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Perhaps in accordance with the laws of Yeah-Saw-that-Coming, I have started live streaming on twitch. If nothing else, it's something to do while I practice SotC, which I am still in the process of learning as a speed run. For the moment, streaming seems to entail a lot of me talking to myself. To be expected when the content on your channel mostly consists of doing time attacks on various bosses over and over and over.

And over and over and over and over. Turns out, it's actually more fun than I thought it would be. Practicing on time attack affords me the immediate goal of trying to beat my own time while I'm learning the various strats that go into the speed run. So yay. As twere.

In other news, school has started. Two weeks in actually. For most of that time I've been battling whatever winter sickness hit me during the first week. On Friday, I actually woke up with one of the muscles that was pulled as a result of all the coughing screaming in pain (metaphorically speaking. if my muscle had literally been screaming, this would be a very different sort of entry). The scary thing was that it's a muscle directly below my heart. Basically at the bottom of my left boob/pectoral whatever you wanna call it. I also had pain in my left elbow. So it was doctor time baby! I went ahead and had them do an ekg just to be sure and everything's fine. So I've been chugging ibuprofen and that seems to have alleviated the problem.

These modern medicine thangs is turnin' out to be right muracles. Boy howdy.
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So I've started learning Shadow of the Colossus speedrunning strategies. I've got a long ways to go yet before I'm even close to satisfied with it, but that doesn't matter right now because I

JUST ONE-CYCLED PELAGIA!!!!!!!!!!!

It's a trick that many many players have had trouble reproducing, to the point that a lot of people thought it was version dependent. So I got myself a ps2 copy of it, and I did it! I one-cycled Pelagia! The video I linked is of a much better runner doing the one-cycle, just for comparison's sake. My actual time was 2:02, but the big jerk gave me all kinds of bad RNG: bad opening, turned away from the gazebo. Y'know, bunch of other stuff you'd have to care about the minutiae of the fight to be familiar with. But that doesn't matter because I

Just. One. Cycled. Pelagia.

I'm just towering over stuff right now. Like seriously. Now, of course, the scientist in me demands that I try to reproduce it on the remastered version.

How many cycles? Two? Nope, did it in ONNNNNEEEEE.
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I have been trying to play Jedi Outcast.

Telekinesis is one of my two favorite super powers. So when I'm playing a video game where I have telekinetic abilities

and A LIGHTSABER

and not having fun, I start to seriously call into question the choices the game designer made. I'll be the first to admit that I'm not the l33test gamer and some of these games (most probably) are designed for people looking for a different sort of challenge than I am, but come ON. I understand the improbability of coming out with a fun game wherein the player plays an effectively invincible character. Hugo Weaving and Keanu Reeves taught us that much by just phoning it right the hell in. Forcing me to navigate difficult landscapes (made so largely by the limitations of that game generation's graphical abilities) while dozens of Rodian snipers take potshots at me is not the answer.

Oh. The Gran that was tossing thermal detonators at me from the middle of a bridge was straddling a land mine, and now I'm falling down a bottomless chasm? FUCK you.

My desire to be a Jedi (always a non-zero value) is something of a sine curve with its peaks at those times when I've recently seen something or read something Star Wars related. I've recently discovered an admittedly personal equivalence between the question of whether it would be cool to be a Jedi and the question of whether I would give up food or sex for the rest of my life.

Jedi gotta eat, man.

What they don't have to do is fall to their deaths repeatedly. In fact, I believe it should be part of the Jedi code that all Jedi are required to wear jetpacks at all times. This is not such a stretch as you might think. Galactic police should and would have all the cool toys. Hell, Boba Fett had a jetpack, and he wasn't a Jedi. The latter might be why he was swallowed by the almighty sarlacc and slowly digested over a thousand years.

Don't you fucking talk to me. He was.

I have at times toyed with the idea of taking up Star Wars fanfic as a past time. The problem there is I have other stuff to write that's more important, which is kind of a cop out because I could still write in my free time. The other problem is that I'm not exactly well versed in the Star Wars universe, which means I'm not steeped enough in the backstory to make a comprehensive decision as to what I accept as canon and what I reject as garbage. The other other problem is that I want interactive Jedi ... ing.

I could write Jedi stories 'til the cows came home. It wouldn't be the same as actually wielding a lightsaber, actually mastering the Force etc. I could play act, but I've always been instinctually contemptuous of LARPing. Though that contempt might actually be a veneer thrown over my own laziness. Whatever it was, I never had much luck playing with my toys or moving around my room when I was a kid. I'd just end up lying on my bed staring at the ceiling and visualizing it. 'Cause then I could "actually" do the stuff I wanted to do.

It's disappointing. Force Unleashed was fun, but overly dependent on the prequels in that it was dependent on them at all. Jedi Academy was fun but terribly frustrating if you weren't playing the second tier of missions or the Vjun level. Thank god for KOTOR. It might be turn based, thus limiting what you can do with it, but at least it's good.

This entry is all the hell over the place. God I'm tired. I really need to stop messing up my sleep pattern. You'd think I'd have learned by now, but nope. Makes me wish I hadn't taken yesterday off. Will have to write my thousand words with a vengeance tomorrow because t'ain't gonna happen tonight.
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Wherein I talk to myself about something relatively important:

Chad? I need you to stop playing blitz chess. It's a different game altogether from which you derive no pleasure. I know that you're starved for real games. I know we've chosen a different path right now, but the choice was valid and continues to be so. You cannot get to the DCC on any kind of regular basis, and yes that sucks. We CHOSE that. Other things must take priority over chess right now. You have all sorts of resources for the study and play of the game. Use them if you must, but stop STOP STOP STOP playing blitz!

Quit it! You once had a conversation with an international master in which he dismissed blitz as an unimportant aspect of the game. It has almost no value other than as an exercise in tactics and opening theory, and you don't plan on studying opening theory anytime soon. If you must play online, play correspondence or longer time controls. Quantity of games is irrelevant if the quality of your play decreases. We are not on the path to our goal for the game right now, and won't be for years to come. You have more important things to do with your time than hit the "rematch" button while telling yourself not to. It isn't fun. It ruins your mood.

Stop stop STOP playing blitz!

Phew.

Wherein I talk not to myself:

I will have more important things to post about later, but this has been getting old.

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