The Division Beta: Afterthoughts

Hello all! You may have heard about The Division, a game in development by Ubisoft. Last weekend Ubisoft opened its doors to players for it’s closed beta. Access to the beta was given if you pre-ordered the game (PC, Xbox, PS4). Nvidia and Ubisoft also partnered up to give out more keys to allow more players into the beta.

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Within the beta you had access to a few story missions and some free-form missions and bounties as well as a large chunk of area to explore. They also gave you access to the Dark Zone. This is where the big draw is for the game. In this area PvP (player verses player) is enabled unlike in the regular zone. This is also where the “best” gear is located. I use best loosely because most of the gear I encountered wasn’t much better than what I encountered in the regular zone.

Ubisoft claims this is where players will spend most of their time. I went in there with a couple of friends who also managed to get into the beta and it can get pretty sweaty when you have contaminated gear that needs to be extracted. Which brings me to my next point, any gear you acquire within the Dark Zone must be extracted via Extraction Zones. There is a 1:30 timer once you launch a flare signalling everyone in the area to which they can kill you and take your gear or join you in extracting their gear. Keep in mind tho’, there are only 4 spaces per extraction.

All in all this was a pretty good beta. Minimal bugs and network issues made for an enjoyable time. Ubisoft also has an open beta slated for sometime mid February, so keep an eye out for that. I’ll most likely do a more in-depth review after that or when the game officially launches.

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Twitch’s Top 5…and bottom 5 of 2015

2015’s almost done.  It’s been a whirlwind year.  There have been some awesome highs, and some indescribable lows.  Time to put it all out there, so to speak.

Let’s start with the lows.

1. Konami

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Wow.  Where do I even begin?  From the rumors of Hideo Kojima’s employment status, to the reports of their management skills and treatment of Kojima-sensei’s employees prior to the release of Metal Gear Solid V (being demoted to janitorial work, limited access to the company intranet, and even the removing of Kojima’s name from his magnum opus, Konami tops SSB’s list of 2015’s lows.  You can’t get much lower than they did.  They tried pretty fuckin’ hard.

2. Valentine’s Day

Going on a Valentine’s date with your arm in a sling due to an accident during MMA training sucks hard. And it’s pretty embarrassing. (Sorry E!)

3. Ronda Rousey

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Ronda’s place in the UFC hall of fame is pretty much guaranteed.  She’s blazed the way for all female MMA fighters in the public eye and there isn’t a damn thing anyone can do to take away her legacy.  The legacy however, can be tarnished a bit.  And that’s exactly what happened to her.  It took 2 rounds for Holly Holm to systematically dismantle the former UFC Women’s Bantamweight champion.  2 rounds and a head kick.  She probably wouldn’t even be on the list, but since the fight was anything but close, here she is.

4. The San Diego Chargers

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Come on Chargers, you can’t be doing SD dirty like you are right now.  Then again, it’s kinda hard to argue throwin’ more money for a new stadium when y’all haven’t won a super bowl like ever.  I did learn that there are a bunch of loyal fans that are gonna be mighty sore if/when you do leave.  Fans including my legs.  My Muay Thai coach threatened leg conditioning days if they leave.

5. The UFC apparel deal with Reebok.

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From shitty designs to an apparent apathy for all things MMA-related, it’s hard to suck harder than Reebok these days.  How can they release a shirt for a fighter named “Anderson Aldo”?  Or a fight kit for a fighter named Giblert Melendez?

And onto the highs!

1. Conor McGregor

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He was riding on an 10 or 11 fight winning streak when he stepped into the octagon against Jose Aldo a couple weeks ago.  He’s proven every single naysayer wrong (hell, even me).  Now, after his 13-second dispatching of Jose Aldo Jr., nothing seems impossible for Conor McGregor.

2. ONE PUNCH MAN

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Saitama is a superhero for fun, and he’s capable of stopping most monsters-of-the-week in one punch.  Fucker’s gotten so strong that he’s bored.  ONE’s webmanga about a bored superhero spawned one of the most visually satisfying anime series ever seen in a good long while.  Props to MADHOUSE for animating this series, and you bet there’s gonna be a second season.

3. Metal Gear Solid V

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Sure the ending may have been rushed (thanks KONAMI), but this game really was Kojima-sensei’s magnum opus.  I loved every minute of this game, and I haven’t even started playing Metal Gear Online yet.  The way that the game ended was mind-blowing at best (especially for veterans of the series), but mind-scratching at worst (if this was your entry game in the series, you’ve got some lore to catch up on).  The FOX Engine really brought Afghanistan and Africa to life, and didn’t drop in framerate or lag during any portion of the game.  Yeah.  That’s how you do open world and not fuck up.  I’M LOOKING AT YOU BETHESDA.

4. Sony Computer Entertainment

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The PS4’s been kicking ass in the market, and they’ve left the Microsoft PR guy saying the classic “Hey we’re in it for the gamers” line.  Meanwhile, Sony’s helped SEGA bring the rest of the Yakuza game franchise to the rest of the world, helped Hideo Kojima relaunch Kojima Productions as an independent creative studio, and just been awesome all around.  Oh, and there’s that Final Fantasy VII remake too.

5.  Rooster Teeth/RWBY

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Monty Oum’s untimely passing earlier this year was a tragedy nobody could’ve foreseen.  The future of his brainchild was in question, but Rooster Teeth, the production company responsible for RWBY, Red Vs. Blue, X-ray and Vav, and a few other shows stepped to the plate and continued production of the series.  Worries of whether or not the series would live up to the standards that Monty put on the series were laid to rest when Volume 3 started earlier this year.  Not only has the animation quality vastly improved, the rest of the production also improved as well.  They scored some high quality voice actor talent and it shows.

I had a chance to go to the Rooster Teeth panel during comic con 2015 and my Lie Ren cosplay went over really well.  I hope to do it again next year.

And that’s my 2015 in a nutshell.  Bring on 2016!

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Slowing the hell down.

Being sidelined with various respiratory bugs blows and sucks.  Yet here I am.  I’ve been off for approximately one week over the past two weeks.  First it was a mild case of pneumonia(if you can call it that), followed by a cold.  I’ve been passing the time at home eating various foodstuffs and resting as best I could, but even I get restless.

I’ve been playing Destiny and MGSV to pass the time.  Some highlights include:

  • Taking down Oryx and building my light level to 303.  For the longest time I struggled since I couldn’t find people to raid with.  Especially since the last group I was in was especially meme-averse.  Now things aren’t so bad.
  • Beating MGSV and getting the “True” end.  Surreal as it was, I liked it.  Puts everything in order.  And fuck Huey.
  • Hopefully we’ll have some new comics soon.  Our artist is currently having technical difficulties.
  • And with the San Diego Asian Film Festival underway, our multimedia guru Brian is going to be quite busy.  I suppose it’ll be time to do something productive in the meantime.

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I also got Crunchyroll and upgraded my Hulu so there’s no commercials.  RWBY volume 3 is awesome, Love Live is awesome, and so is Hidan no Aria AA.

Welp, I’m going to run a stream and see if anyone’s down for Oryx.  See you there!

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Speak up.

I’ll never understand this…If you have a problem with someone, why not go handle it like a man? I’m not saying go out and fight that person but, go address the issue you have, and handle it. Talk about things before it turns into something worse. Instead most people would rather keep it to themselves, having those thoughts brew and fester inside, making themselves more and more angry. Others will take the slander approach and add lies and bs to the mix and talk about the issue with everyone and their moms. Everyone BUT, the person they have a problem with of course. I couldn’t tell you which one is worse because they both suck!

Let me put this in a way some of you might better understand…
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Most people who have this issue probably think they’re so awesome…kind of like a Charizard. In realty, they’re more like a Garbador…you’re literally trash.
For all you kids/teens/ and heaven forbid, grown ass men who are having this problem. SPEAK UP! GROW SOME NUTTS! AND HANDLE IT!
life would be so much better for you in the end.

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SSB plays: Final Fantasy VII!

Happy Father’s Day!

To celebrate SquareEnix and Sony’s announcement of a Final Fantasy VII remake, Brian and I have started a somewhat spoiler-free playthrough of Final Fantasy VII.  It’s not exactly clean, and I talk about Jessie Spano.  Saved by the Bell!

 

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KUNG FURY IS THE MOVIE OF THE YEAR ALL YEARS

Dinosaurs, Vikings, Chainguns, Ninjas, Lamborghini Countaches, Kung-Fu Renegade Cops, Nazis, Hacking….it’s like Laser Unicorns peeked into my retro psyche and pulled out what was inside.  Maybe I should quit now because I can never hope to achieve the level of awesome that this movie does.

Nah, I’ll still keep shooting for it.  In my own way.

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Destiny Digest #4 – The Kutaragis

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Atheon ain’t got shit on us!

The Kutaragis, the handsomest clan in the galaxy!

People are still kinda on the fence about Destiny.  I guess I’m either a shitty gamer for liking Destiny, or I have friends.  I’m fairly sure I fall in the latter.  To that end, longtime friend of SSB and sometimes striking-disciple Fernando formed the Kutaragis.  The Kutaragis are the handsomest clan in the galaxy.

We’re a clan more focused on raiding, though if the Iron Banner is up, we’ll do PVP.

To that end, I’m going to be featuring each of our clan members in future installments of SSB’s Destiny Digest.  For now, this is our active roster.  You can find us all on the PSN, on the PS4 version of Destiny.

Team Leader – Fernando Jay “silentjay64” Huerto
Lead Strategist – Jairus “ONYXRage” Francois
Lead Breakdancer – Virgil “PapasPotatoes” Papa
1st Commander of the Japanese Armed Division – Thanh “AgentG55” Hoang
Lead Mechanic – Cristian “Gouki84” Cervantes
Raquetball Wizard – Sherwin “Santoku1” Ginez
And the SSB members part of “The Kutaragis”
PR wizard and bullet sponge – Francis “lulz1” Bautista
Networking mage and head of HR – Abe “happymexico” DelosReyes
Our allies:
Lester and Mylene Aslarona – “lenejenius”

If you ever see us in game, don’t be afraid to say hello!  Drop us a friend request if you’d like!

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