Process Automation One of the things I have figured out over the years is that things work really well only if you aren’t thinking about them. For example if I have a repetitive data entry task, I can seem to do it awesome and at full speed… only until I actually stop to think about what I am doing. Hell even typing itself works amazingly well and I can compose perfectly at the keyboard with zero typos… until I stop to think about what my hands are doing. At that point I screw everything up and get the sequence completely out of whack. As a result I try and commit as many things as I can in life to a sort of ritual. This frees me up to daydream about whatever the hell I want to, while still performing the task at hand on autopilot. My morning routine is much like this, a sequence of events that happen essentially on their own, and works awesomely until I am forced to think about it. When I do have to think about whatever … [Read more...] about Raiding Tombs
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Kotaku put out a piece this week on how to game without wrecking your body, something that’s probably bound to come up in the average MMORPG player’s life. It’s filled with basic tips like “drink water, ya moron” and “sit up straight” and “don’t eat garbage” and “look at stuff other than the screen” but there are also some useful tips in there like “stretch before you binge” – including your hips and wrists, which you might otherwise overlook. For this week’s Overthinking, I’ve asked the writers to expound on two things: first, the most unhealthiest video gaming moment or habit they’ve ever had, and second, one specific thing they do to keep themselves from completely destroying their bodies when their hobby has become their career. Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): Ah man, this one’s going to be kind of boring. For me, the unhealthiest gaming moment was probably my first … [Read more...] about Massively Overthinking: How do you maintain your health while binging MMORPGs?
Good morning all you people in internetland… that’s right the forced cheerfulness means I had another one of my bouts of insomnia. Last night it was not so much that I had another panic attack, it was more one of my classic “can’t shut brain off” nights. I wound up getting back out of bed and coming upstairs and building in Minecraft. After about an hour that calmed me down enough to be able to actually sleep. But of course this will put me a little over an hour under my normal sleep schedule… and I am feeling immensely groggy this morning. Coffee… take me a way! Scavenger of Hunts Yesterday I essentially did what I stated I was going to do. I knocked out my guild harvesting daily and then proceeded to start working my way through the old world summerfest scavenger hunts. Overall they were pretty fun, a few of them were more tedious than others. Several of them taught me things about the zones … [Read more...] about Spires of Bone
(This is part of my journey going playing through 2004’s Vampire The Masquerade Bloodlines. You can follow the entire series on the Retro Gaming page.) With the recent announcement of Vampire The Masquerade Bloodlines 2’s development and personally coming off of a streak of adventure games in this series, I thought it would be the perfect time to open the crypt back up for one of the more unique CRPGs I’ve ever played. Now, you know that I’m not much of a vampire fan — I am in the camp that thinks that they’re kind of gross, oversexualized, and overrated — but the late, great Troika Games managed to create a genuine cult classic with its 2004 vision of urban vampires waging a power struggle in a gloomy city. While it’s been many years (a decade? more?) since I played this game, I actually did fully complete it and found that it was one of the more unique RPG experiences. So why not do it again? Let’s go! So what really sets this … [Read more...] about Vampire The Masquerade Bloodlines: I’ve gone batty in the head
STEP 1: Assessing the world Does the world appear to have gone crazy? If YES, go to Step 2If NO, CHECKLIST COMPLETE STEP 2: Assessing the cause (mechanical) Can you see a device that appears to be causing the world to go crazy, usually metal and with blinking lights? If YES, go to Step 5If NO, go to Step 3 STEP 3: Assessing the cause (biological) Is the whole world flocking around a particular individual with an eerie appearance and either wall-faced stoicism or constant laughter? If YES, go to Step 6If NO, go to Step 4 STEP 4: Assessing the cause (extraordinary) Are you aware of any mysterious objects that have fallen to the world from outer space, emerged from deep underground, or unexpected portals? If YES, go to Step 7If NO, go to Step 8 STEP 5: Deactivating the device Attempt to deactivate the device, either through pressing buttons, ripping out power sources, or flipping switches. Has this fixed the issue? If YES, CHECKLIST COMPLETEIf NO, go to Step 6 STEP 6: Destroying the cause … [Read more...] about WRUP: Has the whole world gone crazy checklist edition