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The Weekly OT #24

November 6, 2016

I got nothin’.

OK, I can’t just leave it at that.  Clippers had a solid game against the Spurs, as did the Lakers against the Warriors (LOL!)  The Warriors have a whole season to find their stride, and they may well do so.  In fact, it is better to go into the playoffs just reaching your peak, rather than exhausted and on the verge of injury as they did last year.  I am still hugely disappointed that it isn’t the same team as last year, trying to turn things around.  They got rid of such a great bench, Mo Buckets included, who went to the Clippers!

Also, there is the NES Classic, for 60 bucks.  Now, if they would just release a ColecoVision machine.  I wanna play BurgerTime.  DOH!  There is a whole series of “Flashback”consoles, all around 50 bucks.  Gamers win.

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  1. November 6, 2016 6:51 pm

    New expansion coming to Diablo 3. Includes remastered Diablo 1 (all content coming to XB1 as well).

    Kinda cool, but underwhelming given the pre-blizzcon hype. Was hoping to see a Diablo 2 remaster or Diablo 4.

  2. November 7, 2016 6:45 pm

    Nobody tell Blankman, but this sounds interesting and will definitely have me loading this game up:


    • November 7, 2016 7:31 pm

      Ha! I saw that Survival mode and immediately thought of you, but then when I read that it was a 2 hour limited round, I figured it wasn’t “free” or “hardcore” enough for Rust and Dayz lovers.

      I think, like Survival of the Fittest (Ark) that providing a beginning and end to these survival games is a great idea because there is no way I would want to put in much more than a couple of hours work only to lose it all. That is something I learned with Ark:SE PvP. It is simply too devastating, and those who have no real life commitments, win.

      I think Survival mode is pretty slick. In order to get people back in the game, they should release it free. I have more game than I can play right now.

    • November 7, 2016 9:39 pm

      I believe it is free, but not sure. I would say the avg lifespan in DayZ is around 2 hrs if you are playing on a populated server (less on a highly populated server). So I think the potential is still there. With DayZ, the heartbreak isn’t as strong as something like Rust or Ark where there is base building, and all sorts of other time sinks. If done right, this has potential to essentially be what the dark zone should have been. This is also assuming the whole map is available (as it sounds).

  3. November 7, 2016 11:46 pm

    It is not free, but I think you will have access to it because I think your double dipper bought the Season’s Pass. Stephen Totilo loves it.

    (It sounds great, really, and like something we were asking for, hoping for, from the beginning.)

    The paid expansion, titled Survival, was announced at E3 in June with scant details but was delayed over the summer as the game’s developers at Sweden-based Massive diverted development to fix design issues that had marred the Division after launch. That work resulted in a recent patch that drastically improved the game, allowing Massive to focus on Survival.

    Survival is an optional mode for The Division that operates as a sort of elaborate extra mission with distinct gameplay systems and a roughly two-hour limit before the player’s character will die. It’s set on the same map as the main game but with a different scenario. In it, a blizzard is bearing down on New York City and a group of Division agents need to make it to the center of Manhattan to retrieve some key antiviral drugs. The helicopter the agents are on crashes, scattering its inhabitants around the map. What that means in gaming terms is that up to 24 players who matchmake into a Survival session will find themselves starting in spots all around the perimeter of virtual Manhattan, each stripped of their gear, each trying to make it to the center before their character dies.

    Survival encompasses the full main map of The Division, though re-worked to be full of snow. Each player’s starting gear consists of low-level green items and a pistol.

    As described in today’s livestream, players will find that their character is cold, hungry, dehydrated and sick, all of which are systems that need to be managed to survive. Medicine and painkillers slow down the disease (warning: the developers say players eventually develop a resistance to the medicine). Hunger slows health regeneration. Thirst limits vision and awareness. Cold gradually kills the player. You need to scavenge to survive by exploring helicopter crash sites, opening caches and tearing through apartments to find food, gear and clothing. All of the vanity items from the main game—scarves, coats, etc.—now have a cold rating on them and will warm players to different degrees. Players can also hunker down in apartments or stand near fire barrels to warm themselves.

    Every player’s goal is to get to the center of the map, to the Dark Zone. In there, they’ll find the antiviral drugs they need to extract. They’ll also find tougher enemies, as Survival puts its weakest computer-controlled enemies on the perimeter of Manhattan and deadlier foes toward the middle. Players who manage to extract will receive the best loot for completing the mode.
    Screenshot from Massive’s Twitch stream of the new Survival mode. Players must keep warm. Formerly useless cosmetic items from the main game now offer cold resistance. But players start with none of this gear and have to find items as they explore and fight to stay alive.

    Survival overhauls the game’s main map by adding a lot more slow but also tweaks interiors. The developers say they are adding new hideouts, all of which include crafting tables where players can craft their skills. Players don’t start with skills, the developers emphasized. You won’t even have a first-aid healing skill.

    The new mode also removes the game’s mini-map to make things tougher.

    Survival can be played by players who have the DLC regardless of character level. They can play in PvP or PvE, with a score bonus if you choose for the more dangerous PvP option. In PvE, players can’t kill each other, but the scarcity of survival supplies may still make that mode feel competitive. There are no rogue mechanics in the game, though the developers say that players will be notified when a player is downed and can decide whether to kill them, save them or take their gear.

    Death is more of a danger in Survival. Players who are downed can be revived by other players or even self-revive with medkits, but anyone who is downed too long will expire and leave the session. There is no respawning.

    Players who die part-way through a session will get a score that may earn them rewards to take back to the main game. Those who complete the session and extract will get the best rewards.

    • November 8, 2016 10:11 am

      Man, that all sounds great, but not being free is a huge mistake…

    • rEDChief55 permalink*
      November 8, 2016 10:35 am

      Would’ve bought the game at it’s much lower current price just to play this mode if it was free.

      Instead I’ll pass as I’m sure thousands of others will too. If you want people to come back to your ghost town, you shouldn’t charge admission (or at least make it 5 bucks or something)

    • November 8, 2016 5:25 pm

      It should be great fun, and I won’t mind paying a reasonable price for it. I don’t know how much they will be asking on launch, but I can wait if need be. So much games right now.

    • Blankman permalink*
      November 8, 2016 7:55 pm

      Yes, Zos’ “double dipper” did indeed purchase TD’s Season Pass. We will be able to play the Survival expansion. 👍🏼

  4. November 8, 2016 5:02 pm

    Great game. Too bad that content almost certainly won’t come to the Xbox. And if I were a PC gamer, I wouldn’t even care for all the community content there is out there already! Because Valve.

  5. November 8, 2016 6:19 pm

    In honor of decision day 2016:

    A hint at my intro music for this friday

    • November 9, 2016 10:45 am

      After the results, I can’t wait to share this until Friday. This follow up tune is more relevant:

      Glad to see the white, uneducated, male demographic turn out in strong numbers. The same demographic that clogs the comments on video gaming sites.

  6. November 10, 2016 9:22 pm

    This is the worst loss of a musical great so far for me this year. His music is more relevant and powerful than ever.

    • November 11, 2016 4:18 am

      Been afk all day. He didn’t have the most perfect voice, or those abs that everyone wants to see, but he was incredibly talented. Thanks for the heads-up, Zos. (And the songs above are beautiful, too!)

      By the way, I won’t be on my Sat (Fri night E/PST). Hope to have lots of fun on Sunday, though.

    • November 11, 2016 4:40 pm

      See ya Sat/(sun JP)!! Will Cornie be on?

      Here a few collections of LC greats. Most people know “hallelujah”, but he has so much work that is just as good or better.

      –Really this entire album

      –A thousand Kisses Deep (spoken)

      –You Want It Dark (new album just released a few weeks ago)

      Here is the letter he sent to Marianne, of his most famous songs “So Long Marianne”, on her death bed not too long ago.

      Truly, the “death of a ladies man” (another classic). He was incredibly transparent and honest in his writing. Never shying away from his own flaws and fears. There are only a handful of artists left who share this trait.

      OK. Done LOL.

  7. November 11, 2016 7:33 pm

    Rest in peace Leonard

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