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    • 1 day ago

      EricHVela FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold likes autocannibalism

      Mass Effect: Andromeda does it right. ... with one stipulation that I will mention later.


      People were wondering about paragon/renegade and approval stuff. It's there, but it's not obvious. You don't get a pop-up notification when someone likes what you did. You don't have a status bar that shows how nice or how mean you've been.


      There are psych reports from [spoiler] that will update along the way and it gives you a general idea how everyone feels about your actions. It's still all about game mechanics and points, but it doesn't feel like it. The feedback feels organic.


      There are also more than one axis on the protagonist's tendencies than just paragon-renegade. Life isn't Light Side and Dark Side only.


      Here is the one stipulation. I like this best because I have the dialog hint icons turned off. If you turn them on, you will know exactly what response will bump what values, though you might not know what the exact value is. I think that the icons will encourage players to work the numbers rather than play a character. For the first play-through with story-minded folks, I highly recommend keeping the icons off. Play the numbers game later with Game+.


      I also like the new dialog Interrupt system. In Mass Effect 2 and 3, interrupts were based on paragon/renegade, and you just activated them without any idea what would happen other than a Red or Blue response. In Mass Effect Andromeda, there's just one kind of interrupt, and it quickly tells you in one word just what you're going to do if you choose to do it. I'll bet that you will be able to deduce what kind of reaction and opinion the interrupt will illicit before activating it. It makes me feel more in-control than poking-and-hoping.


      I still don't know what the big deal is about character faces and Human animation. I haven't seen anything rage-worthy. Heck. I haven't seen anything annoy-worthy. Maybe I'm giving it more leeway because I am taking a less-than-serious path with the protagonist (of course). I get the feeling I'd have the same opinion if I was trying to play a serious or ruthless character.


      (The temporal antialiasing doesn't need to be a thing. That was extremely distracting. Turn that thing off. Kill it with fire.)

    • My issue with tattoos is...

      5 days ago

      EricHVela FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold likes autocannibalism

      I want to be in better shape.

      I need a US quarter-size mole removed from the middle of my back.

      I cannot find any representations of what I want even close to what I actually want.


      I want a dragon that looks like it is made of ice.

      It is not a white dragon.

      It is not a blue dragon.

      It is not a snow dragon.

      It is a scaly dragon made of clear ice.


      The dragon is not a long slender Chinese dragon.

      It is a beefy, powerful lizard with long teeth, fierce eyes and enourmous wings.


      It is breathing fire.


      That is why I'll never get a tattoo. I've wanted this thing for over 2.5 decades, but it's not going to happen.

    • I Want To Die

      1 week ago

      EricHVela FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold likes autocannibalism

      ... or rather, I want to see my characters die in video games.


      Ever since 1980 when my dad brought home this little graphical adventure game called King's Quest, I've been fascinated by how the protagonist dies. Some games like the old Sierra adventure games, Mortal Kombat-type games, and Dead Space have a unique death per situation. The Sierra games were almost always hilarious. Few games nowadays do that.


      I have this morbid curiosity as to what happens when the protagonist dies, and I'm disappointed if it's just a ragdoll or falling in a slump. Sometimes, it's actually a struggle not to just have the protagonist jump off a cliff at least once. Then once done, I'm trying to get the protagonist burned or smashed or some other fatal method.


      It usually makes me laugh. I've actually replayed many games to see if there were different kinds of death of the protagonist.


      Am I weird? Can I blame Sierra for this? How about blaming my dad at least?

    • 1 week ago

      EricHVela FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold likes autocannibalism

      Pro-tip:

      When there are legitimate concerns about a person, nitpicky attacks of character on unrelated matters make the legitimate concerns seem like petty nitpicking. Stick to the important matters and leave the petty attacks and quick jabs to the comedians... or be considered at the same level or importance.


      Right now, it's to the point where any grievance, whether egregious or pointless, is given the same weight as pointless. Cut it out. Stay on target. Stop getting suckered into being petty by petty people. It demeans you and your cause.


      If the opening words of your critique are going to be profanity, rethink what you're actually upset about and rephrase it intelligently. I won't bother to read it otherwise.

    • 1 week ago

      EricHVela FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold likes autocannibalism

      "What happened to the video?!"


      Part of the gag was the autoplay so you couldn't see the thumbnail and would immediately hear the song in the popular and everyone feeds regardless if you were viewing the video. The side effect is that it would play every time you loaded the feed -- Every. Single. Time. I decided when I posted it that I would leave it up only for a short time. 4 hours is enough time, I think.


      If you want to see the video, it can be found here: Irish Eyes.

    • It's that time of year again...

      2 weeks ago

      EricHVela FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold likes autocannibalism

      EDIT: Apologies for the re-up, but there are things that bothered me about this animation for 2 years now. It's about time that I fixed them. (Still photoshop+mouse.) Original can be found here.

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      Some day, it'll happen if I keep pushing the idea.

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    • 2 weeks ago

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      "It really is just one rule: don't be a douche." -LoZelda

    • 3 weeks ago

      EricHVela FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold likes autocannibalism

      I am currently 21 hours (115 in-game war-table hours) into another playthrough of Dragon Age: Inquisition. This time as a male rogue protagonist.


      The male protagonist just felt odd when interacting with everyone. So I've completed DA:I with only female protagonists. (That's not usual for me when I have a gender choice in games for the protagonist.) It's almost like it was written for a female protagonist originally. This is my first time using a male protagonist in Dragon Age: Inquisition beyond the prologue.

      • I completed the prologue.
      • I completed Act I. (Act II begins at Skyhold.)
      • I just completed one of three Act II events last night. (I resolved the Orlesian Civil War.)
      • Trevelyan and his team killed dragons in only 3 regions. (It's a total of 5 because one of them has 3 dragons.)
      • I mapped out only 6 open regions. (8 if you include the Val Royeaux Summer Festival and the Black Emporium, which I don't as they're essentially just shopping hubs for the most part.)
      • One other region only has one area not mapped because it has a dragon in it.
      • I lost count of how many war table missions are complete.
      • I lost count of how many agents the Inquisition acquired.
      • I lost count of how many side quests I completed.
      • I completed one companion quest.
      • I completed two advisor quests.
      • One companion quest is ready to start, but I'm waiting because it will end some other quests that are not yet available.
      • Two other companion quests are almost ready.
      • Trevelyan judged two people.
      • Two more are awaiting judgment but I need to complete another part of Act II to ensure that I have a certain ruling available for the first judgment.
      • Trevelyan is now level 23.
      • The Inquisition is at its maximum rank.
      • The Inquisition has 19 non-agent perks.
      • The Inquisition has 2 holds outside of the main one.
      • I completed one side-quest DLC.


      ... and yet, I still have:

      • 5 dragons,
      • another side-quest DLC,
      • 2 more Act II events,
      • Act III,
      • finale,
      • epilogue (Trespasser DLC),
      • 4 whole unexplored open regions,
      • a slew of available war table missions,
      • a slew of not-yet-available war table missions,
      • an advisor quest,
      • 4 character levels,
      • 8 companion quests,
      • oodles of side quests,
      • a handful of agents,
      • a few more holds,
      • and several more judgments to go.


      So... I ask you: How much is that worth to you in real-world currency?


      I got a real bargain with DA:I.

    • 3 weeks ago

      EricHVela FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold likes autocannibalism

      My neuroses just go bonkers every time I'm trying to reply or post on the site and the site keeps inserting nonbreaking spaces instead of standard spaces in my replies and posts which really, really screws up the word wrap.


      Let's not even mention that invisible 8203 character at the beginning of every post which messes up editing the beginning of a post and any time that it randomly appends that invisible to editing, usually involving inserting pictures inline.

    • 1 month ago

      EricHVela FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold likes autocannibalism

      What Windows Hello says about me...

      If I'm fully awake, Windows Hello has trouble recognizing me.


      If I'm feeling sick, unhappy, or exhausted, it logs in right away with just a glance.


      I've tried "training" it some more when it doesn't recognize me, but it still works best if I'm not feeling my best.


      What does that say about me?

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