Video Games

Link: Jason Schreier on [Mass Effect: Andromeda]

The Story Behind Mass Effect: Andromeda’s Troubled Five-Year Development” by Jason Schreier

Like many stories of difficult or even failed video game development that I’ve read, from the collapse of Ion Storm to Battlecruiser 3000AD to Duke Nukem Forever (DNF) and arguably Half-Life 2 Episode Three/Half-Life 3, it all seems to boil down to trying to do too much when one doesn’t have a firm idea what the final finished product looks like or has no inclination to actually come up with a finished product. Sure, creativity doesn’t work on a timetable, it takes as much time as it—blah, blah, blah—creativity.

Please, our best writers and painters and scientists eventually get work done. Sculptors chisel away at the rock knowing what they’re looking for. Despite a tough time, I eventually wrote 50 short stories and a handful of novels from 2009 to 2012, like, under a thousand pages of literary fiction, because I wouldn’t start until had a beginning, middle and an end. Sadly, in the video game industry, there are a fair bit of developers, mostly on the smaller side, who are just all talk but once the popular support or the development money comes rolling in or come crunch time they’re gone and people are left hanging.

Now, that didn’t necessarily happen with Andromeda but tons of other stuff did. Read Schreier’s article!

My Main Take Aways from Schreier’s Article:

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TES III: Morrowind Bug Fix: Negative Weight Bug

While replaying my very first Morrowind character, but with all of the latest patches and add-ons, I encountered this beneficial but ultimately immersion-breaking negative weight or negative encumbrance bug. While the Unofficial Elder Scrolls Pages (UESP) wiki had no info on the bug, Google found me several archived threads at Tom’s Hardware, including a solution by user “CJ.”

My paraphrasing of CJ’s solution is as follows:

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Free–Command & Conquer: Red Alert

In August 2008, Electronic Arts declared Command & Conquer: Red Alert freeware and it put up some download links for everybody who wanted to play it to get it. Since I’m sure many people are simply tired of fishing the Interwebs for them, there are the links to each game CD. Each game CD is about 650 MB. I haven’t had time to play this on my 64-bit machine because I’m busy, but other users with a 64-bit version of Windows have had no problems.

Soviet Union Disc

Allied Powers Disc