Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Weekend Wrap-up

I had a great weekend playing games. Here is what I did:

WARFRAME -

Of course, I spent a good chunk of my weekend in Warframe. I'm always double fisting Warframe on the PS4 and PC. The great thing is, I don't have the same frames between the 2 systems. On the PS4 I play Frost Prime or Excalibur. On the PC I play Mesa, Nekros, Hydroid, Ember, Nyx, Rino, and 3 others I want to play but can't because the world is a cruel place. It's a long story I will bore you with.

So, every time you log in you get a reward. On the PC during day 1 and 2 there is a chance to get 20%, 50%, and a mythical 75% off of platinum, which costs real money to get. Platinum is used to buy stuff off the Warframe market. One of the things you have to use platinum for is warframe character slots. Initially you get 2 slots.  One for the starter warframe and the second for a warframe you make. All warframes bought off the market get their own slot so they do not take up your free slots. Anyways, I have 3 warframes I made last week that I need to buy slots for. Each slot costs 20 Plat. For 75 Plat it costs me $5. Even though that's really cheap I really want a big Plat purchase to get discounted Plat and some special mod cards. With a glorious 75% discount I can get the $200 package for only $50. With that I'd be set for life on the PC side. I know I sound like a whiney cheap ass, but yeah, I am.

The grunt of my weekend in Warframe was playing random groups with people I don't know. 99% of the time I play Warframe without anybody I know. The clan I'm in on PC consists of me mainly and the clan leader that logs in when I beg him. I'm ok with it though because I really don't mind playing with strangers. Over the past few months playing Warframe hardcore I've learned how to communicate better with strangers to get what I want. That is the only way to be successful playing a game like Warframe unless I want to join a large clan made up of people I don't know. It would be the same as what I'm doing now, but I wouldn't have my friends to play with when they decided to log in. I'm happy with how I'm playing the game now.

WORLD OF WARCRAFT -

There wasn't much WoW this weekend. The night I usually log in to raid I was busy with my family. Actually, I've felt less and less wanting to play WoW because my friends haven't had time to play. Unlike Warframe, my happiness in WoW hinges a lot on my friends happiness in WoW. WoW is a game to me where I love playing with people I know and chatting on VOIP. Without them, I stop logging in. It's just not the same without them.

PILLARS OF ETERNITY -

I've been having a blast with this game. I haven't played a whole lot because it requires a lot off attention. There is a ton of reading and like true old school RPGs, you need to be careful not to screw up your story. I usually play this in a large chunk, but only 1 chunk a weekend. This weekend I did about 3 hours and my brain was mush.

I'm playing a Ranger because I feel pet classes always add extra depth to RPGs. That and I die less. I did have to move my game from normal mode to easy. PoE is just so brutal at times. Even on easy mode the game is very hard. This is no Dragon Age Inquisition people! This is the real RPG deal.

DCUO -

I didn't play it this weekend, but I patched it up ready for the new Powers coming out today. I'm excited to play a Munitions power. I watched a little video explaining how the powers work, but not too much a out it. I want it to be a surprise when I play it today. Yeah... TODAY!! Well, unless me Warframe log in award is 75% off. I doubt it though, so I'm pretty sure I'll he playing DCUO tonight.

That's it for my Easter Weekend of gaming, how was yours?

Friday, April 3, 2015

#DAW2015: Digital Extremes - Warframe

I guess it wouldn't be right to not do a DAW post this year. About 6 years ago I started DAW to show developers we (gamers and bloggers) aren't all assholes all the time. When I thought of DAW I thought of Michael Jackson, Elton John, Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, Cyndie Lauper, Tina Turner, and all the other singers that joined together to help Africa in the 1980's. I wanted to bring bloggers, gamers, and developers together Bill and Ted style for 1 week.

Just like all great crusades, I realized it was pointless. I realized people only cared about the villains. If you think about all the great movies, historical icons, and any great story, what makes it great is the villains. When you think of World War 2 the first thing you think of is Hitler. When you think of comic books, you rattle off all the ones with the best villains. Anything that sticks in our minds as the best forms of entertainment always has an amazing villain attached to it. That is why we'll never see world peace and that is why DAW will never be great.

Giving up on my crusade to be the Pope of the gaming community, I decided to disappear this year. To become the martyr, which always makes a great story. I was expecting DAW to not happen this year. Well, it did! A couple cool catz took the reigns. They might not be Willy Nelson or Kenny Rogers, but damn, they're some great guys in my book. Thanks www.ihavetouchedthesky.blogspot.com (Rowan) and www.aggronaut.com (Belghast) for doing DAW this year. Sure, Africa still is overridden with death, disease, diabetes, distribution, discombobulation, dingleberries, and dysentery, but you've made me smile.

DIGITAL EXTREMES - WARFRAME

Now that I'm done with the formalities of kissing peer ass, I can kiss some developer bootayh.

I've had an account with Warframe for 1 year 9 months. Just last week Warframe turned 2 years old. Even though I've been a member of their community for almost the whole time the game has been out, I haven't played the game very much. About 2 months ago that all changed. I've been logging in daily for 2 months straight now. Not just on PC, but on PS4 too.

Since I've started logging daily, I've helped fund their free-to-play game through 4 accounts. Yes 4! I have an account on PS4 and PC, that's 2. 2 out of 3 of my kids play Warframe daily too, that's 4. Each account we've bought something. Not because we had to, but because I strongly believe in helping if I'm enjoying myself. Warframe has brought my family closer.

I understand a lot of people believe: if the game is free-to-play, I'm not spending a dime and I expect 110% effort from the developers. Even though I believe in funding the game, I do like free from time to time. My household has probably spent $200 on Warframe in the last 4 months. Every penny was worth it and I plan on spending more.

Right now I have 16 platinum (in game currency bought with real money) and it costs 20 platinum to buy a character slot. I've made 3 extra characters I don't have slots for. Sadly, I can't play them until I spend more real money or find a person that wants to buy something I have for platinum.

You see, everything in Warframe can be made, bought, and sold by players. Anything sold for real money on Warframe market is in the game to find. Even though I'm limited slots for characters and I need platinum to open those slots, I can find a sucker player to trade something I got in game for platinum. The problem is, nobody wants what I have... Jerks! I have 2 options to play those characters I built:

1. Pay real money now
2. Delete existing characters

Obviously, option 2 is very stupid because all characters I've acquired are amazing. So the last 2 weeks I've been playing the log in roulette wheel hoping to get a platinum discount. One very addicting thing about Warframe is the daily log in rewards. You can get some awesome stuff just by logging in. For me, I need to log in once every 2 days to get what I'm looking for. I want a 20, 50, or super duper awesome 75% off platinum award which is only in the 1 to 2 day log in window. I know it's sad I don't want to pay full price for my platinum, but damn dude I've already spent $200 on yo game brah!

That all said, I'm extremely addicted to Warframe. I love their game and I love their weekly live streams. Digital Extremes is a bunch of great Canadians. We all already knew that A! I would love to thank them for making an outstanding game and constantly changing it for the better over the past 2 years. Keep up the great work I love you all.

PS- If your next Prime Access is Ash Prime with Dread Prime and Hate Prime, I'm buying the $140 package without blinking a eye!