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3 years in denmark – time to move on

Heads up guys – this post has nothing to do with video games. Just some thoughts I’ve been having in the past month and that I felt I needed to write down.

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In a week from now I finish yet a stage in my life. In a week from now I graduate and put 3 years of school behind me. In a week from now I have been living alone for 3 years.

UnavngivetBut every time I think about this I get surprised of how fast time can go. I can’t actually believe it’s been so long already… I mean, I clearly remember when I got the keys to my apartment and had to go and buy furniture’s for the first time in IKEA, and not to mention the first time I had actually cook food every day to survive… Okay to be fair I haven’t cooked food everyday… far from it actually… but anyway! When I lived back home I had absolutely no worries in my life. I was guaranteed food every day, I didn’t have to cook myself, and I didn’t have to worry about rent or laundry. But I do now, and in a way it is an amazing feeling, but at the same time very frightening. There have been days where I have been oh so short on money and fell behind on some bills and so on, and I would be thinking to myself: “Dude what the fuck are you doing, you can’t manage to live alone, go home!”. But I am no quitter, and this sure as hell wouldn’t’ stop me. So yea

h, 3 years… Damn… I have been shown a side of “real life” that I haven’t been able to see while I lived at my mums, seeing what it actually takes to be a grown up.

Today I don’t feel all that different from 3 years ago… I don’t really feel more mature or grown up or whatever, but when I think about it, I am quite different. But of course you are, you say, 3 years is a lot! And yeah, you’re right, 3 years is a lot. One of the biggest differences is that I have become a whole lot more confident in myself. A few years back I didn’t say a word to strangers, and even with people I had known for years I wouldn’t talk freely to. Today, most people have to tell me to shut the hell up. But also an overall confidence has grown, I no longer care about what other think about me, if I feel good about myself then to hell with everyone else.

So what have I been doing in the past 3 years? Well first of all I have been studying math & economics… not my smartest choice in life, but it’ll have to do. But boy am I glad I chose this line of education. The class I was put in has been nothing but amazing. It is a small class of 20 people, and I have never felt so different and yet so welcome in a group before, and I cannot imagine ever having a better class to spend 3 years of my life with. They didn’t really give a crap of who I was, where I came from or what my interests were, and it made me feel at ease. I didn’t have to prove anything, or do anything special to be accepted. It was there right from the beginning. I will surely miss the people!

Living in Denmark also gave me the chance to travel a lot more. Although I didn’t abuse this, I still managed to get something out of it. I was able to go to Linköping, Sweden, where I have a bunch of online friends and that I was able to meet for the first time, and I am so grateful that I did this.
And speaking of travels… London 2011. The second guild meeting for Viri Fortuitus, and the first one for me to attend. This was probably one of the best weekends in my life. I have spent 6 years playing World of Warcraft and spent over 4 years with this lovely bunch of people, which I had never seen in person, but yet they were such a huge part of my life.

Whilst I have been in Denmark, I have been able to see a lot more to my Danish family. Living in the Faroe Island, I only saw some of them once a year, if I was lucky. I am really happy to have been able to visit them and just be around them a lot more, although it hasn’t been as much as I hoped for. When I’m moving in around 10 days it’ll be weird not being able to visit them whenever I feel like it – I’ll surely miss that.

It’s also quite interesting to see how you change your habits when you move somewhere new. I mean… I have always been a gamer and spent shitloads of time in front of the computer. But in the Faroe Island it has been sort of… taboo… okay taboo might be a bit of an overkill, but it sure as hell wasn’t something widely accepted. In the Faroe Island you have two options in your spare time: 1. You do sport, whether you’re good or bad it doesn’t matter… it’s just not cool if you don’t. And then you go fishing. It’s all about sport and fishing, and anything that is abnormal is not acceptable. So when I moved to Denmark it was quite interesting to see that no one gave a damn about what you did. You could easily find likeminded people and share a common interest. Damn… I could actually do what I wanted to!

In around 10 days from now I will move back to the Faroe Island for the time being, whilst I figure out what to do. I have applied for a university in Sweden, but I won’t know anything till end of July. If I’m accepted, great, new chapter of my life! But on the other hand, if I don’t get accepted I’ll just have to figure something out.

But I think that’s it guys. If you read it all then thanks for reading! If you didn’t … well thank you anyway!

 

Thinking of getting an Xbox One? Think again!

Hey guys! I have been quite excited about the Xbox One, but I guess I’m too easily convinced by the marketing people… I found this post and it opened my eyes to what was going on. The following post ISN’T written by me, but was originally written by a guy on Facebook. I did however feel that I had to share this, since what Microsoft is doing is outrageous!

It’s quite long but trust me, it’s worth the read!

Alright, if you’re a consumer and you’re considering picking up the new Xbox One console, then please, take a moment to listen to me. Before we begin, no, I am not a fanboy or a hater. I have no console BIAS. I have a PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, and a Gaming PC. Each has their pros and cons but now onto business.

DO NOT BUY AN XBOX ONE. Why? See the reasons below:

Xbox requires an internet connection. Here’s how it works: Every 24 hours your Xbox will try to connect to Microsofts’ servers for verification. If it is unable to connect, sucks to be you. You’re blocked from playing even single player games until it can connect.

Source: http://kotaku.com/xbox-one-does-require-internet-connection-cant-play-o-509164109

Do you like renting games, lending them to a friend, or even borrowing them from a friend? No longer possible. Every Xbox One game you get must be registered to your Xbox live account to be played. After that point it will only work for you. No one else can use it unless they pay a fee. Essentially it works like this. You pick up a used Xbox One game from somewhere or someone, pop it into your console. The system verifies it’s been registered to your account. Uh-oh, it isn’t! In order to play it, you have to pay Microsoft a fee, which is currently slated to be full retail price. Doesn’t matter how scratched up it is or how cheap you got it at gamestop or from a friend. You aren’t just buying the physical copies anymore. You’re playing Microsoft for a LICENSE to be allowed to play the game.

It is worth mentioning Microsoft is exploring ways for you to trade in and resell your used games. This is rumored to mean that you can sell your digital license to play the game (registration) back to Microsoft, likely for microsoft points. You can then trade in the game at gamespot for some cash if you like. Either way, as it currently stands, the new owner would still have to pay a fee on top of the price of actually buying the physical copy.

Source: http://www.technobuffalo.com/2013/05/21/xbox-one-fee-for-buying-used-games-full-retail-price/

Is it worth mentioning that Microsoft is shafting Indie Developers as well? Where as Playstation Network or (whatever the Wii has) Indie Developers can self publish their content easily. Playstation even encourages this. Microsoft however forces these Indie Devs to enter publishing deals with them to be allowed to market their content. You don’t go through them, you don’t get to sell what you developed.

Source: http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/05/22/indie-devs-cant-self-publish-on-xbox-one

I’m not quite done yet! Now, I’m sure you heard a lot about “TV TV TV TV SPORTS TV TV SPORTS SPORTS TV.” Yes, the Xbox is slated to be able to stream live tv, live sports, etc. So let me ask you this. You obviously already have something like cable or DirectTV. Do you really want to shell out hundreds of dollars more and pay a monthly subscription fee to have another television provider? Yes, I said hundreds of dollars, and I don’t mean the cost of the console. To view live TV from your Xbox you are required to purchase ANOTHER separate device for it to work. Why would you even consider shelling out more money for something you already have? Even if you didn’t DirectTV is cheaper. Or you could even subscribe you Hulu.com and watch live TV on your computer. FOR MUCH CHEAPER. You essentially have to buy another cable box if you don’t have one. And if you do… what do you need the Xbox One for?

Source: http://www.vg247.com/2013/05/21/xbox-one-live-tv-available-in-us-only-at-launch-requires-separate-device/

So far we’ve discovered that the Xobx One is not really a gaming console, at least… Not a consumer friendly gaming console. It’s being marketed as an all-in-one home entertainment system. Something to replace all of the other devices in your house. But there are drawbacks even to that. Put on your tin foil hats for this part folks. Take from it what you will, all I’ll say is… possibilities…

The Xbox One’s features will not function unless the Kinect is plugged in and active. This is not an optional piece anymore.

Source: http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/05/21/xbox-one-will-not-function-without-kinect-attached

So imagine your Kinect piece breaks? Tough luck, no more Xbox for you. But you what’s worse?

Pay attention, because this is important. The Kinect is always watching. Always listening. Even when the system is off.

Yes. One of the ways to turn on the system is to audibly say: “Xbox On” while the system is off. The Kinect, which is always on, hears you and turns it on. Now this might seem like a cool feature, but did you know Microsoft patented a feature that would allow the Kinect’s camera (it’s no longer just a sensor, but a camera) to spy on you for the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America)? While they may not actually do this, it is actually possible for them to do this now. It has a camera, and a microphone. The Kinect is always on. It is ALWAYS listening, ALWAYS watching.

An idea has been tossed around that by using this feature, it will allows game developers and movie producers to set a limited amount of how many people can be allowed to view the entertainment. So as a hypothetical example, you and three friends are watching a movie, which is the maximum allowed. A fourth friend enters the room and the Kinect’s sensor registers the fourth individual. The movie stops and you are prompted to pay a fee so that the extra individual may also view the film. Again, that is NOT currently the case, but these are the ideas currently being tossed around with the system’s current capabilities.

Source for listening: http://www.theverge.com/2013/5/21/4352596/the-xbox-one-is-always-listening

Source for spying: http://www.extremetech.com/gaming/139706-microsofts-new-kinect-patent-goes-big-brother-will-spy-on-you-for-the-mpaa

Now, just two more things and I’ll be done here!

This isn’t really a good or bad thing, but it’s annoying. It also explains how they can prevent you from playing a used game if you didn’t pay their fee. Xbox One no longer plays games off the discs, you HAVE to install them to the hard-drive in order to play them. I believe PS3 also has you do this (on a number of games but not always it seems), except that PS3 isn’t trying to Nickle and Dime you at every corner. It also seems according to this article there is something related to the Online portion at the beginning of the post. The option is there for Developers to require the Xbox to always be online to play their particular game. Well, it seems PC gamers and console gamers have one thing in common now… DRM.

(At least pirates on PC can bypass DRM easily. Not an option for consoles.)

Source: http://www.theverge.com/2013/5/21/4352314/xbox-one-hard-drive-game-installs

And last but not least, another annoyance… Xbox One will not be compatible with any and all current headsets. Nope, companies will either have to make new headsets altogether specifically for the Xbox One, and they have to adhere to what Microsoft wants. Look forward to price gouging.

Source: http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/05/22/xbox-one-incompatible-with-current-gaming-headsets

Oh, one more thing… If you have an Xbox 360, don’t get rid of it. Why? Well if you want to keep playing your old 360 games you’ll need it. The Xbox One isn’t backwards compatible. At all. Not only that, but President of Microsoft’s Xbox Divison Don Mattrick insults the very notion of backwards compatibility! He calls it: “Backwards thinking.”

Source: http://www.theverge.com/2013/5/21/4350662/new-xbox-has-no-backwards-compatibilty

Source of insult: http://www.polygon.com/2013/5/22/4355984/xbox-one-backward-compatibility-backwards-thinking-don-mattrick

That is all I have to say currently folks, and I hope you took the time to read this far. I’ll conclude the following… please… PLEASE do not buy this console. Paying for this supports greedy and anti-consumer business practices. Speak with your wallet, and pass up on the Xbox One. No matter what games it might have that you want, even if they are exclusive. Do the right thing and make a statement. Refuse to be Nickle and Dimed like this. Refuse to be seen as a mindless consumer who will buy anything tossed at them.

Thank you, kindly

~Dylan Jordan

I really hope you managed to read it to the end and got as much from this as I have!

Midgard – a minecraft world

Minecraft – the sandbox indie game that took the world by storm, and now with over 10 millions copies sold. Everyone has heard of the game, and everyone should try it at least once in their life.

With all this said, I believe Minecraft has been ignored when people talk about addictive games. At least from what I’ve heard and read. It’s usually games like World of Warcraft, Football manager games, Diablo 2 and so on. But I don’t think any game comes close to Minecraft, not even World of Warcraft.
I have spent hours and days and months playing World of Warcraft, for almost 5 years now, and I have been addicted to the game. I just simply couldn’t stop playing it. But even then it really doesn’t compete with Minecraft. When I first heard of the game I was very sceptical… I mean, dig and build – what kind of crap is that?! But once you’ve started you cannot stop playing. You get so into it, wanting to finish whatever you started building. And before you know it you’ve spent 8 hours digging through the never ending boxes trying to get the materials you need.

Recently my brother asked me to play Minecraft on an online server with him. A role playing PVP server. It sounded kinda lame from the start, as I’ve never really been a big fan of role playing, but alas I tried it out, and as I said… once you’ve started you cannot stop.
In the first 4 days on the server I played for around 48 hours in total, yeah that’s right, 12 hours a day! Besides the amazing and addictive gameplay there is the server. The RPPVP server. The server is set in Midgard, the realm of the mortals, where you have to stand united against the ever possible threat of an attack from the enemy. You must establish a town, a home base, to defend against the enemy that might attack you without warning. You unite with other towns whom have the same enemy as you. You form a Nation. And this is where it really gets heated up. Two big nations facing up against each other, just waiting for the other one to make a mistake. The longer the Mexican stand off is, the more bloodthirsty the players get. But you cannot attack without making sure you’ve got the upper hand. You cannot let your towns be vulnerable, you have to be ready.

And that is what I have been doing, getting ready for the inevitable war. As High Lord of Vannheimr, the home to those with exceptional wisdom and the ability to see the future. And we have seen it. War is coming. I have been working for days to get the great walls of Vannheimr up and ready to hold off any enemy, and even though countless of hours have been spent we are still not finished, you can always improve something.Vannheimr

In Midgard, the realm of the mortal, we have joined in an alliance with the great Nation of Frossverd, and Vannheimr has an ever so important role in this nation. We are the front-line. We are the first line of defense against the vicious Chrace. Vannheimr is also where we will launch our attack against the nearest Chrace village, Anor.
But we do not know when or how the war will start, we are all waiting eagerly to be the one to draw first blood, but no one dares to make the first move and start off the war.

For now we stay idle. Waiting. Hoping.

World of Warcraft as a competitive game?

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As a long term World of Warcraft player I am sad to see where the game is today, and by that I mean the fact that less and less people are playing it. Blizzard recently released the subscription numbers and it was around 8 millions subscribers world wide (Still the biggest MMORPG by far), but it’s quite a drop from the glorious days of 2010 when there were 12 million players.

Personally I don’t understand why this drop in numbers has hit the game. Blizzard has really made a lot of improvement to the game and added loads and loads of new features in the past years, such as rated battlegrounds, looking for group system and not to mention the pet battle! Yeah, some might say that the game has become too easy, that in Vanilla and The Burning Crusade you needed lots more skills and whatnot to even have a chance to finish up the end game raids, and I do agree to a certain extent, but I don’t believe that’s what “killed” World of Warcraft. What I believe gave the game a massive blow are 3 things:

Heirlooms:
With people running around with heirlooms at any level in the game has had a huge impact on it. Everyone runs around with heirlooms, whether it be in the instances, the battlegrounds or questing. You no longer need to get that one helmet that will help you out. You no longer need to farm Scarlet Monastery to get Morgraines’s mighty Mace. No, you got it all from level one. By farming a little bit of instances/battlegrounds on your main you’re able to give your new character whatever gear you need from level 1. Levelling a new character has become ridiculously easy… I mean, I still remember when I levelled my main, it took me several months to get from 1-70 and it was an amazing feeling when I finally made it. Now levelling is just something that has to be done to get to the farming process at level 90.

Flying in Azeroth:
This is something that I’ve hated from the start, why would they add this feature? Sure, you can get from Stormwind to Scholomance in no time… great! But why?! Yeah, I remember when I had to get a group from Shadowfang Keep and we had to decide who went to summon the rest of the group.. Now that was a hell of a walk, which most often ended with 2-3 ganks, but it had its charm, as our dear friend Bilbo Baggins would have said “I’m going on an adventure!”. Yes, I do realise that flying in Azeroth is for the high levels, so it wouldn’t have had any impact on me running to Shadowfang Keep, but my point still stands.
Another thing with the flying in Azeroth is that you rarely see anyone more. There is no interaction with other players, especially not cross faction. I’m sure that most of the people that played in “the good old days” remember the endless ganks and ganking in zones like Strangelthorn Vale and Hillsbrad Foothills and it was FUN, even if you were the one ganked. All you see now is, if you’re lucky, a player flying somewhere high above. It starts to feel like you’re playing alone.

And arguably the BG/Instance queue system:
So this pretty much goes with the flying in Azeroth thingie. You don’t have to go out there. You don’t have to interact with people. You queue up, you kill some mobs and then never see the group again. I don’t know the locations for half the dungeons any more… Where the hell is the Siege of Niuzao Temple?! I don’t bloody know, because I don’t have to! All I need to do is to hit that lovely queue button and some magic happens and I’m in a group. Lovely right? No, because this group might as well have been an AI, no one is talking, there is no communication whatsoever.
When people had to run out to find the dungeons it added a lot more… life.. to the game, you saw a lot more players around. Same goes for the Battleground instances. I miss the days when people gathered in Stormwind Keep to queue up. There was always a lot of talking and people showing of their newly acquired PvP gear. There was a gathering point for like minded players.

ihealalotIhealalot, the greatest Paladin in The Burning Crusade era, misses the good old days

Now, I don’t know what Blizzard should do to make up for this fatal mistakes. You cannot simply remove the features, it doesn’t work like that. But I might have a few ideas that could help out. Or at least I wish it would. But here is my favourite one:

Competitive play:For those of you who have read my blogs know that I love the eSport scene, and I believe World of Warcraft has a lot of potential. In both aspects of the game, PvE and PvP.

PvP
I love the idea to see a better PvP competitive scene. Admittedly I don’t watch the arena sections and I find the insanely dull. But I honestly believe that if Blizzard put a team together to work out a tournament for battlegrounds it would have a massive success. The eSport scene has the great 1v1 games (Starcraft 2), it has the 3v3 (WoW Arena) and then it has the 5v5 (League of Legends and DOTA2). But it doesn’t have the huge 10v10, or even 15v15 if you dare. Yeah, it might be insanely difficult to make it work, to get 10-15 like minded players to work together in perfect synergy, but if there is one community there can do it, it’s the MMO community. We see it all the time, the top guilds of World of Warcraft going for that world first, and if they can do it in PvE then they can do it in PvP as well.
All Blizzard needs to do is to add some sort of spectator mode for battlegrounds. Not sure if it should be a 1st person view like Counter-Strike, 3rd person view like WoW arena, perhaps the spectating system from SC2 and LoL could work, or maybe a combination of all 3. And then Blizzard needs to make it attractive to the players. Give it a lot of talk, put bigger prizes out there, give the players a chance for fame. You have done it with Starcraft Blizzard, now do it to World of Warcraft.

PvE
So this one is somewhat already ongoing… The Race to Worlds first (Great documentary by the way, you should watch it), where the top guilds in the world tries to be the first to clear the content, to get the fame and glory. So what I think should be done here is to have tournaments, both for worlds first, but also fastest clear of a certain dungeon/raid. Have two teams/guilds facing each other and see who has the best strategy to clear it the fastest. This has already been done at several BlizzCons, where Blizzard has invited top guilds to go on scene and play, so why not go a bit further? Have a monthly tournament where you give the players a chance to get their 15 minutes of fame.

As I said, I don’t know what should be done with the game, but I strongly believe that this could help it out, make it more attractive to players, both the current one and people looking for an alternative competitive one.
Hope you guys like my idea and I wish we could get the word to spread and make it happen!

IdrA released from Evil Geniuses

It’s always a very interesting process when something big happens within a pro scene, especially the eSport scene, and the last one isn’t an exception.

On May 10 Evil Geniuses announced that they were releasing Greg “IdrA” Fields from the team. The reactions whenever something IdrA related happens is always controversial, there are the real fans that support him no matter what and then there are the absolute douche bags that enjoy seeing bad stuff happen to him and hope to see one of his famous reactions to whatever happens.

Personally I am a bit shocked when I heard the news. I have never been a big fan of IdrA or Evil Geniuses but I could never have imagined mentioning one of those two without thinking of the other, to me they are the one and same thing. Although I haven’t been the biggest fan of IdrA, I have been supporting him whenever I have had the chance to watch him play and I wish I had the chance to watch him play more (damn you time zones!). There is something about IdrA that makes it so interesting to watch… First of all he’s a great player and we have seen that many times in games and tournaments, but then there is his personality and his reactions to the game. He once said he didn’t enjoy the game and only played it for the money, but I just have somewhat hard time to believe that… I mean, how can you say you only play it for the money and then get so sad and upset when you lose a game? It just confuses me to see.

I think one of the main reasons of why I like him and his personality is, that it reminds me of myself. I get easily upset when playing Starcraft 2, especially if I get a cheesy player. I bash the keyboard and mouse and whatever I can get my hands on, and most of the time I have to stop playing, just to keep myself from destroying my computer. So I can easily understand his reaction to some the cheesy crap in games.

The day after he was released from Evil Geniuses there was an interview with him by itmeJP, where IdrA was asked about his behaviour and how he reacted to EG’s managements decision on releasing him. Also, in the interview IdrA said he was stepping down to competitive play, which saddens me, but at the same time is very understandable, to focus on making more content and casting/analysing games.
This is quite interesting to me, as I have never heard or seen him cast a game before, but I am very much looking forward to it and I am pretty sure he will do an excellent job with it.

I don’t know what else to say about this really. I’m sad to see him leave EG, but if it gives him more space to be himself and do what he loves then I cannot wait to see how it goes. Best of luck from here IdrA!

I wanna be a pro

Ever since I saw my first eSport match I wanted to become a pro gamer and make the plays you see on screen every day. Now, the problem is that you have to put a lot of effort and dedication into it, and people who know me know I’m lazy as fuck, which really doesn’t help. I can’t really play Starcraft 2 since I rage and smash whatever I can get my hands on when I lose, especially if it’s a cheese. In League of Legends I feel like I could be somewhat good, but then the problem is that I have to find 4 other players that have the same mindset as me. I find it so much easier to put lots of effort into it when there are other people counting on you, which makes LoL (or any MOBA game) a great pick for me, but I just can’t seem to find the right people.

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I have few RL friends that I play with and we have been trying to play some tournaments etc. but they just can’t seem to care as much as I want them to. We were supposed to play a tournament today with a signup deadline on Thursday, but they we couldn’t find enough players and some of the people decided to say yes Friday evening, which is way too late… Anyway, I just really want to play in tournament and actually have a chance to win! Ain’t that much to ask for is it? Ah well.. When I’m done with school in 2 months time I’ll be able to put more time and effort into it and see if I can find like minded players!
Oh well… always good to rant a bit eh? Anyway that’s about it for now guys, but before I let you go have a listen to my current favourite Youtube’er Temp0 down below!

Toxic behaviour in League of Legends

It’s well known in the gaming community that MOBA games have the worst and most toxic behaviour, especially League of Legends. There is always that one guy spamming, raging, and just completely destroys the entire game experience.

But in the past several months we have seen Riot taking action and trying to work towards a better community behaviour. First there was The Tribunal, where the community could look at cases from in game reports and ban/pardon said player.

This didn’t really do the trick though, people that got banned just seemed to get more frustrated, and not really changing the behaviour of players. So they decided to give the players that have been punished a chance to look at the case, so that they could see what they did to deserve the ban, and even share it with friends. This really seemed to change a lot of peoples behaviour.

More recently Riot started adding tips on how to behave in game. I can’t remember the exact tips, but they do give you some tips/hints such as if you show good behaviour you’re more likely to win the game, or if you do flame/rage/whatnot then you’re more likely to lose.

And then there is the new(ish) Honour system. I personally saw big change in the chat right away, after this was introduced. People seemed to really want to get the banner on your portrait, and therefore didn’t really rage or whine or anything. They were actually more helpful and polite. But of course this only lasted for a few months and now it’s as if they don’t care about that banner any more.

A friend of mine sent me a link from a presentation by Riot employee Jeffrey “Lyte” Lin, giving a speech on Fixing toxic online behavior in League of Legends. It’s only 25 minutes long, and I really recommend having a look at it. It might only be a PR show from their side, but it makes me believe that they are actually doing what they can do to get rid of the title as “The worst gaming community”.

Fraps test – Silver League duo queue

This post is more or less just a test from my site to see if I could modify the page a little bit.

I finally managed to get myself to see how fraps and games would run on my computer, and so far it seems to run rather smoothly.

I played a ranked League of Legends game with a friend of mine. Silver League duo queue with a premade botlane (Zyra/Draven), and we pretty much dominated the game, but still it wasn’t a game that went as good as it should, but let’s blame the others shall we?

Chinese artwork for League of Legends

I’ve always been quite a fan of Chinese/Asian artwork, and I recently discovered that the Chinese League of Legends server had different artwork (and regional skins) than the European and American. The Chinese artwork is more manga like I guess, while the western servers have more cartoonish stuff, which makes perfect sense I guess, but oh does the Chinese look so much better!

I mean, just look at the difference! Western artwork at the top and the Chinese at the bottom. How could you possible ever want the Western artwork when you can choose the blue badass?!

So as I found out how badass it looked I also realised that you could just switch out the artwork-folder-thingie and get it, which is awesome! Oh.. and while writing this I kinda realised that apparently it’s only the artwork and not the actual ingame characters that have different looks.. which kinda sucks.. but still, it’s worth changing!

I mean.. What on earth is that?! The Western (Upper picture) just looks like crap… I could draw that!

But either way.. Here’s a quite nice guide how to easily change it around and I do recommend doing it!

But that’s it for now guys, enjoy the Chinese artwork!

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

Oh god I have NEVER been so disappointed in an announcement as I was for the Blizzard one at PAX East today… I admit I might have hyped it up a little bit, but I expected Blizzard to have a huge announcement, but alas I was wrong.

Before getting into the what it was, here is what Blizzard said about the announcement before PAX:
“Blizzard has a little something new, and they’re bringing it to PAX East! It’s different from their other games, so it’s not a sequel, expansion, or that rumored next-gen MMO. Be among the first to see what the legendary development studio has been working on in this presentation.”

How can you not be over hyped about that one?! Yeah okay, I guess it might just have been me… But then let’s move on!

That’s right! Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, a Free-to-play strategy card game from Blizzard! Yeah, see why I’m disappointed now?! Okay,  after I managed to calm down a little bit after the announcement, I have to say I am a little bit excited about this.. The ingame footage (and shoutcasting) made it look a lot more fun than I actually anticipated.

So just some quick facts about the game:

  • The game is an Online CCG. It’s free to play.
  • The game will be available on iPad as well.
  • The Beta will come this summer and the game will be available this year.
  • You can already sign up for Beta!!!
  • HearthStone will launch on Windows and Mac.
  • Over 300 cards in the game, 5 per pack, can earn and buy packs, many types of cards.
  • A pack of cards will be around $1, but it’s nothing set in stone yet.
  • You’ll be able to earn cards o build them yourself by disenchanting the spare ones.
  • We will have common, rare, epics, and legendary cards.
  • The game will be played as a hero: druid, mage, warlock, hunter, etc.

With that said, I am still hoping to see the Blizzard Allstar to be announced soon(ish)! But meanwhile I’ll wait patiently and cross my finger’s that I’ll get into the Hearthstone beta! But that’s it for me now guys, Mike is over and out!