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I started writing this about 3 days after I finished chapter 34. But then I got sidetracked by GTA4 (360) and the Orange Box (PC). Also, I knew what I wanted this chapter to be about, but I didn't know how to put it into words. Well, I'm pleased at how it turned out at least.
Hope you enjoy (if you're still reading ).
On a second note I had a nice adventure today.
I bought a new computer for myself about a month ago. It's an Acer something or other with a AMD 2.3 GHz dual core, 2 gigs of ram and a nice 320 GB HDD. I put an Nvidia 8800 GT 512 MB Card on it so it had some gaming power, however, the PC's Power Supply didn't have the necessary PCI-e Power Cord which the Card required to function. I made due with the included Y split Molex connector, put the piece of shit power supply only had 1 molex, so my GFX card was running at half power, and every time I started the PC, I would get a VRAM memory check error message from the BIOS. I ordered a new 500W Power supply with the necessary PCI-e connector to fix the problem. The Power Supply came in today and I immediately opened up my case. At first I just swapped out the Power supply but then came complication 1.
The new PS only has 2 Sata connectors. The old one had 4. My DVD Drive and HDD both need SATA connectors. To solve the problem, I had to move my HDD up so that the 2 Sata connectors could reach both my HDD and DVD Drive. Then came complication 2.
I had to take off EVERYTHING. Hard Drive, Memory, Graphics Card, Network Card, Wireless Network card. I also had to take off the Heatsink/Cooling Fan that was ontop of my processor, since it was the main thing which was blocking the HDD from its new postion. Then came complication 3.
I got a bit overzealous with the H/CF removal. Mostly because I've never seen an exposed processor before (since I've never had a PC I could gut at my leisure). So I took off a plastic part which I really had no business taking off. It's a yellow piece of plastic that secures the H/CF ontop of the processor. Under my Mobo, there is another piece with the necessary screw holes to connect the yellow piece to the Mobo. When I took off the yellow piece, the bottom party shifted position. When I realized my mistake, I came to complication number 4.
I had to take my Mobo off the case. Now, this is a pre-built PC, so I don't think the Manufacturer intended the consumer (me) to do that. I tried to take it off (at this point just to satisfy my curiosity) but I couldn't get it done. So I shook the case till I found bottom piece that connected the yellow thing to the Mobo. slightly lifting my Mobo, I position it correctly and quickly screwed the yellow piece to the Mobo. Then came complication 5.
In my rush to get the H/CF off, I removed a bunch of cable without first checking where they originally went. Needless to say, These things became a problem, fast. Since I still had to put all the stuff back in, I took a shot in the dark and just placed them where they would go. I then had to connect the Power Supply cables to their right places. Once I was done, everything seems to be connected right. I closed the case and connected the AC cable to the power supply. Complication 6 followed.
It wouldn't turn on. I opened the case again, shifted some cables, tried again. It wouldn't turn on. Repeat x3 it wouldn't turn on. I moved some cables 1 more time and started repeatedly smashing the PC's power butting in frustration. It turned on. The sound of the PC sparking to life scared me since I wasn't expecting it. I turned it off then connected it to the monitor and everything else and turned it back on, the PC started just fine. No more VRAM memory check error. When Vista finished loading, it installed 2 drivers. 1 needed me to restart. On the Restart, the PC started just fine. So, I got through that mess just fine. But I'll see how long it lasts.
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11 years agoExile650
I bought GTA4 about a month ago but only in this last week have I gotten into it. I currently have 25/50 achievements for 405 gamerscore, and I still haven't beaten it (I don't know if that's funny or sad )! My favorite achievement so far has been "Walk Free" since I actually ourran the cops on the streets instead of just exploiting the fact that cops wont chase you into the subway lines like a lot of folks did on YouTube.
The whole achievement angle for 360 games really gets you hooked. Too bad for Sony they didn't rip off the idea sooner.
I finally beat it 2 days ago. Closing with 600/1000 Gamerscore.
Now to finish off Forza 2 like I was going to before GTA4 distracted me.
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Click here to read chapter 34
A boring chapter, but an important one. This was character development for FORGE, and also foreshadowing for what Zaku is going to be up to.
I had a lot of fun writing this one. I like to have my characters talking to each other instead of just shooting things. But that's not to say I don't like to have my characters shooting things either.
11 years agoExile650
I posted Chapter 32 on 3/10/06 at 9:16PM. Has it really been that long?
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Anyway, I had actually written about half of this chapter god knows how long ago. First I wanted to have it focus on the humans, then I wanted it on the elites. Then I stopped writing for 2 years. Now, I decided to just go with both. This chapter would have turned out a lot better had I written it 2 years go. As it stands, I've completely forgotten most of the background info I had on the Halo Universe. Worse, I lost my big list of random names. And if you must know, I suck at making up names.
Well, if you were hopping I'd keep the dream alive, I hope you enjoy this chapter. I'll try to make the next one better.
First, before attempting either, I highly advice you to make a Vanguard Shepard and level him up to 50 at least. I do this for 2 reasons: Vanguard>Shock Troopers are damn near unkillable. Having a character at 50+ will mean you won't need to worry about gear. Vanguards also have Adrenalin Burst, which is damn near broken for Vanguards to have. Finally, For Hardcore or Insanity, Crowd Control > Debuffs. You're going to want Lift and Throw very high. Warp is also good to have since it will make dealing with Immunity using foes a lot easier. I chose Assault Training as my bonus ability since it let my Vanguard Shepard fight at any range. But using a tech ability like Overload or Damping might be the better option. Finally, make sure you have maxed Charm or Intimidate. This will help you avoid 2 very annoying fights.
Now you have to select your teammates. Wrex is an obvious choice. He is very hard to take down and has biotic Throw, a very handy skill to have (IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll delve into that later). The next choice is a bit more difficult since you're going to need someone with tech abilities, so Liara and Ashley are out. I decided to stick with Garrus, he has the every tech debuffs I need as well as Adrenalin Rush (giving him great spamming ability) and can use sniper rifles, but Garrus is also the glass cannon of ME. He doesn't have Barrier or Immunity to keep him alive, so you're going to have to babysit him a bit. You could also take Tali or Kaidan. Tali is just as weak if not weaker than Garrus (she can't use medium armor, but she does have a lot more shields), but she also has access to AI hacking, this will make fighting Geth (who will be your main enemy) a bit easier since they will spend time killing each other rather than killing you. Kaidan is also a good choice, he has both Biotic and Tech abilities and is one hell of a medic (max First Aid + max Medicine, you only have to worry about having enough med-gel at that point). He also has neural shock which makes dealing with Krogans a lot easier. However, he doesn't have Damping, which means enemies with Biotic and Tech abilities will have free reign to use said abilities.
One of the biggest challenges you will face are the Mako sequences, This thing WILL NOT RECOVER ANY SHIELDS. This means you will need to make use of it's sniper feature A LOT (if you don't know what it is, next time you're in the Mako, hold the left trigger and click the right stick twice). Also, instead of waiting for shields to recharge even just slightly, you can simply save your game, then load the game you just saved (an exploit yes, but it's a lot more time efficient than waiting hours just to recharge 1 shield bar).
Now, there are a few things you about Hardcore and Insanity:
You don't get weaker like in a lot of games; your enemies just get a lot more HP, Shields and Damage. Enemies that use melee attacks also get a lot more killing power in their melee strikes.
Most enemies will make use of Immunity, Shield Boost and Barrier if available to them.
Thorian Creepers now have a shitload of HP, they can literally take 10 shots from the Mako's main Gun and not die.
Rachni have a shitload of HP (not as much as the creepers though), If you let them get too close you won't be able to kill them fast enough to live. Biotic Crowd Control is essential.
Krogans are immortal. Their regular HP recovery rate combined with their liberal use of Immunity means they will not die unless you use Warp or slingshot them off the map using Lift and Throw. If they start taking too much damage or you Sabotage their weapons, they will get into melee range. DON'T LET THEM INTO MELEE RANGE OR THEY WILL KILL YOU.
Any Geth capable of using rockets will use the A LOT, Take cover but don't bunker down too long or they'll start raining rockets your way.
Geth Destroyers will launch 2 rockets at you, then more than likely rush into melee range. DON'T LET THEM GET CLOSE OR THEY WILL KILL YOU.
Geth Colossus will become Virtual Bosses with damn near infinite health and Shields. In comparison, the Mako will be a piece of cardboard on wheels with a pellet gun for offense. You are better off fighting these behemoths on foot. Just keep circling around it to avoid its main gun and it shouldn't hit you (also works for regular armatures). Only do this after you kill off the other geth however.
Your Hardcore and Insanity run should be skim runs. By this I mean you should only do the main storyline planets and end as quickly as possible. However, the choice is yours.
I chose to do a skim run for both my Hardcore and Insanity run, so here is a quick walkthrough of what I did.
Rush through it, no other real way.
Go to the Citadel Tower (CT) and watch Saren get away with murder.
Get to the option that lets you talk to Harkin or Varla Von.
Talk with Harkin/Varla Von to get access to Garrus/Wrex and the Fist quest.
Take down Fist, track down Tali
Go to the CT and present TaliÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s evidence. Become a Specter.
Board the Normandy and kiss the Citadel goodbye, you wont be seeing it for a while.
Planet Choice; Noveria, Feros, LiaraÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Dig Site. I chose to do them in that order.
Enter Hanshan and speak to Opold the Hanar salesman. Start his Smuggling quest.
DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t deliver the pakage and instead head to Aloneis. Pick the option to give him the pakage. This will let you bypass the Lorik Quin quest and get into the garage.
There is no easy way to get past the next section, so just press on till you reach the hotlabs.
Do the quest that lets you find a cure for the sick scientists. This will let you avoid excess fighting and save you on Med Gel.
Head through the Maintenance area and confront the Matriarch.
Set off the Neutron Purge in the Hot Labs and leave Noveria for good.
Fight off the geth attacking the colony.
Head to the ExoGeni HQ.
Destroy the Ship Latched onto the ExoGeni HQ.
Get the Anti-Thorian (AT) grenade (VERY IMPORTANT!!!)
When fighting the Creepers and Colonists, DO NOT USE ANY GRENADES. VERY IMPORTANT!!!
The Thorian fight is going to be one of the toughest you will have in any Hardcore
11 years agoExile650
I was doing a Halo fanfic a while back. Link here
Now, my original plan was to wait for Halo 3 to be released so I could see how Bungie would rap up the story. Problem 1 was that I didn't get my own 360 (and Halo 3) till recently, but the way the Halo series ended meant that the way I wanted to rap up my story would end with me shooting myself in the foot. I was hoping the Ark would be on Earth so that my character's story could parallel the Chief's. However, the way I had things planned, the events of the Ark now have no significance to the storyline I was planning. Basically, My characters were never going to head to Installation 04 (first Halo), Installation 05 (Delta Halo) or the Ark. My characters were never going to deal directly with Truth or the Flood, and since the climax of the Halo series happens on the Ark, my storyline is moot.
I do want to finish my story, but I'm left with 2 options. Have it end on earth, which would be rather boring if you ask me. Or have it end on the Ark, which would mean I'd have to take some more liberties than I usually like to and have my characters do something completely irrelevant to what Miranda's task force was doing. So far, I'm thinking of using the second option.
I still need to read the other Halo Novels just to get some Universe info or just to see if there is anything I can make use of (people, places, etc). But I think I'll start to work on my story soon.
11 years agoExile650
Well, I finally got every Achievement for Mass Effect (even downloaded the extra content, hence then extra 50). It took me 25 days from the first one to the last one. All in all, it was surprisingly easy. Most of the achievements for the game can be achieved just doing damn near every sidequest. Then you have the grinding achievements, which require you to use a certain skills X number of times. These are a bit more involved since they require you make new characters in order to have access to some of these skills.
Finally, you have the Hardcore and Insanity achievements. These are actually quite misleading. Usually, games get harder using 2 methods, they make your enemies tougher and make you weaker. In Mass Effect, you don't get weaker, your enemies just get a shitload more HP and a lot more killing power.
This has 2 very annoying effect: It makes cannon fodder enemies like Husks and Thorian Creepers take an INCREDIBLE amount of shots to kill, Especially the Creepers. Those fuking thinks take 10 shots from the most power shotgun to even begin to dent their HP. Needless to say, it makes the Thorian fight one of the toughest sections of any Hardcore/Insanity run. And then there are the Krogans. These guys are literally unkillable if you let them use their buffs. I'm not kidding you here, these guys will not fucking die. The only way to kill them is to use Dampening to make sure they can't turn on their Immunity (if they get to, you can't kill them anymore). Or push them off whatever map you are in (because in mass effect, if you make an enemy fall off the edge of the area you are in, they are killed instantly, easily done using Lift to get them in the air and Throw to shoot them off the map for an insta kill).
The second annoying effect happens when you're onboard the Mako. This thing turns from Tank on wheels to cardboard box with a gun. Not only that, but shields takes so fucking long to recharge you're better off just saving and reloading rather than waiting for it to completely recharge (saving and loading that save file will reset the Mako's shield and damage).
11 years agoExile650
I got myself a brand new Xbox 360 Elite for just 150 bucks! (Talk about a bargain).
But with the mess I keep going through trying to bring my old Gamertag working again I said fuck it and made a new one: Delta041.
If for some reason I'm still on your watchlist, add me.
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