Social Engineering or Trolling In Online Games

Social Engineering or Trolling In Online Games

The thought of being manipulated by someone towards an agenda that does not reflect your own can leave a seriously bad taste in your mouth. An approach some may think harmless can leave others clueless; Social Engineering is often times used in more serious and often illegal parts of the workings of the world. In gaming it can be used in LoL Champion Select to dodge a toxic player or to keep morale up by rewarding your team mates with encouraging comments on their accomplishments and reassuring them of success in their faults.

On another thought. Taking advantage of someones feelings towards a particular subject and causing them to over react in a very negative way is openly harmful and typically used for no benefit except ones own enjoyment. Trolling can be described in many ways but for this post I am referring to the typical griefing addressed to enemy players and team mates alike by the “troll.” Examples could be racist comments in all chat directed towards a particular enemy based off of stereotypes associated with the summoner name or most effectively griefing a team mate.

Of these two common passive aggressive outlets in video gaming which is to be considered worse? I honestly already know what you are saying. Riley, you are just so stupid. Sincerely, the few who read your posts. Well its true at first glance these two very different behaviors do not seem the same and mostly people understand trolling because it is something they constantly battle. The other side to this is the negative impact both have on the individual player who is viewing them.

lol_trundle_by_tekkanomaki_chan-d65ylieWhen faced with a troll its obviously negatively impacting the game. Unless you can somehow challenge them to win you will probably lose. They want to be fed and its an easy game to be played at that point. They might even offer you criticism. But most likely they will just continue to troll you.

When faced with an engineer you most likely will not even recognize the situation as being what it is. You may even feel good about it and about yourself. They could have offered you some delectable treats of good praise or reassurance in an area where otherwise you could have improved. They are not trying to help you. They are trying to help the team have maximum morale for more likely success.

As shameful as being passive aggressive, I myself have sadly participated in both acts. I do admit that trolling can bring enjoyment. This type of behavior is unacceptable however given that my own feelings become completely wrapped up in the game and I am left feeling disappointed and longing for more engagement. Very sad. On the other hand. Analyzing the battle and looking for opponent weakness and ally weakness and engaging them accordingly has worked wonders and often times wins games.

Boosting morale is top notch gaming practice. Being a team player is more important than even skill in my honest opinion. Recognizing priority and actively engaging in psychological and sociological warfare is just as much a part of the game as hitting your skill shots. If you ever find yourself feeling like trolling why not try being creative and approaching the game from a different perspective. Enjoying others pain at the expense of your worthless attempts is just sad. Why not engage the mind and attack the prowess of the enemy mind unit.

In the end is it right to grief or deceive your team mates?


What are you watching: Vikings

What are you watching: Vikings

So ive been wanting to start a TV Show/Anime and Movie section of my blog possibly even some vlogs and other blogs. This is pretty much going to be my first little rendezvous into that type of area outside of video gaming. IMO all of these artistic outlets can inspire video gaming and have inspired it vice-versa. I find myself currently enthralled on the show Vikings.

The accents are pretty discern-able yet foreign. The time period is well represented and believable. The characters are human and distantly familiar. I’m new to the series, only seven episodes in, and I already want to be a Viking 😛 I really enjoy this series and would recommend anyone who loves good storytelling and action/adventure to check it out. My personal favorite character so far is Floki. Assume the worst when he gets a scene as insanity ensues.

So what are you watching?

LoL AFK: To report or not to report?

LoL AFK: To report or not to report?

OK so Im a little frustrated right now. Ive literally had an afk for the last 5 games in ranked solo q. Only one was a rage quit and I definitely believe it should have been reported so I did. Toxic behaviour like that just isnt good for the competitive scene in League of Legends. The others were seemingly different and I dont quite know how to justify them but yet I also dont feel like they should be penalized even though my score will be penalized.

The servers have been kinda laggy lately and I realize this is probably the reason behind these peoples DC(disconnect from the game). Its kinda rough to come back from a 4-5 minute absence and succeed like you never left. Odds are as soon as the enemy team notices you are a man down they will start pressuring and baiting team fights. Of course if your team is smart they will play safe but lets face it. IM IN BRONZE LOL. Half the team didnt even realize someone went afk in the first place and the other half are tunneling so hard that an easy support kill right in front of an unmarked bush looks great. The baits. SMH.

Left with the screen of DEFEAT my question is: To report or not to report?

Retro Gaming Emulation: howto and whyto

Retro Gaming Emulation: howto and whyto

This ones for all of you out there whose disks are broken, your pockets are deep with lint, your laser wont read, and the motor doesn’t spin as fast. All your base r belong to us.

sonicgifThis is in celebration of my favorite Retro Gaming website EmuParadise 15th birthday and also just honoring all Retro gaming and the Emulation of retro systems and its games.

First of all, I would like to thank the online community for making this possible. All of the open source development is really pushing the envelope and making for better experiences to be had. There are a lot of things that can go wrong with our old gaming systems. Beyond repair? Probably not, but beyond my willingness of time to dedicate to repair? probably for now. lol. This is my thought process for emulation and why it is so common nowadays. As most everyone owns these games and systems anyways it is an oppurtunity to revisit titles on a new frontier and platform.

In order to get into Emulation one must simply be willing to learn how and have access to a computer with their own rights. Be prepared to dedicate some time to reading and trouble shooting. You might also want to have an up to date antivirus. I use Avast. The premium membership offers a sandbox similar to sandboxie.

Grab your system here at emulator-zone . They also have the GPU software and other plugins that may make the game more familiar to you like Controller Plugins. The setups can be difficult coming in with a fresh perspective but its really quite simple. You will also need the system firmware or BIOS which can be found here romcollectorcoool

After that you will need games which of course can be found at and all of these services are offered for free. As you can see it can be quite easy to be a cool kid nowadays. Thanks for reading 🙂

25 Life Lessons from Video Games

25 Life Lessons from Video Games

1. It may take a few tries, but life gets easier once you figure out the patterns.

– Punch Out (NES)

2. Once you buy a house you’ll never be in debt again.

– Animal Crossing (GC)

3. Look both ways before crossing the street.

– Frogger (Atari)

4. FISH because your princess can always wait a little longer

– The Legend of Zelda (Console)

5. If you don’t like someone then eat them.

– Kirby’s Dreamland (NES)

6. First Aid Kits are absorbed through osmosis

– Any FPS (PC/Console)

7. Animals have money inside them.

– Final Fantasy (NES-PS3)

8. If you need money for pizza, sell your window.

– The Sims (PC)

9. Never waste your diamonds on a hoe.

– Minecraft (PC/PS3)

10. Your unborn children make awesome weapons.

– Yoshi’s Island (SNES)

11. If you try really hard, work your ass off to become awesome at what you do, you will probably lose your significant other.

– World of Warcraft (PC)

12. Real men sleep in their armor

– Every RPG ever (PC/Console)

13. A person’s blood volume often exceeds 78 Litres.

– Dragon Age (PC/PS3)

14. Eat food you find in the trash is good for you

– Double Dragon (NES)

15. Someone being the wrong color is a perfectly okay reason to attack them.

– Halo (PC/XBOX)

16. You can search all your life but your princess will always be out of reach

– Mario Bros. (NES)

17. Bears will fuck you up way more than dragons.

– Skyrim (PC/Console)

18. There is no problem that a change of wardrobe can’t solve.

– Mario Bros. 3 (NES)

19. No matter how strong or powerful you are, some scrub will take you out with a death spell.

– Final Fantasy (Console)

20. Always deviate from your objective, there will almost always be loot.

– Any Game (pc/console)

21. Duck bullets can’t kill a dog.

– Duck Hunt

22. Life’s a water temple, deal with it.

– The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time (N64)

23. Sometimes the universe just hates you.

– Tetris (NES)

24. Certain herbs can be used for “Medicinal” purposes.

– Resident Evil (Playstation)

25. No matter how hard you try, you will die in your underwear.

– Ghouls and Ghosts (NES/SNES/Sega)

Economics of LoL

Economics of LoL

Deep in thought I found myself wondering what it is about LoL that has me so wrapped up and always wanting more. Disturbed by the obsession with the game I began to contemplate ways to GET said “more” out of it. Here I am a 23 year old man playing competitive e-sports. The average LoL player is between 21-30 years of age so I fit right in with that demographic but when I watch the LCS I cant help but feel old. The pros I see are rarely older than me if any are at all. According to this post the pro player Ocelote makes close to 1 million a year.

This has me worried b/c how can I recently unemployed(though promising prospects of jobs are making themselves known to me on a daily basis) begin to really advance in this system of LoL. I would like to progress in my rank and hold some renown to my name. I do not have said budget to even come close to be able to access all of the necessary Runes or Champions to make such leaps and bounds of practice in order to make progress. Believe me after crunching the numbers and doing the research I feel somewhat hopeless in this effect.



The amount of IP needed to own ALL Runes:133785IP average amount of time it would take to accrue this much IP based on a 50/50 win ratio including daily win bonus is 38 days of straight play 24 hours a day. NO RP BUYOUT!

The amount of IP needed to own ALL Champions:477450IP average amount of time it would take to accrue this much IP based on a 50/50 win ratio including daily win bonus is 135 days of straight play 24 hours a day. With an RP buyout at no less than $600!

Together these would require an individual to play the game for more than half a year straight. All of this aside I know there are folks who dont mind playing their limited supply of champions and just enjoy having fun in blind and draft normals but if you ever feel like you need more out of the game think about these stats.

Im not going to go into the rest of the costs bc I feel like this is substantial enough. Given that if someone were to spend that time working would be able to receive over $30,000 for their time at $.25 above minimum wage at a period of more than half a year considering that the salary for $7.50 is $15,000 a year at 40 hours a week. This game has become more than a fulltime job for many people and increasingly continues to make revenue based off of these inflated prices of ingame currency.

So if you have ever wondered how it is possible for LoL to possibly make money then here is my question to you. How much is your time actually worth? The money comes from you especially when you are only spending $5 at a time for RP.

The Mean Chow Lean Diet

The Mean Chow Lean Diet

OK so this is a bit different from my usual post and for many reasons I just think that people need to know about this product. Nissin Chow Mein. First of all I only heard about this product through a youtube video this lady who is seeking money made to feed herself begging. I didnt think much of it at first like she’s probably really poor or something but it just really started playing on my heart strings when she started crying and.. I was hooked.


Looking to my roommate “WE HAVE TO TRY THIS STUFF!”

30 mins later we are unwrapping the package and reading the instructions. I got the chicken teriyaki and emptied the little package of dried chicken and vegetables into the plastic container. Filled it up to the line with water and set the microwave up for 5 mins. The wait seemed like forever. My mouth was watering. My eyes already filled with tears from the joyous occasion. As I heard the beeep beeep beeeep of the microwave I jump into action removing the container carefully inserting the sauce flavoring and mixing it til a perfect coat of deliciousness covered the entirety of the 75 cent noodles.


The moment of truth!


Since then I have come to find a favorite; Spicy Teriyaki Beef. I like to add some chicken and a little golden mountain sauce.