September Booklogging
By Dwip September 30, 2013 at 4:47 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

September was a surprisingly busy month, as it happens. You’ll notice that I’ve been plowing through a lot of World War II topics the past few months, as it’s been quite a while since I’ve looked at it in any detail. Thus, there are a couple of topics I’m going to blather on that I’ve been meaning to discuss for about 15 years now, and a couple of other things that date back even longer than that. Nostalgia’s fun. In other news, for a program that I’m using to generate blog posts that barely anybody reads, I’m becoming happier and happier with Booklogger, which I gave a fairly major rewrite earlier in the month. It’s really saving me a lot […]


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XCOM: Enemy Unknown
By Dwip September 29, 2013 at 4:01 am Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

I said I was going to talk about XCOM, so I should probably get around to that. In case you’ve been living under a rock for the last 20 years or so, you’ve probably heard of the original X-COM series from back in the days when MicroProse was cool (and seriously, MicroProse was cool – they’re responsible for some of the best strategy games and flight sims of all time) The original X-COM was infamous for being utterly lethal, punishing to the player, and the best squad-based tactical game of the 90s and maybe any decade. I wouldn’t know, personally, as I was too busy playing Civilization II and Heroes of Might and Magic II at the time, but I […]


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AI Has Improved In the Last Ten Years
By Dwip September 27, 2013 at 2:43 am Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

Team, this is not a strategy that will gain us victory.


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Through the Past, Doubly
By Dwip September 21, 2013 at 4:52 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

So, during the Great Parental Move of 2013, we held a garage sale. At the beginning of this, when I walked up to my parents, I noticed this really old wooden box and a crazy looking green thing under Dad’s chair, and being the curious sort that I am, asked what the devil this strange contraption was. The answer was that it was a set of stereoscope images and a viewer that had belonged to…well, Dad wasn’t sure entirely, but some female relative on his side of the family, he was pretty certain. And, since I was the one in the family interested in all of this random old crap sitting around, would I like it. Yes, yes I would.


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Quote
By Dwip September 16, 2013 at 4:08 am Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

Hey, wait a minute! This is grass! We’ve been eating grass! —The Far Side, 10/16/81


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As Pertains to Voice Chat
By Dwip September 6, 2013 at 12:15 am Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

So, for the last while the accepted way we do voice chat in Mass Effect 3 is actually to run a group voice chat in Steam, because ME3’s push to talk chat is fairly annoying to use in the middle of intense firefights while you’re trying to use seige pulse on that damned Geth Prime. And for the most part it works well. Except today, when Cole’s mic decided that no, it would only work ok when not in Steam. So we tried a 4-way Skype call, and that worked fine except that my AC sounded like, and I quote, “the howling winds of the North” to everyone else, and no way to fix it. Thus, what you’re looking at […]


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