13 Things That All Gamers Lie About

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We all suspect gamers lie, but we might not be sure how often. You’ll know the gamer in your life is lying when they…

1) Brag about having a high K/D ratio

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For FPS and MOBA players, K/D ratio stands for kill death ratio, calculated by taking the number of kills divided by number of deaths in one match. The higher the number, the more ‘pro’ you are for having survived so well, while racking up your kill count.

Pretty much every gamer is guilty of this because we never want to be seen as weak in other games. K/D is our badge of pride and we tend to pad it up quite a bit to not look bad in front of other gamers. If there isn’t a way to check, who’s to prove what you’ve said was a lie?

2) Blame lag for bad performance

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So you missed one..ok, two…alright sheesh, five shots at point blank range as the enemy rushed to the objective and killed you right after your miserable attempts? You could take the blame but who would do that? Blame lag and divert the attention away from your crappy aiming ability.

*Original gif was featured in 5 Things Only Southeast Asian Gamers Will Understand

3) Accuse a higher skilled opponent of cheating

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When beaten by a higher skilled opponent, many gamers will accuse them of cheating or hacking. Being steamrolled by the opposing team? Or is a particular player so darn accurate that he keeps killing you? Could it be luck, could it be skill? Nah, let’s not ponder too much about it and take the easy route – just accuse them of hacking!

4) State “This game is too easy”

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I’m not talking regular bosses in games that you’ve selected to challenge on its hardest difficulty. I’m talking about that particular friend who talks about Dark SoulsBloodborne and Nioh. When you ask for advice on how to get past a certain level that’s holding you back from all your glory, he scoffs at you for failing and claims that the game is too easy.

Maybe it’s time to ask him to prove his claims, perhaps he will use the lie about how his saved file got lost? Or that the game was patched to become more difficult?

5) Claim “I’m not good at the game”

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I don’t know why they do this, is it to troll or is it a humble gesture? Some say they do this to lower your guard so that you’ll think they are just like any casual player. With your guard down, they do a 180 on you and probably end up with the highest K/D ratio in the game. Argh, LIAR!

6) Boast “I can beat anyone at <insert multiplayer game>”

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Everyone has that friend who tries to intimidate other gamers by saying they can challenge anyone and win. Don’t be surprised, they are usually an emotional wreck in game and easy to beat. They’re all bark, no bite.

7) Pretend their younger siblings are playing but have unplugged their controllers

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As gamers, we’ll do anything to keep our gaming peace undisturbed. Even when our younger siblings beg for a chance to play the game, we agree to it but unplug their controllers so that they feel a part of the game but won’t ruin it. You can even keep the pretense up by praising them for good performance and giving them credit for the high score you achieved.

8) Assert that they knowing someone whose uncle’s cousin’s brother works at Blizzard, Ubisoft, Nintendo… you get the picture.

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You’re out with your gaming friends and discussing the latest news about a game you’ve all been playing. Suddenly one of your friends mentions that he indirectly knows someone working on the title and becomes the popular kid. Whether he actually is and his ‘inside’ news is accurate, you’ll never really know.

9) Brag about how much they love the game but have barely played it

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So your friends are all talking about this game that you too remember buying but don’t want to feel left out. You join in the conversation and nod your head, gradually you start raving about it and making up all kinds of tales about your greatest adventure in it. Only to get called out a few days later when they check your account and see you’ve only put an hour into the game.

10) Proclaim how much they hate the game, when really they have over 100 hours of playtime

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The hilarious part about this is that you see it happening in a lot of Steam game reviews. There’ll be that person who says this game should be thrown under a bus and rolled on a thousand times. That people should die when they utter the title of the game. This same person also has over 100 hours of playtime in the game. Yeah, you hate it so much you AFK-ed in it, amiright?

11) Boast about unlocking out of this world secrets or just plain spread rumors

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Because you want to be the coolest kid at the playground, you come up with elaborate tales about how you completed a difficult feat that unlocked you a golden aura around your character, or had llamas spewing rainbows from their butts. Or you just spread rumors like the infamous one in Pokemon Go where players thought they could reclaim missed Poke Balls by tapping quickly on it as it rolled away.

12) Tell themselves they will turn off the game after this quest/mission

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Sometimes you sink so hard into a game that you forget the time and where you are. It’s like you’ve been sucked into a different dimension, where every move matters. Should you make a bad decision, you will just respawn, a consequence not even close to how harsh reality is. This blissful feeling however, is short-lived as you’ll have to take care of responsibilities. You keep telling yourself that you’ll shut down the game after completing the mission, which leads to another and another till you’ve realize you haven’t slept all night and you badly need to pee.

13) Delude themselves into thinking they’ll playing an MMO casually

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We’ve all approached a new MMO with the mindset that we’ll play a few hours to get a feel of the game and step out, never to see the MMO again. WRONG.You soon find yourself sinking hours into it to grind for the better loot. Don’t kid yourselves, getting into MMOs is seriously addictive. To think otherwise is to believe that cats only have a passing interest in catnip. They don’t, they are full-blown addicted to the stuff..

Source for images: GiphyImgur

8 Reasons Why You Should Not Mix Drinking And Gaming

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Drinking and gaming, two of the most wonderful things that go together, ask any gamer above the drinking age and they will agree heartily. But over imbibing can lead to terrible and hilarious consequences.  Here are 8 reasons why you shouldn’t do it:

1. Character creation

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When under the influence, your artistic skills can become a little wonky. Something that you might have thought of as the next Mona Lisa could very well turn out to be a disfigured or flawed version of someone you dislike at school, in the workplace or even in the neighbourhood.

Careful, you might just be playing as your nemesis!

2. Creating your in-game name

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When you play games that evoke heavy emotions, it’s going to be tough to maintain and feel the impact of the moment with a name like “Glitterfart” or “Fluffenstein”.

3. You might get really good at certain games you couldn’t beat when sober

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Imbibe over your average amount and you might find yourself flying through difficult levels that you couldn’t beat previously. Looking at you Super Meat Boy and Binding of Isaac!

I can attest to this when I play Heroes of the Storm. When I’m sober, my win rate is perhaps 50-50 because I tend to overthink and play cautiously. But after 2+ pints of beer, I throw my gaming caution to the wind and pull some bold moves that shock even me till this day.

4. Liquids and your hardware don’t mix

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Another thing people forget is that the technology that supports your gaming lifestyle does not come cheap. It’s all fun and games till someone throws up on your equipment like your headset, mousepad…and even your keyboard, and that sir, is a very difficult piece of equipment to clean. More gaming less drinking please.

5. Multiplayer

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For the love of god, if you’re going to drink, inflict the harm purely on your liver and not your teammates’ ranks! You see, when you’re totally ‘pissed’ and try your hand at rank games, you’ll perform poorly, feeding the enemy. On top of that you’ll cause a lot of heartbreak to your teammates when you lose the game, resulting in everyone’s ranks dropping.

6. Saving over a saved game

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Now this may not be so common these days but it still happens. Especially in open world, RPG and decision making games where hours upon hours of progress was poured into it, only to be wiped out by one silly night of heavy drinking. When you next launch the game hoping to continue from your dedicated progress, your save slot is either empty or replaced by a level one character. Let the mourning begin!

7. You’ll get a hangover

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On top of the 6 terrible things that I’ve covered above, nothing could be worse than waking up with your head aching so hard it feels like it’s about to explode. Drink wisely people!

8. Drunk shopping

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Ok, so maybe you realize that you’re too wasted to attempt anything that requires hand-eye co-ordination. Instead, you browse your steam library …and what’s that, the store tab? Click.

Things pass in a blur and you wake up the next day with your email bombarded with receipts thanking you for your steam purchases. Uh-oh.

The best case scenario is that you’ve bought everything from this list of our Top 10 games for 2016 or a whole bunch from 2017. Although not such a bad thing, it is financially, an unwise move.

The worst case scenario is you buy tons of full priced copies of Bad RatsThe GraveyardDinner DateAirport Simulator 2014Secret of the Magic Crystals, and I’m sure there’s a lot more to be listed, but you get the idea.

Lucky for you, Steam has a refund policy but the paperwork is going to be a pain in the a**.

If Real Life Pokemon Characters Existed, This Is What They’d Look Like

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If Pokemon Characters Were Real, This Is What They Would Look Like

With the release of Pokemon Go, Niantic has brought both fans of the series much closer to their Pokemon counterparts, allowing a strong bond to build between trainer and their Pokemon.

Every Pokemon fan must have wondered more than once what it would be like if these creatures existed in the same world as ours. Perhaps that’s why we spend hours roaming the streets searching for Pokestops and new Pokemon to catch. What we do not realize is how much their real life forms could differ from their animated versions.

Concept artist, Joshua Dunlop, embarked on a side project to illustrate what 11 of his favourite Pokemon would look like if they were real life creatures. Some of them are pretty creepy! I wouldn’t want any of those popping out of my phone and scaring me. Of course, there are the adorable ones like Squirtle, Bulbasaur and Poliwag. Surprisingly, classics like Pikachu and Eevee, widely known for being adorable, fell into the creepy list.

Here are my favourites from his brilliant illustrations :

1. Bulbasaur

Bulbasaur

Just too adorable!

In my opinion, it’s the most adorable character of the illustrated series and nabs the first spot in my list. Some may even call the bumps and scales sprinkled across his body unappealing, but I think it makes it all the more enchanting.

2. Poliwag

Poliwag

watching the day pass by.

Officially, it may be a water tadpole but I favor this version a lot, painting it as a penguin-sparrow hybrid that’s too cute for words.

3. Squirtle

Squirtle

surprised to be caught on ‘camera’

Looking at the ‘Puss in Boots’ eyes and that little hard back shell, I find him absolutely loveable! Unfortunately for him, after passing this photo around the office, the consensus is that it isn’t as adorable as his animated form. *sadface*

But that’s not all, check out the rest of his illustrations:

4. Wartortle

Wartortle

having the time of its life!

5. Caterpie

Caterpie

Caterpie, Caterpie, where art thou?

6. Pikachu

Pikachu

7. Eevee

Eevee

Bring back the animated style of Eevee because this is the stuff of nightmares!

8) Charmander

Charmander

Like a dinosaur who is totally cool with its tail being on fire.

9)Oddish

Oddish

Probably the only character that resembles his animated form.

10) Weedle

Weedle

Nope, nope and nope.

11) Diglett

Diglett

Sometimes it’s better to stick to the original.

Source for Images: Joshua Dunlop – Art Station

9 Beautiful Time Lapses You Have To Watch

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Sometimes we’re so focused on completing missions and side quests that we often forget to stop and smell the flowers.  Slow it down, take a look around and appreciate the immense amount of detail these game designers and animators have poured sweat and tears into. Enjoy 9 of the most beautiful time lapses in games now :

  1.       Grand Theft Auto V – by MkElite

Stop getting ‘wasted’ and watch this almost realistic time lapse of various locations in GTA V.

  1.       The Witcher 3 (Blood and Wine)– by Kobo Klips

If you’ve ever seen footage or trailers of Witcher 3’s gameplay, you’d know Geralt lives in a extremely gorgeous world. The above time lapse is from the game’s second DLC “Blood and Wine” set in the region of Toussaint.

  1.       Fallout 4 – by The Mavrick

There’s definitely nothing in this time lapse that resembles ‘post-apocalyptic’ in Fallout 4. The environments are gorgeous even though the music is a tad bit melodramatic. It pulls together nicely and gives you a sense of gloominess at the thought of the world coming to an end.

  1.       Dark Souls 3 – by EK2

Another somber but alluring time lapse is Dark Souls 3, a game notorious for its masochistic play style where players die countless number of times, sometimes for no reason at all!

  1.       Tom Clancy’s The Division™ – BY MaxMRM GAMEPLAY

Watch the day turn into night in this hypnotizing time lapse of Manhattan in Tom Clancy’s The Division™.

  1.       Horizon Zero Dawn – by IGN

Launching on PS4 this February 28 is the much anticipated open world action RPG Horizon Zero Dawn. Here’s a stunning time lapse to show you how the day and night cycle looks  in 1080 definition. You can learn more about the beasts and world map here.

  1.       Dying Light – by 8-BIT BASTARD

Daylight is a precious commodity in this game, where the infected are weak but ever increasing. You parkour building to building to save survivors and scavenge for resources to defend yourself before darkness set in. Once night falls, the tables are turned, the infected become stronger and you become their prey. But hey, let’s not be pessimistic and watch this magnificent time lapse of Dying Light!

  1.       No Man’s Sky – by Vicious Studios

No Man’s Sky may have had a rough start but this time lapse shows that there’s nothing wrong about its art direction.

  1.       Destiny – by niitq

Watch the day go by in Destiny’s barren and toxic wasteland of Old Russia.

10 Outrageous Costumes In Video Games

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You can expect ridiculous things to happen in games, people falling off cliffs to their deaths, parachuting straight into a rock and shooting guns that make people dance. But what you’re not prepared for are the outrageous costumes in games.

Here are 10 of the most outrageous costumes in games that I came across:

1. Steep – The Giraffe costume

Wheee!

Wheee!

Steep is an open world game where you can ski, fly in a wingsuit, snowboard and paraglide across the epic mountains of the Alps and Alaska as a… Giraffe. There are other mainstream looking costumes to equip but this has got to be the funniest! I especially love its crazy eyes and the fact that it squeaks like a toy when it hits a tree or any other object.

2. Saints Row 4 – The toilet bowl costume

In Saints Row 4, you play the president of the United States fighting off an alien invasion while running the notoriously powerful street gang, 3rd Street Saints. There are tons of ridiculous outfits to choose from, or you could just head out as a toilet!

Prance around as a sparkling white toilet till you murder something!

Prance around as a sparkling white toilet till you murder something!

Mix and match your outfits in game and come up with all sorts of hilarious creations like this one:

Team up with a friend to showcase your wild side.

Team up with a friend to showcase your wild side.

3. Resident Evil Revelations –Chris Redfield’s sexy sailor costume

Two sexy sailor Chris…es are better than one!

Two sexy sailor Chris…es are better than one!

Adding comic relief to the horror game, Resident Evil Revelations, is Chris Redfield’s smoking hot sailor outfit. To unlock the outfit, players need to buy the rocket-launcher in the Raid mode shop and do 100,000 worth of damage to an enemy. They can then proceed to flaunt it in all different modes in game.

4. Ninja Gaiden – Rachel’s dominatrix costume

Too risky for action.

Too risky for action.

Speaking about smoking hot outfits, Rachel from Ninja Gaiden struts around in a questionable dominatrix outfit while somersaulting off walls, doing double flips and fighting the badies. All while trying to keep everything together.

5. Heroes of the Storm – Star Princess costume

My eyess, it burnss!

My eyess, it burnss!

I’m not sure which direction Blizzard was taking Li Ming in this costume. For a wizard who unleashes devastating spells with the arcane forces of the universe , the star princess outfit is a joke. It makes Li Ming look like she works for a low budget circus trying to pull off a space theme but failing miserably. Blizzard, please, stop.

6. Dead Rising 4 – The Shark costume

Chomp the zombies…or not.

Chomp the zombies…or not.

If Frank West ever gets tired of playing dress up as a pirate, wrestler or leprechaun, he can simply swap to his trusty shark outfit and chomp all the zombies away!

7. Resident Evil 6 – Sherry’s school uniform costume

You sassy gurrlll.

You sassy gurrlll.

The lady is no longer a child, she can fend for herself and doesn’t need to be wearing the skimpiest school uniform in the entire world to kick some baddies ass. However, if you still want a piece of the sass she brings in it, complete any stage by playing as Sherry and finish it with an A or S rank.

8. Nioh – White Tiger

One terrifying cat.

One terrifying cat.

While technically not an ‘outfit’, we thought White Tiger was worth including. It looks like a mutated mangled cat. With a torch in one eye and the ability to fly (Gah, I’m thinking of flying cockroaches), it is truly one ugly cat worthy of nightmares. If I was ever considering getting a cat, I’m  thinking twice about it now.

9. Tekken Tag Tournament 2 – Anna’s squid costume

Calamari kick incoming!

Calamari kick incoming!

You will not be able to look at calamari the same way again after watching Anna Williams fight in a squid outfit. The tentacle flailing outfit is a collaboration between the manga industry and team Tekken to design stylish bonus costumes for the game. I wouldn’t label it stylish but it sure is whacky.

10. Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood – Ezio’s Radien costume

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As a tribute to the Metal Gear series, players can unlock Cyborg ninja character, Raiden for Ezio in Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood. Players unlock the outfit by finishing all training sessions in the Animus Virtual Training Program with at least a Bronze Medal.  I’ll admit it’s a pretty cool look for Ezio because he retains his facial features in it but an odd look to spot in the 16th century. Wrong era, buddy.

Source for Images:  GIFY

6 Celebrities That Could Play Far Cry 4 Characters

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Far Cry 4 follows the journey of Ajay Ghale, a young Kyrati-American on his quest to scatter his decreased mother’s ashes in her beloved hometown of Kyrat. He escaped his hometown at an early age when a civil war broke out, only to return back to another on-going war between the Royal Army, lead by the despotic Pagan Min and The Golden Path, a rebel movement founded by his father.

As you can imagine, Ajay does a lot of exploring and fighting in the game’s main story, figuring out the links between his late mother and Pagan Min while being the beacon of hope to The Golden Path. Will he overthrow Pagan Min and his army? You’ll have to pick up a copy to find out!

In the meantime, I’ve chanced across a few celebrities that look strikingly similar to certain characters in Far Cry 4, and yes, this includes the seductively evil Pagan Min!

Check out my fan casting choices and let me know if you agree or who you would have cast instead!

1. Godfrey Gao as Ajay Ghale

Almost as if they were the same person.

Almost as if they were the same person.

Godfrey Gao is a Taiwanese-born Canadian actor that has starred in several TV dramas like “God of War, Zhao Yun” and “Hello Gorgeous”. He has also modelled for fashion brand Louis Vuitton.

2. Shun Oguri as Mohan Ghale

The younger Mohan Ghale.

The younger Mohan Ghale.

Shun Oguri is a Japanese actor, voice actor and film director that has done voiceovers for many animes and even the Japanese dub for Cody Maverick in Surf’s Up!

3. Anderson Cooper as Pagan Min

Rearrange his hair and voila!

Rearrange his hair and voila!

While not technically an actor, Anderson Cooper is an American journalist, tv personality and author that has an uncanny resemblance to Pagan Min. He is the host of Anderson Cooper 360 that covers breaking news daily.

4. Naveen Andrew as Sabal

Voice actor and character look-alike.

Voice actor and character look-alike.

Naveen Andrew is a British-American actor that has starred in the popular TV series Lost, and is the actual voice actor for Sabal in the game. If they made a movie, he would 100% fit the bill.

5. Demi Moore as Noore

They have the same exact features!

They have the same exact features!

Demi Moore is a wildly popular American actress in Hollywood who has starred in the classic romance movie ‘Ghost’ and played the role of tough, no-nonsense Navy Seal Trainee in ‘G.I Jane’.

6. Maggie Q as Yuma Lau

That would be an interesting look on Maggie Q.

That would be an interesting look on Maggie Q.

The very beautiful Maggie Q is an American actress and model that has starred in blockbuster movies such as the Divergent series and Mission Impossible III. In her earlier career, she was best known for playing the lead in Spy fiction thriller, Nikita.

Source for Images: IMDB , Far Cry 4 Official Website

12 Things That Piss Me Off in Heroes of the Storm

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Heroes of the Storm is a fast paced MOBA that’s great fun to play until you encounter one of following scenarios that makes rage quitting an extremely pleasant idea. Read on to find out the 12 pains I’ve faced since I started playing the game one year ago.

1. Bad Nazeebo! Bad Zombie Wall!

More poison, less wall, Naz.

More poison, less wall, Naz.

There’s a retreating enemy, one more hit till he dies. You’re giving chase until you’re trapped in a ring of tiny zombies scratching at you but doing no damage while your prey escapes. Sounds vaguely familiar? That my friend, is an example of a bad Nazeebo and his frustratingly ill-timed zombie walls!

Newer Nazeebo players often make the mistake of trapping their allied teammates, not realizing that they can deactivate the walls immediately by using the same key that activates it – ‘W’. In team fights, this mistake can cost the team an objective and their lives.

2. Azmodan, why u block me?

You killing me, bruh.

You killing me, bruh.

Azmodan is a physically massive character to play in the game and he body-blocks enemy players with great ease. But the same can be said about body-blocking choke points or retreating allies with low health, giving the enemy the upper hand. Positioning yourself well is essential when playing as Azmodan.

Why!!

Why!!

3. Zeratul’s void prison denies you a kill/win

Zeratul’s sneaky ways are further empowered by one of his ultimate abilities ‘Void Prison’. Players or structures trapped in the void take no damage for a short duration. This buys his team time to move to a better position to ‘gank’ enemy characters stuck in the void or save a teammate fleeing from danger.

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Walk into my void minions!

Walk into my void minions!

4. Gall leaves, Cho sad

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Cho’gall is currently the most unique hero in the game where two players share the body of one character. Cho controls movement and does the tanking while Gall brings the pain as the assassin. The best of both worlds, they must pick talents that complement one another and work closely to destroy enemies.  If Gall leaves or disconnects, Cho becomes an easy kill for the enemy team.

Also the reason why Blizzard insists that both Cho and Gall queue together instead of randomly match-making players.

5. Tracer, so much cancer!!

Her mobility kills.

Her mobility kills.

Going up against a good tracer can be such a nightmare. Her blink ability allows her to dodge fatal blows and escape quickly when chased by the enemy. Her pulse bomb does massive damage at higher levels if you’re the ‘lucky’ fellow it latches onto. And her recall ability returns her to the position she was at 3 seconds ago, further confusing enemies and dodging damage. It’s a wreck and you do not want to be caught in a 1v1 with a competent tracer.

6. Long queue times

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Prepared for an exciting match, you hit ‘start’ to realize 10 minutes later, you’re still in the queueing screen. My hands are clasp tightly together like PJ Abathur, slightly shaking as I pray to the Nexus gods for a game to begin. And BOOM! He blesses me with a 5-man stack so my team and I can be steamrolled.

7. Reconnecting, forever

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Fights get intense, adrenaline is pumping and lo’ and behold, you’ve lost connection and are forever waiting to get back into the game. It’s infuriating and sometimes, restarting your game actually gets you back in on the action faster.

8. Ping, much?

Say no to over-pinging!

Say no to over-pinging!

I know things are about to hit the fan but dude, you have got to chill with your pings. Pinging incessantly distracts and annoys your team, try to calm down and prioritize if it is really necessary.

9. Guys, we got a RAMBO

HoTS RAMBO : stupid and… stupid.

HoTS RAMBO : stupid and… stupid.

Every once in awhile, you’ll get a ‘RAMBO’. A term I like to bless players with when they charge into an enemy team without checking if backup is on the way. Usually, it plays out with RAMBO dying, leaving the team to face a 4V5 fight over an objective. Why oh why?

10. Objective, Objective, Objective!!

Dragon Knight! Altars! Tributes!

Dragon Knight! Altars! Tributes!

Players who just don’t understand that Heroes of the Storm is an objective based team game. Guys, fellas, people of my people, please, focus on the objective when it activates, we can leave the epic team fights for later after we’ve secured it.

11. Don’t you dare AFK!

Why you AFK?

Why you AFK?

You died, you spawned. Okay, maybe you teleported back to replenish your mana but why are you still at the base when there’re fights to be had??

12. Mercenary camps ain’t a bad thing!

Capture the camps!

Capture the camps!

I’ll admit that badly timed fights to obtain mercenary camps can be detrimental to the team but they should not be completely ignored. If the situation permits, players should secure camps right before an objective spawns to give the team some additional pushing power while you engage the enemy over the objective.

Source for Images:  Gamepressure, Heroes of the Storm

8 Valentine’s Day Gifts For Your Dearest Gamer

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and while some have prepared lavish shows of affection and gifts, others might be quite puzzled about what to get their significant other (SO). The confusion intensifies when your SO is an avid gamer and your experience in gaming is just limited to Pokemon Go.

But fret not my lost friend, I’m here to make sure that your romantic gesture doesn’t disappoint. Every item I’ve picked out is priced below S$200 to cater to just about everyone. Without further ado, here’s my list of 8 gifts you can get to impress your gamer guy or girl:

Steelseries M500 Gaming Keyboard (SGD$189)

Backlit and beautiful.

Backlit and beautiful.

While most keyboards these days strive to pack as many flashy features into their products as possible, the Steelseries M500 is a dependable full size keyboard with minimalistic design, offering good performance. Gamers who shy away from colorful backlit and clicker-ty keys (Cherry MX red keys used here!) will certainly enjoy the stealthiness of the keyboard as well as how it looks and plays in the battlefield.

Kingston’s HyperX Cloud Revolver Gaming Headset (SGD$169)

Sounds and feels sexy.

Sounds and feels sexy.

Offering studio grade sound stage and a durable steel frame, these headphones are so comfortable they will please any gamer who enjoys gaming for long hours.

Razer DeathAdder Chroma Gaming Mouse (SGD$119)

Looking sharp!

Looking sharp!

This mouse is great for gamers who want their peripherals to look swag while performing at top tier. Players can customize how the mouse glows and enjoy an improved 10,000 DPI sensor vs its previous 6,400.

Owndays PC Glasses (SGD$60)

All the better to see you with.

All the better to see you with.

Gaming for long hours can put a huge strain on the eyes and could lead to poor eyesight. Help your gaming love to protect their eyes with a pair of Owndays PC glasses! There are prescription lenses available, you can customize your spectacles and pick them up within the hour.

50 Overwatch Loot Boxes (Approximately SGD$60)

 

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Overwatch scored 2016’s game of the year and is loved by many gamers worldwide because of its addictive gameplay and interesting lore behind many of its characters. The one thing every player vies for besides ‘Player of the game’ is its exclusive skins which are acquired through opening loot boxes. Buy your gamer 50 loot boxes and watch them grin from ear to ear! Want to get a feel for what you’re buying? Watch Gab & Gerry from Reboot Reload open 100 Overwatch loot boxes.

15 Hearthstone Card Packs (Approximately SGD$30)

So shiny.

So shiny.

In Hearthstone, your cards are your ammunition. The more powerful cards you secure, the better you’ll fare when going up against opponents with limited resources. So help put a smile on your card collecting lover’s face when you gift them 15 card packs!

Garena Shells (SGD$15, $30 or $90)

Credit credit credit credit!

Credit credit credit credit!

Or you could get some credits for your gamer if he/she plays League of Legends, Fifa Online 3 or Point Blank so they can buy more in-game items to enhance their playing experience!

Steam Games (SGD$20 – $85)

If you’re looking for a new game to introduce to your genre-specific gamer, then these games could very well set their heart fluttering!

Horror Fans – Resident Evil 7 SGD$85

Too scary!!

Too scary!!

Sports Fans – Rocket League SGD$20

Soccer meets driving!

Soccer meets driving!

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Pursue your own agenda.

Pursue your own agenda.

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Stop the cartel from turning Bolivia into a narco-state

Stop the cartel from turning Bolivia into a narco-state

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KILLING FLOOR 2 Beginner’s Guide: Avoid These 10 Rookie Mistakes!

Games, PC games, Reviews
Copy of 172-01 KF2 Beginner Guide

 

Killing Floor 2 is a survival shooter that drops a crew of 6 highly trained killers into a hot zone crawling with ZEDs, failed experiments that escaped the facilities of Corporation Horzine. Promising to purge the city of these vile creatures, the team fight through a total of 10 waves, each getting tougher as stronger mini-boss like ZEDs get dropped into the mix. Survive the waves and you get an opportunity to kill their leader, the final boss, winning you the game. Read more about the game in my review . For today, I’m going to touch on 10 rookie mistakes you should avoid to become a better player.

#1 Difficulty Level

There are 4 difficulties in KF2 – normal, hard, suicidal and hell on earth. If you’re just starting out, I recommend picking normal difficulty to learn the ropes and stick close to the team at all times. Hard mode is a feasible option once you start to get familiar with maps and unlock level perks that make you a stronger fighter. Don’t join the Suicidal or Hell on Earth difficulties unless you really know what you’re doing, the difficulty is punishing! Here’s a handy guide to check when you’re ready to graduate to the next level:

Copy of 172-02 KF2 Beginner Guide

#2 Class Types

When you pop into a lobby with other players, be sure to check what classes have been selected. Don’t blend into the crowd by picking the same class, instead, pick one to increase the survivability of the team. Too many heavy DPS? Pick Commando or SWAT, their main role is to mow down the weaker ZEDs so DPS can focus on taking down the larger ones. No healer? Go field medic and help to sustain your team’s health through the waves.

The ‘Zerk’ excels at taking down bigger ZEDs but is weak against groups of Clots

The ‘Zerk’ excels at taking down bigger ZEDs but is weak against groups of Clots

Each class has its own weakness, for example the Berzerker can decapitate stronger ZEDs because of his speed boost and ability to run through ZED time. Place him in a group of weaker ZEDs like the Clot however, and they will grab and trap him, leaving him vulnerable to damage.

Refer to this guide to pick the right class for your team:

Each class has its own weakness

Each class has its own weakness

The heavy DPS class will focus on taking down bigger ZEDs like the Scrake and Fleshpound while regular DPS will support them and focus on Sirens, Husk and Bloats. Horde Clearers will mow down Gorefast, Stalkers, Crawlers and Clots and the medic will focus heals on the team.

Goodbye!

Goodbye!

Once you’ve got the classes and game difficulties under control, there are smaller details to remember to make sure you’re always at the top of your game. They are:

The almighty healing syringe

The almighty healing syringe

#3 Always tap ‘Q’ when you’re low on health

If you’re low on health, with no medic in the team, spam ‘Q’ to heal yourself. It has a cooldown period but in certain situations, it could be the difference between life and death.

#4 Run faster with your knife equipped

Once a wave ends, it’s time to head to the trader. If you’re lucky, it spawns close by but if it’s far away, you’ll need to move fast to make sure you buy the ammo needed for the next wave. One trick to boost a little speed is to equip your knife when you run. This is extremely important if you’re playing a Support that tends to move slower than others because of your heavy equipment.

Buying ammo does not reload your gun

Buying ammo does not reload your gun

#5 Reload all guns after you buy ammo

I’ll admit, even I’m still guilty of doing this. I get it, in your over excitement at reaching the trader to do more shopping, it might slip your mind to reload all your guns. Sadly, that’ll see you charging up to a Fleshpound ready to unload your whole magazine into him, only to find your gun empty, yet to be reloaded. Boy, the feeling of being caught with your pants down GETS REAL. So remember, reload ALL your guns before the start of a new wave.

#6 Use your pistol

All classes come equipped with a basic pistol, use it to pop the heads of weaker ZEDs and conserve the ammo of bigger guns for larger ZED types.

Leaving 1 ZED to roam buys you time to get to the trader

Leaving 1 ZED to roam buys you time to get to the trader

#7 Leave 1 ZED to roam

This is a trick more experienced players use to buy time to get to the trader. The trader only starts the countdown before it closes when the wave ends so why not capitalize on this? Leave the last ZED to roam while you explore the map searching for free armor and more resources.

Kill ZEDs faster with headshots.

Kill ZEDs faster with headshots.

#8 Aim for the head

Since smaller ZEDs like Clots and Gorefasts make up the larger count in the horde, it is imperative you aim for their head. Headshots kill them instantly, saving you ammo and dosh for later rounds.

#9 Learn to kite

No, I don’t mean standing in a park flying some fabric in the air. I’m talking about learning how to run through the map when the going gets tough. This usually happens when most of your teammates have died and there are tons of ZEDs after you, further supporting my point in #1 of the need to familiarize yourself with the map’s paths on easier levels. With this knowledge at your fingertips, you can find a route to kite safely while taking down ZEDs, carrying your team to the next level.

Always look forward and kill anything standing in your way when you’re kiting. You don’t want to turn around to see a bloat blocking your path, trapping you right between it and the incoming horde. So check if the road ahead is clear before you turn back and gun those ZEDs down.

Hans Volter

Hans Volter

#10 Boss time!

You’ll meet 1 of 2 bosses in the game, Hans Volter or The Patriarch.

Hans Volter is best dealt with in an open environment, allowing your team space to dodge his toxic bombs that inflicts a lot of damage. When threatened, he will put up his shield to minimize damage from the team but this is easily broken with hard hitting guns such as the  AA12 (Support). Once he’s low on health, he will target one of your teammates to drain life from. Since he always get his target, let him drain someone quickly so you don’t waste bullets and end the fight faster.

The Patriarch equips himself with a machine gun and rocket launcher, making it wise to avoid tight spaces like narrow hallways where his weapons do the most damage. Find a semi –open location with structures to hide behind instead and dodge his bullets. He will cloak and run away 3 times to regenerate health, so be sure to unload every single bullet in his face when he has no more heals left.

TL;DR

  • If you’re just beginning, play on normal or hard difficulty to get familiar with maps and their routess.
  • Play a class that covers the weakness in your team.
  • Leave 1 ZED alive each round as you roam through the map picking up free armor, ammo and weapons.
  • Reload all guns after buying ammo from the trader and always, always aim for the head to maximize damage and save ammo.

Source for images: Killing Floor 2 Official Site

HOCUS Review: Mind Warping Puzzles!

Games, Mobile Games, Reviews
Copy of 178-01 Hocus
Hocus is an optical illusion platformer, you say?

Hocus is an extremely minimalistic game with no other features than 50 levels of mind warping puzzles to complete. It’s an optical illusion platformer where you play a small red cube running along the corners of a wide variety of impossible shapes. Your goal is to lead the cube into a tiny red hole buried at an angle in each of the puzzles. To solve it, you can either try to trace a path backwards from the end with your eyes or use trial and error to hopefully guide the cube home to its cavity.  Sounds simple, but things can get a tad tricky at higher levels. Thankfully there are no timers within the puzzle, giving you ample time to solve it.

Can you get the red dot home?

Can you get the red dot home?

Many tricks up its sleeves

The game definitely warps the mind of players, trapping them into thinking one face of the shape is pointing outward when in fact, as you travel further along, it is pointing inward. Players stuck on a level should refer to the black dot above the puzzle that indicates possible directions the red cube can take once it reaches a point.

It’s hard to describe the concept of the game in words so I’ve included a gif below. Once you witness it in action, it will make complete sense.

Copy of 178-03 Hocus

What could have been better?

One thing the game could improve on is the reliability of swipes, I wasn’t sure how big or small a swipe had to be and often had to try several times before the cube listened and travelled in the direction I wanted. Since the game plays on the dimensions of the shape, my cube was frequently hidden amongst the twist and turns of the puzzle, making it super frustrating figuring out where I was at, often muddling my memory about the path I intended to take it on.

Although there are no frills to the game like leaderboards and other modes, the game is still fun to play and has a brilliant concept.

Tips to get you started in Hocus
  • Try to trace a path back from the destination to plan your cube’s movement.
  • Always refer to the black circle at the top for available routes.
  • Don’t give up!
TL;DR
  • An optical illusion platformer with 50 levels to complete.
  • Players will constantly be tricked into thinking one side of the shape is facing outward and discover it actually faces inward once they travel on it.
  • Controlling the cube takes some getting used to

Hocus  is available on Google Play , The App Store and Steam

Source for Images : In-game screenshots, Hocus trailer