Friday, November 13, 2015

Destiny

I've been playing Destiny now for about a month or two. I still don't know what it's about. The story feels as though it's been gutted somehow. There's so much missing.
*spoilers*
A giant space ball called the traveler shows up and send man kind into a golden age, like the monolith in Kubrick's 2001.  Man moves out into space in or own solar system and colonizes.
Then bad guys show up. Not one group. Several. The Fallen, which are war like aliens. The Hive, which are like space demons. The Vex, which are evil robots that turned Mercury into a robot? And the Cabal, who's basically like the mafia. Think the Huts with Mars instead of Tattoine. 
As a player, you can be human, an exo; which is some sort of machine being, or an awoken; which I have no idea what they are. But you run into some in the asteroid belt. 
Are the exos made by man? The traveler? The Vex? You have no idea. And it doesn't appear to matter on the game. The awoken, where did they come from? And it doesn't seem to matter when you talk to the queen if you're like her or not. 
Going through it... I still don't quite know what the hell is happening. All I know is that the game looks beautiful and play is so smooth. It's a fun game. I just wish Bungie didn't dumb down the storyline and add a result make it incomprehensible. 
I hope they add to the storyline in the form of DLC. It seems like there was a lot more there, but for this reason out that, it was cut out. Unfortunate.
That being said, the chances that I will be playing the game much longer is unlikely outside of group play for special events. That's where the DOC should be focused. Not the story.
Additionally, an opportunity seems like it was missed with characters of different races. They should have had parallel story lines, but different dialogue that represented the different character races. The queen could have questioned the Exo race about ' killing it's own kind' in hunting the Vex.  Could have accused the Awoken character of abandoning their people to help the humans. Etc...
Just seems like opportunities missed.
I've also heard a lot more story was included, but prior to release, whoever manages the pocket book got the idea to release story content over time and make more money.
As a capitalist, I'm all about making money. But, one thing you need to do that with gamers is a dedicated fan base. Lol at Bungie's other venture with Halo. They made tons of money from that game BECAUSE of the story. They made tons of money on DLC because of the story.
Destiny had the potential to be a story of unbelievable proportions, but by trimming the story (if that is true), you lost a good portion of the audience thay would've paid for DLC.  I know I personally won't.
I'll just wait until it's free a couple years from now. If it doesn't become a free download, I'll just watch a long play on YouTube.  Course, I'm so uninterested in whatever the story might be, I won't lose sleep if I don't find out what happens or what anything means in the game.

Gamer's + Tiny Houses

Back when I was in IT, A/V tech, graphic arts and other computer based careers, I played a lot more video games than I get to now.  It's a choice I've made, to catch up on music recording and run a YouTube channel.  I don't have the time to do those AND work a full time job AND still have time to game.  Not right now.  I plan to come back around to it in another year or so.

A side rant about that.  In having to choose which games to play in the little time that I have, I've found that 'Full Movies' and 'Long Plays' are a great way to enjoy the story lines of the games I opt not to play.  I started doing something similar a while back, but in an episodic format, so when I wanted to get the story line to a game like Halo prior to the release of the next installment in the franchise, I could revisit the storyline in a condensed format.  Now that Full Movies and Long Plays are something many people are doing, it's giving me the choice to skip certain games and just watch the those later.  Loved the Deadpool, Injustice and Alone in the Dark this way.  

Back on topic.  I would go to work, and then go home and game. My whole life was spent behind a screen. And to be clear, I'm not knocking it at all. I love to game. I love that capitalism has freed us as humans to a point where we don't have to spend every hour of our waking lives to try to scratch out a living.  I love that we can work 40 hours a week doing something productive to society, and frankly that isn't that difficult because we can do it just sitting at a desk drinking coffee, and enjoy the remainder of our time.  

Certain things became apparent to me while doing so. First, it doesn't matter where I live because I'm always in some sort of climate control. Second, I was wasting a lot of money renting an apartment or owning a house. Money I could potentially be spending on gaming.  Gaming systems.  Higher definition TV.  Etc... Just generally improving and expanding my overall gaming experiences.

It's often made me wonder why gamers don't look more into RV or Tiny House culture. If gamers are like me, and the ones I know generally are, I had too much space. I basically spent the majority of my time at home in my gaming room, which was 9x9, or sleeping. Which also doesn't require much space. But I was paying to heat and cool a whole 1200 sq ft house. Dealing with neighbors. Dealing with room mates. Cleaning. Maintenance. Property taxes. Yard work... omfg... I hate yard work. Bane of my fucking existence. But why? Why was doing all that? 

It was cutting into my gaming time. 

Now I live in an RV.  And my first year in the RV I got A LOT of game time in.  The lifestyle is cheap.  An RV or tiny house is essentially a glorified gaming room.  It's just the fridge of mountain dew is a little closer to the game chair.  Win.

The generally accepted gamer haven is an apartment.  Apartments maximize time by leaving the maintenance of the living space to a land lord.  But they are expensive.  And static.  Moving sucks.  If you get a great job in IT security in Dallas and you're currently in San Diego... fuck.  That's expensive.  And for a lot of people, prohibitively so.  I personally lost out on 4 different job opportunities in cushy IT positions because I couldn't afford the move.

Now, I understand there is a stigma with RVs.  They are just too similar to trailers to outsiders.  So, for perspective, here's some tiny houses.  Tell me that wouldn't be good enough for a gamer's bunker of mega-painful doom.




Gamers and nerds are total life hackers.  What could nerds accomplish if they set their sites on these tiny houses?  How could they tweak these things?  Doctor Who Tardis?  Enterprise themed?  Tron themed?  Just saying.  Even with no geek tweaks, as a gamer, you could be living debt-free, chasing job opportunities and spending more money on games.  How in the hell is that not a total win?

Ouya


I've been packing these out for a bit at work but never once bothered to pay attention to it.  Last night, I actually looked at the box and realized this wasn't some rehash of an old game system with a revamped look, but an actual gaming system I had somehow completely missed. 

I got home and looked it up and found that it's not just a gaming system, it's a Linux-based, open-source gaming system.  For $99.  Open-source meaning, you can do anything you want to any part of the device or operating system.  It also comes loaded with a dev kit, which means you can plug the system into your computer and design your own games, load them to the market place and sell them.  Well, you have to have a certain amount free to play because the deal with open source is everything is free.

Even more amazing is the size.  



Are you kidding?  That's it.  I've been trying to merge gaming culture with RV living and this thing may have just given me that wonderful missing piece.  And, now, for more info, is a banging hot, brilliant, gaming, nerd chick that I wouldn't be opposed to sleeping with if given the choice:



Like android based phones (Android being Linux based, and this system being Android based) there are normally two versions of an app... the free one that is limited in some way, and the full version for a $1 or something like that.

I'd always thought designing a game would be a fun thing to try because it combined all of my hobbies into one: writing/recording music, computer graphics, story writing/telling, video editing and... obviously... gaming.  The reason I never have is because I know myself.   I'm the type of person that; if I love something and have to do it as a job, I begin to hate it.  I didn't want to ruin video games for myself by designing them.  I had already ruined music, video editing and computer graphics for myself at one time or another as a result of doing them as a job and it took me a long time to get back into them.

But, it seems silly not to now.  It's all right there, it's all free.  Blender, Gimp, Ardour, Celtx, Unity, Ouya, Kdenlive... Every possible tool I would need for any type of game is now at my finger tips for free thanks to Linux, and having had the time to learn them thanks to Scott AFB giving me an extended unpaid permanent vacation to explore myself, I've learned them all pretty well.

For more information on the systems themselves, here is a series of really well done videos by a bloke from Aussie-land.




Air Droid?  Fuck yes.


And, for reference, I would not sleep with this man.

Alone in the Dark!  What a great old game!

In the 3rd video, you may have noticed he talks about all the emulators you can load.  I literally just did a video about loading an N64 emulator to your Ubuntu based system and finding out I can use it on a console with all kinds of other games makes me kiddy.  Like this video of a hot nerd girl washing the batmobile:

Part of me thinks I should end every blog with this video.


Oh, and here's my video about loading Mupen64Plus on your Linux based computer: