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Button mashing for fun and .. frustration? - Tactical Ninja

Oct. 9th, 2012

08:45 am - Button mashing for fun and .. frustration?

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While I think of it, I know there are a bunch of you on my flist who like godess-y, witchy, earthy and otherwise pagany stuff. There's also a bunch of you who are into made art. Well, it so happens that my friend pombagira is a bit of a sewing wizz and likes to make goddess-y, witchy, earthy and otherwise pagany stuff. At the moment she's into making wall hangings and she's been on a binge and made a bunch of them. Here's an example:

She does sell these, and in this post there's examples of more of her work, a link to her Etsy and details on how to nab yourself one if you want. She has this problem where often she doesn't get to list her stuff on Etsy because she posts pics on LJ and Facebook and then folks snap it up before she gets a chance. Anyway, I wanted to show it to y'all cos I figured you'd like to see it. Have a look around her LJ for more if you like it.

Last night after sorting through my mental gantt chart* and realising I'd done everything I could do on Freedom's Call for the day, I went to play some games. It's been a few days and I haven't really been grabbed by The Bard's Tale. I mean, it's funny - I especially liked the bit where I killed my first wolf and the narrator was all "And the wolf regurgitated some gold.. and a whole lot of miscellaneous household items? What? That can't be right!" And the Bard looked into the camera and said "Don't you go changing that, it's my livelihood!"

But, it's isometric view (have I mentioned how much I dislike isometric?) and I was really struggling with the controls. OK, so pressing 2/S/A simultaneously should summon a crossbow-wielding heroine to save your sorry arse from the giant bear things that attack you the second you leave the village.. but it doesn't. WUT. Die die die... die some more. *sigh* The electric spider summons ok, why can't I summon Arse-Savey Girl? And that expensive longbow I bought, why can't I equip that?

My auto-assumption is always, ALWAYS that I'm doing something wrong. It's not the complete lack of instructions, or the non-intuitive approach to equipping items, it's me. I'm stupid. Every 11 year old gamerboy on the planet has figured it out and I can't. Because I'm not a computer geek and therefore this is the obvious answer.

I won't go on a long rant about how this view has been reinforced over the years by various stereotypes that are applied to folks like me, instead I will suggest that at least some middle-aged mothers have probably been playing videogames since before you were born, eh? So why the fuck, as one of those middle aged mothers, have I internalised this idea that if I'm having problems with a game, it's because I'm incompetent?

Eventually I got frustrated and googled, and found that a number of other people had also had the problem, and there was a fix for it. And I was able to translate that fix from XP (which was the dominant OS when this game was made) to Win7(without instructions), sort the problem out, and Presto Change-o! Arse-saving heroine, at your service. And the longbow but that turned out to be a bad choice so I switched back to the whacky sword.


Which all goes to say WTF Tats? What is up with this business of the first assumption always being that you are stupid? I do not like this assumption. I especially don't like it when it transfers into things in real life. Like, someone I care about's in a bad mood? Must be something I did. Etc. This has to change because that assumption is the stupid part when you think about it.

I'm pretty sure I'm not alone in this, eh? Why do we do this to ourselves?

Anyway, I suspect I'll enjoy The Bard's Tale a lot more now that I can actually use the interface and it does what I tell it to. The downside is that it's a settings bug and default settings are the only ones that work, so I have to listen to the background music (which I always switch off because it drives me batty) as I play. Boo.

* "Why don't you make a real gantt chart, Tats? Like on paper n stuff." Because I'm not you and for this project I don't need to. I spend enough time thinking about it that writing down steps and phases would be redundant. Talk to me when I'm doing something with more than four parallel workflows.


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Date:October 8th, 2012 09:41 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I found the Bard's Tale frustrating as well, the controls are just awkward. Ended up just watching a friend play it who could handle the level of control frustration.
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Date:October 8th, 2012 10:55 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I've never been a fan of games where you have to tab out to change weapons/use potions/cast spells or whatever. After my 10 minutes on Skyrim the other day I remembered that's why I never really got hooked on the Elder Scrolls - the interface was just clunky..

Give me onscreen control options every time.
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Date:October 9th, 2012 05:30 am (UTC)
Not a gamer at all so I usually don't know what you're talking about.

The wall hangings your friend makes are pretty - I esp. like the moon hare one.
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Date:October 9th, 2012 05:34 am (UTC)
wow those are awsome wall hangings.. *coughs*...


also thank you *loves*
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Date:October 9th, 2012 12:37 pm (UTC)
Um... I'm kind of the other way around. When something goes wrong I usually blame the computer. Loudly, with swear words. And the programmer. Until J points out that it's my fault. Then I swear some more and fix it. :-)

I'm like that with people though. If people react weirdly I blame it on myself - but then I usually ask what's wrong and mostly it turns out it's not me.

Conclusion: People are better than computers.
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Date:October 9th, 2012 06:40 pm (UTC)
I totally internalized the "of course it's YOUR fault" voice in my head from way back when I was a kid. Growing up in a dysfunctional house, it's very very very common.

What I'm proud of is finally mostly having deactivated those tape players after a ton of work plumbing the depths of brain & heart. It sucks but it's doable. So. *shrug*
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Date:October 9th, 2012 09:17 pm (UTC)
With computer / technology stuff I tend to assume it's the computer... and then 9 times out of 10 find out it's because I didn't have the patience to read the instructions properly, lol!

But I totally do that with other people's moods. I assume I must have caused them, even though logic dictates that there are 1000 other things that could have upset them.
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