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Haven Editorial: Questionable Online Game Conduct

The questionable code of conduct in online games

Who is the biggest fool?

When people are very hooked and focused on a certain sport or activity, they tend not to tolerate failure. Yet they often fail to include themselves in the equation. After all, these people are a part of the team. Essentially everyone can be mean spirited rude, competitive pricks who only look out for themselves. Naturally this holds true for me, as well (to some degree). However I usually notice my mistakes, acknowledge them and try to rectify the situation. Alas, basic human modus operandi is to blame someone else first. By insulting their parents, skills, sexuality and a whole slew of other slurs and creative words. In the end, the result is the same, someone is to blame and a scape goat is needed.

Since most people are only out for themselves, by nature we’re quite egotistical. It’s a crude and primitive defense mechanism. I notice this a lot amongst sports supporters and fellow League of Legends players (or any other MOBA, for that matter). Almost all players want to win. However most don’t know what it takes. They take too many risks, such as going off on their own without help. They then die brutally, usually from a knife in the back or a well placed laser. It depends entirely on the identity of the opportunistic killer. This brings me to a point.

Despite all the inherent negativity and self-defeating thoughts, there is a certain code of conduct. Most people don’t like it when players use terms  such as “noob”, simply because they’re new at something and lack certain skills. Then there is the classic “EZ”, which basically means the player in question found their victory too easy, and is now rubbing it into the opponent’s face. Amongst the more common ones there is REPORT, which explains it self. The funny thing about this though, it’s usually the worst player on the team who shouts it. These people are more often than not, ignored. Usually I report them instead if they do it too often. Since people want body counts, and kills seems to be the only thing on their mind, most players will complain and make crude jokes. In general these are the most common examples of things not to do when playing with others.

Another very common problem is poor Internet connectivity. Players afflicted with low net speeds have trouble entering the match in the first place. They then complain about lag and the annoying sods who rage quit. Essentially they became so mad and fed up that they leave the game, which can cause their team to lose outright. This is generally considered bad conduct as well, not to mention beyond annoying.

I’ve composed a list of common stupidities found in your typical League of Legends match:

* A player has disconnected from the game.
* I have lag/ ping. Usually over 9000.
* People whom run in straight lines, then get brutally eviscerated. (These dies a lot then do it again).
* Elitist bastards whom think they know best.(They usually die a lot).
* A very pessimistic person that wants to surrender at 20.
* Someone shouting report player. Usually someone bad and rude. (Oneself not included.).
* The rude butthurt bastard whom flames other players non stop.
* Insisting on playing Teemo in ranked. (Pro tip, he sucks donkey balls and a light breeze will topple him over).
* Finnish it quickly, I have to go (This one have not realized that a match can take up 50 minutes).
* First time [insert champion name]. (Don’t play untested champions in ranked, you will die a lot).
* People whom refuse to speak in English or can’t. (Most players on EUW knows English).
* Those that ignore common sense and do their own thing, regardless of outcome.
* A wood Xin Zhao player that jumps at anything that moves, then die a lot (at least 15 times).
* Never buys wards. (those shiny things that lights up dark places).
* A troll. (They just play to mess with people)
* The smurf. (Someone made a new account to kill bad players a lot, by being much better).
* Playing on a toaster. (A slow and old computer that takes more than 5 mutest to load a match).
* Players whom like to chase wounded people across the map. (They also die a lot).
* Last hitting, what is that? (The art of getting the last hit on an enemy, which gives gold).
* Only kill gives gold. (Killing enough minions will give you the advantage).

Generally speaking, the above are examples of bad conduct. So put aside your biases and never blame someone without evidence. This holds true for anything in life. Try to see both sides of a case and accept that you could be wrong before taking action. As I mentioned before, it’s inappropriate to complain about dying after wandering off, away from all possible assistance. Also, don’t play with a bad connection and remember, you are a valued part of the team.


Njål H Sand

Haven Editorial: Xin Zhao Cosplay and Photo Shoot

Xin Zhao Cosplay

River gank! http://www.photo.yngvehegreberg.com/Archive/Cosplay/Xin-Zhao-June-2016/


Make a paper measurement!

I have come to the conclusion that I suffer from chronic creativity. After a while I just have to make things, I just cant help myself. Incidentally this is why I also draw comics, game art and do cosplay, which is the topic of this post. League of Legends is a game with many colorful and unique heroes, Xin Xhao is one of those. He is a man whom likes to stab people in the face as he comes leaping from the jungle. However more often then not, he dies brutally. The reason fro this is that most Xin players are very inexperienced at playing ranked. People whom die a lot, never climbs to the top.

Evafoam is cheap and handy!

Copslay is a slow and meticulous process of converting an absurd game character into a costume that works in the real world. However most such characters are just too insanely improbable to actually bring anywhere, if I somehow succeed in making them. Ergo I went for the cheap solution. One of Xin’s skins is called Secret Agent. The name says it all. He runs around in a snazzy suit with a collapsible spear, that looks like a real mean trident if anything. So I made his spear. Which is mostly what I will be covering in this post along with my photo shoot.

The pointy part of the spear!

A spear is a long staff with a sharp point at the end. Normally this is just a single triangular point made of metal. However designers such as myself think this is to simple and not very visually interesting. Therefor they made this thing!

The skin ingame!

In order to replicate this creation, I managed to salvage an old traffic sings I found in a ditch, after all an appropriately large iron plate is needed. Due to wear, tear and rust, most such signs are made from aluminum, which make the material easy to cut with a jigsaw and at the same time makes it a nightmare to polish.

The iron part on each side!

Which brings me to another problem. A spear like this is not convention friendly at all. After all it is considered a weapon and will probably poke someones eye out, though I have to admit that my foot is more dangerous that this dull poker. Unless I want to introduce blunt trauma to someone. Originally I made the tip in eveafoam, but it became to flimsy, due to the insane size. Which meant that I had to shrink it a lot.

The first version was huge and squashy!

The recall animation shows him collapsing the spear into a suitcase, this is rather improbable and cumbersome to achieve. But the tip does fit into a case and I made a staff I could screw together, however that one still needs a lot of work in order to knock out the kinks. It will not be covered in this article.

Due to the materials and tools involved some patience and elbow-grease is needed.
Such as a jigsaw with metal cutting blades, they are the kind with flat teeth.


* A rotary tool, with a cutting disc bit and an iron drill bit.
* Wooden staff, such as a long broom handle.
* Evafoam
* Metal plate
* Ducktape
* Screws
* Styrofoam
* Fridge magnets
* Spray paint
* Glue

naturally the first step is to measure everything to make sure it adds up. After going over those measurements at least twice on a sheet of paper, I cut it out and made it stick to the metal surface, so that I could trace it with a marker pen. One wrong cut is all it takes to ruin the material. After I cut out the shape. I covered the edges in tape, so that the color would not spill. The next part was to cut out a metal plate for the left and right side, in order to sandwich the pole and the tip in between. Then I had to drill holes for the screws. For all intensive purposes the spear is most real. As seen on the picture there are two blue things on each side. The only thing I found that would fit was some refrigerator magnets. Those got painted blue and was glued with superglue onto the surface.

The collapsible version!

The evafoam was made into several triangles to sandwich between the thin metal and the wooden staff. Later I proceeded to cover the pole in ducktape in order to simulate iron, The black parts are ducktape as well. At the bottom I made a square made of Styrofoam, which I painted black. In the original there are two sharp pointy bits at the bottom. But I deemed those too dangerous, the idea is indeed to use it on stage and I would not dare to give it a twirl with those on.

The most dandy and handy tool to get!

For more cosplay and props, here is my cosplay page

A photo shoot gallery of the cosplay so far, it was a novel experience!
ll cosplay photos are taken by Yngve Hegreberg!

Njål H Sand

Tech Review: SteelSeries Siberia 200

SteelSeries, maker of such fine products such as the mouse with the gimmick LEDs has come out with a another item. Although this one was released a while back, I just now got around to using it.

2311_1 Normally I use a Corsair V2000 headset with its cushion-like headpiece and its adjustable features, but I can never get it to sit right on my head. It is quite uncomfortable at times. I feel like I have on ear-muffs on and I get really hot. Not to mention it collects dust on the headpiece because it’s made of cotton or some similar fabric.

But I figured it was time for a change so I decided to try another SteelSeries product: the Siberia Forge Red 200 and I must say I am really impressed with the headset. In fact I would go to such lengths as to say it’s possibly one of the best headsets I’ve ever worn.

Its headphones are comprised of a synthetic leather which rests comfortably on my head and the audio quality is superb. I really enjoy how crisp the sound is. The headband section rests comfortably on my head with easy adjustments. Since it’s a wired headset I don’t have to worry about charging the battery at all.da951ee8-b822-48d4-b30c-de5ea6228b71.png._CB290757754__SR300,300_.png

If you are in-game and don’t want to switch off your microphone via software, you can use a switch they have placed on the cable to shut it down without any trouble. The microphone itself picks up crystal clear audio as well, with zero feedback (although this depends on several factors, such as your computer’s ambient noise level).

However I did encounter one tiny issue with the headset: it’s only meant for 3.5mm input and not USB like my Corsair. I have no on-board audio devices since the burnout in my Asus Sabertooth X58 motherboard. So I had to use my wife’s laptop for the review of this product.

Do I recommend the SteelSeries Siberia Forge Red 200? Of course I do. If I had a working audio card I would be using it now, and would keep this headset around for emergencies.

There is a reason why SteelSeries sponsors massive gaming tournaments and why competitors like Team Navi, Evil Genius, and Tyloo use the brand. This product is definitely one of the best that I’ve ever tried and I recommend it to anyone who needs a new headset.

-Daniel Clatworthy-