Blizzard’s new IP, Overwatch, started its open beta this weekend, and a few of the staff here at CrookedManners have been playing the shit out of the game. Its an awesome game. Countless gamers who are probably now in their 30s (or 40s) started gaming via some iconic vehicles, namely DOOM, UNREAL (and much later) Team Fortress and Halo. These games were awesome, bombastic-to-the-edge-of-cartoony shooters where fortune favored the bold. After the heyday of arena shooters like Doom that ended after Halo 2, the rise of “realistic” shooters became a thing. I’m talking about your Call of Duties, your Battlefields, your XComs, your Counterstrikes. These games are all AAA titles, and they all had their moments. I’d be lying if I said I haven’t dumped plenty of hours into CoD and Counterstrike.
But all the games got more and more “realistic,” so did the gameplay. You know what realistic war gameplay is? It’s sitting in a bunker waiting for some idiot to show his grape, and then you pop his grape. Thats how Call of Duty works. Also all of these games have pretty much the same characters. You’ve got some mix of guy with AKs, ARs, and Sniper Rifles. Boring.
Overwatch builds on the class type warfare seen in old school shooters like the original Team Fortress and its offspring, Team Fortress 2. It takes the general classes of healer, tank, DPS, and sniper and infuses some character archetypes from the rising tide that is the MOBA genre.
So when you take a class based shooter and combine it with a MOBA game, what exactly do you get?
Turns out that you get an extremely accessible, extremely fun and extremely deep game. The phrase “a minute to learn and a lifetime to master” seems pretty accessible here. Among the 21 playable heroes are a wide variety of playstyles, so FPS veterans with great twitch-shooting abilities can find high-skill shooters, and players coming from a MOBA or an MMO can find a hero that requires map-awareness and position but not so much aiming ability.
Moreover, the game values teamwork and communication. Being a masterful fragger means nothing if you do not coordinate your frags with the team’s objectives. Speaking of objectives, there are a three game modes, a King of the Hill mode, a Payload mode, and a hybrid of the KotH and Payload. On each of these objectives, things like “pushing with your teammates” (a MOBA staple) and “team composition” (another MOBA/Team Fortress staple) are largely more important than “who is better at shooting the guns.” You could put Experts against 6 “just OK” players, and if the experts had a poor composition and did not coordinate with eachother, they would lose to the “just OK” guys.
We here at CM have been playing Blizzard games since Warcraft 2, hell maybe even Warcraft 1, and we’re prepared to call this the best Blizzard game since those days, maybe ever.
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Hey, here are Crooked Manners we have opinions on many things, but politics is like, not one of those things. We found a tool that we really like, and it provides all of the information that we need to know about the presidential campaigns. And nothing else.
Truly the no spin zone, except for the heads, which spin a little (more like a tilt but we’re trying to be clever here).
People love drinking games. Why do we need a game to facilitate drinking? Peer pressure, thats why. Alcohol doesn’t really taste that good but if an arbitrary set of rules determines that its your turn to drink, well bottoms up fella, its your time to shine.
Each NBA team has its own flavor and panache, so a ‘one-size-fits-all’ drinking game seems pretty gauche, so without any more preamble, here are 30 custom drinking games–1 for each NBA team. And remember “drink” might just mean a gulp of beer, or it might mean a shot of whiskey. That is up to you, man.
Atlanta Hawks: Drink for every screen Kyle Korver runs around.
Boston Celtics: Whenever a Celtic does something scrappy, drink.
Brooklyn Nets: Drink whenever the announcers mention draft picks or Billy King.
Charlotte Hornets: Something about Jeremy Lin’s hairstyle–drink.
Chicago Bulls: Drink when former MVP Derrick Rose misses a shot.
Cleveland Cavaliers: The beer you are drinking must have a good bit of foam, you should drink enough to have the beer foam moustache all 48. They all have moustaches so why are you off the hook?
Dallas Mavericks: Drink for Wesley Matthews KatW3$ Everdeen bow and arrow celebration. Also drink on the “Dirk” (one legged fadeaway).
Denver Nuggets: (Must be watching on opposing broadcast) Drink whenever an announcer butchers one of the Nuggets’ names.
Detroit Pistons: Drink whenever FlavaFlav on the PA says something in that loud and obnoxious DEEEEEETROIT style. Y’all know what I mean.
Golden State Warriors: Pop open a bottle of champagne and just chill bruh.
Houston Rockets: Drink whenever Ty Lawson drives.
Indiana Pacers: Drink when someone with the last name “Hill” does something good.
Los Angeles Clippers: You must speak all game in your best Doc River’s hoarse-voice, drinking at your leisure since thats gonna wear out the ole’ larynx.
Los Angeles Lakers: Just drink boys, no good will come of this.
Memphis Grizzlies: “Grit” = 1 Drink, “Grind” = 2 Drinks
Miami Heat: Drink everytime you think to yourself “goddamn, Wade’s jawline is all the way out there huh?”
Milwaukee Bucks: Every stoppage of play accidentally spill some of your drink on your shirt.
Minnesota Timberwolves: Drink for Flip.
New Orleans Pelicans: Draw a unibrow in sharpie on your forehead and proclaim to the room that you could potentially drink the entire 30 rack. Potentially.
New York Knicks: Shotgun a beer on every Porzingod putback. Might as well just shotgun a beer for every Porzingod highlight, actually.
OKC Thunder: Drink every time Dion screams “AND 1!!!!”
Orlando Magic: Drink whenever Dewayne “the God” Dedmon touches the basketball.
Philadelphia 76ers: Drink while explaining the fermentation/distillation process of the drink in your hand.
Phoenix Suns: Drink whenever Mirza Teletovic shoots without even considering moving the ball around.
Portland Trailblazers: If someone besides Dame and CJ score, drink up because those are bonus points.
Sacramento Kings: Drink whenever Demarcus Cousins pouts.
San Antonio Spurs: Purchase le classiest beer from HEB. Enjoy it you animals.
Toronto Raptors: Drink when DeRozan plays DeIso. Drink twice when it actually works.
Utah Jazz: Drink on any points by someone whose name contains either a “Trey” or a “Burk”
Washington Wizards: Drink on any recorded statistic by Ryan Hollins.
So thats about it, aren’t you happy these weren’t put on 30 different slides? Also remember to be responsible when you drink.
A favorite pastime in winter is ice skating and ice rinks across the country are in full swing getting ready for the holidays. You will most likely be able to find an ice rink near you, but these ice rinks have been called the best and are worth a visit anytime you are in their area.
Rockefeller Center in New York
It is no surprise that the ice rink in Rockefeller Center is one of the best. Located in the heart of New York, the tiny rink only allows 150 guests on the ice at a time, but with sparkling Christmas decorations and a giant Christmas tree surrounding the rink, it all makes it worth the wait. The ice rink brings a lot of spectators and the ice rink has been featured in many Christmas movies and shows.
National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink in Washington, D.C.
The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink sits on Washington’s National Mall and is surrounded by artistic sculptures designed by well-known contemporary artists. Guests skate around the rink and get an up close view of these amazing sculptures while taking in the beauty of the nation’s capital. Plus it is located near Pavilion Café, which has delicious food and beverages along with an outstanding view of the ice rink.
McCormick Tribune Ice Rink in Chicago
Chicago’s McCormick Tribune Ice Rink is located in Millennium Park and attracts over 100,000 skaters every year. The rink has a chiller system that prevents the ice from melting just in case it gets warmer than usual so the rink is open all winter long. The rink offers a great view of the city and is just minutes away from Chicago’s Miracle Mile.
The Depot Rink in Minneapolis
The Depot Rink in Minneapolis is one of the oldest skating rinks in the nation dating back to 1899. The indoor ice rink is heated and includes floor-to-ceiling glass walls that give skaters an incredible view of the city. There is something magical about the historic Depot Rink and it is a nice place to go to escape the chilly temperatures of Minnesota.
Just like women, men can be pretty picky when it comes to the fragrance they wear. Usually we all stick to our same favorite fragrance, but if you are looking for a new scent this winter, these colognes are worth checking out.
Burberry – Brit For Men
You can never go wrong with any fragrance from Burberry, but their Brit For Men is one of their best. It is a fresh scent with a hint of oriental wood and blends of ginger, rose and spice. It is a sexy and masculine scent that is subtle that most women love. You can find Burberry’s Brit For Men at most department stores as well as Sephora and it starts at $64 dollars for the small bottle.
Prada – Luna Rossa Cologne
Prada’s Luna Rossa Cologne is full of lavender aromas mixed with spearmint, sage, wood and amber. It is a great fragrance that is fresh and sensual. Prada rarely disappoints and this cologne is perfect for athletes because it is energetic and a little on the strong side. Sephora has Prada’s Luna Rossa Cologne starting at $64 dollars.
Dior – Sauvage Eau de Toilette
Dior is known to have some of the best perfumes and colognes out there and their Sauvage Eau De Toilette is an excellent choice. It has a base of ambroxam with top notes of Reggio di Calabria bergamot mixed with Sichuan pepper. It is a very elegant scent that has some sort of citrus aroma to it as well. It is a classic fragrance that lasts. Most department stores and Sephora carry Dior’s Sauvage Eau de Toilette and it starts at $68 dollars.
Tom Ford – Tobacco Vanille for Men
Tom Ford’s Tobacco Vanille For Men is said to be inspired by an English gentlemen’s club and has notes of ginger, vanilla, anise, tobacco leaves and coriander. It has a creamy scent with aromas of vanilla, cocoa, sweet wood sap and dry fruit accords. It is a pretty sophisticated cologne that smells like a classic. Sephora has Tom Ford’s Tobacco Vanille For Men and it starts at a hefty $220 dollars.
Not everyone enjoys fighting the crowds during Black Friday. That is why Cyber Monday is always a huge successful. You can find the best deals, especially on electronics, from the comfort of your own home. And this year many of the stores are extending their sales past Cyber Monday and into the entire week.
Amazon is one of those places that are offering deals all week long. Starting on Cyber Monday and running through December 5th, you can find a handful of killer deals on the best electronics. They are offering a 28-inch Roku Smart TV for only $170. Or you can score a 32-inch Upstar 720p TV for $150. One of their best deals is a Vizio 54-inch 5.1 sound bar speaker that is going for under $300. Make sure to checkout Amazon for more deals.
Of course Best Buy has some great deals on quite a few electronics as well. They have a GoPro Hero4 in Silver for $400 and that includes an $80 Best Buy gift card plus a 64GB memory card. Best Buy is also offering a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite in the Kids Edition for $100 and a Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7-inch with 64Gb for only $450. Check out Best Buy’s website for more savings.
Target is offering 15 percent off everything when you use promo code “CYBER15” and you can use this with all of their other offers. You can get a Nintendo 3DS XL for $200 and it comes with a Super Smash Bros game. With a $30 gift card, they are offering a GoPro Hero+ action cam for just $200. Target is also taking 50 percent off of all Sennheiser headphones. You can find more deals at Target.
Like always, Wal-Mart is starting off early with their deals by starting today at 5:00p.m. eastern time. They are offering 2,000 online deals including a 50-inch Samsung 1080p for $498. You can also get a LG wired Blu-ray player for just $48 and Beats by Dre Drenched Solo headphones for $99. For Star Wars fans, Wal-Mart is offering the PlayStation 4 Star Wars Console Bundle that comes with four Star Wars games for $399. For all of their deals, check out Wal-Mart’s website.
Sometimes it can be difficult to do Christmas wrapping and actually make it look good. With Christmas just around the corner, there is going to be a lot of wrapping that needs to be done. Here are some tips on how to wrap like a professional!
Wrap presents early
Never wait until the last minute when it comes to wrapping your Christmas presents. You don’t want to have to rush and do a messy job, so get in the habit of wrapping presents as soon as you get them. Use sticky notes to label presents so you know what goes to who and when it gets closer to the holidays, you can add bows, ribbons and tags then.
Try to color code gifts
If you have a lot of gifts this year and don’t want to mess with gift tags, try to wrap gifts for one specific person in the same color. So for every person that is getting a bunch of presents, use a different color and wrap all of their presents in the same color. It is fun and easy!
You may think that boxes look like they are easy to wrap, but they aren’t as easy as you may thing. The key to perfectly wrapping a box is to never use a lot of paper. Start by wrapping the paper around the box and trim it so that the ends overlap each other just a few inches. When you are folding the ends, just make sure the paper extends to just a little halfway over the box.
Recycle and reuse gift-wrap
Never throw away used wrapping paper, ribbon or bows if they are not damaged. You can always use them for something. You can even cut them to fit smaller things or use them to fill boxes or bags.
Use decorative tape
Decorative tape is amazing. Not only does it work as tape, but also it is pretty! So you can actually use it to wrap your presents and then not have to use ribbon on top of it. There are so many different colors, patters and widths that you will be able to find something to match any of your wrapping paper.
Keep everything in one bin
When it comes to all of your wrapping items, store them all in one bin so they are easy to get to. You will always know where to look and always know how much of something you have. You will have your bows, ribbon, tissue paper, wrapping paper, scissors, decorative tape and gift bags all in one convenient spot!
Christmas is just about one month away and there will be plenty of holiday parties for you to attend. But if you are hosting a party of your own, follow these tips to help make the cleaning up part not so bad.
It might be a little chilly, but after a party, air out your place by opening up the windows. This will also help with not getting that overpowering cleaning smell from all of the products you use to clean. Another great idea to help with the smell is to chop up lemons and limes and put them in the garbage disposal. You will be able to clean out the sink while freshen up the smell of your kitchen, which will travel throughout the house.
If you aren’t going to go all out and use the fancy flameless candles and are using regular candles, be prepared for some wax to get spilled. If a candleholder or plate gets wax stuck on it, just stick it in the freezer and the wax will harden and it will be easy to pick right off.
You can’t have a holiday party without red wine and if you are hosting a really good party, then someone just might end up spilling that wine. If you have a red wine stain that you need to get out of carpet or a rug, just mix hydrogen peroxide with dish washing liquid. Pour it right onto the stain and it should help the redness fade.
Usually when you have a party, coasters are not going to be used so you are bound to get watermarks on your tables. But don’t worry; it will just take a little time to remove. If you have a wood table, just take a blow dryer and turn it on high for about 30 minutes hovering over the water ring. The ring should eventually fade away right before your eyes.
You can still throw a fabulous and fun holiday party without having to worry and stress about the clean up. Go ahead and have a great time then remember to use these tips when it comes to cleaning up after the fun.
Most of us love the holidays, but like them or not, they usually bring some stress. It is a very magical time of year and even though it can get pretty crazy during the holidays, you never want to turn into a Scrooge. These tips will help you eliminate that unneeded stress so that you can sit back, relax and enjoy the most wonderful time of year, all with a smile.
The first thing you need to do is make a list, for anything and everything. Santa uses a list every year and it is a good habit to get into. You can have as many different types of lists as you want, but always make sure to have a gift list and Christmas card list so that you don’t forget anyone special this holiday season. It is also helpful to use a list to keep things organized especially with things that you need for wrapping presents, decorating the house and baking goodies.
Next, start early and be prepared with your holiday cards. Don’t be afraid to start too early with your cards. You don’t need to send your cards early, just make sure you have everything you need and start on them early. Always have a list of everyone you are sending cards to with the right items like cards, decorations (stickers, gems, decorative tape), stamps and of course, the correct addresses.
If you are organized, you are going to have a smoother holiday season and that means less stress. It is helpful to have a special box that is just for all of your gift-wrapping needs. Try to keep at least one pair of scissors in there with some tape, gift tags, tissue paper and bows. If you can get a large enough box, you can store your wrapping paper and gift bags in there too. It is nice to have all of these things together when you are wrapping presents. Plus it makes things easier for next Christmas!
The post office is always busy and especially around the holidays. To avoid having to make multiple trips to the post office, collect everything you need to send and send it all at once. That way, you only have to deal with the busy post office once this season.
Remember, the bet thing you can do during the holidays is to keep an open mind and keep up that Christmas cheer, no matter how crazy things may get.