Posted by: seanmalstrom | March 27, 2015

Brightwing reminds me of every CEO I’ve met

Listen to Brightwing. Just listen!

Brightwing is all nice, sweet, and then RIPS YOUR HEAD OFF. This is how every business leader talks. They are ‘so nice’ and ‘so sweet’ but then they bite.

All Brightwing needs to say now is “Please understand…”

Brightwing also reminds me of women who petition me for marriage. “I LIKE HAPPY THINGS LIKE BUTTERFLIES AND NATURE.” *rips man’s head off*

Posted by: seanmalstrom | March 27, 2015

Email: On MagicTG

Since you keep referencing it in relation to Hearthstone, there’s a bit on my mind in relation to the Magic the Gathering game, especially since it also relates to the social justice wacko and Gamergate topics you keep referencing as of late.

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As a Magic player myself, I do consider the game to be a lot of fun, though I can certainly understand how it’s not for everyone. Curiously enough, while you mention you don’t like the randomness, one of my favorite formats of the game thrives in large part on an additional element of randomness – it’s a format known as Commander, where in contrast to a 60-card deck where the idea is usually to have as much consistency as possible, it uses a 100-card deck where most the cards are one-ofs, meaning that things are a lot more unpredictable, which in turn allows use of cards that might not normally see but have much more fun effects attached to them.
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But that’s beside the point (apologies for that). The point here is that for anyone who hasn’t gotten into the game yet, I’d be hard pressed to want to try to convince them since I’ve got a bad feeling that the Social Justice Wackos have successfully gotten their claws into the minds of the people making it and are in the process of slowly driving it off the same cliff that they’ve driven other products and industries off of. It’s especially of concern since it’s been made a point that while they have a regular turn out of new product, they also work two years in advance.
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Point 1: The debate that erupted over the art in a card called “Triumph of Ferocity“, where Wizards of the Coast (who make Magic) eventually gave in and “admitted” that the art was bad and apologized to the people upset about it, in spite of initial arguments about context, including failure of people to complain about the counterpart card “Triumph of Cruelty” which shows the exact same two people but with their situations reversed.
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Point 2: The increase as of late of how much the most public faces of the game keep talking about how they want to be as inclusionary and diverse as possible in a way that sounds dangerously and suspiciously close to the way you hear Social Justice Wackos and the fields they’ve already infiltrated talk about the subject.
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Point 3: One of the most recent sets saw a card featuring a character they openly publicized as being a transsextual just about everywhere except the actual card itself, a character they then went on to promote as such in supplemental materials, including a story on the official website that had the characters ‘identity’ (in the way Social Justice Wackos think of ‘identity’) as a central issue. And then they proceeded to pat themselves on the back about it in a “look! Here’s a character we’ve included for diversity because it’s an important issue we think we need to address. Aren’t we great for addressing diversity as an important issue? We’re so glad so many of you have said how much you love what we’ve done” way that reeks of the kind of political posturing that’s infested so many other entertainment industries.
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And given that, again, the company works anywhere from a year to two years out on future products, it’s very likely that more of this stuff will show up in the future and that the so-called ‘Social Justice’ infestation is only likely to increase.
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Which is a shame, because in a lot of way the game does a lot of things right that you keep talking about as missing in video games these days, especially in the world building. You want world building, Magic has an entire multiverse that is regularly expanding, including regular visits to new words – previously one per year, now moving to two per world, with the occasional return visits to fan favorites. They’ve gotten really good at it too, where even cards that aren’t all that playable can still be great simply because of a fun or brilliant combination of art, flavor text, and what the card is meant to represent.
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I figure that if I’m not just being paranoid, and wizards either doesn’t realize what’s happening or ignores the warning signs, the game isn’t going to last nearly as long as they currently believe it will.

 

There is a reason why Blizzard’s Hearthstone completely blew away Magic the Gathering (Hearthstone has 20 million users since last September. 20 million!)

The biggest reason not to invest money in games like TGC or even LoL or Heroes or Hearthstone is that these companies and products change. They will start to deliberately do stuff you do not like and shove it in your face. Miyamoto cannot do that to me since consoles are segmented by generations. He can push 3d gaming all he wants, but Malstrom will not buy his console.

Speaking of both those companies (Nintendo and Blizzard), they both had two very different ideas about the future of gaming. Blizzard invests heavily in Internet gaming. Blizzard’s prior experience on RTS balancing and maintenance enabled Blizzard to take over the MMORPG. But running WoW for all this time is now enabling Blizzard to take over Free-to-Play genres one after another. First, Hearthstone with its card trading game. Overwatch will knock out Team Fortress 2 (if what I’m hearing is accurate from the ‘Friends and Family’ testing of Overwatch at the moment), and Heroes of the Storm will likely take over the MOBA scene provided the MOBA scene continues to grow (the new growth will go to Heroes and not to LoL or DOTA 2).

Nintendo, meanwhile, has spent the past couple decades on….

…wait for it…

…3d gaming!

Now Nintendo finds itself in a crisis because Miyamoto doesn’t know shit about the future of gaming. THERE I SAID IT! He has been leading Nintendo down the wrong road for the long term. Nintendo’s internet services are awful compared to the competition. As for its 3d gaming ‘offerings’, no one cares. No one gives a damn about the 3DS or the Wii U. Iwata once said that Super Mario in 3d World was going to sell Wii Us a gazillion. It never happened because 3d Marios NEVER sell consoles EVER (except the N64 in the US). “But if we make it for the eighth time, then everyone will buy it!” NOPE! Someone needs to put Miyamoto in a straight jacket because the guy has gone looney tunes about 3d.

Posted by: seanmalstrom | March 27, 2015

Email: Mario bros u has a giant world

I keep reading on your blog how only 3 d Mario gets the giant world. While replaying Mario Bros u today I came across Giant Jungle.

One stage? Meh.

The point is that Miyamoto (since he is THE GUY in charge of the Mario games) is deliberately putting what we want in the 3d Mario games while the 2d Mario games are nothing more than an experiment (NSMB Wii’s 4 player co-op mode), launch game (NSMB U), or an exercise for level design for the Nintendo staff (NSMB 2, NSMB U).

When asked why Peach wasn’t in 4 player NSMB Wii, Miyamoto said the Wii couldn’t do ‘dress physics’. The real reason was because he only wanted Super Mario in 3d World to have Peach while NSMB U still use the same toads.

Mario Galaxy 2 had Giant World. NSMB Wii (or even DS) did not.

Sure, NSMB 2 had the raccoon tail but only AFTER Super Mario 3d Land heavily featured the Tanooki suit in everything in could. Sure NSMB U might have a giant land type level, but it is so far late that it is insulting at this point. There is nothing NEW in the NSMB game. Anything that is put in that we do want is only deliberately done after the 3d version gets such a feature. So if there is another 2d Mario game, it might get peach only then. But any new creatures and any cool stuff will be reserved only for the 3d Mario game. This is the way how it is.

The reason why sales are down is because…

A) 3DS and Wii U are very hostile to those who like 2d Mario and not 3d Mario. Those who like both aren’t going to care. People attracted to 2d Mario are not going to buy game consoles based around 3d outputs.

B) NSMB games are crappy games. I said it! CRAPPY.

Why the fuck should I give a crap about NSMB? I don’t even know why Nintendo made these games. I’ve never seen such a miserable display of crap.

The music is shit.

The artwork is shit.

The power-ups are boring.

There is absolutely nothing memorable about these games. They are nothing but retreads which we have seen before. Crap. Crap. Crap.

But if you go through the original Mario series, and why it holds appeal today, is that the games were extremely memorable and very differentiated from one another.

This is an extremely memorable game. It plays its own unique way. It introduced us to Bowser and all the rest of the enemies.

Above: Memorable music!

This is another extremely memorable game. All its enemies are completely NEW and DIFFERENT. You get to play as different characters. Even the game mechanics are very different. I don’t care if it is Doki Doki Panic, the point is that it is memorable and different.

Above: Memorable music!

This game is incredible. Airships, the Koopa Kids, the ‘worlds’, the maps, the new enemies, on and on, the great music.

Above: Memorable music!

I do not like this game as much as others do, but it is still incredible. It introduced Yoshi. It has new enemies. What is not to like about it? What is not to love about it?

Above: Memorable Music!

Really Above: None of the music are the starring songs or such. There is so much goodness in the music. Yet, is there anything interesting in the NSMB music? NO.

What do the NSMB games offer that is memorable or cool? I still have no desire to ever, EVER play through NSMB Wii again. Why is that? And why do I want to replay these early games again and again, but I have ZERO interest in NSMB?

NSMB is how EA would make Super Mario Brothers games. It is soulless and pure crap. Why on Earth would I want to play it? Can anyone tell me? Anyone?

The co-op was fun the first time around, but now it is annoying and not fun. Also, the co-op was nothing new. Capcom did co-op with Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers on the NES. Bubble Bobble did co-op right. But NSMB? Why are my characters bouncing off each other? Who fucking is responsible for that decision? I don’t find it fun to play in co-op at all.

Nintendo isn’t interested in making a quality 2d Mario game. Look at how they did the so-called ‘Link to the Past’ sequel. They butchered it! The game is so ridiculously easy that it is a joke. Awful! Completely wrong!

The upcoming Mario Maker is so Nintendo never has to make an actual 2d Mario game again. I wish they would give us 3d Mario Maker so people can make their sequels to Mario 64 instead of watching Miyamoto screw up the 3d Mario game sequels.

Posted by: seanmalstrom | March 27, 2015

Email: What is motivating the White Knights?

Hey Malstrom,

since you like writing about women occasionally I wonder if you could write about certain types of men this time. I mean the White Knights, or Betas, or whatever you want to call them. In particular, what could possibly motivate a man to become like that.

Take a look at the women who have been in GamerGate’s spotlight and see their Patreon page. Sure, some of those numbers is circle-donating among each other, but that alone can never account for such a high sum. We are talking about more than 4,000$ per month in free money.

It’s one thing to go on the internet with a nickname and pretend to support someone to just piss people off, that’s trolling. But here we have people putting their real names and real money behind it. I don’t get it, what could possibly motivate a person to do such a thing? They can’t be seriously expecting to get into the women’s pants? I guess in real life they might think it works, but this is the internet. Is there something I’m missing? Is it like a substitute religion? A lot of these fedora SJWs are atheists for some reason (look up Atheism+ if you want to see some insanity).

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that I’m a super macho alpha guy myself who’s drowning in pussy, but I still have my dignity. And quite frankly, the women that attract these White Knights really don’t look like they would be worth such degradation in the first place. What is going on here?

There’s two types. There are those types of guys who call prostitutes to watch movies with them because they want some sort of companionship. These type of guys always have a ton of ‘female friends’.  The other type is due to the sunk costs fallacy. When people are invested in something, anything, they will keep telling themselves that it is wonderful, that they are wonderful, and that what is going on is right. The more heavily invested they are in it, the more hard they are in them thinking it is ‘right’.

Posted by: seanmalstrom | March 27, 2015

GoG will be unbundling games

Finally! Here is a list of the games.

If I wanted to play Master of Orion 1 (I always do!), I would have to install both MOO 1 and 2. Now, they both get their own ‘boxes’ so to say. My Wing Commander and Ultima games are going to explode my ‘bookshelf’. Either way, I want to see the gorgeous box art. Gotta have it.

Posted by: seanmalstrom | March 26, 2015

Email: which channels/streams to watch for heroes of the storm

Hi Master Malstrom,

What youtube channels or streams would you recommend for Heroes of the Storm for a combination of skill and fun? You mentioned Chu8 and Grubby, anyone else? I’ve been watching Force and MFPallytime.

I tried to find Force and MFPallytime, but I didn’t see them. Oh well. I don’t watch streams much. I do so for only the following reasons:

1) As a break in between matches.

2) To see how the game is supposed to be played.

Number 2 is very important because there is so much stupid in the Quick League. We need a new definition of smart and stupid. Smart or skilled does not mean what numbers you get but more on actually doing things together as a team. Imagine when people are doing their own thing, obviously a tank can do more alone than, say, a support.

I just came from a game where it was 20 minutes of flaming back and forth between different team members. At one point, the team was four levels ahead. At the end, the two stopped arguing and decided to do one last push. We all joined together and then won the game… despite them having taken down all our towers/keeps/forts and us having taken down almost nothing and being outleveled.

I have Grubby on in the background. He is getting trashed in Quick League. Then he goes solo-queue in Hero League (Rank 1) and then wins a 6 minute game in Haunted Mines. Obviously, this tells me the game is extremely team dependent more so than even mechanical skills.

Chu8’s style is more of my own. He just goes in and goes crazy. I’ve seen him go Lili and get top hero damage multiple times. Lately, he is so busy talking to viewers that he forgets to pick his hero and gets stuck with random… then he goes on and wins game after game after game in a row. I do like seeing him get wrecked when he plays a squishy hero especially at the beginning of the game.

I have every hero at level 5 or above except for five or six (the vikings, sylvanas, abathur, and such). Right now I am playing Tyrande. My absolute favorite hero has been Jaina for whatever reason. Right now, those two will be played because they got ‘buffed’, but they weren’t bad already. I also like Azmodan, ETC, and Kerrigan.

I’m playing a ton now because Blizzard gave everyone a stim pack. Might as well take advantage of it!

Posted by: seanmalstrom | March 24, 2015

Miyamoto and his sick, sick obsession with 3d

Let us read the Time interview with Iwata together, reader. Did you notice it?

“I think you’re probably familiar with the tales of how, in the late stages of development, Mr. Miyamoto always upends the tea table,” said Iwata. “So a similar thing happened this time. The hardware developers had designed a piece of hardware that they felt was at the final stage of prototyping, and they were bringing it to us for approval to begin moving forward with plans for manufacturing. But Mr. Miyamoto had seen that super-stable 3D just one week before, and he asked “Why aren’t we putting that in this system? If we don’t put this in it, there’s no point in making the system.”

Iwata says he was personally asked many times by his internal engineers, “Are we really going to do this?”

Is this not more clear evidence that Miyamoto has a sick, sick obsession with 3D? Apparently, the point of the New 3DS is to make 3d ‘more accessible’. Clearly, people didn’t buy the 3DS because the 3D simply wasn’t accessible enough. This is what goes on in Miyamoto’s mind.

I know now what the NX is all about. It is about advancing 3d gaming in some form. Has there EVER been a Nintendo console that didn’t try to advance 3d gaming in some form? Some are obvious like N64 and Gamecube. Some aren’t as obvious such as the Super Nintendo’s Mode 7 or the Wii with its ‘3D input’.

Posted by: seanmalstrom | March 24, 2015

Email: Heroes of the Storm

Note: this email did some odd things with the formatting on this page. I’ve tried to eliminate most of it. Much of the blame goes to WordPress itself.

I too have Heroes of the Storm! I saw an email to buy a Founder’s Pack, and bought into the game. I had been on the fence about the purchase but was overwhelmingly satisfied, especially when I received four beta keys, and now have a full team. I played 6 hours of HotS with my friends and cousins, and was probably one of the funnest experiences I’ve ever had.
Some background on me as a player:

I played DotA All-Stars as early as ver. 5.84b around 2004-5. You’re right; I liked the game since it was easier than the base game. In order to get through the story of Reign of Chaos and Frozen Throne, I had to use cheats.

In 2008, I was given a Beta Key for Heroes of Newerth, I played this almost exclusively until 2012. I associate that time with some of the lowest points of my life, in the same way as you’ve said about your time in WoW.

A couple years ago, my team split into different games. For some reason we played Strife for about a year. S2 games made it to “be casual” while HoN would “appease the Hardcore audiences.” Every good idea they had was littered with bad ones, and the game is a hideous attempt to cash in on LoL. It has been an abysmal failure, the only cool thing was me and my team were among the top players. I didn’t really like the game, but it was where my friends were. That’s how these games work.

Heroes of the Storm has been jaw-dropping. I hadn’t really enjoyed many Bllizard games recently, and I felt like I was back at home, back to the Warcraft III days. I agree with you about what you just said: this game is the other branch, going one way while LoL, HoN, and DOTA 2 go the other. Pretty much everything I didn’t like in those game is fixed here. The music is magnificent. There’s nothing quite like staging a massive comeback, fending off your opponents team push as this music kicks in:

The only thing I would really want in HotS from the other games is a Map without an overpowering objective. Objectives dominate the game, which can make it harder to execute pushes on your terms. I’d love a map without that, making team choices more varied, but realistically I know it won’t happen for one very good reason: The objectives massively improve the game as a spectator sport, and with helping to learn the game faster. Without an objective spawning at 2 minutes, the game would just be people soaking in their lanes for the first 10 levels, with one or two ganks. The constant spawning of objectives gives the game more structure. It’s that certain something that the MOBAs have been missing. DOTA 2 recently had a 200 minute long game: . That’s what happens without grave golems, without tower ammo, and without blackheart blasting forts away. I’ve played 60+ minute games. They are tense and can be very exciting, but more often are just drawn out forgone conclusions.

Heroes of the Storm is definitely filled with some pre-WoW Warcraft goodness. I can’t say for WCII, never player, but for WCIII definitely. I was also pleased, however, that they have Tassadar in it. Hearing him refer to you as Executor makes me forgot all the mediocrity of SCII.

I would definitely recommend playing this in a team. You can coordinate better, and you often know what they’re going to be doing. Hopefully Blizzard sends you beta keys like they did for me.

When I get a little burnt out from HotS, I switch to Diablo III. I had bought Reaper of Souls recently. You didn’t really talk on it much. I felt the part 5 writing was much better, not so much in being an epic quest, but in being less annoying, and feeding plenty of world building through journals and the minor characters. Makes me interested in the next sequel for sure.

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My experience has been that Heroes is determined by victors of team fights, not doing objectives. Objectives seem to be the determining point when the team battles keep ending in stalemates, or it is too even. Obviously, this varies on the map.
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I haven’t played Diablo 3 in a long while. I am currently re-downloading it on the computer. After facing some crappy players in Heroes, I think a visit to Sanctuary might do me some good. Strangely enough, some of the Diablo 3 mechanics are similar to Heroes. In many ways, Heroes feels like a combination of Diablo 3 and MOBA.
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I know Blizzard has plans for clans and other ways to get friends and teams together in Heroes. Really, the idea isn’t so much to get teammates but to make friends who also play the game. Bnet 2.0 really… isn’t the best environment for this.
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Question: Why was it easier to make communities back in the 1990s with Kali and Bnet 1.0 than with Bnet 2.0 and all this other ‘social media’?
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My answer is that men use social status as making friends. If you notice, you will see people who are friends only within their own social status. The President of the United States would rather be friends with Castro than with the man on the street. Benjamin franklin was friends with other famous authors and scientists before friends with the average man. If you notice with the top players, they are friends only with other top players. Famous shout casters tend to be friends with one another.
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One huge, huge difference in gaming then and now is the unified profile. You’d just meat someone online, be like “Hey, let us play a game together!” Then you go out and play. It is as innocent as children playing. Today, it is “You must be at Rank # for me to even consider talking to you.” There is a ton of E-Peen out there. Before, I would go and get more E-Peen then them and see how they responded. Then, I would be worthy to be considered to have a ‘conversation’ with them.
Hardcore gamers are E-peeners. There are so many level bars in Heroes. You have a bar for your profile, a bar for each hero (34!?), a bar for Hero league, and an upcoming bar for Team League. Nay, probably be three bars for Team League. You have bars all over the place.
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This is where I think so much of the toxicity of Heroes comes in is because these players focus so much on the E-peen, got so many bars filled up, that while their profile says ‘experienced player’, their games are not going the way for an experienced player. Those 1000 games in co-op don’t really help when the person goes to Quick League.The use of social status in video games is creating toxicity. It turns the video game into a validation tool. It also makes the video game very unhealthy. Former WoW players will say how playing the game was filling a void in their life for their lack of achievement.
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Heroes of the Storm is like diet yogurt next to non-diet yogurts like DOTA 2 and LoL. Diet yogurt has as much sugar as in a candy bar (look at the back of the label next time you are in a grocery store, and you will see). People eat the diet yogurt, and they think they are ‘healthy’, but they keep getting obese. The ‘diet’ of Heroes is the smaller game session time. The ‘sugar’ of Heroes is the social status of these gazillion experience bars all over the place. I wonder why the options menu doesn’t have an experience bar as well? Perhaps that bar can fill up as I keep changing settings.
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You know what this blog post needs? An experience bar!
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There you go, reader. You are currently level 48 with 57% of the bar filled. You need to re-read this blog post again and again until it fills up. You don’t want the other readers to have a higher level than you, do you? Of course not!
.You see, readers, I have learned from the Modern Game Industry. I am going to put XP bars all over the place now. In fact, I should place them in my home too. I should place an XP bar on the toaster.
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My toaster is leveling up! Is YOUR toaster leveling up? I doubt it. You probably just have a level 1 toaster. You’re such a noob. But I have a level two toaster! Since the toaster is an extension of myself, connected to a single profile of Malstrom, that means my self-worth is defined by the toaster.
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“LOL Malstrom! People don’t define themselves by an electrical box!”Wanna bet? I’m sure if such a toaster was made, the hardcore would be popping toast all day to level up their toaster. It’s madness.
My experience has been that Heroes is determined by victors of team fights, not doing objectives. Objectives seem to be the determining point when the team battles keep ending in stalemates, or it is too even. Obviously, this varies on the map.
I haven’t played Diablo 3 in a long while. I am currently re-downloading it on the computer. After facing some crappy players in Heroes, I think a visit to Sanctuary might do me some good. Strangely enough, some of the Diablo 3 mechanics are similar to Heroes. In many ways, Heroes feels like a combination of Diablo 3 and MOBA.
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I know Blizzard has plans for clans and other ways to get friends and teams together in Heroes. Really, the idea isn’t so much to get teammates but to make friends who also play the game. Bnet 2.0 really… isn’t the best environment for this.
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Question: Why was it easier to make communities back in the 1990s with Kali and Bnet 1.0 than with Bnet 2.0 and all this other ‘social media’?
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My answer is that men use social status as making friends. If you notice, you will see people who are friends only within their own social status. The President of the United States would rather be friends with Castro than with the man on the street. Benjamin franklin was friends with other famous authors and scientists before friends with the average man. If you notice with the top players, they are friends only with other top players. Famous shout casters tend to be friends with one another.
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One huge, huge difference in gaming then and now is the unified profile. You’d just meat someone online, be like “Hey, let us play a game together!” Then you go out and play. It is as innocent as children playing. Today, it is “You must be at Rank # for me to even consider talking to you.” There is a ton of E-Peen out there. Before, I would go and get more E-Peen then them and see how they responded. Then, I would be worthy to be considered to have a ‘conversation’ with them.
Hardcore gamers are E-peeners. There are so many level bars in Heroes. You have a bar for your profile, a bar for each hero (34!?), a bar for Hero league, and an upcoming bar for Team League. Nay, probably be three bars for Team League. You have bars all over the place.
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This is where I think so much of the toxicity of Heroes comes in is because these players focus so much on the E-peen, got so many bars filled up, that while their profile says ‘experienced player’, their games are not going the way for an experienced player. Those 1000 games in co-op don’t really help when the person goes to Quick League.
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The use of social status in video games is creating toxicity. It turns the video game into a validation tool. It also makes the video game very unhealthy. Former WoW players will say how playing the game was filling a void in their life for their lack of achievement.
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Heroes of the Storm is like diet yogurt next to non-diet yogurts like DOTA 2 and LoL. Diet yogurt has as much sugar as in a candy bar (look at the back of the label next time you are in a grocery store, and you will see). People eat the diet yogurt, and they think they are ‘healthy’, but they keep getting obese. The ‘diet’ of Heroes is the smaller game session time. The ‘sugar’ of Heroes is the social status of these gazillion experience bars all over the place. I wonder why the options menu doesn’t have an experience bar as well? Perhaps that bar can fill up as I keep changing settings.
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You know what this blog post needs? An experience bar!
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There you go, reader. You are currently level 48 with 57% of the bar filled. You need to re-read this blog post again and again until it fills up. You don’t want the other readers to have a higher level than you, do you? Of course not!
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You see, readers, I have learned from the Modern Game Industry. I am going to put XP bars all over the place now. In fact, I should place them in my home too. I should place an XP bar on the toaster.
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My toaster is leveling up! Is YOUR toaster leveling up? I doubt it. You probably just have a level 1 toaster. You’re such a noob. But I have a level two toaster! Since the toaster is an extension of myself, connected to a single profile of Malstrom, that means my self-worth is defined by the toaster.
“LOL Malstrom! People don’t define themselves by an electrical box!”
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Wanna bet? I’m sure if such a toaster was made, the hardcore would be popping toast all day to level up their toaster. It’s madness.
Posted by: seanmalstrom | March 23, 2015

Here’s where the toxic Heroes players are coming from…

By toxicity, I mean going in full rage mode in chat, calling people names, and maybe rage quitting. We all know it when we see it. Yet, it is prevalent in Heroes. Why isn’t the 20 minute or so game time stopping the toxicity? There is a simple answer.

Who are not the toxic players? Let us ask that.

-People who are starting the game.

-People who are more casual players.

-People who are legitimately good at the game and have a high rank in Hero League.

I watched Grubby play Quick Match and get absolutely decimated. You would think he was a huge noob. But he is not. He goes back to Hero League, and the games play out much smoother.

From the time I had seen in WoW, the players who rage are never the ‘elite’ players. They are always the ones who are the ‘wanna be’ elites.

Every single ‘rager’ I’ve seen in Heroes has had the same pattern to them: they all have spent enormous amount of time ‘leveling’ their heroes. In fact, they are doing nothing but leveling their heroes. I go to their profile and I see a dozen master leveled characters. Does this mean they are awesome? No. If they were awesome, they would be in Hero league. And for all we know, they could be using stim packs to accelerate their experience.

The other day, I was showing a brand new player how to play in co-op. Co-op is a good place to be for new players. I only go to quick match if it is a hero I know inside out. Co-op should be pretty chill unless the bots start to win. Usually, it is difficult for the bots to win unless a player or two does nothing. However, it is very common for the bots to sometimes get a level ahead of you especially at the beginning of the game. The bots are dumb, but they are very consistent. They know how to soak their lanes at least. I had someone in co-op begin raging hard. “You all a bunch of noobs! OMG!” “Damn, I got a baddie team.” We easily won like most co-op games are easily won. I looked at his profile and, sure enough, he had like 10 Master leveled heroes. Then I went to his match history. For the last several months, he had been playing nothing but co-op. Really now!?

Often, the stats are used as a club in the middle of the game. Context really is everything. “Look at your damage! u R terrible!” This is like a few minutes in the game with all the enemy hero fights being in mostly other lanes. At the end of the game, the damage went up considerably. But there is no context. I look up the person’s profile and, again, I see half a dozen master leveled heroes. And yet, the guy hasn’t taken a step into Hero league.

I would go to Hero league, but I do not have 10 heroes. Also, I’d want to be able to play all 10 heroes effectively. Alas.

One thing I’ve learned about Heroes multiplayer is that it really is all about team fights. What hurts are the co-op queens who keep pushing lanes by their lonesome and ignoring the team fights. However, pushing a lane is better than feeding the enemy your experience points because you keep dying all the time.

Nova players, despite being the Number One Player Killer Hero, tend to just wander around and don’t gel with a team. You get all sorts of characters.

A couple of days ago, I had a 45 minute game in Heroes. Oh yes. The game was on Dragonshire. Both teams were past level 30 hahahahahaha. It went on so long because my team had one person leave (giving us a bot) and another character was Murky (they had no murky or weird character). My team did win that at the end. I did enjoy nearly a million experience points hahahahahahaha.

I think the worst thing to do in Heroes is to keep dying and feed the enemy your xp. I never die a ton unless a good Nova is on my ass (number one player killer hero!). In the last game I was in, I died a couple of times while my team mates had died a dozen times or more. WTF? No wonder they kept outleveling us.

Oh, and you will like this, I encountered a PC gaming cafe store. It actually was just beefed up PCs in a room (where I guess people can be nerds and play LAN). The owner wore a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles T-shirt, and we talked about Heroes of the Storm since he had brought up LoL. Did he tell me about playing Hero League? No, good reader. He told me about how many characters he had ‘master level’ at level 10. He had like six or eight. I then realize I am in front of a ‘hardcore gamer’ who literally gets his validation from a video game. He didn’t describe playing it, he just described filling up experience bars.

Posted by: seanmalstrom | March 22, 2015

Can non-Heroes players get the video? I doubt it

I wonder if non-players get the humor of this. It is hilarious to current players. I’m sure 1:35 everyone will understand. (Murky is terrible character.) Keep in mind Chu8 is at rank 1 in Heroes league.

Chu8 is the more interesting of streamers I’ve seen. He will troll his audience before a match by saying, “OK, bye all,” during the loading screen. He tries to troll the audience, but it is sometimes himself that gets trolled when he arrives after the game has started. He also strangely changes the voices of the game to other languages like Korean. Do we really need to hear Lili yell at us in German?

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