AOL shuts down completely after 20 years

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If you were a 90’s kid, chances are there was a point in time when AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) was a huge part of your life. You likely remember the CD, your first screenname, your carefully curated away messages, and how you organized your buddy lists. Right now you might be reminiscing about how you had to compete for time on the home computer in order to chat with friends outside of school. You might also remember how characters throughout pop culture from “You’ve Got Mail” to “Sex and the City” used AIM to help navigate their relationships. In the late 1990’s, the world had never seen anything like it. And it captivated all of us.

The real news should be “Wow, AOL was still around after 20 years”. I was never an AOL captive, and now for sure I never will be, inf act the closest I ever came to AOL (or AOHell as we called it back in the day) was those free 30 day trial CD’s they spammed in the mail. They made for good frisbees but not much else.

All I’ve ever done on my history of chatting on the internet was IRC, XFire, Steam, Mumble, VSee, and Discord. AOL was overrated, only good for data collection on other people, and even by 90’s standards the interface was tacky as hell. rick Oh, I forgot! I used PesterChum. THAT is the superior messenger, I have decided. melon

This game is an entire 1% off on Steam at the moment

Are you tired of playing games with lootboxes in them and the game just gets in the way of you getting to those juicy lootboxes? This game is the perfect thing to get.

Even the system requirements are a laugh, mind the memory gap:

Minimum:

    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 1.5 Ghz Intel or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 730 or equivalent
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 300 MB available space

Recommended:

    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: 1.5 Ghz Intel or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 TI or equivalent
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 300 MB available space

You know, I’m almost intrigued enough to buy this just for the novelty. zorak

Net Neuteredtrality

Well, I read the news pretty much everyday… and I knew today was going to be a big day for the corporations celebrating the repeal of Net Neutrality. Despite millions of comments complaining about the negative effects that repealing net neutrality would cause it all fell upon deaf ears Ajit Idjit Pai plugging his ears while yelling “LALALALALA” while dropping a deuce on the floor. At least that’s what I would call his PSA:

I think I only made it about 4 seconds before I felt my eyes starting to glow and my blood pressure rising. Jesus Cock Sucking Christ, this man is in charge of the FCC, and he addresses his public dressed like an overgrown child. No wonder El Presidente Wandering Orange Scrotum put this guy in charge, he’s in good company along with the other flying monkeys. zorak Any supporter of this regime who wants to complain about these changes (and lots of them have been online) will not get a single shred of sympathy from me. You voted for this shit to happen; and despite what you might think this is what you wanted, what you voted for. All because it makes the BLU team angry, therefore that’s a win to these political tribalists.

These changes will effect not just the US, but anyone wanting to read US webpages around the world. ISP’s no longer have standards and practices to follow, they can simply remove parts of the internet they don’t want you to see or throttle your access, or even turn your internet connection into packages or itemized plans on top of basic internet access. Are you a gamer? They can charge you a fee for wanting to stream to twitch or youtube, or if you want to download  a bunch of games through Steam for example Or maybe you want a social media package or just basic email, they can introduce a paywall for any of this and there are no laws or regulations to stop them. As if microtransactions weren’t bad enough already… To me this is the equivalent of the electric company charging you for the use of each outlet in your own home, and adding fees on top of what you plan to plug into each one. Don’t think it won’t happen, we’re already at a point in our history where nazi’s and pedophiles are considered better people than anyone who didn’t vote for Velveeta Voldermort.

If you live outside of the states and want to have a say there is a website you can go to (thanks to Yutram for finding it) and voice your concerns. This still has to pass congress and if enough heat is poured onto them (mainly from their own constituents) they might leave it alone, though chances show that to be rather slim. On the brightside State Attorneys are lining up to sue the FCC over this. My state is already on board. melon

Now if you’ll excuse me I’m gonna go into Skyrim and rename Nazeem into Idjit Pai, as both look similar (in my game, not on purpose either… the game just knows what an asshole looks like) and both have equally punchable faces. rick

PC Mods What Nintendon’t

This game hasn’t left my scope of interest; but now I have another reason to buy Breath Of The Wild at some point. One word: Mods

Moddable console game via PC… who knew? Then again some Nintendo games are surprisingly moddable, even on the original hardware (screencaps below are from an emulation, the Wii isn’t that crisp).

Now if I could only add Ronald McDonald to my fucking roster, haven’t had time to figure out how to add this particular model…

I’ve also been contemplating delving into the horror that is Super Mario 64. I’ve seen people play that with ridiculous level edits and mods, seems rather enticing to me. I’ve also heard that Mario 64 pairs oddly well with a Steam Controller, that alone would make for an interesting test. rick

Holy Ad-lib Chart Batman!

Yutram wrote this blog post pretty much confirming my thoughts going all the way back to childhood. You can make any comic book villain using a generic ad-lib chart.

So for some reason today, I got to thinking about cartoon villains, particularly in superhero comics and cartoons. I was thinking, how many villains are actually original in their design and backstory? Many seem rather generic when you break them down, like they were simply derived from a formula; for example, the villains of the Batman universe. You could literally describe like 90% of the criminals of Gotham with an ad-lib chart. In fact, most DC villains seem to be derived from altering similar variables to the same biography.

You can go over and write in your own super villain via the ad-lib sheet. Hell if you look in the comments you’ll see the origin of Salad Fingers. zorak

I finished Rise Of The Tomb Raider

I can honestly add Rise Of The Tomb Raider to my list of games I finished in 2017. I still have the additional DLC to tackle and a replay to find more achievements and anything else I missed during my first playthrough, but I will say I did have a healthy amount of fun along the ride.

 

ROTT had stunning visual quality, a nice amount of tombs to explore, a gripping storyline just like the last game (and any Tomb Raider game that isn’t Angel Of Darkness), and the changes to some of the gameplay were quite interesting. Like switching between stealth or just going gungho and slapping some bitches with your axe. And somehow, despite being an NVidia gameworks title (even though this was originally an AMD game given that it was on the XBone as a timed exclusive) it has wonderful optimization.

I would say that my only complaints are with some of the dialogue, Lara doesn’t always have to say shit. I’m half tempted to turn my next playthrough into a drinking game where you take a drink everytime Lara says shit. Oh, and the lack of modabillity. I know the last Tomb Raider in 2012 wasn’t very moddable either, but previous games had mod communities, especially Tomb Raider Level Editor, which to this day still has people building/playing levels (even in multiplayer!).

A game like this could have some fun potential if you could add mods. I mean look at Skyrim, or The Witcher 3, you can mod those games to your liking (especially with Skyrim). Instead this will get one playthrough, maybe two at best to gather missed objectives and items.

And as much as I like this game, I do wish EIDOS would go back to their roots and make a classic style Tomb Raider with newer graphics. They can keep this version of Lara though, I like her more realistic frame that doesn’t have pyramid shaped boobages. I used to have nightmares about her running against the TRex and pummeling it to death with her chest when I was a kid… zorak Of course that’s quite innocent compared to what I dream about these days. morty

Once again I come to a screeching halt…

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Once again I start my weekend out by not feeling well; last week was due to fatigue, whereas today I’ve been going in and out of pain and nausea. Fortunately I have plenty of medication to alleviate both, but here I go again with another unproductive weekend… I’ve barely left my bed today apart from to get up and make some Miso Soup. Perhaps I’ll get things in a row tomorrow and get at least one thing on my To Do List done. I keep telling myself I have stuff to do but nothing about me seems to want to cooperate and it’s getting really irritating. I shouldn’t be lying around like this…

Late Night Open Thread

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I’ve been mulling over my to do list that I haven’t put much of a dent in… I still have a lot that I need to get done, present wrapping being the top priority next to sending them off, write some letters/emails back to people. I also need to give my desk a deeper cleaning, as in take everything off the desk, unplug shit and actually get in there and dust everything out. Then there’s also dinner planning; I’m the most available to make dinner next week, so I’ll have to do some grocery planning for tomorrow.

Someday I’ll be able to release a video…

Devil May Cry Remaster hitting PC next year.

Wow… I was actually going to hunt for the original releases of Devil May Cry for the PS3, but since they’re making a remaster for the new consoles and PC I’ll wait til next year. I’m officially stoked.

So if you’re part of the group of people that didn’t raise their hands just now, we have just the collection for you, and the perfect jumping on point to get to know this irreverent character that has since appeared in various fighting games, puzzle games, RPGs and even had his own animated series. Featuring three games, silky smooth 60fps gameplay, and a wide variety of enemies, weapons and styles to experiment with, Devil May Cry HD Collection is the perfect compilation for those looking to get their stylish combat fix.

Hopefully this will make up for that pathetic attempt of a Devil May Cry 3 PC port… Worst $2.99 I ever spent.