soon came to realize what the problem the most vocal complainers are having. They want to play Magic for free. For $10, the campaign mode of Magic 2015 is well worth the money. I only played Magic 2014 for 24 hours but at a $10 cost, that is less than 50 cents per hour of enjoyment. I even saw someone claiming that it is his job (at least, partially) to write about these games saying that $10 for 20 hours of campaign is not good enough, because multiplayer is the main game mode. He says this because he has over 300 hours in the DotP (Duels of the Plainswalker) games most of which is playing multiplayer. It really irks me how entitled everyone has become online, it seems like people don’t want to pay for shit anymore. They think it is fair to spend $10 and get over a hundred hours of enjoyment from it, that is so fucking rare when it comes to video games that I can hardly form an argument against it because it is so fucking ludicrous. In another thread on Reddit there is an AMA with the lead designer for the game. In there he states that the premium booster packs are designed so that if you buy X amount you will get all of the cards, this amounts to $28. So you spend $10 on the game for 20 hours of campaign enjoyment, if you played the previous year you will probably know if you will enjoy it or not, if you are a first time player, $10 is a relatively cheap test purchase. Then if you want to play multiplayer, you can, without premium cards, for free. According to the lead designer there was extensive testing done on hybrid free card decks versus decks with premium cards and that they believe it to be balanced, so who do we believe, people who have done extensive testing for probably at least a month, or people who bought the game yesterday? Are these arguments starting to sound familiar by the way? Keep that in mind. So you paid $0.50 an hour for 20 hours of fun and now you’re upset that you lose to people online who have different cards than you that aren’t necessarily stronger. If you want to get those cards and feel like you’re on a level playing field, and by doing so you can extend your enjoyment to up to a hundred or more hours, you will need to spend $28, which would come to $0.28 per hour of fun. I don’t know how many other people do this with their games, but that is fucking cheap per hour of fun compared to some games that cost $50 upfront for a test purchase.

A lot of other complaints are based on the UI and some nuances related to it. Every new game you play has adjusting to do, this thing is different than you’re used to, this button doesn’t do this like it does in other games, and those kinds of things should be expected in any new game. In the first thread I linked (at the time of this post) the top comment is a guy complaining that you can’t choose which land is tapped when playing a multicolor deck. Of course buried deep in the comments beneath all of the vitriol you will find a comment that says that if you didn’t skip the tutorial you would have learned that pressing CTRL allows you to do this. It seems like a lot of the complainers mentioning these aspects were expecting something… different. But what?

Hearthstone! Ohhhhh, now it is all starting to make sense. Hearthstone is free and you can make microtransactions to expand your deck (and need to) in order to compete. The game is made by Blizzard so it is well polished and as we have all known since WoW came out, you can’t compete with Blizzard and when you try to, even more flaws are pointed out 500 times more often. So since this game (which you could arguably say, inspired Blizzard’s Hearthstone) came out after Hearthstone, it must be trying to compete with or “kill” Hearthstone, right? Because that is what we all fucking care about nowadays for some dumb fuckin reason, right? Because a company whose main focus is in offline production, sales, and tournaments makes a limited computer (and console) version to throw it’s online fans a bone, they HAVE to be attempting to be the “Hearthstone Killer”, right? This realization makes me want to hate Blizzard even though I know it is just the stupidity of others, but I guess this is what happens when you take computer gaming to a mass market. So thanks to Blizzard and a special thanks to the public education systems across the world, on behalf of rational, level-headed Magic players throughout the world, we salute you.

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This could quite possibly be the end my friends

It has been a long and different ride, but, I just don’t enjoy playing MMOs anymore. It seems like games are either quest and quest and quest or work for hours acquiring shit and lose it in 3 seconds lol. I’ve started mentally dismissing games if their NPC names use a certain font. I just got Mass Effect 1 and 2 and I don’t even want to do the side quests because it is just fluff bullshit lol. I haven’t played the same game for over a week in like two months.

The point is, all signs point to the same thing, I am getting bored with games. I kind of really hate it because I don’t know wtf to do with myself anymore, but apparently there isn’t anything I can do about it.

This may not be farewell, but for now it is most definitely good morning. And if I don’t see ya, good afternoon, good evening, and good night.

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My Love for Smite and e-Sports

Hello anyone who stumbles upon this and reads it! Long time no type.

I’ve been playing a lot of Smite and am almost level 30 which is the max level. It is also when you can start to play ranked games which I am looking forward to. When I am bored I’ll try to get a little MMO of some kind in, possibly a WoW starter account or one of my old school emu games, SWGEmu or Uthgard. Other than the occasional hour or so of CS here and there (and work and school), that is about all I’ve been doing.

If you would like to give Smite a try, here is my referral link. I have been trying to focus more on the Conquest game mode recently due to getting close to level 30. The only ranked mode used to be Conquest but they recently added 1v1 and 3v3 Jousting ranked modes as well. I’m still going to focus on Conquest though since most people consider it the “normal” or “real” game mode, since it is a MOBA. Another aspect I’ve been focusing on is being able to play multiple gods for multiple roles. Normally you would think to pick things you like or what you’re good at, which isn’t a bad idea really, but if you use what the pro players use you may find yourself winning more games.

For instance last night I finally pulled out some Bacchus. I had only played him one or two times prior after getting him randomly assigned to me in Assault games. But last night I pulled him out and won two games in a row with him. One of my problems recently is that I find myself playing He Bo way too much. The problem with that is that when I switch to play a tank or a physical carry I play way too aggressively and die a lot. Now, I die quite a bit on He Bo too, but, usually I am able to secure a kill before I die, or wound multiple people so that a teammate can finish them off. So, I’m trying to work on that.

I haven’t played LoL in probably 2-3 months but I still watch the NA LCS every week. If you don’t know, the NA LCS is the North American LoL pro season. Cloud 9 is the top team by far, only losing 2 games so far out of 19 (as of writing this, they have another match in about an hour, maybe more since CLG is playing first). The most surprising thing about this is that they are new to the LCS this season. What usually happens is that at the end of a season the bottom 2 teams are dropped into a promotion series where they compete against newer/amateur teams for a spot in the next season. Cloud 9 and Velocity both upset two former professional LCS teams and now Cloud 9 is leading the NA league by a mile whereas Velocity is in last place by a mile.

I have hope for Velocity especially with bringing in Ecco to replace Cris, I guess Cris didn’t communicate too well or something, but since that change they’ve started to win more. Last week they had all 5 players in the top 8 for KDA for that week. So, there is hope.

I really enjoy watching the professional games for Smite as well and I’ve really gotta hand it to Odee from Dignitas for sponsoring so many teams in all of the games that he does. He is really helping move e-Sports forward as a whole which is something I’m really interested in.

If you want to watch some of the NA LCS you can do so here.

That is about it bitches, ggs, and glhf lo3 etcetc.

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Smite

I have been playing Smite a lot recently. It is a MOBA game but in third person. I am really enjoying it so far even though it is in beta. I even spent $30 on the god pack, which unlocks all champs/gods currently and all that are released in the future, which is really just a great deal. Here is a link to my stats page and below are two short clips that I probably should have combined into one of me playing probably my favorite god, He Bo.

This one is in conquest which is the traditional 3 lane moba map.

And this one is from arena which is, well, the arena.

Dignitas just sponsored a team which is great for the game and I can’t wait til more big sponsors join in. No more controlling your champ from a helicopter and click to move! Aim your skill shots and wasd! If you decide to give it a shot feel free to use the name bonedead as your referral, if it requires something other than that like an email, well, fuck it.

Peace out nerds!

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Apparently I have a gaming blog

Whoops!

So I left you with a video of my Minecraft track my friend and I made. After we had completed that we worked on our main base a bit as it is planned to be a junction of sorts for other tracks we make. I then went back through our nether portal and walked off in a different direction almost dying to big ghost fuckers like a million times and then I made a new portal to begin work on a new base. I got a little floating castle thing which is reached via climbing up some trees which is pretty cool imo and then I began working on a track to our junction station base or whatever.

Yeah, then we stopped playing. That was about 2 months ago or so.

From there I think I hopped around a few games. I know I played a little WoW with my brother who likes to change his mind about what toon he is playing every couple days, which made playing WoW pretty unbearable for me. Though, grinding honor like I did was pretty unbearable anyway.

Then something special happened. I started playing League of Legends. Sour taste in your mouth? I used to make the same face when I found out someone I liked played a game like that. But after having played it for a little I’ve changed my opinion on it. Not DotA though, I played a bit of DotA 2 and that game can go fuck it’s dumb self, it doesn’t have shit on LoL. My favorite thing about LoL is probably Riot’s LCS. I love the casters and the high quality presentation/production value that goes into the streaming of the matches. I love that I have a “sport” that I actually care about because if I want I can literally open the game and play the same fucking thing that they are. Even the season downtime is awesome because you’ve got the players streaming and sometimes the shout casters (anchors or whatever they’re called) will stream and commentate their own game. It is just a big ol bunch of fun and I love it.

Playing the game isn’t nearly as fun for me as watching it, frankly because I kinda suck. But honestly it isn’t even that I suck, it is that I let little stupid fuckin 12 year old dickheads get under my skin lol. I know I need to be strong on more than one role which is why I consider myself somewhat sufficient on Taric (support), Cassiopeia (mid), and Poppy (top). The problem is that I also need to be strong on multiple champions for each role as well, and since I’ve already played 80 games or so the people I’ll be playing with won’t like me trying out new champs with them being all srs bsns while leveling in normal games.

Plus I usually wait to pick last just so we kind of have a proper team comp of top, jungle, mid, adc, support – though if I see 2 tops and 0 jungles I still go support (cus I ain’t never jungled before guise and it’s scurry). So most of the time I just play Taric a shit ton of times in a row. Occasionally I get left playing ADC which is ok I guess. My record as ADC is like 3-1 even though my free adc champs change every week and I don’t own one.

I also recently started playing CS:GO competitive mode. They added a hidden MMR system much like LoL has. After you win 10 competitive matches you get ranked. Well I won my first few games and then got matched against some double AK motherfuckers who stomped us. After all was said and done I got placed in 3 Gold Star whatnot rank which made me feel pretty bad about myself. I won 2 more games and got promoted to 4 Gold Star rank which is just barely the top half of all the ranks. Then I took a break and returned later while drowsy and lost two games, effectively getting demoted back to 3 Gold Stars. I’ve played against a lot of higher ranked people and killed them so I know eventually I will be placed where I feel I belong but unfortunately I can’t just sit there one weekend and grind it out due to needing to be fully aware and focused (read: not playing competitive games after 6 hours of smoking weed and playing competitive games – though those first 6 hours are probably okay).

Finally I’ve been dabbling in Marvel Heroes a bit. Got Hawkeye to like level 10 or some shit and then started playing Daredevil to now level 11 or so. It is alright, but, I’m already losing interest after a couple days of playing.

Anyways, besides taking 3 6 week classes this first summer semester and 2 more starting Tuesday, that is about it. Just working, schoolin, and a bit of gaming. Peace out beechays!

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Track is done with video

Hey errybody, we finished the track last night and I recorded this video of the ride this morning. It isn’t anything fancy with crazy loops or some shit, just our first expansion in our world and I’m pretty proud of it.

A couple unexpected things happened due to Minecraft being Minecraft (and us not really “completing” the track yet). It is long as shit, I know.

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Big Things

Can’t talk much but here is a bit of what I’ve been working on. Playing Minecraft with my buddy and we want to just build shit. So we went through the Nether portal at our house (right side) and dug through the Nether world pretty far and made a new portal outside of a Fortress which led us to our second house (aka Portress Outpost). Once we had our second house up we began the long process of building a bridge from one house to the other. Yesterday we completed the bridge and got mine cart track across almost half of it (with powered tracks in there for speed boosts). We kind of plan on just making a big fuckin railway system all over the bitch. I intend to record a video once the track is completed just to show you how long it still takes to cross the whole thing even with powered rails.
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If you look you can see a 2 block wide gray line going across the whole picture, and that would be our bridge.

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