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I don't actually *journal* here much anymore, which is silly. I like you all, I assume that you all like me (or are secretly plotting my doom, in which case, good luck with that, let me know how it turns out) and may have some interest in what's going on with me. The answer is, in terms of actual life things, not much. However, I have media that I've consumed. So I'll go over that.

So here's what I've been up to in bullet points: )

That's about everything, except anything I forgot or didn't feel was notable enough to bring up.

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Title: Madhouse
Song: Madhouse by Little Mix
Source: Psychonauts
Length: 3:49
Warnings: Physical triggers
Made for: [personal profile] absolutedestiny 

Summary: A mind is a terrible thing to face.

Password: razputin

Madhouse on Vimeo.

Download MP4 (right/ctrl-click and "Save as...")

Notes: Premiered at Vividcon Challenge 2015 (Memory). This is my first video game vid ever. I started it a couple of years ago for Festivids in response to a request from [personal profile] absolutedestiny . I kept tinkering with it even after I missed that deadline. Eventually, I finished it. Obviously. So here we are.

While some of the video used here was captured on my Mac, most of it was sourced from Denny Ayard's Youtube channel. Additional sources include Jetup, Story Gamer, and [a deleted video that is no longer online].
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I want to take a little more time to ponder [personal profile] cesperanza's request about continuity errors, so it's moving to later in the month.

Working on Festivids has been kind of a slog this year, which makes me sad, since I was on fire last year. I am trying to be more... I don't know... forgiving of myself? I suffer from depression and ADHD and I can't compare my productivity at one point in the year to the same point the year previous. It doesn't work that way. I need to accept that.

Also, I am still playing lots and lots of Borderlands 2. And do not get me started on System Shock 2.

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Mass Effect

Jun. 3rd, 2013 07:33 pm
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So, um, I fell down a fannish rabbit hole called Mass Effect. I talked a little about this back in March, but let's just say that I'm on my second playthrough right now. Dude!Shep has grown on me, but I'm still a solid Fem!Shep supporter. I want to go through and do a playthrough where I make all the bad calls and see where that puts me at the end of the game.

And it's not just that I enjoy playing the game. I am obsessive about the universe. The characters, the alien races, the history. The philosophical questions posed by the series and the questions it should be posing. I track things like when characters got a major writing upgrade (Garrus in ME1 was kind of bland, but Garrus in ME2 is AMAZING and I want to be friends forever). I haven't delved into the side media too much, but that's my next stop.

It's been cutting into my vidding time a bit. The further I get into the game, the more I want to play it. It's like a novel where you've become really invested and you just can't put it down. I care about these characters, I care about this universe. I care about the infinite options that spread before me and the consequences of the decisions I make.

Also, I am amazing with a sniper rifle. Boom.

I will take any fic, meta, or vid recs that you folks have. Lay it on me.

I leave you with this clip, which is from the Citadel DLC and the funniest stupid thing I've seen in a while (although it makes more, um, sense if you've played the game):

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Just got a $20 credit from the Playstation 3 store. Yay! I'm going to use it to buy some Mass Effect 3 DLC, but I need opinions on which to purchase.

My options are as follows:
  • The Citadel DLC
  • Omega DLC
  • From Ashes & Leviathan DLC together

Oh, also I am through the cut for Mass Effect spoilers )

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My last entry totally failed to mention what's consuming most of my brain these days -- Mass Effect. Specifically Mass Effect 2. Which, you know, I wasn't super fond of the combat or inventory systems in Mass Effect, but Mass Effect 2 made combat so much harder and also just completely did away with the inventory system entirely, which seems a little extreme.

I complain more about Mass Effect 2, but I'm also playing it more obsessively. Every time I run into someone with whom I formed a relationship in Mass Effect the 1st or receive an email updating me on their status, I get a little shot of serotonin in the brain. I really wish I'd done more side missions in ME1, but I bought into the game's sense of extreme urgency and rushed headlong for the finish line. Not making that same mistake twice.

I need to finish ME2 soon, though, because I have Bioshock Infinite on preorder (digital, download-only preorder -- welcome to the future).

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So I'm prevented from playing any farther through Deus Ex: Human Revolution because I'm currently ahead of where [personal profile] echan is in the game and ze is a spoilerphobe. Every time ze comes into the room and there's plot (and I'm at a point where it's almost all plot or plot-adjacent), hands go to ears and ze goes "Lalalalala." If I remember to warn zir, which I rarely do.

So I have to wait for Echan to catch up.

Echan, I should mention, is a slow, methodical player in a game that rewards slow, methodical players.

This wouldn't really be a problem if the game wasn't so damn good. I kind of feel like I'm in the middle of a cyberpunk novel. 

The Deus Ex series: consuming my every waking, non-working minute for the second time in seven years. Dammit.
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