Fix for League of Legends client/launcher not opening in Patch 4.21

Since yesterday, I’ve been having prob­lems trying to open League of Legends. Assuming it was just a problem with Riot’s servers (because we know there’s plenty of those, such as the ones that affected my stream two days ago and I taught everyone how to Attempt to Reconnect), I just ignored it.

When I tried again today, the problem was still there, so I started digging around.

I went to my League of Legends folder to look at some logs, and found the following lines inside one of my patcher logs:

ERROR| RemotingClient: Failed to resolve host:port 'localhost:2997' to an ipv4 address.
       getaddrinfo returned: 11001
ERROR| Riot::Client::BrowserProcess::Init: Unable to connect to app process.

To fix that, I updated my hosts file to allow it to associate an IPv4 address with localhost.

To do that, navigate to:

C:\Windows\system32\drivers\etc

Open the hosts file. I recommend doing so with something like Notepad.exe, but any plain-text editor will work.

Add the following line of text to your hosts file:

127.0.0.1 localhost

If there are any other lines that contain localhost after a space, remove it (for example, if your file contains “::1 localhost,” remove that line).

That fixed the problem for me, and my launcher started working again. Unfortunately, if that doesn’t work for you, I don’t have any other suggestions, because I stopped researching once I found a solution that worked for me.

 

Stream VOD: Teaching you how to Attempting to Reconnect…

Some people ask me why I sometimes get very frustrated with League of Legends and stop playing for ex­tend­ed periods of time.

Source: http://youtube.com/watch?v=I_zUVDfBwF4&list=PLKQUciHiP2v40y-lKj6dkjyqEcGmsu5yV

What you see happening in this stream VOD happens to me surprisingly often.

You can imagine how irritating it gets when I’m half-way through a game in my ranked promotion series, gath­er up a massive kill/level/farm advantage, then this starts to happen and I’m useless for the rest of the game.

 

Finishing the Diablo III campaign

In a little under a week after unlocking the full version of Diablo III, I completed the campaign on my main character.

Source: http://youtube.com/watch?v=vAL6vC07aGY&list=PLKQUciHiP2v40y-lKj6dkjyqEcGmsu5yV

After defeating Azmodan, a huge plot twist reveals that someone dear to us was in fact a traitor all along, resulting in the return of Diablo.

There’s a pause in the beginning, several minutes into the replay, because I was lagging and went to restart my router. At the end, a quest bugged up and an NPC required to progress to the next step didn’t appear, so I stopped streaming to find out how to fix the problem.

For those who may be facing the same problem: If your quest says to find the portal to the Crystal Colon­nade but it’s bugged up and won’t let you move on, exit completely out of Diablo III and log back in. Simply exiting and remaking the instance while still having the Diablo III window open did not work for me.

Source: http://youtube.com/watch?v=NpKXpWSklVM&list=PLKQUciHiP2v40y-lKj6dkjyqEcGmsu5yV

In the final stream session of the campaign, I defeat Diablo and save the heavens.

Then, for the rest of the stream, I try to figure out how to continue leveling up without having to repeat the campaign, before giving up and leveling up my Demon Hunter a little bit instead.

If I had known that Diablo III would be over this quickly, I would’ve also unlocked the Diablo III: Reaper of Souls expansion as well during the Black Friday sale. Unfortunately, I’m not too interested in paying full price for it just to continue my adventure, so it’s going to have to wait until the next time Blizzard decides to push out a sale.

 

Progressing my way through Act III of Diablo III

Source: http://youtube.com/watch?v=Xm8let_11o4&list=PLKQUciHiP2v40y-lKj6dkjyqEcGmsu5yV

In this stream VOD from yesterday, I pick up where I left off two days prior, and rescue the stranger. Upon giving him the restored sword, I discover that his true identity is Tyrael.

Source: http://youtube.com/watch?v=UPCSgeqi5fg&list=PLKQUciHiP2v40y-lKj6dkjyqEcGmsu5yV

With Act II starting up, I defeat Maghda and proceed to save Leah’s mother, Adria. I find out that, in order to trap the souls of the evil into the Black Soulstone, I need to help restore Zoltun Kulle’s body, piece by piece.

Source: http://youtube.com/watch?v=YJRdX20Ua5g&list=PLKQUciHiP2v40y-lKj6dkjyqEcGmsu5yV

After foiling Zoltun Kulle’s foul intentions and defeating the entities of evil, Act II comes to a close, and Act III begins with a defense against a swarm of attacks.

 

Stream VOD: Playing Malzahar in solo queue vs. Orianna and Karma

Source: http://youtube.com/watch?v=qzACrGhw2Zw&list=PLKQUciHiP2v40y-lKj6dkjyqEcGmsu5yV

If you watch me live and ask me questions, you might recall me saying that I think Malzahar is over­pow­ered in low-level solo queue because of his suppress ultimate.

Seeing as I barely played any ranked games at all during Season 4 and ended up finishing the season in gold league, I’m at a relatively low level, and decided to practice some Malzahar for some free wins.

In this stream session, I played two ranked solo queue games with Malzahar. The first game shows how eas­ily a jungler can completely swing a lane in his team’s favor, and the second game shows how the pres­sure from Malzahar’s pushing power can keep you in the game, even in a 4v5.

At the end of the stream, I log in to my smurf and get my win of the day in a bot game (and get com­plete­ly wrecked by Trundle Bot).

 

Re: “Why don’t you stream Pokémon anymore?”

Pokémon was the game I grew up with.

As a child, I owned Pokémon Yellow and Gold for Game Boy Color; and as a teen, I used emulators to play a lot of the third-, fourth-, and fifth-generation games.

Back in October 2012, I streamed myself playing Pokémon White 2, and sometime around that year, I streamed a bit of PokéMMO. However, since then, I’ve been quiet with Pokémon, and haven’t broadcasted anything related to Pokémon since then.

Over time, I’ve had a few people ask me why I don’t play Pokémon anymore, wondering if I got bored of it. Recently, someone asked if I had grown out of Pokémon. Because this person was clearly mistaken, as Pokémon isn’t something that you simply outgrow, I decided to address the core reason behind why I don’t stream Pokémon anymore.

As you know, I’m a multimedia content producer, and I integrate that into almost everything I do online. I look for opportunities to create more content and get more practice making videos and other online ma­te­ri­als. In the realm of gaming, I try my best to stream or make videos from my gaming footage.

Unfortunately, Nintendo is not explicitly okay with me using Pokémon to create my own content.

Companies like Blizzard and Riot Games clearly state on their website that it is permissible to use their games to create original gameplay content and monetize it through advertisements (which is why I play a lot of Hearthstone, Starcraft, Diablo, and League of Legends). Nintendo does not have such a policy – in fact, they have quite the opposite.

According to a statement made by Nintendo to GoNintendo.com:

“We became a YouTube partner and … registered our copyright content in the YouTube data­base. For most fan videos this will not result in any changes, however, for those videos fea­tur­ing Nintendo-owned content, such as images or audio of a certain length, adverts will now appear at the beginning, next to or at the end of the clips.”

This means that, if I post Pokémon-related videos on YouTube to monetize off VODs of my stream, I may end up not getting my full share of revenue (if any at all). Nintendo doesn’t explicitly state what kind of content would be used for advertising, and what purpose these advertisements would serve – this makes the policy more cryptic and not worth the risk.

Sure, I enjoy playing Pokémon. But, I can put the time I spend potentially playing Pokémon into other games I enjoy playing that produces footage I know I can safely use to create content without having to worry about copyright issues.

In the future, if I end up becoming rich, then sure, I might dedicate some days into streaming Pokémon with the assumption that I’m not going to make money off of it and I’m doing it purely for the enjoyment. However, I’m not rich yet, and until I am, I will naturally want to gravitate towards games I know I can use to produce content safely.

 

Finishing and playing past the Diablo III free trial

In celebration of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Blizzard offered 50% off Diablo III – a deal of which I took advantage.

For some reason, my progress at the end of the free trial ended up not saving, so I went back and re-de­feat­ed the Skeleton King, then went on to solve the mystery about the sword that got shattered into three pieces.

Source: http://youtube.com/watch?v=0dHlc-81qi4&list=PLKQUciHiP2v40y-lKj6dkjyqEcGmsu5yV

The free trial really caught my attention and made me want to play Diablo III, but I knew that Blizzard runs frequent sales, so I was just waiting for the right moment to unlock the full game at the best possible price.

My hour-long stream VOD probably won’t be the most interesting thing to watch because of how me­tic­u­lous I am in un­covering every corner of each map, killing every monster, and destroying every object in search of loot; but that’s one thing about the game that makes me like it – it encourages spending time exploring and discovering things.

So far, the post-trial content has been fun (especially because, for me, it’s really easy to immerse myself in­to the plot), and I look forward to digging deeper into the storyline.

 

Starting up a F2P account on Hearthstone

I decided to start a F2P (free-to-play) account on Hearthstone, which means no buying packs or other in-game content with real money.

I’ll be logging my journey via video, and also trying to sprinkle in some advice here and there about the thought process behind my decisions in order to help new players improve their play.

Source: http://youtube.com/watch?v=vFejELXtpKg&list=PLKQUciHiP2v6lehTLfSf2M9HVjrfb8Hzt

The first episode, filmed yesterday, sort of acts as a beginner’s guide for starting up a Hearthstone account.

I spend an hour and a half finishing the tutorial, beating all the beginner bots, and winning five low-level ranked games.

Source: http://youtube.com/watch?v=wXxjViQePWk&list=PLKQUciHiP2v6lehTLfSf2M9HVjrfb8Hzt

The second episode is a continuation of low-level ranked games. I also complete two daily quests, and end the video with 310 gold, almost half-way to unlocking the first wing of Naxxramas.

 

Looking back to daily blogging in 2011

Today’s daily prompt from the Daily Post is titled “Winning Streak” – “What’s the longest stretch you’ve ever pulled off of posting daily to your blog? What did you learn about blogging through that achievement, and what made you break the streak?”

It’s funny that the Daily Post is the website that’s asking me this, because, back in 2011, I blogged for 366 days straight from December 31, 2010 until December 31, 2011. The Daily Post had a blogging challenge in 2011 where they encouraged everyone to blog every single day of 2011. To help people out, they posted topics and prompts every day of the year.

I actually decided to participate in this, and successfully completed the entire challenge. Some days I had things to blog about already, but on the boring days when nothing happened, the prompts were pretty useful.

Although I don’t really make any effort to blog daily anymore, I still check the Daily Post website once in a while to see if there are any interesting topics, and this one caught my eye because it was so relevant to something I did three years ago.

From this experience, I learned that in order to be committed to something like this, you really need to want to do it (or be forced to do it). Seeing as I wasn’t being forcefully required to blog daily, I had to find some intrinsic motivation to keep going, because it’s very easy to skip days or fall behind on busy days.

It helps that, not only do I enjoy writing, I also enjoy posting content for others to read and enjoy. Un­for­tu­nate­ly, making content for people to enjoy started getting difficult because I was also blogging on days I wasn’t feeling very creative, but regardless, I still like sharing my thoughts to people who want to listen.

This extended period of blogging, among other things, made me think about the theories behind mo­ti­va­tion. It encouraged me to think about the things I do on a daily basis, and decide if it’s something that I really want or need to do.

For example, if I’m participating in a particular activity and I think it’s boring, I stop to think about why I’m doing it. If it’s something that I’m not required to do, and there aren’t any severe negative consequences to not doing it (i.e., a severe negative consequence of not going to work is having no money), then I choose to stop doing it and find something else more worth my time.

At the end of the year, I decided to break the streak because I got a little bit burnt out from blogging. I also decided that I no longer wanted to blog when I wasn’t feeling particularly creative, or if I didn’t have any interesting concepts to share, because I wanted to change my blog’s reputation to being a site that always publishes content worth reading, rather than a site that publishes something daily, even if it’s not something worth reading.

Overall, I think that this daily blogging experience contributed in helping me find a middle ground for blogging where I am now, and was definitely worth the time and effort invested.

 

Stream VOD: Janna support in a Normal with Lalo and Hao

Source: http://youtube.com/watch?v=yoVvu1jvpXA&list=PLKQUciHiP2v40y-lKj6dkjyqEcGmsu5yV

Match history: http://matchhistory.na.leagueoflegends.com/en/#match-details/NA1/1649442988

This is gameplay footage of a normal game I played today with Lalo and Hao. Someone higher up in the pick order wanted to take mid, so I decided to play some Janna support.

It was a little frustrating at the beginning because my ADC was more passive than Ed (better known as Grainyrice, a notoriously passive player), but after Corki realized how strong he was with me backing him up, things got better after laning phase.

On a side note, I highly discourage people from copying my build from this game … I didn’t really know what to build, so ended up going mostly AP.