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And sadly, they'd do a better job than 343i seem to be doing.

(Insert five hours of nerdrage about Cryptum, Primordium and how bears named Greg do not belong anywhere near writing things even vaguely related to the Halo series).

Ahem.

Anyway, needless to say I've been back here for a while. Landed on August 22nd, and been kind of derping about since. I figured that since I haven't updated LJ in bloody ages I might as well ramble for a bit about what's been going on with me as of late. Caution: This post is going to be a huge fucking novel.

So, first and foremost: the trip. ).

So, TL;DR version - It was an awesome trip and I had a wonderful time with ze lifemate.

Once I got back here, not much happened. I've replayed a few point-and-click adventure games and started a new run of Pokemon Platinum (because I've finished the copy of White I finally got my claws on) and a run of Baldur's Gate 2 (Half-Elf Druids aren't exactly the strongest characters one can play. <<;). A new AC unit was installed in my room (which direly needed it!) and all was relatively quiet.

Until this Sunday. )

But on happier news...

So. I got a new scanner. ).

And that's pretty much the rundown of everything. Hurdadurdalur. Plans for the rest of this month include some reconstruction/redesign work on my room, signing up for whatever courses I have as soon as possible (I hope they're still running that Astrobiology course!) and set up the dorms for THIS year. Oh gods dealing with the bullshit 'reformed' public transportation system that fails to work properly kill me please. x-x
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It appears we can kiss any hopes of anything else original from the fuckers at Square-Enix anymore.

Apparently the company president has announced that Square-Enix will no longer develop anything that isn't made to appeal to the 'mainstream' audience and gave the employees an ultimatum - 'mainstream' ideas only or they risk losing their job.

Supposedly the background for this royally dumb decision was losses on the financial side. Gee, have they wondered if it may be BECAUSE the fanbase is tired of playing the same Final Fantasy games all over again? Maybe it's BECAUSE they keep recycling and remaking everything? Maybe it's because we're TIRED OF THEIR BULLSHIT?

God Damnit. There goes any hope of a TWEWY sequel.
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"Let's make a PSP game that features a Sony PSP R&D worker who discovers invisible monsters that you can ONLY SEE WITH THE PSP, market it along with a webcam for the PSP and a silly physical 'trap' which the camera will reocgnize - and now he's trying to Catch 'em All and train them to kill - errr - to battle each other that is! Oh yes, and the lead villain is a guy who hacked into the labs to steal the technology (because obviously these monsters are so special and there aren't any monster-raising games for any other console liek oh mah gawd) and is employed by some Face-Heel-Turn Billionaire! AND ALL THIS BECAUSE THE UNIVERSE REVOLVES AROUND THE PSP AND ADDONS FOR THE PSP".

... Yes, It's as fucking ridiculous as it sounds. And the sad thing? It's real. It's scheduled for a Fall 2010 release and it's real.

And the creatures unveiled on the official site are very boring and uninspired. >>;

What is it with Sony getting such a hard-on for 'augmented reality' anyway? I mean, after the whole fiasco with the Children's Card Game That Is Played Through The PS3... >>;
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"At BlizzCon 2008, it was announced by Blizzard's VP of Game Design, Rob Pardo, that StarCraft II would ship as a game with two follow up expansions, provisionally entitled Wings of Liberty, Heart of the Swarm and Legacy of the Void respectively for the Terran, Zerg and Protoss factions. Blizzard states that the game and each expansion will feel like a "full" game. No release dates were announced for the trilogy."

Oh how fucking nice. So instead of paying for ONE game we have to pay for THREE now.

Fuck off, Blizzard. just... fuck... off. I've officially lost ANY trace of respect I had for you. Way to make me stop anticipating what could have potentially been a bloody awesome game.

I'm sure some people will still buy it in spite of how retarded the whole idea is. Blizzard's 'Rationale' for this, of course, is that making it THREE games rather than ONE will allow them to make everything MOAR EPIC and shove in moar cinematics and moar missions and moar crapm and that every campaign will feel like a full-blown game on its own right or bullshit like that. Well, you know, sometimes, more is less. I wouldn't mind delays if it meant one whole awesome game, but like fuck am I paying for three games when I should only be paying for one.

And Blizzard can go to hell. Officially.
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I do realize it's not easy to maintain web servers.

I DO realize that it's a costly process that requires time and money.

I *DO* realize that as they're doing us a favor for letting us host our websites for free, and that we should logically shut up and take whatever crap they try to put us through...

But I entirely fail to realize why the flick do people care about money more than they do about their users.

A long time ago there was a webhost called Crosswinds. They were just about anything you could wish for in a webhost. Free, nearly unlimited, a touch slow, but otherwise reliable. There were no banner ads. No popups. Nothing.

It all went to hell in a handbasket.

First, they started by placing a single popup ad, and that was it. And we were content because it wasn't THAT intrusive. Then followed a chain of events that eventually led to the utter demise of the Crosswinds free hosting program.

It seems that now, in an age where no good webhost is free, no free webhost is good and nothing that's free and good is a webhost, the only remaining webhost that was actually somewhat good, Netfirms, Seems to be headed in a Crosswinds-esque downward spiral that might eventually lead to THEIR free hosting program going keput.

In this world, where there are people who make money by adding random people's e-mail adresses onto SPAM mailing lists (Alas, there is no escape from mail advertisements, even online!), webhosts close their gates, forums are besieged by 10-year-old kiddies, and various groups whom shall not be named remove more and more of their free members' priveledges and pass them on to 'subscribers only' (although I can understand some of them, I still don't approve. Maybe because I'm one of the people who have what to lose from this. Call me selfish, but I still find it to be fucked up), It is clear that soon enough, the only thing that will remain on this Internet that is worth using would be Instant Messengers. And god knows how low will THOSE be kicked eventually.

As in the case of reality, the Internet is slowly being taken over by corporations who care about nothing but themselves. And as the few who don't are slowly going the same way, I think it's quite safe to say....

It's Official. The Internet has Gone to Hell.
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Netfirms seems to have made adjustments to their TOS and not for the best, either. It seems that now they have a DAILY bandwidth limit, not just a monthly one. And this pisses me off majorly because:

1. Unannounced TOS changes suck.
2. This prevents me from working on the site I have hosted there because there's no way to test SHTML offline.
3. I thought Netfirms's free plan was the last good free host left. Boy was I wrong.
4. When a free plan starts deteriorating, it is headed for extinction. Remember Crosswinds. :P
5. The only way to resolve this bandwidth issue permanently is (you guessed it!) Pay to upgrade your hosting plan, which I don't want to do. If I wanted to pay for web hosting, i'd pay for somehting better. ;P

Goddamned money-hogging web hosts. May they all burn in hell.

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