Destiny 2 – How My Excitement Changed

Destiny 2

Destiny 2 is just around the corner and my excitement for it has drastically changed, but why?

Destiny 2

Destiny

Destiny was a game that consumed me, it became somewhat an addiction. The game was described as a looter shooter, but in all honesty, it was closer to a gambling/drug simulator. You’re constantly chasing the magic dragon in an attempt to get that one item you’ve been grinding 3,000 hours for.

Once you’ve acquired that item and all the other exotic items you’re after, what do you chase? Nothing, it becomes a repetitive mess. I played Destiny so much. I used it as an escape from day to day life and any personal issues. It was an escape, a place I could become something I’m not and meet other like minded people. The game has enabled me to make friendships with people I would never have had a chance to encounter if it werent for this game.

Fatigue

Once I reached that goal, that pinnacle of accomplishment – the game became stale and boring. I completed everything, collected all the gear, and played p2p to death. So when I first played the Destiny 2 PS4 beta, I was incredibly dissatisfied. The game felt the same, but a lot slower. I did not want to repeat the past three years of wasted days and nights repeating the same endless grind. I ran through the single player and I was impressed but worried as old mechanics still were in play. I ran the strike and it was the same old dull structure, and the PVP was incredibly slow being 4v4. It was after playing this beta, that I cancelled my collector’s edition pre-order. This is a product I would have spent considerable amounts of money on and spent countless hours playing. It was this beta that put a sour taste and uninterested taste in my mind.

Excitement

However, now my thoughts have once again flipped on themselves. I’m excited again, not for the PS4 version, but the PC version. The open beta ran last week and it was incredible. Playing a game you loved (despite all its flaws) in uncapped potential is a completely different feeling. I enjoyed playing PVP, the game looked gorgeous, and with my m50x’s I was able to experience incredible audio fidelity.

Friendship

As you can see above, the game looks beautiful (minus the YouTube compression). 1080p at 144fps (and above) is such a beautiful sight to see, especially when it doesn’t drop frames or show signs of screen tear. Playing the game with a mouse and keyboard is also extremely refreshing.  This has got me so excited to play, but the thought of waiting until October 24th for a release is no good. So I will be playing on PS4 and for one reason only; that reason is friendship. Not all of my friends who I’ve made through Destiny can afford a computer to run the game. And for that reason, I do not want to miss out on the chance of experiencing it all again with those same people on September 6th.

 

What Makes a Good Employee Quit?

Why Good Employees Quit

Why People Quit

We live in an ever demanding time. We work more and earn less, our everyday essentials keep rising in price and we are under more and more pressure to deliver targets, exceed expectations in and out of the work environment. So what makes someone quit?

Bad management

I can’t stress enough that I have quit jobs in the past due to poor leadership and unwillingness to adapt. I have worked with companies that refuse to adopt new processes or technology due to up front costs, infrastructure issues, and being unsupportive in the roles that you are hired to fulfil.

A good manager can turn any mundane task into an exciting and fulfilling experience. When your manager is constantly hounding at you demanding results without any form of gratification for the hours you are putting in after work, on weekends, and in the mornings before you’ve even had breakfast, it can really take its toll on you and push any confidence you have in your abilities out the door.

Supporting your staff is crucial! I’ve worked with hundreds of people who feel underappreciated and treated like dirt. So much that they refuse to work overtime ever again because a simple thank you was never received for putting in the extra hours over busy periods which resulted in no monetary compensation. A manager must support their staff and praise them for everything they do right. Why treat your staff like a disposable object? The more you disrespect your workforce the sooner you’ll panic when you turn up and they’re gone. A great mentor and line manager I once had taught me an important lesson in life. You have to manage people into the job, not out of it. People are prone to making mistakes and no one is perfect. Spotting an error and then lashing out as if it has destroyed a business is not going to work, a solution would be to approach your staff an mention politely that you spotted an error while reviewing work and make notes of how it can be improved, or in some cases, if that manager is trained and has a clear vision for this project that hasn’t quite aligned, rather than sit on it and wait over the weekend for it to worsen a situation, they could fix it there and then and mention it on Monday morning.

A manager must support their staff and praise them for everything they do right. Why treat your staff like a disposable object? The more you disrespect your workforce the sooner you’ll panic when you turn up and they’re gone. I once had a great mentor and line manager that taught me an important lesson in life. You have to manage people into a job, not out of it. People are prone to making mistakes and no one is perfect. Spotting an error and then lashing out as if it has destroyed a business is not going to work, a solution would be to approach your staff and mention politely that you spotted an error while reviewing work and make notes of how it can be improved on or, in some cases, if that manager is trained and has a clear vision for this project that hasn’t quite aligned, rather than sit on it and wait over the weekend for it to worsen a situation, they could fix it there and then, then mention it on Monday morning.

Advice – Take it

I have always been an advocate for taking on the opinions and advice of those around you. If you hire someone as an assistant or someone in an influential position whose actions have an effect on how a company performs you should listen. Times change, technology advances, and techniques have to be adapted. Algorithms are constantly adjusted to create a fair and equal internet. So managers, if you’ve hired a specialist in a field or someone to assist you; LISTEN TO THEM! It’s so infuriating to see a manager stuck in their ways and fail to listen to logic because what they’ve achieved so far has kept them afloat. You hire people to improve business, to ease the stress on other workers, and to advance new ideas and techniques.

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What are the first signs of bad management?

On your first day, your boss calls you in for an introduction and congratulates you once again on joining the team. Once you’ve gone through all the basics you begin to talk about what the future will hold and what your job will consist of. Here you’ll be promised all sorts of toys and support. Fast forward one week later, you’re stuck with the most basic underperforming equipment and you’re left with no clear direction on what you’re meant to be doing. This sounds extreme and unlikely, right? Guess what? This happened to me! I was in a job for almost two years without my own computer or desk to call my own. Now, I do not wish to cry foul about this manager. He was, in fact, a very good managing director who gave extremely good advice and guided me in a business sector I was unfamiliar with, the only issue is he didn’t understand the role he hired me for and finances were not entirely under his control. The thought of spending £1000 on a camera for filming projects was out of the question in the eyes of the finance department, so this caused me so many issues. Self-funding my own job became the norm and thus became a financial drain on myself in a very underpaid position.

So what did I do? I spent months searching for a new job which suited my skill set and desired wage. Throughout this time I was the black swan at work. The business model was dying, the staff didn’t understand social media, and there was an overwhelming resistance to change and adopting these platforms. It wasn’t until I found my current job that as soon as I met the owners I took the job on the spot once we agreed on a wage.

Why Good Employees Quit
Are You Suffering From Bad Management?

Want some advice? If you’re being treated like dirt and you don’t feel appreciated all I can stress is that you speak out and explain how you’re feeling to your manager. If your manager truly has your best interest at heart (which he should as your performance affects his profits) he/she will take action and try to resolve the issues. If nothing improves within a  few weeks my advice would be to walk out and quit. You are a qualified hard working individual who comes to work every day to make a difference.

I can’t express that happiness at work is the utmost importing thing that matters if you’re doing something for a living. Fuck money if it makes you miserable. I would rather get by and be happy than being comfortable and numb. I’ve seen so many people destroyed by misery at work including myself.