I have had the same mobile phone for several years now! Close to 5 years now! It was a Kyocera Hydro, and it was a really good phone at the time! I originally got it because it was supposedly waterproof and I didn’t want to worry about rain in the winter or sweat in the summer. So, this sounded like a good option! It was waterproof too! It worked quite well! Hell, I even answered the phone a few times while I was in the shower! Never had any problems! It always ran perfectly, and I never even had problems with the battery!

As time went on though, more and more apps wouldn’t run on it! However, that was fine! I’m a simple man! As long as it makes phone calls, and runs a few of the more important apps, then I am happy as a bee! However, over time, the apps that DID run on it, quit running on it do to updates! Facebook half the time was unresponsive and Chrome would constantly crash. It got to the point where the only “Important” app that ran on it was the email app! Not the Google Email app, but the one that was built into the phone!

So, I decided it was finally time to get a new phone! I went phone browsing, and all the phones from my provider that were in stock were Samsung Galaxies and iPhones…and I’m not paying 600 bucks for a damn phone! Even if I had 600 bucks to throw away like that(Which I don’t), I wouldn’t waste it on a damn phone! Then one phone hidden amongst the galaxies caught my eye! It was a Samsung Galaxy J3 Emerge, and it was only 60 bucks! I bought it, and am actually quite happy with it!

This phone has a larger screen than I am used to, which is nice! It also runs all the whizzbang apps! (I can snap chat now you guys!!!) and is just an overall amazing product! It has a built in Gyroscope too, so if I wanted to I could get in on the VR craze! Which I may? Who knows! I should point out though, that only the 2017 model of the J3 Emerge has a gyroscope though! The 2016 model doesn’t have one!

It has a front and back facing camera which makes it a breeze taking pictures of people and things..and also awesome for taking selfies! (I can take selfies now you guys! *Duck lips!*)

Overall I am quite happy with this phone! Sure, it’s not waterproof, but it’s fast and runs everything that I need…Here’s hoping that this one lasts 5 years as well!

Horizon: Zero Dawn is a PS4 exclusive title that I very nearly skipped over! Sure, early trailers looked good, but let’s be honest here! Don’t most early trailers look much better than the final product? So, yeah, it looked good but the story as best as I could tell seemed to be lacking! Cavemen fighting dinosaur Robots just didn’t really appeal to me!

Anyway, I went ahead and picked it up. Turns out, that I am very glad I did! The game is amazing, and nothing like I expected it to be! I’ll try to explain the game in the best spoiler-free way possible!

First I want to make this clear! This game IS an action RPG! It’s not a third person shooter with RPG elements! It’s a massive game world, with towns, and experience points, and levels, and dungeons and tons of quests and even a Crafting system! I do admit that the crafting system leaves a lot to be desired, but it does what it needs to and keeps the game simple enough so that you aren’t completely lost if you come back to the game after taking a break from playing it.

The game takes place in the future, sometime after our downfall! Humanity has begun recovering and has become a primitive world filled with many tribal societies. Our cities have become ruins, and our everyday items are now ancient relics! Oh yeah, and apparently machines we left behind now prowl the world like savage wild creatures!

You play a young strong woman (Her age or Gender doesn’t really matter to me, but there are people out there who only play games with strong female lead characters..and other people who won’t play a game if the lead character is female….why? Because both groups are stupid…this info is provided for the stupid people who only care about that) who has grown up as an outcast from a tribe. She heads out into the world on a quest for redemption and self-discovery..and along the way she meets new people, helps those in needs, and fights a ton of crazy robot creatures!

Throughout the game, you will even be presented with moral choices that help shape your vision of the character…Is she a scrapper, a thinker or a pacifist? It all depends on how you play her! Basically, the game is a cross between several different games! It is a strong story and RPG world like Witcher 3, with some climbing and stealth elements that are similar to Assassin’s Creed and a hunting/crafting system that is very similar to FarCry! So, if you ever wondered what the love child of Witcher 3, Assasin’s Creed and FarCry 4 would be like? The answer is Horizon: Zero Dawn!

Long story short, it’s definitely one of the best games on the PS4 and is a must own title! Would I label it as a system seller? I would say it was! It’s good enough to make someone consider buying a PS4!

I have been a cable cord cutter for several years now, and have managed to get along just fine relying on my Roku, and all the wonderous apps/channels you can get for it! Mainly, Netflix and HULU! This set-up has worked great up until recently! See, I have recently began having “Cable Cravings”! Mainly I started missing little things like waking up in the morning and watching the news with a cup of coffee and actually knowing what was going on in the world before stepping out into it! I also missed just vegging out in front of the TV and watching whatever comes on next! Yea, I can do that on Hulu(Kinda), but after about 2 and a half episodes of something I get a “Hey! Are you still there?” message flashing across my TV which requires me to jump up and grab the remote to confirm that I haven’t died while watching golden girls! If I don’t confirm that I am there in time, it stops the program. To me, this kinda ruins the “Veg-out” feeling!

So, I decided to try something “Newish” to me! One of those live TV streaming apps! There were a few to choose from; I went with Playstation Vue, but it’s far from the only option! There’s Sling TV and DirectTV NOW, and maybe more services that I just haven’t heard of! Plus, I’m sure more companies will be coming out with their own soon enough!

Why did I go with Vue? Well, for me it was just the better choice! your preferences might be different! You should definitely try them all out! Each one has a free 7 day trial, so you can see which one fits your needs best! I tried them all out, and as I said Vue worked best for me. Below is my experiences with DirectTV NOW and Sling TV.

→DirectTV NOW: I was constantly kicked from the app and thrown error screens. So, I basically didn’t get to experience this at all. I googled it a bit, and found out that a lot of people have this issue…but there are others who seem to use it just fine. Not sure what causes it to work fine for some, and not for others…so, until they geDt the app working properly, I decided to stay away.

→Sling TV: It had a nice looking guide, but it was extremely slow and laggy on my Roku. It didn’t crash out on me, or throw errors my way. It was just really slow, and on occasion it was unresponsive. I found myself having to double and sometimes triple click to make a selection.

So, as you can see the other options just didn’t really work for me! Vue did! It wasn’t perfect by any means! It doesn’t have Viacom channels! This means no Comedy Channel, TV Land, VH1, CMT and no MTV among other channels! And to be perfectly honest? “I want my MTV!” – So, if this is a deal killer for you? I totally get that! It almost was for me! Combine that with the fact, that Vue just got rid of their Viacom channels last year! That means, odds are they won’t be coming to the service!

Vue for me also doesn’t offer CBS to me! Though apparently, they do offer it to about 50% of their viewer base according to some site I read. I however am not in that footprint! Which means I have to also subscribe to CBS All-Access to watch my CBS shows! Not too much of an issue, because All-Access has a few digital exclusive shows that interest me anyway.

So, what exactly did Vue do right?!? Well, their app for the PS4 runs and looks amazing! it has a fantastic looking guide, that reminds me of my old cable box guide! It gives descriptions, you can view ahead! It’s just amazing! Unfortunately, the Roku app, isn’t anywhere near as awesome! There’s no guide, and if there are descriptions available for episodes? I haven’t figured out how to access it! So, in order to “Get the most out of it”, I use the PS4 app! This is a bit of a bummer, since generally I prefer to use my game consoles strictly as game consoles, to avoid excessive wear and tear.

Another amazing feature of Vue is that it has a DVR in the cloud! you can tell Vue to record something or all episodes of something, and it will record it and store it in the cloud for a month! This means it takes up no space! It’s saved in the cloud! Also, unlike with my old regular cable company, it will still record the episode or movie even if your power or cable goes out!

So, yeah! For me, VUE was just the way to go! However as I said before, it might not be for you! So, I strongly urge you to try all the free trials and see which one fits you best! Also, if there are other similar services that I was unaware of comment and let me know!

Did Ya Miss Me?!?!

Posted: February 16, 2017 in All about ME!

Surprise! I am back! Sorry about my long leave of absence. I have not been well, but I am a bit better now! I know, it’s been ages! A lot has changed too! Tons of video games came out! We had Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. My house almost caught fire…..TWICE! I’ve gotten rid of Cable TV….and….I think that’s it! Still, that’s a lot of chan…oh! Wait, Trump became president and turned America into a crazy conspiracy filled dystopian based Science Fiction movie!

It’s crazy! I mean, I was against Trump from the start, but I didn’t think it would turn out this bad! Only Nixon had it worse, and it took him years to get there! Trump has succeeded in catching up in less than a month! I really don’t think Trump will finish out his term if he continues down the road he’s going down. He’s going to eventually have to start acting like a president, or get impeached.

Personally, I would rather have Pence has a president, so I am rooting for his impeachment. I mean, Trump doesn’t know what he’s doing! It’s not surprising, since he has zero experience! Government can’t be run like a business. If it could, Richard Branson would be the British Prime Minister! Bill Gates would have already ran for president.

If Trump was serious about running for president,  and actually cared about the country as opposed to only caring about the all mighty dollar and how it will affect his businesses, he would have first run for mayor of New York. Start somewhere, and get a feel for how Government works! Don’t just go; “Meh! I think I’ll paint my face orange today and try to run the whole country….how hard could it be?!?”

Don’t get me wrong! I was against Hillary Clinton as well, and if she had won, I would be complaining about her and wondering if Trump could have done a better job. However! After seeing the mess that is Trumps America? I am pretty confident that Clinton would have done less damage. She would have still done damage, but it could be easily fixed. The damage from Trump? I think most of that is going to scar!

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The 2016 election is almost over, and I have to say: I am really glad to see it go! This has been the worst election that I can recall! It’s caused friends to become enemies and family members to turn their back on family members! It’s bloody! Every American has an opinion, and everyone is passionate about theirs. Which is insane, because both parties are horrible options!

I admit, I did vote for Hillary, but not because I support her! I think she will hurt and damage our country! However, I think Trump will damage the country more! Now, not everyone will agree with that! Some believe that Trump will do less damage, and while I disagree with you; I still respect your opinion. The hardcore supporters though? The ones who feel that Trump or Hillary will lead the country into a golden age of perfection? That the country will rise to a better position than it is in now under the watchful eye of one of these two potential presidents? You guys be crazy!

Look, no matter who wins or loses, the country is screwed anyway! Stop cutting your friends and family off just because they think one person will do less damage than the other! If you have 2 bulls and 2 china shops, and one person thinks the brown bull will do less damage than the black bull…is that a reason to make that person your enemy? No, that’s just stupid. Also, cutting off people who are close to you because they don’t share your political view is stupid.

Bottom line: Stupidity isn’t based on who you are voting for. Stupidity is how you treat people with different views than you….Don’t be stupid.

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No man’s sky is now available for the PS4, and I have to admit it is everything I had hoped that it would be. However I do admit, when I first booted up the game, I was very frustrated! The game doesn’t really provide you much of a tutorial. You are just tossed onto an alien planet with a broken down star jalopy and told to fix your ship!

After you muck around on the planet, you do start to get an understanding of the game, and what seems like an impossible task becomes much easier. The main challenge is figuring out where you get the materials needed to repair your damaged parts!

Your challenges might be different, though, luckily I spawned on a very lovely planet. It was filled with plenty of flora and fauna and had a nice blue sky. It was basically like earth! You know, aside from the lack of humans! I named the world “New Eden” because I lack creativity! I have heard of some people spawning on toxic worlds, which I imagine might up the difficulty meter just a tad! Good luck if you find yourselves in that situation my fellow intrepid galactic explorer!

As I said, I find the game incredibly enjoyable and have spent several hours already exploring worlds and moons scattered across a few different star systems! I can see myself enjoying this game for several more hours too! However, I can also see me growing quite bored with the game after awhile as well! I know! Bored? Well, yes! The game looks like it could get boring! There’s just not a whole lot of variety really. I mean, sure! There’re billions upon billions of planets to explore, but after a bit, they do start to look repetitive. This applies to both the fauna and flora as well! You might come across something that looks like a rhino, then something that looks exactly like the rhino, except it’s smaller. Then something that looks like the rhino, except it has a different head, or it’s a different color.

All that aside, you will most likely get at least 10 hours of enjoyment out of the game, and honestly, that seems to be a good chunk of game time! I have played other games that are so much shorter, and less replay value than this! Overall? I would say No man’s sky is well worth your $60 bucks! Unfortunately, if you are a PC gamer(You know, ‘The Master Race’) you have to wait a couple more extra days to play. It releases on PC on the 12th, and will be available on both Steam as well as GOG!

win10

Well, I did it. Despite my insistence that I was not going to upgrade to windows 10, I ended up upgrading to Windows 10. I waited until the final hour of the final day to take advantage of the free upgrade, but I did it!

Why did I hold off I hear you asking? Because, I used Windows 7! Win7 is a perfect OS! It’s compatible with every program and game I use, it’s visually appealing and best of all, it’s simple to use! So, honestly why would I upgrade? There’s an old saying that goes “If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it!” and Windows 7 most definitely was not broken! Now Windows 8, was a messed up heap of garbage, and I told everyone using Win8 to upgrade ASAP, because it could only improve! Win7 though? There’s way too much room for failure there! Plus, I heard Windows 10 wasn’t compatible with a few of my favorite classic games(Like Gabriel Knight 3 and a few others).

So, why did I upgrade? Two words for you! Quantum Break! It’s an XboxOne/Win10 exclusive game, and really the only game on XboxOne that interests. I am sure that Xbone has some decent games that appeal to others, just not so much to me! With the exception of Quantum Break. Sure, I wanted to try Quantum Break at some point, but I sure as hell wasn’t going to scrimp and save to buy an Xbox One, when only one game interested me. So, since it was available on Win10 and Win10 was still a free upgrade I bit the bullet!

I’m actually kind of glad that I did! Despite all my feet dragging, and heehawing around windows 10 is a pretty decent OS. Is it perfect? No, it will take some time to adjust to, but it’s good! Plus, despite all my worries, the few classic games that I have tried work well with Win10(Including Gabriel Knight 3).

I’m still trying to adjust to the features, and I think this Cortana voice search is just ridiculous, but overall it’s a pleasant experience. Do I like Win 7 better? Yes, but that might be just because I am used to it! After all, I am not a fan of change! Still, I don’t regret upgrading, and I have no intention of reverting back to my old windows. So, that’s practically glowing praise coming from someone who hates change!