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R.I.P. Leonard Nimoy

February 27, 2015

Funny, ironically, of all the talented actors that have passed, this was the first time such news affected me emotionally. I didn’t realize that I always assumed I would see him on screen again, even though I didn’t want any more Star Trek movies. In a sense, it isn’t the end of a life, but the end of an entire race. Far more so than will be the passing of Shatner, for me, this is truly the end of an era.

Evolve: 1.1 Patch for Xbox One – Live!

February 26, 2015


DamJessCommunity Manager

· Fixes issue on Xbox One with progress and save game data lost
· Fixes issue with shadows/flashlight on Xbox One
· Incremental improvements to matchmaking, invites, and rejoining on Xbox One
· Various progression balance changes
· Fixes issue where more than one class spawns, creating 5-man team

Leave us your impressions.

PSA: Better Call Saul, Now!

February 24, 2015

Bob_Odenkirk_by_Gage_SkidmoreThis is a spoiler-free  mid-season review.

Last night I watched the fourth episode, and I am still thinking about it.  It is possible that Better Call Saul is written with even greater skill than Breaking Bad.  Here is what I mean, for BCS, I truly couldn’t see where they could go with a spin-off that would make sense, or more importantly, be entertaining.  The writers are locked in to a certain future with their main character, who from the beginning isn’t anyone particularly special.  One figures he was just an ambulance chasing lawyer from the beginning.  You don’t give much thought to it.  The writers’ backward development of this character in BCS, however, is nothing short of phenomenal.  In a single episode, I go from fear, to belly laugh, to surprise, to awe, and back, and then forth again.  The characters are wacky, weird, funny, disgusting, and all completely believable.  The pacing is vintage Gilligan, as are the information-rich flashbacks and the ominous foreshadowing (this show is decidedly not for the impatient).  I am not saying that I like it more than I did Breaking Bad, and certainly not that it is objectively better.  It is however, in my opinion, more difficult to write.  Yet, the story flows effortlessly and as smooth as Baileys poured over ice.  Gilligan earned a spot among my favorite writers with his last series and with BCS, Bob Odenkirk is quickly becoming one of my favorite actors.



February 18, 2015

Every once in a while, Penny Arcade provides solid insight on some aspect of our hobby, this time it is on keeping abreast of gaming news:

I once suggested that we must consider Free To Play a genre, as opposed to merely a business model, because it warps product in such reliable ways. The same mutations occur mechanically, reproducibly, in what you might call the Internet News model. We must, as conscious beings, observe when we are told things that are strategically lathed not to inform us but to make us fight with one another. Tycho

…Just read Reddit. It’s where all these news sites get their stories so you might as well just cut out the middle man. When you see headlines like “How many people did John Wick kill? “You can beat the Order 1886 in five hours” or “Some guy solo’s Destiny’s hardest raid!” you can be sure that I already read those stories yesterday on Reddit. Not only that but I read them without the bullshit clickbait spin….

For me I actually made a big change to my bookmark bar a few weeks ago. I removed all the game news sites and replaced them with other stuff. I have quick links now to r/games, and r/gaming for general purpose game news. Then I have specific subreddits for the games I’m currently into. Right now it’s r/DestinyTheGame , r/monsterhunter , and r/hearthstone. The rest of my bookmarks now are just art sites that I like. I figure if I’m going to waste some time browsing the web it should be stuff that will inspire me or inform me rather than just piss me off. So now when I have some spare time I don’t go to Kotaku I go to Eat Sleep Draw. Instead of going to Polygon I go to Design Clever. I’ve had this new system for about a month now and I cannot tell you how much better I feel. Gabe

Following their example, I have moved most of the gaming “News” site links back into the main pile further below, and have replaced them at the top with the reddit threads.

Evolve – One week into the ‘World of Shear’

February 16, 2015

Evole imagesMetacritic has Evolve with a score of 75.  14 reviews with a high of 90 (by IGN – btw which was spot on) and some lows of 60.   Surprising there aren’t more reviews.  My guess is that a number of reviewers are waiting (in a similar manner to what they did with Destiny).   This is a new Genre of gaming, and it takes time to see what one really feels about a game like Evolve.    On the other hand, the user scores are pretty poor because in the public arena, as it has become the typical “love / hate thing”.    Many 10’s and many, many 0’s…. We can see this sort of polar divide in the blogs.   Haters are hating.  And many for all the wrong reasons.

So… I am a level 16 now, and have played enough where I can put down my “Week One review”.    First off, I feel any review of Evolve will need to be done in stages, because we are still figuring this out, as we are in uncharted territory here.  This is a game like none we’ve ever played.

New / Different isn’t always good (or bad), it is just different.  And this difference can either be sweet or sour in the beginning, but then can change to the polar opposite given time.  So where do I (we) stand after one week, and where do we see this going in terms of longevity?

Read more…

PSA: Evolve Servers are Resetting Players’ Levels

February 12, 2015

danger-will-robinson3Update: The much anticipated patch that prevents progression loss & fixes the shadow/lighting bug has gone live on XBL as of 7:45 P.M. PST.

It’s been confirmed by TRS that there is a bug/glitch with the 2K servers which are inadvertently resetting players’ levels & progression. MacMan (TRS’ Chris Ashton) gave an ETA of several weeks for the next consoles update/patch due to certification by the MS & Sony. Meanwhile, PC gamers will be getting their fix in a few days because they don’t have to go through that restrictive process.

Suns has already been reset once, but luckily he only lost one level of progression. Also, there’s a bug concerning the shadow & lighting system that will also be addressed along with the confirmation that the new mastery requirements (TRS lowered them because it took way too long to advance to the next level) did NOT get included with the Day One 3gb update. Sheesh, what happened to all of the polishing and bug fixing that was supposedly taking place since January after the game went gold?!?

Play Evolve at your own risk until the upcoming patch is released. There are many irate players posting that their levels have been reset on the official forums. Much of this is happening when you accept an invite into another game while your progression is still being calculated at the conclusion of the game that you’ve just played. So, in order to minimize the chance that you’ll be reset; wait until everything is finished calculated before quitting or accepting invites. The current server mess is on 2K’s side because they are hosting the dedicated servers. This specific issue isn’t necessarily TRS’ fault.  However, it’s terrible news nonetheless. Consider yourself warned.

Better Call Saul – Did Anyone Watch It?

February 9, 2015

EDIT: I plan on watching this when I get home between bath, supper, and the Evolve launch. Linking and spoiling inside the thread to follow shortly. Can’t wait for all of it. Wednesday National Holiday for the unutterable, indescribable win!


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