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July 20. BLOGGING.

Random image of me with my back to the camera.

So.

It’s 1.44am July 20, 2014 (just starting typing 1999 by accident.. if only!)

I have a few days off from my new job at the YHA (see pic)

aaaaaaaand i am going really wild on my Saturday night in! Playing games, watching films and now blogging in to the early hours of the morning. Unreal.

 

I’ve been fortunate enough to have been active in going to the cinema often, visiting new places, new people, actually living my life again which is great – Good times !

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is an excellent film. It’s truly one of the great sequels of our time. I’ve been anti-3d for a long time, well literally since I ever watched Spy Kids 3d when i was younger. (didn’t mind it before then), and after that’s it’s been just a novelty for me. Captain America was the last time i’d seen a 3d film and i kept thinking to myself. What’s the point in this being in 3d? I’d much rather have a crisp quality image in front of me rather than a much darker image and people out of the screen – which does look good – until there is a lot of fast pace action then it looks blurry or computer animated. Maybe i notice the latter because of my gaming background.

 

I51 me and Iron Man hanging at the bar!

My gaming background is starting to change too. I don’t really play that many games anymore. I have 292 games on my Steam Library boasting an impressive 251 currently installed. I’m not going to sit here and lie to you all and say i’ve played every one of them because i haven’t. I have barely played any of them.

My Xbox isn’t getting played much either.. Meaning no FIFA. This is a good thing though I think. I’m not attending Insomnia 52 due to my sisters wedding, and so what am i really playing for? I don’t enjoy the game as such, i just play to win. If there is nothing to aim for, then why waste my time and play? That being said, i did have a crack at the World Cup ultimate team and was pretty successful. I’m just ready for FIFA 15. I always say this. I’m ready for the next one, sick of this one. It’s a common trend. In fact i can accurately show you a diagram to my FIFA experience over the last 5 years.

 

FIFA Release –

  • First 2 weeks: play constantly, extremely good at the game. TOP 500 globally
  • Next 2 weeks: Hours begin to decline, still pretty good at the game. TOP 1000 globally.
  • Next 3 months: Barely play, complain about the game not being very good, especially after patches changing it/people getting better at the game TOP 3000 globally
  • Next 3 months: Completely stop playing – bored.
  • Next 2 months: Play on and off, lose most of my games, vow never to play FIFA again.
  • Next month: I have a tournament at the end of the month?!!? CRAM IN 200 games in 2 weeks. Who needs sleep?
  • Next month: Start playing again to get myself ready for the next FIFA! Getting myself extremely excited, to the point where i cba to play any more of this FIFA installment.
  • Final month: Literally not touch FIFA as it feels dated despite the fact the new one still isn’t out yet.

It’s vaguely accurate if not entirely accurate to be fair.

I’ve noticed a lot of these blog posts rely a lot on me playing FIFA. This is the last time i am mentioning it this post.

 

I have been able to play some real football too, which is something I’ve shied away from in recent years. I don’t know why. I just get the urge to not play, i don’t think i’m good enough. I know i’m not great – i never was – and i never will be. But i am good enough to play at local level, I really am. But when it comes down to it I just say no, or at the very best play one game and don’t turn up again. The same appears to have happened again. I can’t help it. It is just a bit of a chore to play. It’s not fun.

When you’re 12 and you are having trials with big football clubs, it’s exciting, it’s a future, it’s an escape.

When they inevitably fall through, you just fall out with the playing game I guess. I feel as though football owes me something, and that’s a chip i’ve never been able to get off my shoulders. I love watching it sure, I will never pass up an opportunity to go and watch a game, but to play it myself.. Well. I think I can call myself semi retired / retired. At 23.

 

Cricket is taking over in a big way though. I’m playing for a wonderful cricket club called Jug&Glass. Now this really is playing for the minnows of Pub cricket teams. I love it, i feel a sense of responsibility, loyalty to the team, an urge to play every time the sun is out. What is with me? I used to dislike playing cricket! It’s as if football and cricket just decided to swap one day.

Ted Lander with a glorious shot. We were 48 All Out.

It’s been great! I’ve been playing OK, nothing spectacular. A few wickets here and there, but mostly been impressing with the bat, hitting 4’s and 6’s.. Which makes a change because for a long time i couldn’t even reach the boundary rope..

One of the biggest differences in Cricket is that it’s definitely more reliant on individuals than football is. I enjoy the pressure of going out to bat. Yes i’m playing for a team, but really it’s me vs 11 out there and it’s up to me to stand up and show what I can do. It’s still pretty nerve racking though especially when they are throwing the ball down at a bit of a pace.

 

I don’t really do much writing or anything anymore, i don’t even know who reads this / if anyone reads this, but it’s nice to get some things off my chest every once in a while, because let’s be fair i’m rarely out and about socialising so how else are people supposed to know what i’m up to in life?!

 

Bed time. 2.20am.

 

Video Game High School. So good.

 

 

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The End Of FIFA 13 – The Start Of FIFA 14

FIFA 13

At Insomnia 49 i entered the 1v1 and 2v2 tournaments yet again in a bid to place highly and earn some much needed prize money, something which would kind of justify the amount of hours i spent playing the game trying to get good, as well as satisfy my need to achieve.

This happened as i lost a game on ladder which i found hilarious / the guy was a massive dick. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10153279188985711&l=4465149608182166532

Of course i failed in the 1v1 tournament. This happens every time, although my results were majorly improved, beating Dimitri 5-0, who plays for a pro team, as well as beating CooLage 2-1 after he had recently signed up to a team. Two disappointing 0-0’s, and a last minute 1-0 defeat against unknown players made my game against Dignitas’ own Adam Winster a must win, which i obviously didn’t, i lost 1-0, but considering he is the guy who won $167,000 in Las Vegas in the World FIFA tournament, i can take that and be satisfied with my efforts.

Queue the 2v2 tournament then! It was supposed to be me and Mike Childs in the 2v2 tournament, but he had promised to go with CooLage instead – (they won 2v2 insomnia 48 together which i didnt realise) – and had double booked me, what a douche. (Kidding Mike you’re a lad really) Fortunately my best friends from home Daniel Fern had surprised us all by turning up on the Friday night at Insomnia, he is a great FIFA player and it was a no brainer to partner up with him. In our group we had 2 Sweetpatch.tv admins, a Dignitas player teamed up with Ollie (who is on the same gaming team as Dimitri) and crazily enough, Mike and CooLage. We lost our first game 3-1 against Ollie’s team, they were really strong though, and it was mine and Dan’s first game together. We Drew 0-0 vs Mike and CooLage, but beat the Sweetpatch.tv admins 4-1, which eventually got us through on goal difference despite a lot of confusion all round – I think it’d been a very long day for Dave and the boys. Anyway, we got through in second, and played against the Dutch national champion and his partner, which we ground a 2-1 victory out (honestly don’t know how). In the semi-finals we were up against Insomnia 48 1v1 winner, and the person who knocked me and Jack Cummins out at insomnia 47, eventually going on to win that tournament. Anyway we had a great game which eventually went to extra time and unfortunately couldn’t take it to penalties losing 2-1. That being said we had a great run and definitely put our names out there.

Finally there was one last qualifying match a few weeks after the tournament had ended which i tried to qualify for, but unfortunately i lost in the semi-finals after a 120th minute corner sank me. Gutted.

http://www.sweetpatch.tv/mad-catz-unveiled-fridays-tournament-has-kicked-off/ <– Here is the link to the Bracket.

Overall i would have to say i am proud of my eventual efforts in FIFA 13, i had a lot of down time due to work, but mostly i wanted to hang around with my then girlfriend. I definitely feel as though as I met my own expectations, nothing more, nothing less. The problem i had now was motivating myself to play FIFA 14, and trying to be good all over again.

After my first 3 games of FIFA 14 i said i hated it. It was slow, ugly, movement was horrible, some of the stuff was ridiculously broken, and to be fair i couldn’t get to grips with it. Once i finally overcame that small barrier and i couldn’t stop winning, i suddenly loved every second (shockingly).

My form was great, and after 22 games it read – 17-3-2 (win/draw/loss)

I won every division title on my way up the ladder (besides division 4 i was only promoted)

Although i had lost more games, and drew more, i put this down to playing against better players, that coupled with the fact i was still getting to know the game – and my internet dropping all of the time, it made for the 50-10-15 after 75 games you see there, still not bad, and was enough to put me 749th in seasons 1v1, the highest i had ever been.

Higher? Could i go higher you ask? Well… Yes. Yes i could. I went on to win the Division 1 title with 8 wins in a row after losing my first game, eventually doing what i actually never could do on FIFA 13.

As you can see i eventually placed 159th in the world after that. Which isn’t bad considering it was out of 220,000 people. The top 0.07% in the world (i think.. if my maths is right 159/220,000 x 100 = 0.07)  ?????????????????????????????

Anyway. This was all pre-patch. I have since played 5 games post patch, won 5-0, then lost the rest.. i haven’t been able to pick up Seasons since as i have fallen out with it. It plays horribly and it’s very difficult to score and defend, which makes me bad, fml.

What was the point of this blog ? You may well ask. Well i haven’t updated the website in a looooong time. I even promised a PS VITA review. So here it is. It got boring after 2 weeks and now i’m trying to sell it. There.

Thanks for reading as always i will try and keep posts more regular in the upcoming future 😉

-Josh.

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