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Overwatch review

After installing an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti video card into my computer, I was ready to play a modern game, so I chose Overwatch because it’s one the most popular games out there. In fact, at the moment I’m writing this, it’s the second-most watched game at Twitch, behind League of Legends.

Alas, I suck at this game. Bullets flying all over the place, my aim sucks and I can’t kill anyone, enemy players keep sneaking up behind me and wiping me out.

I guess I’m too old to play a game like this.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

March 9, 2017 at EST pm

Posted in Nerdy stuff

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  1. If it’s like only a day, you might need to give yourself a bit of time to adjust. You probably not even used to the shooting mechanics much less nuances of various characters (like some are not really meant to to kill). Telling yourself you’re too old is kinda self-fulfilled prophesy when you only give that amount of time to learn as I’m pretty sure younger people don’t become that short of a time period.

    Dreamer

    March 9, 2017 at EST pm

    • In college I hated first-person shooters because it took so much time and experience to get good enough to the point where playing online wasn’t torture.

      In college!

      Sure, maybe you can get too old for a game, but a lot of it is that you need to dedicate a few dozen hours to not be an absolute novice.

      Sid

      March 10, 2017 at EST am

    • I agree. I admit that I’m not a spring chicken, though it seems I’m also a good deal younger than Lion. I was initially terrible at Overwatch, but I eventually got OK. My advice is to find a character you like and focus on always playing that one. I figure the kids are busy mastering every character, and there’s like 20 characters, so you should be able to get good with 1-2 characters in a fraction of the time.

      If you can’t aim, Junkrat is a pretty good choice. Just focus on lobbing grenades in the enemy’s general direction, or where you think they’re headed, and you’re bound to hit something. You can also play him more safely than some of the others, hanging back and minimizing your direct exposure to the enemy.

      But it’s also possible this isn’t your kind of game. Frankly, I think this one is more for the kids. In movie terms, it would be Transformers or Fast and Furious. You might be able to get some enjoyment from it, but there are better options out there.

      Wency

      March 10, 2017 at EST am

    • Agree. Maybe you’re too old to get good at it really really fast but not to learn it.

      On the other hand, I’ve never put in the time to get good at these types of games and don’t really care; I don’t feel like I’m missing out on anything.

      Jokah Macpherson

      March 10, 2017 at EST am

  2. OT. One concern I have always had is that Robotics could result in a massive welfare state that would require little human intervention.

    I have written about this as a Dystopian Science Fiction concept here (http://www.ramayana-3000.com/the-chickens-tale/) The basic premise is Robots serve Mankind faithfully but this leads to humans becoming domesticated. This domestication process profoundly changes human relationships from monogamy to polygamy, eventually leading to civilizational collapse and tribalistic barbarism.

    The human domestication process is explained by illustratively comparing it to the domestication of the wild fowl. In the wild, the jungle fowl mate monogamously. The male builds the nest and provides for the hen while the eggs are being hatched.

    Among the domesticated breeds, mating is polygynous with roosters fighting each other to climb to the top of the pecking order. Domesticated roosters have regressed and no longer possess the skills necessary to build nests or gather food.

    Shankar S

    March 10, 2017 at EST am

  3. Lion what kind of computer do you have? Also playing games with certain equipment is really bad. You should try a human benchmark test to get an idea of what your abilities should be like, reaction times correlate with IQ somewhat so you shouldn’t be that bad.

    http://www.humanbenchmark.com/tests/reactiontime

    If you think its really far off from what it should be, you should try seeing what your monitor specs and mouse specs are. This can make a difference of about 60 milliseconds. Adjusting certain settings in the game can also give you an extra 20-40 milliseconds in input lag reduction.

    Rex

    March 10, 2017 at EST am

  4. It is possible you are aging out of gaming. I used to game (PC) and I reached a point, back in the Warcraft 3 days, that I finally said, “I’m done.” I just lost interest after that. On the other hand, a friend of mine 4 years older than me bought a new gaming console recently so…who knows?

    Mike Street Station

    March 10, 2017 at EST am

    • Yes, I think that’s it. So sad.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      March 10, 2017 at EST am

      • I like aging, at this stage at least. You have both wisdom and physical strength so this age is the best in a way. Aging is a good thing.

        Yakov

        March 10, 2017 at EST am

    • I’ve hit a similar wall. Games and game formats that I enjoyed 5-7 years ago now strike me as boring. I appreciate the unique stimulation of games (unsure how to qualify that stimulation other than ‘relaxing’), but I simply routinely fail to find many games entertaining anymore – a couple of franchises excluded. I really have difficulty finding anything worthwhile to play, and go long periods without buying or playing any game.

      At the strong risk of sounding like an antisocial gamer (I’m not): I get that its better to have IRL hobbies, but an occasional video game fills a total relaxation hole that not much else can (other than sex – but other than the relaxation factor, which is different between them, I’m not comparing the two activities).

      Though, it may have less to do with the aging of any game, or my alleged maturity, than it has to do with burning out dopamine pathways on the stimulation. Maybe a part of that is that game design has obviously stalled, with a few exceptions listed later below. When VR becomes the new standard, things will likely feel invigorated.

      Lion, I recommend that you try the Mass Effect series. Start with Mass effect 2 (3 is okay but inferior). Mass Effect 2 might be the most well balanced game that I’ve ever played, having merged great FPS gameplay and roleplay (I’m not a fan of RPG games, but ME2 nails it for the average gamer). Haven’t played 1.

      Bioshock 1 and 2 are great and are the most replayable games that I’ve ever played. I could probably replay both once per year if I had the time, and still be well entertained. Both are excellent. Bioshock 3 is pretty but sucks pretty hard, otherwise, imo. It’s too political and they changed the gameplay for the worse.

      I also like the Borderlands series for mindless but entertaining FPS and point-reward dopamine stimulation in a colorful fantasy setting. Start with the original. The levels are well designed and will keep you involved in the game: but only if you don’t need anything more complex than blasting baddies and leveling up. It’s not a thinking man’s series; but that’s also a big part of its charm and value.

      For a more rewarding experience, I can’t recommend Portal 2 enough. This game would make my top three favorite games of all time. When you get done with that, and are in the mood for another puzzler, then buy the Talos Principle. It’s no Portal 2 imo, but it is unique and still rewarding in an above average manner.

      I also very much enjoyed Fallout 3, but I don’t think that I’d spend the time on it now. In contrast, I couldn’t get into Fallout New Vegas. If you have a lot of time to kill, and patience, then FO3 is a good game.

      Last, keeping with the apocalyptic theme of the Fallout series, but departing from its cartoonishness in comaprison, is the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series. I recommend STALKER, Shadow of Chernobyl to start. The key is to download and install the freed mods available for it online, especially an up to date textures pack. Also look at the others. This game will likely take a little while to get into (it sat on my PC for a year before I committed, but in the end it turned out to be the msot atmospheric, and thus genuinely creepy and fun, games that I’ve ever played.

      The above recommendations should keep you busy for a long time, and most of these games are super inexpensive now.

      Dave

      March 11, 2017 at EST am

  5. Happens to all of us, brah.

    peterike

    March 10, 2017 at EST am

  6. Lion, as a long-term reader (about 7 years now), I would like to request that you speak in depth to your early financial independence/early retirement experience.

    Anon

    March 10, 2017 at EST am

    • I second this. I’ve always been fascinated with the idea of living without working, and would love to know how someone who’s doing it is doing it. Lion seems very reluctant to say anything about himself out of fear that his real-life identity will be discovered and the thought police will come after him for being an HBDer, but surely it would be possible to address the subject without revealing personal details. Commenters have asked about this numerous times and Lion approves the comments but doesn’t even acknowledge the question.

      Hermes

      March 10, 2017 at EST am

    • We know Lion has a sweet rent controlled apartment that is probably like $1350 a month, and by now has probably inherited a half share of a $600,000 to 900,000 SI house. He also made some decent cash in iRobot but underperormed the bull market by putting too much in oil stocks.

      Pop

      March 10, 2017 at EST pm

  7. My nephew loves this game. I should have bought NVIDIA stock after he mentioned several times that he absolutely needed to upgrade his GPU.

    Gavin

    March 10, 2017 at EST am

    • Holy, NVDA tripled during the last year.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      March 10, 2017 at EST am

      • My teenage cousin and the my co-worker’s teenage daughters love snapchat – so there’s another stock tip for you.

        Gavin

        March 10, 2017 at EST am

      • Scott Adams is pessimistic on SnapChat and I figure his Instagram model girlfriend would let him know otherwise if it was still the thing all the cool kids were using.

        Jokah Macpherson

        March 10, 2017 at EST pm

  8. You should take up a game more appropriate to your dormant talents. Might I suggest running for local office? You’re living in a small town now, right?

    Curle

    March 10, 2017 at EST am

  9. It’s funny that video games have now been around long enough that they are like music: you think the ones you grew up with are the “best” and don’t get the newer ones.

    SJ, Esquire (formerly Samson J)

    March 10, 2017 at EST am

    • This is not all the case. Newer games are much more shallow than older games because the amount of money required to create a “AAA” game is enormous. This means the games have to be simpler to appeal to a wider audience to make their money back. Your comparison is just wrong.

      NotWesley

      March 10, 2017 at EST pm

      • Right. Nothing remotely similar to this ever happened with music.

        Jokah Macpherson

        March 10, 2017 at EST pm

  10. I played a game system for a couple of years in middle school. After that, I never really played again. My kids have one but I don’t play it. I occasionally play board games and card games. Maybe online chess and Words with Friends (aka Scrabble). But those are just online versions of board games.

    I don’t see what all the fuss is about video games. Perhaps it’s like alcohol, tobacco and drugs — I’ve never used them so can’t understand why others do. Regardless, I have real hobbies like sailing, hunting, etc. First person shooter video games sound gay compared to the real thing. This is real first person shooting right here.

    destructure

    March 10, 2017 at EST pm

    • Re alcohol, I sometimes wonder how people get by in life without it? Studies show that higher income people tend to be higher than average drinkers and I’ve always assumed that alcohol consumption was a near necessity to developing the social network necessary for upward social mobility. Sure, many of us know successful Mormons but to the extent I’ve been able to keep potential professional enemies at bay and friends at hand it has been through alcohol related social events. Both neutralizing the potential opponents and reinforcing the friends.

      If you ever read anything on GE in the 90s you learn that only the drinkers got promoted. Plus, it is an acceptable way for men to congregate together and build work related alliances without fear of some HR grievance related to women. I know that among the male drinkers at work, when a drinking companion crosses over to the realm of the non-drinker it is considered a considerable loss to the ‘team.’ A lot of work gets accomplished after hours over a beer.

      Curle

      March 10, 2017 at EST pm

      • Donald Trump disagrees.

        Actually, now that I think about it, 3 of the last 4 Republican presidential nominees have been non-drinkers (W only after a mid-life conversion).

        Jokah Macpherson

        March 10, 2017 at EST pm

      • I think the mistake is assuming that you can only attend social events where everyone is drinking if you are drinking yourself. It’s definitely a loss to the team if a drinking companion becomes an anti-social dweeb but if they’re still cool and don’t mind hanging out, who cares if they’re not keeping pace on the shots or microbrews?

        Jokah Macpherson

        March 10, 2017 at EST pm

      • One thing abstinence does, slowly, is to allow your prefrontal cortex to recover to the point where you process emotions better / easier. Unless one intends to drink their way through all trying times, this is a competitive advantage. However, recovery of brain function is never fast (and especially of GABA pathways).

        Abstinence is better for productivity. Not having to recover means getting more done.

        But I agree that the social aspect of abstinence is tricky.

        Paul Fussell may have categorized the necessity to drink for advancement as a cost of the middle class. A primary signal of middle class status, as per the middle class work environment, is the requirement to signal belonging to the group. Upper class individuals, having more independence and class security, can likely better get away with a reasonable amount of abstinence while observing little to no effect on their career.

        The flip side of that is that the upper class may be less likely to be voluntarily abstinent, and even less likely to advertise it. the primary difference being that their drinking is probably more likely to be driven by actual leisure than a de facto career requirement.

        Dave

        March 11, 2017 at EST am

    • I think the short explanation is they hack men’s problem-solving instinct in the same way porn hacks men’s instinct to chase women or sports hack men’s instinct for aggression. Your point about real hobbies is well-taken but in many cases video games offer more immediate feedback versus more tangible hobbies which can be frustrating to learn at first. Many modern video games are especially well-calibrated to provide just enough challenge to be interesting and mete out just enough reward to be satisfying and keep you hooked.

      Most guys become pretty habituated to video games as kids, too, since they don’t have cars and there aren’t many opportunities to play outdoors with other kids other than organized sports so what the fuck else are they going to do? Even when they become adults and have more options, because of the habituation, they default to the familiar.

      Jokah Macpherson

      March 10, 2017 at EST pm


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