Ramblings – Random (1/28/17)

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Howdy guys and gals!  It’s time for Ramblings!  A few days late this week.  I’ll be honest, I completely forgot to write it in time, then I wasn’t sure if I should write it late or wait for next week.  As you can no doubt tell by the fact that you’re reading this, I ultimately decided to go ahead and write it now.  It’s another Random Ramblings this time around, so strap in as we get ready to cover several subjects.

First up, Overwatch!  Blizzard started the Year of the Rooster event earlier this week, complete with their version of Capture The Flag, titled Capture The Rooster.  It’s actually a lot of fun, and a really fresh take on Overwatch.  Personally, I like to play defense in CTF in any game, so I tend to pick Torbjorn in Overwatch’s version.  There are only three maps in Capture The Rooster, all modified versions of Lijiang Tower, and I know of good turret positions on two of them.  The third, Lijiang Control Center, doesn’t really have a great position for the turret other than outside of the building, but with a clear shot through the door at the flag.

The way Overwatch’s CTF mode differs from most other games is the fact that there’s a capture timer when you want to grab the opponent’s flag.  You have to stand in proximity to the flag for a few seconds, and any damage you take resets the timer.  Also, once the flag is dropped, it doesn’t go back to its team’s base right away.  The team has to stand over it for a few seconds to reset it.  Other than that, it’s basically CTF with Overwatch heroes and all their abilities, first to three caps wins.  Draws are possible, which is kind of a drag.  Would it really hurt to go into sudden death?  Oh well.

Like I said, I think the mode is a lot of fun.  I’m having a blast playing it.  The only problem is the random matchmaking.  Sometimes you just get put together with a bunch of other defense-minded people, and you either end of losing or with a draw, and that’s kind of lame.  But nothing is perfect, and draws can sometimes be fun, too.  Losses are annoying, but they’re really no big deal, either.  It’s just a game, after all.

Enough of Overwatch, let’s talk anime!  I signed up for FunimationNow, the official streaming service of Funimation.  For those not in the know, Funimation is a company that does English voice over dubbing for Japanese anime, most popularly One Piece and Dragon Ball.  Their streaming service also offers their licensed anime with Japanese vocals and English subtitles.  FunimationNow has Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z, which is the main reason I signed up, but it also has Excel Saga.  I own a DVD of Excel Saga that has the first five episodes, and I really enjoyed what I saw.  So it should be interesting to see the rest of the series.

I also discovered a more recent anime titled My Hero Academia, mostly thanks to this animated GIF:

I thought the GIF was awesome.  Cute, too.  Someone on Twitter posted it, so I asked where it came from, and a couple people answered.  Thanks to them, I found My Hero Academia on FunimationNow, and saw the first episode.  It’s pretty darn good.  I really like it.  As has become the usual for me, though, I’ve procrastinated on watching the rest of the first season.  Bah.  I really want to, though.  I just need to battle the blahs.

As for Dragon Ball Z, I started with the episode where Majin Buu was released.  Why start there?  Because I always wanted to finish watching the Buu Saga.  I’ll probably go back to the start of DBZ later.  But for now, I want to know how the Buu Saga ends, darn it.  I know Goku and gang find a way to defeat him, but I wanna see how.

Then there’s the original Dragon Ball.  I tried watching the first episode on my PS4, but it kept stuttering.  Which is weird, because the PS4 FunimationNow app didn’t do that for the DBZ episodes or My Hero Academia.  I just sort of figured it was network congestion or something.  I don’t know.  I tried on our Roku 1 box, and it worked just fine.  Weird.

On the Crunchyroll side, there’s a new anime called Nyanko Days.  Guess what?  It’s cat-themed.  Only in this one, the cats are tiny catgirls.  By which I mean itty bitty human girls with cat ears and tails, who are able to speak human (in this case Japanese) and thus communicate with their owners and other humans.  Unlike Nyanbo, Bananya, and Chi’s Sweet Home, which are all five minutes long, Nyanko Days is three minutes long, which means there’s even less time for plot.  But after three episodes, there’s a bit of a plot starting to shape up, if only a little.

Back to video games for now.  I bought Monopoly Plus and Risk in the most recent PSN Flash Sale, and both are good fun.  They both more or less stick with the current rules of their respective board game.  So why go with a video game version?  Because I like board games, but no one else around me does.  (Cue a sad violin.)  I liked board games as a kid, but whenever I’d get someone to play them, they’d always seem so bored halfway through.  It made me feel guilty for having them play it, so I just stopped asking.  With the video game version, I can play against the AI, and it will never get bored.

In other news, I played a little bit of The Last Guardian.  It has a bit of a minimalist approach to what exactly you have to do.  There is a narrator, which is apparently the boy as an adult, meaning the entire game is like a flashback.  So sometimes, when enough time has passed, the narrator will chime in with a hint.  But even then the hint is meant to be a little vague.  It seems like a game that rewards exploration and puzzle solving, which is a huge contrast to many modern games that have a big shining beacon on the next objective and highlighted puzzle objects.  You can definitely tell it’s from Team ICO in that regard.

I think that will about do it for this week’s Ramblings.  Catch me on Twitter at @geekdombrandon.  See you all next time.

Brandon Myers

Brandon Myers

The "Rambling Gamer," Brandon has been playing video games since 1988.From the NES to the PS4, he's played almost every major console.While he favors consoles, he's dabbled in PC gaming, and is an avid Linux user.Every Wednesday, he posts his latest Ramblings, which usually consist of video game reviews, best/worst lists, and on occasion a good old-fashioned rant.
Brandon Myers

About Brandon Myers

The "Rambling Gamer," Brandon has been playing video games since 1988. From the NES to the PS4, he's played almost every major console. While he favors consoles, he's dabbled in PC gaming, and is an avid Linux user. Every Wednesday, he posts his latest Ramblings, which usually consist of video game reviews, best/worst lists, and on occasion a good old-fashioned rant.
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