Dude’s Chronicles 1-2-2020: End of an Era

First of all, Happy New Year.

Entertainment

  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – It wasn’t as terrible as some made it out to be but it also wasn’t good. It’s a very pretty but problematic movie.  The CGI is well done, for the most part, but seems to serve as a crutch. The plot seems nonsensical yet predictable. I would say it’s ok but you don’t have to rush out and see it. For barely giving a rise… 2.2/5

Games

  • Phoenix Point – I really wanted to like this game since I adore the XCOM series but it just didn’t work for me. The gameplay was good but all the other systems were just overly complicated. I gave up when I was trying to load a mission but it kept telling me that my weapons weren’t loaded without giving me any direction on how to do so.

News

  • Nothing – It’s the holidays and nobody was doing anything otherwise.

Closing Arguments

I decided to do this post because I’ve decided to end this blog. Not that it takes a lot of time to through up the one post a week I do but there is just little to no return on it. If it provided something more engaging or rewarding I would continue.

Therefore, unless there is some surprising groundswell of support, I’m shutting this place down effective immediately. It took a lot of thought and inward searching to make this decision but ultimately I think it is for the best.

I’m looking forward to a lot of things in 2020 and unfortunately this blog just isn’t one of them. If anybody is interested in collaborating or looking for some background assistance, feel free to reach out. To anybody reading this post or has ever read any of these posts, thank you.

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Dude’s Chronicles 12-19-2019: Merry Christmas

It’s almost that time. Ready or not, it’s coming.

Entertainment

  • A Very Murray Christmas – I’ve watched this every year since Netflix put it out. It still makes me laugh. Yes, I’ve watched it several times more.

Games

  • Destiny 2 – Not sure I’m liking the new season. Don’t much care for the event they built for this one. I like that you can get powerful gear but I don’t like that it is limited to two guns.

News

  • Xbox Series X – So much for the name being relevant to what the console is. Why name the new box almost the same as an existing box, Xbox One X? Are we to refer to these as Series boxes? Dumb name but I’m looking forward to hearing more about it.
  • PlanetSide Arena servers shutting down – If you did know PlanetSide had a battleroyale mode you better go see it quick since the servers will be shutdown on January 10th. It didn’t launch to much fanfare and did gain any afterwords. I forgot it even existed.

Closing Arguments

Um, I probably won’t do a post for the next two weeks unless I find some extra time. Or I could just end up doing them both regardless. But anyway…

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

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Dude’s Chronicles 12-12-2019: Done Shopping?

I hate to be the one to tell you this but there is less than two weeks until Christmas. Do with that information what you will.

Entertainment

  • A Very Murray Christmas – I’ve watched this every year since Netflix put it out. It still makes me laugh.
  • Shazam – Funny but still heartful. Maybe the best of the DC movies.

Games

  • Crackdown 3 – I started playing it to include it in my Game of the year post but I didn’t get to finish it. Not sure if I’m going to finish it out at this point. It’s not terrible but I don’t have any investment in the Crackdown series so I don’t know that I have enough interest to continue.
  • Game of the year – As stated, I did my annual post and you can find it here.

News

  • New Bioshock – Ok, realistically it’s pretty far away. Even if development did start in 2017 it will probably be 3-5 years before release. They had started and halted development once, therefore this could almost be like starting over.
  • Bayonetta and Vanquish – For $40 that’s a solid deal. I probably won’t take part in it since I have no affinity for Bayonetta but I did really, really like Vanquish. I just played it again this year after all.
  • Minecraft cross-play on PS4 – Why does this still have to be news? We shouldn’t have to be surprised or happy about cross-play at this point. It should just be a thing that we expect and happens.
  • MLB the Show will go cross-platform – Wait, there are people on other platforms that will buy the game? We can make even more money?
  • Resident Evil 3 remake – Unpopular opinion: I don’t care about any Resident Evil games. If people are exciting to throw money at playing a new version of a game they played years ago then more power to them. I’d hope this is more for the people that never got to play these games upon the original release and started with the series when the other remasters came out.
  • Dreams release date – Well, at least now I have a reason to look forward to Valentine’s Day. I’ll probably never play this game but I am super curious to see what other do with it.

Closing Arguments

I had a lot of personal obligations this last week, therefore I didn’t get to watch much or play many games. I’m not aware of any obligations for this weekend but I didn’t know about most of the stuff I got wrapped into last week until about a day before. Guess I’ll wait and see.

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Dude’s Chronicles 11-121-2019: Ready for Christmas?

Hope everybody had a great Thanksgiving. Hope you’re ready for the next holiday.

Entertainment

  • Stumptown – Seems like the show is tuning up a bit. I’m liking it better and it feels as if things are coming together and the show is establishing itself.
  • Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, Batwoman – I’m on record stating that these are not great shows but I still find them entertaining. The shows are about to do a cross-over event and I took the opportunity to catch up via Hulu. I’ve enjoyed my time and hope to see the event through.

Games

  • The Gardens Between – It is a short adventure/puzzle game. I was having fun with it even though I’m not good at puzzle games and had to look up most of the solutions. However, I had to leave about half way through the game and I thought it would set me at the menu where I could just select the next mission but upon loading the game my only option was to start a new game. I’m just not interested in doing that. For puzzling my why I had to start over… 2.3/5
  • Afterparty – A fun but short adventure game where you have to out party the devil. At only two hours long it was a good bit of fun and just about the right amount of it. For being the life of a quick party… 4.7/5
  • What Remains of Edith Finch – I had been wanting to play this game for some time and it was well worth it. It wasn’t very long but it was very good. Having the story bleed out while working my way through the environment was brilliant. For getting the most out of Edith… 4.9/5

News

  • Riot Games to pay out $10 million dollars – To settle the discrimination and harassment suit it was facing the company will dole out a bunch of money. You know what would be even better? Maybe changing culture so that these things don’t happen to begin with. Wishful thinking.
  • Star War: Battlefront 2 update – How is this the Star Wars game getting new content? I get that it is related to the movie but a newer, better Star Wars game just release last month. It just seems weird to release a new game in the universe then turn-around and dump content into another one. Why not delay Fallen Order, taking time to fix some of its issues, and release the Battlefront 2 content instead of both? Answer: $$$.
  • Control is then isn’t coming to Game Pass – You tease.

Closing Arguments

Thanksgiving was nice and quiet. Didn’t get a post up because well… me and just about everybody else had other things to do. It made me realize though that I need to seriously consider my Game of the Year post. Yikes! Guess I should get on that.

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Dude’s Chronicles 11-121-2019: HiThere…

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Don’t worry, I was just being lazy last week.

Entertainment

  • Stumptown – I still really want to like this show but it just seems like something is missing.  Not sure what it is I don’t care for about it but it is gnawing at me. However, I keep watching it.

Games

  • Destiny 2 – I’ve reached level 100in the current season and am still having fun playing it. That is a bit odd to say since it is a lather, rinse, repeat type of experience but nonetheless it’s a good time… for now.
  • Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order – I’d really be enjoying this game a lot more if A. the combat didn’t suck and B. the game didn’t run worth $#1&! I don’t like the combat system. That doesn’t mean that it is bad or broken, just I don’t like it. Even with trying to parry and dodge it doesn’t feel as responsive as the same moves in God of War. On a technical level, this game is garbage level. Load times are a joke. If I die I can walk to the kitchen, get a drink, walk back, and still not be respawned yet. Then there are the frame-rate issues. I’m playing on a launch Xbox One, so I didn’t expect greatness but yikes! This game constantly drops to a chop and perform like trash. There was already two patches and I hope another is coming just for the performance issues.

News

  • Xbox Game Pass – Getting everything from Halo: Reach to Yakuza just makes this service more impressive. I can’t help but think back to the Xbox One launch and how poorly it was handled to how different things are now. What if Phil Spencer had been in charge back then?
  • New Half-Life game – Sorry, it’s not Half- Life 3. It’s Half-Life Alyx and it’s a VR game. Not sure how well this will be recieved but people love the Half-Life, I happen to not be one of them. Good to see Valve working on games though.
  • New Mass Effect game – According to Bioware it’s in “early development’ and I take that to mean an actual game would be about 4-5 years away. Maybe in the meantime they can do those remasters of the original trilogy that everybody is always on about.

Closing Arguments

I was in training all week, which was good. Somehow I feel like getting back to work would be a good thing though.

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Dude’s Chronicles 11-7-2019: Working on the Weekend

Who wants to work with me this weekend?

Entertainment

  • She-Ra and the Princess of Power: Season 4 – The show picks back up from the last season but this one is much darker. It features a lot of infighting with the princess group and The Horde is winning more. It left on a cliff-hanger which I didn’t appreciate but it as still a good season.
  • Supergirl – I enjoy this show but I’m not as sure about this season. I’ll hold off judgement until I finish the season, which I have not.

Games

  • Destiny 2 – The Halloween event was fun for a while and I played a good bit of it but it did get repetitive. Kind of started to remind me why I fell off of Destiny 2 when I did. Time will tell how much more I keep playing.

News

  • Blizzard’s non-apology – From what I saw of it and know about the situation, it felt like a child saying ‘I’m sorry the vase is broken’ but not apologizing for breaking it. It didn’t feel like they were truly contrite nor are the committing to changing anything more forward. Feels bad overall.
  • Diablo 4 – Even with how poorly the PR train is going at Blizzard they are still making game announcements.  I loved Diablo 3 and even with my ire of Blizzard at the moment I completely am behind another one of these games and the early view looks pretty good.
  • Overwatch 2 – As someone who was heavy into Overwatch but has not even touched it in months, the idea of a new game is intriguing. The PVE and story is what interests me the most since the grind of PVP is what drove me away from the game in the first place.

Closing Arguments

I’ll be working a good part of the weekend and that is the only thing I have planned. Not exactly exciting.

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Dude’s Chronicles 10-31-2019: A Vue To A Kill

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Here we are again, been another week of dealing with stuff.

Entertainment

  • Stumptown – I really want to like this show but to this point I just don’t. It still feels like it is just isn’t pulling anything off. I’ve been waiting for them to flush some things out but even after five episode it feels like it isn’t.
  • Football – Had some other things going on so all I could fit in was the American football, both college and professional. No movies, no shows, just football and Giant Bomb stuff along with some Twitch. Just like last week.

Games

  • Destiny 2 – The Halloween even is going on right now and I’m enjoying it. I’ve weirdly back into after doing a hard out not long after launch. I think the fact that they made the guns more like original Destiny is appealing to me. After the current event I don’t know how much I’ll play but I’m curious to find out.
  • The Outer Worlds – I know I am only a handful of hours in to the game but I am not feeling it. The quest system feels bad. The map system is bad. The inventory system is bad. The upgrade system is bad. The humor and story seem good but it’s not good enough to make me want to play. Instead of playing more of this game I went back to Destiny 2.
  • Blair Witch – I got to chapter four and quit. Didn’t enjoy the game play or the story and the first combat encounter was so bad and dumb I just don’t want to play any more of it. Plus, I ran like garbage on my PC. I have an i7-4820 which has some age on it and is only quad-core but I have a Nividia 1080 and there was still tearing and frame drops. I tuned the game down to ‘medium’ settings from ‘high’ and from 60fps to 30fps but still had problems. Just did not enjoy my experience with the game.

News

  • PlayStation Vue cancelled – Sony is shuttering the service effective January 30, 2020. That means the service will go off-line after less than five years. There are many competitors to Vue that seem to be doing better. Personally, I have Hulu with Live TV and have no issues other than the price. Hopefully Vue’s cancellation is an isolated move by Sony and that all other divisions are doing well.
  • EA Games on Steam – After about seven years or so, EA will be selling games on the Steam store again. EA pushed Origin but I think the lack luster games of late are not helping it sell much on the PC. Getting in front of more buyer certainly can’t hurt sales. Don’t look for the entire EA catalog right away though. The first game to hit the store will be Star Wars: Jedi Fallen order and other titles will follow.

Closing Arguments

Not sure what I’m doing this weekend. Hoping that I can just kick back and do as little as possible. I’m on call for work next weekend so I just want to enjoy the time I do have this weekend. Suggestions welcomed on how to do nothing.

Also, thinking about buying Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC even though I own it on Xbox One. Love that game. Convince me not to buy it, I dare you.

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Dude’s Chronicles 10-24-2019: And… Stuff

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It was another week of work. It was another week of dealing. I was anther week. What did you do to handle it?

Entertainment

  • Football – Had some other things going on so all I could fit in was the American football, both college and professional. No movies, no shows, just football and Giant Bomb stuff along with some Twitch.

Games

  • Destiny 2 – I keep playing it but I’m trying to wind up as much stuff as I can before The Outer Worlds releases. There may be times when I come back to the game but I just don’t feel that it will be my main game moving forward. I finished the quest line to get the exotic bow not realizing it went in the heavy slot and not the special. Not that that is a problem just that I was kind of bummed out by it because that is not what I expected since all my other bows go in the special slot. This is what I get for not following the meta of Destiny 2 more closely but this is also what tells me I don’t need to make this my main game.
  • Life is Strange 2: Episode 4 – This has been out for a while but I didn’t have the chance to play it until now. Very sorry that I waited and very sorry that they are dragging this game out. I loved this episode and how hard the turns were in it but I also feel like this game should be over. Please take your time if the payoff is worth it but this speaks to why I don’ t like episodic games… I’m too impatient for a good thing.

News

  • Stadia wifi – Apparently Stadia won’t actually connect to Google’s data centers via wifi at launch. The idea that the direct connection would be the fastest experience seemed to make sense but now that Google says you have to have Chromecast Ultra instead it seems like a confirmation that this is either an alpha or beta period and that the service is ‘not ready for primetime’ yet. For what it cost to be a founder and see this early period I don’t feel that it is worth it but others may see it differently.
  • Fallout 76 Private Servers – For the low, low price of $99 per year you and your friends can have your very own private Fallout 76 server. The only thing that baffles me more than the audacity of Bethesda to charge this much for this is that people are still playing this game. Oh, plus it sounds like they are broken.
  • Delays!!! – Not only did The Last of Us Part II get delayed, so did three Ubisoft games. That makes February a bit lighter for releases but what about spring? I wasn’t excited about any of these games any way and I hope that these delays are just to make them better and add polish. TLOU2 had stated it would not launch with multiplayer and if this delay is just to add that mode I will be disheartened.

Closing Arguments

Plans? No, I don’t have plans for the weekend. I’ll try to kick back as much as I can. As I said, The Outer Worlds is my next game on my hit list and I hope to put as much time into it as possible outside of my football watching schedule. We’ll see how it goes.

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Dude’s Chronicles 10-17-2019: I’m Very Flu-id

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They say you can’t get the flu from the flu shot. I won’t argue but I will say you can get sick from it. I’ve been living proof of this for years.

Entertainment

  • Big Mouth: Season 3 – It seemed like a lot more of the same humor as in the first two seasons but it didn’t keep me watching. Not that I don’t want to go back and watch it but just not right away.
  • El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie – It was good but the show set such a high standard I just wanted more from it. Perhaps if they would have done a season rather than a movie they could have explored it more. It was a nice little trip down memory lane while still adding some more depth to the overall Breaking Bad story and characters. For not breaking Breaking Bad… 4.8/5

Games

  • Destiny 2 – Not a fan. The rehash of content is supposed to be a fan service of ‘hey, remember when we were first here? yeah, that was great.’ but it comes off to me as ‘hey, remember when we were first here and my ghost still sounded like Peter Dinklage?’. The new story isn’t doing much for me either but maybe the reuse of assets is outweighing everything else.

News

  • Destiny 2 Boost Pack – For $20 you can instantly gear up your guardians to 900 Light. Since they start out at $750 this doesn’t make a lot of sense. It makes even less sense to people like me that just paid $60 for the Shadowkeep expansion.
  • Blizzard vs well… everybody – People deleting accounts. People refusing to stream their games. More people getting fired or suspended. Boy things are really going great with all of this free press. Seriously, what a mess this has become. I almost think Blizzard would be better off just being quiet for awhile but coming up in two weeks they really can’t. Good luck PR people!

Closing Arguments

The flu shot came through for me again. I was sick all weekend and missed a day of work. I can always count on the flu shot to make me sick. Seriously considering not getting one next year and dealing with having to wear a respirator mask.

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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 10-10-2019: I Survived!

I made it through unscathed. Now I should be safe until next year.

Entertainment

  • Dave Chappelle: Sticks and Stones – As edgy as ever, Chappelle delivers yet another thought provoking show. He may offend a lot of people with his humor but I think he tells it in such a way as to make people think about it. Not that he is anything like Mel Brooks, this is the same way I think about Blazing Saddles. Make people laugh at something that is not right but make them think about it too. For still putting on a great show… 4.89/5.
  • Stomptown – After watching the first two episodes, I’m curious what they need to fix in this show. Other than having a female lead it seems like I’ve seen this character before. Army vet with PTSD and an alcohol problem that turns into a private investigator. Maybe it’s too early to tell but it just seems like the show is trying to do a bunch of stuff and just not landing any off it. I understand it is early on, however, I may not stick with it for long.

Games

  • Destiny 2 – Since it went “free-to-play” I decided to check it out again. I had played through the pre-expansion game on PS4 but for some unknown reason I wanted to see how a new player would experience the game so I started anew on Xbox One. It still plays a lot like the Destiny 2 I remember but it also feels different in a way that I can’t quite explain yet. One thing that unfortunately has remained us the terrible quest tracking system. At any given time I’m not sure what I should be doing much less how to go about it. I’ve finished the original and about

News

  • PS5 announcement – The holiday 2020 timeframe was pretty much the go to guess for the launch but Sony confirming makes it more solid since it probably now puts it into budget projections. I’m on the border of what I’m doing when the new consoles launch. I bought both Xbox and PS at launch last time but for how little I’m using my PS lately I’m not sure I’ll be doing the same next-gen. At least I have some time to see how things sort out.
  • PC release of Red Dead Redemption 2 – I would play this game again. I don’t want to buy it again but the idea of it on PC does intrigue me. It also crosses my mind, does this mean they may finally release the Red Dead Redemption on PC? I know Rockstar likes money, as do we all, and I bet this would sell a ton of copies.
  • Activision vs China vs Gamers vs Politics – I won’t deny that Activision is in a tough spot. I also won’t deny that they did not help themselves out any. In trying not to upset China, a very large gaming market, they have upset… well, just about everybody else it seems. The thing is though, we as gamers are still an under-culture. Proof to point, when it comes to the discussion of games and China, in the limited news reports I only see coverage about the NBA’s issues with China. Not that our opinion doesn’t matter and that we should not take action but be tempered in that we likely will not change the situation, though perhaps we can help it speak. It’s hard to accept that people anywhere are not free to express themselves, be it politically, personally, sexually, socially, or any in other way but the truth of the matter is that as much as we deny it censorship and suppression are still very real things in many parts of our world. Be good to each other. Slowly, but surely, the world can be a better place.

Closing Arguments

On a positive note, Chuck has gotten some of the material for The Unlikely Herocast uploaded. He did a special you should take a listen to here. If you’ve still got some time, he also uploaded two other episodes from some time back and can be found here.

As for myself, I’m looking forward to the sickness. That is… every year for the last 5-6 years I’ve been getting the flu shot and within a few days I am ill enough that I have to take time off of work. I won’t say it is the flu but I will say that I am ill after getting the shot. Why get the shot then? Well… I work in a healthcare environment and for patient safety reasons it has been mandated that employees, all of us, get the flu shot or wear a respirator mask(the paper cup over your mouth kind) for the entire flu season. I choose to get the flu shot and get sick. I could use the time off anyway.

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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.