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The Off The Rails Show Episode #33: The Tameka Birthday Extravaganza

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On this week’s show, JG starts his second career getting orders wrong at McDonalds, Sophisticates won’t let us forget her birthday is coming up, Zero informs the Major as to how far Baltimore actually is from National Harbor, and the Major stays focused on MAGFest planning before…before…befo-… Oh, look! ASS AND TITTIES!

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MajorsHouse in Q12015: #BlackLivesMatter Marathon and #MieldFestRises

Good afternoon, everybody. Its your friendly neighborhood MajorLinux here! Well, maybe not for my current neighborhood…

For those who have been following on the blog or on Twitter or the Off the Rails Show, you would have noticed that I’ll be moving soon from what I’m hoping is my last rental property to a very new house of my own (pictured below).

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Even though this won’t be fully official until March 1, 2015 (and even that’s optimistic), this has been affecting things happening on the site along with the YouTube page and Twitch account. I am still hoping to get some stuff off the ground before then, though.

First is the #BlackLivesMatter gaming marathon that is being headed up by The Spawn Point Blog. I will be doing some streaming (maybe not a full day, but a sizable chunk) on my channel and will have the content available offline.  You can get more information here and here.

Courtesy of Spawn Point Blog

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The following weekend, it will be time for #MieldFestRises as the Off the Rails and GameEnthus crews and all their friends and hundreds of other people will descend upon National Harbor, MD for the annual MAGFest music and games festival! Stay tuned for more information as we figure out what we are doing exactly for this event. So far, Off the Rails is planning to record a show from the event, so that’s a plus!

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After that, MajorsHouse will probably go dormant and possibly offline while the move is going on. In the event that we go offline, I will put out a notice, but I’m hoping that I can work out something with our ISP(s) so I can mitigate any issues and keep the server online as long as possible.

Figured I’d let you guys know what was happening. Hopefully, after the move, we can continue on with regularly scheduled programming that clearly isn’t in progress.

–MajorLinux

Spawn Point Blog to Host Gaming Marathon for #BlackLivesMatter

Well, its finally good to get behind the keyboard and typing again. And its good to actually type some good news for once not just another review to keep myself numb from all the negativity that seems to be going around lately.

For those who may not have heard me mention them often on Off the Rails or GameEnthus, I follow a site called The Spawn Point Blog and listen to their show The Spawn On Me Podcast. The gentlemen that run that site and show are some of the most intelligent that I’ve listened to and read from and have gotten the pleasure to “Twitter-meet”. (Yeah, I’m making up words and phrases! So what?! Wanna fight about it?!)

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Alright, enough with the jokes. I wanted to mention something that these gentlemen were doing for good that I hope becomes another avenue for discussion for one of the biggest things affecting all walks of life nowadays. These guys have decided to put together a special Twitch streaming event next weekend (January 17-18) to raise awareness for the increasing amount of police brutality that has been happening as of late, especially towards men and women of color. Taking up the banner of #BlackLivesMatter and their own, #Spawn4Good, they will be playing mostly (I want to say 99%) nonviolent games to help raise awareness for this very important social issue that still seems to be a problem today.

If you are interested in viewing the streams, they will begin at about noon on the 17th here and here. If they aren’t hosting themselves, they will be hosting and tweeting other people’s channels that are playing alongside them. If you care to contribute via donation, you can do so by going to the CrowdRise fundraiser page they have set up where all funds will be sent to the Eric Garner Fund and The New York Lawyers Guild.

You can read their official post to get more information about the event and how you can participate even more.

–MajorLinux

MajorLinux’s Games of the Year 2014

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Well, it is that time of year when everyone makes videos and podcasts and blog posts that help justify why they spend so much money on video games. I don’t want to be one of those people mainly because the video I shot didn’t look as good. So, I’m going to be happy with the podcast I did with the GameEnthus crew and this post that explains in a little more detail why I chose these five games to be my games of 2014 starting at #5:

#5: Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor

This is one of two games that weren’t really on my list of games to actually buy this year. Honestly, if it wasn’t for the Black Friday deals on Amazon, I might not have picked up this game and would have missed out on how awesome it truly was. Many people have talked up the game but, after Destiny, I wasn’t ready to love the hype again. I still don’t think I am, but at least this game didn’t disappoint from what I was hearing after its release.

After playing it for about an hour, I must say I was pretty hooked on it. Many people have stated that the game is a mix between Assassins’ Creed and Batman: Arkham Asylum/City games. I mainly picked up on the Assassins’ Creed elements as I haven’t played an Arkham game even though one of them (if not both) was given away on PlayStation Plus. I have played more since them and have come away with the fact that I still like to play this game and can’t wait to play more.

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#4: Far Cry 4

Since playing the surprise hit (for me) Far Cry 3, I’ve been chomping at the bit to get more. And I mean more of the real thing and not the cheesy attempt at 1980s action movie nostalgia that was Blood Dragon.  When information about Far Cry 4 started to leak and ultimately confirmed, I was excited to see that it looked like more of the same, even down to the villain.

The setting of the game is beautiful and very diverse giving you places where’d you’d expect it to be fairly warm and sticky to places where if you had one tear in your parka, you’d probably die from extreme frostbite. There are things that can take you out of moment, however. The animals that populate all that scenery you’re admire can be and are mostly hostile to your presence and are not shy about letting you know that. I’ve heard a lot of stories about the honey badger in the game, but the bane of my virtual existence in this game have been the dhale and wolves. Some might say tigers and bears (oh, my! (couldn’t help myself)), but at least they are big enough to aim without missing terribly.

Pagan Min has to be one of the best villains I’d ever seen. Unfortunately, he’s not around long enough for you to enjoy his presence. He’ll talk to you over the radio during key points in the story, but that’s about it. Its almost like talking to a parent that’s just too busy to come to your soccer match. “Yes, I know I had my schedule cleared for you, but some things have come up. Remember, don’t fool around with that Golden Path. They’re up to no good. Starting trouble in the neighborhood and such! See you soon, kiddo!”

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#3: Towerfall: Ascension

logoWith a game this good, how did the Ouya fail so miserably? Towerfall: Ascension has made the list as it has been a game that I have come back to time and time again.  When I need to kill a few minutes before gaming sessions or just want something to take my mind off a specific task for several hours, I’ll load this baby up on the PS4 and just get lost. The only thing I have against it is it doesn’t have online multiplayer but, thanks to the SharePlay feature on the PS4, I am able to play with one other person, even though the lag can kill the vibe.

 

 

#2: Sunset Overdrive

For those who knew me years ago, these last two games would make you think that cats and dogs are sleeping together and that gas prices might just come back down. Well, I’ve seen photos of cats and dogs getting along and in some places gas prices have gone below $2/gallon, so…

Sunset Overdrive was most definitely going to be a game that I was going to skip over.  It was announced during Microsoft’s 2013 E3 presser and at that time, I was paying no attention to it as I wasn’t really expecting to have an Xbox One at the time of the game’s release. Not only that, but I’m not to big on heavily mutated beings (read: zombies) and post-apocalyptic settings.

However, upon trying the game during a midnight release party, I realized that, if I pushed all the mutant/apocalypse stuff aside, the game is actually very fun to play. Also, after playing through some of the beginning, I learned that it wasn’t as heavy handed as I thought it was with the mutants and scenario. If anything, it was used as a way to explain why you have crazy weapons and why you can essentially shoot things with blatant disregard as barely anyone was in the city to actually care. This also lent itself to making references to many things in video game culture like talking to cellphones that aren’t really there or breaking the forth wall by having your character punch the camera when you load your save.

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And…drum roll please…

#1: Forza Horizon 2

Yeah! I said it! A racing game! And, for those keep score at home, #1 and #2 picks were both Xbox One exclusive titles (okay, Forza Horizon 2 may not be Xbox One exclusive (came out on 360, as well) but you get my point)! If it wasn’t for Turn 10 and Playground Games announcing Forza Horizon 2 at Microsoft’s 2014 E3 presser, this list would look completely different. I say that because when thinking about why Forza Horizon 2 was my game of the year and how my list look drastically different than anyone else’s, I realized that these were the games I played the most and got the most enjoyment out of them. They took me out of the stresses of my life for a few hours a day and that’s what I need nowadays.

Forza Horizon was a great game when it was released on Xbox 360 a few years ago. I have played plenty of racing games growing up and thought that the best I’ll ever see is Gran Turismo. Horizon changed all that by combining simulation driving with a bit of arcade then injected the best soundtrack for racing I ever did hear. I thought that I would never have a racing game quite like that one ever again, and, come to think of it, I don’t think I played another racer since then.

When Forza Horizon 2 was announced, I stopped everything I was doing at work, proceeded to call and text my wife, and convince her that I needed an Xbox One right away (keep in mind the game didn’t release for another 3 months after the announcement). This game had made be do a complete 180 on my stance. I have gone on record to state that I would not buy an Xbox One until they put a TV tuner in it (I have a feeling they won’t) or make it easier for me to watch cable TV through it with the ability to also use it as a TV DVR. Because of Forza Horizon 2, none of that mattered to me anymore.

As with the first entry into the series, Horizon 2 has the best soundtrack that I ever did hear of any video game that I have ever played. This is evident by the fact that I tracked down custom music playlists on Google Play Music so I can listen to the radio stations prior to the game’s release thanks to the demo that came out. Of course, when the full soundtrack was unveiled, the playlist filled out even more and more radio stations were added to the game and custom playlist section.

Now, what’s a driving game without driving? The game still manages to mix simulation and arcade feels perfectly. The visuals were superb on the Xbox One. The weather effects are amazing and, with the new Storm Island DLC that was just released, its only going to get better.

Also, it creates moments just like this one:

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Looking forward to 2015…

Now that was a lot! I must say that this was about the fullest list I’ve had since I’ve been able to buy video games for myself. This has been the first year I’ve been able to buy majority of the games during its year of release. Now, while there have been plenty of good games, there have been plenty that have been released with less than stellar reviews among other things. Also, we’ve seen a plethora of games released this year that have been broken and remained broken. Neither have we escaped from the plague that is game delays. I hope the future is brighter in 2015. Maybe we can pull our collective heads out of our asses and get into gear. How else would we be able to get others to take us seriously?

Until 2015…

-Marcus “MajorLinux” Summers

Tune in because I’m Loading Out Tonight at 7:00pm

Good afternoon, everyone!

Just wanted to drop by and say that I’ll be doing a special stream of Loadout on the PS4 tonight on Twitch! Joining me this evening will be Scarfinger of Geeks Gone Raw, Scarcasm Live, and The Dream Team!

If you can’t make the live show, you can catch super HD archive on YouTube.

 

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The Off The Rails Show Episode #31: First Annual Off the Rails Year in Review Holiday Spectacular

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On the last show for 2014, we quickly go off the rails by talking about holiday launch code sequences, but we get back on track by discussing various things that happened this past year as well as what we would like to see happen in 2015.

As this is the last show for 2014, we wish you all a safe and merry Christmas and a prosperous new year!

You can join us live on Wednesday nights at 10:00pm for our Google Hangout-on-Air where we take your questions live on the show!

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Extra-Life RDU Post-Christmas Gaming Mini Marathon

Good afternoon, everyone!

It brings me great pleasure to announce that the Extra-Life RDU guild is getting the band back together (in a manner of speaking) for a Post-Christmas Gaming Mini Marathon.

We will all be playing from the comfort of our own homes, but will be debuting our new Twitch channel in the process.

If you need any reminders as to what we are all about, you can check the following video below:

Here Comes a New Challenger: Playin’ With the Linuxes

Hey everyone!

Its ya boy, MajorLinux, with some exciting news! I’m proud to announce a new show coming to my YouTube page: Playin’ With the Linuxes!

This show is something that I was very excited about pursuing after my streaming of the Legend of Korra. These videos will have my wife Tiffany Linux join me as I play a game of her choosing and discussing the game and anything else that comes to our minds.

But enough with the introductions…here’s our inaugural episode of Playin’ With the Linuxes:

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Check Out the New and Improved Offline Twitch Streams

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Sorry it took me so long, but I had to find one that I really liked after figuring out how I was going to tackle the stream/recording problem.

I’m still a far way off (could use another Blue Snowball microphone for the PS4 and the Xbox One to allow me to use a USB microphone), but for what I was able to do, I feel like this may be  step in the right direction.

As always, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that I’m doing this all for charity and will be for the foreseeable future.  I am supporting Extra-Life and Operation: Supply Drop. Please help me in supporting these causes by donating to either of the following charities:

My Extra-Life Donation Page

My Operation: Supply Drop Page

You can also watch me live here at Twitch where you can click the “Follow” button and be notified of when I stream again or you can watch other streaming videos among others including past episodes of Off the Rails on my YouTube page and please subscribe to that channel for more notifications when videos go live.

Thank you for reading, donating, watching and engaging!

–MajorLinux

Insert Obligatory “Where Have I Been Post?” Here…

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With another absence comes another post about where I’ve been.  I try to hold myself accountable for not posting many things to the site or going on long droughts between posts. This is one of those posts.

First things first, I purchased a Hauppauge so now I’ll be able to upload better videos to YouTube without having to rely on Twitch (unlimited but poor quality) or my consoles (great quality but small time limits). I’ll still be on Twitch, but this allows me to put those same streams up on YouTube in better quality than before.

Also, I am working on producing some non-streaming content and may bring back an old-favorite for those so stay tuned!

All in all, I am working on getting things set up and in motion for when MajorsHouse moves during Q4 2014 (maybe not mine, but somebody’s right?).

And, before I forget, shoutout to Mikey from passthemsticks.com. I’ve been working with him and you might see some stuff from me there. Even if you don’t, I encourage you to check out his site and follow him on Twitter.

–MajorLinux

 

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