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Re: Random Babbling: 2017
« Reply #15 on: May 27, 2017, 04:27:07 PM »
Starfox, I was thinking you said you'd been in the army, but i guess you had to turn all the ordinance back in.

Shhhh... That's a subject we'll never ever discuss again...   

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Re: Random Babbling: 2017
« Reply #16 on: June 14, 2017, 12:11:35 AM »
Whenever I think "Alan Parsons Project," it's always inextricably entwined with Eric Woolfson's voice. That guy was The Man. Just thought I'd mention that.  :ok:

And in a somewhat more risque frame of mind concerning a previous post making mention of Bai Ling's feral cat tattoo on her lady area, I would humbly offer this double (and possibly even more) entendre/pun: "I tawt I taw a puddy tat! I did! I did taw a puddy tat!"

That's all, folks!

:ss-facepalm

Uh...anyway, having seen that Bethesda isn't too concerned about releasing a new TES game within the next year (a dumbass card game is NOT an acceptable substitute!), I resigned myself to ignoring them for the forseeable future. Similarly, EA/Bioware/Satan has back-burnered Mass Effect and won't even talk about Dragon Age...however, since both franchises' most recent installments were dismal slogs at best, that's probably a good idea.

So with no prospects for a massive RPG -- one that I would like, that is -- in the near future, I threw myself into finally finishing DA Inquisition. I never finished the Hakkon DLC, nor did I buy the other two, and I figured...why the hell not.

Btw, I should point out that the fixing of ME Andromeda is proceeding procedurally, with a patch every month fixing some of the stupid things that were broken. They managed to toss in a couple more chargen options, but it's still woefully underdeveloped; but at least they added a node in the Tempest's med bay that will let you redo your face if you want. But the biggest fix that they've implemented is giving more gay romance options to the male Ryder character. Yes. With all the other things wrong and/or stupid with this game, they came to the conclusion that the most glaringly wrong thing with the game is that it didn't have enough queer fucking.

So when you're left wondering why they don't just fix the game, it's because someone in charge over there has his thumb jammed firmly up his ass, daydreaming about burly aliens.

Anyway, back to DAI. Since Bioware's not patching the living crap out of it anymore, the mod tools have stabilized. It's still not 100%; Descent is still so wonky that it's recommended to disable mods before you start it...if you NEED to use them while playing, then do so...but disable them before leaving the DLC's area, or bad things will occur. I just disabled them entirely for the duration of the DLC. And I had to suffer with these eyebrows throughout:


Those are the brows that were replaced by a mod; I didn't choose them myself. Seriously, Bioware: what moron(s) amongst you thought those monstrosities were a good idea??

So once I was done with The Descent -- and good friggin' riddance -- I could reenable my mods.


Much better.

And even though Descent was painful, a far more stupidly difficult experience than it should have been, the entire ordeal was made up for by some really ugly armor and items, such as the Lyrium Staff model. (Although not as hideous as the basic game's Red Lyrium weapons. Yikes.) I try to ignore the ugly staff. It just doesn't go with my ensemble.


Still, this can be a fantastic-looking game with the right mods --


-- but that doesn't mean that it isn't a complete pain in the ass in other ways. The DLC, for example, are STUPID hard, even on Casual. Especially on Casual; those of us who play on Casual aren't interested in ten-minute knock-down drag-outs with anything less than a High Dragon...some of us don't have the patience due to many factors. It took my horde of...well, maybe "Inquisitorial Squad" is more appropriate...a few minutes or so just to take down TWO bad guys. These are the stats of one:


Why am I even there? They're immune to just about anything I have in my arsenal, so what's the point?

It didn't get any better, really. But I made it through somehow, and I was somewhat enraged by the poor handling of the whole thing: they could have made this a fascinating mini-story of the Dwarves, but instead turned it into a brain-damaged slug-fest. Insipid.

So I decided to finish the MQ before tackling Jaws Of Hakkon; last time I tried it -- before they stopped patching the game -- it was a crash-happy disappointment. But thanks to knowing what to avoid (don't let Cassandra use the Lunge & Slash ability, or whatever it's called), it's just a disappointment. The foes are Stupid Hard (of course), and it was with keen depression that I realized that Vivienne's craftable Maleficent hat was only wearable by...you guessed it, Vivienne.

God damn it all to Hell. What's the POINT, I asked quite reasonably.

So I'll continue with it, much as I'd like to shit-can the whole thing at this point. After Hakkon I'll finally get to Trespasser, although I don't have much hope for it.


Stupid camera crap.

Note to self for future reference: when an NPC or companion asks me a question and the dialog wheel won't let me make any choices, toggle free camera mode to off with the "o" key; then I'll be able to click on the conversation choices. Way to go, Bioware. :P
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Re: Random Babbling: 2017
« Reply #17 on: June 14, 2017, 11:46:03 AM »
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"I tawt I taw a puddy tat! I did! I did taw a puddy tat!"

And what next? You wait for grand mother to come and hit it hard with a pointy object... and for the cries and incessant moaning that will ensue.

See, French are not very good at innuendo  :lol:


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So with no prospects for a massive RPG -- one that I would like, that is -- in the near future, I threw myself into finally finishing DA Inquisition.

So, still haven't played The Witcher 3, have you? "Massive" right there... RPG too (much more than Fallout 4 at any rate). Or you can wait for Cyberpunk 2077 but there's no ETA on that as CDPR always says for their games "when it's done".

As for Bethesda Softworks (the publisher, not Bethesda Games Studios, the developer) all I can say about their latest idea is "prrft" and feel free to quote me.

Two paragraph in their FAQ that triggered a tornado on twitter and other social media because they contradicted themselves pretty nicely.

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Is Creation Club paid mods?
No. Mods will remain a free and open system where anyone can create and share what they’d like.

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How do I get Creation Club content?

Creation Club is available via in-game digital marketplaces in both Fallout 4 and Skyrim Special Edition and purchased with Credits. Credits are available for purchase on PSN, Xbox Live, and Steam. Your Credits are transferable and can be used in both games on the same platform.

Obviously Bethesda Softworks PR are not communication geniuses. So let's try to clarify a bit.

The idea they had is to create kind of an Elite club of developers to issue new content as incredibly stupid as the things shown at E3 (crab armor, backpack, new sword... seriously I hope that was just a proof of concept guys) or - best outcome and let's hope for that - something of the caliber of Dawnguard, Dragonborn or even Enderal... who knows? Developers outside Bethesda will be allowed to join if their project is approved and will be able to participate in their project albeit possibly loosing any kind of rights to it -- that's the part Bethesda Softwork was not talking about. And if I have an advice to give to any modder who would be willing to join... read the fine print before signing anything.

For the content issued by this "Elite Club" well, yeah, you WILL have to pay. It won't be free -- more precisely you'll have to buy some fictional money as you had to buy Bioware points for example then use this fictional money to buy the Club content. What they're trying to say with "it's not paid mods" is that the other modders (outside the club) will retain the right to do as they please.

So in a nutshell it's seems just like a revival of what they were trying to do on Steam a few years ago and that Valve decided to kill because it was a nightmare. The big difference is that this time they decided to actually curate the mods and include them as part of their in-house development Which should be a good thing (underscore "should").

Of course a lot of issues remain unclear especially for modders. What do they have to gain? Bethesda says "same thing than our own developers" (but without the actual job) which may be taken as "you'll be paid a stipend during the development but as soon as the project is finished, bye bye" and then you won't have any revenue from the commercial side of things either. But hey, maybe I'm just a bad mouth, maybe Bethesda Softwork and Zenimax are more generous than i think them to be.

That said, if they produce at least Dragonborn level mods at reasonable prices, meh, sure why not... But if they intend to sell the crap they displayed at E3, count me out. We don't need  another armor, backpack, sword... They're already gazillions out there.


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Re: Random Babbling: 2017
« Reply #18 on: June 24, 2017, 07:38:17 PM »
Well...the Steam Summer Sale is ongoing. If for nothing else, this is when I take the time to go through my wishlist and weed out the crap. Never gonna play it, nope, what was I thinking, still overpriced after five years...that sort of thing. Bethesda dropped the price of Doom to $29.99...way overpriced...and the sale takes it down to a "mere" $14.99...enh, let's see if they knock another ten bucks off the thing in the Fall sale.

Same thing with Shadow Warrior 2, which at 40% off is $23.99...too much. Prey is discounted 34% (?!?) and is $39.59. WAY too much. Give 'em a couple of seasons' worth of non-sales and they'll be cheaper than a Van Helsing sequel.

That's the problem with digital goods: there's no physical merchandise to make the stores desperate for space. Got 175 boxes of Rage that no one wants, what am I going to do to free up some space for the 600 boxes of Final Fantasy MCMXLVIII that no one will buy?? I know! I'll mark 'em all down to $4 and throw in a random page ripped from a Hustler Jerry found in the break room!

Anyway.

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And what next? You wait for grand mother to come and hit it hard with a pointy object... and for the cries and incessant moaning that will ensue.

Not that I am pro-violence against women, but I admit that seeing some granny whack Bai Ling in the crotch with a board with a nail in it would be astoundingly awesome. :ok:

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So, still haven't played The Witcher 3, have you? "Massive" right there... RPG too (much more than Fallout 4 at any rate).

Aha! I have been trying out Witcher 3...just cautiously, though. The combat's still a little overwhelming, but I'm getting used to it. If anything, it's certainly way better than FO4, Andromeda, etc., in just the small amount I've played.

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"prrft"

There. You're quoted.  ;D

Bethesda and Zenimax are just...man. They're just a bunch of out-of-touch idiots who want to control all aspects of the modding angle of their games because, by God, there's money out there that they don't have yet. :madatwall:
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Re: Random Babbling: 2017
« Reply #19 on: June 26, 2017, 02:21:08 PM »
Actually I took a dive and bought Prey. Yeah i know, silly  :hammerhead: No way I would have bought it at its original $60 price tag (did you notice, Bethesda = $60; now all their games seems to debut at $60). For $40 I was kind of surprised by Prey, in a good way. I mean this Prey is in no way linked to the original Prey except for the "Ah! I'm chased by aliens!" thing. It's more like... well, what a System Shock 3 could be actually (minus the satanic AI). Only one thing I truly dislike, the hacking puzzle which is very very very stupid (I must go back to Mass Effect 2 to find a hacking puzzle that stupid -- you know the one, with the blue dots). And considering the amount of hacking I'm doing in Prey it's quite repetitive too.

I also regret that the game is not scary. It lacks this little side of the System Shock 2 experience. That aside, it's a good game.


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Re: Random Babbling: 2017
« Reply #20 on: June 30, 2017, 08:03:47 AM »
Prey?? Okay, so I'm silly too.  :lol:  I wasn't going to buy it at $60, but the sale price seemed fair. It's running pretty well all maxed out and looks very nice as a result, so I'm not disappointed with performance or looks. I'm not entirely thrilled with how many mimics they like throwing at me at certain times (four?!) but it's only inspired me to improvise...and I'm pretty sure that's the reason they did that.

Hint: GLOO gun + wrench = dead monsters.

I haven't had to suffer through hacking just yet...I'm only up to the point where I've visited my -- rather impressive -- office...I know, I'm a bit slow. I've been slightly startled by ambushing mimics (cheap-ass jump scares), but the atmosphere isn't as ominous as it could be... But I'm going back to play more of it, which is more than I can say for a lot of games I have cluttering up my Steam library.

And really: the initial Neuromod-installation animation? Christ. :ss-ahhhh

Oh, and incidentally: my posts with pics may now all have that stupid "plase update your account to enable 3rd party hosting" graphic instead of my usual rpg glamour shots and random tributes to breasts. It seems that Photobucket doesn't like that I (among others) are embedding images in forum posts (for example)...they haven't seemed to care over the last ten years, but NOW it's a problem. Probably because they aren't making any money off me. But for only $99.99 a year...

...they can go fuck themselves. My favorite part is, as I'm downloading my pics before I delete my albums, they insist that I prove that I'm not a robot by forcing me to run the captcha gauntlet. (And it's the worst type: you know, "look at these tiny little pictures and try to determine which ones have a river...miss one and it's back to square one! HA!") "But I'm already signed in," I snarl. Yet another reason to cut ties with those stupid bastards.

I likely won't be updating any of those posts, because that way lies madness.

On an entirely different note: I've noticed that when I'm forced into a car and subjected to traffic, there are a LOT of oversized trucks surrounding me at all times. This is the Southwest, after all. But I ask these truck owners: wouldn't it be cheaper just to buy a magnifying glass?

Think about it. :purplelaugh:
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Re: Random Babbling: 2017
« Reply #21 on: June 30, 2017, 10:10:08 AM »
Photobucket, I think it's a monthly thing with a reset on the first day of the month. We'll be able to test this theory tomorrow. Still it is annoying, true.


Hint: GLOO gun + wrench = dead monsters.

You'll make a lot of use of the GLOO gun and not just for defeating monsters. But I'll let you discover the multiple uses of the thing. And mimics are really the lowest threat but still a nuisance in numbers.

As for the atmosphere... Well there's the light for starters... The station is very well lighted up to the point that there's actually few places where you absolutely need your flashlight (rectangular flashlight, original). System Shock 2 was lighted too but it was not overkill. And then there's the music. really bad choice of music at inopportune moments. I remember one place, one of the truly creepy areas of the game and suddenly I got relaxing and soothing music and I was like "WTF!?? What kind of music is that right now?". You don't scare people by playing them a nice little tune.

They sure could have made it  scarier with a dimmer lights and appropriate music. The phantoms talk if you listen well with a certain SS2 "you're not welcomed among us... run, run..." to the thing but the problem is it's too rare and most of the time you can't really hear them... you just get the subtitles.

But other than that I get real fun with this game.

One minus point for character faces however... You'd think Bethesda designed them. Thinking about it character faces were not spectacular in Dishonored 2 so maybe it's just an Arkane Studios thing... Or they pass their character design to Bethesda modelers  :lol:
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Re: Random Babbling: 2017
« Reply #22 on: July 03, 2017, 04:25:27 PM »
Well, it seems clear now that photobucket really do intend people to pay for third party hosting which I guess will made their services much less attractive.

Now I will make a personal (or rather a French announcement) because I have seen the error many many times on the web including in official media so...

The French front line jet fighter/bomber is RAFALE not Raphael or Rafael or Fifi (I invented that last one but well... you get the idea). Raphael or Rafael is a name, Rafale (pronounced "Ra" like the Egyptian God of the sun and "FAL" like the Belgian battle rifle) is a word. In English the translation is depending on the context either "gust" (of wind) or burst (like the fire mode). But I think in the mind of the manufacturer it was rather "gust" (which makes more sense for a plane).

Sorry for the digression but I had to say it because some outlets on the web are driving me mad with that  :hammerhead:


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Re: Random Babbling: 2017
« Reply #23 on: July 07, 2017, 08:55:03 PM »
Rafael was flying his Rafale, balls to the wall, to make his date with Fifi...

...sorry, I'm just being stupid again.

As it turns out, Photobucket has crossed into ransomware territory, according to this article, which is just par for the course. The e-mail they sent a few days ago was simply charming, just from the opening statement:

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Really, now? Ten years I've been doing this and you just noticed? And, if it was such a bad thing, why were you providing code for embedding images in the first place? Greedy bastards.

I'm curious to see how this plays out, anyway.

So...Prey. Spoilers ahead, probably.

(The characters really are Bethesda-ugly!) I ran into something that pretty much killed my enjoyment of the game: after getting to the Arboretum and having a fun ol' time with a Telepath and various phantoms (apparently I missed picking up the Q-Beam, which I understand would have made this chore easier), I decided to get to the Main Lift. Technopath in the way, more fun. So I step off the lift and...well.

Infesting the Lobby are a Nightmare, a Weaver, a ton of cystoplast nests (or whatever), and a phantom or two. Others have had the same problem, and I wonder: does every single idiot at Arkane have a brain tumor? I mean, seriously. This is just stupid.

I see how to survive the ordeal, but I have to question their competence/sanity/intelligence. I've put Prey to the side for the moment though, as I have other things to seethe about, but I think when (or if) I tackle it again, I'll probably ignore the Main Lift thing...
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Re: Random Babbling: 2017
« Reply #24 on: July 08, 2017, 10:41:16 AM »
Regarding Photobucket: it is blackmail and I think a case could be made in court. A normal company would have said "as of now we are changing our policy regarding 3rd party hosting and you'll have to pay $400/year to host new content with us but content already in our system won't be affected". That would be the normal procedure. The way they are doing things now... It's pure blackmail...  I think a case could be made in court because previously they appeared to have no problem with 3d-party hosting and they even pushed people to use the feature by making it easier for them hence they created themselves a situation where they could hold people accounts hostage. At the very least a judge would say "OK, make people pay to host new content if you like, fine. But not for content that was already there under previous rules".

I'm not even personally involved... I never had a Photobucket account. And yet the enormity of the thing stuns me.

As for Prey... The Nightmare apparition (that you only get if you install Typhon mods) is completely random though with just a minimum time between two apparitions. It can appear everywhere except outside (at least I never had it there) so having it in the same place than the others is really bad luck but I don't think it's voluntary from Arkane. If you install the antenna on the exterior satellite you can easily get rid of it to avoid being overwhelmed. There is a reason for the Nightmare that you only understand at the very end of the game.


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Re: Random Babbling: 2017
« Reply #25 on: July 12, 2017, 01:16:10 PM »
My main issue with the new Prey is that it just doesn't feel terribly original.  And I don't mean as regards the original Prey, I mean in regards to the Immersive Sim genre as a whole.  Mark Brown touched upon this in his latest video, specifically here, while also raising some interesting points about the standardization of genres leading to meaningful contributors being overlooked (like Thief being ignored in favor of Deus Ex or the Shock games).
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Re: Random Babbling: 2017
« Reply #26 on: July 12, 2017, 08:21:46 PM »
There was a word that sprang immediately to mind when I reached the lobby and gazed upon the panorama before me: Bioshock.

"Just add water," I thought. And that's not where the parallels end, either...
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Re: Random Babbling: 2017
« Reply #27 on: July 14, 2017, 08:11:51 AM »
Pet Peeves, vol. 963

- People who sing over the music. I don't want to hear YOUR voice wrecking, for example, anything from the Beatles songbook. Yeah, you know the songs, you love the songs, congrats. Now shut up while George tells me about his guitar gently weeping.

- People who sing at me. Stop it. Seriously. I hate you.

- People who talk over the guitar solo. This is not your cue to talk. Either wait until the song is over, or better yet, keep your mouth shut for the remainder of our time together.

- People who feel the need to say "God bless you!" after each sneeze. Look: I appreciate it, but at least do me the courtesy of waiting for me to finish my entire sneezing fit first...a summary "bless you" will suffice afterwards, if you must do so. Distracting me from the next sneeze just makes me MORE miserable than I usually am, and a miserable me is an unpleasant me. Well...more so than usual, I mean.

- People who feel the need to talk. Or fill what was blessed silence with what they term "conversation." I don't want to talk. I don't want to converse. I just want to sit here quietly, thinking about how much better off I'd be if I were dead.

- People who say I'm morbid.
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Re: Random Babbling: 2017
« Reply #28 on: July 31, 2017, 07:20:15 AM »
A long-delayed, yet quick, gripe (because even I have things to do today):

Roland Deschain was a white dude. In every installment of the Dark Tower series, he was described as being a white dude several times, with "bombardier blue eyes." He may have had a tan, but he wasn't Idris Elba by any means. (Also, come to think of it, neither was Heimdall...who, being a Norse god, probably wasn't of African origin.) I'm not being racist, I'm frustrated with this PC-happy recasting. (If anything, McConawhatsit would've been a perfect choice for Roland.) I'm sure, however, that someone has Mr. Elba in mind for the role of Jesus Christ in the upcoming reboot of the New Testament.

While this ridiculous trend continues, why not remake "The Color Purple" with a cast of white 20-somethings? Or "Roots," featuring Shia Lebouf as Kunta Kinte? What's good for the goose...
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Re: Random Babbling: 2017
« Reply #29 on: July 31, 2017, 03:21:35 PM »
Talking about something similar the current trend is to replace AD and BC (Annus Domini and Before Christ) with CE and BCE (Common Era and Before Common Era). So we're not in 2017 AD but in 2017 CE. Before the use of CE/BCE was just an option but now it's becoming virtually universal. Of course that obliterates the historical reason why it was named AD or BC in the first place. But hey, as long as it's politically correct and doesn't bother any religion whatsoever (other religions that it's worth noticing generally use other calendars which anyway because they were issued by other religions don't contain the AD and BC notations... so what the hell?).

But it's fine. Politically Correct is fine. Obliterate history, obliterate differences, hope that will help... that won't obviously because differences don't just disappear they need to be taken into account, accepted and respected... not ignored. You don't sweep them under a rug, unless you want a war at a later date.


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