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AVDRshow #9 — Depression, Stings, and Broken Bones

AVDRshow #9: Wasps

In this edition of the AVDRshow, I talk about selling kidneys, depression, dangerous stinging insects, and broken bones. I should do more of these regular shows more, and I’ve been coming up with more ideas for new shows lately. I’m not really trying to be Philip DeFranco, but becoming efficient with making talking head videos means I’ll be able to make content in between big projects. (more…)

Abandon Ship, Overwatch is Sinking

Overwatch: Ellie and the Gay Soldier 76

Overwatch is a sinking ship. I start this blog post with that statement as I’ve seen this before with another Blizzard game I used to be obsessed with. StarCraft II peaked in 2012, then floundered in the following years due to numerous issues. I’m seeing the same patterns now with Overwatch, but there’s a lot more going on with this one due to what is both its biggest strength and weakness—its expanding lore. (more…)

Holyland Review — Existential Gang Violence

Fighting anime and manga have played a big part in supplementing my fascination in martial arts over the years. While most shonen has some element of physical combat, I gravitate to realistic fighting with detailed explanations of techniques and tactics like in Hajime no Ippo, Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple, Baki the Grappler, All-Rounder Meguru, and so on. This one in particular is no different, and it hits the spot for me with its level of detail. (more…)

Fighting in the Age of Loneliness — Martial Melancholy

Fighting in the Age of Loneliness on SB Nation

I’ve been binge-watching videos on the SB Nation YouTube channel and related channels, specifically ones produced by SB Nation Labs creative director Jon Bois. There’s also the Deep Rewind series, which is also fascinating, even if it involved sports I don’t give two shits about. Recently, he came out with a five-part documentary series called “Fighting in the Age of Loneliness.” I watched it as it came out and am pretty depressed now because of it. (more…)

The State of Overwatch in Late 2018

Overwatch: Gremlin D.Va

Overwatch was my 2016 Game of the Year due to its engaging team gameplay and how it helped me bond with friends. Two and a half years since its release, while it’s still fun to play with others, the gameplay itself has become what many describe as both stale and frustrating (at least from what I’m seeing). This is from the perspective of players who take their competitive rank with some degree of seriousness. (more…)

Well-Meaning Idiots Have Something in Common

John Allen Chau, Christian pastor who attempted to preach to the Sentinelese and was killed by them

Perhaps you’ve seen the recent viral news on an American missionary travelling to the infamous North Sentinel Island to spread the Gospel to the primitive residents there, only to be killed by their arrows. There have been other victims before him, but he is of significant interest due to his purpose for being there. I wish to take this opportunity to talk about well-meaning idiots, who seem to be everywhere in this world. (more…)

Diablo Immortal — Headless Chicken Run

It has been well over two weeks since the furor surrounding the announcement of Diablo Immortal. Perhaps it’s already quite late to give my two cents on the whole thing, but I’ve had some brain farts lately that may be worth pondering on. I’m not sure if I’ll play Diablo Immortal when it comes out, but the events surrounding it are pretty interesting thus far. (more…)

End of 2018 State of Affairs

Cuphead going eww

Time for another update post. The gap between the most recent post and what came before it is almost four months. That gap is due to life getting the best of me, and it’s becoming clear that I’m not making the most of what I pay to keep this website self-hosted. It’s not too serious, but it’s enough for me to want a change in my life. This is me trying to figure out what happened, what went wrong, and what can be done in the future. (more…)

Root for the B Team

Red Dead Redemption 2 - B Team

The recent release of Red Dead Redemption 2 entailed a subsequent hoopla regarding the reportedly abhorrent working conditions in Rockstar Games. Just after that, the disappointing beta of Fallout 76 and its game-breaking flaws added more fuel to the AAA dumpster fire. While the debates on how to solve the various problems in the AAA space are still ongoing, I would like to prompt more focus on a different and often overlooked facet of the games industry. (more…)

Pacquiao vs. Matthysse — Don’t Look to Counter

Pacquiao vs. Matthysse

Having left the tutelage of Freddie Roach for the first time in almost forever, Manny Pacquiao’s latest career decisions as far as boxing is concerned are still questionable. However, results can’t be refuted. His first knockout win in nine years doesn’t get by without some suspicion, but that’s what happens when he has the closest thing to home advantage in this card and winning a world champion at 39 years old. Pacquiao vs. Matthysse was an odd duck of a spectacle—technically interesting yet didn’t feel like that big of a deal. (more…)

AVDRshow Highlights for First Half of 2018

AVDRshow

On February of this year, I finally got the much-coveted fiber optic Internet connection installed here at home, thus giving me the ability to live-stream and upload big files with ease. I thought I could finally pull off all the plans I’ve been sitting on over the past few years, but I had also accepted a full-time job, thus procrastinating on it for the next six months. One of the things I had done halfway was start the AVDRshow—sporadically live-streamed/uploaded in the Facebook page. (more…)

My Top 3 Episodes of Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown

Anthony Bourdain in Parts Unknown

With the passing of Anthony Bourdain last month, I thought I had to write a bit about how his work has influenced my view on “exploring experience”, as this blog’s tagline states. I want to focus on the memories he left behind with the travels he embarked on for his show Parts Unknown — a program I quite liked for how it packaged food and travel as a way to better understand the world and its people. (more…)