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2:09 AM on 07.03.2015

PS Friday Night Fights: Life "Improvements" Edition

 

PSYCHE!!! There really is no serious life improvements I have to discus here today. Instead I can just say that things are vaguely looking up for me. What this means right now is not very easy to say because it is just how I am feeling. It could be that my gut knows something and something good is coming. Or it could just be that summer is here, the undisputable best season bro and it'll be a happy couple of months partying, skating and playing good games. I have however decided to revamp my work out a little. Not that I'm trying to turn myself into a muscle bound meathead but I'd like to think my effort and dedication could potentially produce something. Since the last time I've been regularly working out I have added a pretty important factor to my routine, and that is playing with weights. Normally I would have just set a max weight and like an idiot do a bunch of reps with that. Now I'll have a more dynamic approach by varying that across sets of reps. Anyway this probably won't change too much but I can tell you I already feel like it's an imporvement, my arms and chest are nice and tight, way it ought to be, tighter than my workouts made me previously.

Additionally I've run into a little trouble with my skateboard wheels, the one stubborn wheel seemed to be spinning rather slow. It was slow to accelerate and then it stopped much sooner. Something was up so I got to taking apart the thing to find I've been ripped off sorta. A month ago I went in to to get some new skateboard bearings. The old ones had seen better days. Despite going out of my way to buy special bike grease and harmful chemicals to clean them, two were not salvageable because they had rusted to absolute shit. Rust is the no turning back of bearing condition. I was pretty bummed, especially considering I worked really hard to clean and grease the remaining ones and thought I did a good job. Well I did an okay job, they spin, even fast but only when made to spin. By themselves they are very resistant and won't spin if you flick them with your finger. Anyway I went to the skateshop because I just couldn't skate on three wheels (only 6 bearings) and wanted to buy a new pack. 

I was going to buy the standard, Bones Reds, just like I've always rode. Actually the new middle tier of Reds that the shop guy pushed on me nearly eight months ago were really good quality for the money you pay. But I digress. This time, some intern (interns suck) pushed a higher level of bearings on me, a level that was beyond me for a long time just because I didn't have the extra fifty bucks or so lying around. I thought what the hell and just went with it. Bones Swiss, they're some of the best quality bearings you can stick on your skateboard. Now I can testify to this, it was a great choice. They last long, I've had plenty of water scares but not a single indication of rust to be found on any of them, a month later. But this is where the problem comes up. One of my bearings, one of the ones from the slow spinning wheel, was my old Reds. I remember I had brought them into the shop in case I could just get two loosies and not have to buy a whole pack. I'll defend the guy a bit the two are almost identical except that the Bones Swiss Say "Bones Swiss 808" while the other ones say "Reds China Bones" on them. Otherwise identical. 

Yeah one of the bearings fell off the counter and he couldn't find it. Or I didn't feel like waiting. Or whatever happened. The old ones are still in the bag I brought them in and none of them are the Swiss. So the dude must've by mistake put one of my old bearings into the wheel along with the seven Swiss ones I bought and the eighth was the one that dropped. That really just sucks and it's a shame I only just realized till now but I'll be going in to see what I can get to alleiviate this situation. Of course I'm not a dick and don't want to get anyone fired but I at least want something for the trouble. It feels like I've been violated. Well anyway I will say again. Up until now when the wheel has started acting up, The Swiss bearings have been absolutely phenomenal. 10/10 would buy again... just an entire pack. Haha Next time I'll just make sure to put them on myself, it's not really that hard to do. 

I do wonder though, there may have been a few moments when my board seemed to go apeshit randomly. A couple moments I thought one of the wheels stalled on me while skating (worst thing to happen honsetly) maybe that was what happened and it was the old bearing. Maybe I really did a shit job and should from now on just be safe rather than sorry in trying to clean out my old bearings and making a death trap for myself. 

Anyway I'm really grasping for straws here. It's time, you know what time it is.

Games Bro!!

Nanashi

Welcome to the Playstation side of Friday Night Fights! Every Friday, members of the community get together online to play games and all you need to join is a user account. Down below, you'll find a list of games that we'll play tonight along with the times they'll start, the people that you should hit up for invites, and any other information that you may need.

If you want to play, leave a comment with the games from the schedule you want to play and your PSN name. You should also send a PSN friend request to the host and mention your username here in the message so they know you're one of the cool people and not just some random friend request.

If your favorite game isn't on the schedule, host it yourself! You just need to give us the game, start time, and your PSN name so people know what, when and who. It's also wise to list DLC requirements, game or server names, and anything else people might need to join just so you don't need to message it to everyone individually. Last minute additions in the comments here are fine, but games can also be added earlier in the week by visiting the forums and finding the thread with the coming Friday's date. Adding a game there ensures it's on the blog from the moment it goes up.

Driveclub (PS4)

Time: 7:00PM

Host: The Defenestrator

PSN: ThDefenestrator

Plants vs. Zombies (PS4)

Time: 9:30PM

Host: Nanashi

PSN: Nanashi707

Payday 2 (Crimewave Edition) (PS4)

Time: 11 PM

Host: The Defenestrator

PSN: ThDefenestrator

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2:36 AM on 06.26.2015

PS Friday Night Fights: Heist Related Sleep Deprivation Edition

 I dunno. It’s late. Have a picture of one of my dogs.

I should have known this was going to happen.

I put a couple hundred hours into the Xbox 360 version of Payday 2 when it came out. It never got the patches or the DLC that were promised (which is for the better in some respects) but it scratched a very specific itch for me not a lot of games can: a truly co-operative shooter with stealth mechanics.

It’s not easy to stealth a heist. Random camera and enemy placement and tricky level design means you will end up in a protracted firefight most of the time… but every once in awhile, the stars align and you get four people who can temporarily mind meld long enough to drop an airplane hangar full of baddies and walk away with bags full of weapons leaving the police none the wiser. And it’s an amazing feeling.

The combat itself is solid and if you have a quartet with skills that compliment each other, it allows each of you to take an important role in how you approach the heist. I prefer the Technician (with some stealth thrown in) but a knowledgeable Mastermind and/or Ghost are imperative if you want to get into that bank vault without tripping an alarm or letting an errant civilian call the cops. And the Tank? Well, he’s just there to pull your asses out of the fire when it inevitably goes wrong.

Unfortunately, the PS4 release means that I have been staying up WAY too late and over-caffeinating during the day because I keep thinking I can squeeze in just ONE MORE HEIST before bed. Then I look at the clock and I need to be up in four hours.

While they get all the DLC they could want, PC players have been acting as sort of a test group for Overkill’s various patches and tweaks. For this newest console iteration, they seem to have ironed out many of the exploits but over-corrected in other respects. The RNG aspect to getting weapon mods and masks is still terrible and exploits helped ameliorate that by letting people spam the Ukrainian Job in 30 seconds for another run on the roulette wheel. You could get beaucoup XP doing a speed run of the three day Rats mission in about 15 minutes. None of that is an option now. Granted, they’ve given you a few ways to bump up your XP through other means but there’s still a ton of waiting around to get a decent mask or, god forbid, a silencer. It’s certainly not perfect but, damn, it’s addictive. Sadly, however, that means falling asleep at my desk at work during the day.

So, anyway… games!

The Defenestrator

Welcome to the Playstation side of Friday Night Fights! Every Friday, members of the community get together online to play games and all you need to join is a user account. Down below, you'll find a list of games that we'll play tonight along with the times they'll start, the people that you should hit up for invites, and any other information that you may need.

If you want to play, leave a comment with the games from the schedule you want to play and your PSN name. You should also send a PSN friend request to the host and mention your username here in the message so they know you're one of the cool people and not just some random friend request.

If your favorite game isn't on the schedule, host it yourself! You just need to give us the game, start time, and your PSN name so people know what, when and who. It's also wise to list DLC requirements, game or server names, and anything else people might need to join just so you don't need to message it to everyone individually. Last minute additions in the comments here are fine, but games can also be added earlier in the week by visiting the forums and finding the thread with the coming Friday's date. Adding a game there ensures it's on the blog from the moment it goes up.

 Daytona USA Krigo 9:00pm KrigoCA

 

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare Nanashi 10:00pm Nanashi707

 

Payday 2 (Crimewave Edition) The Defenestrator 11:00 ThDefenestrator

 

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10:56 PM on 06.18.2015

PS Friday Night Fights: The Other Guy is Sick Now Edition

Kinda bummed about being sick right now I do not have too much to talk about. I mean I do actually but I'm sick so this is going to be a short one. Also the blog code we use is screwy for some reason so this blog is going to be thrown together much Shistier. In the mean time I want to talk about multiplayer.

Been awhile since I had anything good to MP with on FNF. I'm not trying to shit on FNF in the least bit this is just where the whole "it's not you it's me" line comes into play.. I used to love doing TLOUR with the FNF crew, hell last week I played along with Alpha, Darren, Mrm3n and Kyle. It wasn't that bad, but honestly the game's mp is starting to get really really stale for me. Where I used to look forward to it the idea of playing more is rather dull now. Again no offense to the good friends I've played with but I just can't bring myself to do anymore of it. I even deleted it off my hard drive a few weeks ago to clear space. Whatever we will see, I'll probably join once in awhile I'm not that grinchy.

Then there's Battlefield which is tough to get groups together for. I think people just generally don't like Battlefield 4 anymore that or all the usuals are just too busy nowadays. Sucks those were the funnest FNFs personally. So aside from those two there isn't much for me to contribute. I'm just super hopeful for that next awesome PS4 multiplayer experience that'll hopefully bring a lot of people out of hiding. Right now there doesn't seem to be too much on the horizon. At least not in the near foreseeable future.

However I would be lying if I said there's literally nothing for me to play anymore because that simply isn't true. There are options. First off I have returned to the world of Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare. It's good. Not great but very good especially for the purposes of FNF'ing. It is a bit casual to really be a top notch Coop multiplayer but it gets the job done. Defens has been hosting them regularly and I feel bad for not joining him much earlier. It's a fun experience to FNF and I would encourage anyone come join us if you can. Not to mention the EA press conference got me hype, not for the sequel but just to play this one again. The sequel looks dumb considering I think they have you playing as the zombies now. Really in a hoard mode that's who you play as? Don't fix what ain't broke EA!

There's also fighting games. Fighting games come out all the time, because that's where that part of the industry is at. So there's likely an awesome one around the corner I'll get into. They're also good because they seem to call out random people when they hear that someone is hosting a lobby for them. I know for sure that TurboKill wanted to do some fighting games and another person wanted me to host DoA, sorry don't remember who it was. I could probably do that no problem. Fighting games are definitely an option, I just need to get my hands on two things first: a copy of MKX because that's one of my favorite franchises and a good, cheap fight pad for the PS4 so I don't have to put my DS4 through torture. Otherwise I can see myself hosting those for sure.

Anyway, as usual I have rambled on a lot so why don't we take a look at what's being hosted this week?

Games Bro!!

Nanashi

Welcome to the Playstation side of Friday Night Fights! Every Friday, members of the community get together online to play games and all you need to join is a user account. Down below, you'll find a list of games that we'll play tonight along with the times they'll start, the people that you should hit up for invites, and any other information that you may need.

If you want to play, leave a comment with the games from the schedule you want to play and your PSN name. You should also send a PSN friend request to the host and mention your username here in the message so they know you're one of the cool people and not just some random friend request.

If your favorite game isn't on the schedule, host it yourself! You just need to give us the game, start time, and your PSN name so people know what, when and who. It's also wise to list DLC requirements, game or server names, and anything else people might need to join just so you don't need to message it to everyone individually. Last minute additions in the comments here are fine, but games can also be added earlier in the week by visiting the forums and finding the thread with the coming Friday's date. Adding a game there ensures it's on the blog from the moment it goes up.

Payday 2 (Crimewave Edition) (PS4)

Time: 11 PM

Host: The Defenestrator

PSN: ThDefenestrator

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2:19 AM on 06.12.2015

PS Friday Night Fights: TV Party Edition

 I need to play Witcher 3 anyway.

Work has me pretty beaten down right now, so I’ll try to keep this brief.

This year has seen a pretty heavy increase in comic book based TV series and I’m just now getting caught up with all of them. Daredevil was, to me, pretty overhyped. The Flash was fun but uneven. Arrow is doing more with their extended cast but trading narrative logic for twists and cliffhangers. Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. introduced an almost entire new cast at the beginning of the season which was, hilariously, more interesting than the original… which says something about how utterly mediocre it is. I refused to watch Constantine on principle and I dance on it's grave.

The big surprise to me was the (somewhat loose) adaptation of iZombie. Writer and showrunner Rob Thomas, much like Kevin Smith or Joss Whedon, has a very love-it-or-hate-it style of dialogue. However, Veronica Mars and Party Down were both fantastic so it was worth a shot. After a very cookie cutter couple of opening episodes, I was surprised to see how much and how quickly it grew into an interesting show with likeable characters and actual character arcs.

There are definitely aspects of it that are a bit too cute (the lead character’s name got changed to Liv Moore. Ha?) but while the characters start off as one thing, the whole status quo gets upended by the end of the season. Someone like Liv’s ex-fiance, Major Lilywhite (no shit, that’s his name), starts out as a bland Abercrombie & Fitch model but by goes through a total transformation once he starts getting nudged into the main plot.

The premise of the show fits the procedural aspects perfectly so the case-of-the-week never feels shoehorned in (unlike, say, Constantine) and they’re perfectly willing to speed things up to get on with the overarching plot. It all culminates in a drum tight humdinger of a season finale. After watching shows like S.H.I.E.L.D. lurch around looking for cheap drama, it was refreshing for a show to let it’s characters earn it.

It’s definitely not for everyone (especially those turned off by super snarky dialogue), but it’s a damn solid genre show. I’m looking forward to seeing what they do this fall with a full season to work with.

So, anyway… games!

The Defenestrator

Welcome to the Playstation side of Friday Night Fights! Every Friday, members of the community get together online to play games and all you need to join is a user account. Down below, you'll find a list of games that we'll play tonight along with the times they'll start, the people that you should hit up for invites, and any other information that you may need.

If you want to play, leave a comment with the games from the schedule you want to play and your PSN name. You should also send a PSN friend request to the host and mention your username here in the message so they know you're one of the cool people and not just some random friend request.

If your favorite game isn't on the schedule, host it yourself! You just need to give us the game, start time, and your PSN name so people know what, when and who. It's also wise to list DLC requirements, game or server names, and anything else people might need to join just so you don't need to message it to everyone individually. Last minute additions in the comments here are fine, but games can also be added earlier in the week by visiting the forums and finding the thread with the coming Friday's date. Adding a game there ensures it's on the blog from the moment it goes up.

Battlefield 4 Nanashi 10:00pm Nanashi707 Battlefriends! Try out Gun Master mode with Nanners!

The Last Of Us: Remastered Darren Nakamura 11:00 Dexter345 High likelihood of inappropriate haikus and smoke bomb assisted shiv kills.

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare The Defenestrator 12:00 The Defenestrator

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5:42 AM on 06.05.2015

PS Friday Night Fights: Real Life Blues Edition

About a million years ago (or so I hoped) I wrote a blog for the cblog recaps covering someone who was out for that day and in the body of the blog I used the space to vent a little. My close buddy had gotten married and decided to move away to be with his wife and kid. How far away you ask? All the way on the other side of the country far away, far enough that seeing him would need to cost lots of cash and time taken out ahead of time.

Since that blog we have reached "time has come" street and "today" avenue. My friend left this morning and will not be coming back realistically for at least another couple years. He said two and a half. Originally I was under the impression that he would be gone after one more semester for his wife but no it's going to be a lot longer before he returns, as he said permanently. It's kind of created a bit of chaos, suddenly his friends and family, myself included have to deal with one less person to hang with/live with/etc. We threw an impromptu party for my friend in honor of leaving and it was pretty awkward. Awkward on the count of him not telling most of us how long he'd be gone for or even that he was married and leaving in the first place. That's my friend though, just lays news on you like that.

Again since that original blog post, from which not a whole lot of time has passed, I have come to terms with the melancholy feeling this is all giving me. Which is good. On the one hand I won't have to make excuses for dealing with this, and I've gotten pretty good at meeting new people and making new friends. I would say that I'm fairly comfortable with the sudden change. Thankfully it doesn't look like I'll have much of a challenge going forward from this point losing a friend. But on the other hand I'm lying if I say that I'm 100%. I am definitely not over it there is still some resonating feeling of sadness. Just the thought "gone for two and a half years" depresses me. And from there I realize this is was being old feels like. I've lost friends before. Some much in the same way, permanently because of moving away and others just because we've grown apart over time. But this time I feel like I'm on the edge of before and after, and a whole lot is going to change from here.

Sounds dramatic, I know sorry but writing about your problems usually does. One other thing about this is that it was fun to be out with some old friends when we took our departing friend for one last hurrah. Kind of makes me want to reconnect with some of them, just to have some connections grounded in "the old days" and high school with the loss of my one good friend that I've not stopped chilling with since high school. But again that sort of feels like this idea of trying to hold on to the old days. It was great to see them and shit I won't lie I was really butthurt one of them wasn't single at the time else I'd be starting something. I can't just look backwards all the time. I won't be hanging out with anyone else I knew in High School and that's fine. It might actually be an important change that will better me later on. I don't know yet, but it's pretty cool to have a place to right all of this out. Thanks for that ladies and gents.

Now I'll just leave this video here, it's been on my mind a lot. I'm including it mainly for the music and because I want to keep living life, enjoying myself and skating.

I did think of one thing to make myself feel a little better, since no one officially put themselves down to hosting last of us and even though I was intending on making this friday a "single player only" kinda night I guess I could come through and host.

And now on to games.

Nanashi

Welcome to the Playstation side of Friday Night Fights! Every Friday, members of the community get together online to play games and all you need to join is a user account. Down below, you'll find a list of games that we'll play tonight along with the times they'll start, the people that you should hit up for invites, and any other information that you may need.

If you want to play, leave a comment with the games from the schedule you want to play and your PSN name. You should also send a PSN friend request to the host and mention your username here in the message so they know you're one of the cool people and not just some random friend request.

If your favorite game isn't on the schedule, host it yourself! You just need to give us the game, start time, and your PSN name so people know what, when and who. It's also wise to list DLC requirements, game or server names, and anything else people might need to join just so you don't need to message it to everyone individually. Last minute additions in the comments here are fine, but games can also be added earlier in the week by visiting the forums and finding the thread with the coming Friday's date. Adding a game there ensures it's on the blog from the moment it goes up.

The Last Of Us: Remastered Nanashi 9:00 Nanashi707 Crossbows are indeed bullshit (but I use them).

 

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare Defenestratori 12:00 ThDefenestrator

 

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5:27 AM on 05.29.2015

PS Friday Night Fights: BRB Comicon Edition

 Welcome to the Nerd Prom

I’m writing this after my first full day at the Phoenix Comicon, so I’m going to be brief. I’m having a great time. Wish you were here. Etc.

I’m on staff running board games which has the bonus of netting me a free full event pass for doing something that I would have been doing anyway. Though I think I’m the only person hosting games who isn’t part of an organization of some sort. I figure I’ll start brainstorming evil-sounding names for my non-existent group next year.

In the meantime, I need sleep because I have a busy schedule of creeping on cosplay chicks and admiring nerdy stuff I can’t afford in-between running games. Life is hard.

So, anyway… games!

The Defenestrator

Welcome to the Playstation side of Friday Night Fights! Every Friday, members of the community get together online to play games and all you need to join is a user account. Down below, you'll find a list of games that we'll play tonight along with the times they'll start, the people that you should hit up for invites, and any other information that you may need.

If you want to play, leave a comment with the games from the schedule you want to play and your PSN name. You should also send a PSN friend request to the host and mention your username here in the message so they know you're one of the cool people and not just some random friend request.

If your favorite game isn't on the schedule, host it yourself! You just need to give us the game, start time, and your PSN name so people know what, when and who. It's also wise to list DLC requirements, game or server names, and anything else people might need to join just so you don't need to message it to everyone individually. Last minute additions in the comments here are fine, but games can also be added earlier in the week by visiting the forums and finding the thread with the coming Friday's date. Adding a game there ensures it's on the blog from the moment it goes up.

The Last Of Us: Remastered Darren Nakamura 7:00 Dexter345 Crossbows are bullshit.

 

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11:33 AM on 05.22.2015

PS Friday Night Fights: My Knees Look Like Swiss Cheese Edition

The title is only a slight exaggeration, at least as far as the reason for coming up with that comparison: There are marks all over my legs from newly fucked up skin, old healing skin and plenty of scabs. Such is skating I guess. I never did the skatepark stuff back last time when I skated regularly so the last few months have been a huge learning process, neglecting my street skating so that I can get used to vertical drop ins and bowl/ramp skating. I've been absolutely refusing to wake up in the early AM and head to the park (when there are zero people around but it's open) with all my pads on and as a result I keep getting banged up, it actually hurts to stand on my left leg right now.

I wouldn't give that up though, wounds and bones can heal but the skill (or craft if you will, ho ho) needs to be maintained with regular skating so what's a fella to do? What's really cool about being in a park is talking with people you meet and making new friends. What's also cool is when those same people that you just met push you to do things. Things like trying to ollie that gap up the mini bowl off that slope that's so high but you've been thinking about doing it for awhile now and just building up to it with smaller jumps. Fuck small steps. So I needed to get a running start before I descend the other side slope if I want to make the gap. Well when you do that you hit a really high speed at the bottom one that I wasn't used to yet. Which means your trucks shake like a wet dog that has a phobia of water and if you can't handle it you fall.. so I fell. I'm actually kind of blaming myself on this one because I didn't focus enough on the descent my eyes weren't "in the right place" I was kind of half assing it and I went right into the floor hip, knee and wrist first. That sucked but honestly at the speed I was going and at the angle my body was at I probably could've had a lot worse, it could've made me faceplant at which point I'd have been in a hospital.

But I absolutely won't blame the other skaters for pushing me to try new shit, even if it almost fucked me up good because you need that, I mean someone to push you. That's how you get better in skating. Even if they're doing it just to fuck with you because they know you're not as good as them/comfortable with the trick or whatever it's good to have someone make you try new things. Otherwise I'd be doing the same old stuff I've been doing for weeks now. I haven't even dropped into the mini yet. I'll get on that though, for now enough rambling about skateboarding and injuries, although quick side note it's strange that it took me this long to write in the FNF post about skateboarding, here are Friday's games!.

 

Like the description says it's amazing how fun looking stuff can hurt so bad.

Games!!

Nanashi

Welcome to the Playstation side of Friday Night Fights! Every Friday, members of the community get together online to play games and all you need to join is a user account. Down below, you'll find a list of games that we'll play tonight along with the times they'll start, the people that you should hit up for invites, and any other information that you may need.

If you want to play, leave a comment with the games from the schedule you want to play and your PSN name. You should also send a PSN friend request to the host and mention your username here in the message so they know you're one of the cool people and not just some random friend request.

If your favorite game isn't on the schedule, host it yourself! You just need to give us the game, start time, and your PSN name so people know what, when and who. It's also wise to list DLC requirements, game or server names, and anything else people might need to join just so you don't need to message it to everyone individually. Last minute additions in the comments here are fine, but games can also be added earlier in the week by visiting the forums and finding the thread with the coming Friday's date. Adding a game there ensures it's on the blog from the moment it goes up.

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception Nanashi 8:00 Nanashi707I actually made progress for the treasure one more to go before this game dies for me forever.

Ultra Street Fighter IV TurboKill 8:00 TurboThrill

The Last of Us Remastered Captain Merica 10:00 Trump307

Grand Theft Auto Online Scield 10:00 Scield

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10:52 PM on 05.14.2015

PS Friday Night Fights: Bodily Fluid Stampede Edition

Never forget a Bloodborne reference.

So, I’ve been laid up since last Tuesday night with a really bad cold. Made the mistake of spending the previous Saturday hanging out with friends who had just gotten over one and I apparently didn’t properly scrub myself afterwards. I hadn’t caught a cold like this in a long, long time. Allergies, I’m used to. This was just a Cronenbergian body horror mess of phlegm. You could make a Mini Me out of everything that’s come out of my body in the last week.

Luckily, I had already requested a few vacation days off for a couple of concerts that I was no longer able to attend (yay, non-refundable tickets!) and I was at least semi-coherent for a few of those days, so I managed to get some gaming in. Still, 0/10 cold. Would not recommend.

One underrated game I managed to finish was White Night. A black-and-white noir jazz horror tragedy set in a spooky mansion in the ‘30’s. I hadn’t heard any advance buzz and reviews have been pretty mediocre, but I actually had a pretty good time with it. With the glut of crap horror games that seem to exist solely in hopes of being featured in a PewDiePie video, this was actually fairly well done.

Anyone who has ever seen anything with an amnesiac protagonist will probably be able to work out the plot in the first ten minutes and enemy placement can be annoying but otherwise it was a pretty good time. I especially dug the jazz tunes and a excellent usage of Debussy’s “Clair de Lune.”

The thing about it I found unique was the ghost of the jazz singer that you are pursuing throughout the mansion. With all the dark psychodrama about a tattered family of Boston’s Depression Era elite disintegrating into syphilitic madness, religious mania and ritual murder, as revealed in the many books around the mansion, the singer, Selene, remains a beacon of hope for the player as you try to unravel what happened and set her free. It’s a good hook and kept me interested throughout. If you’re looking for a quick jaunt (I did a speed run for a trophy and beat it in a couple hours) it’s worth the $15 or so to play. Or wait for it’s eventual release on PS+. Whichever.

So, anyway… games!

The Defenestrator

Welcome to the Playstation side of Friday Night Fights! Every Friday, members of the community get together online to play games and all you need to join is a user account. Down below, you'll find a list of games that we'll play tonight along with the times they'll start, the people that you should hit up for invites, and any other information that you may need.

If you want to play, leave a comment with the games from the schedule you want to play and your PSN name. You should also send a PSN friend request to the host and mention your username here in the message so they know you're one of the cool people and not just some random friend request.

If your favorite game isn't on the schedule, host it yourself! You just need to give us the game, start time, and your PSN name so people know what, when and who. It's also wise to list DLC requirements, game or server names, and anything else people might need to join just so you don't need to message it to everyone individually. Last minute additions in the comments here are fine, but games can also be added earlier in the week by visiting the forums and finding the thread with the coming Friday's date. Adding a game there ensures it's on the blog from the moment it goes up.

Uncharted 3 Nanashi 8:00 Nanashi707

Grand Theft Auto Online WraithA1 10:00 AlphaHawkP Heist time!

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7:22 AM on 05.08.2015

PS Friday Night Fights: Not having a title ate my post Edition

Yeah just like the title says, I've had done it all but forgot to put in a title and when I went back my beautiful work was gone. So now we have this: Me [I]trying[/I] to remember what I wrote

So there isn't a whole lot for me to say this weekend. I had some fun out skating but I want to save my skateboarding talk for either a workshop, DC or a magazine, still seeing how those things pan out. In the meantime however, I wrote a blog about how I have too many games to play. So trying to get through my backlog means that there are a bunch of wonderful new Plus games I'm dying to try but will have to wait and so will Akiba's Trip that I just bought so that I can play Grand Theft Auto III. But you can read all about that in the post where I update you on what I'm playing. Otherwise this and this have been stuck in my head. The former because of a Dtoid blog call/comment and the latter because of the new episode of Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown where he goes to Miami and hangs out with his hero Iggy Pop. Very good episode but really, it's an episode of Bourdain:PU why wouldn't it be good? So yeah my bad, sorry for not writing something so much substantial as it could have been this week. In return take this image of Colin giving birth and we can get to some games!

Nanashi

Welcome to the Playstation side of Friday Night Fights! Every Friday, members of the community get together online to play games and all you need to join is a user account. Down below, you'll find a list of games that we'll play tonight along with the times they'll start, the people that you should hit up for invites, and any other information that you may need.

If you want to play, leave a comment with the games from the schedule you want to play and your PSN name. You should also send a PSN friend request to the host and mention your username here in the message so they know you're one of the cool people and not just some random friend request.

If your favorite game isn't on the schedule, host it yourself! You just need to give us the game, start time, and your PSN name so people know what, when and who. It's also wise to list DLC requirements, game or server names, and anything else people might need to join just so you don't need to message it to everyone individually. Last minute additions in the comments here are fine, but games can also be added earlier in the week by visiting the forums and finding the thread with the coming Friday's date. Adding a game there ensures it's on the blog from the moment it goes up.

Battlefield 4 Nanashi 9:00 Nanashi707 Battlefriends!!!

Uncharted 3 Nanashi 10:00 Nanashi707 Coop, helping me get treasures and maybe Chapter 5 to complete the Knowledgeable Gentlemen set.

The Last Of Us: Remastered Captain Merica 10:00pm trump307

Grand Theft Auto Online The Defenestrator 10:00 ThDefenestrator Friday Night Heists

 

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12:50 PM on 05.01.2015

PS Friday Night Fights:Mass Transit Hell Edition

 Work is a grind. Get it? Grind. Like skating…?

For those keeping up, work is still kicking my butt right now. The “nine hours on a weekday, five hours on Saturday” wouldn’t be quite as exhausting if you didn’t factor in a 2 to 2 ½ hour(!) bus ride each way. I’ve been trying to keep myself busy on those trips by bringing my Vita along but even with a game and earbuds, you can’t escape the sad fact that some people leave the house smelling like actual human feces and you have to deal with that.

I had to take a break from my obsessive Binding Of Issac Platinum Trophy hunt as re-running all the characters on Hard mode is becoming mind-numbing and I think one of the items is glitched. Luckily, I got a big, chunky Vita hard drive so I’m loaded for bear. I kept hearing good things about OlliOlli 2 but the first couple of stages didn’t wow me. However, I tried again and once the Manuals got unlocked, everything made sense. Bust as many moves as possible while maintaining your combo. Okay, understood.

I’m not normally a very animated gamer. I can curse up a storm in competitive multiplayer but I don’t spaz out. Normally. However, getting into OlliOlli 2 has really brought out the doofus in me. I have a death grip on the Vita which I jerk around in whatever direction I’m trying to use push the joystick to do a trick. I lean in and knock my knees against the seat ahead of me. I grunt or sigh audibly depending on how well I do. In public. Without thinking about it. And suddenly the Wet Feces Man and I aren’t so different after all.

It’s an ingenious little time waster. Better by far than whatever Match 3 or Infinite Runner is popular on phones right now. The instant re-start button is particularly devilish. If any doesn’t go your way, you didn’t land that Perfect Grind or Manual Revert, screw it… just hit triangle. Get a Sloppy rating mid-combo? Triangle. Get distracted and screw up your opening jump? Triangle. By getting an instant do-over in two button presses means the feedback loop never really ends and you can just keep playing until your wrist gets sore. Or whatever.

Oh, and if you’ve been in the forums or the C-Blogs in the last 48 hours, it’s clearly been a little tense around here. I wish we could all just get together and listen to Fred “Sonic” Smith of MC5 lay down some shit hot guitar riffs. Because every disagreement can be solved with a little turbo rock & roll. Particularly at a volume that drowns out any arguing. Stay gold, Destructoid.

So, anyway… games!

The Defenestrator

Welcome to the Playstation side of Friday Night Fights! Every Friday, members of the community get together online to play games and all you need to join is a user account. Down below, you'll find a list of games that we'll play tonight along with the times they'll start, the people that you should hit up for invites, and any other information that you may need.

If you want to play, leave a comment with the games from the schedule you want to play and your PSN name. You should also send a PSN friend request to the host and mention your username here in the message so they know you're one of the cool people and not just some random friend request.

If your favorite game isn't on the schedule, host it yourself! You just need to give us the game, start time, and your PSN name so people know what, when and who. It's also wise to list DLC requirements, game or server names, and anything else people might need to join just so you don't need to message it to everyone individually. Last minute additions in the comments here are fine, but games can also be added earlier in the week by visiting the forums and finding the thread with the coming Friday's date. Adding a game there ensures it's on the blog from the moment it goes up.

Battlefield 4 Captain Merica 8:00 trump307 Battlefriends unite!

Grand Theft Auto Online The Defenestrator 10:00 ThDefenestrator Heist time!

The Last Of Us: Remastered Captain Merica 10:00pm trump307 Shoot faces with bows! Shoot ALL the faces!

 

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7:19 PM on 04.23.2015

PS Friday Night Fights: Start of a New Era Edition

Hey everyone, in case you haven't heard the old FNF crew has left us! Thankfully though this particular brand of FNF is not dead. It's still the great Defenestrator who is overseeing much of this and I join the ranks now as the other co-organizer of PS Friday Night Fights from now on. I hope that you guys will come to enjoy my ramblings and that I won't make too many mistakes (pause for laughs). You see, a husband has to know only two words, "yes" and "dear" hah oh shit wrong card.

Take a second to salute Cornflake, Kim and Trev for all the great work they've done over the years here, they deserve it. For now though I'm here and I want to bring you the games we play over on the playstation side of destructoid every friday, alternating with Defenestrator. A little about myself. I'm kind of lazy and try to get involved in the communities I like. I recently remembered one of the reasons I joined Destructoid. And that was because they had the name, "nanashi" vacant. That's something I've been searching for forever. Everywhere I went and every community I joined online the name "nanashi" was already taken. But not here. Dtoid kept it open. Just for me. Actually on the forums there already was a "nanashi" but he was inactive enough that I could be the dominant nanashi there. Also Mxy did some admin magic, must've used an incantation or something, and both of us were able to be under the same username. At least that's how I remember it.

Anyway, I hope to be gaming with you soon. I thank you for letting me do this job and I feel like I'll be remembered for my antics on the PStoid podcast as the Newsted of this community. Except I'm staying bitches. Pie in face and all. Now let's see what's playing this weekend!

Nanashi

Welcome to the Playstation side of Friday Night Fights! Every Friday, members of the community get together online to play games and all you need to join is a user account. Down below, you'll find a list of games that we'll play tonight along with the times they'll start, the people that you should hit up for invites, and any other information that you may need.

If you want to play, leave a comment with the games from the schedule you want to play and your PSN name. You should also send a PSN friend request to the host and mention your username here in the message so they know you're one of the cool people and not just some random friend request.

If your favorite game isn't on the schedule, host it yourself! You just need to give us the game, start time, and your PSN name so people know what, when and who. It's also wise to list DLC requirements, game or server names, and anything else people might need to join just so you don't need to message it to everyone individually. Last minute additions in the comments here are fine, but games can also be added earlier in the week by visiting the forums and finding the thread with the coming Friday's date. Adding a game there ensures it's on the blog from the moment it goes up.

 

Battlefield 4 Nanashi 10:00 Nanashi707 Battlefriends!

Uncharted 3 Nanashi 12:00 Nanashi707 Co-op and maybe some Pubs

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8:02 AM on 04.17.2015

PS Friday Night Fights: End Of An Era Edition

Time is a flat circle.

If you haven’t checked out the forum this week, you should know that it’s the end of an era. Trev, Kym and Cornflake have, after years of maintaining PS FNF, decided to pull up stakes and move on. There comes a time where other shit matters more and that time is now. This has happened before and it will happen again, over and over again for all eternity. Myself and that lovely boy Nanners have been tapped to take over.

FNF is the first place at Destructoid that I felt I fit in. Not because Trev and the gang are all super happy, shiny people. Actually, it was the opposite. I had to put in a little work. I had to show up, I had to not suck, and I had to figure out how to get my shitty microphone to not annoy everyone else. The people who had been gaming together for years had an easy rapport and banter with plenty of shit-talking. The onus was on me as a pointedly quiet and anti-social person to fit in. And eventually I did. (I think.)

Some of the best times I’ve had gaming were since joining FNF regularly. And some of the best arguments as well. But, oddly, I never respected anyone else less because we might have disagreed with each other. (Which, based on most internet conversations, is something just shy of a fucking miracle.) So, kudos to Trev, Cornflake and Kym for all the hard work. I’d say goodbye but I have your goddamn PSN ID’s so good luck getting rid of me, fuckers.

By the way, I don’t have an ounce of Trev’s coding ability, and it’s mostly his work that made the blog looks so goddamn good every week, so if there are bumps or hiccups in the next couple of weeks while Nanners and I get settled in, I apologize in advance. I hope you’ll stick around because I will eventually be hosting Payday 2 and Borderlands 2 on PS4 just to make Trev and Cornflake squirm. :)

So, anyway… games!

The Defenestrator

Welcome to the Playstation side of Friday Night Fights! Every Friday, members of the community get together online to play games and all you need to join is a user account. Down below, you'll find a list of games that we'll play tonight along with the times they'll start, the people that you should hit up for invites, and any other information that you may need.

If you want to play, leave a comment with the games from the schedule you want to play and your PSN name. You should also send a PSN friend request to the host and mention your username here in the message so they know you're one of the cool people and not just some random friend request.

If your favorite game isn't on the schedule, host it yourself! You just need to give us the game, start time, and your PSN name so people know what, when and who. It's also wise to list DLC requirements, game or server names, and anything else people might need to join just so you don't need to message it to everyone individually. Last minute additions in the comments here are fine, but games can also be added earlier in the week by visiting the forums and finding the thread with the coming Friday's date. Adding a game there ensures it's on the blog from the moment it goes up.

 

Battlefield 4 Nanashi 10:00 Nanashi707 Battlefriends!

Bloodborne The Defenestrator 11:00 ThDefenestrator Hang out, commiserate about the game, possibly co-op

Uncharted 3 Nanashi 12:00 Nanashi707 Co-op and maybe some Pubs

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