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Loadout – Review

Friends and I have considered it closely related to TF2. It’s difficult to not want to compare the two games. It’s only natural, especially when they’re both on Steam. The former has always been free to play, while Loadout is inching its way towards that goal. For now it’s in beta still and you can access it early for ten dollars. They give quite a bit for you to start out like that. Most gamers would benefit from giving it a try.

In what ways can the two be compared but in what ways are they different?

                Gore –

                They both contain gore. Although, there’s nothing too intense that those with easily upset stomachs could be bothered with. Both are made in the image of cartoons. This means that death and dying isn’t too big of a deal. Loadout’s gore is mildly worse. They contain much more explosions that can cause limbs to become lost or thrown in several directions. A perfect example is when an enemy is tossing a grenade. Within seconds, you’re left with a stump of a leg and you’ve gone to limp to your death.

Customization –

                Team Fortress 2 has the making of customization. Their loadouts can be goofy in what you’re wearing although hardcore players find themselves going for things that benefit them in the moment, not just looking good. Loadout’s player customization can go on the end of what they want to look like. Some articles of clothing and other attire costs money which some can see as worth it (to show off), or others can use those for weapons and what ammo.

Weapons and ammo come into play as well. While TF2 sticks to having classes doing specific things (spy, engineer, medic, etc.), Loadout allows their players to create a gun of their own choosing. An assault rifle that heals, or it can send out electric bullets. A heavy rail-gun that fires a wave of ammo that sets enemies to fire, or regular bullets. It’s up to the player. They choose their own play style. As you level up they give you the ability to create more load outs that can be switched up in any type of game. It’s as easier to switch classes in TF2 as it is in Loadout.

Gameplay –

                Loadout provides a few games that players can partake in. One of them includes granting a certain player on one team the ability to grab crystals that are found throughout the map. Their teammates are tasked with taking out the team’s gatherer, while protecting their own. Someone could be healing that person, or going straight in the fray and providing a distraction. Loadout has a total of four game types so far. They’re fun and are an excellent introduction to their game for those just starting out.

The game’s currency, spacebux, give players a slow crawl to their goals for new things to buy for their character or new weapons to use in fights. You’re given an objective for each level that you gain and are provided a chance for bonus XP or spacebux at the end of each round. It’s a wheel that spins quickly and luck lies heavy on this point in the game. While some are superior bonuses to others, they benefit you regardless. There are no bad spins.

Out-Played –

                One thing I did notice is that once you’re past level eight, you’re thrown into a much wider range of multiplayer games where other players can severely out-level you. These players usually have superior skills, tactics, and weapons at their disposal. When I entered this part of the game, players are pushed to really know their stuff by this point. It does take a bit of time to level that high. It gives most enough time to discover their favorite play type and who they like to be on the team. Once you discover that, you’ll be able to apply more of a supportive role in the team as that position.

Loadout is an excellent game. Did I mention it’s an indie game? Make sure to check their main page here along with on Steam.

You’ll have a fun time. Bring some friends!

What Does Drake Think About When He Wakes Up?

I am not the man that you want the hero to be.

I am no lord. No savior. My heart is not filled with gold.

I am not the one that believes in black and white. In good and evil.

I am not filled with peace, harmony, or positive feelings.

I do not turn my eyes away from the evil. I do not punish sinners.

I do not want the helpless. I do not want the pitied. I do not want the little people.

I do give in to my anger, my rage, my desires. I am the bright light of hot outrage that everyone can connect with.

I will do what I must to get my job done. I work for those who are in the right, not because of either personal gain or because they are the lesser. If they are in the right, regardless of it being for good or evil I will be there to side with them. 

I am a drunk. I feel, I give in to common human nature. I crave it. Like a crumbling wall, I fall to my knees to satisfy my basic animal needs.

I am not a man of a law. I am not a man of justice. I am not a man of hope.

My name is Drake Williams.

I am the man in Black. 

 

Writing Problems To Destroy

Why destroy them? Why such an aggressive word? When it comes to writing you have no choice but to be rid of these problems. If certain problems are not taken out of your writing process things will not go well. Writing can be difficult. Some may find it easy, writing may be something that is almost second nature and has become a habit in their daily lives. Others have difficulty getting into their day due to exhaustion or too many other things going on. I know that’s one of the problems I have lately. Work and helping take care of my family are my much larger responsibilities.

You’re either going to compromise with yourself to do writing later on or you’re going to make time. Either one can be good for you. That’s one of the things that you have to discover:

What are ways that you can work your day so that you’re writing but you’re not neglecting something else in your life?

It’s difficult to not neglect something in your life. You’re either writing, or there is something else you could be doing. It’ll be there in the back of your head, bugging you, or you’ll ignore it and continue to write. Do you write or do you get of the lesser task? Does someone else require the task done? It’s all about compromise. Say you devote evenings that you have off after work to get those tasks done to free up your days off. Maybe you write for fifteen or twenty minutes, and then go and complete a task and continue the process? Write for your desired amount of time, then go and do a task. Whatever works best for you – the end goal is to find time to write and try your best to not neglect certain things.

Are there other things that you’re doing that are done instead of writing?

Have a favorite TV show that you adore to watch and just can’t get enough of? Breaking Bad is that television program for me. It’s never bad to sit down and enjoy and excellent show for an hour or even marathon an entire season. However, and I find myself being guilty of this, there are times that you may notice you find yourself wandering through the TV guide and find nothing yet you’re stuck in front of the screen for an extra hour or even two. This happens to me all the time. Especially when it’s my day off. It’s hard not to want to sit there, relax for a few hours and take in the fact that I’m not on my feet. TV can easily destroy motivation to want to write and spend a few hours on the next pages that you promised yourself you were going to finish. It’s difficult to pull away. Find a way to distract yourself and stick to writing. It’s similar to going into a dark corner and enjoying a fantastically written book for hours at a time. Cutting yourself off from the world and taking it all in.

Same goes for when you’re on your computer and being connected to the internet. This is also something that happens to me. I’ll find myself watching YouTube videos for hours, and finding more to watch because there are other things that I can’t help but be curious about. Whenever I find myself on Achievementhunter.com I get stuck watching their videos. They’re incredibly witty and hard to pull away from. Maybe for the first two or so hours that you’re on your computer, you’re disconnected from the internet?

How are you going to keep yourself pulled in?

Sure, you have your rear in the seat and the computer in your lap. You’re typing and the novel is becoming an entity. The words are forming sentences and the story is happening. How do you stay in that state of mind? How do you keep going forward? One technique that will keep me in my seat is listening to music that suits the scene that I’m writing. The music will fuel the scene and I can colorfully see what I want to create inside of my head. Without that music I may stop typing and find myself at a lose. Where was I going? When the music is playing, it keeps me in check. My mind is in the scene, I imagine myself being there and the characters help me write.

Another way you can help make the scene is, throughout the week, create sticky notes of your stray thoughts. Maybe before you leave work or go to bed, write five things down for the next segment of the story that you’re going to write. When you sit down again, gather up all the sticky notes and see what you have to work on. You’ll already have a small foundation and you won’t be starting from scratch. You won’t be spending the first ten minutes attempting to remember what you’ve forgotten from the beginning of the week.

Writing takes a lot of time, effort, and sometimes even willpower to continue to write the story that you want to make. Each time you sit down you’re moving closer to your goal. If you have a plan before you sit down, or a set of techniques to help you move forward, you’ll find that this is going to take your writing further. Paragraphs will suddenly become pages and minutes will smear into hours.

What ways do you recommend sticking to a story and getting that required word count? 

Mass Effect 3 DLC, Reckoning

Today marks the last and final Multiplayer DLC within the Mass Effect 3 content. It’s a sad day, yet, it goes out with a bang!

Be sure to read my article regarding the details that are going to be involved within the newest release. Be sure to subscribe, and I hope you enjoy what’s being said!

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Check out the article here: Examiner.com.

Star Wars Stories Update

Wanted to let the readers know I should be coming out with another story tonight.

I’ve been a bit busy lately. When it comes to writing these stories, I want to put as much time and effort I can to every one of them. Saying that with as much truth as I can place into it, I’m enjoying where I’m taking it.

I do realize that each story does take time. If I threw them out like random pieces of paper, they wouldn’t be worth reading.

I’m hoping all readers are having as good of a time reading them as I am writing them. They’re coming along nicely.

Also be sure to keep on a look out for the next Drake Williams story. I should have it added soon. After two or three more additions to it, I should be finishing it up and writing another.

Excited about all the ideas.

Stay tuned!

Breaking Flowers

When you love someone, all you want to do is make them happy.

It doesn’t matter how much time it takes.

That’s all that matters in that day.

How much can you make them smile, make them laugh?

It’s a wonderful goal you always aim to achieve.

Then you sit back with them and think.

What’s the future going to be like?

When you roll over all the possabilities, it’s incredible!

All of what can happen, all of what may happen.

Then, something happens, there’s a string.

You follow the string along, where did it come from?

How long had that string been there?

As you run along the string, a moving feeling arrives.

That string connects two objects together.

Two perfect flowers, those flowers held in suspension with the string.

As you pull on the string, a truth is revealed.

The flowers begin to break apart, unwrapping and falling apart?

What happened to those two perfect flowers?

Weren’t they absolutely made for one another?

That flower had just been using the string to hold what those two had.

The flower had been something else.

It hadn’t been what first sight saw.

That moment, you see something for the first time.

You really are just alone.

Fighting for everything by yourself.

Another flower may only just lie to you.