Yesterday was a bit of a trying day for me personally. I’ve personally been bought into this notion that Mastodon provided a kinder gentler alternative to Twitter, but yesterday largely proved that notion completely wrong. The Fediverse has been the welcome home of the disenfranchised and marginalized, which is awesome since Twitter has not done a great job of protecting that group in any way. However some events happened recently and because of them I am glad that I joined up several weeks ago rather than right now at this time. I was able to see what I thought was the ActivityPub community in its native state, talking about interesting things openly and publicly and willing to friend each other just as easily. I was able to get settled in quickly with the help of a whole slew of people who offered useful advice as I docked myself into a corner of this big maelstrom of interesting things. I started out on Mastodon.cloud which was a large … [Read more...] about Tarnished Hope
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All right. Strap yourselves in, folks, because this is when we have to start talking about narratives and story and intended emotional reactions. In short, this is where World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth becomes a seriously messy piece of work, because this is an expansion in which the game posits that maybe colonialism is super great and native peoples are evil villains in league with dark powers. Yes, that’s a thing that happens. No, we’re not going to leave it there, but I’m trying to minimize spoilers before the cut. I’ve said on Twitter before today that the game feels like a $500 million movie with $50 spent on the script, and that still rings true. A ton of effort has been put into the presentation of this expansion, and there’s nothing to do but praise all of that; there’s honestly very little to fault in any part of the presentation of the story. The faults all arrive once you start examining the actual text of that story. And boy-howdy, … [Read more...] about First impressions of World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth, part 3: Narrative
The time has finally come — you know, where I start assaulting you all, my poor readers, with my impressions of Star Wars: The Old Republic from general testing over the last five months, now that the NDA for testing has been lifted. I do have plans to expand upon much of the following in future posts (as if only one gargantuan wall-of-text won’t be enough, right?) But there are quite a few thoughts I do want to toss up on here first. I took a bunch of notes throughout my testing experience, which are a mess right now and which I should really try to consolidate into something coherent. While I love the game and had a lot of fun testing, much of this ended up being the basis for the “constructive criticism” I offered up during feedback, so hopefully this impression piece will come across fair and balanced. I aim to be completely honest. Overall Thoughts You’ll probably hear this a lot, but it’s true — the first thing that came to my mind when I … [Read more...] about SWTOR Beta Test: The Obligatory General Impressions Mega-Post
Sorry about the title, but I never said I was a poet. “Mine Enemy”, the second featured episode of the new Star Trek Online series arc debuted Saturday, and once again prior engagements kept me elsewhere and unable to log on at the time of launch. Again, I thought it was for the best as Cryptic still appeared less than prepared to handle the increased server loads at such a peak time. However, things didn’t go too smoothly for me either when I was finally able to play that night. I didn’t encounter any high-population-related problems, but I did hit a pretty annoying bug instead. More on that later. Note: Spoilers in text and screenshots This week, T’Androma and First Officer Sleer investigate a Ferengi-run mining colony in the Hfihar System. The rest of the away team stay behind as not to spook the miners and inhabitants, mostly made up of Romulan refugees, as they are not used to seeing too many outsiders to their area. For more on the plot and story of … [Read more...] about STO: Valentine, Valentine, Wilt Thou Be Mine (Enemy)?
With over 4 Billion videos watched every day on YouTube, it has become the to-go video platform for everything. Be it how to debug an issue with your technology or to getting the latest updates in a wide range of fields, YouTube has it all! This mammoth of a video sharing site has grown to encompass the entire web through videos. If you ever needed to learn something new and outside of your domain, don’t fret it out, YouTube has probably got you covered. YouTube’s Content creator platform has committed more than 8000+ partnered creators, raking in over 400 million videos in the process. YouTube’s content creator platform partnership has led to an influx of high-quality video content in the form of technology, vlogs, science, education and much more categories. These videos are of the highest quality and have a value of knowledge associated with it. There are certain YouTube channels that are worth your spare time, while helping you gain some important knowledge in the … [Read more...] about 21 Youtube Channels for Learning, Development & Growth