The State of the Game #11

I’m a bit late this week (the shame!) but I have a good reason. I was off this past Tuesday, and I had a very busy day. Not only did I have to get my car smogged, insured, and registered (it had been on a non-op), I also had a date that night. All things were accomplished, and life was good. Sorry for the delay!

Over the course of the week I was light on gaming anyhow, mainly due to the fact that there was New Year’s celebrations to be had, playoff football to be watched (I touched on this in my last post) and I had work. Back to school this week, so I am back to the grind. Still, I did play quite a bit of Awesomenauts and League of Legends. I don’t understand my fascination with MOBAs, but I simply can’t pull myself away from them. I suppose like all things, I go in waves, but aside from MMOs, I haven’t played anything else quite as religiously.

In Awesomenauts, I went through the prestige process once again, now a total of  8 times. I’m half way to the 9th, and there is one more to go after that. I have also been climbing the leaderboards pretty steadily, and actually broke into the 1600 range earlier in the week. I had some bad games since then though, and am now ranked in the low 1700s. Here’s a pic for posterity:


I can’t seem to break into the 16k rating though, and that has been frustrating. I ended up making a new “friend” the other night. I ended up on the team opposite him, and bots filled our our teams. The game came down to the wire, with him beating me by such a slight margin it wasn’t funny. He messaged me afterward saying that was an epic game and that we should team up some time. I added him as a friend and we went on a rampage for the rest of the night. Good times.

In League of Legends I had some varied experiences. I had mentioned before that I didn’t think I would earn one of the Snowdown icons due to it not working with my brother-in-law, but that was incorrect apparently, as it did appear later. 3/5 ain’t bad. On the last day of Snowdown I played the shit out of the Showdown mode, and had some fun with that. Later in the week after the event had ended, I went over to my sister’s house and played with my brother-in-law for a while, and that ended up being more frustrating than it was worth. When I’m at home, my ping floats between 20-70, and very rarely do I have issues with lag. As soon as I try to play with him in the same room, I get pings in the 60 (normal) to 4k range (wtf retarded). We will play successfully for small spurts, and then get bogged down completely with lag. It drove me crazy to the point where I left the final game I played without finishing, because I simply couldn’t handle not being able to control my character. In twitch based gaming, ping is your friend — or worst enemy. I told him that I could never come over and play that again, unless he buys a new router… or something. After Snowdown was over I fell back into my regular pattern of playing ARAM and logging off. Looking forward now to the next event that will probably come with a new featured game mode.

Lastly, I had been playing Tiny Death Star quite a bit after the “Bux Bug” had been fixed. I have since found another annoying bug that causes the game to crash every time I try this particular action. During the game there are crafting quests that are given out by Darth Vader, and I had completed many of them without incident. This particular quest that I’m on required three products, and I crafted the specific number of all three. From there I click “accept reward” and then the game promptly exits. If you hadn’t closed the game down (not minimized it to the background) in some time, you will lose all progress. The first time this happened I lost a lot of progress and was pissed off. Later I went back and tried again with the same result. I had recently saved up 75 bux to buy the next level elevator, and after having built up 40 levels on my Death Star I still want to be able to play the game as intended, which I cannot. This isn’t a game breaking bug like the Bux one was, but it’s still annoying that I’m still finding bugs this far after the release of the game. Apparently QA testing isn’t done for mobile games. With that said, I’m done with this one. It’s just not worth my time anymore.

Looking ahead, this week DmC is free for plus members, and I have downloaded that already. More on it as I play it. Until next week.