Getting a new computer is fun. Getting a new computer is also time consuming. There's all that building time and all that loading of important programs time and all that playing video games time...
No, really. I made the brilliant decision to get Shogun 2: Total War, since I totally have the time to play a game that's a cross between Nobunaga's Ambition and Empire: Total War. At this point the mechanics of the game are such that I'm not sure I'll ever actually win, but I'm entirely positive I will waste hours on end trying.
I just banged through Mass Effect and currently have Mass Effect 2 waiting for me.
I'm under the impression that The Mothership can actually handle the larger maps on Civ V. The Beast crapped out late game with anything larger than the 8 player map sizes.
Meanwhile, Nvidia sent me a free copy of Mafia II and Just Cause 2 when I bought my video card. I rather enjoy the former and keep playing the latter out of some weird sense that if I ever get the hang of the shitty controls I'll start to like it. I mean, you're a dude with a grappling hook!
Also, Batman: Arkham Asylum was $7.50 on Steam yesterday.
So...basically...I'm a bit busy at the moment.
I've actually got some stuff kicking around at the back of my brain, so there might actually be content coming soon. Until then, though, personal friend of the blog, Mr. Michael Mock, has been doing a series he calls "Friendly Evangelism." It's literally an attempt to answer the question, "How can Christians evangelize without being assholes," as offered by someone who isn't an insider and isn't trying to sell his six-part video series on reaching the unbelievers. It's good stuff. And he obviously went to the same school of blogging I did, what with the turning a blog post or two in to a six-part series that covers any number of unanticipated subjects...
Also, since I'm sure everyone's wondering, Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers will be in Grapevine on April 29th. You know you want to be there...
Nobunaga's Ambition for the SNES is one of the greatest games ever in my book. I have never, ever managed to beat it. I have never, ever come even a little close to beating it. Also, I'm developing a strong urge to break out the SNES and try again.
If you get powerful enough, the Shogunate basically sends out a message that says, "Hey, everybody, you know that guy? Yeah. Fuck that guy." At this point EVERY OTHER CLAN UNITES AGAINST YOU. I had to give up a game as lost yesterday because even though I had three armies that were powerful enough to keep anyone from getting in to my territory and were more than powerful enough to press forward and keep taking land, it turns out that if you're fighting for a relatively small island territory, you've got coastlines everywhere. So my undefended rear territories were extremely vulnerable. And I was broke. And, wait, is that a Mori invasion fleet? Is that another Mori invasion fleet? Did the Tokugawa just take out the Imagawa vassal territory I was using as a buffer? Crud.
At the very least, it served notice that I won't be able to play the diplomacy card this time like I have with past games, i.e., "Make nice-nice until I can smack you around some and while I'm doing that make nice-nice with those guys just off to your left because I can't smack them around just yet." See, the thing is, so far I have only seen the situation where all of Japan unites against me. Why? Because everyone was indifferent to, hostile towards, or activelly at war with me. I don't know what would happen if I actually had a couple of good allies and was actively cultivating vassal states. So that's my experiment for the next go-round.