“If you’re brave enough to leave behind everything familiar and comforting, which can be anything from your house to bitter, old resentments, and set out on a truth-seeking journey, either externally or internally, and if you are truly willing to regard everything that happens to you on that journey as a clue and if you accept everyone you meet along the way as a teacher and if you are prepared, most of all, to face and forgive some very difficult realities about yourself, then the truth will not be withheld from you.”—Elizabeth Gilbert
things don’t die or remain damaged but return: stumps grow back hands, a head reconnects to a neck, a whole corpse rises blushing and newly elastic. Later this vision is not True: the grandmother remains dead not hibernating in a wolf’s belly. Or the blue parakeet does not return from the little grave in the fern garden though one may wake in the morning thinking mother’s call is the bird. Or maybe the bird is with grandmother inside light. Or grandmother was the bird and is now the dog gnawing on the chair leg. Where do the gone things go when the child is old enough to walk herself to school, her playmates already pumping so high the swing hiccups?
“Say your name like a battle cry. Say your name like a fervent prayer. Say your name like it’s roofing above your head, tried and tested. Say your name like gold plated armour, for it is a beautiful name. When the time comes when you feel your name doesn’t feel like it’s worth its weight in gold, say your name like the weapon that it is. Say it strong, and fight.”—n.t. (by astrasperas)
I spent a good chunk of yesterday with Destiny. It’s definitely got some solid RPG hooks. The desire to go back in for one more mission is strong. Someone during my Twitch stream yesterday asked if it lived up to the hype and the honest answer is “no I don’t think so.” but to be fair what game could? I’ve been playing games a long time and I cannot remember a game with this much hype surrounding it. It is not the second coming of Christ. It’s just Halo by way of Phantasy Star Online and that’s pretty cool.
For the last three years or so I have had a policy of avoiding massive previews. It has improved my gaming experiences greatly. Going into games not knowing exactly what to expect has been a real treat. It was hard to avoid Destiny stuff just because it was everywhere but I still managed to not know about the PvP. I thought you could play Destiny single player or Co-Op and that was it. Yesterday while I was playing, I unlocked PvP and was really surprised. I had no idea it had traditional “multiplayer” in that sense. I dove in and ended up having a ton of fun. Taking my custom character with all my skills and gear into a deathmatch sort of environment was a blast. It really is similar to battlegrounds in World of Warcraft in that you are matched with players around your level and then you get to bring your custom shit to the fight. If you’re a console gamer who hasn’t played an MMO my guess is this feels pretty incredible.
Speaking of consoles I chose the PS4 to play Destiny on. I did that for a couple reasons but the biggest one was the Vita. Bungie went out of their way to include a custom control scheme for remote play on the Vita and it works great. I know a lot you are wondering why the hell I’d want to play a game like Destiny on a little tiny screen but as a Dad I have to say this is a killer feature. The fact that I can sit on the couch and play Destiny while my four year old is watching Spongebob or just playing with his cars in the living room is awesome. Normally I’d probably wait until the kids were in bed to go hard on a shooter like Destiny but with the remote play I don’t have to. This was something I loved about playing the old Call of Duty on the WiiU and it still holds true. The custom control scheme is fantastic and doing a mission in bed before I go to sleep is pretty cool.
Overall Destiny is super solid and feels very polished. I’d say The dialog from the Ghost is probably the worst part of the game. I know that’s been beaten to death since the Beta, hell they even made a shirt, but holy shit that is some terrible voice acting. Tycho suggested Peter Dinklage was phoning it in but honestly I think he had someone phone it in for him. I don’t think he could even be bothered to pick up the phone. It is especially bad when compared to Cortana and it is impossible not to be constantly comparing it to Cortana because you are essentially playing Halo. I don’t think it’s a bad thing, I mean these are the folks that created Halo and fine tuned that “feel” over the years. There’s no reason that work shouldn’t be present here. The reality is I bet there are a lot of Playstation fans who have never played a Halo game and those people are in for a fucking treat because I think Destiny is the best Halo yet.
Quite possibly the best review of Destiny I’ve read yet.
[…] there’s the question of what society should do when one of its virtual lines is crossed. Should [Josef] Engressia be kicked out of school for whistling calls? Should John Draper be fined $1,000 for making a three-minute phone call to Australia? Should he be sentenced to prison for four months for doing it again? And should he get more jail time for programming a computer to dial numbers to break into a WATS extender? How about for remotely wiretapping the FBI, even if he did it just as a lark?
This is not to say that phone phreaks and hackers should get a free pass. There is a difference between mere curiosity and true crime, even if we cannot always clearly articulate what the difference is or what we should do about it when we recognise it. At some level, we as a society understand that there is a benefit to having curious people, people who continually push the limits, who try new things. But we’d prefer they not go too far; that makes us uncomfortable.
Phil Lapsley, Exploding the Phone: The Untold Story of the Teenagers and Outlaws who Hacked Ma Bell
I miss the times where we had precious few hours together. The times where we lay together in bed with our clothes on. The times when we cradled each other and marveled at how we’d changed, how we’d grown, but no words, never words, just smiles and gestures and our fingertips against new lengths of hair, a curl, olive skin still warm from the sun.
Last night I had a dream that I carried around two mobile phones — my regular one, and a silver mid-2000s flip phone, which was otherwise unremarkable except that I could use it to teleport by texting coordinates to an empty recipient, and the camera viewed the world three hours in the future.
This escalated immediately when I teleported while driving and found myself five miles outside of my car, hurtling through the air at 80kph.
Tl;dr the gaming community as a whole is basically trash, and if you choose to engage strangers, you should expect some of that shit to get on you. Zoe Quinn and Ana Sarkeesian knew exactly what they were doing and are now martyrs because of it.
Oh dear :/
It’s a shame gaming gets marred by things like this, it’s why it still doesn’t get taken seriously as an industry.
The gaming industry is a huge source of revenue for the majour corporations behind every console and platform, and as such, I think it is absolutely being taken seriously. Mainstream media even picked this shit up, and that was the intent all along. To be fair, the subset of people who take Zoe and Ana seriously are often different than the people who take the industry seriously, because these two women are not representative of the entire community of gamers or even female gamers (even though they try to be), just as 4chan and Anonymous aren’t representative of the entire internet.
The problem we face as [perhaps yet unwilling] members of the gaming community is having to explain shit like this to people who aren’t. GamerGate, fabricated by 4chan or no, is still a serious issue, but an instigated one with predictable consequences, and that’s hard for people unfamiliar with the source material to grasp. The community is only marred by events such as these in as much as the instigators are successful in convincing outsiders that they are more right than the majority. But time heals all wounds, and these women’s fifteen seconds are up.
In all fairness, it’s not as though the gaming community is above racism and sexism. While I’ve experienced casual sexism during gameplay (and even at retail) before, I do not feel inherently threatened by a %52 male community. To be fair, considering my roots in the predominantly male computing and programming communities, I’m used to these numbers. I’m used to having to assert my knowledge and my skill set in order to gain even the most basic respect of my peers. But I’m also not about to hop up on a soapbox and tell a massive community they’ve been doing everything wrong all along, and then expect absolutely no backlash from the /b/utthurt.
You get back from a community what you put into it, and if you divide the masses, you knowingly make some of them your enemy.
RICHMOND, VA - In what is thought to be a world’s first, witnesses have confirmed that a young Virginian man genuinely slipped and fell in his garden this week, entrapping an eggplant in his rec…
Is it bad that I’m still somewhat skeptical? I mean just because there’s 15 witnesses with corroborating statements does not mean they’re all telling the truth…
Ah yes, you carried a “small saucer of oil” and an eggplant out the door (so you could…what? Polish it in the sun in front of 15 other eggplant worshippers?) and ya tripped, the oil lubricated the eggplant and you just happened to accidentally squat on it, bullseye.
I, for one, am wholly convinced.
I can’t get over that there are both experts on this sort of thing, and that somehow this guy managed to amaze even them.