Friday, August 21, 2015

Road Trip | My Hometown Chickasha, Oklahoma | Aug. 15-16, 2015



Summer is nearing its end.  This particular summer flew by very quickly.  I've yet to put my finger on the exact why that is.  Even so, there is only one thing to do to help prepare ourselves for summer's passing into fall.



ROAD TRIP!



This particular journey took us from Allen, Texas to Chickasha, Oklahoma.  In the video, you'll see the changing terrain along the way and parts of my hometown of Chickasha.  It goes by fast!  But that's kind of how the whole trip actually was.  I hope to explore more the next time we are there.



As we go along, I mention a few interesting things about the area.  Of course, there is loads more to know about the area.  That'll be another video.  In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this one.  (^.^)v  




Wednesday, August 12, 2015

FitVlog #48 | P90X3 Agility X | My Thoughts



I'm so glad to get back into exercising.  Last week was a "rest week".  I'm starting to think I don't want to take a whole week off of working out.  At least not until I've reached some sort of goal.



As it is, I'm not even close to where I want to be.  I'm stronger, yes, but still a bit fluffy all the same.  I think it's time I dusted off the P90X program.



But today, it was Agility X from P90X3.  In the video, I talk a little about how I feel about this program.  It's enjoyable, to be sure.  Still, my fitness level isn't as good as it was the first time I completed the P90X program.  There must be something to the longer workouts.  I've come to the conclusion that for me to achieve a modicum of health, I'll need to dedicate myself to at least an hour of physical activity a day.



No more excuses on that deal.



Seriously.



Enjoy the vid! (^.^)v

Thursday, August 06, 2015

StarCat70 Plays | The Witcher: Enhanced Edition Director's Cut





Summer is almost over.  But there's still a little time to do some gaming.  Which is what I've been up to these past few days!

I finally put my Steam gift card to some use and picked up a couple of titles I think I'll enjoy.  The first one is Five Nights at Freddy's 4.  Not sure what I was thinking on that one.  It'll be a while till I can sit through that one very long.  It's bloody creepy!  

As for the second title, well, it's the one in that video up there.  The Witcher:  Enhanced Edition was released a little while ago, 2008, I believe.  It is the reconfigured version of the original Witcher game.  

The Witcher:  Enhanced Edition Director's Cut was developed by CD Projekt RED and published by cdp.pl and Atari.  The game is available for Windows and Mac OS.  

Now, I need to add a little something about running the game on Windows 8.1 (64 bit), or running it on any 64 bit Windows version.  I, and many others, had problems with the game crashing to desktop on a multiple occasions.  But I found a fix!  If you're having the same trouble, check out this discussion thread on the Steam forum which describes how to apply a patch:

For more information on The Witcher story, you might want to check out this website: http://thewitcher.com/witcher1/
Okay, so what did I think of the game?  
Well, I had some trouble getting away from it!  I became immersed in the story and didn't want to quit.  I guess it's pretty good if it can cause a problem like that.  

The Witcher world is rich in detail with plenty of atmosphere.  The weather changes, night and day happens, and there are small things like bugs and birds to see and hear.  With a decent set of headphones, you almost expect to feel a cool breeze, or to feel cold water drops on your back in those dark and dank places.  

There is so much more to the game than I can adequately say here.  It's probably the first game I've played with choices that have lasting consequences.  Things are not so black and white.  I didn't realize this when I first started playing.  I chose to say something to the blacksmith that offended him.  After that, he wouldn't speak to me!  And I really wanted to purchase something from him.  Lesson learned.  haha!  There are other, perhaps, more important choices to make, such as, what battles you want to fight.  I've only encountered one such incident, since I'm not very far into the game.  I could choose to battle the monster in the beginning of the game, or to help Triss in the laboratory.  Well, I chose to go with Triss.  I don't know what would have happened had I gone to fight the monster.  One day, I'll replay the game and find out!

Combat in The Witcher is different than I expected.  I think I'm used to left-click, left-click, left-click, in rapid succession!  In this game, one needs to time a left-click just right, or else the attack chain won't work.  My gaming mouse will probably thank me for this.  

Oh, I forgot to mention there is magic and alchemy.  

In many of the RPGs I've played, there's magic.  I tend to like things like that.  And the alchemy is similar to what you'd find in Perfect World or even Final Fantasy, where you go on quests to collect items or ingredients to make potions or create gems to strengthen armor and weaponry.  This is standard stuff, I guess.  The game layout for the Inventory, the Journal, and Equipped Weapons are similar to what you'd see in those other games, too.  Also, the Skill Tree has some similarity.  The graphics are interesting and there are several different iterations of skills you can obtain.  

I guess you can tell I like this game.  

Maybe I'll do another video on it in the coming weeks.  We'll see how far along I get.  I don't think I could do a Walkthrough video, simply because the game is so long and I enjoy zoning out into the world.  I might do it, though.  Who knows!
In the meantime, enjoy the video!  (^.^)v