Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Dead Island Riptide = WASTE OF MONEY!

Bought DI-R with a buddy and let me say it's just mo tha same.

This SHOULD NOT have been a 50-60 dollar game. At most it should have been a 20$ expansion.

The game is EXTREMELY short and there is nothing new. Yes they added boats but they SUCK.

Let's do the preverbial good to bad


Well if you liked the first and got this for free then hey have at it.

The online is still good/same but I did not experience the freeze ups the first was riddled with.


Importing your character from the first is useless. It Only imports your levels and skills, but NO WEAPONS. So in effect what this does is pit you against level 40+ zombies with level 2 weapons! Importing is basically hard mode. You will die and die A LOT from importing. I imported and my friend did not. My zombies where invincible meth heads compared to his. Unfortunately before I figured this out I was pretty far and not interested in re starting.

Endless zombies.... Who ever thought this was a good idea was sniffing something. You literally can watch and endless flow of zombies flood out of certain houses. WHERE are they all hiding? Is it a clown house?

Same enemies. No really its just the same enemies with like TWO new ones.

The boats suck. They are hard to control, not needed and annoying. Not to mention you are steering through drowner infested water. As passenger you can not attack oncoming zombies and will find yourself pulled into the water more often than not while your driver doesn't even realize and keeps going.

IT THE SAME GAME! Nothing new, in fact most of the areas in the first were more fun.

SHORT SHORT SHORT SHORT SHORT! There had better be some free DLC for pre order people because this was not a game, it was an EXPANSION! We literally finished the entire game with all sides in like 10 or less hours. There is no need to do NG+. Funny this game has NG+ but dishonored didn't. I know its not the same devs but what does the industry as a whole think now a days.

Fighting is still clunky. This wasn't bad because in the first you were leveling with the enemies and could always just hop on a car and smash their heads with an axe in relative safety but in this, again if you import, you are fighting super strong enemies with a nerf bat.

The story is pretty lame compared to the first. It jumps all over the place with no real progression on any particular point. Characters are met and then dispatches with or not seen until the end with little or no reason to their even being there.

WHY DOES EVERYONE in the damn group have to talk to me every time I walk by?! They all repeat the same phrase ad nauseum until I am swinging my club at their head HOPING to put them out of whatever dementia loop they are caught in. "Canned food is all we have here"

Just make a strong poison Kitana and there you have the only weapon needed throughout the game.

Final boss sucked. They should have really had some cool bosses. They introduced mutagen yet did not really take advantage of it with any novel boss fights.

Sam B is still more racially annoying than anything Ive ever seen, and I'm a pretty insensitive guy. I think it would have been cool to get like DMX for this role and used his voice. Not that Phil Lamar is bad but I just found the character SSOOOOOO annoying.

Lastly (but not last) how the FUCK do I rid myself of this?!
The supposed setting is off on my and my buddy's system yet it persists in forcing fucking facebook down our throats!

In the end there is so much fundamentally wrong with this game as a "game" and not an addon to the first I could only see myself giving this 3 out of a 10 brand new full price.
If you can grab a copy for 15 to 20 bucks it would jump itself to maybe a 7 out of 10.\


Friday, May 24, 2013

Torrenting TV shows WITH commercials!

Here's a conundrum. I'm not going to lie I download TV shows here and there since cutting the cord.

I pay for hulu and netflix and JUST yesterday installed an antenna in our attic.

I get the complaining about downloading shows and "lost revenue" without commercials BUT what if people started putting the shows up WITHOUT pulling the commercials?

I'm actually of the mind that I like commercials. I like the little break and something to divert my attention for a minute. My GF likes them because it makes the experience last longer. With them a show is 30 minutes but without you blast through an ep in like 15.

Would these show makers feel so bad if people were leaving the commercials in? I honestly would prefer it.
I only bring this up because some shows never show up on the stations web site or very late in the game and honestly we are impatient.
Anyone else?

Thursday, May 16, 2013

My letter to HGTV - Now with a response UPDATED

In today's age why don't regular channels go the HULU format and just start offering their online content for a meager fee with commercials (or free with more commercials!), I personallly like commercials.

I decided to write this letter to HGTV since its the ONE channel my GF can not live without since we've cut cable.
I have set up PLEX but its so temperamental and even thought about getting an Apple TV  just so she could airplay from her ipad but we already have rokus and the HGTV app on the ipad is even more tempermental.

I (and many others I presume) would probably love to pay like 2$ a channel directly form the station itself, just to get what we like when we like and not have to pay cable companies insane prices. Let them deal with the broadband and leave the TV to the pros.

Here is my note, hopefully I get some kind of response.

"Dear HGTV (not actually sure how to forward this)

We recently disconnected our cable and decided to go ROKU. We are loving it and really see no reason to ever get cable again as the cost was just to much for use in this economy.
But my personal issues aside, the ONE channel my girlfriend (we own a home together) wishes we could still get is HGTV. I personally am not a massive fan but there are a few good things on there.
There was at once an HGTV app for the device albeit 3rd party but we missed that boat before it was removed.

My question is do you have any plans to unleash a ROKU app for your channel. All in all it would be a gold mine at even 2$ a month with commercials included (such as hulu does).
I cant see why most channels do not take advantage of this format such as Travel, Food, cartoon network ETC.

Just a curious question and hopefully something that might save me from a future aneurism from listening to why we dont have HGTV anymore.


Update 5/24/13

I GOT A RESPONSE! Honestly it's a fair a decent one at that.

Hi Tyler,

Thank you for contacting us!

At this time, there are no immediate plans to offer a channel through Roku (though it is possible in the future).  Scripps Networks Interactive is currently exploring multiple forms of digital distribution. A public announcement of a digital distribution contractual agreement with an MSO (Multiple System Operator), lifestyle website, or an over-the-top service provider has yet to be released. However, as this medium is an attractive and value based opportunity for both our consumer and company, please stay tuned for further details as we are investigating all three categories for opportunities!

Thank you again for your interest!

Best regards,

Scripps Networks Interactive Customer Service

SCRIPPS NETWORKS INTERACTIVE - the Leader in Lifestyle Media
HGTV | DIY Network | Food Network | Cooking Channel | Travel Channel | Great American Country | | |

So honestly its not disqualified.... I guess.
I think personally the streaming boxes are just the initial future wave for television.
It would be great to FINALLY just have to purchase your internet through competing providers and receive your TV sub through ANY provider running a good promotion or just directly from the channel source.
Yet I believe we would DEF NEED some consumer protection by the government to be sure internet providers wouldn't start GOUGING the shit out of consumers since they would be losing the cable revenue.
In the end your network would remove the brunt from distributing cable TV to handle the load of your internet service so its a wash minus some new equipment but hey you should have honestly planned for this instead of buying new fancy gifts for yourselves so don't even think of upping costs.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Doritos Locos Tacos SUCK!

Doritos Locos tacos SUCK!
Me and my GF never eat junk food EVER but broke down to try these.
I was expecting that crunchy yet fluffy Doritos texture and taste in a shell form.... it was a bland cheap Taco Bell hard shell LIGHTLY coated in some seasoning you could barely even notice.
After all the hype, what a waste of possible calories!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Gooogle Paid TV - nothing good yet but it'll get there (fingers crossed)

WHY cant we get straight al la carte programming cheap with adverts. I actually enjoy commercials and Hulu has that stuff down to an enjoyable science.
Me and the GF recently cut the cord but where I am tech savy enough to enjoy giving the big middle finger to comcast (yes I still pay them internet and they own part of HULU) she still has a bit of trouble managing the devices.
I would love to see google partner a deal with some real channels such as FOOD, HGTV, Cartoon Network, History, Discovery, ETC to get me some channels at like 2$ a month with commericals still in there to subsidize my discount.
C'mon google get to conquering the world already so I can get cheap TV.
I also had an idea for subsidized cell service using commercials as the waiting to pickup ring.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Municipal workers are the WORST kind of employee

My Evening
So I’m back from vaca in PR and went to finally get my picture for my permit yesterday evening because just like any state or city run facility hours for this are complete SHIT!
I drive from New Haven to Bridgeport at 4:30PM after work to make it to the state trooper barracks for my permit. I make it there at about 4:45 and get in the line only to realize that my birth certificate is missing….. I went back to my car and its NO WHERE! So I am one I.D. short of being able to complete this.
I decide “fuck it no biggy” the probate courthouse is around the corner I’ll just go get another copy it’s before 5PM and I have the 5 bucks. I go to the courthouse, park and pay the meter and the door is locked, “is it closed already???? It’s Thursday and they should have late hours”
I go around the building to the other door. Also Locked! Then I see a nice big sign that’s says they closed the building and it move to 999 broad street. Okay I can see Broad Street but don’t know where 999 is since NOTHING in Bridgeport ever has an address in front. I get back in my car, pissed I paid a meter but hey.
 I drive up and down Broad ONLY to find that the fucking building is RIGHT BEHIND where I parked, so Time wasted. I get out and RUN to the new courthouse since I have like 4 minutes. I get inside and ask the guard where it is and he says “sorry they closed”.
“Yes they close at 4:30 every day now”
Not ONLY that but he informed me there was a slight increase in the price for a birth certificate copy…. TO TWENTY FUCKING DOLLARS!