Checkpoint: Table Tennis Edition

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We’ve haven’t had winter make its presence known quite like this in quite some time. Snow, a tiny bit of freezing rain and bitter cold temperatures are usually seen in January. I don’t mind it but it does make it a little bit more difficult to “get my steps in”. I could just walk around my house like a mad man but instead I’ve leveraged the treadmill and table tennis table over at my folks’ place. 

Table tennis is the pleasant surprise. I never played it before this past November but it’s quickly become one of my favorite activities. It’s actually become a family activity with 1 v 1 and 2 v 2 matches. We started with basic paddles and balls before upgrading to higher quality ones and to my surprise, we were able to discern the difference. It really helped that my brother and I established a baseline first. 

We picked up the basics through the internet (for rules on how to serve etc) and our parents who played it when they were young. Slowly we learned how to slice and top spin through trial and error. We’re still lowly newbies but we’re improving. 

Early winter weather also enabled more games to be completed. I just finished The Last Guardian and I think I’ve made significant progress towards the end of Dragon Quest VII. 

Checkpoint: XXII Winter Olympics Edition

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I won’t be going out of my way to watch the winter Olympics; they just don’t appeal to me. I’ll watch whatever catches my eye if it happens to be on but I won’t be going out of my way to watch.

The sport which I found to be most impressive thus far is the newly introduced Slopestyle competition. Everybody looks stylish and slick with their big goggles and gravity defying flips and twists.

I’d like to see skateboarding in the summer games but unfortunately, they’re already so jammed packed with events.

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Checkpoint: Wacky Winter Edition

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It’s been a weird week for weather around here. Started out freezing cold — -22 C type of cold — and then it was warm again. Then there was rain and now there’s a blizzard. Tomorrow should be the beginning of a heat wave if this nonsense keeps up.

The NeoGAF game of the year polls closed last night and the results are up. I threw in my votes and it turns out my top three aligned with the GAF collective’s. I haven’t finished XCOM: Enemy Unknown yet but it’s pretty damn good.

However I’m not impressed by the results themselves. I’m far more impressed by how all that data was scrubbed, moulded and displayed. It could be prettier with more charts and graphs but the raw statistics themselves is still fascinating.

I continue to invest more time into Mechwarrior Online. There’s just so much nuance to it and I’m coming away from every match a little bit more educated. And since there’s just SO much emphasis on team tactics, I never feel like the domino which causes the whole thing to come crashing down. Or maybe I just haven’t developed awareness for that yet.

It’s the final set of playoff games before the Superbowl. If all goes according to plan, the New England Patriots will making another appearance in the big game. So I should just post this and hope for the best.

Top 10 Games with the Winter Feel

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With the first day of winter a few days away (December 22nd), I thought it would be an excellent opportunity to pick out my top 10 video games which reminded me of the cold season. The rules of eligibility were simple enough:

  1. One appearance per franchise.
  2. Must resemble winter in Canada.

Without further delay here is the list I came up with:
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