Dude’s Chronicles 8-22-2019: It’s That Time

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The official return of the local college students is this weekend. However some of people in private housing have already return. With them they brought stupidity.

Entertainment

  • Nothing? Oh wait… Deadwood – HBO was free last weekend so I watched the Deadwood movie a few times. Definitely recommend. Other than the Utter situation… 9/5

Games

  • The Turing Test – The game came to a satisfying finish. It felt like the story was good where they left it and didn’t draw it out. I was happy to be done with the puzzles, they were starting to unnerve me just because that is all the game really is. If you like Portal… 4.75/5
  • Star Wars: Battlefront II – Hear me out before you roll your eyes at me. I wanted a game that I could just play and not be invested in. Having EA Access gives me access to this game so it’s not like I bought it again or anything like that. It’s about as good as I remember in that it is not terrible but it just should have been so much more. I’m only playing the campaign and not touching the on-line stuff.

News

  • Game Informer layoffs – Hope the very best for the people affected by this. The cut was pretty deep talking about half of the editing staff. Things haven’t been good for the parent company GameStop and this is clear sign that things have not gotten better.
  • Spelunky 2 delayed – No longer coming out this year but still no firm date. The original is still popular to this day and likely the fan base will be ok with the delay if they can plan on getting the same quality. I’ve never played this game but I’m fairly certain I own a copy on at least one platform. Maybe I should take this opportunity to try it.
  • Nintendo Switch replacements – If you bought one after July 17th that is. It boggles my mind that Nintendo is doing this even though there is absolutely no reason to other than a service to it fans. It’s almost impossible to imagine Microsoft or Sony doing this. The accountants would never let them.
  • PUBG console cross-play – Yet one more game that Sony is giving in to. It’s a small victory but I’ll take it. Makes me want to get back into the game but I’ll probably end up not.
  • Final Fantasy VIII release date – It’s crazy to me that it even has a date much less so soon. This was a game that has been taking so long when I saw it back in the new I assumed it was to announce a delay.
  • Insomniac Games acquired by Sony – The only part of this I’m not excited about is the studio only developing for Sony hardware. That seems to limit the scope too much and shows that Sony still resolves to have exclusives.

Closing Arguments

The college kids haven’t gotten any smarter over the summer. I was driving the correct direction on a one-way street when two college aged girls turn down the street in the other direction. If there had not been a turning lane they would have hit me head-on. As I wake this I see the driver isn’t even looking at the road but rather at her phone. She never even realized what she did!!!

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Dude’s Chronicles 8-15-2019: You Know I Don’t Know

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Hard to think that summer is so close to over. Kids have started going back to school but that also means that the kids will be back to the local college soon. The peace and calm was nice while it lasted.

Entertainment

  • LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: Avengers Reassembled!, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: Guardians of the Galaxy, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: Black Panther, LEGO DC Comics: Batman Be-Leaguered – Look… I like the LEGO movies and shows. Not ashamed to say it. They are simple, campy, and just fun to watch… 8/5
  • Sebastian Maiscalco: Why Would You Do That? I watched the Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee episode with this guy and I recognized him but couldn’t place from where. Then I watched his comedy special… and I still can’t place him. Regardless, funny guy…. 6/5

Games

  • The Division 2 – I decided to jump back in and play the added content. Let’s just say it didn’t do much for me. The story missions were mediocre and balance changes still don’t feel balanced. Pass… 2/5
  • The Turing Test – Since I have it via Game Pass I wanted to give it a go. It reminds me a lot of Portal and I am enjoying it. As much as I try to solve all the puzzles without looking them up there were a few that I just didn’t get and a couple that I clearly over-thought. Looking forward to more of this game.

News

  • Ninja’s Twitch channel – So apparently Twitch made a huge mistake of hosting a porn stream on Ninja’s old channel. This is failure and an affront to how Twitch conducts itself. First problem, using a dormant channel to promote other content while it’s idle? This has two sub problems: 1. they are using an “algorithm ” to determine what content to display? Not a very good algorithm since said content was in direct violation of Twitch’s terms of service. 2. The operator/broadcaster of said channel has no say in what, if anything, is broadcast? I’ll take a guess that Ninja wasn’t cool with anything being shown on his old channel much less what ended up on there. It concerns me because I have an underutilized channel on Twitch and now I feel like I have to worry about what people may see when they go there.. My channel is small enough that it probably warrant being used but think about all the other streamers out there. Problem two, kind of related to sub problem two, has this been happening all along or did they decide to turn use this feature on Ninja’s channel just because of all of the lurkers? Again, seems bad regardless. Makes moving to Mixer like a pretty good move.
  • Games from MS owned studios on other platforms – Even if it is only on a case-by-case basis it is a good move. MS has been taking the strategy of games above platform and this continues that stand.
  • No more exclusives for Quantic Dream – The company states that it will release all games multi-platform moving forward. Nice to say but let’s see ya do it.
  • Phil Spencer says game streaming is years away – So… not a Stadia fan, eh?
  • Saints Row 5  – NHQ Nordic swears Volition is working on the next installment of the series. After the last game I’m not sure how much I want this. The games were fun but felt played out. They’ll need to do some new stuff in this to get me interested.

Closing Arguments

On the plus side, to update last week pepper grinder story… I bought a new pepper grinder(which is pretty nice), I ended up buying a set that included a salt grinder. I new you all needed to know. However, I still don’t know what happened to the lost screw.

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Dude’s Chronicles 8-8-2019: Are You Ready…

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… for some football, of course. It’s hard to believe training camps are in full swing and pre-season games will be on. I’m still at that point where I am more excited about college than professional.

Entertainment

  • Nothing other than Giant Bomb stuff.

Games

  • Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus – Finished the game and people weren’t kidding about that game goes places. Overall I enjoyed it and would recommend it with the caveat of immediately turning down the difficulty.

News

  • Stadia at Gamescon – Goolge is taking to the convention to talk about the upcoming Stadia. I’m somewhat concerned at the reception that the last news event got and even more so how little to nothing has been seen since. I’m not sold on this technology but it will be interesting to see what else they have to say and show at this point.
  • Anthem Cataclysm – When I first saw the headline I though it was going to be about how badly the game is doing. Apparently there is still content coming… but who’s playing this game at this point?
  • Loot boxes – Rocket League is getting rid of them in favor of a direct pay system later this year. Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo are requiring the odds to disclosed in games by the end of 2020.  Small steps but progress nonetheless.

Closing Arguments

So my pepper grinder broke after many years of use. I’m okay about it breaking but I’m worried about where the screw went that fell out of it.

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Dude’s Chronicles 8-1-2019: Hot In The Kitchen

It wasn’t the prettiest damn thing you’ll ever see but it came out pretty damn good.

Entertainment

  • Another Life: Season 1 – I’ve only watched three episodes but I want too see more. That doesn’t say that it is great or I’m enthralled by it. Maybe I’ll get a for more episodes in and have more to say.

Games

  • Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus – After continuing to be frustrated with the gameplay I’ve dumbed the game down to it’s lowest level. I should feel ashamed for enjoying the story more than the shooting action but I don’t

News

  • Ninja breaks it off with Twitch – He just announced that he will stream exclusively on Mixer. The details as to why are uncertain but many are implicating that Microsoft paid him to do so. Regardless of why, even with Ninja Mixer has a long way to go until it gets the amount of streamers and people watching that Twitch has.
  • The Outer Worlds announced for Switch – Why is it still a big deal when a big game gets announced for Switch? Is it just because none of them game to the Wii or Wii U?

Closing Arguments

Maybe last weekend wasn’t the best time to be doing a bunch of work in the kitchen. On top of it being very hot and muggy outside I was running my range and oven for several hours in the midst of it. It was worth it though.

There still isn’t much going on the news front nor are there many new games coming out soon that I’m interested in. On top of that I’ve been rather been busy and haven’t been able to much time into a lot of things. As always, I’ll hope that I get some down time but I won’t count on 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.

Dude’s Chronicles 7-25-2019: Cooking Time

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I have no plans for the weekend.  Maybe I’ll make lasagna.

Entertainment

  • Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee: New 2019: Freshly Brewed – There were a few guests that I wasn’t familiar with but the show is funny enough regardless.
  • Death at  Funeral –  A morbid comedy that despite the talent level of the cast it just wasn’t very good.

Games

  • Wolfenstein: The New Order – Completed it and immediately moved on to the sequel.
  • Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus – I’m enjoying this game with one exception. I don’t like the weapon system in that I can’t seem to equip the weapons that I want. when I try to set guns that I want to switch between I end up dual wielding and it is not my intent to do so.

News

  • Sorry, still no news. There isn’t much going on in the gaming world and even less that I take much interest in. There was that Nintendo thing about fixing joy cons that are drifting.

Closing Arguments

Outside of a few chores and such that I need to do I really do have no plans and it feels phenomenal.

Chuck and I did record a podcast this week but, sadly, he has not posted it yet.

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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.

Wolfenstein: The New Order – Review

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I might be five years late to this game but damn was this good.

B.J. Blazkowicz is back and he’s at his old game of killing Nazis. In an alternate time line type of narrative, Blazkowicz is fighting for the Allies against the Nazis but things are not going well. He is part of a final assault to stop the Nazi war machine but things go poorly and Blazkowicz is gravely injured. Over the course of fourteen years, he has had time to heal but the Nazis have continued their campaign to take over the world. When Blazkowicz is ready to take action the world if very different from what he remembers but one thing remains the same… killing Nazis.

Things I Liked…

Playing on the Xbox One may not have been the ideal experience but I felt that overall the game ran well. I experienced zero technical issues but the game only looked okay, not great. The story was really what kept me playing. Seeing where they took the Blazkowicz character was interesting and made me invest my time in the game willingly. There are light puzzle elements that were a nice sidebar to the first-person bloodbath of the shooter side of the game.

Things I Disliked…

The biggest issue I had with the game was the combat and to say that for an FPS game is bad. It felt sloppy and over the top at times. The aiming was “not great” even after adjusting some of the controls. Some encounters in the game were more grueling than I was interested in dealing with. Scores of enemies come at you with a vengeance and ammo seemed more scare that it should have been. At times I was finding tons of health pack but I had no ammo to shoot with which was frustrating. At about 60% through the game I dumbed it down to easy just so I could get through it and finish the story.

When It’s All Said and Done…

The score I would give to this game is probably a three and a half out of five. The story was fun but the gameplay drug down the overall enjoyment of the game. Technically it was ok but it just didn’t do anything that stood out. The game’s story really “swung for the fence” at moments and I felt like it hit them well.

For me, the moment of the game came at the very end. When the credits started to roll and the music started I was floored. I picked up on the song about two lines into it and it felt like a perfect fit. How they turned a Chris Isaak song into a melancholy, downtrodden tune from a up-tempo  sad song was wonderful.

From the game – Melissa Hollick

From the album Forever Blue – Chris Isaak

 

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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.

Dude’s Chronicles 7-18-2019: Heating Up

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Nothing like a busy work week to make time fly, huh? Good thing it’s supposed to be about 100 degrees this weekend!

Entertainment

  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 5 – I had started watching this season of the show weeks if not months ago but fell off of it. After deciding to get back to it I’ve been enjoying it. Not that it is the best Marvel series but it does have it’s moments. Although I do question how this is the show that hasn’t been cancelled and the only reason that comes to mind is that Disney owns ABC thus directly owning the show whereas the Netflix shows were contract deals.
  • Supergirl: Season 3 – I finished the season and thought it was pretty good but I didn’t start the next season. As much I like the show I still felt like I needed to take a break and watch some other stuff.
  • Caddyshack – It’s a classic, of course I watched it again.

Games

  • State of Decay – I’ve been playing this game for some reason. It’s ok but I’m struggling with how it fails to teach you the basics of the playing the game. Having to refer FAQ’s and walkthroughs just to be able to play the game is kind of really bad. The game is fun to play outside of that problem but it really bums me out.
  • Wolfenstein: The New Order – I never played this game since it was released back in 2014 but with the hype of the new game coming I decided to play it since I had access to it via Xbox Game Pass. It really goes places but my level of patience forced me to dumb it down to easy in the last half of the game. I’m in the later stages of the game and will likely finish it soon.
  • Solitaire – Fuck this game. I’ll go play with real cards. The ads are just too much to even deal with. They played louder than the game play even after I moved the sound sliders in the game. The last straw was that even after I muted the game in Windows Sound Mixer the ads still played audio, AT FULL VOLUME! Done.

News

  • Sorry, no news. There isn’t much going on in the gaming world and even less that I take much interest in.

Closing Arguments

Since I was on-call last weekend I’m taking a long weekend this one. The boss man let me take off Monday so I’m going to enjoy it as much as I can.

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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.