Dude’s Chronicles 8-16-2018: Daze Like These

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Looking to take a day or two off just to unwind and forget about work for a bit. As rough as it has been it won’t be letting up any time soon.

Entertainment

  • Giant Bomb – I haven’t watched or listened to much of anything other than their content. It’s entertaining and makes me laugh consistently. Watching Alex Navarro play Mass Effect makes me want to play it again but I know what kind of a time sink that will be since I’ll end up trying to play through all of them again.

Games

  • XCOM – Just about finished with my play through on normal. As many times as I’ve said it, I really need a break from this game, I think now is the time I finally do it. I would hold true to that if I had anything else to play and had not just bought XCOM 2 on Steam.
  • Overwatch – Confirmed: Still good. Confirmed: Done after two rounds.

News

  • RIP Aretha Franklin – A tremendous talent and possibly one of the best voices of all time.
  • Bethesda sales policy – The company made some take down the sale of copy of The Evil Within 2 claiming that, even though it was unopened, cannot be sold as new. Counterpoint, a store would take it back as new if you have the receipt. This seems a litte too big brother of Bethesda.
  • Halo Infinite is Halo 6 – 343 Industries clarified that the game is in fact the sequel to Halo 5. I blame Apple for all these other companies that drop the numbers on names. It’s a functional way to inform people were it occurs in the series! Ugh, marketing.

Closing Arguments

Looking ahead we are about to get hit with a ton of games. I’ll have XCOM finished very soon and I’m not sure what I will move on to. I do have an extended weekend in the works so anything is fair game. So……….. more XCOM, right???

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Dude’s Chronicles 8-9-2018: Has Summer?

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We had about three days of sun and no rain. I was on call for two of them. Perfect summer.

Entertainment

  • Shameless – Having finished the eighth season I have to stick with the conclusion that it is trying too hard. The early seasons were edgy because of the situations the people were in, this season tried putting people in situations to make it feel edgy. Not the same effect and not nearly as entertaining. I still enjoyed the season but not as much as others. Spoiler – I did not like the toe scene, yuck.
  • Superbad – I can’t believe this movie is over ten years old. It still cracks me up. It was a good watch when I was feeling a bit down during my call time. Helped give me a laugh and pass some time.
  • Watchmen – This movie is entertaining still and leaves me with the feeling of missed potential every time I watch it.
  • Ex Machina – Having just watched it for the first time I feel like I’m missing something. The film made a big splash and had a huge buzz when it released but I found it middling at best. The themes were thoughtful and the production was well done but in the end it felt hollow.
  • Iliza Shlesinger: Elder Millennial – Funny but flawed. She had poignant things to say about women and men alike but I felt like she made a few large brush stroke comments that weren’t necessarily accurate. Saying that “every man knows…” can be funny but it can also be false. Speaking as a man, there are many things I don’t know and several of them were things she was stating that I do. Just my opinion though, I respect and embrace that there are two sides to every story.

Games

  • XCOM 2 – It’s over, I’ve completed the last mission of my second play through. The Chosen DLC adds a lot to the game but I’m disappointed that I never got to defeat the third Chosen. He kept attacking me during missions, including the finale, but the mission to finally defeat him never popped. I’m not sure if that is a glitch or I just didn’t hit the steps to get the mission.
  • Black Ops 3 – This campaign is directly the reason why Black Ops 4 doesn’t have a campaign. It was all over the place and in the end had nothing to offer. They are better off concentrating the on the things the game does good, which is not the story.
  • No Man’s Sky NEXT – I played this game at release and this update does nothing to get me back into it. I like that other people like it but it just doesn’t do anything for me.
  • Red Dead Redemption – I’ve never played this game but I own a PS3 copy and wanted to try it. Very quickly I see that this game doesn’t age well but what damned it for me was the technical issues. In less than two hours of game play it crashed four times. There are plenty of frustration points I have in life, I don’t need this game to be another one. Even with that said, I contemplate buying an Xbox 360 copy to play on my Xbox One via backwards compatibility.
  • XCOM – Failing at enjoying the games I just mentioned, I went back to a new old favorite.

News

  • Fortnite on Android – EPIC will be bypassing the Google Play store by only making the game available directly via an APK which makes sense at first but I wonder how many people will see that it is not in the store and just decide it is too much of a hassle to get it directly thus passing on the game? Probably won’t be significant but I think it will happen.
  • No Fallout 76 on Steam – When you know you are going to sell millions of copies of a game why share the revenue, right? Look for it to show up on Steam later after the initial release window because Steam has such a market share on pc game sales it seems foolish not to.
  • God of War Game+ – The mode will release later this month, meaning I will have a good excuse for telling people I’m playing this game again.
  • Let’s face it… it’s the calm before the storm in video games.

Closing Arguments

It has been an exhausting week at work. After being on call for the weekend it is even more exaggerated. At this point I just want to sit down, melt off the bad stuff, relax, and sleep. In a perfect world that would happen, this world ain’t perfect.

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Dude’s Chronicles 8-2-2018: Where Are Sun?

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Guess what it’s still doing? That’s right, it’s raining! But don’t work, the weekend will be nice since I’m on-call and can’t enjoy it.

Entertainment

  • Death Wish(2018) – I went into this not expecting much and I think it delivered on my expectations. Having seen the original and generally not liking remakes that is a good rating for me. The hardest part of the movie was to accept Bruce Willis as a doctor. He’s a great actor but a doctor is just not what comes to mind when I think of him.
  • Super Troopers 2 – Much like Anchorman 2, this was a sequel that I thought never should have been done… until I watched it. It was essentially a redo of the first one but it was still highly funny and entertaining.
  • Enemy – If I could give Jake Gyllenhaal any life and/or career advise it would be to make some more main stream movies and move away from these dark, moody, bizarre experience films. I just feel like he may not be in a good place personally and professionally if he continues to make these movies. This film was well produced but just came off as baffling in an uncomfortable way.
  • Supergirl – I really enjoy this somewhat campy show for reasons I can’t explain. Odd how I unexpectedly miss Calista Flockhart though.
  • Seth Rogen’s Hilarity for Charity – Funny guy and good to see him using it for charity. Some of the guest comedians weren’t so great but you can’t go against them too much if they are helping support a charity.
  • Shameless – I was immensely excited to see that Netflix had the eight season of the show. The excitement died down once I started watching. There is the sense that it is trying too hard to do the things that made it unique. I’ll definitely finish watching it but I hope it gets better but I’m not saying it’s bad.

Games

  • XCOM 2 – It’s over, I’ve completed the last mission of my second play through. The Chosen DLC adds a lot to the game but I’m disappointed that I never got to defeat the third Chosen. He kept attacking me during missions, including the finale, but the mission to finally defeat him never popped. I’m not sure if that is a glitch or I just didn’t hit the steps to get the mission.

News

  • EA Origin Access Premier – I subscribe to EA Access on Xbox One and I wish they would add this to Xbox. Even with that I am tempted to get it on PC. The only thing I question is that it is supposed to grant access to EA’s new games but the article I read stated that it will offer a 10% discount on digital purchases. Will this discount apply to in-game purchases? Will it apply to the non-EA games available in Origin?
  • Nintendo Switch sales – The system has sold 19.67 million units, which is about 6 million more than the Wii U. That is impressive since that Switch hasn’t been out that long.

Closing Arguments

Have a good Friday and enjoy the weekend!

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Dude’s Chronicles 7-26-2018: Upsize on the Rain

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Guess what we’re getting? More rain. It’s like it’s spring all over again.

Entertainment

  • Lost in Space: Season 1 – I thought this was good, not sure what some people had against this. The only issues I had with it was it felt  as if thought they pushed the plot too far, too fast just to get to the place they wanted to end the season on and I don’t care for where they left the last episode off at. Most of the season felt rushed but I still enjoyed it. The cliffhanger they ended on was less hopeful than I wanted although I see where they may be going with the plot I just wish they had done it differently.
  • Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – Hey, I like good bad movies.
  • The Hateful Eight – It felt like a Western version of Reservoir Dogs but not in a good or interesting way. Maybe I missed something but I don’t think I cared for this movie or at least not as much as I do Reservoir Dogs. There is the feeling that I should watch it again to see if I missed something but I lack the motivation to do so.
  • Blazing Saddles – Because it’s a classic and I love it. They can and will never be able to remake this film.
  • Saban’s Power Rangers – There not much to defend about this movie because it’s bad. The only reason I watched it was because I worked at a movie theatre when the 1995 movie released.  The two movies are equally bad in my mind but I would probably watch them again.

Games

  • XCOM 2 – I’ve probably put another 10 hours into this game and I don’t feel like I’m any closer to finishing it. The longer I play it feels as though the DLC is the equivalent of another game.
  • Overwatch – Breaking news… this game is still good. However, after playing two rounds I lose interest. Counter point, I did this play then quit scenario three days in a row.

News

  • Fortnite makes money – About $2 million a day just on the mobile. I’d like to make that in my life.
  • No Man’s Sky NEXT – The patch has people excited about it and if feel like Hello Games is committed to making the game what they wanted or could be. Personally, I still own a copy on the PS4 and ponder if I want to try it out.
  • Nintendo sues two ROM sites – It’s not that they don’t want people playing their old games, they just want to control they way it happens. It is also a legal maneuver to protect their rights to their IP.

Closing Arguments

This whole not sleeping thing is getting to be an issue. Losing track of days is a bigger problem when you think every day actually is Monday. Looking ahead, it almost doesn’t pay to get it straightened out since I’m on-call for work next weekend and that will just break it again. O’well, once more unto the break, once more, or close up the week with my mind dead.

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Dude’s Chronicles 7-19-2018: That July Rain

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You know what goes well together? I don’t but I know it’s not heat and rain showers. Yuck.

Entertainment

  • Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee – Rewatching the latest season has been good. The show is funny but also deep at times. It’s interesting to watch the inner-workings of two comedians.
  • Justice League – The first hour was a drag. The second hour was ok. Overall it felt like the DC Universe just wasn’t ready for this movie. There should have been more movies to set up the characters rather then cramming the almost every backstory into about thrity minutes. Better than Suicide Squad, worse than Batman vs. Superman.
  • Kingsman: Golden Circle – It was comparable to the first but seemed to feel a little bit more outlandish.  I’d watch it again.
  • Nathan Fillion’s Uncharted fan film – This was good. It felt almost exactly like what an Uncharted movie should be. The production value was not grade A but that is ok. It is doubtful that much if anything will come from this but here’s hoping.

Games

  • Black Ops 3 – I haven’t finished it yet because I can barely stand to play it. After about one mission I’ve reached my fill of the game.
  • XCOM 2 – The DLC completely changes the game. It also makes it much more frustrating and annoying at times. Fortunately it is just as much fun to play and that is what keeps you coming back.

News

  • Halo Infinite sans battle royale – Sounds like the popular new mode won’t be coming to the Halo series in the next game. Not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing. The game and franchise has seen it’s popularity decline and may need to do something to make players reinvest. I’d like to see the story get back on course myself.
  • New Xbox Hardware! – Calm down, people took Major Nelson blog the wrong way. There is no plan to show a new console, rather bundles and peripherals. What a tease, even if unintentional.
  • No, the other Cayde-6 – So, apparently Cayde-6 dies in the next Destiny expansion but his voice died in production. Nolan North took the role when Nathan Fillion was unavailable. <joke>I guess Peter Dinklage didn’t get a chance. </joke> Fillion seemed to be one of the staples of the game and also one of its biggest supporters. Hard to understand how he got left behind but game production has to stay on schedule and they just couldn’t wait for him. RIP.

Closing Arguments

It’s been a slow news week from what I see but then again I’m still struggling with sleep so that is still my priority.

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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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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.