Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy meme year

2016 may have been the worst year since mankind first started talking about years, but it did give rise to an internet meme that I particularly enjoy: the "Me at the End of 2016" meme. You've probably seen a bunch of these; there's no shortage. But that won't stop me making my own.

OK, this one may be a bit esoteric. Long story short, the kid on the left and the sea monster on the right are the same guy.

That last one makes me want to cry.

Happy new year, everyone! May your 2017 be comparatively painless.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Winter of fury

I use the phrase "month of fury" to describe any calendar month where complications, difficulties or outright tragedies seem to be concentrated. This year, we seem to be having an entire season of fury.

There has been drama at work that I don't want to talk about.

There was an election I don't even want to think about.

And I have been sick on and off since right after that election.

A sad side effect of all this (especially the last) is that I neglected my video-making endeavors for a large part of the month, and my blog updates along with them. So today I have a backlog of videos to share.

First, in Resident Evil 5, Chris and Sheva struggle against the Chainsaw Brothers, Charlie and...Cheston? I don't remember.

Then we go back to Ultra Street Fighter IV for a satisfying episode of Fight Meee! Feel the hype. (If you're wondering why there are only two episodes in Season 3 so far, it's only partly because I got sick. It has just as much to do with the fact that the PS4 USFIV online community is, shall we say, not the most active.)

Speaking of hype, here's what happens when three buddies with a no-nonsense approach to Overwatch party up and communicate via Facebook Messenger voice chat. Unfortunately I don't yet have the technology to capture our voices when we use this method, but I'm working on it.

And finally, this Christmas, give the gift of Aiden Pearce.

I will be pretty busy going into Christmas weekend, all the way into the first week of January, so apologies in advance if I don't post again until after that.

Happy xolidays! (After winning the War on Christmas, we moved on to the War on Holidays.)

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Nothing is over

I stopped myself time and time again over the last year from writing political posts about the presidential election. I didn't want to risk readership over differing political opinions, nor did I think the risk was justified, since Hillary had been practically guaranteed victory since her nomination.

And the worst part of the shock of losing isn't that my "team" lost, or that my predictions were wrong. It's that stunning unintelligence is far, far more severe a problem among American voters than I thought it was.

When did it become so fashionable to be so stupid?

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Recent livestreams of USFIV, RE5

Here are three recent stream archives from my Twitch channel. My streams aren't on a reliable schedule (I basically do them when I get a chance), so if you're a Twitch regular, be sure to follow my channel.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Fight Meee! USFIV Season 3 opener

After putting it off for months, I recently picked up a new arcade stick and bought the much-maligned PS4 port of Ultra Street Fighter IV. Getting back into online USFIV has been easy so far, thanks to the time I put in at the arcade after ditching my Xbox 360 (and believe me, the arcade is a place that doesn't let you get rusty).

So now I'm starting fresh with a new account. The PS4 version of the game seems fine for the most part, and in terms of matchmaking, it actually seems a little better than its predecessor (my waiting times feel shorter these days). How far will I climb on this shiny, new ladder? Let's find out.