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Here we will be covering all sorts of media both physical and digital: Books, Movies, Games and More…

A few examples of the types of media covered:

Lord of the Rings The Two Tower:  Book and my experience with watching this movie with a live orchestra playing the music from the film.

The Strain: The book and how closely the TV show holds true.

Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime: A “lovely” Xbox live game that I have been hooked on lately.

 

 

 

 

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Dare I say it…MoviePass

I swear I have a legitimate reason for the delay and it is MoviePass. Instead of feverishly writing my first post, I have been, for lack of a better word, stalking MoviePass.

A giant Peruvian hello to 30 minute media followers! I know it’s been a “minute” (Ha. Dad joke) since I was introduced.

I swear I have a legitimate reason for the delay and it is MoviePass. Instead of feverishly writing my first post, I have been, for lack of a better word, stalking MoviePass. I made the mistake of signing up for MoviePass at the height of its popularity. For those of you who don’t know what MoviePass is, let me fill you in. MoviePass is a 10 dollar/month subscription that lets you watch unlimited 2D movies in theaters. “Talk about a cheap date night!” is what I thought when I signed up. Flash forward to…..

I ordered my card in August. I waited an appropriate amount of time for my card without a peep to customer service.

1 month passes by, no card. Then I get a joyful ping to my phone. An email from MoviePass! My utter enjoyment turned to frustration as they told me to be patient, their service centers had been overwhelmed by the demand. BUT there was some hope at the end of the tunnel, the email also set a deadline. I’m a type A personality and can definitely get behind a deadline but, alas, the deadline came and went and my mailbox and heart were movieless.

I miss mediocre remakes of It and Blade Runner and was unable to get my “JLaw being artsy” on.

MoviePass taunted me by posting on FB “Who went to see Blade Runner this weekend?” I contacted MoviePass through legitimate means by going through their customer service app and sending an email through their website. No response. I tried again. Nothing. Then I went full blown “I know we are meant to be together. Why can’t you see it?” I found every social media account MoviePass has made. I contacted them through Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. I would have done MySpace had I remembered my account info. Unfortunately, I misplaced that right around the same time I lost my AIM password.

“I got this icebox where my heart used to be.” Who knew when Omarion sang this song he was referring to precisely this moment in my live.

When MoviePass responded to all my posts with a stinging silence I had two options: I could give up all hope and pay for my movies or I could dig my heels in and demand my card. Like Martha Stewart, I’ve never been a quitter. So I decided to post on all their social media account plus their customer service options every day until I got a response. Dare I say it (Ha. Title in the blog post), I went almost 3 weeks. I was generally nice about it until Thor:Ragnarok came out. Don’t mess with a girl and her Marvel.

Thor+The Hulk+witty banter=me paying full price for a movie ticket.

But MoviePass wasn’t done with me yet. Then the emails started. They said:

“It looks like you should have received your MoviePass card. We will start charging you tomorrow.”

Believe me!

Had I gotten my MoviePass, I wouldn’t be on social media. I’d be enjoying a nice and buttery popcorn from a showing of Bad Mom’s Christmas. I kept pressing the link “I haven’t received my card yet.” which just meant they would continue to taunt me with emails about my card.

Finally, after 3 months of being jerked around this angel appeared from the light.

I finally got a message from MoviePass on Instagram! It felt like the skies had cleared and finally the MoviePass gods had answered. They (whoever they are) said my card would arrive in 10-14 business day. Lucky them, it came after 5 business days. I wasn’t counting my “French hens” just yet (Christmas shoutout). Now it was time to test if it worked. I didn’t want the stakes too high so I wasn’t gonna try and go to Justice League. I decided on Bad Mom’s Christmas. Tension was high as the movie attendent swiped my MoviePass Card. Would I be thrown back into the dysfunctional relationship I had already established with MoviePass or would I finally taste that delicious, buttery popcorn?

Drum roll, please……it worked!

After all this drama, would I do it again? Hell yes! Like any bad break up, I learned a lot about myself. Persistence really is key and sometimes you gotta work for what you want. If you’re looking for me, just stop by our local movie theater. I’ll be the one with a bucket of popcorn in the front.

If you are interested in your own soul searching adventure feel free to use this code:

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Remember you can find me at @adorabell on Twitter

It’s That Time of the Year, Again!

Hello all!  This is budzoog3, and I am pleased to be apart of this blog.  I would like to thank 30 Minute Media for the opportunity to be able to share my thoughts with this community.  I hope it will be a fun and exciting journey together.

 

And with that, I would like to tackle one of my favorite topics… Christmas Music!

 

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There are a lot of critics that say when the “button” should be pushed for listening to the tunes.  A lot of traditionalists say that you should wait until after Thanksgiving.  That you should give Thanksgiving the respect it deserves.  Well, I say too bad.  What does it matter if I like playing Christmas Music right after Halloween?  Personally, I think the Christmas season is too short as it is, and it really is The Most Wonderful Time of the Year (Andy Williams).  So I say you listen whenever you want to.  I have been guilty of sneaking some tunes in during the summer months.  It puts a smile on my face.

 

Sirius XM actually hit the “button” on November 1st.  They feature a channel that is exclusively the 40’s-60’s, Holiday Traditions, and a modern channel, Holly.  I was the guy that left my post at work so I could run to my car and make it just in time to hear the first song on channel 4.  I thought the choice of Bing Crosby’s, White Christmas, was a phenomenal selection.  I cannot argue starting the season with the best-selling single of ALL TIME.  On a side note, Irving Berlin was truly unbelievable.

 

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The Holiday Traditions channel has been super, however, I strongly feel that they could bust out even more tunes.  While I do appreciate the obscure artists and different songs, I feel that the could do more.  For instance, I would love to finally hear Perry Como’s, Christmas Dream played on the radio (If you get nothing else from this post, just please download that song.  It is fantastic and has a great message to slow down and enjoy what is going on).  Bobby “Boris” Pickett’s, Monster’ Holiday (Monster Mash sequel) is a fun song that everyone can enjoy.

 

When I was driving home on Tuesday, I was shocked to find that Chicago based 93.9 FM switched to the All-Christmas format.  They usually wait at least another week historically, but they must have hit the “button” early with the cold weather rolling in.  While I enjoy the Holiday Tradition channel, it is always fun to listen to 93.9 and hear Mariah Carey’s, All I Want for Christmas is You song 3,227,385,738 times (Personally I am not a fan of the song, but I know it is popular).  However, while listening to 93.9, I noticed that they played Happy Holiday’s by Andy Williams and Paul McCartney’s, Wonderful Christmastime (Two of my all-time favorites).  It was in this instance that I realized the exposure to 93.9 and the Holiday Tradition’s channel was simply not enough.

 

I hit my personal “button” on November 9th this year.  I have 244 tunes lined up on my iTunes and am always looking for more.  I immediately played Christmas is for Children by Glen Campbell (RIP).  Some of my more obscure deep Christmas favorites that I have not mentioned yet include: This Time of the Year (Ray Charles), The Bells of St. Mary’s (Andy Williams), Christmas Auld Lang Syne (Bobby Darin), Christmas Mem’ries (Rosemary Clooney), Kids (Kenny Rogers), The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot (Nat King Cole) and Old Toy Trains (Roger Miller).  There are plenty more that I love that were not mentioned.

 

Some of my favorite fun Christmas songs include: Christmastime All Over the World (Sammy Davis Jr.)  He has no idea what those kids are saying!, I Yust Go Nuts At Christmas (Yogi Yorgesson), Marshmallow World (Frank Sinatra & Dean Martin)  Those guys were bombed!, 12 Days of Christmas (The McKenzie Brothers) and I’m Gettin’ Nuttin’ For Christmas (Stan Freberg).  I am sure that I am forgetting a lot, but these tunes jumped out at me.

 

Between all of the radio stations and my personal collection, I should be set up pretty well for the next 2 months.  However, I am always looking for new additions.  I just added Believe by Josh Groban into my playlist.  It is a decent song with a deep meaning.

 

People ask me when I turn back to the regular music.  I like to keep the Christmas tunes going until January 3rd.  I appreciate the tunes on New Years and I just am not ready to turn them off until January.  I do not appreciate the people who turn them off at 12:01 on the 26th (Looking at you 93.9).  They should be played until January 1st, in my opinion.

 

So go on to Dunkin Donuts, pick up a Vanilla Chai, get into your PJ’s and start spinning the tunes!  You have less than 2 months to enjoy, so get to it!

 

Feel free to leave some comments if you have any recommendations for me, or if you would like some other songs that I enjoy for your Annual Christmas Parties.

 

Until Next Time,

-budzoog3

A warm welcome to our new writers

I am excited to announce that two new writers are joining our team, please join me in welcoming Budzoog3 and Adorabelle!!

Today I have some very exciting news!!

The 30minutemedia family is getting bigger and I am thrilled to announce that two new writers are joining our team, please join me in welcoming Budzoog3 and Adorabelle!!!

Budzoog3:

A sports fanatic and retro gaming efficanoto, he brings a wealth of knowledge that won’t be found elsewhere. A recent convert into the movie going scene, I am sure that we can expect a nugget of truth on cinematic masterpieces as well as picture perfect flops. A secret Christmas tune enthusiast, from Crosby to Charlie Brown, Budzood3 has so much to share when it comes to this yearly tradition. I looking forward to reading about when it’s time to “push the button” for optimal Christmas tunes enjoyment and the perfect drink to partake in as well.

Adorabelle:

All about TV and celebrity gossip, bringing what seems like a never ending pool of bar trivia level insight on the latest and greatest surrounding those two topics. Adorabelle is not only your go to source for the inside scoop, she will deliver us a double scoop about the happenings in regards to her DIY projects that she has been working on. She will also keep you up to date with some of the cutest animal videos, but don’t let me be the judge of that, come and find out for yourself!

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Thor Ragnarok: Thumbs up! 

What does 30minutemedia think of Thor Ragnarok? Come and find out!

In between stuffing fists full of popcorn in my mouth (sometimes while) I laughed, maybe a little too much, at this movie.

Amongst the lovable banter between Banner and Thor, the one liners that kept popping back up throughout and, a that mistivious yet convenient plot hurdler Loki… Thor Ragnarok had a lot to offer audiences.

Okay Okay so I will admit this upfront so that way there aren’t questions about it… I have not seen the first two Thor movies in their entirety. I know, shame on me, how can I possible even consider the thought of writing something about this franchise without viewing them beforehand. Well I might get around to it someday but that day isn’t today. Onwards!!!

Never fear though, I have a simple solution for whether or not you should consider seeing this movie is this: Did you enjoy Guardians of the Galaxy?

You do… Great go see this movie and let me know if you agree with my threshold.

You don’t… Why the hell are you reading this?

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Bonus reasons to go out and watch Thor Ragnarok:

  • Zany characters and a new planet
  • Hot hot hot rainbow bridge action
  • Family drama
  • The hulk being incredible
  • That haircut!!! ❤️❤️❤️
  • Huge dog fan so I love the huge dog in this movie
  • Can’t get enough Loki
  • Did I mention that things get a little Strange, Doctor
  • Jokes Jokes and more one liners than even the great Mitch Hedberg would know what to do with
  • Epic Mickey 2  That’s what heroes do conspiracy

Twitch Streaming Recap: Lessons Learned

Twitch Streaming Recap: Lessons Learned. Highs and Lows of streaming

Last night 30minutemedia took to twitch for its premiere streaming event and it was a smashing success.

First and foremost I want to thank all of those who made the time to come and support the stream, everyone was such a big help!

Although the initial creation and setup of an account and getting the basics in place for Twitch was relatively easy, we did run into some technical difficulties in the first portion of the stream. We walked away with three major lessons for the next stream.

Lesson 1:  When streaming over wifi make sure to tweak the stream quality settings before going live.
  • The Xbox One Twitch app has three major settings and then one that allows it to automatically detect the quality, regardless of how crazy awesome of a set up you have I would recommend using that last option. During the stream comments were coming through stating that either the stream was super choppy(see pic below) or that the it was froze all together and that in turn lead to the viewer count becoming super choppy itself.
Lesson 2: Check all sound levels.
  • I am a person who loves to blast the sweet sweet tunes of Sonic at the highest possible volume while playing… however when trying to make commentary over said music I was finding myself shouting in order to beat out those tunes. I would recommend turning down the volume of both the sound effects and music till you think its far too quiet and then give it another turn of the “knob” just a little more.  Viewers found it hard to hear what was being said and I wasn’t aware of it until far too late, which leads me to my next lesson.
Lesson 3: Pay attention to chat.
  • As a long time gamer it’s easy to get caught up in the action while gaming, trust me and if you don’t just ask the viewers from last night’s stream lol. I was getting alerts from the chat room letting me know about all of the issues that were happening with the stream and I was oblivious due to the fact that it all was going smoothly from my side of things. Do yourself and favor and have either a second screen dedicated to the chat or pull out your phone and keep that in eyesight. Most viewers don’t just want to watch you play a game but want to interact with you while you stream both for good things and bad things. They want to have just as good of a time as you are having, so give them a real shot at it by giving them a voice!!!
Bonus Lesson: Mute your second device.
  • This one might seem a bit obvious to some but after doing your prestream checks make sure to mute the second device that you are watching the stream with otherwise you will get some serious feedback loops and the audio for the stream will be ruined pretty quickly. Luckily, we caught this one early on and saved the second portion of the stream.

With these lessons in mind, we look to continue to make improvements to the stream. Plans for a scheduled time to do streaming are in the works and 30minutemedia is always open to discussion about what games should be played and any improvements you think we could make to the stream a whole.

Let us know what game you think we should play next, leave a comment below!

As of right now it looks as if streaming could take place for an hour or two twice a week. The schedule will be posted here and on all social media outlets that we use. We will be looking to bounce around between all of the available streaming products out there now as well, at this moment we could stream on Youtube and Microsoft’s Mixer, it all depends on which becomes the best fit for our needs.

In case you missed the stream don’t frete! I will be posting the videos on Youtube within the next day or so and maybe some more surprise content to follow on that channel as well!

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Happy Halloween!!!

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Streaming Sonic Mania

First Impression and Play of Sonic Mania for the Xbox One streaming on Twitch

Going Live at 8:30 PM Central Time.

Check out our first impression and play of Sonic Mania at https://www.twitch.tv/30minutemedia

Come join in on the chat and get to know 30minutemedia and some fellow followers of the blog.

Update:

A big thank you to all that came a supported the stream! I know that there were technical difficulties that were worked through and all of the feedback was welcomed! I don’t know about you guys and gals out there but I am excited about the next stream to come.

Rocking and Rolling, Splishing and a Splashing… playing Rocket League till 4am!

Another tale about my experience with an epic game and the aftermath this time… Rocket League.

Rocket League!!!!

This game has something for everyone:
  • Cars (and plenty of them)
  • Soccer, Hockey and Basketball
  • Speed
  • Demolition Derby
  • Customizations
  • Achievement Hunting
  • Global Ranking System
  • Solo and Team matches
  • Seasons
  • Available on most of the current consoles and PC

And all of these are just the tip of the iceberg…

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Let’s get this out of the way:

If you haven’t played Rocket League…. close this blog and find a way to get your hands on this game… Seriously! A must have that is loads of silly fun and a story creating factory for both sports gamers and gamer gamers alike.

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All good things have to have a bit of a bad side and for Rocket League that comes in the form of a Crate….

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After every match you have a chance to win a Crate. Woo-Hoo!! right?

WRONG!

Crates are locked and can only be opened with keys that have to be bought from the store of the system you are playing on, in my case it was the Xbox store. They only come in packs of 10 and at a little more than a dollar a key…. this price stinks. If you only have one crate that you would like to open and  “pull the lever” in order to randomly win something cosmetic in the game, please fork over 10 plus hard earned fat ones.

Overall it doesn’t sound so bad since it doesn’t directly impact the game, but it seems to encourage gambling like mechanics. Unlock this crate and you have a shot to win something amazing!!!, however, most of the time you will win something that you will never use or even worse still need something else in order to use the item that you just unlocked.

My example comes from custom paints for cars: There was a type of car only found in one crate and within that same crate all of the custom paints for that car were also found in this crate. I happened to have three of that crate and out of my “spins” I won the same paint twice and a really nice set of wheels. Great!!! two things I can’t use and something that I will only use every once other match. The game allows you to trade in 5 items from the same crate to get an upgrade item from that crate but turning 5 dollars into 1 dollars is kind of a rough trade up lol.

The base game is great and Psyonix, Inc. has done a great job of adding new maps and game types over the years.

The only thing that I have against it are the Crate and Keys, if they would offer the options to buy the car and paint in a DLC like bundle after a few months of the Crates being out I could see the people buying keys and the like as wanting a chance to play with something a bit early and reward those who are willing to wait as well.

Get the game, convince some friends to sit down and play and check the time after a couple of matches and don’t be surprised when you are looking at 4am on a weeknight. The game has me hooked and I will be playing this one for a long time coming.

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