Stanley Cup Final Game 4 Recap

The last two minutes of last night’s Stanley Cup Final Game 4 is the reason why I think everyone should at least give hockey a chance. It was a one goal game, the goalie was pulled, and pucks and bodies were flying everywhere. The Chicago Blackhawks were able to hold on and win but boy did the Tampa Bay Lightning make it tough.

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Christopher Lee Has Passed Away at Age 93

The entertainment world mourns today as Sir Christopher Lee has passed away. Lee was 93 years old. He had been acting in films since 1948 and had a career that spanned both TV and movies with some music on the side. Lee was best known for his work in Horror of Dracula, in which he played the famous vampire. Recently, he rose to actor immortality for his roles in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies as Saruman and the Star Wars prequels as Count Dooku.

Dark Souls: Tales From a Noob

Anyone who has heard of or played a Souls-related game knows that the word challenging gravitates to the forefront. With intimidating enemies, a combat system unlike almost any other and an open world that rarely points you in the right direction, The Souls franchise has a reputation that can be summed up simply as unforgiving.

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I am not and will not pretend to be a Dark Souls veteran. In fact, after hitting a wall with my third character in the original Dark Souls (due to a combination of the Capra Demon boss and foolishly killing a merchant that sold helpful items), I threw in the towel. Maybe a little over a month ago I purchased its sequel Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin in an attempt to test myself on next-gen.

From the get-go it was a disaster.

After proceeding through the initial tutorial area into the main hub of Majula where the player can level up, upgrade armor, purchase items, etc., I made my first journey twice as challenging without even realizing it. While running around the town talking to everyone and searching high and low for items, I came across a rock that asked if I wanted to join a covenant. I agreed, seeing as a forlorn knight I had previously spoken to gave me a ring in exchange for joining his covenant that if worn would call other players also wearing said ring to my aid if my world were invaded by hostile players.

The plot twist with the second covenant was that it increases the overall difficulty of the game. Enemies do more damage, have higher damage resistances and health and even notice you at a much longer range. It even disables the player’s ability to summon NPCs (computer controlled characters) to assist with certain boss fights. I finally noticed the error of my ways about 14 hours in at the beginning of the second area when I just couldn’t make any progress. However, if I paid any attention to the dialogue with a cat in one of the houses in Majula, she clearly warns of the impending difficulty if the covenant is joined. On top of that, she offers the option to get you out of the current covenant you are in.

This is where the unforgiving nature of the game hits hardest. Whenever you die you lose a portion of your overall health. Although there are items that alleviate this side effect like rings and consumables, there are a limited amount of them throughout the game. Needless to say, I chose to start a clean slate.

I’ve amassed around 50 in-game hours across three characters including a sword-and-shield user, sorcerer and evasive dual sword wielder. It’s not that I’ve tried and failed this many times because each play through (aside from the first) is still manageable. This is just one of those games that gets easier the more you fail, which is obviously easier to talk about than experience. But nevertheless, you begin to gain the ability to bait enemies into familiar attack patterns to take advantage of their weak spots, traps that surprised and killed you instantly are now easily foreseen and trial and error becomes second nature.

Personal preference is starting to seem like the key to success. Figuring out your preferred fighting style is essentially the life blood, making the game strides easier when you come to areas you’ve never found yourself in, or ones that are “killboxes” with a high volume of difficult enemies.

I’m still only at about the halfway mark despite starting over a handful of times, but the infinite save slots is a nice luxury for multiple characters and attempts. Iron Keep is the current realm I’m tackling, ready to face off against the Old Iron King. I needed to take a much needed break after finally making it to his fight at 3 a.m. and getting taken out with a single slap. Sometimes walking away and coming back with a fresh, more sane mind is the answer.

HBO Releases Teaser for “7 Days in Hell” Starring Kit Harington and Andy Samberg

When I first saw the headline, “HBO Releases Trailer for ‘7 Days in Hell’,” I thought it was going to be about something really serious. Well I was wrong. 7 Days in Hell is a faux-documentary that stars Andy Samberg and Kit Harington and is about a fictional tennis match that lasts for seven days.

Tennis legends Serena Williams and John McEnroe are also featured in the trailer as tennis legends being interviewed about the match. Comedian Will Forte will also be in the program that airs on July 11th on HBO.

Stanley Cup Final Game One Recap

Last night, the Stanley Cup Final between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Chicago Blackhawks started and in no way did that game disappoint. The Lightning started the game like they were shot out of a cannon. They were fast, they were hitting hard, and they were killing the Blackhawks. They were able to get the lead early on a redonkulous tip by Alex Killorn (04:31) to take a 1-0 lead.The rest of the 1st period was status quo for the Lightning as they were able to keep control.

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The second period was a different story, though. The game evened out in chances and the Blackhawks settled in defensively. The chances the Bolts had in the first were no longer there. The Hawks got some jump and were able to get some chances of their own. The scoreboard did not change in the second, but the overall game did.

The third period was complete domination by Chicago. They controlled tempo and chances. The game really took a turn in the Hawks favor when Corey Crawford stopped Ryan Callahan on a breakaway. It was a clutch save on Crawford’s part and gave his team a jump that they used effectively. At 13:28 of the third, Teuvo Teravainen took a shot from just above the left wing circle that found its way through about five bodies and into the back of the net. Ben Bishop never saw the puck.

A little over two minutes later, the same line of Teravainen-Anton Vermette-Patrick Sharp forced a turnover in the offensive zone which Teravainen was able to tap over to Vermette who roofed it to give the Hawks a 2-1 lead which they never relinquished.

TL;DR version of this: The Bolts dominated the first 30 minutes, and the Hawks dominated the latter half of the game and won on two really good plays.

War, War Never Changes: The Fallout 4 Reveal is here!

Fallout 4 has been confirmed and it will be set in Boston. The trailer was released today just after 10am ET and shows the post-apocalyptic city. Cleverly, the city is shown by using a dog(!!!) who is sniffing around. Hopefully our new dog is in some relation to Dogmeat.

The trailer shows most of the aftermath but flashes back to the moments just prior to nuclear detonation to show what the city was like beforehand. It also shows the vault our character was in, #111, and shows a bunch of flying aircraft which will hopefully be able to be player controlled.

The game itself is going to have a bigger reveal at this year’s E3 and is going to be on PC, XBox One, and PS4 so it doesn’t look like it’s going to be cross gen. The game looks gorgeous by what the trailer showed and hopefully that is what the final game will look like. Here is the trailer for your viewing pleasure.

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