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Middle-aged man plays Overwatch, part 4


So far, Lucio seems like the easiest hero to play. Lucio has ranged-based (30 virtual meters) healing power that’s always on, so even if you have absolutely no skill in hitting buttons or targeting, by merely being next to your team members and not dying, you are helping the cause.

The best way to avoid dying is to always be moving. Running around in circles, zig-zags, or whatever, makes it hard for anyone to pick you off, and any damage you pick up that doesn’t kill you is quickly healed up by your always-on healing power.

Occasionally there’s an enemy hero in front of you, and clicking the left mouse button here to fire your “sonic” gun will result in a kill. I’ve had a few successful games where I killed more enemy than I was killed myself.

”Mystery Heroes” game mode

I discovered this game mode in which you are randomly assigned a hero, and then randomly assigned a new hero after you inevitably die. This is the best way to learn all of the heroes. Even if you plan to “main” one or two heroes, you have to know what all of the other heroes do in order to be good at the game, because you need to know what your other team members are trying to do, and you need to know what to do when you see an enemy hero. For example, if you see an enemy Reinhardt, you don’t want to get close to that guy if you’re playing Lucio! But there are many wimpier heroes that you can take down as Lucio in a 1v1 duel if you get the drop on them, even if, like me, you suck at aiming your gun.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

March 12, 2017 at EDT pm

Posted in Nerdy stuff

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  1. When does middle age start? 40, 45, 50, or maybe even 30, if people have short lives.


    March 12, 2017 at EDT pm

  2. I have a suspicion this is a very rare case of watching someone attempt to play a game being more entertaining than actually playing it. Middle aged (like, over 25 in the case of shooters) gamers tend to prefer military simulation type games like the ArmA series. Overwatch is nearly as twitchy as Quake III. Doom is at least merciful enough to limit the players to 2 real dimensions.

    Have you ever tried VR?


    March 12, 2017 at EDT pm

  3. Everything has gone build.


    March 12, 2017 at EDT pm

  4. Sounds boring and stupid. You should embrace middle age for the understanding it gives you that life is too short for wasting. Does anyone die wishing they’d played more video games?

    prolier than thou

    March 12, 2017 at EDT pm

    • Given what we know about psychology, I’ve always found it weird that we put so much stock in dying people’s preferences. Are the idealized preferences of someone so deep in “far” mode necessarily the best way to live one’s life?

      Jokah Macpherson

      March 12, 2017 at EDT pm

      • It’s a figure of speech, it isn’t meant literally. Perhaps dying people have very banal thoughts. But the idea behind the phrase is that death is a moment when it no longer matters what other people think, nor all the ephemera and ‘noise’ of life that may have distorted people’s true priorities; and that in that frame of mind people are capable of thinking about what had really mattered and reflecting on the true value of their life in the light of that.

        prolier than thou

        March 13, 2017 at EDT pm

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