Dude’s Chronicles 5-26-2016: Yawn

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Kind of tired and haven’t been doing much but I still wanted to get something up this week just so I didn’t feel like a complete slacker.

Entertainment!

Not much here..

  • The Fantastic 4(2006 and 2015) – I watched the 2105 version to see if it was as bad as people were saying it was – it is. Then I watched the 2006 version to see just how much worse the reboot was and found out that the older version really isn’t much better. The reboot felt like they tried to shake it up too much and ruined it. The original just felt like maybe it wasn’t very good to begin with and time has not helped.
  • Game of Thrones – Hold the door! Hold the phone. That was a monster of an ending that mad me choke up a bit. I feel like this show is still ramping up to something but it must be coming soon.
  • Twitch – I’ve been watching one particular player streaming The Division. While looking for someone streaming the Falcon Lost incursion, I found King Macho and have been watching his channel almost daily. Not exactly sure why but I like the guys energy and he has a positive vibe about him. Give him a visit.

 Games!

Here ya go…

  • Alienation – Ditto from last week – Still playing through it and played a few matchmaking games. Getting a lot of enjoyment from this game but just haven’t finished.
  • Uncharted 4 – Ditto from last week. I’ve played a few hours of this and really don’t want to talk about it until I finish it.
  • The Division – The new patch is both good and bad. Loot drops have yielded better items but just like any patch with this game it has caused other issues. I haven’t had the problem of the High Value Targets(HVT) not working but I have had the screen be gittery and super bright while in my inventory. Tried the new incursion but the group couldn’t quite pull it off. Hopefully I can gear up a bit more and give it another go.

News!

Well then….

  • The Division 1.2 – See above but yeah…good times.
  • No Man’s Sky delayed? – A report over at Kotaku says this game may be delayed into July or August. I’m tired of hearing this type of news about this game to the point that I just don’t care when it actually does release. I still plan on buying it but I’m just not going to get excited until I actually have it in hand.

Maybe over the holiday weekend I’ll get some sleep. Probably not.

dudewantshisrug-profilePaul 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.

Dude’s Chronicles 5-19-2016: Getting Back Up

Still not one hundred percent back into things but some times you just have to keep crawling to keep going.

Entertainment!

Not much here..

  • The Replacements – Probably my favorite Keanu Reeves movies for some unknown reason. Hard to think that it is 15+ years old. I just needed a break from everything that has been going on and thought it would be a nice laugh. Maybe it was my state of mind at the time but I didn’t remember the movie having so much heart
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – This episode did not need to be two hours. There was too much fluff that just didn’t need to be there to develop the plot. I was really keen on this season when it went on its mid-season hiatus but I’m disappointed with the finished. I had felt somewhat better about it if they had not include the last few minutes(no spoilers on this one).
  • Game of Thrones – Overall a good episode but seemed slow at first. I’m still wondering where a lot of the story and it is hard to stay patient enough to just watch things develop. [SPOLIER] So..,. the little white haired girl straight up murdered all the leader guys?!?!?!? Damn.

 Games!

Here ya go…

  • Alienation – Still playing through it and played a few matchmaking games. Getting a lot of enjoyment from this game but just haven’t finished.
  • Uncharted 4 – I’ve played a few hours of this and really don’t want to talk about it until I finish it.
  • The Division – Finally finished the Falcon Lost incursion but can’t really tell you too much about it since I was pretty much drunk for the entirety of it. Didn’t realize how drunk I was until at some point it hit me how hard it was for me to keep track of anything that was going on. This experience did however help show that there still are players that want to help each other. They could have just dumped me and bolted but it was there idea to play the incursion to begin with and they stuck with me. I started with the group in the Dark Zone and while talking I told them I had never finished the incursion. Despite telling them this and the fact that I was slurring my speech they still took me through the event. Hats of to those players, I’d name them if I could remember them.

News!

Well then….

  • The Division 1.2 – Mark the date March 24th for the new patch with “buffs” and the new incursion.  Not sure how many people this will bring back to the game though. It is more or less just more stuff for the dedicated players to play.
  • Nintendo movies? – I sure hope not. Their games are so good but the movies so bad. I would hate to see them try to do their own productions and fail just like Microsoft did. Perhaps they should just learn from that example.
  • Project Spark is being shut down – A disturbing trend continues with yet another shutdown.

I’ll keep on getting back up, one step at a time.

dudewantshisrug-profilePaul 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.

Dude’s Chronicles 5-12-2016: For My Grandmother, and Others

If you think too much about all the bad things you’ll likely go mad. Just as you’ll go blind from staring at the sun for too long. A lot of things have been on my mind of late and a few have come to pass. I haven’t been giving the proper attention to this place and I’m hopeful that this can change.

Over the last few weeks I’ve seen a large amount of loss around me. Friends, co-workers, and myself have all lost loved ones. For my part, it was my grandmother that passed away just before Mother’s Day but I won’t write specifics of those others that I know as to keep the privacy of their loss.

Although it is a sad and solemn occasion when a loved one passes, we cannot dwell on the immediate sadness. Instead we need to remember all the joy we shared with those people. I prefer not to think of my grandmother’s frailty near her end but rather the strength and love that she shown throughout her life. She was not a women of many words but when she spoke those words carried great weight. She was a quite woman but when she laughed it was infectious to all around.

To all of those I know, and to those I do know, that have had a great loss in their life, I hope we all can find solace in the memories and feelings that those who have departed left us with. We go on with the hope that we can reach other’s memories in the same way and help to carry on what was left to us.

As for this post, there will be no quips or witty remarks on topics of entertainment, games, and news as I normal am prone to do. For this week, I will step back to compose myself and remember.

My grandmother’s last words to me were “Happy Birthday”. Thank you grandma, for everything.

 dudewantshisrug-profilePaul 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.

Dude’s Chronicles 5-5-2016: I Just Felt Like Dumbin’

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Did you ever get the feeling that you work with the type of people Forrest Gump would clearly outsmart?

Entertainment!

In the round about this time…

  • Juno – After watching this movie for the first time I just don’t see why it was ever a big deal. Was it because of the teenage pregnancy? What that the only hook? Pass.
  • Kung Fu Panda – I don’t generally care for Jack Black but this movie was funny and fairly wholesome. Definitely worth the watch.
  •  Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – This episode felt like it dragged on and only served as a set up peice to the finale. Kind of disappointed in this one.
  • Game of Thrones – Some of this was completely expected while some of it seemed out of place. Dinklage is still my favorite part of the show with “If I ever have an idea like that again…punch me in the face”.

 Games!

Here ya go…

  • Dead Star – After going back for a few more rounds I find that I can’t get into this game. There is a level of strategy that I just don’t understand and am not interested enough in to continue playing the game.
  • The Division – I continue to enjoy this game but it is past the realm of excuses at this point. Yet again, dailies were not available after the weekly patch, albeit only for a day but inexcusable nonetheless. However, after taking to YouTube and watching the cheats and exploits being used on PC I feel way less worse about the Xbox One version I’m playing but it shows how broken the core of the game is. If I had been playing the PC version i would have been screaming bloody murder.
  • Gears of War beta – It hard to express how disappointed this beta made me feel. The high hopes I had for the news Gears game pretty much crashed and burned with beta. The entire time I played the beta I was only reminded of Judgement and not the core Gears games that I loved. I am willing to write off the cheap sound effects as they may not be the final work but overall the beta was nothing more than unimpressive. If they do not officially announce a Horde mode I am likely to not get this game – I can’t believe I had to say that.

After watching a quick look on GiantBomb, I really want to play Alienation but with the Overwatch open beta coming I am trying to reserve some time for it.

News!

Well then….

  • Respawn is working on a Star Wars game – Great, another Star Wars game in development that we know absolutely nothing about.
  • Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare official; Modern Warfare remaster official – I played a ton oe Modern Warfare 2 but they have cranked out so many of these games recently that I have just lost track and interest.
  • Oculus woes – Who was the guy in the office that said “Hey, let’s get our units to retailers before we finish fulfulling the pre-orders. You know, that way people get to see them and stuff”. Ok, it probably didn’t go down like that and is likely a contractural issue but it sure looks pretty bad to leave those with pre-orders hanging while units are going to retail shops.
  • Uncharted 4 is getting rave reviews – Really? No shit!
  • Nintendo NX rumored to use cartridges instead of optical media – Why not? Nobody has any idea what Nintendo is doing. Let’s just go full crazy and say that the cartidges will be cross platform with the NX and the next Nintendo handheld.

Let’s just get to the weekend already.

dudewantshisrug-profilePaul 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.

Xbox 360 – Goodnight Old Friend

imageThe Xbox 360 was a mainstay in my gaming adventures for almost four years and now I have retired it. I pondered selling or trading it is but I just couldn’t do it. Therefore, the console has been returned to its original packaging and tucked away.

I purchased the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Special edition back in December of 2009 after a friend’s pestering of me to get an Xbox. Having only gotten back into gaming a year previous with the purchase of my PlayStation 3, I didn’t really want another console but I relented to his harassment and found that this bundle was the best deal at the time. After getting the console and starting to play I had to go thank my friend for his relentless badgering. Countless hours were lost on Modern Warfare 2 alone until I started building up a game library. My collection never got to be very extensive but I came to enjoy almost every game I owned. To this day I still have the following games on disc:

  • Halo – Combat Evolved, Anniversary Edition, 2, 3, 4, Reach, ODST, Wars(ok, I didn’t really enjoy Wars)
  • Rockband: The Beatles
  • The Orange Box(one of the greatest collections ever)
  • Left 4 Dead 1 and 2(best zombie games ever)
  • Gears of Wars 1, 2, 3, and Judgement(least favorite was Judgement by many miles)
  • Mass Effect 1, 2, 3

Great memories still remain with me from my time on this console. Everything from playing online with my brother in Halo 3, to playing local co-op in all the Halo games with my niece, and even watching the kill cams in MW2 to try to figure out where I was getting killed from. Those are all just memories now and there is nothing left to do with the console for me.

Boxing up the Xbox 360 felt like burying my dog. I didn’t want to admit it was dead but I had to. I only turned the thing on to install updates one last time before packing it up and that was the first time I had powered it on in over a year.  Backwards compatibility on the Xbox One had no influence as I don’t play any of those games either. It just finally came to a point that I had to face that there was no life left in the Xbox 360, at least for me.

Given that Microsoft announced the end of production for the console, I felt it was time for me to live up to the idea that it was over for me as well. I’ll think of it fondly and every time I play my Xbox One I’ll remember the legacy it came from.

 

dudewantshisrug-profilePaul 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.

Dude’s Chronicles 4-28-2016: I Blame Tina Fey

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With another week gone by, I have found myself distracted by something.

Entertainment!

It’s always a mix of things…

  • The Ranch – I went to this expecting nothing but found something I enjoyed greatly. Not being a fan of Ashton Kutcher gave the slit tilt towards not wanting to watch this series at all and the fact that I thought he was good is even more of a surprise. It was nice to see him reunited, on screen, with Danny Masterson and the two still had good chemistry. Although there was evidence of their characters from That ’70’s Show within their characters on this show it was still fun to see. Sam Elliot was my decided favorite with his grumpy, crotchety father character.
  • Lucy – In all honesty I watched about twenty minutes of this movie until I solidly remembered why it didn’t like it – it’s not very good.
  • Jurassic World – As much as I like Chris Pratt, I just can’t convince myself this movie is any good.
  • The Art of the Steal – This was an ok action movie but Kurt Russel just isn’t much of a draw at this stage in his career.
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 2 – The season of the show seemingly branched out by doing more with some of the other characters. Everything eventually led back to Kimmy and did so in some hilarious ways. Titus Andromedon made me laugh countless times but his dance scene to Paula Adbul’s Forever Your Girl has planted the tune in my head since I watched it, I can’t get rid of it and I can’t stand it but then I chuckle thinking about the scene.
  • The Hunt for Bin Laden – A fairly yawn-able documentary about our government’s struggles to bring Bin Laden to justice. Not so much worth watching.
  • Spy Game – The most boring movie with two huge stars I have watched recently. The combination of Robert Redford and Brad Pitt did nothing to save this movie from being a complete snooze-fest. Every time the movie appeared to be at an action point, it passed with almost no notice and then the credits rolled.
  • V for Vendetta – I basically watch this movie because of Natalie Portman. It is an ok movie but nothing notable.
  • The Mummy – This movie has lost nothing over the years. Then again, it didn’t have much to begin with. It is sort of fun to watch but you could spend your time doing better things rather than watching it.
  •  Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – The plot line continues to thicken as we roll towards the season finale. A blend of action and intrigue has the tension mounting and I can’t wait to see it explode.
  • Game of Thrones – Glad t have it back but I feel more confused by the premiere of this season than I did by the conclusion of last season.(Spoiler?? – How do two people jump off of a castle and still be alive? What did I miss? I watched the show three time and just don’t get it.)

 Games!

Here ya go…

  • Zombi – By the time I got to the first safe area I had lost interest. That was less than ten minutes into the game. I have absolutely no interest in returning to it.
  • Dead Star – At least I finished the tutorial of this game. It is a twin-stick space shooter that could be pretty fun. I want to go back to  but I just never seem to do so.
  • The Division – It’s not a good sign when even Fox News makes fun of it. There was also an article over on VG247 that talks about how a game dev has criticized the games netcode. If what he says is accurate it could be a deep seated problem and hard to correct. I was surprised to read how the game might be set up and see why it is a huge problem. Finding myself playing less and less but not because of the netcode issue, just lack of interest. Checking in to do the hard dailies is about it for me anymore which makes me wish they had a system to stack or hold the daily assignments like Destiny will let you hold bounties but that is of small concern given the other issues with the game at this point. Glitches be glitches.

News!

Not much here but….

  • The Division – See above.
  • Uncharted 4:  A Thieve’s End – Apparently in a hilarious case of irony, some copies of the game were stolen. This just makes me laugh.
  • YouPorn had an esports team? – I guess they did and they got banded by the ESL. My only question how they managed to exist this long and have nobody say or do anything about it? That speaks more against the ESL than YouPorn.
  • Xbox 360 production has ceased – Thanks for the memories. You were a great console but your time is over. I’ve been contemplating the idea of packing mine up for storage. It pains me too much to think about parting with it but I haven’t even powered it on in months.
  • PS 4.5/NEO rumors – I hate the rumor mill, especially around consoles. Until somebody from the actual company says something official none of it matters. But is got me think, and hear me out on this.. what if PlayStation VR is just a hardware add-on that will allow for enhanced graphics and 4K output? I only put this forward as a possibility because nobody is sure what the peripheral “box” that comes with the PSVR actually does. Could it have the raw horse power needed to to better graphics? I doubt it but it could be possible. This would give current PS4 users a way to get better graphics and not shove completely different hardware platform onto the market. This would also keep the 30+ million base of players happy about keeping their current hardware and would only have to by the PSVR if they wanted the VR experience or a graphics upgrade. It’s pretty far-fetched but I wanted to through it out there.
  • Nintendo – I’m not sure of Nintendo’s strategy at this point. They announce the NX is coming out in March of 2017 but then announce that the next Zelda game is delayed until next year as well. Does that effectively kill the Wii U? Who’s going to invest in a system that is essentially not supported or developed for already when they know a new system is coming? And one of the most highly anticipated games is for the current console is also going to be on the new console? By the way, the NX won’t be at E3(scratches head).

Yes…that damn song is still stuck in my head.

dudewantshisrug-profilePaul 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.

Dude’s Chronicles 4-21-2016: Forgetting For Friday

headDon’t know about your work week but I really want to forget mine.

Entertainment!

Of all the things to be watching:

  • Roadhouse – A classic ’80’s movie that is action packed and ridiculous. Perfect.
  • Superman Returns – After watching it again, it is not as bad as I remember it…close but not quite as bad.
  • B.B. King: The Life of Riley – An interesting look at one of my favorite musicians.
  • San Andreas –
  • Sunshine – What do you make of a Sci-fi psychological thriller that isn’t very thrilling, not very interesting, and questionable science? Not much.
  • Vacation(2015) – This movie didn’t have the same feel as the original. Maybe if I had never seen the original I would have like this one better.

 Games!

So The Division…this is getting more and more like Destiny. The Division is trying to crack down on people using exploits to get rewards whereas Destiny had cheeses. It seems that Massive is taking more of an affront to these than Bungie did. They are looking to “punish’ players who used these exploits but they have not said what the punishment may be nor how they are going to determine who to punish. Unfortunately they are not addressing the real problem – the game is broken. The fact that people are actively looking for these exploits are big hint that they are not enjoying the game either. The reward system isn’t great but so many people trying to fast-track their rewards isn’t a good sign.

Maybe just like Destiny, I’m going to keep losing interest in The Division.

News!

What’s that?….

  • The Division – Kind of already went over its issues.
  • Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst delayed, again – It’s only a few weeks but still…Hopefully it is just a case to do a little bit of extra polishes on the game and not something serious.
  • Prince died – RIP

My mind feels like mashed potatoes right now.

dudewantshisrug-profilePaul 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.