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The Weekly OT#42: Beam

February 26, 2017


Beam gets it’s own Weekly OT.  3rdGN got the Preview update tonight and was excited to try it out. From the computer upstairs, I watched him play RL on his Xbox downstairs, almost real time. At this point, the content/users is very limited, but the quality and near-simultaneous broadcast of the video stream makes it a very sexy alternative to Twitch.  It has the added benefit of working while appearing offline, if that kind of closeted exhibitionism is appealing. Beam is part of the Xbox OS, so the “app” is very slick, responsive, and single-click easy. Twitch will have to either up their game, or be beat at it shortly after it goes to all Xbox users (with automatic user account creation/addition). The difference really is that disparate. Beam Twitter.

The Weekly OT #41

February 24, 2017

I am assuming the Ultimate Edition of Evolve has all the Monsters/Hunters.  Great lineup!



And while I can respect the quality of the game, I cannot give it the DICE award over so many other games.  Really, awards and honors don’t mean a thing anymore, in any field.

The Weekly OT #40

February 16, 2017



Posting early in anticipation of a busy weekend.

An additional 2000 invites went out for Sea of Thieves this weekend – two sessions on Saturday: 11am-2pm PST, and 7-10pm PST. I am going to try for the early one because I won’t even be home until the second session is almost finished. 😦 More details on the Alpha as they become available. Let us know if you got in.


Stand Alone: Sea of Thieves Art

February 14, 2017


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The Weekly OT #39: The Comeback

February 11, 2017

I don’t usually give titles to the Weekly OT until the content of the discussion has evidenced a central theme, and even then, it is just to facilitate quick reference in the future. In this case, however, the timing and the need to give credit where it is due, is overwhelming.

In the 2016 season of sports we saw the Chicago Cubs comeback from a 3-1 game deficit in their Championship and World Series games. Previous to that, in basketball, both the Warriors and the Cavaliers came back from 3-1 deficits to take their Conference and Finals’ series respectively. Last weekend, continuing the trend (and this is only mentioning the sports of which I am familiar), the cheating-est team, The New England Patriots, made a comeback of such epic proportions (down 3-28 late in the 3rd) it actually served to ease the pain of the Seahawks loss a couple of years back.

So, it is common knowledge that when we are down in a match, shouting out “Remember Herandar!” “For Herandar!” or when there is no time, just “Herandar!” rallies the troops. It is the against-all-odds victory cry. It took a nudge from rED, however, to remember that there is a reason we cry that name out.

This is the comment and here is the video that started it all, that changed the world.

You called it Herandar. You did it! You put it on film, called it, and since then, dominoes.

Rallying cry, “Herandar!” is thy name.

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The Weekly OT #38

February 5, 2017

More free this week.

…with the release of Fallout Shelter as an Xbox Play Anywhere title for the Xbox One and Windows 10, players will now be able to share their progress between their console and their PC. Users will be able to seamlessly switch between the two versions, with their saves, progress, and achievements all shared between the Xbox One and Windows 10 version of the game.

In addition, as the game moved away from the touchscreens of smartphones, Bethesda has fully adapted Fallout Shelter to be played using the Xbox One controller.

The in-app purchases found in the mobile version of the game will still be present, though, allowing players to spend real money to speed up gameplay and gain access to unlockable items. However, most of the things that can be acquired in Fallout Shelter can be earned without having to resort to in-app purchases. Tech Times has doubled their price to $30 to watch the Superbowl on their site (outside North America), and since I am not very invested in the teams, I am going to forego the cost and just watch the highlights after the fact. I have to teach classes during the actual game, anyway, so it is not like I would be able to sit back with chips and suds and enjoy the ambiance.

The Weekly OT #37

January 28, 2017

The free games for February were just announced, and Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime is one of them. Unfortunately, the up-to-4 player coop is local only, so we won’t be able to play it together. However, it looks to be a fantastic couch party game requiring true co-operation between players. The soundtrack is fantastic (think BitTripRunner). One of the other free titles is Monkey Island 2:Special Edition (360) but I know before I try, it isn’t my kind of game.

This is ROTFLMAO (safe for work), so is THIS!

And for those who love the smell of napalm in the morning, there is this Kickstarter.

On the Silver Screen is Lowriders, think Boyz in the Hood for the Spanish speaking Americans.

Ghost Recon Wildlands, “The only way to stop death, is with a ghost“. I say, “The only way to stop regret, is to withhold one’s money.” You can register for the closed beta here. Unless you live in Japan in which case, “Sorry, registrations are not opened in your country”. Fine! I didn’t want to play your stupid game anyway. Seriously, I didn’t. They cured me with The Division.

Psyonix love you long time.

Frontier on Netflix. Did anyone watch A Series of Unfortunate Events? I tried to watch the first episode but found it so depressing, I switched to The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, for lighter viewing. At least there, Lizbet gets some revenge and has some happy moments.

Finally, there is Subnautica in Game Preview. I cannot believe how much I am struggling to just say no on this one. (EDIT: With further research, it would appear that framerate is really bad right now. Unknown Worlds, the developer, is working hard to optimize the game, but they are not there yet.)

And speaking of the sea, Rare is promising new, expanding content every month for the Alpha testers of Sea of Thieves. I have it all queued up to the good part for what will become available for the next test. The first couple of minutes (from the queue) is MUST LISTEN.

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