Angry Gamers Get Creation Clubbed

There is a good article over at RPS detailing the issues that Steam is experiencing with portions of the gaming community in revolt over questionable moves by developers, such as with paid mods in the form of Creation Club for Skyrim and Fallout 4.

These hostile review actions are meant to punish developers for unpopular decisions, and apparently are affecting the bottom line as the retailer (Steam) is forced to deploy data graphs to explain away anger spikes, and the developer (Bethesda) is forced to have a fire sale on their initial content offering, putting up some items for free after requiring users to pay credits (cash) for them.

Fallout 4 One and Done



Tonight, I obtained the 84th and final Steam Achievement to secure my fourth perfect game (the others having been Tropico 4, Skyrim, and Skyrim SE). Some of the achievements leading up to this were a grind, none more so than “Eyes on the Prize” which took several days shooting at a carnival targets to receive. The last achievement that I needed was “…They’re Action Figures” which is awarded for collecting 20 Vault-Tec Bobbleheads (these are unique in game collectibles which provide +1 in each stat).

Endless Space Disharmony Video Review


The following video is a mid to late game snapshot of space combat in the 4X turn-based strategy game Endless Space with the Disharmony DLC. Rating = Must Buy.

Fallout 4 Creation Club

For those of you who do not know Bethesda released something called the Creation Club, which is now fully integrated with Fallout 4. It is basically paid mods, and this post is not to debate the pros and cons of that. This post is to rant on how Bethesda screwed my game up. I use mods to improve the game, and one of those mods for me had to be the Achievements Mods Enabler so that I could work towards the 80 or so Steam Achievements that come with the game.

Real Life

Later this evening my 26-year-old niece will be taken off life support and her organs will be harvested according to her wishes so that others may benefit. She leaves behind two small children (6 and 3), and is passing while being 4 weeks pregnant.

Life is short (sometimes brutally so) and in many instances, is just not fucking fair at all. If you have someone that you love and care about, let them know. If you have unresolved grudges, set them aside for the greater good and reconnect with those who may have grown distant.

Because you never, ever know when something is going to come at you and turn your life upside down.

F1 2014 Russian Grand Prix (Sochi)



I qualified 2nd in this 25% length race in professional mode. I took the lead going into the first corner of the first lap and was able to regain it after the pit sequence to pull out the victory.

Fallout 4 Review

A couple of months ago I declared Skyrim as the greatest video game that I have ever played. That statement is now under serious assault from a title that I largely ignored for over a year. The fact that they are both from the same developer is quite astounding in my opinion. The only other Fallout game I played was New Vegas, and it is the only title in the first-person series to be done by a different developer. I didn’t much care for it and basically dismissed the series as cartoonish.

Skyrim One and Done

Tonight, I made it to level 78 in Skyrim Special Edition and my first attempt to trigger an encounter with a legendary dragon was successful, allowing me to slay the beast and obtain the 75th and final Steam achievement for the game. This makes my third perfect game overall on Steam (the other two being Tropico 4 and original Skyrim). What makes this effort unique (at least for me) is that I did not make any skill Legendary to fast level my way to 78. This forced me to work in other areas outside of my comfort zone which in turn opened the game in a way I had not experienced before.



The video covers my reaching level 78 and then the encounter at Arcwind Point. After that there is some general discussion about the game and some of the decisions I made throughout the playthrough.

Skyrim is a great game made even better by community mods, but for me I will be setting it aside to focus on other titles.

SITREP

This is just a quick post to let everyone who visits this blog know that I am alive and well. I have been playing a lot of Skyrim SE and have 74 out of the 75 achievements on Steam. The last one will take quite a bit of grinding since on this build I am not making any of the skills legendary, so I sit at level 71 with 7 levels to go to spawn the necessary dragon to kill for the final achievement at level 78. Once all that is said and done with I plan on setting Skyrim aside and focusing on other games.

Highway to the Reich Eindhoven Historical Campaign Day Two

The following post is Day Two of the Historical Campaign for Eindhoven, a nine day nine hour scenario in Highway to the Reich by Panther Games. Breaking the blog post up into structured segments for each day should allow for better tactical analysis and reassessment of the battle plan based on the situation on the ground (as well as a more organized approach to writing an after-action report for a scenario as long as this).