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Lorcan0c MoonWizard
Lorcan0c MoonWizard
Xbox Live CrashSo, Xbox Live appears to be broken... I got dropped from a Mass Effect 3 multiplayer match (gold, lost all my earned credits and my items for it, woooo...) and when I returned the dashboard, it wouldn't connect to Xbox live, kept telling me the problem was with my router, and failing that, I should go to the Xbox Website.

So of course, I ignored that advice, google searched it, asked one or two friends, and lo and behold, the whole service is down, not just for me, but for everyone.

Microsoft's service crashes, and their response to tell the consumer that they are the one who is at fault. Smooth.

Anyway, I'll be on Starcraft II if anyone needs me. My ID is the same alias I always use, Lorcan0c. I'll be on either the European or American servers, depending on whom I'm gaming with. If you don't have the game, there's a very interesting new service Blizzard are running called "Spawning". If you download the free starter version, you can play online multiplayer with no restrictions, provided that you're in a party with a friend who has the full game. So if anyone wants to try the game out, let me know now and I'll co-op with you.

I was going to take @Brainal's suggestion about the Company of Heroes 2 open beta on steam, buuuut the download is abso-friggin-lutely massive, coming in at over 11 gigabytes... to borrow an outdated meme, "Ain't nobody got time fo dat.". Sorry.

1 year ago  |  Comments (4)
Lorcan0c MoonWizard
Under ControlOkay, brief update. Spent the whole day sorting out college stuff. I seem to have gotten a handle on things. Got plenty of good advice from my lecturers and I've been given a clear layout of what needs to be done and how to do it.

On the downside though, I've only slept a total of under four hours in the past two days. I should go fix that. Sleep is good... maybe it'll help me go back to normal, instead of being the counter-productive passive-aggressive anti-social zombie I've been for most of the past week and a half.

1 year ago  |  Comments (1)
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*Groan*So after an entire day of jumping through beauracratic hoops, filling out forms, sending emails and hopelessly trying to resolve my college situation, ONE lecturer got back to me in regards to arranging a meeting to discuss my options.

And he scheduled it for 11am tomorrow...

Meaning I have to leave by 9am at the latest, so I have to be awake by 8am.

I HATE getting up early. If I'm on holiday, I shouldn't be even out of bed before 11am, let alone at college. So for all of tommorow, expect me to be like this:

Man I really ought to slow down with all the WH40k references... >.>

Anyway, tl;dr, college administrative nonsense sucks. Getting up early sucks. Lorcan likes to whine. Go figure.

1 year ago  |  Comments (2)
Lorcan0c MoonWizard
Incoming!RVB season 11 premieres for sponsers in just under 45 minutes, so I'd recommend that everyone wrap up what they're doing here as soon as convenient, whether you're conversing in a forum, writing a journal, sending messages to each other, etc. You all know what I'm talking about, the site is going to crash and burn when the episode goes live, just like it does every time. Yet every time we all seem shocked and astonished whenever it happens, so I thought I'd give you all a heads up in case you'd forgotten how this works.

Enjoy the episode everyone.

PS. Sorry for my severe lack of activity. Long story, won't get into it.


PS. Wow, this has to be the shortest journal I've ever written.
1 year ago  |  Comments (3)
Lorcan0c MoonWizard
What the FUCK.So a fellow student of mine showed me a way to "trick" the college website by changing a URL so we could get at our exam results a day or two early. I got mine, and I am not impressed with myself. On the positive side of things, I didn't fail the subject I absolutely thought I was going to (Networking 2) and got through by the skin of my teeth with a D. However, the negative is I got 2 F's, in subjects I absolutely fucking despised... specifically Object Oriented Analysis & Design and Financial Management Computing.

The Design course, I'll admit I didn't do so well in. But there the blame is with the lecturers for scheduling all of the assessment turn-in dates for weeks when there were 2 or more other assessment tests or project submission dates worth a lot MORE. So naturally I focussed on those first.

The other was Financial Management Computing, and let me say this. I have never experienced a more tedious and monotonous subject in my fucking life. It is just numbers, with no context or real world application. I got through maths, maths I am good at, but the lecturer we had was just awful. He would show us a question, then give an answer, with no explaination as to how he CAME TO THAT SOLUTION... which is sort of why we attend the lectures. To learn how to get the answers to the questions.

I have one other gripe to go at here. I got a C in Database administration, and that wouldn't bother me, but it does. I'm great at that subject, I think I'd earn at least a B. So I checked the details and it said "Final Exam: F. 0 Marks." What?! I attended that final exam, I spent two fucking hours writing answers for it, I turned it in and gave it to the examiner. Even if you turn in a page with just your name and student number on it, you should get SOME marks. So did my paper just get lost in the process? What's going on? I'm going to email the college once results are published and ask for a re-evaluation of my grade. (Once the exam results are published of course, otherwise they'll know I cheated the system and got my results early)

I am by no means a "good" student, really I struggle with learning quite often, it's been that way for most of my life really. But I refuse to let a lot of my efforts be invalidated for no justifiable reason. I sat that fucking paper, I wrote it up, turned it in, I double and triple checked it. Why am I getting "0" for it?! Someone's going to give me a good explaination for this, or so help me god, I'm done with this completely inept college...



Final grades, I got 2 F's (in the awful subjects), 2 D's a C and a B, (although the C ought to be worth more, as I mentioned above.)
1 year ago  |  Comments (2)
Lorcan0c MoonWizard
God Dammit, Halo....So first Bungie were like:

"We're going to make a game called Destiny! It'll have guys in power armour and cloaks in desolate wasteland environments fighting mechanical alien monsters!"

So 343 were like:

"Oh yea?! Well... watch this!"

.... WOW. Just... WOW. My statement about 343 having no goddam creativity whatsoever stands true.


>Guys in Power Armour
>Cloaks on power armour
>Desolate / hostile wasteland environments.
>Large mechanical monstrosities of alien origin as the antagonists

Halo 5:

>Guy in Power Armour
>Cloak on power armour
>Desolate / hostile wasteland environments.
>Large mechanical monstrosities of alien origin as the antagonists

343, Bungie stopped making halo games because they didn't want to make Halo games. If YOU want to make Halo games, MAKE THEM. Don't make fucking BUNGIE games!

I used to love Halo, really and truly. But... really? No, I don't want to see this. You know what this trailer tells me? Master Chief is going to become a vengeful recluse hell bent on killing anything even vaguely resembling a Forerunner or Promethean in order to avenge Cortana. No, wrong, wrong. 343, why don't you get his character? Or ANY of the fucking characters of the halo-verse?! Stop it. Just... stop. Please. I don't want to see your destiny knock-off, I don't want to Halo to be populated with Forerunner Michael Bay-a-tron machines, and I'm certainly not dishing out 500 dollars for an Xbox One.

I agree with Yahtzee's analysis of the current state of console exclusives. It used to be that games consoles practically sold themselves. They let you play fun video games. They let you play games. Easy, simple and effective. But this is the problem with franchises.

Now instead of games consoles alllowing you to play your favourite franchises, they're holding your favourite franchises hostage, until you pay up for the new machine. Well I'm not going to be a part of this, thanks. At least not until there is a very VERY significant price drop.
1 year ago  |  Comments (4)
Lorcan0c MoonWizard
Head, meet desk...Just spent several hours suffering through frantic house cleaning and a struggle between me and my computer I can only describe as tedious, aggrivating and nonsensical as I battled with Microsoft framework versions to try and get XNALara (3D studio rendering and modelling interface) to work on Windows 7, made no better by the fact that the internet is fucking inept and cannot put the blindingly obvious tutorial information anywhere that I could find it despite trepsing up and down google for a solid 90 minutes...


and ontop of all that, I've ran face-first into a big old wall of art-block and can't seem to draw any bloody thing... which would be fine, I'd usually go write some character ideas or RP posts to inspire me, but I spent about an hour or two just staring at the last posts made and drawing a total blank... I got a *TINY* amount done, and now just feel angry at myself. I think I need to get an early night tonight just to refresh myself, recover from all this nonsense and re-evaluate my priorities. Maybe I'm just acting this way since it's less than a week until my exam results are published and I'm subconsciously freaking out over every little thing.

Okay, positives... 1, Man of Steel next week. Saying I'm hyped for it would be a drastic understatement. I haven't seen a Superman movie I've legitimately liked since Superman 2, and even that was goofy as shit from start to finish.

2. Been watching a lot of TotalBiscuit's old Starcraft livestreams. Very entertaining, if you're a fan of the games that is. Good choice of music, as he near always has the excellent soundtrack from the Ace Combat series backing up the gameplay. Not to mention his commentary is bloody hillarious. Some great moments are this (43:45) and this (Basically just the entire match from 15:47 on and how angry his opponent gets is priceless)

So.. not much going on right now, except that I'm just waiting on a callback to be an extra in a TV show they're shooting here in dublin. If I get a callback I could earn a fair bit of extra spending money, if not, bleh. We'll have to wait and see.

That's all for now.

~Tired & Frustrated Lorcan
1 year ago  |  Comments (1)
Lorcan0c MoonWizard
Xbox One? How 'bout no.Okay, I know there are... a lot of people talking about this, and I would like to throw my opinion into the mix here for consideration too, just to share my thoughts with everyone.

I am a console gamer, I have made this quite clear. Mostly because for the longest time, I had unreliable PC's, and couldn't get many decent games to run. I picked up a brilliant new Acer last year, which solved more or less all my problems and has been able to run any current games I buy with absolutely gorgeous visuals and no lag to speak of. So as a result, I've been playing more PC games lately, mostly Starcraft, with a little bit of Borderlands here and there. But again, MOSTLY starcraft, because uuugh this game is painfully addictive... but I digress.

However... with today's "Xbox One" reveal announcement, all I have to say is... fuck you, Microsoft. Fuck. You.

I've never seen an event get screwed over so hard. I can't say this was laughably bad, because it wasn't. It was INSULTINGLY bad. A middle finger to every loyal customer you've ever had.

I was initially hyped as hell when they announced the Halo Live Action TV series (directed by Stephen Speilberg) but it took me a few hours to step back and realise what was going on. Why? Because Microsoft didn't talk about allll the negatives that are bundled with this console. At first I rolled my eyes at what they were doing on stage, but after a while, it hit me, and hit hard.

So, why is it called the Xbox One? Because it's an All-in-One media centre. They boasted this to no end, about how great it is, how it can play TV and run your skype video call to your buddy at the same time, and all this remote voice command shite nobody cares about.

*Achem* Microsoft? I already HAVE an all-in-one media centre. It's my computer. It can run TV and Skype through it. Because I have Skype installed. And I can use Youtube or Netflix... take your gimmick elsewhere, show us the gaming aspect of the console?

Oh, and they did. By showing us a 30 second long pre-rendered video clip of NFL sports games.... yeah that's great, bra-fucking-vo, I'm so impressed. I bashed the PS4 reveal for not actually being able to SHOW the console, but they did the smart thing there by showing GAMEPLAY. G-A-M-E. P-L-A-Y. Footage. The thing people USE THE FUCKING CONSOLE FOR....

They didn't discuss the many many reasons why this console is not worth buying, and for good reason. Journalists had to ask them directly in interviews AFTER the event to get all this information, which I will summarise below.

-The Xbox One does not have to be "always online", it does not need to be constantly connected to the internet to play. However, it must connect once every 24 hours.

Okay... what about people who can't afford to do that? What about people who don't have internet access? Why is this a required feature? I'll hazard a guess in a moment, as you'll see, but what the hell microsoft?

-The Xbox One is not backwards Compatible with the Xbox 360 or Original Xbox.

...Okay.... uhhh, you DO realise you're shooting yourselves in the foot here, right? That is not a good idea...

-The Xbox One installs games purchased for it onto its hard drive (Which is 500 Gigabytes, built in and non-removeable). Once a game is installed to the hard drive, the player does not need to use the disc anymore.

Again, Microsoft, I have a PC... that's what that's for. It's why I have Steam, and a whole library of steam games... not to mention an ever-growing stack of RTS games. If I wanted to install a game, I'd install it on my PC. It amazes me that MICROSOFT... the makers of COMPUTERS... do not grasp this concept.

-Once you have installed a game onto your XBox One's hard drive, you must activate a one-time-use code that will lock the game to your account. Players who wish to use your disc must pay a fee equal to the game's price to unlock that game for use on their account.




Bravo Microsoft. Bravo. You have just single handedly KILLED the used game industry. Gamestop? Nope, kiss them goodbye. What if I don't WANT to keep a game, huh? What if I want to trade it in? Did you think of that? Used games bring in over 2 BILLION dollars of profit per year, from Gamestop ALONE, and you're really just tossing that away? What if I want to pass on a game I don't want anymore to a friend? Or what if I want to lend it to them? Or bring it to their house? Is that not an option?! I have to drag my entire fucking console every goddam time?! No. I'm not doing that. Fuck you.

They CLAIM there's a way to sell back your games, but I call bullshit on this. It'll probably be some thing done digitally where they give you digital currency to spend. No, that's just selfish. Why? Because now I have some poxy disc lying around my house which I can't bring back to Gamestop, because they won't accept it. They CAN'T! Because even IF they sell the game to someone else, that poor bastard'll have to pay AGAIN to "unlock" it!

There's a legitimate reason why PC games only install to one machine. Because they can be copied. This has NEVER been a concern for console gaming. EVER. Why are you wasting your time with this, Microsoft?! It is a moot point! Wait, is THIS why the Xbox One has to connect every 24 hours?! To validate people's games and make sure they're not using pirated copies, or copies they don't "have access" to? What are you thinking with this?!

Oh and remember earlier when I said they spent a lonnnnng time boasting about how great the Xbox's built in TV features are? Guess what, not built in. You have to by a HDMI tranciever to use it. Not to mention I bet paying for access to TV will be linked to Xbox Live account subscriptions, but here's the kicker, at launch it will be a US exclusive.

So remember the Halo TV show I mentioned earlier? Now that's US only, because "eventually" the TV network will be global, and by that time the Halo show will have come and gone, and I'll probably just find it on youtube or something.
1 year ago  |  Comments (11)
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