Archive for March, 2010

This is where I was at on Saturday evening

March 21, 2010

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzN7mggnKis

The band is the Descendants of Erdrick and they are smoking hot! They get my vote for the best instrumental band playing in Austin right now. My grandson is in the front row, as he is as big of a video gaming nut as me.

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Vote up or down on the health care bill.

March 20, 2010

The “deem and pass” idea being floated in DC looks to anyone who has read the U.S. Constitution to be a clear violation of what is required to legally pass a bill into law. It opens a can of fire ants that the Democrats may find hard to contain afterward. It may do more damage than just voting the senate bill up or down and going through the regular process. What will they do if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns their handiwork later? Again, anyone who bothers to read the U.S. Constitution can see how this is NOT how this is to be done. If they don’t have the votes to move the bill without resorting to tricks, gimmicks, fiscal note faking, vote-buying, shortcuts, process work-around, and skirting the U.S. Constitution — then maybe they better work on that bill a bit more. If it takes this much to drag it over the finish line, maybe that should tell them something. It is a fact of life that bad processes lead to bad outcomes and the ugliness of the process if on full display here.

I have worked in and around the legislative process for more than 20 years in my real world life. This is simply not how to do the people’s business. President Obama and Speaker Pelosi might want this with all their hearts, but this is cheating to win. And, as life teaches us, victories won by cheating tend to be short-lived.

Gamers should not have to edit .ini files to get their games to work.

March 10, 2010

Last night I had to hunt the Internet to try to find a fix for a Fallout 3 freeze issue on building interiors. I finally found something that seems to work on a user forum, but it required manual editing of the game’s .ini file.

I got to thinking later: Why do we PC Gamers accept game bugs that require us to manually edit the game’s .ini files to play the game we spent our hard-earned money on?

If a game is buggy, then I expect the fix to be a patch or hotfix that makes the changes needed. It shouldn’t be something that the buyers of the game are expected to do themselves. There are times I would nominate the PC Gaming industry for the absolute worst customer service model in existence. Name any other industry where you are expected to find you own solutions to problems much of the time, rely upon other users of the product as a primary source of information on how to get it to work, and then have to manually edit game files to get these products to function. Best of all, if the product is defective, there are high barriers to getting your money back.

As I have said before, I am a bit tired of being an unpaid beta tester for various game companies. If I drop $50 on a AAA title, I expect it to work. Period. I want to play the game, not be spending my evenings trying to get it operate.

Possible fix for Fallout 3 interior area freeze problem

March 10, 2010

I was getting lockups on interior spaces like the building in Andale and finally found this tip that, so far, seems to be helping:

“If you have more than a 2 core processor try this if you haven’t already:

Change bUseThreadedAI=0 to bUseThreadedAI=1 and Add iNumHWThreads=2 to Fallout.INI file located in Your Fallout3 Folder (usually in MyGames).”

I found this at: http://www.bethsoft.com/bgsforums/index.php?showtopic=1031688

Give it a try if nothing else has worked.

Free Descendants of Erdrick concert on March 18th in Austin!

March 6, 2010

It is at Game Over video games on 183 and Lamar and starts at 7:00 p.m. They are a great band and I urge folks to attend. Details: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=343299363460