This weekend I faced my oldest nemesis: the card game Bridge. I don’t remember the first time my mom tried to make me play Bridge with her. In my memory, this cursed card game has been the bane of my existence since I was old enough to hold cards in my hand. I’ve never been quite clear on what the rules are, just that they involve trump cards and tricks, and that my mom loves the shit out of it while I do not understand it. Advertisement This weekend, I went back to my parents’ place to visit. My aunt and cousin who live on the other side of the country were also visiting. My dad had been sick, and though he’s now on the mend, everyone in the family has been pulling out the stops to support him and show him love. My mom’s side of the family is what you might call “lively” in polite conversation, but perhaps “extremely loud” in private. My mom and aunt’s lack of filter can sometimes be refreshing, other times not so much. … [Read more...] about After Years Of Confusion, I Finally Understand How To Play Bridge
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One of my favorite games of the last several years is Facepalm Games’ The Swapper. I like it for a lot of reasons: it’s got this beautiful stop-motion clay art style, an immediately compelling hook in the titular Swapper, a gun that lets you clone yourself and zap your consciousness between those clones, and a disconcerting story. But the primary reason The Swapper has long been a favorite is the Recreation area. In The Swapper, you’re mostly alone in an empty research lab and the desert planet it is built on after an unexplained disaster. . You spend the game trying to figure out what has gone wrong, and contemplating the existential dread that comes with using your weird gun that lets you clone yourself and zap your consciousness around. It’s an eerie, quiet game. And then you get to the Recreation area, and you hear this music: It’s immediately arresting. You hear this elegiac, bittersweet piano piece when you’re not expecting it, in a space meant … [Read more...] about I Love When Video Game Music Is So Good I Forget To Actually Play The Game
It's no secret that Major League Baseball players can hit, catch and throw far better than the rest of us, but these abilities don't just come from their above-average physical prowess. As Yogi Berra once infamously said, "Baseball is 90 percent mental; the other half is physical."In a book that came out earlier this year, "The Psychology of Baseball," psychologist Mike Stadler of the University of Missouri took a look inside that "90 percent" to see what mental abilities and traits major leaguers have that allow them to succeed in the high-pressure, precise and highly psychological game of baseball."Baseball is impossible without psychology: impossible to play, and impossible to appreciate fully as a fan," Stadler wrote. "Watch any game, and most of what you see is thinking."While all sports involve a certain amount of psychology to strategize and plan in given situations, it is particularly apparent in baseball."Baseball is different … because it does give players a lot more … [Read more...] about Mind Games: What Makes a Great Baseball Player Great
As game streaming services continue to make waves in the tech industry, many companies are starting to lean into the concept more heavily. Steam, for example, has just decided to overhaul its "In-Home Streaming" service, which allowed you to stream games from your main PC to other devices in your house. Now, the service has been rebranded to "Steam Remote Play," and it's "experimentally" available to the general public starting today. Whereas before you were limited to streaming your games from your PC to other devices in your home on the same network, that restriction has been lifted now. As Valve puts it, your Steam clients can now stream games to each other "wherever they are," as long as you have a decent network connection on both sides (the company didn't offer specifics) and are reasonably "close" to a Steam datacenter. However, even with those restrictions in mind, this is a pretty nice update for those who tend to travel frequently. ...your Steam clients can now stream games … [Read more...] about Steam’s ‘Remote Play’ feature lets you access your game library away from home
We may earn a commission for purchases using our links. Learn more. tortoise and the hare Kelly Peirce 14 Nov 2019 Source: Android CentralBest answer: The higher the better! According to PlayStation, 5 Mbps is the minimum requirement to stream PlayStation Now. However, this is the minimum and even at high speeds, players have noticed input lag and compression. If you haven't already subscribed: PlayStation Now ($60/year at Amazon) PlayStation Now Streaming services are a wonderful concept for gamers. For the price of one or two AAA titles a year you can choose from hundreds of games to play. You can test out titles you aren't sure you would enjoy enough to drop $60 on or play some old games you never got around to playing. PlayStation Now even offers old PS3 and PS2 titles if you are feeling nostalgic. However, if you want to stream instead of downloading those games you may run into some problems. Tortoise or the hare Sony PlayStation recommends a minimum download speed of … [Read more...] about What internet speeds are recommended to stream PlayStation Now games?