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    • Toeless Joe...

      1 week ago

      EricHVela Don't be a divider.

      Here lies Toeless Joe...

      They buried him raw.

      Quick on the trigger.

      Slow on the draw.

      I was finishing up my twitter perusing and going to come here to type something, but RTWorld already popped up with this.

      I was going to state how I appreciate everyone regardless which site each of you use. You all give me plenty of smiles and lots to ponder, and I consider everyone to be community without regard to which side of RT's employment line anyone is.

    • The Sound of Silence

      1 month ago

      EricHVela Don't be a divider.

      Probably one of the last few of my journals on this part of the site. I urge people to find their way to the new community site. Get familiar with it. Learn a new way of doing things. Hit that feedback button for ideas, but don't expect us to go backward. The new generation needs new methods even if us old folks prefer the way that things used to be. ...and now... the actual topic of this post.

      I am still trying to avoid using the words based on the words "say" or "talk" when communicating through non-aural mediums like online social media (including live chat and twitch chat). To me, this text is not saying anything or talking to anyone. Listening is different from reading. Speaking is different from typing. We're distant.

      I want to keep that distinction in my mind as much as I can. I feel like we're losing our Humanity by losing our Human connections. I don't want to let myself become convinced that this social media stuff is any kind of reasonable substitute for personal interaction.

      When I refer to something that I may say or type, I try to use words based on "state" (such as stating this or that statement).

      I don't always remember to do that, but I try. I would like others to do that as well, but I know that the modern culture is full of people who are convinced on some level of thinking that they connect on a personal level through these remote, text-only methods as if they were talking to each other in-person. I offer this only in hopes that people might understand my cautious distance when communicating through these methods.

    • 4 more months...

      2 months ago

      EricHVela Don't be a divider.

      The timer's ticking.

      That is all.

    • Fus Ro Duh?

      3 months ago

      EricHVela Don't be a divider.

      Am I the only one who thinks that the AH Moonballs look like Chaurus eggs from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim?



      Chaurus eggs:


      Or do I have that backward?

      It certainly gives me a different impression of this:


    • Genesis 3

      3 months ago

      EricHVela Don't be a divider.

      Ghost in the Shell (2017 movie)

      Going into this movie, I knew nothing. I never read the Manga and had no idea what this movie would be.

      Now, a spoiler at the core of the movie without spoiling anything specific.

      It's essentially a futuristic rendition of the Expulsion from Eden, but the views about God and Lucifer are reversed.

      It was okay - not great, not awful. It felt abridged - shorted and simplified. So, I expect I would hold a different opinion if I read the manga.

    • If someone threw money and talent at them...

      3 months ago

      EricHVela Don't be a divider.

      Have you wondered what a Theater Mode movie would be if someone gave it a budget and a competent cast and crew?

      Then, wonder no more.

      Dark Was the Night (2014)

      The writer and director are both inexperienced and it shows - typical Theater Mode story and direction, but the cast and crew are experienced with a bigger budget than pocket lint and that shows, too.

    • Trust Me: It's safer if I just stay out of it...

      3 months ago

      EricHVela Don't be a divider.

      In retaliation to the psych-eval that RDR2 gave me, I decided to try to help out a lot more...

      ...and end up killing the people I'm trying to save.

      Question: How do I turn off the "painting" style of "dead-eye" and make it the "tagging" style of "dead-eye" that the help section says to do? What did I miss?

      I came across a KKK lynching and I killed all of them and the guy they were lynching. Does the game really think that I wanted to do that?! (This deserves a "WT_ game?")

      EDIT: Got an answer:

      It seems I need to get to the next level of Deadeye. The current level is essentially the one where Arthur irresponsibly sprays his stuff all over everyone indiscriminately. I guess I need to practice on haphazardly slaughtering flocks of birds and on herds and packs of animals for Arthur to get better at targeting specific things... like that makes sense... before I try to rescue anyone.

    • Hard Road to Redemption - A question...

      3 months ago

      EricHVela Don't be a divider.

      Grand Theft Auto V's Michael de Santa had his psychiatrist as optional feedback on the player's actions over the course of the story mode.

      Red Dead Redemption II's Arthur Morgan has someone similar. ...and there's something that's been bugging me regarding it.

      The game informed me that I'm ignoring too many people in need of help. ...but I discovered that I got Arthur's honor up enough that a majority of people greets him kindly and stores give him discounts.

      Now, I avoid getting Arther involved with people having their own already-violent disputes such as gunfights or captured people being carted away by lawmen or bounty hunters. Taking sides in shootouts between strangers and coming to the defense of a stranger wanted by the law doesn't seem like a good idea to me for people trying not to stir up trouble.

      I was unable to stop a fight between two people over a ridiculous card game - a crowd around the two prevented me from moving Arthur close enough to engage either person - and it turned fatal. Yet, that was the only time I felt that Arthur could intervene to defuse a situation without causing more trouble and failed to do so. Other times when someone needs advice or guidance or honest defense, I make Arthur step in.

      So, am I also supposed to get Arthur involved in ongoing gunfights and stopping lawmen and bounty hunters when they're taking someone in? Those are the times when I make Arthur stay out of it. Is that why the game said I was callously ignoring so many people who need help?

      EDIT: On an aside - Horses poop far too often. I know that the days are shorter in game, but I don't know why they'd make a horse's bowels any faster when they end up eating far, far less per game day than a real horse per real day. (Yes. I know from experience.)

    • Sorry Movember...

      3 months ago

      EricHVela Don't be a divider.

      The facial hair on my right cheek doesn't grow the same way as my left, and both sides refuse to support a full beard.

      So... I try a just mustache.


      ...and it's grey on one side only.  confounded

      Something doesn't want me to have any facial hair.

    • I know that voice!

      3 months ago

      EricHVela Don't be a divider.


      I just met a certain Achievement Hunter's voice in Red Dead Redemption 2.

      I need a moment. That caught me way off guard.

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