Terraria

I’ve been playing a lot of Terraria recently. For those who don’t know, Terraria is anĀ 2D sandbox adventure game, that can be played both single-player or multiplayer. Consider it similar to a two-dimensional Minecraft, if you will.

This is a game that is incredibly easy to pick up. The controls are simplistic; yet, once mastered, allow the player to run, jump, climb and fly their way through a huge and expansive world.

Terraria is a lot of fun. The amount of content within this game is staggering, with opportunity to explore, fight, create and collect thousands of different combinations. In games like this, the saying ‘if you can think it, you can build it’ and for the most part, this is 100% true when it comes to Terraria.

My current world play time is probably somewhere around the 20 hour mark, and I’ve barely scratched the surface of what this game has to offer. At the moment, I’m focusing on preparing myself and my settlement for the game-changing event, Hardmode. This amps up the difficulty enormously, and causes the game to become a challenge even to players who think they’re pros. Due to this, Terraria doesn’t get old. It doesn’t get boring, and with the game being super simple to grasp, it’s very easy to jump into your world for half an hour and smash a couple of zombie heads together.

For a game that costs less than a tenner, Terraria offers countless hours of gameplay, allowing your imagination and creativity to run wild across the forest/snow/desert/underground/hell landscapes. I’d definitely recommend picking it up.

10/10

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Gotta Catch ’em All

As I’m in America for the next three weeks, Dota is unfortunately taking a back seat. With the new 7.00 update dropping so recently, this isn’t the best time; but oh well, my trip will be worth it. 

7.00 looks… Interesting. Having playing zero games on the new patch so far, I can’t say for sure how I feel about the changes but things definitely look interesting. The talents trees look good, especially when it comes to support heroes who can benefit hugely from the extra XP available. These could, and very well will, be game changing. 

The backpack is another interesting update, allowing less restriction when it comes to item combinations. Choosing between items is tough, but having three extra slots you can switch between on the move will be invaluable. 

For my trip, I treated myself to Pokemon Moon, the latest version in the Pokemon franchise. Before release, I was skeptical. Things look different. Too different. The island trials seemed strange and unknown. The Alolan variants seemed laughable in some cases. 

However, I’ve been pleasantly surprised. The story is engaging and actually interesting for once. I feel invested in the characters I’m playing with. This is definitely an improvement. The island trials are challenging as well, even with the EXP share being gained towards the beginning of the game. I find myself levelling my Pokemon to a high enough level above those I’m challenging, and still finding things kinda tough in cases. This is definitely a good thing. 

Down sides would be typical Pokemon problems. The story is slow to start, with the tutorial dragging on, teaching you each and every mechanic of the game. For new players, this is obviously of benefit; but for veterans of the franchise, this is somewhat of a bore. The characters help, but can only lessen the pain. 

Don’t let this put you off though, this generation of games are incredible. Pokemon is a franchise that I love, and a franchise that I’ll continue to love if they keep this up. 

Rating: 10/10 – Incredible 

Dota – Flame Flame Flame

Dota used toxic…. It’s Super Effective!!

For most people, Dota is a game. For a small percentage of players, that game is a job. However, Dota 2 has undoubtedly one of the most toxic communities of any video game. The big question remains: why? Other similar games such as League of Legends and Heroes of the Storm don’t seem to be nearly as bad. Yes, there is still flaming, but Dota seems to be taking things to a whole new level.

Why does this happen? You could argue that sticking five random people in a team for the guts of an hour and expecting them to work together as a team is bound to cause problems. However, LoL games aren’t that much shorter than Dota games on average (around 30-40 minutes compared to Dota’s 40-50 minutes). League of Legends does have the concede option, so maybe that helps in some way.

The thing is, in games that I’ve played, players who flame tend to be the ones who make the most mistakes, which seemingly causes them to get more riled and make even more mistakes. It’s a cycle that is difficult to break. Teammates turn on each other over the slightest thing; I’ve had players abandon because their support is taking last hits while they’re running back to base. It can really be anything.

Is there a solution? Short answer: no. Long answer: I don’t know, maybe. In my opinion, the report system is in massive need of an overhaul. Reporting players doesn’t seem to have much of an effect, at least not a noticeable one, while you can garner reports from someone simply not liking an item you bought and deciding that you should be punished for it. Also, the MMR system, while decent enough, can end up matching you way off your level. I was recently playing a match where I was the highest member of my team (1.8k mmr (don’t judge)) and the highest in their team was 2.4k. This isn’t a huge gap but there was definitely a skill gap between their player and myself and the rest of my team. I don’t know how this can be fixed however, not without massively increasing wait times for games.

Despite all this, Dota is still a game that I play pretty much every day, and keep coming back to no matter what. I have countless games in my Steam library but nothing seems to hold my attention like it.

Maybe I just like all the anger.

Thanks for taking the time out of your day to read this!

David

Blog Post 2: Electric Boogaloo

Just my activities for the day!

Today was a pretty chill day. I had class this morning, a career’s event of all things. It wasn’t too bad, pretty interesting and there was free tea. So very British.
Then it was back home for some Dota action. I ended up playing three matches and winning three matches. I was playing as Legion Commander (jungle); Skywrath Mage (solo support); and Shadow Shaman (solo support again). I think I played pretty well, I’ve really been trying to up my game recently.

I’ve also been getting back into Terraria, starting both a new character and a new world. It’s going pretty well so far. I’ve built a base up near one of the living trees on the map, using it as a wall to the right.

So yeah, very productive day! Gym tomorrow so let’s see how that goes. Wish me luck!

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