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First Skyrim, now Bioshock(s)

Looks like I’ll be looking forward to more than just a shiny new Skyrim in the future, the Bioshock series is getting a polish for the current gen consoles, which means a free upgrade on PC.

if you already own BioShock, BioShock 2, and/or Minerva’s Den on Steam, you will be able to upgrade to the remastered version of the respective title(s) for free after release. It’s a circus of values!

Although Infinite will not be remastered since it already meets current PC requirements… I was kinda hoping the fruit would be less… flat.

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Open Thread

Decided to take a break from Skyrim to venture into other universes. Cracked open the definitive edition of Ori and the Blind Forest, then proceeded to play Remember Me where I literally beat the shit out of Christmas, Kid Christmas that is.

I also went out and enjoyed some nice weather with a bike ride, pretty uneventful day over all. That’s great since I’m sure the rest of my work week will be the opposite. I’ll be working more this week and the next because of the holiday weekend plus a TV tent sale. I’ve never participated in one before so this should be interesting.

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XBox Fitness goes the way of the Zune dodo

It seems like the only real consistent thing about Microsoft is their ability to shut down games and programs that people use. This time XBox Fitness is the next target.

“Given the service relies on providing you with new and exciting content regularly, Microsoft has given much consideration to the reality of updating the service regularly in order to sustain it,” Microsoft’s Erica Bell wrote in the announcement. “Therefore, the decision has been made to scale back our support for Xbox Fitness over the next year… While our team is saddened by this news, we couldn’t be more proud of what we’ve accomplished in the past two and a half years.”

I don’t know why people continue to support a company that has this sort of a track record, other than blind fanboyism and people who don’t know shit from shinola about Microsoft’s history. But as long as they continue to support such a flake of a company it’ll keep happening and happening.

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Morty Pix, Playboy Edition

I snap’d some pics of Morty being cute on my bed the other day.

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Definitely a centerfold kitty.

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I’ve gone Elswyer

I’ve finally made my way to Elswyer, the version included in the Legacy Of The Dragonborn mod. The voice work has been kinda hit and miss but I’ve been enjoying the tropical sights and the story in general.

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Fighting the Thalmor, who clashed with my airship above the Elswyer province.

So far I don’t have many complaints about it. Other than maybe the lighting, and as I’ve said above the voice work. The voice acting itself sounds great, but the microphone quality for some of the NPC’s just didn’t mesh well. If it were more crisp I would have found it more believable.

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Stonewall 2016

Today marks the 47th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, which launched the LGBT-rights movement.

If you’re not familiar with the riots, here’s what happened:

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And just this week, President Obama and the National Park Service has named the Stonewall Inn and Christopher Park a national historical monument (number 412 if you can believe it).  We owe so much to those brave trans-women of color, homeless youth and drag queens who launched the riots and the queer revolution.

People ask why we celebrate pride.  NoFo writes it much more eloquently than I ever could, here is an excerpt:

We’re proud because despite relentless persecution everywhere we turn—when organized religion viciously attacks and censures and vilifies us in the name of selective morality, when our families disown us, when our elected officials bargain away our equality for hate votes, when entire states codify our families into second-class citizenship, when our employers fire us, when our landlords evict us, when our police harass us, when our neighbors and colleagues and fellow citizens openly insult and condemn and mock and berate and even beat and kill us—we continue to survive.
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We’re proud because—thanks to the incredible bravery shown by gay people who lived their lives openly in the decades before us—we can live our lives more and more openly at home, at work, with our families, on our blogs … and even on national television.
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We’re proud because after all we’ve been through, the world is starting to notice and respect us and emulate the often fabulous culture we’ve assembled from the common struggles and glorious diversity of our disparate lives.

We’re proud because this weekend we’ll celebrate with drag queens, leather queens, muscle queens, attitude queens and you’d-never-know-they-were-queens queens, and together we can see through the “pride” in our parade and enjoy the underlying Pride in our parade.

Quite simply, we’re proud that we have so much to be proud of.

We can take some time, and even in the face of hatred, bigotry and discrimination, we can carve a place in this world, claim it our own and celebrate.

We can celebrate, because this is our party.  We don't need anyone's permission to celebrate:

Because even if Pride doesn't change many minds in the outside world, it's our PARTY, darlings. It's our Christmas, our New Year's, our Carnival. It's the one day of the year that all the crazy contingents of the gay world actually come face to face on the street and blow each other air kisses. And wish each other "Happy Pride!" Saying "Happy Pride!" is really just a shorter, easier way of saying "Congratulations on not being driven completely batshit insane! Well done, being YOURSELF!"

We can celebrate the community that we have, the radical acceptance that we embody and the fact that we’ve survived.  We have a chance to come together, remind ourselves we belong to a larger community, have some fun and take back our city; just for a little bit.  We know that hatred will continue, but still we march forward.  We have pride because it helps those coming after us.  In the words of Harvey Milk, it gives the next generation hope:

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And this is a chance to celebrate the fact that I’ve survived.  A chance to celebrate the fact that I’m a proud gay man.  And even that act, powerful unto itself, has hopefully made a difference.

The most important and powerful action a person can make is to come out to those around them.  Then the LGBT community isn’t a scary abstract anymore, it has a face.  If you know someone who is openly LGBT, you see their humanity.  You can understand that we’re not asking for anything special, just the same rights everyone else is guaranteed by the constitution.  A chance to be happy.  A chance to live the life we want, surrounded by those we love.

When will we stop talking about coming out?

"Many of us want to, and will: when a gay, lesbian or transgendered kid isn’t at special risk of being brutalized or committing suicide.

"When a gay person’s central-casting earnestness and eloquence aren’t noted with excitement and relief, because his or her sexual orientation needn’t be accompanied by a litany of virtues and accomplishments in order for bigotry to be toppled and a negative reaction to be overcome."

We will stop talking about coming out when it’s not news anymore, when the last barriers have finally been broken down.  We’ll stop screaming for our rights when we’re finally treated as equals by our government.  We’ll only stop telling our stories when they don’t matter.

The anniversary of Stonewall comes just two days after marriage equality came to all 50 states (and the anniversary of decisions in Lawrence v. Texas and Windsor v. United States), a major piece of the equality dream the drag queens, homeless youth and the rest of Stonewall protesters had less than 50 years ago.  In 11 years, we've gone from no marriage rights to full equality across the country.  We still have a lot to fight for, ENDA being at the top of that list, but for now, we can celebrate the 'thunderbolt' of equality that we have achieved:

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So we keep fighting for progress, wherever we can.  We celebrate our advances and keep chipping away at our obstacles: and this month we can celebrate both, as well as the individuals that make up our amazing community.

In light of the Orlando massacre, it's more important than ever to celebrate Pride.  To not be intimidated by the hate, but to instead keep rising, demand equality and fight for our very right to exist.  What hurts the most about Orlando may be the reminder that even our own spaces, which we thought were safe, aren't.  Or maybe they never really were, not while hatred and prejudice still exist.  But as we face, united, the epidemics of gun violence and homophobia, we can at least take solace in the fact that we, as a community, know how to win epidemics.

We’re proud of how far we’ve come.  We’re proud to keep fighting.  We’re proud.

Bill, do you know what just happened? We agreed.

Alright, quick update today.  First up, after it's sudden and horrible cancellation, the star of Agent Carter, is doing what she can to bring it back.

It's an election year.  And there's a new attack ad against....Princess General Leia:

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And speaking of Star Wars, watch adorable kids play music with Lightsaber bows!

Back in May, a water and energy bill was killed by republicans in Congress because it contained protections for LGBT workers.

But, some progress, after being called sinners for supporting the same type of rights, some house Republicans walked out of the committee meeting in protest.

A cute ad, very appropriate since the Euro football (soccer) tournament is currently going on:

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Did you know that Deadpool is actually pansexual?  You'd never guess from the movie.  So what if there actually was queer representation in comic book movies:

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That's it for now, have a great one!

Now that I’ve slept for a couple of days, here’s a post

Took a couple days off from writing, on Saturday I was pretty rekt from work. We had a big load of TV’s and printers which equaled a lot of arm and leg work. It also didn’t help that I was sleep deprived too. One of the few downsides to this job is the early to bed early to rise thing, and with summer in full swing you can sometimes hear a lot of partying noise. It’ll be about another month before I partake in that sort of thing, put in for vacation woop woop!

Tested out my new bike that day too. Real nice. It’s a Schwinn 700c series, hybrid city/mountain bike. Got it for $260 with shipping. 😀 I’ve been looking around on Amazon for things to pimp it out with, like lights and maybe an mp3 player. Might even get some saddle bags and have them modified to fit on the back. There’s a nice spot behind the seat for putting whatever you want. Would be nice to go out whenever and pick up my own groceries or some other swag.

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Mysterium Schedule

Greetings all!

With just over a month until Mysterium 2016, it is time to announce the convention’s schedule, which you can find here: http://www.mysterium.net/schedule/

The schedule is largely complete, but we may add another presentation or tweak some timing here and there. Please let us know if you have any questions!

Reminders

First, a reminder that the hotel room rate is only guaranteed if you book before July 1st, which is this Friday. If you haven’t had a chance to book your room, now is the time. And of course, don’t forget to register.

Second, a reminder that we have room and ride share forums available here: http://www.mysterium.net/forum/

Finally, a reminder that Chuck Carter (our guest of honor) has a Kickstarter for his next game that ends in just a few days. If you haven’t taken a look yet, I highly recommend it:

That’s all for now!

-Taniith
Mysterium 2016 PR Bah’ro

Steam Summer Sale Open Thread

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I’ve already managed to pick up quite a few games from my wishlist, once again assuring that I will never ever be bored with my extreme library.

I will say though that this year the Steam Sale doesn’t seem as interesting as the previous ones. Hell, last year it felt like Valve started running out of ideas with the monster clicker game. I can tell Valve’s main focus is on VR at the moment.

I haven’t actually played any of my new games yet. Instead I decided to take a break from Skyrim to check out Trine. It’s actually quite enjoyable! It’s a side scroller with physics puzzles. You can switch between being a wizard, a thief or a knight to get over obstacles. Plus all the Trine games have Steam workshop, so when you finally finish the game (or get frustrated on one of the levels in the main game) you can test your brain on other peoples work. It’s also a 3 player game, local co-op or over the internet. Will probably drag my brother onto the couch sometime so we can play with our controllers. Which the game is really friendly with as well as with a keyboard and mouse.

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RIP Duckduckgo

Yahoo and Duckduckgo have partnered together.

Our partnership with Yahoo helps us give you the best search experience possible.

Of course, in accordance with our strict privacy policy, we do not share personal information with any partners, including Yahoo. To make this crystal clear, Yahoo has also published a privacy statement to the same effect. We’re proud to work closely with a partner who is willing to work with us to protect your privacy.

In addition to the existing Yahoo technology we had been using, our latest partnership with Yahoo enables DuckDuckGo to get access to features you’ve been requesting for years:

Date filters let you filter results from the last day, week and month.
Site links help you quickly get to subsections of sites.

All of this functionality is not fully rolled out yet, but will be soon!

I’m hoping Yahoo ruin them, like they did with Altavista. They were nice until Yahoo came along with the same guidelines and it slowly turned to shit. I hope this isn’t another repeat, but I’m not too confident. Duckduckgo became my favorite search engine after Yahoo put the final nail in Altavista’s coffin, time to look at other search engines just in case.

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Have some epic Skyrim pix

Guess what I’ve been up to?

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Yep, always something interesting going on in this game.

I really need to get to Solitude at some point. I have lots and lots of swag for the Dragonborn Museum sitting in my ever expanding cybernetic backpack that I don’t need to keep hauling around, but I’m closer to Windhelm. I could cheat my way there but I’d rather wander around. And with this game there is no shortage of wandering. 😛

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Do you believe in magic?

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New to the campus

Made it to Winterhold today. I have the College overhaul which makes the place look much more immersive. I’ve already spent an entire in game day wandering around looking at all the cool stuff and doing some of the college quests. I even helped a dragon remove food particles from their teeth:

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Sunday Skyrim Thread

My current game has been going quite well. I’ve crafted a katana with electrical damage and soul trapping:

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This time around I’m mostly relying on materials I find within the game rather than spawning them in the console (with a few exceptions such as my playermodel/armor and anything that doesn’t have a place in the game). I’ve even been crafting the scarves and halos from scratch.

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Fun fact: To make that scarf I had to use a white scarf and red mountain flowers. Some of the ingredients to put scarves together are rather… unique. Like using butterfly wings and metals to get the desired colours. Fortunately I have a lot of stuff in my inventory with room to spare… Which to be fair I did increase with the console, but that’s kind of part of my character’s story. I can carry a ton o swag.

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Microsoft is fascinated by that Steam thing

Microsoft’s attempt to get people into their Applesque walled garden hasn’t exactly worked as well as they planned. So Spenser saying this would only make sense:

“I look at Steam today, it’s on an incredible growth trajectory,”

Yeah, and you guys don’t own it in any way, shape or form. Bet you guys are really kicking yourselves in the ass over that.

“It’s a massive force in gaming; a positive force. I think it will be bigger a year from now than it is today. And five years later it will still be bigger again. I look at Valve as an important [independent software vendor] for us on Windows. They are a critical part of gaming’s success on Windows. I don’t think Valve’s hurt by not having our first-party games in their store right now. They’re doing incredibly well. We will ship games on Steam again.”

Translation: You guys totally hate GFWL 2.0, so we’re going to get you guys to buy our products on Steam.

Nevertheless I an intrigued, how is Microsoft going to go about this? And what MS requirements will they hook into a Steam version of whatever the hell it is they want to sell? After all Ubi and some Origin games call for accounts, nothing is stopping Microsoft…

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TRUMPU

Ok, everyone get your drugs ready ppl. One of my steam buddies sent me this:

That is the best worst acid trip I’ve ever seen. Never thought I’d live to see Donald Trump as a chibi, though with those little sausage hands… :v

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Skyrim Shenanigans (Video)

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"Love is a perky elf dancing a merry little jig and then suddenly he turns on you with a miniature machine gun."

So, I'll be back with a post about Orlando soon.  Right now it's too raw, and there's still too much we don't know.  And every time I think about it I break down.  I spent two days a crying, sobbing mess, and right now I'm still a little numb.  But I'll get to that another day.  For now, here's a distraction (of which I've needed many) of some of the fun, upsetting and crazy things on the Internet.

First up, the teaser for the live action Beauty and the Beast:

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Before Orlando, we were fighting over trans* people peeing.  10 states joined Texas in a federal lawsuit because they don't want trans* kids, in schools, to be able to go to the bathroom safely.  And people wonder why there's anti-gay animus in this country.

And Texas also voted to keep ex-gay torture in their Republican party platform.

Titus from "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" auditions for "Hamilton:"

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A year later, has the Delta Foundation learned anything?  Not really, but they're a little better at PR moves.

The teaser for the new Rocky Horror.  Which, the guy playing RiffRaff, nails that line perfectly, which made me feel a lot better about the whole thing (and Laverne Cox looks awesome):

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This Saturday is the Ball on the Bridge, bringing Ball Culture (predominantly African American drag competitions) out into the open.  Looks awesome, but sadly I can't go, had I known about it sooner, I would have cleared my schedule.

 

The Pens won the Stanley Cup!  Which was the most needed distraction Sunday night.  Hockey Night Canada did an amazing job with their recap, and the music is so, so fitting, you'll be hearing it a lot I think:

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Okay, that's it for now, but I'll be back with more, and an in depth look at Orlando soon.

Cyan at E3

If anyone wants some Rand talk and Obduction eye candy, here it is:

I find it funny how at the end of the PC Gamer interview Rand had to say that The Stanley Parable was one of his favorite games. If only the rest of the Myst/Uru Community knew that him (and others) had a sense of humor… and learned how to develop one.

One can dream. 😉

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VR is getting Serious

Those Croatians really know how to party. 😀 Looks like a lot of fun, maybe someday I’ll do VR when it doesn’t cost me a giant wad o moneys.

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