Archive for August, 2009

Finally Made It

Posted in FFXI with tags , , on August 19, 2009 by zolthanite

After a year of off and on again leveling, waiting for parties, and general lack of play, I have officially hit 75 Puppetmaster. The first thing I did was merit Role Reversal and Ventriloquy. So now comes the inevitable joy that is capping out my merits for the only three jobs I play.

Fortunately I have wonderful friends that helped me level. So naturally I have to pay it forward to other PUPs in my linkshell. Of course there’s always one wise ass out of the group:

Me: I hit PUP75/WAR37!
SD: Congrats. You are now officially useless.

I love you too.

I am still lacking my last few parts, but I have time before they need to be addressed:

Condenser
Turbo Charger
Tranquilizer
Dynamo
Economizer

The War on Gaming

Posted in Games, Politics on August 10, 2009 by zolthanite

The ESA was recently in the news for criticizing Obama over his repeated anti-Xbox rhetoric with regards to people getting their kids off of the TV and the games and outside doing constructive things. Many gamers took the mantle of self-righteousness claiming Obama will take away our video games and with it our Second Amendment rights. Really? Guys, you spend more than ample time obsessing over he latest news and gaming gossip on Kotaku yet you fail to realize that the “Get off your fat ass kids and go outside” message is actually a legitimate concern?

Thankfully Andy Chalk at The Escapist penned an absolutely brilliant rebuttal to the rabid gaming left, chastising both Obama for sweeping generalization as well as gamers for putting on blinders to the reality of the situation of how gaming affects our lives.

I recently finished watching Second Skin. It’s a brilliant piece of cinematography and believe it should be a baseline for anyone attempting to weigh in on either side of the debate. The most poignant thing about the film is the juxtaposition of functioning happy couples with single men who, for lack of a better way to put it, live like drug addicts. Because that’s what video games are: a drug. In moderation we can use them as simple diversions or as catalysts to life-defining soial experiences that can lead us to the greatest of happinesses. Or we can abuse them and let them lead us down the path to a waking hell as we lose all we hold dear, jobs, family, finances, to a nearly free (depending on your game) substance for an increasingly insatiable hunger.

Obligatory OMG SO LONG Post

Posted in Random on August 7, 2009 by zolthanite

So I haven’t been using this in quite some time. Actually, I haven’t been online much in quite a while. Funny how life gets in the way of that.

I suppose the most important thing is that I realized I can post from my iPhone so I no longer need to be y my computer to write nonsense. Awesome possum.

I think once I get around to finishing school I can finally post about my experiences with working and academic engineering careers without worrying too much about the short term effects.

In the meantime, I will simply keep track of my FFXI and gym progress and see if I can make the most of the month I have before school starts.