Wrestlemania 34

If you’ve been alive for 34 years, you can remember when you had to go to some hole in the wall venue to watch Wrestlemania on “closed circuit TV”…..or remember when you had to pay $70 to watch it on Cable Pay Per View…now you get it for $9.95 a month. Kids today don’t realize how good they have it.

Overall I thought the show was equal to the annual hype – with one glaring exception. It was amazing to me that the first match out of the gate was amazing with Seth Rollins winning the IC belt…and even the gimmick matches were fun. The ladies were also impressive (not counting the lame Battle Royale on both genders).

The return of the Undertaker was expected, of course, but you could still get goose bumps. Seeing Daniel Bryan not miss a beat getting back into the action was awesome, and I hope he’s back for a long time.

But for me the one match that sucked was the last one: Brock vs Reigns. It was just terrible. The cool thing is that it will either be edited later or really cut down to avoid having the whole show go to a from TV-PG to TV-MA. Between the f bomb by Brock and the blading by Roman, there’s no way this gets a PG.

Let’s talk about that last match though: Superman Punch. Superman Punch. German Suplex. German Suplex. Superman Punch. German Suplex. F5. F5. German Suplex. Superman Punch. Spear. Spear. F5. Superman Punch. F5. Rinse. Repeat. Just terrible.

And then after Brock wins, they go back and show Roman leaving the ring to his music. Like they wanted the fans to say “good try, good effort.” I think everyone said please turn heel. Even the crowd chanted “this is boring” lol. That was awesome.

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Writing

So, confession to make.  One of the reasons that I’ve started writing on the blog again is to get my brain back into a writing mode.  I’ve had a few ideas for screenplays working their way through my head over the last few months and I had heard tell from many people that working on your writing muscles can sometimes get those ideas further along.  Lo and behold, that’s what’s happened.  Last night I was getting ready for bed and WHAM almost the entire plot, from beginning to end, of one of my ideas hit me and the feeling was awesome.

I have absolutely no belief that it will amount to anything beyond written words on a page, but it’s been so great to feel good about the process.  Within a few hours I had a 7 page treatment.  That does not mean that I have any chance of turning it into a functioning screenplay, but it’s the first time that I’ve felt really good about something that I’ve personally done in a while and it has definitely helped me get out of a bit of a funk that I’ve been in.

Without a doubt, I’ll be back here hammering out some mundane thoughts about games that I’m playing or sports that I’m watching, but I wanted to thank you all for being here to help me with this process. You may not have known it, but you helped give me the kick in the ass that I needed when I wanted to try and do something different, so thank you for that.

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Quick Monday note

Things  have been pretty crazy around the house in the past few days.  Lots going on with the family and then my parents came to town on Friday evening.  Tomorrow things should settle down a bit and I should have a chance to post something more then.  Cheers!

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PSVR

I have no idea how many of you that read this site have it (cricket… tumbleweed,) but I have been absolutely loving the the PSVR purchase that I made last June.

For the first few months after picking up the system, I would pick up a game here and there when they would go on sale and each game offered a little something different to the experience.  From the group game play experience of ‘Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes’ to the wonderful environmental puzzle games like ‘GNOG’ and ‘We Expect You to Die’ to the shooters such as ‘Superhot,’ ‘Doom VFR,’ and ‘Farpoint’ to racing games like ‘Driveclub VR’ and ‘Dirt: Rally,’ the games have done an amazing job of putting me in another world when I need a bit of an escape from some of my day-to-day events.

Today, Wipeout Omega collection was updated with a free VR update and it is absolutely amazing.  I never would have thought that a game that moves that quickly would work so well in VR, but I was shocked at how easily I was able to adapt to the speed of the game and loved every second of it.  All that adds to the fact that it is the ENTIRE GAME, without any restrictions, being given the VR addition.

With Sony announcing a $100 price drop on all of the VR bundles, I can’t speak more highly of the PSVR setup.  I know that VR doesn’t work for everyone, but if you don’t have a weak stomach and have the means to pick it up, you won’t regret it.

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New phones

No idea if this is the case for most people, but getting a new phone used to be pretty simple.  I’m not even talking about 10 years ago when you got some funky cable that allowed you to transfer contacts from one flip phone to the other.  I’m talking about 2 years ago.  The process that I’m going through at this point is just crazy.

My new phone, a Google Pixel 2 XL, was delivered to my office around 3 in the afternoon today.  After taking the cable and adapter that it shipped with, I was able to hook it up to my old phone and transfer my email accounts, photos, music, etc. within about 25 minutes.  Very slick process and completely painless.

After that, the pains began.  It only copied over a few of my most recent text messages (and I’m a text message pack-rat) so I had to back those up manually on my old phone, save the file out to Google Drive (because the cable that you get with the phone is USB-C to USB-C so you can’t hook the phone up to a PC) and then import that file back onto the phone.  Not terrible, but a bit time consuming.

Next up was Google Authenticator.  Being a (good) IT guy, I have multi-factor authentication set up for almost every single account that I have.  At this point, it’s upwards of 20+ accounts that are stored in the app, all cycling the second factor password every 60 seconds.  The issue that you run into with a new phone is that there is no way to export the authenticator for each account.

So, for your Gmail account, you need to go into your settings and tell it to generate a code for a new phone, scan it, and then enter the code to complete the process.  Again, not too bad even with 4 gmail accounts on the phone.  Next up, Origin.  Origin’s process requires you to shut off your MFA, then turn it back on again.  The problem with that was the fact that the code that you were supposed to scan with your phone didn’t render, so you had to type in a 20 character password to get it to add the account.  Unfortunately (through bad planning over the last 10 years,) I have 3 Origin accounts (and they can’t be merged) so I had to repeat that process three times.

After Origin, was Uplay.  Just about as bad as Origin.  Log into your account, remove the MFA, then re-add it.  Again, through poor planning throughout the years, I have 2 of those accounts.

It just kept going like this.  Facebook made you remove the MFA and then re-add it.  Nintendo made you remove it and then re-add it.

Snapchat was just about the only one that made it very easy as you do everything through the app and the process is pretty damn simple.

By the time that I was done with getting all of the authentication codes working for all of my accounts, almost 3 hours had gone by… and I hadn’t used a single account yet.  And all of this was before I re-configured the Blizzard authenticator (because they won’t use Google,) and the Star Wars: The Old Republic app.

At this point I feel like I will keep this phone until I retire.  Ugh, what a process.

Oh, and for the 5 minutes I have had a chance to use the phone… it seems nice.

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Quick Monday notes

Head over to the Humble Store and get a free copy of ‘The Darkness 2’ until they run out of keys.  In fact, I have an extra key if someone wants it.  Just email me at glen @ sportsgamerblog . com and I’ll send it to you.   I know the guy who wrote it, and he’s a swell guy and more people should read (or play the games) that he has been involved with.

I meant to write up a few things that came up over the weekend, but they’re a bit more involved than a quick note wrapup.  I should have something up later tonight.

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Just one game

Tonight I had had a chance to play a single game of MLB: The Show 18 against a friend of mine, and it made me realize how great that game could be… if every game was played against a person in the same room.

The matchup was the Brewers against the Cubs and it was a wonderful game that ended with Ryan Braun hitting a walk-off inside-the-park home-run in the bottom of the 9th when the Cubs center fielder misplayed a ball to the outfield to allow Milwaukee to win 5 to 4.

What kept striking me throughout was the fact that the game isn’t nearly as much fun when you are playing against a person who you can’t razz or harass when they make a mistake.  I’m a 43-year old man and I’m not going to jump up and mock someone when I make a good play, but it is a much better experience when you can actually enjoy a good play (or mock a bad one) when you’re in the same room as someone.

One of the best moments of the night happened when the person that I was playing against was making a pitching change.  Instinctively I turned away from the screen to prevent myself from what he was doing.  Old sports game habits die hard, it would seem.

 

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