Checkpoint: Autumn Chill 2018 Edition

October is here again but I’m not quite ready for that crisp autumn morning just yet.

I haven’t been keeping up with these check-in posts because I’ve just been spending more time playing video games with the girlfriend. With a blink of an eye, we’re experiencing our second October together and it’s been good fun.

October also means the arrival of new video games. These are the pre-orders that will be making their way to me:

  • Forza Horizon 4
  • Super Mario Party
  • Pokemon Let’s Go! Eevee
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Forza Horizon 4 will be available to me via Xbox Game Pass. It’ll be my first Forza Horizon game and the first racing game in quite some time. I’m looking forward to giving it an honest go on the Xbox One X.

Super Mario Party will be my first Mario Party game ever. After seeing the shenanigans, the Giant Bomb guys endure, I look forward to checking one out with friends and family.

I think I would have cancelled Pokemon Let’s Go! Eevee if I didn’t get back into Pokemon Go. I own a copy of Pokemon Sun and have yet to put double digit hours in to that so the idea of getting another Pokemon title would have been ridiculous to me 3 months ago. But alas, lots of friends at work got back into it so I reupped.

I don’t know why I am getting Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. I own Melee, Brawl, and the Wii U’s release but I don’t think I put nearly enough time into any of them to justify their price tags. And I got Melee as part of a GameCube bundle that I bought of a high school friend.

Those are the games that are coming but I still have games that need to played like Spider-man and Crypt of the Necrodancer: Switch Edition.

What I’ve been playing? Rise of the Tomb Raider for Xbox One X which has some terrible performance hiccups and equally wince inducing moments by Lara. I’ve also been playing a lot of Overwatch (on PC and PS4), and too much of the FIFA 19 demo.

That’s about it for now.

Since it’s October, I’m thinking about returning to Until Dawn to see how many of the delinquents survive. We started it in October of last year but fell off it. Maybe this year, we’ll see it through.

Checkpoint: KB/M PC 4K Edition

My girlfriend and I tried playing Overwatch [PC] on my LG OLED55B6P over the weekend. We used an old Logitech wireless keyboard and mouse combo I bought for HTPC use, rested the keyboard on our laps and used the mouse on a plastic/steel mouse pad beside us.  

It worked surprisingly well.  

It worked so well that I’m considering investing a bit of money to upping this setup. I already have a USB extension cable for the KB/M wireless receiver so I’m thinking I could just swap it out for a USB hub so I can use a wired keyboard and mouse.  

The Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming video was able to run the game at 4K and above 60FPS fine but the fan kicked into higher gear. I’m thinking I need to check if airflow is an issue. I was even thinking I need to ditch my open air style card to my brother and pick up a blower style 1070 (or 1080?!) instead.

We’ll see. 

Checkpoint: La Duodecima Edition

Real Madrid have twelve UEFA Champions League trophies and are the first team to ever win it back-to-back. They’re not the prettiest side to watch but they just get things done when it counts and Saturday’s final was no different. Ronaldo produced quality goals and the rest of the team just came together to finish off a Juventus side that I thought were too much for Spain’s number one club. 

Will Real Madrid be able to win it thrice in a row? They still have a strong midfield presence but the depth of their attacking side was a key to their success in both their domestic and European commitments. Having James Rodriguez step off your bench is a luxury that they will likely not have next season. 

Nothing has really changed in the gaming front. I’m collecting Overwatch loot boxes when I can and keep wanting to play Nier: Automata. With the girlfriend being busy until next Tuesday, I may be able to squeeze in more quality gaming time.

Checkpoint: Off The Rails Edition

So I’m in a committed relationship for a few weeks now and it’s been absolutely wonderful. But because of this awesome relationship, my routine has been shattered and thrown off the rails. Exercise has become irregular so I try to sneak in a few sessions whenever I can. Solo gaming has become a rarity (but co-op gaming has gone up significantly). And writing posts like this have slipped a day or so. 

I’ve kept pace with my FitBit and continue to meet daily step counts but WiiFit U and other exercises have slipped a bit.

I am still technically playing Nier: Automata. I’ve played it once for a couple hours in the last two weeks. But with th Overwatch’s First Anniversary event going on, I may not complete it until July at this rate.

But I’m not complaining though. It’s been a wonderful couple of months!


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