The Year 2020 has sucked

I interrupt your regularly scheduled Video Game Tuesday with a post that has me complaining about various things. The Year 2020 has sucked!

Yeah so what?: Well we are well into the last 6th of the year, and I’m seriously hoping that as of the writing of this (It’s August 29th, so sue me I like to write well in advance) that things have calmed down.

I’m going to guess they haven’t though, but that’s because I’m a pessimist and fatalist who rarely if ever sees the bright side of things. By the time you are reading this the US Election season is going to be in full swing and I expect that to absolutely suck. I hope we get rid of the Cheeto of a man that has so ruined so much of my country’s international reputation next month, and at least we’ll all be voting from the comforts of our homes, I hope. Seriously I’ve voted from home every year since I turned 18, and it’s been that way in Oregon for the entirety of my life, and it’s never not worked out just fine and dandy for everyone. There has never been voter fraud and we get some of the highest voter turnouts in the country because of it. You can fill out the ballot on your own time without being at the polls surrounded by strangers who don’t care about you except that they want you to hurry the hell up.

We’ve all missed various events, and lots of people have died. I haven’t been affected directly by COVID-19, nor has any of my family that I know of as writing this, but it still has caused me to miss out on a trip to visit the other half of my family down in California. I hope, but not realistically expect, that I’ll be in Cali sometime soon, but we’ll see if that works out. We’ve lost some of our best and brightest due to various illnesses other than COVID-19 though, like Chadwick Boseman who played T’Challa in the movie Black Panther and did one hell of a job of it.

We’ve all been stuck at home for various periods of time, with working from home and learning from home becoming our new normal. As of this writing it’s looking like school will be fully distanced learning here in Oregon for the next school year, which is going to suck for a lot of kids. However it is the safest way to curtail the spread of COVID so I hope people don’t complain about that too much. A school opening up and doing full in person classes is just asking for trouble, and our leaders know this, well at least most of them do.

Speaking of Oregon as of this writing the protests are still going on nightly in Portland, which is frustrating for many of us Oregonians. It’s for a good cause for the most part, but the fact that they turn violent for little reason is just aggravating at this point. I used to live in a tiny studio apartment during my college years that was only a block or two from a clothing store that sold fur coats, it had protests going on daily and it was incredibly difficult to work on my projects when that was going on.

That’s it for this post, sorry that you all had to listen to me complain. I hope most of my concerns aren’t well founded and proven to be just pessimism, but we’ll see by the time this post goes live won’t we?

Video Game Tuesday: Good Games to play in Quarantine

This week for Video Game Tuesday I’m back with a list. It’s some Good Games to play in Quarantine!

Skyrim: This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who has ever heard of this game but if you’ve got a fairly decent PC Skyrim has nearly endless potential for gameplay with it’s countless mods that have been released in the nearly 9 years since it first released. Even if you don’t have a PC Skyrim is full of fun things to do for those in Quarantine. Whether it’s collecting every piece of Cheese in the province of Skyrim or just following the story you’ll have plenty to do.

Bonus Suggestion:

Morrowind: If you are feeling really adventurous you can load up Morrowind, it’s been out for 18 years and it also has plenty of mods to use. Thankfully this game should run just fine on almost any PC that’s been made since 2010. I do suggest getting a mod that increases your run speed though. You do move very slowly in that game.

Tales of Berseria: I’ve always loved the Tales of games, and Tales of Berseria is the best of the bunch. It’s got an amazing story, fantastic gameplay, excellent graphics and musical score. Frankly this is a must play regardless, but you might find this to be a very fun game to play if you need something else to do and prefer JRPGs over Western RPGs.

Persona 5 Royal: Sadly this game is only on the PlayStation 4, but Persona 5 Royal is a great game that has a fantastic story and while less action oriented than most RPGs, it’s still a very fun game.

Minecraft: Like Skyrim, Minecraft on the PC has plenty of mods, and is literally endlessly replayable, although some might get bored eventually.

No Man’s Sky: This game has come a very long way since it first released and has gotten very good. If you want to explore a nearly endless galaxy full of planets and moons to land on, No Man’s Sky is the game to play.

That’s it for this week’s Video Game Tuesday.

 

Video Game Tuesday: Thoughts on 2020 E3’s Cancellation

Hey all I’m back with an answer to a question I was asked a couple times. It’s my Thoughts on 2020 E3’s Cancellation!

It was cancelled?!?: In case you’ve been living under a rock and/or stuck without an Internet connection for the past month and a half you should know that this years E3 was cancelled due to the Coronavirus, COVID-19.

So thoughts?: I’m not surprised at all, hell I had a personal trip to visit family in California planned for about a week and a half ago that got cancelled because all three West Coast states have had Stay in Place Orders statewide since March 23rd. So many people are taking this very seriously and are trying to slow the spread of the virus. E3 being cancelled is not at all surprising, I mean even the 2020 Tokyo Olympics have been postponed till next year, although they’ll still be called the 2020 Olympics. So again I’m not surprised, I won’t be surprised if most of the United States is under a Stay in Place order by the time this column is posted.

What about all those announcements?: I’m almost positive we’ll be seeing a lot of Nintendo Direct style broadcasts from various publishers and developers this year. It’s still got the ability to hype up the holiday season lineup while being able to prevent the virus from spreading by hosting a huge event for a few thousand people to be near one another with very little distance.

That’s it for this week’s Video Game Tuesday.