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Omar: I'll do what I can to help y'all. But, the game's out there, and it's play or get played. That simple.

Dennis 'Cutty' Wise: The game done changed...
Slim Charles: Game's the same, just got more fierce.

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The OT: Friday the 13th Weekend

May 24, 2017

rED is guaranteeing that The Blankman is going to play this more than anyone else. I will guarantee that watching The Blankman BEAM his game while he plays with randoms, who are by definition, unpredictable and stupid, may well be one of the greatest entertainment events of the year. It will be an actual horror event beyond the imaginations of John Carpenter and Sean Cunningham. There will be no acting involved. Be warned, however, to turn the volume down. In fact, feel free to turn it right off because no matter where you are, you will be able to hear him playing. You won’t even need to open your windows.

(The videos I have embedded here are some of the more informative and recent videos. The first step to surviving is “Know your enemy!”)

The OT: Destiny’s Child

May 18, 2017

“Nobody expected that Light could be taken away?!” Oh, noes!!!

I did not realize this until now. Nathan Fillion, of Firefly fame, is from Edmonton, Alberta. Being slightly older, I would have graduated university just before he started. I recognize the voices of both him and Gina Torres, also from Firefly, in the trailer below. And I can’t be sure, but I think I even hear Lance Reddick from The Wire. As it is the sequel of a widely embraced game, published by the loud, brash, and spendy Activision, Destiny 2 (official site) will almost certainly be the best seller of Autumn 2017. Xbox gamers get the delayed DLC version.

Several gamers that we love and respect, one of whom just recently had his nuts polished, swear by the multiplayer modes, including the 6 player co-op “Raids”. The art direction is sufficiently different from the original that I am being open-minded to the idea of playing it.

(Clever, aping Blade Runner in the thumbnail.)

22 (more) Minutes of Gameplay and Dev Interviews

NOTE: I edited one sentence because I believe Nathan et al were also in the original game, and I implied that they were not.

The OT: Privilege

May 12, 2017

The previous OT is getting pretty heavy and it is time to start a new one. First of all, I was right about James Harden. Within an hour of having arguably the worst game in his career (and honestly, I DID NOT KNOW THIS), he was seen with Ms. Jenner of K family fame, partying. It isn’t even possible that his mind wasn’t all on her from the night before, her finger stirring his brain. Witches. Actually, I might even have been doubly correct. He may well have deliberately thrown the game. He didn’t even attempt a shot for the first 18 minutes. Beyond WTF?!

And the greatest news in the NFL today is that the GOAT CQOAT (Cheating-est Quarterback Of All Time), Tom Brady, is going on the cover of Madden football. Love me some hubris.

This may be my favorite gif of the past 6 months. That is how I feel every time I get home from work.

And speaking of Zzzs, before grabbin’ some last night, I stopped by Cornie’s room to watch him play a round of Duel, and I had to pick my jaw up off the floor. Four straight brilliant goals followed by a breath-taking save from an end-to-end rush. The opposition immediately forfeit and after Cornie texted “gg”, the reply was just “Wow!”. Taifu reached a new plateau in Rocket League and I know this because after the round, he didn’t even save it. Like that happens every time he plays now. Seriously, I can’t wait to watch him again. When we play doubles, I make my one pass about half way through the match, and then just tell him, with two guys between him and the goal, “Ok, just put it in.”

Lastly, I am now old enough that I can exercise the privilege of claiming that 95% of the young generation’s music is unoriginal, unendurable garbage. I watched a trailer for Home Again and at the end Just What I Needed by The Cars busted in and blew my mind, and I was reminded once again that I need to say that.

The OT: Blade Runner 2049

May 8, 2017

Warner Bros Pictures just released the official trailer. Several things strike me about it, but I want to preface this article with “It could ultimately be a huge disappointment.” I am aware of this and this is not a hype piece. Prometheus, the sequel to my other favorite Ridley Scott movie, was very different from what I was hoping for, but I didn’t not like it. I bought the BluRay. It is possible, I think, that it will age well. I plan on rewatching it soon. It may be the same with the sequel for Blade Runner. To state the obvious, the bar for any sequel for Alien (or Aliens) and Blade Runner is so high, the original movies have so profoundly influenced all science fiction in all media since, that it is really unfair to expect something as good, let alone better. I think the best way to anticipate the sequels is to hope that they are fresh and unique experiences in the universes of the originals.

Having said that, as someone so interested in the originals, somehow I forgot that Blade Runner was set in 2019. That is two years from now. In some ways, our technology has surpassed that shown in the film; in most ways, it has not. We are “behind”, but with that, we are also ahead. I am glad it doesn’t rain 24/7 in Los Angeles, and that Harrison Ford is not actually a replicant hunter but just an actor who is in almost all of my favorite films, in all my favorite roles.

There must be thousands of pages written about the artistic excellence and influence of the film. I probably read less than 10 books in my high school years. Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, was one of them. And I can no longer recall with any confidence which it is that I did first, read the book or watch the movie. Regardless, I cannot think of a better imagining of that story. At this point, I still have only watched about 10 seconds of the trailer for the sequel. In fact, that brief cut of the massive hologram, the blue-haired woman, was so impressive, I had to stop and go back. When I clicked play to resume, I could only get as far as the “Atari” sign, boldly declaring that we are looking at an alternate universe to our own, a 2049 that won’t be, but was possible had things since 1982 turned out differently. I was and still am almost overcome with emotion, and I had to stop watching and start writing this post.

So now, with my initial caveat, and knowing that Ridley Scott is only an executive producer (which may end up being for the benefit of the film), I will go back to the trailer. After that, I will almost certainly be ordering the BluRay of The Final Cut. I am speechless.

Fixing Windows 10 Boot Error 0xc00000f

May 6, 2017

This is an emergency post. My main computer was down all winter because the boot file for Windows 10 got corrupted somehow (error code 0xc00000f) and after several repair tries using a System Repair disc that I made, I finally gave up and set it aside until the weather got warmer (and I had more patience to try again). Following the steps from this article via the comments from this YouTube, I was able to fix it in just a few minutes. First, however, you need an appropriate System Repair disc because it will require using Command Prompt from the disc. Those are easy to make from any Windows 10 machine (just make sure you match the bit, 32 or 64 – my machines are all 64bit). Anyway, this had to be written somewhere, even just for my own reference. Absolutely unconscionable that Microsoft doesn’t provide that info on their official help forums/sites.

The OT: The Son

May 5, 2017

Right around the time Johann was born, with the release of Rare’s Goldeneye, it became a hope of mine that I would be able to play full four-player split-screen just with my own progeny. That dream came true and then some, though I am in the waning years of that experience. So it is that now, every time I jump on, one of my favorite things to do is ask Zos how Ethan is. I’ve been there and it is an exciting time, raisin’ a young boy. There isn’t a detail I don’t find interesting and I am vicariously thoroughly enjoying this stage in Zos’ parenting. Learning this week that the Rocket League Racers will be released in June, I wonder to what extent Ethan’s collection of Hot Wheels will grow, including these familiar, yet alien machines for those universal and ageless orange tracks of speed, daring, and destruction.

Anyway, it is time to start a new thread, and this morning I came across a trailer on AMC’s new series called The Son. Anyone seen it? Art of the Title has interviewed the creators and written an article on the opening titles, which are truly a work of cinematic editing art. The trailer for the series is on YouTube, here.


April 26, 2017

I am Gandalf standing at the bridge of Khazad-dum, “Thou shalt not pass!”


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