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    • I Want To Die

      1 day ago

      EricHVela FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Anthill Renovator

      ... or rather, I want to see my characters die in video games.


      Ever since 1980 when my dad brought home this little graphical adventure game called King's Quest, I've been fascinated by how the protagonist dies. Some games like the old Sierra adventure games, Mortal Kombat-type games, and Dead Space have a unique death per situation. The Sierra games were almost always hilarious. Few games nowadays do that.


      I have this morbid curiosity as to what happens when the protagonist dies, and I'm disappointed if it's just a ragdoll or falling in a slump. Sometimes, it's actually a struggle not to just have the protagonist jump off a cliff at least once. Then once done, I'm trying to get the protagonist burned or smashed or some other fatal method.


      It usually makes me laugh. I've actually replayed many games to see if there were different kinds of death of the protagonist.


      Am I weird? Can I blame Sierra for this? How about blaming my dad at least?

    • 5 days ago

      EricHVela FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Anthill Renovator

      Pro-tip:

      When there are legitimate concerns about a person, nitpicky attacks of character on unrelated matters make the legitimate concerns seem like petty nitpicking. Stick to the important matters and leave the petty attacks and quick jabs to the comedians... or be considered at the same level or importance.


      Right now, it's to the point where any grievance, whether egregious or pointless, is given the same weight as pointless. Cut it out. Stay on target. Stop getting suckered into being petty by petty people. It demeans you and your cause.


      If the opening words of your critique are going to be profanity, rethink what you're actually upset about and rephrase it intelligently. I won't bother to read it otherwise.

    • 6 days ago

      EricHVela FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Anthill Renovator

      "What happened to the video?!"


      Part of the gag was the autoplay so you couldn't see the thumbnail and would immediately hear the song in the popular and everyone feeds regardless if you were viewing the video. The side effect is that it would play every time you loaded the feed -- Every. Single. Time. I decided when I posted it that I would leave it up only for a short time. 4 hours is enough time, I think.


      If you want to see the video, it can be found here: Irish Eyes.

    • It's that time of year again...

      1 week ago

      EricHVela FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Anthill Renovator

      EDIT: Apologies for the re-up, but there are things that bothered me about this animation for 2 years now. It's about time that I fixed them. (Still photoshop+mouse.) Original can be found here.

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      Some day, it'll happen if I keep pushing the idea.

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    • 1 week ago

      EricHVela FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Anthill Renovator

      "It really is just one rule: don't be a douche." -LoZelda

    • 2 weeks ago

      EricHVela FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Anthill Renovator

      I am currently 21 hours (115 in-game war-table hours) into another playthrough of Dragon Age: Inquisition. This time as a male rogue protagonist.


      The male protagonist just felt odd when interacting with everyone. So I've completed DA:I with only female protagonists. (That's not usual for me when I have a gender choice in games for the protagonist.) It's almost like it was written for a female protagonist originally. This is my first time using a male protagonist in Dragon Age: Inquisition beyond the prologue.

      • I completed the prologue.
      • I completed Act I. (Act II begins at Skyhold.)
      • I just completed one of three Act II events last night. (I resolved the Orlesian Civil War.)
      • Trevelyan and his team killed dragons in only 3 regions. (It's a total of 5 because one of them has 3 dragons.)
      • I mapped out only 6 open regions. (8 if you include the Val Royeaux Summer Festival and the Black Emporium, which I don't as they're essentially just shopping hubs for the most part.)
      • One other region only has one area not mapped because it has a dragon in it.
      • I lost count of how many war table missions are complete.
      • I lost count of how many agents the Inquisition acquired.
      • I lost count of how many side quests I completed.
      • I completed one companion quest.
      • I completed two advisor quests.
      • One companion quest is ready to start, but I'm waiting because it will end some other quests that are not yet available.
      • Two other companion quests are almost ready.
      • Trevelyan judged two people.
      • Two more are awaiting judgment but I need to complete another part of Act II to ensure that I have a certain ruling available for the first judgment.
      • Trevelyan is now level 23.
      • The Inquisition is at its maximum rank.
      • The Inquisition has 19 non-agent perks.
      • The Inquisition has 2 holds outside of the main one.
      • I completed one side-quest DLC.


      ... and yet, I still have:

      • 5 dragons,
      • another side-quest DLC,
      • 2 more Act II events,
      • Act III,
      • finale,
      • epilogue (Trespasser DLC),
      • 4 whole unexplored open regions,
      • a slew of available war table missions,
      • a slew of not-yet-available war table missions,
      • an advisor quest,
      • 4 character levels,
      • 8 companion quests,
      • oodles of side quests,
      • a handful of agents,
      • a few more holds,
      • and several more judgments to go.


      So... I ask you: How much is that worth to you in real-world currency?


      I got a real bargain with DA:I.

    • 2 weeks ago

      EricHVela FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Anthill Renovator

      My neuroses just go bonkers every time I'm trying to reply or post on the site and the site keeps inserting nonbreaking spaces instead of standard spaces in my replies and posts which really, really screws up the word wrap.


      Let's not even mention that invisible 8203 character at the beginning of every post which messes up editing the beginning of a post and any time that it randomly appends that invisible to editing, usually involving inserting pictures inline.

    • 3 weeks ago

      EricHVela FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Anthill Renovator

      What Windows Hello says about me...

      If I'm fully awake, Windows Hello has trouble recognizing me.


      If I'm feeling sick, unhappy, or exhausted, it logs in right away with just a glance.


      I've tried "training" it some more when it doesn't recognize me, but it still works best if I'm not feeling my best.


      What does that say about me?

    • Eric weighs in...

      3 weeks ago

      EricHVela FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Anthill Renovator

      ... on transgender people and public restrooms.


      My opinion: Those who have undergone gender reassignment surgery should use the restroom of their reassigned gender. Those who have not should use the gender that they are physically. (There's a bit more to it, but let's start with this foundation.)


      Public restrooms are supposed to be designed around physical needs. That's where I'll draw the line... when it comes into question.


      First off, are we all supposed to carry our birth certificates around with us? That's kinda stupid.


      Secondly, a person who identifies as a different gender, has not undergone reassignment surgery, and does what is necessary to avoid making other occupants uncomfortable (such as not purposely presenting that they're a different gender) should not come into question.


      It's still not an absolute situation. There are those who'll do everything right for their fellow Americans and someone will try to get rid of them anyway. Just because they're a different physical gender and someone complained doesn't mean it should be an instant fine or jail time. We're supposed to be a nation of innocent until proven guilty, after all. It would be just as stupid to submit people to physical examination on some other person's whim.


      As for a 3rd bathroom for transgendered only? No. At this point in our society, that's painting a bullseye on people.


      I think that the previous executive order of simply letting anyone pick whatever restroom they want regardless of anything else was far too haphazard, too absolute, too quick, and extremely short-sighted. It needed to be rescinded. Now, our representatives need to put in some thought, do their jobs, and bring out fair legislation instead of letting one person who doesn't understand the issue, has no personal stake in it, and doesn't care about anything other than making himself look good make a hasty change to things.


      Should we be "wasting time" on this? If I had my way, no, but this matter is going to keep hitting us and distracting us until we find a reasonable resolution. "const bool x = true;" is not a reasonable solution. It will still take time to do it right. If it's worth it to the transgender community, let them take the time to do it right. If it's not, then we just won't do it as it would really be a waste of time.


      That's my take on the matter anyway.

    • 3 weeks ago

      EricHVela FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Anthill Renovator

      Please contain yourself.


      One of my biggest gripes (among many) involving Prometheus was the fact that you had to go outside the theater to make sense of the movie, seeing explanations and interviews all over the Internet. (I had people telling me "It explains it when you watch [this or that YouTube video]." Blarg, I say to those.)


      Alien: Covenant released a prologue on the Internet. This makes me have flashbacks to the scavenger hunt that was Prometheus. Heck. Prometheus wasn't even a scavenger hunt. Scavenger hunts actually give you hints where to look.


      I want A:C to be a good movie, and for that, it needs to be self-reliant and self-contained. Otherwise, it's just like politicians tripping over their words and having to explain it all later or having someone else explain it for them.

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