I’m an open-minded gamer! I play games to have fun (even if its fewer games), entertain myself in some way and quite possibly find some distraction from the worries of RL. Quite possibly we all do that. I’m also not married to any game, but I’m committed to any game I’ve chosen to invest my time into. In such I call myself a Focus Gamer in what few games I tend to play with just more focus. I had always thought DUST 514 by CCP Games was an interesting concept even though I never really played any modern FPS like all the popular ones today on the market. I never had time to try those other FPS games.
What I’ve always thought about when I went about daily life in EVE and doing all the other things was, gee nice looking planet over there, such a shame no one seems to live there. Another thing is I’ve grown as a customer to like CCP Games even if at time I may have my own gripes in some small way like you may too when things get changed, your favorite thing get nerfed or when you feel you were wronged on your favorite Spaceship. I like CCP Games for what I think is the Renegade that lives within the heart of CCP Games to always dare to do something different than what most other game companies tend to do or follow more of the same old same thing. CCP Games tend to listen to their customers and on feedback and work things out much more than other games to me. And that to me is worth supporting.
When DUST 514 went into Beta Sign Up last year around April 2012 I made a blog post about it DUST Storm Incoming and signed up for Beta. Did so even though I wasn’t much a FPS player. I though interesting concept tying DUST into EVE’s Universe and as a player already in EVE it seemed interesting. In early June of 2012 when DUST 514 went in Closed Beta with Mordu’s Trial I got a few Beta Invites. So I had some reasons now to play the game.
Now the funny thing was after getting the DUST 514 Closed Beta Invites… I only still had a PS2. I also had an XBox. But neither of which I had played in years since playing MMO Games, unless I was watching a DVD, though rarely. The PS2 I had I bought originally at launch to play just one game “Splinter Cell” for the PS2 which I used to like the series, probably the only shooter game I ever played much. But somewhere inside I found such games appealing on some level. And for years I never bought any other game titles. So I never upgraded to a PS3 nor a XBox 360 as I mostly just played MMO Games.
So somehow I got lucky, I got a Closed Beta Invite to play DUST 514 except I had no PS3. My PS2 just had dust on it as I never used it. So I eventually went to Gamestop and traded in my PS2 (not much for it) for a new 320 GB PS3. The new PS3 from Gamestop even came with Call of Duty MW3. That cost me $304.24 as I still got the Box with the receipt in it and Call of Duty still in the same box today in the plastic wrapper having never opened it. Somewhere I thought wait a min I though DUST 514 was going to be FTP, it’s now costed me over $300 bucks! So I got home loaded up the Closed Beta for DUST 514: Mordu’s Trial and tried to play it. I tried playing the game for an hour or so, except I could barely read anything on my TV screen and DUST 514 Beta at the time looked fuzzy on my older TV.
I barely watched TV as I played games on my PC for entertainment. So I never cared to ever upgrade my TV to some LCD LED, HDTV, Plasma or whatever the new thing was. My old TV was Just Fine! Plus I barely watched it. Except it wasn’t fine trying to play DUST 514 Beta on it. So… I went out to Best Buy and went TV Shopping not that I really cared to go TV Shopping. I eventually got a 32″ LED Insignia TV. I think it costed me at the time about $300-350 ballpark as I can’t remember exactly or find the receipt. But I was now in the hole at least $600-650 bucks for trying to play Closed Beta DUST 514: Mordu’s Trial. Hey DUST 514 Free to Play Game I thought, uhh no dude this thing costing me $650 bucks at least so far that aren’t FREE!
So plugged in the new TV and hey I can see properly on my TV now a bit better but still small fonts to read stuff, graphics looked better and not so fuzzy. And so I played DUST 514 Mordu’s Trial for about another 2 hours max. I died and I died and I died over and over and over using the PS3 controller. Wow this game is brutal!!! I turned off the PS3, DUST 514 Mordu’s Trial in June and never played it again for the entire rest of year 2012. I couldn’t really decide If DUST 514 Beta sucked, whether I totally sucked at it (Most Likely), I didn’t have enough skill or twitchy enough or what. Maybe It wasn’t my kind of game. I didn’t delete my DUST 514 Beta character though, not that I ever logged back in to even be able to do so.
But what I could have done and didn’t do was… I never wrote a blog post about it. Well I was under NDA I guess also. But even when NDA was lifted in January 2013 I believe, I still never wrote a blog post about it. I don’t exactly choose to write blog post to neither pump up my Blog Page Views or to create Drama which create Blog Page Views. But it always bothered me If DUST 514 Beta was really that bad from my first experience and could I ever become better at it.
In January 2013 when the DUST 514 Beta went into Open Beta I decided I’ll revisit this nemesis and try to give some amount of effort trying to play it. I logged in to DUST 514 Beta, my character was still there after the whole server wipe of Skill Points and he was slowly accumulating passive skill points whether logged in or not. Cool! So slowly I played here and there for a few hrs just slowly learning the game. It helped much I was already an EVE player so understanding the Skills System, Fitting and ways of New Eden was easy. I just sucked at twitchy boots on the ground based play, running and gunning and all that. Took getting used to. I accepted it as a challenge to just learn and work at getting better at that which I wasn’t used to before. And even though I played slowly a few hours here and there I still didn’t play all that much. But I never blog posted about DUST 514 Beta, I still felt I had yet to give the game a real shot in attempt.
It wasn’t until some point in late March 2013 that I again decided… you know I really need to put in some time and really give the game a good shot with my character and figure things out and just play to improve and make progress at getting better at it. And so I just played EVE Online less as I was kinda bored doing some things, so it made for a good excuse to play DUST 514 more. The great thing is… I was still in New Eden!
I’ve gotten much better at understanding playing DUST 514 which took some effort as it was brutal learning process when I really started learning things. Using the PS3 controller never worked for me, it just sucks trying to play DUST 514 for me using it. So I yet again when out and got a new Keyboard and Mouse to play DUST 514, think another $50. By that time as well players in Beta already had far better gear and tripled my character in Skill Points earned from using Active & Passive Boosters and Active Skill Points from lots of matches played. Some players just had awesome skills also. That all add up to facing menacing players in all matches. It took me over 56 deaths before I got my first Kill. It was gratifying to shoot that one first merc in the back at almost point blanc range on first kill. And as much as I wanted to just give up and quit playing DUST though, I had a fighting spirit not to quit because it wasn’t exactly easy.
It was my desire to get better at playing the game that beat out any desire internally to quit in disgust, because it wasn’t easy or with performance facing much better skilled players. I simple made a commitment to just get better at playing the game whether I died lots or not. Plus I had money already invested in playing DUST 514 as well.
I don’t know everything or claim I even know all that I should about being a FPS player or with DUST. But I do invest quite a bit of time learning and reading all that I can in DUST and tactics, just like in playing EVE Online. I can only get better which is simply the goal. I’m not likely to be ever great to be a DUST Scout or Front Assault Player, I’m not that twitchy on the fingers. I do find it a bit more fun for me in Logistic Support role backing up my squad and in Aniti-Vehicle Demolition trying to take out AV’s, LAV’s HAV’s with explosive weapons. FUN! I guess you just got to find what role your good at. It’s all a learning process just like the first time I picked up playing EVE Online, against everyone that told me EVE Online sucked and don’t play it. Obviously I never listened, but choose to research and play the game. Its how I got here as a player. I never listed to that kind of advice, often choosing to play any game myself and find out if I really liked it or not. If even to find something to like about the game.
So why exactly I play DUST 514? It’s no one reason. I’m also not as Pessimistic and overly Negative person to be willing to call any game Trash just because. But it’s partly because I also like CCP Games as a company, them willing and daring to do something different in their games. DUST 514 shows promise of what it can really be given time even if it’s not as yet, I rather start that journey now. Even EVE after 10 years still has promise of what it truly can be and still not there yet in my own opinion. DUST has depth and given time it will get much more depth as CCP improves the game.
I guess anyone that played EVE Online in the early years would likely never envisioned the game as it is today, such is my view of DUST 514 in the long view. I guess I also play DUST 514 because I invested the $$$ in getting a PS3 and a new TV last year, that made me committed in some way to not just dismiss the game. Plus another $50 bucks on the Keyboard and Mouse so in all about $700 bucks all in the name of playing DUST 514. Yeah every shot in DUST 514 is a money shot for me on payback! I play probably because I never had time to get spoiled playing those other FPS games like CoD, BF and Halo so many other players play and gotten somewhat spoiled on. But I’m not going to call those games crap just because I personally don’t play them. I just never did!
So accepting playing DUST 514 was easy as I’m still in New Eden even if it’s not up in Space in a Spaceship. I guess I play DUST 514 also because I have a desire to improve my play. It’s hard to do when you’re not exactly playing the game and I’m also just not the quitting type of player even if I fail in trying. But overall I do find DUST 514 fun to play as well.