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Next gen conversion

Wed, 11/20/2013 - 10:00 — OutcastB

So I like many others got my PS4 last week. Really like it and it's a huge improvement over the 3. The DS4 is one of the most responsive, finely tuned controllers I've used... pretty damn close to 360's. Graphics are unlike anything I've seen. I know PC gamers might be used to it but I'm not a PC gamer. The UI is snappy and easy to use unlike the cluttered XMB. Everything SONY told me I was going to get, I received. Now I just need some games. I have yet to be able to get into a match on Battlefield. Ghosts got traded because... well I just try to like CoD but can't. AC4 is amazing but not really all that different from it's last gen itteration. I've never been a fan of KZ so that's far from my radar. Knack? Haven't heard anything good about it so I'll wait for a sale. Resogun is great as is Contrast in that artsy "I'm different" kinda way. So now I've got this awesome piece of hardware that is sleek and sexy and isn't nearly getting the use it should. Honestly I could've waited a year before getting it. I'm looking to the future titles to really let this thing shine but for right now I've got the launch duldrums. 

Frustration

Mon, 09/23/2013 - 14:00 — OutcastB

Without boring you too much, I work for my local county as a building and automations engineer. I primarily deal with all electric issues and hvac issues in our courthouse. It's my job to troubleshoot and fix. 1 and a half years ago we spent 1.75 million dollars getting an entire overhual of our automations system for our HVAC system. We got the latest and greatest shit complete with blinking lights and beeps galore.

It's supposed to trend and sellf calibrate and I shouldn't really have to touch it. As of today it still isn't working as it was designed. I have to override and Mickey mouse my way through back doors in the programming in order to try and keep a building of 500+ Judges, Attorney's of all walks and the public happy.

Being in Chicago we get some intense temp swings... well today is one of thoose days. I came in and it was 45 degree's and now it's almost 75 and I can't get my chiller going because the programmer put a lock on the system overrides. People want to burn me at the stake and there is nothing I can do. I have been honest and show paperwork to back up my explanations but all they want is results, and i don't blame them at all.

I love what I do but man sometimes the fight just seems un-winnable.

Happy Monday!

auf wiedersehen

Fri, 09/20/2013 - 10:50 — OutcastB

It's Friday. I'm gonna drink me some beers and cause chaos in Los Santos.

Happy weekend folks

Reality vs. Fantasy

Thu, 09/19/2013 - 12:43 — OutcastB

So someone brought up how they refused to play a game (after playing the first 4 in the series) because of who it portrays the role of women in it. Also it was said that if you purchase this game you support these depictions against women.  Here is the exact wording."So your say its okay to have a game where you can have sex with women and beat them to death, it's fine to run over innocent people with a car? And you have no problem with it, because you don't engage in it and because it's a fanatasy or satire? I don't respect that. You buy, you condone". Really? I beg to differ.

In CoD:MW2 you chose to either shoot innocents in an airport as an act of terrorism or skip the scene. In HALO you kill aliens and it's non stop violence. In FMS I race at high speeds and crash... a lot. In playing these games am I or we condoning terrorism, killing or crashing and driving unsafe or am I just enjoying a game? 

If someone chooses not to agree with something in game I can respect that, but don't stick your nose up at the rest of us because you had some epiphony after you played 4 installments of the game. Maybe we just haven't reached your level of clarity yet.

There is no question in my mind that there are some disturbed people that have a problem seperating fantasy from reality but for the normal user I'm pretty sure we all know how to seperate reality from fantasy. I'm not condoning any of this or these acts that are depicted in any of the games I play. I'm actually more offended by this persons judgement of the people that play the game than anything I've yet to experience in a game. I bought it so I condone it...this couldn't be further from the truth.

Has anything you've ever done in a game influenced the choice you've made in a real life situation? Or made you act in a certain way? I'm gonna venture to guess that 95% of us will say no. 

 

This week....

Sat, 09/14/2013 - 08:56 — OutcastB

Sucked balls. 

 

On another note all my people in my gaming circle (with a few exceptions Jedi and BJ I'm looking at you) have outted me because I switched my moneys from the PS4 to an Xbone. Here's why for any interested...

 

1. Their launch line up does absolutely nothing for me... KZ:SF? I tried KZ before and it doesn't even make the needle twitch in my brain.

2. I could give a rats fuck about indies... played Journey? Yep. Worst waste of two hours of my life.

3. It's more expensive... duh. True, but I'm also not just getting a gaming rig plus the tech is there for the future and could be easier and more dominant 5-7 years down the line.

4. PS4 is more powerful. That's what the paper say's. It also said the PS3 was more powerful... They just touched that power 7 years later with the Last of Us.

5. Kinect. I have two daughters 10 and 5... enough said.

So that's why. No special life changing reasons other than it appeals to my taste's more.

Other Hobbies?

Fri, 07/26/2013 - 19:29 — OutcastB

Besides gaming I love making beer and being an avid aquarium nut. Thought I'd share some pics of my African Cichlid tank and Fry tank.

 

The African Tank

Yellow tail Acei

 

Ice Blue Zebra

 

Yellow Labidochromis Fry tank.

 

I've got 2 batches of Electric Yellow Lab fry that need re-housing, so if you're in the Chicagoland area and want some Cichlids for your tank PM me. Free to a good established tank.

 

Have a great weekend folks.

Random thoughts

Thu, 07/25/2013 - 13:17 — OutcastB

I love to frequent N4G.com, but the shit stirring stories they share about the "console war" is really getting old. So I actaully responded to a thread about the subject... and for once I wasn't a sarcastic prick.

 

It's all about preference/need/taste/software etc... I don't do all that much online gaming because at 34 years young I prefer to game as a way of chilling after a long day and not shouting in to a mic. But others like rocking the newest MP experience, cursing at others, bustin' nuts on the mic. It's all in what you're what experience you're personally looking for. The whole this system is better than that or PC rules all is horseshit. If the X1 is the system that caters to your needs than get it, like wise with the PS4 or PC. But us as gamers be it casual, hardcore or pro really should be excited about memories, experiences and joy these new machines will bring to us and a new generation of hobbiest. Hell man I'm just pumped to see what the developers can do on both systems with all that power under the hood. So with that being said... once the fog clears, the dust has settled and you get the system of your choice hooked up with controller in hand, remember why you got in to this culture in the first place. Both systems will be winners because we make it so. 
Peace

 

I really do feel this way and can't wait for the systems to release.

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What to do?

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 09:04 — OutcastB

Goodness ever since I saw the GTA V trailer and the Beyond Two Souls interview vid that was posted earlier this week I've been asking myself, "Do I really need that PS4 at launch"?

I remember sitting in line for 7 hours at Meijer on October 25th 2000 waiting to purchase my PS2 at midnight. My fiance' was kind enough to wait for me in line til I got off work. I made friends with the dude next to me and we sat and talked about how awesome Tekken Tag was going to be. My gal brought us KFC and a 2 litter bottle of Coke which was really 3/4 JD and a splash of Coke... man she's the best and still is. It's funny that 13 years later I still remember how awesome that experience was... but back to the topic at hand.

Wife, 2 kids, daughters non the less, life responsibilities and the fact that I keep telling myself I'm a grown-up (even though I know better), I just am having a hard time being able to swallow what the initial cost is going to set me back. System, 2 games shit man I'm almost in $550.00! I've got 3/4 of the total purchase paid off and my wife is supporting me... cause let's be honest, there are far worse things I could be doing than playing games and she know's that. I'm just having that inner struggle everyone has before making any sort of large un-needed purchase. I want it, but there is that inner grown-up tucked way down deep inside my being that is telling me no.

 

How do I tell it to shut the hell up and quit making sense?

 

Anybody else going through this?

Yep

Wed, 05/02/2012 - 07:01 — OutcastB

You know you're popular when people can't stop thinking about you;).

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