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The Gaming Gospel

I write about everything that goes with MMORPGs

Author: Limitations

It's A Rough Road [P3]

Posted by Limitations Thursday February 26 2015 at 9:18PM
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It’s been a spree of writing! No really, it has been. I have a ton of like drafts on Google right now… It’s sad, but hey… I am being productive at the same time, so it’s a win win situation. Continuing the trend of this series, I have been testing my stream of the PS4 for Destiny, and other various games. I’m still having some difficulty of the quality on my PC. I’m not sure if it’s my PC specs, or the settings with XSplit, but I’m still tinkering around. I’m having a lot of fun just messing around with it, and I can really see myself doing this as a daily thing.

The repeating question in my head is… “What kind of streamer do I want to be?”. That’s a pretty broad question, and I’ve touched on this before but like… I figure I can be like my favorite streamers I watch now. Comedic, informative, etc etc. I tend to be okay at explaining things to people, I did a fairly decent jobs at explaining raids in World Of Warcraft when I was a raid leader, and I like to think I was pretty decent at it. I can always incorporate that into my streaming style. Most important though is that I need to be myself. I don’t want to fake my way to viewers, or be someone I am not. I need to be who I am, and that’s that. That’s a pretty scary thought though, being myself.

So, I know exactly what I will be streaming on my PS4, so then it comes down to once I figure all my PC settings out, what exactly do I stream? Well, I play a lot of Hearthstone, and with the upcoming game I will announce at a later time, what then? Well, of course we always have The Secret World and such. I like to keep my “Playing” games to a min. I don’t want to playing 5 different MMOs at the same time, it devalues all of them. I keep on thinking to myself just hold off on the PC streaming until the later date, and focus on streaming console games. It’s all fine and dandy if I do that, but like… I want to stream all the games I play, you know?

I guess it all comes down to my preferences and such. I have a lot of time to think and overall develop my stream style, my schedule, and etc. I don’t plan on making any money off of this, I don’t plan on having a ton of viewers as well. This is really just to get my reviews more content, rather than writing it all down. Don’t get me wrong, if I gain some viewers that’s awesome, I would surely love that! The core of this though, is really to expand my reviews into more than just writing. I have this book, it’s a notebook you could say it’s my own review journal, of ideas and such I have that I want to jot down, for future reference.

I can’t tell you how big this notebook really is, and how full it is… I would be kind of ashamed. Literally it’s filled with games I want to review, how I should go about it, and etc. This “journal” has really helped my writing style grow and mature into what it is now. Okay, I know I have bad sentence structures, I use a TON of commas but it’s not like… Put into one huge paragraph, and no pauses. It’s readable dang it! I’ve came a long way, a really long way when I first started. I write down what I don’t like writing about, and what I do like writing about. Certain aspects of the game I should focus on more, etc etc.

I think my biggest problem with all of this right now is sticking to a game. It’s kind of like the problem I have in World of Warcraft, “Hello, my name is Josh, and I’m an alt whore”. I can’t stick to something for so long. As it stands now, ESO, and SWTOR are my current longest reviewed game. I’ve come back to SWTOR more times than I can remember, because it’s just so good. Well, if it’s that good what’s the problem? Well, I feel a lot of pressure when reviewing a game. When I feel pressured, as in life I tend to drift away from the problem, until I fill it’s void with something else, I.E MMO Hopping.

How do we fix this problem? I don’t know really, force myself? I kind of did that with SWTOR. I forced myself to play it, and it kind of worked for a little while, but it didn’t settle… Alas, I still have a want to come back to it, but then about two months or even less the problem repeats itself. I don’t think there is an exact cure, until I find that “Right” game. If there is such a one. Maybe in due time. I think another huge problem is that I over hype myself, and the game.

Let’s discuss that before I wrap this all up once and for all! If we Google the definition of Hype we get… extravagant or intensive publicity or promotion. We as players tend to over hype games when we know very little about it, or after we seen a two minute in-game clip. That’s just who we are. We want the game we see, and like what we see to be the best there ever will be. Of course with that comes huge problems, let downs, etc etc. “Oh my god, we hyped this game so much, but it sucks, how could they do such a horrible job!” Etc etc.

I kind of do that in my game I over hype myself in the game, by saying “Holy crap, it’s so good, it can only get better right?” Wrong, I do the complete opposite of what I saying. Instead of keeping the energy of what I am saying, the game will just fall off as it normally does, and as always… I’m left with the hype syndrome. I’m causing the self destruction of the game I call fun. It’s a sad and lonely world. You think I would learn my lesson after doing it over and over. Of course, I don’t, because I want to believe that this game can live up to the hype I am presenting it with.

Going back to a point of… Is there such a cure for this? Maybe if I learn some patience or something, and stop stressing out over small things like that. I believe it’s more of a personal issue than anything else… Maybe one day I’ll go back to SWTOR, or ESO, or whatever game. Until then I am focusing on two games, and a third unannounced game. I hope you’ve enjoyed this read of my personal things. I think I’ll do this every once in awhile to let you all have some insight on what goes down in my thought process. I’ve enjoyed letting you all in my odd world. Thank you for reading for the past couple of years, and here is to many more years to come. Cheers!

It's A Rough Road [P2]

Posted by Limitations Wednesday February 25 2015 at 11:24PM
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Note: This was originally only posted on my blog website, but instead I decided to post the series here as well. So you will see references to my blog, and this site, because I legit just copied and pasted. Thanks for reading.

I’m kind of ashamed to be writing about all of this, because of how much I have talked about it in the past. Oh, I’ll be streaming this or that, which I have but I’ve never taken it seriously enough to purse it further. Well, not as much as my writing of course. I wish I could explain it better than this, but this is all I got for now. Do I have plans for the future and such? Of course I do, but I’m taking it a few steps at a time to ensure I don’t screw anything up. I don’t want to lose focus on what I want to do the most, and is that pretty much dish out quality content again and again. I don’t want anything done without my 100% attention to detail.

With that all being said, it arises a new question for me to ask myself. “Am I doing the right thing?”. That is a very broad question to be asking myself. Even today I’m questioning myself on streaming and video content. I’m pretty good at hardware stuff, but when it comes to software… I’m no good. I’ve tried using OBS, and I still have an open subscription to Xsplit, but I barely know how to use both of them and it worries me a lot! I have a few days off a work this week, and I plan on doing a ton of research about it. By research is like reading guides, and watching videos, and taking a lot of notes.

What I am thinking of doing is basically this… Every time I play a game I am reviewing, whenever I am playing I will just stream it. As a sneak peek, if you currently watch the stream, you will see the next game I review. Nobody really watches the stream as of now, so I get to test out settings without revealing anything to much. Yay me. It’s all about perspective! So, basically as of today whenever I am gaming on my PC, I will be streaming. I will configuring settings and such, until I get everything perfect. I think right now I will be using Xsplit Gamecaster, which I like the whole setup/layout and the simplicity of it all. Plus, the (BRB) graphics I have played around with is kind of fun!

Two more problems I would like to talk about before I wrap it all up… What exactly should I be doing when I streaming? Do I need to be myself, along with commentating? It’s a whole new world for me basically. I think eventually I will find my groove as time goes by, let’s hope sooner rather than later of course. I think this problem will be solved in due time, and I shouldn’t worry to much about it, am I right?

The second problem arises… YouTube. Should I upload my streams to YouTube, or try my best to edit for highlights? I know very little about editing software so that would be a whole new world. I know very little, to nothing about editing software, and video stuff in general. I guess to prevent these problems, I should just take baby steps, and let it flow you know. That’s just how I need to approach this situation, and future situations about this stuff. I am super excited about all of this though, it’s a brand new world. I’m hoping my readers of previous series, and current ones will watch in and enjoy the process live with me.

It’s going to an insane, long ride… I hope the people who are reading here and on are ready for the ride. It’s gonna be fun! Cheers!


It's A Rough Road [P1]

Posted by Limitations Wednesday February 18 2015 at 10:58PM
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I’ve been going at this whole writing thing for a long time, and it’s not easy all the time. I wish it was, I mean… I have all of this wonderful games to talk about, and I can never seem to click with any of them for a LONG period of time. I think my longest series was SWTOR, and Elder Scrolls Online. Destiny has been taking a slight recess for now, but I feel like my time here is just dwindling down to nothing. I’ve changed writing styles, I’ve played multiple games, and I am dedicating a lot of time to “The Secret World”. Don’t get me wrong, nothing will ever stop me from writing, it’s just that I wish I could do more.

I try to stream games as much as possible on my Twitch channel, and I may try to do some YouTube stuff in the future, but right now I am focusing on my writing. The thing is, I’ve covered some many games, and I’ve stuck to some, and others have just dwindled because of lack of interest. It’s not that MMOs are dead to me, it’s like nothing exciting has happened in awhile. “The Secret World” is doing a great job at keeping my interest peaked, and my gaming at full. What about the future though? Am I looking forward to anything? Well, yes I am, and I kind of want this game to take me to the next level of reviewing. As I’m typing this, I am watching fraps tutorials, and other video software to take me to the next level. I am not going to mention the name of the game yet, it’s going to be a secret until further notice.

I will answer some things about the game, and why I chose this game to elevate my reviewing to the next level, rather the current games. It only makes sense for me to explain. I tend to think TSW, will be my last fully written game. What does that mean exactly? Will I stop writing? Of course not, never. I just to want to branch out, and do some more types of review. Videos and such you know? It’s kind of why I named this post, “It’s A Rough Road”. It’s kind of like that from here. I’ve really got nowhere to go but up. I’m starting at writing, which I have been going on for years now, and finally deciding to take it more seriously, and move on up.

What does that exactly mean though? I don’t really feed the need to do videos, but I feel the want to do them which are two totally different things. I finally want to do them. Alas, I am scared of what’s to come. Will people like my voice? Will they like my style of commentary? It’s a whole different factors bundled into one giant thing. There lies the problem, pressure, fear, and whatever else comes with it. With that fear comes excitement of a whole new world you could say. I can talk and talk for hours about a video game I am playing, but what will the people think? I mean, hell… I am getting way to ahead of myself, will people even watch my content? Like I said, a ton of factors go into play, before I even think about doing all of this you know?

Another hint towards my first game that will have video content, it is a PC game, and it is an MMO. I will be sticking to that, because I don’t want to go away from the trend that I have going on for many years now. Though I have played single player games before, I don’t want my first game that has video to be a single player game, going away from what I’ve written all along. Another question arises… When will this happen? The game is currently in pre-alpha, and yes I purchased into pre-alpha. (The game looked surprising good, and promises a lot, and has a lot of good people behind it). I estimate the first written, and the first video will come out in about 4-6 months. Why such a long time you might ask?

I don’t want to devalue TSW. That is the last thing I want to happen to a game I am currently loving and playing. I’m giving TSW some value time before investing any time in another MMORPG. Of course, things may change or something, but I will always update you on if that happens! I will release the details before anything has been written or recorded. I have a lot of hopes and “dreams” about going into streaming or video content. I still have a LOT to think about on what I want to do first and everything. It’s overwhelming but we will get through it you know? We will see in due time of course. It’s going to be awesome though, I can promise you that

We, The Illuminati[P2]

Posted by Limitations Friday February 13 2015 at 2:12AM
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“Those who manipulate the organized habits and opinions of the masses constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.” - Edward Bernays

I’m treating this game very differently from others, 1: Because it’s very different in itself, and 2: You can repeat missions, and just really explore, and find side-quests or what not you know? So, I am taking my time, and enjoying the scenery, the dialogue and just doing some hard missions. Ones that require time and thought, which… I have little of, (Both). Joking aside, I’ve had to look things up, think about things, and most importantly try to figure it out myself before asking for help, or cheating if you want to call it that.

Most of them involve just looking for the clues, or research about a specific character in the game. You don’t have to have a brilliant mind to do them, you just gotta be thinking out of the box, and even me at times I struggle with it, because I’m used to all those easy quests of gathering so much, or killing something so much. We are all used to them by now, even if we don’t want to admit it. Let’s be real here, those are boring after the second time you know? We just power through them like it’s no big deal, because it’s become a chore, an easy chore at that.

Beating a dead horse it seems here, but I am trying not to coat all of this with rose tinted glasses. Every game has it’s downsides, some more than others. This game is not an exception. This game does have it flaws. As I play it more, and get deeper into the game, I will explain what they are, and how it affects me as a player. For people who currently play this game, have played it, or looking to play it I hope this will help you settle your issues with the problems that arise for me. I have a tendency to sugar coat things you know, even when I’m writing a review, I want the best out of the game to come out, and sometimes… It’s not fair/balanced.

Everything needs to be balanced in this series. Everything good that has happened, and the downsides. Whether it be a specific instance or people, or bugs. It could be that I really enjoyed this mission, or found an awesome item. I want to share the stories with you in a way that reflects both good and bad. I don’t want someone coming to me and saying “Oh, you didn’t tell us about this bad part of the game, only the good stuff”. You are correct, potential players should know about everything so they don’t go full throttle into the game thinking it’s perfect. That’s not what I am here for. I feel like I have done that in the past, and that is truly unfair.

Anyways, back to the actual game. I’m still in Solomon Islands, the first area. Going through the main story pretty slowly, like I said I’m taking my time, but I’m not losing track of the main goal here. I’m experimenting with my skill choices for the two items I have picked out. Sword and Assault Rifle. I like the combo, high damage output for me at-least and some sustain. I feel like I would die a lot more without my leech ability. Self healing has put some dire situations into not so dire. Don’t get me wrong though, I’ve died plenty of times so far, and not even to mobs. There is a quest, where you get the wrong answer, you pretty much die to poison smoke. I have around 2,000 health and it still kills me. (Yes, it does happen). Quests kill! Yes, the monsters and quests kill. Isn’t that a terrifying thought? I think so at least.

What’s next for my character? As I mentioned before I am testing out new skills, researching combos, and doing enough quests to make sure my character will be ready for the next zone. (I will go into detail on how, during the next post, I promise). I’m preparing, enjoying and really taking the whole thing in slowly, and making sure I get the best out of this experience. I was reading on another website, a new person to the game asked how they should approach the game, and someone said, which I am going to apply to myself as well “Take it slow, enjoy the game for what it offers, and find what dark secrets the game has”.

The game has a dark setting to it, which I love… I’m having fun finding all it’s quirks, getting to know the NPCs in each zone. I think I have communicated with a lot of people, and it’s fun while questing to talk to people in the chat, and really just talking...  Decent conversations, no one is flaming one another. (At least, on my server.) I’m actually you know reading the backgrounds on the NPCs I can and stuff. It’s really cool all the details Funcom put into this game.

In the next post, I will explain my current skill build, how I am planning ahead, and what’s to come after the first zone. I should be done with the first zone before I publish #3. If you enjoyed this post, leave a comment below! If you have any questions, please leave a comment below, or tweet me @SirIsaacJewton Cheers!

We, The Illuminati[P1]

Posted by Limitations Wednesday February 4 2015 at 1:48AM
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Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think we’re being run by maniacs for maniacal ends and I think I’m liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That’s what’s insane about it. - John Lennon

I’ve talked about this game before, I’m going to go through a short introduction to this game, and then get into the meat of it all. I hope you are ready for the modern adventure of secrets, and a lot of weird, weird people. First of all, let’s cover the basics here. The Secret World is a MMORPG made by Funcom. They have made games like, Anarchy Online, Age of Conan, and Asheron’s Call. The game is set in the Modern era, it’s not a fantasy MMORPG, or Sci-fi. It’s modern, with areas like New York, Tokyo, and London! It’s very different from what I have played in the past, which makes it great. It’s basically a breath of fresh air. It’s also a Buy to Play game, with a cash shop.

The game is focused on Three factions. Illuminati, The Dragon, and Templar. They all fight the forces of darkness, but as you can already tell by the title, I have selected… Illuminati as my faction. I have always liked Illuminati, even with books by Dan Brown, and movies/documentaries about them, it has intrigued me beyond measures. (Yes, that much). I sort of love just how modern the game is, you’ll see people with smartphones, cars, motorcycles, etc. I said it before, a breath of fresh air in my gaming world!

The game is really hard, there are missions that require investigations, research, and sometimes Google. (I cheat, so what). That’s the beauty of it though, it requires effort, thought, and time. You don’t feel like your time is wasted while questing. A lot of games that I feel my time is wasted questing, because they really don’t mean anything you know? Sure, there is Lore and everything, but this game takes storytelling to a whole new level of awesomeness. It’s something you can really get behind, and just mold into it. You feel like you are going through the pain of the characters in the game. Oh, did I mention… It’s all voiced. Yes, the quests, and the storylines are all voiced. It’s really amazing. It’s really that and other things that make you delve into the story.

Of course, with every game there is some downsides. I’m trying to not make the first have rose tinted glasses on the whole time. (Sorry Funcom). So what are they exactly? My only downsides I have right now are legitly two things. Since it is a type of harder MMORPG, the community is smaller than others, but there is hope on this downside… The community is just helpful, and amazing. Sure, you get your trolls and jerks, but people are extremely helpful, and kind. You have a question? Boom, ask away and receive help. I’ve been needing help somewhat a lot recently, and people have answered all my questions with mature answers.

The other downside? This one is more personal preference, than anything really. Difficulty. Yes, I mentioned it before the game is sometimes rather difficult, but there is always clues in the game, and sometimes you just have to look around, and read. It has become frustrating a couple of times, when you think you have what you need, or you think you have the correct information, and then it fails… It’s heartbreaking at times. Yet, of course we have the amazing power of Google and other helpful sites, but that’s cheating… Yeah, I cheat, but not all the time I swear! That being said, it can be frustrating at times, but it’s fun using brain power, and hidden things in the game.

During these posts, I will try to refrain from spoilers for the people who are currently playing the game, and wish not to. If I have to post a spoiler, I will alert you before hand, of course! It’s going to be an odd, weird, and bumpy ride through the game The Secret World! I will try to have a… Illuminati like quote at the start of each post to make it more immersive. Thank you for the first read, it’s been a pleasure writing for you, and I hope you will keep reading this series as it develops!

If you enjoyed this post, please leave a comment below or tweet me @SirIsaacJewton Cheers!