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12 December 2011 @ 10:38 pm
.. I'm not actually dead, I'm just busy with Tumblr and on Steam. And then, I check my e-mail, and decide to go to battle.net to be sure it isn't a scam and..

Diablo III Installer, Hmm, dare I get sucked back in?

I got into the Diablo III beta.

Not sure if I should let myself be sucked into Blizzard's clutches again. Cataclysm was a tremendous letdown, despite months of telling myself otherwise, and what they've got planned for the future is not very appealing.
09 November 2011 @ 12:19 am
I'm not actually dead, I've just been elsewhere! Primarily on Steam but also on Tumblr. Particularly the "Ask" blog I made on there, concerning Fallout: Equestria, at 'Ask Littlepip'.

There's also that whole thing with me quitting WoW after 6 years; Cataclysm has been a massive disappointment and the future plans they are mentioning for the game are just not very interesting. There's just NOTHING TO DO except inflating your item numbers and then having them all be obsolete in the next patch. The next patch which takes them half a year to release. So I returned to Vana'diel and am now playing Final Fantasy XI as Aramaru once again. It's nice having content updates every 30 days again.. and a world with story and zones that aren't completely empty of other human beings.
Mood: blankblank
06 October 2011 @ 10:18 am
Steve Jobs of Apple has passed on, due to pancreatic cancer. This is particularly spooky, as my mother just had eye surgery and was worried about her own health, not to mention other family members with similar problems to the outspoken Apple CEO. Now, I'm not an Apple fanboy, but at the same time the technology industry is going to be a much less interesting place without all the man's ideas. The massive increase in use of portable devices for music and computing; Nokia and other companies may be more invested in their cellphones, but if you say the word 'iPhone', everyone already knows what you're talking about.

The Register has an excellent (11 page!) article about him, here.
Mood: coldcold
19 August 2011 @ 12:32 pm

So I preorder the game 'cause it was both low-priced and you got a hat in TF2. Admittedly, not a very good one, but I figured, hey, the previews for it were pretty decent and it was popular with the console crowd, right?

... and then find out right before I'm about to run it that it's got that horrendous DRM which requires you to connect to Big Brother's servers EVERY SINGLE TIME you want to play. Even if you're running Steam offline. And the port is bad; which makes no damn sense when you consider the XBox is a freakin' customized PC. I'm just glad I didn't actually start the game, so maybe I can get a refund, as the product is effectively "unopened". Gotta love companies which flat out LIE to their customers (check out the article for more)..

Long story short? Don't buy 'From Dust' on the PC, and screw Ubisoft.

UPDATE: Got a refund from Steam, something they rarely ever do, but a great gesture on their part considering what happened.
Mood: annoyedannoyed
Well, except this, really. I honestly wonder how many people even read this anymore.. I used to update multiple times a day, and got thousands of visits a day; gotta wonder if those two are connected? *smirks* Of course that was back when I was doing actual news and not just personal blogging stuffs.. anyways, I started playing Final Fantasy XI again and have also been indulging in a large amount of Team Fortress 2, playing on the "brony" servers which have an excellent playerbase and level-headed admins as well.. so.. uhm.. will type more when I feels like it.

*mumbles something about stupid (but good!) Steam sales blowing away months of savings too*
Mood: blahblah
04 July 2011 @ 11:33 pm
You see the title? That's what I'm sayin'! And.. little else, apparently, as I've not posted here in a month. I just hate typing when there's nothing to actually SAY, ya know? Anyways, hope ya'll have/had a good day!
29 May 2011 @ 09:27 am
I'm a bit early, but want to make sure I don't miss it. Major respect to anyone and everyone who works in truly heroic jobs; firefighters, police, paramedics, military and otherwise. You guys save lives everyday, and the poor disabled shmucks like me do appreciate your efforts.

In regards to my last post, I think I'll just complete the entire thing so my work can be judged for the sum of it's parts. That too and, well, the people reading here don't seem to be into the pony thing so I'll try and keep it minimal.

Not too much else to say right now, hope ya'll have a good weekend!
Mood: awakeawake
21 May 2011 @ 10:23 am
Confound these ponies, they drive me to fanfiction! Here then is the first chapter in what I hope to be an epic story, based around the idea of 'What would a Final Fantasy style MLP RPG be like?'

As usual, anon comments are enabled, so feel free to say whatever is on your mind about this! Feedback will determine what I change, add or if I even continue with the story.. I've actually got some "developer notes" if this proceeds well. Onward!

My Little Pony: Another Story - Chapter ICollapse )
Mood: creativecreative
MP3: MLP - My Very Best Friends
08 May 2011 @ 10:21 pm
Nothing much to say, but I did just post a buncha (old) art over on my FA page, in the Scraps section. It's actually all videogame-related stuff from my junior high / high school days, but eh, figured I'd mention it since there's not much else goin' on otherwise. If you're curious, go on over and have a look.. if not, then uhm, don't!
Mood: calmcalm
01 May 2011 @ 11:55 pm
I normally avoid discussing politics on the Internet, with anyone.. but for this I'll make an exception.. (Caution: Language!)

Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
29 April 2011 @ 01:35 pm
That is all.
Mood: annoyedannoyed
Just caught the latest episode of the MMO Report and, oh jeez. Not this crap again. For some reason they put hideous frog-people in the original EverQuest, and now someone thought it'd be a great idea to do the same thing with Guild Wars 2. The vast majority of games out there do reptilian races horribly, and I can't think of ANY that have done amphibians in a way that doesn't make them look just plain wrong on multiple levels. Even Chrono Trigger, one of the best games ever made, didn't make the simply-named Frog LOOK cool; but he did have characterization which accomplished that.

But this rant isn't really about my dislike of these creepy critters. No, my complaint is the damn "paste an animal head onto a bipedal body and call it a day" deal these guys are pulling. Not only does it look awful, it's just plain wrong! A human does not look the same as a monkey or gorilla without hair! Sure, there's a distant resemblance but they AREN'T THE SAME! This was something I hated about EQ, and now GW2 is gonna take a page from that flawed chapter of design? Whyyyyyy?

So please, if you're gonna design an anthropomorphic race for your fantasy series, or just plain want to render one artistically, make the head and body shape appropriate. If it merely looks like the animal in nature, except walking, you've got a problem..
Mood: restlessrestless
25 March 2011 @ 05:40 pm
To all the people who visited thanks to that little WoW/MLP spoof I did the other day, welcome! I don't (usually) update constantly, but a few times a month, typically. Topics here include games and personal stuff, and a tendency by yours truly to either rant or make an attempt at humor. Sometimes I succeed, sometimes I don't. Regardless, thanks for the visits and comments, and hopefully I can provide some entertaining content for ya'll.

Currently messing around with Firefox 4.0 and adding tags to my old LJ posts / cleaning things up around here IRL and online alike, that sorta boring stuff..

Other sites I frequent include..



Fur Affinity
Mood: busybusy
24 March 2011 @ 03:56 am
So hey everypony, how's it going! I managed to snag a copy of upcoming beta patch notes for EO.. that's Equestria Online.. and thought I'd share them with ya here! Of course, these ARE for testing, so chances are they're gonna change!

(A reminder that Anon posting is enabled on this journal, so you don't need LJ account to leave a comment if you want!)

Equestria Online Client Patch 4.1.1Collapse )

Holy Celestia, this series has me hooked, I'm actually making pseudo-fanfiction for it now.. and yes, this is a parody of "What if World of Warcraft was PONIES?!". Try and catch all the references; every 'note' is relevant to either (or both!) series, sometimes in multiple ways! It's a simple concept, sure, but I had fun making this up.. ;)
Mood: quixoticquixotic
02 March 2011 @ 09:58 am
Well, great. Another thing for me to get hooked on, a children's card game.. I mean, a children's cartoon!

MLP: Rainbow Dash

So yeah, you may have heard that there's a new series from the animator(s) whom worked on the GOOD Cartoon Network series, like Powerpuff Girls, Foster's Home, etc. And that series is.. unbelievably, My Little Pony. Yeah. They managed to take a show that's all about selling toys to little girls and make it AWESOME. Well, I guess that's been done a few times before with Transformers, which is incidentally also from Hasbro, so someone in control of the franchises is being smart about it. And I'm actually late to the party, apparently, as people have been raving about this new show for months now, and I only just sat down and watched it. And another episode. And another. Until I saw them all.

There's actually a ton of things in favor of this show, too. There's the referential humor and jokes that only adults will get; just like Animaniacs. Impressive voice acting performed by an experienced ensemble, and the characters expressions and lip syncs match up perfectly. The cast doesn't laugh or yell for no damn reason, like a lot of other cartoons lately are guilty of.. the 'moral of the story' lessons actually have something to do with the episode instead of being tacked on to the last minute, and heck, the show is even educational at times, by delving into mythology, science and other subjects as the plot demands.

They even managed to break stereotypes, or play with them when they do exist. For example, the super-girly fashion-crazed pony is actually very kind and is NOT a bitch, AND isn't a shopaholic but a business owner herself. That's a much better message to kids then "you should annoy your parents to buy things".. instead it's "you should work hard to help yourself, and make sure to help others too". I could honestly go on and on about all the positives of this show, especially in relation to everything else out there now, but I think you get the picture.

Just two final notes, regarding that Youtube account I linked. One, the episodes are generally posted in order, so the oldest would be the first, and so on. The pilot is a full hour, but suffers from having to introduce well, everything, and being more cheesy then the series proper. The second thing to note is.. anything that doesn't specify it's the new series, you should avoid unless you want to get some brain bleach. There's some older MLP stuff on there, probably for comparison, and it's HORRIBLE. Just.. avoid anything that isn't the current art style. You'll be glad ya did.
Mood: amusedamused
06 January 2011 @ 08:50 am
Alright, so last night, I'm in Mount Hyjal, finishing up the quests I've still got left there, when I overhear a conversation from another player about how he's short some gold for his epic flight skill. Just for the hell of it, I ask how much.. he replies 800g, and seems to be a bit nervous. I open trade and simply hand over that amount; I don't know the guy, and chances are, being a total stranger, he'd prolly never pay me back either.

Regardless, he was happy as hell and repeated "omg!" a few times. I then proceed on my way, content that I've done a good deed for someone I don't even know over the Internet. And then.. a rare spawn appears right in front of me. I think it literally spawned, as it, a phoenix, descended from the sky and flew to the ground ahead. I quickly attack and kill it, a level 81 (I was on my 85 Paladin), and lo and behold, it drops an iLevel 346 superior item.. that is worth a thousand gold.

Queue flipping out and the realization that it was almost as if the game itself was paying me back for being nice. And then I told the guy I just gave the gold to about it, and that the money was no-strings-attached since, well, I now had something which was worth even more then what I gave him.

Yeah, that was pretty awesome.. ;)
Mood: satisfiedsatisfied
12 December 2010 @ 11:34 am
So hey, there's that totally awesome thing that life likes to do to me! Last post was all "hey I want to type about stuff" and all, right? Well right after that, my computer decides to die. As in, motherboard failure. Really? Right before WoW: Cataclym release too?


Well, on the upside, I was able to get a new machine and salvage my hard drives from the previous machine, so I didn't lose anything but time (well, and some money, but not AS much as it coulda been since, ya know, parents being awesome). My migraines have been especially horrific for the last week too, but the new PC is something positive at least! Here's the specs, which is a pretty damn sweet machine now that I get down to it..

CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 (Hexa-Core!), 3.2 GHz
RAM: 8 GHz @ 1.3 GHz
Storage: 2 Terabytes (1 TB main drive, 2 512 MB drives from previous machine) & Blu-Ray player / DVD-Burner
Video: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 w/ 768 MB

In other words, this thing is a monster, and the most powerful computer I've ever owned, let alone used, by far. Not only in absolute terms but relatively speaking too.. AMD doesn't make a more powerful or faster processor then this one, currently, and the video card can do DirectX 11 second-to-only-a-few others on the market. I'm using my Logitech sound system, keyboard and mouse with it, and my previous monitor too, among a handful of other parts, to keep costs down. But, again, wouldn't have been able to afford it without help from my parents, 'cause income from disability barely feeds me, let alone keeps the electricity on, so if there's anything for me to 'give thanks' for this season, it's that.

On a less hopeful note, my breathing problems seem to have gotten worse as of late, so if ya'll are talking to me online and I suddenly go quiet, it's probably to shove my face in front of the air purifier/ conditioner / cleaner thingy here. I can't believe I'm 30 already either.. feels like I graduated college fewer years ago then I actually did..

Well, anyways, I DID get to type a bunch of stuff like I wanted to; just later then I had hoped. Since I've got this new computer I'm installing stuff onto it now, so maybe I'll catch some of ya's online in Azeroth later. Ta~
Mood: tiredtired
31 October 2010 @ 03:17 am
Lately I've been finding myself in a mood to write, yet at the same time, I don't want to say a damned thing. There actually has been quite a few things going on with my life, both ingame and in reality, and.. it just doesn't seem to matter. I mean, who really cares if I got to level 30 in Fallout 3 (and barely even got into the main quest cause I've been doing all the side-quests and exploring the hell outta the game), or that I got x item drop in Team Fortress 2, or leveled some alts in World of Warcraft.

Nobody, really, and that's the problem. If I post about every little thing I do, then I'd be falling over to the Dark Side (aka Facebook and MySpace), where people seem to think the entire world wants to know every time they take a shower or walk their dog or fucking wake up! But on the other hand, if I say nothing, then ya'll might think I'm not around here anymore, and thus lose any reason to even bother checking this journal. And so on and so forth.. vicious circle, it is. So just typing all of this gets me thinking; if you had a choice of something interesting to read, what would it be? What's the kinda thing that you like to read about, and if it's written well, would get ya to read more on a semi-regular basis? Or, alternately, what kind of information or lore would you be interested in discussing, or hear me voice my thoughts on?
Mood: creativecreative
06 July 2010 @ 03:42 pm
Hey, big surprise, the first part is Friends Only, and why? Cause there's a little thing called privacy on this here Internets. This IS going to be a rant, so fair warning, but check out this gem of a horrible idea from Blizzard..


What. The. Fucking. Hell.

I already am getting WoW-related gold spam in my e-mail every single day now, despite NOT having my e-mail show up on any of my online profiles to strangers, including Livejournal, and now they want to put my real name(s) out there for total strangers to see? The whole point of RealID was, as they said themselves, for friends and family to communicate across games and servers. Not as ideal as, say, Steam's system, but acceptable. But this?

I'm thinking of cancelling my subscription right now if they don't go back on this, because it not only means I can never post on the official forums again without fear of very real identity theft or worse, but because it'd send a more powerful message, as I've been playing the game since it came out; and just killed the Lich King recently, which is what I was GOING to post about, but screw that now..

EDIT: http://www.wow.com/2010/07/06/security-flaw-allows-addons-to-expose-full-real-life-names-witho/


EDIT 2: http://forums.wow-europe.com/thread.html?topicId=13816839821&sid=1


Looks like virtually the entire Internet, even the non-WoW playing part of it, complaining about this, has caused them to reverse course, with a posting from Blizzard's CEO and co-founder as a reply, even. I don't normally bitch about Blizzard, being a fanboy and all that, but.. this was a very important subject and I'm glad they decided to heed our warnings about it.
Mood: relievedrelieved
03 June 2010 @ 02:16 pm
So hey, I haven't forgotten about this place, I just haven't had anything to say! So, I'm gonna remedy that right about now..

Recently, Valve had a promotion regarding the fact that they now make Macintosh versions of their games, and started with releasing Portal for FREE, even for PC players! So I downloaded and installed Steam and, one thing lead to another, and I got Half-Life 2 as well, since it was on sale for a mere 7 bucks. Now, keep in mind, the last time I played or even cared about an FPS was back during the days of the original Half-Life.. when I stopped playing Team Fortress, I stopped caring about the genre.

As of this writing I'm rapidly approaching 100 hours played between HL2 and Portal, the latter of which I played non-stop for a few days till I beat it AND got most of the achievements. And according to the Lost Coast framerate test, I average around 150 fps with almost every setting turned all the way up. So.. I'm totally spoiled by that, certainly..

I'm AramaruXI on Steam, btw. Can't believe someone else took the basic name, but eh, what can ya do?

Half-Life 2

Although this image is scaled down a bit, you can still see how beautiful the water effects are, not to mention the texture quality. That and Half-Life (and Portal especially) aren't all about combat, but puzzle solving and exploration, aspects which always draw me to RPGs, so that also is why I've easily blown through the past week without WoW. Which isn't to say that I've lost interest.. not really. Just good to take a break from the routine every once in a while, ya know?

Also due to this aforementioned switchup in what I usually do, I've found the time and creativity to work some more on various 'projects' of mine. This includes a Warcraft III campaign, spending time with / helping my parents out, having some home improvement folks come by to provide estimates on various quality-of-life fixes, and getting an air conditioner unit installed here, instead of having to rely on and waste money on firing up the central cooling when the rest of the house doesn't need it..

The only downside out of all of this, besides my health STILL sucking (although the colder air provided by the new AC definitely helps), is that my father's work situation could go either horribly bad or extraordinarily well, for reasons I legally can't even say here. Just that I hope after the literal decades of my Dad working his ass off, that karma will decide to give us (the family) a good deal.. if not.. well.. then times'll be tough for us a while after..
Mood: creativecreative