Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Super Mario Galaxy 2 Tips

Here is link to a good walkthrough for Super Mario Galaxy 2.

Monday, August 30, 2010

League of Legends Tips

Here is 10 different starter tips for the game League of Legends.

1) League of Legends is a TEAM game. I'll say that again...League of Legends is a TEAM game. Don't try to be a hero when you are just starting. If you try to do too much as a beginner, you will end up being the reason your team loses the game.

2) Do NOT Die. I cannot stress this enough. Most players come from games like World of Warcraft, or real time strategy games, where losing a a single unit isn't really a big deal. While it may not seem like a huge issue to be dead for 30 seconds, it usually means your enemy players will gain a level or two and 100-200g that you did not get, and it only gets worse as the game goes on and the death timer is increased. Also, while the experience rules have been changed recently to prevent things from snowballing, it can still happen. If you give a good fighter or mage character 3 or more early kills, it is going to take at least 3 of you to take him down, and that's if he's alone. Overpursuit is probably the most common type of death, but is easily avoided, and will get your teammates frustrated very quickly.

3) Attacking a champion causes everything computer controlled in range to attack you. This includes minions and towers. As a new player, hitting an enemy champion anywhere near a tower should be completely avoided until you know what your limits are.

4) You do get a constant stream of gold, but your main source of income is killing minions and champions. You receive gold for getting the killing blow on any minion, or for getting a champion kill or assist. Your entire team gets gold if a tower is destroyed (100g) or if anyone kills the dragon minion (165g). It's very important to not be passive in a lane, you should be trying to kill minions as much as possible.

5) Call missing in action (MIA) champions. For the first 15 minutes or roughly 10 levels of the game, and at lower summoner levels and ELOs, players tend to stick to thier lane while they build up skills and gold to help in the end game. Laning can often leave players in vulnerable positions. It is your duty to inform your team mates when someone is not in your lane so they know to be on thier guard. A simple 'top mia' is sufficient, naming the champion is better ('annie missing top') as it helps others know what to expect. The best thing to do is to combine the this with pinging the map (alt clicking on the mini map is the fast way) a few times in the general direction the player went.

6) Pay attention to the map. At a minimum of every 15 seconds (I personally am closer to 5), you should take a glimpse at the map and see where all of the enemy champions are. If you are in a vulnerable location (more on that in a second), and none of the enemies are showing on the map, odds are they are coming for you and you should head to safety immediately. If you can see all multiple champions harassing an adjacent lane, you should be ready to come and help your teammates. If your teammates have the entire enemy team occupied at a tower on the far side of the map, you should be pushing toward the enemies base for as long as it is safe to do so.

7) Don't be a laning robot. One of the biggest mistakes I see from beginning players is that they fall into laning and pay attention to nothing else. If you die, the first thing you should do when you respawn (or even while you are dead) is look at the map. Starting as soon as level 10 (although usually more around 12), you should very rarely be alone, and most of the killing and tower pushing will be done with most or all of the team together in one place. If your lane has minions pushed all the way to the other side of the map, and the enemy is near your base in the opposite lane, don't feel compelled to stay in the same place.

8) Know your escape route. If you are alone, or with just one other teammate later in the game, always be aware of how far you are from the nearest safe spot (tower or your base). If you have a short escape route, you can be a little more agressive. As the game progresses, you should be VERY cautious about being on the enemies side of the map alone, because escape will be virtually impossible if you run into more then one champion.

9) Support your teammates. I've put a lot of stress on not dying, but it's important to not be a coward when your teammates are involved. If you have a fight that is anywhere near close, it is better to die fighting with your teammate then to let them die unopposed. If your lane partner is being attacked by enemy champions, you need to put the pressure on them as much as possible. Remember, the team that dies the least is usually the winner, so it is just as important to make sure that none of your teammates die if you can do anything to avoid it.

10) Play every champion at least once. It's the best and fastest way to understand what thier capabilites are, and what tactics opposing players will be using to try to kill you. I have seen countless deaths as a result of a player not knowing what the champion they are fighting is capable of. For example, Rammus has an ability that forces you to attack him for a few seconds. He ABSOLUTELY must be early game when he is near a friendly tower, or when he taunts you, you will be attacked by the tower and surely die. Even if it's only practice games against bot opponents, you should try to play every champion right away, even if it's only once.

Bonus Tip!

11) Don't take the game too seriously, have fun. It can be very tough as a beginner in League of Legends because it is very easy to be the reason your team loses the game, and people are quick to vent thier anger. Since normal games are the only avenue for matched play right now, the pool includes people of all experience, skill, and dedication levels. That means often there will be people who are hardcore and only care about winning on your team. Don't sweat it. Riot is working on ranked games, and when that comes in, it will be a much better environment for beginners. Just try to be an attentive teammate, have fun, and the rest will come!

StarCraft2 Tips

Here is a list of some really good tips and general guidelines.

1) Starcraft Etiquette

Starcraft is incredibly competitive and many of the players you will meet have been playing for several years now. Basic etiquette is not only polite it is expected by most. Most games will begin with a goodluck wish. Most often "glhf" which simply means Good Luck Have Fun. The game host may add dd to the welcoming as well which means Don't Die. At the end of a game the loser should be graceful and players will end with "gg" which means good game. If you felt that your opponent was very skill you may say "wp" which means Well Played. All in all it does not matter what you say so long as you are polite and friendly.

2) Hotkeys & Shortcuts

Probably the most important key to success in any RTS is the use of keyboard shortcuts and hotkeys to speed up your game play. Starcraft is designed with this in mind and everything is at your fingertips. You just need to learn how to use the tools available. Some players will often change the assigned keys to suit their play styles and you should experiment until you are comfortable. You will not regret the effort you put in once you see how much better you will play.

3) Learn the Jargon

Like everything in life and all other games there are abbreviations and jargon to master, Spend some time paying attention to the phrases used and google those you are unsure of. 

4) Workers are key to success.

Worker production should never stop, you will need a strong cash flow if you want to have a chance at victory. Starcraft II is geared around 3  workers per geyser or mineral field however never forget that you will need to saturate another resource location at some point being able to do that instantly can be the key to victory. Idle workers are lost income or production. Keep them busy and don't be quick to sacrifice them and focus on disrupting enemy production by killing workers when the opportunity presents itself.

5) There is no interest on resources saved.

Spend and Spend more, Each player will find a comfortable balance to maintain in case of emergency vs the spend to maximize production. I normally hover around the 500 mark once the game settles. Having low resources while maintaining constant production is the first clue that your macro is taken care of.

6) Build orders

Learn and practice build orders, tweak them to suit you play style and review the statistics after each match to see how your build order compares to the opponent. You may find clues to improve your skill level and minimize wasted time. It is important to scout early using a worker to find the enemy and to get clues about their tactics and build orders which will help you adjust on the fly to respond. Continue scouting throughout the match in order to keep tabs on your opponent.

7) Leave Micro until Macro is solved.

Don't get caught up in the Micro until the Macro is looking after itself. The last thing you want is to make big mistakes while you try blink back stalkers. Once you have sorted out all the Macro issues you can spend time on the Micro, Micro is often the difference between winning and losing but can be distracting when you are still learning the game.

8) Learn the Races and Units

Knowledge is power and in Starcraft knowledge about the strengths and weaknesses of each race are valuable if you want to succeed. Play the challenges and learn about the counters. Learn the maps and use it to your advantage and beware of potential choke points or use them to your
advantage. Playing the campaign will also teach you lessons about the units and in some cases like "the dig" you will learn tricks like commands queues.

9) Practice makes Perfect
Keep practicing and spend time watching replays to learn tricks that you may not figure out yourself.Get a sparring partner to play against often and it helps if it is somebody you can chat to afterwards about tactics. Read the forums and ask questions if you need assistance. The official forums are very helpful and the players are polite when helping others.

10) Stop and Think
There are times when the above tips will not be enough to save you, be creative and respond to new threats quickly. Analyze your opponents strategy and exploit any weakness.

Xbox Live Gold

I know this isn't really a "game tip" per say but i guess it could be considered a tip to by xbox live gold cards now.

As I thought I should inform everyone that there is a Xbox live price increase coming November 1.

I extremely dislike how they are raising the price even more and not really giving us that much more content but here is the details on it:

Xbox Live Gold subscribers might want to renew before November 1, when the price of a yearly subscription to the service jumps $10 in North America.
According to a post on Major Nelson's blog, after eight years' of Xbox Live at the $50 a year price point, the service is finally seeing a price hike. Starting on November 1, a year Gold subscription to Xbox Live will run $59.99, versus the current price of $49.99. One month subscriptions will jump from $7.99 to $9.99, while three month subs will rise from $19.99 to $24.99.
Other regions will be seeing increases as well. In the UK the price of one month will jump from 4.99 GPB to 5.99 GPB. The price of a month in Canada rises a dollar to $9.99. Finally, a year subscription in Mexico rises from 499 to 599 pesos.
Microsoft is running a special deal right now for U.S. customers, allowing them to lock in a year at $39.99, $20 less than the new rate. For details, visit the deal website.
Jesse Divnich with industry analyst EEDAR sent out a statement accompanying the news, insuring consumers that $60 is still "an incredible value."
"When originally launched in 2002, a Gold subscription cost the same as an AAA video game, $49.99. When taking into account for inflation ($50 in 2002 is roughly $60 in 2010) and the additional services available to Gold subscribers in 2010, such as ESPN, Facebook, Twitter, Netflix, and Video Kinect, a $10 price increase still represents an incredible value to consumers"
Whether or not $60 a year is an incredible value is ultimately up to consumers. What say you, consumers?

Uncharted Drakes Fortune Tips

Here is a link to a really good Uncharted Drakes Fortune walk through for those who are stuck on some missions.

Halo 3 tips

Here is a link to some really good Halo 3 tips.

Gears of War

Having problems with Gears of War? Here are some basic strategic tips that you can try.

Use Cover
  • This may seem pretty obvious, but using cover will make you a smaller target and will also make you more hidden. Seeing any enemy before he sees you is a huge advantage for you, and cover can get you this advantage.
  • Using the cover button can also help you move faster around the map. One helpful hint when moving is to move from one covered spot to another covered spot. This will keep you moving quickly around the map and will also make you a hard target to hit.

Falling Back
  • If you get yourself into a bad situation, don't be afraid to fall back. Gears of War is all about who advantages and disadvantages and you can help regain the advantage by falling back to a safer spot on the map.

  • Flanking your opponent will force them to seek cover from multiple angles and to worry about mulitple targets. A good flank will often end with you getting a frag or your teammates getting one. Make sure to be careful when flanking, as the enemies may be hiding and waiting on you to do so.

Active Reloading
  • Hit the reload button and watch the upper-right corner of the screen. Notice that meter that slowly trails right? Wait for the meter's needle to match up with the white area near the center of the meter. Press the reload button a second time at this point and you'll execute an active reload and speed up the usual reload time.

Using Stealth
  • Taking the first shot on your enemy is a huge advantage, especially after you get your aim to a good point. You should try to be stealthy, quiet, and a small target whenever possible to get this first shot and also to prevent the enemy from getting an easy shot on you. 

Megaman 10

Having a tough time killing the bosses in Megaman 10?

Heres some tips on what items to use on which bosses for maximum damage:

Strike Man
Use Blade Man’s Triple Blade

Commando Man
Use Nitro Man’s Wheel Cutter

Pump Man
Use Sheep Man’s Thunder Wool

Sheep Man
Use Strike Man’s Rebound Striker

Nitro Man
Use Chill Man’s Chill Spike

Chill Man
Use Solar Man’s Solar Blaze

Solar Man
Use Pump Man’s Water Shield


Ever get stuck on the old NES game Contra just because you always run out of lives?

Try entering this button combination.


During the title screen.

Castlevania: Harmony of Despair game tip.

This is a tip on on the location on all of the hidden items in Castlevania: Harmony of Despair for the Xbox 360.

Each Chapter has a Secret Item in it that provides a tremendous boost to your
item score at the Chapter's conclusion.  You cannot store or use them in any
other way.
Chapter 1 - On the left hand side of the map, in the room with the flea men and
giant green bells, slide underneath the lowest bell and jump to make it appear.
Chapter 2 - Play "Bloody Tears" on the Piano,
Chapter 3 - After Menace smashes the area to pieces, dive kick through the exact
center of the stage (the background's nexus) to make it appear.
Chapter 4 - Enter the dark area on the far right of the map to make it appear.
Chapter 5 - Use the mirror at the top of the left tower, then stand in the dark
room next to the chest and hold Up to make it appear.  You will need to climb up
to catch it.
Chapter 6 - Climb the building to the right of the boss staircase.  When you're
at the top, hold Up to make it appear.  You will need to jump to catch it.

New Blog

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