Street Fighter 5 - Week Five Update

by David Loft posted April 19th 2016

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Well I made it to week 5. I'd like to say I'm still going strong but other interest and responsibilities have crept in. I spent a good chunk of the week finishing off my wife's portfolio website, just as she got a new job. I've also had a number of networking issues that have kept me from playing. And lastly, much of the week I have spent obsessively playing Clash Royale. Yes, the mobile game.

I was never a fan of Clash of Clans, it just wasn't the RTS I was looking for, and while Clash Royale isn't either, it turned out to be one I really enjoy. It has unfortunately been a game that's hard to put down.

But when I was able to put it down and get back into Street Fighter 5, I can happily say I'm still enjoying the game immensely. So far this week, much like last week, my training regimen continues to be absent and I have spent the week just playing casual online matches. I have not spent any of my time practicing my moves and combos...

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Street Fighter 5 - Week Four Update

by David Loft posted April 11th 2016

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So I'm one month into my journey and up to the three week mark I had been playing daily. That changed this week, although not for lack of interest. I have been updating my wife's portfolio website and its taken quite a bit of free time. And my free time is limited as I work full time and have two young children.

Another distraction was the new voice pack for Elite Dangerous called Orion, voiced by William Shatner. I had to play around with that, its pretty epic to have a space ship's computer voiced by Captain Kirk and being able to say a command like 'Computer, Engage' before jumping to another system.

So without as much playtime this week, my training fell by the wayside and I mostly just played for fun. I stopped playing ranked and mostly played online casual. I enjoyed this quite a bit more. I didn't feel as pressured to win, and loosing wasn't upsetting...

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Street Fighter 5 - Week Three Update

by David Loft posted April 4th 2016

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So I've had Street Fighter 5 for three weeks now. And I've definitely had my ups and downs. I've been playing a lot of ranked matches this week and have won some, but unfortunately lost most.

It started to get extremely frustrating, especially after putting 20+ hours into the game and feeling like I've gone no where.

But I'm glad I'm recording my journey and that I can save my replays in game, because I can watch early online matches and than watch more recent ones and clearly see an improvement. Even if I'm still not good enough to get into bronze and out of rookie...

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Street Fighter 5 - Week Two Update

by David Loft posted March 28th 2016

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I'm two weeks into my journey and improving everyday. I have spent the majority of my week trying to beat Survival on normal and I just can't do it. I can get to level 26 consistently, than I die at Ryu's hands just about every time. Occasionally I beat him only to die on level 27 against Zangief. I just don't understand why they don't increase the diffulty gradually. It's easy for far too long than the difficulty spikes up, it's starting to frustrate me.

Which is probably why I am playing online more the last couple days, although playing online is just difficult all the time. But the good news is I'm starting to win the occasional match, the bad news is I'm loosing the majority of matches. But I can see improvement, and its keeping me motivated to continue.

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Street Fighter 5 - Week One Update

by David Loft posted March 22nd 2016

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I'm one week in and I'm starting to make some progress. To his point I have been solely playing training, story mode and survival. I've selected my character, Chun-Li, and I've learned the move set and have begun forming strategies to win.

Today I went back online looking for my first win and I finally have it, a win over Zangief. It's a big improvement from my first online match from just 8 days ago, and yes I'm still not very good, and yes it was super cheap at times. But who cares I won!!!

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Street Fighter 5 - the Journey Begins

by David Loft posted March 13th 2016

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I'm new to Street Fighter, really fighting games in general. I've definitely played them, I definitely remember playing them as a young kid in arcades. And I've certainly played them at friends houses. But I wasn't buying them, and I definitely didn't have any interest in improving my skills.

With the release of Street Fighter 5, I thought it was time to get good at a fighting game, to get good at Street Fighter.

I clearly have a long way to go and hundreds of hours of playtime before I will be able to call myself good. But I have to start somewhere. So here is my first online match...

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Microsoft Surface 3

by David Loft posted March 31st 2015

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At $499, it's priced in line with the iPad Air 2

The Surface 3's 10.8" 3:2 aspect ratio display is a great size. By comparison, I've always found the Pro 3 to be too big to make a great tablet and too small to make a great laptop. The Surface 3 looks like a great tablet, and unfortunately a not so good laptop. So as long as you're buying the Surface 3 for a tablet, it looks to be a good choice.

At $499, it's priced in line with the iPad Air 2, the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 and just $100 more than the Nexus 9. This makes it a very compelling option in the premium tablet space. Unfortunately for us Canadians, it's $639. I get that going by exchange rate, that's what it should be. But when the iPad Air 2 is $90 cheaper in Canada, the Nexus 9 is $210 cheaper & the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 is $120 cheaper, it's an issue, that will hurt sales...

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Android Wear vs Apple Watch

by David Loft posted March 14th 2015

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I'm not sure where IGN is getting the idea that apps on Android Wear smartwatches are simple and Apple Watch apps are more advanced. Especially as the Apple Watch isn't even available yet. They're both simple if you compare them to smartphone apps and yet, they both have the same capability for great things. It's all up to developers.

They both have a different philosophy on how a watch should work.

Android Wear and the Apple Watch differ greatly in what content is pushed to forefront. On Android Wear, notifications and Google Now are up front, apps are there, but their not the first thing you see. The Apple Watch is mostly about apps, notifications are secondary and while they have voice input with Siri they have nothing like Google Now cards.

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Best Comics of 2014

by David Loft posted January 7th 2015

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Best New Series

- Ms. Marvel
- Gotham Academy
- The Wicked + The Divine
- Southern Bastards

Best Ongoing Series

- Batman
- East of West
- Saga

Best Story Arc

- No Normal (Ms. Marvel)
- Zero Year (Batman)
- There is No Us (East of West)
- The Faust Act (The Wicked + The Divine)

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Best Games of 2014

by David Loft posted January 4th 2015

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Previously I would make a best PC games list and a best Android games list. This is the year they're combined.

Best Games of 2014

15. 80 Days
14. Monument Valley
13. Hitman Go
12. Valiant Hearts: The Great War
11. Dragon Age Inquisition
10. Grid Autosport
09. Transistor
08. Shadown of Mordor
07. Titanfall
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Comixology Now Offers DRM Free Downloads

by David Loft posted July 24th 2014

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But does it matter?

First and foremost good on Comixology and Amazon for this move. This will likely bring in a whole slew of readers who hate DRM and who would prefer to download and manage their comics themselves. And just five years ago I would have thought this was the best thing in the world. But at this point, I no longer want to have to store, organize and manually transfer comics to and from devices. But does it matter?

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EU Courts Right To Be Forgotten Policy Is Baffling

by David Loft posted May 30th 2014

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Shouldn't the EU courts be making the decisions on what can stay and what should go?

My first question is, should they not go after the sites actually hosting the unwanted content? Of course not, that would to difficult. Especially as much of that content may come from outside of EU's rule...

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(Update: Not So Much) YouTube may buy Twitch for $1 Billion

by David Loft posted May 18th 2014

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Update August 25th 2014: It looks like talks fell through between YouTube and Twitch as it was announced today that Amazon will buy Twitch for $1 Billion.

Everyone thinks Google is going to 'fuck up Twitch like they did with YouTube'

So the internet is going crazy over this. Everyone thinks Google is going to 'fuck up Twitch like they did with YouTube'. Which honestly, is way overblown. Before Google, YouTube was a money pit circled by ravenous lawyers. Google was the only company who could take that service and keep it alive long enough to shape it into the profitable business it is today...

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