Thoughts on the Nintendo Switch Super Bowl LI Commericial

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The Nintendo Switch Super Bowl Commercial came out yesterday. Showcasing the new console’s strength, playing games with others. This is Nintendo bringing back the feels from the playground Pokémon games of youth as well as the Wii era. Cooperative play at its finest.

I can’t wait to:

  • Wake up and play Zelda in bed. My wife won’t mind…
  • Punch my kid in the living room. Virtually, of course.
  • Live out my western quick draw fantasies.
  • Dance?
  • Force neighborhood children to watch me and my son play a two player game of Mario Kart. Seriously, who needs more players crowding up the home TV.
  • Discover new/rich friends who each have their own Nintendo Switch.

Will you be making the Switch?

Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime

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T: “Just give me a minute to move the shield around.”

B: “Okay.” Continues flying towards the death ray blocking the path as if nothing was said.

T: “BRYAN!”

An explosion rocks the screen. We. Are. Dead.

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Tabitha, Wyatt, and I battled through the first level of Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime. I could feel the tension as we all raced around the pink spaceship. Each of us scrambling to man the proper command console:

  • Pilot – Thrusters
  • Block – Shield
  • Search – Radar
  • Fire – Guns / Super Gun

Meanwhile, enemies kept attacking from all directions. To be stationary is to be space dust.

Communication is not optional:

T: “Give me a moment to move the shield around this time.”

B: “Okay, I can do that. Wyatt, are you firing back?”

W: “Yes!”

Our second run through the first level went much better than the first run. We survived!

But I’m not sure whether we’ll be playing Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime again soon. Even if the boy kept asking:

“Can we play the lovers game?”

Playing with My Assassin Dolls

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Ever since I had back surgery, I have despised winter. The dropping temperatures bring pain. Removing the illusion of summertime invincibility. Reminding me that I can feel weather like an old man.

Woke up this morning in pain. We have a cold front moving through this afternoon. Temperatures will top out in the mid 70’s today before plunging down into the 20’s. Woo-hoo!

Pain equals not staying in bed. So I got up, fired up my PS4, and played some Assassin’s Creed Syndicate.

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Syndicate presents a world that feels lived-in. And yet, for all the simulated life going on, I feel like I’m witnessing/playing with Barbies. There is something fake about it all. Some barrier that the developers just can’t seem to break past.

I’ve also been playing Batman: Arkham Knight. Same type of open world game as Syndicate. However, Arkham Knight manages to move past the feel of playing with “action figures”. The combination of voice work, animation, and story blend together to create a believable reality.

My time gaming ended when my son got up. The quiet morning hour replaced with a kid who clearly wants the TV. Oh well. I enjoyed my time spent with my headphones on, playing with my assassin dolls.

Stardew Valley Fatigue

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The boy and I took a trip to Stardew Valley on the PS4 this week.

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As we cleared Westbrook Farm for planting, we found ourselves growing tired by 8am. Something was/is wrong.

Take a look at the bottom right side of the screen above. In talking to friends, I’ve learned there is an energy meter that should be there. A further Google search revealed that publisher Chucklefish Games is aware of the issue.

Hello! Chucklefish person here!

We’re aware that older TVs (2008 or older) are having an issue with the resolution, and we’re working with Sickhead Games on a fix.

In the meantime, you may be able to adjust the game slightly to the right on your TV so that the energy bar is visible. I know this isn’t an ideal option, so we’ll aim to get this fixed as soon as we can.

So I guess we’ll be staying away from Stardew Valley until the screen size issue is patched. Can’t wait to come back!

Note: Captured some video to highlight the screen size issue. Realized my mistake, that the issue is only on my screen, once I watched the video. DUH!