Communication Is Key

Have you noticed that as headsets get more elaborate and sophisticated, it seems that nobody actually has one? I can’t stand playing a squad based game, trying to talk to my squadmates, and getting SILENCE. Players don’t seem to want to acknowledge anything you have to say to them anymore and it’s beyond annoying, to say the least.

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It makes you begin to wonder, however, why a player might not be talking to you. There are several reasons for it and we’ll go over those first.

  1. Maybe you got put into a lobby where everyone was in a party besides you. It happens fairly frequently and maybe they’re in party chat.
  2. Maybe they are streaming, so maybe they’re talking, but they’re talking to their chat instead of to you.
  3. Maybe they’ve been bullied too much so they just refuse to chat.
  4. Maybe they just don’t have a headset.

These are just a few reasons why someone might not be communicating, so let us debunk them.

  1. I’m just as guilty of this as many people. You join a game with a random and you figure you’re only going to play one game with them so why bother inviting them to your party? Well, for one it might just add a little more cohesion to your gameplay, and maybe just maybe, you’ll make a friend out of the process. One of the aspects of gaming is to be social, right?
  2. It’s perfectly fine for someone to be streaming and talking to their stream instead of you, but maybe they could send you a quick message or something to let you know. They could always join your party to at least listen to your team communications so they know what you’re planning to do.
  3. Dealing with toxic players is very common in gaming nowadays. It’s a sad truth, but not everyone is going to yell at you or call you names if you don’t know what you’re doing. I try to communicate with randoms all the time and not talking back and just doing your own thing is what triggers me. If you don’t want to talk, let me know.
  4. I find this one hard to believe. Most systems come with at least a basic headset, so it’s hard to believe that you don’t have one. It is a possibility though and something you’ll just have to deal with. Generally, when someone doesn’t have a headset they send me a message to let me know.

Like I said, communication in gaming is paramount. It allows you to quickly call out enemy positions and let your teammates know what you plan to do. It’s something I feel everyone should use if they plan on playing a multiplayer game, regardless of the genre.

What do you think about headsets? Are they an important part of gaming? Let me know in the comments below.

Game Backlog

Do you have a list of games that continues to grow on you that you still need to play and beat? I do and instead of shrinking it just keeps on getting bigger. I’m more into playing multiplayer games than grinding through story modes because I enjoy the competitiveness that multiplayer brings.

Here is a list of games that I’m slowly playing to up my gamerscore. Some of these I’ve already beaten or done everything I was going to do on them, but since I made a new account I’ve got to do them again.

  1. Witcher 3
  2. Mass Effect: Andromeda
  3. Path of Exile
  4. Star Wars: Battlefront 2
  5. Dragon Age Inquisition
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Those are five of the big one for now, but we also have Anthem and the Division 2 coming out very soon so those will be added to the list as well. So what games do you have on your backlog and how do you go about clearing that backlog? Do you choose a day of the week where that’s the only game that you play, or do you split time between games each day? Let me know in the comments section below.

Thanks as always for reading, I know this was a short post, but the majority of my time is going into working on the blog itself. Be on the lookout for big changes in the near future. Until next time…..

Goals

Since starting my blog, I haven’t really set any clear goals. I plan to rectify that today. Some of the goals I’m going to share with you are vague, some will be pretty specific. If it’s vague it’s because I don’t know exactly how I want something to be accomplished. As I figure things out I will update things.

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  1. I want to solidify my brand. 1v1 ME is the overall idea, but I want a theme and logos to match it.
  2. Organize my blog more professionally. This goes along with my first goal, but right now my blog is pretty unorganized with posts just showing up as I write them and they’re in no specific order. I plan to make a more navigatable site where everything is in its proper place so my blog appears less cluttered.
  3. I feel like I’ve been doing a good job with this one, but goal #3 is to write at least 3 blog posts a week. I would love to put specific days on that goal, but with work, family, and other hobbies that’s just almost impossible to do.
  4. I will spend at least 2 hours a week visiting my follower’s blog, commenting, reading and just going over them.
  5. I want to establish a weekly feature. I’m not sure what it will be over yet, but as this is a gaming blog, I think it will be either interviews or eSports coverage. (Let me know any ideas you may have on this).
  6. A big goal of mine is to increase my follower count by roughly 20%. I am giving myself three months to accomplish my goal. That would be 17 new followers in three months which would put me at 103 followers.

For now, those are my goals for my blog. What are some of your goals and what are you doing to accomplish them? Let me know what you think in the comments below and I will feature you in an upcoming post.

Thank you as always for reading and see you next time.

What’s the Worst?

As a gamer, what is the worst thing for you to have to deal with? It could be anything; no money for a game, you missed a special event, or maybe your dad broke your game system.

For me, the worst thing to happen is CRAP INTERNET. As an online gamer, I cannot stand to have garbage internet (something I’m currently dealing with). Nothing is more annoying for my team or me than when we’re winning a game and suddenly I’m dropped from the match.

I’m not saying I’m a particularly good gamer (I still think I am) but whenever a squad loses a teammate, that’s fewer guns in the fight against the enemy which usually spells disaster for your team.

Unfortunately, in my current living situation, I cannot do much about the internet, except sit here and complain about it. I’m definitely ready to get my own place so I can set up a glorious home network. For now, though I’ll have to deal with a good signal with occasional crashes.

So I ask again, what is the worst thing that you as a gamer deal with?

Comment below and let me know. Thanks as always for reading and I’ll see you next time.

Apex Legends

So, are you playing Apex Legends? If not, YOU SHOULD BE!

For those that don’t know what Apex Legends is, let me explain it to you real quick.

Apex Legends is a battle royale game that was announced and LAUNCHED, on 4 Feb 2019. When I say launched, I mean launched. Within 15 minutes of the game being announced by Respawn Entertainment, it went live with the full, free to play version.

For those who don’t know who Respawn Entertainment is; they are the creators of the Titanfall universe, which is also where Apex Legends takes place. It was rumored that Respawn was developing Titanfall 3, but instead, this game launched to the surprise of everyone. While Apex takes place in the Titanfall universe, you don’t get to use titans; sorry if that disappoints anyone. While you don’t get titans, the weapons in this game are the weapons from the Titanfall series so anyone who has played those will feel some familiarity there.

So what exactly is Apex Legends? In Apex Legends you choose from one of eight different legends or champions, each has their own special skills and abilities. You play in squads of three, so the priority is picking legends whos skills compliment one another.

Once you’ve picked your legends, one member of the squad is designated the jumpmaster and leads you from the ship to the ground. At any point, before you touch down, you can choose to break away from your jumpmaster and move where you please (not recommended until right before touchdown). Once you touch down, it’s like any other battle royale game; find weapons and gear and prepare to engage other squads. You still have the ring that gradually gets smaller, forcing all teams into more confined areas to get down to the champion squad.

The key to this game is getting the best armor and learning to use your legends abilities in conjunction with your squadmates. There are definitely some balancing issues that I think need to be addressed but overall, I feel that Respawn did a great job with this game.

I’m expecting big things from this game, and I hope Respawn can turn it into a Battle Royale giant. As of this writing, it is currently the most viewed game on Twitch, having knocked Fortnite from its pedestal as king. Be on the lookout for lots of content related to Apex Legends, because its the first battle royale game that I’ve really enjoyed.

What do you think of Apex Legends? Have you played it yet? If not, give it a shot and let me know what you think. If you have played it, let me know your thoughts. Thank you for reading and catch you next time.