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I don’t watch Family Guy anymore. It’s not that I don’t enjoy the show, it’s just that… I stopped enjoying the show awhile back. So yeah, I guess I stopped enjoying the show. I suppose I could have phrased that better, then again the show could be better too.
As a thing to lure people back and get the show talked about, Brian Griffin (the talking dog) died and was replaced by a new talking dog NOT voiced by Seth McFarlane. I don’t know much about it except that I have been literally slammed by
folks regarding this and since I didn’t see it, I figured I might as well outsource the commentary to MovieBob since he actually watched the episode, has some competent criticisms, comparisons and theories as to where this might lead from here.
Did you see the episode? How will this affect you watching it? Do you think Brian should be resurrected?
Tell me your thoughts below!
I know, we’ve seen an Attack on Titan Abridged series before, but… Well, it’s Team Four Star, so it’s worth a look. They cover things pretty fast so brace yourself.
Also it’s super funny. Damn, I love this show.
It’s so close I can taste it.
On a personal level, it hasn’t been as awesome a year as I would have preferred although things are ending on a higher note than they have in a few years. I’ve been putting in extra hours and selling off my embarrassingly large collection of toys to make ends meet. My mind’s been busy, but hazy so my sparse posting has been… uh, sparse? Or at least unusually sparse.
Anyway, I’m eager to enjoy some upcoming vacation time to put a dent in my backlog and I’ll be more likely to sink in additional time making dents with the time I’ll have from the new job. Good news all around. It took awhile getting here, but it feels good.
So Grand Theft Auto 5 has been out for awhile to grand scandal, raving reviews that led to other scandals, insane sales numbers that prove we’re all a little bit psychotic and bugs bugs bugs!
There’s naturally the blame train as well as idiots too stupid/evil to be allowed to roam the streets commits horrible acts of violence against their fellow man and come up with the defense that “GTA made me do it!”, which is vastly more effective as a defense than it should be because the stodgey old folks that pull the strings of mass media and people too ignorant to see a blatant difference between ones and zeroes that make crime into a game are completely different than bludgeoning a complete stranger on the street for giggles.
Those psychotics that have yet to be caught or let the violence escape their homes are finding themselves engaged in the online component of the recent release and yours truly has dabbled in the warm, filthy waters of this vehicle-choked stab at online villainy and I’ve learned a few things that I’d like to share for those who are starting or are intimidated by the bloodthirsty monsters that are actively looking to destroy you.
1. Make Friends!!!
As in real-life friends. People on your friends list on PSN or Xbox Live are simply the greatest asset you will ever have and I don’t mean that to be mushy. There’s strength in numbers and often friends will help you navigate the streets of Los Santos in ways you would never have expected, to say nothing of the benefits their their assistance in missions obviously provides. Again, best asset in the game turns out to be real people, get in a crew ASAP.
2. Don’t carry cash!
When you get money from missions or from the corpse of an enemy you’ll have it upon your person, meaning it can be taken off your corpse by the person currently on their way to kill you for giggles. Sure, you’ll just respawn, but you’ll respawn much poorer if you fail to deposit that cash. Your options are two-fold: Deposit by phone or by ATM.
ATMs are plentiful, but the problem is that there’s a crapton of killers between you and that ATM so unless you’re exceptionally confident in your abilities to fend off the insanely random opportunities for death then I’d consider the alternative. The second way to relieve cash is to magically squeeze stacks of cash through your smartphone to your bank account using the phone’s web browser. However, like the ATM, there’s a downside in that your character sits there’s deliciously vulnerable to any attack that comes your way and since you’re always up on radar it’s worth finding some cover to buy yourself a few seconds of safety before rushing back into the streets.
3. Fight smart!
Higher level players will seek you out and hunt you down. Repeatedly. Like an endless juggle combo in a fighting game, these vicious bastards will occasionally track you as you respawn and keep killing you creating a hefty hospital bill that will leave you broke if you let it continue. If your skills aren’t sharp enough to fend off the attacker, then bail. Jump into another server, jump into a random mission or deathmatch, just get out. There’s no shame in a tactical retreat if you’re trying to save up for that sexy apartment in the sky and your backup isn’t immediately on hand to help retaliate.
4. Level up! Mission mission mission!
Don’t get frustrated by irksome limitations that low levels place on you! Get to work in survival mode, pick up weapons in the fray you’re not even supposed to have yet. Don’t hesitate to get your feet wet. Join jobs, missions, races and deathmatches to build your level as fast as possible as well as gather an arsenal of weapons in-mission that you otherwise wouldn’t have access to so you’re better prepared for the people-shaped horrors outside.
5. TRUST NO ONE.
Thanks to the immense danger that other players represent, you will find yourself getting killed if you approach a player, even if your intentions are friendly. Pulling up alongside a player to say howdy will get you shot, standing in front of a building will get you shot, doing ANYTHING while exposed will put you in the murder parade. It’s a reflex because other players are conditioned to kill anything that isn’t them, often resulting in friendly fire incidents.
Finishing a job doesn’t necessarily make you friends, by the end of a successful job the strangers you’re with might very well gun you down and take your portion of the reward. Hell, Daison was gunned down by a helicopter after finishing a survival match because other players were waiting to pick off players who completed the activity. It’s not paranoia when you know for a FACT that they’re coming to get you, so be ready at all times for players to make an attempt on your life at any time.
6. Don’t be a jerk. It leads to gang wars.
Consider who you’re playing the game with before you start stuff with other players. A guy gunned me down while I was in a party with half the players on the server at the time. I didn’t take it personally until he began hunting me every time I respawned and by the third time he was wearing a bounty that had almost everyone after him. Things escalated as he managed to scrounge support from a couple of other players and eventually this small scuffle had exploded into a small scale war with player piloted attack choppers and tanks erupting onto the scene. It was actually kind of awesome, but it’s less awesome for the guy on the receiving end… So, try to limit your dickish behavior.
7. Beware the Bad Sport stuff.
Don’t blow up player cars. It’s idiotic, I know. In a game where there’s already things like INSURANCE to replace cars destroyed, Rockstar went the extra mile of idiocy in a failed attempt to control bad players by forcing the killer of said vehicle to pay all fees associated with replacing the car and marking the offending player as a “bad sport”. Being a “bad sport” earns you a grounding that lands you in a hell of high level troll players with dunce hats as the only people you can play with, no joke.
Bad sports are also people who bail on missions, which is another poorly planned thing since Rockstar’s servers are notoriously unreliable putting many players in this position that don’t deserve to be there with the rage-quitting trolls. I’m glad there’s something of a consequence to stuff like bailing on jobs intentionally, but this is a hazard you currently can’t avoid so just be aware. The car thing is also something many players are railing against because car destruction is an element crucial to the game, so why not just keep it at the insurance thing? Anyway, until Rockstar makes some changes don’t rage quit on jobs and try to target players instead of cars. Lame.
8. Play with Audio settings!!!
If you’re wearing a headset, you’re gonna hear some smack talk. It’s not that smack talk is altogether different in this than other games, it’s just that you’ll be drowning in it if you don’t make alterations to what comes into your earhole because the default chat thing is everyone on the server talking at once. Wouldn’t be so bad if it were just some nice folks chatting while running each other over in cars, but you basically enjoy all the fun of hearing children using racial slurs to get attention.
I won’t talk to people that aren’t friends because I don’t need to use my downtime trash talking obscene strangers or foul-mouthed children. There’s a filter for this, use it.
9. Map making!
There’s a bunch of stuff you’ll wish was marked on the map because Los Santos is insanely huge. Playing with the camera on your phone can help you mark points on your map for future reference as well as capture landmarks to better assist you in getting your bearings in this stupidly massive sandbox of a game.
10. Seek shelter!
Sometimes you just wanna surf the net and buy something neat, deposit some cash, text a buddy and do all of this while not getting shot in the face by a stranger that happened to be passing by. It’s all well and good to have a friend let you into their apartment or to sneak in the back of a convenience store to pop on their computer, but sometimes your friends aren’t online and the convenience store clerk is gonna pull a gun on ya and call the cops anyway. Buy some property! Get a garage, get a house, get a condo! Sometimes it’s just important to have a place to hide from the cops, but it’s also nice to have that sense of security when you need a moment and the server is crawling with murderers.
There’s a LOT more to tell, but I only lasted as long as I did in the game thanks to friends watching out for me. If you’ve got suggestions you think I missed then leave a comment.
Teamfourstar recent did a thing at a convention. I don’t know much about this thing because I didn’t go and instead enjoyed the thrill of working on Halloween with an Optimus Prime helmet that provided strength to work on through the creepy night.
More importantly, TFS managed to pop out another video. Or rather REMAKE another video, an early attempt of theirs to spoof the Dragonball Z films was hilarious, but hard to watch due to them being plagued by audio and video issues. Since they became big pimpin’ and spendin’ the cheese though, they use a bunch of cool stuff to do cool things so the visuals are crisp and the sound is exquisite.
So here’s DBZ abridged’s Dead Zone (redux)!
Look, I’d like to say that I’m a man of few needs. I want to think I’m a responsible adult, but I’m just human!!! There’s only so much I can take before my sensibilities erupt from my person and I do something… desperate.
Voltron is a thing. He’s the robot that the Power Rangers have been trying to reinvent forever and it’s totally badass and made of robot lions. IT HAS GIANT LION HEADS FOR HANDS AND FEET!!!
So yeah… PurpleMonkeyDishwasher gave me a poke that included this:
My brain is literally screaming at me every time I look at it. I would NEVER take it off. I mean, I still need to get me my Optimus and Grimlock hoodies, but the fact that it has LION HEADS FOR HANDS makes it perfect. The only thing better would be footie pajamas with yellow and blue lion heads for feet to go with it.
Regardless, this gets most of the stuff out of the way, I can add the legs and wings on my own and BE WARNED THAT I WILL!
Expect to see me on the local news if I get my mitts on one of these. Ideally, I’d like to have five, but I’ll settle for the one.
Former mecca of entertainment in my most formative of years, enemy to those with a working phone and fearsome former tyrant of late fees. You may remember a time lawsuits flew fast and fierce when a class action lawsuit finally slammed them so hard that they had change their whole system… and then Netflix appeared and they’ve been chasing better ideas ever since.
Blockbuster, now an entity owned by Dish Network following their most recent bankruptcy, closed its stores. ALL of its stores, as of Wednesday this week. There’s about fifty remaining open that are privately owned, but their ongoing operation is likely in question and could potentially be a legal issue at some point depending on how Dish Network decides to handle the brand.
Meanwhile, the remains of this savage rental dragon sans brick and mortar stores will continue to function; specifically, the blue Redbox knockoffs that still operate in various parts of the country and the Netflix knockoff component as this once mighty giant now operates as a pale imitation of the very things that were most effective in its downfall.
I’m not too excited by the news that another big business has now shut its doors because this means that lots of folks are now out of a job across the country. Granted, the guys maintaining the video vending machines and the online mailing packets can breathe easy, the in-store folks are screwed. That’s bummer news. Compounding this frustration is the final nail in the coffin of what many folks held as a weekly ritual, my family being no exception as my Dad frequently bragged every time a store remodeled because he’d finally paid his late fees.
We rented a LOT. We were the carnie folks that could get lost in the store for days and unearth treasures of films we’d never heard of and dust off classics we didn’t realize we craved, all this on top of keeping up on the highly desired new releases while we could still fight over them in the aisles with the other freaks wandering the store. Netflix just isn’t quite the same.
I even served my time in Blockbuster as management, a time I have mixed feelings about.
While many folks are chuckling to themselves about how funny the death of a long lived entertainment giant may be and making late fee wisecracks, I keep thinking about all the folks scrounging for jobs in an already troubling economy. My heart goes out to those folks as it does to anyone forced out into the street when a business closes its doors.
Sure, it was a matter of time for this outdated business model to retire, but that doesn’t make it any less sad to see it go.
So as a hairy guy, I’ve heard of these razors.
In an amusing trend, it’s nice to see people look at the success of the completely insane Old Spice commercials and decide that the funny/weird stuff is arguably more memorable and better for long terms sales.
Or something. All I know is that this particular success involves cheap razors by mail. And it’s the freaking hilarious.
It’s Dollar Shave Club, funny little California operation that sells cheap razors and has raised all kinds of eyebrows in the financial scene because they basically sell other company’s razors for dirt cheap AND push their marketing virally.
My wife is a scientist. She’s way smarter than me, way more mature than me and has a vastly stronger stomach than me. She comes across things that make me squirm and recently showed me this… thing.
It’s an ad for a machine to speed up something involving a “pipette“.
Let me reiterate, this is an advertisement. An advertisement for science. SCIENCE.
Just think about this for a bit next time you’re near anything remotely medical or science related. You know, the singing.
It’s trick or treat time, suckers! I’m sad to say that I’m disappointed that I have been so distracted by real life stuff that I haven’t been able to focus on the opportunity that October presents so I’m going to do the second best thing to taking Halloween seriously: I’m going to bleed it out into November.
I’ll also find arguably scary/bizarre horrors like THIS:
Anyway, I plan to provide a slightly spookier November so uh… yeah. Theming!