Random Friday: On racing games, creeping horror, and geekiness


Rowwwwwrrrrrrr… meep meep!

It’s (almost) Friday the 13th, and I’m going to kick off this Random Friday with a pic of my favorite Forza Horizon 3 design. (No, that doesn’t make any sense. None. Meh.) I’ve spent countless hours customizing cars, but no matter what craziness I come up with, I keep circling back to this one. When it comes to racing games, I prefer them fantastical, not realistic–I’m sorry, I drive realistically (mostly) every damn day of my life. In a game, I want to be able to go insanely fast and shrug off collisions like they’re nothing but a temporary reduction in speed. Similarly, most of the designs I use in-game aren’t designs I’d put on a car for real… but this one? I would totally drive this.

We all might want to be a little more cautious behind the wheel, though, since the POTUS has decided to personally start weakening the ACA.

Who needs a pesky majority when you can just do whatever the hell you want? Cheaper plans with fewer benefits might sound like a bargain when you’re healthy, but it only takes one emergency to find yourself with tens of thousands of dollars in hospital bills. I have to admit, this health care thing has gotten so screwed up, half the time I can’t even process what people are saying about it, because I just have this feeling of doom… my mental image of health care in this country looks a lot like this:

From Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate, Jack the Ripper DLC. Which was awesome, btw.

The return of John Constantine: Woo hoo!!!

Matt Ryan will be reappearing as Constantine on a couple of episodes of Legends of Tomorrow, and I. Can’t. Wait. Last we heard on Arrow, Constantine was in Hell (the Television Studio Special Hell, one can only assume). It sounds like they’re planning to revisit the events of his previous appearance. It also sounds like the episodes are very Constantine-flavored, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed for epic epic-ness. I’m glad I stuck with Legends of Tomorrow, which has admittedly been a bit of a bumpy ride.

Going back to cars — the Need for Speed series has had some ups and downs over the years.

I’ve played almost all of the various entries to some degree. The series has always been a bit uneven; one pretty good game could be followed by one really not-good game, and you never knew what you were going to get until you ended up satisfied (or tragically disappointed).

I have to admit, this trailer for Need for Speed: Payback got me a bit excited. Also worried. It could be great. It could suck. All I know is, that trailer looks like it could have been ripped straight out of a Fast and Furious movie — and dammit, that’s what I WANT! Is that so much to ask? I went all in and preordered the damn thing, so we’ll see what’s what in November. It will probably be the first game I’ll play on my new Xbox One X, so there’s potential for satisfaction (or tragic disappointment) on several levels.

Ok, here’s a pic that makes a little more sense re: Friday the 13th.

Totally random pic for Friday the 13th, from Dead Rising 4.

Speaking of, I did pre-order an Xbox One X Scorpio edition.

Normally, I wait a while before buying into a new system or upgrade. Case in point: the Xbox One was released in 2013, but I didn’t actually buy one until 2015. Which means I hadn’t even contemplated upgrading to an Xbox One S yet, and there they were, announcing the Xbox One X. This time, I said to hell with it. For once, I’m going to dive right in.

And if I’m going to dive right in, I might as well go whole nerd about it. I watched the broadcast, loaded up Amazon, waited until they announced that pre-orders were live, and then refreshed the page like a geek hopped up on Jolt and Smarties until that sweet, sweet order button appeared. Bazinga! (Ok… in my case, it’s actually Diet Dr. Pepper these days, and, uh, Smarties, but… shut up! Quit looking at me like that!)

T-minus 5 days until South Park: The Fractured But Whole lands on our faces.

I recently replayed South Park: The Stick of Truth, and realized that I’d managed to forget what a solid game it was. It really felt like I was walking around inside an episode of the show, and I’m hoping that I’ll be able to say the same about the second game. The combat in Stick of Truth didn’t thrill me, but it didn’t really get in the way, either. I’m hoping that the revamped combat system in Fractured will polish it up a little.

I noticed a few days ago that SP:TFBW had quietly preloaded when I wasn’t looking, and I’m more excited to play it than I expected to be. Wednesday night’s episode of the show was a prequel to the game, so don’t forget to watch it first. There were some pretty pointed zingers sprinkled throughout the episode (yeah, what else is new?)

Last (and very much least), here’s a collection of random clips for Random Friday.

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