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Happy Thanksgiving!

November 25, 2015

I borrowed the image from a post in a series of three (1, 2, 3 – 2007), on the “facts” of Thanksgiving.  Please note, we live in “interesting times” and I am not advocating for any position here, just remembering my heritage and being grateful to live in a safe, peaceful situation with more comforts than I can count, and more variety and better quality of food than most kings enjoyed even just 50 years ago.  May it be much more to all of us than just “Black Friday”.  To all of us, who are so not stranded, have a wonderful, blessed holiday!


And with that, they enter the record books

November 25, 2015

Breaking a record held since the 1948/49 season is special considering both the quality of teams that have come and gone in that time, and the caliber of the teams at this time, especially in the west. I find GSW particularly enjoyable to watch because they really do play as a team.  I never played team sports as a kid (hated letting others down), but I have had a chance to experience a plan coming together thanks to video games and our motley crew here.  Getting the win because we were well coordinated and selfless is always more enjoyable than when we win because we have a superstar on the team.  Anyway, regardless of who’s who or which teams are our favorites, there is no denying the Golden State Warriors are in the zone right now.  Congrats to them and all their fans.

Editor’s note:  At times like these, I wish I had the tools to move the OT conversation we had in a previous post, under this one.  Hit that link for vids, articles, and our discussion before the record was broken.


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Pure Pwnage Movie Trailer

November 23, 2015

Awesome, or jumped the shark?

Black Friday!

November 19, 2015

Black Friday people!  Just bought me some BF4 Premium.

Ah, I think I’ll have the Gnasher and some Gibs, and for dessert, I’ll have the M16 with the Pistol finish in my jungle suite.

Gears and BF4 are back on the menu!

Dodged two bullets this month (Halo 5 and SW:BF)!  Feel like I got out of jail for free.

Go Out On A High Note

November 19, 2015

Go Out On A High Note


We are occasionally ill-served by the One More Win policy; there are times when it compounds the shame and does not result in a reaffirmation of our victorious destiny. We will occasionally invoke the policy retroactively, even. There have been nights where the first round was so good, an exemplar, such a burning display of our martial vigor that we stop right then, immediately.

At like 9:30.

Penny Arcade sometimes hits it just right. That is exactly how many of us play Gears, which I have been playing almost nightly of late. I even tried the Latin American servers yesterday because the ping for the West Coast is breaching 200ms (I don’t understand it). Love that game. Anyway, PA also has their (positive) impressions up on the NXOE.

RS:S Open Beta Nov 25 – 29.

November 18, 2015

RSS Top Cause of Death Closed Beta

There’s something to look forward to for those of us who don’t have something new on the drive. I had an absolutely blast during the RS:S closed Beta, and I was surprised by my ability to “compete”. There are many changes to the game which are listed here with the Closed Beta Infograph here. Among other things, the difficulty for the AI will be increased greatly and the Bomber’s ridiculous blast damage will be incremental depending on proximity.

DIFFICULTY LEVEL: We’ve heightened the challenge for all difficulty levels

Normal: AI accuracy increased by 40%, damage increased by 5%.
Hard: AI accuracy at mid-range increased by about 20%, with quicker reaction times and a damage boost.
Realistic: Reaction time even faster. AI accuracy has been further improved based on distance and weapon used.

As mentioned in the Closed Beta Infographic, the completion percentage on Normal was 91%, Hard was 58%, and 19% for Realistic. This data is observed and balanced for 5 person teams, and we’re aiming for achieve 60%/30%/10%, respectively.

BOMBERS: Several updates to improve gameplay experience with Bombers.

Bomber movement outside of buildings has been limited to only one Bomber.
The damage curve for Bombers now diminishes the further away the player is from the source of the explosion. Explosions used to maximum damage no matter where you were in the damage radius.
Note: You can also use EMPs to disable the Bomber’s explosive device.
Teleport bug fixed.


Stand Alone: Zoolander 2

November 18, 2015


Any movie in which a certain famous “musician” (you will know who it is when you see him) is killed is bound to be fantastic!  I fear that the best jokes are in the trailer.  If, however, the dialogue is as good as it was in the original, we will still have plenty to see/hear.  Also, bonus, Kristen Wiig from The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is starring, hardly recognizable, looking more like Vanessa Williams than herself.


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