Saturday, June 27, 2020

Super Quick Update

I just wanted to touch base with everyone here. I know I haven't written much this past week. It has been a little busy around here. Remember, we have that cross-country move going on and the military likes to complicate things a little bit. Turns out we might not be leaving the time we wanted to leave and that is causing some stress in the family as we have to change a lot of our plans.

To complicate things a little more, I also had a  major school assignment that took a lot of my time away. I am in the last few days of the course and only have a paper to do. This should move along pretty quickly. The paper is only a few pages. I have knocked out ten pagers in a little under a day. No biggie there.

Finally, the last big thing is my website. There are some coding issues on the website that I have been trying to figure out and fix. There are some issues with the headers as well. I was trying to place drop-down menus inside dropdown menus and that just wasn't happening. I am trying to clean it up but every time I do, it creates even more coding issues. So, I will be creating static boxes and having everything within the boxes. Might be a little ugly but it fixes the issues. It is just taking some time.

Yep, those are the issues I am facing. If anyone can help me with the coding, it would be amazing. I am probably going to hire someone to help me with that if I can not get it myself or anyone can help. I am also thinking about changing the logos so I can make merch out of it. But, that might take me some time. I will be posting a few articles over the weekend. Stay tuned for those. Thanks again!

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

EA Announces Star Wars Squadron

I was caught off guard yesterday as EA just announced a new Star Wars IP. It is called Star Wars: Squadron and it sees you as a fighter pilot in the Star Wars Universe. I have included the trailer from EA below so you can check it out.


Details are still a little murky but there are some things that have been explained. The game is being developed by Motive Studios, whos first game was Star Wars Battlefront II in collaboration with DICE. We do know the game takes place after Return of the Jedi and after the Battle of Endor. The game also alternates between two pilots in the New Republic's Vanguard Squadron and the Empire's Titan Squadron. For the story, that is all we know.

Gameplay-wise, it looks very similar to the dogfighting sections of the last Battlefront game. Which isn't a bad thing. The game played well minus the microtransactions. By the way, you will be happy to know that EA learned its lesson with that and there will be no microtransactions in this new IP. You can upgrade your pilot as you level up and earn more ships, weapons, and various other cosmetic parts. It is set to release on October 2, 2020, for current generation consoles minus the Switch at a price point of $40. The PC and PS4 versions will support VR and the game will include cross-platform play. 

I am very interested in this game and will be buying it. I love Star Wars anyways. But I think EA is doing the right thing and after the microtransaction fiasco that was the release of Star Wars Battlefront II, seem to be heading in the right direction. It was very smart of them to give the last Star Wara game to Respawn. Hopefully, all this provides a newly restored faith in how EA is handling Star Wars. I am sure they found out lack of faith...disturbing.

Anyways, I hope you enjoyed the post and let me know if you plan on buying this game. Check out my last Star Wars post about the delay of the new book series here. Have a great day!

Let's Play Wanted: Weapons of Fate Part 2 (Xbox 360)

Video Description:

Wanted: Weapons of Fate playthrough and let's play!
Head to http://www.TheBuserReport.com to see even more content and topics. It's just a random guy's thoughts on random things!
We learn a little bit about our past and also the ability to curve bullets! This is a reupload from my personal YouTube channel. I am consolidating videos on The Buser Report.
Note: Any link mentioned in the video is probably not active. Please scroll down at the bottom of the description for up to date links! Thank you!

Monday, June 15, 2020

Our Tentative Cross Country Road Trip

Sorry for not posting for a few days. It has been pretty busy. I have had a massive school project for the week. I had to respond to forums every day of the week. We have also been planning our cross country trip but we had to move spots. So, we had to get ready and do a practice run of what we are going to do when it comes time to move. Moving spots though? Let me explain this a litter further so everyone is on the same page here.

For those who do not know, I am in the United States Army, and every couple of years we change our duty locations. Right now, I am currently on the west coast in Washington State. I received orders to move to North Carolina. That's right, my family and I have to go cross country and with the COVID-19 nonsense going on, the Army has limited the time I have to get there to 10 days. This is normally not an issue, however, I generally like to take about 30 days to enjoy the time I have with my family. I am not going to get that this time.

My wife and I spent the last week finalizing our major pit stops. We already booked all the campsites. Oh, that is the other thing about us. We are officially full-time RVers. That means our RV is our home. We sold our house and all our belongings and bought an RV. It has honestly been the best decision we ever did. I will talk more about that in future posts. But what I really wanted to highlight is our tentative travel plans. You can see it on the map below.

Buser Family Cross Country Road Trip on Roadtrippers

As you can see, we have a few major stops and sighting seeing in and around the area. Over the next 2-3 weeks, I will be finalizing the plan and sharing it with you all. I will also be posting pictures and videos our our adventures. I will also share it within Roadtrippers app and share that with you all as well. I am quite excited to see Yellowstone, Rushmore, and the Great Smokys. I am even more excited to share it with you all. 

Let me know what you think and if you have any tips for this cross country drive. I hope you enjoy checking out our adventures. Thank you for reading and please follow along with us. Check out the link section for more information and ways to support the content! Thank you!

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

The Buser Report's Official Statement on Black Lives Matter (BLM)

The past couple of weeks have been tumultuous and have left a huge stain on our great nation. We came together to help those in need during the COVID-19 outbreak and have altered our way of life as a result. However, this sense of community and love was shattered with the unjustified death of one George Floyd and the continued injustices faced by our fellow neighbors and members of the black community.

While the American people have made great strides in attempting to fix the problems stemming from the past, we still have fallen short of its desired effects. Laws have been created to ensure the equal treatment of all people in this nation, however, these have not been applied equally. There is no denying the unequal application of such laws in our criminal justice and education systems. There have been considerable progress since I have been a citizen of the United States, but more can be and needs to be done.

My stance on Black Lives Matter is simple, yet like everything I do or believe, rational and logical. As an American Soldier, I swore an oath to defend the people and the Constitution of the United States. The Solider's Creed states that I serve the people of the United States. I am a guardian of freedom and the American way of life embodied in the supreme law of the land, The Constitution. I serve to secure the liberties of "our prosperity." The United States is the bedrock and example of freedom and I continue to serve and make strides within my ranks to ensure its continuity. As a Christian, I turn to the Word in these difficult and trying times. In Mattew 22:37-40, Jesus replied to the Pharisees: "‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” At the end of the day, regardless of any external commitments, all human beings are deserving of the decency and respect you would give yourself. 

While there isn't much I can do as I am a small, independent content creator, I still have a platform and I still have a voice. Currently, I have many articles in the works highlighting the injustices faced by the black community. These topics range from police brutality, inherent racism in American society, and all-around second class citizen treatment. Until I am able to donate more time and funds to ensure the equal rights of the black community, I will use this platform I have. If there is anything you wish for me to write about or analyze to bring to light, please let me know and send it my way. 

It is time for the American people to come together to right the wrongs of past generations once and for all and demand a future where equality reigns supreme. Through our united efforts, we can achieve this and so much more. The Buser Report stands with Black Lives Matter, today and tomorrow. 


Monday, June 8, 2020

Let's Play - Wanted: Weapons of Fate Part 1 (Xbox 360)

Hey all! A big aspect of my site is going to be let's play, so I decided to reupload a past let's play from my personal YouTube account to The Buser Report one. You will notice that the links and information mentioned in the video are not accurate. You will have to look in the description for the current and updated links to all the sites. 

If you notice the Patreon information at the actual site, you will see I want to produce more professional-grade content. You can see just how unprofessional this video actually is, so I will be used to improve the quality of the videos. We would be using intros, outros, and other good bites. So, please consider becoming a Patron. Thanks for watching!


Video Description:

Wanted: Weapons of Fate playthrough and let's play!

This takes place after the events in the movie. In this episode of Wanted: Weapons of Fate, we find out some information about our past and kill a bunch of wannabe SWAT agents. This is a reupload from my personal YoutTube channel. I am consolidating videos on The Buser Report.

Note: Any link mentioned in the video is probably not active. Please scroll down at the bottom of the description for up to date links! Thank you!

Major Updates

Hello all! Thanks again for sticking with me and this blog so far. Today is a big update and I am happy to share it with you now. Within the last 24 hours, The Buser Report has been branded! That means we opened up a whole lot of opportunities. This is the break down of what happened:

  • Patreon created so people can donate
  • Community members are now known as "Boozers"
  • Official Discord has been set up
  • Subreddit has also been created
  • Facebook is set up
  • YouTube is live and the first video posted

Below is a list of all the external sites so far associated with The Buser Report:

Site - www.TheBuserReport.com
Facebook - www.Facebook.com/TheBuserReport
Twitter - www.Twitter.com/TheBuserReport
Pinterest - www.Pinterest.com/TheBuserReport
Patreon - www.Patreon.com/TheBuserReport
Reddit - www.Reddit.com/r/TheBuserReport
YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdl9hhVygS9vu1bYSs8kXtg
Email me - TheBuserReport@mail.com

This means over the next week (I have a heavy school assignment due so it may hinder the website development and future posts) I will be updating the site to be a little more friendly in displaying this information. As you can see now, social media and other external sites are in the right column. I will be moving them to their own page. I will also be creating something so I can show off the new Discord. 

I highly recommend you join the Discord at https://discord.gg/f3KkX7B and/or the Patreon. Both will help me out. The Patreon will help me and this brand become more professional. This benefits me and it benefits you. I would really appreciate it. 

Continue to share, like, comment, follow, subscribe, etc to all content! I love you all for it! Thanks for sharing this adventure with me and looking forward to seeing where The Buser Report takes us!

Saturday, June 6, 2020

Review: Minecraft Dungeons (Xbox One)

Style: Single-player/Multiplayer (online or local), action RPG, dungeon crawler | Publisher: Xbox Game Studios | Developer: Mojang Studios, Double Eleven | Release: May 26, 2020 | Rating: E

Score: 7/10

Introduction:
The name of the game gives it away. Minecraft Dungeons is a overhead dungeon-crawler, similar to Diablo. And that is how I like to describe to friends. Imagine a Diablo-like game, with a Minecraft skin. It is Diablo for kids. But do not let that "for kids" description pull you away from not playing the game. Underneath the Minecraft mask, you actually have a quite enjoyable and charming game despite some minor flaws. 

Review:
The opening cutscenes tells the story of Archie, a homeless Illager, who is shunned and rejected by everyone he comes in contact with. One day, he stumbles upon an artifact known as the "Orb of Dominance," which provides him great powers, but also corrupts him in the process. The power-hungry "Arch-Illager" goes on a vengeance spree, enslaving the people of the world under his rule with his new army. This is where you come in. The hero who is to stand up to the Arch-Illager and end is tyrannical rule.

Playing the game is simple. Dive into the dungeon, kill all the baddies, grab the loot, get stronger, and do it all over again. Each dungeon sees you travel across the world, eventually meeting the Arch-Illager face-to-face. There are many different types of dungeons, ranging from swamps, deserts, and fields and many different paths to explore. It is procedurally generated as well, however, the dungeons do follow certain rules. Each time you go into a dungeon you will find it different but also familiar. You are also able to change the difficulty depending on your level, both by yourself and with a party. The higher the difficulty, the better rewards and experience you get. 


The environment is charming and if you are a fan of the original Minecraft, you will love the art style. It is still the same large, blocked, and pixelated graphics you know and love. Each dungeon is unique in their own charming way and gives you a sense of accomplishment as you beat the dungeon and travel to the new ones as they unlock. The music is also very similar to the original. In your camp, you will notice the somber and relaxing music that put you at ease in the original game. It does pick up when you are in combat and each level has its own music and effects. Simply put, the game is charming, just like its predecessor. But this is where the good stuff ends. 


Two major problems in the game, which really hurt it, are lack of loot and depth. You are provided six equipment slots: one melee weapon, one armor, one ranged weapon, and three artifacts. There just isn't much loot to go around. After about the mid-point of the game, I just kept getting upgraded versions of the same stuff. The game tries to fix this by allowing you to enchant the weapons and armor, which provide it different properties. These range from a lightening attack, increase attack speed, or increased health. But even these are very limited! The game also lacks a Minecraft staple in crafting. There are stores in the base camp but no crafting at all. One kind of good thing is there is no class system so you can equip anything, but this also has flaws because it allows Mojang to get away with the lack of loot. It also makes you play very similar builds if you are in a party because, honestly after awhile, you know what the best stuff is. The game also lacks the depth in story. It's very weak but you can expect that from Minecraft. The issue is dungeon-crawlers need to have a compelling story or combat and gameplay gets old fast. The dungeons are quite long and there is 10 dungeons altogether, but the story doesn't make me want to keep playing. I beat a dungeon and I am good for a day or two. I did have fun playing multiplayer, though. I only played local with my five-year-old son, but I can assure it it's much more fun with people. Still, after a dungeon or two, I wanted to stop. The story and the lack of rewards just made me.

The game received a 7/10 from me because the game is very well thought out a
nd designed. Gameplay really has no issues. However, the game suffers from a lack of depth, both in loot and story. If the game provide more of both at launch or stayed true to the original Minecraft and allowed you to craft loot, it certainly would receive a much better score. At this time, I just can not force myself to give the game anything higher, despite me really wanting to. I did not have crazy expectations for this game, but I think there could be more added that would have
really boosted the score.

Conclusion:
Minecraft Dungeons is currently priced at $20 and is a fair value for the amount of action and story you are given. For an extra $10, you can upgrade to the "hero edition," which provides a few skins and two future DLC updates. There is one DLC teased on the map already. Of course if you are an Xbox Game Pass owner, this game is provided with the service as Minecraft is an official IP of Microsoft. This does not come with the skins, but is likely to include the upcoming DLCs as all other Xbox Game Studios do. If you do buy it or play it on Game Pass, you will certainly have a good time. It is enjoyable enough to playthrough and is better when you have friends (my son and I loved with the game together). However, the major flaw is a lack of real loot. As I stated, you only get upgraded versions of the same loot you get all game. Yes, you can change the properties via enchantments, but this system is limited as well. While the lack of class system allows you to play any type of character, at any time, there is not real difference between any loot or friendly player. The short campaign leaves you wanting more, that hopefully regularly updated DLC will provide. I assess it will suffer from a beat-it-and-forget-it fate until the DLC comes out. Regardless, I recommend picking the game up and giving it a go because the price value is perfect. If you have kids, it is a fun game to play with them. You shouldn't be that disappointed. 

Tangibles 
  • Concept: Dungeon crawler...with a Minecraft skin!
  • Visuals: It's Minecraft! So, you know what you are getting. Pixelated, block graphics. Stays true to the original.
  • Sound: Reminds me of playing Minecraft. Somber music during low tempo areas, but does pick up to nice battle worthy ensembles when the fighting picks up.
  • Gameplay: Expect a Diablo-like combat and equipment system with major downgrades. Repetitive hack-n-slash combat but most enemies die quickly so it isn't as boring as you'd expect.
  • Entertainment: Great, new take on an old IP. Better when playing with a group of friends either local or online.
  • Replay Value: Moderate

Air Fryer Chicken Wings

If there is one thing I love food and drink wise besides beer, it is some chicken wings. I love them so much. I could marry some chicken wings....well you know what I mean. Chicken wings are so good. I love the juiciness of the wings and the different flavors you can create with them. The only issue I have with them, they can be so unhealthy. Depending on the location, they can be very high in fat and carbs. I usually eat 10 and that is just over my fat count for the day. Top that off with the aforementioned beer and bleu cheese dipping sauce, you will be looking like Frank Detorre in Osmosis Jones.

Osmosis Jones | Warner Bros. Pictures
Let's get this picture of a grotesque Bill Murray out of our heads and get to cooking some healthy(ier) wings! Our family is experimenting with healthier versions of food. We recently bought an air fryer because we love fried food but do not like all the bad that comes a long with it. We decided to make air fryer chicken wings and here is how you can do it too! It is a pretty simple recipe. All you need is your favorite kind of wings and both the dry and wet flavors you want.
  1. Line the bottom of the air fryer with foil so you have an easier clean up. We also have a two year old daughter who can not eat the wings, so we cut up chicken breasts in nugget sized pieces. You can do the same if you have a small child, or you want boneless style wings.
  2. Set your air fryer to 400 degrees.
  3. Once your fryer reaches 400 degrees, place your chicken in the fryer. Do not stack them. The chicken needs to lay flat on the bottom of the fryer. Depending on the size of the fryer. Cooking the chicken may take a little bit since you can only cook so many at a time.
  4. LIGHTLY spray the chicken with spray cooking oil. And I mean lightly. This step is optional. We just wanted a little bit of crunch on our wings. Feel free to skip this step if you want.
  5. We used lemon pepper, Korean teriyaki, and a mild wing sauce 
    for our flavoring.
  6. After about 8-10 minutes, flip the chicken to the other side. Again, LIGHTLY spray the chicken with the spray cooking oil if you desire.
  7. After about another 8-10 minutes, the chicken should be done. As with all poultry, you need to check the inside temperature at the meatiest part is 165 degrees. It should be, but you should always double check. If it isn't, leave in for a few more minutes.
  8. Now comes the fun part! Take your favorite wet sauces and dump them in a container with a lid bigger enough to hold the chicken. Give it a nice couple of shakes and use tongs to take the chicken out. For dry flavors and rubs, we melted a TINY bit of butter in a container and placed the chicken inside. When then put our dry seasoning in (we used store bought lemon pepper) and gave it a nice shake. The butter was used so it would stick to the chicken. Feel free to use whatever you want to make sure it sticks.
And there is some healthy chicken wings. We eliminated the breading and frying. This saves a ton on your macros for fat and carbs. Yes, there is a little oil and butter but it limited and should not cause much trouble in your diet. We are going to be experimenting with different flavors in the future. I remember when I was younger a strawberry like glaze and it was delicious!

If you have a better way to cook the dry rub without using the butter or to make the chicken crispy without using the spray, please let me know! If you like this recipe, let me know in the comments. Please, follow the blog so you can get more recipes in the future and other content you may enjoy!

Friday, June 5, 2020

Maneater Gameplay (Xbox One)

I finished up the new Tripwire game, Maneater, and posted a review of the game on the blog recently. In case you missed it or just want to see the gameplay, I am going to go ahead and post the YouTube video below. Part of my review was centered on the gameplay. It is what truly makes the game stand out. You can see it here:


I highly recommend you check out my review because I think you will find it everything you need to make a great decision on the game. You can find the link to the review here.

The next review I am working on is Minecraft Dungeon. I should have it complete very soon, so when it is ready, you should check it out. I have been busy this week, which I will explain why in a follow-up post here soon.

Anways, thanks for coming by and have a great day! oh, and make sure you follow my social media accounts and the new The Buser Report Twitter!