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The Weekly OT #6

July 11, 2016

Last week, it was all about Kevin Durant. I wonder what will get our attention this week.

Rare will have a Art of Sea of Thieves event at ComCon. I look forward to any tidbits that we might get from that event. In the meantime, this is a great theme song, “We Shall Sail Together”.

Table 19 gives me a huge Breakfast Club vibe, which is a good thing.

Oh, and there is Noah’s Ark, now open for viewing.

Nintendo is now aiding and abetting. I must not laugh; I must not laugh.

And finally, Frankie Saves Private Newb. The most exciting news for me is that all the servers are at 60Hz. This is a good watch for those interested in the game. I wasn’t able to anticipate BF4 in the same way that I can BF1 because I didn’t have plans for buying a One at launch, and I didn’t want to play the stunted 360 version. This time, with the community enthusiasm and the mechanical and game design changes, I can really look forward to putting a BF game back on the menu.

  1. Herandar permalink
    July 11, 2016 8:50 am

    Not entirely sure 60 Hz BF4 thing is true for consoles. The Xbox One doesn’t quite have the chops to handle the higher tick rate servers info load. I’ll verify later, but I think all the XO alpha servers are 45 Hz. Wonder if the Slim would handle better.

    • July 11, 2016 3:19 pm

      Well, considering that the tick rate for BF4 on launch was under 15 (and sometimes 5?! I think), 45 is still a heap better than it was. Thanks for keeping us posted on this.

  2. July 12, 2016 3:14 pm

    Loot Crates coming to RL, will not affect existing item system. Purely premium cosmetic only items.

    And yes, I will prob end up buying too many of these.

    • July 12, 2016 4:14 pm

      Their implementation of it, with a toggle switch, sounds like it is a good as it could possibly be!

  3. July 12, 2016 4:31 pm

    New Character for Overwatch: Ana

    And a new Public Test Environment for PC games with tweaks to all classes that will be brought to consoles soon.
    Her Background (YouTube 2:40 long).
    Her Abilities (YouTube 1:10 long).
    Overwatch Central’s overview (YouTube).

  4. July 12, 2016 6:04 pm

    Just a heads-up. I have changed the blog settings to allow comments only 2 levels deep. This will mean we sometimes need to reference the comment we are replying to, but it will also mean that we don’t get these narrow comments that go three pages long and basically bury other interesting discussions.

    And, I am looking forward to seeing this.

  5. July 13, 2016 1:03 pm

    Draymond Green takes his kickboxing talents out of the basketball court. His apologies for real life stuff are starting to sound exactly the same as his basket ball stuff. 😮

    Adam Silver basically one-two punches the Warriors by stating repeatedly that superteams are not the way the league should be. Also stating the new “Hack-a-Shaq” rule which the Warriors used extensively during the playoffs.

    As for Noah’s Ark I think it’s hilarious that one of the most controversial topics in the bible was built as a christian theme park. I mean what better way to celebrate the mass murder of all living beings except the select few, than to pay $40, take pictures of mannequins and dine in comfortably in a hundred million dollar structure, while it takes you back to the biblical stories of everything around you drowning!

    I wonder if it makes money will someone in the mesopotamian region build the Epic of Gilgamesh’s Ark to counter it. 😛

  6. July 13, 2016 4:20 pm

    Hey, Green’s actions caught up with him on the court, they will catch up with him in real life. I called it then, I am calling it now. EDIT: He will either change or he will slip up so big that it has considerable consequences.

    The Warriors are by no means a done deal for the Championship next year. The entire bench that saved their asses so many times, especially in the playoffs, is gone. Until now, Curry has played less minutes per game than most superstars because they could rotate him on and off. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if he has to play more minutes and gets injured because of it. They traded, what, 6 proven effective, highly compatible players for Durant? (I haven’t checked stats or rosters for exact numbers.) Even as a fan, I have no confidence in this brand new team until after they have won some difficult series in the playoffs, where they will be properly tested for the first time.

    As for Noah’s Ark, there is just one thing I will point out. The story itself (regardless of truth or degree of truth) makes it very clear that those who were lost in the flood (not including the animals, of which none suffered extinction) were utterly evil*. Furthermore, until it started to flood and the doors had to be closed, they had a chance to help out, or build their own boat, and save their own lives.

    *”The end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth is filled with violence through them… the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” NKJV

    So, to those who want to be saved from evil, Noah’s Ark is a story of mercy, love, and great salvation.

    What I find fascinating about this theme park (all potential money-grabbing and hypocrisy aside), is that they were actually able to replicate the ship, and the thing is massive enough to get the job done (at least for the local species). None of the pictures in the books I was read as a boy did the ship any justice. The thing is massive!

    • July 14, 2016 8:18 am

      Not sure about the bench. I heard Curry saying the same thing. It did save them on some games, then on others they overused their starters even if they were shooting poorly.

      I think it helps them because a lot of them were shooters that needed touches while in rotation to be effective. Otherwise they might as well not be in the team if your starters are taking all the shots.

      They need defense. That’s what the Bulls did, they brought guys who played defense on the bench. You can never have too much defense.


      About Noah, justified purging or not, my point still is that the emphasis is all about creating a huge attraction rather than speaking of the horrors of such a purge.

      I mean of course from a believer standpoint you will see it as love, mercy and salvation. However justified or not, there was a great horror in that story with every living thing dying.

      In the Epic of Gilgamesh the tale is personified differently as it was the collective of gods that decided to purge with a flood, and one of them showed mercy and told a select few.

      Then afterwards these two gods have a debate about it, and if it was disproportionate punishment. Which they concluded it was, and immortalized the hero and his wife who built the ark.

      This tale predates the Torah and it’s interesting how evil is interpreted through Christanism. How Yahweh’s action can be unquestionably justified. The same god that brings death, simultaneosly brings salvation, etc.

      From the outside looking in is interesting how this all is perceived, just like the Ark.

    • July 14, 2016 4:22 pm

      Defense. I hadn’t thought about that, but if your bench is really strong on defense, then while your offensively strong starters are taking a rest, the game remains close. If the bench is defensively weak, then this huge gap opens up every time the starters rest. Makes complete sense. Still cannot forget (and as you have reminded me in past comments) how that lame (literally) ass Manning got another Superbowl so definitively, simply because the defense did all the work!

      Regarding the different perspectives, through long discussions with my ex-pat friend in Japan observing all the same events/stories etc., I have come to realize that it is like a switch is flipped, and suddenly, for example, everything in the world is a glass half-full, instead of a glass half-empty. Even if one said that for Christians the state of the light was “off”, then I would say, “but then it enables me to see clearly in the dark”. Interesting. If one views the world as all dark and full of evil, then I see God’s love and grace everywhere. If people say the world is fundamentally good, with a select few doing bad things, then I say that we are all sinners and need of repentance.

      Aside from the attributes of God that people will cite to argue justification, there is “eternal” life after death, which by definition means that this life we live now (which is later judged), isn’t even the blink of an eye. This is a less talked about reason Christians can cope with genocide then or even now, of “His will” or not. This life is not insignificant, but it is by no means all significant.

  7. July 13, 2016 5:32 pm

    Haha! This is just fun. I will forever now revert to my original pronunciation of OObisoft, as it is the correct version…for those in Quebec, wherein lie their headquarters. YouBeSoft is fine too, but I will use, OObisoft without fear of having mispronounced it.

  8. Herandar permalink
    July 14, 2016 8:58 am

    Xbox One BF1 closed alpha servers are 30 hz, not 45.

  9. July 14, 2016 4:28 pm

    Here is a MUST-watch video on Sea of Thieves where they discuss the death mechanic. Brilliant, and completely consistent within the pirate theme.

    Here’s the link to the original article.

  10. Herandar permalink
    July 15, 2016 12:58 pm

    Except, of course, you won’t be able to talk to anyone that isn’t in your party. Parties ruin these games attempts at forcing socialization.

    • July 15, 2016 6:41 pm

      Yes, “forcing” is the key word because people by their awful behavior ruin the opportunities for socialization outside of parties. Back in the early days of Xbox Original and the 360, I tried on numerous occasions to open myself up to the greater world, but it was so bad (the worst is the crying babies in the background, but the racism, etc. etc. gets pretty bad too), I eventually decided I would rather not communicate than have to endure that stuff. So, it has been party or nothing for me.

      Since then, the “mute all” feature is found in most games, just a toggle away from sanity. Perhaps I need to give the great “Outdoors” another try. Playing Rocket League and even Overwatch, with their text message system, along with silent “gesturing” available to all creative gamers, has shown me that that is about all we need. The only thing we can’t do easily is tell our teammates that there is someone flanking them.

    • July 15, 2016 7:47 pm

      It should be the goal of the developers to make gamers “want” to go game chat. By introducing mechanics that require player interaction/cooperation. The large majority of players I came across in DayZ, i would be in vent (or on skype) and would toggle to game chat to interact with players I came across.

      In general though, “game chat” is miserable across almost all other games. The “ghost ship” concept is very cool and interesting. They are trying to essentially soften the animosity between “rival” groups. The art style will also assist with this a lot.

      Hopefully there is some risk/reward however for dying (or at least getting defeated by a group). In these “persistent” online experience, no risk = stale game play with no motivation.

  11. July 15, 2016 7:47 pm

    PS: I’ll be online tonight, possibly just a bit late.

    • July 15, 2016 9:36 pm

      I won’t be on until after 4pm JST. Seminar in the afternoon.

    • July 16, 2016 3:29 pm

      I ended up hitting the sack early last night. How’s your day looking today (sunday JST)?

    • July 16, 2016 7:16 pm

      Suppose I got time for a drink.

      /McCree voice

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