Systems Owned: DS Lite, GCN, GBA, GBA SP, GBC, N64, PS2, Xbox, Xbox 360, PS Vita, 3DS
Favorite types of games: FPS, RPG, Action-Adventure, Puzzle
Favorite single player game: Mass Effect
Favorite multi player game: Rock Band
Dislikes: crappy music, Mac lovers, sand.
Though technically it should be round 1 since last week we got off to a slow start due to an emergency I had to attend to. This week's LoLFNF will be held at 10PM EST until 1AM EST. If you are interested in playing leave your summoner name in the comments and be online a little before 10PM so that we can set things up.
How this will work is very simple, anyone is eligible to join as long as the spots aren't filled, we will be playing custom games so that we can have an all DTOID game without any pubs. We will balance the teams as well as we can and we will rotate people so that everyone can play.
To help facilitate this whole deal I stared a chat channel on the LoL client, just join the channel DTOID FNF.
Now to those of you unfamiliar with League of Legends I recommend 3 things.
Fellow DTOIDers! As you know many members of our community get together Friday nights and play games. Well this upcoming Friday June 3rd, I will be hosting a new FNF which I hope to get into the regular rotation. Its a game you've heard and read about from most of the 321GoCast crew and other DTOIDers including Maurice Tan (AKA Prof. Pew). I present to you the first ever League of Legends Friday Night Fight.
Now to those of you unfamiliar with League of Legends I recommend 3 things.
How this will work is very simple, anyone is eligible to join as long as the spots aren't filled, we will be playing custom games so that we can have an all DTOID game without any pubs, and we will probably be using a big skype call to communicate with each other. Though team chat may have to be in game to discourage cheating. We will balance the teams as well as we can and we will rotate people so that everyone can play.
Games will be starting at 9PM EST.
If you are interested leave your summoner name in the comments and add me on Skype (Johnny.Viral).
If you are new to the game please use this referral link, it gets me things if you sign up.
[Hey gang! Last week, I challenged some community members to tell us why Destructoid's community is so important to them. Don't let them be the only ones! Tell us how you feel in your own blog. -- Kauza]
Destructoid CBlogs, the place where you can come and express your opinion on most anything, movies, anime, games, and life, whatever really… well within reason. Many of the staff got their start on the CBlogs, and that’s one of the things that make DTOID so awesome, they pull talent from the community and give them jobs. And now they have done it again with Andrew Kauz.
Everyone has had their own experience here on the CBlogs, for me my experience is a bit limited since I don’t write that many CBlogs and read them only once or so a day. Im more of a podcast guy, we use the CBlogs to advertise the show, get comments and interact with the listeners, and my personal CBlog series is under hiatus for months at a time. So when I was asked to help our new Big Boss Andrew Kauz with this We are Detructoid series, I decided I would focus on the people who bravely read through and colmb through all the blogs on a given day (in a timely manner) and then put it in a nice little organized package so the rest of us can read them. Im talking about the CBlog Recappers, those wonderful people who take time out of their busy days and put the blogs of that day on a silver platter for all of us to enjoy.
So since my buddy Scotty is going to recap this one I’ll give him a quick shout out first.
The Recappers go through everyday into the CBlogs, read through as much of a blog as possible and then mark them down in easy to understand categories.
(Blank)isms – Is the segements of the Recap blog where the recapper gets to say whats on their mind, like their own mini CBlog. They might expose you to what they have been doing, a game they are playing, a movie they watched, whatever. Its always pretty cool to read this segment so you can get an insight into what the recapper is thinking that week.
TopSauce – The best segment on the recaps, the one with all the awesome that is the CBlogs. If your blog makes it here, you sir or madam are damn amazing. Here go Cblogs of exceptional quality, CBlogs you want others to read, CBlogs you want to hang out with, make sweet sweet love to… ok maybe not go that far but, you get my drift.
WORDtoid – This is the segment I am most featured in since it is all about writing. Articles by community members, some community members have their own blog series, this segment houses the recapped monthly musings and the one type of blog closes to my heart, podcasts are stored here. (Not so stealthy “Go listen to 321GOCast” bump)
CONTEStoid – In this segment you can find out about unofficial contests being sponsored by Destructoid community members. I actually have a story about this segment, involving the new boss man himself. Through this segment I was able to learn about Andrew Kauza’s (then just Kauza on the CBlogs) Fallout 3 Weapon Design contest, which would net you a mystery gift if you won it. I thought it was a fun idea and since I absolutely love Fallout 3, I decided to enter. The entries were damn funny, some a bit perverted, and some even could actually work if the game let you. I had the good fortune of winning and Kauza sent me an amazing gift package including a game I was actually thinking of purchasing (Silent Hill: Homecoming). So this segment has been very useful to me, maybe you might get lucky too.
CommuniTOID – This is what DTOID is all about, the community. In this segment the recappers put up any CBlog that includes the community, be it events, the Friday Night Fights blogs, stories, introductions, people showing their gaming setups, etc. It’s a fun way to look at what Dtoiders around the world are up to.
GAMEtoid– All about the vidya, about what has brought us to DTOID and what brings us all together. Reviews, previews, thoughts, rants, deals, news and videos about games posted by the community are recapped here. So if you’ve got a guide, a review, or just a video of something you did in a game, post it up, it’ll be up here.
CULTUREtoid – In this segment the recappers give us some culture. They educate us on CBlogs that make us better people, expose us to art, movies, music, and books, be they game related or not the CULTUREtoid segment will serve you up a big pile of culture, whether you like it or not. Also, if you have any cool swag you picked up at a convention, a press event, a pre-release, and you blog about it, it will show up here too.
OTHERtoid – Anything and everything goes here. It’s the miscellaneous segment. Funny stuff usually gets posted up here.
FAILtoid – Pretty self explanatory. The lowest of the low, the worst of the worst, one sentence blogs, spam, badly written blogs, etc. This segment is pretty much the “What not to do on the CBlogs” segment. If you check out these blogs, be forewarned you will be witness to the Fail.
But Johnny this blog really doesn’t do anything but tell me about the recaps, when are you gonna say something interesting or uplifting about the CBlogs?
Okay, It may be true that this blog is basically a guide to the recaps. But think about it, did you ever actually think about the recaps and the recappers? They deserve your respect, they deserve more than your respect, they deserve that you read the recaps, their blogs that you put some effort in to your blogs. That is all they ask, all they ask is that when you decide to write a CBlog here on Destructoid, you do it because you want to, that you take your time, don't rush it, write out your thoughts, don't just type random crap that doesn't make sense, they deserve that much of your respect, and so does the rest of the community who will read your blog. These guys go through every CBlog, let me repeat that EVERY CBlog for that day and tell you about them. They dig through the shit, through the spam, through the bad stuff, to bring you CBlogs worthy of reading. And like most people on the DTOID community, the guys behind recaps are some amazing dudes. Just look at those beautiful bastards up there, look at em, and tell me you don’t want to hang out with these guys. When people ask who should be in the DTOID comic next (whenever it comes back) these guys deserve it more than anyone. They are our unsung heroes, our hidden guides through the wonderful world of DTOID. If the CBlogs were a Disney ride, these guys would be our magical fairy guides. Without these guys, the CBlogs would be a confusing ass place, a cluster fuck of ideas, rants, reviews, etc. So when you're done reading this, send the recappers a message, an email and thank them, thank them for the daily service they provide the DTOID community, a service they provide freely and willingly, because like so many of us, they love this site and its community. They are the unsung heroes of the Destructoid community.
If you have been listening to 321GoCast for a while, you know that the cast plays this little game called League of Legends. And no we wont stop talking about it. For those of you unaware League of Legends is a Multiplayer Online Battle Arena game inspired by the Defense of the Ancients (DotA) map for Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne developed and published by Riot Games. Riot Games was formed by the two guys responsible for the DoTA Allstars version of DoTA. Here is a pretty good explanation of gameplay basiscs.
There are 72 Champions as of March 22, 2011
Okay now that that intro is done, lets get down to business. League of Legends has 72 champions as of this moment, each with their abilities, draw backs and strategies. But you can easily put them into basic categories, Tanks, Damagers, Assassins, Mages, Brawlers, etc. The categories are self explanatory I think so I wont go too in depth in to them. Damagers basically melt people's faces off quickly with heavy amounts of attack damage, Mages do the same with heavy amounts of magic damage, Assassins kill people quickly, Brawlers are champions who do consistent damage and have the survivability to stay in fights longer than most other champions. This brings me to Tanks, the whole reason I'm writing this cblog.
In many online games there exists the Tank class, MMOs have the clearer definition of tanks since when someone chooses the warrior class for that game they can usually do one of two things, tank or do damage. Other games like Monday Night Combat include a class specifically called the Tank, he serves a similar purpose to the more straightforward MMO style tank, but he can also deal a lot of damage. Even single player games have tanks, in most RPGs there is always that one character that people designate as the one that will take more damage that will survive regardless of whats thrown at them, Dragon Age, Final Fantasy, Super Mario RPG, etc. Also you know Dungeons and Dragons and the pen and paper stuff have tanks, but that was a given really.
So what is Tanking? Tanking is the practice in games where a character or a player is designated as the lovingly nicknamed "meat-shield" because, well they take as much damage as possible so you don't have to. Tanks in most games are easy to spot, lots of armor, beefy looking, carries a shield, etc. But in League of Legends tanks come in a few surprising packages, not everyone who carries a shield is a tank. According to RIOT games in a recent panel at PAX East, their design philosophy focuses on players being able to identify what champions do, more or less, by just looking at them. Unfortunately this sometimes doesnt happen.
This is Shen, The Eye of Twilight, my personal favorite champion and my main. Shen is a ninja of the Kinkou Order based in the city-state of Ionia, not going into too much of the lore here though so lets move on. Now when you look at Shen, what is your first reaction, what is your gut feeling tell you about what he does? (Maybe answer this question in your comments?) Like any normal gamer, you'd look at Shen and go "Ninja, light looking armor, hes probably pretty quick and can go stealth and kill people pretty fast." Right? WRONG. Shen, is a tank. His designated role is that of the damage taker, the "meat-shield", the one who dies so everyone else can live, etc. I play Shen, because tanking is a simpler art than that of an assassin or a mage, but I also play Shen because late game, tanking an entire team or a tower and basically shrugging it off like it was nothing, is quite a fulfilling experience. (Here is a helpful link to all of Shen's abilities as they will be referenced in the next part of this cblog. )
However in my "travels" through League of Legends and my interactions with its players, I feel as though people, who may or may not play Tanks on occasion, forget what tanking is all about. Here is a scenario I run across a lot: My team is advancing on one of the enemy team's towers, I lead the way while letting the tower damage our minions first before I start attempting to tank it. The enemy team notices and converges on us, we take one or two down but on this occasion we have more casualties than them, I am taking tower damage and one of the enemy champions is still at a pretty high amount of health. I begin to back off, but my other teammate (bot a tank, probably playing a carry or an assassin) decides that they want that kill. Now this causes a conundrum for me, I can back off and survive and wait for our team to be up to full strength or attempt to help my teammate attempt to get a kill, while still taking tower damage. 1)I decide to help. 2)I don't. Say I take option 1 we can either come out of this with a kill we weren't expecting and then return to base to regroup or we can get decimated by our target, the tower, and the remaining member of the enemy team giving them free reign to push a lane with out worry of retaliation from us for however long it takes the members of my team to re-spawn. Option 2 seems like the safer bet because if my teammate follows my lead and backs off, we can live, and make sure that the enemy team cant freely roll up on a lane and push it to their hearts content. However taking this option can lead to my teammate getting killed, or getting annoyed at me for not helping them try and get a kill. I run into this scenario more often than not and since I am a logical person and can read a battle fairly well I will usually opt to have us survive rather than chase a kill that might not work out. This gets a couple of people mad, but over all the rest of the team gets it.
Another scenario, and the most frustrating scenario that I run in to as a Shen player is when I use his ultimate, Stand United. Sometimes this ultimate is used to help in a team fight, but more often than not it is used to help a teammate who for X reason is taking a lot of damage and in danger of dying. Now Me at full or a good amount of health, Shield said ally and teleport to their location as per what Stand United does, upon arrival I quickly see which enemy is dealing the most damage to my ally and is the bigger threat to their life and immediately Shadow Dash into that enemy. I have Shadow Dashed into this enemy so my ally can have a few seconds of reprieve from their damage and possibly get away clean and continue to live. Sometimes this goes off without a hitch and we both live, or if I have to die that's fine by me. More often than not however many allies, especially those playing assassins or mages, decide that me Shadow Dashing the enemy was an indication to them that they could turn right back around and kill whatever was only a few seconds earlier completely destroying them. Why would they think that? I am always perplexed as to why someone who until recently was getting completely rocked and needed me to save them would turn right around and basically give the enemy the kill they were looking for. Shadow Dash taunts the enemy for a certain amount of time and if the enemy has any idea what they are doing they will ignore the tank after the taunt is completed and go right back to trying to kill what they were previously trying to kill. So in this scenario, unfortunately what happens a lot of the time is what I just described, I port onto my already fleeing ally, saving them, dash at the enemy and then my ally decides to give it another go, getting themselves killed in the process. This infuriates me to no end and also usually leads to my teammate going "WTF Shen?" as if I had a magical answer as to why they could get a kill.
Tanking is a fulfilling experience, but it can also be quite annoying. So here are some quick tips for those of you who want to try out tanking. 1) Be patient with your allies. 2)In game like LoL or HoN build accordingly to what your team needs to survive the enemy team. 3)Use your skills wisely. 4) Leave overly aggressive players to die (Cruel, I know, but they need to learn their lesson) and 5) Have fun with it. If you aren't having fun tanking, then maybe you should try something else... or your team are feeders and there is really not much you can do about that. It takes patience and a willingness to let things slide to tank, it takes good battle awareness and situational awareness to do your job correctly. (map awareness doesn't hurt either) Tanking is a Zen art, where you must put your feeling aside and try your best to protect your team, while possibly having to sacrifice yourself a few times. Because to me, though you, the tank, are important to the team you are not more important than anyone else. If you are at half health and your team asks you to tank you never go "I cant, I'm at half gotta go heal." You man up and you tank, you do your job. If you must die so that your team can prevail over whatever you are facing then so be it. A tank doesn't need to get kills, a tank doesn't need to build offensive items, a tank needs only defensive items that both keep you alive and help your team. It is a waste to see a tank pick up offensive minded items. To the tank there can be no greater pleasure than to see the enemy team fall because they were dumb enough to focus you first.
Finally here are some tips for those of you NOT playing tanks. 1) Be cautious. Just because you have a tank anywhere near you , doesn't mean YOU are invincible. 2).... Actually come to think of it that is really my only tip. Seriously carries, squishies, those of you who can get easily destroyed if cornered, I understand your need to get a kill but if its going to cost you your life after you were saved by the tank or anyone else on our team for that matter, I implore you to think about it first. Do not under any circumstance take your tank for granted. He/she will not always be there, and they are not some sort of magical being that can survive everything thrown at them, or that can somehow turn the tide of an already losing battle. A tank will jump into a losing fight, not to try and win it, but to save his allies from death.
Now did someone call a Doctor?
This has been In a Viral Minute #9. Thanks for reading. Oh and go play League of Legends, its awesome.
Its been five years for Neiro and Destructoid, the staff has grown and gone through changes, and so has the community. In the past five years we have seen people come and go, we have formed friendships, bonds, and for some even found love (I'm looking at you Stella and Mikey). Each of us has our own personal story to tell when it comes to how Destructoid, and its community, has changed our lives. Here is mine.
I had been lurking Destructoid for about a year before I met Bob "Necros" Muir during my second year of college. He encouraged me to write up CBlogs, chat in IRC, and get on the forums. I was reluctant at first, because of school work, and my self deprecation "Who the fuck wants to read what I have to say?" I thought to my self, "My opinions wont matter" etc. But I got the courage to do so and wrote a few cblogs and started chatting on irc. At the time I was known as RHWeeeeee6 on DTOID, a relative unknown, avid FailCast listener, and still kind of a lurkrer, though id did get a shout out during Bob's 3rd year anniversary video. Around that time I became tired of my handle and decided that I needed a fresh start on the internet, JohnnyViral was born. My new handle, my new name, my new identity of sorts. I hadnt changed, but something about the new handle felt right, felt like it would stay with me for a long time. I re-introduced myself to DTOID during the 10 things you dont know about me cblog deal. After this I got into the forums a bit, got in to IRC and started a bit of a cblog series where I recapped the latest episode of Red vs Blue.
A month or so after this I started my first Dungeons and Dragons game with Analoge, Ryu89, Crocbox, King3vbo and Cataract. We started it from a chat we had on irc and we each thought it was a cool idea so we did it. After a bunch of games Croc came up with the idea to record a podcast, because to us our weekly banter during our DnD games was funny enough to share with the rest of you. 321GoCast was born, knowing fully that we were basically a FailCast spinoff by naming ourselves something that Hito would always say to speed up the recording when things started to take too long.We decided that we didnt need a format, that we would basically not feature anything about the community and not actively seek guests (that aspect fell apart pretty quickly). The podcast about nothing became a reality and to this day is still running with 38 released episodes, a charity event and official pins given out at PAX East 2010.
Speaking of PAX East 2010, skipping most of the year because it was kind of uninteresting, suffice to say I met awesome people, like Kauza by winning a cblog contest he posted up and like Stella Wong.But PAX East 2010 was the experience that brought it all to fruition for me. Though most of the people who were there and had been at Prime before were telling me stories about how much better Prime was and all that. But to me, it was my first PAX and I finally met so many of the people that I considered my friends on DTOID, plus after a month or so of Cataract telling me how awesome THe Protomen were, I saw them live, and they blew my mind. I saw and met MCFrontalot, and Anamanaguchi. Cataract, Analoge, Bunnie, Hamza, Sammit, Nelson, Chewie, Dyganth (though I didnt know him yet, and forgot i met him), Danl (same deal for him), Powerglove, ScottyG, Mr. Ponce, Funktastic, Kauza and tons of others. Hanging out with them at that small UNO's, drinking, eating, talking, laughing, was an experience that I wont ever forget and would not change for anything. And from all the stories that I heard about PAX Prime I promised everyone that I would go.
Months went by, 321GoCast kept going, our first DnD game died, and we tried to revive it, which didnt work. 321GoCast did GLee cast, we had Grimm on, Kauza on, Sean Carey on, and more amazing guests. I was on AnimuCast, I had a "successful" podcast and I had a pretty big number of people who knew and cared about who I was. PAX Prime was couldnt come fast enough.
PAX PRIME, oh man, I already said a lot about this in a previous CBlog, but it is still worth mention. Prime was amazing, it was... I cant even describe how I felt before, during and after, it was such an unbelieveable experience. Getting to wear the Mr. Destructoid helmet, was a great experience though it became nerve wracking during Saturday night, but getting to strut around the con center was such a fun experience, I would definitely do it again. Meeting so many DTOID people, Tactix, Stella, Mikey, King3vbo, Pangloss, BleachBoy, Ali D, Icarus, John Solgrim, Sean and his wife, Zodiac and her husband, Maya and her lobsters, Diverse, Hollie, Pew, Crocbox, Zen Albatross, Neiro and countless others. The Chapel Bar, Game Works, and The Rock Bottom, were amazing after con places to hang out with these people. All of those after hours experiences though were nothing in comparison to when I went up to the mic, said my name and a very loud cheer went through the crowd. A cheer, for me, from all these people who until recently were strangers and didn't even know what I looked like? It was fucking beautiful, and I was touched, I had to try and not tear up. I wanted to go up to each person who cheered and give them a hug, and thank them for it. Anyway, before I start making this into an even bigger love fest I will move on to why I wrote this cblog.
During the past year, after PAX Prime, my life spiraled out of control. My life here on DTOID was amazing, but my life outside of DTOID was shit. I was doing terribly in my college classes, I was in a sort of depression and a vicious circle of self loathing and self deprecation, which came to a head one night in November, where I broke down and just let all the sadness out. During that night and the previous nights I had been hinting through my twitter that I was not feeling so hot, and Stella came to my aid, she listened to me rant, listened to my problems and gave me some good advice, because of Stella I got my act together and after a month of working on it I came back stronger and better, and back to the JohnnyViral that you all know and love. And I cant thank Stella enough for that.
And now a few days after PAX East 2011 I write this Cblog because its the 5th anniversary of a site that has made my life so much better since the day I joined it. I have met so many friends, so many people that I care about and that care for me. Destructoid has brought me friends, people to game with, a form of success that I has not had before, and a recognition that I so craved a long time ago. It has even helped me plan out what I am going to do after my college life ends (get ready Portland, JohnnyV is coming). Destructoid is one of the best, if not the best thing that has happened to me in the last couple of years of my life, as I said before, I may be the angriest person on the planet but whenever Im around the DTOID community, the anger subsides and I can let myself be happy. And for that I thank you guys, Neiro, and the staff. Thank you so much.
See all these fuckers up there. I love every single one of them.
So me and my friends have been throwing parties at their apartment for a few years now and recently we have been making them into theme parties. Our last party was a meme party, where we played tons of meme songs, and people dressed as memes (I dressed up as Prancing Cera.) So for our next upcoming party, one of our friends suggested we make it a Masquerade party. Knowing this I was wracking my brain with what I should do for a mask. Should I just get a regular mask and forget the whole deal or should I customize a mask and make it awesome? After a few minutes of deliberation I decided that I would get a mask and make it into the most awesome mask ever. I decided to create a Mr. Detructoid masquerade mask.
Step 1: I thought of buying a green mask and painting it, but all the green masks I found were too shiny for my taste. So I bought a generic black mask and painted it with green acrylic.
Step 2: Using the Mr. Destructoid Bobblehead on my desk as a model, painted the T shape that represents his eyebrows and nose. I wore the mask and my friend Sarah painted and trace the lines so that the T was centered.
Step 3: Next I counted the dots on the T and realized that I needed to resize the eyebrows or I would have too many dots.
Step 4: After painting over the excess gray and using a detail brush to make the illusion of the mask having the dots, I painted red around the eye holes.
Step 5/Final: Here is the final look of the mask. And in order to complete the look I will be putting the mask on and then painting over the exposed skin around my eyes with red to make the circles look complete.
So there you have it y'all, my Mr. Destructoid masquerade mask. Hope you liked it. A ton of thanks to my friend Sarah for lending me her paint and helping me out with the detail work.