Destiny Fully Hidden by Shadow

Destiny Fully Hidden by Shadow

After Destiny was, in my books, such a massive disappointment, I was really hoping that the trend for this fall's new game releases wasn't going to follow that. Now that I am a couple weeks of casual play into Shadow of Mordor I can say that, thankfully, we are not on a crazy downward spiral. This game is thrilling and engaging in ways I haven't seen before.

The nemesis system is perfectly infuriating...

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Oh Bungie What Have You Done?

Oh Bungie What Have You Done?

It's just not in the cards, the stars didn't align for it at birth, it's just not its destiny. The game I was most excited for this year is a total let down. I guess their marketing team hasn't heard of "managing expectations" since they spent HALF A BILLION dollars telling people how awesome it was supposed to be. There are a ton of reviews that echo my thoughts, Destiny is the global let down. It's Mass effect without the depth, it's WoW without the open world or loot mechanics, it's Call of Duty without the customization. So to sum up Destiny is a Linear loot grind, storyless and no where near as interactive or social as it was meant to be.

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Yee Haw!

Yee Haw!

Quit yer bitchin, man up, and start to understand why the Calgary Stampede is such an important part of who we are as a city. There are only a few points I have to make here on the subject and if we can't agree after these that the Stampede is awesome then we can't be friends.

We are all just a little bit country. The west, and western values, had to come from somewhere and for a brief 10 day moment every year - hidden amongst the pop country and drunks - there are glimpses and sound bytes of the better person we all want to be. For 10 days hat tips, door holds and smiles at one another abound. Lyrics reminding us to be grateful for what we have, and stop taking for granted our life and love can be heard in every shop. For 10 days this city unplugs and does what humans were always meant to do; be a community, eating and drinking together and simply having fun with each other, bonding over all of the happenings

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The 'Ring

The 'Ring

It’s a beast. They call it “The Green Hell.” And there is really no understanding of why until you’ve been there and gone around. Everyone has heard the stories, about the injuries sustained and about the lives the beast has taken. Everyone has heard about how pretty the town is and beautifully derelict the castle is. It is a neat place. And one I would recommend everyone experience. 

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The Countdown to #Euro30

The Countdown to #Euro30

Is now at 5 days. That is practically no time before we embark on the journey of a lifetime. Four "besties" that have discovered they travel well together and have the same tolerance for doing weird things are leaving for 22 days to celebrate their collective 30th birthdays in style. The trip is going to include driving the Green Hell, visiting wineries, drinking beer, Zurich, the Monaco Grand Prix, wineries, Paris Opera Ballet, and Roland Garros, oh yea and a tour of the Jagermeister distillery because why not? It is going to be a bit of a ridiculous adventure of epic proportions and apparently people are interested to know about it.

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New Season, New Sport

New Season, New Sport

We are now four races in to the new F1 season and it has been an incredible start. Like actually crazy. Even with Lewis winning 3 of 4 races the only thing that has been a constant is that Petronas Mercedes has the race pace that everyone needs to catch, other than that though we have seen 4 other teams join the Merc drivers on the podium, and every team has had reliability issues. 

What makes racing exciting? Obviously this question was asked and well thought about before the new rule changes came into play. The formula is relatively simple for racing: There needs to be lots of over taking (or defending) and blistering fast speed. A little sideways doesn't hurt either. Combine those with pit stop, tire, aero and fuel strategies, F1 becomes an all around appealing sport. It's got the grunting and go fast for those that only want the adrenaline and the technical chess game, with living and highly skilled pawns, for the thinkers. 

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15000rpm

15000rpm

It seems really high. Especially when we are used to looking at dashboards where the tach barely ever reads above 4000rpm. But in fact this a whole Chevy truck lower than last year's Formula 1 cars that revved to 18000. That tachometer difference is just the surface and sound difference in this years cars that just raced this weekend. As an F1 fan having watched a few races over the years, I noticed what all the rule changes meant for this season. Just so you can start to get an idea for the changes plug into something with great sound and watch this:

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COD has nothing on... PvZ?

COD has nothing on... PvZ?

There is a new most addicting first person shooter on the market, and not only is it cheaper, they don't insult those that support them by making them pay for DLC. Of course I am talking about Pop Cap's new (now a week old) Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare. It reminds me of why I got into gaming in the first place, because it's fun. PvZ at its core is a very simplistic first person shooter, with only hints of the original tower defense style game if you play garden ops or gardens & graveyards, but look a little farther and it gives people what they seem to crave more than anything else in a video game, customizability.

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Klepto

Klepto

Feb 25th marked the release of one of my most anticipated games of 2014, Thief. Having played a lot of games like Assassin's Creed I was supremely interested to see what could be done for open ended stealth based gameplay on the next generation of consoles, so after a long tuesday at work I cancelled my Amazon pre-order that didn't show up as promised and walked by Bestbuy on the way home to grab the game. Having psyched myself up to play the game, upon walking in the door I stripped off all my outerwear and boots and slipped the disc into the Xbone. "Perfect," I thought to myself. "The wife is out, it's only 7, lots of time to get into the new game and see what it's all about." But as everything booted up and I grabbed my chips and beer

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