It’s Got Kiefer.

Hey folks, been playing some X-box this week and thought I’d share what I’ve been into.

I usually wind down with some multiplayer on Halo 5: Guardians. They have added a triple threat mode and it’s cool seeing a yellow team along with the usual red and blue. There’s a bigger battle version of Super Fiesta as well but I’m not really a fan. The maps are too big. Having a chance to mess with some vehicles is cool, but too much room to wonder around.

This week I finally got into Fallout 4 since it’s available on the X-box Game Pass. It’s a fun game and I enjoy that you can get a power suit early in the game. This game also features a dog companion that helps all that time walking around the Wasteland. The biggest downfall with this game is the screens on the Pip-boy. Lots of stuff to scroll through.

Lastly, I got Metal Gear Solid V free from X-box Live and month or so ago. Now my only real experience with this franchise was playing Metal Gear back on the original PlayStation in the late 90s. It was a challenging game and I was able to beat it, but I didn’t get the good ending.

Metal Gear V is a beautiful, amazing, and hard as fuck game. It’s soooooo hard. It took me forever just to play the opening prologue. It plays more like a movie with some super hard video game moments thrown in between scenes. I mostly grew bored after alerting the Soviets and being shot to death a million times before even completing the first mission. But hey!, Kiefer Sutherland voices like 85 people in the game. I felt like they paid for him, they we’re gonna get their money’s worth. Have a great week everyone and keep checking back for new and weird stories on Middle American Culture.

Will Black Ops 4 Be Terrible?

Since the days of Modern Warfare 2, I have been a huge fan of the Call of Duty game series. I have put countless hours in to the games throughout the years. During the heyday of my all-time favorite COD game, the original Black Ops, I logged an absolutely absurd 22 and a half days of game time. If there was any doubt that I am a fan, that statistic should put it to rest. With that being said, I have been extremely disappointed in almost every Call of Duty game that is set in a futuristic time period. The only exception to this being Black Ops 2, which was a great game in its own right. Call of Duty strayed away from the future warfare genre last year when it released WWII. That game was phenomenal and reminded me of why I fell in love with the series. The only major hole was that I felt the Zombies experience was greatly lacking. Other than that, the developers hit it out of the park. Which leaves me cautiously optimistic about Black Ops 4. The gameplay looks spectacular and the introduction of the new Blackout (Battle Royale) mode has me very excited. I’m also hopeful that the zombies experience will be much improved from WWII. I haven’t done extensive research on it, but the Black Ops series generally does pretty well with zombies. The game is set to release tomorrow (Friday, October 12th) at midnight. I will most certainly be up and ready to try out the multiplayer and the new battle royale mode. Next week, I will most likely write an installment of my “My First Impressions” series on the game. Until then, be sure to check out some of the other great content here on Mid-American Culture!

Is Drew Brees the Greatest Quarterback of All Time?

Hello everybody and welcome back to the Mid-American page. Unless you live under a rock, you probably have heard that future hall of fame quarterback, Drew Brees, became the all-time NFL passing leader. Upon this milestone, this led to a discussion and a rather interesting hot-take by one of my friends. He stated that Brees was the better than Tom Brady in every way. While I laid there in complete disbelief somebody can say that, I couldn’t think of a rebuttal.

If you’re one of those people who argue that championships truly matter in an arguement of skill, Brady is the best no matter against who. However, Brees did take an unlikely New Orleans Saints team to a Super Bowel and upset the then power house, Indianapolis Colts.

Brees is the greatest role model for all under sized quarterbacks. What Brees lacks in stature, he makes up with one of the gamers highest football I.Qs, arm strength, and accuracy. Brees is an unlikely to be here in this position, but here he is.

I think the craziest thing about this record is that he did this with not one great wideout. Sure he had Jimmy Graham, Jeremy Shockey, and now has promising wideout, Michael Thomas, but that’s it. Brees best receiver up until now was Marquis Colston….. Yes, Marquis Colston….

Brees is well on pace to now break the all time touchdown record as well. When he passes that, will this even be a discussion. I, honestly, am having a hard time arguing a better quarterback than Drew Brees.

Yes, this is a hot take, but what do you think? Let us know down in the comments! Thank you for spending a part of your Tuesday with me and the rest of the Mid-American crew. As always, stay tuned for more fresh daily content.

Yes Venom

Hey readers, I saw Venom with my wife last night and we both loved it. That first trailer was kinda iffy. Tom Hardy seemed to be extra weird and they called symbiotes “Simbioats” in their pronunciation. Plus we didn’t really even see Venom in that trailer. Early fear was that we actually wouldn’t see Venom as an actual character. Boy we were wrong.

He looks fantastic. Even the moments when the symbiote is hurt by sound and fire. The effects are great.

Tom Hardy is such a weird genius. He has some great moments playing a down on his luck reporter who wants to do the right thing but can get lost in the weeds getting there. This is evident in his relationship with Michelle William’s character. Venom actually refers to Tom Hardy’s Eddie Brock as a loser. Which is hilarious.

The voice and character of Venom himself is the best part of the movie. Actually this portrayal is the best in the character’s 30 year history. Venom in the comics has always been uneven. He was a monster haunting Spider-Man. He was a lethal protector, he was different people like Scorpion and Flash Thompson. The symbiote was often insane or not in control, never really a full fledged character. This movie fixes that brilliantly. The character, the look, the effects, the voice! All perfect.

I’m still in the warm after glow of this movie but I can’t recommend it enough. I was burned out on Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Monstrosity. Easter eggs and Robert Downey Jr cameos. I was bored. Venom was fun to just sit down and watch and learn about the world of Venom as the film expanded.

Happy rest of your weekend and thanks for reading Mid-American-Culture!

Top 5 WTF Moments in Gears of War 2.

10 years late to the game I just beat Gears of War 2. Pretty spectacular. Thanks to the X-BOX Game Pass I’m getting to revisit some great games that I’ve missed out on. Ten bucks a month for over a hundred games, including many Grass releases like Halo and Gears it’s a really good deal.

Gears 2 had plenty of big, over the top moments. Here’s my top 5. Oh and spoilers for a 10 year old game.

1. Locust experiment.

It’s pretty messed up when Delta gets underground. The Locust have been capturing humans for experimentations. Tai, who was with Delta as the game started had been left behind and shows up in a cage on a “torture barge.” Once Marcus and the guys rescue him, he’s obviously been traumatized and he reaches for Marcus’s shot gun and blows his own head off. Damn Tai.

2. Riftworm.

As you progress down the Locust tunnels you see some pretty large caterpillar like creatures moving aorund the can serve as mobile cover for Delta Squad.

Well after fighting for quite some time, cities above ground are being sunk to the caverns believe Sera. You discover a giant version of the rockworms is causing the the destruction. Now that’s a pretty bad ass thing. I mean I know Tremors is a long scfi franchise, but I was surprised by this in this game. Well another Carmine brother gets eaten by the giant worm and as the rest of Delta is escaping, the monster rises up and swallows your Raven chopper whole.

You of course survive the chomping and then have to fight your way out of the monster, and hey

Some People Should Not Give Style/Fashion Advice

I have a confession to make. I love watching men’s fashion and style videos on YouTube. I consider myself to be a relatively well-dressed guy and I’m always looking for new, creative outfit ideas and new clothing, shoes, etc. to try out. This leads me to the unfortunate discovery I made a few days ago. I encountered a video entitled “19 Things Men Should Never Wear” uploaded by a channel called Gentleman’s Gazette. The channel has nearly 350,000 subscribers, which led me to believe it was a credible channel and that the video was worth watching. Boy, was I wrong.

The creator of the channel, Sven Raphael Schneider is hands down the most uppity, pretentious and overall jerkish human being that I have ever encountered on YouTube, and that includes Logan and Jake Paul. At one point in the video, he actually says that wearing a certain style of clothing makes you look like a “peasant”. Throughout the video, Schneider continues to degrade all different sorts of styles. I was so put off by this clown and his video that I held off on uploading what I planned to upload this week just to talk about this joke of a video, this joke of a YouTube video, and this joke of a person. I am someone who believes that someone should be free to dress however they please and never be judged for it. On the flip side of that, I also believe that criticizing what someone wears, especially in the excessively stuck-up and rude way that Schneider did, opens you up to any amount of criticism. Therefore, I would like to point out that the guy has mixed the baggy suits of the 90’s with the obscenely outdated styles of 1930’s formal wear in such a way that I want to gouge out my eyes with a spoon every time I look at it.

If you want to subject yourself to the kind of torture I endured at the hands of this video, I have linked it down below. Thanks for reading. Check out some of the other content here on Mid-American Culture!

Die-Hard Cleveland Browns Fan Analysis: Week 4 ’18-’19

I’ve been a Browns fan my entire life, so let’s see how this season goes… Continue reading “Die-Hard Cleveland Browns Fan Analysis: Week 4 ’18-’19”