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    Warning, here be spoilers.

    Game of Thrones is based on the formula "The bad guys win". This, at least in the first seasons, kept messing with people's expectations of what's going to happen because the vast majority of the media is all about the good guys winning. However that formula has now been overused to the point where GoT became predictable because of it. We know anyone who's good is gonna get fucked, we only don't know how.

    I'm gonna be honest, I'm pretty tired of caring for a character and then having them die. I imagine that, if the show was to have a downfall, this would be it. You can't just crush every attachment that everyone has for your characters and expect them to still like the show. At some point, everyone we care about will be dead and then who cares what happens at the end. If all the showrunners go for is shock value, then I'm really afraid for what this show will become.

    And so we have "Valar Morghulis", all men must die. Problem is, you can't write a story like that. Someone can't die, otherwise the story has no meaning. If the end of the story is not relevant to major characters who died, then their story was completely pointless, an utter waste of space.

    This entire season was a long series of events in which the fans said "Well, it couldn't possibly end that badly", only to watch it end exactly as badly as they thought it would. Seriously, at this point the series is just turning into emotional abuse for the sake of "subverting tropes" and "showing how the hero story would play out in the real world".

    And now, to stop speaking so broadly, if Jon Snow is really, actually dead, and won't appear anymore in neither the books nor the show, then this is the worst piece of shit storytelling I have ever seen. What would be the point of his story then? Was his just a tragic story within the bigger story? What about his real mother, the one Ned promised he would tell him? Should we just forget that ever happened?

    For the sake of my love for something I should, by all logic, hate, I will remain strong in my belief that Jon will return. Melisandre returned to Castle Black for a reason. She clearly realized that Stannis is not Azor Ahai, and she now has a big role to play.

    The night is hype and full of tinfoil.

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  1. Guest
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    So today, I spent all of my time working on my game!

    So far, I have added a line with an if statement in it!

    I wonder what I will accomplish tomorrow!

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    Gashtag
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    That's right bois, I actually got off my arse and went out with this hot Dutch girl who's three years my senior. Here's how this went down, my thoughts in hindsight etc etc...

    So I matched this girl on Tinder about three weeks ago, I found out she's a pilot and her motivation to get there but other than that she's a mystery to me. I feel weakness in that, to this point I haven't gotten her to really open up & build a deeper connection - you know the type when you just "click" with a person instantly and it's all easy. I want that consistently with everyone I meet.

    So all of the daily life talk and getting to know each other and stories over text message out of the way. I picked her up at 1PM from her house, drove to the local forest //Areas where you can't do something are intense, conversational skills to a massive hit here, I feel as if first dates are so much easier when you know next to nothing about the person OR have something to do where we made small talk in the car, couldn't concentrate much as needed to focus on remembering the route and not crashing.

    I said something about women multitasking being better multi-taskers than men, she responded with some fact about how that's not true which I almost blew off with a "oh really?" that didn't go anywhere. //I should've asked her where she saw that or something instead. This immediately made it a little awkward as soon as we got out of the car. I shook it off and made a joke about it, grabbed her hip and smiled. Good, so at least I can get out of fucking awkward situations by touching. >___>

    We got in, started walking, made a little bit of small talk (nothing exceptional comes to mind), but I want to note how I never actually "got" to her, like a lasting connection. That kinda sucks. So we walk & talk some more, arrive at the café in the middle of the forest and I'm feeling like shit //Have some basic common sense and get a good night sleep/food before you go... Conversation will probably die out in the queue waiting for food, so I suggest we go and sit on a bench and talk for a little while...

    This turns out to be quite a bad idea, conversation is flagging and I outright say to her "what do you want to talk about" - facepalming in hindsight, I mean, just cos you can't think of anything to say, doesn't mean she has to know that. Being tired really fucks your ability to make conversation and I just wanted bed at this time. On top of this, I wanted to try this 36 question experiment on her - build connection and all dat, but no phone signal or screenshot. Poor fucking planning. This marks the low point in conversation I think.

    Anyway, we went to get lunch, I paid, it was shit, we laughed about a film we saw, I had a cup of tea (fucking miracle that I did).

    We start walking again, I literally feel like I just want to stop talking, cuddle up in bed and fall asleep... Sadly I'm in a fucking nature reserve. We're walking clockwise around this place, small talking, maybe even middle talking (I'm coining that phrase right now) & flirting a little. It's hard to be charismatic in this state. At one point I even suggest we leave early. Though I did get a free massage out of her too, I think she thought "WTF" when I asked her to do it. Just lol.

    We get to a map that shows the way out and I immediately U-Turn this, tea has kicked in, I want adventure. We walk back in the complete opposite direction, I'm feeling a little more energetic, leading her around (still making shit conversation but yknow.. whatevs, it's not what you say but how you say it). Come across a tree, she says I can't climb it... Nice bait, I do. I put her arm around my back and my arm around her waist and we walk. I suggest she climbs a tree, she's like "nah cba m8" until she spots a little twig that stands her maybe 30cm off the ground, she's grinning like she's a comedian when she climbs it. Conversation is good now, though can't remember the topics...

    We get to a point around a lake, I grab her hand, spin her around and we make some deep eye contact, I remember this 36 question thing that ends up with four minutes of staring into each others eyes and yes, we did just that. She set the alarm. At this point I so should've kissed her. ragrets m8. I also picked her up a couple of times to get to this point, she thinks that I think that she's light. She likes this.

    I should note this girl has a banging ass as we walk through the forest, like 8/8. I NEED to grab this at some point. We got onto the topic of her dancing, I spun her around once by the hand & she proceeded to teach me how to jive hahaha. Then there was another moment of deep eye gazing, another moment where I should've kissed her but didn't.

    We walk, I get tired, walk off the well worn path and go sit on a log. I want to note that as we're walking I make constant effort to touch her. So on this log she's higher up than me, I tell her that she's the man in this relationship & do everything a stereotypical girl would hahahaha. We talk about Dutch words, her jewellery and watches while I start getting really touchy feely with her. I guess she likes this. We get onto the topic of platting hair and then literally end up spooning like we're riding a motorbike... Except the handles I'm holding onto are her upper thighs and ass (tried to grab her ass once before, but she didn't like it, now however it's no problem... hey progress). Arguably should've tried to make out with her here, but cock blocked by flies and we moved on. This time on the way home (god I was glad I didn't bail early).

    She shows me some pictures on her phone, teases a little & tries to pull a tree branch on my head on the way out. We leave, I drive her home and pretty much invite myself in for some Dutch tea... Get cockblocked by another couple right as I was building tension with her in the kitchen... Apparently she doesn't want to show me her room Q___Q and I kiss her goodbye... Or rather, she has to study and nothing is happening with these two flatmates in the same room.

    She texted me after I asked her what she thought, got "I was happy to meet you :)", apparently this also means that she should unmatch me on tinder too, as she did hahaha... Idk, I'd like to go on some actual adventures with this girl I think... But ones a lot better than this.

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    Constie
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    Welcome to my blog!

    I never done something similiar to this and i thought it is a good idea to post good replays and challenges which i will do in the future.

    If you are interest in some high level gameplay you can follow my blog and expect good stuff.

    See ya

    Con

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    ZXrage
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    Hello friends, welcome to my (new) blog :^)

    Anything I post here is stupid and probably should not be listened to.

    Anything I post here is also going to the one in ArmoredLabs, and the other way around as well

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  3. I use the import feed function, with this blog's own feed as the input?

    Hypothetically, would that break anything?

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    Rip my dream of gold league this summer. My team lost right before semi-final

    There's always is5...

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  4. Kuroialty
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    If I should ever end up making a return to this game as a regular player (not likely), I will have to give serious consideration to rerolling on the EU server.  I came to this conclusion after looking at WoTReplays again tonight to see if anyone had managed to get an Ace Medal on a tier 1 tank this update cycle.  Of course, nobody had, or at least nobody who had done so had put a replay up on that site.  So I switched over to tier 2 to see what I could find, and I found a replay of someone with an M2 LT who managed to get 13 kills (youtube link, WoTReplays link).  I'll just give you the quick skinny on the game: it was a reroll, they played like absolute shit, but they mopped the floor.  Business as usual, but because I was a little more interested in seeing how good of a reroll this guy was, I went searching for his account, and I tried to find him on every other server before I tried EU and found him there.  What I found there was unremarkable, but what I realized is that this may be my own future with this game.

    This line of thinking has its origins in this thread.  When I saw someone having trouble getting an ace medal for a tier 1 tank, I was beside myself and thought, "There's absolutely no way this turns out to not be a cakewalk."  Almost 900 games later, I'm left to face the stark reality of the new tier 2 meta: it's fucking dead, Jim.  At least, it's dead on the dying NA server.  On EU, there seems to be little to no issue.  It's not just this last M2 replay I saw where the featured player was from EU server either.  I think out of the last dozen replays I've looked at of tier 1 or tier 2 games came from an EU player.  You can tell immediately when you get a replay from NA too, because the teams aren't full.  This is something I went into more when I reflected upon my experience of playing the Koloho.  I also felt for the longest time that I was the best Koloho player out there because I ended up surpassing everyone I saw on dpgwhores, but once that site started to show EU accounts, I no longer had a huge average damage or frag lead over all the other competition (I'm still on top for winning by a fair margin, but this could be higher than the EU numbers for similar reasons that my damage and kills are low by comparison).  This drove the nail in for me that my performance on NA servers was no longer an accurate reflection of my ability.  Being down 1-8 players every match left me short time after time on damage and kills that could otherwise go towards showing better play.

    This idea of inaccurate representation of ability is something I've had in mind for a while when approaching this game.  It's the reason why I don't play with premium account, because it messes with the average and top XP numbers and makes it impossible to distinguish between performance while having the perk and while not.  It's why I don't play in platoons, because the influence of partnering with other players I can rely upon can have extreme impacts on overall stats (AutismSpeaks isn't nearly as good a Cruiser III player as I am, but if you looked our winrates alone, you might think differently).  At one point, I got tired of these restrictions and started up a reroll on NA server where I could play with some other people, but even then, I only played Japanese tanks on that account, and I never play Japanese tanks on this one, because if I start playing the same tank across two different accounts, I feel it creates a situation where on neither account is there an accurate representation of what I can do with that tank.

    Herein lies my ultimate dilemma, one for which I only need to find the solution if I actually find myself desperate enough to get back into this game.  If I continue to play on NA server, I am going to be stuck going with and up against partial teams, denying me damage and kills, tanking my performance ratings and accounts stats to where they'll never be able to compete with only somewhat above-average performances elsewhere.  If I move to playing on EU, I am going to have to play something on that server, but seeing how I've touched just about every tank now on the NA server for tiers 1 and 2, I don't really have much choice unless I want to play something I've used before, creating the stats split I would have liked to avoid.  Now, one might ask, "But the game has changed several times before, so your stats are the accumulation of how you performed across several different metas and are never going to be truly representative of how you perform in the current or next ones."  Sure, and there's the learning and growing process of the game, I'm not the same as I was back then, no longer accurate to my ability, blah blah blah.  I guess the difference I see in this case is that the potential to perform as well as ever has always been there as long as the population has been healthy.  Maybe I wasn't good at one point, but there were still 15 people on each side, and I could have killed as many of them as I like.  I go into games today, kill five people, let the rest of my team mop up the other four, and am left going, "That's it?"  I can't say to myself that I am any worse a player now than at any other point in the game's lifespan, but the population drop is taking such a toll on my stats that I can't really tell.  The accurate representation of my stats was not only a rule to play by, but also a motivator.  If I knew my stats reflected what I could do, then improving myself would be reflected in the stats.  However, there's no amount of skill that can make up for the stripped opportunities of incomplete teams.

    Perhaps I'll toss this idea around in my head a little bit more in the future.  For now, this only serves as a reminder to myself that if I choose to face this problem, the solution I come to is probably not going to be one I like.

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    As you go into lower tiers, punishments for corner pokers are both easier to do and greater in impact, it becomes easier for others to retaliate against you, and the loss in potential DPM for ducking or being pressured into cover with a reloaded gun is greater. Look at the ratio of DPM to health between the tiers. It doesn't get any lower than what it is at tier 10, and when you factor in the impact of armor and shell RNG either missing or hitting angled/high-armored spots on top of that, the pace deteriorates. High alpha and high burst tanks also exist in the low tiers. The high alpha ones reload faster than their high tier counterparts, and if you're going to complain about being the target of a burst tank, then you're either fucking up hard to sit where someone can put a whole clip into you or the victim of a risky rush play that you can't defend against because your tank is too slow at moving and reloading because it isn't a low tier. In either case, low tiers will burst down same-tier targets faster than high tier counterparts.

    I've got no experience to refute your 3-4 minute number, but if this is something that only happens in cases where arty exists, and nobody seems to want arty to exist, then it follows that people would rather have their long, superheavy corner-humping matches in the high tiers, which doesn't lead to faster gameplay than what is found in the lower tiers.

    Seeing as you only grinded up a line that is mean't for hull down corner poking with low dpm its easy to see why you're complaining pointlessly about high tiers. If you like yolo dpm CHAI sniping like you said in your blog; play the tier 10 RU meds. You cannot pretend to have ANY professional opinions when you just padded in a hellcat and T2. You havent even grinded out a tier 10 and picked a terrible starter line. Dont be surprised if people smack you down when you try to talk shit about high tiers.

    Source: How would you improve World of Tanks?

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    The_Illusi0nist
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    I have been reading a few blogs on this forum and I decided that I should join the crowd.

    Earlier today I was playing in the glorious Chaffee, trying to free xp grind to the Hellcat. Yes, I am aware it's down a different line. I had about 6 games in a row where I died early on (which normally I am okay with) but these were instantly. I feel like if you are a decent player on WoT, you become a target, especially to those running XVM. Okay, okay, I get it. BUT TEAM KILLING?! What possible benefits does that bring? o.O Geeze... So I finally rage quitted when a Black prince decided to shoot at me from all the way across the map, rather than defending his base from one of the three attackers on my team. And THAT, is why I rage quitted today. Now that I think about it, I don't think "quitted" is a word.

    So what did I do while I was offline? I moved 100lbs of treadmill from my upstairs to my downstairs! Oh boy was that a birch to handle. I consider myself a fit dude; the weight I could handle. But actually moving it, trying to fit it through doorways, and then down the stairs... no. I'm going to be downsizing pretty soon to something more affordable so I cringed every time I heard a 'thud' against a wall or railing. Taaaaaaaaaangent: To help with saving money I am hoping to trade in my Infinity EX35 for a 1995 Jeep Wrangler Sahara. Why do you ask? Because I'm a huge Jurassic Park fan and I plan on recreating one of the Jeeps from the original movie.

    Well I think that's all the steam I need to release for today. I hope you enjoyed reading this, I'll see you on the battlefield!

    Good luck and have fun,

    The_Illusi0nist

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    In other news the wz-132 is amazing

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