Archive for September, 2015

Such a NOOB to Smite

 

So as I said yesterday I just got into Smite on PC on Saturday night.  I had tried playing Smite when I played Xbox One, but playing a MOBA with a controller felt wrong somehow, and I was continuously dying.  So I completely wrote Smite off as no fun, until I got on Steam on Saturday.  When I saw it sitting at the top of the free to play section I decided I would give it another chance, only with a mouse and keyboard, and I am thoroughly glad that I did.

Now don’t get me wrong, as the title says I am a straight NOOB to this game.  I really have no idea which gods I should be using, and even worse I have no real idea how to build them in game while I play.  My only real saving grace is that I run two monitors so I game on one, and have Smitefire.com open on the other with a build up.  The only problem with that is I don’t know the names of all the items, so while my team is fighting, here I am scrolling through the shop trying to match pictures from Smitefire to what’s in the store (NOOB).  However, after saying that, I am slowly figuring out some of the items as I have used a couple in every match, so there are a few items I can quickly find and buy.

While I haven’t played a whole lot, I have decided I really like this MOBA, and I will be playing it a whole lot.  I played through the tutorial, but in reality the only thing I needed to get used to is the 3rd person POV, as I have played several other MOBAs and the objectives are all pretty similar.  Following the tutorial I think I only played about three matches, two arena matches and one joust.  I know that if I want to get competitive with this game, I should be playing conquest, but I figure by playing arena I can start to figure out which gods I like, while also getting some in game experience.

So in the three player matches I played, my team won two and lost our joust map.  To be fair in the joust map though one of our players disconnected leaving it 2v3 for the majority of the match, and I was the only one positive on my team, though not by much.  From what I have seen, Smite is pretty good at matching you with other players of the same level, but I am sure there are smurf accounts running around as well, which is probably why some people seem to just roll right over me.

As to the gods I pick, I try to always grab an assassin.  I really enjoy high burst damage at the expense of health and defense so in pretty much every MOBA I have played I go for the assassins.  My brother who still plays on Xbox One says that I would probably also enjoy hunters as they are ranged characters, and can also do a lot of damage along with quick escapes, but you all let me know what you think.

The only two gods I have tried so far are Thor, and Arachne.  I used Thor through the entire tutorial, and also used him during two of my player matches, and I found him rather enjoyable to play.  He hits pretty hard, and by using his ultimate you can quickly hit the other teams back line killing off their hunters or mages.  I am also getting a pretty decent build down for him, giving him better speed, and of course a lot more damage.  When I played Arachne however, I was completely lost.  I still went positive with her with a ton of assists (30), but I had no idea how to build her, and worse yet, I didn’t have the faintest idea what her abilities did.  It wasn’t until about halfway through the match that I even got a kill with her, but I finally started figuring out her kit, and ended 8/6/30 with her.

Overall I have had a very good initial experience with the game, and am definitely looking forward to playing it some more.  If you think I should be playing any specific gods let me know and if you want to play with me, my name is HybrdCobra.  Thank you for reading, and as always comments, likes, and follows are greatly appreciated.

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Ok so as I have clearly stated many times, I am a huge Nerd.  For the most part this takes the form of just playing video games and reading the occasional comic, but I am trying to expand my horizons even more.  Up until now the only tabletop experience I have had is in trading card games, namely Magic the Gathering.  I would however like to expand more into the tabletop realm and thats where I need help.

You see I really don’t know which game to choose, and seeing how a lot of these games take some serious dedication I don’t feel like putting a whole lot of money into one only to find out that I don’t enjoy it.  So what I need help with is mainly suggestions on which games are worthwhile.

To help with the suggestions I have previously looked into Warhammer and Warhammer 40k and I like the look of both, so of the two which do people prefer more and why?  I am also a huge Battletech/Mechwarrior fan so I know that’s an option as well, but while I have seen the pieces I haven’t seen many stores that hold games, so is that even a viable option.  Lastly I do like the World War ll theme as well as the medieval era so any suggestions for those are helpful as well.

Again I don’t just want to rush into a game and blow money on it before deciding on whether or not I like it so any and all suggestions are welcome.  Thanks for reading and be sure to comment, like, and follow.  All game suggestions would be best put into the comments section.

So as you may have already figured out, I love video games.  I will play almost anything at least once to see if I enjoy it or not.  My best friend loves to take full advantage of this and is always getting me to download new games.

The new addition, Hawken.  If you have never played this game I would classify it as Call of Duty, but with mechs.  You can choose between a wide array of mechs, each with their own abilities, and weapon sets.  You have big bruisers, small assassins, healers, and your basic assault mechs.  It really is a fun game, and as you level up you can upgrade your look and weapons.  Again its a free to play game so if you don’t want to grind away at your levels you can always just spend money to speed up the process, but the grind is good enough for me.

My other new addition is Smite.  Now Smite has been around for a little while now, and I previously tried it on Xbox One, but I couldn’t get used to using a controller on a MOBA so I wrote the game off.  Well since I’m back on PC I decided to give it another shot last night, but with a mouse and keyboard, and I enjoyed myself a lot.  I have had some decent exposure with MOBAs having played League of Legends and Heroes of the Storm, but Smite is a little different as your using a 3rd person point of view which is easy to pick up.  I think I am going to play a lot more of Smite, and will be trying to figure out which assassin gods I enjoy the most as i’m all about the burst damage.

For a quick recap here is the list of games that I currently play.

  1. Guild Wars 2
  2. Hawken
  3. Payday 2
  4. Smite
  5. World of Tanks
  6. World of Warships
  7. War Thunder
  8. Armored Warfare
  9. CS:GO
  10. Diablo lll
  11. ARMA lll
  12. Hearthstone

So if your interested in playing any of those games with me be sure to let me know and we can party up.  Also if there are any games that you recommend be sure to post them in the comments as like I said I am always willing to try new games.   As always thanks for reading, and any comments, likes, and follows are greatly appreciated.

Just wanted to give everyone a quick update, but first off I want to apologize.  I said I would be posting daily, but I let life events get the better of me and failed to post for a few days.  I will always do my best to post, but as the last couple of days have shown me, I may not always be able to.

So I just wanted to let you all know that between work, school, and some problems at home I slipped up, but I am back, and even though I wasn’t posting I was getting the research started for my series of articles that I promised.  I have also decided to start a series on Wargaming.net games, and i’ll tell you why.

Like I said in a previous post I have gotten into the wargaming games pretty hard of late.  Pretty much daily I log onto World of Tanks, World of Warships, and War Thunder (made by Gaijin Entertainment, but so similar that I place it with the Wargaming.net games) at the very least to get the daily xp bonus for all my vehicles. I enjoy these games a lot just because I grew up learning about different WW ll vehicles as one my dad is a History major, and second I grew up around the military and just love military games.

Again I have my issues with these games, and I think I want to do a lot of research, and tell everyone why certain vehicles should be doing better than they are portrayed in these games.  I’m not as knowledgeable in WW ll vehicles as my father however, so like I said I will be doing a lot of research for this project.

Now another game I am going to throw into this series is going to be Armored Warfare.  This game isn’t part of Wargaming.net, but is a game from Obsidian Entertainment.  Now the thing about this game is it’s about more modern vehicles, and I do know a bit about new military vehicles, however I will still include a lot of research.

I only want to start this series, because my buddy Hybrd Recon, and I have seen a problem with these games.  That problem is the fact that guns in this game scale their damage based on the tier of your vehicles.  That’s a problem because a 25mm on a tier 2 should have the same power as a 25mm on a tier 3.  Why you may ask….Because IT’S THE SAME GUN.  Granted the higher tier may have more armor or health, but if a tier 3 can penetrate the armor of another tier 3 with a 105mm then a tier 2 with a 105mm should be able to do the same.  Now currently in these games you might be able to do that but for the most part the lower tier tanks only get ricochets or no penetration against higher tier tanks, and with the way matchmaking in these games works that pretty much means low tier tanks are just fodder against the higher tiers, and I think that is ridiculous.

So again sorry for the absence, and I hope everyone is as excited for these series as I am about writing them.  Thanks again for reading and as usual any comments, likes, and follows are greatly appreciated.

Article Series

So I want to start several article series about anything Nerd related.  I’m looking for any ideas that you as readers would like to see.  I have a couple idea’s, and I’ll tell you more about the first series I plan to start below, but first I want to put out that if there is anything in particular that you would like to see an article about just let me know in the comments, and I will get the research done and the article out to you.

So my first big series on this blog will be about the different types of game selling models.  In the gaming community there are several different ways that games are sold.  Some prefer one model to another, while some models seem to be hated by everyone.  I will lay out some of those models today, and then in future articles I will do a more in depth explanation of these models telling you why one may be better or worse than others.  Just remember that although all these articles will have researched materials in them, it will also include a lot of my personal feelings or biases so they will still mostly be opinion pieces.

One of the biggest models out there right now is your AAA releases.  These releases are games such as Call of Duty, Battlefield, Halo, and Destiny.  For your AAA release you must purchase the base game, and then your purchasing any DLC packs that come out later.  Up until recently this is how AAA titles made back all their expenses, but within the last few years AAA titles have also started dabbling in the micro-transaction model as well which I will describe shortly.

Free to Play games have become very popular lately.  When I say free to play these are games that don’t make it necessary to spend real money in order to progress.  Games that fall into this category are games such as League of Legends, DOTA2, Heroes of the Storm, Marvel Heroes: 2015, and here recently Guild Wars 2.  Guild Wars 2 is in this list because back when it first came out you had to buy the game, but there were no subscription fees.  Now you can pick GW2 up for free, you’re just limited on how many characters you can play without buying more space.  In most Free to Play games you can spend money, but what your buying does nothing to change the outcome of a game.  So you could be buying skins for your character or weapons, dyes for your armor, or even experience boosts to help you level up quicker.  All things that either make you look cooler or progress through the game a little faster.

Pay to Win games are very similar to Free to Play games only spending money is highly encouraged to get anywhere in the game.  Also pay to win games are games where spending money gives you a distinct edge over the casual player who doesn’t want to spend any money.  Games that fall into this category are Star Wars the Old Republic, World of Tanks, Hearthstone, and Magic Duels Origins.  Now Pay to Win games aren’t all bad, but spending money does help you out immensely.  In games like Hearthstone, spending money just allows you to buy packs to find all the cards you need in order to build a competitive deck.  You can still earn the cards through playing the game, but it will just take you a lot longer, which is why buying packs seems to be more practical.

Now while Micro-transactions aren’t a selling model, they are a huge part of many games in all the models so I will give them their own paragraph and article in the series.  Micro-transactions can be good or bad for a game depending on how they are implemented.  In many games micro-transactions take the form of supply drops or boxes which can contain rare weapons or armor skins.  In the case of cosmetics, I see no issue with micro-transactions, if you want to spend money to make yourself cooler than so be it.  My issue with micro-transactions is when it takes a game into Pay to win territory.  Take World of Tanks for instance.  When I used to play World of Tanks on Xbox 360, I felt accomplished when I finally earned my tier 5 tank, only for it to be destroyed in my first match by a tier 3 premium tanks firing special shells that you have to pay for in order to use.  This is an instance when I feel micro-transactions become detrimental to a game, because it takes the fun out of the game for casual players when someone with loads of cash can just buy things that makes your hard earned equipment or vehicles look like a joke.

Now as I said before these paragraphs are just a short explanation of the types of games you see out there to play now.  Each of these paragraphs will receive their own articles in their series and as I said all of them will be researched with citations and links to follow if you want to read or watch my sources.

As always thank you for reading, and all comments, likes, and follows are greatly appreciated.  Like I said at the beginning if you would like to see a series or article on anything Nerd related than be sure to let me know in the comments section (take a look at my Geeks, Nerds, and Hybrid Nerds post for any clarification on nerd related activities).

Drinking Games

 

**Disclaimer**

I do not condone underage drinking.  If your going to play any variations of these games, please drink and act responsibly.

So back when I was the leader of Hybrid Nerdz Gaming several of the guys in the clan started playing drinking games to alleviate the boredom we were having in Call of Duty Ghosts.  These games were a way to pass the time while still having fun with the clan.  Back when HNG was active in Clan Wars we were very strict with attendance rules so we knew at the end of Clan Wars we had to find a way to blow some steam.  After leaving Call of Duty I have played variations in different games as well, so I will tell you how we used to play.

  1. Call of Duty: This game is full of possible drinking games. The version most played in my clan was on the Search and Destroy game mode.  The rules were simple, if you died you took a shot of your favorite drink (Tennessee Honey for this guy).  In one game of Search and Destroy your team had to win 6 rounds to win the game.  That means there was the potential to play 11 rounds in one game.  If you aren’t good at Search and Destroy the possibility of being drunk off of just one game is pretty high.  My brother who’s Gamertag is Hybrd Soul found that out the hard way.

Now as I said before there are many variations of this game that can be played.  While still playing Search and Destroy you can also add in that if the enemy plants the bomb and it explodes then everyone on the team must take a shot.  By doing that there is now the possibility of 22 shots in one game if your particularly bad at Search and Destroy.  Some other drinking games with Call of Duty could be anytime you lose a match you must take a shot.  In Advanced Warfare when your playing Uplink you could take a shot anytime the opposing team scores a goal.

  1. League of Legends: My friend Hybrd Tragik taught me this drinking game after I stopped playing Call of Duty.  Whenever you’re killed by the opposing player in your lane you take a shot.  Now when I played this I was a complete NOOB at League of Legends, and I always played top lane.  My first time playing the League of Legends drinking game I was completely drunk after one game.  I think I had to take a total of 15 shots, and I was using my Cavalry double shot glass.
  1. CS:GO: The only other drinking game I have played while playing video games has been on CS:GO, and it ended about as well as my League of Legends version. I was still pretty new to CS:GO and decided to play the drinking game while doing competitive solo.  Now in competitive CS:GO you have the possibility of playing 30 rounds in one game.  Again I played where if you died you took a shot, and if the other team planted the bomb and it exploded you took a shot.  I don’t remember how long I lasted, but I can tell you I didn’t finish the game.

Now my clan didn’t necessarily create these games.  Maybe one of the guys found it online, or played it with other friends, but we were quick to adopt them when we were bored of pub stomping.  Again if you choose to play these or any variations of these drinking games make sure you drink and act responsibly.  Thanks again for reading, and as always comments, likes, and follows are appreciated.

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Saying Goodbye to Soda

Posted: September 21, 2015 in Fitness, Nerd
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Saying Goodbye to Soda

 

So I know it may not be a huge deal for everyone, and some people might say it’s not much of an accomplishment, but I haven’t had a soda in a month.  Now to put this into context I used to drink 4-6 Dr. Peppers in a day.  So in one day I would get roughly 900 calories just from drinking soda.  So here’s a little back story on my journey with soda.

I didn’t really get addicted to soda until after graduating High School.  While in school we didn’t have a whole lot of money so I was mostly drinking water, milk, Kool-Aid, and the occasional soda when we went out to eat.  Well when I went to basic training we had soda machines in the chow hall, so every day for dinner I would get some soda.  Then when I got to my first duty station I had my own money, so I would buy a bunch of soda.  So for the last 10 years I had been drinking soda every day.

Now as a personal trainer you would figure that I would know the negative effects of drinking so much soda, and I mean I did, but I was addicted and my body had come to rely on soda to make it through the day.  The thing is as I have gotten older, my metabolism isn’t what it used to be, and I started to feel real sluggish.  It got to the point that halfway through the day I would feel real tired, so what would I do?  You guessed it, pop another soda and chug down that liquid energy.

Feeling sluggish isn’t the only side effect that I was having though.  As you may know from reading some of my previous posts, I love to run.  I have been a runner for a long time and it’s one of my stress relief methods.  I would get home from work, throw on some running clothes, and go run a few miles.  Well it got to the point that after every run I would get a massive headache for the rest of the day, which made me not want to run anymore.  So by not running or working out for fear of a headache I was throwing that 900 extra calories a day right at my body in a negative way.  Now before I go any further I want to clarify that I’m not nor have I ever been fat, but I had gotten way out of the shape that I am used to being in.

Once I started to realize that soda was a detriment to my heath I took a long hard look at how I was going to quit.  Caffeine is just like any addiction, in that your body is used to having it.  I know some people say it’s all in your mind, and in a way it is, but when you cut off an addiction cold turkey it can have some real negative effects on your body.  In my case I would get headaches throughout the day which just made me want to drink a Dr. Pepper, but I knew I couldn’t do that.  So my method for the first two weeks was wake up and drink a cup of coffee through the first hour of my day.  Then throughout the day I would drink sweet tea (has caffeine in it), and Gatorade.  These last two weeks I have gone to just drinking my morning cup of coffee with Gatorade and Water the rest of the day.  I plan to keep this plan, but just decrease my Gatorade intake and drink more water.

So like I said the past month I have been soda free, with only one time I felt the temptation to drink a soda, but luckily my wife was there to tell me no.  I hope everyone enjoyed this post.  I know I said I would post something about fitness every Sunday, but since today is exactly one month for me I figured this would be a good day to post this.  Even though it may not be directly fitness related, nutrition is related to fitness so I would say if your drinking a lot of soda like I was maybe you could use a similar plan to help you get off the soda train, because in the end soda is really bad for your body.

As always thank you for reading, and any comments, likes, and follows are greatly appreciated.

Gaming & Fitness

 

So I know that my blog is about gaming, but as I have said before fitness plays a huge part in my life, right beside gaming.  I feel more gamers need to get out and get active, so every Sunday I will post either a workout or something related to fitness on my blog.

Now just a quick explanation on some of my credentials that allow me to talk about fitness in the first place.  While in the Army some of my additional responsibilities were Unit Master Fitness Trainer, Weight Control NCO (non commissioned officer), and Squadron Combatives Instructor.  I am also a Certified Personal Trainer through the International Sports Science Association (ISSA).  So in saying that I know a lot about fitness.

Like I said I feel that gamers need to get more active.  There are several well known gamers who are very active.  If you take a look at Optic Gaming, probably the most well known Call of Duty team out there, they attended the Redbull training facility for a month learning a lot about nutrition and fitness, and most of those guys put that training to good use all the time.  Then you have Doug Censor Martin (Faze Censor), who is a beast and makes sure he works out everyday.  Now a lot of these big name players have their own fitness Youtube channels or video’s, but I think with all the pull they have in the community they could be putting a bigger face on the fitness problem amongst gamers.  There are way to many gamers out there who just game, eat junk, and chug soda/energy drinks.

So as I said I will be posting fitness tips, workouts, and advice every Sunday in addition to all my gaming related comment.  As usual thank you for checking out my blog, and any comments, likes, and follows are always greatly appreciated.

Tank Simulators

So I have started playing a lot of tank simulators as of late, and I have been having a lot of fun with them.  The main two games I have been playing are War Thunder and Armored Warfare.  Like I explained in my Game Overload post, War Thunder is a WW ll era game while Armored Warfare has more modern vehicles.

Now while I thoroughly enjoy both games, I also have some issues with them.  I have to say my biggest concern with both games is the selling of premium vehicles.  I get that they are both on the Free to Play model so selling vehicles is one way for them to earn money, but here are my issues with it.  For the most part premium vehicles seem to be overpowered allowing low tier tanks to obliterate higher tiers.  Along with that, by selling premium vehicles it allows new players who have no experience with the game to buy a higher tier vehicle and completely bypass the low tiers which is where you should be learning to play the game.

I’m not against the Free to Play model but the selling of vehicles that can easily overpower tanks of the same tier seems ridiculous to me.  What I do like that both games do is they allow you to purchase premium time, which just allows you to earn more money and experience after each map.  Also on the Free to Play model you can transfer extra experience you earn with tanks to global experience to be used on any tank by using gold which is something else you can get with real money.  Neither premium time or buying gold really provides an unfair advantage to a player so I’m completely fine with that, but premium vehicles really get on my nerves.

My only other complaints have nothing to do with the games, but are with players in general.  Both of these complaints actually fit in with each other.  The big issue is players don’t know how to play their role.  In armored warfare you have main battle tanks, armored fighting vehicles, light tanks, tank destroyers, and artillery.  Here is the issue, you will have someone playing in an AFV, and instead of moving forward to spot enemies they hang all the way in the back and think they are going to deal tons of damage.  What this does is forces friendly tanks to move forward without a screen so they get spotted almost immediately by enemy reconnaissance that they can’t see, and ends with them getting hit by every enemy vehicle in the area.  So I am hoping players start to learn how to play their role as it will make the game more enjoyable for everyone.

Like I said I enjoy both games a lot there are just small things that I wish would change.  For those that don’t know Armored Warfare is currently in early access but will be opening up for Open Beta soon.

As always thanks for checking out my blog, and any comments, likes, and follows are always welcome.  If you want to see a post about anything gaming related just let me know in the comments or send me a direct message.

Plans for My Blog

So when I first started up this blog I really didn’t have any goals or plans for it.  I really just started it as an outlet for me to write about gaming, and my target was big gaming Youtube channels.  Watching some of the video’s that gamers post just drives me crazy, and I figured I would tell you why.  So I still plan on doing that, but that’s not what the focus of my blog is going to be anymore.

So my main goal for this blog is to improve my writing skills.  I have been away from writing for about 10 years, and it has really impacted my writing.  My grammar in particular took a hit, but I also feel I lost a little bit of my imagination which I had a whole lot of when I was writing in school.  As a Creative Writing student at Full Sail University, I am slowly getting back a lot of the things I knew, and learning a whole lot of stuff that I didn’t know, but I figure writing in a blog would help out a lot as well.

Now as pretty much everything that I will write about deals with gaming in some form or fashion I have several ideas and plans.  My main plan is to start a weekly short story, and this is how I’m going to do it.

At the end of the month a new game for PC is launching, and its called Sword Coast Legends.  For anyone who has played games such as Baldur’s Gate or Neverwinter it is much the same thing.  For those who haven’t, these games take place in the world of Dungeons and Dragons and everything your character does is based off the rules of the tabletop game.

What I plan to do with this game is this.  Every week a few friends and I are going to have a D&D night where we play Sword Coast Legends for most of the night.  It’s most likely going to be a Friday or Saturday night thing, so then the next morning I would spin whatever we did in game the night before into a story.  One of my friends suggested that I write from a Bard’s point of view so that I am not focused on one character but the whole group in general so I think that’s how I will do it.  By doing this I am hoping to improve my creative writing as a whole, and maybe to end up with a book out of all the exploits.

As I said before I have many plans, but the weekly story is definitely the biggest and I hope I can get a lot of feedback to help me keep improving.  All my other idea’s are mostly small right now so I won’t put them out just yet, but you should be seeing some of them within the coming weeks.  As always thank you for reading, and any comments, likes, and follows are greatly appreciated.