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  1. Firewall is also 50% this weekend in the Flash Sale.
  2. Firewall Zero Hour is having and free trial weekend coming up for PSPlus members for any of you that were wanting to try it.
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    Rocket League (PS+ Title for July)

    Rocket League is now fully cross play across all platforms. Sony has allowed them to open PS4 cross play to Xbox, Switch and PC. https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2019-01-14-rocket-league-now-features-full-cross-platform-play-between-ps4-xbox-one-switch-and-pc
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    Uncharted film is coming...

    For real this time? Dan Trachtenberg is now tapped to direct with Tom Holland supposedly playing a young Drake. https://www.slashfilm.com/uncharted-movie-director-dan-trachtenberg/
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    Destiny 2 Forsaken E3 Story Trailer

    That’s a very surprising and interesting development. I wonder why Activision was willing to let it go. More info on the split: https://kotaku.com/bungie-splits-with-activision-1831651740#amp-1oEpJSy89RTpW3VPYjo7KBRdhtHALI0wz7qXEsdjATXTFOGONJF8qB9I8egHsDmj Sounds like the PC version will remain on Battle.net, but I wonder for how long. Will be be interesting to see if any major changes are made to the game that couldn’t have been done under Activision (besides a change in yearly releases).
  6. Top 100% Gamerscore! 8 hours played. Most played game was Sea of Thieves Beta at 6 Hours (which I think I may have left running for a few hours). Pretty sure I spent more time downloading updates than playing Xbox this year.
  7. I’m still glad they’re doing all these rereleases on the Switch, but I just wish they wouldn’t be at full price. If they were $30 US/$40 CND, they’d be much more tempting.
  8. I could see the Golden Tee one being popular. That’s a game that isn’t easily replicated at home with emulators and has a following. This assumes the trackball is of a decent quality.
  9. Games: For me, this year was all about discovering and falling in love with VR. I got a PSVR in June and have hardly played anything that isn't VR since then. It is, by far, my favorite entertainment thing in years. The experience is just beyond what a game on a TV can provide. I've had a ton of fun trying demos, games and experiences for months. Because of that, I haven't really played any of the big "flat" games this year such as RDR2, God of War or Spiderman. Top VR Games: Astrobot: Rescue Mission - Despite some mild disappointment with the game at the outset, I completely fell in love with it by the end. This game really shows just how different a platformer in VR can be, and how great of an experience it is. My only complaint is that I wish there was more. Farpoint - Farpoint is like nothing I've experienced before. On the surface it seems like a straightforward, run of the mill shooter, but the immersion added with VR and the Aim controller cannot be denied. It just takes everything to another level. The later parts of the game get really intense, where I was hiding behind cover, peeking out to shoot an enemy and continuously looking around to make sure something wasn't from above or behind me. It's one of the best gaming experiences I've ever had. Moss - The "Other" platformer on PSVR. While a fairly simply game, the VR adds so much depth to the environments and characters that it's really gives you some "wow" moments. Quill as a character is completely charming too. This was the game, before Astrobot, that showed off how great a platformer can be in VR. Firewall: Zero Hour - Despite some ongoing technical and network issues, this is THE online VR multiplayer shooter. Similar to Rainbow Six (but slower paced than Siege), this is the game that really shows what a tactical shooter game in VR can do. It's intense, it's fun, and is the best online game I've played in years. Beat Saber - THE VR game right now. I've only played the PSVR version, so no custom songs, but it doesn't matter. This is a fantastic rhythm game that can only exist in VR. Just like Guitar Hero and Rock Band before it, it lets you live out a bit of a fantasy (being a light saber master) while it challenges you to keep playing to get better and better. With more songs coming, this one is sure to remain relevant for awhile. Honorable Mentions - Tetris Effect, Job Simulator, Superhot VR, Thumper, Statik Non-VR Games: Monster Hunter World - This was practically the only non-VR game I played this year. I got quite hooked on it for quite awhile and was playing practically every night for weeks. With that said though, I hit a wall in the story, didn't really like the grind to get past it, and had pretty much moved on when I got my PSVR gear. Tacoma - Played this early in the year. Really enjoyed it and the story it told. Games like this in VR would be amazing. Movies: I ended up watching more movies than I thought I had this year. Most of it though, was getting somewhat caught up with movies from 2017 or beyond. I watched every Marvel movie from Avengers 2 up to Infinity War to see everything finally. I also got caught up on the Mission Impossible films, and some of the awards contenders from 17. Thor: Ragnarok - The most entertaining movie I've seen this year. Funny, good action, decent story.... crazy. Probably my favorite Marvel film since the original iron Man. Icarus - A powerful and thrilling documentary. I started watching this late at night and just HAD to finish it before going to bed. The twists and turns are incredible. I, Tonya - Funny, entertaining, great performances. A great look at this crazy incident in sports history. Andre The Giant - I'm not a big wrestling fan, but I love documentaries about wrestling. The behind the scenes and real lives of these people are much more interesting than what is told on the screen. Andre the Giant is a love letter to the sport's "biggest" star. Avengers: Infinity War - I don't particularly like the Avengers movies, or for that matter the last two Captain America movies which might as well have been Avengers movies. They're impressive feats, but they feel too bloated, have too many characters, and rely too much on the viewer remembering past events in previous movies. Infinity War has all that and then some, but it works much better than any of the previous attempts. The ending had been spoiled for me since I didn't watch it for months after its release, but it only softened the impact a bit. I'm more excited for End Game than I have ever been for any other Marvel movie. Honorable Mentions - BlackKKlansman, Mission Impossible: Fallout, Molly's Game, Game Night, The Darkest Hour, Ant-Man TV: In my list I made of all the TV I've watched this year, there certainly seems to be a pattern of a lot of true crime documentaries. The success of Making a Murderer seems to have launched a new genre, and it's one that I've gotten into. With that said though, the tops of my list, are not that. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel S1 + 2 - I'm not a fan of Gilmore Girls. What I've seen of it, I actively dislike. This show has that Gilmore Girls, fast talking pace to it, but it works perfectly. This is like Amy Sherman-Palladino's West Wing after doing Sports Night. A show that absolutely suits her style. I love it. I love the setting, the cast, the humour, just about everything. S2 seemed to have a couple episodes that brought everything to a halt, but they aren't bad, just different. Glow S1 + 2 - Another quirky comedy with an interesting premise. It's actually very similar to Mrs. Maisel in a lot of ways now that I think about it. Alison Brie is amazing in it, as is the rest of the cast. I can't wait for more. Manhunt - I could NOT stop watching this. I remember the Unabomber, but don't really remember the details surrounding it, just that infamous picture and his name. Watching it all unfold was just gripping TV. I can't wait to see what they do for season 2. Killing Eve - Another gripping show, with very interesting characters. Sandra Oh is fantastic in it, and I love characters like Villanelle that just do whatever they want, and you don't know where their line is (if they even have one). Last Week Tonight - In this crazy world and the times we live in, this show is what I need to make sense of it all. I love how it presents its facts and how it informs us of issues we may never have known about, but which can affect us all greatly. The only problem I have is, I wish it was on every week, and it can make things feel a bit hopeless at times. Honorable Mentions - Making a Murderer S2, The Innocent Man, American Vandal S1+2, The Toys That Made Us, Evil Genius, Westworld S2, LA to Vegas.
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    Netflix members...

    We had this problem too. Sat down to watch it and were greeted with a video telling us it wasn’t supported on the AppleTV. Then looked it up online and found out my Chromecast, which is my backup for things that don’t work on ATV also wasn’t supported. Thankfully the Netflix on my cable box, of all things, worked fine (except for the fact that our Christmas tree blocks the IR signals). I was worried we were going to have to cast from a PC.
  11. Walmart in Canada has this on sale for $80 for Boxing week (normally $130). Most sales I’ve seen are at $100.
  12. That’s a pretty good selection of movies, but is missing a few that truly defined VHS.
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    The Retro Gaming bug

    Chris Kohler’s video series, Complete In Box, has a new video on the 64DD. This was such a weird and interesting experiment from Nintendo. It would be a neat thing to own since it was so rare, never released outside of Japan, something most people don’t even know about, and so different from the CD-ROM drives (but yet, oddly similar to the Famicom Disc Drive). Prices on Ebay say that will never happen though, and especially not with a keyboard.
  14. The base game is 75% off in the Steam Winter sale.
  15. Both Classic Mini systems (NES and SNES) are no longer in production and will most likely be gone very soon. https://www.polygon.com/2018/12/14/18140804/nes-classic-snes-classic-out-of-stock-nintendo
  16. We have a documentary film thread, but I thought it might be nice to have one dedicated to recommend and discuss docs that are dedicated to Videogames. This could be feature films like King of Kong, TV Specials, Youtube videos and creators, or special series that are created like those done by Player 2 Productions for Penny Arcade and Double Fine. And with that, I'm going to start with a couple you may not even be able to watch.... you're welcome. The Artists: The Pioneers Behind The Pixels This is 10 part series produced by CBC in Canada. Episode topics include, the start of EA, Atari, id and Doom, Chris Crawford - The Founder of GDC and a bit of an eccentric, Infocom - Zork and text adventures, Lucasarts, Dani Bunten and multiplayer games, Sid Meier and Civilization, Bioware, and the future of games. They treat the subject matter with the utmost of respect, and it is a well done series. They feel very very much like Area 5's documentaries (Co-Op, Outerlands, I am Street Fighter). My only complaint is that each episode is only around 10 minutes long, so they aren't real deep dives. The one thing that really struck me, and I knew this before, was how EA and Activision were both founded with the idea about giving the creators credit. About making them the focal point, instead of the company. Now both are these gigantic behemoths with hundreds of people making their games, and you're lucky if a Studio gets much credit, let alone the people. I know things have changed, and these ideas rarely seem to work for long (Hello Ionstorm), but it would be nice if there was still a drop of the idealism left. In Canada, you can stream it from CBC here: https://watch.cbc.ca/season/the-artists/season-1/6ec08750-b8fd-4841-9d62-5d05760af9be In the US, you can stream it on Topic here: https://www.topic.com/the-artists If you're outside of the US and Canada.... a VPN seems to work on Topic. For some reason Topic has a different order of episodes than what CBC and the official site have. It doesn't really matter though. ------------------------ Outerlands As mentioned above, this is a documentary from Area 5 that was successfully kickstarted back in 2014. The first batch of episodes came out late last year for backers. Initially I was a bit disapointed with the length, but apparently there is more coming, who knows when though. The current episodes are only available for backers, but will come out for everyone at some point... although I'm sure someone has leaked them somewhere. What has been released are 3 parts to the "episode" called "Saving Games" which includes a part on game archivists Frank Cifaldi and Mike Mika, another on The Strong museum, and a couple who own an classic games arcade. The second "episode" is "The Pioneers" and includes a part on Ralph Baer (with interviews completed right before he passed away), Al Alcorn from Atari, and the developers of the original Space War. Worth checking out.... if you can. I'll try and let you all know when it's out for non-backers. ------------------------ If you can't watch those, here's one on YouTube. Tetris - From Russia with Love A BBC documentary from 2004, that I think is quite well done, on the history of Tetris. The history of Tetris is amazing. I think it could honestly make for a good dramatic movie.
  17. PSVR back on sale for Christmas. From Dec 16-26 $100 off and includes the new Borderlands VR and Beat Saber Bundle. https://www.playstation.com/en-us/campaigns/2018/playstation-vr-tis-the-season-to-play/
  18. That’s too bad. I had assumed Valve was involved (even after watching the first couple minutes where he says they didn’t call him back I figured something might have happened while they were making it). Are there any any interviews with people involved that aren’t with Valve anymore? Or is it just about its influence?
  19. New NoClip Doc on Half Life. Haven’t watched it yet, but am anxious to.
  20. Sounds like you’re maining Yoshi. Who’s your 34ther though?
  21. https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2018/12/global-avengers-initiative-to-assemble-earths-mightiest-heroes-at-disney-parks-around-the-world/ New info and details on the Marvel attractions coming to HK, California and Paris. Notice the world Marvel isn’t used (except in the author’s title and Captain Marvel). Not a heck of a lot here though, except for a broad overview of what’s coming and what characters are involved.
  22. Very cool. The first Panzer Dragoon was my go-to game to show off the Saturn in its early days. The opening cinematic completely blew my mind back then (but seems like it could be done by a 5th grader nowadays). Zwei was an amazing upgrade and right up there with VF2, Sega Rally and Virtua Cop in showing what the Saturn was actually capable of once they got used to the hardware and had their tools matured. I welcome the remakes. I hope they’re good, but at the very least it shows us that this series isn’t completely forgotten about, which is nice.