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Geezus, what is with people...

So some douchewanker is arguing with an XB rep on Twitter because he's all QQ that Quantum Break pre orders on XB1 get the game for free on PC. He says he canceled his pre-order "on principle". His reasoning is that MS wasn't "up front" with customers until today, and that "loyal XB users" have to pay for their multiplayer, while PC players don't, which somehow involves some "Asshole Math" to which I'm not privy in order for this to make a lick of sense. 
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"Some Things Of Note Feb 11, 2016" - Black Desert Online, Tabletop Simulator, Quantum Break Doubles Up

Black Desert Online Despite what I had said earlier about my practically swearing off MMOs, I checked out a video for Black Desert Online recently. You know BDO as the game with the stupefying character creator that you can download for free to play…
Black Desert Online Despite what I had said earlier about my practically swearing off MMOs, I checked out a video for Black Desert Online recently. You know BDO as the game with the stupefying char…
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Well I have no key so I'll play Homefront this weekend. They love me enough to give me a key! :)
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I started Watch_Dogs last night. So far so OK. I usually have issues controlling these open world games. For example, running. I start running, but they have this "skid to a stop" mechanic which is rough in tight spaces. That's not specific to this game, though, since I've had issues with it in other games in the past. 

I enjoyed the intro, although at one point I just walked past the cops (after you cut the power). They "!"'d me, but didn't do anything. 

I had a hell of a time trying to outrace them in the first car chase because I couldn't figure out what it wanted me to do. It said "exit the grey circle", but I didn't see a grey circle on the minimap which was probably because I took a wrong turn and drove DEEPER into the circle, and not OUT of the circle. So I blew up a transformer and killed myself by accident. Second time I was able to escape. 

Stole some money, took a nap, beat down a criminal. 10/10 would hack again. 
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I almost pre-ordered Watch Dogs because the hacking bits looked so good, but then I saw all of the driving / vehicles and decided I didn't need another GTA that wasn't GTA.
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See how gaming motivations change as gamers age. Based on our data from over 140,000 gamers.
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Hey, considering how many older people still get all boneriffic about sports, it's not a universal given that competitiveness declines with age. 

And it has graphs!
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I see stuff on the Unity Asset Store and think "Oh! I could make X with that!", where X being something that I never thought about doing until I saw the stuff on the Unity Asset Store. 
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/shudder
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A rough placeholder layout in HTML based on my pencil drawing for the proposed homepage of LC.com. Not everything will be rectangular, duh, but these colors and spacing represent the kind of layout I'm looking to achieve. 

The banner is a design I have 75% done. Nothing super fancy, but I've been trying to figure out a way to visualize "levelcapped". I probably should have really thought about the name of the site in terms of how to picture it...

The red video box contains the video on the left, and the accompanying post on the right (or the excerpt with title and all that). I was doing that with In The Car: creating a post on LC.com and embedding the video in the post, so I'll probably continue with that here. 

Four videos below that. Video 2 was the video that was in the red zone before Video 1 was published, and so on.

Blog Stuff is where the normal posts will go (sans tabs or some other offset, if I opt to keep that

The Twitch box is MAYBE where I'd put the last Twitch recording, or if there was a way to swing it, to have it activate when it detects that Twitch goes live. I wouldn't expect someone to watch a live video through the site here, of course, but on the off chance that SOMEONE is on the site when it goes live...would be nice to have it recognize that. 

Sidebar stuff is all the other stuff you'd expect from a blog. 

I've not included the footer stuff, but it would be traditional footer stuff like contact, maybe Twitter posts, a picture of a cat...standard stuff. 

To get this into a WP template, I'd have to move some shortcodes around, make space for the header banner, get a video rotator that could take X number of videos from a YT playlist (doesn't have to be organized like it is here...this is just a best case scenario to keep past videos visible), and then organize the blog posts and shoehorn the sidebar with the Twitch block at the top. 

So I guess REALLY the only thing I need is the video carousel, and the plan on how to modify a WP template so I can get a desired layout and not fk up the original too badly. 
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So, I actually tried to create this layout on a dev version of LC.com, and it looks like absolute ass. Unfortunately I was using the layout builder that came with another theme, so my ability to really work with layout was limited to what the builder could accomplish.
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"An Analysis of Levelcapped" - Wanna see some sexy graphs of web traffic? You know you do!

In my last post, I talked about getting a feel for how the site is doing based on the amount of engagement that people might see on the site. This is a kind of pseudo-metric as it’s not going to tell the whole story about how much traffic the site is…
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You should do a "In the Car in the Garage"
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Here's something that I feel +Pete Smith will appreciate, for some weird reason. 

Watching these Quantum Break trailers since announcement, I kept looking at Shawn Ashmore and swearing to GAWD that he's the dude from Killjoys and Warehouse 13, but that's Aaron Ashmore, which is both confirmed via IMDB, and by the fact that Shawn's Twitter bio specifically states "...also I'm not Aaron"

I guess they're related? Maybe even twins? Because geezus they look exactly the same to me XD
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That was the Aaron. Says so on the Wikipedia page. 
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Wait, what?

"*Every Xbox One Quantum Break pre-order made through the Xbox Store or participating retailers will get you a download code for the Windows 10 version of Quantum Break* and Xbox One backwards compatible version of Alan Wake’s American Nightmare."
Pre-order bonuses include backwards compatible versions of Alan Wake plus two DLCs and Alan Wake’s American Nightmare, as well as Quantum Break for Windows 10. Also a new live-action trailer released to celebrate the upcoming launch of Quantum Break. Today we have a…
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I actually read your post as "Microsoft Store" instead of "Xbox Store" because no coffee. If it'd said Microsoft Store my comment might have made more sense. :)

In any case I agree, I hope it is the start of a new pattern, like Vita/PS3/PS4 cross-buy on the Sony platform.
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The Division is throwing its doors wide open next week, with an open beta that will let everyone explore its devastated New York ahead of the game's March 8 launch
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+jam201984 The new mission will either be one of the "starter" missions to unlock security or tactical wings, or it'll be the second medical mission. I can see a greater benefit to testing the latter as they are going to need to tune the difficulty of the subsequent missions, but it would likely be easier for them to unlock the second starter mission.

+Brian Conway The alpha testers get an "exclusive" camouflage weapon skin. Closed beta testers (preorders) get a goofy looking sports cap. Open beta (coming soon!) testers are get something else.
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We had a hell of a lot of fun with this last night which +Matthew Levine picked up for us on a whim. 

We played a lot of Scorched Earth back in college, when the whole floor would cram into the quad at the end of the hall and we'd play hot-seat. Of course, Worms is probably the game most people know this gameplay by. 

ShellShock Live is a lot more diverse than Scorched Earth, but retains the "tanks vs tanks" presentation. You get a lot of weapons, and you level up the weapons as you use them. You can also earn points to improve your tank in several ways. As you level up, you unlock all kinds of things like new maps and new weapons. And you earn an in-game currency that you can use to -- wait for it -- buy new weapons and maps and even "victory songs". 

The Deathmatch games we played could be team based, but we only had three people so we played free for all. We switched to the Juggernaut mode which saw one person get his HP jacked up, and everyone else got theirs cut in half. Rebound (?) ,mode was the most PITA because you had to bounce your shots off randomly appearing neon widgets that moved around between player turns, and if you hit someone without bouncing first, you did no damage. That mode can take quite a while when it's down to mano a mano.
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YEAH!
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"A New Design" - Talking about a new face and purpose for Levelcapped.com

In keeping with my ongoing desire to “do more” with Levelcapped.com, I’m considering options for a new design. Right now, the site — like most WordPress sites — is focused mainly on blog posts. A blog post is traditionally all about words, but can of…
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