Lord Saladin and the Iron Banner event have returned, and with them, a couple of changes. One of those changes brings with it some controversy, with reddit users coming up with changes that they believe need to be incorporated sooner rather than later.

The Controversy:

Upon receiving a power play in control (capturing all three points at once), the points will now lock down for 20 seconds before resetting to their neutral state. This allows the power play team to rack up an incredible amount of points, as the opposing team cannot capture any points until the lock down has ended.

This may not seem to be a problem at first glance, but here’s the problem…

The team with the power play can now commit suicide by jumping off the map, to prevent the opposing team to get any points from securing kills. That’s a problem, especially when there is currently no penalty for players doing that.

There have been some proposed fixes to this issue, those are:

-Award a set amount of points for the team achieving the power play, but don’t lock the control points down, so that they may still be captured.

-Put a penalty in place for players who decide to commit suicide. That penalty should be a loss of team points, so that it dissuades people from jumping off the map.

No matter what, players will find ways to cheat the system for as long as they can. Let’s just hope Bungie is quick in enacting changes to keep this from influencing the Iron Banner for long.

On a positive note, Iron Banner matches will impact your Valor ranking, so you don’t have to worry about missing out on points by not playing regular Crucible matches.

Let me know what you think of this controversy in the comments below. As always thank you for reading.

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Have you ever watched movies like Gamer and Ready Player One and wished we had the types of virtual reality games that are offered in those worlds?  I have.  As a hopeful narrative designer for video games, I’m always trying to find an idea for a game and something like the Oasis from Ready Player One, just seems like a great idea to me.

Just think of it, you get home from work or school, pop on your visor and boot up the digital world that allows you to do literally anything you can think of.  Instead of just playing the game, you’re actually fully immersed into that universe, able to fight, trade, or just communicate with other players.

I know we currently have Virtual Reality capabilities, but what we have is nowhere near the levels that I hope to see while I’m still alive.  I think our current capabilities are on the right track, and some games make interesting variations to gaming trends (Pokemon Go), but we still have a long way to go.  800px-US_Navy_100224-N-7676W-204_Marines_from_the_2d_Battalion_8th_Marine_Regiment_train_with_the_Future_Immersive_Training_Environment_FITE_Joint_Capabilities_Technology_Demonstration_J

I just watched the new Optic Gaming: Visions on YouTube and it looks like they may be offering virtual reality museum of all the organizations achievements up to this point.  I think that’s a great idea and just another step towards a fully immersive VR world, where you can do more than just game.

If you haven’t seen either of the movies that I mentioned at the beginning, I’d recommend that you check them out.  If you like to read, I’d definitely recommend you pick up Ready Player One, because as is typical the book is a lot better than the movie.

What do you think about Virtual Reality?  Would you like to see games that allow you to be fully immersed in what’s going on?  Tell me in the comments below and thank you as always for reading.

Favorite Genre?

Posted: August 13, 2018 in Gaming, Nerd
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I typically play games in every genre, ranging from first person shooters to massive multiplayer and building games. Everyone has their preferred genre or even genres, so I figured I would talk about mine.

Frankly for me I feel I have two genres that I prefer. First Person Shooters and Massive Multiplayer. Again I like most all genres, but if I had to pick two, those would probably be it.

I enjoy FPS games, because I can just turn them on, and play however many matches I feel like playing. I can do this by myself or invite friends in to completely eradicate some noobs. I feel it’s the best genre if you don’t have a whole lot of time to get on and play, it’s easier to find time for a couple rounds of team death match, than it is to boot up a match of SMITE or League.

Massively Multiplayer is definitely my favorite genre, with a few caveats. MMOs really encourage you to play with friends, especially during end game content. This makes playing by yourself difficult, as for most raids and dungeons you need a team that works well together and communicates. Most of these games have group finders, but you never know what kind of members you’re going to get, so its always better to play with friends.

Currently I’ve been playing a lot of Destiny 2, which is unique because it actually fills both of those genres. You play in FPS mode (except for when using swords or supers), and you have a lot of MMO elements such as public events and raids.

So there are my favorites, what are yours? Let me know in the comments below, and as usual thank you for reading.

Task Force Nerd

Posted: August 11, 2018 in Gaming, Nerd
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So, in the last few posts I’ve mentioned Task Force Nerd (TFN). So what exactly is it? Right now, it’s just an idea. An idea with a name, but still just an idea.

What do I want it to be? A gaming organization that doesn’t just benefit it’s members, but also the gaming industry as a whole.

The plan is to begin it as a streaming community that also focuses on a few games with clan perks built into them. Some games I might branch it into are:

  • Destiny 2
  • Minecraft
  • Guild Wars 2
  • World of Warcraft
  • Elder Scrolls Online
  • Star Trek Online
  • These are just a few ideas, but the idea is to get into a game that allows a community to be a community. I want something where the community can strive to complete objectives with each other.
  • As I said before, I started Hybrid Nerdz Gaming during Call of Duty: Ghosts, which I felt had a great clan system. They kept clans working together by introducing Clan Wars, which rewarded members for playing together and actively pursing certain objectives.
  • I felt that system alone is what kept HNG members coming back day in and day out.
  • So again, I’m looking to delve into a game or two that allows the community to work together. An added bonus is a game that let’s us construct a base of some type. Base building is something I’ve always enjoyed, so definitely a feature I look for in games.
  • If you have any ideas on how to structure this new community or what game we should start playing together, be sure to comment it below. Thank you again for taking the time to read my blog.
  • Readers Input

    Posted: August 10, 2018 in Gaming, Nerd
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    So I still consider myself pretty new at blogging. I’ve had my blog for awhile now, but this is honestly the first time I’ve tried to put a lot of effort into it (might be because I’m done with school and don’t have to worry about coursework anymore…).

    You all know that the focal point of my blog is gaming, so my question to you as the reader, is what would you like to read about. Up until this point, my posts have mainly been my thoughts and feelings on gaming related topics, or on my goals and such for gaming.

    So what would you like to see more of?

    • Game Reviews
    • Competitive Highlights
    • Gear Reviews
    • Thoughts and Opinions
  • I can really do anything, but I’m trying to find out what my readers want to see as well. I’ll keep doing what I’m doing but I want to add onto the content that I’m already putting out.
  • So, let me know in the comments below what you would like to start seeing more of, and I’ll do my best to add it into my content rotation.
  • Thanks for reading, and thank you in advance for anyone who provides feedback.
  • Plans From Here

    Posted: August 10, 2018 in Gaming, Nerd
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    Gaming has always been a huge part of my life and I plan to keep it that way. Now that I’m not trying to run a gaming organization I have the ability to focus on whichever games that I want. For the time being, that’s mostly Destiny 2 for my shooter fix and Minecraft as something to play with my kids.

    So why are my set plans for gaming?

    • First and foremost, my main plan for gaming is to game. I had a large lapse in gaming when I moved, so now I just want to keep it consistent. With kids, working out, and a full time job, it’s not always easy to get the amount of gaming in that I want, but I’m making it work.
    • My next plan is to focus on building my gamer brand. I’ve been Hybrd Cobra for awhile and that might change soon, but I can still start building recognition for my writing and gaming while I contemplate my gamer tag change.
    • After I’ve gotten my brand where I want it to be, I’ll start working on both my YouTube and Twitch channels. This is hard to do at the moment because I’m staying with my wife’s family and don’t have my full gaming rig set up yet.
    • Once I have gotten my personal brand where I want it, I plan to start building a new organization by using my brand to help propel it to where I want it. The Org that I’ll be starting is called Task Force Nerd. It’s already started but I’m not really doing anything with it yet. I’ll cover more on TFN in the next post or two.
  • So really, I just want to get myself known a little bit before I start growing outwards into an organization again. If you have questions or comments be sure to leave them below, and thank you again for reading.
  • I haven’t played Destiny 2 since just after it first launched. With the old HNG, we cruised through the original content the game had to offer and then stopped playing a few weeks after the first raid was released. It was a fun game and the clan enjoyed our time with it, but it got very repetitive very quickly so we all kind of lost interest.

    Well the other day I decided to pick it back up again and it seems like the perfect time to do so. I happened to log in right at the beginning of the month long event known as Solstice of Heroes. It’s a very in depth challenge that will reward you with unique armor, if you can complete all the challenges associated with it. I haven’t had a lot of time to work on the challenges, but I’m slowly making progress and I’m hoping to complete at least one characters armor set before the end of the event.

    Needless to say however, with the big event going on and the fact that I now have 2 DLC to work through with another on the way, I’m hooked. I’m planning to use Destiny 2 as my flag ship for building my new gaming organization TFN (Task Force Nerd). I’ve already slowly began recruiting and my current goal is to just get some active members into the group and start building relationships.

    If you’re into Destiny 2, don’t feel like this is a recruitment post (I mean it is kinda), if you play, you can always just add me as a friend. I take part in all in game modes and events and am always looking for people to play with.

    What do you think of Destiny 2? In my opinion, I think Bungie is doing a better job of trying to keep the player base engaged with new events and content. Let me know what you think in the comments below and thanks again for reading.

    HNG meant a lot to me. It was the first organization that I created where everyone seemed to mesh pretty well together. Yes we had members that couldn’t get along with each other, but for the most part everything was great.

    For those that don’t know, HNG started solely as a Call of Duty clan during Call of Duty: Ghosts. Everything was going well until Advanced warfare came out, at which point everyone started to drift apart.

    I let the idea die for a year or two before trying to breath life back into it for Infinite Warfare. We were able to gain a little traction with that and Destiny 2 brought us back together for a little while longer.

    We all thought that Call of Duty: WW2 was going to be our saving grace, and again for a little while it was. Time came to show however that our cohesion just wasn’t the same and everyone started slipping off and playing other games.

    At this point, HNG is all but dead. I still talk to a few of the original members, but I have shut down our discord and basically closed the book on HNG. I definitely have some fond memories of that clan and will use the experience and learn from it when I actively start building a new organization.

    There are several reasons that I feel we fell apart, but honestly one of the big ones is that there just isn’t a clan system built into FPS games, which is the genre that HNG excelled in. Destiny 2 has a clan system which works in it’s own way, but Ghosts had the best system in Call of Duty, in my opinion, and it hasn’t been replicated since.

    Onto the next chapter in my gaming life, which I will talk about in more detail in my next few posts. Thanks for reading and let me know what you think in the comments below.

    Where Have I Been?

    Posted: August 8, 2018 in Creative Writing

    Anyone who has followed this blog for any amount of time, knows that I disappear for large gaps of time, only to return months later. These gaps generally correlate to major life changes on my part, and this time is no exception. So, what has been keeping me building as of late?

    – I recently moved, not once, but twice. I moved my family from Illinois back to Kentucky and I began to live out of hotels in Indiana throughout the week while working at a new job. I then left that job so I can live with my family and not spend an exorbitant amount of money on hotels.

    -As I mentioned in the previous bullet, I also changed jobs. For me, when I change jobs, I tend to focus on the job and my family for awhile, so it takes some time for me to begin doing things that I like.

    -Compound changing jobs with the fact that I have changed it multiple times, and the fact that I’m looking to change it again, and you can begin to see where the problem lies.

    -Finally, I’m looking to return to Active Duty Army. If that occurs I’m sure I’ll be absent again, but I will also have even more to discuss when I get back.

    This blog is still going to be gaming focused, but I am looking to change the name at some point, so don’t be alarmed if that does occur. If you have any questions, be sure to reach out and I’ll be sure to answer them in a timely manner. Thank you for reading.

    Anybody who has been around gaming for any amount of time, knows that there is a game out there for everyone. How do you go about finding it though? The process is probably different for each person, but at some point, you find a game that just feels right.

    For me, finding the right game requires trying out many different games in a genre. Let’s take MOBAs for instance. There is a plethora of games that are classified as MOBAs, but they all have different mechanics that make some people love them and some people hate them. Let’s look at a few of them and the different mechanics that go along with them.

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    1. League of Legends – LOL has been the king of MOBAs for many years now. They constantly update the game to change balancing of heroes and gear, while also adding more of each. It’s your standard 3 lane push MOBA, where you must destroy towers to get to your enemy’s base. It takes skill to succeed LOL, but once you get to that level it’s a great time. One of the biggest issues with LOL, in my opinion is the toxicity towards new players. The community is very toxic and it is enough to push new players to other games.
    2. DOTA 2 – DOTA 2 is another big name in the MOBA genre. It’s very similar to League of Legends, but the heroes and the jungle (area between lanes) are completely different. I honestly haven’t put a lot of time into DOTA 2 however, so it’s hard for me to give you a whole lot of information on it. I will say that the community seems to be a whole lot less toxic, judging from the few games that I have played.
    3. SMITE – Of all the MOBAs that I will talk about, SMITE is my favorite. I have spent a lot of time on SMITE on both PC and Xbox One and can honestly say that it is the one for me. SMITE is a third person MOBA where all the other MOBAs I’ve played are top down. In my opinion it makes it easier to land my skill shots, as I’m playing it as I would any third person shooter. The heroes in this game are all gods from mythology which is another thing I love. As I said, finding your game is all about playing many games until you find the one that feels best to you.

    There are many genres of gaming, and many games within that genre. Go out and find the one that is meant for you. I will tell you that my wife enjoys gaming, and she’ll play Call of Duty with me because it’s what I like to play, but for her, the shooter made for her is Plants VS Zombies. Again, it took her playing many games, but that is the one that she enjoys.

    How do you find your favorite games? Do you just know from watching videos that you must have a game, or do you have to play many different games to find the one that “calls” to you? Let me know in the comments below, and thanks for visiting.