Dan and Glen Liveblog the Xbox E3 briefing

Dan
gonna watch the MS E3 brief?
 Glen:
I guess….

Probably be pretty underwhelming.

$500 gaming console upgrade.  

 Dan:
LOL. Dan and Glen live chat about the E3 briefing

well I can see this in 4K so there’s that

Dan:
Oh a black console. That’s exciting.
I wish Peter Moore was here. I think I’d rather hear about Liverpool signings.
Project Scorpio is now Xbox One X launching on November 7.

 

Glen:  This looks like a Trump rally.  Put your staff in the front to cheer for it.

Dan: Lock Her Up! Lockl Her Up!

Meanwhile EA is bringing the “magic” back to NBA Live 18. By magic they mean “same crap.”

Look, Microsoft is announcing phallic stats. Whoa. I have no idea what that means. Sounds powerful. I think the Jaguar was powerful too.
Glen: haha I always cheer memory bandwidth.
Dan: Ohhh backwards compatibility. “enhanced visual fidelity”  too.
 I will give you some “supersampling” right here.
Dan: When I buy a console I always ask, “yes, but how small is the microprocessor”?
 The last thing you want to hear about a Microsoft console is how hot it runs.
 Glen:
Smallest Xbox ever… but sounds like a turbine fan when you use it.  
Dan:
Oh wait, all these games run on windows 10 on my 1080TI also? I’ll just use that. 
Glen:
Exactly.
Cars 4 confirmed!!!!
Dan:
I think that’s Forza XXXIVVVIVVIVIIII, but I get your drift. Speaking of Drift, how about we bring back Tokyo Extreme Racer?
Glen:
This press conference is wrecking my Sunday buzz.
Dan
I haven’t been to an E3 in 17 years, but is it me or if you thought it was a sausage fest then, it must be a jumbo sausage fest now.
 Glen
Did they just reveal a car at E3?  Good lord…
haha
Same here man.  Never wanted to go back after the first one.

 

 Dan
Why can’t I preorder the Xbox One X yet?
Forza XXIVVIV looks great. So how much is this game going to be $89?
Uh, so this game releases in October? Uhh…isn’t that before the X? So it’s not really backwards compatible, it’s just a PS Pro?
they are showing 42 games…how many of them will be released in 2017
 Glen:

Oh, look a dystopia game.  That is new and edgy!  

 Dan
 zzzzzzz

As Morrissey once said, Stop Me if you’ve heard this one before.

Glen:
Cobweb burning simulator 2018!

Man, so glad I won’t survive the future rat men apocalypse.  

Dan:

Best tweet I’ve seen:
They chose to reveal a new Porsche car so they could announce something more expensive than the console to make it seem cheaper   

Glen:
 Witness epic sliding!
Dan:
Are you not entertained

In the future, there will be trains.

Glen:
And dart guns!  

Maybe I’m just old fashioned but if life sucks that much outside of the train… I would just stay on the train.

 Dan:
 So, I’m gonna take a guess that Sony has the Call of Duty premiere? I’d like to see World War II in 4K.
Glen:
Seems fair.  That and an exclusive multiplayer beta.  

Man, is sliding down things going to be the big new trailer feature?

Dan:
Maybe 45 is too old for videogames. I’m pretty bored so far. I mean of course I have to get the new console, just because. They look pretty, but I’m not saying “must buy” yet. I’ll probably play solitaire more.
Glen:

See the world premier of a game that a Target employee leaked a week ago.

Dan:
I think the Ubisoft guy just called it X-bone-x. Sounds about right.
Hey does anyone know what resolution these games are at?
So this guy is on a horse in Origins. You’d think he’d be able to get Horse Armor. See what I did there?
Glen
Glad to see that the AI is still almost running into everyone on a horse.
Dan
Hey wait a minute, this is alpha gameplay. They still have years to work on it.
Glen:
Even in the past, all trees grew into a V in the Assassin’s creed world.
Dan:
OMG that inventory screen in stunning, life changing 4K!
Glen
I think we’ve found that what most games have been lacking is more bird related content. What I already like about this game is that they have level 11 warriors sitting 50 yards away from the boss they should be protecting.
Dan:
Can’t I get that bird in Ghost Recon? That would be great.
bluehole lol
Glen

Sorry, I thought the same thing… 

Dan
How is it exclusive if it’s available on PC right now? (Playerunknown Battlegrounds)
Glen
Wait a minute.  I’m already concerned.  Is this game going to be in 4K?
Dan
Phew, it is “Coming to the Store on Xbox One” and it is in 4K.
Glen

 Can’t wait for a game where someone can sneak up behind me and kill me with a frying pan… in 4K!
Intergalactic dwarf mining games are very underrepresented in today’s gaming world.
 Dan:
Barnstorming is back and in glorious 4K
Glen:
Thank goodness!  A new zombie game.  
Dan:
but now it’s in glorious, life-changing, 4K

Glen
Witness entrails in 4K!
Dan
jesus this briefing is awful
 Glen
Well, my friend just got ripped in half… better run to the bridge and try to find that Twinkie truck.  
 Dan
I’m done now, hit me up if anything good shows up, especially if anything is in 4K.
Glen:
But it’s all 4K!  That makes everything better!  
Oh, good.  Now there is a person shouting commentary of the game, that will make it better.
 Dan;
Oh look, Minecraft. Will it be in glorious 4K?
Did they just show a Switch on an Xbox briefing?
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Speaking of Madden

If they drop the year off (ie 18 vs 2018) it makes it sounds like it’s the 18th version of Madden..but isn’t it the 30th game? I think it came out back in 1988 …on the IBM PCs of the day. Good times.

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Madden 18

Well, if there’s a year for Tom Brady to be on the cover of Madden, I guess it’s this one. The curse always lingers…but I mean he’s 40…how much longer can he go? And he does have 5 rings….

 

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Football (Soccer) Heaven

I just got back from my once-in-a-lifetime trip to Liverpool to see LFC and get a tour of Anfield..and to see some historical places made famous by the Beatles.

It was awesome.

 

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Playoff Hockey

Wow. Just wow. And it’s only game 1.

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GeForce 1080 Ti

I’ve had my 980Ti video card on my PC for about 18 months, which means it’s time to upgrade. I had debated just going with a stock 1080 or 1080Ti. 

Since I had the Ti before, I figured what the hey and paid the price of an Xbox AND a PS4 and got a 1080Ti. I figured I’d sell the 980 and hope to offset some of the expense, besides you get a game free, so there’s that.

I bought from Newegg and used their free Shoprunner 2 day shipping and the card got here very quick. These NVIDIA GeForce 1080 Ti cards seem to be as hard to find as a Nintendo Switch, so I was glad to have picked it up.

I have a Velocity Micro PC in a standard case. I figured a video card install would be pretty easy. Nope. This one was a massive pain.

First off, the card is huge. As in I had to force it into my case in order for it to fit huge. Thank goodness it slotted itself because the board got scratched a tad in order for it to fit. Memo to case manufacturers. Stop trying to be so cool with your case design – allow any card slot to have as much room as possible!

After I fit it in, came the next part: plugging in power. The requirements are for a 650W power supply minimum and I have a 750 so that’s good. However it requires 2 plugs off your motherboard and each plug has 8 pins….You do get one adapter included with the card. 

The weird thing on my PC is, I bought it custom built and Velocity did a great job with cable management…however I have the VGA cables that have 6 pins with an additional 2 pin plug to make it 8 — but the 2 pin plug was pulled back and tied…so I had to slice the tie in a very narrow area — one wrong slice and whoops there goes the power…but I did it, plugged everything in, and fired up the PC.

First I heard this awful noise and I’m like WTF…the exhaust fan from the 1080 TI was touching my SoundBlaster Z sound card..so I either had to prop one up or prop one down. The slot for the sound card is not interchangeable – gotta love ISA cards (at least I think it’s ISA..maybe it’s something else, but the slot is a very small one and it won’t fit in any other slot). So I remove the sound card and run with the built in sound (no optical out gah) or hope that the cards don’t touch. The 1080Ti didn’t feel as snug and seated as other cards — probably because of it’s heft — so I opted to pull the sound card and use the built in audio. It won’t kill me — other than the fact that audio doesn’t have indepdent analog channels or digital now (maybe HDMI out, I guess?)… but the audio coming out of my Razer 2.1 speaker system is fine so I will live – and I get to uninstall tons of Creative bloatware — so there’s that. 

Ok. Put everything together again, reboot, get drivers, reboot, and I’m good to go…now it’s time for some 3D Mark action. First, I ran Fire Strike..and scored 19213 – which is higher than 90% of the tested PCs out there. Wow. Then I ran Time Spy and got 8462.  Again, holy crap. 

Bottom line: this card is a game changer. Everything looks gorgeous and is so smooth. I have a Dell 1440p monitor (mainly because I tried 4K and everything is so damn small when you aren’t playing games) and running at non-4K resolutions is a dream. 

So, getting this card is a no brainer if 1) you play most of your games on your PC and 2) you can trade in a lot of your old console games to be able to pay for it.

And just so you know, I have a Core i7-6700K Skylake processor/16GB Ram,  yadda yadda…

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