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Cblog Recaps of 05/29 and Striderisms!


I'm really not sure what to say here. The past few weeks have been a blur due to travel and grad nights. Staying up until 4am average so some shitty ass high school kids can celebrate their graduation upon entering some college where they can party, have sex, and smoke weed. I've been losing my sense of time because I've been staying up and losing sleep. You know what happened on the 24th? I worked from 11:45pm to 7am. Reasonable number of hours for grave yard shift times, goddamn.

And worst of all, I really thought I'd get a lot more from my paycheck for it. The previous week surprised me with the smaller number of hours and a surprising number for pay but this week's pay in relation to the hours seems a bit disappointing. I mean, it actually makes sense but I thought it'd be more for a couple of premiums stacked on top of each other.

It's getting close to the wire for me as June 9 is quickly approaching and I've put down quite a bit for my pre-orders but not so much so that I won't notice the purchase when the time comes.

So basically, let's talk about something nice real quick, shall we?

I don't have much talk about in terms of news or blogging. It's actually because I have a lot of ideas I want to put down and don't want to use it as Striderisms. Like something actually talking about Guilty Gear Xrd (which no one seems to have done). I actually have a special thing planned for another blog. Today's Thursday actually as I compose these Striderisms so Oracle of Ages and Seasons have released for the 3DS eShop, which is good because I don't want to play Injustice all the way until Animal Crossing. I haven't played those two titles so it'll be nice to play something on my handheld on my ways around while I wait for AC. It'd be nice if my girlfriend could actually help me on paying for her bundle as a show of generosity but I was always going to get it for her regardless. I'm paying so I have someone close to me to play with.

Speaking of Injustice, I've come to the point where I can only play Green Arrow. I've tried to learn other characters and have been successful in learning their play styles. But when it comes to putting it on 100% mode blast, I can only do so with GA. But goddamn are his combos infuriatingly weak. 30% is still respectable but I have to work for it so hard. Compared to Green Lantern just picking fools up with Lift and a bar and doing it practically asleep at the wheel. But no, I can't go back to Green Lantern because I have a legitimate problem with his foot speed. Like, he's so lazy on moving his ass, can you please backdash like you're concerned Hal? But goddammit Ollie's backdash sucks too. What is it with me picking characters who cannot backdash.

Luckily, I can just use Savage Blast with Ollie, which is that attack where he straight up jumps backwards and shoots an exploding arrow at the ground for your trouble. Like, his backdash sucks but he has a move that trades invincibility frames for a safety net and damage. Still, if I were to buff GA, I'd love for his meter burn moves to actually extend combos. Most GA usage either saves meter for armored moves, clash, or super, and of course if you use clash or super you have no meter left for the other. It's an annoying balancing act but even with super (which is unblockable) it's a risky gambit because the enemy can easily clash afterwards and negate all your effort. That is unless you decide use nothing but unclashable moves and single hits to snuff their efforts to regain health.

Of hey, I decided to talk about Injustice afterall. Cool story bro. CAPS.

* - taterchimp identifies the Post-Gaming Slump disorder

* - If you're going to debate, do so maturely and without malice. Like Ghandi or Occams.

* - A boy and his turntable

* - "But I want to make the next Call of Duty or blockbuster! I don't want to be a lawyer!"

* - It's not you Resident Evil. Except no really, it is, I'm leaving you.

* - Porting a game like RE2 to something like the N64 is actually much harder than you imagine, as TronKim exposes

A - It's ok to like the Xbone. Scout's honor

A - Nihil can't bring himself to like the new Lara Croft so he makes his own female protagonist

V - Shoot many things and STFU

R - Zombie Orwell hasn't commented on ZombieLover's review on Zombie Battlefield

R - Shogun Total War introduces Mongols and HistoricNerd is there to make a buck

N - Shadow Warrior is free

V - Shmup the world through the eyes of an offcam recording!

R - Kudo and the Rad Raygun review

R - Dewey Droppy REALLY likes FFXII

V - Revenge of Retrophile: Shaq Fu and Zombie edition

S - Gareth has some kickass swag toys from the Mario Bros. movie

F - I couldn't read it because I'm planning on seeing Star Trek Into Darkness

C - Wolfenstein unformatted for your viewing pleasure

L - Go home Zombie Orwell. You're zombie-drunk

L - EA President Satan issues a press release about bad stuff we should be happy about

~ StriderHoang

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