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WARNING: These memes may make you want to invest in BCC Bitconnect.

Bitconnect is a word that I’ve seen often through the past 2 years. They heavily advertise their service and incentivize their users to do a lot of marketing for them. I never used Bitconnect because guaranteed gains on wealth are never true. I felt anything saying, “Our site will give you 10% gains every so many days” is something to run from.

A lot of folks were not like me and got into it. Yes, people did make a lot of money if they bought early on and sold in December 2017. Yes people lost a lot of money if they held onto their BCC coins from the December high till recently in January 2018.

BUT WHAT REALLY MATTERS ARE THE MEMES!

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As a quick background, my name is Tim, I’m normally known as TeamNVIDIA_Tim and Timfinitee. I pretty much went MIA and was nowhere to be seen in the gaming industry when I started attending a Coding Bootcamp, it was two and a half months that felt like an eternity.

I recently attended the Playcrafting SFO Winter Expo, it was a gathering of about 50 indie game dev booths presenting and collecting feedback for their games, about 500 attendees filled the floor.

There were a few booths I jumped onto and they were great! I got to play an adorable fixed shooter called “College Quest,” I played a First-Person Spear chucking game called “Ka’poon,” and I had a blast playing a Multidirectional shooter made by a former SJSU Game Dev member (unfortunately I was unable to catch the game’s name). It was a fun experience trying those games out, but the most beautiful thing I got from it was that it was someone’s art. To share and feel the joy from these games, it definitely gave me a stronger appreciation for these demos.

I then went over to the area where the Playcrafting SFO students were working on their game projects and the Playcrafting SFO staff went over the curriculum. This is where I had a moment of clarity; I couldn’t help but notice that the students were happy.

Coding was a tough learning experience, and my Coding Bootcamp experience seemed to have deeply embedded thoughts that coding is roughly for business. But Playcrafting SFO’s event has inspired me to take the focus off being militant in what you write, and strive to enjoy anything you build.

Though there are nightmarish stories about being a game dev that circulate within the industry, the reward of purely enjoying what you make is something that definitely outweighs the fear. I’m truly inspired by this event and there’s now a part of me that would like to pursue some game development myself, props to you Playcrafting SFO!

The next Playcrafting SFO event will be the Spring Play Game Expo, it’ll be held on April 26th, 2018. Check out their eventbrite page for details!

Let’s get serious for a moment. There are always the sickest deals right around Thanksgiving time / Black Friday, and this year there happens to be even more going on Thanksgiving day. Let’s take a dive into some madness.

Update:

Gaming Laptop with VR deals:

Dell Inspiron 15.6″ Laptop Intel Core i5 8GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti – 256GB SSD with HP VR headset $699 + tax at Bestbuy.com

Nintendo Switch deals:

The Switch is too in demand to find for less than the normal $300 asking price, but if you have Chase Pay or a Chase Freedom / Sapphire card you can get a Switch for $300 + 10% back. Also, it looks like you get 10% on everything at Walmart.com with you Chase Pay or Chase Freedom / Sapphire card. Nintendo Switch Chase Deal

Playstation 4 Pro deals:

Best Buy has the (Black) PS4 Pro for $349

BEST DEAL is Amazon (White) PS4 Pro with Destiny 2 for $349

Xbox One X deals (The new more powerful Xbox)

Costco.com xbox one x for $485 ($499 everywhere else)

Xbox One S deals:

Ebay Xbox One S 500gb for $170 with free shipping

Newegg XB1 S 500gb with 6 months of xbox live and 2 controllers for $205 using Master Pass checkout (which is just a paypal type account that is free to have)

Nintendo 2DS deals:

Nintendo 2DS Link Edition with Ocarina of Time $79 at gamestop

Gaming Monitor deals:

ASUS 144hz 24″ 1080p open-box like new $159 at Amazon

 

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.