Assassin’s Creed: Unity Review (2014) Review

Assassin's Creed: Unity and it's main character Arno.

Recently I got around to playing Assassin’s Creed: Unity due to the Xbox Games with Gold Program. Unity was a game that I didn’t pick up upon release because after Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, I needed a little break from the series. That break ended up being three years, but I managed to get some time to complete Unity.

I’ve decided to change how I review games a little bit, focusing on story, gameplay, and performance because I feel like those are the three things that matter the most to me. A lot of other reviewers have different guidelines, but these are my three pillars that make a game good to me.

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Why Are Americans so Selfish? | A Look at Taxes and Healthcare

Mitch Mcconnell is trying to take away medicaid/medicaid from Americans.

Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that he was pushing back the vote on Trumpcare because he didn’t have enough Republican support. This is a short term victory for Democrats because it gives the people some time to go to town halls and share their opinions on the bill with their representatives. Some Republicans will have town halls, while others will stay at home to avoid the uproar. Hopefully with the recent CBO score, Americans will voice their displeasure and show their frustration with the attempted rushed passage.

I was thinking about healthcare and why it’s so difficult for the United States to have a decent system, and I came to the conclusion that 1) Americans are selfish and 2) taxes are the devil.

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Burning Out From Work, Driving, and Life in General

It has been a long couple of weeks for me. I literally haven’t made any blog posts or videos for a few months now. At first, it was because I started a new job and was making a guaranteed income, so I wanted to focus all of my energy on that. I was started a new career, so it was only obvious to dedicate my time to work. It has been about two months since I’ve started working again, and I’m already feeling burnt out.

My work schedule isn’t something that is set in stone each week. For example, last week I worked Friday morning, Saturday afternoon, and Sunday afternoon. This week I opened at 4:45 AM on Tuesday and Wednesday, and start the Friday, Saturday, Sunday routine again. I know that this schedule may not seem too bad, but for me it seems like I’m running on fumes.

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Backlash 2017 Review and Reaction

WWE Backlash 2017

The latest Smackdown exclusive pay-per-view Backlash has come and gone, but I wanted to share my two cents on what will be one of the most talked about events this year. Overall, I thought Backlash was a solid show with some filler. The big matches delivered, while the other matches just seemed to be there. Of course, I will break down each match and give my thoughts on each of them.

Tye Dillenger defeated Aiden English

I’m not surprised that the Perfect Ten got the win here. He seems to have more momentum than Aiden English now that he’s a singles competitor. Dillenger has the crowd on his side, and could become a solid mid-carder.

Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Dolph Ziggler

On paper this match looked pretty good. Nakamura and Ziggler are two of the best in ring workers in the business, but for whatever reason, this match never clicked with me. I thought that the match was really slow, and it didn’t do a good job of showcasing Nakamura’s skill set. Ziggler seemed to control the whole match, which didn’t help Nakamura. Nakamura’s debut feel a little flat, but hopefully they continue to push him as a top babyface.

I have no idea what is going to happen with Ziggler. I used to really like him around 2013 – 2015, but he seems like he’s just going through the motions and collecting his paycheck. If true, it’s sad to see.

The Usos (c) defeated Breezango for the WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championship

Going into the match I thought that the Usos were going to win because The New Day are coming back soon, but this match was probably my second favorite of the night. It’s cool to see a team like Breezango come into their own and be a solid comedy tag team. It also helps that Fandango and Tyler Breeze are both really solid workers.

The spot with the grandma and cleaner gimmick was pretty funny as well.

I like the Usos as heels because they are cocky, so they are doing a job as heel champions, but I think The New Day will take the titles from them eventually.

Sami Zayn defeated Baron Corbin

I was actually surprised that Sami Zayn won here. The rumors were saying that Baron Corbin was going to get a push and a possible Money in the Bank win, but who knows now. It was a solid match, but I don’t remember much of it.

Corbin is a good heel, but he needs to work on his mic skills. He sounds really forced when talking, and you can tell he’s trying his best to stay on script.

Hopefully both guys get a push into the main event scene.

The Welcoming Committee defeated Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, and Naomi

This match was pretty terrible. I can’t see how a team of women jobbers defeated three former or current champions. I thought that Charlotte would turn on Becky for tapping out, but I was wrong. No clue what they are trying to do here.

Kevin Owens (c) defeated AJ Styles for the WWE United States Championship

I knew that Kevin Owens was going to win because the United States Championship is too low of a title for AJ Styles. Owens and Styles had a great match, and the crowd was really into it. A lot of critics didn’t like the finish, but I did because it made AJ look strong as he didn’t take a pin.

I think AJ will continue in the main event scene, but I’m not sure where Kevin Owens is going to go with the U.S. Championship.

Luke Harper defeated Erick Rowan

This match was boring and almost put me to sleep. Push Harper.

Jinder Mahal defeated Randy Orton (c) for the WWE Championship

At last, the reason I stayed up and watched Backlash in the first place. I really wanted Jinder Mahal to win because Smackdown has been presented as the land of opportunity, and what a way to shock the world by putting the championship on a lifelong jobber who quickly rose to main event status.

It may have not been the most technical match, but it was exciting. The outside interference was always a threat to Randy Orton, so you never knew what was going to happen.

I can’t believe that Jinder got duel “let’s go Jinder, Jinder sucks” chants. That shows me that Jinder has potential to be a pretty solid champion. He gets a crowd reaction similar to John Cena.

Jinder picked up the victory and everyone was shocked. I always like seeing new guys win championships because we have already seen Randy Orton as champion over 13 times. Jinder has an opportunity that few ever get, and I’m excited to see how he does as WWE Champion.

Backlash Overall

Overall, Backlash was a solid Smackdown event with a shocking conclusion. Jinder Mahal winning the WWE Championship was out of this world, and made the event for me. Backlash had a few duds, but it also had a few gems.

The Mass Effect Series Could Be Over

Mass Effect: Andromeda

According to Kotaku, the Mass Effect Series is on a hiatus. With all of the negative feedback about the animations and the mediocre reviews of Mass Effect: Andromeda, it’s not that surprising to see Mass Effect take a back seat for a while. However, it is disappointing to see one of my favorite franchises potentially be no more.

I criticized a lot about Mass Effect: Andromeda, but felt like it was a solid foundation to build future Mass Effect games on. The game felt bloated with all of the useless side quests, but the core of the game was enjoyable. I think that Bioware really needs to look at themselves as a developer and decide what they want Mass Effect to be.

Mass Effect 1 was a very hard science fiction RPG. The Codex in that game had so much information about gravity, mass effect fields, and space in general. There were brand new aliens, each with their own unique histories and cultures. Then, Mass Effect 2 became more of a shooter. The plot didn’t really move that much throughout the game. It was more of a character driven plot that focused on each member of your squad. However, it was still a very good game. Mass Effect 3 seemed to continue the idea that Mass Effect should be a third person shooter, but it introduced a little bit more of the customization that Mass Effect 2 took away from the player.

I think the downfall of Mass Effect started with the ending of Mass Effect 3. Everyone knows how bad the ending was. Mass Effect was unique because the decisions made throughout the games mattered. Characters and decisions carried over from game to game, so players expected a unique ending to their journey. However, players only got to choose three endings! There were no unique endings at all. Players were extremely angry because Bioware said that there wouldn’t be an A, B, and C type of ending. Bioware straight up lied to the fans about what they would experience. It made a lot of people question why they spent so much time playing Mass Effect for a terrible conclusion to the trilogy. Yes, the Extended Cut added some more information, but it should have been included in the base game.

Now on to Mass Effect: Andromeda.

The new combat system was amazing, but the animations and quests were lackluster. The story was okay, but it felt like a rehash of the original trilogy when it came to the Remnant. The Protheans were a mysterious race that disappeared, and the Remnant are a mysterious race that disappeared.

Andromeda suffered from some of the same mistakes that Dragon Age: Inquisition had. Dragon Age: Inquisition was a good game, but there was so much crap on the game map that it became a chore to complete all of the quests. A lot of the quests were known as “tasks”, which were essentially fetch quests.

When I was playing the Mass Effect: Andromeda, I wanted to experience all it had to offer. I was in a brand new galaxy with new characters and new everything. I wanted to complete the tasks because I thought I could experience new characters or reveal hidden secrets. Nope. Tasks are useless in every way possible. They serve no purpose in the game other than to provide filler. In fact, they took me out of the main story because the tasks had nothing to do with anything.

The worlds were also pretty bare other than the main hub areas. I couldn’t count how many of the same Kett outposts were on each world. It was pathetic because I could tell that Bioware just recycled the assets.

It’s sad to read that Mass Effect could be over because they were some of my favorite games of all-time. Mass Effect: Andromeda was a decent game, but it may be the last one we ever see.

Health Care Should be a Human Right, Not For Profit

Health Care should be a human right

With the Republican controlled House of Representatives just passing the first version of their replacement of Obamacare, aka Trumpcare, I started to think about health care in general. When I was growing up, health care wasn’t something that I really thought about. If I got hurt or broke a bone, I would go to the doctor’s office and get a treatment. Now that I’m almost 27, health care is something that is on my mind a lot more because I’m going to have my wife and children to take care of. I want to make sure that my family is healthy, and that we can receive the best health care possible.

Ambulance Health Care costs are too expensive

The Health Care Problem

The problem that I’m beginning to realize is that health care is a for-profit business. Now this may sound crazy or like a conspiracy theory, but the world is run by money. Health care companies, such as insurance, make their money off of people who pay a monthly premium so that the insurance company can take care of some of the costs. For example, two months ago I had a kidney stone and went to the E.R. because I thought I was dying (worst pain of my life). My insurance covered $500 of the bill, but I still owe $1300. I pay a monthly fee so that my insurance can cover my medical expenses if I get sick or injured.

However, the problem with the model is that insurance companies are in the business of making money. They don’t care about people getting sick or getting better, they care about their bottom line at the end of the quarter. So, people who get sick every once in a while are okay because the insurance companies don’t have to pay a lot. However, people who are sick a lot or have a chronic illness are a detriment to insurance companies. Insurance companies don’t want to pay for a cancer patients treatments because the treatments cost a ton of money. The chronically ill need the health care to treat their illnesses, but health care companies lose money because of this.

Health insurance works for people who rarely get sick, but screws over people who are chronically sick or who have a life long disease or condition. That doesn’t seem moral to me. Those who are the most sick should be receiving the best care possible because they need it in order to survive. They shouldn’t have to go into thousands of dollars of debt because they were diagnosed with cancer or another disease.

Republicans don’t give a crap about anyone other than themselves. It is legitimately frightening to think that millions of people are going to lose their access to health care because they hate that the brown man actually accomplished something. The thought of the government having any say in health care scares the crap out of the GOP because the thought of raising taxes to make sure people get medical treatment isn’t the GOP way. Every man is for themselves.

What ever happened to helping each other? I don’t care if I have to pay a little more in taxes so that someone else can afford medical treatment. My taxes would be actually going to something that needs improvement, instead of the damn military.

Why Are So Many Sick?

A bigger issue arises when you take a look at food consumption in the United States. It is cheaper to go to a fast food restaurant than it is to get healthy groceries. Because of this, people make bad food decisions, which leads to health problems such as diabetes and obesity. There’s an argument that these people should have made better decisions, but when you are living paycheck to paycheck (like a lot of people are), it’s a better financial decision to get cheap food.

The United States also doesn’t label the daily recommended sugar percentage on food labels. When you look at how many carbs are in a bowl of cereal, you can see that it may be like 10% of your daily value of carbs (I have no clue what it really is). But when you look at sugar, it just says 9 grams. There’s no percentage. I don’t know why this is, but if there was a percentage with sugar, it would be a huge number. I think that this could help consumers make more informed decisions about what they eat.

Diabetes and obesity are major issues in the western world. Life expectancy rates have actually dropped in the United States instead of continuing the upward trend. Food is just one of the reasons why people are getting sick, but there are many more.

How To Lower Health Care Costs at Home

Look, I’m not an expert on anything, but there are a few ways to become a healthier person so that you don’t have to go into the doctor’s office and pay an arm and leg to get some prescription medication.

  • Be sure to check your food labels and be aware of what you eat.
  • Start exercising more and improving your heart health.
  • Do the simple things such as washing your hands and cleaning up after yourself so that bacteria and germs don’t spread.
  • Get a good night of sleep.

You don’t have to become obsessed with germs to live a healthier life. Instead of hitting up Burger King, make your own burgers at home. It’s a good start.

Of course if you do get sick, see your doctor. The above advice is preventative so that your body will become stronger and more resistant to diseases.

The more you can take care of yourself, the less visits you’ll have to your doctor which will lower the amount of money you spend. There will always be emergencies that need medical attention, but you can start changing your life by becoming a healthier individual.