I watched both Paul Blart: Mall Cop movies today

Paul Blart: Mall Cop has always been some kind of meme on the Internet. I never really understood it because I had never seen the movies, so I decided to change that today.

I often saw references to Paul Blart in the comments of reddit posts, where it would be set up as if some­body was telling an anecdote. Then, the story would take an unexpected turn, something unrealistic would happen, then a reference to Paul Blart: Mall Cop would be made.

After watching the movies today, I sort of understand why Paul Blart is used as a meme.

To put it simply, the Paul Blart: Mall Cop movies are so stupid, unrealistic, and facepalm-inducing that they’re somewhat funny.

The main idea of the storyline is that there is an overweight man named Paul Blart who is a mall cop. He rides around on a Segway making sure that everyone in the mall is safe.

Paul is very dedicated to his job, and tries his best. Unfortunately for him, mall cops don’t really get the credit they deserve, and the mall’s security department is short of both status/reputation and resources. When he tries to make something right, he is often met with laughs.

In the first movie, Paul is on duty on Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving) when a hostage situation erupts, putting the lives of his crush and his daughter at risk. In the second movie, Paul is at a security convention where he discovers that a bunch of criminals are trying to steal art from a hotel.

The way the story unfolds is very silly, and anything remotely close to it would never actually happen. The movie sort of gives Paul the “invincible” persona, where he can do anything, and the bad guys are unable to just shoot him and move on with their plans.

There were some pretty decently funny parts, though, and if you accept it as a movie intended to be dumb and cheesy and watch it in that context, then I’m sure at least some people will enjoy it.



My third game back to League of Legends ranked solo queue

In order to stay relevant as an entertainer in League of Legends, I decided to play a few ranked games to keep up with the game and see how it’s evolved in the months during which I haven’t really played the game seriously.

It would be fantastic if I could continue being a caster without ever playing the game, but unfortunately, doing so leaves me in the dark in a lot of areas, so it’s critical that I continue to play the game first-hand to collect personal experience.

I am proud to announce that the game is just the same as it used to be before I quit to move on to Heroes of the Storm.

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Compared to this, playing Heroes of the Storm is like gliding through the heavens while cuddling a cloud.

Edit: As a disclaimer, I’m all for a triple marksman team composition (even though it would probably not do too well against a dive composition like the one the enemy team had).

I love innovation, and would like to see Urgot in a solo lane and Ashe as support being thrown in by Kalista’s Fate’s Call, only to crowd control them even further with a point-blank guaranteed Enchanted Crystal Arrow.

What I’m pointing out in this post is the attitude that our Ashe brought into the game, as you can see by her chat messages and summoner spells.



HotS feature suggestion: add skins to “Hero Collection” screen

There are two primary incentives for purchasing skins. One of them is to satisfy yourself – if you like a skin, you will most likely buy it because you’ll enjoy looking at your character while you’re playing.

The second incentive is that it’s a way of showing off to others; you want to show off your…

  • Style. You want other people to see what you like.
  • Financial status. Having a skin shows that you are financially comfortable to be spending money on cosmetic content in a game.
  • Generosity. You want other people to enjoy looking at the skin as well. (Or, from a different per­spec­tive, you’re generously giving back to Blizzard for making a free game that you like.)

Heroes of the Storm does a great job satisfying people’s desire to show off by including skins in player pro­files. Using mine as an example, you can see that I own Ranger-General Sylvanas, Angelic Valla, and Mas­ter Zagara.

Parkzer - Heroes of the Storm - Profile

This is a very nice touch to the game, and I appreciate the fact that the HotS development team is atten­tive enough to details that they would include this feature.

However, in my opinion, they didn’t take it all the way.

If you click on the Hero Collection tab, you’ll come across this screen:

Parkzer - Heroes of the Storm - Hero Collection

From here, you can click on each hero to zoom in to progression details.

Unfortunately, even though each individual hero’s skins appears on the Profile Summary tab, it does not appear in the Hero Collection tab. As you can see from the screenshots, the three skins featured in my sum­ma­ry are not featured in my collection.

Parkzer - Heroes of the Storm - Sylvanas

Parkzer - Heroes of the Storm - Valla

Parkzer - Heroes of the Storm - Zagara

My feature suggestion is to add skins to the Hero Collection screens as well.

Not only will this allow players to feature their favorite skins, but it also lets them do it for all heroes they own, and not just the three most played that show up in the Profile Summary.

Seeing as skin featuring is already in the Profile Summary, it’s obvious that the technology is already there. I think it would be a nice touch if its implementation was extended to the Hero Collection tab.

This will also allow Blizzard to increase skin sales, as they’re giving another outlet for players to show off what they own.



Stream VODs of Nazeebo, Brightwing, Tassadar, and Falstad HotS games

I’ve been playing some Heroes of the Storm on stream lately, and decided to throw up a few VODs of my recent broadcasts.

Sources: http://youtube.com/watch?v=m2lQ2ZpNHN0 & http://youtube.com/watch?v=keWgiEfPNhU

In the first video, I play some Nazeebo, Brightwing, and Tassadar in Quick Match and Cooperative game modes to finish some daily quests. In the second video, I play some Falstad in Hero League, Rank 1.



I got myself Alleria Windrunner, the Hunter skin on Hearthstone

Source: http://youtube.com/watch?v=xY5xK3B853U&list=PLKQUciHiP2v6lehTLfSf2M9HVjrfb8Hzt

There aren’t very many heroes I play on Hearthstone. I main Warlock, I occasionally play Mage and Hunter, and pretty much never touch any other class unless it’s in Arena.

Taking that into consideration, I decided that I would get some Hearthstone hero skins for the ones that I do actually play.

Alleria and Medivh were released as the skins for Hunter and Mage (with Magni being the Warrior skin, and the other six hero skins not being announced yet). I didn’t really like Medivh, but I decided Alleria was nice enough. Also, I assumed I would like her because she’s a Windrunner, and Sylvanas Windrunner is my favorite character to play on Heroes of the Storm.

For those who don’t want to buy the skin but want to see what it’s like and haven’t encountered it yet in PvP, I decided to upload a VOD of the emotes, as well as some gameplay of mid-range hunter.

There was quite a bit of negative hype surrounding these skins, both prior to release and after release. Prior, people claimed that they were too expensive (at $9.99 apiece); after, people claimed they were not well polished.

If the claims people are making are true, then I would hope that Blizzard goes back and adds in the little details to the hero skins. I would like to see them have special gold portraits, possibly some modified class-specific cards, and unique card interactions.

Until then, I don’t really have that strong of an opinion on Alleria. It’s not bad, but it definitely didn’t make me say “wow” when I first used it. At the rate that it’s going now, I’ll probably end up getting the Warlock skin if it’s a character that I like, otherwise, I will most likely pass on it.



My week-long journey to Level 100 in WoW:WoD ended in failure

Yes, that screenshot does indeed show that I have 53 minutes remaining of my seven days of free game time.

Unfortunately, this past weekend, I ended up getting occupied with a bunch of other stuff, and managed to add in a grand total of zero hours of gameplay since my last World of Warcraft stream.

Yes, I do want the mount in Heroes of the Storm that you get for reaching Level 100, but I guess I sub­lim­inally don’t want it so badly that I drop everything and play World of Warcraft for over 15 hours across two days.

I’m sure I’ll eventually resubscribe for one month to finish what I started (or maybe Blizzard will be kind enough to gift me with another week of game time again if I don’t play for long enough).



Leveling Shadow Priest to 94.1 in WoW: Warlords of Draenor

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwCKiRMCkDs

Earlier this week, I posted that I would be returning to World of Warcraft for one week and trying out the new Warlords of Draenor expansion after receiving seven days of free game time.

After a tiring evening of teaching martial arts for three hours straight, I hopped on WoW to continue level­ing, and made it to Level 94.1 before going to sleep.

I redeemed my free game time this past Monday morning, which means I only have this coming weekend to finish my leveling. This means that I’ll need to level up three times on each day in order to meet my goal (which, unfortunately, I don’t think will happen).

I looked up some information online, and it seems like most people believe it takes approximately 30 hours of gameplay to level from 90 to 100 (which averages out to about three hours per level). Sure, my first levels took only about two hours each, but I’m sure it gets a bit slower once you get higher up.

This most likely means that I need to play over a full time job’s worth of World of Warcraft on both Sat­ur­day and Sunday in order to meet my goal.

Sure, this expansion improved the game a noticeable bit, and the storyline seems somewhat interesting, but I don’t think it’s good enough to warrant me playing as if it’s my job.

I haven’t decided yet, though, and I don’t even know how busy I’ll be over the weekend, but I’ll post an update on Monday letting you guys know how it went.



Solar-powered decorative night lights

A very long time ago, my dad bought some lights that were on sale at our local hardware store. There was a 100% rebate offer on the lights, so he figured that there wasn’t really a reason not to get them, as they would effectively cost the price of a stamp and a little bit of time.

When he brought them home, he realized that they didn’t work, and he figured that they were on sale for 100% off through rebate because they were broken. He obviously didn’t really mind, seeing as they were essentially free, so he kept them around to use as day decorations.

Then, one day, he randomly decided to open them up and found out that there was a protective sticker over the solar panel. He removed the sticker, set them out again, and magically, they lit up the same night.

We’ve had these lights for a few years now. Last night, I was out late and decided to snap some photos of them.

Solar-powered decorative night lights

Solar-powered decorative night lights

They look pretty nice at night, seeing as they actually light up now.



parade champeon nomber 1st plaec

A few weeks ago, I posted about my martial arts academy building a float for the upcoming Independence Day parades.

I figured that progress updates might get a little boring if I just posted them without a twist, so I decided to turn my photo today into a doge meme.

While we were out there, we also saw two birds fighting in a death match. They were literally flapping around like crazy, clawing at each other.

I tried to get close to take a photo of them, but as I got near, they gradually took their fight away from me. So, unfortunately, I had to use the zoom on my phone’s camera (which isn’t that great) to get a pho­to.



I’m returning to World of Warcraft for seven days

Back in March 2014, I started playing World of Warcraft. It’s a pretty big game, and I decided that it’s historical enough that I should probably at least try it out.

At first, it was pretty overwhelming because there was so much content that I wanted to do that has been piling up since the game first came out over a decade ago. It managed to keep my attention for about three months before I decided to store it away for a while and move on to a different game again.

Back during that time, I preordered Warlords of Draenor. The expansion came out late last year, but I hadn’t played since then.

It seems like Blizzard noticed how inactive my account was, and sent me an email offering me seven free days of game time. Seeing as I had an entire expansion already purchased and waiting for me on my account, I decided it would be a good idea to capitalize on this promotion.

Source: http://youtube.com/watch?v=gT1IWGo_1Ec & http://youtube.com/watch?v=0Nm0Nl1KzLQ

A little bonus on top of the free game time is that, if I manage to hit the new level cap of 100 during my free week, I can also get a mount in Heroes of the Storm. If you’ve been following me at all for the past few weeks, you know that I very much enjoy Heroes of the Storm and I played it nearly obsessively for quite some time.

Apparently some guy leveled from 90 to 100 in 11 hours back when it came out on the public test realm; I’m obviously not going to get my leveling done that fast.

It seems like I’m going at a rate of about two hours per level, so in that case, I should be done in about 16 more hours of gameplay. In an ideal world, I’ll be able to play three hours every day for the rest of my trial period, but I have a feeling that it might not end up like that.

Regardless, I’m going to try and get as much as I can out of my seven days, and if I discover that Warlords of Draenor is a huge improvement from Mists of Pandaria and I want to keep playing, I might even resubscribe for another month to continue enjoying the new expansion.