Meaning: Disappointment It’s happened to all of us. Something seemingly very cool gets announced. It might be a movie, a game, a new gadget, or just about anything that sets our geek and nerd mouths watering. So we preorder or crowdfund it. When the object of our heart’s desire gets released, we’re crushed with disappointment. If it’s media, it’s just not good, with shoddy writing, mediocre acting, and impenetrable directing. A game promising hours of immersion instead delivers hours of…Continue reading How We Handle Geek Disappointment
The biggest forward facing video game show in the US has run its course. E3 happened several weeks ago, giving us a little time to reflect on the games and hardware on parade at the annual video game industry show. What does the Xbox One X announcement really reveal about Microsoft’s intent and its strategies? Now that all the hype and tears have run its course, we take a look back in a little more serious vein. Why do all AAA games…Continue reading This Week’s Podcast: The Meaning of E3
I confess the title of this article isn’t completely accurate because I don’t talk about a single Ryzen 5 gaming PC, but several different possible options. However, I only build one of these options. Each option differs in cost and configuration somewhat; one even dips below $1,000 while still offering the same graphics hardware. Before I discuss the system I actually built, let’s take a look at the three configurations. I’ll begin first with the list of common component between all three,…Continue reading Build a Ryzen 5 Gaming PC Costing Just $1200
I’ve been playing through the Mass Effect Andromeda single player campaign, though my initial excitement has been tempered a bit. For awhile, I thought of the game as the Inquisitioning of Mass Effect. In other words, Bioware built an open world with a lot of pointless resource gathering in the pursuit of making their game bigger and longer. Certainly many of the quests under the quest tab “Tasks” turn out to be pointless. As I’ve played more — I’m probably…Continue reading Mass Effect Andromeda is Mass Effect Redux
Mass Effect Andromeda Updates the Formula Eric and I bring on a guest host, Ron Talbot, to discuss Mass Effect Andromeda. We all took an afternoon on release day to play single player and multiplayer in the same room. We all came away impressed at the overall mechanics but less impressed with the user interface and numerous bugs. And while the character generation system seemed to need more cooking, we still managed to create some interesting characters. We also have…Continue reading We Go to Andromeda!
Welcome to the revised Improbable Insights podcast. I’ve streamlined it a bit, taking it from three sections to two. David, Eric, and I will try to keep the meaning section a little more tightly focused than in the past, drawing on our personal experiences to give insight and advice on tech and geek related matters. Also, if you’ve been wondering how to subscribe to the podcast, here’s the RSS. Now let’s check out episode 101, where we talk about making…Continue reading Making the Most of Our Gaming Time
This is totally not a holiday gift guide. Some of these things exist now, some will exist in the near future, and some may never exist. It’s really a wish list of tech we’d like to see, and soon… and have! Think of this as our “if wishes were ponies” episode about what we’d really like to see come down the pipe soon. Our list ranges far and wide, including PC processors, automobiles, smart cameras, and more. Tools Listener Ryan…Continue reading Our Holiday Wishlist of Unicorns
After several weeks of relatively serious topics, Eric rejoins us as we talk about the fun stuff we’re looking forward to through the end of 2016 and into early 2017. We talk TV, movies, books, video games, board games, and more. It’s a raft of all the cool geek entertainment we’re hoping will be great. It’s a lively and, well, fun time. Tools David brings us a little show-and-tell, including one of the odder kitchen tools I’ve ever seen. Eric…Continue reading Podcast: Fall Fun