Winter Is Coming

Hey everybody.

It’s been a week to the day since I last posted, and that’s because I went out of town for a week, which wasn’t the original intention but it’s how it worked out anyway. The plan was to head out of town on Tuesday evening to avoid the traffic that was sure to happen because of Thanksgiving. I was going to spend some time with friends, spend the holiday with a portion of my family, and then come home on Saturday to once again avoid the traffic of everyone coming home from doing the exact same thing. That’s pretty much how it went, but I ended up staying two extra nights. I arrived home today around 3 p.m. and set about doing all of the homework I should have been doing during the week. Thankfully that’s all taken care of now, and another class bites the dust.

Despite my best intentions of avoiding the traffic on Tuesday, I was still stuck in it. I left town about 7 o’clock and it took over two hours to get to where I was going — a trip that usually only takes an hour and a half tops. Upon my arrival I went straight to my best friend’s house who informed me that we had plans. We ended up going out to a casino and having some drinks along with gambling a bit. I didn’t win anything, before you ask. Wednesday I met my mother and one of my ex-girlfriends (who remained friends with my family) for lunch, and otherwise faffed about with my buddy. Thursday was the holiday in question, and we had a great meal. I watched football most of the day and then we ate, before I headed off to see friends again. Friday was more of the same, and though I planned to leave on Saturday, my friend told me he got Sunday off from work and that they were having a gathering for another friend’s birthday that evening. He didn’t give me much of a choice in the matter, so I stayed. The party-of-sorts was entertaining, we had another awesome meal and plenty of drinks, but it ended rather early because everyone had to work in the morning. Sunday was set for relaxing while watching more football, and I came home today as I mentioned. All in all, it was great to see that many people, eat so much good food, have some drinks and relax. I took off from my responsibilities (both real and imagined) for the week and feel very refreshed as a result.

A few things started to change over the course of the week. Firstly, I recognized that I have been prioritizing things that I should probably leave on the back burner. It’s been a nice long run where I’ve been posting and podcasting and otherwise making content on the Internet, but I might start tapering off as I start to re-prioritize my life. Part of that change comes from my scheduling, where I had been staying up too late and sleeping too late as well. That coincides with irregular eating and sleeping habits, which are definitely not good for you. I’m going to attempt to get back into a more daytime oriented schedule, eating regular meals and getting more exercise. I already started getting into a better schedule while I was away, and I hope to keep that going. This means I might scale back (unless I can still fit it in) some of the content I’m making. I don’t want to let the blog die, nor the podcast, nor any of my other projects, but I need to make sure they are fitting into my life and not the other way around. Plenty of people around the blogosphere have talked about these topics, so I don’t think I need to go into further detail. Just know I’m going to attempt to make positive changes in my life, and as a result there might be less noise coming from my corner of the Internet. I’m by no means going to disappear altogether though.

I didn’t really game much over the past week, so I don’t have material to write about anyway, so give me a bit to get back into the swing of things. Til next time.

Operations PSA

Hey everyone.

As you all know, Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and as a result I am going on a trip out of town to see family and celebrate the holiday. As such, my operations around here are going to slow to a standstill. We aren’t putting out a new Couch Podtatoes this week, as recording and editing would be rather difficult being that far away from my PC. The same goes for blogging, creating YouTube content, being a pest on Twitter, and my general day-to-day stuff. Well, I can post to Twitter from my phone, so it’s likely I’ll still be doing that. But don’t expect blog posts or the podcast for the remainder of the week. It’s going to be nice to take a mini-vacation from having to worry about anything besides stuffing my face and getting fatter.

I did schedule out posts for the remainder of the month on The Digital Backwoods however, so there’s that. It’s been the month of Fallout 4 over there, but I think the variety of locations has made from some pretty landscapes.

Anyway, that’s really all I have for today, just wanted to let you guys know what was up rather than just disappearing for a week. I’ll see you on the other side.

GoT: The Ice Dragon

Episode 6 of the Game of Thrones epic from TellTale Games has finally come to a close and with it, the end of the Forrester’s story. Maybe. See, the ending tied up many of the story’s loose ends, but then also left some openings for a second season to be told. However, it seems that portions that would be able to be continued would have to wait for the books and/or TV show to catch up or finish, as the Forresters were squeezed in between recognizable characters from the Books/TV, yet not mentioned at least on the TV show (I can’t be sure with the novels as I have not read them [I know, shame on me or some such nonsense]).

I have to say that my enthusiasm for this particular story line had started to wane with the dramatic ending of the fifth episode. Much like the source material, characters you get attached to have a bad habit of dying off in terrible ways. There was also a marked sense of a rushed product, despite the usual pattern of episodic releases coinciding with another separate game being developed at the same time. However, I didn’t have that feeling with Tales From The Borderlands — it worked well enough and I didn’t really have much to complain about, despite playing both of these newest series on the PS3, the least powerful of options. I feel that part of the issues I had with performance — namely stuttering, and a complete lack of any sound effects/music (only the voice overs) for the last ten minutes of the final episode — can be blamed on the console and poor optimization for last-gen tech. But I still feel as if this last episode was rushed out the door, but perhaps it was only because I was playing on last-gen. Either way, it felt rather shitty to have played all of their titles on the PS3 with no issues, to have glaring ones this time. So yeah, story and performance were both downers, and honestly I feel like there isn’t much left to see in this genre from this developer.

I really enjoyed The Walking Dead, Wolf Among Us and Tales From The Borderlands, but Minecraft doesn’t appeal to me and I have no idea what their future plans are. I think if they hit on another IP I love I just might have to throw more money at them anyway, but I won’t be doing it unless it’s PS4/PC because the performance on last-gen tech is inexcusable.

Anyway, this last episode was fine and dandy, I completed it in the same amount of time as usual. What I really liked it the end game recap that showed all of your choices broken down through the entire series, and I can see where things might actually turn out quite a bit differently if I would have made other choices. I would have to test this theory to be sure, but it seems the choices in this game had far graver consequences than previous TellTale titles.


Normally I’d do a break down of how I came to these choices, but honestly, this is probably the last TellTale post I’ll be doing for quite some time, so I’m just going to leave you with my choices and a hesitant recommendation to play it. If you like GoT, you’ll probably enjoy this… however if you are sick of the vulgarity that is GoT, it might be best to just skip it. I would definitely recommend TFTB over this title. Secondly, if you do pick this or any of their other titles up, I’d recommend doing so on something newer, so perhaps the stuttering issues and problems I had might be avoided.


That’s all for today.

Couch Podtatoes Episode 70: LoL Season 6


A big occurrence just went down in the MOBA sphere. The preseason for League of Legends’ sixth season has kicked off, and with patch 5.22 there have been some big changes. You might have caught my recent post detailing my changes when it came to the new masteries, and we touch upon that and many other changes that have occurred. I’m joined by three other bloggers and fellow LoL players and we discuss our thoughts on the changes, various things we thing will be fixed and how toxicity could potentially be reduced in the new season. There’s anecdotes from our play time sprinkled in with theory crafting, jokes, memes and reddit stuff brought up too. As a result this is a lengthy episode, but with the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, we aren’t going to be releasing a new show next week, so this extra long show should keep you held over for a while.

With that said, you can expect to see a new episode on December 4th. See you then.


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Couch Podtatoes Epsiode 70: LoL Season 6 (runtime: 1:33:04)

What are we playing? (starts at 1:50)
Discussion: LoL Season 6 (starts at 12:52)

Host Contact information:

Blog: Me vs. Myself and I
Twitter: @mevsmyselfandi

Tough Love Critic
Blog: Tough Love Critic
Twitter: @ToughLoveCritic

Rambling Redshirt
Blog: Beyond Tannhauser Gate
Twitter: @rrbtg

Out of Beta
Blog: Out of Beta
Twitter: @0utofBeta

Music Credits:
“Bit Rush” by Riot Games
“Braum” by Riot Games
“Enchanted Rose” by Bury Your Dead (from the album Beauty and the Breakdown)

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By The Numbers: Week 11, 2015


151119-infographic-min-920-useUgh. That’s all I can say after two weeks in a row where the Packers had the opportunity to come from behind and win the game despite playing like shit for three quarters. I won’t make excuses for injuries, because we always have injuries to key players, yet have won the NFC North four years in a row and been to the playoffs for six in a row. We’ll still make the playoffs, of that I am confident. Whether we manage to take the North again or end up as a wildcard is unclear. We’re facing the Vikings who are now in the division lead at 7-2 this weekend, and if we manage a victory there we’ll end up being tied at 7-3 each, so we’re still very much in control of our own destiny. Thankfully most of the NFC that are slated for playoff spots at this point in time are teams that don’t really worry me all that much. It could be our year, but we need to get hot while finishing out the season, and get the hell out of this slump. I don’t think we’ve lost 3 in a row since maybe Rodgers’ first year as a starter, so that’s going back to 2008. I have confidence and faith in the team, but this stretch of losing has been tough. Anyway, on with the picks:

Jags 21, Titans 17
Falcons 24, Colts 16
Rams 27, Ravens 20
Panthers 31, Skins 21
Bears 27, Broncos 24
Raiders 20, Lions 10
Jets 17, Texans 13
Dolphins 19, Cowboys 14
Eagles 28, Buccs 13
Chiefs 24, Chargers 10
Packers 24, Vikings 14
Seachickens 30, 49ers 13
Bengals 21, Cards 20
Patriots 37, Bills 16