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Netflix Love

February 13, 2016
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It may or may not be good, but from Judd Apatow, of Freaks and Geeks and The 40-Year-Old Virgin fame, I am at least going to be giving this one a try (Feb 19).  And before and after that, we should be getting new  Better Call Saul (Feb 15) and Daredevil (Mar 18).  EDIT: Interview with Vince Gilligan.

Ark:SE Dimetrodon, Gallimimus, Dung Beetle & Split-screen Live Now

February 12, 2016

I have highlighted some of the more interesting changes with this patch, including a “serious performance update (~15%)”. Though, where applicable, this absolutely should be the new model for game development, I am still shocked with every drop of content and fix of bug. This isn’t just friendly developers with a listening ear. This is systematic patching with dinosaur-sized content drops. This is new territory for console gamers. I am downloading it as I type.

Patch 731
Hey Survivors!

We’re very excited to announce that the patch is now live! This will bring a heavy update to the Xbox One, including a plethora of content and mega optimization! The ARK will be joined by 3 new friends, many new items and of course the exciting multiplayer functionality, split-screen! We know this has been a highly requested feature from players and we’re stoked to allow you guys to unravel the mysteries of the ARK side by side with your friends and families!
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The Division – Enemy Factions trailer

February 9, 2016
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The Best Part of Superbowl 50

February 8, 2016
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The Bourne series sans Legacy are my favorite spy/action series of all time.  I have watched all of them many times, often even just to listen to the soundtrack in the background.  The announcement of Jason Bourne directed by Paul Greengrass starring Matt Damon, Julia Stiles was the highlight of Superbowl 50 for me.

As for the rest of the Superbowl, I learned beyond any doubt that defenses win championships.  Former quarterback Elway makes a huge admission to his own career, by getting wobbly-ball Manning out there and still taking the prize.  It didn’t help the Panthers in their case, that Mr. Newton was throwing less consistently than post-Superbowl-loss Colin Kaepernick.  The defensive pressure was unbelievable, but the clear opportunities that were over-thrown in the first half were all on Superman.  There was some wacky officiating that threw a random element into the game, too.

 

 

Battalion 1944

February 6, 2016
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The Kickstarter is already funded.  As far as I know, there will be only MPvs maps which explains why the development budget is so low.  I am not personally interested in this one, but I know that there are some CoD2 gamers here that cut their console teeth on that game, and that every CoD since was only a shadow of the greatness of that “original” back when.  Of particular interest to me, is the probable success of the development approach made possible by cross-platform middleware technology (in this case, UE4) and crowdfunding.

The Division: The Underground

February 4, 2016
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I am sure that Kenny has already seen this, and can probably answer my question.  Is this included with the game, or is this part of the Season’s Pass?  While predictable in design, the New York Underground infrastructure is an incredible engineering accomplishment, and for gameplay, atmospheric and compelling.  Looks good!

Prime Fish!

February 4, 2016
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Ark SabertoothSalmon

This game just keeps on giving.  For two weeks, I haven’t gone an evening without puttering around The Lodge of the Eternal Fire, not to be confused with Hell, and not yet official in name.  I have had a banging headache for two days now, and upon arrival home, have informed Cornie that “For sure tonight, I won’t be gaming with you.”  Yet within 10 minutes of dinner, because I just wanted to point out a few things, I find myself sitting down in front of my monitor (in the real world) – but in the world of Ark, I am mounting great beasts, harvesting entire forests & rock quarries, and taking on T-Rexes with just a rifle and a pike.

The waterfall near which we staked our claim, is now surrounded on three sides by (quick rendering) Behemoth Gates so that we can come in and go out from any direction.  Forget storage bins.  We will be building two “drive thru” vaults so that we can be fully encumbered and still unload Patches and Punch. We don’t have the floor plan all worked out, and even less of it agreed upon, but dang if I am not thinking about it right now as my head throbs.

Cornie wants an aviary, and I want a (large) room with a view – I am thinking fireplaces with dino gates opening over the edge of the cliff, to be opened and left open while we are on the island, and then closed tight when we leave.  I also want an Industrial Cooker for dyes and curry – I can’t wait to get back into the “kitchen”, the joy of cooking of which I discovered just before we started remodeling.  Cornie wants an Industrial Forge, and a Quetzalcoatlus to assist him in keeping it full.

So many projects, so much to do, and so little time in which to do it.  And when Cornie asks me for a pet, I can say “Sure!  Let’s go get one now. (It doesn’t cost me a dime, or piss on my rice mats.)  Whatever you want, Cornie.”  ;)

 

 

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