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  • Phokal 11:48 pm on October 26, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    New PC post has been delayed due to faulty parts, and I didn’t really want to type it up until things have been RMA’d and I can provide a full list and analysis.

    In the meantime, I did manage to play and beat Shadow of Mordor. So far, it’s my front runner for game of the year. The moment to moment gameplay is just great. It’s an open world game where the missions are fun, the in between moments when you aren’t in mission are fun, and even the traversal is pretty fun. This is kind of a rarity in the open-world games market. You can wait for a Black Friday deal, but if you like Assassin’s Creed or the Batman Arkham series, I can’t imagine you’d be disappointed.

    It takes the best parts of both, and mixes it with a few new systems while also cutting away the cruft. IE, you can Sprint with a button, you can Stealth with another button, and if you Sprint+Stealth you just run at near full sprint speed while stealthy. Someone sees you and their Alert bar fills all the way? You still have a couple extra seconds to take them out with a stealth kill. They won’t just immediately grab your sword and fling you away; the alarm bar isn’t a binary switch. Just, a lot of design decisions where “man, that’s annoying, let’s make it fun instead” were applied.

  • Phokal 10:54 am on September 24, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: coffee, parenting   

    “Sleep when the baby sleeps.” 

    My baby sleeps when I take him for a walk or drive in a car. “More coffee” it is!

  • Phokal 8:16 pm on September 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , reboot   

    Alright, after a bit of research, I think I’m going to stick with WordPress. I’ve got a back catalog of articles I’ve written for other websites that I’ll slowly rotate up here, along with an update on Red Dead Redemption from 2010 (hah!) and my latest project: building a new PC. The new PC post was one of the first, a joint post with mattlindh, so it feels a bit like coming full circle.

  • Phokal 3:27 pm on May 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    watching me watching you 

    In case you’ve followed/still following this blog: it’s woefully out of date. I’ve actually been writing elsewhere and unable to double-post the content back here. I’m looking into the WordPress vs. Tumblr thing and going to try to bring this back up to date. In the meantime, here’s a sweet trailer showing off some details on the upcoming Watch_dogs.

  • Phokal 11:19 am on December 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: crash course, doritos, , harm's way,   

    Some free XBLA titles came out today 

    Everyone likes free. So go grab add these to your queue using the handy web interface.  They look like some fun party games.

    Doritos Crash Course

    Harms Way

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  • Phokal 8:05 pm on October 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: bluray, bug, firmware,   

    PS3’s firmware bug causes Bluray skipping or freezing 

    Hellboy tosses the baby into the air, winds up his grenade launcher, and the baby never comes down.  The movie has completely frozen.

    Was the disc broken?  Was my PS3 dying?

    Nope.  The latest firmware has trouble with a specific audio codecs on the 60gig fat PS3’s.

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  • Phokal 3:17 pm on October 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Chronicles of Narnia, mass effect, music, over lunch,   

    Wait. Tell me if you’ve heard this one before 

    So, here we were watching some movie trailers over lunch when we stumbled across the new Narnia 3 trailer.  After having read and been disappointed with the books as a kid, the movies haven’t really caught my attention.  The trailer music did however, because I had heard it before…

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  • Phokal 7:52 pm on October 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: arcade, Captain America and the Avengers, Nightcrawler, , , Sunset Riders, , x-men,   

    The X-men arcade game returns 

    This is outstanding news. The X-men arcade game, with 6player online co-op, will see an XBLA and PSN release.  The only unannounced feature is if it supports up to 4 players local, and if you can mix and match local and online players. Hit more for the trailer…

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  • Phokal 1:50 pm on September 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

    Reboot #2 

    Moved over to a new hosted server, rather than through  It’ll be a little bit before things are up to date and running again.

    If you wanted to re-activate your user account for posting articles, let me know and I’ll set you up again.

  • Phokal 12:47 pm on September 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    A brief study of Mario 

    From Hewreck. Thanks to scubamofo.

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