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The Gaming Gospel

I write about everything that goes with MMORPGs

Author: Limitations


Posted by Limitations Thursday May 21 2015 at 12:14AM
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It’s been long awaited, and House of Wolves was just released… How is Destiny? Let’s find out shall we? It’s been a long, long break since I last wrote about Destiny, but I’ve written other things to make up for it, so don’t hate me to much. I’ve been streaming the game more and more though, I swear! I think the biggest question is, does the game still bring me the fun and joy it once did since we last talked? The answer is well… sort of.

It’s a known thing that most online FPS shooters are well repetitive. In Destiny, you do the same strikes, play the same PvP maps and so on and so forth, we’ve talked about this before. The game continues to get updates, and like I stated in the first sentence, House of Wolves was just released, the second expansion for the game, adding new and cool stuff. Why am I saying sort of though, shouldn’t I be happy new things have arrived? Some of the core things I wished for the game to have, isn’t really here yet. I haven’t really complained about it on here, more with my IRL buddies that I play with.

I’ll touch on House of Wolves in a different post, I merely spoke about it because well, it’s here. Let’s get to what’s been going on with how the game is playing with me. I’ve been playing a ton more PvP and getting more and more angry. Handguns like Thorn, The Last Word, and Hawkmoon have been destroying me left and right. I don’t own any of those guns, my RNG hasn’t been blessing me lately, and I’m getting two shotted by all three of those guns with little to no reaction time.

I don’t mind getting destroyed, I really don’t. My K:D might be terrible, but my W:L ratio is pretty high, at least I’d like to think that… The majority of my deaths come from the three guns I just talked about, and that is what makes me angry. When I die, and see those names on my death recap, it just irritates the hell out of me. My IRL buddy tells me when he wants to win he’ll pull out his Thorn and just annihilate everything in sight with it. I’m over here using my scout rifle, and auto rifle like a turd. On a positive note though, I am pretty good with a sniper rifle! That pretty much sums up PvP though. I play Control and Clash most of the time, and every single time at least two people on the enemy team has a Thorn, I swear to you! I’m not lying!

My main gripe with the game right now is the lack of raid matchmaking. I usually don’t have time to gather people up for the raid, and when I do, we usually just fail. Getting my IRL buddies to do the raid is hard as hell, because they have done them a ton of times, and would rather just PvP now. A honest fact about my friends, they actually hate the PvE side of the game, and spend probably 90% of their time just straight PvP. I’m the exact opposite but I will admit PvP is growing on me a lot! If Bungie somehow added Raid matchmaking the game would be heaven for me, but I just don’t have/want to take the time to get people to do it. (Even the new stuff)

I play the game every other day now, so I don’t get burned out, but I still feel burned out on sessions of 2-3 hours. I will play a certain amount of PvP, and PvE before getting off, but it seems to getting fewer and fewer unless I am on a roll with PvP, or with IRL friends. That being said though while playing the game, it does bring me a ton of joy and fun. Looking forward to Xur every week, and then getting pissed every week when he doesn’t have what I want/need. I do pretty much everything the game has to offer (I do raid, just not often) and find it really entertaining, but I can’t see it going much further though, unless they add raid matchmaking and new stuff. I don’t even think adding a new class, or more subclasses would do me much justice. I could always make a new class, but the replayability of the game isn’t there to support that. My friends have multiple classes maxed out, but I can’t justify doing that for myself, I would get bored way too quickly. I even hate leveling Light levels on the character I do have! Why would I want to do it again, you know? I know all of this sounds awful, but it’s the truth. The game isn’t all peaches and cream, it’s becoming a dull but beautiful wasteland.

Let me expound on that a little further though. It’s a beautiful game, and has given me countless hours of entertainment with all the quests, strikes, and kills and deaths in PvP, but what else can the game offer me? In terms of MMO standards not much. As in terms of an action shooter, I don’t much more it can offer me besides the game being updated with expansion content. Since I did purchase the season pass, and intend to play all of the new content and future expansion content, but the game still feels somewhat empty to me.

Maybe it’s not enough of an MMO to me? It’s not that open world feeling that I want? I don’t know, but I can tell you it’s slowly coming to me that it’ll never be what I need it to be. It has it’s super strong points in fun and game play, but then you get down to the details and you sort of realize I’m doing the same thing every single time. Defending that point though, that’s what we do in all MMORPGs, we grind, and do X quests, gather X this, or kill X that. Yet there isn’t things that can distract me, from the normal grind. I know Destiny is not a full fledged MMORPG, but I would like things to distract me from that “normal grind.” We can do some PvP here and there but that’s just becoming a chore…

I can still see myself playing the game every other day and streaming the game when I do, and enjoying the time I do play the game. It’s just slowly withering down to what I am seeing, and what I am seeing is what I am telling you now. It offers what I like, but not enough of it. Maybe there just isn’t enough content to satisfy me? I’m not sure how I could truly word it without sounding stupid. On the bright side, I have some really good IRL friends that I play with in PvP, and I hardly lose so that’s always a good thing haha.
In closing, I am going to continue to play, write, and stream the game and furthering my character into new content. Take what you will from all of this, but I am defiantly seeing more sour days than good. The next post will talk about the House of Wolves expansion, and see how it goes from there. Thanks again for reading! The stream for Destiny is

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It's A Rough Road [P8]

Posted by Limitations Thursday May 14 2015 at 2:39AM
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This is actually going to be a more personal blog, and how gaming has really impacted my life. Even though that’s really silly to say. I’m going to start with a story that will end up going to what my main point is. I’ve been writing for a long time now, and I really wanted to talk about how I go into the whole “hardcore” gaming scene. I’ve touched on this probably in the past, but I really can’t remember how in detail I went, so I thought with this being the 8th part of this series, I could tell you a little story, and some more background information!

The woman I thought I was going to marry suddenly broke up with me, blocking me essentially every way she could in her life. I haven’t spoken to her since that day, which has been years, but this situation really broke the mold for me, that entered me into all of this. She was my escape from all my depression, she was my escape from almost everything you know? I needed to find a replacement, a holder for that, until I got something more permanent. I was really into CS:S at the time, and just played some Gungame, and some other mods.

I really got into a mod called Jailbreak, and I was on a specific server almost all day. My job back then was only weekends, so basically I played this every day all day. I was captured by this, and made so many friends who I still talk to on a daily basis and game with. Some of my best friends are people I haven’t met, and I hope I will meet one day! I found that fix I needed, but then you know things changed, and I sort of just got over the whole jailbreak mod, and needed something else.

I got into console games, bought an XboX 360, and jammed basically to Black Ops, and Gears of War 3. What happened with Jailbreak, literally happened to Gears of War 3! I was on it constantly, I was watching YouTube videos, streams on how to get better. I was determined to be so good at this game. I left the game with a 3:1 W/L Ratio, and a 2.5 K:D Ratio. I was showing off my skills to my IRL buddies, clutching 1v5 victories, doing some sick moves and loving every minute of it. I was impressing people online, had a lot of friends on there as well, but then the XboX one came out, and along with the PS4, and I didn’t have the money to upgrade, so I just sat back and watched my friends with the next-gen consoles have at it.

That brought in basically what is the present: PC Gaming. As I am now, I was addicted to MMOs. Of course, I dabbled in World of Warcraft before all of this happened, so it wasn’t a new scene for me, but it felt like it after the whole console thing. (I want to make it clear, that I was still playing some PC games, while this whole “Console Era” happened.) My parents were kind enough to buy me a new gaming PC, and I just went off with games like League of Legends, Dota 2, and some MMOs! That pretty much leads into present day. I began writing about all my adventures, and I think I have a few followers that read every post, or I would hope I have some. I’ve been doing this thing for a long while now, you know?

As with everything, it matures and you grow fond over it, but you just want to expand on everything. Gaming became that fix I needed, that hole that was once there has now been filled and it was a great feeling. I grew more and more fond playing video games reviewing them, talking about them, and it became a great source of freedom. It was mine, this is mine. It’s become ours now. It’s not just my blog, it’s the reader’s blog. I listen to people, and review the games that you all want to see. It’s no longer some sheltered thing, where I name my blogs off song names. I’ve become a better reviewer, I don’t think I am as boring as I once was. It’s all sort of just melded together perfectly. There are a lot of things that I have gone over that need to be fixed, and improved upon but I am getting there.

With all of this, you’d think I would see a bright future ahead of me right? I don’t see colors in the world… I see the world in black and white. As much as I wish to see colors in the world, I am stuck on two colors, and that’s all I see. I see hope, and I see failure. I think you can all guess what I see more of. I want to see a brighter future, I don’t want to see judging eyes everywhere, ready to pounce at all my failures. I want to see me stream more, I want to see me ramp up my writing to 2-3 posts a week, but, I can’t see it. I see the failure before the hope/dreams.

I have hopes that one day I will actually work as a writer for or various other sites, getting paid to do what I love. I would love to see one of my posts hit 2,000 views… It’s just not so simple for me. I’m a 24 year old dude, who loves to write about games, but sees doom and gloom before hopes and dreams.  I keep going though, I keep writing, and I’m still getting used to streaming, but there really isn’t a rainbow at the end. It’s just more of the same. I said I had hopes, and I want to continue to have them. I just wish I could do more.

I am saddened by the fact that I can’t do more. I’m sort of just stuck here writing about games that I play. I love doing that, but I just want to do more. I don’t know if it’s reaching a bigger audience, wanting more viewers or what, I just want, and have the need for more. I want to break barriers, and I’m trying that out with streaming. I’m only streaming Destiny right now, which is what I wanted to do in the first place, but ultimately that’s a start to hopefully something bigger and better, you know? We start with Destiny and move our way up! I think that’s a good way to start, you know?

I’m curious on where this all will take me next. Will I revisit old games? Will I broaden my horizons with Alpha games, like I did with Pathfinder, which wasn’t much of a success. Although other games may be, I’m not ruling anything out. I know I told myself I wouldn’t do Alpha access games, but there really isn’t anything left. I know that sounds unusual of me to say, but it’s true. There are games that I want to give a try, but haven’t. One of them is probably EvE online. I hear mix things about it, that you need to have a specific taste to enjoy it, there are lots of spreadsheets, and politics. The politics part I heard about sounded amazing to me.

Games like FFXIV, SWTOR, GW2, WS, and other “Themepark” MMOs aren’t just doing for me anymore. I need something new, something fresh. If you have read this far, would you like to see an Alpha game be reviewed, or maybe EvE? If so, please tell me your thoughts about the games you’d like to see, or have any perspective on Eve Online. That would be awesome of you to tell me. That’s all for this one. See you all in the next post!

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Pathfinder Online: It's Not Pretty[P1]

Posted by Limitations Sunday May 3 2015 at 11:51PM
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Uhh, I don’t actually don’t know where to start on this one… The title really says it all, but in my normal fashion, I will give you what I have seen so far, and played so far. It’s not pretty at all.For starters, I do like the PnP version of Pathfinder, and I have told many of you before I used to DM for my PnP D&D group a long time ago for a long time. When I heard there would be an MMO version of Pathfinder I got kind of excited, but then… I started reading all about what it’s about. The game is a very, very alpha state, now normally that wouldn’t be a bad thing right? They are charging a monthly fee, the standard rate of 15$ to play the Alpha!

Isn’t that kind of odd? I play a monthly fee for completed games, with little bugs, and lots of content. I don’t want to play a monthly fee for an “Alpha” state game. I got into Alpha by paying the 30$ to get in, and got a free month like most games offer, and I wanted to see what this is all about. I make my character with minimal features for character creation, and step into the world, and that’s when the horror started. I know that sounds really, really harsh but that’s just how it was.

I know the game is in Alpha, and yada yada, but the animations… Dear God the animations were atrocious. I’ve seen some bad games before, but this really tops the list of awful animations. Before I get into that more, I want to talk about something else. The game offers a tutorial, that really doesn’t give a lot of information, and I couldn’t even complete the darn thing. It bugged out on me multiple times, and the few people that were responsive to me, told me to re-log and that should fix the problem. No problemo, but no… It didn’t fix it. I made a new character, tried it all over again and yet I couldn’t even get past the tutorial.

I filed a bug report to help out, and was given the response “The stuff you get from it, you don’t really need.” Gee, thanks. First impressions are everything right? Well in this case, it started out the worst of the worst. “Give it a break Josh, it’s in Alpha state.” Agreed, but if I’m going to be paying monthly for this game, can I at least get past the darn tutorial and get my reward? Nope, I have to stick it out, and just deal with it.

Okay, let’s go into more detail about the animations that were atrocious. The running animation literally made my eyes bleed… Okay it wasn’t that bad, but you get the point. Combat was very sluggish, and I felt like my character would just limp and even though my character was holding a weapon, it would bug out and just show his arms. I can get over all of this, since it’s a work in progress. In time those can be iron’d out and make it look better. The thing that gets me the most is, they expect me to pay a monthly fee for this. (You will hear me say this a lot).

You can get into this game now with the thirty dollar special they have now. That like I said gives you a month free and all sorts of stuff. Though, the CEO of Goblinworks, the people who develop the game, Ryan Dancey has told his community, that they are not doing enough to bring new people in. So, I’m going to dedicate this next portion of the post to Ryan directly, because this makes me a little upset.

I don’t mind that you said that, but disturbs me the most is that you really think I’m going to go out to the public, and say “Hey, for 30$ and a monthly fee, you can try out a game that’s in alpha state, and is constantly improving itself over time!” People are not going to buy that, not in this day of online gaming. I have a hard time getting my friends to try polished games, but you are going to sit there and tell the players they aren’t doing enough? I’m sorry, but that’s just not how it works. Isn’t it your job, your company’s job to get new people flowing in? I’m pretty sure you’d get a ton of people just by dropping the sub. Thirty dollars isn’t bad for me, but that monthly sub is what will kill you.

You may argue that the game has a ton of potential, which it may have, you may have a ton of arguments to make, which is all fine. I’m not looking to start anything, I’m just asking you to look at reality, and maybe change up somethings. I know bills have to be paid, employees have to be paid, but this won’t last in the long run, and you need to think about that. You may have future plans for the game, but dear God, it doesn’t look pretty. I want a clear justification to why the sub fee to what I can clearly say that it is not worthy of one. I don’t expect a response, but in all honesty… You make me worried about the future of gaming. Sorry Sir, but that’s just how I feel.

I know that’s all harsh, but I dunno, maybe that’s all not needed but I just wanted to get it all out. I’ll continue to play the game, and see what happens down the road, but for now… This is all I really have to say folks… Cheers