v6.2.1 - moving along, a point increase at a time

Sour grapes, gamer cat!

I agree that the VR stuff costs a lot of money, but given a compelling game, and a compelling price, I'd play those games :-).  From last week's gamer cat comic.

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MBA-speak, with John Oliver

Seems like a good week starts with John Olive and Last Week Tonight.  I've queued up the video to the part that I found most funny (Dumbo Heights!!!), but the rest of the video is definitely worth a watch.

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Backstreet Boys - Everybody (Backstreet's Back)

Αλλο ένα  που κλείνει τα 20 χρόνια φέτος...γεράσαμε;  :p

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Battlefield 3 | Done

Once I finished off Max Payne 3, I dove deeply into another game of a similar genre, Battlefield 3.  The campaign side of the game (which is basically what I play since I am not a networked player for most things) was rather short comparative to other games, but if I were to compare the game to games of the same genre (such as the previous two Battlefield games I played and the Call of Duty games I've played thus far).

In the game you take on the persona of Sgt Blackburn, who is running (away from something?), seeing a train and jumping off a bridge onto the train. Boards it, and starts taking out enemies (terrorists?).  Wait. How did we get here?  Oh comes the where did I see this used before?  That's right, the last game I played...

Anyway, most of the game is a flashback from Blackburn's perspective, as you play the missions that he is narrating to his captors (the FBI?) about what went down in the various places he's fought against the PLR (fictional no-good organization out of Iran). For some of the game you also play the Russian side of things, basically Blackburn's equivalent also trying to stop nukes from being detonated in major cities of the west.  The game has a mix of ground/street combat, tank combat, and airplane combat. It's mostly ground, with other vehicles sprinkled on top.  Overall not a bad game, it was sort of like watching an interactive action movie.

As I've played more and more xbox games over the years I haven't focuses as much on obtaining achievements.  I ended up with 11 achievements (or 14% of the total).  Maybe some of them I can earn on a replay at some point down the road, in the far, far future ;-)

Overall the game was an 8/10 for me.  Good campaign, with a story that kept you engaged.

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This week in mexican music charts

I don't think I've explored the mexican charts before.  Let's see what they have in store...

Adiós Amor by Christian Nodal
Verdict: Interesting, but definitely not my kind of music.

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Sev Trek: There be whales here

Poor Scotty...

(original archive here)

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Babar married his cousin?!

This past weekend's last week tonight (on the topic of the upcoming french elections) was pretty awesome. Love the film noir ending ;-).  I didn't remember that Babar married his cousin...

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Review: Analysing Networked Learning Practices In Higher Education And Continuing Professional Development

Analysing Networked Learning Practices In Higher Education And Continuing Professional Development Analysing Networked Learning Practices In Higher Education And Continuing Professional Development by Lone Dirckinck-Holmfeld
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Learned a lot on infrastructure and affordances in relation to Networked Learning. This was an interesting read, and my fourth book into this topic.  I still have a few more on my to-read list, but I am looking forward to them.  I picked up a few things in here that might also help with my dissertation ;-)

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Χρόνια πολλά!

Άντε, χρόνια μας πολλά! Χριστός Ανέστη! Με υγεία και ευτυχία πάνω απ όλα, και τα υπόλοιπα θα έρθουν. Και του χρόνου μαζί, ίσως στην Ελλάδα ;-)

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Max Payne 3 | Done!

 A week or so ago I completed Max Payne 3, the most recent game in the Max Payne series of games.  This game trades in the comic book feel of the first two games for a more new (or trendy?" cinematic feel with game cutscenes and voice over by none other than Max himself.

The game starts off with Max (at the end of the game) doing some introspection, a "how the hell did I get here?" type of mindset  - and the rest of the game unfolds in flashbacks.  Some flashbacks are "present day" (if we think of Max being in Brazil as the main part of the game), and some are in the past (in other words, how did Max get to Brazil?).

Long story short, Max is a drunk, dependent on painkillers to keep down his sorrows over his lost wife and child from the first game. He meets, just by chance (?) a former police academy classmate who is now working private security and who is looking to recruit. Why not? It's not like Max has anything better to do?  As Max drinks his pain away at the local dump bar some punks, who are mobster's offspring, come in and start harassing him (dude, you know what happened to the last ones that messed with Max, right?). Anyway, Max kills the stupid college kids, which gets his mob dad on Max's case, which eventually gets Max down to Brazil.  OK. In Brazil it should be pretty quiet, small protection detail, living the good life.  But...apparently there is police corruption, human body part trafficking, and political corruption.  It all basically goes to shit and Max goes all yippie ki-yay mofo! He cleans house, takes care of the corrupt police unit, the corrupt politician, and comes away with a bag of money to retire on... (or is there a sequel in the works?)

Despite what the games sins guy thinks (see video at the bottom), I liked this game.  I liked the mechanics, I liked the story, and I liked Max's commentary. He has some pretty nice zingers, and he does poke fun at himself for his pill addiction (which is basically his way of getting additional health in the game).  The game reminded me a little of modern third person shooter mechanics.  It handled well, and the bullet time is still a ton of fun.

In terms of achievements...I only earned 10 achievements (or 11% of the total), but whatever.  It was a fun story and a fun game.

Have you played it? What do you think?

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