Tag: Snow Day

The Origin of Snow Day and Why It Remains in Rocket League’s Playlists

In late 2016, Noclip published a two-part documentary on YouTube that looks into the origin of Rocket League and how the game was developed. Around 17:13 into the second part, Corey Davis, Design Director at Psyonix, is asked how Snow Day was created. Not only does he explain how the mode was created but why it returned after being removed from the playlists.

“That one, again I wish we could say it was a master plan,” Davis says. “One of our artists had made this really cool snowy iced-over map version of the default map DFH Stadium. And we we’re going to release it as a holiday thing because that’s what you do right? When you’re a big game you have a holiday event! And we we’re joking…..we have these things on Fridays called ‘Beer Friday’ where we hang out after work, drink and talk.”

“We we’re like ‘It would be cool if there was like a puck’ and I think we threw that in, in two hours and then play-tested on Monday and shipped it out. It was very lightly designed. The puck wouldn’t bounce very much and it would kind of stick and it was fun enough. We said we’d throw it in and see what people think of it. We had no inkling that there would be this weirdly devoted subset of players that only play snow day.

“Our plan was to take it away to have it be, much like a brawl and other games, like a seasonal mode that would come and go every Winter. We took it out in February and there was this revolt on Reddit so we thought ‘well it doesn’t cost us anything to leave it in so…’. It’s a very hardcore couple thousand of people where that’s all they play.”

The documentary is well done and I encourage you to watch it in its entirety to see how Rocket League and Snow Day was created. You can watch part 1 and part 2 for free on YouTube. Speaking of the RHL, keep an eye out for a post in the coming weeks from the founders on the history of Snow Day and the origin of Rocket Hockey League.

vVv Gaming & Rocket Hockey League present: 2nd Hockey Captain’s Draft Community Game Night on Saturday, January 7th!

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Come join in on the 2nd vVv Gaming and Rocket Hockey League Hockey Captain’s Draft community event this Saturday, January 7th!


This event will be a Captain’s Draft style, double elimination 3v3 Snow Day event. Grab your Captain Daddy hats, bundle up, and equip your Mountaineer wheels so we can all head to the hockey rink! This tournament will follow the same rules and regulations as the regular vVv Gaming CGN: Draft events do, except that the default map will be DFH Snowy or Utopia Coliseum Snowy instead of DFH Stadium.

When: 5PM EST (2PM PST/10PM GMT) Check-in starts at 4:30PM EST and closes at 4:45PM EST
Where: vVv Discord Server (https://discord.gg/p44AjNf) Discord Guide: http://www.vvv-gaming.com/discord
Format: 3v3 – Double Elimination Tournament. Best of three (Bo3) in the winner’s bracket and best of one (Bo1) in the loser’s bracket until the last two matches which return to best of three.

Server Settings:
– Snow Day mutators (ball type puck, ball bounciness low).
NOTE: Options must be also be changed in the mutators sub­menu!
– Map is DFH Stadium Snowy (Utopia Coliseum Snowy can also be used if both teams agree)
– Default for all other game settings

Registration: Visit http://vvv-gaming.com/rocket-league/register on the day of the tournament to register.  PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU CREATE AN ACCOUNT ON THE SMASH.GG WEBSITE, link here. IT WILL BE REQUIRED TO BE IN THE TOURNAMENT.

While signing up you will be able to volunteer to be a captain. If there are more volunteer captains than the total number of teams, the captains will be picked at random from the pool of volunteers. If there are not enough volunteer captains, then the remaining number of captains needed will be chosen at random from the remainder of players. Captains will take turns picking their teammates in a “snake-style” (A, B, C, C, B, A) draft until all teams have 3 players each. Participating with friends is encouraged, however, there is no guarantee that you will be on the same team. The captain’s name will be entered into the Challonge bracket and will be used to represent their team. Voice channels will be created for each of the teams on our Discord server.

The event will last around 3-4 hours.

If you have any questions, please come to the RHL discord: https://discord.gg/0oKFkmRqFee981oM

:snowflake: :ice_skate: See you on the ice! :ice_skate: :snowflake:

Pinching the Puck in Snow Day Is Not an Exploit

This post is an Opinion piece by @redwood, a long-time Snow Day player and doesn’t necessarily represent the views and opinions of Rocket Hockey League.

Every so often, someone will publish a thread on the Rocket League subreddit asking Psyonix to fix an exploit in Snow Day that allows players to pinch the puck so it travels at fast speeds across the arena. Here’s a recent example.

We need to talk about this hockey mode exploit… from RocketLeague

For those who don’t know what pinching means, here’s a visual example. Notice how @redwood front-flips into the puck creating a pinch hit that travels 203 KPH past three defenders for a goal.

Because the puck has a flat surface, hitting the top of it can create a pinch it. This technique comes in handy for making quick passes on the wall or scoring from long distance. According to BeBenNova, who published the Reddit thread, too many people are learning how to pinch hit and are abusing the technique.

“This is probably gonna be downvoted or flat out ignored because of the low player base of the mode and I don’t even know what can be done to fix it but I hope it will end up being fixed somehow, it really cheapens the mode,” BeBenNova said.

First and foremost, pinch-hitting is not an exploit, it’s a skill. It’s one of the things that sets mediocre skilled players apart from the more advanced. Pinching has existed in Rocket League since its release. Here’s an example of a player pinching the ball on the side wall centering the ball for a team-mate who scores a goal.

Because the puck has a flat surface and the ceiling, walls, and floor are flat surfaces, there are more opportunities for these types of hits to occur in Snow Day. Here’s an example that shows one way to pinch hit the puck.

I have more than 2,000 hours invested in Snow Day and pinch hits are not guaranteed. I usually get them with a bit of luck and good timing. However, I have played against people who try to pinch the puck with every chance they get and are highly successful at doing so. While these players are annoying to play against, it doesn’t distract from the game. It reinforces having better positioning and trying to maintain closer defense, not allowing the opponent to have an open lane to pinch the puck.

Pinch hits are momentum changers and a well placed pinch can turn a game around in a hurry. They’re fun, unpredictable, and help to make Snow Day a unique game mode. Over time, more players will learn how to pinch hit the puck. The best way to defend them is to play close defense on your opponents. If open lanes disappear, the effectiveness of pinches is drastically reduced.

Snow Day isn’t broken and Psyonix shouldn’t alter the game mode’s physics in any way. To all Snow Day players, I encourage you to learn how to pinch and defend against them because they’re not going away. Pinch hits in Rocket League are not an exploit so please stop calling it one.

We Are Extending Stage 4 Until December 6th!

Due to holiday activity and other factors, Stage 4 has been extended for 2 additional weeks!

THANKS ONCE AGAIN TO ALL THE TEAMS PARTICIPATING!

THIS STAGE, MANY TEAMS HAVE STILL NOT SCHEDULED OR PLAYED THEIR MATCHES, SO WE ARE EXTENDING THE STAGE UNTIL DECEMBER 6TH!

Looking forward to Stage 5!

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Link to RHL discord: https://discord.gg/0oKFkmRqFee981oM

vVv Gaming & Rocket Hockey League present: Hockey Captain’s Draft Community Game Night!

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RHL is proud to announce our new partnership with vVv Gaming! We will be kicking it off with an amazing community event this Saturday, November 19th!

 

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This event will be a Captain’s Draft style, double elimination 3v3 Snow Day event. Grab your Captain Daddy hats, bundle up, and equip your Mountaineer wheels so we can all head to the hockey rink! This tournament will follow the same rules and regulations as our regular CGN: Draft events do, except that the default map will be DFH Snowy instead of DFH Stadium.

When: 8PM EST (5PM PST) Check-in starts at 7:30PM EST and closes at 7:45PM EST
Where: vVv Discord Server (https://discord.gg/p44AjNf) Discord Guide: http://www.vvv-gaming.com/discord
Format: 3v3 – Double Elimination Tournament. Best of three (Bo3) in the winner’s bracket and best of one (Bo1) in the loser’s bracket until the last two matches which return to best of three.

Server Settings:
– Snow Day mutators (ball type puck, ball bounciness low).
NOTE: Options must be also be changed in the mutators sub­menu!
– Map is DFH Stadium Snowy
– Default for all other game settings

Registration: Visit http://vvv-gaming.com/rocket-league/register on the day of the tournament to register.

While signing up you will be able to volunteer to be a captain. If there are more volunteer captains than the total number of teams, the captains will be picked at random from the pool of volunteers. If there are not enough volunteer captains, then the remaining number of captains needed will be chosen at random from the remainder of players. Captains will take turns picking their teammates in a “snake-style” (A, B, C, C, B, A) draft until all teams have 3 players each. Participating with friends is encouraged, however, there is no guarantee that you will be on the same team. The captain’s name will be entered into the Challonge bracket and will be used to represent their team. Voice channels will be created for each of the teams on our Discord server.

The event will last around 3-4 hours.

:snowflake: :ice_skate: See you on the ice! :ice_skate: :snowflake: