Dude’s Chronicles 5-31-2015: These Grey Skies

grey-sky1There are people that I love to spend time with but it seems that lately I have been spending time with them for all the wrong reasons. Funerals are some of the worst times to spend with people but it is also some of the most important. This week was another one of those unfortunate times. Whatever lot in life we are caste, we need to be there for each other.

There wasn’t much time for gaming or entertainment this week. I played some Destiny and watched some of The League on Netflix. That’s about it. I know I missed post my Words of Wisdumb for the second week in a row but I’m just not up to being funny or clever at this point. Those post will come back when my sense of humor does.

For now though…

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Paul Novak is a self described Polish ninja toiling away as an IT professional but more into gaming and writing. Physically existing in the west side of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania yet existentially flowing with the ether of the Internet. Found here at What’s Your Tag? and on the Twitter @dudewantshisrug. Game on with Team XBRO!

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The Good, The Bad, The House of Wolves

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destiny-house-of-wolvesMay 19th of 2015 may become known as the day that players started hating Bungie just a little bit less.

The House of Wolves not only brings fresh content to Destiny but it also gives much needed fixes to the game. Many players cursed and screamed, some even walked away from the game, after some of the changes implemented with Destiny’sThe Dark Below expansion. The latest expansion is somewhat of an apology to players.

Even though there were few missions added…

First, the additional story content. Even though there were few missions added, they are of a higher quality than the previous expansion. The storyline was larger and more flushed out but fell short of the highest levels that Bungie has been known for in the past. The mechanical delivery of the story is its greatest flaw, the same voice over then action and more voice over technique continues…

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Dude’s Chronicles 5-25-2015: Memorial Day Edition

Memorial-Day-flagWhile many of us enjoy this long weekend, it is important to remember why we have it. Remember all those that have fallen in defending freedom.

I’ve been hitting my backlog of movies, here goes…

  • Animatrix – This a really nice collection of anime films covering some of the background and universe of the Matrix. My only disappointment was that at a certain point I realized I had seen part of it before but it was still worth re-watching.
  • AE Apocalypse Earth – Aliens are destroying the Earth and mankind must flee. This movie is best described as a train wreck because as bad as it was I could not stop watching it.
  • Welcome To The Jungle – Jean-Claude Van Damme needs to do more comedies, that’s all I can say.
  • Killing Them Softly – Whether you like Brad Pitt movies or not, this movie is well worth watching. I’ve seen it several times before but felt in the mood for it again and was not disappointed.
  • Starship Troopers – What can I say? So bad its good.
  • Bernie – I am not a Jack Black fan but this movie roped me in. The character and story of Bernie is based on a real person and this movie tells his tale in a documentary style with cutscenes woven in. Very well done and entertaining.
  • The Grifters – A terribly predictable movie with some of the worst acting I’ve seen. The most shocking part of it was the surprise appearance of Annette Bening’s super-bush. Apparently the shaving craze had not hit by 1990 when this movie was released. It was fun to see John Cusak looking so young.

destiny-house-of-wolvesI’ve played through The House of Wolves with the exception of the Trials of Osiris. My opinion is still not formulated yet, more on that some other time. As a change of pace, I played Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes. The main part is completed but I want to go back to a few parts and the side missions. Sorry, but more on that come at another time.

Enjoy your day!

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Paul Novak is a self described Polish ninja toiling away as an IT professional but more into gaming and writing. Physically existing in the west side of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania yet existentially flowing with the ether of the Internet. Found here at What’s Your Tag? and on the Twitter @dudewantshisrug. Game on with Team XBRO!

Dude’s Chronicles 5-17-2015: Smokey Sunday

smokeonthewaterThe year 2015 has been the bane of my existence for the last few months. Ever since its arrival it has been one thing after another that has gone wrong. No, this will not be a detailed construction of all the miseries and misfortunes that have plagued me this year. I’ll only share the latest. For lunch I decided I wanted pizza and after mulling over the choice of ordering from one of the local shops or grabbing one out of the freezer, I choice the later course of action. After putting the pizza in the oven and setting the timer, I sat down to watch a program on Netflix. Just as the timer digs, I get a waft of a most unpleasant scent. As I make it to the kitchen I see smoke bellowing out of my oven. The pizza had been scorched and if that were not enough the fire alarm for the entire apartment building was now going off. At least unlike other people in the building, I owned up to my mistake immediately when the authorities arrived. Perhaps in hindsight, I should have just ordered the pizza.

roger-ebert1At the time of previously mentioned incident, I happened to be watching Life Itself. It is a documentary about Roger Ebert and if you have not already watched it, I encourage you to do so. Too many people, Roger Ebert was know as little more than the fat guy that criticizes movies. In part that is true but take the time to watch the documentary and you will find that he was much deeper of a man than what was portrayed on television. Better yet, go read some his work.

Watching the film brought back the memory of where I was when I learned of his passing. It was an unusual Thursday that found me at the Trappe Tavern having lunch as well as a few beers. The lunch was well gone, as were a few beers, when I found myself perusing the Internet since there was nobody to make conversation with. The standard fare of news and stupidity crossed my watch until I happened upon an article about Roger Ebert’s death. At the time I was not familiar with his catalog of work outside of television but that quickly changed. I read the article in its entirety no less than three times. Then I combed the Internet for more of his work, vacuously sucking it in. It must have been the better part of the afternoon, or at least a few hours, that I poured his words over my eyes. This man that was played off as a blowhard on the television was an eloquent dancer of the written word. I then shared my remorse of his passing on Facebook with a link to the article that had spurred by interest, attached to the words “RIP to a critic both loved and hated but influential nonetheless less”. It seemed that now since I had found a glimpse of of this genius, others should look upon it as well. However, I found my post was met with one response – “I can tell ur either bored or drunk”. It may very well be that people think as little of me as I did of Roger Ebert.

destiny-house-of-wolvesThere has been little else I have gotten to do of late. Diablo is becoming less of something I want to play. As much as people complain about the grinding in Destiny, I find Diablo’s grinding even more boring. Perhaps it is only that fact hat I enjoy shooters more than RPG’s but I find that Diablo is becoming less and less interesting to me. On the other hand, Destiny has somewhat  comeback to the forefront. The excitement and enthusiasm of the new DLC is somewhat tempering as I learn more about it. Since I may never play the PVP portion, Trials of Osiris, it holds nearly no interest to me. The PVE portion, Temple of Elders, looks like a cross between a MOBA and Halo’s Firefight mode. As far as the additional campaign…well, who knows. Bungie has not revealed anything of it but given that the story components of The Dark Below were so lack luster, I cannot expect much more from the upcoming DLC. One thing that did bring some ire and humor was the effect patch 1.2.0 had on the Cryptach. Now not only does he give you garbage for your engrams, he may not take you engrams as all. Don’t worry though, Bungie ‘promises’ this will be fixed when the House of Wolves goes live on May 19th. I won’t hold my breath.

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Paul Novak is a self described Polish ninja toiling away as an IT professional but more into gaming and writing. Physically existing in the west side of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania yet existentially flowing with the ether of the Internet. Found here at What’s Your Tag? and on the Twitter @dudewantshisrug. Game on with Team XBRO!

Dude’s Chronicles 5-3-2015: Mother’s Day Edition

moms-the-word-pancakesIf you are reading this and haven’t already talked to your mother then you better get your act together.

diablo-3It’s been a down week for me due to a hip and back injury, I don’t recommend it to anybody. The only plus side is that I’ve had plenty of time to play Diablo and Destiny. My lone Diablo character is now a max 70 and 38 paragon. This coming weekend I’ll likely play it even more. As for Destiny, I took the time to delete my Hunter on PS4 and rebuild a Warlock. This in preparation of the House of Wolves DLC. The thought being that this way I don’t have to grind to get gear for all three classes. It is still a though in my mind to delete the Titan as well so that I can have three Warlocks….I really need to stop myself.

powers_wideDaredevil is done and I can’t wait to see more of it. In its absence I’ve started watching Powers. The production value is good but some times if comes off as too cartoony. I know it is based on a comic book but the massive amounts of blood when The Wolfe is feeding is straight-out ridiculous. Don’t let your kids watch this as it is a very adult oriented and themed show. With only three episodes left to watch, I’m reserving my final judgement until the season finale has been viewed.

Here’s hoping this week is better than the last, that pain goes away, and most of all…Happy Mother’s Day.

 

 

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Paul Novak is a self described Polish ninja toiling away as an IT professional but more into gaming and writing. Physically existing in the west side of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania yet existentially flowing with the ether of the Internet. Found here at What’s Your Tag? and on the Twitter @dudewantshisrug. Game on with Team XBRO!

Words of Wisdumb…088

Stop complaining that it’s too hot.

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Paul Novak is a self described Polish ninja toiling away as an IT professional but more into gaming and writing. Physically existing in the west side of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania yet existentially flowing with the ether of the Internet. Found over at What’s Your Tag? and on the Twitter @dudewantshisrug. Game on with Team XBRO!

Dude’s Chronicles 5-3-2015: Those Triple D’s

1182-20120831-TripleDsIf you read the title and thought you were going to see something else, you are so dirty…and I like it. No, unfortunately I will not be writing about the “triple d’s” that we all dream of. Rather, I will be writing about the “triple d’s” I spent my weekend with.

diablo-3The first “d” I will speak about is Diablo III. Finally got back to playing this game after getting away from it for awhile. I had a full barbarian character on my PS4 version but then some of the people at What’s Your Tag? talked my into getting it for the Xbox One. With a little bit of help from them and a little grinding on my own, I now have a level 70 barbarian to play. The barbarian class appeals to me because you just go into the thick of everything and keep swinging. I like a character class that bets everything on being tough as rocks.

Daredevil-Netflix-LogoThe second “d” is Daredevil. I’m now about eight shows deep into and it is still holding me in. The more I watch it, however, it feels like they took a lot of style from the Batman movies by Christopher Nolan. It seems somewhat perverse that a Marvel series would end up looking like a DC movie. I’m anxious to see the rest of the first season and hope it holds up just as well.

Destiny-HDThe final “d” is Destiny. I know I’ve played too much of this game and I am only going to keep playing more of it. Again, I got talked into getting a copy for the Xbox One by people after playing it endlessly on PS4 and now I’m supporting characters on both platforms. This week I took to the Iron Banner on XB1 and found it to be quite a different experience than on the PS4. Most of the differences were subtle but there was one glaring example…Hunters, Hunters, oh my god, Hunters. Apparently Hunters are the dominant class on XB1, at least in PVP. Just for comparison purposes, it took me two days to fulfill a Crucible bounty to kill twenty-five Titans whereas it took me two matches to fulfill the same bounty for Hunters. Warlocks, like I play, seemed to be the second choice. Which seems odd because the few Titans I did encounter faired well and a few were strong opponents and teammates. That shows that it is more up to the player than the class. I played my Hunter on the PS4 in the Iron Banner and Crucible, so I see why people would choose them. I’ll stick with my Warlock though, that is still my favorite.

More of these “triple d’s” lie ahead, I just wish some of those “other triple d’s” did as well. Let’s keep hoping!

 

 

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Paul Novak is a self described Polish ninja toiling away as an IT professional but more into gaming and writing. Physically existing in the west side of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania yet existentially flowing with the ether of the Internet. Found here at What’s Your Tag? and on the Twitter @dudewantshisrug. Game on with Team XBRO!