Dude’s Chronicles 11-1-2018: Better Not Good

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I’m just about done with my meds and I’m feeling better but still not good.

Entertainment

  • Big Mouth: Season 2 – It was funny but didn’t have the charm of the first season. It was still enjoyable.
  • Castlevania: Season 2 – This season was much longer then the first but just as good. I already want to watch it again.
  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – I’ve only watched the first couple of episodes but I’m having the same problem with it that I had with Orange is the New Black. The show is well produced and written but I find the main character to be so grating that I can barely stand it. I’ll likely keep watching the show but I don’t know that I’ll get to the point where I enjoy it, much like I never got to liking Orange is the New Black even after watching three seasons of it.

Games

  • Marvel’s Spider-Man – The DLC was not good. It was short but that wasn’t the problem. I didn’t like how the story progressed and felt the end was dissatisfying even with knowing it was setting up more DLC.
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 – I’m liking it but not loving it. The game looks very good even on my launch Xbox One. I have two main issues with the game, however. For one, the controls aren’t good. If you go to interact with something it doesn’t always work or it doesn’t seem to prompt correctly. The second problem is the fact that the game makes you travel back and forth across the map. This makes it feel like the game is not respecting my time. I can take in and enjoy the environment only so many times and when I end up in events, especially ambushes, that I don’t intend to be in makes it feel even worse. I can kind of work with that first problem but the second problem is bugging more.

News

  • Sorry but I haven’t been following much if any gaming news of late. All I’ve seen that I can remember is that Red Dead Redemption 2 made almost a billion dollars already but I don’t see that as big news because everybody knew the game was going to sell well.

Closing Arguments

Just as an antidote, I’ll share one of my most satisfying moment in RDR2 so far. It was just past dusk and I was trying to ride back to my camp for the evening. I went off the trail because there were men there threatening me and I just didn’t want to deal with them. I eventually found my way back to the trail but I saw what looked like light coming from somewhere in the forest. This intrigued me so I rode my horse closer. As I grew nearer I could see that it was men holding torches and I could hear them talking. Once I got relatively close, I could see that the men were wearing white robes and hoods. I’ll let you guess what they were talking about and planning to do. At this point I took it upon myself to toss a lit stick of dynamite into this group. Of about fifteen to twenty men, two of them survived. They started shooting at me but I quickly disposed of them with pistol.

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Dude’s Chronicles 10-25-2018: Off Sick

Not going to say much this week. Kind of sick and just trying to rest. We’ll catch up later.

But I will give you this…In an interview of John Goodman, Jeff Bridges, and Steve Buscemi, Goodman(I think) stated that a fan had stated a theory about The Big Lebowski to him. The theory was that Donny didn’t really exist. Rather that Donny was a figment of Walter’s imagination and The Dude was just playing along with him. Try watching the movie in this frame.

Closing Arguments

See you next time.

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Dude’s Chronicles 10-18-2018: Sad Destiny

Sometimes you shouldn’t look back.

Entertainment

  • DCU: Batman and Harley Quinn – It was an interesting tangent in the Batman line. No idea where or if it fits in as cannon but it was fun to watch.
  • Batman: Bad Blood – This was good and a recommended watch.
  • Batman vs. Two-Face – A campy animated film featuring the late Adam West. It was somewhat like watching the old tv show but better.
  • Avengers: Infinity War – I held off watching the movie because I felt slightly burnt out with the all the Marvel movies but this one was great. It only had a few slow moments but the paid off later. No spoilers but I did not think they would end it where they did.

Games

  • Marvel’s Spider-Man – So, I bought the DLC that starts coming out next week. Hopped back in just to make sure I still had a handle on what I was doing.
  • PUBG -Played a few more matches here and there but I found myself spectating as much as watching. I would play legitimately the best I could but had a better time after that just watching how the match played out.
  • Red Dead Redemption – Regrettably, I’ve maybe put 10-15 minutes into this game during the last week. There isn’t anything that grabbed me to make me feel like I should play more of this. It is looking more and more like I won’t be buying the sequel next week.

News

  • Star Citizen FOIP – I honestly thought this was a joke the first time I heard of it. Why would they be adding this feature instead of finishing the game? Can’t escape the feeling that this is more of a gag to draw attention more attention and sales than anything else. I hope I’m wrong.
  • PS5 rumors/news – Combine one of the Sony’s hire-ups talking finances into 2020 and a job posting for guiding a future campaign and there you have PS5 launch window rumors and guesses. Look, they’ve already been working on these consoles, if not the hardware itself but the ecosystems around it, but the new hardware isn’t likely to release until 2020 at the soonest. That would still make the PS4 a seven console and that was about as long as the last generation made it.
  • PS4 viral message – Hopefully you or nobody you know got hit with this but apparently somebody was sending an anonymous message that put PS4 into an infinite boot cycle. So, don’t talk to strangers…got it.

Closing Arguments

The talk of Destiny lately had me thinking about how much I played the original but didn’t play much of the sequel. What I didn’t realize was how much more I had played the original. This made me wonder why I didn’t stick with the sequel longer than I did and I can’t come up with an answer. I’ve even tried within the last month to play it again but just couldn’t get into it. Maybe I had my fill of that universe or just lost interest.

I’ll keep trying to get interested in Red Dead Redemption but I’m not sure how much more I’ll play.

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Dude’s Chronicles 10-11-2018: Surviving the Game?

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I survived IUP homecoming, mostly by laying on the couch sick all weekend. I sure do know how to live.

Entertainment

  • Destination Wedding – You can read my take on it here.
  • Ghostbusters: Answer the Call – The movie may have been more enjoyable if it had not been a reboot. The idea of throwing out the lore of the original films just didn’t sit well with me. If this movie had been set that these four ladies are taking over or picking up the work of the Ghostbusters I would have been ok with it. That might be a nostalgia problem for me though. I will say that Chris Hemsworth was worth watching and decidedly my favorite part of the film.
  • It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia – I’m caught up to the current season and it doesn’t feel as strong. I want to watch the first couple episodes again but I feel like they are trying too hard to be funny in the way they started out.

Games

  • Marvel’s Spider-Man – I got to that magically 100% completion and feel good about it with one exception. After finishing the my final Taskmaster, most of which I did not enjoy, I was dreading the Taskmaster fight but may have been the biggest let down of the game. When I fought Taskmaster earlier in the game he gave me a lot of problems and I failed multiple times. This why I was so dreadful of having to fight him again. However, this time he shows up, I stun and beat him up about three times, then a sequence starts where Spider-Man webs him to the ground and the fight is over. That played out in less than two minutes. It was like one of those game show moments where the contestant does all the work to get a chance to pick a door, the dramatic music plays, the contestant picks the door, the door opens and there is nothing there so they play that wah-wah fail music.
  • PUBG – I jumped back in for a few games on Xbox and it is noticeably better than last I played. The graphics look better and the controls are more responsive. I didn’t notice any frame drops which was great. I got to the top ten twice with 7th and 3rd place finishes.
  • Red Dead Redemption – I tried playing this on my PS3 some time ago but it kept crashing. The game was recently on sale via the Xbox Store for $10 so I bought it. With just over an hour of in-game time I am still very early in the game. So far, so good.

News

  • Borderlands 2 on PSVR – As curious as I am about VR and as much as I like Borderlands 1 & 2 this still doesn’t make me want to buy a VR kit.
  • Telltale – After cutting more staff they’ve made a deal with another studio to finish the last season of The Walking Dead game. I just cringe at how this has played out.
  • BLOPS 4 50GB Day One Patch – Remember when the PS4 launched and people thought it was crazy that a game on disc still installed 50GB to the hard drive? Ah, those were the days.
  • PSN Name Changes – Although I have no plans to change mine, it is good to see that Sony really has been listening but not communicating. The program will be in beta soon and launch in 2019. That means that they’ve probably been working on this for quite some time. Now that they’ve addressed name changes and cross-play can we get them to look into backwards compatibility? PS Now downloads for PS2 and PS4 are a good start but the fact that PS3 games are still streaming only is somewhat of an incomplete solution. The remasters are nice I’d like to play the games I already own.

Closing Arguments

No big plans other than football and games. Hoping to get into more Red Dead Redemption but we’ll see.

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Destination Wedding – Review

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Normally I don’t get into rom-com’s but I just wanted to watch something a little light-hearted and maybe this wasn’t what I should have or intended to watch but somehow, some way I enjoyed this.

The breakdown of this film is two people go to a wedding and hook up. Keanu Reeves plays the half-brother of the groom and Winona Ryder is the ex-fiancee of said brother. These two first run into each at the airport and the meeting is anything but romantic. The tension between the two is borderline annoying. They trade insults and judgements with each other ad nauseam. The characters play to each other almost to the point I wanted to turn off the movie.

However, Ryder and Reeves had an interesting chemistry that kept me watching. Why? I don’t know for sure because both characters came off as people that if I met them in real life I would put great distances between them and myself.  The conversations the two participate in are in the lines of the most absurd and pompous I’ve seen or heard in film. Yet, they are what kept me watching. Perhaps it was the play of the actors that made it worth watching rather than anything the film tried to do.

The end of the film felt predictable but rewarding in some manner. Not that the film was great in any way but it wasn’t bad either. The plot wasn’t the lead of the film, rather Ryder and Reeves worked well together and made the film enjoyable. It was good to see two actors that were able to compliment each other and make something dumb enjoyable.

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Shadow of the Tomb Raider – Review

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Unsurprising, that is about the best I can say for this game.

Lara Croft is once again on the trail of adventure. Trinity is still at large and trying to take over the world, again. This adventure takes Lara to South America to meet up with old and new friends and foes alike.

This is the third game in this reboot of the the series and unfortunately the story is just as mailed in as the first two. The setting may have changed but it is more of the same half-hearted and short-sheeted emotional misses that plagued the other games. Every attempt to make Lara empathetical falls short especially when she is then put into a scenario that the she must directly murder all in site.  Case in point, in the story a character close to Lara is reported dead and she then goes on a murderous rampage to avenge this person. Then when the person turns up alive the moment is summed up with a brief sigh and the game goes on. The emotional weight that should have been in this moment is poured onto the floor like water and trampled on giving no way to make Lara more relatable.

It is a shame that the story falls short when the game works well on a technical level. The environments are lush and beautiful even on an original PS4. Whether you are in the depths of the jungle or swimming underwater there is great detail in everything around you. The only issue on a technical level was that sometimes when trying to interact with an object as prompted it didn’t always work correctly. If you walk around a little bit and try again things would work.

The fact that this is the third entry of the series is what makes it disappointing. It seems that the first two games weren’t the building blocks they should have been. Shadow of the Tomb Raider comes off as a carbon copy of all the same issues that the first two games had. The aesthetics of the game do little to make up for the shortcomings of the characters. It’s fun to run around in the jungle and solve puzzles but in the end Lara Croft comes off a character that there is no reason to care about.  The attempts make a connection to Lara’s plight are poorly balanced against the moments when she mows down foes at will.

It’s an ok game but could have been much more. It was good enough that I got to over 80% completion but I also don’t feel any desire to replay this game again. This would be one of those games that if asked I would tell people it is worth playing but not buying, a great game to rent not to buy.

 

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Dude’s Chronicles 10-4-2018: The Homecoming

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Lock the door, it’s IUP Homecoming weekend.

Entertainment

  • College Football – There were some damn good games. Penn State had a chance to win but couldn’t pull it in. These Saturday games are much better than the professional games on Sunday, I don’t even want to talk about those games.
  • It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia – Into season eleven and enjoying it. The only times I don’t care for are when they redo previous episodes almost verbatim.

Games

  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider – Went back and cleaned up some of the side stuff and got over 80% completion but I feel no need to play any more of this game…ever.

News

  • No PSX in 2018 – Sony won’t hold it’s showcase event because, well…, they have nothing to show. Weird that Microsoft decided to have it’s public event after years of not.
  • Anthem to have match-making for raids – I know Bungie gets gruff for not having this in Destiny but I can speak from experience in The Division that it doesn’t necessarily work well. I tried on several occasions to match-make for an Incursion but was never able to complete one with the team that assembled. It’s a good option to have but beware.
  • Cyberpunk 2077 in 2019? – If you can believe a deleted Tweet from the Turkish publisher but this seems too ambitious.
  • Telltale – It seems that the skeleton crew got let go as well. This story just keeps getting worse.

Closing Arguments

Chuck and I did have a discussion this week. We talked about Telltale but apparently we may have to talk about them again.

With it being homecoming weekend I plan on leaving my apartment. The town becomes a stupid mess Friday night and doesn’t stop until Sunday.

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Paul Novak

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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.