Over the last few weeks I have been in a serious downward spiral in the world of online gaming. The games I use to love have been making me want to whip my controller across the room and it has been getting worse daily. Of course competition sometimes gets the best of us but usually I will go into a small slump and then pop back out for a period of time where I am on top of my game. However like I stated before that is not how the last few weeks have been. In every single competitive game I play, Rocket League, Overwatch and Heroes of the Storm, I can not for the life of me gain any ground. I feel like I have been forever hexed and a part of me wants to just say forget it and give up these types of games completely.
Hello to all! It has been some time since I have been able to write here and to be quite honest I have missed it. I miss talking about the games I have played and the new ones yet to come, I simply miss all that I have done here. The reason I have been away is because I have been running an eSports Organization called “Minor League Doubles“. If you are a long time reader than you will know I started this Rocket League Organization about a year ago and over the last couple of months it has grown much larger than I thought it would. But I am not here to talk about that, it is just the reason I have been away.
Yes! It is true! HalfShelledHeroGaming.Wordpress.Com is now HalfShelledHeroGaming.Com! I am finally rid of the subsite and HSHG stands alone! This is a great moment for me as it comes during a time of great pride. Last night if you didn’t catch the Epic Aerial Podcast (which if you didn’t, you should start doing!), they revealed their new look, equipped with new logo, overlays, wallpapers, and social media banners! Why is their look so important to me you ask? Well… I created it!
For those of you who don’t know, I am also a graphic designer and I have done a lot of work over the last few years for multiple businesses and social media personalities. While all that is a feat all on its own, watching their reactions and the comments from their viewers was just heart warming and is something I definitely will not forget. This is why I decided to add on a NEW page to my site titled DESIGN WORK so anyone who is interested in having some Graphic Design work done by me can check out some of my previous work and click the link on the page to get in contact with me directly!
On top of all that, I have decided that my NEW .Com would not be complete without my own STORE! I now have a Store linked to the top of the page and it gives you access to HSHG Tee’s and Hoodies (more to come soon)! Go check it out and see for yourself, BUT I warn you… you may be tempted to buy 1!
This is a day I want to celebrate and remember for a long time. I hope that the good times keep rolling and this leads me back on the path to my dreams and all of my goals!
Yesterday was my 60th day of HalfShelledHero Gaming and on that day I went over 1,000 views and 100 likes on WordPress.com. I know it is not a lot but for once in my life I am not focused on the “numbers”, as I am just enjoying the journey that I am on right now. Even though the numbers are not staggering by any means, it got me thinking about how I got to this point and how excited I am for the future I believe is in front of me. I wanted to share a little bit with you about how I got to where I am today so I hope you enjoy the ride!
I was born in the late 80’s and from the get-go I was in LOVE with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! My life has always included the turtles in one way or another. I remember playing the TMNT game for the NES when I was still really young, but my favorite TMNT game of ALL-TIME was Turtles in Time on the SNES, I must of beat that game a million times! I have Leonardo tattooed on my arm, TMNT PoP Figures on my wall, memorabilia for days, seen every movie and every cartoon, but the point here is TMNT and Video Games are two of my first loves in life.
Fast forward to after High School, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with my life. I ended up bouncing from one dead end job to another, life was pretty crappy. I decided to head back to school and received a Business Degree (that has yet to prove its worth) but still… It wasn’t what I wanted to do. It wasn’t until towards the end of College and thereafter where I realized that I really enjoyed three hobbies, video games, writing and graphic design. Looking back now, I don’t know how I didn’t come to this conclusion sooner. I LOVE to create and have been my entire life! I could go on about all the projects I have done over my life but I will save that for another day.
So with my new found direction in life figured out I started a “Entertainment” website where myself and a friend covered just about everything from Sports, to Video Games, to Movies, TV Shows and so on. It was called “On My Radar Entertainment” and I did everything from writing blogs to creating the logo’s and banners, wallpapers, video graphic, video editing, I mean we went all out. The problem was, I was putting in so much work and effort that I started to become frustrated with how little support and numbers we had.
Luckily with the help of my friend and my work on “On My Radar” I got a contributor spot for “WhatCulture.com” and I was pretty excited. I wrote 2 articles for them that tallied 248 thousand views, received tons of compliments and people were finally engaged in my work. Compare that to the 2 or 3 views a day with 0 comments and 0 likes doing “On My Radar”, you could say I was thrilled. However, those 2 articles would be my last. I quickly learned that I could not just write whatever I wanted, I had to choose from a list they had available and it was first come first serve and to be honest I felt their ideas sucked. That’s not me being sour that’s me being 100% honest, and I hated their template. Everything HAD to be in a list, Top 5, Top 10, Top 20, I hate those types of articles (you can see why I always say “this is not a list of who or what is better”). I left the position very soon after and went back to work on “On My Radar Entertainment” which I soon let die because What Culture pretty much sucked the life out of my joy of writing.
From there I started my own Graphic Design Brand (Wayman Designs) and I began creating for others. I designed logos for local companies around my area, I created some T-Shirt Brands, and really fell in love with my work as a Designer. Then the biggest thing to rock my world since Diablo 3 was released, Rocket League hooked me from the very beginning. I fell in love with Rocket League and I wanted to learn more about it, talk more about it and amerce myself in the world of Rocket League, so I got the band back together and started “On My Radar Entertainment” back up again.
We tried for a couple months but it was the same story all over again, lots of work, no reward. We kept pushing through but it again became stagnate, however I got another opportunity to write for another website! Sportster.com I believe was the name and while I didn’t 100% want to write sports, I thought it may be a good opportunity. Going in to my first article, once again I had to choose from a list, as a matter of fact, almost everything about the Sportster was basically a knockoff of WhatCulture.com. But back to my point, they didn’t really talk about sports… instead of “Top 10 Running Backs in the NFL Who Were Traded Before They Were Big” it was something like “Top 10 Running Backs in the NLF Who Have Aids”… Almost every single thing on their list was about, Players cheating, or Child Support, Diseases, and so on. That’s not what I wanted to write about so I left them as well before I wrote even one article.
Then it hit me! Everything I was doing was so broad, and with or under other people. Why don’t I do something on my own, fully. No pressure, don’t watch the numbers, just write about what you are passionate about. I thought, “Why not do a Rocket League blog?”. Brilliant!! My PS4 name is HalfShelledHero so Ill name the blog “HalfShelledHero Gaming!”. My first 5 articles were all about Rocket League and that was great, but I really wanted to talk about the other games I was passionate about… Like Diablo! What was meant to be a Rocket League only blog has turned into a place where I come to talk about everything I am thinking about in the world of gaming. Whether it be my thoughts on upcoming or newly released games, Heroes of the Storm, Diablo, or my very own Rocket League… League, the Minor League Doubles.
I feel in 2 months HalfShelledHero Gaming has turned into a solid growing extension of who I am and where I want to be. 1,000 views and 100 likes may be peanuts to 248k views and many of the other popular bloggers out there but I am enjoying myself 248 thousand times more than I was at any other point in my writing career. To those that have joined me along the way, I appreciate you and your support!
I hope to grow HalfShelledHero Gaming into one of the top Gaming Blogs out there. I am not focused on the numbers like I said, but growing the HalfShelledHero community is something I try to do everyday through my articles and social media. I want to have the opportunity to prove that all my hard work over the years has not been for nothing and that my dream of making it on my own is well and alive.
I hope you enjoyed that little piece of my Origin Story, I am actually considering writing a book about my entire story thus far, the good and bad. What do you guys think? Am I interesting enough to warrant a book?
I wanted to write a little bit about myself and how the Diablo franchise has impacted my life. It isn’t everyday that something becomes apart of who you are and where you’ve been. I have been playing the Diablo series since I was about 13 years old. 13 man! I am almost 30 at the time I am writing this. Throughout these many years of joyous entertainment brought to me by Blizzard Entertainment, I would of never even heard of the game if it wasn’t for my father.
My father was a BIG gamer, without saying he is the one that shaped me in to the HUGE gamer that I am today. Though my dad was a BIG gamer, there is only 2 games I remember him playing for YEARS, Madden and Diablo II. My father introduced me to Diablo II somewhere between 2000 and 2001, and I was HOOKED. At the time we only had 1 computer, and since my dad was addicted to the game I would only play while he was at work. But my all means, I PLAYED when he was at work lol. I remember when the expansion was coming out, “Diablo II: Lord of Destruction”, we woke up early, got some breakfast and my father took myself and my cousins to the mall and we waited in line for the store to open to get our hands on the new game.
My true LOVE for Diablo really grew when I was given my grandfathers old computer, and though it was SLOW as !@#$, it got the job done (and by job I mean run Diablo II). At this point in time my dad went out and bought me my own copy of Diablo II equipped with the expansion and my father, myself and my cousins would play endlessly. Weekends were chewed up by Diablo and Baal runs (Baal Runz 101 < Haha, only D2 players will get that), rushing each others characters and getting attacked by my fathers character at the nearest waypoint because he liked to be a dick like that haha.
I remember the skill trees (which some say is better than the format they have running in D3), I remember the Arcane Sanctuary, Mount Arreat, the Chaos Sanctuary and opening Diablo’s seals (I remember 3 of them, could have been 4 though). I remember my father and cousins having handfuls of characters at LvL 99 while I would get sick of grinding somewhere around the mid 70’s and start a new character lol. My father would always have a Sorc that was decked out in all the best gear, my cousins preferred the Amazon, myself, I LOVED the Necromancer. He was (and still is) the best character in the entire game, in my opinion. The Bone wall, the Poison Nova, the Bone Spear, Skeletons, and Golems! He is the greatest! EVER!
We played Diablo II for a good 7 to 8 years before we all sort of put it to rest. We would all at one point or another, get the itch and want to play again. We would install it and start our new character, but we would all be itching at different times so we never really all got back together. During those last few years of Diablo II and a few years after, we were all thinking “why wont they make Diablo III?”, we had read a bunch of articles stating there would be no Diablo III, Blizzard was more involved with World of Warcraft, so I went on with my days looking for that NEXT “Diablo” like game. I found a few but nothing could beat Diablo. I lost touch with my cousins as they were off doing their own thing and my dad and I never quite bonded over anything like we did with Diablo. It was like… something was missing.
Then, it happened! It was announced Diablo III was coming and I couldn’t of been happier! I remember it being about a year or even 2 before the release that it was announced. I looked out for and watched EVERY single video they posted about the game and I would relay that message to my dad. He was on the fence about even getting the game, he thought it would be a let down and never really reach that Diablo II greatness. Not to long after that, I got into the Diablo III beta and got my father into it as well. We could only play up until we beat the Skeleton King but man did we play the !@#$ out of that beta. I was hooked, there was no doubt in my mind that I was going to get it and thanks to me getting my dad into the beta he was hooked as well. Now all we needed to do was wait until the game released.
Once the day came, it started to feel like old times again, my father and I had something we REALLY bonded over. My Fiancé (then girlfriend) even got a copy to play with us, and even 1 of my cousins would join us a couple times a month to cut down some demons. Though everyone wasn’t as “all in” as they were with Diablo II, my Dad and I definitely were. We would play almost every day, and just when things would start to feel stale, a new update would arrive and there would be something new to do or work around. We were just as excited for the Reaper of Souls expansion as we were for D2: LOD! I swear he was like a walking Diablo encyclopedia, he knew all the best sets, builds, weapons and all that. Where certain items were and how to get them, his characters were stacked, just like in Diablo II and more of the same I trailed behind. From my days on Diablo 2 to my days on Diablo 3 I never had a character where I LvL’d them from 1 to MAX by myself. My Dad was ALWAYS there to help me out (I’m not complaining, I loved it). He would pass me down his old gear, but it was the best gear for me! I would learn something new from him every time we played.
I remember last January (2015), I had come home from work and me and my Dad planned to hit some rifts for the better part of the night. Once on we played for about 30 minutes or so and he promptly signed off. Said he wasn’t really in the mood to play that day. So I thought okay, well then tomorrow I said. That chance never came because my father passed away that night. After the dust settled and life had to go on, I couldn’t jump back on and play Diablo anymore, my life long Diablo partner, by father was gone and any time I would try and just sign in, as I saw my characters I would just shut it off. It wasn’t the same anymore.
I literally stopped playing Diablo the day my father died, but I never uninstalled it from my computer, it was always there and I would always look at it every time I used my computer and in my mind I would always say “No…” and forget about it until the next time. Recently I heard news about the new update and Season 5 was on its way, I never did a Season character before, and all the videos showcasing the improvements and earlier improvements I was unaware of made me WANT to play again.
I did, and with out even realizing it, I started playing again on the same day, one year later from which I stopped. I created my favorite D3 character the Crusader naming him after my father and went from 1-70 for the first time without him. When I play I no longer want to shut it down, I play and remember the times we shared, the funny moments and all the times my Dad was my Dad. Like I said before, we didn’t have many things to bond over, and most of the things we bonded over, he would also bond with my brother over. So Diablo was OUR thing, it is the thing that reminds me of him every time I sign on to play.
If he was here now, he would be loving the new improvements they have made to the game. We would have done about 2 or 3 season characters at this point lol. But none the less, I have traveled back to Diablo and have begun writing a new chapter, hopefully taking me to Diablo 4 at some point (where they will bring back my damn Necromancer, I’m sorry the Witch Doctor couldn’t fit the Necros boots) and beyond so I can share the same enjoyment with my son as I did with my father. Thank you Blizzard Entertainment for giving me great memories with my Dad.