CS:GO – You’ve got hats? We’ve got gloves.

Hello everyone!

CS:GO released a new update today, and with it came something we were all waiting for! I mean, come on, we knew it was the next thing that could possibly get customization options. It IS the only thing visible to the player, besides their guns and nades. Wait, where is your mind? I’m talking about GLOVES. No.. not that kind of glove… the ones you wear on your hands… never mind, there’s no arguing with you animals. Here, take a look:

I think they actually look pretty nice. And here I thought I was done opening cases for awhile. Screw you Valve. Now, where’s my wallet…?

They also released some music kits, and the option to join lobbies created by the Steam groups you have joined. This is an interesting feature, and might help you make friends. But, I mean, who has friends these days? hehe.. haha… Who are you looking at..?

So, what do we look forward to now? Sprays are already distracting enough, but what do you think about throwable objects… like soccer balls or glow-sticks? I know, I know, we have the tires. But c’mon guys… throw a soccer ball at the enemy team, and shoot em’ while they’re distracted… MUAHhahah… ehem… No, I totally don’t play like that. Really. I promise. hehehehe.

What do you guys think about the latest update?

Feel free to comment.

Until next time,

GAME ON!

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CS:GO Prime Matchmaking – Feelings So Far

Hello everyone!

So, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has this thing called Prime matchmaking now. I didn’t have an actual phone number for awhile, after moving from the USA to Canada, so I didn’t really think much about the upcoming Prime Beta. Not too long ago, I go a new phone service here, and decided to try making one of my accounts Prime.

So what is Prime? Having a Prime account means that you link a valid phone number to your CS:GO account. You can only have one account at Prime status, unless you have multiple phone numbers. Most ISP numbers don’t work, so don’t bother trying. Being Prime also means that one you get banned, you cannot use that phone number for Prime again, meaning that if it was your main number, you’re shit out of luck. This is actually a great thing, because it means once a hacker gets banned, they won’t be coming back. It also means less smurfs, because most people will probably only turn their main account Prime.

Let’s get started with my first impression of Prime Matchmaking. First of all, I was solo-queuing. Solo-queuing has always been a hit-or-miss experience. Sometimes I get trolls who are throwing the game to de_rank, and sometimes I come out of the match with some new friends to play with. I started up the search, and I was actually surprised at the short queue time. This meant people were actually participating in the Prime Beta. As soon as I loaded into the match, I could hear my teammates talking on their microphones. Score! We already had some good communication. All 4 of my other teammates were using their microphones and not being total asshats.

First round, and everyone knows their positions, and has a good idea of what each other are doing. The game stays nearly tied the entirety of the match, and my team stays completely positive. What is this? Am I in another dimension? I begin to question reality. Jokes aside, we won the game because we started wrecking in the second half. I get a couple friend requests, and i accept them, because I thoroughly enjoy the match. I play a couple more matches and win because my teammates aren’t toxic little [insert fowl word here]. There was at least one person on the other team that I believed was using wall-hacks. I got a bit frustrated for a bit. I lost a couple matches after that, but they mostly felt fair.

It wasn’t until today that I realized that Prime Matchmaking wasn’t going to be hacker-free. I wasn’t meant to start that way. There are definitely those few people who don’t give a shit, or don’t realize that their number getting banned means they can’t play Prime Matchmaking anymore. So, you know what it’s my job to do? I need to Overwatch whenever I have time, and make sure that I help in getting those people banned. Because they won’t be coming back, unless they use someone else’ phone number, or get theirs changed. *slightly evil laughter* Hacking has been a serious problem in CS:GO. Anyone would notice that it is.

I’m hoping Prime does it’s job to allow those who don’t hack to have a happy place to play a fair game together.

So far it seems like the people queuing in Prime have better communication, at least that has been my experience. I did have one game where there were trolls who were griefing on the other team. But even griefing can get you perma-banned from Prime, so I will be patient and wait for the majority of these people to clear out, and keep my fingers crossed for good matches until then~

I’ll probably update on my experiences with CS:GO Prime in near future, and I’m definitely interested to hear how it has been for other people!

Until next time,

GAME ON!

Video: Project Stray Pre-Alpha Sneak Peek / Playing Against The Developer

Hello Everyone!

Playing Project Stray Pre-Alpha with the developer, Castle.

Project Stray is a fast-paced arena shooter with 1v1 matches.

Choose from a variety of guns, slow down time, block with a shield, and use special destructive abilities. The game is still in early development.

Check out the developers YouTube channel for cool updates:
https://www.youtube.com/user/zZCastleZz

CS:GO – Adventures As A Silver #01

Hello Everyone!

So, I thought I would start writing about my experiences as a fairly new player in CS:GO. The game is extremely fun, very well made, and also a bit on the frustrating side. When I first started, I hadn’t looked into the elo rating system, and I didn’t really think of it much on the competitive side. I didn’t know much about the game, and was new to the franchise. I started out with casual games, and enjoyed them. That is until I queued for a competitive game for the first time.

My team was amazing. They were doing all of these call-outs that I had yet to learn, and they seemed so organized. Three games in, and I was addicted. After that, I lost a few, but pressed forward. I got my first rank (Silver I) and had a beer to celebrate. Later, I learned that this was just the beginning of my journey. I played many games, winning and losing, trying to figure out how to get better. A friend introduced me to the streamers of CS:GO and I started learning more stuff about the game. I started watching YouTube videos to learn the call-outs and grenade tosses. Pretty soon I was quite educated on the maps.

I soon learned the term smurf, and since then, have realized the effect it has on the competitive part of the game. I had trouble ranking up past silver I. I would get on a winning spree, and then suddenly play a few games where the opposing teams top-fragger had double the kills of the rest of their team. People were yelling “smurf! they’re a smurf!” and I wasn’t sure what to think about them, but I started to get annoyed with these smurfs.

Soon, I played with a clan that I had made friends with, and I ranked up three times in one week. I went from silver I to silver 4 in a heartbeat. We were on a roll, until the game with smurfs. We were still trying to get better at this game, but suddenly we were getting our asses handed to us in what was supposed to be a silver game. I then decided to check the profiles of these over-achievers, and realized there was a pattern. The only game they owned was CS:GO. These people were already good at the game, but they were going back to destroy new silvers.

Maybe it’s a learning experience. Maybe it is a challenge to help me get better at the game, but altogether it is a frustrating experience that makes match-making feel broken. I enjoy a challenge, but I should be able to decide for myself if I want one. Not have it forced on me. The broken match-making (smurfing) has given me the feeling of wanting to quit the game more than once now. My fellow clan-mates feel the same way. Do we queue up and hope to get lucky, that we are not playing a Gold Nova… Master Guardian… someone that found the game on sale for 5$ and made a new account out of curiosity, because they wanted to feel bad-ass, or maybe wanting to play with friends?

I’m not sure if there is any way around this, but here is one thing I have to say… CS:GO has no reason to go on sale… It has a high player-base, and there is no reason for people to own more than one copy of the game. Stop putting your damn game on sale, and give new players a chance. I was silver 4, and down-ranked playing against a smurf team. They just laugh and call me salty, when the only game they own is CS:GO with barely any hours. Yeah, you’re better than me. Maybe I am salty… but because you’re better than me, you shouldn’t be playing against me.

I’m addicted to the game. I want to get as good as the higher ranks, so that smurfs won’t exist to me anymore. It’s going to be a rough ride, but I’ll have to deal with it, because there still aren’t any competitive fps games quite as good as CS:GO.

Until next time,

GAME HARD

Upcoming Games: The New Year List

Hello everyone!

Well, it’s my first post of the year, and a new year means shiny new stuff! And, by shiny new stuff, I mean shiny new games! I’ve decided to make this post an awesome list of some new games that us at Slash Frag N’ Teabag are really looking forward to!


GTA 5 – PC Version

The long-awaited PC version of GTA 5 is finally going to be released on the 27th of this month, along with some PC specific features!

Tom Clancy’s The Division

The Division is one game we have had our eye on since mention of its upcoming release. This game looks amazing, and it has a lot of interesting features that we haven’t really seen used before. There is no solid release date, but we do know that it is supposed to come out in 2015.

H1Z1

We have been watching the progress of this game, and it’s definitely something to look forward to. If you like zombies and you like true survival games, you definitely want to check this one out. H1Z1 is going to be on Steam early access on the 15th of this month.

Battlecry

Battlecry is a new team action game from Bethesda that looks like a lot of fun. It is rumored that the game may be released on the 31st of this month.

Albion Online

Albion Online is a medieval sandbox MMO that looks really interesting. The game is scheduled to be released sometime in 2015.

Camelot Unchained

Camelot Unchained is a tri-realm MMO with a high focus on PvP between those realms.


There are a lot of other games that are coming out this year – we probably couldn’t even cram them into this post without ruining your scroll wheel. Don’t cry too hard if a game you’re really looking forward to didn’t make it on this list… This is just a staff-picked list of games we have been watching and waiting for. If you have an awesome game that is coming out this year, feel free to comment about it in the comment section. (:

Until next time…

GAME HARD