Half Way Through My Sophomore Year

Half Way Through My Sophomore Year

Alternatively: What Happened to Heated Gaming?

Well, after an extremely long hiatus, I’m back, and with another personal update of what I’ve been doing: my Sophomore year of high school. It’s been pretty easy on me. Nothing eventful or bad really happened. I simply didn’t have the motivation to continue this blog as I had a lack of content to write about that wasn’t already blowing up across the internet. However, today, I decided to go back to it as I’ve gotten back into the class where I started this blog. Today, this blog is revitalized at least for another half of a year.

As for this blog, I believe the way forward is to do content relating to what I’ve been playing. Expect synopses of a rather good moment from certain video games that make me want to write about them so that all of you could perhaps find a new favorite game… or if the moment is a bug-ridden mess, you know what to steer away from getting. The old series I promised may or may not make a return, as that depends whether or not I find the inspiration to create something of significant value to continue them with. In short, expect more content to deal with gaming experiences and less to do with tutorials. I’m still going to try to give out gaming news, though.

And lastly, the Heated Gaming podcast. This podcast will be continuing sometime this year, and will likely not experience a hiatus on the level of what this blog has experienced until now. My friend and I now have the resources to continue the production of the Heated Gaming podcast at the same quality, allowing us to create more episodes. Over the as-now unknown time until our next production, we will be planning a schedule to create new episodes, and solidifying our format. Expect a new episode some time this quarter.

TL;DR: I’ve been having a rather nice Sophomore year of high school and plan to revitalize what I’ve been making on this blog and continuing the Heated Gaming podcast that I released a pilot for last year.

However, this blog is ultimately for the enjoyment of you, the reader. What do you think of these changes I plan to bring in the end of this half-year hiatus? Do you have your own suggestions on how I could develop this blog and the Heated Gaming Podcast? Or, perhaps, you just want to talk with the guy behind the blog. If you fulfill any of these criteria, leave a comment down below.

My Favorite Moment of My Freshman Year

My Favorite Moment of My Freshman Year

So, out of everything in 2016, I realized blogging was not my favorite platform for content creation. It feels a bit too response-less, and even though that may be from the small amount of traffic coming into my blog, I can derive much more enjoyment from another weekly content model: Podcasting. Podcasting allowed me to talk with a friend about recent events in gaming, and can easily provide multiple viewpoints without going into the eventual war zone that the comments will eventually become. Thus, finding out about how easy it was for me to slide into podcasting excited me. While the Heated Gaming podcast may be on hold until resources and free time are easily available, it will continue in due time.

Podcasting had its epiphany moment during the recording process. As I went over articles from larger gaming news sources, I was able to get quick thoughts and was easily able to start an intellectual debate. No flamewar, no hassle, just a nice conversation. It flowed better than I had thought it would, and while editing was a bit tedious, it was no issue once I had gotten into it.

However, something almost stopped me from finding out how enjoyable this could be. During the research process, I found the process of finding and rewording good information difficult, as there was plenty of insignificant news to sift through in order to find what people had wanted to hear. I pushed myself through the process (along with outside help, of course,) and eventually finished the minor news. There, I found my next roadblock.

The major news proved even more difficult to find than the minor news, as it’s not every day that you get something groundbreaking or an AAA release coming out. I soon realized that the timing would have to be looser than that of the minor articles, and once I accepted that, I was able to find what I needed. Luckily, at the time of writing, the first episode of the Heated Gaming podcast had came within a week of the Prey demo and the announcement of Call of Duty: World War II. While I have changed my stance on the game, it provided news enough and my temporary excitement helped fuel the energy needed for my first episode.

After pushing through these two complications, I found that I heavily enjoyed podcasting during recording. Overall, I believe this has one message to people: Stick with something to the end, even if you’ll do it only once. You may find that you enjoy it. If any reader has their own stories pertaining to this theme, summarize it in the comments below.

Dear Myself,

Dear Myself,

This a letter to my future self, as I wish to see my current self’s goals completed. However, I know that I will need encouragement, and as such I am writing this letter to keep myself pressured to complete the goals I have laid out for myself here. In the future, when I am a Senior in my high school, I wish to have the goals I set out here analyzed to see how much my goals have either changed or if my goals have been completed. I know I may change a lot from here until then, so I will have this as an eternal reminder, at least, of who I was now.

My first goal is to establish my brand. Heated Gaming may not be a household name by the time I get out of high school, but I plan to at least have some semblance of a following. Whether it be Heated Gaming’s podcast, blog, or my KhansTrillby YouTube channel, I hope to be able to entertain and possibly inspire people worldwide with my work. After all, the sooner the better, as the human life span is short in the grand scheme of the universe.

My second goal is to have written a book. Even if I do not establish a brand where I can directly connect with an audience, I hope to have become an author where I can spread my ideas of the world, however cynical, inspiring, or joyous they may be at the time. My books, hopefully, would put forward a feeling of hope towards the future, despite everything being insignificant as to not matter in the end of everything, as everything would have had meaning to who made it.

My third goal, as I know will stand in my mind, is to have progressed towards becoming a software engineer. I wish to work on computer programs, and perhaps create a stalwart defense against viruses and ransom-ware that people may rely on, especially with large organizations such as the NSA having proved to be unreliable in defending the very weapons of cyber warfare they planned to unleash and allowing said weapons to be utilized by petty thieves.

My Community, Video Games, and the Radio

My Community, Video Games, and the Radio

With the rise of competitive college gaming, my mind has recently turned to the possibility of school teams for competitive gaming in a more mainstream format. One of the things that I’ve considered is asking my high school if they were willing to host a fundraiser to start their own competitive team(s.) It would help to build school spirit, as I know that at least I don’t really pay attention to high school sports. Thus, with the addition of more things people may care about such as competitive gaming, I believe the school could see its spirit enhanced.

Our local radio station is WEEM, and it usually is capable of hosting fundraisers or just getting attention in general. The radio station could conduct a fundraiser, which could serve as an interest survey into a possible competitive gaming team for the high school. Plus, there is a league dedicated to setting up high school tournaments for competitive gaming in North America (the High School Starleague. No, that is not a typo.) At worst, the best argument for a competitive gaming high school team would be additional profits from advertisers and tickets for the tournaments.

Considering how much popularity eSports has garnered, I would say that missing out on a growing fan base and getting experienced players early would be a huge missed opportunity. If the high school would try to take advantage of this, the two biggest challenges would be getting the equipment and finding the players. Not everyone is suited to become a competitive gamer, as reaction times are so fine as to the point where milliseconds can mark victory or defeat in a video game. High-end gaming PCs (so that a player’s performance would not be “bottlenecked” by the quality of the system they are running on) also run quite a high price, and a minimum of 6 (most competitive games feature teams of six) would be needed. Preferably, we’d have 12 systems, so that another team doesn’t have to lug what could possibly be 20-pound, fragile machines across the continent. However, if the school is willing to either pay for this or have a fundraiser pay for it, I believe it could pay off in the long-run. All that is needed after the equipment is gotten is the voice of WEEM.

My Summer Plan

My Summer Plan

By: Leonard Dixon

Here’s the end of the Heated Gaming (formerly “The Game Station”) hiatus with my summer plan. After all, I am still in school (currently a freshman in high school.)

First of all, I plan to build a brand new enthusiast-level gaming PC. I wanted to get the most out of my experiences in games such as Dark Souls 3 and Overwatch, and as such, sought to get the funds to build something higher-tier than anything I had before. This means that content related to video should be of a higher quality than seen before.

Here’s the specs of my planned PC:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel – Core i7-7700K 4.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $336.88 @ OutletPC
CPU Cooler Cooler Master – Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $24.88 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Asus – STRIX Z270-E GAMING ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $186.89 @ OutletPC
Memory Kingston – FURY 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $126.87 @ Jet
Storage Western Digital – Blue 250GB 2.5″ Solid State Drive $82.67 @ NCIX US
Storage Western Digital – Blue 4TB 3.5″ 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive $117.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card Gigabyte – GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB AORUS Video Card $714.33 @ OutletPC
Case Rosewill – NIGHTHAWK 117 ATX Full Tower Case $95.98 @ Newegg Marketplace
Power Supply EVGA – SuperNOVA G2 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $109.85 @ OutletPC
Optical Drive Sony – AD-7200S-0B DVD/CD Writer $45.43 @ Amazon
Software Malwarebytes – Anti-Malware Premium + Anti-Exploit Premium (1 Year Subscription) Software
Software ESET – NOD32 Antivirus 2016 (1 Year Subscription) Software
Monitor Acer – GN246HL 24.0″ 1920×1080 144Hz Monitor $182.99 @ B&H
Monitor Dell – P2415Q 23.8″ 3840×2160 60Hz Monitor $369.00 @ Amazon
Keyboard Corsair – Vengeance K65 Compact Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Wired Gaming Keyboard $59.99 @ Amazon
Mouse Logitech – G502 Wired Optical Mouse $59.99 @ Amazon
Headphones Logitech – G430 7.1 Channel Headset $39.98 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $2583.62
Mail-in rebates -$30.00
Total $2553.62
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-05-08 10:42 EDT-0400

Secondly, I plan to properly launch the Heated Gaming Podcast. Keep in mind that it will likely be updated more consistently than my blog, as I find it more enjoyable to create and that it’s easier to relay a higher volume of useful information to my readers and viewers.

Last, but not least, I plan to open up a personal YouTube channel under the name Khan’s Trilby, and begin uploading some easy-to-make content for people who like my personality to enjoy.

Overall, there’s a lot more Heated Gaming content coming up sooner rather than later. Speaking of brand new Heated Gaming content, why don’t you check it out? Links to the first episode of the podcast and my YouTube channel (not yet fully started) below.

Heated Gaming Podcast EP. 1: https://soundcloud.com/user-663092911/heated-gaming-podcast-episode-1

Khan’s Trilby:¬†https://www.youtube.com/user/TheEpicVideoDudes (Old URL, will be changed ASAP.)

Overwatch PTR 1.8 and team comp!

Overwatch PTR 1.8 and team comp!

Header Photo Credit: CreativeOllie ESWC OpTic Gaming via photopin (license)

As revealed on the Overwatch PTR update that released a few days ago, Bastion, D.Va, and Mercy got massively buffed. These changes (especially to Bastion) could drastically affect the team compositions pro-players decide to use. Today, we’re going to analyze how each of these changes could affect the frequency and the situations these heroes will be used in.

First of all, as stated before, the changes to Bastion are a massive net buff. While his Sentry mode’s cannon got a net nerf, his Recon, self-heal, and Tank mode all got a buff. With Bastion’s recon weapon becoming similar in spread to Soldier 76’s with extremely similar damage and a shield-busting sentry mode (which could affect how much Reinhardt is chosen against an enemy Bastion,) we could see a shift in the pro meta that reduces the amount of Soldier picks and drastically increases the number of Bastion picks.

Second off, D.Va’s Defense Matrix was buffed to reduce the distance an object needed to travel in order to be neutralized. It’s now more on-par with the abilities of Reinhardt’s shield, as it’s able to get rid of Roadhog hooks and Tracer’s pulse bombs. While she may not be a dedicated tank like Reinhardt, she’s becoming a much more viable backup when Reinhardt’s shield goes down. In combination with the Bastion buff, we could see a higher amount of D.Va picks rather than Roadhog, or the return of the Triple Tank meta.

Mercy also got a buff, in that she now becomes invincible like the rest of her teammates when using her Resurrection ultimate. The developers of Overwatch stated that the reason for doing this was that Mercy usually died immediately after using her ultimate in a useful way. They wanted to make sure that Mercy was able to stay in the fight after using her ultimate so any team that had her would have a higher chance of winning. However, we don’t think it’s enough to put her back in the meta.

But, what do you think of the recent PTR release? Do your expected changes in the meta differ from ours? Leave a comment below telling us what you expect and why.

Also, sorry for missing our Wednesday post, but we didn’t want to release any bad training tips for our viewers.


The Schedule

The Schedule

As I have realized, this blog is going to need a schedule for its posting, and as I believe, my viewers should know what that schedule is. So, this will be a short post going over my future schedule:

Tuesday: Trickshot day (If enough have been submitted!)

Wednesday: Tips/Training Day

Thursday: News Day

That said, I need trickshots for tomorrow’s post! Send a YouTube link to your own trickshots in the comments below!