Welp, I’ve finally created a github account.


It’s a file for keeping your home folder clean, written in python 3 and tkinter. Should work on every distribution of Linux.

Was a major bitch too, figuring out that I had to change directories over to my home directory. After that, it all went fairly smooth. The only thing I had to figure out then was the logic of making it work on everyone’s system. Was a lot of fun.

Never realized how much of programming was reading. Right now, I’m spending 90% of my time reading, 10% coding. Sure as shit hope that improves.

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Mass Effect : Andromeda related

I can speak conclusively when it comes to Andromeda, the [DLC] plans were never in place the way that they are for Anthem.

Read more: https://www.tweaktown.com/news/63104/bioware-set-up-mass-effect-andromeda-dlc/index.html

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Python and the deceptively simple program

When I first started learning about Python, I ran across this program and in my eagerness to learn, I didn’t pay much attention to it. I’m not sure if the instructors told me how deceptively simple it was, but it was when I was first learning about for loops. It looks a little something like this.

What it’s supposed to do is go through the numbers one through ten and find all the even and odd numbers. However, if you’re a dipshit like me, you probably wrote the code somewhat like this.

Who needs all those fancy f’s and squiggly brackets anyway, right? That is until you got something like this.

Let’s go back and take a look at why that won’t work, first of all.

Same as before

You probably entered just before this something like…

mylist = [ ‘1’, ‘2’, ‘3’, ‘4’ ….. etc]
Or alternatively
mylist = [ 1, 2, 3, 4, …. etc ]

Both of those will not work with the code written above. I know that it caused me to tear my hair out in confusion. In the if num % 2 == 0: line, it’s expecting an integer. If you put in the variable mylist = [‘1’, ‘2’, ‘3’, ‘4’… etc ] you’re putting in strings. You might as well ask it to divide an apple by an orange, and seeing if its remainder is a house. It just doesn’t make sense.

Or, alternatively, if you put in the variable mylist = [ 1, 2, 3, 4, … etc], the print(‘Odd number’ + num) is expecting a string, not an integer.

So, then, let’s take a look at how we fix this mess.

Well, for the first thing, it’s going to be all in the variable that you declared. So let’s go with mylist = [‘1’, ‘2’, ‘3’, ‘4’… etc ] first.

Now, the first thing you can probably see is that I’ve added int to if int(num) % 2 == 0: This is because it will try and treat everything inside of the parenthesis as an integer. Also note that in the line print(‘Odd number’ + num), you don’t have to do anything because it already is a string. Remember what you declared your variables as. (mylist = [‘1’, ‘2’, ‘3’, ‘4’… etc ])

Alternatively if you declared your varibles as mylist = [ 1, 2, 3, 4, etc … ] your code would have to look something like this.

Here we have if num % 2 == 0:, because it already is and integer. Here, what we have to do is change it over in the print statements. If you’ll note the str(num) in both of the print statements.

This can work with tuples, too. Mess around with it and try it out. Just remember what you declared your variables as.

I dunno if this helps any of you, but I sure as hell know that it helped me.

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Why I am not against microtransactions.

Wait a minute, before you for the reply button, lemme explain. I’m not against microtransactions in mobile gaming. In PC gaming, oh yeah, I’m right there with ya. Bring out the pitchforks and the hay and lighters.

But in mobile, it’s quite a different story. Why? Well, let’s back up a bit and take the entire world as a stage.

In Asia, mobile markets are HUGE. I once heard a report that most people in China don’t even own a PC or a laptop, preferring to use their smartphone for everything.

And many Asians are fine with P2W mechanics in their games.

So, why bother? EA, UbiSoft, and Bethesda already have their cash cow, called Asia. It’s not a matter of if, nor when. It’s already taken ahold.

But I’ll be damned if I’m gonna stand by and let them ruin my games with that bullshit.

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Is Steam playing it smart?

About a year ago, I guess, a new launcher was, well, launched. Epic Games Store. And Steam sat there idly by.

Throughout the process of Epic buying up exclusives, including, but not limited to, Phoenix Point, The Outer Worlds, Borderlands 3. Still, Steam remained quiet.

Now, this got me to thinking. Either… And you’ll have to bear with me now, but either… Steam is so sure that future of gaming lies in the hands of the indie studios, or… Steam believes that enough big budget games are coming their way.

Or possibly, both. They could believe that eventually A developers will turn into AAA developers. Like what happened over at Larian Studios just this past week (or rather, just announced this past week). I’ll cut to the chase, they tripled in size.

I personally think so. Whatever Steam is doing is working. And by working on Linux and games for linux, is always a plus.

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Yep, it’s Baldur’s Gate III.

Check it out on YouTube, over at Larian Games.

Looks awesome.

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BG3? Maybe.

So, over at Larian Studios, you’ll find something extremely similar to this.

Impressive, no?

Some people say it’s Baldur’s Gate III. I was kind’a hoping for Divinity Original Sin III, but I’m willing to take whatever they’ve got in the pipe. Larian Studios hasn’t reignited my passion for RPG gaming. That honor would have to go to Mass Effect. But ever since Mass Effect : Andromeda and with their rolling failure Anthem, BioWare is no longer king of the RPG space.

Whatever it is, I’ll be waiting with baited breath. The last time a Baldur’s Gate game came out, I was, I believe, more into FPS games. Well, times, and more importantly my reaction times, have changed and slowed.

Add to this, that Larian studios is also Linux gaming friendly.

It’ll be interesting, that’s for sure.

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Why I won’t buy AAA games anymore

In the past, I’ve discussed microtransactions and my feelings on them. Well, you may have noticed that I was only targeting the big publishers. This was for a reason. Only big publishers wanna make a fast and easy buck.

Let’s just get some terminology straight, at least from my point of view. An “A” development studio is not quite ready for prime time. I’m speaking about DontNod, Volition, Spiders, & HareBrained. I realize that some of you are thinking of independent studios, but that’s not really the case. The truly independent studios are one man studios, like ConcernedApe (Stardew Valley) or Tynan Sylvester(RimWorld).

A AAA development studio is one where you have hundreds of people working together on one game. These include such studios as Bethesda, BioWare, UbiSoft, WB Games.

AAA games are extremely polished. In fact, they’re so well polished, that it wipes away any sense of the heart and soul that were ever put into the game. There’s no blood, sweat, or tears coming off of the game. It begins to wear on you. Or at least it did me.

Single A studios have that in spades though. Life Is Strange, Saints Row 3 (and Four), The Technomancer, BattleTech. All of them are dripping with blood, sweat, and tears. And I love it. I love playing each one of these. (Except for The Technomancer. Get on a linux port!) Each of them for very different reasons.

I’d compare it to chocolate, or take whatever sweets you can imagine. The AAA games are the sweets. They lack any real substance, or calories. The A games are the real meat and potatoes.

Now, I’m not telling you that I will not be buying any AAA games in the future. But the money has stopped flowing out of my hands to these big studios for these games, simply because they lack the grittiness of working on games. They are, simply put, too polished.

They are the New York shyster who will take your money and run.

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The Technomancer and my take on current gaming practices

The Technomancer was a generally not well received game. Make no mistake about it, I loved the story. The characters were well developed, although a tad hackneyed. I like that you could romance somebody. I really liked the ending.

But it was not well received. Why? Well, for a variety of reasons. Number one reason for most people, it was a challenging game. Most gamers these days have gone soft. I’m not trying to throw shade at anyone, I’m simply stating facts. The average age of a gamer has gone up from 8-12, up to about 30-35. With work, a significant other, stuff to do around the house, I get it. I do. You probably don’t want to spend that much effort into a game, especially one as long as Technomancer. Other reasons include, the hackneyed story (and yes, I agree there was some hackiness there), bugs, how difficult it was, etc.

Now, for a bit a segue here. Most game companies, like EA, UbiSoft, Bethesda have put microtransactions into their games. Why? Well, let me back up first and go into mobile gaming.

Mobile gaming is the elephant in the room right now. It has a commanding lead over both the PC and the console market. And I believe even if you combine the PC and console market, it would still lead them.

So why aren’t EA, UbiSoft, and Bethesda making mobile games? Because in order to do that they would have to compete with the tons of crap already on the market. I don’t have any solid figures on this, but I’m willing to bet you if you put out a hundred games, 95% would fail after a month. So it’s a really big payoff, for a really big risk that you’re taking.

Who wants to compete in that? Where you only have a 5% chance of making it? Certainly not me, certainly not the developers. No, they want captive eyeballs. That’s where you, the PC gamer comes in. And I suppose the console gamers as well, but from what I’ve seen of them, they’re willing to accept anything thrown at them.

The average PC gamer has, on the whole, a much longer attention span than the average mobile gamer. You’re most likely the same people. People who play games on their PC are more than likely gonna be the ones who play games on their phones. This isn’t a knock. Again, simply stating facts. We’re gamers, it’s in our blood.

Developers want to bring the “fun and excitement” of mobile gaming to the PC and console market. Note the quotes. When I think of the mobile market my heart just drops. I have three games on my mobile phone right now. 8 ball pool, chess, and a word game.

Developers also want to cram together the PC gamer market, the console market, and the entirety of the mobile gaming market into one big conglomeration of this thing we’re calling gamers. Well, sorry chief, it doesn’t work that way. You’ve got people that have played Candy Crush for 994 hours calling themselves a gamer, and have never picked up anything else. You’ve also got people who have played maybe a half an hour of Scrabble With Friends (and never picked up anything else) calling themselves a gamer.

Here’s the rub though, based upon what it means to be a gamer, both would be right.

So, we’re being punished for having longer attention spans by devs who don’t wanna compete.

wait… wat?

Let me repeat that. You, as a PC gamer, are being punished for having a longer attention span than mobile gamers, by developers who don’t want to compete.

Mobile games are simple, hell, they have to be. Yeah, sure… I’ll spend $2 for another 5 lives, because my train stop is another four miles. And god forbid, this guy right next to me stinks and I really don’t wanna think about where he’s been the previous night. This $2 is my salvation from having to think about all that. I would offer him $10 to get off the train, but I don’t wanna offend him by telling him that he stinks.

Here’s my thing though… I’m not against microtransactions. I’m against microtransactions in PC (and console) games. There is a distinct difference between someone who has played Candy Crush for 994 hours and me. I laugh at those numbers, and I don’t even play games that much anymore.

I’m looking at you EA, UbiSoft, Bethesda, anybody else that puts microtransactions in your PC and console games : If you wanna make mobile games, make mobile games. Put all of your microtransactions there.

Just remember why you got into the business in the first place. To provide a challenge that only a select few can beat, just like The Technomancer. They put their heart and soul into the game.

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ProPro’s and the squeezing of the net

I was reading this the other day, and in that article he claimed to have some issues with the Linux Mint forums. In it, he describes what are some glaring issues with Linux Mint 19.1 and some very serious problems with Linux Mint forum goers.

Of course, we’ve all had to deal with these people. People who think that there can’t be anything wrong with the product. It has to be you. You’re the cause of all of your woes.

Whether it’s a game, a console, PC, hell even a popular cola. (Coke vs. New Coke) I’ve started to call these people propro’s. Product Propagandists. People who think that their company shits gold where ever they are.

Propro’s will twist themselves whatever way they can to justify their narrative. It sounds like the LM forum goers would twist themselves into unrecognizable shapes, simply to prove him wrong as well. I once had someone tell me on the BioWare forums that all money that we spend on entertainment is a waste.

Really? 1984, Fahrenheit 451, Lord Of The Flies? They were all a waste? Srsly?

Over on the BioWare forums we call them BioDrones. People who can’t possibly think that BioWare did anything wrong. I’m sure that other places have other names for them. For now, I’m simply calling them what they are. Propros, or propagandists for products.

Now, I don’t wanna be a Negative Nancy here, but when there are problems, you should identify and fix those problems.

The problem is that when the propros start taking over and shutting down and silencing all dissenters. Worse off, it’s when the company actually starts to believe its own propros.

I actually believe that is what is the problem with BioWare itself right now, as well as any company (or idea) that has an extremely propros-like following.

How can you tell? You can recognize it by any cult like following. You can also recognize it by any person that makes just absolute batshit insane comments. Anyone who stands up to them to tell them just how fucking stupid and dense they are is immediately banned, all in the name of “no bullying”. Also dogmatism plays a huge role here. Have you ever tried arguing with a religious person who was convinced that they were right? Whoah, buddy, there’s a fun argument.

Except, in propros’ case, it’s actually much simpler argument (for them, at least). They’re not arguing for the entire existence of humanity. They’re simply arguing that their product shits gold, and whoever developed it ate diamonds.

If this continues, it will decrease the size and effectiveness of the net as a whole. This will turn each of your forums into places where not only your own people don’t wanna go, but other people don’t wanna visit either. The net will survive, I have no doubt. The net will start to swing back the other way.

I’m just scared of what that’ll look like for millennials, who up until this point have had safe spaces and micro-aggressions. Just wait, it’s coming. I’ve seen the way it used to be, and the way it’s headed if not tomorrow, the day after tomorrow.

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