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The FOD Scheduler, Timezones, Live Status

Netflix: Marseille

April 29, 2016
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Overwatch Free Open Beta – Choosing A Character

April 28, 2016
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By Blizzard’s own mouth, for better or worse, Overwatch takes much inspiration from Team Fortress 2 and almost every shooter dating back to Quake.  There will be a free, open beta to all Xbox Live Gold subscribers running from May 5th to May 9th.  For those who have interest in downloading and trying it, it will be helpful to have some idea which of the 21 characters, you should choose.  Embedded is a playlist with a brief video overview of each character.  Rather than watching all 21 videos in sequence, I suggest you open the Playlist in a new tab and scroll to the character that appeals to you.  Though I know almost nothing about any of them, I will be trying Symmetra (think Evolve’s Cabot Damage Amplifier that actually does damage on its own, with The Incredibles’ Violet Parr shield ability, AND sentries! LOL!), and Torbjörn (think TF2 Engie).  Check this place for the class-ification of, and links to, each of the characters.  Mercy is the main medic, though Symmetra is also in that group.  For rED and Zos, I suggest at least trying Tracer, who somehow can actually turn back time.  I still cannot get my head around that game mechanic.  For those who like beefier characters, I suggest Roadhog or Junkrat.

And if none of that turns you on, remember, Rocket League is only 20 bucks, and owned by most of us already!  Cornie and I are each working on uppin’ our respective games.

Cornie’s First Album Complete – Beginnings

April 26, 2016

Congratulations my little bodyguard. God bless you!

Ark:SE Mods Coming To PC and Xbox

April 23, 2016
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It would appear that, for the short term at least, PS4 gamers get the Ark game mode “Survival of the Fittest” and Xbox gamers get Community Mods. Under normal circumstances, if one were forced to choose, that would be the more desirable of the two choices. Unfortunately, “Survival of the Fittest” is so appealing to one member of my family that we darn near set up a PC to run it. I’ve no doubt that the stories that would come out of just one event would take hours to regale. It is my hope that Kenny is correct when he says the PS4 deal will just be some short timed-exclusive affair.

Cornie and I went back to it this week. Cornie tamed an Oviraptor to increase fertility among our domesticated dinos, and then he built a “Kibble Farm” where he has all the heavy egg-layers lined up on top of a metal ramp so their eggs roll down into one convenient spot for gathering. Next, he wants to tame a Catoroides, which is basically just a living, breathing, smithy so that he can take him on Quetzalcoatlus crafting trips.

And, we have started caving, to collect the artifacts to light up our sun-room, which looks incredible from the sky at nighttime. We haven’t even touched the water related gaming yet. The scope of this game continues to amaze me.


The Story Of Overwatch

April 21, 2016

For those interested in the history of First Person Shooters, or the game Overwatch. I will post part 2 and 3 in the comments when they go live.

The first digital comic, McCree: Train Hopper, was just released, too.

EDIT: GI also has a long article about creating the characters for the game.

And as a bonus for those not interested in Overwatch, I give you OT Jason Bourne!

UPDATE: Part 2 and 3 are up! THIS is gaming journalism! WOOT!

Rocket League Hoops April 26th!

April 20, 2016
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Free DLC with official NBA Flag Pack. (Thanks for the heads-up, Zos!)

It looks incredibly hard. And look at the “Goalie”!!! Bwahaahahahaha!

Gears 4 Beta Impressions Thread

April 16, 2016

Some of us were shocked by the direction that the developers are taking Gears 4 versus multiplayer (I, for one, got personal and did some name calling). For the record, because the core gameplay changed for each iteration, there was never any way that The Coalition was going to please everyone. By definition, what makes Gears 1 fans happy disappoints Gears 2 and Gears 3 fans, and vice versa. Many excellent improvements to Gears 1 were clearly evident in The Ultimate Edition. That is without a doubt, how The Coalition wanted to please, or at least placate, the Gears 1 fans. Having played 8+ days of it, they have done their job well enough. Thank you, Coalition. You already have my money.

Now, it is time to please the Gears 3 fans, I guess, and that is what Xbox gamers will be getting a glimpse at this Monday. Since it is free, I suspect most Xbox One owners will be at least trying it (“Christmas” noobs! WOOT!). It is a couple days early, but because there was a new video, I thought I would just create a thread for people to leave their thoughts once they have played it. I will be playing it as much as I can, and can stand (if it is unpleasant). The new gametype, Dodgeball, is a stroke of genius – Duh! Of course! – for the Gears Universe, and if the game mechanics and maps are enjoyable, it will make Gears 4 very appealing. If not, I am confident that the campaign will be everything that we have loved about the first four games.

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