Checkpoint: Black Friday 2016 Edition

Checkpoint: Black Friday 2016 Edition

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This year’s Black Friday haul continues the trend of me not buying games. This year includes activity bands, kitchen equipment and some clothes. My 12 year old self would have been livid if he saw this list:

  • Fitbit Alta
  • Fitbit Charge 2
  • A pair of Levi’s 559 Jeans (Range)
  • Cuisinart CGR-4NC 5-in-1 Griddler
  • Steam Link
  • TEKTON 5941 Digital Tire Gauge

To be fair to my 12 year old self, I did buy copies of Pokemon Sun and Moon but they were not part of the Black Friday festivities. It’s not that I have everything I want; quite the opposite actually. I’m just more diligent about playing what I have and not wasting money on games that I may not get around to any time soon.

With TitanFall 2 done and a review nearly done, I’ve refocussed my efforts on Dragon Quest VII. TitanFall 2’s campaign was splendid but successfully breaking into the top 3 on the Gauntlet was even more satisfying. 

Checkpoint: Black Friday 2015 Post-Mortem Edition

Checkpoint: Black Friday 2015 Post-Mortem Edition

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Black Friday is essentially done and dusted. The sales are out and while it’s conceivable that something may catch my eye on Cyber Monday, I believe I’m done shopping. So what did I buy? Not many games; actually more home appliances and other non-games than I imagine.

  • Nest Thermostat 3.0
  • Black & Decker Platinum BDH2000FL 20-Volt Max Lithium Ion Flex Vacuum
  • Logitech Harmony 650
  • Aveeno Hand Lotion
  • The Order: 1886
  • Axiom Verge
  • Pixelmator
  • Puma El Ace Core Shoes
  • Puma Gamechanger T-Shirt

An solid haul. I’m a little bit perturbed by Puma.ca’s last second inclusion of taxes & fees but it’s ultimately my fault for not paying attention to the final price. (I mistakenly believed it was USD to CAD conversion.)

I wanted to buy other little knick knacks here and there but with Boxing Day looming a month away, it was best to wait.

I finished Grow Home. I recommend it but not on the PlayStation 4, the framerate issues are nauseating.

I’m still playing Call of Duty: Black Ops III’s multiplayer and now that I found some GAF people play with, I can see myself continuing for quite some time. Objective games like Domination are just more pleasant to play with players who are committed in capturing objectives, covering flanks and move in numbers.

Checkpoint: GameDealsCanada Q4 2015 Edition

Checkpoint: GameDealsCanada Q4 2015 Edition

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Black Friday is almost upon us and for most people it’s an opportunity to find discounted gifts for themselves or loved ones. For me? It’s that plus the gathering of deals to share with others. This year will be the first with GameDealsCanada’s website which means it should be a little easier to maintain but, at the same time, take a little longer to produce. Early leaks ultimately helps me for that big day. The more time I have to prep deals for both the site and the social media channels the better.

Last year’s debut of the website on Boxing Day was a huge boon. Folks found it helpful and I found it a bit easier to I always want to bring a little extra something and this year I wanted to improve the filtering component. I like to stay with the latest and greatest of things but this filtering plugin is so finicky from version to version, I’ve actually stuck by the old mantra of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” with it. And the crazy thing is that I actually paid for this thing and it’s so shoddily maintained.

I believe the next big thing I want to incorporate is search. The basic search is functional but it isn’t as robust or comprehensive as other product searches on other sites. To properly implement search, I will need to do a lot more data entry and I just don’t feel like going down that route.

It’s times like these when I wish I had employees or developers on staff.

I wrapped up Call of Duty: Black Ops 3’s campaign earlier this week and I strongly believe that it wouldn’t have been as enjoyable by my lonesome. I’m playing the multiplayer and enjoying my time with it despite the fact that I’m finding myself on the losing side more often than I would like. It’s a combination of matchmaking deficiencies, people not playing for objectives in objective modes and the weight of individual performances in a Call of Duty game.

I started Grow Home but it’s going to take some time before I wrap that one up. I’m enjoying it but the pull of Call of Duty is still too strong to ignore at the moment. That and the pull of Xenoblade Chronicles 3D.

Checkpoint: I Typed Way Too Much Edition

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Checkpoint - I Typed Way Too Much Edition

Over the last week, I believe I churned in well over 8000 words through Twitter and the round-up. As a result, there’s a bit of a numbing sensation on my finger tips and at one point, a tiny bit of pain. This has never happened to me before. Then again, I was never as punctual and comprehensive as I was with this year’s GameDealsCanada postings.

With that in mind, I’m going to keep today’s post short.

I’m playing Grand Theft Auto V and while I have Smash Bros. for Wii U on hand, that will be left on the back burner while I tackle Rockstar’s latest and greatest. And it is pretty great.

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