Water Challenge (2 Week Update)  

Okay so it’s been a full 2 weeks, which I honestly didn’t even notice until I started typing this up, and I’ve honestly been doing pretty good and sticking to the challenge. Of course as I stated in the initial post I’m taking baby steps but doing okay. Currently I’m drinking at LEAST a half gallon of water everyday, including the weekend which is major for me because I thought that would be the hardest part but I’ve been on it. A few days here and there I’ve gotten to or close to a full gallon (only like twice) and it hasn’t been as bad as I thought. 

There are a few times where drinking is the easiest, naturally when I’m working out but I noticed that I really like to drink in the morning when I first get to work and then again for my drive home each day. Not sure why but that’s just how it is, I guess because I’m at my busiest when I first walk into the office and then when I’m off work and driving home my focus is on driving so it’s not like I’m drinking it as a chore, it’s more of a natural process and I think that’s key to me. If I have to feel like I’m forcing myself to do something eventually ill just stop so I have to always find way to incorporate certain things into my daily life and routine. 

I also figured out that I like spring water much more than purified/distilled water, not sure why but I just do. I don’t really care about all the intricacies just yet of water so it’s no need for anyone to beat me in the head about this one or that one, currently spring water is where I’m at because me and my body like it more at the present time. I haven’t noticed any differences JUST yet but it’s only been 2 weeks so I’m sure that will come in time. Well there is one thing, I pee a LOT and I mean A LOT. Like one day last week I was driving home from work and barely made it in the house to relieve myself, think I knocked one of my kids out the way with a stiff arm that would have made LaDainian Tomlinson proud. 

So that’s my 2 week update, I’ll continue to keep you posted on my progress but so far so good….✌ 

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Smile…My Therapy Song

I can never listen to this song just once when I hear it, it used to be because of my sheer love for the song but now it holds so much sentimental value to me. Nat King Cole was perhaps my Uncle Jeff’s favorite or damn sure one of them and he used to listen to him constantly, so much so that I think it’s deeply branded on/in me and my cousins. When he was sick and dealing with his cancer one day we talked and he wasn’t having one of his better days and he told me “Yo man, when I’m out, if you ever get sad or down about it listen to Smile by Nat and think about us driving to get Red Tower burgers or playing Sega Genesis…f*uck all that sad sh*t!!!”. Yeah Jeff had such an eloquent way with words but he was leaving me with something to comfort me when he was gone. After he passed it took me awhile to actually go back and listen to the song, I would put my phone on shuffle and it would come on but I’d skip past it because I knew it would make me emotional. But now I’ve reached a point where it’s so therapeutic to me to listen to Nat’s words…”Smile though your heart is aching, smile even though it’s breaking, when there are clouds in the sky…you’ll get by, if you smile through your fear and sorrow, smile and maybe tomorrow…you’ll see the sun come shining through, for you” and man the words to this song hit home so much and help me tremendously now. Still not easy with him being gone, even the other day my oldest told me that she really misses him and his laugh which meant the world to me but I told her he is still with us everyday, we carry his name, his memory, his life everyday that we speak of him, when we think of him, when we miss him. So ock thanks so much for recommending “Smile” as my therapy for losing you, and when I hear Nat I actually imagine you saying these things to me in your own explicit kind of way…love and miss you Jeff and know that I may cry a bit at times (like now as I’m writing this) but more often than not I’m smiling…. 

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My Personal Water Challenge

Okay so I hate water, let’s just get that out the way now. Alright let me ease up a little, I don’t HATE water, just not the biggest fan nor have I ever been unless it is ICE and I mean ICE cold to the point where it’s freezing my teeth type cold. With me it’s always been like “Hey would you like a glass of water?” with my response being “Hey would you like to lick a camel’s scrotum in July?”. But I am getting older now and trying to take better care of my body and get my health in the right places because I’d like to be around for a long time to enjoy my kids and have a long life with my wife. So along with my already newfound desire to stay active physically through working out, walking, jogging etc I decided to issue myself a personal challenge to drink anywhere from a half gallon to a gallon a day of water. I’ll start off slowly because I don’t want to force myself to jump all the way in because I know me, I won’t stay focused on the task and I’ll stop. I’m going to have my wife stay on me to make sure I’m doing it and I’m even going to set reminders on my phone, at work etc to make sure I’m rocking it right. Also going to find some way to penalize myself if I don’t drink any or meet my goal for each day. I’m serious about this and may even start tracking my progress, changes etc on here just as an additional form of accountability, so wish me luck… 

New Year, Same #NBA2K17 My Career Issues

*A few updates were made to the blog post patch (1.03)*

Is NBA2K17 a step up in a lot of ways, yes it is, but my assumption is that not many of those ways are directly related to the My Career mode which still suffers from many of the same issues that it has had along with many others. Below I will address a few of the things that I have seen and noticed while playing 2K17. I have to say though, I still do not believe anyone tests this mode out prior to releasing it to the public because I just can’t see how these things can happen and I can notice them within a matter of days or even hours and no one at the company does.

  • After certain cutscenes which you talk, like the ones prior to the start of the 2nd quarter, it pans back to show your player on the court and your mouth is doing this weird fast movement, it’s actually very disturbing to be honest.
  • In order to change your jumpshot animation you must select it in the mode but then exit it and go back into it for it to take affect, this is STUPID!!!
  • The broadcast team is ALWAYS the same and I seriously have no idea how no one noticed this. The broadcast team never changes from Kevin Harlan, Greg Anthony and Steve Smith. They touted this whole multiple broadcasters stuff but it means nothing to My Career, I pray that they repair this viz patch or something. *UPDATE: It seems like this has been fixed with the patch because the first game I played post patch had Chris Webber commentating not the usual Steve Smith*
  • If the CPU is even just a LITTLE open, go ahead and run back down court because the shot is going in, now your players/teammates, this is NOT the case.
  • Be prepared for your big time players to be outplayed by WHOMEVER is out there on the opposing team in their positions. Marc Gasol gets destroyed every game, EVERY game.
  • The help defense is Garbage, possibly the worst I have ever seen with a 2K game. The rotations are non-existent, the logic with decision making of your players is horrendously bad and it costs you so many defensive stops. I have never seen anything like it and it makes no sense that all these guys that tall about making the game realistic, adding this and that can’t get something as basic as help defense to work properly in regards to My Career mode.
  • Substitution patterns are still weird and in many cases just dumb so that whole thing with the coaching adapting is nonsense from what I can see. If the CPU has a hot player your coach will make ZERO adjustments to defend the guy, ZERO.
  • In the 4th quarter there will hardly be ANY substitutions and fatigue still doesn’t matter much in that regard so again, more fluff they tried to sell us that isn’t accurate when you play. Now keep in mind those things may be truthful in other modes but none of it is in My Career and that’s all I am speaking of right now.
  • Haircuts for your player…….yeah maybe we should just go to the next item because this is still some trash. I seriously have no idea who approves things like this because I’d like to know WHO they know that has hairlines like those that are in the game. Shape ups are absolutely disgusting, just bad and it has been for many years now. It would be nice if we could get shape ups and cuts like your homie from early int he game (pictured below).

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  • Generic shoes need to NEVER be a part of this game, EVER!!! You have never seen a guy in the league wearing Limited Edition 2K Sports 11’s, FOH 2K.
  • At times you will be standing there getting ready to guard your man and another one of the CPU players will run RIGHT INTO YOU and drive you all the way back and they will pass your man the rock for an open shot, this will infuriate you, trust me…happens a lot too.
  • The feels of the game is smoother but it still feels wild sticky, like the game is stuttering when you are moving around and that’s because it still have this “someone else is trying to move me places I don’t want to go” feel to it. I have never understood why they just don’t let you as the player decide where you want to be on the floor without the pulling and tugging, it’s like you are fighting against Skynet.
  • Lot of suction animations or you sticking to people as you run around.
  • When you make a steal or in a position to start a fast break the game does this weird thing where it kind of turns your guys around instead of letting him go the proper direction. Also in regards to fast breaks people still catch you, you still have that slow up moment instead of allowing you to sprint out and begin the break. You will be cut off and halted by defenders no matter HOW much faster you may be than them and it’s aggravating because this has been the case for years.
  • Don’t throw too many passes because the CPU will intercept them RELIGIOUSLY!!! And I do mean religiously, they are going to have sooooooooooooo many steals, won’t always be you making the passes either, your teammates will throw the worst passes and the CPU players will miraculously ALWAYS be in the right position. *UPDATE: most of the steals were a result of lazy slow lob passes regardless of the situation but this seems to have been tweaked some with the recent patch*
  • Prior to the recent patch that was released, 1.03 I believe, damn near every CPU defender was amazing, I mean on some Bruce Bowen, Jordan, The Glove type amazing but it seems that the patch fixed that. Now while Avery Bradley played me well, to be expected because he’s a good defender, I abused some other dudes they put on me and it felt right because they were weaker defenders. Good job on this 2K.
  • There are a lot of strange things that happen like in these 2 pictures below where in one the reporters interviewing Justice are our teammates and in the other Denver has become…..ME
  • And lastly, Michael B. Jordan has blue eyes………….yeah.

So that’s a few of the things that I have noticed while playing the game, I am sure there is more but I can’t think of everything right now. Is the game playable, very much so, more so than it used to be, yeah, but it still needs a lot of work and again I don’t know how they don’t realize a lot of these issues prior to releasing the game to us. For the life of me I still don’t understand why sliders are not able to be used or have any affect on My Career mode, because if you could use sliders a LOT of these issues could be minimized or even removed from your gaming experience, but nope….not an option. 

#NBA2K17 Face Scan Tips

What’s going on world, it’s ya boy Neo and I just wanted to put out some information that has helped me. Now this kind of goes without saying but face scanning for NBA 2K games can be a bit of a hassle and creates tons of frustration within the gaming community, myself included BELIEVE ME. But if you know me well enough you know I can’t just quit although on a few occasions while doing this over the past few years I’ve felt like it. So below I have put a few tips that have helped me attain some pretty good scans.

  • Okay let’s first start off with face positioning when using the 2K17 mobile app. Below are some examples of where I positioned my face in order to get good scans.

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<— You want your head positioned about here within the oval, pretty much having the top of the oval be about where your hairline is while also leaving enough room to the left and right for head turning.

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Now this is entirely too close, don’t do this, may lead to a lot of weird faces as it does not leave room for you to turn your head and the app will probably tell you it can’t find your face.—>

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<— Now this angle may be the move for those above the head pics by the Instagram honeys but this is NOT good for a 2K face scan…stay focused!!!

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Don’t turn your head this far, you are just wasting time as the camera will only snap pics to a certain point but for some reason if it did continue you will get weird bright light spots on you scanned face when uploaded to your system —>

  • Next tip is about turning your head, best advice I can give is to turn your head as SLOOOOOOOOOOWLY as you possibly can. There really is no set way to describe this, just don’t turn your head as fast as possible, have to give the camera a chance to capture the multiple shots it needs to build the face. I would say give the time between the faces getting the green lights maybe about 10 seconds or so.screenshot_20160917-143826
  • When turning your head to the left and right, lift it slightly, don’t tilt your head down, this allows the light to hit the proper spots on your face if need be.
  • Speaking of shadows on your face, these next 2 pictures will illustrate how the light shouldn’t be when on your face. Try to make sure that the light is centered as best as it can be so that it will be even on your face. The pic on the left has too much light coming from the right side, the pic on the right has a dark shadow on the left side, both are very bad for business.
  • If you happen to get this error, just close that particular scan and start it over again, don’t even waste your time because in most instances it’s not going to come out right.screenshot_20160917-094934
  • Keeping in line with errors let me speak on the scanning error that some may see, an error that I myself experienced for almost 3 straight days and then I figured out what I was doing wrong. If you are too far back when inside of the oval, like pictured below, you will get the following error listed in the video. To counter this just move your face/head closer to the camera in the oval, that’s it and then you will begin to get regular working scans again and TRUST me when I changed this I have YET to see that error again.screenshot_20160917-102605
  • Next very important tip is your lighting, now this is very situational because some people can get great scans without the best of light, I mean I have gotten good scans while being in my garage which only has 2 lights in it. But to get the most recent scan I have I did it in the conditions below. These are the windows for my bathroom and a bedroom window, just to give you an idea of how I was able to get good lighting on my face. Also with the lighting, if you notice the sun isn’t beaming through the windows, you don’t want that because then your face will be TOO light. For instance I took these pictures and did my scan early this morning which is good because the sun was still on the other side of the house but the light was good none the less. If you look at my face you will see that it picked up pretty good, I mean it got the area under and around my eyes very well along with my nose which is a normally very difficult part to have scanned correctly.
  • Don’t make it your mission to get a “GREAT” face scan, above average and at times even the most “AVERAGE” of scans will work just fine. On the old 2K’s when we had to scan with the PS4 cam/Kinect it was times when I got well over 12,000 reference points but my scan looked wack and as you can see below this one I ended up with got only a few thousand.
  • If you can try to prop your phone up so you don’t have to actually hold it and can focus on the turning of your head.
  • Using your rear camera works well too if you can have someone hold the camera for you but truth be told you can get excellent ones with the front facing cameras so it’s not a MUST.
  • Should you want to see about getting a better scan even though you are content with the one you currently have you can do this and just not save it. Do the complete scanning process and see how the face comes out once uploaded. If you don’t like it just “Abort Changes And Return” this was you can keep testing out scans without losing one. Be careful with this though because if you just leave your system on the screen and then come back to it and save it for some odd reason it may put a generic face on your scan, it’s a very weird thing and it’s happened to me twice.
  • Try to look at your camera when turning your head during the scanning process. I also noticed that if you look at your screen/face it works okay also, just in case you wanted to keep an eye on how you are turning your head.
  • Try to let your head get close to the edge as pictured below. Notice how my head has a slight tilt up the closer I get to the edge

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  • For the eyebrows try a few scans so you can judge to see where YOUR eyebrows will be positioned on your face scan because hair will show up lightly and you want the system eyebrows to be able to go RIGHT over the spots where your brows would be. This is also a good way to know when you are at the right height etc for your face scans.
  • Try not to blink a lot, I mean you can get away with blinking but don’t Nicki Minaj blink my dude. If you HAVE to blink stop turning and hold your head still get your blink in and then keep turning for your scan.
  • Sometimes on the Android side the app will get hung up and it will tell you that it can’t find your face, if this happens just close the app and reopen it, that’s all.
  • Try not to have an extra shiny or glossy type face, it will make your player look plastic…now this doesn’t mean scan with an ashy face just don’t create reflections on your face. Also try to keep your mouth closed.
  • I said it before but I must say it once again before I bring this to a close, turn your head slowly, this is extremely important.

And that’s really about all you truly need to know, or at least all I can think of for right now to help you get a good scan. Also I am always there to help if I can so if you need some assistance hit me on here or on Twitter at @NeoThaAnomaly and I’ll get back to you and try to get you right. Face scanning is huge to me because all I play is My Career thus why I kind of go OD crazy when it comes to it but I also try to find out the best ways so that I can pass along the help to my fellow gamers in the community since 2K has always given us a really basic guideline for how it should be done. So I hope this helped some and gets you all some much better scans, although I do love all those weird ones I see people post but as gamers I want us all to have great face scans. Holla at yall….1 (Below is the final scan after all the editing and everything that I did, I think it looks like me)

My 1st Game Of #Madden17 (Things I Liked)

Haven’t put up any vids in awhile on my YouTube channel since I deleted my old one (speaking of which, subscribe to my new one here), but I am going to try to get back into the groove and what better way than with some footage from the 1st game I played on Madden 17 since getting it last night and so far so good. Some of these things i’m sure have already been in the game as early as last year but it is good to see things executed in the manner that they are shown. Aaron Donald was wrecking my O-Line but you know he kind of does that in real life and it’s that disruption that caused a few of these plays to go the way they did, good, bad or indifferent.

The zone play was really the one that caught my attention the most though because in the past that may have played out different and because of the pressure that Aaron Donald put me under in the 1st play shown which was very early in the game it forced me to take my eyes off the coverage and look at the line, JUST in case he got past Warmack again and that my friends is a very realistic thing for QBs. Through my 1st few runs of gameplay of it I haven’t seen anything that has really bothered me or even made me say “oh here we go again” and that’s a great thing, it means they’ve been listening. I also don’t look at these games the same as others that may nitpick any and everything (like the way my guy’s arm kind of morphed when I was guarding Gurley on that route as you will see), but I do watch for the little things, those little things that make a difference in every game. I am a stickler for details and all the stuff that stats DON’T pick up and thus far they have done a good job of reflecting many of those things. More vids will come the more I play…….1

Great 2K Vid By @SmittyD1981

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My homie Smitty put up a very good video in regards to NBA 2K and a lot of the pertinent issues surrounding the game and what he would like to see changed moving forward. I agree, as I generally do, with all of his points in regards to 2K, they have a lot of work to do. But check the vid out for yourselves and tell Smitty I sent ya…1

A Gem From Lord Jamar On Lil Kim

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Nice little gem at around the 2:22 mark from the OG Lord Jamar in regards to Lil Kim and I also feel like this about a lot of women. We men can tell you ladies all day long how beautiful you are but if you don’t believe it YOURSELF it’s just a lost battle. Start believing in yourselves and your beauty ladies, be your first validation…1