The pro’s and con’s of Steam
The pro’s and con’s of Steam avatar

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I think it’s more than fair that if you look at my content, or to the side where you’ll see my current distractions you’ll notice that I really like Steam. Steam is a really great platform for buying and playing games, and they’ve done a brilliant job making their platform accessible to people outside of Windows on the Mac and Linux platforms. As a result has helped bring more gaming attention to Linux which is great overall. They make really great hardware, such as the Steam Controller. Big Picture? It’s a wonderful convenience for those of us who want to play on a big TV and want the console experience but the freedom to mod and play the way we want to. Does this make me a fanboy? Not really, because unlike fanboys I can point out flaws, and Steam has a lot of flaws.

Is Steam’s focus on movies a flaw? Not really, considering their focus has been on things like Big Picture, SteamOS, their controller, you name it. They want to bring Steam into the living room for those who want the option, so releasing movies would make sense. And why not? They already sell software and graphic novels, why not movies? It isn’t something that I would buy, but why deny others of having the option? That to me is not a flaw.

Now, if you said that their browser sucks? I’m all on board in agreement. And I’ll even admit that Big Picture has it’s issues. For example, sometimes when I look at my friend activity there will be a 50/50 chance that it’ll either fail to come up, or it’ll appear fine, and then there’s a 25% chance that it won’t display correctly. Like, you’ll scroll over a friend to see what they said, or what picture they took, and it won’t come up at all. Then you have their support service, which we all can universally agree sucks.

And then there’s the Steam Mobile Authenticator. Want to trade with someone on the market? You need a smartphone, or to wait three days for the trade to go through. That sounds somewhat reasonable, note the emphasis on the somewhat. It gets ridiculous when you want to sell something on their community market. I went to sell some cards I accumulated in a game, and found that I had to wait 15 days… wtf? Again, you need a smartphone.

I don’t want a smartphone. I literally have no reason to purchase or use a smartphone, nor do I have the desire to purchase one. I rarely make phone calls and when I do it’s over a landline. Everything else is done via email. When I point this out people seem shocked for some strange reason. Then they ask me why I wouldn’t want “the most convenient device ever made”? Why? I’m a practical person. If I bought a smartphone it would literally be just to use the trade system and market on Steam, that’s not a good reason to buy a smartphone. Also, I’m not the type that checks social media every few minutes. There are times when I just want to disconnect completely from technology and go about my business. That might change someday, but for the time being I don’t want a smartphone, especially for something like Steam.

I’m not against the idea completely, but why do they fixate on having a smartphone? Why can’t you use a secondary email address, or a landline? I would think the landline would be safer since it’s tied to your fucking house.

I love you Steam, but you’re drunk… Get back to your roots dammit.

Doctors Doctors Doctors
Doctors Doctors Doctors avatar

I had an appointment the other day with a doctor for the first time in about 4 years, needed to get something checked and the good news is that I’m fine. I’ve scheduled another appointment two months out for something else. Then yesterday I went into the dentists office to show off my latest setup for their website, which they loved. Other than the doctor had no idea what this was:

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So I’ll have to switch it out with another picture, which is no big deal. There’s plenty of free non-copyrighted pictures of that type to choose from. 😀 Also took some more photos for the website, so my plans are going to be real photoshop heavy… that and I’ll be researching some additional plugins. Also they had an opening for a tooth cleaning appointment for next Monday, so that was convenient. Now I just need to get with an eye doctor and I’ll be fully calibrated.

Tomb Raider 2013 finally hits Linux today
Tomb Raider 2013 finally hits Linux today avatar

Today is a good day to be a Linux user, well, everyday is… but it’s nice to see this game transition over to the open source side.

Now the question, how well will it perform under OpenGL? Tomb Raider was rather taxing on Windows, you needed REALLY good hardware to run it. I wonder how well it’ll handle TressFX.

Blackroom, a new FPS by John Romero and Adrian Carmack
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Yep… He’s back in action, but this time he has Adrian Carmack at his side. Two of the former ID Software clan are building a new game called Blackroom, which is supposed to be a throwback to classic FPS gaming but with the epic awesomeness of Unreal Engine 4, and hopefully won’t secretly be Daikatana 2.

John Romero and Adrian Carmack, two of id Software’s founders, have launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a new FPS, Blackroom. They are asking for $700,000.

The campaign page describes Blackroom as “a visceral, varied and violent shooter that harkens back to classic FPS play with a mixture of exploration, speed, and intense, weaponized combat,” and promises “unique multiplayer maps and robust modding support for the community to make diabolical creations of their own design.”

 

Sounds like it’ll be a lot of fun, John Romero even released a new DOOM wad to give people an idea of what’s going on. I’m hoping with Adrian on board all the funding won’t go to John Romero’s fabulous hair. But in all seriousness, it’s nice to see people revisiting their roots in the gaming world. The new Carmageadon is great, the new Descent is still in it’s early stages but is looking really nice, and Obduction isn’t out yet so I can’t really say much about it. If anything I hope Blackroom has less drama than certain other kickstarters, and old Daikatana itself.

Back to my irregularly scheduled blogging
Back to my irregularly scheduled blogging avatar

Well, I’ve done my parts both at work and designing the website. Looks like I might be doing an overhaul already, on Thursday I’ll know for sure. The Doc wants lots and lots of buttons and beach scenery, one way or another he’ll be getting those. 😀

Freight was extremely small even for a Tuesday. It was all in an extremely small shopping cart, and half of it was stuff we can’t release until next month (movies) and the other half was power cables that we already have plenty of, so I mostly worked the backstock. Which worked out nicely since it appears no one else is really working anything to the shelf it seems. I don’t want to go into detail, but we have ten employees. Three of them are guys who don’t know when to stop screwing off, one that is extremely unaware of her surroundings (and she’s kinda pervy towards one of the managers), one that doesn’t know when to stop talking and get the job done, and a manager that is too busy with his head between a couple of Russian funbags to communicate things properly with the rest of the staff. So it’s no wonder things look like shite when I arrive in the morning lately. Ugh…

Another Open Thread
Another Open Thread avatar

Spent most of the day in the Gmod Cinema with friends. I don’t really have much else to write about. I’ll probably focus on website stuff tomorrow, I have it all planned out. They want me to work on pictures and buttons. I updated pictures on the site yesterday, so there was some work involved. 😛 I’m not in too big of a hurry… I have until Thursday to get it all done.

This week is actually going to be a pretty busy one. Between normal work, website work, some errands and a doctors appointment I’ll be jumpin’. I’m hoping it all goes well.

Open Thread
Open Thread avatar

Too much has been going on. Yesterday it was a busy work day at both my primary job and at the dentists office. Heck, yesterday my boss wanted to know if I would be on call for today in case one of our flakier employees decided to be a no show, but since I haven’t been feeling well I decided to decline. Good thing too, I woke up feeling pretty sick this morning. But I’m better now, so it isn’t like it’s the worst birthday ever.

Speaking of that, I did get some gifts in the mail today. 😀 Plus the webcam I ordered arrived! I played with that a bit using facerig. Now I really am ready to do some livestreaming. Which of course I did with a bit of Serious Sam.

I’ll try to remain active, but I have some serious web related work lining up for me this weekend. So if I don’t write anything it probably means I’m busy… or just playing Skyrim.