Esports and the Future

Esports is something that none of you would be very surprised really interests me because it does show how things can evolve.  Now the older generation not wanting to stereotype anyone but they might not get this because to them a sport is not a video game it’s something that your out training for and has a physical element to it.  However to those people I want to just point out probably one of the most popular Esport at the moment League of Legends the pros play the game for 8 hours or more to get to where they are.  If people are investing that amount of time and effort into the game to improve how is it not a sport?  Doesn’t it show that it could be considered a sport like the more traditional ones?

With that rant over the real reason for posting was Rocket Leagues first final in the competitive scene of Esports and throwing its hat into the ring.  This for me is huge because I will admit though new to the Esports scene probably really getting invested into Esports Season 3 of League of Legends.  Not really knowing much about it and like the above people not considering gaming a sport until I’d seen just how competitive and effort that players had put into the game.  I know that League of Legends isn’t the first to start Esports you had Starcraft, World of Warcaft, Counter Strike and Eve (just a few games that sprung to mind could be more) putting together tournaments but League of Legends just seem to push those little tournaments that bit further.

Me scoring first Goal at Rocket League

Me scoring first Goal at Rocket League

Rocket League addition to this list however is huge for me because it’s the first game since knowing about Esports that has really been a new game and thrown its name into the hat.  Only being officially released in July of this year it has had a month and already they are holding events and producing grand finals.  Not that I will say they should take away from traditional sports but I think that it awesome that society looks like its changing and the time and dedication of gamers can actually be rewarded other than that feeling of completing a game.  If you’ve got that competitive edges Esports gives you that outlet.  Of which you can see in me with the way I keep going back to League of Legends.

League of Legends is the dominating game in the Esports scene as said but its good to see Rocket League added to that because it is bringing the tradition game into Esport world.  As it is football (soccer) based game and if i am honest although Fifa has the capacity to be an Esport I haven’t really seen much about it if it is.

How do you feel about Esports?  Which is your favorite let me know if a comment below.

For more information about Rocket League ESports go here

Rocket League Final

Twitch and the Unknown in Streaming

For years now I had always had this idea of streaming because I do enjoy watching streams and I also enjoy playing games if you haven’t already guessed.  While due to geographic location streaming really isn’t/wasn’t an option for me because of the state of our internet speed.  While recently with the purchase of a PS4 and also an upgrade in internet speed (still not quite faster enough being 17 meg up 1 meg down) however good enough for a low quality stream I thought I’d give it ago.

Although I understood, that you’d get lost in the amount of content YouTube has and you’d really have to be unique in order to make a success of that side of things I did think that due to the way in which streaming works you wouldn’t have to be so unique.  The reason for this logic is or was because it’s live and you could be the only one playing that game at the time you’d get the viewers that way.  The other thing is the language thing if you’re the only one playing in people’s native language you’d get the viewer.  Bare in mind now I had streamed The Walking Dead off the PC and ended up finding that I did get the odd visitor without even making it public knowledge.

This time however it seems a little harder so maybe it’s the game that I am playing I am not sure, at the moments the games I have streamed are The Witcher 3 and Rocket League properly and found it, in most cases a very lonely place to be.  That said I know that I haven’t put enough work into the stream to really push for viewers and I know that I probably won’t because the quality of the stream however what I am going to try to do is stream a few hours a day.  The reason for this I want to see if I can get viewers this way, so that when the option of fibre comes along I can make a more informed decision whether or not we really need it.  Due to the fact that with the upgrade to 17 meg that is enough download for me to be honest and I would only be getting the fibre really for the extra upload and that would give me higher quality streams.

So who knows this is a bit of a rant and waffle but that’s where I am up to with my online presence and maybe even see you at twitch.tv/totalreach

 

Rocket League Review

Rocket League has left me stomped I am really not sure what to say about this game as on paper this game really shouldn’t be my thing.  Anyone that knows me knows I have no special awareness and probably one of the worst reaction speeds ever but I really do enjoy this game.

The major factor to the success of Rocket League between myself and friends that are playing it is that it was free for PS Plus members this month and in meant that although not huge sports fans, and definitely not football fans we picked up this game just to give it ago as it was getting a lot of hype in the gaming world as the streamers we watch and other community were saying how much fun it was and we just had to try it from that point there was no looking back.  I have to admit I was the first to pick it up and was wondering if it was really the type of game for the guys and when they started playing it, it has become our go to game in the evenings for a bit of Co-Op.

The graphics themselves aren’t spectacular but then they aren’t terrible either and the premises is simple you get to do what the Top Gear team did in real life but virtually and that is to run around playing football in cars.  I wouldn’t like to say we are great at the game well I wouldn’t even say we were good, but fun has been had by all even when everything is going wrong and we are bumping into each other, tempers on a high and we are still having fun.   This game does have the potential to ruin friendships but when games only last 5 minutes who really cares if we are 8-0 down hey?  Well if I’m honest we probably would worry a little more if we were playing ranked but we haven’t actually ventured that far.

Multiplayer is the driving factor for this game but don’t be worried if you haven’t got anyone to play with there is a season and offline mode where you can change the skill level of the AI.  Although I haven’t spent a lot of time in this game mode, I have no doubt it’s no different to the Multiplayer online.

I would say that if you want a competitive while fun game to play that you can have a laugh with friends this is the game for you.  It has an arcade feel to the game which is rare these days but I could see this game in an arcade machine if people would do an adaptation for it.  I would give this a 10/10 just because I haven’t had a game where I haven’t laughed or enjoyed the match and if it can get non sports people interested when it’s based on a sport it must be doing something right.

Have you enjoyed Rocket League what’s your thoughts on the game let me know in the comments below.

Batman – Arkham Knight Review

Batman Arkham Knight the final installment of the Arkham Series by Rock Steady and to be honest I am very sad to seem them go because even in the wake of dreadful PC Ports they still do an amazing job with the game.

Batman

If any of you follow this blog you will actually know that this game actually pushed me towards a console due to the fact that my PC is starting to struggle slightly when it comes to running the latest games for long periods of time due to heat and stress issues.  Seems strange coming from because I wouldn’t call myself a true gamer as for recent years I have picked some games as you’ve seen on this blog but for the most part I spend my gaming time playing MOBA’s and MMO’s (Not saying these aren’t games and you’re not worthy of the gamer tag if you play only these but I trying to say I have led quite a sheltered gaming life.)

Right off the bat I had a decision to make, to make the game easy or not and although I had played all of the Batman games in this series before I have to say due to the fact I was on a new platform I felt the need to go on easy.  Purely because it was the only game and first game I had played on PlayStation 4 and I am used to using an Xbox controller and although there isn’t a lot of difference between the too there was enough for me and I wanted to set the game and console to be a positive experience.

Action Shot as your jumping away from trouble

Now onto the game finally with my previous experiences with the series I have to admit I was expecting huge things especially when it came to the graphics because they are always well put together and this was no different I was blown away by the detail of the game.  The story for me also was really good, not knowing much about Batman other than what is in mainstream for example the Dark Knight Trilogy there are quite a few twists and turns and even a friend that knows more about the Universe said that he was on sure to the identity of the Arkham Knight.

The major thing for me was how well they put together the gameplay.  It is true that you can just follow the storyline like any other game but the way in which the side missions were handled even I wanted to do them because they their own weight, it didn’t feel like its something cool but didn’t have much to do with your success.  All that said though as it stands I haven’t 100% the game yet but do intend to go back and finish off the riddles and a few other bits I haven’t completely finished yet.

There was really only one complaint and that was the controls.  The big one being the reverse button not being on a trigger and actually being square just felt a bit odd to me, but that said being as the L2 was battle mode I guess it allowed you to easily swap modes.

In case you all haven’t guessed it I give this game a 10/10 I really enjoyed it and would recommend it to gamers and non gamers a like.

Some of the trickier/best moments I managed to catch on video

PlayStation 4 nearly a Month On

The PlayStation purchase was another purchase that I am sat here thinking did a really need it?  While like any console or game the answer to that question is No but was it a good purchase that would be the better question?  To be honest yes just because of the mess that is the PC release of the new Batman game Arkham Knight.  I have really enjoyed the Arkham series and although I have yet to complete Arkhman Orgins because of my PC this game alone has made the console worth it for me.

PS4 with Batman Arkham Knight

The major question that I find myself asking is that will this console stay out of the draw which was the fate of the Xbox 360 and the honest answer with that is the jury is still out.  The way in which PS Plus and live subscriptions now work will hold help towards that happening because of the free games every month, along with the fact that I now have the games console that some friends have that aren’t just into one person shooters, and if I was honest was the death of the Xbox 360 for me because although I enjoyed Call of Duty I have never been that good at first person shooters and constantly getting killed just really started to get annoyed with it.  The type of games that I look forward to now are similar to Batman and The Witcher which could be my next purchase for the PlayStation.

Some of the features that I enjoy about the PlayStation or will are the sharing features, although recently getting an upgrade on my internet streaming is still out of the question or it is but on low quality which isn’t really good enough.  That said though you can upload 15 min clips to YouTube, Facebook or Daily Motion which is huge for me, as I want to expand my online presence.  The only thing I would like is that you could edit the clips more an add audio from on the PlayStation that said however I do believe it would possible to upload the video privately and then add the audio separately.

The only nagging issue I do have from picking the PlayStation is that everywhere I look it seems the majority of stuff is cheaper on the Xbox One, that said even though I still have friends that are die-hard fans of the Xbox I feel that I will get my enjoyment out of the PlayStation.

Season 5: Week 3 Fantasy LCS Teams

This is just a quick post to show the match ups for our league this week and to be honest with the estimates I am not looking good as both of my teams look like they are going to lose.  That said though I’m not going to write myself off just yet, due to things happening today I am late posting this and the performance of SK is putting me behind already.

Season 5: Week 3 Match 1

Season 5: Week 3 Match 1

Season 5: Week 3 Match 2

Season 5: Week 3 Match 2

Season 5: Week 2 Fantasy LCS Review

Our League Standings

Our League Standings

Well after last nights frustration post and having time to calm down this is how the League finished up after two weeks, and to be honest in the cold light of day I don’t think I am going to make huge changes to my teams.  The reason being is that after reading a few tweets on the LCS hash tag someone pointed out how close the NA LCS is and that it could either way.  For the most part I have to say I agree with this and my strategy I think for the two fantasy teams is to only make small changes and maybe spread the risk out.

Although my blind loyalty to Curse is evident here I have decided that I am going to keep the players but make a few changes, so that if the teams have a bad game I do have a back up.  So with that in mind I did drop Team Liquid and picked up CLG, through the week I think I will watch the conversations on reddit and other places to see what others are doing and their reactions to the game.  The other major decision for me is whether to drop Quas for Zion, I have to say though it is nothing personal because I really like Quas and I do have faith in him.  However if Team Liquid doesn’t perform he struggles for points even though he plays well because he has been the front line for them this season.

How has your Fantasy League been going and if you have any tips for me feel free to comment and help me out.

 

Week 2 of Fantasy LCS

I have to admit, as I’ve stated some where before that I have picked my teams on blind loyalty and to be honest with you it came up really big for me in the first week, so I was on a high this week not so much.

The other problem with this is because of the way out League is set up last week didn’t matter too much because I was playing myself because a mate and I wanted to do heads up not have to try to find others to play with us, so we decided to create smurfs so that we could play against each other.  Meaning that the amazing week I had was mute due to the fact I was playing myself this week I am actually playing my mates teams and it does seem that its going to 1 each but my teams are just imploding.  I don’t want to blame it on Piglet because that would be unfair but that is the only change this week, and it seems the communication could be a huge problem for Team Liquid as when they had Keith in the line up last week they did a protect the ADC composition and they won so convincingly.

The other point I want to make however the first game this week for Gravity they won with a really dominating performance but the points just didn’t match that, they scored really low.  I was really pleased for Saint Vicious though being a fan of him and Voyboy its great to see Cop there to in case you haven’t noticed I am Curse til I die fan but I am feeling really conflicted this season actually having a fantasy team.  I am writing this before the end of the LCS this week but feeling so frustrated with Team Liquids performance that I just wanted to write all this down.  I am kind of hoping by added the extra emotion to the post it could make it more interesting.  I think I might keep the players in my team for another week or so but I have dropped the team overall and picked up CLG.

My Week One Fantasy LCS teams

My Week One Fantasy LCS teams

 

Part One of League of Legends Placement Season 5

While logging back onto see the stats of my blog and I noticed that my season 4 blog about placement matches and it made me think about what has changed this year.  Although I have only played two of my placement matches and can’t give you my rank this year yet I am 2 out of 2 which looking good.  However this year, I have to say it means more I want to do well not just for myself but for the platinum player that has given me some advice and a huge amount of help.

What makes this year different?  It’s because although I have been down in bronze going up and down those leagues and not moving out of the divisions, it has shown improvement from Season 3 because I didn’t move from the league that I was in.  My play-style has however changed, I have gone from maining jungle to top and now I think the role for me is support.  The development here for me shows real improvement even if it’s not through the rank system but being able to criticise my own play and identifying my main role is a huge thing because Season 3 and 4 although good I didn’t really main any role I dotted about because of the nature of solo queue not really forcing my need to play a role.  I think that is the major thing for me this season is to highlight my own game play mistakes and to try to main support just see whether that will make a difference.  Along with that the beauty of this is because in most people’s minds you can’t carry as a support and I want to prove that wrong this season.  I want to aim for at least silver this season and it will be great if I make gold.

Leveling My Elementalist and Game Changes

Screenshot of my Ellie

While after needing some down time from League of Legends I have gone back to Guild Wars 2 and in doing so I have found myself a new Guild, which has been really good as they are really friendly and active.  They are constantly offering to help you and wanting to do things together which for me is what makes the game.  While doing some guild missions with them I noticed a shortage of Elementalist’s (Ellie) so I thought as I was spending time to level a Warrior that had already started a few months ago I would take a break and try the ranged class so that I could give the guild some utility.

Although I have to admit other Characters I have leveled e.g. Guardian I abused the Tome of Knowledge when they were running the event where they destroyed  Lions Arch.  I hadn’t really concentrated on leveling and would go around doing dailies and random things to level.  Now this time around I want to rush to 80 but I also want to get most if not all the way points and to my horror it is possible to do that but the way the dailies now work makes them harder to someone who is leveling in my opinion.  Before the dailies were something that for the most part you could pick up anywhere so where ever you were you could do them now not so much.  You need to go to certain areas and do certain things which I can see the point.  It mean’s you can’t just farm lower level areas to get your dailies done anymore and also for newer players it makes them move to other areas more often, so it does make a lot of sense, however this change to me has hampered the players that are leveling alts.  I know it’s a bit of a rant but that’s my findings.

As for the class the Ellie I have been really enjoying it to be honest, I have been trying out the different play styles i.e. the different weapon sets and so far for leveling a think that the Scepter and Dagger are the way to go but can see me settling on a Staff.  The Ellie is one of the classes that can’t have two weapons sets so you have to keep swapping them out before the fight.  It will be interesting to see how this character develops for me and where I am going to use it because WvW are always low on them too on my server so you could see me there.

I also have no doubt there will be more content based around this character.  If you have any tips for the Ellie feel free to let me know in a comment down below.

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