Merry Christmas!!

As the holiday season moves forward, I want to take the time and acknowledge any and all readers that have stopped by to read whatever I’ve got going on. Lately I’ve been really busy with work (two part-time jobs, one at a theme park and the other at GameStop) and getting ready to head back to school in January. I’m pretty stoked because I got a Pell grant again, this time the amount covering both tuition and rent for my apartment for the semester (I’m 95% sure). The only barrier I have left is getting into the classes I’m on the wait list for.

Starting the blog back in the middle of the summer was an idea I had partially out of boredom. However, since then I’ve found that putting time and effort into the posts I’ve written has given me a channel with which to use my geekiness as a gamer. And looking back at all the reviews I’ve done, I realized they’re all mostly for indie games. Granted I play what I can, the more popular titles (mainly the AAA ones) tax my laptop fairly heavily in terms of performance. I really need a better laptop. Whenever I’m not playing games in my desktop library or on Steam, you can usually find me on League of Legends (under the same name: AdderTude).

So thanks again for putting up with all the stuff I’ve been getting out the door whenever I can and as always, I’ll keep on slithering through the internet. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy Festivus for the rest of ya!

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Still Slithering

I swear I’m not dead, I promise. I’ve just been incredibly busy lately, since I have two jobs for the holiday season and can only find time to game when I can. Truth be told, though, I haven’t really been able to finish any of the games I’ve recently acquired. I’ve bought a strategy game that I can’t run because the graphics in-game failed (Emergency 4 aka 911: First Responders), a puzzle game that I’m getting all perfectionist over (Cogs) and it’s driving me nuts, and another puzzle game that’s really a mini-game for an upcoming first-person puzzler (Sigils of Elohim, a free game that serves as the lock mechanisms for The Talos Priniciple). On top of that, I’m privately exploring an RPG in development I’ve sunk a lot of time into quite recently (I will not go further into details about this one, hence why I said “privately”).

Additionally, I’m heading back to school starting January for another frozen winter semester (fingers crossed so I don’t freeze my tail off…or my head, for that matter). Time for this serpent to shed his slacker skin and get crap done in the coming academic months. Next summer, though, I might consider getting in touch with my voice coach (Crispin Freeman, if any of you know anime) on tips to putting my demo reel together, along with a possible coaching session. It isn’t cheap, and since voice acting is something I really wanna do, I treasure each opportunity I get, thus Crispin’s online class was awesome when I had it back in October. I may also get in touch with Karen Strassman on Twitter for additional pointers. These guys in voice over are so nice when helping aspiring people like me.

That’s the update for now. Keep gaming, Fang Gang, and I’ll be back with another post soon.

Infinite Crisis Got an Overhaul

I’ve been keeping watch on Turbine, Inc. ever since they announced that they would be teaming up with WB to bring us a superhero-themed MOBA.  When I discovered that Infinite Crisis would be a reality, I signed up for the closed beta and sure enough, I was sent an access key the second week they went public with the closed beta (I refer to us players by week, thus I am a Second Wave-er).

Earlier this summer, they announced that they would cease producing more content until this month’s update, a wait of roughly three months.  Understandably, it put off a lot of players, common and professional alike (as I mentioned in my first post).  As of last week, the September update has gone live and the overhaul the game has received has been well worth the wait.  Not only has Turbine improved the game optimization for lower-spec computers (including a graphic update), but they’ve also vastly improved the game’s tutorial and given players a great incentive to play through the tutorial in its entirety.  The basic tutorial is divided into three parts, along with the addition of a new 1v1 practice map (Crime Alley, where Batman’s parents were gunned down by Joe Chill) and co-op games versus bots on Gotham Heights (League of Legends‘ counterpart for the Dominion game mode) and Gotham Divided (the classic three-lane map, but horizontally oriented instead of diagonally).  Finishing the entire tutorial, along with playing every co-op map once will let new players unlock six champions for free.  In my opinion, that’s a better deal than just throwing you into the game until you can permanently unlock one’s first champion with in-game currency (ring a bell, League players?).

I still have some issues with balancing (I don’t care what anyone says, Atomic Poison Ivy is vastly overpowered), but otherwise, the game has come a long way since closed beta, especially since this update came with two new champions from alternate universes, Nightmare Robin (Assassin) and Atomic Joker (Marksman).  The game plays similar to League of Legends, but this is with heroes and villains from DC Comics.  Sign up and play for free with my referral and feel free to add me as a friend in-game.

Free To Play: A Look Into the World of eSports

Back in March of this year, VALVe Corporation has released a documentary featuring three professional players of their hit MOBA, Defense of the Ancients 2 (Dota 2), and their road to the first ever world championship that is The International.  In 2011, a lot of world championships for professional gaming didn’t pay out a whole lot of money.  Even the StarCraft World Championship Series paid out a sum of roughly $250,000.  Unexpectedly, the prize pool for The International reached $1.6 million, with $1 million going to the Grand Champions.

Free to Play is a documentary following the lives of Clinton “Fear” Loomis from Medford, Oregon, who’s currently the coach for Evil Geniuses, Benedict Lim “hyhy” Han Yong of Singapore, currently inactive, and Danil “Dendi” Ishutin of L’viv, Ukraine, currently a member of Natus Vincere (Na’Vi), who most recently appeared at The International 2014 that concluded on Monday earlier this week.  The documentary shows the lives of all three players and how they were introduced to the world of Dota 2.  They each had their own reasons for wanting to work hard at what they wanted to be good at as all three went to The International 2011 in Cologne, Germany, with their respective teams.  Fear’s team at the time, Online Kingdom, fell in seventh place, while hyhy’s team, Scythe, took a gamble and lost against Chinese favorites EHOME later in the playoffs, and exited the tournament in third place (taking $150,000).  Dendi’s team, Na’Vi, moved on to become the first ever world champions of Dota 2, securing the $1 million prize and having their names forever written into Dota 2 history.

Free to Play does more than just show us the famous people in pro gaming, it also exposes the growing world of eSports.  In fact, during the earlier segments of the film, they interviewed Jeremy Lin, a star basketball player currently playing for the NBA team Los Angeles Lakers and a Dota 2 enthusiast, who suggested that pro gaming may be as big as, if not more popular than, physical sports like basketball or soccer (football, if you’re outside of the US) in the near future.  This film is for everyone to see, not just gamers or the casual viewer.  It’s a great look into the changing world of eSports and how it may soon become accepted in modern society.

The movie is free on iTunes, Amazon, Steam (especially), YouTube, and VHX.