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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas Eve Wrapup - Raptr Top 20 and Elite: Dangerous

It's Christmas Eve, and I just had a couple of things I wanted to push out before the festivities consume my attention.

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First out the gate, the Raptr's Most Played PC Games November 2014 Top 20. There are no real surprises here. However, I will point out Dragon Age: Inquisition (DA:I) is the highest debuting release since The Elder Scrolls Online (TESO) in April. TESO debuted at position #5 in the April but was off the Top 20 list by August. I've read a lot more positive about DA:I than TESO, so I see it hanging out on the Top 20 list for at least as long as TESO if not longer. It really depends on how fast die-hard DA:I players can complete the game, and how soon DLC content for DA:I releases. If the DLC content is quickly released and as kick ass as the game itself, perhaps DA:I will become a regular contender for a spot on this list... like the other new addition this month - Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

But really, the only two games on this list that are really, really doing well are League of Legends (LoL) and Word of Warcraft (WoW.) Even though LoL lost considerable play time, it still came out on top. The two games together account for one out of every four hours played by Raptr members. That's impressive.

One thing I find personally troubling is there are no games I currently play on this list. I don't know if that makes me avant-garde or simply out of touch. Perhaps it's neither. I don't really do first person shooters. I had enough of that RL thank you very much. I also have decided MOBAs are just too much rinse, lather, repeat to keep me interested long-term. I tried LoL. I generally enjoyed it, but how many times can you play a specific champion before it bores you to tears? I mean really, it's the same thing over, and over, and over. I don't get enough thrill out of pwning other players to be that entertained by it short or long-term. I tried switching between different champions for a change of pace, but that can really piss off those with whom you play. Teammates want someone they can count on, not a champion noob who can't get them to the victory screen. I don't blame them. If I had larger aspirations for my game play in LoL than just to have fun it might be different. But that makes it a job, not a hobby. I've got one of those already.


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The other thing I wanted to talk about is Elite: Dangerous (E:D.) I've got over 30 hours invested into the game and am still enjoying it immensely. I sorted out my controller issues over the weekend. It seems I had a corrupt custom file. I found some guidance on the Elite forums and deleted the appropriate files. They are automatically recreated and your custom settings are not lost. The new file functions much better. I've only one odd behavior left concerning the POV1 switch. I have to press ESC and then resume the game after undocking in order to reset my power levels. Until I press ESC, it seems POV1 is still locked in UI mode. It's odd, but I can live with it.

About all I've done in Elite: Dangerous over the 30 hours I've invested is trade. I've only been successfully interdicted once, and I got away with only 25% damage and no cargo lost. That was after I moved from my Sidewinder to a Hauler. I've upgraded the Hauler several times so it now handles 16 tons of cargo a run and has better power and thrusters. Those upgrades allowed me to just flat outrun the pirate who interdicted me. I also traded my basic scanner for a docking computer. Docking in E:D is not nearly as difficult as the Original Elite, but it can still be a time-consuming process. Whoever numbered the docking pads inside stations is a sadist. There seems to be no rhyme or reason in the number assignments, and I always find myself having to stop and look for the damn pad. I've even misidentified the pad and attempted landings. Once, shortly after becoming a pilot, I received a 4000 credit fine from the idiot docking bureaucrats for blocking the pad... damn mouth-breathers. With a docking computer, the ship just glides right in to the correct pad every time. It's definitely a credit maximizer if you're a trader.

And the last thing I'd like to say is...

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  1. I really hate the docking part even with HOTAS - most of the time I hover get the landing lock and slam down and cut thruster

  2. I ran across the UI focus/power system bug too, but I found an easier way out: I beep the UI Focus button once, and it snaps back to normal behavior.

    And I suspect you're going to love the Cobra Mark III.

  3. Indeed. I did eventually figure that out too. So much easier. I'm still about 80k shy of a Mark III. Put about that much into the hauler... hmmm, I could down fit for cash, but would still need to equip the Mark III. Decisions decisions. LOL.


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