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6th May 2019

It's been a long while since the story section last had any attention. A while back, I gave up on the idea of ever finishing my Star Wars stories, so instead have typed out a rough outline as to what may have happened during the rest of the saga. I've also expanded the names & characters section with images where possible.

29th October 2017

Did some work behind the scenes of the game blog page so that the game filters now work much better.

30th June 2017

A couple of months back I found loads of old notes about all the old Epic Space Marine games we played, starting from back when I was in high school. I thought it would be a good idea to type them all up as best I could, and upload them all. While I was at it, I also converted the Epic-S and 40K battle reports from their PDF state to HTML, and they can be found on the Warhammer 40K page.

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This is where you can read any of my irregular wafflings about computer gaming. The whole point of this blog is to help motivate me to properly finish games, whether they be recent ones or older ones I played when I was younger that I never managed to beat.

26th August 2012 - Multirant

Right, I can't remember ever really having a good old rant at any time since starting this website, but something I just found out has proven to be the straw that broke the camel's back as it were.
This information is that Transformers: Fall Of Cybertron requires Steam authentication in order to run.

This has pissed me off no end. I'm sick of seeing games I'd like to play only to discover it requires this shitty Steam software in order to run. I vowed a long time ago that I would never use Steam because I hate so many things about it, such as:

I've been caught out a couple of times in the last few years with games that need web-based authentication, as if I had known I would not have bought them. These were Mass Effect, Dead Space (I only bought those 2 because they were in a 3 for £10 deal), and Blood Bowl: Legendary Edition. These games do not use Steam or software of a similar type, but instead need authenticating over the internet the first time you play them. Then you are free to play them wherever or whenever you like. This is obviously a much better way of doing things than the Steam way, but is still not without one major flaw: What will happen if those authentication servers ever get switched off? Any new installations of those games will just not run unless some clever dick designs a hack to bypass the authentication requirement.
I don't suppose it will really matter to me about Mass Effect (played it for about an hour, thought it was very over-rated and tossed it into a corner somewhere never to be seen again hopefully) or Dead Space (the shittiest PC port of a console game ever? Must be pretty close) as it's unlikely I'll ever play them again. But playing the occasional game of Blood Bowl is always fun if I can't get an opponent for the actual board game.

I'm starting to realise that very soon, things like Steam will probably be required to play any new PC game. This is very painful as I've recently bought my first new PC for the better part of a decade, and I won't be able to put most new games I wanna play on it because of this shitty, shitty software.

Fall Of Cybertron was going to be my first new purchase on PC, but not now. I've been playing a bit of Transformers: War For Cybertron here and there on PS3 the last few weeks, but have always found it really awkward playing shooters on a console controller. Not to mention the shitty graphics of consoles compared to those on PC these days.
This leads me on to another question: Why, when consoles these days have USB ports, is mouse and keyboard not an option for playing games on them? This makes no sense. I could then easily play games like Transformers or Saints Row The Third on my PS3 and leave Steam to the idiots and fanboys that do not see how dangerous and evil it is.
One of the arguments I've read is that makers of console shooters don't want to give some players an unfair advantage, as those playing on keyboard and mouse would be much better on this type of game than those with controllers. But I say bollocks. A perfectly adequate USB keyboard and mouse will not cost you much more than £10 these days. Whereas controllers for consoles will knock you back around £30-40, which is rediculously expensive for such an inferior control method.

Sigh. Perhaps I'm ranting because deep down I realise at some point I will have no choice but to be a sheep and follow the masses into Steam's cold, dark embrace. I'm literally shivering at the thought.


<rant addendum>

If that scrap iron man doesn't stop driving passed my house at all times of the day blaring his fucking horn I'm gonna go out and kick his teeth out through the back of his skull! (Seriously, just while typing this blog entry I've heard him 3 times! Wanker.)