Archive for May, 2018

Anybody who has been around gaming for any amount of time, knows that there is a game out there for everyone. How do you go about finding it though? The process is probably different for each person, but at some point, you find a game that just feels right.

For me, finding the right game requires trying out many different games in a genre. Let’s take MOBAs for instance. There is a plethora of games that are classified as MOBAs, but they all have different mechanics that make some people love them and some people hate them. Let’s look at a few of them and the different mechanics that go along with them.

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1. League of Legends – LOL has been the king of MOBAs for many years now. They constantly update the game to change balancing of heroes and gear, while also adding more of each. It’s your standard 3 lane push MOBA, where you must destroy towers to get to your enemy’s base. It takes skill to succeed LOL, but once you get to that level it’s a great time. One of the biggest issues with LOL, in my opinion is the toxicity towards new players. The community is very toxic and it is enough to push new players to other games.
2. DOTA 2 – DOTA 2 is another big name in the MOBA genre. It’s very similar to League of Legends, but the heroes and the jungle (area between lanes) are completely different. I honestly haven’t put a lot of time into DOTA 2 however, so it’s hard for me to give you a whole lot of information on it. I will say that the community seems to be a whole lot less toxic, judging from the few games that I have played.
3. SMITE – Of all the MOBAs that I will talk about, SMITE is my favorite. I have spent a lot of time on SMITE on both PC and Xbox One and can honestly say that it is the one for me. SMITE is a third person MOBA where all the other MOBAs I’ve played are top down. In my opinion it makes it easier to land my skill shots, as I’m playing it as I would any third person shooter. The heroes in this game are all gods from mythology which is another thing I love. As I said, finding your game is all about playing many games until you find the one that feels best to you.

There are many genres of gaming, and many games within that genre. Go out and find the one that is meant for you. I will tell you that my wife enjoys gaming, and she’ll play Call of Duty with me because it’s what I like to play, but for her, the shooter made for her is Plants VS Zombies. Again, it took her playing many games, but that is the one that she enjoys.

How do you find your favorite games? Do you just know from watching videos that you must have a game, or do you have to play many different games to find the one that “calls” to you? Let me know in the comments below, and thanks for visiting.

 

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So besides gaming and working out, one of my favorite things to do is obviously reading and writing. I graduated with a BFA in Creative Writing for Entertainment, but I haven’t really done anything with it. That is about to change.

I’ve fully jumped into the world development of two different series that I’ve been outlining. One is a military Sci-Fi universe and the other is a Fantasy world. I’ve been planning both for awhile, but hadn’t fully committed until recently.

In addition to that I’m working on a few other projects that are gaming focused that I’ll explain.

1. 1v1 magazine- this is actually an idea that I had when I left Active Duty, and it failed miserably. This time I’m going to make it as a blog, with a focus on competitive gaming content.

2. I also plan to make several guide books pertaining to gaming.

  • A guide to streaming
  • A guide to multiplayer games
  • A guide to MOBA games
  • A guide to competitive gaming

Those are just a few ideas and the names will be more creative, but it gives you an idea of what I’m thinking.

If you have any other ideas for me, be sure to let me know in the comments below. Thank you for stopping by and reading.

By: Jonathan Davis

Have you ever jumped out of a plane (or a bus) while playing either PUBG or Fortnite and proceeded to ambush other players while continuously being herded towards the center of the map by an always approaching wall of energy?

If you have then you have experienced a Battle Royale game, a genre that has very quickly taken the top slots on streaming platforms like Twitch and Mixer.  The problem is, with the success of a couple Battle Royale games, all game producers now want a piece of the action.

We went from DayZ, which is the game that really started the craze, to PUBG, and now finally Fortnite.  Each of these games took what the game previous had done and expanded on it.  The end result is you have the more realistic PUBG, squaring off with the more cartoonish and fun loving Fortnite.  This is all well and good, but now there are rumors floating around that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will drop the single player campaign for…you guessed it.  A BATTLE ROYALE MODE!!

Call of Duty isn’t the only game rumored to be adding Battle Royale to their games.  It’s also been rumored that Battlefield powerhouse DICE is also thinking about delving into Battle Royale.  Now some of you may be asking yourself why I say this is ruining gaming, and here’s my response to that.

1. Both Call of Duty and Battlefield have built their fan bases for certain reasons.  Call of Duty is a fast paced, team based shooter, and Battlefield is a large-scale battle with a large variety of weapons and vehicles.  They both do their style of game well, so why change it now?

2. Both these games have also been known to have good single player campaigns.  While the vast majority of players play games for multiplayer, you still have people who either enjoy the campaign or don’t have internet capable of a stable connection for multiplayer.  So, by taking away that option, you lose some of your player base.

3. PUBG and Fortnite have already staked their claim on this genre.  By trying to enter this genre, both these titles will have to take away from what makes them unique, in order to try and make a good Battle Royale mode that is different than the current models.

In closing, Battle Royale games are a new, fun and addicting genre to play.  Other companies are seeing that and want to emulate it for their own gain, which in reality will probably only hurt their fan base.  Call of Duty and Battlefield should stick to what has worked for them for many years.

Let me know what you think of the rumors pertaining to Call of Duty and Battlefield trying to edge their way into the Battle Royale scene.  Do you think they should try it or leave it to the already established PUBG and Fortnite?  Let me know in the comments below.