Nvidia Graphics Cards and the Expensive Solution to My Relatively-Small Streaming Problem

Can you tell the difference between the Overwatch stream at the top and the Overwatch stream at the bottom? The difference in visual fidelity may not come through all the way and might not even be apparent if you watch snippets of both. For me, it’s the latest thorn in my side that won’t be cheap to solve.

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Some of My Favourite Watcher Cards in Slay the Spire

Even after devoting dozens of hours into Slay the Spire, learning The Watcher threw me for a loop. What makes her unique is the abilities she gains when changing stances. However, if you mismanage her stances, you can die in a blink.

Despite the complexity of the character, she’s the only one I’ve beaten the game with before hitting level 5. Is it because she’s that good? Or is it because I’ve just improved overall? Or did I just happen to get really lucky during one run? Whatever the case, here are some of my favourite cards in her arsenal!

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Spray Paint Art Rewards, Tetris 99 & Overwatch Events, and a 24-Hour Gaming Marathon as Part of My Extra Life 2020 Campaign!

Over the past two years, we’ve raised over $2,000 in support of the Children’s Miracle Network of Hospitals through Extra Life. With 2020 being the year that it is, our help is needed more than ever! This year, your donations will go towards the Children’s Hospital COVID-19 Impact Fund. In light of where things are in the world, it’s crucial that we step up and help the kids during these unprecedented times.

If that’s all the convincing you need to support the cause, head over to my donation page and contribute whatever you’re able to spare. But if you’d like to learn more about the cause or follow along with all of my initiatives to support Extra Life this year, read on!

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In Your Dreams! – Stardew Valley Live Stream – Part 17

Though I scrape and claw for any ounce of Haley’s attention, her sister is dreaming of me? We also experience winter within Stardew Valley for the first time, discuss the upcoming console launches, and tackle a myriad of tier lists! You won’t believe what cereal made it to S-tier!

View the full post to see the full stream, highlights, and shoutouts!

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Stream Snipers! – Tetris 99 Live Stream

Stream snipers came out of the woodwork to take me down in Tetris 99. Were they successful? Between intense matches, we send our love to Chadwick Boseman, discuss games we enjoyed as kids but were always bad, and I share a bunch of new toys in my collection!

View the full post to see the full stream, highlights, and shoutouts!

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Aspects of the Super Mario 35th Anniversary Direct I Loved (and Loathed)

The long-rumored Super Mario Nintendo Direct turned out to be true! Nintendo packed quite a bit into its 16-minute presentation. Won’t cover absolutely everything shown, but here are my notes on what I loved (and loathed) from this presentation!

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The Rising Costs of PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X Games

Earlier this year, 2K Games revealed its next generation pricing for the NBA 2K21 series. While the current gen equivalents retain the standard $60 USD price point, the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X equivalents are listed at $69.99. More recently, Activision revealed that they were doing the same for their next gen iterations of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.

Though 2K and Activision might be outliers in this practice, my spider sense is telling me that this $10 increase will be the standard going forward. As a consumer, I hate it. As a Canadian consumer, this is a double-whammy that might price me out of AAA gaming going forward.

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Some of My Favourite Defect Cards in Slay the Spire

The Defect is far from defective when it comes to battling in Slay the Spire. When pushed to the limit, this AI can be equal parts bulldozer and fortress. Reaching that limit by managing its unique orb mechanic is the true challenge.

Now that I’ve conquered the tower with The Defect, take a peek at some of my fave cards in its deck!

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Making of the Lego Nintendo Entertainment System

Lego takes the 80s gaming nostalgia to the next level with this brick-based Nintendo Entertainment System. Right up until its release, my wife and I debated the merits of purchasing this set. As you can see, logic and reasoning won out.

Come along as Steff and I build the Lego NES!

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The Latest Trend on Twitch? A Bigger and Better View of You

“Kelsey’s view of herself is…very large.”

I made this observation as my wife was watching KelseyDangerous stream Animal Crossing: New Horizons (she’s a great streamer by the way and you should check out her show!). Unlike the thumbnail-sized streamer views I’ve seen in the past when the streamer has overlaid themselves over-top of their gameplay, Kelsey’s view was a large square that covered up a sizable portion of the screen. It was also cropped in such a way where you could see more than just her face. In this view, you could everything from the torso up.

As I’ve continued to explore Twitch in recent months, it’s become apparent to me that Kelsey’s overlay strategy is not a one-off. Streamers of all sorts are making the view of themselves larger, even if that means you see less of the gameplay underneath.

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