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Fanboy moment. move along!
I am so done. Fallout 3 is great. Played it all last night with a brief hiatus to watch the Obama infomercial.

Points!
  • Luck 10 is awesome. Add a high agility and small gun score and I'm a head shooting fiend. I don't bother shooting real time at all, mostly because most bad guys drop with 3 to 4 bullets in their cranium. Surprise. :D
  • Also, I've already found a sniper rifle. I just need to repair it and I don't think I'll ever have to engage bad guys again.
  • The game is making me want to play a thief, which never happens, because it turned hacking and lock-picking into surprisingly entertaining mini-games. I'm not exactly certain HOW you could survive the game with no weapon abilities which saddens me. I want the all talk, no shoot option.
  • I own a house and a robot butler too. He tells really bad jokes.
  • I'm pretty much ignoring the main quest to do the Wasteland Survival Guide quests because maiming yourself for research is AWESOME.
  • You can actually eat anything you kill. There's even a perk to let you eat humans. :D
  • Weapon condition is realistic, interesting and INFURIATING. Darn broken weapons.
  • Low endurance sucks: I'm already addicted to vodka. Well, I guess that is fitting.
  • Bethesda did a great job matching the humor from the first Fallout to this one. It's silly.
  • Also, the in-game radio stations are just perfect. Wandering the wasteland with 30's and 40's music is such a wonderful touch.

    So, yeah. Love it. I have tis afternoon and all day tomorrow off. Guess what I'll be doing? :D

    Re: Obama infomercial. Interesting medium, innovative considering previous elections and I good idea all around. However, I am not the intended audience since I'm already decided. but I can see how a refresh of all his policy ideas is really nice. Honestly? i wish John McCain would do something like it because I don't know where he stands on a number of things. I don't think McCain knows either anymore.

    Articles:
    McCain - creating and recreating the man: Discusses McCain's inability to present a consistent image and campaign narrative.
    Isn't that, like, socialism? - commentary on the hypocritical last line of attacks from the right.
    Palin '12! - um, oh dear.
    --
    Oh sweet, passed that certification project where the model records we were supposed to use were WRONG. I guess I win for fixing them.

    That's 16 application certifications.
    Hmm.. wonder how many tests and projects total? Roughly 30+ tests and 30+ projects in the last 4 years. Wow.
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    antarcticlust From: antarcticlust Date: October 30th, 2008 02:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I'd read some in-depth reviews about Fallout 3, and basically concluded it was impossible for that game to suck. Bethesda is such a powerhouse right now. I'm planning on picking it up tonight, hopefully. I really need to make sure my productivity doesn't plummet! Maybe some kind of reward system?

    abmann From: abmann Date: October 30th, 2008 02:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I didn't want to form too many opinions while I was watching the news and demos and such. When I heard it was an FPS, I decided to reserve judgment on it. but, yeah, I was pretty sure Bethesda was going to do it well after hearing all the good news regarding Oblivion. I'd never played anything from them before.

    And checking their site, I had no idea they'd made a Call of Cthulhu game!

    You'll have to hook up the charismatic talker character so we can compare game notes. :D
    antarcticlust From: antarcticlust Date: October 30th, 2008 02:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Oblivion was really ground-breaking in a lot of ways (for a platform system - they borrowed heavily from WOW), but was ultimately disappointing to me for a few reasons, which I'd be happy to chat about. They do get points for re-playability.

    You still need to play Mass Effect! And you've played Half-Life 2, right?
    abmann From: abmann Date: October 30th, 2008 03:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
    No half-life nor Mass Effect. I put a embargo on buying new games while I tried to finish what I had. I still haven't finished Assassin's Creed, Bioshock and Fable. Mass Effect is on my radar though.

    I was intending to finish Assassin's Creed this week because I thought Fallout released on Friday rather than two days ago. oops. :)
    antarcticlust From: antarcticlust Date: October 30th, 2008 03:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I've tried Fable, and I'm just not into it. Fable 2 came out and we got it for Ethan a week ago, and I am really perplexed. It's rated M, but not for anything that's really prevalent in the game (little random references and such) and definitely not for anything that actually enhances game-play. It's so weird - it's a very childish game (lots of hand-holding, no challenge, cartoony), so I really don't get why they decided to go that route.

    We can lend you either game at any point if you'd like to try before you buy.
    assfingers From: assfingers Date: October 30th, 2008 07:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Pretty sure the M rating is for things like group sex, multiple wives, STDs, etc.

    they have an achievement for an orgy! woo!

    however, on the the meat of this comment: you and Dr Shoegazer should add me on live. ijs3321. word.
    antarcticlust From: antarcticlust Date: October 30th, 2008 07:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Right - and they also list gore and alcohol. But so far, I've rarely run into anything like that - how do you even have sex? Aside from that, though, the game is NOTHING like, say, GTA. The little extra bits of raunch are rare and don't add anything to the game, while putting it out of the reach (and sales) of many younger gamers, while game-play is simplistic enough to bore more advanced gamers. I feel like my hand is held for every step I make, combat is easy, there are no dialog options, etc., etc.

    Anyway, off to buy Fallout 3! :P
    assfingers From: assfingers Date: October 30th, 2008 07:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Yay, FO just arrived for me! WHOOMP.

    gore is a little misleading, yeah. there isn't anything too bad from what I've seen. now, i've been good so maybe it is different if you're evil... but it sure wasn't in the original. the booze is everywhere, though, including a bartending mini-game. they could list gambling as well.

    as for doing the nasty, after a bit you can buy/earn an expression called "come back to my place", find a handy bed, and get to it. it prompts whether you want protected (no babies, no stds) or unprotected. need to buy condoms first if you're planning on getting around!
    antarcticlust From: antarcticlust Date: October 30th, 2008 08:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I was wondering what the condoms were for! My dog digs them up from time to time. How graphic is the sex?

    Ah, I remember my first video game sex scene, in Gogol-13.
    assfingers From: assfingers Date: October 30th, 2008 09:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Screen goes black (boo)
    There is moaning. Oftentimes there will be totally weird throes-of-passion comments (OH MAMA) or really strange comments (YOUR ARMS ARE SO STRONG).

    The post-coital comments are the best though. My lesbian wife once told me, directly after, that she was reminded of her horseriding days. yes.
    antarcticlust From: antarcticlust Date: October 31st, 2008 02:43 am (UTC) (Link)
    Wow. I may have to pursue this for the amusement factor alone!
    jackshoegazer From: jackshoegazer Date: October 30th, 2008 02:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
    McCain doesn't even have issues anymore. Right now he's running his campaign on "I'm not that crazy terrorizing socialist, Barack Obama!"

    No one has ever won a campaign on "I'm not that one."
    abmann From: abmann Date: October 30th, 2008 03:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I think he's portending a massive, massive defeat. Finally.
    jackshoegazer From: jackshoegazer Date: October 30th, 2008 05:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
    You know someone's in real trouble when 5 days away they start proclaiming miracles and prophesying surprise victories.

    The question really is - which swing state has a Republican governor this election?
    assfingers From: assfingers Date: October 30th, 2008 03:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
    barnes and noble has the herps.

    they SHIP on release date instead of deliver.

    stupid gift card is the only reason i used them.

    WANT FALLOUT NOW PLZ
    abmann From: abmann Date: October 30th, 2008 03:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Yay for Amazon!

    When do you get yours? You could come watch me play this weekend. ;)
    assfingers From: assfingers Date: October 30th, 2008 03:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
    should be today, I think, unless they sent it by camel or something.
    abmann From: abmann Date: October 30th, 2008 03:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
    YAY! I like having tomorrow off. :D
    abmann From: abmann Date: October 30th, 2008 03:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
    There's an in-game classic radio station. 40's music + wandering the wastes is perfect.
    assfingers From: assfingers Date: October 30th, 2008 07:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I love that stuff. Big band + nuclear explosions = win
    zesty_pinto From: zesty_pinto Date: October 30th, 2008 03:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
    You beat the game already?
    abmann From: abmann Date: October 30th, 2008 03:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Oh, no! Estimates are that the game is 20-25 hours if you follow only the main quests. 70-80 if you do all side quests. I'm mostly ignoring the main quest currently in favor of the side quests in megaton because they're fun.

    One side quests has you purposefully cripple yourself to research field dressing techniques. :D

    Also, one of those side quests is what got me the sniper rifle already!
    zesty_pinto From: zesty_pinto Date: October 30th, 2008 03:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Interesting.

    Amazon's being really lazy with my order (shipping out on Monday), but I'll definitely have to see this game to believe it.

    Oh wait, by the time it comes in, I'll be out camping/shooting. Is a Pipboy clock really worth this god damned delay?
    abmann From: abmann Date: October 30th, 2008 03:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
    If the clock did something besides tell time, I'd say so. Otherwise, it's just a really big, green clock. :/
    lipsoflove From: lipsoflove Date: October 31st, 2008 02:00 am (UTC) (Link)
    My boss's husband has been playing Fallout 3 since he got it; so she has been complaining about not being able to watch anything on TV because he's in love with the game.
    Sounds like it is pretty addictive... which means I should so not play it. lol.
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