Dude’s Chronicles 10-26-2017: I’d What?

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Truer words have never been said, please see the meme above. They made it about me after all.

Entertainment

  • Football – Penn State versus Ohio State. We are… Penn State. I root for the Big 10 in all of their games but I do have rankings. Penn State above all else, then whatever Big 10 team can upset the rankings, it gets complicated after that.
  • Twitch – King Macho is still a guy I follow and support. I gave him my Amazon Prime/Twitch support. He had a very solid stream for Warframe and I hope it bolsters him further. He did a crazy 24 hour grind to get achievements for viewers over and over and over and over…  24 hours of anything is hard, staying online and engaged is another. Props out to King Macho.
  • Sicario – Dang good movie. Worth a second watch and a second thought.

Games

  • South Park: The Fractured But Whole – At 8.5+ hours I am still enjoying the game. The Stick of Truth was a fan service and The Fractured But Whole is as well but it is substantially more. Not all of that substance is good but overall I still enjoy the game. The final verdict is still out until I ‘finish’ the game. I keep coming back to see what happens and someday I’ll finish the game.
  • Warframe – This is a better game than I give credit for even though I don’t know where it is going. I wanted to get the Archwing quest completed on PS4 but there was nobody playing and I needed a 10 wave completion in the quest line. That was the point when I thought the game was dead on PS4, only to realize my matchmaking was set to solo, yes… I’m an idiot. After I changed that I found that the game is very much alive on PS4 and other platforms. No, I didn’t get the quest finished. Refer to my South Park issue.

News

  • Metal Gear Survive – Gets a 2/2018 release date. I liked MGSV but without Kojima I’m not sure what to think of this game… whispers pachinko
  • PUBG – Vaulting… coming but blue zone more harsh. I like the changes they keep doing to tweak the game. However, I still haven’t got into the PC game as I am holding out for a console version. Once it hits Xbox, as I think it will in early access this year, I’ll be in but I don’t care to jump in just yet. It does interest me that they continue to make improvements to the game that will likely effect all platforms.
  • Bungie bans… for real??? – The PC version seems to have issues that the console version are unaccustomed to. Bans are being issued and both Bungie and players seem to be disagreeing if the are legit. Hopefully this gets sorted out and cheaters are ban-hammered whilst legit players are allowed to play. This is tough for any game to deal with, the PC platform seems to present it’s own challenges but for all I hope it gets sorted out(even though I stopped playing Destiny 2 on PS4 completely).
  • Kinect – RIP… two versions… no life(in games). So much potential, so little payoff. Where it succeeded was so far outside of it’s wheelhouse nobody even recognizes it.  Microsoft will probably keep reselling the tech behind it but the brand is dead. My favorite memory is this.

Closing Arguments

The Fractured But Whole is pretty good at 8.5 hours into it. I’ll probably get as many hours as possible into it while I’m on-call for work this weekend as I watch football. Life is about balance after all.

Ask me about 4k… wait… don’t… please, don’t….don’t. or a new laptop. I… I… can’t handle these questions… nor their answers.

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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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Video – Fortnite Battle Royale: The Path to #1

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I haven’t gotten much if any better at this game but I’m enjoying it nonetheless.

45th wasn’t my best but it hasn’t been my worst either.

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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.

Dude’s Chronicles 10-19-2017: Status Woe

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People think I’m a pessimist, I disagree. Decidedly though, I am not an optimist. I look around and see things as I see them. Never would I say I always see them correctly but I won’t say I am always wrong either.  Being a realist is what I try to be and to keep things in check. With the way things are in the world and in life that seems hard to do, I keep trying.

Entertainment

  • Football – Penn State was off. This week they face Michigan, go Penn State.
  • Zoolander 2 – Some sequels just don’t need to happen, this was one of them.

Games

  • Destiny 2 – Destiny free for over a week. See the News section.
  • Forza Motorsport 5 – I found that I had to stop playing this game completely. My driving in real life was becoming too aggressive. There were points when I was scaring myself, not that I really did anything bad but I had thoughts that ‘I could just pass on the inside of this corner, on the shoulder, maybe bump the car, drift to the outside of the next car…..’ Best just to leave this game behind before I did something stupid, still a fun game and I’ll probably go back to it.
  • South Park: The Fractured But Whole – I pre-ordered this game and picked it up on release day. It is installed but I haven’t played any of it yet. This upsets me since I was looking forward to this game but it is also making me savor the time that I will be able to play it. Sweet.

News

  • EA shutters Visceral – This is bad on several levels. First off, sadness for those out of jobs. Iron Galaxy has already offered openings in their Chicago and Orlando offices for these people to apply to, props to them and hopefully they can help out and other studios as well. Then there is the status of Dead Space. It’s been a while since Dead Space 3 and likely even longer, if ever, before we see Dead Space 4. Not being a fan of horror/scare games initially steered me away from these games but I enjoyed the entirety of the first two games and what I played of the third(…thinks about pulling out the PS3 to finish Dead Space 3…). The fact that EA wants to “re-evaluate the single player-focused Star Wars game” that Visceral was developing disturbs me. Speaking for myself, I want a single-player focused game. My interests are not in multi-player and the fact that EA pulled this game from Visceral for “re-tooling” or whatever they want to call it saddens me. Are they, and perhaps other publishers, only looking to develop games that have single-player, multi-player, and/or transaction-based purchases as to maximize profitability??? This may be why gamers have been so apt to support indies and this type of pursuit will continue the decline of games in the triple-A title realm. (Who else liked the Force Unleashed games? Asking for a friend.)
  • Destiny 2 prestige raid – It took all of 66 minutes for the ‘higher-level’ raid to be beaten.  Not that I think it should take 10+ hours to beat such a challenge, it seems to undermine the game’s design that its end-game content was  conquered so quickly.
  • Destiny 2 emote glitch – With a silly emote based on a Monty Python  sketch, people were able to find multiple exploits. I saw the like in the  original Destiny with sparrow glitches and it dismays me, but makes me laugh – uncomfortably, that it is still a thing.
  • PUBG no more live patches – Bluehole says there will be no more live patches until after the official 1.0 PC release of the game. This is still slated to happen before the end of the 2017 calendar year.  Personally, I think this will still happen and it will coincide with the Xbox One Early Access release of the game, but… I’ve been wrong before, after all I thought the iPad was going to be a flop.
  • IGN buys Humble Bundle – OK… I guess????? Having never bought anything via Humble Bundle I’m not familiar with them but I don’t see why IGN would invest in them. The fear is that at some point they will tie the Humble deals to the  IGN subscription service, I can only hope that I am wrong and that all the deals along with charity contributions will remain open to the general public.
  • Halo updates – Frankly, I love the Halo franchise. The fact that these games will be updated to coincide with the Xbox One X release doesn’t do much to get me excited. After what 343 Industries has done with the last two games, I just don’t have the interest in the franchise that I used to and that makes me sad. The wreck that was/is the Master Chief Collection still gets to me. I want the game to live on and see new games in the series but I just don’t see 343 as the proper caterer of it, yet I also recognize that they are the only caterer of it. Again, I want to be wrong or on the outside on this one so that the franchise will be good and successful despite what I think of what is happening with it.

Closing Arguments

Last week I spoke of changes, I’m still mulling these over. It’s been busy for me on several fronts and this blog has suffered for it. There is the desire to do better and I’m trying to determine how to do so. Do I commit to doing more here? Or do I commit to somewhere else? Things I did in the past where I did production stuff, video and audio, were satisfying to me in addition to contributing content. Not being the ‘main man’ is appealing to me and I like being part of a team that others contribute too. There is that desire to collaborate and converse on topics that still appeals to me. Maybe I need to find that area where I support others and work in a team. If anybody is looking for a dude please let me know. Otherwise, I just keep meandering as I am.

In the immediate, I’m going to try to play as much of South Park: The Fractured But Whole as possible this weekend but there is also so much football I want to watch.

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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.

Video – Fortnite Battle Royale

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Fortnite is still in early access and the horde mode is pay access but the Battle Royale is free.

I’m not big into the Battle Royale mechanics but I still had a good time playing the game and will likely play some more of it although I don’t know how much.

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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 10-12-2017: The One Where I Show Up Again

Back at it here again. My trip was fun but the crash back into work was rough and with no end in sight. Such is the way things are.

Entertainment

  • Football – Pretty sure my favorite team sucks without their quarterback.
  • The Tick –  The Patrick Warburton version still holds up. The only bad part about it was how they zoomed in on the 4:3 frame to get the 16:9 screen. It made everything pixelated and bad. Other than that I enjoyed it.

Games

  • Destiny 2 – Tried playing this game again and just got that dirty feeling within about ten minutes every time I tried.
  • Warframe – I’ve played some more of this game and I think I understand it even less. I’m trying to complete the quest to get an Archwing so I have and can do other mission but I’m lost even with following a guide. It would probably be a good idea on my part to sit down and figure this out a bit.
  • Forza Motorsport 5 – The only mistake I made with this game was trying to play it the night before my road trip. I decided to stop playing only because I tend to be aggressive in racing games and that probably isn’t the best mentality to have when you have about five hours of highway driving ahead of you the next day.
  • Fortnite Battle Royale – Well… oh my. I’ve not played PUBG but this game sure does look like it. I’ve never played the horde mode of the game and I think not knowing the mechanics is somewhat hindering me. However, I do have at least one kill and a top twenty finish, in separate games.

News

  • Big numbers – PUBG 2 million concurrent players. Fortnite Battle Royale 7 million total players. Think people like this game mode?
  • New Hitman content – Personally don’t like these games but I’ve enjoyed watching others play. Glad to see the studio able to keep going.

Closing Arguments

There are a few things I’m mulling over about this blog and other things I want to do. For now it will be status quo but…

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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 9-21-2017: The One Where I Messed Up

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It is a low goal to hit two posts a week and even with that I managed to f-it-up. Tuesday I was all set to post a review of Batman: The Telltale Series only to find that I had overwritten it and this was the only text in the post:

A familiar but refreshing take on a Batman story.

I had far more than that in the review. The blame is all mine and I know exactly what I did. There is no blaming WordPress, only my own stupidity. Before you ask, I overwrote it enough times that all of the previous revisions are no better. This is one of those moments when I hang my head in shame of myself.

Just in case I never re-write my review, I really liked Batman: The Telltale Series. I liked it enough that I want to play the sequel but I want to wait until all of the episodes are out.

Entertainment

  • Football – There were a lot of games this weekend that had me scratching my head. Jacksonville owns London, they really ought to move there.
  • GiantBomb – Congratulations on the chicken dinner you winner winners.  I actually stood up, clapping and cheering when it happened. If my neighbors didn’t already think I’m crazy, they have one more reason.
  • The Tick – After accidentally signing up for a trial of Amazon Prime I decided to make the most of it by watching The Tick. I started out with the new version that Amazon did and it was good. It had that campy/cartoony/stupid feel that I wanted. The only thing that disappointed me was how short it was. I was just getting really into it and then there were no more episode. However, I do see that they have the Patrick Warburton version as well. That will be a definite watch.

Games

  • Destiny 2 – Pretty sure I’ve had my fill of this game. After not playing it over the weekend I jumped back into see what the Faction Rallies was about. All I found was one more reason they added to grind. This is not what I want and I feel very disappointed. It is likely that I will keep hopping in and out f the game but I don’t feel the draw or dedication I did when playing the original. Frankly, I’m not even sure I’ll care or mind when any DLC comes out. That will be a judgement call at that time.
  • Warframe – My curiosity about this game re-peaked after SkillUp did a video on it. I had played it when the PS4 first launched since it was free and there were so few games.  The last time I played it was probably around a year ago and it was a completely different game. Going back to it now feels both familiar and foreign.  For whatever reason, I played it on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. The PS4 and PC versions are relatively close but there is a noticeable difference in the Xbox One version. It is not bad but the visual fidelity is not the same. I’ve been keeping myself mostly to the PC version so that I can get some use out of my PC for once and to try to get better with using a keyboard and mouse for gaming. I got out of it for years and… wow… am I uncoordinated.

News

  • Volition Layoffs – Anytime anybody loses their job I feel bad. Hearts out to those people and I hope they land on their feet. 30 out of 200 people is a significant cut. Perhaps Agents of Mayhem wasn’t the best idea.
  • Battlegrounds vs. Fortnite – This seems like one of those arguments that neither side is right about. I can see where Battlegrounds is upset about Fortnite ripping off the ascetics of their game, particularly the map. However, I don’t think they can lay much claim to the “battle royale” style combat that they stole from a movie. How they “accused” EPIC of impeding on them and I’m not sure I agree with that. How many third person shooters benefited from EPIC developing Gears of War? What better way to know how to optimize/upgrade a game engine than making a game in it? Could EPIC maybe not made Fortnite’s battle royale mode?  Sure, but how many other games are going or already trying to copy this? Then then there is the idea that Fortnite did straight up copy Battlegrounds in several ways.
  • MGSV free for PS+ in October? – This may put me back in a tailspin of gaming. I put 70+ hours into this game and didn’t get to what is the “true” ending. Still owning the disc version hasn’t got me back to it but that fact that I can download it and it will be right there…. I used to hate stealth games but I loved this game because, with exception, it gave you allowances to approach a situation any way you chose. There is so much of this  I applied to Horizon Zero Dawn. After looking at the situation I would decide to be stealthy or just outright murderous. Both felt very rewarding and made me think back to MGSV.
  • Atari console – Not sure what to think of this. Looks like a Steam Machine and likely to meet the same fate.
  • LawBreakers free to play weekend – When your game hits double digit player counts… yikes. After watching trailers and game play of this I just don’t have an interest. I never root for a game to fail but I don’t see a path that makes this game succeed. It is as though it was rushed to market and will have a hard road to recovery, if it ever does.

Closing Arguments

If you don’t hear from me next week please don’t worry. I’ll be taking a trip to see friends. If I can post I will but it will be from the road and from my phone.

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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 9-21-2017: The Heat is Hot

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It is September and we are in the midst of a heatwave. In this month alone we have probably had more 80+ degree days than in July and August combined.

Entertainment

  • Football – Soooo many good games yet sooooo many bad teams.  Just like in real life, there are the haves and the have-nots. The distance between the two are immeasurable.
  • GiantBomb – Watched bunch of their shows but the most weird one was just seeing the Fortnite Battle Royale mode. It looked like parts of it were straight out lifted from BattleGrounds. The art style made the game mode just look strange after watching so much BattleGrounds and the mechanics only stretched that further.

Games

  • Destiny 2 – The review is up even though I haven’t done a raid or a Nightfall strike. There just isn’t that driving need to do either of those events. I waited some time until doing them in the original and I don’t know that I even want to do them at all. There is still a desire to play but just in short hour-ish chunks and those higher level activities will likely take longer than that.

News

  • Steam reviews now have a graph – In an attempt to weigh reviews when there are bombs Steam now shows a graph of the number of reviews over time. Now if only people will pay attention to it and mind what it means is yet to be seen.
  • Fortnite crossplay – It was “accidental” that Xbox and PS4 players were matched against each other.
  • RIP Battleborn – Combine a mediocre game and let it get confused with Overwatch to see a game that never had a chance. Apparently the game will still be playable but updates will soon cease.

Closing Arguments

My pal Brad was kind enough to mention my Destiny 2 review over on his site. Go check out his post and all of the other links he put in it. Thanks again Brad, you’re an alright guy.

Football and games are going to be a nice change of pace after busting hump all week at work.  Ten hour days every day all week suck, that’s all I’ll say.

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Paul Novak

Owner, Proprietor, Typer of Words, Gamer, Jester

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.