Showing posts with label gaming. Show all posts
Showing posts with label gaming. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Shocked after knowing that I spent £1394.45 on Blizzard Entertainment's Hearthstone

In Summer 2017, my friend from Lebanon introduced me to one legendary collectible cards game called Hearthstone. Here is a short summary of Hearthstone's success from Wikipedia:

Hearthstone, originally Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, is a free-to-play online collectible card video game developed and published by Blizzard Entertainment. Having been released worldwide on March 11, 2014, Hearthstone builds upon the existing lore of the Warcraft series by using the same elements, characters, and relics. It was first released for Microsoft Windows and macOS, with support for iOS and Android devices being added later. The game features cross-platform play, allowing players on any supported device to compete with one another, restricted only by geographical region account limits.

The game has been favorably reviewed by critics and has been a success for Blizzard, earning nearly US$40 million per month as of August 2017. As of November 2018, Blizzard has reported more than 100 million Hearthstone players. The game has become popular as an esport, with cash prize tournaments hosted by Blizzard and other organizers.

Up until 1 January 2019, I've played it probably for hundreds of hours. It has been a fun and portal game. Here is a video on Youtube of me playing against a Twitch streamer:

However, Hearthstone is an expensive game. According to an article from Polygon, Hearthstone costs on average 400$ per year:

Blizzard released Kobolds and Catacombs, its latest expansion for Hearthstone, on Dec. 7. The expansion adds 135 new cards to the game, and brings some interesting deck possibilities into the mix, but players are getting frustrated with the increasing cost of keeping up with the game’s competitive scene.

Both the games media and prominent community voices have started talking about how incredibly expensive this game has become, and the data supports their unease. It has never been more expensive to play Hearthstone competitively.

The fact that I've spent that amount of money on a video is insane. Despite my love for Blizzard's Hearthstone and despite the fact that Hearthstone is extremely expensive, I feel that this was a case of serious and reckless spending. I've taken the decision to not spend any money anymore on this game.

I was able to compile a list of all purchases from invoices and put them in a PDF, which is public and you can see it or download by clicking here. Here is a snapshot of the file:

In total, here is the amount spent in three currencies:


Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Won't be able to stream on twitch in 2018

I have promised many of my friends to start streaming Hearthstone on, in fact, I even bought a gaming laptop to do that and even tried to test stream once on YouTube:

However, after doing some research it turns that the current restrictions of my Tier-4 visa in the UK prevent from 'being an entertainer' and streaming myself into gaming could fall into a category.

According to 'Guidance on application for UK visa as Tier 4 student', you cannot be 'be employed as an entertainer' and streaming on twitch could fall into that category. At worst, this could be undertaking self-employment in the UK which is not allowed:

I would have loved to stream Hearthstone as my passion for that game never cease to end. I do play 1-2 hours daily and have bought many packs already.

After consulting a law firm the UK, they have advised me not to stream until I am either outside the UK or switched to a visa that allows me to do that.

It is expected that I stay in the UK until September 2018 unless I find a job opportunity or pursue further academic studies in the country. 

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Rise of The Tomb Raider (2015) review

I've finally finished playing Rise of The Tomb Raider (2015) and without a doubt this is one of the best games ever made.

Rise of the Tomb Raider is an enterprise computer game created by Crystal Dynamics and distributed by Square Enix. It is the spin-off of the 2013 computer game Tomb Raider (which is a game that I've played as well). As of today, the game has reported to have sold 7 million copies.

The game was immensely enjoyable with a solid story campaign, gameplay mode without outfits and many weapons that are upgradable.

The game was immensely enjoyable with a solid story campaign, gameplay mode without outfits and many weapons that are upgradable. For some reasons, the gameplay is up on YouTube. This is not meant to be used as a walkthrough and uploaded only as for a future reference to me:

You might want to check the game's beautiful soundtrack: