SeeMeCNC Rostock Max v3 Assembly adventure Day 3

If you know me, I’ve been talking about 3D printing for about 3 or 4 months. I’ve been studying, and researching, and trying to decided if I wanted a 3D printer, and if I do, what I want and why.  I did all my home work and decided to get one. The one I wanted MOST was the Prusa i3 Mk2, however they had to get imported from out of the country AND there was about a 3 or 4 month wait before they could ship when I was looking to order.  So… with that in mind. I did a LOT more homework. Based on the title of the blog post you can see I ended up on the SeeMeCNC Rostock Max v3. Found here.  It was only $100 more than the assembled Prusa (but once you factored in import duty, and shipping it ended up about the same).

I finally ordered the Rostock Max v3, and it showed up in amazing time. Faster than all the tools I ordered from Amazon at the same time in fact. (Not prime shipping). I got the tools this weekend, and started assembly. I used to assemble electronics back in the day, but I have to admit it has been a long time. Me and a friend use to manufacture boards for Cellular routers, so I’m ok with electronics, and I know my way around machine shops and tooling so nothing here was completely new, other than the printer and the principles of 3D printing itself.

Day 1

I started getting all the parts out, and was quite amazed at the number of parts, involved. I expected quite a bit, but I’ve got a nice sized Rubermaid container at my feet full of zip lock bags loaded with nuts, wires, fixtures, electronics, motors and lots of other goodies. I tried to stage the parts, and tools, create a work environment to do this in. It has very intricate parts and much larger parts. So I had to clear off a work bench that was comfortable for detail work like soldering and such, but I needed a larger work space for the frame. So I started to get all that ready. When I was done with that I started to assemble the hot end. I didn’t get far.  I was buried in parts, and had a question.  I asked it on their forums and got a good reply by the time I was ready to go again.  Here is how far I got on day 1: And in case you are wondering a “day” for me is the time left over from work/family/life before I go to bed, so don’t expect a full 8 hrs of labor here…

Hot End day 1
Rostock Max v3 – Hot End day 1

Day 2

I pushed a bit too hard. After getting the help I needed, it was a stupid question, but I needed the answer. I was able to get much further. Here is where I got for the second day (2:30AM).  I had the hardest time getting the base plate, thermal fuse, and pcb lower edge to all be parallel. I found that losening or tightening one seemed to throw everything else off. I tightened it as much as I dare for small aluminum parts, but I must admit I am afraid it will come lose or out of alignment. (Not sure how important alignment is, but the instructions highlighted the importance…)

Day 2, PCB Controller, Leads, and guide

 

Day 3

And today, Day 3. I made a lot more VISIBLE progress. I actually finished the entire Hot End assembly, including the fans etc. I started off doing all the PCB soldering, then put the fan assemblies together (that went pretty quickly… other than trying to strip the small gauge wires, that was painful.)  Then a little bit more soldering and the finishing covers.  Today went much easier than the other days. Here is the finished product:

My initial impression of this after putting it together (just the hot end assembly). This is a nice tight package. I can tell a LOT of time went into the design and layout of this project.  I am concerned about any of the internals needing repair/replacing. Doing so would be a full day task at least. Many of the components are soldered directly to the board, so hot swapping replacements is not an option. (Fans however are plugged in… BUT the fan cables are wrapped around everything.) Maybe my concern is unfounded. I won’t know until I’ve been using it for quite a while. But over all I like it, I’m just scared, this after all was a huge investment.  However all the reviews I’ve read say it is good stuff. Time will tell.

This project would be a real doozie for someone working with mechanical/electrical things for the first time. If you have never used a soldering pen, or are not comfortable taking apart every day things and being able to put them back together (reliably) you may want to get it pre-assembled, or ask a friend to help you who knows this stuff. It is not impossible or very hard, but learning on this project would be daunting for the un-initiated.

At the end of today, I tested continuity through my heater/fuse, and it worked. I tested continuity between heater/fuse and the aluminum block, and that was not connected. I tested resistance of the thermistor at the PCB and it came to just under 100k (98.3k) I think. I checked all the fans, and they can spin freely. I did not run any current though to test them. I tested all the screws and they seemed tight, so far as I can tell I put it together right. I took a TON of pics a long the way too. I just posted the end of day shots.

Well this ends day 3 for me. Lets see what the next day has.

Why put off till tomorrow what you can do today?

I finally have an answer to the age old question. For those of you who know me I’m not a slacker, I’m almost never idle long. I’m rarely well focused. But I’m almost always doing something.  Although some times that something is just playing video games… (I’ll be honest…)

I’ve had the question posed to me several times in life

Why put off till tomorrow what you can do today?

After 20+ years of working, and 10+ years of having my own family, I can safely say, there will always be more to do today than can possibly be done. If you are always putting off the important things in life to “take care of things”… You are missing out on the things that seem the most trivial, but are probably by far the most valuable. When you finish that task at work, guess what… there will be another. When you finish that chore at home guess what… you can find another.  There will ALWAYS be something to do for those of you, who like me are looking for something to do.  You have to chose to put off till tomorrow what can be put off till tomorrow some times.

Now I know there are some people out there who LIVE by the slogan… why do anything today, when we can keep pushing it to another day… forever.  This is not what I’m encouraging at all. The things that NEED to get done should be.  But the the things that CAN be left out… probably should be. There are more important things in life than having a perfect lawn, or “most overtime worked” awards … You know I’ve never seen one of those… anyway this was just meant to be a quick post to a thought I had, and that was it.

Enjoy.

Putting my bank on notice

Earlier this week I finally bit the bullet and decided to buy myself a 3D Printer. I have wanted one as long as I’ve known they existed and I saved up for a long time, shopped around, did my homework and finally on Friday night went online and bought it.  Then I went shopping for all the “extras” that you need to go with it, like the filament(s) and various tools that are needed to keep it working and functional. All was happy in my world.

Today I logged into my bank and saw some really weird activity… I decided to talk to  the vendor and clarify. After a very long and convoluted conversation with a rep that was probably very knowledgeable in their systems but horrible at communication. I found out that my bank declined the transaction. WHAT?!! So I log into my bank, I have more than enough funds to cover it… and find out from the vendor that the transactions were declined and that I need to talk to fraud prevention. My bank has (yet again) decided that my own transactions are fraudulent against me. (This is not the first time… but I’m hoping to make it the last)

I have decided to send the following notice to my bank, I think ALL banks need to see it. I am a hater of phone loops and unchecked automation. (FYI) I LOVE automation… so long as we can maintain and keep it in check/balance. But when people have NO say in it it is foolish and stupid. As a side note I build automation tools for a living… quite successfully. BUT it is NOT a replacement for intelligence, wit, or courtesy. It however can be an amazing tool for those who have them.

Notice to my bank:

You are losing my business. You have an opportunity to fix this, but I doubt you have the ability or desire to do so.

Here is my problem. I work during most of the times you are open, and I have a family with kids. So the time when I spend money is usually the time when {bank} is not open. {bank} seems to have a hyper sensitive fraud prevention unit. When said fraud prevention unit blocks a transaction… there is no way for me as a normal human being to fix the problem. There is no one i can call. There is nothing I can do. I just have to sit there and pray that what I needed was not life critical, and that I can get a hold of a living breathing person during my working hours to fix the situation. The fact that I don’t even get notified is even worse. (The last time this happened I THOUGHT I turned this on..)

Points:

1. You live in a world where most people and businesses do business 24/7 now. People expect, I expect, the ability to do the same.

2. There is nothing wrong with a hyper-vigilant fraud prevention department… SO LONG AS there is a way to fix the situation quickly. By quickly I mean in under 15 minutes. No computer, no AI, no phone tree will be smart enough. I like the fact that you care… but I don’t like the fact that you stop my being able to do business until you decide to get into work… when ever that happens to be.

3. The fact that I can almost NEVER get a hold of a living breathing person is infuriating. I don’t need a brick and mortar office to “meet” someone, I do need the ability to speak to a person and solve a problems intelligently. I don’t usually need to do so, but when I do they almost always are complex and require understanding of what I’m saying and what I’m trying to do, and how banking works. IF I want to do impersonal banking I can easily switch to a purely online bank. If I just wanted to talk to an automated phone loop, I’d… just call you guys.

4. Why are you blocking transactions to established vendors that I regularly do business with? I do business with {vendor} at least on a weekly basis, sometimes almost daily. Why would it come as a surprise that I place an order with them? They split their order into separate “chunks” by vendor and bills them separately causing multiple transactions. I can’t be the ONLY person who has this happen?

So, in short. If you want to KEEP me as a client. Present me with a solution that works for people like me. I like {bank}, but this has happened enough times and at critical times. (Like when buying tires on a car at a garage… for one…) This last transaction has now been held up by more than a week because of the delay, and I was NEVER notified by {bank}, I had to be notified by the vendor that I was declined for the transaction.

You have your mission, if I don’t hear back. Or I don’t hear a good answer I will be posting this notice online and moving on to other business. I’m tired of fighting with my own bank, to get money I’ve already worked for.

The transactions in question (according to {vendor}) are:
Settlement Verification Code: xxx
Settlement Verification Code: xxx
They attempted to charge once and were declined, then tried again the next day. I was told they were declined again. I was also told that I need to ask you why funds were not released.

I await your message or call.
{my_name}

 

If you are a banker or work in the banking industry. Please take note. automation is NOT the key, a call center is NOT the key. People like me want the ability to do business safely, but we want the ability to talk to a SMART person to fix it when something goes wrong, or we need help with something. In general the only reason your average consumer looks for outside help is they can’t do something (like fix a problem), they don’t know how to do something (lack of experience or knowledge, sometimes to even explain the problem), or are investigating before doing something.  These are things MOST banks make difficult if not impossible to get those 3 things easily. IF banks could they would find a new level of efficiency. Those are things that can’t be answered by an online FAQ, automated phone loop, someone who barely speaks your language, or someone who does not really understand the industry.

Just my 2 cents.

Tangled Web of Thoughts

I am going to start this post with a disclaimer. I do NOT have all the answers. I am taking a philosophy class. I am a technology person. I will be speaking in VERY broad terms and using a VERY broad brush. I know there are exceptions to almost everything, I’ve met most of them.

My topic today comes from my philosophy class, a project I’ve been stewing on for the last 12 years, an internet video I watched yesterday, and several conversations I’ve had with people. This is not fully formed yet, and I still have a lot of research to do on it. I however did want to post this out there for thoughts.  I want to talk about how people think about knowledge and how they gauge truth and how that impacts society in general.

Definitions

Foundational thinking:  this could be summed up with Plato’s concept of JTB (justified true belief), In order to say that you “know” something you have to be able to make assertions that are correct and infer a correct conclusion from it. That you can define its parts. That in order to know something you have to “prove it” with some “logical” process is the concept.

The problem of infinite recursion: In order to say you know something you must define all of its components, but in order to define its components you must define the definitions of all the sub-components, but in order to define all of the sub-components you must define all the sub-sub-components… etc… it goes on for ever. There are several proposed solutions to this… one of them is network thinking

example of infinite recursion:

  • duck = type of bird
  • type = a category or classification
  • of = expressing a relationship between a part and a whole
  • bird = a flying animal
  • category = a grouping of something
  • or = a word used to link alternatives
  • classification = …
  • …. you get the idea.

Network thinking: The concept that in order to “know” something you simply need to have enough pieces of data in your “network” that are congruent with that information. If you have information from 3 or 4 sources and they all seem to be congruent with each other, that information may be considered as “known”. That number may change depending on the person, circumstances, or type of information under question.

Network: A lose term meaning a source of information. It could be a literal computer network or social network. It could be a loosely related group of publications and professional contacts, it can be personal experience. ANY source of information, data or opinion can be in a network.

From the top

I know there are many forms of thinking and I did NOT cover them all. I did cover the two I want to talk about though. In my parents generation and some of my generation the predominate form of thinking (that I have seen) is the Foundational type of thinking.  There are MANY flaws with this mode of thinking, it leads to infinite recursion, as well as the general philosophy that TRUTH can never be truly found or known, because even if we found it we could never really know it. My generation really bore out the fruit of the idea that truth can never be found.  It lead to wide spread hopelessness and a general lack of purpose. As a response to this the concept of a “network” of truth or thought has come out of the mix. The idea was if we can never “know” for sure, if we know enough points that do not conflict with a concept that we can probably assume it is true.

This network model is applied by individuals in both the macro and the micro. Inside the individual and outside.  In order for a network to remain stable its nodes must be congruent, and because people inherently tend to seek stability incongruity becomes a destabilizing factor. These networks are not just used in the formation scientific ideas, but in the formation of self worth, sexuality (I don’t mean gender preference I mean how they think about sex… the brain is the biggest sex organ in the human body), spirituality, appearance and much more. When in-congruent ideas are presented to an individual in this context the in-congruent idea is not just a challenge to the concept… it is a personal assault at the deepest levels. The network node (idea) in question is a part of the stability of this person, if this becomes in-congruent, it might devalue or change something else, causing a cascade, or even worse… systemic questioning.   Because to question the network is to reject the network or at the very least cause an incongruity that cannot be reconciled. When faced with this type of threat it is simply easier to reject the threat (the person doing the questioning or the idea) and push them out of reach that to solve the conflict of thought.

People who function primarily in a network model require many points of contact to know things, including themselves. If a person functions in network model, the network tends to be fundamental to the identity of this person. It defines who they are, who they are not.  The more points of contact they have and the more congruent it is the more stable the information base is, the more stable the person feels about their world view, about them self.  I think this is very evident in the emergence of social media and its profound impact on first world culture.

Once someone is pushed out of a network, they either find a new more appropriate network OR they make one of their own.  Each social network in turn becomes a specialized condensed version of a social structure, philosophy, brand or concept.  Although it works the same with other networks social networks are easier to visualize, but news networks, computer networks, and religions work the same general way.  Something that the internet age has inadvertently provided is the ability to make truth virtually irrelevant.

These groups (or networks) do not bother to really argue with each other or debate facts any more.  Instead, they manufacture what the OTHER GROUPS represent and argue against their version of the other group. (I believe this was known in the past as a straw man argument.)  The local group’s version of the “other group” (or argument) is often the worst possible representation of the outside group.  Because the arguments and representations are made so provocative… they get repeated and talked about…  Even if no one can prove them.  Our media, in order to get ratings, pushes this information out there because it is so provocative, making it MORE provocative each time. Our internet algorithms do this too… the most talked about things are PUSHED to the top of the rankings (even if they are NOT true).  This pushing and splintering of the internet has caused extreme polarization. Groups that are fundamentally against each other not just in idea or principal but to the very core for reasons that they themselves don’t necessarily even know any more.

We have built a system that is literally designed to push popular information into the forefront. The information in the forefront is usually the worst. Each network (social group, religion, news outlet, political party, economic class, medical journal, scientific community…) becomes its own isolated network, which allows false ideas to run rampant. Because so little is fact checked and so little logic is used, it allows for micro (or macro) cults to be formed. Each group targeting what the see as “the enemy” and vilifying them.  Add to the mix, our current culture is designed (or functions, take your pick) in such a way that questioning the group can, and very well may, get you kicked out of the group to which you desperately need to belong to in order to maintain your identity.

You can add in people who intentionally spread misinformation and on top of that the people who report incorrect information just because they don’t know better. It makes finding real facts incredibly difficult for the average person. Making it even more difficult even IF someone actually wanted to look up the truth of a situation or the facts involved in something to distinguish between fact and fiction.

In the end… this leaves us with groups of people who are highly emotionally charged who are unwilling to be reasoned with. Who are don’t want to be criticized or questioned. Doing so automatically disqualifies you from being able to contribute to the group.  This is NOT a good place to be. It allows room for people who are manipulative, persuasive or coercive to build networks of their own cults.

While you read this I am sure you had a network/group or two cross your mind that you believe may do this, please be willing to consider that someone somewhere in the world is probably looking at YOU thinking you are in a network doing the same thing.  You are not exempt from this. If you got offended at the statement you should probably consider it even more.

The self imposed dehumanizing of the human race

When quantity, quality and speed become primary factors by which everything is measured, everything else takes a backseat, including the essential aspects of life including such things as happiness, spontaneity and the freedom to fail.

Last year I heard the concept presented to me that one way relationships were dehumanizing. I heard this in context of our relationship with God (or gods). Here was the argument:

If you have to comply with a set of divine directives from a perfect God, it is dehumanizing. Because the relationship is one way. YOU make all the change. The God (or gods) just have to make the directives, you must comply or you fall short of perfection (or the rules) and suffer the consequences.

This was a very profound argument. Made by a christian minister whom I respect very much, and he was talking about Nietzsche’s philosophy.  I had an astounding thought of my own. It is probably not new in the world but it was new in my mind. WE, the human race, have chosen to dehumanize our selves as a group. Please hear out my thoughts.

The human race so far back as I can look back in history, which is not very far I will admit, has always had this need to progress forward and drive on.  We as a group seem to have this need to continually move in the direction we see as forward at almost any cost. We look to these mythical ideas of progress, advancement, idealism, technology, perfection, etc.  and we push towards them often times without thinking it through, or often being forced to push towards them by society or other forces conscious of them or not.

We have started turning people, relationships, and living things into formulas and plans.  Businesses, governments, churches, and even individual relationships have tried to reduce individuals into components that can be predictable, replaceable and formulaic. We want them to follow a set of rules that we understand, can predict and control. While we ourselves are forced to follow rules that are in turn understandable, predictable and controllable.  After all how can we be effective, efficient, or productive when we don’t know your output? or we don’t know how many widgets you can make in an hour for the rest of your life? or how many sermons on tithing can your parishioners bear before they stop showing up yet still be able to pay the bills? or how sexy do you need to be to keep your partner interested another week? How much money do you need to make to be successful?

We have inadvertently turned everything into a metric. Because of science and math, neither of which is bad mind you, we’ve started to turn everything into a set of numbers to be quantified and calculated, to determine the rules that govern them.  Whether it is about people’s morality, sexuality, work output, or breaking points.  We take all of these metrics and turn it into vast amounts of data. The data warehouses we fill now are immense,  zettabytes of data have been probably been collected at this point if not more. This “data” concept mixes in with the post industrial revolution as well where everything must be maximized and minimized, not just macro but on the micro scale.

We have think tanks, artificial intelligent programs, universities, and businesses all  trying to find and the correlate the data searching for hidden “rules”.  And just like the rules from a divine being, rules from a set of data points are just as dehumanizing, (and often just as wrong), because the formulas are often wrong, and the suppositions are wrong, or data is missing, and correlations do not imply causality, or and the reality that past performance does not predict future behavior seems to be forgotten. Organic beings are not machines that can be made to perform repetitive tasks over and over again with consistent quality or without failing at a pre-determined point.

By taking this road we are choosing to dehumanize ourselves. We are creating boxes for ourselves to live in, with rules that we construct from guesses that we made from incomplete and inaccurate data.

Even with ALL of the information that can possibly be gathered we may be able to come up with accurate models, but I don’t believe we will ever actually understand all of it, nor accurately predict all of it. If we could what would be the point of living, at that point you would be doing exactly what the formula expect/determined/wanted. Isn’t what people hate about serving a divine set of rules? So why are they trying to make a new one? Unless they are trying to make a new one that they control the formula or rules themselves?

dehumanized
Organic Life (produces) -> Metrics (get compiled into) -> Data (gets correlated into) -> Formulas (are generalized into) -> Rules (are then applied by people/systems to and lead t0) -> Dehumanization

 

But it isn’t just big bad businesses, governments or institutions doing this. We do as individuals do too.  We have become so used to things happening on a schedule, happening at a predictable price, with a certain quality, that we get ANGRY when that doesn’t happen.  Think about it. The last time you went to a restaurant and did NOT get exactly what you ordered as fast as you wanted for the price you expected… were you angry or upset? Was it because the person behind the counter got it wrong? Maybe they didn’t hear you, didn’t type it right, or may be the person making the food didn’t read the order right, or just didn’t care, or didn’t make it right, or maybe the person picking it up just grabbed the wrong one? Who knows, there are probably a million factors. Each one of the biological units involved could have made a mistake. I bet the computers did what they were supposed to do. I bet the stove did what it was supposed to do, even the utensils probably did what they were supposed to. (Although utensils are in a physical unpredictable world they could have failed…) Or think about that most recent jerk in traffic who cut you off, or almost ran you off the road, or hit your car, … they didn’t follow the rules, the one’s you follow. Do you think of any these people as less human, as sub-par, worse, dumber, more inconsiderate, or lower than you? Could you do it better if you were them? Is it easier to think of them that way?

Now lets take the lesson home a bit, for those of you a bit older, what about your spouse or significant other? What about your job, you put in your time, you followed the rules but your boss decided to spend your bonus on a new SUV for himself instead of your bonus?  Did you (in your head) collect metrics and data, make a formula, correlate what should happen, make up a set of rules then dehumanize the situation into a result you wanted (like a bonus?) ?  Did you get your rules about marriage(s) or dating relationship(s) from a magazine? Cozmo or Penthouse? Both lead to dehumanization, you create rules that are in essence formulas that do not allow people to be organic, or just be people. People do not follow pre-defined rules. There must be give and take.  Some complex rules try to build in give and take, but if in the end they are still about producing a result, or a quantity, or a quality, or a product: it is dehumanizing. By the word product I don’t mean something you necessarily have to package with shrink wrap and sell, it can be an idea, a faith, or even a self brand.

I’m not saying Rules and Formulas are all bad.  Life is far more complicated than that. What I am saying is you cannot reduce LIFE and people (or God) into a set of rules and formulas. IF you do this in any area of your life you will become sadly disappointed, angry and bitter. You will have USED the people around you to get what you wanted out of the formula, and NOT experienced LIFE, and often times the formula’s only work for a while. When people figure out they have been reduced to a formula (even sub-contentiously) they break the formulas or the relationships. The people in your life would only have been variables in your formula, means to an ends. Not people.

"When quantity, quality and speed become primary factors by which everything is measured, everything else takes a backseat, including the essential aspects of life including such things as happiness, spontaneity and the freedom to fail."
— Matthew Craig

We have been taught that science, or scientific method/reasoning,  will solve all of our problems from the time we were little. (At least I was.) Scientific method will save the day! Hurah! But we are trying to apply science to things that cannot be touched, tasted, seen, smelled, heard, or measured. The core aspects of life. Science cannot solve everything because not everything is tangible, much less reproducible.  Sorry science, you have your place, just not places that can’t be physically explored. The entire point of science was to separate the mystical from the physical. Now science wants to break into areas that cannot be measured or reproduced and it is ill equipped to do so, because from its very inception it was designed, created and built to only look at the real, the tangible and solid world around us. The same song may make a person happy 3 days in a row but on the 4th make them very sad. This is not reliably reproducible, and is contingent on so many things science cannot hope to claim to understand all the nuances.  I am not saying that scientific thought and observation cannot be helpful in these areas I am saying they are not the answer. They are not the solution to the REAL problems in life.

I think the final point of my blog post is that we as a species are choosing to dehumanize our selves, we are putting ourselves by choice into rules and formulas where we have to produce according to a formula, and that it is very one sided. The formula and the rules do to not bend to us or take into account our lives, or wants, our needs or the very essence of who we are. Rules are important, we cannot have life or society without them however we cannot continue living when we reduce everything into an output. Think about this the next time you have dealings with a person, it is not necessarily about a transaction where you want to achieve a transnational goal or an objective, it is about life. You may need something or want something from a person or group, but if you are always following a formula in life or applying a set of rules to get what you want, you will be sorely disappointed.  If you feel disillusioned and used in life look at the rules and formulas that have been applied to you and start to question them. You can’t just throw all of them out the window, but neither do you have to accept them all either. Everyone has been on both sides of this, both the user and the used, some people have been more on one side than the other. But take an inventory of where you are and start to question. I am.

Just one last note, I know I already did the wrap up but I wanted to include this, we often do this to ourselves. We think of what we should be according to some formula or rule that we understand be it from religion, or friends, or tv or where ever, and then we think less (or more) of our selves than we ought.

Yep. I’m done with League.

League of Legends, LOL, or just plain League. I gave you one last try today. The two games I played were again typical of your horrible community. I am done with you. I have uninstalled you. I have walked away.  Good Bye. I’m sure you won’t miss me… and I’m sure I won’t miss you … so I guess this is mutually beneficial.

League of Legends Community is Awful

League of Legends… Your players officially suck. I like the game, it is quite enjoyable. Your players have got to be some of the worst I’ve encountered…

Yep I said it.  I’ve played on and off for a year or two. Purely casual. I have no delusions of making a pro-league, or even making any notable mark.  I play for fun… well I try to. But the community is full of such salty SOBs it is VERY hard to enjoy.  Many of the players seem to think they are going to be the next Diamond Champ and make it pro… and that my game play will ruin them. And rather than “help a casual” player or explain. They would rather rant, curse at, bitch and complain.  I have a full time job and a family. I do this in between all the other adult things I have to do… so I don’t have time to spend memorizing tons of crap for a game that in 10 years probably won’t be on the market.

League of Legends… Your players officially suck. I like the game, it is quite enjoyable.  Your players have got to be some of the worst I’ve encountered, actually now that I think about it… they are the worst I can think of. That is saying something.

I have now vented. I am going to step back from the game a bit. Take a breath and decide if I ever even WANT to play again. The last game I played was not particularly bad, in fact it was typical for the games I play. The fact that it was typical… and that I wanted to throw my computer in the trash after playing should be an indication that “I shouldn’t play”…  The only reason I came back was to play with some mutual friends, but this is not worth it.

If you are a League of Legends staffer… your current marketing “meta” may be great for pulling in kids and single guys who hope to be pro-video game players. But you seem to have forgotten many of the people who just want to have fun playing. Some one worried about how many clicks they can work into a micro second while focusing on 3 different targets, memorizing a continually changing list of champs, skills, items, and maps Isn’t fun… it’s work.  If I wanted to have to sit down and make spread sheets, perform calculations, and raise my blood pressure… I can get paid for that now. And oddly enough I find my job more fun… again mental note to me… if this IS the case… WHY am I playing? Just to be social?

Well I’m debating if I ever want to go back in. If I should just uninstall the game and walk away and encourage my friends to do so. They have the same problems with the community as well. Fortunately I have not invested more than $5 in the game. Just a lot of time, but I’m thinking I’ll cut my losses and move on.

Point 1: League community USUALLY really sucks. (In my experience, I have found the RARE exception but they are rare.)

Point 2: At the end of about 75% of League of Legends games I want to throw my computer away and claw my face off… even when I win people complain.

Point 3: This game takes a TON of time to learn the Champs, Maps, Items, Meta, combos, synergies, etc.

Point 4: I find other things more fun, like my real job… I’m not a workaholic and I don’t go around recruiting people to do what I do. But I enjoy my job more than this feeling I have right now at the end of a game.

Point 5: The only reason I do play is to be social with a group of people I already know, but when they play they turn into SOBs too. It seems to bring out the worst in people. I hear them slamming down their mice, bashing their keyboards, cursing the other players… screaming at the top of their lungs at their own team mates, because they didn’t do what they WANTED them to do at that exact moment to help THEM.

It sounds to me like League of Legends is the wrong game for me.  I encourage you to consider where you spend your time.  Are you spending it in a video game full of sucky people, that is highly competitive, rapidly changing that in a few years no one will care about? Or are you spending it doing something you actually enjoy?… You can still game. I just want you to consider WHAT you game and WHY.  You only get one life. Don’t waste it on games and/or people that suck.

I know my next game will be something I chose intentionally because I like it and enjoy it.  I may pick up League again with a friend every once and a while. But my time of studying it, playing it on my own, or really “trying” to figure it out are over.  It will keep changing, and I have no intention to spend my brain power to keep up with this game.  If the community had been better this may not have been the case…. but that is the world of IF… I don’t live there.