Hi humans. I decided to start posting more TERA screenshots on a more regular basis, hopefully around once a week of interesting things I did during the past week. This first screenshot is from a Wonderholme run that Ed and Devotchka were in. Ed was poking fun at how I was too overprotective of Devotchka, so we decided to organize something interesting and exciting for Ed. I contacted Rugrats, the other healer in the Wonderholme run, and asked him not to heal Ed. Eventually, Ed died to poison while fighting Bandersnatch. Devotchka promptly told him, “oh, I didn’t want to be too overprotective of you,” then proceeded to place motes on top of his body. Devotchka has been working on getting the “Born Leader” achievement, which involves leading ten different guilds. She passed guild master of her guild Renaissance to one of her alternate characters, then used her main character to create the guild Doge. Her friend Arilyssa is also attempting to get the same achievement, so she made the guild Cate. Devotchka declared a GvG against Arilyssa’s guild. Doge vs. Cate. (Click to enlarge) TERA offers swimsuit costumes for Elins where you can write eight characters of your choice on a label on your costume. Ed has an alternate character named Manners; he decided to make his label go along with his character name by setting it as “MindYour,” as in, mind your manners. Rugrats decided to put “Butthole” on his label. Devotchka had them stand next to each other and took a screenshot. Mind Your Butthole. After countless painful Wonderholme runs, Ed finally managed to get enough Cubes to complete the recipe for his Nightforge bow, the best weapon for archers in the game. He went to his favorite location in the game – atop a cliff on the Island of Dawn – to craft his Visionmaker bow, then upgrade it to Nightforge. The first screenshot is of him successfully crafting and equipping his Visionmaker bow; the second screenshot is of him in the process of upgrading his Visionmaker to Nightforge. After successfully acquiring his first piece of Nightforge, Ed and Devotchka’s warrior danced in celebration. I just stood there.
Hi humans. My good buddy Ed, better known as Grainyrice online, sent me a few screenshots today of his adventures in TERA. All of these screenshots can be enlarged to view them in full resolution. The first screenshot was taken when Ed was in the alliance zone during some unfortunate timing. Yes, that is Ed getting chased by 12 people and a BAM at the same time. The other screenshot he sent me was during a Corsair’s Stronghold run. If you can’t see what’s so impressive about that screenshot, make it larger and look in the top left corner. Yes, he survived with 2 HP.
Hi humans. Yesterday, Ed, Taiki, and I went to our fourth annual Buffalo Wild Wings winter trip. This video shows footage from before going to, on the way to, and eating at Buffalo Wild Wings. My good friend Devotchka makes a special guest appearance via photograph when Ed and Taiki give her a shoutout. (Embedded video not working? Try the direct URL. http://youtu.be/l9DhdMjKSRo)
Hi humans. I looked on the calendar today and saw that tomorrow was labeled as “Epiphany.” For a little while I thought I was going to have an epiphany tomorrow. Maybe find the cure to cancer, or discover how to place a man on the sun without him dying. … Then I realized Epiphany was a religious holiday. That was a little anti-climatic.
Hi humans. I took a few screenshots today while leveling up an alternate character on Tera – an Elin Priest. Since getting an upgraded laptop, I’ve been able to play on medium-high graphics quality, so I decided to share the screenshots to show how much better the graphics quality has gotten since playing on low graphics on my old laptop. If you’re interested in trying out the game, you can download it on the Tera website: http://tera.enmasse.com With a gaming desktop, you can probably max out the graphics, and it will look even nicer than what I have now.
Hi humans. If you talked with me at all yesterday, you may have noticed that I was fully immersed in keeping up with a massive electronic attack, manned by a group called DERP Trolling. To keep things simple, they used DDoS attacks to shut down a bunch of different popular game servers. The methodology used to determine which games to attack involved PhantomL0rd. James Varga, better known by his online identity PhantomL0rd, is a very popular independent League of Legends streamer and online entertainer. During the time of these DDoS attacks, PhantomL0rd was one of the top streamers broadcasting League of Legends. The League of Legends servers went down, and PhantomL0rd’s game disconnected, just like everyone else’s. PhantomL0rd decided to play different games, but he realized that all of these games were being targeted as well (even a game site as obscure as Club Penguin). After noticing that all of his games of choice were being targeted, he accepted DERP Trolling’s attempts to reach out to him and communicate with him. They hopped around Ventrilo and IRC and had some short broken conversations for as long as they could until someone would attack the Ventrilo or IRC server they were using to shut it down. This is where things get a little bit confusing, and is the reason why I am making this post to help people understand exactly what happened. While in the loading screen of a game of League of Legends, PhantomL0rd randomly disappeared. Then, someone else who had possession of his Twitch account’s log-in credentials (likely his brother Nick) signed in and stated that the police were at PhantomL0rd’s house due to a “hostage situation.” Many people believe that DERP Trolling called the police to PhantomL0rd’s house, but that is not true. On December 30, 2013 at 5:04 PM PST, PhantomL0rd’s personal information was leaked on to the Internet through a Pastebin post (which still has not been removed due to the incompetence of the Pastebin staff). The supposed motive behind this posting is because someone was dissatisfied at the fact PhantomL0rd was publicizing DDoSers and “raking in the cash.” PhantomL0rd was labeled as pathetic, and his information was released to the public. After this happened, a troll called the police, falsely accusing PhantomL0rd of having four hostages inside his house. Again, this was NOT DERP Trolling who made the call, it was someone else who found out his address through the posting. While this was happening, DERP Trolling was posting from their Twitter account showing their concerns for PhantomL0rd. PhantomL0rd’s house was thoroughly searched by the police while he sat in the back of a police vehicle. When the police found out that it was clearly a false alarm, they let PhantomL0rd go with no criminal charges. Since then, PhantomL0rd has been constantly receiving text messages, phone calls, and pizzas delivered to his house. The most ironic part about this stream is that, when he began streaming, PhantomL0rd titled his broadcast as being a “chill day.” I don’t think he could’ve had a day any less chill. PhantomL0rd streamed, telling this story from his own perspective. If you’d like to learn more about this with greater detail, you can check out his video replay.
Hi humans. About half a year ago, I answered a massive batch of questions on ask.fm upon request. I think it’s about time to answer a bunch more. If you’re interested in having a question answered, feel free to leave it at: http://ask.fm/Parkzer Spam or things that are not questions will not be answered. There are also a small set of topics regarding which I do not discuss publicly. Other than that, I’ll try and get to and answer every question. The answers will hopefully be posted within the next week or two. In other news, happy day-after-Christmas, and I hope you’re having a good holiday season.
Hi humans. Due to the overwhelming number of requests I have received to comment on the Tetris Tournament Online III grand finals broadcast, I felt like I could not ignore them any longer. I’ve given my opinion to a few different people in individual conversations, but like always, what I say always gets changed when passed along. So, I decided to post another official announcement again, this time regarding the results of the tournament. For those who are completely unfamiliar with the Tetris Tournament Online, it is the world competitive Tetris championship tournament, sponsored by the Tetris Company, the copyright holders of the Tetris brand, and hosted by Hard Drop, the largest Tetris community in the world. One of the most frequent questions I got was why I didn’t stream or cast anything in the tournament. I already answered this to a decent level of thoroughness back on October 19, 2013. In case you missed it, you can read it here: http://parkzer.com/blog/2013/10/19/ The next most common question is how the tournament went. I managed to get the statistics for TTO3, and can give you a comparison to TTO2 from last year, which is the tournament I hosted, streamed, and casted.
- Unique visitors. This is the number of different people who saw at least some part of the broadcast. TTO2: 37,963. TTO3: 3,340 (8.8%).
- Max concurrent viewers. This is the largest number of people who were watching the stream at the same time. TTO2: 2,049. TTO3: 604 (29.5%).
- An interesting supplementary piece of information – after TTO2 was over, we did fan games. During this time, the max concurrent viewers was 624. This means that we had more people watching fan games last year than the tournament had overall during the main event this year.
- Average minutes per visitor. This is how long, on average, people watched the stream once they arrived on the page. I’m not 100% sure how to interpret this correctly because they’re displayed as ranges on a per-hour basis, but these numbers are taken straight from the Twitch statistics. TTO2: 3-45 minutes. TTO3: 7-14 minutes (25.3%).
Hi humans. Back in the All-Stars game of 2013, Riot let the viewers preview Magma Chamber, a new 1v1 and 2v2 map coming to League of Legends. If you can’t tell from the image, Magma Chamber is a map designed to look like middle lane, but much smaller. There is only one turret (because once one turret is destroyed, the owner of that turret loses the game). The rest of the map (including all jungle camps) is also gone. I was particularly interested and looking forward to the release of Magma Chamber because in 5v5 games on Summoner’s Rift, I always get set back by the enemy jungler. I can have complete, dominating control over my lane, then the enemy jungler shows up and makes me instantly lose my lane. I play extremely aggressively, so I usually don’t get much help from my own jungler because I am pushed up so far. In Magma Chamber, I wouldn’t have to worry about another random person interfering with my winning lane, so I felt like I would excel at it. Unfortunately, I found out today that the 1v1 and 2v2 map they released was not Magma Chamber, but instead a modified version of the all random all mid (ARAM) map. The worst part about this map is that the lane resembles top lane, with two bushes placed inside the actual lane. I tried playing 1v1s on the map, and my only two losses so far have been when the enemy player bush juked me about 6 times in a row before I finally died to enemy minions. The worst part is that you can’t even buy wards on this map, so the only real counter play for bush juking is gone. Overall, I’m extremely dissatisfied with this update. I think it’s literally so rushed and bad that Riot was better off just not releasing this update and delaying it some more. Some might claim that I’m being harsher than I should because I have a bias in favor for mid lane, seeing as I’m a mid laner and I basically got ripped off by top lane, but either way, this isn’t up to par with the quality I hope from League of Legends.
Hi humans. I submitted the last final exam essay for my history class today, which marks the end of my first quarter of graduate school. Classes resume again on January 6, 2014, so I have about three weeks of winter break. For those who are curious, the topic of the essay was the reasoning behind the fall of the Democratic party in the 1960s. There are a bunch of things that I’m looking to get done during these three weeks, and some of it involves online stuff. Specifically, I’d like to release at least two new videos – one vlog and one League of Legends stream highlight video – and maybe a third if I get time, including a bunch of unseen footage. I’d also like to stream a few times whenever I’m at a location where I have Internet good enough to stream. So, if you’ve been eagerly awaiting some more of my personal content to be released, those are a few things that you can look forward to seeing within the next month or so.