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My Gaming Diary: Gaming Interval 11606.64 - Project CARS (PC) -  Whoa!!! Major gamer's remorse! I so regret that I have taken so long to get around to playing this game, which has been hanging around in my backlog for some number of months. Superb graphics, and what seems like an incredibly excellent physics engine. It took me nearly an hour to get the tuning down for my Xbox 360 Controller between setting the deadzone and steering sensitivity. Hopefully it's all car tuning from here on out.

I love how you can elect to start in any racing league and style. Where other driving sims are coming up with these ridiculously convoluted and byzantine career modes, Project CARS just gives you a grid of tiles to select your particular racing poison and then cuts you lose. The tutorials are overly-chatty at the outset, but I figured out how to bypass them later in this session. This is definitely my new racing jam, I think, despite the fact that I have only seen SuperKART racing. The first 50 minutes of this video is learning curve. If you want to see gameplay around the time that I started to "get it", jump ahead to minute 50 for my pole position qualification run and first two podiums. I cannot wait to play some more of this!

Gear setup - streaming: Elgato HD60 game capture device, Logitech C310 webcam, Blue Yeti USB microphone, HP Slimline Desktop 410-030 streaming PC

Gear setup - gaming: Lenovo Y50 gaming laptop, Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller for PC, Samsung 50" plasma TV, Sony HTIB Receiver for Audio output, Samson SR850 Studio Monitor headphones

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My review of the new trade paperback, Battleworld: Master of Kung Fu, is up over at +Geeks World Wide  - While not as much a labour or a love as my read of the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Omnibus from earlier this month, this book is nearly as quirky and off-beat as that story. This book is "in" the Marvel Universe but not fully "in" it. Enough so that it has its own voice rather than lining up with the rest of the Marvel Universe. A good read for those looking for something from one of the big two, but as hard-wired into the typical mold and editorial direction.

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My Gaming Diary for Friday, 22 January 2016: Homeworld - Deserts of Kharak - I wound up having a great opportunity to play and capture some gameplay from launch day for this game. While I had some problems getting a stream (thanks to YouTube which apparently ate the file after I ended the stream), the Elgato HD60 bailed me out by its excellent local capture. I had a lot of fun in this game, mainly due to my nostalgia for both the original Homeworld games as well as Ground Control. Deserts of Kharak definitely invokes the DNA of both of those franchises, given the fact that they were both developed by the same dev studio, Relic games. It's not a speed-of-light RTS with a ton of difficulty just for the sake of making it hard. But is that such a bad thing?

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My Gaming Diary for Tuesday, January 19th, 2016: Left 4 Dead (PC) - My Gaming Diary - Uggghhhhh. A map takes me about 15 minutes. But not when I fail a mission and have to re-run the whole level all over again. I love playing this older game, but one hang-up in its design is that there are no checkpoint saves on a map. It's do-or-die, fight to the finish. But maybe that's ok, because it never feels like too much of a grind, and every minute of gameplay is pretty fun. Still, I would have much rather completed 2 maps tonight rather than played the same one three times. Like I said at the beginning of this play session, I hate the Sewers.

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* My Gaming Diary for January 16th, 2016 (Second Entry)*

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My Gaming Diary for January 16th, 2016*

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My Gaming Diary for January 9th, 2016

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My Gaming Diary for December 28th, 2015 (Second Entry)

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My Gaming Diary for December 28th, 2015
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