If you ask any other blogger or entrepeneur, they would tell you to hire an illustrator to draw a mascot for you to maximise the effectiveness or the design which sounds completely reasonable. But the problem is with this approach is that I don’t find it an effective way of “self-expression” which is one of the key aspects in my opinion of having a personal blog. Make no mistake, it’s often highly recommended for anyone to hire a professional to design things for you because they have the knowledge and experience necessary to design effectively but where’s the fun in that? Not to mention, the amount of money you’re going to have to pay which is well above the budget for small blogs and paying hundreds of dollars to someone to do something that is better off enjoyed by yourself is not an option I would take. The solution? Learn to draw, illustrate and design your own mascot.
CosmicLeague is a Futuristic PvP-based Third Person Shooter with Mecha and Mecha Musume developed by Cyberstep. I’ve played its prequel, CosmicBreak, ever since the first beta test of the English server (CBEN) was released and I really liked its concept however, as time went on the game was mismanaged and many players left in droves. I remember there were 6 channels and there would be over 1000 players in Channel and the hustle and bustle of the lobby while people waited to play the Arena, those were the good times I’ve had with the game but those times didn’t last. The game fell into the trap of becoming yet another Japanese F2P title with a Pay2Win business model in over 90% of anything you wanted to buy everything decided by the discretion of RNGesus. The people I used to play with disappeared and were never to be seen again, and today the server barely even reaches 150 players at any given moment. Just how could such a tragedy happen to this game? What lessons can there be learned so that CosmicLeague will succeed?
So you finally gotten at least 10 heroes and rushed up all the way to Level 30 and above so you can play Ranked games in hopes of climbing the ladder up to the higher Ranks. Then comes the disappointment when you’re playing with other players who still don’t understand how the game works. There are many Hero League specific mistakes which are always being made, and jerks ruining the fun for everyone. From being unprepared to screwing up the drafting process, I’ve been through many games that make me just wish that there’s a team vote for “concede” button so I don’t have to withstand the long and drawn out defeat from the get go.
My friend on facebook shared a link to ahotaku39‘s articles, and I decided to have a browse because I can potentially learn something or get inspired to write better articles. I noticed that he writes a lot of opinion posts just like I do and also he’s been doing it for roughly 3 years! A lot longer than I have been writing and he’s gained a following of over 1500 likes on Facebook. I took some time to browse his content and he lays out his points very well, and his logic is very sound. So I gave him a thumbs up on Facebook and followed his blog so I could read more of his great content in the future. On a whim, I decided to leave a comment on his ‘About page’, and I really didn’t think he would share any of my content. However, he went one step beyond that and endorsed my page. Flabbergasted, I couldn’t thank him enough for the shout out because this was exactly what I needed, more people who were interested in Anime to visit my blog and potentially engage with it.