Sunday, October 22, 2017

The Shieldbreaker comes to Darkest Dungeon this week! (On PC.)

And that's... literally all we know!

This tweet appeared this week, annnd... yeah.  There's a screenshot of her character page, but without knowing what any of those abilities actually do, it's not really a reveal so much as a monstrous tease!

All it says, really, is that the Shieldbreaker is a frontline fighter - a tank of sorts - who specializes in targeting the front lines of the enemy's formation.  Which I'd already assumed, so...

So I guess we're just waitin' 'till... what, Thursday?  Yeah, I guess we're waitin' till Thursay to find what her deal actually is.  Oh well.

NeoGAF is down and if you've sexually assaulted folks you really just need to own up to it.

I'm sad about NeoGAF.  It's down, if you haven't heard.

The short version is a(nother) accusation of sexual assault on the part of NeoGAF owner Tyler "Evilore" Malka popped up, and threads about it on the site were immediately shut down by mods and bans were handed out.  Not all the site moderators were happy with this suppression, and they began to quit the site en masse.  Now (I believe) only one mod remains - or did, when I crashed out last night - and the site is 503.  Try to load it - you can't.

Here's a short version of yesterday's events from Polygon, and here's a more detailed version from a journo who was actually involved in the most recent news about Evilore coming to light.  I'm not skeptical of the accusor(s), here - I'm definitely sad and distressed that the Internet Hangout where I actually spent most of my online socializing time has just gone "poof."

The forum's absence hurts me, personally, in a limited way - I'm going to miss the GAF Overwatch crew if I never hear from them again.  I fucking like NeoGAF and the Overwatch thread(s) and the constant community and wealth of perspectives and knowledge it provides.  I don't want it to go away, and I certainly don't want it to be because yet another dude would rather burn his house down than own up to the fact that he's had problems keeping his hands to himself.

I appreciate that whether there's one person paying attention or a thousand, stepping up to the mic and saying "I have done shitty, vile things, and even bragged about it, and I am so fucking sorry" is not an attractive proposition.  We're not all the President of the United States of America, and you can't anticipate a lot of support after admitting something like that - but that is the first and only step, dude.  Anything else permits your mistake, your abuses, your sins, to just hang there behind you like a shadow you're terrified someone might be able to see, and - if you're prepared to consider its implications beyond your own suffering - it fosters an environment where you're just going to hurt others again.  And that shadow will grow larger, and define you - if you don't feel it already does.

Dialogue is what's required, here.  Lucky for you, Evilore, you own and run one of the biggest - if not the biggest - gaming community and dialogue factories on the planet.  That seems like a good place to start.

So... y'know... start them servers up again!  Annny minute now!  Think about how this affects me you fucking asshole!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Chamberlain & Chance 94 - Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad

Wiiiith Alex!   Alex thisChamberlain that podcast on iTunespodcast on Google Play

Chamberlain and Chance - Two out of three ain't bad

  • Chamberlain has the gall to enjoy Knack 2
  • Alex is loving Battle Chasers more than I love Battle Chasers.
  • South Park: The Fractured But Whole is so smooth. 
  • And how much does everyone love Cuphead?
You'll have to tune in to find out!

Awesome header, right?

Found it last night on Tumblr - here's the artist.  Oh man check out this Bloodborne comic!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

A raven strains along the line of the road

Carrying a muddy old skull 
The wires whistle their approval
Off down the distance

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Monday, October 16, 2017



...mmmmehhhhhhhh.  That did nothing for me.  That did watch-it-on-Netflix-maybe-if-there's-nothing-else-that's-actually-interesting to me.  Pacific Rim had a lot of problems (writing, plotting, casting), but the way it framed and blocked and romanticized its colossal fighting robos and monsters was on point.  This doesn't seem to understand that, and it is the very core of the Pacific Rim experience, to me.

Oh well.  Ooh there's also a new Black Panther trailer!


Friday, October 13, 2017

Overwatch Match Highlights 14 - Feel It Still (Hanamura Tracer)

No new Clip Show this week - tragic, I agree!  I just didn't have the time to go through last week's footage.  This is in no way due to how fun Battle Chasers is or the acquisition of a brand new Super Nintendo Classic (!!!).

This week it's just the highlights of a very fun match on Hanamura.  I really feel like this isn't my best work, but going 35 and 4 is pretty damn good, winning without a Mercy (while the other team has one) is better, and getting the enemy team so scared of me that they completely abandon pushes to chase me?  Well, that's the best.

I don't like using very popular songs in my vids, but I ended up falling for Feel It Still earlier in the week, and only learned it was some big hit after I'd cut the vid together and I was like "well I can either post it as-is or post nothing," and I wasn't about to let you down, dear reader.

I know how much these mean to you.

Of note..!

0:00 - 0:28 : Some folks on forums like to complain about flankers who start out beyond the Hanamura choke.  This is why you don't listen to those haters.  Team kill!

0:41 - 0:46 : I have no idea why Mercy was just standing there, waiting to get picked, but she got piiicked.  I continued trying to hold the point, but my team had abandoned hope and remained back at point B.  Then, the Zen killed me.

I don't know why I felt the need to include every death of mine in this video.  Upon reflection, it's not actually representative of my performance in the match, as the highlights vid pretty much only includes my killing blows and none of the parts where I filled up an enemy with damage and someone else picks them (see: the fate of the Hog at the end of the video).

Really, what I should've done was only include the two times where the Zen gets me, because there's a little rivalry narrative going on there.

0:54 - 1:16 : The only teamfight to actually take place on point B, I've got a Pulse Bomb in the chamber with Mei's name on it, but she busts her Cryo Freeze early, so I stick it to Rein.  It doesn't get the killing blow on him, but it blows through almost all of his HP, and is easy to finish off.

I get the killing blow on Mercy after she flies in to Rez Rein, and then I do the Tracer Hustle, blink - shoot - blink - shoot around the point until Mei blows her Blizzard.  Ana BioNades Rein, Hanzo takes him out, Ana finishes off Genji (Ana was incredible - more on that later), I finish Mei and that's all she wrote.

1:34 - 2:01 : I honestly didn't expect half the enemy team to chase after me when I dove on their Soldier, but the fact that I'm able to run circles around them makes everything okay.  The Soldier actually kills himself!  Whether he jumped off the edge or suicided on his own Helix Rocket after I softened him up is unknown - I was already around the corner - but keeping the team occupied lets Chris get a solid pick on their Mei in the absence of the other four.  Then I bail, give 'em a cheeky wave and return to the safety of the point.

2:10 - 2:20 : Oh come now, Zen.  It's one thing to teabag (a shitty thing), but do you really think you earned that teabag?  You killed me while being pocketed by a Mercy - who was being pocketed by you!  Both of you were far harder to kill than the av-er-age bear.

Naw, man.  Naw, you did not earn that teabag.  You definitely earned a bit more prioritization for the rest of the match, though!  Ennnjoy!

2:20 - 2:30 :  Oh hiiii Zen.  Ohhh did you think that Soldier would save you?  Awww nooo he can't save you Zen.  Or himself.

2:30 - 2:36 : Oh hiiii Zen.

2:36 - 2:52 : At this point I'd like to give props to my brother, who solo-tanked this round.  Every time I returned to the point, he was there giving me cover.  Half the times I dove on a squishy, he was already there softening them up for me - and when it went into overtime, it was Chris's Self Destruct that cleared Genji (and more importantly, an ulting Mercy) off the point to end the match.

And that's pretty much it!  Check out what our Ana pulled off (I sent her a PSN message telling her how incredible she was), and enjoy what happened after that Roadhog hooked me earlier.

G'night everybody!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Chamberlain & Chance 93 - Together Again!

Wiiiith Alex!   Alex thisChamberlain that podcast on iTunespodcast on Google Play

Chamberlain and Chance - Together again

  • Chamberlain rescinds anything good he ever said about Agents of Mayhem
  • Picture Alex, gleefully wallowing in a deep, dark pool of sludgy strategy.  That pool is XCOM 2's expansion, and he's happy as a pig in shit. 
  • Chance played a game that's not Overwatch again!
  • ...but did he also play some Overwatch?
You'll have to tune in to find out!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Evil Within 2's Red Band Launch Trailer.

Posted entirely for Chamberlain's benefit.

Hm.  Looks not-bad.  And it's been a while since I really got into a horror game... Let's check out Metacritic...

Metacritic says no one's reviewed it yet.  Eh, I'm in no rush.  Turns out Battle Chasers is very, very pleasurable to me.  I redeemed my Kickstarter digital copy and it... robbed me of a bunch of Overwatch time this past weekend.  So on Sunday I pulled up Amazon and nabbed a physical copy - it just showed up today!  Yay!  I didn't even need this, I just wanted it!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Overwatch's Halloween Terror 2017 is live, and...

...I'm pretty meh on it.  I really had my heart set on a Tracer skin.  

Here's the vid:

Here's the event page over on Blizz's site.

Here's the skins:

And those are all good skins!  Cultist Zenyatta, man, that's awesome and I love it, but... no new epics?  Symmetra got a Halloween epic last year, this year she gets an amazing legendary.  Reaper got an awesome legendary last year, and this year he gets another one.

My point is, why no Tracer skin?  I appreciate that Tracer has more legendaries than any other hero - it's true and I love and appreciate this - but you could at least give her like a little low-rent epic recolor of her base skin with like, white skin and black bags under her eyes or something!  I mean... something!

Elsewhere, there's one new highlight intro - for Roadhog, and it's very meh.  There's a hopping emote for Mei, and a "batter up" emote for Torbjorn which is basically Reinhardt's swing emote from last Halloween applied to Torb.  Annd that's it.

Oh, apparently the tombstone victory poses won't appear in loot boxes any more.  Instead, we get these new Pumpkin poses, which Blizz says shows more of the heroes' character.  Which is true.

And that's... something?


New Star Wars trailer wooooo!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Overwatch Clip Show 48 - Turn Up.

The best picks and plays from last weekend's games.  There's some really lovely stuff in here. 

Clip Show 48 - Turn Up from David Ferber on Vimeo.

Oh here it is on YouTube, if you prefer (Vimeo has better compression.)

0:17 - 0:23 : Ohohoh while leaping off the roof, Hanzo!  While leaping off the roof!

0:23 - 0:33 : This one move made this Bastion terrified of me for the rest of the match.  He refused to ever go into turret form around me again, which made it very easy for me to dance around him while my team cleaned him up.  Ended up with a pretty good killstreak!

0:36 - 0:42 : Alex, remember when we're on Junkertown and this Hanzo wipes us and I say "the Hanzo's good.  In fact I think I just watched him get Play of the Game?"  This is that Hanzo, on my next spawn. (The Hanzo had gotten PotG, for the record lol.)

0:42 - 1:09 : The sweetest part of the killstreak from the Cry To Me long cut.  The best part is definitely when I land that oh-so-perfect clip on the Widow... and she quits the game.  That's it.  No more.  No reason to try to kill that Tracer.

1:23 - 1:30 : While flying through the aiiir!

1:29 - 1:33 : This humble doublekill with the pulse bomb was actually the PotG of this match!

1:33 - 1:42 : This sweet triple with the pulse bomb was not PotG of this match, because of the aforementioned Hanzo.  I really should upload that Match Highlights vid, but I think I wanna' change the song (spoiler: I kicked his ass.)

1:42 - 2:01 : Chasing a Symmetra into an enclosed space is generally not a good idea, but I did very well, thank you very much.  Shutting down the enemy Tracer's flank attempt - punctuated by a melee finisher?  Delicious.

2:02 - 2:17 : Another Play of the Game, this time for saving the Mercy from the Mei's icicle, and killing Mei.  I've also been linking it every time a support complains on forums about their DPS abandoning them, which satisfied.

2:17 - 2:24 : Picking Pharah out of the air is always a tasty treat.

2:24 - 2:32 : I heard this Genji running up behind me as I started through the high ground on Numbani, and I love how I handled this.  I position myself on the health pack, facing the door he'll come through.  This allows me to start shooting without fear of his deflect, as I'm able to just stop shooting and recover any lost health via the pack.  Then I blink through him, anticipating his swift strike (which he misses, because I'm no longer there), and he's so disoriented by what just happened, he's wide open to a finishing spray and a quick bop to the face.


2:49 - 2:53 : Another lovely duel with another DPS.  Simply beating her to the health pack was all it took.  The melee finisher?  Still feels incredibly badass.

2:53 - 3:02 : This pulse bomb only woulda' gotten the Mercy if my brother hadn't booped Roadhog into it on D.Va.  He loses his MEKA, but we get both picks!

3:02 - 3:06 : One of the smoothest D.Va picks I've ever had.

3:10 - 3:33 : Our final Play of the Game.  A desperation pulse bomb on Oasis scores both enemy supports, and a quick clip and melee takes out the Hanzo as he unleashes his dragons.  Half a clip softens up Soldier for my team to take out, a clip into McCree does the same, and I finish off Junk to take the point.  Lovely!

3:35 - 3:54 : Ha!

[update] Oh my GOD check out Zen's new Halloween skin!


Chamberlain & Chance 92 - It's Lonely In Here.

Wiiithout Alex... or Chance...  so enjoy Chamberlain talking about Cuphead and (weirdly) Overwatch.  Alex thisChamberlain that podcast on iTunespodcast on Google Play


Chamberlain and Chance - It's lonely in here


  • Where is Alex? 
  • Where are Chance?
  • Is something happening with Mercy?
  • And should you check out Cuphead?
You'll have to tune in to find out!

So y'know how sometimes at work I'll find a song buried in my iPod and just listen to it on repeat for the rest of the day?

You gonna' fly away
Glad you're goin' my way
I love it when we're cruisin' to-ge-thah

Music is played for love
Cruisin' is made for love
I love it when we're cruisin' to-ge-thah...

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Overwatch Short Cut 1 - Not While I'm Around.

So the other day someone on the Penny Arcade forums was complaining about how tanks and DPS will abandon them on Mercy when they're staring down the barrels of a Reaper shotty, and I was like "oh man, you need to see this PotG I got on Saturday."

So here it is!

[update] Oh shiiiii


Sunday, October 1, 2017

Long Cut 11 - Sympathy For The Devil (Dorado Mercy)

Last night, Alex and I actually grouped up with my brother for a few games.  I warned them as we were queing that our MMR (match making rating) would be artificially adjusted upwards, and we would be matched against stronger players because the system assumes we would have higher coordination.  I was right - we were thrown into some very, very tough games.

When I saw our comp - me on Mercy, Chris (my brother) on Tracer, Alex on Bastion and a Widow, Torb and Sym, I did not think we had a chance.

I love Mercy, Sym and Torb defenses as a general rule, but in my experience they rarely work out without a shield tank.  Bastion yearns for a shield.  Torb rocks with an Orisa shield in front of his turret - and while I'm always prepared to give a Widowmaker a chance, I'm never going to assume they know what the heck they're doin'.

I had very little faith.

That was pretty sick when I leapt off the stairway and picked the Junk as he was falling, right?  

And stay the fuck away from my Bastion, Soldier!  Why even bother killing him?  If it's not obvious by now, I'll just rez.  Kill me first, man!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Long Cut 10 - Cry To Me.

It's been a long time since I did a Long Cut - early June, actually!  But Long Cuts are some of my favorite vids!  One of my all-time favorite Overwatch videos remains, to this day, is Apache, because my God the music just lines up so perfect.

Perhaps the Long Cuts have been long coming because I've improved quite a bit.  My killstreaks are getting longer, and playing right means sticking with my team and getting fewer solo kills (and solo kills make for better vids, in my opinion).  I'm sitting on a Mercy match where I had zero deaths, and I've gotta' do something with it, but I've no idea what, yet.

Anywho... this match is from last night.

This music doesn't line up as perfect, but I think this is one of my finest Tracer killstreaks ever.  Usually when I re-watch my footage, I'm finding all these tactical errors - things I kick myself for doing - but this is just a series of really nice choices and really nice plays.

0:00 - 0:09 : I dive on the Zarya and Widow not to get a pick (though one woulda' been nice!), but to get their attention off my team as they regroup on the payload.  It works beautifully, they turn all their attention to me, and with a little sass I return to my line.

0:16 - 0:25 : I sneak up on the Mercy, and quite consciously don't blow any blinks.   Once Tracer clicks, you get into a rhythm of shoot -> reload as you blink -> repeat, and it becomes so ingrained that I tend to blink after getting a pick regardless of whether or not there are any enemies nearby - so I really like that I didn't do that, here.  I'm perfectly-positioned to pick this line apart where I am, and I don't need to waste the resources.

0:25 - 0:29 : Ohohoh this is sweet.  The Hog, who has my attention, takes his huff just after the red Widow shoots our ulting Mercy out of the sky.  I immediately turn my attention from Hog to the Widow.

One perfect blink puts me at the perfect range, and one perfect clip to the head eliminates her.  Just... so perfect.  And then I one-eighty and my attention is back on Hog.

0:34 - 0:34 : The Widow quits the game.

0:29 - 0:35 : Shoot -> reload while blinking, reacquire target -> shoot -> reload while blinking, reacquire target -> shoot.  Perfect.  That is one of the cleanest Hog picks I've ever had.

0:35 - 0:45 : The pick on the Mercy as she returns from spawn is less-than-perfect - two clips and a melee - but it's fine, it worked out fine...

0:53 - 1:07 : Junkrat and I intimidate their McCree and Hog back into the spawn, but I'm not prepared to dive into that tight little room with a Roadhog.  We've shoved them back far enough - I turn back to see where the others have gone.

1:07 - 1:25 : Absolutely gorgeous.  A pulse bomb on the Bastion forces Mercy to pop her rez, which puts me in a delicate situation - but one clip into Mercy before she rezzes him puts her at half.  Another clip as he goes through the resurrection animation finishes her, and then it's a quick little close-quarters dance with the Bastion to finish the job.

Rollin' on those two like a boss.

And then we win, but the rest is relatively boring.  Yay!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Overwatch Match Highlights 13 - Dignity (Lijiang Tracer)

This is a match I've been sitting on for a while.  It was originally a fifteen minute magnum opus with a different WeAreCastor song for each of the three rounds, the cuts only coming during a respawn or when there was a prolonged wait between the reds showing up to get shot.  But I'm getting to the point where I need to sweep out my capture archive again, and I wasn't prepared to lose this match so, instead of a fifteen minute Peter Jackson epic,  I decided to match it up to one of my favorite Heavy songs, which is also one of their shortest.

The result is a short vid that's mostly about how joyous it feels when you get the pick on a very slippery Mercy, with beats of nice picks throughout.  There are a lot of very prolonged duels and really nice kill streaks that you won't see, because the song's so short.  Despite 8 deaths, this is one of my best Tracer games ever.  Wish I'd made a better video of it, but here we are.  Enjoy!

0:57 - 1:02 : I actually get a lot of value out of Pulse Bomb this match.  It's pretty easy to smack one on to a sniper, so here's a little kiss for you, Widow.

1:20 - 1:27 : I don't like spawn camping as a rule, and as a somewhat-firm rule, I won't do it to any one player more than once per match.  Cailee__ was so damned slippery, though, I'll definitely take the opportunity to pick her when she doesn't have an ally to fly to.

1:56 - 2:00 : Remember the Widow I stuck the pulse bomb to?  She switched to Hanzo in round 2.  Hanzo is just as easy to stick when he's aiming as Widow is.

2:08 - 2:20 : Before the third point is taken, I get in a duel with the red Widow (a different one).  She drops her venom mine to dissuade me as she goes for the small health pack, but it doesn't dissuade me.  It's exactly what I want, because without being damaged by her mine, I wouldn't be able to swoop in and deny her that health pack, guaranteeing myself the pick.

Very nice.