For the love of god Blizzard, DROP COMPETITIVE MODE ALREADY

So I’ve made the very sad decision to abandon Overwatch. The game is good. The people playing it? Not so much. Ever since they put in Competitive play, it’s spread poor sportsmanship and Lunkheadedness like the fastest cancer I’ve ever seen.

I’ve tried to play Overwatch several times since Competitive Mode was introduced, but I just can’t get into it. Too many CompHeads are ruining the fun community feel that was abundant in the beta and at launch. Overwatch started as a fun, relaxed and friendly team shooter for the rest of us, but now it’s got the same kind of dickwads that infest the Halo and Call of Duty multiplayer modes, and muting them in-game solves nothing; they’ll FIND YOU on social media.

The atmosphere on the actual game is just toxic for me. People only care about Comp, and only care about anything else as how it relates to their Comp performance – even in arcade mode. I used to try just playing on the off-season where it should be more relaxed, but godfuckingdammit the lunkheads never take a break. They’re like those guys at the gym who grunt excessively and drop weights. Jumping to quick play or Arcade solves nothing: these guys are now the majority and are EVERYWHERE. Nowhere is safe.

It used to be that if you lost a couple of matches, there was an attitude of “Man, that fight was TENSE! Sucks that we lost again, but it’s okay. We’ll roll with the punches and get ’em next time.”

Now you hear “FUCK OH MY FUCKING GOD iAmLegend38! THIS IS ALL YOUR FAULT AND NOW I’M GONNA DROP DOWN TO GOLD TIER BECAUSE LOSSES ARE LITERALLY CANCER!”

To which you might respond: “…We’re in Arcade mode? There’s no ranking here.”

And then you hear back “IT DOESN’T MATTER! OUR LOSS WAS ALL YOUR FAULT AND NOW I’M NOT GONNA STOP LOSING.”

Firstly: I guess I missed the part where your failures were my problem.
Secondly: I’m really sad about this development because before comp was introduced, I’d never had more fun on a team shooter. Now I just don’t have fun at all.

Overwatch has stopped being fun, but it’s not the game’s fault. It’s the fault of guys who scream in chat and social media: ‘IF YOU DON’T LIKE COMP STOP PLAYING OVERWATCH YOU STUPID DICKSUCKING CUCK’.

Thanks to that attitude?
Yeah, I think I will stop playing. It’s  clearly not my home anymore.

And that’s genuinely sad because once upon a time, Overwatch had a great community. Dare I say it, it had the BEST community of any online shooter.

Dammit I miss the days of the beta.

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“Shudder” is a tragic miss for horror fans

Recently I completed my free trial for Shudder, a streaming service that aims to “kill Netflix” as far as selection of horror movies is concerned. As a small time Horror aficionado myself, I felt compelled to give it a try.
So does Shudder live up to its promises?

Kind of, but not in the ways that actually matter.

First, the Android App (the platform on which I tested Shudder) is impeccably well designed. It’s fast, smooth, well organized, and one of the most intuitive app experiences I’ve ever had. Design-wise, this may be one of the best apps presently on the Google Play store. However, a streaming service does not live by user interface design. It lives (and dies) by content.

So, as far as content goes, does Shudder kill Netflix? Sort of. They do have a decently sized selection. It is most definitely larger than Netflix’s horror films section. So in technical terms, they have a solid selling point here. It’s just a shame that so few of the films are any good.

Rarely do I see such a well designed app utterly unaccompanied by content worth starting it up for. The claim is that Shudder “kills Netflix on selection”, but true as this may be, it’s pointless if the selection is bad to begin with. 

More so than even Netflix, the service has tons of low budget films “like” the one you want to watch, but seldom do they have what you ACTUALLY want to watch — I certainly never found the things I wanted to see. Classic 70’s and 80’s slasher films, skeezy 90’s sex-horror, John Carpenter B-Movies, Hammer Horror, experimental 60’s fare, and even public domain 20’s, 30’s, 40’s and 50’s films are all conspicuous by their absence. Most of the selection is divided into 2 categories: Asian Horror films, and uber-low budget “shock-schlack”: stuff that flies in under the radar because no radar is respectable enough to display it. Most is of exceedingly low quality, with probably the only decent thing I found to watch being a super-campy 80’s film called “The Stuff” which with full honestly I can say I actually enjoyed, so thank God for that.

Unfortunately, I came for a laundry list of movies, not just one. There are still video rental stores in my city, and if I just wanted one film, I’d go to those. As a long-term subscription service Shudder unfortunately lacks value.

My advice? Plan out a camp-horror marathon weekend with some friends, get the free trial, and go to town. Just cancel the trial before they bill you. It’s simply not worth actual money with their current selection.

Maybe Shudder will get better with time. I hope it does. Most of what Netflix has is serious garbage, and Amazon Prime’s free movie streaming has one hell of a neutered selection. The day may come when Shudder rises to elevate itself above the sub-Sharknado quality selection it currently has, and takes its place among the pantheon of great streaming services.

All I know is that it is not this day.

Enjoy the free trial, but if you’re a serious horror fan, I’d advise you to keep looking.

My response to Mozilla

Boy Mozilla, you’ve sure been keeping busy.

Allow me to ask one little question though.

WHAT THE GODDAMN FUCKING HELL GUYS?! WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?!

Okay. Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, it’s time for a little story. Get comfortable.

I’ve been a very regular Firefox user since it started, pretty much. I started using it because my geek buddies in school started blabbing about it, and I thought I’d give it a try. A few add-ons later, I was hooked.

Firefox is a VERY different animal from the original. I’ve not done a code comparison, but I’m sure I could apply a Ship of Theseus argument if I really wanted to.

This, to me, an end user, is the final piece of Firefox’s ship being replaced. The browser truthfully had stopped feeling like Firefox ages ago. I think many of us felt this was coming when Firefox’s Aurora channel got shut down– I certainly knew something big and not altogether good was coming.

Let’s go down memory lane a little bit.

I can’t tell you when Firefox last hit a sweet spot of useful changes and preserved functionality, but for me personally, it’s been about 7 years since the last one. But wasn’t that the POINT of the add-ons? Add-on devs enabled USERS to make the changes so that Mozilla didn’t have to. Mozilla would release a “core” browser with only the essential features needed to make a working browser– it was light, trim, there was no bloat whatsoever, and it was a very friendly browser which Mozilla would occasionally issue a security patch or bugfix for. It was understood that Firefox as-distributed was a “starter deck”, only intended to be feature-rich enough to get you playing. After you learned the ropes, your browser could have any feature you wanted as you installed add-ons, leading to no two end-user versions of Firefox being the same. It was great. My Firefox was perfectly tailored to me, and everyone I knew could safely say the same.

Since then, change after change after change had been made, and all that was really accomplished was breaking compatibility with my favorite add ons and themes. The touchscreen version of Firefox for Windows 8 (which I quite liked) was shut down and the open source fork gradually discouraged into the dust. I watched in horror as my perfectly tailored version of Firefox broke down and crumbled like so much wet tissue paper, with my hapless efforts to preserve functionality by using alternate plugins and add-ons bearing less and less fruit with each update of the system. Most of the devs whom I downloaded add-ons from in the beginning and through High School are now long gone, and such add-ons gone too, broken by some past browser update.

Why? Because Mozilla began to assume they knew best, and began… well, not MICRO-managing Firefox, but issuing updates to Firefox the way Microsoft, Apple, or Google might.

Since Mozilla took this approach, oh so many years ago, of managing Firefox like a traditional browser, the memory bloat has increased (my Ultrabook can’t even RUN Firefox for more than 10 minutes anymore due to the bloat), features have vanished or broken, the UI has made almost a dozen pointless changes and a few more pointless overhauls, and the parent company has deteriorated.

Honestly, I’d started using Firefox Light instead for the last two years because it was closer to what Firefox started as– just a good, fast, bare bones web browser that could be customized to hell and back with add-ons. Depending on whether it stays in development (and with mirrored changes to Firefox’s code), I may or may not keep using it.

Really, how many of us need to wake up and realize that Firefox is different now because Mozilla is different? It’s not about us, the geeky users anymore. It very likely won’t ever be again. I’d had hope that Brandon Eich would have been able to fix this as CEO, but then the media crucified him.

I think the point I’ve been moving towards over this post is that with this latest announcement, it’s probably time to pick a new favorite browser.

Oh hey, Midori-chan, you’re looking cute as can be…!

Your arguments against breastfeeding in public. They are invalid.

I am completely in favor of a woman feeding her baby however she chooses, be it bottle or breast. And if it bothers me? I have neck muscles, and I can use them to look away.

Besides. Staring is rude regardless of what’s covered up or not.

Mummy Spits the Dummy

I’m sorry, everyone. I never intended for this to be a breastfeeding advocacy blog, but – y’know. Boobs and their baggage are things that predominate my life at the moment, so…

You’ve probably read about Cheese & Biscuits cafe in Rockhampton, who kicked a massive goal for breastfeeding mothers this week by politely ejecting a customer who was frightened by the sight of a lactating breast in their courtyard. He’d already complained to management, who’d informed him they were a breastfeeding friendly establishment and that they would under no circumstances ask a nursing mother to cover up or leave. He then took it upon himself to approach her, leaving her visibly upset when the owner came out to deliver his coffee. When apprised of the situation, the owner swiftly transferred the man’s coffee to a takeaway cup and showed him the door. She later posted about the incident on Facebook:

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