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On Free Hulu and Cord-Cutting

It’s early and I’m not sure what to talk about so here’s something I read about recently regarding the payment plan for Hulu. Since the service started up way back in 2007 they’ve had at least part of their service available for free, letting you watch television shows without having to pay for cable. I’m not sure how well the service worked back then, or how long of a delay there was from episodes airing to them showing up on Hulu, but for the time I’ve been using it that has usually been within a day or two. Personally I’ve been using the Hulu Plus subscription service for a couple years now, and I pay the extra few dollars a month to not have the advertisements. It always bothered me when I was paying for the service that there were still ads but it never really bothered me that much … Read more…

On No Man’s Sky – Pre-PC-Release

So, like many people I pre-ordered No Man’s Sky on PC so I’m having to wait a couple of extra days to play. That may sound like I’m bothered by it, but in reality I’m totally fine with this. The thing is that even if it had come out today on PC I wouldn’t be playing it anyways. Why? Because I work full time and any gaming during the week is already a rare commodity. My days typically start off with me waking up at the crack of dawn taking a shower and then driving 20-30 minutes to work. I then proceed to work from 7/8am – 6pm. Another drive home, usually longer due to evening traffic, which usually puts me at home around 6:45-7pm depending on grabbing dinner. By the time I’ve finished eating it’s usually closer to 8pm, and I watch YouTube videos for most of the evening. … Read more…

On Batman: The Killing Joke (spoilers)

In case the title was not any indication there will be spoilers. Normally spoilers are not something I’ll post within a respectable period of time after coming out so I don’t ruin it for anyone. The thing is, the story that this animated film was based on came out in 1988. So I think the grace period passed by quite some time ago. It’s like someone not knowing the Titanic sinks in the end. So if you’ve never read The Killing Joke before this is essentially the point where Barbara Gordon initially transitions to the Oracle role. Not in the actual story, or at least in the book but I’ll get to that later. This also serves as a sort of origin story for the joker, but they point out through dialog that it is just how the Joke remembers it at that time and that he routinely remembers it … Read more…

On Weekend Gaming

So it’s finally Friday, which means I survived not only the first week of August but that with this post I met my “weekday” post challenge for the first week of Blaugust. So far I’m already finding it hard to come up with subjects every day, though easier on days where at least did some form of gaming the night before. Last night was not one of those night. I wouldn’t say I game as much as I have in the past, even from the same time last year. Most days I’m up by 6am getting ready for work and I get home around 7pm. So by the time I’ve eaten and finished watching YouTube it’s pretty late and I’m to tired to play. This is why I like games I can pick up for a short time and put down and not have to worry about where I was, … Read more…

On Solo Tavern Brawls and Seasonal Overwatch

So to keep today’s post from being super short I’m going to talk about two things. The first of which is that Hearthstone released its first Solo Tavern Brawl. Now Hearthstone is no stranger to single player content as they have the Adventure mode, but this is the first time they’ve had a single player brawl. Normally brawls involve playing with, or against another player similar to standard/wild formats and allow you to complete daily quests for gold. This time however it’s just you and your deck versus the city of Stormwind. The brawl name “Storming Stormwind” has a simple mechanic, hit it as much as you can until you die. The trick is that you can’t lose. The npc “boss” that you’re fighting starts with a couple of things. It starts with 1 hit point, which goes up after every hit (instead of going down) so you can’t actually … Read more…

On Bad Reviews And Expectations

So today’s discussion is brought to you by random twitter discussions about the reviews coming out for the new Suicide Squad movie but really relate to all movie reviews. So, earlier this week the critic reviews for Suicide Squad started to come out. Now personally I have not read any of them, but from what I’ve heard the reviews are not exactly positive. This led to a couple comments where the way I interpreted it was that some person wasn’t going to watch the movie just because it had negative reviews so that must mean it is garbage that shouldn’t be watched. The thing is that I disagree with that sentiment entirely, plenty of movies that have come out that got bad critic reviews but positive viewer response. So I don’t base what movie I’m going to see on what a critic thinks because that is just their opinion on … Read more…

On Hitman – Sort of a Post Mortem

So, when Hitman was first announced as a somewhat episodic title I was a bit skeptical and wasn’t sure it was a good idea. Since the game has come out I feel like my opinion on this has slightly shifted. That doesn’t mean I’m a fan of episodic content, I just think that in the end that was probably the best choice they could make for this game. The reason I say this is because Hitman, at least the way it is now, can be quickly digested in a single sitting. If you follow the guided routes, what they call opportunities, you are more often then not led straight to the target and how to get rid of them. If not both then one or the other. If that is the only thing you do for each level, then yes you can finish all the current content within a couple … Read more…

On Elder Scrolls Legends – Beta Impressions

So first off, today is the first day of the yearly thing my friend Bel tries to organize where people commit to posting as much as possible during the month of August. Previous years it involved posting daily for the entire month, which is seriously hard to do. This year it has shifted slightly and while you can still choose to post every day if you want it isn’t required. This year there were scheduling options, of which I have chosen weekday blogs. Meaning I’m going to try, emphasis on try, to post Monday through Friday for every week in August. I’m not entirely sure how a public list will be handled, but you can head over to his blog and check out some of the other participants. So for my first post, I’m going to talk a little bit about the Elder Scrolls Legends beta that I played over … Read more…

On Refunds, Co-op and Story Modes

So yesterday was an interesting day gaming wise that started off trying to do some co-op and ended with playing the new story mode for Street Fighter 5. So, when having a specific person that you play co-op games with it can be a bit difficult to find a game that you’re both going to enjoy. Thanks to the Steam summer sale I finally got around to picking up “7 Days to Die” 2-pack. I had been wanting to play the game for a while, and it certainly seemed interesting. Survival/Zombie game combined with Minecraft. Seemed like an interesting game that would be fun to co-op. The problem is that it spawned me and my friend at opposite ends of the map and proceeded to be a farce of spawn, die, spawn, die. I spent an hour trying to get to my friend and with no way to easily identify … Read more…

On Overwatch

So here’s the thing, I didn’t plan on getting Overwatch. Mainly because I was concerned about the price vs the amount of time I would spend playing it. The base version for PC costs $40 (US) and the Origins edition with all the bonus goodies costs $60 (US). I subscribe to a $1/hour belief that if a game costs me $40 then I should get a minimum of 40 hours out of it. While Overwatch is described more along the lines of cooperative team based shooter, it is still a first person shooter. Those types of games have typically run their course for me within a few hours. Now that isn’t to say that I won’t get bored with Overwatch before I get 60 hours out of it (I did get the Origins edition). I just think that if it is like Hearthstone where you can play it every once … Read more…