Cephus' Corner

A Place to Share my Geeky Side With the World. Comics, movies, TV, collecting, you name it, I indulge in it.

Why I Support the Institute in Fallout 4

November 29th, 2016

I never really got the paranoia of the Institute in Fallout 4.  In fact, the Institute seems to be one of the only decent factions in the game, if you want to look at it realistically. Yet when I say I favor the Institute, even other Fallout 4 players get upset with me because they’re supposed to be “evil”.  But why are they evil?  Why are they worse than anyone else in the game?  Let’s look at that, shall we?

The State of App Gaming

November 6th, 2016

I’ll be honest, I’m not particularly happy with the state of app gaming right now, especially so-called freemium games.  The idea that you either have to suffer through a “free” game because you refuse to engage in micro-transactions, or that it just costs you an arm and a leg to “win” is absurd to me. I wouldn’t say if these companies offered a paid version, give them $30 and you get a game that isn’t hobbled with pay walls, but they’d lose money that way, everyone would just buy the game and they wouldn’t get tons of cash from those with poor impulse control.

But I’m not one of those people.  I don’t care what the business model a developer chooses to use, I will play the game as released, whether they choose to charge for it up front or not, not give them a red cent in micro-transaction money ever, and if it’s fun, I’ll keep playing, if not, I won’t.

There are really only a few games I’m currently keeping up on, but I’m really unhappy with all of them.  I started playing Dragonvale because they said you can breed all of the dragons with enough patience and time.  That means you don’t have to pay, you can just breed.  That’s fine, but that’s not really the case anymore.  As with games like Dragon Story, they would release so many new dragons that it would be literally impossible to ever get them all without handing over your credit card and I have a serious problem with pay-to-win games.  Dragonvale has started to do that and as soon as they did, I stopped caring very much.  The other is Simpsons: Tapped Out, which has the same problem, the constant whining for money and introducing so much stuff that you can’t get it all without paying.  It used to be that you could, if you were attentive, get everything in an event just by playing a lot.  Now that’s impossible in both Dragonvale and Tapped Out.  Therefore, I’ve almost completely stopped playing them.

In fact, with my new tablet, while I downloaded Tapped Out again, I don’t think I’ve logged into it once.  Dragonvale gets played half-heartedly, if at all, I’ll go days without starting it up.  Fallout Shelter really only gets started when I sent dwellers out on quests because that’s the only really fun part of the game.

Don’t think I’m cheap though, I spend a ton of money on games, but most games out there are “freemium” because it makes more money and those aren’t really that much fun.  I think I’m playing Pokemon Go more than anything right now, which is kind of sad.  I just want to have fun.  I want games that are fun. I don’t care if they want to charge for it, but I will never engage in micro-transactions because that’s not fun.  What else is left these days?

Fallout 4 Faction Fail

October 2nd, 2016

The Fallout franchise has always had various factions within the game that squabble with each other, leaving you, the player, to decide which ones you favor and which ones you hate, especially since you invariably end up running every single one of them.  This is a Bethesda thing, the same is true of the Elder Scrolls series, where you wind up leading every group in the world, even if they all hate each other.

Usually though, it isn’t hard to decide which factions you like and which ones you hate.  That just wasn’t the case this time.

Pokemon Go-Round

September 25th, 2016

My daughters got me playing Pokemon Go.  I really don’t care much about it, I catch what I catch and level as fast as I level.  I don’t much care about fighting at gyms, I don’t care if I catch them all because it’s virtually impossible to do so, but when we’re all out doing something and their noses are in their phones, at least we have something to talk about.  But I’ve noticed something interesting, or maybe sad, about Pokemon Go players.

In Character vs. Scenes

August 2nd, 2016

A little bit ago, I posted about some memories of furry fandom and not long after, I got into a discussion with a friend who was also part of the fandom a long, long time ago.  We started talking about roleplaying on the MUCKs and how it really changed over time.  One of the biggest changes we recognized was the change from just being in character to playing “scenes” and this really seemed to epitomize the change from just being a fun place to hang out to being a fetish haven.

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A Place to Share my Geeky Side With the World. Comics, movies, TV, collecting, you name it, I indulge in it.