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Have I mentioned how much I dislike arbitrary conditions? - Tactical Ninja

Jun. 27th, 2012

08:43 am - Have I mentioned how much I dislike arbitrary conditions?

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Yesterday I did a fitness test. This is the second time I've done this test, the first being at the start of this training thing. I nailed my previous time by four minutes. In the words of the inimitable Aaron*, "You crushed it!" Pan to me lying on the floor gasping, going "Yeah, just call me Crusher."

Anyway, progress! Now I think I understand Dr Wheel's analogy with levelling up in a video game - the ultimate bossfight being a press to handstand on someone else's hands. At which point I'll start working on the expansion pack.

* Personal Trainer Dude. I picked him because a) I clicked with him and b) he specialises in strength training. He's also a rugby boy from a farm so understands about the sheep thing and isn't all "But you're a GIRL!". And has the most beautiful auburn hair which he shaves off on a regular basis. Shame, that.


As you know, I've been playing Mass Effect. It's different from any of the other games I've played and I'm struggling. Like, wiped ten times on the first real fight struggling. The trouble is, I can't control my team.

In ME, you have two team members and they have the usual array of skills - tank, ranged, rogue - although you can also get combo ones, so a tank with 'spells' and that sort of thing. This is similar to most team-based RPGs, but the AI that drives them is different. This is the first game I've played where you can't pause to issue orders. Well you sort of can but it's a different setup from what I'm used to and I'm still working to get the hang of it. And positioning them? No clue. They seem to spend most of their time running into the middle of things and getting themselves killed. If I tell them to hold they do nothing. I managed to fluke getting one of them to hide behind something once, but the other one just stood there like a lump and did nothing, and anyway I've no idea how that happened.

So I've been reading up about how to drive your team in ME, but there are about a million opinions about that (gamers, man) and I haven't found one that seems to click yet. I mean, "The AI copies what you do" is clearly not that true, since my guys do suicidal death runs through the middle of the enemy while I squat behind a crate trying to snipe things. This is not copying as far as I can tell. They also only seem to obey orders when they feel like it, and if an AI was really that I, surely it'd figure that hiding behind crates and sniping is not a bad plan when you're outnumbered 5 to 1. *sigh*

Anyway, frustrating. I'm sure once I get the hang of it the game will progress faster but seriously, I feel like a dunce. I can't be the only person to have had this trouble with this interface but because I'm years behind everyone else in playing it, I feel as if I am. I know that when I work out how to make them behave themselves I'll probably nail this game because combat strategy is something I'm quite good at (IMO). Until then, hi I'm Tats and I play like a 42 year old Mum who's never been on a computer before. Suffice to say I will not be bragging about my conquests on forums.

Anyway, here, have a picture of food:



This is supposedly taboulleh. It contains couscous, spinach, sweetgrass, spring onions, yellow capsicum, garlic, cashews, almonds, mushrooms and cheese, plus some herbs (thyme and oregano). It came from a recipe a la Google Cuisine (in which I put the ingredients I have into Google and it tells me what I should cook tonight). While it probably isn't taboulleh in the proper sense and the recipe didn't call for nuts, it was dead tasty. *nom*


Meanwhile, yesterday I talked to the uni. Apparently I might be able to get into Honours Criminology but to do that I'd have to do one more 300 level CRIM course. This means swapping the SPOL one on Emotions in Policy (which sounds really interesting) that I was enrolled in for next trimester, for 300 level Criminological Theory (which sounds about as exciting as watching paint dry). I would still be short one paper for the double major, but several people in CRIM would likely go in to bat for me based on my academic record. It's frustrating - it's plainly obvious that I can do the level of thinking and the work required in both SPOL and CRIM, this is just an arbitrary requirement that I can only do Honours in something I've majored in, and they don't offer Honours SPOL.

Personally, I think drug policy should be in SPOL instead of CRIM anyway - but there you go. If I want to continue at postgrad level with drug policy, it has to be in CRIM and to do that I have to have that as a major (or at least be a shit hot student - which I am - and have a near-complete major in it). It would have been nice if someone had told me this a couple of years ago, you know?

Unfortunately, the people who are necessary to make the decision are away until the new term, so I have to make these changes on faith that it'll help me get where I want to be. Fuckity.

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From:Will Marshall
Date:June 26th, 2012 11:19 pm (UTC)
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Q and E will move your squadmates to the indicated position.

You can pause, but powers/abilities are on a realtime recharge. Carrying more weapons lengthens recharge times.
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From:Will Marshall
Date:June 26th, 2012 11:19 pm (UTC)
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(Mass Effect has shitty ingame documentation so I had to look it all up on the web. Bleh)
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From:tatjna
Date:June 26th, 2012 11:24 pm (UTC)
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Seriously. Last night I had to google 'Mass Effect how do I get out of the mako' because the Codex would only tell me a bunch of stuff about the Normandy and how its drives work.

I'm enjoying the storyline part and once I get the nuts and bolts of how to actually play, I reckon it'll be a great game. Until then, I'm headdesking a lot.
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From:Will Marshall
Date:June 26th, 2012 11:46 pm (UTC)
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It does play very elegantly once you get the mechanics. Best example of the genre I've played.
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From:tatjna
Date:June 26th, 2012 11:48 pm (UTC)
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The Gamespot tips seem quite good for getting the general idea. And yeah, I already like it enough to persist with it despite my frustrating ineptitude, so I figure it'll be worth it in the end.
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From:tatjna
Date:June 26th, 2012 11:20 pm (UTC)
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Chur.

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From:kehleyr
Date:June 26th, 2012 11:27 pm (UTC)
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Congrats crusher :-D!
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From:tatjna
Date:June 26th, 2012 11:28 pm (UTC)
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*waves pathetically at you from the floor*

And then he made me skip. With a rope. Turns out I can't skip. O.o
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From:kehleyr
Date:June 26th, 2012 11:33 pm (UTC)
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And then he made me skip. With a rope. What a bastard! :-). Gosh haven't skipped rope in ages.
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From:tatjna
Date:June 26th, 2012 11:43 pm (UTC)
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It's really hard. I'm sure it wasn't that hard when I was a kid..
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From:clashfan
Date:June 27th, 2012 03:46 am (UTC)
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Speaking of drug policy, I spotted this in the news today, and immediately thought of you:

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/rob-portman-zombie-hunter-215722676.html
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From:tatjna
Date:June 27th, 2012 03:48 am (UTC)
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Oh god the ignorance, it burns!

*despair*
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From:clashfan
Date:June 27th, 2012 03:52 am (UTC)
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And it will quite soon be the law of our land.

USA! USA! USA!
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From:t_c_da
Date:June 27th, 2012 09:41 pm (UTC)
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and this is on Stuff this morning, just to show how rabid the lawmakers response was...
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From:meathiel
Date:June 27th, 2012 05:28 am (UTC)
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Food looks yummy! ;-)

You are studying criminology? Interesting ...
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From:tatjna
Date:June 27th, 2012 07:47 am (UTC)
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Heh, yeah. Criminology is really interesting. Last year I did a paper on state crime that utterly blew my mind. But it's also kind of depressing and I have to work at not becoming bitter and cynical. Mostly it's good though.
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