Updates and more Gameplay

So, Tonight’s the night. I’m going to go see Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice. Although from reviews that I trust, its going to be a murder spree with a lack of a decent plot. Though, until I post a review for it, and give my thoughts on it, here is some gameplay I streamed. I’ve been using Restream lately to mirror everything to Twitch, Youtube and Hitbox. So I’ll have to start updating my images again to contain both hitbox and Twitch. My friend Rob, also known as Johnny Roughneck on Twitch, Youtube and Hitbox and I played some GTA V.

 

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Updates and a Video

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I feel I should apologize to those who still read my blogs, I just haven’t had the drive to do much with my blog site for a while. I have since upgraded to Windows 10 on my desktop. Before it was just my laptop, and it runs just peachy on there. So far on my desktop its running good, its just a few issues I have to sort out with the permissions on folders, so I can edit and write to them. Then after I have work or school to help fund my hardware, upgrade the motherboard to something actually modern, since Asus hasn’t made any new advancements in their hardware. So MSI it is for that. Then maybe an 8GB video card. So far I’ve upgraded to 16 GB of DDR3 1600 series ram and the PC is happier than simply running 8GB.

I’ll see about posting more gameplay videos. Here is my archive/highlighted video from Twitch. If you want, you can even check me out on http://twitch.tv/coljonsquall1, or if I’m with my friend Drake, over on his stream at http://twitch.tv/gamerguydrake. Here’s the 4 hour stream we did tonight in GTA V.

Note: Due to WordPress wanting me to buy into them, just to embed Twitch videos, all I can do is post the link.

http://www.twitch.tv/coljonsquall1/v/45343211

Let’s Play Left 4 Dead 2 – Versus – BANE!

So, I’m back with more video footage from some Left 4 Dead 2 Versus. This time around we have more of Emer Prevost from Reaction and Review: https://www.youtube.com/user/He11sing920 and my good friend IkeVanDyke: https://www.youtube.com/user/IkeVanDykeLmS

Updates… Been a while

Sorry for the stagnation I’ve had with my blog. I’ve been sorting things out in my life, and have picked up a few creative projects. One of which is a Twitch stream, where I stream random games I’m playing at that time. Soon though, I’ll integrate a camera, to have me in the picture. Not to mention getting better Internet to handle the upload speed I need to better stream with. Another is the attempt at recording a podcast, where my friend Ike and I talk about games, movies, adaptations and such. I’ve been slowly editing that.

That’s what’s been going on lately, as such brings me onto the future of my blog. No, it’s not shutting down, in fact I’ll be expanding it to encompass more. The blog will be my central site for launching my material. Videos will be integrated into the page, as soon as I can work out a content uploader, that isn’t word press’ built in one. Most likely YouTube, if not something else. Movie reviews will continue in text form. As I don’t yet have a normal video camera to record a vlog style entry. Eventually that’s where I’ll be heading down the road. For now, text will still suffice. Which brings me to my current roster of upcoming reviews, and there are quite a few of them. Some new, and some apart of the classic movies revisited category.

Here is that list:
(Note: This is not the order they will be in, it’s just a simple list of what’s coming).

Modern:

Captain Phillips
Escape Plan
Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters
RIPD
Red 2
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Thor 2: The Dark World
2 Guns
Gravity
Noah
Captain America: The Winter Soldier + Agents Of Shield Tie in.

Classic Movies:

Red Heat
They Live
Demolition Man
In The Mouth Of Madness
The Thing 1982
Prince Of Darkness
The Punisher 2004

The videos will be the gameplay highlights from Twitch, and maybe the podcast. I’m still working that out with Ike. For now, that’s what has been happening and what’s to come. I’ll probably have the Captain America and Agents Of Shield tie in review done first as its fresh in my memory. Hopefully. For now I’ll sign off, have a good one people.

Some News, photos and ideas on the horizon.

Sorry about the month-long period of nothing-ness in terms of postings, been a bit busy with some stuff, and haven’t had much to write about lately.

This past month having Canadian Turkey Day, kind of takes up time to spend with family, which I’m all for especially with the good food involved. I understand why we changed Thanksgiving from late November to mid October, since most people feel a few weeks between turkey holidays is a bit close, and in my family we have 3 Christmases to go to sometimes, so it means possibly 2 or 3 days of turkey dinner/lunch. Although we try to alternate whose making what for food to avoid having that much turkey to make us pass out.

I went out west for a week on the road with Brent to visit some friends in Alberta and BC, mainly to deliver our friend’s car to her. Also we stopped along the way in Alberta to visit our friend Jeremie. Red Deer feels like a smaller combination of Kitchener and Cambridge in some ways, while having different style traffic lights and mostly numbered streets. It was nice to get out on the road for a driving trip, something I rarely get to do due to lack of funds and since its mostly a couple of hours drive for the places I tend to usually go to visit friends, family and Con Bravo. It was a bit cramped in the car, since there was a trunk in the back seat, and it was a small car to begin with, but we made it in the end and enjoyed it.

Flying back was more cramped with WestJet’s seats designed for the “Average” person. Someone who is under 5’9″, and is basically a toothpick to fit in the seats. I know I’m not skinny by any stretch of the imagination, but still. If my cousin -who is built like a brick sh*t house- were to go on their planes in Flex (Coach), he’d have problems too. Airline seating designers should make coach seats that fit the tall and those who are considered actual average for shoulder width or possibly bigger.

Anyways, besides the small mini-rant on airplane seats, which I know a lot of people have. My only issue I had, was that their luggage guys missed the connecting flight in Calgary, so we ended up with our luggage the following day. Not a huge loss for me, since it was mostly clothes and my hair brush, but Brent not realizing this could happen left electronics and his medications in his luggage. So he had to order more in order to compensate for the time lost not having them. Despite all this, I enjoyed my experience overall travelling out west and seeing friends again.

This past weekend, I was able to watch and comment on the Extra Life campaign, and maybe help out with some PR to raise money over Twitter. I was watching Rooster Teeth’s stream, being hosted by Jack Pattillo and his fiancée Caiti. It was a wild ride, not only were people playing games, but many of the Rooster Teeth/Achievement Hunter people showed to do weird challenges each time they hit a milestone in money raised. Including Michael Jones getting sick from too much Lava Cake, and Gavin Free nearly burning a hole in his tongue.

I only wish I had money to help donate, and maybe pick up the limited edition poster they only had being sold during the stream, with all money from the sales going to the Extra Life campaign. As such I helped out in my own way posting on Twitter to help raise awareness and promote the campaign. If you’re curious to donate for any one of the Sick Kids hospitals or donating for specific teams, visit: http://extra-life.org and search out a player on the team you’re following. All teams will have continuing donation buttons on their player pages, until early December. So even if you miss your team’s stream, you can still donate.

I have been thinking of running a stream for Extra Life next year. So who knows, maybe you’ll see my name on the list for then. After all this, I’m still going. I have to get school funding sorted out, so I can go to school soon, before I miss out for January.
As promised here are some photos from the road trip out west. These were taken with my phone, it works pretty good in daytime shots. More photos will be added later, when Brent finishes editing his usual collection he takes.

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Top 5 Listings – A Year In Review.

I decided to do a top 5 list for a couple of categories for the year of 2012. Also to get me to start writing more stuff, besides reviews.

Top 5 Movies I watched this year:

This was pretty hard, since I watched a lot of movies this year. So I reviewed my history and went with what I had seen that was released in 2012.

5 – The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Even though it is padded, just a bit, and with its fan service, it’s still a great movie. It just didn’t need the 3D and 48FPS.  For more, read the full review… here.

4 – Dredd 3D

Being a box office flop, the movie is insanely good. True to the heart of the comics, despite the basic plot being very similar to The Raid: Redemption. They just execute them very differently. Karl Urban is always a bad-ass in every movie I’ve seen him in. Full review here.

3 – Looper

Great scifi flick, definitely a watch. Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt knock it out of the park for a time travel paradox, and with a hot Emily Blunt, as a bonus. Full review listed here.

2 – Skyfall

Awesome action flick, and Great Bond movie. I wouldn’t say its the best Bond movie ever, but it’s definitely up in the top 10. Then again, I’m biased, since I love most of the Bond movies. Each actor giving their version on the character. Some playful, some humorous, some gritty and action packed and some riddled with gadgets. Full review here.

1 – Marvel’s The Avengers

Being a comic book and super hero fan, I can’t deny that the Avengers is on the top of this list, because it appeals to every part of me as a science fiction and comic book nerd. Marvel hit it out of the park with their association with Paramount for their epic build up through the various movies. All to bring it together under one hat, despite some differences with the 3 different portrayals of the hulk.

I recently watched Lewis “Linkara” Lovhaug’s recent video on his Next 15 Screw ups of AT4W. Where he explained that he gave too much credit to a man who didn’t need it, Joe Quesada for the recent boost Marvel has had with the movie business, when the man really responsible for the big boom is Avi Arad. <—- This man here, who’s been working behind the scenes of most of the Marvel movies and TV shows, is the one who made the awesome-ness of this movie possible and made it so Marvel had a huge boom in comics, as a result of the better inclusion of Marvel into the movie franchises with the Marvel Studios hat. Kudos to him. Full review of Marvel’s The Avengers here.

Top 5 Games I Played this year:

Alright, with movies taken care of, now onto games. This one was a bit of a mix, since some games I played were older, it’s harder to make this list, as I don’t have access to a huge resource of funds to buy every game I see. So this is primarily games I’ve PLAYED this year, not necessarily ones released this year. Although they are somewhat recent.

5 – Dishonored

Great game, I enjoyed playing what I could have it, as I don’t own the game, so I’ve only been able to play it at a friend’s. If I were able to, I’d buy the game in a heartbeat.

4 – League Of Legends

I really enjoy playing this game, especially when its ARAM or (All Random, All Middle lane). The meta is what kinda makes a drag of the game, coordinating in blind pick and end up stuck with a lane I don’t like, much less enjoy being in, with a character that is expected to do well. I’m more of a solo person, but due to my lack of dedicated game time with League, I don’t expect to do well against everyone, and the AI games are limited to basic and horrible choices made by the developers. The AI games could use more tweaking and adjustable bot difficulties to actually simulate real games.

3 – Red Faction: Armageddon

I know, some of you maybe thinking, “What, really?” but to tell you the truth, I like the game. The core mechanic of destroying all man-made objects in an area and rebuilding them with a single button command, is awesome. It was the one thing I really wanted to try out, when I saw the trailer. The plot is ok, if not done before in movies and other games, but it works. Its kinda like John Carpenter’s Ghosts Of Mars but with insect-like aliens added.

2 – Civilization V

Excellent RTS game, I used to not really like Real Time Strategy games, but when I started getting into League Of Legends, I got curious about Civilization. So I picked it up when it was on sale over Steam’s Summer Sale. I’m hooked, its one of the best time sucks I have. It was pretty easy to pick up, and I enjoy it. I still have to get most of the victories, but I at least got the Scientific Victory with Japan.

1 – Halo 4

The game may have its flaws in terms of its upgrades for multiplayer, especially with buying XP through Doritos and Mountain Dew, and the corporate sellout/media scandals. See Angry Joe’s list of the top 10 controversies for 2012 for more on that here. The game’s campaign is god damn heart wrenching. If you haven’t done so, go pick it up, either by renting or buying it, its your choice. The gameplay is rich, although still utilizing the same core mechanics for Halo we’re used to. The enemies vary, but types are pretty much the same as previous games. The graphics are beautiful and incredibly detailed, best I’ve seen in a long time. It may not be as precise as Far Cry 3, but that’s not on this list, because I haven’t played it yet. Combined with the story, the game’s campaign is the sole reason why Halo 4 is at the top of this list.

Note:

I did try out Star Wars: The Old Republic -F2P (Free-to-Play) platform. I like what Bioware has done with the Star Wars universe, despite the differences between the F2P and Subscription platforms, the games core is basically the same. It’s just there are certain limitations. Putting those aside, I like the game fine, it’s just I’m not a huge MMO player. At least not as much as those who max out characters in a short time and run guilds like a business. As I’ve seen the ugly side of Guilds, which is a lot like a business, and people in the active status are like those on a payroll. I won’t say how or where I witnessed this, but its something that makes the game less fun, when it’s like a job. That’s why it’s not on the list.

Far Cry 3, I would’ve included it on the list, but I haven’t played it yet. I want to, but without money its hard to pick up games. I managed to score Red Faction for 10 bucks at a closing store chain; Halo Reach and Halo 4, I got for as gifts from family.

Also, The Dark Knight Rises didn’t make the list, but it was one of the contenders. If I had made it a top 10, then TDKR would’ve been on it.

Look for more movies, as I also got a 25 dollar gift card to the movies, and with Tuesday matinees it makes for at least 2 movies depending on the price.