So this tripe appeared on my Twitter feed.

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The tripe above was retweeted by someone I know and appeared on my Twitter. The original poster was from some harry potter “fandom” account., and I use ” “, cause anyone who believes that shit isn’t a fan of Harry Potter, nor understand actual humans.

Now I’ve only see the movies so my knowledge of the Potter world is limited but I’m going to have a say anyway.

First point: the Weasley’s don’t have a house elf. We can take from this that you know, maybe they don’t agree with them. A maybe there’s nothing wrong with letting people serve IF THEY WANT TO, and the issue isn’t slavery per say, but the ill treatment some elves suffer though SEE GODDAMN DOBBY!

Point Two: Werewolves. the children are taught that werewolves are dangerous. Because, as Sirius, and even Lupin will attest to. WEREWOLVES DON’T HAVE MUCH CONTROL WHEN THEY’VE TRANSFORMED. So maybe, JUST MAYBE, his desire to not be touched by Lupin was him not wanting to risk being attacked. IE IT’S UNDERSTANDABLE AT THE MOMENT IT HAPPENED! He warms up to Lupin once he himself calms down and can take stock. Fear and adrenalin doesn’t just switch off when danger has past, it’s lingers.

Speaking of fear

Point the Third: Ron being uncomfortable around Hagrid. Ron meets Hagrid when he is 10. At 10 regular adults are tall to you. So coming across a half-giant who is about twice the size of a regular adult. Would be MASSIVLY intimidating, and would make ANY child uncomfortable.

As much as J K Rowling did a great thing with the books. Over analysing every single line for context that isn’t there helps no one. And what’s worse with shit like this; Is that the authors themselves just need to sitting and nod, claiming that’s what they were going for, and people will eat it up.

News Flash. Things are NOT that nuanced. Sometimes a banana, is just a banana. Deal with it.

Vent over.

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I’m having trouble

I’m really having a hard time dealing with stuff right now. It’s 3am, I know I should go to bed, but I just can’t bring myself to do it. I am so frustrated with the world right now. I look at my Facebook feed, and videos on YouTube and all I see is retardation. I can’t believe the stuff I see, the things people say… they defy belief.

Yesterday I saw someone say that prostate cancer was a first world problem and that men should just deal with it! FUCKING CANCER! How can ANYONE believe that? Seriously!?

I have to step back, I know I have to, but I’m not sure I can. I know that isolating myself from everything is a TERRIBLE idea. I can’t even cut out the particularly bad part of my social existence because they’re intertwined with some of the good parts. I’ve thought about deactivating my Facebook, (I already avoid posting on it) but I can’t because its the only way I can talk to some of my friends. YouTube, no matter how hard I try to filter the bullshit it’ll still manage to seep through. Couple that with the fact that it is my primary form of entertainment (that’s not video games) and if I tried to step back from it I’d be left with nothing.

I just don’t know what to do.

PS. If anyone reads this I thinks I might hurt myself, please don’t, I want to squash that thought right now. I know their are people that care for me and I couldn’t put them through that.

Sight of pure beauty.

Whenever I hear people complain about “unrealistic” armour in video games I just roll me eyes, for two reasons.

1: It’s a game, fiction, realism isn’t necessity.
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2: It’s someone’s aesthetic choice of how something looks within this world, who are you to tell someone how something should look in a world of their own creation. If they ask for your opinion, fine, but otherwise STFU.

Why do I bring this up? Because the reason I roll my eyes. I’m of the strong belief something don’t need to be skimpy or show skin to be sexy. If the artist or designer chooses to make it like that, that’s their choice. But personally, sexy doesn’t equal skin.

Case and point:

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The Archon Armour from XCom 2 is one of the sexiest pieces of protection I’ve seen in video games. Just look at it. The default colour isn’t pink, it’s just the scheme of the soldier I’m using. The armour though… wow, I love it, and I normally hate headgear like that. Everything about the armour just works though.

Absolutely gorgeous.

 

Kid Flash costume revealed.

So the Kid Flash costume of the Flash TV as been revealed and… I don’t hate it.

Honestly, I looks at it and thought something looked off. Then I remembered the Kid Flash costumes I’ve seen and its pretty much exactly how I would say a life action version of the costume should look. The thing that looked off for me, was the hair. I was used to seeing a thick red slick back. Not something we can have with Keiynan Lonsdale, nor should we want it. He’s done a pretty good job as Wally West in my opinion. And I’m quite looking forward to seeing how things go with him in the role of speedster.

There is however one issue I have. The name Kid Flash, Keiynan Lonsdale is 25, Grant Gustin is 26. even if they’re trying to play younger/older characters they’re ages are obviously close just by looking at them, they’re are playing brothers (albeit adopted) that are around similar ages. A slightly more fitting name would be Impulse, it being Bart Allen’s original name when he was Wally’s sidekick in the comics.

I’ve really started to get a hate on for Bethesda

At least where the Fallout and Elder Scrolls are concerned anyway.


I decided to make a male character on Fallout 4. I normally only make Male characters in games if there’s a romance I really want to do. The main reason is, well, simply woman look better than men to me.

Anyway I make my character, he’s got a ronan look, stubble, long hair tied in a knot at the back. Looks awesome. Now, because the Male roll is always that of an ex-soldier, with the female being that of a lawyer. (Meathead male, smart female stereotype anyone?) I thought that this time I might do some of the Brotherhood of Steel content since normally I don’t go near them.

I know a lot of people love the BoS and while in F3 and NV they weren’t total arseholes. In Fallout 4 they come across as massively bigoted dicks so I gave them a wide birth.

However. Upon running into Paladin Danse I help fend off the ghoul horde and… the game glitches. Danse just stands there as if there are still more ghouls to kill.

One of the 4 main storylines has a game breaking bug that prevents you from playing that storyline. one of the MAIN STORYLINES! How the flying FUCK was that not caught in QA, or failing that, patched before now, cause checking the message boards I’m not alone in finding this bug. I’ve ragged on Bethesda a lot but come on, how can you fuck up a main quest mission?

Now I’m playing the PC version, and indeed there is a console command solution for this issue, however. using console commands to further main quests messes up the subsequent quests. Meaning I can’t even use that to solve the issue cause it bugs out the later quests.


This got me thinking of other moments of sheer idiocy in the Fallout franchise. One very specific moment. Fawkes hand waving of logic pre Broken Steel, Fallout 3.

For those that have never experienced this moment to face palming stupidity. In the original ending to Fallout 3 there was 2 choices. Either you entered the chamber and died of radiation poisoning, or Lady Lyons entered the chamber and died of radiation poisoning. Now, prior to that in the plot you met a rather helpful super mutant by the name of Fawkes. Who retrieved the G.E.C.K for you because he’s immune to radiation.

You see where I’m going with this don’t you? “Hey I’ll just bring Fawkes with me and ask him to enter the chamber, everybody lives!” and indeed there is an opinion to ask him, and what is his reply?

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BITCH THAT MEANS I DIE! I don’t give a flying fuck about destiny! You’re immune to radiation, I’m not!

In Fallout 4 Piper mentions there was once a hole in the walls of Diamond City that was patched with nothing more than a bookcase. This here, is the plot equivalent. A plot hole so thinly patched that you can’t believe anyone thought it was hold up.

The “I’m British therefore legally obliged to talk about the referendum” post.

I’m not calling it Brexit, fuck off.

I voted leave, I’m not hiding it. I do not trust the EU and think we should stand on our own, even if it fails it is something we must try. I’m not against immigration, as is can bring in skills set and labour into the country. Though I would like to see a reduction in illegal immigration.


That out the way I want to tell a story.

Before the referendum I was proud to be British. I saw the British people as better, not superior, just better. Best example of this is Black Friday, when I saw they were trying to bring it over here. I thought “there’s no way it’s catch on, we’re not the type of people who trample each other for a sale.”

Yeah, my vision of the British people took a hit that year. But was partially reclaimed the year after when it seemed like we had seen ourselves the year before and declared: “never again.” like we collectively decided that 20% off wasn’t worth our dignity.

So, when the referendum rolled around I cast my vote by post, ignoring most of the campaigns cause political campaigns are always bullshit. And the day after voting day I woke up to find leave won. Didn’t expect it, but I was happy.

Now, I expected Britain, as a nation, to say: “Okay, we’re leaving the EU lets roll up our sleeves and make sure we show the world that Britain is deserving of the title: Great!” I expected the remain camp to be sore, but hey, we’re British, if something doesn’t go our way, we take it on the chin, stiffen our lips and roll on.

48 hours after vote, I no longer though the British people were better.
48 hours after the vote, I was ashamed to ever say that they were.


In the 48 to 72 hour after the referendum I saw NOTHING but whining petulant little bitches who were so butthurt that people not only voted contrary to their opinions, but in fact there was more of that side than theirs.

In the past few days my facebook feed has been filled with whining cunts preaching messages of doom and calling anyone who voted to leave an idiot, a racist, etc etc.

I’ve seen people whose opinion’s I (somewhat) trust, spout absolute bullshit, giving no rational comments just baseless doom saying.


This vote has brought out the worst in the British people. And the reaction to the result has outright killed my vision of them.

You might think it was an idealistic view. But I don’t care, it was a view I had that made me proud to be British. I was British, I was a member of a people who took adversity in it stride. Who even at their lowest would still offer a guest a cup of tea, because it was the polite thing to do.

All I have to say now is: thank you remain camp. Thank you for killing my perception that the people of Britain were truly deserving of the word great. You’re behaviour have woken me up. The British people are just another bunch of whining self entitled cunts who throw their toys out the pram if they don’t get their own way.

Well. Fucking. Done.

Weird thing I do with theming

I love theming, especially when it comes to custom objects in games. Best example, in Fallout 4 I always give Piper a weapon named something that suits her character. Names like, The First amendment, Freedom of the Pass, Press Pass, that sort of thing. It cheesy as fuck, but I love it.

I’m on my… 3rd play through of Fallout 4 now. and instead of turning the drive in into a settlement I’ve turned it into my own private mansion.

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The plan is to use it as my private base, house my companions, and have robots run the day to day. So once I unlocked the robot workbench I set about creating my robo-workforce starting with 3 Mr Handy’s to do the farming.

Then my brain decided that these three Mr Handy’s HAD to be named and coloured to represent the chipmunks, Alvin, Simon, and Theodore. I’m not a fan of the old shows, and I hate the current spree of movies. Why the hell am I naming them that.

The robo guards, which will be 3 Assaultrons once I get the right parts, are planned to be named and colour coded to Blossom Bubbles and Buttercup of the Powerpuff Girls. While it’s not the first time (they were provisioner’s on my last playthrough), it’s something I just had to do again for some reason.

Worst part, once I get the place full built and have the shops open I’m trying to work out the names of my shop keepers. I instantly jumped to the Ninja Turtles, but I don’t think that would work. since there’s 6 shops and only 4 turtles, and adding splinter and such just complicates matters. Hmm, maybe the original 6 Power Rangers… You see, this is what my brain is like sometimes.

This is me after finally watching The Book of Life.

So many years ago I heard about an animation called The Book of Life. It looked bright and colourful, though not the sort of thing I’d watch in the cinema.

Fast forward to about 2 weeks ago I was in the mood to watch How To Train Your Dragon 2 again, and before the movie started there was a trailer for The Book of Life, and I remembered that it look good, and I wouldn’t mind seeing it.

Today… well technically yesterday, I was out shopping and I saw the movie for £3, instantly I snapped it up.

Oh boy, I’m glad I did, I’m ashamed it took me so long to see this movie, it was AMAZING!

Normally if I buy a DVD it’ll sit in a ‘to be watched’ pile for a very long time. This time though I decided to watch it same day I bought it, a rarity for me.

I really don’t want to talk about the plot, it’s good, but it’s more that atmosphere that grabbed me, the colours, the music, the art style, even the framing device just grabbed me pretty much straight away. It was energetic, emotional, and SO much fun to watch.

Movie’s like this are why I love animation so much.

The bit that really caught me off guard was when one of the three leads, a Matador, starts singing. now you’d think since this a tale of Mexico that he’d sing some Mexican folk music or something… NO he starts singing Creep by Radiohead! It blew my mind! Most of the sung music was contemporary songs and it was amazing!

I’m a fan of Guillermo Del Toro, he produced the movie. While he didn’t direct it, his trademark are all over this movie. But to be honest that just makes it more awesome to me.

If you haven’t seen this film, please check it out. If you don’t like it, that’s fine, but I do think the movie should get some love. It should be remembered.

Mirror’s Edge Catalyst (Spoilers Aplenty)

Okay, I have to get this off my chest now or I’ll lose my mind and start yelling at someone I care about.

I like most of Mirror’s Edge Catalyst, (shortened here on in as MEC.) it evoked the feel and fun of the original but on a grander scale, it was fun.


Until that goddamn piece of shit end game. And I’m not even talking about the ending, we’ll get to that. No I’m talking about turning Faith’s sister into a fucking villain!

In the first game Faith’s entire reason for doing what she did was to prove her sisters innocence. She loved her sister and didn’t want to see her hurt, or worse, killed.

In MEC see thought she was dead and it turns out the daughter of the antagonist is in fact, her sister. WHAT THE FUCK!

No seriously, I can’t get over this, it pisses me off to no end. I love the game, except for everything after that moment. Not only did I see in coming a mile off. but both Faith’s and Cat’s reaction to discovered that each other is alive after thinking they were dead is almost none existent.

Then that ending hits and the two finally get a confrontation and… it’s as cliché as they come. Cat’s end up flying away and become HEAD OF THE CORPERATION THAT FAITH IS FIGHTING AGAINST!

They literally took the story of two loving sisters on opposite ends of the law, who would STILL do anything to protect one another, shat on it, and made them enemies!

It pains me, just outright HURTS me to think of that ending because of how much I love the original. If I ever want to pick up MEC again and run some more. (Something I can’t do in real life, thank you vicarious living hahaha.) I’m going to have to try and come to terms with that ending, but I’m not sure if I can. I was fine with every other change the game threw at me. I liked Plastic, Icarus was a dick at first (and I thought he was going to turn out to be a double agent of some sort.) but he did win me over in the end. But Cat as a villain… I can’t buy that. Especially due to her role in the first game, why couldn’t we have the Conner’s sisters kicking ass together. Was it really too much to ask?

Souring games, part 2

So a month ago I talked about what made me leave a game, what made me stop playing a game outright. Today I’m going to visit something close to that. What can spoil a game for me. Not to the point of stopping playing, but things that make me say. “It was good, but…”

Now any games can have glitches or bugs that sour the experience one way or another. Maybe the difficulty curve was too high. I’m not talking about them. I’m talking about deliberate design choices made in the conception of the game that automatically step back and ask: Why?


The biggest for me, without a doubt. Silent Protagonists. Oh boy, this one has been building a while for me. I HATE silent protagonists. and yes I’m going to use a very beloved franchise as an example. Half-Life 2.

Now, preface time. There are times when a silent protagonist (written from now one as SP for brevity) works. Doom, it works, Metroid it works. Portal, it works, games where the main character does not have to interact with other living beings, it works. Heck, technically it works in the first Half-Life. My two favourite games of all time Suikoden and Suikoden 2 are technically SP’s and I love those games.

HOWEVER

Then we get onto games with a heavy narrative like the example Half-Life 2. Gordon Freeman is Half-Life 2 is a floating camera with arms, that’s it. There is no emotion in him what so ever, and when stuff is happening all around him and he doesn’t say anything. It zips you out the moment so fast you get goddamn whiplash. NPC’s react to him and events around him but Gordon does his best statue impression and does nothing. The player could want to scream at and NPC to warn them. Gordon simply stands there and watches them get eaten by a headcrab. Well done Gordon, good job you’re not a medical doctor cause that Hippocratic oath would be out the window.

SP’s are the bane of my gaming experience. If it stated that the character is mute like at the end of Portal 2. I’m fine with it. I even let GTA 3 of the hook for 2 reasons. 1 in GTA:SA it’s stated that the character is mute. and 2: in the opening of GTA 3 it looks to me at the time like his was shot in the throat which could have damaged his vocal chords.

But there are so many games out there with SP’s that just kill the experience for me. No witty come backs, no one liners, no “what the hell are you talking about fruitcake?” moments. When the character is an SP they just seem to drift through the world, reacting to it without emotions. Imagine you were watching a movie with a character like that. It’d be like watching a Ben Affleck movie… I kid, I kid, even SP’s aren’t wooden.

I’m not going to say we should get rid of SP’s, like I said earlier, they have their uses for certain games. This is just me venting. We’ve already seen a reduction in SP’s in narrative driven games. But it still bugs the crap out of me when one shows up.