My Day of Dota 2 ends early in death and destruction

I decided to spend all day today playing Dota 2. The idea is that, having 48 hours in game under my belt, I would get to 60 hours today. That would theoretically greatly improve my skill at the game, or at least let me learn a LITTLE more of Lich. Sadly, it didn’t really work out. I’ve played four games already today, it is noon, and I have lost all of them horribly. The only game that was close is the game from the image above. At that point in the match I had been doing great, we all had except for Huskar, but two of our players dropped above five minutes before that picture was taken. We were quickly pushed back into our base, but the three of us were holding them off, and even pushing top lane back with the possibility of doing some damage. Then we got roped into a team fight and, being 2 down, we got squashed. That’s when they entered the base and finished us off.

I honestly don’t know how much longer I’ll be playing Dota 2. The gameplay is fun, but I have dozens of PVP games I own and can play. Most of them have MUCH better communities as well, as there isn’t a game that goes by where someone doesn’t call me a dipshit or worse in Dota 2. I understand that competitive play brings out the worst types of people, that’s fine. Dota 2 and Valve clearly aren’t interested in trying to change that, and why should they? Their target market loves it and that is fine. Just not fine FOR ME. As such, I think I may try to hit 60 hours and then quit. By the 60 hour mark I feel I can tell myself I’ve gotten my times worth out of the game, I have experienced much of what the game has to offer, and things aren’t going to change much from that point on. If I’m not enjoying it by then, and at this point I doubt I will be, then I’ll probably uninstall and focus on a different MOBA, or take a small break from the genre and PVP in some other game.

P.S. Of course this is a skill thing, partly. Some will accuse me of quitting because it’s hard, and that is honestly partly true. If I won more games than I lost because I was better at the game, I would get more enjoyment out of the game. At the same time, my win/loss record leans heavily toward the wins and my skill, while not great by any means, is slightly above average. I am just not finding much JOY in the game, and that makes me ask myself “why am I even still playing?” Still, gotta get to 60 hours played, I’m at 52 now. Let’s see if 8 hours over a couple days can change my mind.

Good Morning DC Universe

Today is one of my favorite days: It’s Vault day! In DC Universe Online, as a premium account, I have access to the Vault once every three days. I can go on each of my characters, and it’s basically a smash and grab. You run through a small Joker themed level breaking boxes and collecting money, loot and sometimes very rare costume pieces. I’ve gotten lucky sometimes, but it’s not often. Most of the rare stuff I get is T-Shirts and Hoodies with specific heroes logo’s on them, like a Flash T-Shirt that is red with the lightning bolt symbol on the front. Still, it’s one of my favorite things in the game, just a very small part of it but so much fun. I’ve included a video below, the audio isn’t what I want, but I’m going to work on that. Enjoy.

My level 10 robotic hero, Drone 85, on a very quick Vault run.

F2P Glitches and a GG

I started out the night feeling like some nice clean FPS fun. Now, I own Modern Warfare 3 AND Battlefield 3, but I don’t really play either of them anymore. There are reasons for that that I will get into in another post but for now suffice it to say that my personal tastes don’t mesh well with either of the big two. I’ve been playing Blacklight: Retribution for roughly a week now, ever sense it debuted on Steam, and I have to say that I am in love with it. Graphically it’s very nice, not Battlefield 3, but much better than any other F2P shooter. The best part of the game is the HRV which will allow you to see through walls/floors for a few seconds, with a bit of a cooldown. You are entirely vulnerable while using it, as you can’t fire a weapon with it on and it takes a second to turn off again, but when you get the hang of it you can use it before going into a building, see a soldier kneeling facing the door and either come in shooting directly at him or lob a grenade through the window and flush him out. It’s changed the way I want to play shooters from now on.

Sadly, the game has it’s share of problems. First and foremost are the bugs. Sometimes I just can’t log on, other times I’ll join a match and everyone will be named “Player”, be level 1 and have none of the gear they’ve managed to buy/earn. It’s as simple as leaving the server and joining a new one to get your stuff back, but it’s still a pain. Another problem is the cash shop. You can use real money or GP that you earn in game to rent/purchase weapons, armor, really anything in the game. I really want an item that lets you resurrect fallen friendlies, like the medic in Battlefield with his jumpers. Sadly, it costs 11k GP. I’ve been playing on and off for about a week and I have 5.5k. I can also pay $10. $10 for that ONE item. I’ve seen Battlefield 3 go for less than the cost of three items, and that’s sad. I’m not one of those people who refuses to pay in F2P games either, just ask DCUO. I’ve spent more money in that than it would have cost to buy it at launch, because I am enjoying it. LOTRO has gotten at least $50 from me, not counting my original purchase and purchase of the Mines of Moria Expansion. Other games have gotten more or less, such as Tribes: Ascend getting about $10 so far. Still, I refuse to pay $10 for one item, so I’m going to grind for it the old fashioned way. Why? Because I’m playing the game to enjoy playing the game, what does it matter if it takes a few extra days to get it?

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I got this when I tried to log on. Server is Online, ping is 25, no queue size, no wait time, won’t connect. One of the bugs.

So, since Blacklight: Retribution didn’t want to come out and play I decided to two-time it with one of it’s F2P sister shooters, Tribes: Ascend. I’ve put a few hours into Tribes and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the combat. The skiing is a lot of fun, the spinfusor is insanely hard to master but really fun to use, and the F2P system really isn’t done badly in the game at all. Of course, I haven’t really touched Capture the Flag. Why you ask? Because I’m terrified of it. There is just so much to deal with, the Skiing, the unique weapons, vehicles, turrets, radar, generators, flags, little hover rings that lead to the enemy ship, etc. It’s just a lot to come to grips with at once, so I’ve been practicing in Team Deathmatch to get better at skiing and aiming the spinfusor. Well, I finally decided to take the plunge, and overall I didn’t do too badly.

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I’m still not used to using my credits, and truth be told, I have no idea what any of them do. I know ONE of them calls in an airstrike, but I’m not sure which one.

I believe I came in fourth on this map, thanks to my flag camping and blatantly committing suicide to kill any flag nabbers before they could get more than a foot from the flag position. I played another match that we won, but I didn’t do as well. It was the snowy mountains, and I’m just not any good on that map. Still, overall I had fun and managed to keep the rage down, mostly thanks to winning. Now, I think I’m going to mess around with some TF2 and perhaps Warlock: Masters of the Arcane, as it’s one of the current Steam Summer sales.