The Weekly OT #11: Gamescom 2016 and PC Gaming
I’ve had some fun playing PvZ:GW2. There are problems. The music is really limp, almost depressing; I think they decided to Zombify that of the original, so it basically is without any of its trademark cheery spunk. Also, some of the high-skill level characters have been nerfed, so if you are Plants, go with the Corn Cob guy, if Zombies, the Scientist with the warp-shotgun combo.
And, I came across a couple of outstanding podcasts:
From The Nerdist: Vince Gilligan this was recorded prior to release of the final eight episodes of Breaking Bad. It is a fantastic listen for fans of the show, or even those just interested in how entertaining TV is written.
From War College:
Annie Jacobsen, author of The Pentagon’s Brain: An Uncensored History of DARPA, America’s Top-Secret Military Research Agency (Amazon) is interviewed in DARPA brought us the internet – mind control could be next. And this interview with journalist Noga Tarnopolsky, almost as good, Surprising changes underway for Israel’s army, which provides fascinating insights into the culture and mindset of the Israelis.
Phelps’ achievements aside, THIS is my favorite news of the Olympics. And do you remember that Wide World of Sports intro back in the 70s? Someone wrote an entry in Wikipedia to tell us about Vinko Bogataj, the ski-jumper who was “the agony of defeat”. The age of information, is the thrill of victory.
And of course, The Get Down. Has anyone binged it yet? So much great TV on my plate,
I haven’t gotten to it yet. I just finished the sixth and final episode of the first season. It is simple, cliche, quite predictable, poorly edited, brash, sappy, sentimental, and I enjoyed pretty much every minute of it. The only time I really groaned, for real, was when three girls said “Oh, snap!”…in supposedly 1977. If I knew my music (and history) better, I might find a lot of other anachronisms, but ignorance is bliss. I can’t recommend it, but I can say that I thoroughly enjoyed almost everything about it, especially the music and the “creative process” involved in making it. I can also say this, try it. If you can enjoy the first episode, then you will enjoy the show. Indiewire has an interview and a review.
And if that isn’t enough for now, there is always Friday Links!