Category Archives: Rants

The Force Unleashed 2, or How I Wasted Money

Star Wars The Force Unleashed 2 is perhaps the worst game i have ever played. And not because it is necessarily a bad game. In fact, there is much improvement in the gameplay from the first. But the game is too fucking short. And i bought the Collectors Edition.

Let me set this up. I am a huge Star Wars fan. I even like The Phantom Menace. Why? Becaue it is Star Wars. Back in the early days of PC gaming, some foe the best games were from Lucas Arts. XWing, Tie Fighter, the Secret of Monkey Island. All GEMS. But over the past decade, Lucas Arts has put out a lot of crap. Most of it under the Star Wars name. The first Force Unleashed game showed promise. It was by no means a greets game, but light years ahead of anything Lucas Arts had put out in recent memory. It was, and forgive me for this, a New Hope.

And I really enjoyed it. It had it’s shortcomings, but i went back to it and enjoyed my time playing the game. As a consumer of video games, that is all i want. Not to mention the story actually filled in the holes of a major aspect of
Star Wars saga. Heck the story was better than The Phantom Menace.

So it was with baited breath I awaited the sequel. The trailer was released and everyone immediately said OMG THEY HAVE DONE IT AGAIN! Then we bought it. Looking back now this was my first mistake. The second mistake I made was playing it. The first 10 minutes were great. However, the first 10 minutes ended up being just like the next 10 minutes, and eventually the last 10 minutes. Coincidentally 10 minutes is about as long as the fun lasts in the game as well.

But the worst sin of this game, is it’s length. I am not stretching it to say that it really feels like two extended levels. There is Kamino, and a place that is not Kamino. That is really it. As the tension started to mount in the game, I said to myself ” wow this feels like the end of the game, which means the real end of the game must be fuckingi I epic”. No, I was wrong. I was the end of the game. All in all i would say it was about 4 hours.

Being the geek that I am, I bought the collector’s edition. $79.99. That is $20 per hour of game. Not a good ROI.

I feel like Lucas Arts owes me some money back. I feel like they should stop making games until they want to get serious about it again. I feel like i was taken advantage of as a Star Wars fan.

Do not waste your time and money on this game. Don’t even rent it. My only hope is that Lucas Arts releases totally fucking epic FREE DLC for this game.

Computers and Matches

For over a decade  now, I have worked in IT. Development, Implementation, and Support.  I work in a place with a pay rate that isn’t really conducive to getting "the cream of the crop" when it comes to staff and users.  Even our managers aren’t that quick. 

This of course makes support difficult.  So much so that instead of doing maintain and support, we do show and tell.  And because the managers don’t understand either, there is no level of expectation when it comes to the staff learning and understanding.  It just becomes IT doing it for them.

And that it just the support side.  When it comes to developing and implementing new systems, the managers are just as apathetic, and in some cases hostile. They use excuses like "its not how we do things now" and " our people have to know so much already". When it comes to computers and computer system, the expectation of the staff doing their job right and efficiently goes out the window.

So where do matchsticks come in?  Well, one of the things IT does for companies is make things faster, and easier through the use of technology.  At least that is the idea.  Many people find once they accept the idea to learn the new system, it is faster and easier.  However, some people, would rather spend time bitching and not learning, and doing things the old way.  This of course ends up causing a huge disconnect between those who are producing quickly and those who are not.  The IT department give you a tool to make your job faster and easier.  You choose to work the old way.

So, I started a saying a few years ago.  IT: we give you matches, you still use sticks.

The Tea Party

The Tea Party.  What is wrong with it? Why are those on the left SOOOOO enraged by it?  I dont get it.  The MSM revels in portraying the movement as racist right wing extremists.  For the life of me, I don’t remember them going after extreme let wing groups with such ferocity. Heck, there were groups going around calling Bush a Nazi and comparing him to Hitler.  Can you imagine the rage that would cause if the Tea Party did the same to Obama?

All the Tea Party is doing is voicing an opinion.  And what is wrong with that?  They are doing exactly the sort of thing that makes this country so great.  They arent terrorizing anyone. They don’t get violent.  And despite the MSM’s claims, there has not been one PROVEN case of racism.  The recent claim of some Tea Party members hurling racist slurs has never ever been proven.  As far as I can tell, there has not been one substantiated claim

The thing is, they have as much right to do what they are doing as much as any other group.  Yet everyone who doesnt agree with the Tea Party is quick to attack, judge and ridicule these people.  I have never been to a Tea Party event, and I dont necessarily agree with everything they say, but I have no problem with them doing what they are doing.

Are we finally at a point in our short history that this sort of thing is happening?  Those of you who harbor hatred against the Tea Party, are you willing to give up the right to say and feel how you want regardless of what the government or others think?  It is becoming a scary place to live, my friends.