On why GTA V is really a sim, and other shocking revelations - Tactical Ninja
Sep. 20th, 2013
09:14 am - On why GTA V is really a sim, and other shocking revelations
Today is one of those days where, if it wasn't such a ridiculous idea, I'd wear my Grey Warden suit to work. It's ridiculous because I can't actually sit down in it, but today, I feel like a Grey Warden on the inside.
How does that feel? Hardcore, mostly. Strutty, like "Don't mess with me." Part of a secret society, maybe? Definitely like leather and chainmail. Yep.
Last night grist brought me some eyeballs and we tested them and then put them in the sockets to see what they look like. What they look like is creepy as fuck. A skull with eyeballs, people. Creepy. But effective. So now, all I have to do is finish the modelling, set up the circuit and install it, and wait for my tiny magnet to arrive from Australia so I can make the ring. Meanwhile, grist is transferring the controlling code from the Arduino Uno we used for testing onto an ATTiny that will actually fit inside the brainbox of the skull. ;-) pombagira, the magnet shipping is likely to hold the completed article up beyond your birthday (I expect arrival by next weekend but possibly after). I hope this is ok.
Using super lightweight modelling clay to smooth the holes and create the ridges on his horns...
This is what happens when you grab the packet from the pile without looking to see whether it comes in colours. Modelling clay is modelling clay, right? It's clay coloured, right?
Apparently, wrong. So Yorick currently has bright red stripey horns. Eventually it'll all get covered in gesso and it won't matter, but meanwhile, he's rocking the Where's Waldo look.
On another note, the YoT bought GTA V. Along with, apparently, nearly twice the population of New Zealand. It's a big selling game. The biggest ever on its first day. I was watching him play it last night and listening to him talk about what you can do in it and I realised something.
It's a sim. Sure, you have no real choice about character customisation, and I can almost hear the roar of outrage from the self-labelled Hardcore Gamer crowd, but from what I can tell, it's a crime sim.
I mean seriously, you can go see a therapist in it. And do yoga. And, well, shoot cops and steal their cars, pick up prostitutes and do drugs. But what it does is simulate life as a petty criminal, and not just the shoot 'em up part.
When I suggested this to the YoT his eyes widened and he looked at me for a bit, and then went "Yup."
So, um, all those folks out there who say that the statistic that shows 45% of gamers are female is false because a lot of the games women play "aren't real games" - ie, the Sims - ? Should probably be eating their words right now.
And no, I'm not suggesting that everyone who plays GTA V is a sexist dudebro. I'm suggesting that a lot of sexist dudebros who dismiss sim games as 'not real games' would be somewhat taken aback to discover just how many parallels there are between the things they think are cool about GTA V and your typical sim*.
* I probably shouldn't include Farm Simulator 2013 in this. There is quite a lot of difference between stealing cars or seeing a therapist, and driving a tractor up and down imaginary rows planting spuds. Just saying.
Last night on the bus I was innocently reading my book and then suddenly, surprise!Porn. I found myself sincerely hoping that the old lady next to me wasn't reading over my shoulder, especially when it got to the bit where one of the partners' legs were described as 'robust looking.' I mean come on, robust looking legs? How is this sexy?
Also, I might have put a couple of my very short vignette style fics on AO3. I R BRAVE. And a little bit trepidatious. But someone said something nice about one of them, so I feel a bit better about it now. *ahem* No, I'm not a writer. But I am one of those people who sees something cool and wants to try it, instead of being happy just watching it. Story of my life...