Moba Choices, Dead Laptops, and Long PC Games

Dear Brian,
How do I choose my favorite game between Dota2, League of Legends, or Heroes of the Storm?

You should play them a couple times and decide for yourself. I’ve spent about a year a piece on Dota and LoL and still haven’t played much of Heroes, aside from a demo at PAX Prime 14 and a quick solo run after building my computer in October. I tried to play online, but the queue times were terrible, so I went back to my fallback, which is Smite.

The reason I prefer Smite over the other 3 is the perspective more closely resembles World of Warcraft than Warcraft 3, which is much more fun for me. It adds a level of difficulty when someone is actually disoriented by crowd control effects. You can actually sneak up on people in Smite, which is difficult to do in the other games.

I was very much a fan of League of Legends until I spent all my hard-earned in-game currency on Heimerdinger and they nerfed his turrets. Back in 2012, I would’ve told you League of Legends, but these days I can barely remember any of the characters in those other games.

Another attraction to Smite for me was the usage of gods. I love taking control of Thor vs Zeus, Ra vs Hun Batz, etc. None of these games appears to be going anywhere soon, so I decided to actually give Hi-Rez (the creators of Smite) $100 or so to unlock all the characters and buy some in-game currency. Hearthstone is the only other free game I’ve actually paid money for so far. It turns out the freemium gaming model does work.

One last point for Smite is even though they do still have a game launcher, you can download the game through Steam, and I’m working on building my Steam library, which thus far is mostly filled with Valve and Telltale Games titles.

For those reading this who may not be aware of the differences, Dota 2 and League of Legends are both pretty intricate with RPG-like leveling elements. Heroes of the Storm is more arcadey and gets rid of gear (which is odd to me since Blizzard is known for its droolworthy gear. Smite lands in between, but closer to the LoL side.

Dear Brian,
What can I do if my laptop instantly crashed?

I have Fujitsu Amilo Li 3710 laptop. It has been running for 4 years now, but today, when I wanted to start it, after connecting the ac adapter(which shows a green led – working) , the blue led signaling the fact that the laptop does charges up is not blinking, so the laptop does not open ! Help !

Replace the battery.

You don’t have enough of a charge left in it to keep the laptop running, even with the adapter plugged in (because it’s still ultimately pulling power off the battery, not the A/C adapter, which is only charging the battery. Except you’re not charging the battery because it’s dead. Remove the battery and plug in the laptop to see if it works. If it does, then use it that way until you get a new battery. If it still doesn’t work, you’ll have to actually open the case to do any further troubleshooting. If you’re not comfortable with that, then buy a new computer.

Of course, you’ll still need to access the information on the laptop’s hard drive, so you need to open the case anyway to remove the hard drive.

Dear Brian,
What are some really good PC games that has more than 100 hours of gameplay?

It depends on what you’re into. MMORPG’s like World of Warcraft and The Old Republic are great games to kill a considerable amount of time exploring online worlds. Shooters like Team Fortress, Battlefield, and Counter-Strike have cult followings and you could easily spend over 100 hours playing them without getting bored. I personally prefer the PC over any console or device for strategy games like Civilization, Starcraft, and Total War.

Also, Moba’s like Smite and League of Legends are great (free) games that you have to invest at least 100 hours in to be able to compete in ranked tournaments for large cash prizes. Hearthstone is great card game with a lot of depth as well (think Magic: The Gathering or Yu-Gi Oh without the constant trash talk).

The only games I prefer on a console are fighting games, and even those can provide 100 hours of gameplay if you’re willing to put in the time. My friends and I have easily put more than 1000 hours into franchises like Tekken and Killer Instinct over the years, mastering combos and battling it out. It just depends on what you’re into.

High-Times-Pot-and-SexBrian Penny is a former Business Analyst and Operations Manager at Bank of America turned whistleblower, troll, and freelance writer. His work has appeared in High Times, Huffington Post, Fast Company, The Street, Lifehack, and Hardcore Droid.

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Brian Penny is a former Business Analyst and Operations Manager at Bank of America turned whistleblower, troll, and freelance writer.

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