It’s the Freakin’ Weekend! What are You Playing?

Friday! Video games! Let’s talk!

Brad is not back yet. Hang in there, bud.

As for myself, I’ve had a mixed work schedule of nightshifts and dayshifts. So if I start slurring my words don’t go thinking I was day drinking. It’s just a lack of sleep.

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Remember when I said I needed a break from this game? Well, that didn’t last long. After buying the DLC I jumped right back into the game. I’m finding the new enemies even more daunting and relentless than the originals. It also reals like the game runs better in that the graphics are smoother but the game seems somehow even more glitchy. There are even more physic problems of walls apparently not being walls since enemies constantly shoot and run threw them.

Even with the technical issues, I’m in for another run through this game. They added a lot of content and things to do which makes it interesting to play again already.

I finished the campaign. It was ok. It felt like another mediocre Call of Duty campaign. Not too much to say about it other than that.

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After putting hours into this campaign, I have absolutely no idea what is going on. The previous game’s campaign at least some cohesion to it that this one sorely lacks. There are so many jumps of who is working with or against who that I’m not sure what I’m supposed to be thinking. In a way it feels like different people wrote different parts of this game and never talked to each other then in the end somebody blindly stitched them together into this calico tapestry of a game.

If I’m not playing any games this weekend, I’ll be sleeping.

What about you, folks? Any gaming plans this weekend?

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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.

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Dude’s Chronicles 7-12-2018: On The Nightshift

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I’ve worked a split week of midnight and daylight shifts. Maybe, just maybe I’m not coherent at this point.

Entertainment

  • Blade Runner 2049 – I couldn’t sleep so I watched this again… and again… and again… and again…
  • Atomic Blonde – Ok, I know it’s not what I want it to be but it is something I can watch without paying attention to so that I can drift into sleep. This is what this movie has become for me.
  • Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee – I’ve been watching old episodes as a prelude to the new episodes. However, my aforementioned work schedule has left me in a daze. I’m not exactly sure if I watched a new episode or an old one. >>>Sleep deprivation does weird things.
  • Get Smart – … The Steve Carell version. It was a fun to watch having been a fan of the original show. Yes, I’ve seen it but it was in re-runs. Still, it was a unique show. This movie didn’t cement a series but it was entertaining.
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth – The Brandon Fraser version. It’s solid fun to watch.
  • The Unlikely Herocast: Episode 4 – Chuck finished the edit. Hear when he used to like Hollow Knight.

Games

  • Black Ops 2 – I played the game because I owned it and PSPlus was giving away Black Ops 3.  Yeah, it’s like that. Having played the original Black Ops at release, this game was ok. It wasn’t good but it wasn’t bad.
  • Black Ops 3 – I haven’t finished it yet but it is dumb. I’m committed to finishing it but I don’t expect much.
  • XCOM 2 – Chuck mentioned that The War of the Chosen was on sale via PSN so I bought it. As much as I needed a break from this game I’ve already started a new play-through. Apparently I hate myself yet love this game..

News

  • Warframe on Switch – Having played this game on Xbox One, PS4 and PC I am left to wonder how well this will work on Switch. There were noticeable differences in the graphics, framerate, and controls between all three platforms. There can be a lot going on on-screen at any given point and I’m not sure how the Switch will handle that. I may never know since I don’t own or plan to buy a Switch but if you do then you should look forward to this game.
  • Nathan Drake is lucky – So does this mean his enemy we super unlucky? This just seems like a silly way to try to explain away the bullet damage mechanic. I have a more plausible one – it’s a video game, that they work.
  • “Even now, the amount of people who play Skyrim seven years later; millions of people every month are playing that game. That’s why we keep releasing it. If you want us to stop releasing it, stop buying it.” – Todd Howard saying this in an interview with GamesIndustry.biz is hilariously true.

Closing Arguments

I’m just concentrating on sleep at this point.

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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.

It’s the Freakin’ Weekend! What are You Playing?

Friday! Video games! Let’s talk!

Brad is still out and miss him. Let’s all wish him well.

Hopefully the holiday was good for all. It was way too hot in my part of the world to do much. It was probably above 90 by noon. I stayed indoors all day and listened to the fireworks since I didn’t even try to go outside to see them.

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I finished the game! XCOM 2 is finally in the finished pile! It was a long, arduous journey but I made it.  There were at least three separate occasions when I thought the game was over, expected to see the final cutscene, only to have it throw more at me to do. The final mission was likely the most stressful part of the game. No spoilers but if you get towards the end, make sure all your best soldiers are healed and available, just saying.

The War of the Chosen DLC was on sale in the PlayStation store and I purchased it. I will not be playing it for some time, however. That last mission took a lot out of my mental capacity as far as gaming goes and I’d like to play something different before diving into another play-through.

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At about two hours long, this game was a nice little introduction to what is coming in Life is Strange 2. It is much like the other Life is Strange games not only with its graphics and controls but also the story. Since it is so short I won’t go into any details but would encourage anyone to play it. After all, it is very short and free.

What better way to step away from XCOM 2 than to play a Call of Duty campaign, right? I figured these two games will be nothing like each other and so far I’m right. I’ve never played CoD BLOPS since the original was first released and the third game is currently free on PSPlus so somehow my warped mind put together that I should pull my PS3 out of storage and play BLOPS 2. Yeah, I don’t get it either but that’s what I’m doing.

What about you, folks? Any gaming plans this weekend?

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Dude’s Chronicles 7-5-2018: The Heat is Too Hot

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On top of the daunting heat, going back to work after a Wednesday holiday felt like a second Monday.

Entertainment

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi – This is a bad movie. I’ve watched it several times to find something to redeem it and there is nothing. I say this as a Star Wars fan.
  • Hellboy II: The Golden Army – I just needed something to watch after The Last Jedi and I wanted it to be something I enjoy.
  • Luke Cage: Season 2 – I could not finish it without falling asleep so I just picked up where I woke up and watched what was left. This was not a good season. It was slow and the plot was bad. Don’t bother watching it would be my recommendation.
  • The Unlikely Herocast: Episode 4 – Chuck and I spent some time on the 4th of July to talk about our games we’ve been playing this year. He’s editing it but I’ll add a link when he is done.

Games

  • XCOM 2 – Aaaaanndddd….It’s finished. That last mission was a real motherfucker and proves the game loves to make you hate it by making you hate yourself for playing it. The some DLC is on sale so I bought it but I need a break from this game.
  • The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit – It was a short game but served as a nice setup piece as intended. It looks and feels like Life is Strange, that about all there is to say. The game itself gave me some technical issues with my screen resolution, that was frustrating.

News

  • Twitch Prime – Amazon is giving out 21 games this mont and some of them are relatively new. Make sure you go get them if you are a Prime member.
  • Twitch bans – In an effort to clean up the toxicity that is too abundant on Twitch, they have given 30 day bans to a couple streamer due to their conduct. Good on Twitch for this but this is just a drop in the bucket. Journey of a thousand steps, hopefully.
  • There isn’t much new this week and that might be due to the holiday.

Closing Arguments

With XCOM 2 finished I’m looking into my backlog for what to play next since there is anything releasing soon that I am interested in. To that point, I’ve hooked my PS3 back up. It’s a weird move but there are a couple games that I own for it that I never played. Rather than go buy games for the PC or current consoles I’m stepping back a console. The only problem is I still don’t know which one I want to play, argh.

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It’s the Freakin’ Weekend! What are You Playing?

Friday! Video games! Let’s talk!

Brad is taking a break and I was super busy last week but this week… I’m here for ya. Hi, how are you? Come here often?

Leading into a mid-week holiday is a weird place to be. Holiday stuff on the weekend? Or just weekend stuff then holiday stuff on the actual holiday? Either way all good.

I’ll be doing some family stuff on Saturday which will be an all day affair. That means no video games until Sunday this weekend. Oh, the sadness.

If you follow anything I say or do, first of all – thank you, you’ll be familiar with the love/hate/hate/love relationship I am having with XCOM2. I’m probably about twenty hours into it and I just don’t know when it will end. Even though I’m enjoying the game and have hit a certain stride with the combat, the slowdown or lull in the story is starting to bring me down. It just isn’t developing anything story wise that feels meaningful. The game has become a circular pattern of go do a mission, get some more stuff, do one objective, get some more stuff, go do a mission and so forth. I really want to know what the end of the game is here. I’m not sure if I’ll want to buy the DLC for this game or not yet.

Not only can the game’s RNG be unforgiving the glitches don’t help. The game is over two years old and still has problems. I can live with the framerate drops since is a slower paced game but I hit a glitch that was uncomfortable. The NPC’s at my base failed to render and the only audio I had during missions was footsteps and gunshots. That feeling of abandonment hit me and I was sad. Yet, I persevered and successfully save scummed through a mission to restore these things but man, what a way to go about things. Maybe the game isn’t in the forefront, or never was, but it was very unsettling to play through this game this way. Still, I plan to continue putting time into it.

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If, and I mean if, I get any additional time this weekend I want to check out The Awesome Adventures of Captain Sprit. With it being a lead into the next Life Is Strange game it certainly has my attention but given my obligations and plans for this weekend combined with Life Is Strange 2 not releasing until September this may get the old back burner treatment. However, I hate to do that because then I’ll either forget about it or just not play it and I don’t want that to happen.

What about you, folks? Any gaming plans this weekend?

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Dude’s Chronicles 6-28-2018: Only In My Streams

Quickly I remembered that is easier to downstream content rather than upstream it.

Entertainment

  • Westworld – What is the number for Bull Shit? I’d like to call them to discuss this finale. It Inception and combined it with Dollhouse but only used the bad parts. Did not enjoy, will not recommend.
  • Transformers: The Last Knight – Oh god, please let this be the last movie they make. Please cancel that Bumble Bee movie.
  • Baywatch – Way better than Transformers: The Last Knight but that is a pretty low bar. I didn’t expect much out of this movie and I think I got what I expected. It leaned into making fun of itself and was self-aware of doing. Please don’t take this as an endorsement or support for a sequel.
  • Luke Cage: Season 2 – I haven’t been able to finish it because I keep falling asleep while watching it. That tells you how dull the show is. I’ve gotten to a point where I think I’m in the late game of the season and things are starting to play out but it is failing to make me care what happens. I just want to see the end and have it be over with. This show bums me out because the soundtrack is fantastic.
  • The Unlikely Herocast: Episode 3 – Chuck and I sat down for another podcast. Brad and Omar couldn’t join us but we look to have them back as soon as they are available. You can listen to Chuck question my movie choices here.

Games

  • XCOM 2 – The more I play the more I wonder how much is left. Every time I hit the point when I think it is a turning point to the finish it feels like it is just leading me down another street to yet another turn. Still into it but I feel like it needs to crescendo and start wrapping up.

News

  • Cross-play – Microsoft and Nintendo seem to be ganging up on Sony. Not that they don’t deserve it and not that they shouldn’t continue.
  • Sony’s cross-play problem – They’ve at least admitted they are evaluating what they need to do to satisfy their customers’ and business needs. Still, don’t expect anything in the near future.
  • PS Now downloads? – It is still a rumor and until Sony makes it official take it as such. It would be a great move to make the service more like Game Pass since people with “not great” Internet service would then be able to make use of the service. It would even be better if it makes PS3 games playable on PS4. It would be even be betterer if it made PS3 games playable outside of subscribing to the service, say for those of us that own the game on disc or digitally. Just a thought.
  • PUBG drops lawsuit against Fortnite – Wait… PUBG didn’t invent the battle royale mode??? I think this one just got put away because PUBG had a weak claim and if they wanted to pursue this against Fortnite then they would be obligated to sue every battle royale style game. It also could have been a backroom deal since PUBG and EPIC are sort of partners.
  • Fortnite patch – One of the biggies in this patch is the edit mode. The change is that panels being edit are now no longer see-through. It never even crossed my mind how much of a competitive advantage this was for a good builder and completely explains some of the things I’ve seen in matches. Applause for this simple but fantastic change.
  • Atari Box “fake news” claim – LOL. Maybe it’s not a good idea to call someone out for making up news that has a recording to prove that you said what they wrote. Either way, that Atari Box looks like a hot mess.

Closing Arguments

A few weeks ago I was streaming fairly regularly. Then I hit some technical snags. Then I hit a vacation snag. Then I hit a laziness snag. After all of that I fixed the technical issues(isolator on the audio input if you need to know). After that I wasn’t on vacation anymore. Finally I got over being lazy.

So this was going to be the return to streaming. Nobody watched me before so no trumpets were needed. Since I’m trying to finish up XCOM2 I decided to stream that. This was the point when the game went mental on me and stopped my stream. Look at the picture at the beginning of this post. See something wrong? Something missing? There is supposed to be an NPC there. They were straight up gone. Not only this particular one but all of the ones in my base. On top of it, no voice over audio. The base was silent and if I started a mission I could only hear gunshots and footsteps. This game had f’d me over yet again.

I tried various fixes but ultimately cancelled my stream without fanfare. I tried everything from loading different saves, quitting and restarting the game, loading different saves after restarting the game, restarting my console, loading different saves after restarting, restarting then trying one save, restarting then trying a different save, etc., etc., etc.. Nothing.

As a last ditch effort, I loaded my last save and started my next mission. It was weird hearing nothing but footsteps and gunshots for the entire playtime. Especially since it was layered on top of the normal frustration that is XCOM2. I save scummed once, still no improvement on the audio front, but I managed to successfully complete the mission. Upon returning to my base… huzzah! Everything was back to normal with full audio and NPC’s.

This is yet another moment where I gain a little bit more respect for content creators because problems like these can completely derail them. Not only does your setup have to be technically sound you have to deal with the games themselves glitching out. I wonder how a pro-streamer would have dealt with this situation? Would you power through it and take the audience along with you on this garbage ride? Would you jump to another game and get it back to working? Would it just depend on how you do your content? Would you just throw your hands up in the air and curse the Gods of XCOM?

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Dude’s Chronicles 6-21-2018: That Work Vibe

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Who else is excited about having more work to do at your job than you can possibly get done but everybody still keeps giving you more? I knew you all were. Nice.

Entertainment

  • Westworld – It was certainly a more interesting episode but it didn’t grab me in anyway. By trying to keep you guessing it felt predictable. The only thing that really stood out for me was the exploration of the backstory of Billy’s wife. Then they sort of ruined it for me with what it paid into.
  • Bladerunner 2049 – Still a cool movie.

Games

  • XCOM 2 – There was a day that this game damn near broke me and I was ready to give up on it. I was trying to play one mission and about 6 times in a row I found myself screwed to the point I had to restart. Eventually I gave up for the evening but came back to it the next day and was able to pass through a few missions, that made me feel ok with the game again.

News

  • PlayStation Hits – Want some good games cheap? Sure, Sony is bringing back some of the current era hits at the $20 price. Looking at the line up I already own all the games I would be interested in.
  • Sony’s cross-play probably – Bottom line, Sony has to do something. Either they have to let it happen or they have to come out and say why they won’t allow it. It’s proven that it is not a technical problem at this point and the fact that they only disallow cross-play between certain platforms is almost insulting. A former Sony executive came out saying that it is strictly a money problem but I disagree. If it is all about keeping money within the Sony pipeline then that would mean Sony is not evaluating the fact that the decision not to allow cross-play will push people away from Sony’s platform. Think about how much money Sony made from Microsoft’s bad messaging and stance at the beginning of this console era. Seems that we are in somewhat of a role reversal.
  • HitRecord and Ubisoft – This situation is kind of a mess. Ubisoft was trying to reach out and engage with their community as they are prone to do but this time it is not as well received. The fact that they want people to contribute assets with basically a gambler’s chance of getting paid just feels bad to me. If they were running a contest or telling people they are taking a select few to be paid would be one thing but to flat out tell people they can/may/will/potentially use any submitted work in a commercial product that they will make money on and not pay the creator is not in people’s best interest. This was a good public relations idea gone bad. Add to the fact that the marketing was delivered poorly and you’ve got the mess you’ve got.
  • Gaming addiction – Can people be addicted to gaming? I would think yes. Addiction is a complicated matter and should not be taken lightly. Please get help if you are an addict in any manner. With that said, this is being sensationalized by the media and people are firing back with things like “I read 20 hours a week, am I an addict?”. I’ll point back to addiction being complicated. If it becomes detrimental to your’s or other’s daily life then yes, again. But I’m not a doctor nor an expert in the matter. Just please take any addiction seriously. Get help if you need it. Help others get help if you can.

Closing Arguments

For those about to work, we salute you. After one week off I came back to a $#1%storm but that was totally expected. That hardcore vibe of ‘too-much-to-possibly-get-done’ just keeps rolling but that’s like that for a lot of people. Just got to suck it up and do it.

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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.