Destiny and Its Discontents 
2015.02.01 18:33 - Entertainment, Microcode, Internet Stupidity
Destiny's big problem is that it's design doc probably reads like "what if we bolted Halo's FPS to a vanilla WoW-like theme part MMO and made lots of money?" This would be a minor variation on the "What if we made a WoW?" thing that was circulating through the games industry a while back. I had thought the last gasp of this idea was ESO, but further reflection suggests it's actually Destiny.

I think Bungie underestimated the amount of content this really required, probably suffered some internal and external political (corporate politics, not federal politics) pressures that made a dysfunctional hash of the story content, and attempted to streamline a progression model that is practically death to a meaningful endgame experience (in this, I think they were successful, but it exaggerates the problems that already went with this design). I'm not sure to what degree the loot and progression system are aimed at extending the paltry content offering vs. being a result of Bungie misunderstanding the sort of game they'd built. It doesn't really matter.

There's some rumors spinning around their forum at the moment that the next expansion will break progression, again, in a way that will favor the raiders over regular PvE shlubs. That's probably good news for me: it'll be a good excuse to give up on this train wreck, if I haven't, already.
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That was fast. 
2011.05.04 17:42 - Internet Stupidity, Meatspace Stupidity, Toys, Zombie Preparedness
So, I have to go pick up my package from the people at SKD Tactical from the Post Office tomorrow. They'd have delivered it today, but I wasn't home.

I sprang for the cheap shipping option, too.

[Addendum: I've heard most stuff is out of stock there at the moment. FWIW.]
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Presented Without Comment 
2011.05.02 00:46 - Guns, Internet Stupidity, News and Politics
In light of recent events, SKD Tactical is having a sale.

I bought a chest rig, just because.

Also, I laughed.
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I don't see how the final result can live up to this 
2011.03.22 07:30 - Entertainment, Microcode, Internet Stupidity
but this Allies vs. Dino-Nazis thing is at least producing some fantastic marketing materials. Original link found at Everyday, No Days Off.
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In case you're wondering 
2011.03.14 09:37 - Internet Stupidity, Site/Meta
1. It's been a little slow at the office lately. First time since October, really.
2. I've had a few peeves. Normally, that gets thrown onto Twitter, but, well, words.
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