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  1. If you link your iTunes and various other accounts to Movies Anywhere, you can watch said movies with your other accounts such as Amazon, Google, etc.
  2. Interesting. I had it in my Wish List and it's gone from there as well. Perhaps this is being pushed to PS5? At this point, I wouldn't blame them for doing that. Ghost of Tsushima is still on there though.
  3. Or maybe it's so bad that — like a real boomerang — your first inclination is to throw it once you get it in your hands.
  4. Okay, I don’t usually get too invested in 100% completing a game, but this is kind of frustrating. The only thing I have left to do is 100% complete Baur’s Reach. To do that, I need to fill in the map completely and find all the collectables. As far as I can tell, I’ve done both. No more collectables appear on my map (I unlocked the ability to see all the secrets) and every part of the map is colored in, suggesting I’ve been everywhere there is to go. Unless there is something obvious I’m missing, I’m completely at a loss for what I need to do.
  5. Here in Minnesota, our governor has been very clear: a surge in COVID-19 cases is coming no matter what. The current stay-at-home order (which is set to expire at the end of the day Friday if he doesn’t extend it) is only meant to buy us the time needed to build up hospital and ICU capacities for when that surge does hit later this summer. We’ve been doing pretty well here so far. We haven’t seen exponential growth in new cases over the past 3-4 weeks. Originally forecasts predicted around 2,000 Minnesotans would die of COVID-19 over the next few months. That number has been revised to around 650. That’s still a terrible number, but at least we have a chance of saving over 1,000 lives by taking action now. The worst part is that the weather is starting to get nice. It was 70 and sunny here in the Twin Cities. Everyone’s been cooped up all winter and we’re ready to go outside and enjoy the beautiful weather.
  6. I went back into this game today to see how much of a difference this patch makes on my Xbox One X. I already beat the game around the end of March, but I decided to go back and try to find all the collectables I missed and complete the rest of the side quests. Here’s what I found. First off, performance does seem to be improved. We’ll need someone with the right equipment to do that frame rate analysis test, but I do think it’s better. By no means is it perfect, though. There are still drops and stutters here and there, but overall, it’s much smoother to my eyes than it was before. Also, the map and subscreen menus now load much faster than before. You no longer need to wait a second or two for it to appear. You hit the button and it shows up, just as you would expect. It’s so nice to have this fixed. The game just feels so much snappier and pleasurable to play as a result. Also, I had run into the issue where certain Achievements didn’t unlock, even though I completed the requirements to unlock them. As soon as I loaded up my save file, the Achievements unlocked like they should have. The patch notes say that there is now a scaling resolution option, but I didn’t see any such option in the menus. Maybe this is a PC-only feature? I did notice the new scaling motion blur and Dynamic HUD menus though. I tried the Dynamic HUD and didn’t like it. I promptly set it back to “Always On.” I also turned the motion blur to 0, just to piss off John from DF. Overall, this is a good update that goes a long way to fixing a lot of the technical shortcomings of the game at launch. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the game now to new players coming in — at least on Xbox One.
  7. A friend of mine on Facebook recently lamented the overabundance of “Easter Eggs” in this game, and I couldn’t tell if he was talking about in-jokes and references to other things or actual Easter Eggs. I think I know now.
  8. My 8 year-old has been watching Disney Plus on his iPad quite a bit recently. What’s his favorite show, you ask? Is it some sort of Disney movie? No. Is it something from Pixar? Nope. How about some of that awesome Marvel content? Not really. Surely, he takes after his old man and loves watching Star Wars, right? I wish! No, his favorite thing is a National Geographic show called Drain the Oceans. In it, they use computer imagery to “drain” bodies of water so that you can see the floor bed and all that lies at the bottom. As you can imagine, there’s an emphasis on shipwrecks and the stories behind them. Currently, his favorite episode is “Drain Alcatraz.” Kids can really surprise you sometimes.
  9. Oh, my god... That description ought to just say, “We gon fuck ya up real good, son.”
  10. When I’m in the office, I will often listen to music with a pair of headphones, but I never use my work PC to do it. I always use my iPhone. Part of it is that I don’t want to use the company’s bandwidth for that sort of thing. Part of it is that I have a 32GB data plan with rollover data through AT&T. It’s not uncommon for me to have around 50GB of data to use in a month, so I don’t really have to worry about going over my data cap.
  11. Well, it kind of was an indie game. It was published by Ninja Theory itself and made by about 20 people on a budget of $10 million dollars — including marketing! Now imagine what this studio can do with the sequel now that they have Microsoft money to backup that talent.
  12. Here’s a good one. It’s not about the making of a game. Rather, it chronicles the attempt to beat Matt Turk, a speed runner who, at one point, held the world record for every fighter in Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!
  13. Some more good news: F.D.A. Approves First Coronavirus Antibody Test in U.S. Apoorva Mandavilli, reporting for the New York Times: An important step to be sure.
  14. *Looks around at the rest of the goings-on in the world at the moment.* No, sir, it is not. Glad to hear you like it so far. I think I may wait a bit before getting this. I’d like to focus finishing Doom Eternal first and a few other games on my backlog, not to mention some of the games I have yet to try out on Game Pass and Apple Arcade.
  15. I finished off Shantae and the Seven Sirens last night. My feelings on the game have not changed much since last October. The hardest part about diving back into it was remembering what was happening when I completed the first part. It also took me a while to remember all the controls and game systems that I had learned. It’s not a terribly complicated game to figure out, but it would have been nice if the game had been released in one big batch. Still, it was a lot of fun, so I won’t complain too much.
  16. Wow, I didn’t realize so many Republicans lived in Mexico.
  17. If the campaign is as short as they say — around 5-6 hours — I can see why Capcom would include Resident Evil: Resistance. Give people a good multi-player option to play in order to justify charging $60 for the complete package. I’m still not entirely sure which version I want to get. My preference is for Xbox One as I like that controller better and it’s where I own I have all the other games in the series at the moment. However, seeing the PS4 version running at a nearly locked 60fps is pretty enticing, especially since I don’t have a 4K display for the resolution difference to matter. Hopefully, Digital Foundry can produce a comparison video of the final build for each version before Friday. If they do, I can make my final decision.
  18. Fuck off, Brian. I’ve already made enough impulse purchases today thanks to this shelter-in-place order. A man’s gotta save for next gen too!
  19. It looks like this deal I no longer valid. I looked and the price for the standard editions on both the Xbox One and PS4 are $14.99.
  20. It happens all the time in our house. Back in December 2018, we had a case of Norovirus sweep through our family in a matter of days. It started with my oldest son on Friday night, hit my youngest that night while we were sleeping, and my wife Saturday morning. I was lucky in that I felt fine throughout the weekend, so I was able to take care of everyone. By the time I got the boys to bed on Sunday evening though (my wife was still feeling sick), my stomach started to feel kind of funny. Let’s just say I didn’t go to work on Monday or Tuesday. My mother-in-law even caught it because she came over to help out with a few things on Tuesday. She was only in the house for a few hours and got sick a day or two later. So, yeah, if COVID-19 gets one of us, we’re all coming down with it — of that I am certain.
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