OT: what blogs you reading, what shows you watching, what games you playing?

Submitted by tasnyder01 on December 6th, 2018 at 3:05 PM

With a lull in football and basketball -- not to mention work -- its time to ask: please give me ideas for how to pass the boredom. Er, I mean, what are you reading, playing, etc. 

Any good blogs? TTB is always good. The athletic. Anyone got good politics blog? (Besides infowars). 

Games? I think I wanna play Oregon trail online at work one day, just because that seems silly and stupid, but fun. Any other old games you'd suggest? 

Also, if anyone knows a good actuarial blog, I've been needing one for a while. (Random, I know.)



December 6th, 2018 at 5:56 PM ^

If you loved the original RDRedemption, then you'll love this game. 

For those worried about the length of time it takes... if you want to blaze through it, that can be done in a few days. For those that want to milk every penny out of their $60, then you can have that life too.  It honestly just depends on how you want to play it.

As for repetition, the missions have a nice variety. It only gets repetitive if you're looking to put 100 hours or more into it and be a completionist. But my assumption is, the people who are doing that (myself included) like the game enough to want to be all the way in. The storytelling/writing is among the best I've seen, that's Rockstar's forte and they don't miss a beat here. 

The only 'legitimate' complaint I've seen is the combat system is pretty low rent compared to other games that focus on gunplay. But, if you're familiar with Rockstar games in general, this is just more of the same for them. R* games aren't intended to be like COD or Destiny or whatever shooters people love.


December 6th, 2018 at 7:40 PM ^

I went through the story saving periodically, (go to "story' in the pause menu) over a weekend, the whole weekend, then reloaded a save from chapter 6. After the initial chapters end there is the epilogue which is soooo linear and monotonous and became boring quickly.

Just playing for fun now, but I would say get through chapter 3 or 4 first as that is  prerequisite for many side missions which, is a substantial part of the 'for fun' play. Oh, and designate a custom outfit AND horse for crimes.


December 6th, 2018 at 3:43 PM ^

I think this one takes the good things RDR1 does and builds on them really well. It's probably my game of the year, and I play way too many video games. I think if you're not accustomed to the style, it may feel repetitive, but everything to it has a purpose. I've been playing Spider Man trying to finish 100%, and THAT is repetitive- you fight the same enemies, you do the same challenges, you press the same buttons, etc. It's feeling like a chore at the end of the game, and I hate it when that happens to good games.


December 6th, 2018 at 3:12 PM ^

Reading: The Handmaid's Tale

Watching: Not really enough time.  Dragon Ball Z and Super with my son.  Got to finish Ozark.  American Vandal.

Blogs: This one.

Pods: Serial Season 2 and 3.  Movie Crush.

Games: I wish.  Did get my son an original refurbished NES for Christmas though with Super Mario Brothers, Zelda, and Kung Fu so I am pretty pumped about that.


December 6th, 2018 at 6:12 PM ^

Serial Season 2 was hyper focused. If the Bowe Bergdahl story wasn't interesting to you, or you didn't particularly care, then it's likely that you didn't make it through.  I listened to the entire thing on a 10 hour car ride, and it was fine. Kept my interest, but I would never recommend season 2 to anyone.


I think Serial Season 3 does a better job appealing to a mass audience. That said, I think after three seasons now, we know that Serial isn't a 'True Crime' pod that Season 1 fans were hoping it would be.  It's a story telling pod. And Season 3 is an amazing compilation of stories. For those unaware, Season 3 spends a year inside the Cleveland criminal justice system. They tell different stories each week from all angles - from a crazy judge, to public defender, to police, to wrongly convicted, etc.  It's fascinating, and frustrating, and engaging, and infuriating. 

SoDak Blues

December 6th, 2018 at 3:13 PM ^

WGT golf on mobile is super addictive (and makes me think I am a much better golfer than I actually am). Just like MGoBlog, it makes my work days extra productive. 

Walter Sobchak

December 6th, 2018 at 3:14 PM ^

Michigan sports are just about the only thing I watch on TV besides other sports.

I read this blog, and many news/politics related blogs.

Since I've had 6 arthroscopic surgeries on one of my knees, I dont get to play sports/games as much as I'd like.


December 6th, 2018 at 3:17 PM ^

Along these lines - what podcasts do you listen to to motivate you? Motivation at work? Motivation at the gym? I'm trying to go full alpha mode so I can get ripped and get rich, and I need some podcasts to keep me on track lol 

UP to LA

December 6th, 2018 at 3:53 PM ^

If your motivating life goals are to get ripped and get rich, maybe find some podcasts to broaden those motivations out a bit?

One nice thing about broadening influences is that the options are...broad. But I can't recommend Dave And Jeb Aren't Mean highly enough -- a critical deep-dive of the Hallmark movie oeuvre. Disclaimer: I'm a beta cuck.


December 6th, 2018 at 3:18 PM ^

Trying to finish up with the Platinum on Spider Man (PS4) tonight before Smash comes out tomorrow, then that'll keep me busy for a while. As far as old games? This is about the time of year when I like to take out my SNES and blast through some classics (Castlevania, Donkey Kong, etc.), since my kids are old enough to enjoy them with me and we're inside anyway. 


December 6th, 2018 at 3:49 PM ^

Nice! I agree, I thought the storytelling was a huge plus in this game, as was the "feel" of playing as Spider Man. It's getting to a point though where it's becoming a chore to finish each of the districts, doing the same little things over and over. I like the challenges, they have a unique feeling to them trying to get the Ultimate awards, but maaaaaaaan the Sable and crime fights are a bog. 

Hotel Putingrad

December 6th, 2018 at 3:19 PM ^

I find the daily intelligence briefing to be both informative and highly entertaining.

Also, for some strange reason, I'm currently addicted to reruns of The Hogan Family on Antenna TV. I find Jason Bateman very likable.


December 6th, 2018 at 3:26 PM ^

RDR2 is very good, highly recommend. Perfect timing, releasing it just before December.

Maniac is a cool Netflix show.

If you're a spotify person check out spotifywrapped.com for your year-end review.


December 6th, 2018 at 3:28 PM ^

Games: friend is setting up a Pi so I can play NES games.

Just started Narcos Mexico. So far it is pretty good.

Looking forward to Momentum Generation doc that is coming out on HBO next week. Those guys were really famous when I started surfing so i grew up idolizing them. 


December 6th, 2018 at 3:36 PM ^

A Raspberry Pi- it's basically a mini computer, but they've built gaming console (NES, SNES, Sega Genesis, Game Boy, etc.) emulators specifically for them that are really cool. It works off of HDMI for display/audio, and is super customizable. I love mine, it has a massive classic library on it. Check this video for some demo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4CgoPuo3Dw

For your NES, I've seen issues in the past with HDMI conversion with the framerates not being compatible for new TV's so there are leftover scan lines and things that don't quite capture how you'd want them to. Pi is a better way to play on new TV's, but you can still plug into an old tube TV or try to use the A/V (YRW) plugs.


December 6th, 2018 at 5:19 PM ^

To follow up on mgoaggie, Raspberry Pi is a great way to introduce great programming skills to yourself and your children.  There’s plenty of source material online and you could build your own NES emulator.  

I’ve build a few things on Pi and other platforms for even menial household tasks.  A friend and I programmed solar pool heater for his pool in LA a few years ago.  Still works great. I enjoy some of the nerdy stuff though. 


December 6th, 2018 at 4:59 PM ^

Just to add to what was already posted.

More specifically I'm getting a Raspberry Pi setup with a RetroPi OS. 


I don't know about the specifics, but I think you can get roms for N64 too. If that is the case I'm going to be playing lots of Golden Eye.