The Gambler’s Fallacy And How It Screwed Me

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This is a short post that I decided to make because I have been playing a game called ‘Secret Hitler’ by the makers of Cards Against Humanity with my friends recently. It’s a really cool game and I might cover it in a future post but for now I’d like to explain the trouble my friends seem to be having with The Gambler’s Fallacy.

The Problem

In the games of Secret Hitler I have been playing with my friends, there was a streak of 5 games where I was a ‘Liberal’ and not a ‘Fascist’ (these are roles in the game). Now my friends were convinced that I was a Fascist in the 5th game with no supporting evidence. The reason was because I had gone 4 games without being a Fascist. I tried to explain that they were wrong but they wouldn’t listen (still won by some miracle).

What is the Gambler’s Fallacy?

Firstly, I’d like to clarify that the above situation is mathematically ridiculous. This is not how statistics work. The Gambler’s Fallacy is defined as the common misconception that if you achieve any one outcome more frequently than another, it makes the other outcome more likely as a result. This is not true. Regardless of what result was obtained prior, you are not any more likely to achieve a different result. I would like to point out that The Gambler’s Fallacy only applies to situations where the outcome is truly random.

An Example of The Gambler’s Fallacy

Let’s say, for example that you flip an Unbiased Coin that has Heads on one side and Tails on the other. The odds of you getting Heads are 50% and the odds of you getting Tails are also 50%. Let’s say that, in this case, the result of this coin flip was Heads.

Now let’s say that I flipped another Unbiased Coin with Heads on one side and Tails on the other (directly after that one). What is the probability of getting Heads? (If you are interested in taking part in this experiment then do not read the next paragraph before you choose your answer).

The odds of the second coin landing on Heads are:

50%

If you thought it was 50% then congratulations! You understand statistics or were able to guess the result by judging the direction this post was going (in which case you get a cookie). If you thought it was 25% then you made the same common error that most people make. If you didn’t think it was either of these answers… then I am sorry to say that you are not very good at Mathematics.

Why 50% is Correct

Regardless of what result the first coin flip produced, there are only 2 possible outcomes for flipping a coin: Heads and Tails and, as we established earlier, the odds of getting either Heads or Tails on an Unbiased Coin with Heads on one side and Tails on the other are 50% both ways.

Why you may have thought the answer was 25%

The issue people tend to have is that they consider all the information they have and link it all together. If you got it wrong then I’m willing to bet that you asked yourself what the probability of getting Heads twice in a row is (to which the answer is 25%). But I didn’t ask you what the probability of getting Heads twice in a row were. My exact words were ‘Let’s say that, in this case, the result of this coin flip was Heads. Now let’s say that I flipped another Unbiased Coin with Heads on one side and Tails on the other (directly after that one). What is the probability of getting Heads?’ This question tells you the result of the first coin flip and asks you for the probability of the second coin flip being Heads. Since the first result has been given, you were asked for the probability of getting Heads on a Singular coin flip. Not over the course of two coin flips, just one.

And just because I know someone will think this

I know that someone who reads this post will be thinking something along the lines of “But he just admitted that the probability of getting Heads twice in a row is 25%! That somehow disproves everything he just said!” And to that I say:

No. No it doesn’t.

Why I am Still Right

So in the scenario presented, the person would be half-right. It is true that the odds of getting Heads twice in a row are 25%. However the odds of getting Heads on the second coin flip are still 50%. This is because, in this scenario, we do not have a guaranteed first result. Now the first result can be both Heads and Tails. Now to make this point as clear as possible, I will make a table showing the percentage possibilities of getting Heads and Tails on the second coin flip using all of the information on hand.

Result of 1st Coin flip Percentage chance of result 2nd Coin Flip (showing combination of results) Percentage Chance of Result Odds of getting Heads or Tails (on second flip)
HH 25%
Heads 50% HT 25% Heads = 50%
Tails 50% TH 25% Tails = 50%
TT 25%

Now that it is out there in front of you, can you see it? No? Well I’ll continue then…In this table, we can see that the odds of getting Heads on the first flip are 50% (same with Tails). And then: the odds of getting Heads twice in a row are 25%, the odds of getting Heads and then Tails are 25%, the odds of getting Tails twice in a row are 25% and the odds of getting Tails and then Heads are 25%.

There are two results there that make it possible to obtain a result of Heads on the second coin flip (HH and TH). Then you must add the two probabilities together (25% + 25% = 50%). As you can see, we have a 50% chance of getting Heads on the second coin flip. Similarly, if you were to do the same for Tails you can see that there are two results that end in getting Tails for the second coin flip (HT and TT). Again, we add the probabilities together (25% + 25% = 50%). Again, 50% chance of getting Tails on the second coin flip.

Regardless of how you approach this, if you are trying to find out how likely you are to get Heads (or Tails) on the second coin flip, you should always get a result of 50%.

How this Relates to Me and Secret Hitler

In a 10 player game of Secret Hitler there are 4 Fascists and 6 Liberals. This means that there is a 60% of being a Liberal and a 40% chance of being a Fascist. This works in the same way as the coin flip scenario. In one game the odds of being Liberal are 60%. The odds of you being liberal twice in a row are 36%. However, when that possibility is there, the odds of being a Liberal and then a Fascist are 24%, the odds are the same for the opposite (odds of being Fascist then Liberal = 24% and the odds of being Fascist twice in a row = 16%). Now add the two probabilities that involve being a Liberal in the second game together and you get 60 (and when adding the two results that end with being a Fascist in the second game you get 40). Wait… the probabilities of being a Liberal Versus a Fascist were… 60% and 40%!

…Mind blown…

Final Word

If any of the friends I played Secret Hitler with are reading this then I would also like to point out that, if you look at the statistics, you are statistically more likely to be a Liberal than a Fascist. So yeah. You also have a 10% chance of being Hitler! A sentence I never thought I would type out in my life…

I hope that anyone who read this enjoyed it! If you want to look smart you can impress your friends (and/or Maths Teacher) by telling them about what The Gambler’s Fallacy is. Or maybe you’ll find a practical use for this… I don’t know.

Either way, thanks for reading!

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Dokapon Kingdom (PS2 and Wii) (Important Update)

Alright just to get it out of the way before the main topic, since I have now started my second year of college, from now on I will be uploading on Sundays instead of Fridays. I’d probably keep uploading on Fridays were it not for the fact that Friday is my longest day. Right after college this week I was going to write up this post but thought ‘Fuck it, I’m too tired.’ So… Yeah.

Anyway, main topic everyone! Dokapon Kingdom is one of my favourite games to play with friends (If I had any… WAAAAAA! Nah Just kidding). For those of you who have never heard of Dokapon Kingdom allow me to describe it in 6 words: If Mario Party was an RPG. That is about the sum of it.

The main goal of Dokapon Kingdom

The main goal of Dokapon kingdom is to accumulate the most assets as possible (have the highest net worth) which are gained from: killing monsters, saving towns, beating bosses, completing quests and side quests and also (of course) killing the other players. Your net worth is the sum of: how much gold they have on hand, the value of any towns they may have and the value of any castles they may have. Towns are gained by killing monsters who have taken over them and castles are gained by completing any of the King’s quests.

Things I like about Dokapon Kingdom

  1. There’s no one way to play – There are multiple classes in the game that give their own benefits (For example: a Thief can steal items from any players they pass). The especially good classes do require some extra effort to get but, in the end, it really does pay off. Regardless of what you want to be however, players will always choose from 3 starting classes: A Warrior, a Thief and a Magician.
  2. Being in last place isn’t necessarily a bad thing – In Mario Party, once you’re in last place it can often be difficult to get out of last place (barring Chance Time or Reversal of Fortune). However, there are times in Dokapon kingdom where it is more beneficial to stay in last place. This same reason that makes being in last place worthwhile also makes it easier to get out of last place. I am, of course, referring to the Darkling (more on that later).
  3. The Combat System is well done – This is just a personal opinion. I’ll go over how battles are structured later but just know that I like how it’s done.
  4. The Job (Class) System is really well done – Essentially, you can level up your Jobs by killing enemies. This is not based on how strong they are, but it is based on how many you fight. While you are a certain Job you receive gold at the end of every week (note, all players taking 1 turn = 1 day). You get more gold if your Job’s level is higher. Once you reach Job level 6, you master that Job and get gold for that job (even if you’re not that Class anymore). Furthermore, when you master a Job, new jobs become available (For example: mastering Warrior and Magician will unlock the Spellsword Job).

What I dislike about Dokapon Kingdom

  1. It’s totally rigged – Most things are determined by a spinner (like movement) which has numbers 0-6. In the field, 0 is the least likely number to get for movement (since the space for it is so small). I will however clarify that it is not impossible to land on a 0 in the field (it has happened to me before). But (For example) in a certain event with a character called Mitch Digger: Mitch will offer to drill into the ground to find a spring (which will raise the value of one of your towns). Mitch will be successful as long as you use the spinner and land on the following numbers: 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. As long as you don’t get 0 or 1 your town’s value goes up right? Sounds easy don’t it? Well you’d be wrong! Cause it’s not! Most of the times that I’ve landed on 0 has been in this event. The spinner is fucking rigged! Whenever there is a moment where “oh you have to roll anything but a 0” you can guarantee that it will be a fucking 0!
  2. The AI Cheats – I’ll come out right now and say that I have no ‘Physical Proof’ that this is true okay? But I am 100% sure that the AI know, in advance, what the spinners are going to land on and what moves you are going to make in battle (if you decide before them). This is because I have seen several situations where the AI has done something done and it pays off immediately. Example: one time an AI was wandering far away from the objective (which is ordinarily a bad idea unless you have something better or more lucrative to do… Which they didn’t). What happened was, they managed to encounter Rico Jr (an uncommon random encounter) and (when they beat him) he dropped the Angel Wing. It was at this point that I noticed that the AI was extraordinarily close to where you get the Hero’ License (which you need the Angel Wing to get). This License is one of the things you need to unlock the Hero Class (One of the best classes in the game). If it were just one then I could pass it off as bad luck. But it’s not. If you want to play it, play it with friends and don’t put any AI in.

That’s it. No really. This game is generally balanced for all players. If any one player is doing too well the game is more likely to fuck ’em up!

The Battle System

Okay so here’s how fights work. When fighting a random encounter or another player the turn player picks between 2 cards that are face down. When they have selected a card, they get flipped. Whoever has the card that says ‘FIRST’ attacks first (Duh). You have 4 options for attacking and defending in a battle.

Attacking: Attack – a regular attack (nothing special), Strike – A stronger attack that deals a much larger amount of damage, Magic Attack – (only usable if you have a magic attack spell) the damage that is dealt by magic spells is generally Magic (MG) but can also be strength in some cases (eg. Mirror Image) and Ability – This can be any ability that can be learned by someone with your current Job or any Jobs that you have mastered (each with different effects).

Defending: Defend – Slightly reduces the amount of damage you would take (except for Magic Attacks). Magic Defend – (Not actually called that) There are many abilities that can be used in top of this move (only used if you were attacked with magic) each with a different name (but all of them reduce any magic damage you’d take but not physical damage). Counter – Will not defend against any physical or magical damage BUT if used against a Strike, will dodge a Strike and deal DOUBLE the damage that the Strike would have done to you. And finally Give Up – I feel that this is pretty self explanatory (in certain fights, Give Up cannot be used).

Now I will talk about the biggest game changer that exists in Dokapon Kingdom… If a player has been in last place for over 2 weeks they will hear ‘The Whispers of Dark Revenge.’ They will also be given the ‘Dark Mark’ (A purple Bat that floats above their head). If this player heads over to the Dark Space in the First Continent (yes there are multiple Continents that open up when a chapter is beaten) or accept the Contract given to them by an NPC named Weber (this event is random) they will encounter Weber (possibly again). Weber will ask you to hand over all of your: Towns, on-hand Cash, Field Magics and Items (on the plus side, you keep any  Castles and equipment). Now you might be thinking “That’d just put me further in last place! Nothing could be worth that kind of cost!”

…Nothing eh?…

Allow me to introduce you… To the Darkling!

The Darkling and the 14 days of Darklingdom

The Darkling is THE MOST POWERFUL CLASS IN THE GAME! This Job can only be used for 2 weeks (Hence ’14 Days of Darklingdom’) The 14 Days of Darklingdom WILL end early if players manage to kill the Darkling. That being said, there are few strategies that can actually beat a Darkling.  First things first, the player’s equipment is exchanged with some of the best equipment in the game (The player’s regular equipment is returned after the 14 Days of Darklingdom are over). Allow me to run through them.

The Draco Sword: +333 AT (Attack)

The Demon Shield: +333 DF (Defence)

The Overlord Crown: +300 AT, +250 DF, +200 MG and +150 SP (Speed)

Offensive Magic: Giga Blaze – Spell power 18 (note: Fire spells also have a chance to reduce enemy DF by 25%… Not that the Darkling fucking needs it!)

Defensive Magic: Super Bounce – A Defensive Spell that will Reflect any Offensive Magic back to the caster at QUADRUPLE strength AND automatically counter Strikes (Unique to Darkling)

Ability: Delete – Randomly deletes the enemy’s entire Inventory, one piece of equipment, or all carried gold. Cause fuck you.

If that wasn’t bad enough, the player’s original stats are also TRIPLED when they become a Darkling. The Darkling will also be given the Doom Spinner which gives them 2-5 Spinners to move each turn (So good luck running you fat bastard). Furthermore, if you’re higher level, the Darkling gains enough EXP to reach your level if they kill you (“I just wanna tend the rabbits Darkling” “I know Player, I know”). The Darkling will also summon monsters to any owned town they land on (and get healed if they land on a town with a monster on it). The Darkling gets EXP for every town they take over in this way (Note: the Darkling CANNOT steal Castles in this way). I should note that the Darkling doesn’t receive this EXP immediately. They get it as soon as they are no longer a Darkling and kill something (literally anything).

At this point you’re probably thinking “So what if killing everyone is easy and I get EXP for it? I still have to give up everything just to get it!”

My response to that is… I’m not done yet. The Darkling has one final mechanic that is the whole reason why this Job is a Game-changer. The Dark Arts.

Every turn, the Darkling will Spin the Dark Arts Spinner. This will award them a certain displayed number of Dark Arts Points between 5 and 200. With these Dark Arts Points, the Darkling can use… Dark Arts. These Dark Arts can have CATASTROPHIC effects on the game. Allow me to list them all.

  • Trap Summon (Cost – 10 Dark Arts Points): Sets 8 random traps on the Darkling’s current map
  • Item Stopper (Cost – 20 Dark Arts Points): Temporarily Seals all players Bags (stops them from using Items)
  • Caltrops (Cost – 30 Dark Arts Points): Temporarily gives all players a footsore  (Makes players move one space at a time)
  • Banker Strike (Cost – 40 Dark Arts Points): Temporarily closes all Loot and Bank Spaces
  • Worker Strike (Cost – 40 Dark Arts Points): Temporarily closes all Building Spaces
  • Market Crash (Cost – 60 Dark Arts Points): Throws away half of all player’s gold
  • Nap Time (Cost – 60 Dark Arts Points): Makes all players fall asleep (Skips their turns)
  • Day Off (Cost – 70 Dark Arts Points): A combination of Banker Strike and Worker Strike
  • Come Here (Cost – 100 Dark Arts Points): Summons all players to the Darkling’s Space (If the Darkling is on a space where they can fight, the players will also be forced to fight the Darkling… So basically it’s Come Here And Die)
  • Local Assault (Cost – 120 Dark Arts Points): Summons monsters to all towns on the Darkling’s current Continent and awards the Darkling EXP as if the Darkling had landed on them
  • Ill Cartographo (Cost – 120 Dark Arts Points): Turns all Empty Spaces (which would usually initiate a Random Encounter or an Event) into Doom Spaces. If a player lands on a Doom Space, they are forced to fight the Darkling (The darkling does not retain damage from Ill Cartographo Fights)
  • Castle Panic (Cost – 160 Dark Arts Points): Steals a random Castle from any player and awards the Darkling EXP as if they had landed on it
  • Global Assault (Cost – 200 Dark Arts Points): Summons monsters onto all towns on all Continents (and awards the Darkling with a Metric Ton of EXP… This is the equivalent of New Game+ in Dokapon Kingdom)

The Darkling has the ability to completely Reset the game and fuck everything up. And also destroy friendships… It can do that as well. Since this Darkling is the most feared thing in the game… I will give you a couple methods on how to (legitimately) beat a Darkling!

Basics for Fighting Darklings

  • Unless the Darkling is unable to defend themselves (like if they are asleep) DO NOT use Offensive Magic or Strike (as they will, most likely, use Super Bounce)!
  • DO NOT engage the Darkling if there is a chance that they can attack you first!
  • If you are guaranteed to attack the Darkling first (For example: if you use a Reveal), DO NOT engage unless you are sure that you can kill them in one hit!
  • If you need time to perform these methods then try to obtain a Vanish (which will make it impossible to fight you)
  • Carry multiple Reveals (show which card lets you go first during the start of the fight), Deathblocks (Survive 1 Fatal Blow and take no damage from that attack) and Revivals (Self-explanatory) as possible (you’ll need ’em!)
  • If you are trying to dodge the Darkling, STAY AWAY from places where the Darkling can loop around (as they can use multiple numbers to reach you)!
  • Another good rule of thumb is to get as close to the Darkling as possible (cause then they have to land on several really high numbers or several really low numbers to fight you)
  • Finally, stick to spaces where the Darkling CANNOT fight you, even if they land on the same space as you (This is essentially any space that is not an Empty Space or a town).

Methods for Killing Darklings!

(Note: These methods require a hefty chunk of Luck to succeed)

  1. The Non-Soul Fire Method (From the Wiki) – Use Magic Medicine (To double all of your stats for a week) 1-3 days before the encounter and lure the Darkling to a Dungeon. Once there, wait for them to land on an empty space then cast Down (Lowers all stats by 50%), Sleepy Time (Put them to sleep) or both Field Magics on them. Once that’s done, attack the Darkling with everything you have! If the Darkling uses Item Stopper, you can no longer access your items (making this impossible).
  2. The Soul Fire Method (From the Wiki) – Have Soul Fire (an Ability that can be learned after you reach Monk Job Level 2) followed by 3-4 Deathblocks and a Reveal (any other Items are up to you). When you engage the Darkling, DO NOT use the Reveal immediately! Instead, use Soul Fire (to increase your AT by 50% every turn you’re in battle. When you run out of Deathblocks, use the Reveal to hit the Darkling with full strength. If the Darkling uses Delete and Erases your inventory, then this becomes impossible.
  3. The Copycat Method – (My usual method in late game): Have Copy (an ability that Copies ALL OF YOUR OPPONENT’S STATS… If higher) and just hope that whatever Deity is up there (If any) gives you a break. You can get the Copy ability from Robo-knight Job Level 2 or from the ???? ability (Which gives you a random ability… Yeah good luck with that).
  4. The Take a Dive Method (My usual method in the early game) – Before, the Marked Player (Player with a Dark Mark) becomes a Darkling, have you (or one of the others playing) lower their net worth in an attempt to take the Marked Player out of Last Place. If successful, the purple bat will fly away (and the player can no longer become a Darkling).

Those are the only methods that the Wiki and I have for Darkling Slaying/Circumventing. Dodging is a valid strategy but, if you kill the Darkling, you get to take a piece of their awesome equipment that I listed earlier. And then you’re overpowered and everybody hates you. Regardless, it is a rare moment to see a a Darkling die. I’ve personally seen it once; when the Darkling was dumb enough to Strike me and I Countered (Knowing that there was no other possible way for me to win)… Yeah that was a good day.

In Conclusion

Despite it’s faults, Dokapon Kingdom is a very fun game to play (Unless you’re up against the AI). I typically enjoy every game that I play with friends and it is a very fun experience that I would recommend to any avid RPG gamers, fans of Mario Party or anyone with a couple days to burn away with friends (cause full games take a fucking while man).

I hope you enjoyed this weekly installment of whatever-the-fuck and that this is in some way helpful or enlightening to you… At least now my life has purpose. Regardless, if you have any ideas on what you want to see next, just leave a comment.

Thanks for reading! (Damn just one word short of 2900 words… Oh wait. Never mind)

Outsider’s Views on Gaming

Okay… I’ve been thinking recently about the views that many people have on gaming or more specifically the gaming community (the gamers). I feel that there are too many negative views on gamers so I’m going to go through a list of the usual views that people have on gamers and prove them wrong one at a time.

  1. Gamers are unsociable. This is a simple one to disprove. There is a very popular pastime for gamers known as ‘Online Multiplayer’. If that isn’t obvious enough, it allows gamers to play with other gamers around the world. This means that we are able to socialize with more people than your typical outgoing person (as hard as that may be to believe).
  2. Gaming is a waste of time. Whoever came up with this idea is (with all due respect) an idiot. Gaming is widely considered a hobby. Question for all of those who agree with the idea that gaming is a waste of time: would you consider your hobby a waste of time? You likely responded with no (if you said yes then… Get a new hobby cause this one isn’t working out for you). For those who are still skeptical, do you play sport? Do you take part in competitive activities of any sort? Because those are very similar to games my dear reader. You compete with other people (just as you do in competitive games), you co-operate to succeed (just as you do in games), you play sports and competitive activities to have fun and win (anyone starting to see a trend here?) I can guarantee there’s still one or two people who are saying “But Mathew, people who play sport can accomplish great things! What have a bunch of gamers ever done for us?” Well… Quite a lot actually. The list is very long so I’ll pick out one example:there was a game called Foldit released on the internet a while back. This game was a puzzle game where players are allowed to collaborate and compete in predicting the structure of protein molecules. Scientists had repeatedly failed to identify the structure of a protein-cutting enzyme from an AIDS like virus. So they issued a challenge to Foldit players to try and produce an accurate model of this enzyme that scientists failed to create for over a decade. The players managed to complete the model in 3 weeks. (Drops laptop as if it were a mic) Oh shit! I need that!
  3. Games are a bad influence on children. Correction. SOME games are a bad influence on children. Games like Grand Theft Auto 5 are very obscene and are a bad influence on children. This is true. But let me bend your ear for a second… GTA V was not meant to be played by children! It has a rating of 18+ (meaning it’s for people 18 or over). The fact that you bought your child or let your child buy the game is your own fault. Don’t blame the game for being a bad influence on children when they aren’t meant for children.
  4. People who play games are much more violent than others. How people have reached this conclusion is beyond me. Just because a game is violent does not mean that the person playing will become violent. If we were to follow this logic, that would mean that a game where you play as a killer (like Dead by Daylight for instance) would make you more likely to be a murderer. Which is completely ridiculous! Allow me to elaborate… Trauma Center (a game where you play as a surgeon) does not make me a surgeon. Phoenix Wright (a game where you play as a lawyer) does not make me a lawyer. So why would Dead by Daylight make me a murderer?
  5. This will be the final point, so let’s pick a good one… (Rummaging through files) Ah! Here we go! Games are for children… Ahem… Games like: Sonic R, Crash Bandicoot and Kingdom Hearts are good examples of games that are played by children (and adults alike!)… That being said, games like: GTA V, Red Dead Redemption and any Call of Duty game ever (pick one… Your choice) are good examples of games that should NOT be played by children. This should be apparent by the Large Red 18+ Symbol that cannot be missed! So you know… Games aren’t just for kids.

Anyway, that’s all for this post. If you agree with me post then congratulate me on stating the obvious. If you disagree then leave a comment and tell me why I’m wrong (some proof would be nice by the way). Hope you enjoyed this post!

Thanks for Reading!

Trading Card Games

For the remainder of this post, I will be referring to Trading Card Games as TCGs… Just so you know. Enjoy!

So I recently had a conversation with a good friend of mine. I was playing Yugioh by myself (Practising like all good players do) and my friend comes over to me and says “Is that Yogioh?” … (Inhale) Why? Why does everyone say it wrong? It’s on the cards for crying out loud. Anyway, I politely correct him and say that it is Yugioh. Then he responds with this “Why are you playing a children’s card game?” … (Internal Screaming)

Just… Why? Why are you doing this to me?

For clarification, the target demographic for Yugioh is children but you will never see a child competing at a full-scale Yugioh Tournament. This is because TCGs are very complex. They require strategy that is far beyond the mental capabilities of say an 8 year old for example. I will now use myself as an example. I play 3 TCGs: Yugioh, Magic the Gathering (MTG) and Pokemon but Yugioh will always hold a special place in my heart as it was the first one that I had ever played.

Now I was about 10 when I went to my first tournament. It wasn’t anything big like regionals or anything like that; just a small tournament for fun. I noticed that I was the youngest person there. The others were a range of about 13-35-ish.  I had been playing for about 2 years at that point and I was confident in my skills. But at the same time, I was also a cocky little shit who didn’t know any better so you know… Anyway, I’d prepared myself for the first game: playing my best deck, we shuffled each other’s decks. Note: the guy I was playing against was a solid 7 years older than me at least. Now… What do you suppose happened next? I got my ass handed to me is what happened! I literally could not do a dent in this dude.

That being said, I did win a couple matches and I placed 11th overall (Out of about 18… I think?). I had beaten one adult who looked like he was about 30 something years old and he had beaten several of the other older players… Then again he had a crap hand but hey; I’ll take what I can get.

Anyway, while the target demographic is children… The kids that are targeted are not gonna be able to play it as well as the adults. This is a fact. TCGs require so much thought to how you play them. The game you play directly influences how you play it. With TCGs you can’t just play 2 of them the exact same way. They don’t cross-over well. If a competitive Call of Duty player started playing Battlefield, you’d expect them to be fairly good at it (since first-person shooters are very similar in how they are played) but you don’t get that with TCGs.

For example: In Yugioh, you can sacrifice monsters for a greater cause with little consequence. This is because summoning a new monster is as easy as drawing a level 4 monster. However, in Pokemon, If 6 of your Pokemon are beaten or you have no Pokemon are in play, you lose. As you can see, sacrificing Pokemon is much riskier than sacrificing monsters in Yugioh. Similarly, in MTG your creatures are both your sword and your shield. You can use them for battle or for blocking attacks from your opponent’s monsters but you can rarely use them for both within one turn. This means that you have to lose your life points or sacrifice some of your monster’s life points (and sometimes their ability to attack). Another thing about MTG, Monsters require Mana to be summoned (meaning they are more difficult to summon).

As you can see, your skills in one TCG do not usually translate over to others. You may be exceptional in one TCG but completely crap in the others.

Now… For all of you out there who think that games like Yugioh and Pokemon are Children’s games… Are they really? How many children do you know that would take all of this into consideration? If you say anything other than slim to none then you are full of it.

Thanks for reading my rant! If you agree or disagree with me then leave a comment and I’ll read it! Fairs fair. You put up with whatever this is.

FREEDOM! (Well… Sorta…)

As of Wednesday this week my college exams are finally over! (Cue balloons, confetti and Final Fantasy fanfare in background). Anyway, I’ll be able to spend more time coming up with topics after June 30th. The reason for this is because I still have to attend my lessons and go to a ‘Progression Fortnight’… So you know. (If anyone is actually interested in knowing what that is then just ask).

But moving along… I’d like to talk about the Dead by Daylight Beta that’s coming out on the 14th (Or, at least, so they say). This is the single best horror game that I have seen coming out in my life. I mean this by the way. In my opinion there is no second. Not: Amnesia, Slender, Alien Isolation, not even Outlast! (Although, depending on how good Outlast 2 is, my opinion may change). Now some of you might be thinking… “Oh Titan, Dead by Daylight may be a good game but it can’t be the best horror game ever! It’s so random! There’s no way of knowing what’s going to happen!” … My response to this is… Exactly.

For those who are unfamiliar with the game; there are 4 survivors (or sometimes less) against one killer. The killer and the survivors are all players. The survivors must activate a certain number of generators (which are scatted throughout the map) and escape through 1 of 2 exits. The killer must find and kill all survivors by injuring them with a cleaver and hanging them on hooks.

In games like this, all you know is your objective. You don’t know what will happen, it’s all random. The maps are procedurally generated, the players could be both good and bad, you could get really unlucky. There are numerous variables that could change your gameplay. To put it simply, no 2 games are alike.

And it is this element of randomness that gives the game depth. The very fact that this game can change based on one of more variables makes it unpredictable. And when you can’t predict the outcome of the game… That is when fear sets in. You can’t simply prepare yourself for every possible outcome, such a feat would require multiple in-game items (of which you can only carry one).

As well as that, the game does a good job of making you rely on your senses to stay hidden and catch survivors. Not only do you have to keep watch for the killer as a survivor, but when the killer is close, the game makes a heartbeat sound that gets louder the closer they get (and then they bust out the tuba). Similarly, the killer can see all sources of sound and have to judge which could be the players (as it could be a decoy).

To top it off, even if you’ve been hung on a hook by the killer, your friends can still save you by risking their own lives. Alternatively, you could quicken your death to try and get of the hook yourself (with a low success rate). If you’re on the hook for too long, these claws will begin to try and stab you. At this point you have to spam the space bar to struggle. This creates a feeling of both hope and desperation; waiting and hoping for your friends to save you and the manic pressing of the space bar.

Either way, that’s my opinion. Can’t wait to hear yours!

Exams

Okay. So to anyone here who cares enough to be reading this please prepare yourself. Because this entire post is going to be me venting about the exams that I am taking at my college. If the staff or someone at my college reads this then they’ll either understand my pain or I’ll get shouted at to take this down when I next walk through the doors. Either way, please know that this is just my coping mechanism and that I don’t mean most of the things that I am going to say. But if someone big gets to reading this… Then keep this in mind when you update the exam structure next (cause some of these points could make life so much better for everyone).

So, let’s begin shall we?

So I am just some kid in college who has to do their exams right? Yeah, we all know the feeling of dread right before an exam. The feeling of “Oh God have I revised everything I need to know?” …Yeah. That.

Anyway, I am one of the students who is given extra time in an exam. I get 25% more time than other students. Why? Because I am what some might call socially awkward… Now I always knew that I wasn’t the most charismatic guy in the world and I always had a feeling that I was kind of an introvert but I thought that was a bit harsh when I first heard the news (bear in mind that this was a solid 8 something years ago). They also didn’t say that I was socially awkward, but I’d rather not just have fragments of my medical history on the internet… So you know.

Anyway, it’s because of this that I am granted 25% extra time in my exams. Now, I am perfectly okay with any advantage I can get in an exam but even I think that this is stupid. What relevance does my social awkwardness have to my exam? I have racked my brain and I can only think of one situation where it would. This is if I was stuck on the phrasing of the question and was too worried to ask for help… Which I’m not. Not only is my comprehension above average (even if only slightly) but if I can’t understand the phrasing of the question… Then surely that’s my fault right? Not my social awkwardness.

I also get a laptop to use in the exam because my handwriting is awful. I’ve always tried to fix this but it never panned out. But because it didn’t, I get a laptop with Microsoft word and the spell checker turned off (obviously). Now for those who don’t know how this goes allow me to explain it to you… In a computer exam, I am required to do the following: place my name on each page, place my candidate number on each page and place the page number on each page. Now those things make perfect sense, I can understand all of that. But I never understood this one: Make sure you type with double spacing to assist the markers. Why do they need assistance with reading single space writing? Why? To put this into context, the answers are saved onto a memory stick and then sealed in a brown envelope that has your info on it. The memory stick is then delivered to some personnel who print it off.

Now, I’m not saying this to be mean. I don’t want a lot of backlash for this but… If you are unable to read a few single space pages of typed answers then why do you have a career in marking exam papers? For the record, candidates are required to type with Ariel font with a minimum of size 12. This means that the words should be perfectly legible as they are. But I am very used to typing on a laptop (as I use it in all of my lessons). Because of this, I am very used to typing all of my notes in single spaces. The very fact that I have to check my last paragraph to see if I remembered to use double space is seriously slowing down.

Now I can understand that some people’s eyesight might not be the best. I feel you. But seriously? This is ridiculous. There is no way that AQA or WJEC would hire someone whose eyesight was so bad that it made them unable to read single space text that was typed out in size 12 Ariel font.

My final gripe about exams is not about my own personal type of exam but the exam system itself. I can understand that we need to be tested on our natural ability but Jesus guys. At what point in our lives are we going to be stuck in a room on our own with no means of communication and no internet at the exact moment when we need to solve a particular problem? Pretty much never. I’ll admit that there are some circumstances but they are very unlikely to happen.

In a real world scenario, we will be able to find any information we need in literally about a minute and if we don’t understand something, there will almost always be someone nearby to help us. These are facts. One of my A Levels is Law ok? We learn about how the law is ever changing to suit the people, their morals and the changes in society. Allow me to ask a big question to everyone…

Why can’t exams do the same thing?

We make advances in our society every day for crying out loud! Why is it that we have to stick with these old-fashioned ways of testing each other? Let’s face it, the world is changing… We as people are changing. The way exams are now, we cannot call them accurate tests of our ability. This is because, in the world that we live in, we have the ability to aquire information at the click of a mouse. We have the ability to develop new ideas with the help of our friends and fellow collegues; things that we could never have attained on our own! So let’s make this work! If we all speak up about it then someone has to listen right? #ChangeExams

Welp, I’m all done here. If you want to give me your opinion then go for it. It’s only fair. I mean, you just spent God-knows how long reading my crap so tell me what you think!

Thanks for reading!

I Return!

I am happy to inform everyone (everyone who cares) that after a very long break, I am coming back to my blog. I will try to keep up weekly posts for now but I may make a few extra posts a week. I will start with another post after this one.
I’m happy to be back!

TheTerminologyTitan

The purpose of this blog

I’d like to give any soon-to-be followers an idea of what I would like this blog to be.

I want it to be a place where everybody gets to speak their mind freely and engage in discussion. Just don’t go crazy ok? It could be about anything (within reason) and I hope to have many followers to engage in discussions with!

That being said… I highly doubt that I’ll end up with millions of followers (I’m a realist). I don’t expect to reach even expect to reach 100. But in the end, it’s not quantity that matters, but quality.

Thanks for reading!

TheTerminologyTitan