Dude’s Chronicles 3-21-2019: What Day Is This???

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Seriously wasn’t going to bother with this post just some sheer lack of motivation, yet somehow I’m doing it anyway.

Entertainment

  • Layer Cake – Slow, sort of boring. Just didn’t do much for me. Time could have been spent better.
  • Triple Frontier – I like salty Ben Affleck. He was salty but… he just wasn’t in it enough. The movie kind of fell flat at a point and didn’t hold up.
  • Stripes – I still miss John Candy… and Harold Ramis. This is a classic movie that still entertains me.
  • After Life – A funny but touching look at loss. I liked how he could be such an asshole because I relate to that. It was nice how it came around in the end. I recommend this show.
  • Extras – I’m not sure what or why I don’t care for this show. It plods along and really doesn’t do much.
  • Conan Without Borders – I forgot how goofy and weird this guy is. Very funny.

Games

  • The Division 2 – I’m just about done with the main story. The game play is very good and the story in on par with the original. It was nearly game breaking when the skills were glitched but that seems to be fixed.

News

  • Stadia – Google has wild ideas but also has the tech and money to back them up. It was interesting to see what they have said but until we get our hands on it I’m not sold. I think of multi-player games where you have to be fast and I wonder how they are going to handle streaming the game and the match at the same time without effecting latency. I also think of people that have bandwidth caps and how this may be a problem. Time will tell.

Closing Arguments

I’ve watched a bunch of stuff and played a lot of The Division 2 during my vacation. Unfortunately I’m going to have figure out a way to pull myself together before returning to work next week.

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Dude’s Chronicles 3-14-2019: Ask Me Anything… Else

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Everybody asks me how I am. I respond back “Fantastic”, I’m not sure they are picking up on my sarcasm.

Entertainment

  • Deadpool 2 – Maybe not the same as the first but just as irreverent. That same sense of heart versus smartass is there and enjoyable.
  • Jumanji – The new version was very different than what came out years ago but it stood out in its own way.
  • Man on Fire – Badass Denzel is good Denzel. Just saying.
  • Bohemian Rhapsody – Even with some historical inaccuracies this is a very good movie. The character performances are immersive for all the major characters. The only thing that gets me about the film is that from what I feel that I know of the band, some of the events did not play out in the order in which are portrayed in the movie. I get why the did it but I also feel that they could have been truer to the real story with out betraying it.

Games

  • Apex Legends – Man… I’m just not good at this game. I’ve tried different characters and strategies but I’m just not doing any better. Either I finish top 5 for die right away and it’s usually the latter. Maybe that is just the game or maybe that is just me.
  • XCOM2 – My hopes to finish my play-through have been dashed by the fact that I realized that I bought the version of The Division 2 that gives me early access. Legitimately did not remember I bought that version.
  • The Division 2 – I haven’t gotten through the same content that was in the alpha and betas yet.  Its be a problem of my own time not allowing me to play more but… I may have more time in the near future.

News

  • Crackdown 2 – It is now Xbox One backwards compatible and free. I played very little of the first and none of the second. Perhaps this is just a ploy to get more interest in Crackdown 3 which has seemingly come and gone with almost no notice. It could also just be Microsoft trying to make as many games as possible backward compatible. Either way, I downloaded it with no intentions of ever playing it.
  • Apex Legends is more viewed than Fortnite on Twitch – Not surprising but it’ll be interesting if it continues as the more watched game and for how long. Fortnite supplanted PUBG as the most watched but PUBG still maintains a fair share of viewers, therefore I don’t think we need to worry about Fortnite.
  • Halo back on PC – Not only is the Master Chief Collection coming to PC it is adding Halo: Reach. To top that off, it won’t only be on the Microsoft Store but also on Steam, this is the surprising part. My thoughts are that they will sell it on both stores but you can’t play the games on Xbox if you but it on Steam as per Microsoft’s play-anywhere with their store purchases.
  • Dancing lawsuits – I guess you can still sue for these but you have to have a registered copyright before filing the suit. That makes sense but that means people had been suing for stuff they technically didn’t have a legal right too? Hmmm.
  • Xbox Live on Android and iOS – After the service came to Switch it seemed like only a matter of time that it came to other major platforms. There was a game or two, on iOS at least, that had Achievements but I guess this now brings more to the table.
  • Stream pc to Xbox One – One step closer to making that Steam Link a thing of the past. The major missing piece is the lack of keyboard and mouse control but there will be controller support.

Closing Arguments

So… I’ll be playing a bunch of The Division 2 since I’m on vacation. I’m not going anywhere so I’ll pass the time with gaming because why not?

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Dude’s Chronicles 3-7-2019: Insert Witty Title

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Not much to say.

Entertainment

  • The Sopranos – Truly disappointed with how the series ended. Not sure how anybody else feels otherwise. It was not clever, it was lazy.
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse – The movie was moving and entertaining. A Spider-Man movie with multiple Spider-Man is maybe the coolest idea and they pulled it off very well. The only thing I didn’t like was the weird framey visuals. It was like trying to watch a monitor that was out of sync.
  • Ozark – This show is pretty damn good. I’m surprised it got as deep as it did plot wise as quickly as it did.

Games

  • Red Dead Revolver – I bought the game on PS4 but only played about an hour of it. It is interesting so far and I hope to get some more time into it soon.
  • Apex Legends – I’ve only played a handful of games and they have been of they type where you get wiped out almost immediately.
  • XCOM2 – I’ve not made a lot of progress since I keep save-scumming. There have been several missions that I was going from fine to fucked in the space of one turn. One mission was going so poorly that I load a save from before the mission was started just so I could rebuild a different team.
  • The Division 2 open beta – I can’t wait for the game to come out but I’m having some concerns. Not sure I like the different classes. Not sure about the AI ability to kill agents as I feel like even low level enemies seemed to kill me pretty quick. Most of what I’m worried about could have changed in the final build and I guess I have to wait and see.

News

  • Fornite adding Apex Legends features – They already added the ping system and will be adding the respawn towers. Is this life imitating art or art imitating life?
  • RIP PS Vita – We all new it was coming but its still sad that production has ended in Japan. The little handheld console had such promise but just never became anything in my mind. If only it had had games like the Switch is getting.
  • Anthem crashing – Apparently it is crashing on Xbox One and PS4 consoles to the point that EA is asking players to contribute data on the PS4 crashes. This game has had nothing but troubles and it is not being well received. Giant Bomb reviewed the game and gave it a 2 out of 5 stars. That is the same score they gave Mass Effect: Andromeda. I personally don’t disagree. On top of the game being buggy it just isn’t very good. It has problems patches aren’t going to fix.
  • Steam pulls game about rape – It’s not a question of whether it should have been pulled or not, the real question was why was it listed to begin with?

Closing Arguments

In the down time before The Division 2 releases i hope to close out my XCOM2 play-through. With that I’m putting off playing any more of Red Dead Revolver. The jumping between them made it feel like I wasn’t getting anywhere in either.

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Dude’s Chronicles 2-28-2019: Until the End

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Don’t ask questions that you don’t want to hear the answers for.

Entertainment

  • The Sopranos – Nearing the end of the final season is both exciting and saddening. I want to see what happens but I also don’t want it to end. That last season feels different than the first five and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
  • Twitch and Giant Bomb – Still not into watching much else at this point.

Games

  • Anthem – Even after playing a couple more hours the best way I can describe my feelings on the game is disinterested. I’ve read and heard one sentiment from several content sources, written and video, to the affect of ‘the game does a lot of things but doesn’t do any of them particularly well’. Unfortunately that seems like an accurate assessment of this game.
  • Apex Legends – If it is actually possible, I might be getting worse at this game. Even after managing a third place finish I get the feeling that I’m understanding the game less. I’m just not getting the abilities and to a lesser extent I don’t understand the routes my teammates are taking. More often than not I find myself separated from my two squadmates and completely confused as to how to find them. Maybe I just don’t know the map but I fear it is a deeper problem that I am having with the game.
  • XCOM2 – Maybe just maybe I’ve stabilized campaign but only time will tell.

News

  • New Overwatch Hero – As glad as I am to see continued support for the game I feel just as bad that it does nothing to even spark my interest in playing the game again.
  • Anthem loot rates – One patch unexpectedly raises them and then the next patch corrects them. As if this game needed one more thing for people to get pissed about. It’s like the comparisons to Destiny just keep coming.
  • THQ’s ill-advised AMA – When a PR person agrees to do an AMA on a website known for child pornography and racism you have to wonder how good they are at they job.
  • HoloLens Military use – In a moralistic effort, those working on the technology are asking Microsoft to cancel contracts that would use the technology for Military purposes. Good on them for taking the high ground but I would not expect to see the status of these contracts change.
  • Horizon Zero Dawn passes 10 million sold – Two years post launch it seems trivial to talk about this number since the game remains in my mind regardless. I think about replaying the game constantly but I get drawn into other newer games. The idea of a game+ play-through of this game has always intrigued me, I just haven’t done it.

Closing Arguments

The Division 2 open beta is this weekend and it is about the only thing I’m looking forward to.

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Dude’s Chronicles 2-22-2019: The March to March

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It’s almost March, St. Patty’s day is upon us. You know what that means… that’s right, Shamrock Shakes.

Entertainment

  • The Sopranos -It’s still pretty good. I’m a near or at the end of season three. This and Breaking Bad are shows that I feel ok about spending entire days watching it.
  • Twitch and Giant Bomb – I haven’t been watching much other than The Sopranos but I’ve been trying to keep up with the regular shows on Giant Bomb and a few streams on Twitch. After popping in and out of a few streamers playing Anthem there is definitely a mix of people that love it, like it, and loathe it.

Games

  • Anthem – I’ve been playing some of this game via EA Access on the Xbox but I’m just not feeling it. For the most part it runs fine and looks good. The only graphical issues I’ve seen are frame rate drops while in Tarsis and during cut-scenes. Overall I just don’t find the game interesting. The story seems mediocre and the mission design feels dull.
  • Apex Legends – I still suck at this game but man is it fun. Somehow I got a second place finish. Pretty sure the other guy on the team carried me since the third person died early on.
  • XCOM2 – Not too sure my play-through is going well. I get the feeling that things are about to fail for me and I’m not sure why. Guess I should pay better attention while I’m playing it.

News

  • The Punisher and Jessica Jones cancelled – This is somewhat sad news but it was inevitable but still unfortunate. The Punisher seemed to leave off in a good place and I’m wondering if Jessica Jones will do the same, I hope so.
  • Carlton doesn’t own The Carlton? – After a copyright denial points out that NBC may actually own any right to the dance I guess Alfonso Ribeiro’s claim to the dance isn’t going so well. Didn’t Destiny have this dance in it? Why didn’t he sue them? Odd, huh?
  • Reggie Fils-Aime retirement – First of all, congratulations good sir. I’m not a big Nintendo person but I always appreciated how his energy was a nice balance against the other public heads of Nintendo being so stoic. Secondly, Bowser? Were there writers to this joke? This can’t be an amazing coincidence.

Closing Arguments

Yes, this post is a day later than usual. That is due to some personal issues. Unto which I will conclude with the statement that to this point I feel that 2019 can go fuck itself harder than 2018 should have.

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Dude’s Chronicles 2-14-2019: Happy Thursday!!!

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For those of us without that special someone, do something nice for yourself just because you’re worth it.

Entertainment

  • UHF – If you have never seen the 1988 film staring Weird Al Yankovic, you should. If you have, you should watch it again. I watched it for a good laugh and it didn’t disappoint. The same dumb gags and goofs got me laughing just like I had never seen them before.
  • Big Mouth: My Furry Valentine – Just another entry in the ridiculously funny show. It’s a double episode but well worth the time.
  • The Sopranos – I have never seen this because I never had HBO except for two years some time ago. The series is on Amazon Prime Video so I decided to watch it. I ended up watching about a season and a half last weekend. In conclusion, it’s good.

Games

  • The Division 2 Private Beta – I kind of feel a little funny about this game. There seems to be a balance issue like there was in the 1.2 update when The Underground was released for the original game. The time to kill in the Dark Zone seems better but the time to kill in the PVE parts seems to favor the NPC’s. I can face blast an NPC with a shotgun and I have to reload before I can manage to kill him but that same NPC can damn near kill me with his shotgun  from across the street. Something there is wrong. I do like the improved NPC intelligence and I think they should use that to challenge the players rather making the NPC’s into tanks.
  • Apex Legends – Jumped into a couple games but still not fairing well. I like the Titanfallness of the game but I don’t like the Overwatchness of it. The movement and gun play is fabulous. The hero abilities have proven to be a struggle for me but that is more on me than it is the game.
  • XCOM2 – I started over and moved it to easy. This game still takes every opportunity to let you know it can and will fuck you over at any moment. I love hating this game for some reason.

News

  • Activision layoffs – Approximately 800 people will be losing their jobs and that is a shame. I hope they find a way to land on their feet but remember that layoff such in any industry.
  • The Division 2 Open Beta – Officially announced for the weekend of 3/1. I’m hoping to see further improvement and refinement just as there was from the alpha to the private beta. If you are unsure about the game, this is your chance to try it for free.
  • Blacklight: Retribution PC server shutdown – I remember playing this game on PS4 when around the time the console launched. It was a competent and fun FPS. I fell off of it but I had gone back to it within the last year just to see what it was like. I’ll tell ya, there have been people putting a lot of hours into this game. I could barely stay alive much less do any damage. It was still a fun experience to see that the game had evolved but my guess is that with PC support ending the PS4 edition probably isn’t far behind.
  • Apex Legends tops Fortnite on Twitch – Yep, just like Fornite topped PUBG, just like PUBG topped League of Legends. and so on, and so on. There will always be a new hot game and there will always be a cool down. I’m liking the game, both playing and watching, admittedly.
  • Apex Legends hints solo and duo modes – Duh? Of course they are going to add this. I don’t even think this was in question. The only question is when. I’ll take a guess that they probably have some of the build already done but wanted to see how well the game did at launch before dropping more resources on it. Now that it is a wild success, thus far anyway, they can green light adding these modes. I would like to see a training area added, like Overwatch has, where there are just some bots or NPC’s to shoot at and try out the different characters.
  • Crackdown 3 – Just days before the release of a troubled game the developer announces that you won’t be able to party-up with your friends in the multi-player when the game launches. SMH.
  • Tetris 99 – I never imagined Tetris could even be a battle royale game but if Nintendo is going to get into the genre this is the way to do it.
  • Cross-platform play – Sony says “they are open for business” yet Wargroove developer says they were told “no”. It would be really nice for Sony to clarify it’s position. It may have been that Sony couldn’t clear the right hurdles in time for Wargroove to release, just to give them the benefit of the doubt, but I can’t help but feel that Sony is still resisting this idea as much as possible. If I had anything I could say to Sony it would be… “You can sail the winds of change or you can get knocked off the boat”.

Closing Arguments

Well… My PC was flaking out on me by just what seemed to be randomly rebooting. I decided to reset the Windows 10 installation since I had never done so since I upgraded the machine from Windows 7 to Windows 10 as part of the free upgrade when Windows 10 released.

Let’s just say I didn’t think the process out completely. I didn’t even think about backing much up other than a few loose files I wanted. There wasn’t a single thought about all of my Steam and Origin game saves… until I went to reinstall them. It’s been hit and miss as to which games are pulling in cloud saves. I have no one other other than myself to blame and therefore am not very upset by this. The one game I was worried about was Life Is Strange 2 since it carried over some stuff from Life Is Strange and The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit. I was happy that these saves seem to be good.

I still think I have access to play Anthem for 10 hours starting 2/15. EA’s communication about the release of this game has just been a confusing mind-jam of a mess so I’m still not sure if I have access as an EA Access subscriber. I also think I still don’t care about this game.

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Dude’s Chronicles 2-7-2019: Uncold

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After we had days of sub-zero temperatures we have had several days in the 50’s. Not content to not complain people are complaining about the rain instead of the cold. If you are one of these people… please stop. FULL DISCLOSURE – swearing ahead.

Entertainment

  • Ant-Man and The Wasp – Maybe one of my favorite Marvel movies. Paul Rudd has a subtle stupid humor that I adore. Plus, his name is Paul.
  • The Avengers: Infinity Wars – Maybe one of my favorite Marvel movies. Wait… I used that already but I still mean it.
  • Polar – It was so compelling I don’t remember when I stopped watching. This is one of those movies that I need to sit down and focus to give it a fair shot.
  • The big football game – It unfortunately went the way I expected. The veteran team was able to pull off the win over the younger, inexperienced team. The best part of it is how classy the Boston fans have been. And by classy I mean shitty, just to be clear.

Games

  • Red Dead Redemption 2 – ***Spoilers*** Fuck this game. As much as I love it I also hate it. To keep canon with the story of RDR, John Marston can’t swim. This has lead me to the problem that I can’t complete one of the treasure maps because it is on a small island in a lake that you have to swim to. If I had done it as Arthur Morgan it would not have been a problem but since I held off on side stuff until after the epilogues I can’t finish this. ***/Spoilers***
  • The Division – ***Repeat*** I find myself back to playing this when I have no reason other than I don’t feel like playing anything else. ***/Repeat***
  • Anthem – ***Disappointment*** I managed to get into the public demo of the game and after a few hours I’m left with two words to describe it: dull and underwhelming. I don’t have any thing bad to say about the game but I can’t find one compelling reason to play any more of it. The missions and world seem uninspired. I didn’t care for the controls and the coll down on the jetpack felt unfair. I tried playing as the Colossus Javelin but it felt like it was made of glass even though it was supposed to be the tank class. I have EA Access on Xbox and should be able to play 10 hours of the game but I just think that I could spend that time better in other games. On the other hand, I want to give this game a chance. On the other other hand, I don’t see why I should bother. ***/Disappointment***
  • The Division 2 Private Beta – ***Great*** I have been waiting for this since I got to play the technical alpha. Due to the NDA I can’t say much more than I played the alpha which is a damn shame because I’d like to tell people why I liked it so much. My plan is to play as much of this betas as possible. I feel the exact opposite of this game as I do Anthem. I know the game won’t be perfect in beta or at launch but having watched The Division change over time and how the developer handled the game I have a great level of confidence that this will be a great experience. ***/Great***
  • Apex Legends – ***What?*** More on this game later but it’s hard to believe that this game was leaked on a Friday and released on a Monday. Not only was in not an alpha, it was a full release and having played a few rounds it is good. There’s a lot of nuance to deal with since it is a battle royale game that is also squad based but those squads are also hero based. I haven’t won a game… yet… but it has been competitive and fun each time I’ve played. ***/What?***

News

  • Apex Legends – So… Respawn made and released a squad based battle royale game? This seems like a game from EA that is a 180 degree turn from Anthem and that is probably why they okay’d it. It’s free to play but you can buy characters and cosmetics even though you can also buy them with earn-able in-game currency. This game is the PVP game that Anthem isn’t and that is a strong reason why it released so close to Anthem’s launch.
  • Xbox Live on multiple platforms – You can already get Xbox achievements on PC and iOS but why wouldn’t Microsoft want you to play games and get achievements on your toaster? I’m being funny but I’m not exaggerating. Think about all the devices that are on-line at this point and think about MS offering you “in-life achievements” just to bolster your gamer score to get you to reinvest in games and apps on their platform. When they pull off “Xbox on PS” as an emulator that will run Xbox games on PS hardware it will be a meta I will physically clap for. Not that I need or want it but that they would have talked Sony into a cross-platform position that they have been reticent to accept or even acknowledge.

Closing Arguments

I managed to fix-up my PC wiring and am quite happy with the results. However, it was such a vexing experience that I did not get around to doing my entertainment center. After I stripped down my PC and peripherals, I proceeded to reroute and manage every cable to every device. Each time I thought I was nearly done I would find yet another device tethered to my PC that I had to properly deal with. This was a multiple hour endeavor that had me mentally and physically exhausted at the end of it. The entertainment center will have to be this coming weekend if I make the effort to do so.

Remember when I joked about the Oakland professional football team being the last Los Angeles team to win the professional football championship? Really wish I had been wrong.

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Paul Novak

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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.