In case any of you have noticed, I haven't been active in the cBlogs for a while. Yeah I had two blogs where I pimped my Streamtoid stream and another where I said Godzilla 2014 was awesome, but those don't really count. I'm talking a traditional cBlog. My last one was from December 21st of last year (!). Yeah, I've been a presence on the front page still but I feel like my contributions to the site have kind of tapered off (I used to cBlog a lot). I figured I'd write a blog about something just so people can find out what's been up with me lately and how things are going (because I know you all really give a crap about what I do ;) right?).
The big thing going on, and probably the main reason I haven't blogged in a long ass time, is that my job has gotten busy in the last year - pretty damn busy. I kind of laughed when I realized my last blog was from December, because that was right around the time I got pulled into a big website rebuild project for the company I work for (I'm a programmer, and our website has a lot of programming behind it that goes on behind the scenes) and ever since then it's been a revolving door of big projects being thrown my way. I've been getting a lot of compliments from bosses at multiple levels the last few months for all of the work I've been doing, so I'm actually hoping a raise or promotion is coming. But yeah, work's been draining me a lot lately and honestly it's resulted in me going home and relaxing with my girlfriend (because she's awesome) - which in turn has also kind of killed my incentive to keep sitting in front of a keyboard typing away for my cBlog.
I kind of feel like the "big projects" stuff is starting to ease up a bit, so I'm kind of wanting to get back into doing more stuff around here. I still do my weekly Thursday streams on Streamtoid, which reminds me - you all need to show up and watch me more often. I get fuck all for viewers during my stream (is Thursday just a bad time slot?). I'm actually contemplating starting up a Youtube channel and doing lets plays / reviews and what not. I'm actually kind of nervous about doing this, because (believe it or not) I actually hate the sound of my own voice and I'm not sure if I'll be good at this sort of thing. So if I decide to give this a try I might pimp myself around here for some opinions.
In more direct gaming stuff, over the last year I've acquired all three next gen systems and I've been happily gaming in my free time. I currently charged through both Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2 on my Wii-U and I think Bayonetta 2 might be my game of the year right now, supplanting Mario Kart 8 from that throne. Speaking of the Wii-U, I think my enjoyment of that system has been the biggest surprise of mine in the last year. The GameCube and Wii were big let downs for me that ended up gathering dust, but I've gotten a ton of mileage out of my Wii-U already. Mario Kart 8, Super Mario 3D World, and New Super Mario Bros. U were all fantastic. Wonderful 101 was plenty of fun too. I still need to get my hands on Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze and Wind Waker HD at some point too.
The game(s) I'm most currently looking forward to is the Master Chief Collection. I've never been one to deny that I've been a huge fanboy of the Halo franchise, but my enjoyment and excitement of the franchise has tapered off with Halo Reach and Halo 4. Watching the old school gameplay of the original three games return and get a 1080p/60FPS treatment has set a wildfire of nostalgia ablaze within me though. I like to pretend that I was pretty god damn good at the older games back in the day, so my Twitch and potential Youtube stuff is going to be constantly full of Halo related stuff I'm thinking.
I still think the DmC reboot was a mediocre at best game with some of the most laughably bad writing I've ever seen in a game.
Over the summer I watched the first season of Arrow, finished up Star Trek Voyager, and started/finished Star Trek Enterprise. Voyager took effort to finish because the last two seasons are so wildly inconsistent in quality, and the series finale is bad and completely unsatisfying. I went into Enterprise expecting it to be worse based off of the reputation it had, but I actually thought the show was pretty good. Seasons one and two are kind of mediocre (but so were the first two seasons of Next Generation and Deep Space Nine), but the third and fourth seasons of Enterprise are some of the strongest seasons in the entire history of the franchise. I was legitimately sad that the series got cancelled prematurely.
Going away from Star Trek, Arrow is pretty fucking awesome. The first season gets a little too soap opera at times, but the second half of the first season really fires on all cylinders and makes for a great finale. Arrow is easily the best live action production that DC Comics has going for them right now (Man of Steel was okay, Batman vs Superman sounds like it might be a fucking train wreck). I started the second season of Arrow and it already seems better than the first season, just to note. Arrow's existence and it being so good almost makes me upset, because Stephen Amell (the guy who plays Oliver Queen/Green Arrow) would otherwise make the perfect Batman.
I've also been trying to keep up with WWE (on the WWE Network for the cheap monthly cost of $9.99), but it's been kind of rough because the modern WWE product is pretty fucking awful. Despite having probably the best talented roster they've had since the late 90s, the product feels like everything that was bad about the 80s and early 90s rolled into one. John Cena hogs the spotlight so much that even Hulk Hogan would probably blush. New upcoming talent is constantly being held back in favor of keeping Cena and Randy Orton in the spotlight. Undertaker's Wrestlemania undefeated streak was ended by Brock Lesnar - a part time wrestler who's only wrestled in 2 matches since (both against Cena, go figure).
WWE Network is running a series called "The Monday Night Wars" where they talk about the late 90s WCW/WWF ratings war. It's awkward to watch for two reasons; first, WWE is using a lot of revisionist history in order to make them look better than WCW. Secondly, it's weird hearing WWE people talk about the things WCW screwed up and then watch WWE make the exact same mistakes on their current product. Basically Vince McMahon is completely out of touch with modern audiences and I can only hope it's a matter of time before Triple H takes over as the guy who has final say in everything. For those who don't know, HHH is Vince's son-in-law who's being groomed for the job, HHH currently runs NXT (WWE's show for developmental talents) and it's a way better product than Vince's shows - so I hope that's a good sign for the future.
I'm running out of things to talk about, but I just wanted to post something and give kind of a rundown of where I've been and what I've been doing. I guess this was partially inspired by Dreamweaver and Brittany's blogs, but in general I've just had the itch to want to do something. Hit me up in the comments, I'll probably say something.
Here's a RoboCop gif, because this movie is awesome.