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TAY! Weekend!!! Whatcha Playing?

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Happy Weekend TAY!

Another week of winter around these parts. The beginning of last week was particularly hairy with loads of snow and wind. I started putting a reflective pole on the curbside of my property so the snowplows would stop riding up over the curb and wrecking the end of my lawn. First plow to come by takes down the pole and mangles it beyond recognition. I’ll have to come up with another strategy I guess.

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Last week was one of those weird weeks of gaming where you think you didn’t play much, but upon reflection, you realize there was more entertainment than you initially thought.

My wife and I put Life Is Strange on a small hiatus so we can watch the last season of True Blood. It is a goofy show but I’m enjoying the way they are wrapping up the story. Only one more episode to go and we are finished.

I managed a few sessions of Rock Band 4 with my family (more of Disturbed’s music came out for it last week). My son always wants to play the tour mode to unlock clothing and items for the avatars, but I’m growing tired of the limited song selection offered in that mode. It often only allows you to play the songs that came with the Rock Band 4 disc and that isn’t the strongest collection of tunes.

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I think we finally have the calibration in a good place, though the new guitar was acting up last night. I changed the batteries, hopefully that’s all it was. I would hate to think the guitar is having problems already.

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I played a single session of Yoshi’s Woolly World with my son last week and that continues to impress me, though it is so similar to Kirby’s Epic Yarn that I think it loses a bit of impact by being too much the same. Still, the great gameplay is undeniable. Definitely one of the best titles I’ve played on the Wii U. My son is enjoying it and often comments on the level design (which warms my heart). That Super Mario Maker has turned out to be a great tool for him to appreciate game design.

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My buddy and I continued to play Saints Row 4 on his Twitch channel. I never tire of it, but it is crashing regularly on both my machine and my buddy’s laptop. This makes playing a little frustrating particularly since these crashes require machine reboots for both of us when they happen (and the crashing happens at different times for each of us). Makes for a little less than optimal Twitch viewing. I’ll have to investigate this weekend to see if there are any known issues and fixes. Definitely worse on Windows 10 than our experience on Windows 7, but video card drivers may have also changed significantly and messed something up as well.

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My solo game time was spent with StarCraft. These last few Zerg missions are kicking my ass. Mission 7 has you fighting another group of Zerg and starts with little resources at your initial site. Part of my problem with strategy games in general is that I’m not nearly as aggressive as I should be. I am more comfortable setting up defenses and holding back the hordes until I feel that I am in a superior position to attack. This doesn’t work well in most strategy games and in StarCraft it is necessary to secure other resources quickly. Also, tackling the enemy early is often very advantageous. Bringing the fight to them quickly means they don’t have a chance to amass a large army and you can then farm all the resources at their base.

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Mission 8 went well, but then I lost on mission 9. The first attempt at mission 9 had me totally owning the battles. Then I became over confident and sloppy. I let my resources dwindle as I thought I was in “mop-up mode” with my massive army. Then the Protoss came at me with a big army that quickly killed all my workers and I didn’t save money to replace them (like I said, very sloppy). They of course also quickly attacked my scattered army and my main base, destroying it all. So, I restarted and of course had a less satisfying win since I knew more of what to expect.

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I think I’m almost done with the Zerg and I’ve been having a blast with StarCraft. It holds up extremely well for a game creeping up on being two decades old. It helps that sprites generally age well, but the gameplay also doesn’t feel out of date. Mind you, my experience with modern RTS games is very limited, so StarCraft might indeed be antiquated, but it is still a hell of a lot of fun.

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This weekend, aside from hopefully polishing off the Zerg campaign and True Blood, my family is finally off to see the new Star Wars flick. Since we have to travel a bit to the IMAX theater, we are going to make a day of it by hitting Dave and Busters for video games and food prior to the movie. We’ve been watching the other Star Wars films in the machete order (which I argue only works well if you’ve seen The Phantom Menace at least once). We just finished Revenge of the Sith which always seems to upset my son. He’s such a kind soul that he just can’t wrap his head around Anakin’s betrayal and it makes him sad to see friends fight. We hopefully will get in Return of the Jedi today and be all set for The Force Awakens on Sunday.

So, what are you playing this weekend?

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