There Should Be No More Excuses for Bad Fighting Game Netcode

For the most part, I’m loving Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[cl-r]. Having picked up the game a few weeks ago, its particular brand of anime fighter is deeply gratifying. I’m enjoying it so much that I’ve played dozens of matches through the game’s horrid netcode and will probably suffer through many more just to get a less-than-ideal fix. Even online matches against my brother – who is a 10-minute drive from me – feel sluggish. With everything going on, adequate online play would have been greatly appreciated.

It’s not entirely fair to bash Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[cl-r] for a problem that’s much larger than itself. Furthermore, with this game technically being the fifth update to an old game, one can argue that it’s hampered by delay-based netcode of the time.

Nevertheless, the subject of netcode in fighting games has recently hit a crescendo. As more games adopt better solutions to the fundamental problem, it’s become increasingly maddening to see major developers lean on inferior netcode solutions.

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9 Tips to Improve Your Charity Stream and Get More Donations!

Thinking about hosting a charity stream? This video might help take that show to the next level! Having done a few charity streams now, I take a moment to share a few things I’ve learned to help make my charity streams a success. Hopefully these 9 tips will do the same for you!

As a heads-up, this video will serve as a “season finale” of sorts. My one month buffer of videos has officially depleted and some of the upcoming videos I want to make are going to require a bit more lead time. I really don’t want to be in a position where I’m scrambling every week to put out a less-than-stellar video in order to continue posting weekly. So I won’t.

Instead, the series is going to go on hiatus for a month or so while I tinker away in the background. Part of this next round of videos will include board game content, which I’m incredibly excited to bring into the fold. You’ll be the first to know when the videos are coming back. For now though, enjoy this one! And thank you to everyone who has watched any of these videos to-date! I appreciate your time and support.


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Social Distance

“Miss, you forgot this.”

Noticing that the woman in front of me in the checkout had left a can in her basket, I picked it up and handed it to her. The woman, obstructing her mouth with a winter scarf, pinched the opposite end of the can with her index finger and thumb, deliberately minimizing contact. As soon as she took possession, she handed the can to the cashier, saying she didn’t want it anymore.

Oh. I see how it is.

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River City Girls Review

There’s always something shady going on in River City. This time around, high school students Misako and Kyoko must save their boyfriends from their kidnappers. Are you ready to throw down the gauntlet in River City Girls?

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DnD 101 with Jason, Kris, Rachel, Mat, and Jon!

Our adventure (technically) begins here! Jason from Downstab.com graciously guides us through the character creation process and an example scenario. If you have any interest in learning how to play Dungeons & Dragons, definitely check this one out!

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Delaware Blue Coats vs. Raptors 905 in NBA G League Action!

Ballin’! The NBA G League broadcasts its games on Twitch and allows for co-streaming. Of course we had to get in there to hype up my Raptors 905! Besides cheering on my home town team, we use this opportunity to talk about all things Toronto Raptors, the worst board game I’ve ever played, and the value of non-gaming related content on Twitch. I also share some of my Toronto Raptors and Raptors 905 championship bling!

Click through for the full video, highlights, and shoutouts!

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Heavier Things

Within a span of 30 minutes on March 11th, Tom Hanks confirmed he had it, the NBA season was cancelled because of it, and travel to the US from Europe was shut down to prevent its spread. The next day – while working from home for the sake of social distancing – my laptop served as a window to the collapse of the western world. One after the other, from the stock market, to schools, every professional sport, every major public gathering, and even Disney theme parks bowed down to COVID-19. Rightfully so. It poses a massive threat to humanity and we should be taking every precaution to minimize its spread.

And here I am, creating content about gaming, just like I always have. But as the situation outside the In Third Person universe develops, this work feels increasingly…vapid and oblivious in these times.

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Are Genre Enthusiasts in Decline Within the World of Video Games?

I am a fighting game enthusiast. So much so, that I’ve bought a sizable portion of fighting games released in the last 10 years. This includes pretty much every main stage title at EVO, a number of deep cut indie fighters, genre oddballs, and even some that I know are flat-out bad. Right now, I’m playing Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[cl-r], a game that is alien to even most fighting game fans. In modern times, sampling this many games within a genre feels like an anomaly.

While I think that players still have their preferences, my gut says the total number of players who actually sample a wider selection of titles that a genre has to offer is in decline.

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Want to Learn More About Fuser? Info Regarding Harmonix’s Next Game Are Hidden Right Here!

Harmonix’s new game Fuser isn’t set for release until the fall of 2020. We don’t have much in the way of concrete information about the game, but I bet we can deduce a lot about it from their 2017 hybrid video game/board game/card game DropMix!

As soon as Harmonix unveiled the game, I knew I had to make a video about Fuser and its connection to DropMix. Besides being able to speak to a subject I’m passionate about, it gave me the opportunity to play more DropMix for b-roll! In case you missed it the first time around, listen to the mix here!


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My Ring Fit Adventure Workout Playlist

Just like any other workout routine, keeping up with Ring Fit Adventure continues to be a challenge. I have a great time every time I play, but carving the time out of my day to workout has been difficult. Nevertheless, it’s still in rotation and I’m hope to find the willpower to keep going.

Part of that motivation comes from my workout mix. Still very much a work in progress, but I play with the TV on mute and I blast my own tunes. Here’s a sampling of what’s currently on my Ring Fit Adventure workout mix!

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