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Folks It is Time for Subtember 2019 on Twitch

Once again, Twitch is doing their Subtember event in 2019 and you can be a part of it and support this very website’s Twitch channel.  But first, you might be asking yourself, “What is Subtember, and why does it help Twitch streamers?”.

Well, this year, they are doing some things differently but it actually works better for the streamer.  Basically, during Subtember, anytime you purchase a sub, it will be half off for that channel.  So instead of paying $4.99 for a Tier 1 Sub, you will only pay $2.50 for that sub.  The even better thing about this is that the Twitch streamer still receives their full payment amount.  So you get a discount, and me as a streamer does not take a hit on the amount received.

This year, Subtember is also different in that Subway is joining the cause on Twitch in September.  Basically, if you give bits (The Twitch donation currency) in a channel in an amount greater than 10, Subway will add 10% to your bit donation.  So if you throw a streamer 100 Bits, they will actually get 110 bits, courtesy of Subway.  Subway will also be gifting subs in channels (although I bet this is only going to be in the higher profile channels if you ask me), so you might get a sub courtesy of Subway.  And then Subway will be starting their own Twitch channel on Friday, September 6th, 2019.

So if you want to help out this humble streamer, go head over to https://www.twitch.tv/mclazyj and click on that subscribe button, or throw some bits during a stream.  Everyone wins, and on top of it, if the streamer gets enough subs, they get more emotes for their channel.  So yay for emotes!

There is One Title I Wish Was on Xbox Game Pass for PC

Lately, I have found myself streaming a lot of Dead By Daylight.  Normally when I stream, I tend to focus on single player focused games, but there is something about Dead By Daylight that keeps me coming back.  Some of it is the simple gameplay hooks.  It helps that my wife also enjoys watching the gameplay when I stream (happy wife = happy streaming life).

But I do have a bit of a problem when streaming the game.  I have to choose who I want to stream the game with when I am playing.  I have some friends on Xbox that I play the game with, and then I have those that I play with on PC, and sadly right now, the two do not meet.  It is not that I find one or the other platform better, but that some of my friends don’t own an Xbox and the others don’t want to game on a PC.

I know there is always an argument about the fairness of PC and console gamers playing together, but in a game like Dead By Daylight, there is no real issue of controller over gamepad.  When I play Dead By Daylight on either platform, I am always using a gamepad.  It keeps me consistent with the control scheme.  I don’t want to have to constantly remember what button does what.  But there is no place that I have found that having a keyboard and a mouse leads to an advantage.

I would love to see Behavior Interactive work on maybe adding Dead by Daylight to the Windows Store under the Xbox Game Pass program for PC.  I mean, the game is already available for Xbox Game Pass, and the tools are already there to integrate Xbox cross-play support into the game.  No new tools need to be applied.  And I am sure with the popularity of the game, and the desire to beef up more games in the PC program, they would be happy to assist with support to get Dead by Daylight on the Windows store.

Sure, this might just be a pipe dream fantasy, but I know at least a handful of people out there personally that would love to see this happen like yesterday.  And yes, this might be a self-serving wish, but I would be willing to place a bet that there would be a sizeable group of players out there that would love to see this happen.

Finally Got My Bungie.Net Account Ready for Transfer to Steam

I have to admit that I was confused about what would happen to my copy of Destiny 2 on the Battle.net launcher, with the soon to happen Steam launch of Destiny 2.  I mean, I did not fully understand if I had to move my copy to Steam, if it was optional and would I have support moving forward.  Now I know the full answer.

Yes, you do need to move that copy over to Steam, and it is better to do it now, rather than later.  It seems that the move (which has been delayed to October 1st, 2019), will carry over all of your characters, goods and belongings along with all purchased content.  This is only guaranteed up to that October 1st deadline.  If you try to move after that point, there are no guarantees about your characters or anything else carrying forward.

And if you like the Battle.net launcher?  Well, get over it, as there will be no way to play your game moving forward after that October 1st deadline.  It is Steam or bust after that point.

I should note that I am not sure if there was a glitch over the past weekend, but I know as of yesterday (August 25th, 2019 as of the writing of this article), I was not able to get a confirmation email sent to me for two days straight.  However, when I went to work, the email shot through without a single issue.  Not sure if that was an AT&T router issue at my house, or the server was just busy as hell as Bungie changed their deadlines due to the postponement of the Shadowkeep expansion.

So make sure you get your profile and copy of Destiny 2 moved over sooner rather than later.  Just so you get to keep your progression!

She Sees Red is a Neat Little FMV Title

I have always been a sucker for Full Motion Video games as of late.  No, I do not mean some of the trash that was being released in the mid-1990’s.  That stuff was complete garbage, even if it did make you chuckle a bit as you watched it.  I mean, can you believe people like Christopher Walken, Michael Dorn, Tia Carrere and Rob Schneider were all involved with Full Motion Video games in the 1990’s.  Yes, I did forget to mention Clive Owen in Privateer 2, but hey, you guys should be doing your own research here.

I bring this up because lately, there have been a lot of good FMV games coming out recently, with most of the good work being done by Wales Interactive.  Wales are the team behind such games as Late Shift, The Bunker and The Shapeshifting Detective.  All of these have solid work in them, especially Late Shift which is my favorite of the bunch.

Now a new company out there has released a new FMV title called She Sees Red and it has done a pretty good job at raising the bar on Wales Interactive in how an FMV game can be great.  She Sees Red is edgy, has some great action and is mostly in Russian if you choose to go with the default language.  And you should do that because it really adds a bit to the game.

Sure, it isn’t changing the formula of picking paths and decisions, but it tells a good story and after one play through, I had only seen a third of the available scenes that are available in the game.  Check out some of the screens below and if you are interested, you can pick it up on Steam right now.

So What are the Best Settings or Bitrate for Streaming

So first off, the only reason I am really writing this entry is because I have fiber Internet finally coming to my apartment (fingers crossed) and I really don’t know what I should do in regards to bitrates, how many P’s to use and how many frames to send.  It has become a confusing mess for me.

In the beginning when I thought about it, I just though, output your stream to 1080p/60 and you are good to go.  I mean, isn’t that the golden standard that everyone talks about.  The perfect setting for any stream.  It offers picture perfect clarity and more frames that most could want or see.  And then I started reading articles like this one.

Of course, that blew my mind, as I did not really ever think about the end user and their speeds.  I only thought of my current lowly speeds and I figured that once I had a fat Fiber pipeline coming in the house, the sky was the limit for the P’s and the FPS’s.  But it seems that is a wrong mode of thinking and that maybe I should go with the balance of 720p and 60fps with a high bitrate, in the range of 4000 or higher (I guess Twitch will only allow up to 6000).

OBS users have some input on this as well (which is of interest to me since I use the Streamlabs variant of OBS) and I did like the arguments that were made again for the lower resolution with higher frame rates and bitrates.

But what about you out there reading this article?  Maybe you can comment below and give me your thoughts on this one.  I would appreciate it.

Sometimes, Stream Audio Can Bite Me

When I stream with friends from Twitch, I am normally streaming and capturing audio from Discord.  However, we have a new partner that we stream with for Sea of Thieves, and it requires us to use Xbox Chat Audio.  Now, I love Xbox Audio as I think it is good quality audio and it works pretty flawlessly.  My problem comes when I am trying to mix it into my Twitch stream.

This became my problem today as for some reason, I could not get my Xbox Chat audio to mix into my stream, no matter what I did.  I had it working the last time I did my stream, but today, it was just a lost cause.  I am okay with that, but it is frustrating as I look at my post stream video and I see that I have myself talking and there is no response from anyone.

Anyway, this is more of a vent, but it is also a warning to make sure that you are checking your audio when you are streaming as you will find out later that things might not have gone they way you had hoped.

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A New Chapter In My Life as a Parent

As a parent, there are many stages in life that you go through with your child.  You have their birth, watching them learn to walk, go off to Kindergarten, struggling with homework, and the if you did things right, you get to watch them walk off the stage at their high school graduation.  Along the way, there are ups and downs, awards and getting in trouble, but through it all, you are proud to watch your child grow into the adult that you knew was inside them from day one.

Now I get to enter the next stage as a parent, and it is by far the hardest step that I have had to take and that is learning to let go and watch them go off to college.  Don’t get me wrong – it is a great thing to have your child choose a location and work towards standing on their own two feet.  But it is a hard step nevertheless.  I mean, for myself and my wife, we are watching our son move 700 miles away to New Mexico State University, and it is the proudest moment yet for us both. 

However it is a sad moment, as you know for the first time ever, your child will no longer be there under your protective wing.  I can’t lie that I constantly think of both the great things that he will get to see that I did not, but the worry of what could happen while away.  I know that the college has things in place to watch out for your young adult, but it does not put that worry at ease.  As a parent, you are always worried about what could happen while your child is away from home and trust me, 700 miles is a long way, as I have driven it several times now!

It is weird feeling both proud and sad at the same time.  It has been very emotional for me to think about the upcoming date when he takes off on his own (my son would question this as he tends to think I have no emotions!), but I have been an internal wreck for a few days now thinking about how fast the time will be here when he leaves.

I know he is going off to make himself a better person and have the ability to stand on his own two feet and make a new life for himself in this world, and I could not be prouder at the thought of that success.  But I will be sad when I look in his room in August and realize my little buddy is no longer there every day. 

I know this isn’t what I would normally post here, but I want the parents of the world know, make sure to enjoy all the time you have with your kids, because they will grow up and while it will be a proud moment for you to see them reach for the stars and make their own dreams come true, it will also be a sad moment for you to see them go off on their own.  Just know that you will still always be there for them, just with a little more distance between you and them.

Were You Wishing Too Human Was Free

This is just a public service announcement but I wanted to get the word out that Too Human is now on the Xbox One Backwards Compatibility list, but more importantly, it is available for free.

Sure, the game got bounced around a bit at launch, but for free, I think it is worth trying the game out.  I mean, what have you got to lose for the low, low price of free.  I played through a chunk of that game with a friend of mine in co-op and we had a great time going through the world.  Sure, it lacks a ton of depth, but you can see that the pieces are there to set up a cool story moving forward.  Sadly, it never ended up happening.

And hey, if you hate the game, it is easy enough to delete the game and forget you ever played it.

Where, Oh Where Nintendo, Was Bayonetta 3

So Nintendo had their E3 Direct broadcast this morning and it was packed full of neat announcements for the Nintendo faithful.  And yet, I was bummed by the one announcement that was missing from the broadcast – Bayonetta 3.  I thought maybe I might have missed something when I walked out of the room, but no, it was confirmed by many that there was no new Bayonetta 3 news from Nintendo.

Sure, there were plenty of cool announcements that would make most fans happy.  There was more news and gameplay footage of Animal Crossing.  Sure, the game is delayed a few months, but I think fans of the series were happy.  A bunch of the Dragon’s Quest XI characters are coming to Smash Ultimate along with Dragon’s Quest XI coming to Switch as well.  I mean, Nintendo pulled a super surprising Panzer Dragoon announcement out of their ass.  I mean, who the hell thought they would ever see another entry in the Panzer Dragoon franchise?

There were new Amiibos for people to run out and buy (sorry Fourhman, Amiibos are still alive and kicking), we got Banjo and Kazooie coming to Smash Ultimate and there was even some new footage and a release date for Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 (yay for Kamala Khan in the game).  I mean, they even announced a super early, in development announcement for a Breath of the Wild sequel.

And yet with all these surprises, no Bayonetta 3.  My only hope is for Platinum to have some news that comes out at some point during E3 this year, but I am not holding my breath.  I guess I should take solace in knowing my E3 prediction was right about no new Switch Hardware!

Lets Be Honest, Keanu Made Microsoft Great Again

If there was one press conference that I was anticipating for the past few weeks at E3, it would have to be Microsoft. This is a company that has been through the ringer this generation, with a bad launch of a console, and from that point, have never really recovered.  For most, this conference was going to be about when the next hardware would come out, but surprisingly, the conference was much ado Keanu Reeves.

Obviously the big thing announced outside of Keanu was the news about their upcoming next generation console experience, Project Scarlett. Not much was said beyond them also using a weird Hybrid SSD drive, GDDR6 memory, four times as powerful as the Xbox One X and a custom AMD System on a Chip made for Microsoft. While many were looking for a Fall 2019 release date for this console, it will not launch until Holiday 2020.

Project Xcloud was also mentioned which is a system for playing your games via the cloud. This service will leverage the power of special Azure blades that you will connect to, but they also announced Console Streaming which will allow you to connect to your own console, anywhere in the world from different devices. This will be testing coming in the future later in 2019.

The Blair Witch

Neat surprises at the briefing was a new Blair Witch game which seemed to come out of nowhere. I had no idea a Blair Witch game was coming to anything, and as with many of the games in the show, it is coming to Xbox Game Pass day and date at launch. The next Forza Horizon 4 expansion pack will be Lego themed, which is hilarious to see these cool Lego cars based on real life (including the crazy real McLaren that was built out of Lego at the show). While not exactly my jam, I was shocked to see a new Tales game coming to Xbox as well as the first console location you will play Phantasy Star Online 2. Who would have thought an PSO game would be coming to anything in this day and age.  And to put the cherry on top of all of it, Microsoft decided to go out and buy Double Fine.

Less surprising were games like the upcoming Ori sequel, Gears 5 and of course, the obligatory Halo announcement. No, you will be waiting until 2020 for Halo Infinite as it is a launch title for Project Scarlett.

PSO2 Online on Xbox One

We did get more news about Game Pass on PC as it soft launched today with a Beta and a $1 entry point for new users.  They also combined it for free with Game Pass Ultimate, which I immediately jumped in for with the $14.99 cost. The game selection is pretty good, which newer titles like Metro Exodus and Hollow Knight showing up today.

But come on, the star of the show was finding out that Keanu Reeves was a character that you will interact with in Cyberpunk 2077. The new trailer for this game was amazing, but that end show with Keanu in shades and some serious implants was amazing. And then to top it all off, Keanu came out of a tunnel on to a stage to announce a release date for Cyberpunk 2077, which is April 16th, 2020, so just in time to celebrate after filing your taxes.

All in all, I felt the Microsoft briefing moved with a good pace, dropped a ton of announcements and definitely made owning Game Pass even more important moving forward with so many games dropping launch day on the service.  The games were looking great, they did not let Project Scarlett or Xcloud drowned out the message about current games and yes, we even got some cool surprises.  I would give the conference an A-, but this is because there really isn’t much in the way of competition for Microsoft at E3 this year.

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