Try Out The Revelation Online In-Game Store With No Remorse!

Hello Everyone!

So I’ve been playing some Revelation Online lately, and it’s come quite a long ways since the first closed beta. It’s now in the third closed beta, and preparing for an open beta.

Everyone wants their character to look cool or cute, right? Well, fear not! There was an announcement on the Revelation website that says “You can freely try out anything within the in-game store without remorse as we will wipe the server prior to our Open Beta Launch”.

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What does this mean exactly?

It means that “All top-ups made until February 2nd, 13:00 CET will be entirely refunded to your game account for our Open Beta launch with an additional 15% extra courtesy currency.” Those were the exact words used in the statement. That means you can buy something you want to use until the server gets wiped (after CBT3 ends) and then have the money you spent back in your inventory during the open beta. You could buy something totally different!

Just wanted to give everyone a heads up!

Until next time,

GAME ON!

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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Prime Matchmaking In Competitive Gaming

This should be a thing.

Almost every person who has played an online game, especially competitively, has probably heard the stories of hackers and smurf accounts. One of the games that I have the most experience with these issues is in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. I’m an avid player of the game, and I spend a lot of time playing its competitive game mode, in which I’ve encountered multiple hackers that have cause my experience to be not as fun.

Here is an example from my YouTube channel:

It looks frustrating doesn’t it?

Now, what happens when these hackers get their accounts permanently banned?

They make a new one.

Prime matchmaking is a way to keep these new accounts, made by hackers, from being able to queue for competitive matchmaking again. How? Prime matchmaking requires a phone number, and when your account gets banned, so will your phone number. You must be thinking “hey, what if they use a voip number, or a family members phone number?” Well, they could do that. And if they hack again, they will get that phone number banned as well. Yeah, it’s a slightly messy fix, but it’s still better than no fix.

How does the banning of phone-number-bound accounts help the competitive scene? You can only bind your phone number to one account, which causes that account to be considered “Prime”. Prime accounts can only queue with other prime accounts, and play in prime matches. The more hackers that get banned, the less you will see.

This works for smurf accounts because they can only make one account prime, as said earlier. They have to choose between their account that is ranked low (not actually their rank), or their main account. If they play their main account more often, then they might choose to make that one prime, and they will only be able to play with people their current rank in matches.

What are some other benefits of prime matchmaking. I’ll give you some examples from my personal experience. I feel like people who make an account prime, and use that account, knowing they will get banned if they do anything bad, are generally the more serious players of the game. They tend to use voice communication more often, grief less often, and are less toxic in general. I noticed a vast amount of difference in the non-prime and prime games that I played. There was still that chance I would run into hackers, or griefers in a prime match, but I knew that if their account got banned, I would probably never play with them again.

The biggest benefit of prime, is that as more accounts get banned, the less likely you are to play with hackers and griefers, because they will most likely never be able to queue for prime matchmaking again. More and more will get banned, and the matches will become more and more clean over time as the system does what it does best.

That is why I believe more games with competitive scenes should incorporate this system.

All feedback is welcome.

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!

Black Desert Online: Download The Character Creator

Hello everyone!

If you have been hyped up about the upcoming sandbox MMO Black Desert Online nearing its release, you might be even more excited knowing that you can download the character creator and check it out – before the game even launches.

You can check it out here:

https://www.blackdesertonline.com/events/ccm/

You can take screenshots of the characters you created, as well as save them. I’m going to guess that saving them will make it so that you can have quick access to an already created character design at launch, which is awesome. More games should definitely do this.

Although I’m still disappointed in the gender-locked classes (due to lore), I’m quite impressed with the character creator. You can edit pretty much…well… everything. While there doesn’t seem to be too much selection in the makeup and tattoo department, there are many options for the face and body shape and color that a lot of other games can’t quite compete with.

I highly encourage anyone who is interested in Black Desert Online to check the character creator out!

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Video: FFXIV – When Your Tank Disconnects

Our tank disconnected in the middle of a dungeon.

Instead of getting annoyed, we decided to dance!

Sometimes when a player goes AFK or Disconnects in a dungeon, people get frustrated and can act harshly. Then, there are experiences completely opposite of that. The time can sometimes be used to create bonds with the other members of your party, while patiently waiting for the missing member to return.