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Destiny: Thoughts and Impressions

Destiny Title Screen

Note: I wrote this awhile ago, I am prob closer to 30 hours into the game now

So I am about 12 hours into Destiny, yeah you know, that game everyone is going on about, the one that has been highly anticipated for a few years now, that game from the same developers that brought us the Halo franchise, yeah I am sure you know the game and thought I might give my 2 cents on how I am finding the game so far… and yes, as an avid Halo player, there is a lot of Halo influence/feel in this game (not that it’s a bad thing)

Destiny Story

Story Mode
Well to be honest this has kind of taken second string to grinding out my level to catch up with everyone else. The story itself hasn’t been that engaging so far, it is interesting but just feels kind of meh, like it was an afterthought to the game itself, it’s bad enough your character doesn’t actually say anything till a decent way into the story, and the ghost kind of feels a bit like Cortana with its quirks, comments and general attitude. At any rate I have only just reached Mars

Destiny Control

Multiplayer
So the multiplayer system has been set up relatively small scale with the biggest being 6v6 on a domination style playlist. The maps are about medium sized which for 6v6 can be a little barren at times esp the map on the moon and mars, it can take way too long to get into the action (you do have access to your vehicle thou so you have the option of riding that into action). However the maps themselves look very well made, they have a nice flow and thought seems to be have put into how players will handle them, very reminisce of Halo multiplayer maps in their design and execution. The game modes are fun and the level balancing has been done very well meaning if your character is still level 6ish, you’re not at a huge disadvantage going against someone who is level 25 (thou their weapon handling and perks will still be better) It is a lot of fun, however as a fan of big team and epic sized battles, 6v6 on these maps to me just comes up a bit short. And then there is the reward system at the end which is totally random… getting 25 kills and top score with no reward while someone who gets 2 kills, lowest score and gets a legend item… well yeah, that is just infuriating

Destiny Customization

Character
Character creation and customization is always a hard point to talk about, how much is enough and how much is too much, should it be like the Sims or should it just be bare minimal. In destiny it feels like its bare minimal with relatively limited customization even as you progress thru, with your only option really being which armor you end up choosing and some shades you can use to change its color, there might be more but at this point of the game I am basically limited to whatever gear I can find. The 4 different emotes you can do are fun, thou some more variation would be nice too, thou at least they thought that far ahead to add them, but more customization is really needed

DJ Rufio Destiny

Game Mechanics
Now that FPS style games have been around for a while, basic things like screen size, mini maps, hud etc are done pretty well and are standard these days, destiny is no different, jumping in straight away you will find that usual familiarity that you would expect from any FPS. The differences obviously coming from mobility and weapons. Destiny has a few weapon options but not on the scale of COD or BF, but more or less the same as Halo. You have your main weapon classes with a few options in each, but basically you have you standard short, med and long range plus heavy damage dealers, Then you have your skill and perk system, a special skill that can be activated and tweaked depending on your preferences same with perks and each class has 2 different skill and perk sets they can learn and upgrade which can work really well once you upgrade all your skills in that set and choose the ones that work well together (Skills and perks are set together in the same set so you can’t swap them between each set) Using the skills themselves take a little getting used to at first but once you figure out how to best utilize them they can be used to devastating effect. Each weapon itself is also capable of being upgraded to give a bonus perk so this is also a consideration to take into account when choosing your weapons. The weapon handling isn’t too bad, there is enough realism there as far as futuristic weapons go thou at times it feels like there is more than just a little auto aim at play, especially when an enemy is moving, I mean I am good, but at times I wonder am I actually that good to be pulling off some of those more reaction shots that still yield a nice head shot. There is also the auto aim tracker that pisses me off to no end and seems to always be in shooters, that one where your target site will ‘follow’ a target, can be very annoying when you line up a shot and an enemy walks in between, dragging the reticle throwing your shot off. But apart from little things, the game mechanics are what you would expect and feel pretty natural for this type of game

Destiny Crucible

Leveling
The introduction of a Level cap and then a ‘Gear’ level is an interesting one. Basically the level Cap is 20. From there you have light levels which basically means how good your armor is, the more ‘light’ it has, the higher your level will be. Armor from Rare and up has a light value attached to it, the higher the light value, the higher your light level will be. Increasing your level itself from 1 to 20 is a pretty easy task, if you do plenty of bounties and mix your time up between completing them and doing the story mode, you will quickly hit level 20, it took me 10 hours to reach and I am sure a bit of that time was spent in loading screens… yup they do take a while, long enough to notice but not long enough to be too annoying. And once you reach level 20 the grind becomes harder since your are basically dependent on your gear and the only way to get good gear is either leveling up your reputation with each faction or by random loot drops. It is definitely a long haul after you reach level 20 and the way the loot drops and reward system works, it is also extremely frustrating to say the least

Destiny Walker on Patrol

Social Interaction
The game is geared to a degree for social interaction to form fire teams and to go on raids, however it is still lacking with its options for solo players to easily link up with other groups of players. Also the choice to either solo a strike or to form up with a team of individuals is also not there (sure you can join a strike and hope you get matched up with people, but more often than not you just get dropped in solo or half way thru an ongoing strike) having these kinds of choices you would think would be an important factor for a mmo style game like this as there is always a large base of solo players who struggle to enjoy the team dynamics of some of the more difficult content because they can’t get matched up with other players or don’t have enough friends playing. The other thing that bugs me is the limit of players that seems to be apparent when roaming around on Patrol, when destiny was first announced it looked like there was going to be more epic-ness with regards to player numbers and monsters you can come across, but at the moment everything is just so small in scale, most of the public encounters can easily be handled by 1 or 2 players, multiplayer only 6v6, strikes 1-3 players and the single Raid for 6 players…

Destiny DJ Rufio Tower

Extras
Destiny comes with a nice companion app that allows you to look at your progress from either your mobile or tablet and has some pretty good information, also you can track your stats online too

Destiny Companion App

Overall
It is a good game, just not an outstanding game, it feels like a good start but it doesn’t hold the epic-ness I was hoping from it and can see it easily fading into the distance as new games come out. While Bungie has done a nice job here in their post-halo era, for me, the scale of this game is just too small from what I was hoping for on the new generation of consoles, if you can have 64 players running around in BF4, you would expect other FPS games to be able to step into the same realm of share numbers as well, granted BF has been around for a while, but I think this is the kind of approach that needed to be taken with Destiny, or hopefully the system is in place so they can scale it up in the future, but for now, this is what we have, good, but not great

Destiny Loading Screen

Update
So I have finally decided to finish the campaign… meh yeah, that was boring. I am now level 27 and basically the grind for me goes like this, weekly strike, crucible and vanguard bounties and moon and mars farming as well as public events. Not overly exciting at all. It seems most of Destiny is just the focus on getting to level 30 so that you might have a chance of completing the Raid if you can ever find a team

Destiny Tower

About Me

My name is Marcus aka DJ Blaze. I come from NZ but now living in Seoul, Sth Korea and DJn here! Find me anywhere on Social Media under the alias: akadjblaze (#akadjblaze)

2017 is set to be another busy year, catch me every weekend at either Club Made or Living Room and keep an eye out for upcoming events with Good Times ROK!

To get in touch with me for shows or anything else DJ related you can reach me by: Blazing_187@yahoo.com +82-10-9019-2860 For those looking for more infomation: My Bio is located here https://akadjblaze.com/bio/ Photos: Click the ‘Promo Pics’ link above to download. Here is a quick list of links to some mixes that give you an idea of what I am about

Classic Hip Hop & RnB

Redbull Thre3style 2013

Redbull Thre3style 2015 (Video)

Busan FM Entry Set 2015 (Video)

Busan FM Entry Set 2016 (Video)

Commercial House Set

I have been keeping busy here. This page will usually cover most of my exploits as well as my other interests so I will be striving to update this as often as possible and bring you an insight into my life as a DJ here in Sth Korea and share with you the highs and lows as well as any content I create along the way.


DJ Blaze vs Halo

My gamer tag is actually DJ Rufio, add me on Xbox Live

So with the launch of the Halo Master Chief Collection coming soon, I started looking back at some of my old Halo stat lists, a little bit hard to find since Bungie is obviously no longer in control of the Halo franchise now that it has moved to 343 Studios, but a lot of the content for Halo 3, Halo 2 and ODST is still located on the Bungie servers and websites so took a trip down memory lane digging thru all the stuff there and managed to find stats for all the games, was a bit to go thru. But with Halo waypoint, the summaries are at least easy to find.

I also got out my old Xbox 360 and found some gameplay videos I had saved so did a short compilation of them which you can see below. Most of them are from me being a cheap ass and using the gravity hammer to send fools flying in the warthog off the cliff… It was a great way to stop the flag and also it just looks funny as hell and it really was a lot of fun but it did piss some players off… meh too bad! Makes for some great game play footage!

So here is some recaps on how I use to fare playing Halo. It was especially hard playing in NZ where our internet speeds basically put anyone in NZ playing in overseas match making at a decent disadvantage. You wouldn’t notice it during mid to long range combat, but up close, esp sword exchanges, you basically had to anticipate and guess rather than move and react which ended up becoming a skill on its own. It wasn’t until Halo Reach that I moved to Korea, and oh my god, did it make a difference!

Halo: Combat Evolved

Well there are no stats to show for this which is a shame given it is where it all started and I didn’t get the anniversary edition (I knew the MC collection would eventual come so waited for that lol) It was on the original Xbox, but it reall did pave the way for todays FPS genre on consoles. We use to play via split screen above the Last Moa back in my uni days with 2 xbox’s linked up so had some epic 4v4 games… Oh how I miss beaver creek!!

Halo 2

Games: 1022 Kills: 7362 Deaths: 10584

Rufio, Blaze, Halo 2 Stats

I use to love playing Halo 2 online, but there was always a lot of match making issues which didn’t help the old KD ratio, but it was very enjoyable, but mostly enjoyed the close combat maps

Halo 3

Games 2202 Kills: 23811 Deaths: 23706

Rufio, Blaze, Halo 3 Stats

Halo 3 was awesome, I loved playing this online and had most of my favourite maps and the gameplay just felt right for both short-mid range and mid-long-range combat, it was well balanced and really was the best of the series so far

Halo 4

Games: 218 Kills: 2821 Deaths: 2469

Rufio, Blaze, Halo 4 Stats

While the graphics and matching making are a jump forward, some of the balancing and the whole loadout thing doesnt quite suit what Halo is, this aside thou it is a lot of fun with some epic maps and some good recreations of old favourites, the graphics and just overall upgrading and balancing of weapons as well as the addition of the new Promethean weapons still make this epic

Halo Reach

Games: 415 Kills: 5642 Deaths: 4065

Rufio, Blaze, Halo Reach Stats

Reach killed it for a lot of fans, thou it was hard to follow on from Halo 3 but the multiplayer just wasn’t up to scratch… at all, the new editions really missed the mark

Halo ODST

ODST Stats, Blaze, Rufio

This was only firefight, which was a lot of fun when you could find other people to play with who were serious, but wasn’t really my thing. Still had some epic battles thou

Halo Wars

Rufio, Blaze, Halo Wars Stats

This really was an unsung hero for the RTS genre. RTS games have always struggled on console, but Halo Wars really did nail it with their interface to make what was a really great game. However online was never that easy, finding a team of 3v3 players who were serious wasn’t easy, but when you did get 6 players who could throw down it made for some long ass epic struggles!

So thats it for the games, there is that top down game but I never played it, looked ok thou. Once I play thru the campaigns again I will add some more gameplay footage as well as some campaign recaps. But interesting looking thru the stats, I really did play a LOT of Halo 3, and since then, well just haven’t really had the same time to play as much as I would have liked to. Least my K/D ratios are pretty good considering the game modes I like to play, e.g. mainly big team battles! I like the mix of chaos with having to actually work together, so CTF is usually my favourite game mode, however an 8vs8 on a smaller map slayer can be just as fun too! Speaking of maps…

My Top/Favourite multiplayer Maps

1. Beaver Creek (close range hectic combat, so much fun)

Halo Beaver Creek

2. Blood Gulch/Coagulation/Hemorrhage (mid-lone range with vehicles, great for team battles)

Blood Gulch Halo

3. Stand Off (close-mid range, great for flag games)

Stand Off Halo

4. Rats Nest (I only love this map because gravity hammer vs warthog = angry warthog passengers)

Rats Nest Halo

5. Valhalla/Ragnarok (mid range combat, just a great map)

Valhalla Ragnarok Halo

6. Lockout/Black Out (close range chaos)

Black Out Halo

7. Sidewinder/Avalanche (mid-long range combat, great for flag games, epic size)

Avalanche Halo

8. Sandtrap (mid-long range, vehicle fun and lots of variants)

Sand trap Halo

9. Midship (close range chaos)

Midship Halo

10. Exile (close-mid range madness with vehicles)

Exile Halo

I am definitely looking forward to going thru Halo from start to finish with the remastered graphics and also hoping they bring back some of my old time favorite maps. While some have obviously been remade and tweaked, there is still a couple of classics missing which I am hoping might make a return. I will have the Xbox One soon so will be eagerly waiting to stick my teeth into the story line again and also the new online playlists!

Every DJ has their own Obsession

So if you have ever met a DJ, you know they tend to be a ‘special’ kind of person or at least a little different (then again these days everyone is a dam DJ so that statement tends to loose its power) Anyways, you will probably find most DJs have obsessions, hobbies or other quirky things they do outside of DJn and music. A popular one is often video games which is definitely one of mine, others can range from strange collections to shoes or anything you can imagine really. Thou a lot of the time you will find they are based on technology and DJs tend to have more than just a little inner nerd/geek about them which is something you really need if you are to keep up with the new technology! As for myself I have a few things I am in to, but a big one has always been anime and since moving to Korea it is much easier to find things related to anime especially figures and toys. One of my favourite anime programs was Gundam Wing (the older one with the 5 Gundams etc) and since moving to Korea its been really easy to find Gundams to build, so this post is actually directed towards building one of my Gundams. I have been working on the main gun dams from the Endless Waltz Series and finally have them all, just need to build one more and put stickers on 2 more but for now here is my recent build (yeah this is about toys, get over it lol)

So this Gundam is Zero One piloted by Hiro Yui, its slightly different from the original Zero One from the original series with its colours and some slightly different structure of the wings, buster rifle and shield but overall its still pretty cool

1. Building the Head
1. Building the Head

First up is the head, a little annoying with the eye stickers

2. Building the Body
2. Building the Body

The body can be a little tricky depending on the Gundam

3. Head and Body
3. Head and Body
4. Arms
4. Arms
5. SHoulders
5. Shoulders
6. Upper Body
6. Upper Body

The shoulders can be a pain in the ass as well as the arms, not to build but being the more mobile of joints they often fall off the easiest

7. Wings
7. Wings
8. Full Upper Body
8. Full Upper Body
8. Upper Body
8. Upper Body

The wings are usually easily movable and can be used to counter balance nicely

9. Lower Body
9. Lower Body
10. Legs
10. Legs

The legs are usually the easiest part to build and the most sturdy

11. Legs and Lower Body
11. Legs and Lower Body
12. Full Body
12. Full Body

And here is the body assembled, but still need to add in the weapons

13. Weapons (Shield and Sword)
13. Weapons (Shield and Sword)
13. Weapons (Buster Rifle)
13. Weapons (Buster Rifle)

And finally here is the full assembly with weapons

Final Assembly
Final Assembly
Final Assembly with Stickers
Final Assembly with Stickers
Flight mode
Flight mode
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With Busta Rifle
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Rifle (Wing Zeros) and Energy Sword

Shout Out Time

Well its been a crazy weekend and had a couple of good shows but there was also a lot of other things going on around Seoul as well. I will post up a review etc about them later on once I track down the videos but for now I got a couple of mentions I want to make

First up need to give a shout out to the bro CJ Gardner aka CJ Infinite and for dropping his new tracks, if you want to peep them and you def should check out his sound cloud here

CJ’s Sound Cloud

The beats are really nice (I’m a big fan of old school sounding beats or beats with an older more natural sound to them) and CJs flow over them has its own uniqueness about it that makes the tracks nice to listen to and a nice break from a lot of the rubbish thats gets constant airplay these days. There is a lot of really good hip hop out there, you just need to go and find it but you should always support local artists as they always need plenty of support and most of them really deserve

Speaking of supporting local artists, the Seoul expat scene has been getting a much needed injection of support recently. Its a hard scene thou because expats are usually only here short term, very rarely long term so it makes maintaing a community very difficulty. So when artists start thinking of strengthening the community then they deserve mention and support. There are a lot of people here who have been putting in hard work who deserve mention but will save that for another time, for now this post shout out goes to Part Time Cooks, a group of 3 dope expat MC’s who have come together to form what should be an exciting crew. Now I don’t know much of their back ground but I have heard some of their stuff and it is def worth checking out, but the reason for the shout out is their willingness to get out and support other artists and also what will hopefully be a weekly or very regular web series from them interviewing and showcasing the local expat talent in and around Korea. Its this support and giving back to the community that will help keep it strong here in Korea and I applaud their efforts to do so. Check out the video below for their first instalment video. The editing could use a little work but as far as content goes and being the first instalment, its very good and has me looking forward to more! A scene is only as good as its support so again I urge you to get out there and support local artists

Also make sure you go check out their show coming up in conjunction with Show Kings on the 29th of March

Click here for the event page

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See you there! Chur!

How I got my DJ name

So short post today, just a quick story about how I got my DJ Name. Those who know me, know I’ve gone by many aliases over the years that have been attempted to be placed on me by others, some good, some ok, others just dumb but the one that has stuck is Blaze and that is also the one I have had the longest. But the thing that does confuse people when they first meet me is they assume being from NZ and having the name Blaze means I smoke weed etc, the whole Blaze it up thing but I actually don’t smoke weed and have never smoked it. The worst thing is the name is pretty popular and there are a lot of Blaze’s around, the most famous one being Just Blaze (who is the man) but the thing is I have been using my name (at least the origin of it) since the early 90’s when I first hit high school, Blaze is short for Blazing_187 which was my first gaming tag I used to always use when playing video games and it was also my first email address which I still have to this day!

So Blazing, kinda of self explanatory when it comes to video games, I love FPS games so blazing guns etc is where that comes from, now as for 187, remember this movie?

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Well this is where the 187 part comes from, watched this and was like ah, 187 is the code for murder, so decided my gamer tag should be blazing murder shortened down to blazing_187. And of course when I started DJn it was easier to shorten it down again to Blaze and thus you have DJ Blaze!

Now as for the aka part that I have used in all of my social media, well given that DJ Blaze is a popular name I needed something easy to distinguish the name from other DJ Blazes out there. I settled on aka (also known as) because I did go thru a period trying to figure out a better alias and also having various others ones used on me by people from different areas in my life there was a lot to choose from, so in the end it would be what ever some one called me and aka DJ Blaze (Hey its Dragon aka DJ Blaze) so I decided to stick with akadjblaze since not only does it have some history to it, its also easy to remember and unique enough for me to have it as my user name across all social media sites I use

So there it is, the history of my name and how it came about. Chur!

The Madness that is Bar Fly

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So welcome to my residency, Bar Fly in Sinchon, a long time student favourite and one of the only clubs in the Sinchon area. Home of craziness, scandals, cheap drinks, helpful regulars, good bar staff and good people, can’t ask for much more from a local bar (well you can but thats another issue) So lets have a quick look around with what Im working with

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So the DJ Booth, DJM 800 (in desperate need of new faders and a service, same with the CDJs…), CDJ 2000’s, SL4, my laptop, iPad (touchOSC) and dicers. Out putting video to a projector and 4 screens around the bar. Not a bad set up for a mid level club.

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View looking next to the DJ Booth, there is space upstairs and this is looking down to the floor level tables and bar, screen and projector as well as your useless advertising sign board posted pointlessly in the corner lol oh yeah, and top stage with stripper poles!

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Looking at the bar from up top, its a nicely enough set out bar with plenty of room, as you can see a lot of junk hanging from the ceiling…

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Looking down at the dance floor, it is a decent size club, you wouldn’t think so from the outside but that is always the surprising things with clubs here, most are built in the basements of buildings and can be very deceiving from the outside

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Looking out on the club…

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And lastly a look at the crowd, this was a student party, as you can see a lot of foreign students that night, usually its mostly Koreans but still a lot of foreign students come here to party and there is a strong crowd of foreign regulars who come as well, not to mention that a lot of the Koreans there are Korean/Russians, Korean/Spanish etc, it really is a diverse range of people which adds to the place

Its open during the week but not many people come through, Friday nights are usually the one, also a good vibe with people hitting it hard after work or a week of studying, Saturday is hit and miss depending on the week, the crowd fluctuates depending on parties and University schedules. Being in a University area it really dictates the mood of the area as you would expect. So there it is, a quick run down on the place, I might post up more about it later on, introduce the staff and regulars, drinks etc but thats for later on.

(just a note, when I say crazy, I don’t mean it in a bad way, for some reason over here people associate the word crazy with meaning bad, but I mean it in a good way)

And just for good measure, here is some fun with fire

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