Author Archives: SynCaine

About SynCaine

Former hardcore raider turned casual gamer.

Season Passes are the new hotness, and I’m OK with that

I’ve always been a fan of the subscription model vs cash shops in games. Back in the day this conversation was limited to MMOs, but today basically everything uses some hybrid model, either starting with F2P or a box+shop/dlc. It’s … Continue reading

Posted in Clash of Clans, League of Legends, PUBG, Rant, RMT | 5 Comments

Epic Game Store exclusives I actually care about

In addition to more favorable rates for developers, a big differentiator from Steam for the Epic Games Store is exclusives. Exclusives overall annoy me because I don’t want more Steam-clones to browse, just like I don’t want more Netflix clones … Continue reading

Posted in Mass Media, Random, Rant, Steam Stuff | 8 Comments

A game about watching paint dry would sell more copies

I’m going to add another log to the fire that is “Polygon has an article about an indie dev talking about how hard it is to be an indie dev”. I wrote a post about this back in Oct of … Continue reading

Posted in Mass Media, Random, Rant, Steam Stuff | 10 Comments

A return to Pillars of Eternity 2

I’ve been playing some Pillars of Eternity 2 again, prompted by the recent addition of turn-based battle mode. Funny enough, I’m not actually playing using that mode, because while it’s a mode I normally enjoy in games, it just doesn’t … Continue reading

Posted in Random

Working ranked systems keep you at a 50% winrate

I’ve written in the past about climbing the ranks in League of Legends, and how ELO hell is both a myth and a reality. What that post didn’t really talk about is win rates, and how any game with a … Continue reading

Posted in Combat Systems, League of Legends, Uncategorized | 7 Comments

Top AI beats SC pros, who else could it beat?

Bit of interesting news in the world of gaming from a while back; an AI beat a couple top StarCraft 2 players. Here is a link to get you started, but if you dig deeper there is a lot more … Continue reading

Posted in League of Legends, Mass Media, Random, StarCraft Online | 12 Comments

Potential return to Life is Feudal MMO?

Quick note: We might be heading back to Life is Feudal MMO. The game recently released a major update, which among other things includes a new massive map (everyone on basically one ‘server’ ala EVE), offline training (EVE), vulnerability windows … Continue reading

Posted in Inquisition Clan, Life is Feudal, MMO design, Uncategorized | 6 Comments