HotS feature suggestion: add skins to “Hero Collection” screen

There are two primary incentives for purchasing skins. One of them is to satisfy yourself – if you like a skin, you will most likely buy it because you’ll enjoy looking at your character while you’re playing.

The second incentive is that it’s a way of showing off to others; you want to show off your…

  • Style. You want other people to see what you like.
  • Financial status. Having a skin shows that you are financially comfortable to be spending money on cosmetic content in a game.
  • Generosity. You want other people to enjoy looking at the skin as well. (Or, from a different per­spec­tive, you’re generously giving back to Blizzard for making a free game that you like.)

Heroes of the Storm does a great job satisfying people’s desire to show off by including skins in player pro­files. Using mine as an example, you can see that I own Ranger-General Sylvanas, Angelic Valla, and Mas­ter Zagara.

Parkzer - Heroes of the Storm - Profile

This is a very nice touch to the game, and I appreciate the fact that the HotS development team is atten­tive enough to details that they would include this feature.

However, in my opinion, they didn’t take it all the way.

If you click on the Hero Collection tab, you’ll come across this screen:

Parkzer - Heroes of the Storm - Hero Collection

From here, you can click on each hero to zoom in to progression details.

Unfortunately, even though each individual hero’s skins appears on the Profile Summary tab, it does not appear in the Hero Collection tab. As you can see from the screenshots, the three skins featured in my sum­ma­ry are not featured in my collection.

Parkzer - Heroes of the Storm - Sylvanas

Parkzer - Heroes of the Storm - Valla

Parkzer - Heroes of the Storm - Zagara

My feature suggestion is to add skins to the Hero Collection screens as well.

Not only will this allow players to feature their favorite skins, but it also lets them do it for all heroes they own, and not just the three most played that show up in the Profile Summary.

Seeing as skin featuring is already in the Profile Summary, it’s obvious that the technology is already there. I think it would be a nice touch if its implementation was extended to the Hero Collection tab.

This will also allow Blizzard to increase skin sales, as they’re giving another outlet for players to show off what they own.

 

My week-long journey to Level 100 in WoW:WoD ended in failure

Yes, that screenshot does indeed show that I have 53 minutes remaining of my seven days of free game time.

Unfortunately, this past weekend, I ended up getting occupied with a bunch of other stuff, and managed to add in a grand total of zero hours of gameplay since my last World of Warcraft stream.

Yes, I do want the mount in Heroes of the Storm that you get for reaching Level 100, but I guess I sub­lim­inally don’t want it so badly that I drop everything and play World of Warcraft for over 15 hours across two days.

I’m sure I’ll eventually resubscribe for one month to finish what I started (or maybe Blizzard will be kind enough to gift me with another week of game time again if I don’t play for long enough).

 

Leveling Shadow Priest to 94.1 in WoW: Warlords of Draenor

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwCKiRMCkDs

Earlier this week, I posted that I would be returning to World of Warcraft for one week and trying out the new Warlords of Draenor expansion after receiving seven days of free game time.

After a tiring evening of teaching martial arts for three hours straight, I hopped on WoW to continue level­ing, and made it to Level 94.1 before going to sleep.

I redeemed my free game time this past Monday morning, which means I only have this coming weekend to finish my leveling. This means that I’ll need to level up three times on each day in order to meet my goal (which, unfortunately, I don’t think will happen).

I looked up some information online, and it seems like most people believe it takes approximately 30 hours of gameplay to level from 90 to 100 (which averages out to about three hours per level). Sure, my first levels took only about two hours each, but I’m sure it gets a bit slower once you get higher up.

This most likely means that I need to play over a full time job’s worth of World of Warcraft on both Sat­ur­day and Sunday in order to meet my goal.

Sure, this expansion improved the game a noticeable bit, and the storyline seems somewhat interesting, but I don’t think it’s good enough to warrant me playing as if it’s my job.

I haven’t decided yet, though, and I don’t even know how busy I’ll be over the weekend, but I’ll post an update on Monday letting you guys know how it went.

 

Solar-powered decorative night lights

A very long time ago, my dad bought some lights that were on sale at our local hardware store. There was a 100% rebate offer on the lights, so he figured that there wasn’t really a reason not to get them, as they would effectively cost the price of a stamp and a little bit of time.

When he brought them home, he realized that they didn’t work, and he figured that they were on sale for 100% off through rebate because they were broken. He obviously didn’t really mind, seeing as they were essentially free, so he kept them around to use as day decorations.

Then, one day, he randomly decided to open them up and found out that there was a protective sticker over the solar panel. He removed the sticker, set them out again, and magically, they lit up the same night.

We’ve had these lights for a few years now. Last night, I was out late and decided to snap some photos of them.

Solar-powered decorative night lights

Solar-powered decorative night lights

They look pretty nice at night, seeing as they actually light up now.

 

parade champeon nomber 1st plaec

A few weeks ago, I posted about my martial arts academy building a float for the upcoming Independence Day parades.

I figured that progress updates might get a little boring if I just posted them without a twist, so I decided to turn my photo today into a doge meme.

While we were out there, we also saw two birds fighting in a death match. They were literally flapping around like crazy, clawing at each other.

I tried to get close to take a photo of them, but as I got near, they gradually took their fight away from me. So, unfortunately, I had to use the zoom on my phone’s camera (which isn’t that great) to get a pho­to.

 

I’m returning to World of Warcraft for seven days

Back in March 2014, I started playing World of Warcraft. It’s a pretty big game, and I decided that it’s historical enough that I should probably at least try it out.

At first, it was pretty overwhelming because there was so much content that I wanted to do that has been piling up since the game first came out over a decade ago. It managed to keep my attention for about three months before I decided to store it away for a while and move on to a different game again.

Back during that time, I preordered Warlords of Draenor. The expansion came out late last year, but I hadn’t played since then.

It seems like Blizzard noticed how inactive my account was, and sent me an email offering me seven free days of game time. Seeing as I had an entire expansion already purchased and waiting for me on my account, I decided it would be a good idea to capitalize on this promotion.

Source: http://youtube.com/watch?v=gT1IWGo_1Ec & http://youtube.com/watch?v=0Nm0Nl1KzLQ

A little bonus on top of the free game time is that, if I manage to hit the new level cap of 100 during my free week, I can also get a mount in Heroes of the Storm. If you’ve been following me at all for the past few weeks, you know that I very much enjoy Heroes of the Storm and I played it nearly obsessively for quite some time.

Apparently some guy leveled from 90 to 100 in 11 hours back when it came out on the public test realm; I’m obviously not going to get my leveling done that fast.

It seems like I’m going at a rate of about two hours per level, so in that case, I should be done in about 16 more hours of gameplay. In an ideal world, I’ll be able to play three hours every day for the rest of my trial period, but I have a feeling that it might not end up like that.

Regardless, I’m going to try and get as much as I can out of my seven days, and if I discover that Warlords of Draenor is a huge improvement from Mists of Pandaria and I want to keep playing, I might even resubscribe for another month to continue enjoying the new expansion.

 

I finally finished the TERA: Fate of Arun expansion storyline

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BG7Rn_jNgNE

Back on October 24, 2014, TERA released an expansion and a level cap raise with the release of Fate of Arun.

TERA is a game that I started playing a long time ago in around January 2013. Back then I thought the game was great, but the more I played it, the more I disliked it due to the fact that its end-game content is very redundant, and way too much of the game’s gearing and advancement mechanics are wildly RNG-based.

One thing that I liked about it, though, was its skill-based combat. TERA is one of the few games where you actually have to aim your skills, and there are not that many point-and-click abilities. Since playing TERA, I started playing World of Warcraft, and I’ve played RuneScape ever since I was little. Playing these games made me miss how involved TERA’s combat system is.

I decided that, eventually, I would go back to TERA to finish the storyline, and I would level up to the new cap. It’s obviously been quite some time, but today, I finally made it.

At the beginning of the storyline, I tried my best to read everything and immerse myself into the plot, but it became very difficult. Eventually, I just did what most other MMO players do and skipped all the text.

But, at the end, something quite shocking happened, which you might be able to see from the thumbnail of the VOD I embedded above. This suddenly woke me up and made me wish I had paid closer attention to the events leading up to it, but unfortunately it was already too late.

I do have another level 60 character, my priest. I originally leveled that class because I wanted to see the game from a healer’s eyes, and I wanted to know how to make it as easy as possible for my healer to carry me through dungeons and raids. Even though I finished the storyline and did all the leveling, I still think healing is very boring, and I most likely won’t be bringing my healer to the new level cap.

Although I’m level 65 now with my sorcerer, I don’t think the full storyline is over yet. There is still obviously quite a bit of end-game content that I still have left to play, and I’m obviously not going to think it’s redundant the first few times I play it. So, this stream session most likely isn’t going to mark the end of my TERA playing during this expansion.

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m sort of at a lull period of variety gaming after grinding Heroes of the Storm for two weeks, so it’s possible that I’ll thread in some more TERA within the next several days if I get a chance.

 

Defeating the Fortree City Gym and catching more Pokémon

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGiAssZvMqI

As I mentioned before, I want to get a few small things done in various games before going all-in again on another big gaming project (like grinding to Rank 1 on Heroes of the Storm). One of those things is finishing up the Pokémon Emerald expansion on PokéMMO.

I tend to have quite a bit of trouble just finishing up the storyline because I get distracted in Pokémon very easily. I like keeping everything organized, and when I see unevolved Pokémon in my PC Box or missing spaces in my list, I’m eager to tend to them.

Today, I started off by progressing up until Fortree City, and defeated the gym leader. From there, I went out to catch an Absol (which took a very long time due to its low encounter rate), and spent even more time on top of that trying to find another Absol with better stats and a more ideal nature (which ended up not happening).

In the spirit of catching new Pokémon and filling up my PokéDex, I continued leveling and evolving Pokémon until the end of the stream session.

PokéMMO is obviously a very low-intensity game compared to the other games I play, and I treat it as such, because I don’t really obsessively play up to a goal (but rather, I treat it like an outlet of relaxation where I can relive memories of my childhood). But, hopefully, this relaxed approach to the game doesn’t get too extreme, because I would like to actually finish the Pokémon Emerald expansion storyline soon (and can continue filling my PokéDex afterwards).

 

Five-man Zagara Maw turns around a losing fight in HotS

“This is a really bad fight … NOT ANYMORE!” :^)

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLhSD0ymf5c

Today’s stream highlight clip comes from the end of my journey to Rank 1 in Hero League on Heroes of the Storm.

Facing a losing fight with our engage spells down and Illidan on the brink of death, I Bolt into range to hit a five-man Devouring Maw. This buys my team enough time to heal and re-engage favorably, ultimately leading to a five-for-one won team fight.

 

The climb is complete – Heroes of the Storm Hero League Rank 1

I’m proud to announce that, through my commitment to climbing the Hero League ranked ladder on Heroes of the Storm in the past two weeks, I have reached my goal and hit Rank 1 today.

I won my last two games today, both with Zagara, and streamed both games.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-uOoP5j97U

It seems like once you reach Rank 1, you go off a different point system, where you can collect up to 1,000 points. The point progress bar also disappears, so you’ll have to hover over your rank in order to see how many points you have left until you max out.

I’m eager to set my new goal at 1,000 points into Rank 1, but I’m also a little hesitant, as I don’t want to overwork myself.

As you might have suspected, I tend to get burnt out pretty easily, especially if I’m doing something by myself, and I don’t want this same thing to happen to Heroes of the Storm. Because of all the dedication and focus I’ve been putting into this, as well as the fact that I am solo queueing all my games, I feel as if it’s even more susceptible to burning me out.

So, for now, I’m going to mix in some different games into my schedule for a little while as I cool down from Heroes of the Storm, and only play it casually for a bit. From there, I’ll decide if I’ll go for the ultimate goal of 1,000 points before the Grandmaster system gets introduced (the gold border that was asset-farmed from a recent patch).