Dude’s Chronicles 11-15-2018: Nice Weather

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We get our first taste of winter weather and people are already complaining. They seem to feel I’m not sympathetic when I remind them of our geographic location and current time of year.

Entertainment

  • Better Call Saul: Season 2 and 3 – Very funny show and I just like watching how things play out for Jimmy and how he takes to them.

Games

  • Red Dead Redemption 2 – Still playing, still not loving it.

News

  • Microsoft buys Obsidian and inXile – The former had been a long standing rumor and it looks as though Microsoft is continuing to buy up studios. This is Microsoft seeing some writing on the wall that the next generation of consoles won’t be won on the hardware.
  • PUBG – With a release date announced for PS4 and the game being added to Game Pass on Xbox things should be looking up. However, it feels like this game has been passed by and these two announcement ring hollow for the game. Having played the Xbox version of the game, I must say it’s come along way but still isn’t great.  There are plenty of other games out there right now and I doubt PUBG will get much traction.
  • Spider-Man DLC – Not too sure how excited I am about this since I felt like the first DLC was a let down. I’ll still check it out but my expectations are near zero.
  • RIP Stan Lee – The man will remain a legend for a very long time.

Closing Arguments

The capture card has been working when it wants. I’m still fighting with that but it doesn’t much matter at this point. It’s about to get very busy at work and the holidays are coming. I’ll likely not have much time to do anything with it any way,

On that note, I may not be posting much of anything here for a few weeks. I may or may not do this weekly post. I may or may not do a Game of the Year post. It will all depend on how much time I get to do stuff like this.

If nothing else, Happy Holidays.

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Dude’s Chronicles 11-8-2018: No Signal

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Since I was feeling better, I decided to work a bunch of weird hours at work. Somehow I wish I was sick again.

Entertainment

  • Queen: Mercury Rising – A short documentary about Queen. I just needed something to watch and I saw this on Amazon Video so I watched it.
  • Starship Troopers – This is really one of those so-bad-it’s-good movies for me.  Age hasn’t hurt it at all since it was so bad to begin with.
  • Extra Life – I mostly watched the Giant Bomb broadcasts for the Game Day weekend but I popped into a few others. The most impressive was Alex Navarro’s 24 hour Rock Band drumming marathon. There were over $50,000 in donations in his segment and he earned all of it.

Games

  • Red Dead Redemption 2 – I keep playing but I still have the same issues with the game I mentioned last week and as I keep going I think the story is getting worse. Maybe I hate myself more than I’ll admit because I’m going to keep playing this game. I keep thinking the game is good but not as great as people make it out to be.

News

  • FFXV DLC canceled – I’m not a big Final Fantasy fan but I thought the series was in a good place with this game and the other remasters but apparently not. Three out of four DLC packages have been canceled and the director has left. That kind of sucks and hopefully it doesn’t mean further problems for the franchise.
  • Destiny 2 free on PC – This was announced at Blizzcon and is available until November 18. The game is not great but free is a great price. If you have a PC that will run it you should go pick it up. I feel as though they are trying to drum up interest in this game with the less than expected success of the last expansion. I’m curious what the future of this game is since the Activision and Bungie deal is nearing it’s end.
  • Diablo Immortal – Look, if you don’t want to play a mobile Diablo game you don’t have to. There is no reason to go about spreading a bunch of hate about it like a lot of people have taken to doing. If you think this game is halting a full version sequel, the talk from Blizzard indicates otherwise. Just relax. Diablo is still hugely popular and I think Blizzard wants to treat it right. Personally, I don’t care for any mobile games. Likely, I’ll check Diablo Immortal out just to see what it is like but won’t spend significant time with it but I’m not going write or say much against it otherwise.

Closing Arguments

After watching a bunch of Extra Life I had the same thought I do every year. “I should really participate in this.” It would be a good deed on my part and give me something to focus on. To that point I feel like I should record and stream more. I started back down this path only to find my capture device wasn’t working. Fast forward a few hours through reboots, cable swaps, and opening my PC. I’ll tell you how to fix a problem with your Elgato HD60 Pro giving the dreaded “No Signal” message…. update the drivers for your NVIDIA GPU. How in the hell these are related I’m not sure. How this became the problem after doing no update to either my GPU or the Elgato makes even less sense. Regardless, the problem is fixed and I can proceed. I have yet to decide how to proceed.

(Update: The capture card stopped working again. I hate technology.)

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Dude’s Chronicles 11-1-2018: Better Not Good

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I’m just about done with my meds and I’m feeling better but still not good.

Entertainment

  • Big Mouth: Season 2 – It was funny but didn’t have the charm of the first season. It was still enjoyable.
  • Castlevania: Season 2 – This season was much longer then the first but just as good. I already want to watch it again.
  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – I’ve only watched the first couple of episodes but I’m having the same problem with it that I had with Orange is the New Black. The show is well produced and written but I find the main character to be so grating that I can barely stand it. I’ll likely keep watching the show but I don’t know that I’ll get to the point where I enjoy it, much like I never got to liking Orange is the New Black even after watching three seasons of it.

Games

  • Marvel’s Spider-Man – The DLC was not good. It was short but that wasn’t the problem. I didn’t like how the story progressed and felt the end was dissatisfying even with knowing it was setting up more DLC.
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 – I’m liking it but not loving it. The game looks very good even on my launch Xbox One. I have two main issues with the game, however. For one, the controls aren’t good. If you go to interact with something it doesn’t always work or it doesn’t seem to prompt correctly. The second problem is the fact that the game makes you travel back and forth across the map. This makes it feel like the game is not respecting my time. I can take in and enjoy the environment only so many times and when I end up in events, especially ambushes, that I don’t intend to be in makes it feel even worse. I can kind of work with that first problem but the second problem is bugging more.

News

  • Sorry but I haven’t been following much if any gaming news of late. All I’ve seen that I can remember is that Red Dead Redemption 2 made almost a billion dollars already but I don’t see that as big news because everybody knew the game was going to sell well.

Closing Arguments

Just as an antidote, I’ll share one of my most satisfying moment in RDR2 so far. It was just past dusk and I was trying to ride back to my camp for the evening. I went off the trail because there were men there threatening me and I just didn’t want to deal with them. I eventually found my way back to the trail but I saw what looked like light coming from somewhere in the forest. This intrigued me so I rode my horse closer. As I grew nearer I could see that it was men holding torches and I could hear them talking. Once I got relatively close, I could see that the men were wearing white robes and hoods. I’ll let you guess what they were talking about and planning to do. At this point I took it upon myself to toss a lit stick of dynamite into this group. Of about fifteen to twenty men, two of them survived. They started shooting at me but I quickly disposed of them with pistol.

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A self described Polish ninja toiling away as an IT professional but more into gaming and writing. Physically existing on the western side of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania yet existentially flowing with the ether of the Internet.

 

Dude’s Chronicles 10-25-2018: Off Sick

Not going to say much this week. Kind of sick and just trying to rest. We’ll catch up later.

But I will give you this…In an interview of John Goodman, Jeff Bridges, and Steve Buscemi, Goodman(I think) stated that a fan had stated a theory about The Big Lebowski to him. The theory was that Donny didn’t really exist. Rather that Donny was a figment of Walter’s imagination and The Dude was just playing along with him. Try watching the movie in this frame.

Closing Arguments

See you next time.

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Dude’s Chronicles 10-18-2018: Sad Destiny

Sometimes you shouldn’t look back.

Entertainment

  • DCU: Batman and Harley Quinn – It was an interesting tangent in the Batman line. No idea where or if it fits in as cannon but it was fun to watch.
  • Batman: Bad Blood – This was good and a recommended watch.
  • Batman vs. Two-Face – A campy animated film featuring the late Adam West. It was somewhat like watching the old tv show but better.
  • Avengers: Infinity War – I held off watching the movie because I felt slightly burnt out with the all the Marvel movies but this one was great. It only had a few slow moments but the paid off later. No spoilers but I did not think they would end it where they did.

Games

  • Marvel’s Spider-Man – So, I bought the DLC that starts coming out next week. Hopped back in just to make sure I still had a handle on what I was doing.
  • PUBG -Played a few more matches here and there but I found myself spectating as much as watching. I would play legitimately the best I could but had a better time after that just watching how the match played out.
  • Red Dead Redemption – Regrettably, I’ve maybe put 10-15 minutes into this game during the last week. There isn’t anything that grabbed me to make me feel like I should play more of this. It is looking more and more like I won’t be buying the sequel next week.

News

  • Star Citizen FOIP – I honestly thought this was a joke the first time I heard of it. Why would they be adding this feature instead of finishing the game? Can’t escape the feeling that this is more of a gag to draw attention more attention and sales than anything else. I hope I’m wrong.
  • PS5 rumors/news – Combine one of the Sony’s hire-ups talking finances into 2020 and a job posting for guiding a future campaign and there you have PS5 launch window rumors and guesses. Look, they’ve already been working on these consoles, if not the hardware itself but the ecosystems around it, but the new hardware isn’t likely to release until 2020 at the soonest. That would still make the PS4 a seven console and that was about as long as the last generation made it.
  • PS4 viral message – Hopefully you or nobody you know got hit with this but apparently somebody was sending an anonymous message that put PS4 into an infinite boot cycle. So, don’t talk to strangers…got it.

Closing Arguments

The talk of Destiny lately had me thinking about how much I played the original but didn’t play much of the sequel. What I didn’t realize was how much more I had played the original. This made me wonder why I didn’t stick with the sequel longer than I did and I can’t come up with an answer. I’ve even tried within the last month to play it again but just couldn’t get into it. Maybe I had my fill of that universe or just lost interest.

I’ll keep trying to get interested in Red Dead Redemption but I’m not sure how much more I’ll play.

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Dude’s Chronicles 10-11-2018: Surviving the Game?

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I survived IUP homecoming, mostly by laying on the couch sick all weekend. I sure do know how to live.

Entertainment

  • Destination Wedding – You can read my take on it here.
  • Ghostbusters: Answer the Call – The movie may have been more enjoyable if it had not been a reboot. The idea of throwing out the lore of the original films just didn’t sit well with me. If this movie had been set that these four ladies are taking over or picking up the work of the Ghostbusters I would have been ok with it. That might be a nostalgia problem for me though. I will say that Chris Hemsworth was worth watching and decidedly my favorite part of the film.
  • It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia – I’m caught up to the current season and it doesn’t feel as strong. I want to watch the first couple episodes again but I feel like they are trying too hard to be funny in the way they started out.

Games

  • Marvel’s Spider-Man – I got to that magically 100% completion and feel good about it with one exception. After finishing the my final Taskmaster, most of which I did not enjoy, I was dreading the Taskmaster fight but may have been the biggest let down of the game. When I fought Taskmaster earlier in the game he gave me a lot of problems and I failed multiple times. This why I was so dreadful of having to fight him again. However, this time he shows up, I stun and beat him up about three times, then a sequence starts where Spider-Man webs him to the ground and the fight is over. That played out in less than two minutes. It was like one of those game show moments where the contestant does all the work to get a chance to pick a door, the dramatic music plays, the contestant picks the door, the door opens and there is nothing there so they play that wah-wah fail music.
  • PUBG – I jumped back in for a few games on Xbox and it is noticeably better than last I played. The graphics look better and the controls are more responsive. I didn’t notice any frame drops which was great. I got to the top ten twice with 7th and 3rd place finishes.
  • Red Dead Redemption – I tried playing this on my PS3 some time ago but it kept crashing. The game was recently on sale via the Xbox Store for $10 so I bought it. With just over an hour of in-game time I am still very early in the game. So far, so good.

News

  • Borderlands 2 on PSVR – As curious as I am about VR and as much as I like Borderlands 1 & 2 this still doesn’t make me want to buy a VR kit.
  • Telltale – After cutting more staff they’ve made a deal with another studio to finish the last season of The Walking Dead game. I just cringe at how this has played out.
  • BLOPS 4 50GB Day One Patch – Remember when the PS4 launched and people thought it was crazy that a game on disc still installed 50GB to the hard drive? Ah, those were the days.
  • PSN Name Changes – Although I have no plans to change mine, it is good to see that Sony really has been listening but not communicating. The program will be in beta soon and launch in 2019. That means that they’ve probably been working on this for quite some time. Now that they’ve addressed name changes and cross-play can we get them to look into backwards compatibility? PS Now downloads for PS2 and PS4 are a good start but the fact that PS3 games are still streaming only is somewhat of an incomplete solution. The remasters are nice I’d like to play the games I already own.

Closing Arguments

No big plans other than football and games. Hoping to get into more Red Dead Redemption but we’ll see.

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Destination Wedding – Review

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Normally I don’t get into rom-com’s but I just wanted to watch something a little light-hearted and maybe this wasn’t what I should have or intended to watch but somehow, some way I enjoyed this.

The breakdown of this film is two people go to a wedding and hook up. Keanu Reeves plays the half-brother of the groom and Winona Ryder is the ex-fiancee of said brother. These two first run into each at the airport and the meeting is anything but romantic. The tension between the two is borderline annoying. They trade insults and judgements with each other ad nauseam. The characters play to each other almost to the point I wanted to turn off the movie.

However, Ryder and Reeves had an interesting chemistry that kept me watching. Why? I don’t know for sure because both characters came off as people that if I met them in real life I would put great distances between them and myself.  The conversations the two participate in are in the lines of the most absurd and pompous I’ve seen or heard in film. Yet, they are what kept me watching. Perhaps it was the play of the actors that made it worth watching rather than anything the film tried to do.

The end of the film felt predictable but rewarding in some manner. Not that the film was great in any way but it wasn’t bad either. The plot wasn’t the lead of the film, rather Ryder and Reeves worked well together and made the film enjoyable. It was good to see two actors that were able to compliment each other and make something dumb enjoyable.

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Paul Novak

Owner, Proprietor, Typer of Words, Gamer, Jester

A self described Polish ninja toiling away as an IT professional but more into gaming and writing. Physically existing on the western side of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania yet existentially flowing with the ether of the Internet.