Omar: I'll do what I can to help y'all. But, the game's out there, and it's play or get played. That simple.
Dennis 'Cutty' Wise: The game done changed...
Slim Charles: Game's the same, just got more fierce.
I don’t usually give titles to the Weekly OT until the content of the discussion has evidenced a central theme, and even then, it is just to facilitate quick reference in the future. In this case, however, the timing and the need to give credit where it is due, is overwhelming.
In the 2016 season of sports we saw the Chicago Cubs comeback from a 3-1 game deficit in their Championship and World Series games. Previous to that, in basketball, both the Warriors and the Cavaliers came back from 3-1 deficits to take their Conference and Finals’ series respectively. Last weekend, continuing the trend (and this is only mentioning the sports of which I am familiar), the cheating-est team, The New England Patriots, made a comeback of such epic proportions (down 3-28 late in the 3rd) it actually served to ease the pain of the Seahawks loss a couple of years back.
So, it is common knowledge that when we are down in a match, shouting out “Remember Herandar!” “For Herandar!” or when there is no time, just “Herandar!” rallies the troops. It is the against-all-odds victory cry. It took a nudge from rED, however, to remember that there is a reason we cry that name out.
You called it Herandar. You did it! You put it on film, called it, and since then, dominoes.
Rallying cry, “Herandar!” is thy name.
More free this week.
…with the release of Fallout Shelter as an Xbox Play Anywhere title for the Xbox One and Windows 10, players will now be able to share their progress between their console and their PC. Users will be able to seamlessly switch between the two versions, with their saves, progress, and achievements all shared between the Xbox One and Windows 10 version of the game.
In addition, as the game moved away from the touchscreens of smartphones, Bethesda has fully adapted Fallout Shelter to be played using the Xbox One controller.
The in-app purchases found in the mobile version of the game will still be present, though, allowing players to spend real money to speed up gameplay and gain access to unlockable items. However, most of the things that can be acquired in Fallout Shelter can be earned without having to resort to in-app purchases. Tech Times
NFL.com has doubled their price to $30 to watch the Superbowl on their site (outside North America), and since I am not very invested in the teams, I am going to forego the cost and just watch the highlights after the fact. I have to teach classes during the actual game, anyway, so it is not like I would be able to sit back with chips and suds and enjoy the ambiance.
The free games for February were just announced, and Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime is one of them. Unfortunately, the up-to-4 player coop is local only, so we won’t be able to play it together. However, it looks to be a fantastic couch party game requiring true co-operation between players. The soundtrack is fantastic (think BitTripRunner). One of the other free titles is Monkey Island 2:Special Edition (360) but I know before I try, it isn’t my kind of game.
And for those who love the smell of napalm in the morning, there is this Kickstarter.
On the Silver Screen is Lowriders, think Boyz in the Hood for the Spanish speaking Americans.
Ghost Recon Wildlands, “The only way to stop death, is with a ghost“. I say, “The only way to stop regret, is to withhold one’s money.” You can register for the closed beta here. Unless you live in Japan in which case, “Sorry, registrations are not opened in your country”. Fine! I didn’t want to play your stupid game anyway. Seriously, I didn’t. They cured me with The Division.
Frontier on Netflix. Did anyone watch A Series of Unfortunate Events? I tried to watch the first episode but found it so depressing, I switched to The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, for lighter viewing. At least there, Lizbet gets some revenge and has some happy moments.
Finally, there is Subnautica in Game Preview. I cannot believe how much I am struggling to just say no on this one. (EDIT: With further research, it would appear that framerate is really bad right now. Unknown Worlds, the developer, is working hard to optimize the game, but they are not there yet.)
And speaking of the sea, Rare is promising new, expanding content every month for the Alpha testers of Sea of Thieves. I have it all queued up to the good part for what will become available for the next test. The first couple of minutes (from the queue) is MUST LISTEN.
Without a doubt, the highlight of my podcast listening this week was Open Run’s interview with Craig Hodges. He has just released a new book, Long Shot: The Triumphs and Struggles of an NBA Freedom Fighter and Jesse and Stefan talk to him about the era he covers in the book:
Craig Hodges is many things: NBA Champion, 3-point sharpshooter, social justice activist, and now, author. He joins us to talk about his days playing alongside Michael Jordan on the legendary Bulls squads of the ’90s, facing off against the Bad Boys, the ins and outs of the Triangle offense—and the visit to the White House that would change his life forever.
Most interesting quote was about the Bulls and MJ: “..and the cool part, people, youknow, love MJ to death, but we would not have won one championship without Bill Cartwright.”
Conan: Exiles continues to (greatly) surprise and differentiate itself from Ark, but my concern is that it I won’t feel good after a session. Bad juju, or taking pleasure in the wrong things. Hmmm…
And if you are wondering where the “T’ieves” came from, watch this:
And if that has whetted your appetite for some more Snatch, then I suggest you watch the 24 minute Making Of.
Just when I thought I was done spending money. 4 Player Co-op Online and Local, and Battle mode. Cornie and I have played the Beta, for hours. This is The Behemoth’s vintage humor packaged in an RTS game. Um, it’s better than Monopoly. Oops, did I go to far? It is rumored, there are masks. Ok, now I went too far.
This game is a work in progress. It may or may not change over time or release as a final product. Purchase only if you are comfortable with the current state of the unfinished game.In our fast-paced, turn-based, co-op adventure you’ll quest and explore, find awesome loot, customize your fighters, recruit strange species, and fight in tournaments! A full cast of tragically unique heroes awaits as you plot a course across an apocalyptic wonderland! Dogged at every step by a mysterious and power-hungry narrator (Will Stamper, “BattleBlock Theater”), you’ll need to rally your troops and steel your wits if you hope to survive a hostile world filled with sinister electrobots, deadly vampires and brutally adorable cupcake people! Highlights of the Game: -Single player story mode -2 player co-op story mode (local & online) -Up to 4 players in PvP (online) -Daily Tournaments -Signature Behemoth art style & humor Full details on the latest status of the game, how you can give feedback and report issues can be found at http://www.pitpeople.com
Couldn’t wait for the new week. You can try it for free, and then do the “Shut up and take my money!”
This could be entertaining.
So, what was your Game of the Year 2016, and what is your most highly anticipated game of 2017?
My GoTY for 2016 would have to be Rocket League. It can be consumed in 5 minute sessions, which in turn can be strung together endlessly to fill a whole afternoon. It isn’t for the faint of heart; the game has no skill cap. None. But like any great sport, those truly talented in it can inspire dreams in those less gifted. Yep.
Strangely, I think one of my favorite aspects of the game is the crate purchase/trade system facilitated by Xbox Live Groups. Psyonix have created a brilliant, real-life economy in which the crates are the currency. The simplicity, non-zero-sum (i.e., win-win) nature ensures the developer will have the funding to continue to create and support their game for years to come, and gamers of any and all fiscal backgrounds can play and “dress up” as their time and money permits.
It is no surprise that the game took 10 years to develop. The depth and polish show it.
And that brings me to my most highly anticipated game of 2017, Sea of Thieves. The polish of the environmental elements (waves, sky, light, wind) and the sailing mechanics in the technical Alpha were way beyond that of any other AAA game that I played in 2016. Rare is actively and aggressively building and supporting a community that will share in the development of their game, which at the very least, demonstrates their hopes for a long-term, successful IP. I don’t know when it will be coming out, but it is going to be a compelling, highly entertaining, social experience. (Mostly for my own reference, in anticipation of battles at sea, one of the forum members, Katt, offered the following links: How Pirates Attacked, Common Tactics On How Pirates Took Merchant Ships, and Corbett’s Fighting Instructions 1530-1816).
As a parting thought, I spent about $70 dollars this Christmas on games. Not bad. What it got me, however, was fantastic: Monopoly Family Pack x2, Rainbow Six Siege, and Astroneer. I am really diggin’ this Microsoft trend to follow after Valve’s Steam sales. Next year, I want to wait until Black Friday before I start buying my games (SoT excepted).
Doh! One more thing, and I promise this is the last (for now). My favorite Silver Screen entertainment this year was Fauda followed by Luke Cage. TV is so entertaining these days, I no longer have the time to re-watch shows. Truly, there is no need for buying entertainment any more unless one is very fussy about seeing it uncompressed, in its most beautiful 4KHD format.