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Aug. 28th, 2011

NagatoDataInterface01 by ushitora_icons

The Fallout 3 marathon continues.

A little TOO pale, but Nene is my latest gun-toting wastelander.

Been pretty busy since I last posted. Life can be annoyingly boring, yet extremely busy. Strange, yet true.

In my spare time, I've been trying out/using a ridiculous number of mods for Fallout 3. It certainly helps make the Fallout 3 experience much more fun, even if it comes at the expense of "immersion". In truth, without the mods I'm not sure I'd enjoy Fallout 3 as much as I did the previous Fallout games.

Hmm, whether to make a pistol-only or energy weapon-only character next, decisions decisions...

Avadon: The Black Fortress has also eaten some of my spare time. Old-school RPG that showed up on Steam recently. I had heard of it before, but only the Steam pricing encouraged me to buy it - the original $20 price was a little too high on their website, even with a demo. I understand the hardships of indie game developers, I just don't think mainstream gamers are willing to drop $20+ on an indie game they are unsure of, while $10 is a much easier impuse buy. Hopefully Avadon reaching a larger audience will make it a huge success.

Space Pirates and Zombies (SPAZ) looks good, but so far I'm not willing to commit $15 for it. Maybe at $10 or less it would be a no-brainer, I'm undecided at the $15 price.

From Dust looks good as well, but due to my experiences on the Black and White and Populous series, it's hard to say how much I'd actually enjoy it long term.

Aug. 17th, 2011

MikuruBeam1 by ushitora_icons

It's dangerous to go alone. Take this!

...and so, Junko took along her BAR...and her teddybear backpack?!?!

After ignoring it for far too long, I've finally gotten myself into playing Fallout 3 GOTY edition. It's been sitting in my backlog of games to get for AGES, and I finally picked it up when they ran a special on Steam recently.

It's eating up all my spare time now, evil game that it is. Worse, I'm fiddling with mods for it. As you can see by the above screenshot, neither the BAR or the backpack are in 'vanilla' Fallout 3, I've added them in using available mods.

On the horizon, I have Fallout New Vegas waiting in the wings for whenever I finish/tire of the original game. That's...not good for my spare time.

Oh well. Predictably, my favorite room-sweeping weapon is the combat shotgun. Big boom = GOOD. XD


Aug. 8th, 2011

KyonWhyMe1 by ushitora_icons

Hear the lamentations of the frustrated gamers.

The most awesome part of this image is the female warrior to the left
who is about to bash someone with her wooden stool.

Was going to post yesterday, but a pool/BBQ party took precedence. Lots of good food to be had.

Since my last post, I downloaded Age of Conan (a horrifying and gigantic download of 15-20 GB, I think?) and gave it a spin. Whether boredom, idle curiousity, or just plain idiocy, I thought I would take a look since I had heard it is better than it was at release. Besides, it has muscle-bound shirtless death-dealing brutes and topless buxom death-dealing goddesses! You know, like all of those classic Frank Frazetta paintings.

I never tried AoC when it released. Didn't think I was missing much at the time, despite having a soft spot for Robert Howard's books. A guilty pleasure to read occasionally, if anything.

After a day or two of playing the most recent version, I can safely say I haven't missed much.

Without going into pages of detail, I can boil my issues with AoC down to some bullet points.

  • Poor performance (resource hog + memory leak + odd bugs)

  • Wild amounts of lag (frozen for long periods, server-related)

  • Lackluster story (maybe just Tortage, but all free players start there)

  • Little that stands out from other MMOs

  • Felt very frustrating to play as free account early on, unlike Anarchy Online.

In short, after giving it a decent try , I decided to uninstall and delete AoC. I'm sure there's an enjoyable, engaging game in there somewhere, but I just don't have the patience or inclination to seek it out.

Thankfully, I have a bunch of games to keep me busy (videogames AND boardgames), so I won't be lacking for entertainment anytime soon.


Aug. 5th, 2011

Another milestone of sorts.

Oh hello, Patchy. Is that all for me? How thoughtful! XD

Another year has come around, it seems. Didn't realize it until a few minutes ago, but it's after midnight here which makes it officially August 5th, which means I am officially 37 years old.

Yikes. Let me consider that for a moment or two.


Damn, getting older. If I had a front lawn, I wonder if I could start screaming about damn kids getting off my lawn? XD

That said:

  • I'm in relatively good health despite a back injury.

  • Have a supportive mother and sister, even if my sister drives me nuts sometimes often usually. *grin*

  • Have made good friends and acquaintances who often are like family to me. You know who you are.

  • Made many other friends over these last 37 years, most of whom I rarely see.

  • Live a charmed life in oh so many ways.

  • Still doing my damndest to 'win' life by dying with the most toys!

  • Numerous other things that I'll probably remember late at night.


Ok, I'm good to go. No mid-life crisis for me, moving on~

It's been a good run so far, here's to many more years of wasting time in fun and useless ways!


Aug. 3rd, 2011

KyonWhyMe1 by ushitora_icons

Now I'm one of the faceless masses...but with a smartphone!

Sekai and Kotonoha from School Days. If only Makoto treated them better...

I suppose it's a symptom of today's internet generation, but in many ways it is annoying that my new smartphone doesn't come with a PROPER manual in the box.

Instead, I get this paper-thin start guide. I had to grab the pdf file of the full manual online so I can properly read up on everything my sparkly new phone can do. Irritating, although not impossible.

Eh, I'm quickly becoming a grumpy old man, I suppose. :p

Anyhow. I am the proud owner of a HTC Sensation! Need to load it up with apps and learn how to use it properly.

After spending some time thinking about my birthday looming on the horizon, I figure this is a good time to stop being an internet ghost and start being social again. Somewhat, anyhow. To that end I've decided:

1. I will try to post something every day or two in this LJ. I keep dropping off with my posts here, and posting regularly will help me be active. I certainly have more than enough gaming and random topics to ramble on and on about, so it should be no problem.

2. Start up with Twitter / Foursquare / other social apps and USE THEM. While I'm pretty hesitant to get a Facebook account, I'll start doing the Twitter thing regularly (or at least start following folks' Tweets). Heck, I have a 2 year old Twitter account that is perfectly vanilla (no friends, no followers) with less than a dozen tweets and unused. Time to fix that.

So. Have a Twitter account and wouldn't mind another follower? Drop your info here, I'll follow you with my 'Junichirou' account.


P.S. If you have any suggestions for Android apps that you consider MUST HAVE, drop those in the comments as well. So far I've only added Advanced Task Killer, Foursquare, Google Maps, Google Translate, Livejournal, and Twitter.

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