Dude’s Chronicles 8-30-2015: Biding Time

summerHere it is, the end of August, the very cusp of so many things. By this time next week, meaningful college football games will have been played, Metal Gear Solid 5 will have been released, and pretty much everybody’s kids will be in school which will be the unofficial end of summer for most of us.

2708326-peace-walker-posterTo bide my time, I relented to the grind and completed Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker. It took a few hours to grind out and get the weapons that I needed to beat the final boss but it was worth it to me. The game felt incomplete until I did so and it filled in a lot of story that leads up to Ground Zeroes and The Phantom Pain. What I am not enjoying, however, is Metal Gear Rising: Revengance. I’m probably, or hopefully, about three-quarters of the way through this game and even though it has a story line much akin to the Metal Gear series, I can see how many are displeased with it. Forget about not playing as Big Boss or Solid Snake, the game play in Revengance just isn’t satisfying. Not that I will clam to be very good at these games but it gets frustrating at points and just doesn’t feel worth playing. Since I’m already this far into it I’ll likely finish it and then never acknowledge it again.

seeking-a-friend-for-the-end-of-the-worldTo take a break from Metal Gear, I watched some movies. I’ve said my peace about Gone Girl and stand behind it…that is just not a good movie. Another movie that I didn’t much enjoy was Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. Perhaps my expectations were off going into it but I had had the impression that it was to be more of a comedy and it very much so was not that. It was very dark but was certainly more of a love story that involved very little comedy at all. Steve Carell’s work in this film reminded much of Jim Carrey’s in The Cable Guy, that is not a compliment.

At least football is starting, both real and fantasy. College games start this week with professional games following. I have one more fantasy draft to get through and I should be done with those. Good to have those done before I devote a lot of time to The Phantom Pain.

dudewantshisrug-profilePaul Novak

Owner, Proprietor, Writer, 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.

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Gone Girl

Gone-Girl1Watching Gone Girl is like watching a mashup of Basic Instinct and So I Married An Axe Murderer.

Nick is in a loveless marriage but just doesn’t have the heart to leave. This world he muddles through turns asunder on the day of his fifth wedding anniversary as his wife goes missing. At first, the police and the public are on his side believing that his wife has been abducted but as more facts about the day’s event’s and Nick’s past are revealed doubts begin to takeover in the minds of his supporters. From there he must not only prove his innocence but also his wife’s existence.

This movie had an interesting premise and setup that ultimately lead to a disappointing finish. The beginning of the movie can be equated to a car stuck in the mud, once it gets going it moves just fine but it takes a long time before it can move at all. The most interesting portion of the movie comes about a third to halfway through it, unfortunately it spins back downwards after that. The plot tries to be compelling by layering intrigue upon mystery but some of the twist are a little unbelievable. Not unbelievable in the “Wow, that was amazing” fashion but more in the “That just doesn’t quite make sense” vernacular. Although some of the structure in the movie hoists it up to great heights, it uses it’s own momentum to knock itself down by setting up scenarios that aren’t clear or don’t fit. (Possible Spoiler) For example, Nick goes on a tv interview to try to draw out his estranged wife from hiding but his methods are questionable and his end-game are even more so. (End Spoiler) The end of the film offers little to no satisfaction whatsoever as is draws to no true resolution, rather to a sputtering stop.

Say what you will about Ben Afleck but this was not a grand performance on his part. If this movie were on fire, he certainly was the bucket of water. Not to give his co-stars anymore credit than he, after all it is almost impossible to recognize Tyler Perry without a dress on much less believe he is a high-end, nearly unstoppable attorney.

Save yourself two and a half hours and don’t watch this movie. That time would be better spent pondering how ice cream is made.

dudewantshisrug-profilePaul Novak

Owner, Proprietor, Writer, 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.

KP DUTY – Episode 003 – A Time Before PAX

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If there were other things to discuss we would still end up talking about Final Fantasy and Metal Gear. However, we do discuss Kayla’s upcoming trip to PAX and our hatred of White Chocolate Reese’s Cups. For some reason we also mentioned chastity belts.

dudewantshisrug-profilePaul Novak

Owner, Proprietor, Writer, 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 8-23-2015: Breaking Ground Zeroes

mgsvgzI’m sad. Phantom Pain doesn’t come out for more than a week and I just want to play more Metal Gear. Just for fun, I played a round of Ground Zeroes ignoring the actual goals of the mission and just tried to kill as many guys as I could. That was fun and proves to me that Ground Zeroes is a great little sand box to play in. Other than that I keep trying to play more of Peace Walker but I’m hating the need to grind just to finish the game. I got to the Zeke battle but find it to be damn near impossible without upgrading my weapons. The problem being that it seems to be an almost impossible, at the least annoying, grind to get better weapons for this fight. I want to complete the game but I don’t want to jump through all these hoops to do so. Sure, the clips are all on YouTube but that feels cheap and unrewarding. Not sure where I’ll go with this.

hurt_locker_poster_m_0Batman, the Michael Keaton version, is still in heavy rotation on my watch list. I tried watching Hurt Locker only to realize I had actually seen it before and don’t think much of it. It feels like one of those movies that was a big deal at the time of its release just because of the time it was released and its relevance to what has happening in the world. Watching the movie now just doesn’t have the same weight as when it was new. Not to say that is a bad movie, just that it doesn’t hold the same attraction that it did upon its initial release.

Finally getting to watch some preseason football felt pretty damn good. Yes, it is not “real” football but it is a signal that it is on the horizon. Still waiting to get my tv service back since the cable company didn’t ship my box for a full week after I ordered it. Not sure how these companies don’t understand why people hate them. There should be an easy way to explain it to them involving a flowchart that ends in a middle finger.

dudewantshisrug-profilePaul Novak

Owner, Proprietor, Writer, 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 8-16-2015: Almost Football

blade-runnerHere I am watching Blade Runner, again. I was ordering Guardians of the Galaxy from Amazon and the Blade Runner 30th Anniversary Edition popped up in the movie list. Who was I to refuse? I think the only problem with it is that it comes with four cuts of the movie and for whatever reason I feel compelled to watch them all. There are worse things in life to have to deal with.

Guardians of the Galaxy is still the best Marvel movie until something else surfaces that is better(just my opinion though).

2708326-peace-walker-posterPeace Walker is almost over but it is getting annoying. I’m trying to finish out the last few missions but having to play the Extra Ops to unlock them is pain in the ass. Other than that though, I’m on the bandwagon of thinking the Metal Gear games really are something special. I should be able to finish Peace Walker this week and move on to Ground Zeroes. Plenty of time before Phantom Pain releases to get through these.

football_620x350With August comes the beginnings of football. Unfortunately that also means giving into Comcast and getting television service for a few months. Along with a lot of other people, I wish there was a way to watch my favorite sport without dumping money into Comcast’s lap but what can you do?

P.S. – The back is feeling a little better, thanks for asking.

dudewantshisrug-profilePaul Novak

Owner, Proprietor, Writer, 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 8-9-2015: Poor Little Peter

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Everybody wants to pile on the hate train and bash Peter Dinklage and his work in Destiny but lets be honest, his voice work was never the biggest problem with that game. Granted, his work was not the best part of it either but I don’t think it was necessarily his fault. A lot of the voice work, even from the other actors, felt out of place and delivered out of context. If you happen to listen to the Giant Bombcast, Jeff Gertsmann made a good point that Destiny was in development for a long time and changed multiple times, it may have been a case that Dinklage delivered his work for a much different game and Bungie just slapped what they had into the game. Don’t go expecting Nolan North to come in and turn Destiny into game with an actual story, he’s good but not that good and remember he’s probably being direct by a lot of the same people that directed Dinklage’s work.

For me though, Dinklage will always be the voice of my ghost. I had bought the Ghost Edition for the PS4 so I have a physical ghost that will always have Dinklage’s voice and if they ever try to patch North on to that I will not install it. I plan on playing The Taken King with my little Peter as my co-pilot.

2708326-peace-walker-posterAfter finishing Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, I started Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker. MGS4 was just phenomenal to say the least. Having only played the original Metal Gear when it was first released and more recently Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes, it was clear to see why people hold these games in such high regard. It is also just as clear why some people pan them. The story that Kojima is capable of weaving is both complex and brilliant but other aspects seem  too unbelievable and weird if you are not into it.

The idea is to get through Peace Walker and replay Ground Zeroes before The Phantom Pain releases. I managed to get Guns of the Patriots done in about a week so I think this is doable.

Hulk-and-the-Agents-of-S-M-A-S-H-Episode-2-Doorway-to-Destruction-Part-2Since I finished all the episodes of Bob’s Burgers, I moved on to Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.. There are only two season but it is an entertaining take on the Hulk and manages to pull in a good number of other characters from Marvel Universe.

Beyond that, I’ve been bouncing around watching anything from Top Secret to Anchorman 2. If you have about three hours to spare, I recommend watching Brain Games. It is a series about how the mind works and is pretty interesting.

Right now I’m going to finishing watching Sin City, then the sequel.

dudewantshisrug-profilePaul Novak

Owner, Proprietor, Writer, 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 8-2-2015: Staying Awake

sleepyI’m really tired, really tired. For whatever reason I just can’t seem to wake up or get going today.

Johnson_&_VergilIn my quest to complete the Master Chief Collection, I have taken the next step and completed Halo 3: ODST. This game is still under-rated in my opinion and playing it again only emphasizes this. The complaint I hear most about this game is that it does not star the Master Chief himself and this still seems like a silly argument for not liking the game. The atmosphere and feel of the game is strikingly different than any other Halo game and that is a compliment. My only regret is that Firefight is not included in the remaster.

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It took me a while to figure out why Jupiter Ascending was so disturbing to me, then it dawned on me. Look at the picture above and tell me that they did not turn Channing Tatum into Mugatu. Beyond that, the movie was just bad. It occurred to me that it was one of those overly complicated storylines that work in books but don’t pan out as a movie. It also occurred to me that the movie tried to be entertaining by having unnecessary action scenes and over using special effects. I felt like I was watching the new Star Wars version of Cinderella meets Waterworld.

metal-gear-solid-4-guns-of-the-patriotsMy binge watching of Bob’s Burgers on Netflix has taken a strange hiatus. After speaking with Kayla, I started watching YouTube videos of Metal Gear and, frankly, I don’t think I understand that series anymore than when I started. I’ve watched the videos for the original Metal Gear, Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake, somehow skipped Metal Gear Solid(most likely by cause of confusion), Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, and Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. This has now lead me to digging out the copy of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots that I own and start playing it. I have the sneaking suspicion that either I have just entered into a gaming rabbit hole that will take weeks to recover from or I’m going to get frustrated or bored quickly with the game and move on to something else. With only 1.5 hours into the game, I’m not willing to give up just yet. Perhaps somebody(coughs and blames Kayla for all of this) can help fill in the gaps of all things Metal Gear that I don’t understand.

Hmmm…I think I’m going to go get ice cream.

 

dudewantshisrug-profilePaul Novak

Owner, Proprietor, Writer, 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.