So the Last of Us Part 2 trailer dropped. I honestly didn’t know it was coming and I got super excitebike to wake up to Twitter friends gushing about it. Last of Us is in my top 10 favorite video games. It left me emotional after playing the main story because frankly I didn’t want to kill the doctors. I stumbled around for 15ish minutes trying to come to terms that the game was forcing me to kill the doctors because I was not me, I was the main character and that’s what he would do in that situation.

Back to Last of Us Part 2. I’m guessing that the woman being hung is Ellie. Where is Joel? Dead? Playing chess because he retired?

The graphics look stunning and I believe it will look danktober fest on the PS4 Pro. The scene is very gory, and I believe this trailer eclipses the gore of the first chapter. Other people that have been hung are gutted and another woman is dragged over to have her “wings clipped”. When that first arrow pierces one of the wing clipper’s cheek I knew this was going to be a treat. How cool would a Netflix season of this be?

Here is the previous trailer from 2016

the upsidedown stranger things bar

This has nothing to do with games, but since most of the EPG peeps are 80’s kids and nerds we really loved Stranger Things on Netflix. We are also huge fans of the Emporium video game bar in Chicago.

I’m hoping Starship gets over to check out the Emporium bar before the shutdown in Logan Square. Check out this amazing cease & desist letter the coolest lawyer ever sent to the proprietors.

All press is good press right?!

Netflix Letter 'Stranger Things' Pop-Up Bar by Mina Bloom on Scribd

My Nintendo Switch was getting barely any love from me or my waifu. It’s not from lack of content because there has been a steady stream of content lately. The Switch hurts my darn hands and wrists!

this is pretty much me, full of ouch

I thought about 3D printing something that would give the joycons some depth, something to grasp onto but I am a busy person without time to make it worthwhile. Lucky for me Skull & Co. (sweet name for a company) had the same issue and decided to not be lazy like myself. They created a silicon wrap that has areas to allow hands to have something to grip to.

The grips are colored in a range of Nintendo Switch-esque palettes. I ordered the neon yellow because I like to party. It comes with 2 types of grips that you can change out depending on what you feel is most comfortable. Also included is a case that has room for the Switch with the GripCase, battery charger, games, and cables.

The price is a little high, starting at $46 but does include free shipping. I was concerned when I saw that Skull & Co. are based in Australia because shipping can be quite high but since it is included there are less worries.

The GripCase is scheduled to ship in October 2017. I look forward to playing games as an adult and not worrying about cramping carpal tunnel! Let us know if you order one!

This is utterly amazing. The voice of Cartman says, “Don’t worry this doesn’t affect combat, just every other aspect of your whole life.” It is really the most South Park thing they could do.

I talked to my friend Lee @malic3tv about this and he said:

It should affect combat. It should make your hit harder and jump higher.
That’s why I love him.

Can't wait for this game

Twitter on August 7 tweeted that they are now live streaming Esports events. This is big news as the hype around Esports and the capital behind it continues to swirl around in a pool of aspirations and new job opportunities for game players.

From that clip I learned they got Lloyd Christmas to be in their promotional video.

Watching Esports on Twitter feels quite a bit different than Twitch. There is a way to talk to other viewers by tweeting with a hashtag automatically applied to the message. You can see, like, retweet, or reply to other tweets on the side timeline.

Full screen mode removes the twitter feed and shows the video at full size. It decent quality, but how does it compare to Twitch quality? Twitch allows a viewer to switch their resolution. I was able to stream the Dreamhack CSGO Masters on both platforms simultaneously and from the human Jared eye they look very very similar. Both had artifacting at full screen on my 4k Dell 27 inch monitor.

Twitter Esports Full Screen

Twitch Esports Full Screen

I experienced video ads while watching both Twitter and Twitch, so there is really no escaping them without ad blocking software on Twitter. Twitch gives you the option to Subscribe to the stream and remove the advertisements. The starting price is $4.99.

The experience is fairly similar on mobile. Both platforms have an app that allows the best viewing experience. The video quality of the streams seems better due to the smaller screen size. It is not as easy for the eye to scrutinize the artifacting from the compression.

All in all, it is exciting to see Esports get more outlets for viewership. The entire genre of gaming and sports will be more accessible to new audiences and hopefully continue to grow into mainstream water cooler talk.

Seriously why wouldn’t a staple of gaming and millenials not be hosting an event of some sort at the giant PAX West? I came across the event on Facebook and started chuckling to myself as I clicked on the image for the party.
Taco Bell The Arcade Pax West

Honestly it’s a great idea. So it works like this: It is free, you get a Steak Quesarito box for free, and you get to try out the Xbox One X Scorpion Tail burrito?

I made that last part up, but you do get to try the Xbox One X. If my body could handle Taco Bell and I didn’t have plans for Friday evening I may have called the number.

If anyone reading this ends up going at Pax West 2018 , please let us know on our twitter @epicpowergaming

e3 2017 epicpower jared twitch rp

E3 2017 was a nightmare since they opened 15,000 tickets to the public. Sure it is cool to realize a dream and attend E3, but it was also a shit show. I played 2 games and got a lot of meetings done though.

Tokyo Game Show has it correct. 2 days for the industry followed by 2 days for the public. Hopefully E3 2018 begins doing that.

Highlights of this video are 1:17 I role play as a shuttle bus information attendant. Get ready to experience things through my eyes!

Subway has been a staple of busy people everywhere, including game developers. I was at the Subway near our hotel this morning picking up breakfast/lunch before we went back out to GDC for meetings. While looking up the ingredients in the meat, I have food allergies, there was a big top hit article that broke last night regarding Subway’s chicken only having 50% chicken DNA.

Well well, what do you think it is mostly made up of? My first notion went to rat meat, but I know rat meat is too expensive. The next idea for chicken like substance I had was soybean. Turns out I was right!

Read the full article here and learn something!

nintendo switch indie games

It’s getting pretty exciting with the Nintendo Switch launch coming this Friday! Now we have a list of indie games coming to the Switch. GDC has been a whirlwind of information and it is exciting to think of what meetings Nintendo is having with developers behind closed doors here at GDC 2017.

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