Windows 10 Woes

Today I just want to talk about Windows 10, or rather, warn people to stay away from it!

I was happily using Windows 7 since I built my computer about 4 or 5 years ago. But ever since Windows 10 came out with its limited time free download, which ends July 29th by the way, every day some pop up telling me to get it annoyed me. After months, I finally got fed up with it. I saw that it was possible to revert back to your old operating system if you did not like it, and it was free, so what did I have to lose.

So here it what happened. The user interface is completely changed from Windows 7, but that is to be expected, though it is a lot harder to find things, making everything needlessly condensed and impossible to find.

Windows 10 claimed it was faster, which at first was true, but ever since getting it, my computer has been slowing down day by day, occasionally, like this morning, being impossible to use.

Other infuriating differences are that now every other time I turn my computer on, it does not connect to the internet, and tells me to install my Netgear device, even though its plugged into the back and installed. Never had an issue with this until Windows 10. So to fix it I have to restart the computer, then it works. The next time I turn my computer on it will succeed in connecting, but the next time it will not. And so I am stuck in this abysmal pattern.

Another thing that has gone horribly wrong with since “upgrading” to Windows 10 is that every time the computer goes to sleep either manually or on its on, when you try to wake it up, my tower lights up and starts to booot up, but then it shuts off. However my keyboard and mouse light up and will stay lit up forever if I never turned my computer back on again. Once I press the button, the computer starts up just the way I left it before it fell asleep.

The final unbelievably annoying thing about Windows 10 is the seemingly mandatory password screen when you start the computer. I’ve searched and searched through the computer, messing around with all the settings, but I can not seem to find a way to turn this off and just have the computer boot up without inputting a password. I have been too lazy to google if there is a way, but my point is, it should not be so cryptic, that after 2 hours of looking, I can not find a way to stop it.

So naturally, after hating every time I’ve used my computer since getting Windows 10, I have been wanting to revert back to Windows 7. I found out how to do it, but never had the time or thought to do it. I finally did the other day, but that option to revert with everything in tact was no longer there. I was furious. So I looked up what happened, and it would seem you have only one month to revert. Nothing ever gave me a heads up about this, and now the only way to get back to Windows 7 is to reinstall it with the disc, which probably means I will have to reinstall all my apps and files and what not again, and that is just not worth it.

If you have Windows 8, they say this is a good upgrade. If you have Windows 7, I would recommend getting it before July 29th for free, and then IMMEDIATELY reverting back to 7. You will always have Windows 10 after “upgrading” even though it’s free, so you can move back up to Windows 10 for free any time you want, though right now there is no reason to.

PS My wife hates it too

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New Announcements From E3 2016

Well, another e3 has came and went. Overall I thought this one, like last years was disappointing, though there were a few new games that caught my interest, though definitely a record low for e3. There was also some nice gameplay shown for a few previously announced games, like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Friday the 13th, the Game.

But this post will be focused on all the new games announced this year, so here goes.

death strandingFirst off is Kojima’s first game since leaving Konami, called Death Stranding. There is a lot of buzz about this game on the internet, and frankly I don’t know why. The reveal trailer is highly uninformative of anything and looks stupid. Though they could have revealed more about the game other than the trailer by now, but I have no interest in looking into it.

Crash-Bandicoot-Activision-700x389.jpg.optimalCrash Bandicoot 1-3 are getting remasters.I’m kind of annoyed by this, as I just played through these games via PlayStation Store like 2 weeks ago, after purchasing them about a year ago. This is great for fans of the series who have been wanting to revisit these old classics, but I for one have no interest in looking into this remaster further. Plus, I’m just so sick of every game being remastered these days.

spidermanSpider-Man Ps4 is next, and though only a short gameplay trailer was shown, it looks fantastic. This is one of the few games announced this year that have caught my interest. I love the Amazing Spider-Man games that have come out in the last few years, and this looks like it builds upon that system. I can not wait, especially since it is not tied to a movie counterpart, thus free to do anything it wants within the Spider-Man universe. Really can’t wait for this one.

days goneDays Gone is another game revealed that I thought looked really good. Sony showcased a short demo, and it was just some poor guy relentlessly getting chased by hordes of zombies while doing his best to kill them and/or escape them. Looks like a lot of fun..

resident-evil-7-1-343x389.jpg.optimalAnother one I am interested in is Resident Evil 7, but not by the trailer which was shown, but simply because I am a huge fan of the franchise. The trailer itself depicts the game as being your run of the mill, first person survival horror that developers seem to constantly be pushing out these days. So far it seems like all you have is a flashlight and your wits to sneak around a mansion presumably filled with zombies. It’s a change for the series yet again, so it welcome to me, though it is not the direction I would have liked the series to go in. It will also be available for PS VR, the first game that I found myself actually wanting to use a headset for.

A new Batman Arkham game was announced for PS VR too, nothing exciting looking about it.

Final Fantasy XV will also be available in VR. Why?

Another VR game, Star Wars X-Wing Missions was announced. This could be good…

And to top off the VR sections, the steam VR HTC Vive will be getting Fallout 4 and the recently released Doom, two games that might be interesting .

God-of-War-PS4-2-1280x720A reboot of God Of War was presented with an almost 10 minute gameplay trailer. This takes place within Norse mythology and his son is still alive, though he will probably die at some point, sending Kratos on his quest to kill a bunch of gods, or his son will become the god of war he must destroy. Who knows? The game looks very different from every other game in the franchise, as it probably should, having a completely different setting and story, but it looks worse. The boos fight shown was underwhelming at best, and the combat took a few steps backwards, reminding me more of your typical slow combat like Dark Souls or Elder Scrolls, instead of the fast paced, brutal action that has kept fans of GoW keep coming back for more. Overall, I was disappointed by this game, but I will be getting it only because I love the franchise, just like RE7.

Trials-of-The-Blood-DragonTrials of the Blood Dragon, a combination of Trials Fusion and Blood Dragon was announced. I don’t know anything about either of those games, so I couldn’t tell you much about what this game has to offer. It didn’t catch my interest though. Looked like some dirt bike stunt game.

Grow Up, sequel to Grow Home was announced. If you like the first one, you’ll like this.

Just Dance 2017 for all platforms, no surprises there.

Steep. This game looks kind of dumb. You ski or snowboard or hang glide and the like while doing crazy tricks to show off to your friends. Big social focus point on this game. Not my cup of tea.

State of Decay 2 will be coming out next year. If you liked the first one, then I recommend this. I thought the first one was just okay, so I’m still on the fence about this one.

dead-rising-4-new-details-e3-2016.jpg.optimalDead Rising 4 looks like a hoot. It’s what you would expect from a game in this series. But man, it feels like the third one just came out. How time flies!

Forza Horizon 3 is coming out for all you car lovers.

A card game from the Witcher 3 is getting a separate release. People love their virtual cards these days.

fe-gameIndie game Fe revealed. Little monster runs around and kills other monsters.

FIFA 17 for all you soccer folks. Oddly enough, this has a story mode, which makes it stand out from the other 30 games in the series.

Following that is Madden 17. Do people still buy these games?

Prey, a strange, first person shooter/ psycho-thriller announced. Looks pretty good. This is added to my wish list, the last that I found interesting among all of these new games.

Oh boy, yet another online shooter…Quake Champions. It looks pretty good, but you know…it’s an online shooter.

Skyrim: Special Edition. Woohoo, another barely aged game getting a remaster. Nothing much changes at all from the original.

And that’s all the new games announced.

I’m looking forward to only four of them, a record low since I have been following e3.

 

 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows is out. I just saw it and have added it to¬† my “Series Ranked: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movies” post. To find out what I thought about the movie, and how I feel it ranks against the other five TMNT movies, click here.

Why Is There No Amazing Avengers Game?

The only time I’ve really seen any of Marvel’s characters in games, aside from Spider Man is in fighting games. I remember a great X-Men game for SNES, but otherwise there is like nothing out there that doesn’t involve fighting or legos.

What I have in mind is a game sort of like the Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers/Return of the King for Gamecube/PS2/Xbox. In those games you got to choose any characters from the fellowship and play through a few separate campaigns for each, a couple of characters sharing the same campaign that was good for co-op. You could level up each character and learn new combos and attacks and the like.

Now if some developer would take that premise, modernize it a bit and combine it with the action of say, Hyrule Warriors, and I guess the Dynasty Warriors games, (I have never played them) with the over the top combos and attacks, co-op and tons of killing stuff.

Now wouldn’t a third person action game where you can choose an Avenger, and have another one along side you, going throughout the world, completing missions and putting the hurt on Hydra or some other Marvel baddies, with epic boss battles at the end. It would be amazing. You don’t see many games like that anymore, probably because online shooters and 100 hour rpg’s have pretty much taken over the market. But for us people who still enjoy playing a not too complicated game single player, or with a friend in the same room, this would be a totally great idea.

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I mean, granted the characters that could be put in the game are limitless and no one would be truly happy with those selected, it might be best to just put in the current Avengers starring in the movies these days and call the game “Avengers: sub title here.”

The only thing we have close to this is Marvel Heroes, a free to play, and actually pretty good MMO, with Diablo-like gameplay. The only problem I have with it, is it’s an MMO. I don’t want to play another never ending rpg. But I guess it can keep me busy until my dream comes true…if ever…good thing you can play Marvel Heroes forever…

 

 

 

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Series Ranked: Warcraft Video Games

In honor of the awesome looking Warcraft movie coming out on June 10, I decided to do another “Series Ranked” about the games that are responsible for getting me to have any interest in the movie at all.

As usual I will be ranking them from worst to best, and this is entirely my own opinion.

Before I begin, I want to note that I will not be including Warcraft II Battle.net edition, because it’s more or less the same game and irrelevant to add here. Also Hearthstone will also not be included, because it’s not actually a real Warcraft game.

Ok, there are eleven games by my count, so let’s get started!

#11 World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor

Now this isn’t fair, for I have never played this game, so really, I guess you can just disregard this. The only reason I am including it at all is because I guess I can say there was nothing about it that caught my interest to even have a single thought to want to play it, which I guess is a first in the series.

That is the only reason I place it at #11. It could honestly be a great game for all I know.

 

#10 Warcraft: Orcs and Humans

Now I am serious about the rest of this list, as I have played every other entry in the franchise.

Orcs and Humans is the game that started it all, and pretty much all of Blizzard’s success. For the time, this game was absolutely amazing, pitting two races against each other, each with different units and campaigns.

While the game has not aged well at all, it is still fun, and I would recommend it to anyone who has played either Warcraft II and/or III. Not really because it is good compared to its successors, but just to see where they got their start and how things have evolved. The most irksome parts of this game are the fact that you must build roads for your buildings and that you can only select one unit at a time, making everything go on for much longer, something that real time strategy games definitely do not need.

 

#9 World of Warcraft: Cataclysm

I never played this game when it was new, but only when the expansion to it came out and I had to play my way through, so I never got the full effect of WoW’s third expansion. I dove into this after not playing WoW for around four years, and the very first area I was in I hated and almost quit the game again because it was so bad. None of the areas were really that great at all.

The quests were a bit more unique then I had previously experienced, so that was always nice. The game also added two new races; the Horde got Goblins, which makes no sense, since they were always a neutral faction throughout the World of Warcraft series. The Alliance found themselves with Worgens, wolves that walk on their hind legs. These were pretty cool looking, though also kind of didn’t make sense, for veteran players most likely have slaughtered hundreds of these in their time in the game. Players can also increase their level from 80 to 85, marking the first time there was not a 10 level increase in caps per expansion.

The story, if I am thinking of the right one, involves killing Death Wing, an orc hero that was killed in Warcraft II, somehow resurrected. I don’t really know. The story line in the Warcraft series eventually just flies off the handle and all old characters resurface and continuity is just an afterthought. The whole world is just too expansive to really make any sense of it, but then again, no one plays these games for the story anyway.

 

#8 World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King

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The second expansion to World of Warcraft takes us to Northrend to take on the Lich King, continuing the story of The Frozen Throne randomly.

This was a neat area with a dark theme and was sort of fun to explore. I came back to play this game after about 8 months after I quit the last game and about two months after this was released. They kicked up the design of dungeons and quests in this game, and it also had some of the more memorable raids in my opinion. What fans of the original games didn’t want to face off against the Lich King? Though this is also when Blizzard started making the game really easy to level, which was my favorite part of the games, and just completely focused on heroics and raids. Once I raised my character to 80 from the previous cap of 70, I found they were taking forever releasing raids, spacing them out in huge intervals, and I lost interest, quitting again after just four months.

Something unique about this game was the addition of the first new class since the games creation, the Death Knight. This is also the series’ only “hero class” which really just meant you started at level 55 instead of 1, going right along with the whole fast leveling theme started in this expansion.

#7 World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade

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The world crapped itself when this game finally came out. The very first expansion of the ever growing, popular game that took the world by force. After being stuck at level 60 for what seemed like forever, players were finally allowed to move up to level 70 after stepping through the Dark Portal into a new land. We found tons of new gear, with ridiculously huge stat increases, making the lowest leveled gear completely dominate the best gear in the original game. Lots of new abilities were also included, and best of all…

Flying Mounts

This was something everyone was dying to have included, and we all got our wishes.

Another first was the expansion of races, introducing Blood Elves for the Horde, and Draenai for the Alliance.

The only trouble with this game, in my opinion, was that the entire area was pretty bland and uninteresting, the dungeons and raids stunk, and it all became boring very quickly. The main city, the first time to join Alliance and Horde in one place, meant horrible, horrible lag inside, or even flying near it. I think I quit within a month or two upon reaching level 70.

 

#6 World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria

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The fourth expansion brought players to a whole new world and me out of a four year retirement of the game. Besides additions to both race and class, with monks being the new class and Pandarians being the new race, for the first time, the areas were truly enticing and filled with interesting scenery and characters. The dungeons and raids were unique and fun. The gear looked awesome, having a samurai-ish look to it.

Players could increase to level 90 from 85, really giving you that sense of closeness to level 100. There was a lot of cool new mounts as well. This expansion was the first to hold me in end game, and I believe I played it thoroughly with 4 characters for over a year before finally quitting the game for good. Ironically, it wasn’t because I was bored, like it was for all the other expansions, but because I was sick of spending so much time and money on the game, despite wanting to still play it.

 

#5 World of Warcraft

The game that took the world by storm and the lives away from many gamers. I remember getting the game when it was a month or two old, and quit within a month because I hated it. But I think it was because I mostly never knew what I was doing. I decided to give the game another chance about a year later and that is when I got hooked. In that year, a lot more people joined in too.

Why I like this one the most is simply because it was so humongous. There were countless places to go to, leveling took FOREVER to reach 60, and there was just an endless amount of things to do.

It also had actual skills trees that eventually were taken out later on and a bunch of other features and what not that also eventually disappeared. As the expansion came out, they seemed to simplify everything, no doubt to make it more appealing to newcomers and to quicken leveling for new characters made by veteran players. But to me, this took away the charm and adventure of the game, but it really does make perfect sense that they did this, as everyone always is focused on end game. But eventually, people were even beating all of that too quickly, and now they complain expansions are not coming out fast enough.

I don’t know…I just think the original build was the best. Though, that is not to say that there weren’t plenty of things wrong with the game that have been improved as the years went by. The “Looking For Group” channel comes to mind. Just to do any dungeon back then was like a five hour commitment, and half of that time was spent trying to find five party members, before dragging yourself through the long dungeons. This, along with many other things, has been greatly improved.

 

#4 Warcraft II: Tides Of Darknesswarcraft-ii-tides-of-darkness_7.png

With all the World of Warcraft games out of the way, it is now time for the games I obviously find much better. The original RTS styled games, (besides the primitive original of course.) And all I can say about this game is HOLY CRAP!

It is an absolutely massive improvement over the original. The game speed is kicked way up. Tons of new units yielding tons more strategy, custom stages pre-built, or you can make your own, resulting in endless hours of gameplay. This game and its expansion basically sucked up my childhood. I played it endlessly.

Another amazing addition is the beautifully orchestrated music, something pretty much unheard of back then.

The only thing about this game, is it is really, really hard in the later levels.

 

#3 Warcraft II: Beyond The Dark Portal

The expansion to Tides of Darkness, the games difficulty picks up right where it left off, making this quite possibly the hardest game I have ever played. Most of the levels are impossible without cheating, which thankfully, like the two games before it, there are plenty to choose from.

There isn’t too much else different, except you get a lot more hero’s running around to fight with you or fight against you.

Great game, endless hours of fun.

 

#2 Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne

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The expansion to Warcraft III continues the story, taking it to all new kinds of places, where you meet many new heroes.

To be honest, I don’t remember much about this game, as I have only played it through once, having been burned out on RTS’ by this time in my life. I just remember enjoying it immensely. They added new units, I believe, always a plus!

But yeah, it was an extremely polished game, and I would absolutely recommend it to any RTS fan.

#1 Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos

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And here we are at number 1! This is my favorite Warcraft game of all time. After spending so many hours on WC2, it was great to finally experience something new, and Blizzard did not disappoint. This game was as much of an improvement to 2, as 2 was to 1. The graphics got an extreme overhaul, instead of just playing as orcs and humans, Night Elf and Undead were added, doubling the campaigns! Each race had completely different units and buildings, each requiring different strategies to master.

Best of all were the inclusions of heroes that you had with you every level, instead of just random ones. They also created buildings that could resurrect them if they died. This was most welcome to me, who always wished in 2 that there was something like this. I never, ever used my heroes in that game because if they died, the mission failed. But this game fulfilled my wish. And on top of it, you could level the heroes from 1-10, upgrading and learning new spells and abilities along the way.

To me, this game had by far the best and most solid story too, before World of Warcraft flipped it on its head and made it all convoluted. In fact, the story is probably why I prefer this over its expansion. It is truly a masterpiece.

 

 

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