Soul Calibur V

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Watching EVO 2018 this weekend got me excited for the release of Soul Calibur VI. I have loved the Soul Calibur series since a friend of mine introduced me to the second and third entries in the series back in 2004. I played Soul Calibur III for hundreds of hours, studying all of the techniques and intricacies of the characters. I've been a fan of fighting games since I discovered Street Fighter II in the early nineties, but something about the hand-to-hand weapon combat of the Soul Calibur series has always fascinated me. I find the characters and story to…
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Fixing Tekken 7 Startup Problem on Windows 10

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I'm having fun watching #EVO2018 and of course it has me inspired to get back into playing Tekken. When I tried to launch the game, I was greeted by a black screen with the startup video audio playing in the background. Alt-tab didn't work, clicking on the task bar didn't work. Well, crap! Fortunately, internet to the rescue. This forum post pointed me at a game settings configuration file: https://steamcommunity.com/app/389730/discussions/0/1291817837621663705/ Tweaking resolution and fullscreen settings in that file got it launching appropriately. As a good citizen to future me, I created an Evernote to avoid me losing the information in the…
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WeakAuras – Customizing World of Warcraft

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In preparation for the Battle for Azeroth, I've been learning all about the changes to the paladin class and looking at ways to spice up my user interface. There are many ways to customize the World of Warcraft client. One of the most amazing features of WoW is the rich add-on and modding support that is available directly. Over the last fifteen year, the WoW modding community have created some very mature add-on libraries that allow players to entirely overhaul the user interface. One of the most flexible and powerful of these add-ons is WeakAuras. In a nutshell, WeakAuras allow a…
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Dark Souls III, A Master-Class of Design

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I'm late to the game with Dark Souls III. It made the list of "games I want to experience" back when it first released, then life took over and a couple of years disappeared into the ether. Now that I'm finally able to delve into the dark lands of Lothric, I've discovered a rich dark fantasy packed with depth and unafraid to break with conventional game design. While I wasn't able to play Dark Souls III immediately, I have heard a lot of feedback from other gamers. People either seemed to love or it hate it based upon its difficulty…
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Progress towards the core

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This shot of the galaxy map shows my progress towards the galactic core. The red icon marked Ida Dhor shows my home base in populated space, whereas the blue marker indicates my current location in the galaxy. I'm guessing I'm about a third of the way there. If I were to take a direct route without any sightseeing I could probably make it in another week or so of play, but where's the fun in that? With the sort of distractions that require investigation in a galaxy so filled with wonder I'll be lucky to make it before the end of April!
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Demon Hunter

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Of all the World of Warcraft expansions, I'm most excited for Legion. Not just because it is new and enticing in that way but because of the new class, the Demon Hunter. Illidan Stormrage has always been my favorite Warcraft character. I've listened to the Black Temple theme more times than I can count and watched Nihilum's world first just as many. The ability to create a character and follow in the footsteps of the corrupted night elves will be like reliving the great memories from our golden era during the Burning Crusade. That expansion was the one that Meaghan and I really…
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EVO 2015

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As always, I had a great time watching EVO 2015 on the srkevo Twitch streams. Here are some of the highlights from this year's king of fighting tournaments: Streaming Schedule With eight streams this year, there was more content than I could hope to watch. I mostly stuck with the USF IV streams on Friday and then watched UMvC3, Mortal Kombat, and a little Tekken 7 on Saturday, then the finals of those games on Sunday. That left more than enough time to take breaks, get in a few workouts, and go to the park with Meg and Ro. Emoticons…
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Timewalking Dungeons

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Time-walking is a new feature in Warlords of Draenor that I'm rather excited about. In essence it allows max-level characters to go back and experience dungeons from much older content as though they were at the level for that content. It's an awesome way to take a trip down memory lane and play the dungeons as they were meant to be enjoyed. Not only that but the dungeons reward max-level gear. You go in as a 100, get scaled down to a level 70, but receive gear appropriate for an end-game level 100 character. It's a great way to make…
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Weekend Alone

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Meg and Ro are visiting Meaghan's sister in Medford this weekend to celebrate her 30th birthday. I'm holding down the fort and getting in some much needed recharge time. Thanks to Amazon Prime I have a wealth of TV shows at my fingertips. Perfect for a hermit weekend of media consumption. I'm starting out with Boardwalk Empire since I've heard good things from a few folks already. The 1920s gangster genre often provides a rich source of storytelling material. HBO usually knock out pretty solid content too. While I watch I'm playing through Sleeping Dogs. It's a Grand Theft Auto style game set in Hong Kong…
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