Orwell

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Where do I even begin with Orwell.

First things first, I really enjoyed the gameplay of the game, even though it’s not THAT interactive. You play as an investigator and your role is to trawl through pages of various websites and social media for datachunks. These datachunks are highlighted pieces of relevant information on the pages. Some are in conflict with each other, and you have to determine which is more in line with the narrative you’ve created for the targets you’re investigating. There are some that are quite clear cut, like there’s been a bunch of factual information that makes one of the datachunks seem quite unlikely but others are very vague. Vague enough that they could go either way, this is where your interpretation comes in.

Now, I recommend reading everything through because while you can just play the game from just reading the important datachunks and understand what’s going on. You, however, miss the context of the words being used and you’ll encounter situations where you you might incorrectly label a target as “dangerous” and a “terrorist”. I made that mistake during my first playthrough. I played so aggressively, not really reading through the information. I just assumed the worst of people and ended up making some terrible choices, with some grave consequences.

But that’s the point of it, isn’t it? You can’t correctly determine who a person is based on some tidbits of information that they’ve chosen to reveal. They could be lying or they could be telling the truth. A sentence’s meaning can completely change based on how it’s said, what tone is used, what their body language is and what bits of the sentence are emphasised. Because I assumed a person’s motives based on how they conducted themselves in a form that is lacking most of the conventions of a proper conversation, I misread the situation.

It makes you think about the information you’ve put out on the internet via the various social media outlets. Did you know that if you register a website, all your personal information is available to a whois lookup? You can take those details to find out where a person lives, what their house looks like, what their email is, and what other sites the person has signed up to with that email. Via the other sites, you can find their common alias’ and thus find more information about who they are, what they’re interested in, and what they apparently believe in. It’s kind of scary. And with all that information, all those things you’ve said; people can read into it and judge you on that. Which is happening in this game. Except it does go one step further and monitor the target’s phone calls, their text messages, the files on their computers, and their online conversations. You’re like a fly on the wall as the conversations play out, while they are completely unaware. I took a joke out of context and froze the target’s credit cards while they were chatting about it. It kind of makes you paranoid, because with the ways things are now, this kind of situation seems quite likely to happen…

Orwell is a beautifully short game, I think it took me over 2 hours to complete? The user-interface is easy enough to navigate and it’s pleasingly minimalist. The music isn’t too repetitive but it seems a bit contrived in parts. Like it builds up to let the player know that this is a stressful situation that you should be stressing over. I think the game was episodic? So each episode can be completed in different ways depending on what datachunks you send off to your supervisor, with each choice making a difference in the following episodes. Think Telltale’s ‘The Walking Dead’.

The game has multiple endings and the path I was lead down made me acutely aware that I was the antagonist of the story. It was like I was in those Big Brother dystopian stories where the protagonist is railing against the man. I watched as they made plans and were trying to figure out what was going on; all the while I was picking apart their words and using it against them. I felt… bad. Horribly guilty and yet I just had to keep going.

Just go play it XD You can find it on Steam for 9.99 USD. Though I picked it up while it was on sale, I can definitely say that it was well worth 6.79 USD.

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Skyrim Enhanced Edition

I’ve been slow on working on my projects because I’ve recently gotten around to playing the enhanced edition of Skyrim. It’s been fun revisiting all the questlines I’ve played through before and discovering ones I skipped over. I discovered quite the bug and figuring out a workaround was frustrating.

I ended up roaming into Falkreath days ago, and learned that a guy had torn a girl apart and was now in the jail. I made my way over and talked to the guy, who I learned was called Sinding. I empathised with his strife, since he was afflicted by lycanthropy and was cursed by a ring he had stolen in hopes to control himself. So I took the cursed ring and went off to talk with the Daedric prince of the hunt. This was my first mistake. I saw Sinding transform and left the jail without watching what he did next. I’ll come back to this later. I hunted down the stag to summon Hircine and kind of agreed to hunt down the guy I just promised to help. I went off to do another quest because I didn’t really feel like doing that.

Cue two real life days later, I’ve joined the Dark Brotherhood, the Thieves Guild and the Companions. Basically done a bunch of different quests and I’ve decided to continue focusing on the Companions since I never really got far with them before. So Farkas, one of the Companions, decides that I need to go and intimidate a guy to progress in the questline. This guy being Sinding. The same guy I needed to hunt down for another quest. So, I’m like… okay. I guess I have to deal with him. I decide, logically that I should do the Companions quest first, because if I have to kill him that’ll fail that quest. I’m lead straight to the jail, which he should’ve already left by now. But, no. He’s still there and still a werewolf. I can’t interact with him, no matter how many times I exit and re-enter the jail.

I was very confused and I did a bit of digging online to no avail. It’s not like I could reload a save because I talked to this guy more than several hours ago. And I couldn’t use console commands because I’m playing the game on the Xbox One. I played around with what quests I had active and realised that the other quest’s marker pointed to a completely different area.  So I went off to find him in this random cave and found a bunch of dead hunters. I looked all through that cave and he’s just not there. I checked my map and apparently he’s out roaming in the world.

I followed him to near Whiterun, where he’s this giant werewolf monster walking in broad daylight. I thought that he might attack me upon seeing me but I was able to talk to him and side with him. Apparently I now had to take on the rest of the hunters who were hunting him. These hunters never came, no matter how long I waited there with Sinding. I then had to look up the quest and he’s SUPPOSED TO BE IN THE CAVE! So I head back there but has Sinding followed me? Nope. No, he hasn’t. I went back to looking around the cave but this time I didn’t sneak around like I usually do. I ran at full sprint, knocked into those bone things and FINALLY the hunters spawned. And Sinding appeared behind me, like seriously out of nowhere. I figured I managed to fix whatever bug had occurred. I kill them all, quest done and I got a nice uncursed ring out of it. Sinding has decided to forever be a hermit and I’m like good. This should fix the companions quest and I can progress.

I look at the map and its pointing to somewhere outside of Falkreath, no longer at the jail. I can’t believe I thought it would be that easy but I hoped that it would be a simple brawl. I was so wrong. I found him again and he’s permanently in beast form. I literally had no way to beat him. My fists do shit all damage and his claws take a quarter of my life each hit. It was such bullshit.

I went through ALL this trouble to keep the poor sod alive. But no, in the end I had to murder him and fail the intimidation quest. I mean I was still able to continue past it but I went through all that and I still had to kill him. I haven’t checked back at that cave to see if there’s another copy of him yet but I’m just at the point of completely ignoring it.

TL;DR – Kill everything, don’t bother saving people. It’s easier that way.

Build Your Way

Sigh. So I thought I’d go back and work on my board game. I can’t remember how I was planning on writing the player controls, so I’m completely rewriting them again.

Currently playing tiles from the hands work but moving the attackers onto the tiles is broken. Also enabling the attacker movement script causes errors where it thinks it should be running when the player selects a hand tile and of course since there’s no attacker on a hand tile, it complains that there’s no attacker.

I’ve started playing around having states to try and fix this issue but my logic has gone wrong somewhere. I basically stayed up til 3am last night trying to get the blasted thing to work and now I’m dead tired. I’m going to try and fix these issues tonight.

I’ve decided to forego having a computer AI for the moment and just have it so two people can play it, both on PC and tablet. I’m going to redo the art assets so it looks all pretty. Also give it a menu screen and maybe some board variations? I just want to have one decent finished game XD

Pokemon Moon #4

This contains some spoilers.

Well, I’ve discovered the joys of Wonder Trade. It’s not that different from the previous iterations. Though I did have some difficulty with the global link not working for days. I did like 4 trades and now I have a Chikorita. It looks like somebody might be IV breeding since it’s lvl 1. But since I’m not that far into the game, I don’t have a way of knowing what the Chikorita’s IVs are. 

I haven’t whited out so far, but I have gotten really close, like twice. I don’t really know the type match-ups that well. Fairy messed everything up for me XD Basically a Carbink almost wiped out my team due to me not knowing what move to use. I though it was rock-ice but nope, apparently its rock-fairy.

I mean come on… That looks like it would be an ice type. 

The second time I was facing the totem Pokemon for the 3rd? trial. It was for the water Z-gem. I pretty much have a severe type weakness to water since my only Pokemon good against it, is Sparky, my Pichu. My Pichu is very easy to kill. I apparently missed the Soothe Bell, so at some point I need to go back and grab it. Luckily Mob, my Kadabra pulled through and won the fight. One day I’ll trade it to get an Alakazam. 

There was a bit of nod to Pokemon Gold and Silver with the Sudowoodo blocking the path. I also met my proper rival. At least I think he is XD I mean Hau is always there to fight me for fun but he feels more like a friend than a rival, y’know. He’s not really competing with me, its like hes along for the ride and having fun while doing so. 

I’ve discovered the Pokemon Day-Care and they’ve made some changes to it. Basically you can put Pokemon with them but they don’t grow stronger over time, its now just for breeding. I don’t know if there’s going to be a place later on where they’ll take your Pokemon and then train them up while you walk. I’m trying to avoid as much spoilers as possible. But that is an interesting decision. Maybe they removed that completely since people only used the day care for breeding, not raising Pokemon.  

Anyways my team so far is:

  • Kiro, lvl 28 Torracat
  • Sparky, lvl 23 Pichu
  • Wingu, lvl 22 Wingull
  • Mob, lvl 23 Kadabra
  • Loony, lvl 22 Drifloon

I’m carrying around an egg with me. I have no idea what its going to be XD I’m thinking of changing Loony with something. I don’t know what. Maybe a different kind of ghost Pokemon? If I ever find a Shinx, I’m definitely replacing Sparky. I love Luxray. Luxray is my fave Pokemon. I hoping to get a Mudkip, with an attack boosting nature at some point because I have the best moveset for Swampert. 

Anyways back to playing some more Pokemon 🙂

Pokemon Moon #3

Finally left the first island. I spent way too long looking around the cities and petting my Pokemon. It’s really easy to get them to love you and its worth taking the time XD You get a greater chance at getting crits and avoiding attacks. Plus their reactions are super cute.

I’m trying to evolve my Pichu but I can’t remember if it was affection or friendship that it needs. I don’t quite remember all the ways friendship is raised. I just know Soothe Bell is good for it. Something to look up later I guess. 

Gotta say I’m enjoying Pokemon Moon a lot more than Y. I think even more than Omega Ruby too. I just love that it doesn’t take itself too seriously and the characters have really fun personalities. The changes they’ve made to the game are a nice change to the same old formula that’s been used for the past 20 years. 

Pokemon Moon #2

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I’m loving Team Skull XD

There’s one bit later on where you can ask them who they are again and their reaction is the greatest. 

My fire cat finally evolved. It has this bell looking thing under its chin that burns your hand if you touch it. I can’t wait for bara cat 😀 I think I’ve overgrinded a bit since I was determined to grab myself an Abra. So I’m like 10 levels higher than most of the trainers I’m finding. 

Pokemon Moon #1

It’s fun when you accidentally forget to save then turn off the console. I basically lost a bit of progress due to playing late into the night and then turning off my 3DS in a fit of sleep deprivation.

I’ve made it back again and more. I spent ages picking up a Pichu, because I accidentally killed it with a single scratch.

I have myself a fire kitten called Kiro, a Wingull called Wingu (because I’ve been naming them that ever since Sapphire and Ruby XD). I also have a Pichu, a Grubbin and a Pikipek. Though once the Grubbin and Pikipek have evolved I’m probably going to put them back in the PC XD