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29 June 2009 @ 05:11 pm
Hobbies and Responsibilities  
So, the next big content issue for CoH went live today. Needless to say, that had my attention. A new Task Force and Strike Force (similar stories, different story lines for the different sides), plus a bunch of 'quality of life' fixes. I knew I was going to want to spend my time 'in The City'...

...of course, I have things that needed to be done. Dishes, laundry, making sure Erik gets his lazy ass to work on his room/closet (time to spring clean, as it were). I'm happy to say that I managed to get all those things done as well as play both the new content runs.

Hero-side: "Return of the Reichsman" - The basic idea is solid, and the new maps look good. Problem is...you never seem to know why you are doing what you are doing. Well, no, that's not right, you know why, but not as much of the HOW. The missions go on, but they aren't explained too well, especially the temp powers you get for the end fight. What exactly are they, and why did you receive them, and how? And what do they actually do? We finished it in 1:58, and the final battle was fun, but we never did figure out if the temp powers did any good or not. Certainly, they had no obvious effect. (Played as Afterlife, because he's my badge collector.)

Villain-side: "Thus Spoke the Reichsman" - Much better explanations for what's happening and why, and a great cutscene. Added background music made it feel cinematic, good angles for the dialogue, and even comic-book-style narration. Loved it, best in the game. The basic mission structure was similar to the hero one, the final mission had it's own twist. There are some nice extra gadgets in the battle, but you had to be reading Mako's dialogue to understand what they were, and that's not always the best thing, seeing as how that can scroll by quick in battle and half the people don't read stuff anyway. Still, it was a good fight, and fun, finished in 1:48. (Played as HellJay, since I knew the caves would be hell on QT3.14 and I didn't want a front-line responsibility on my first run, which I'd have had with Mariachi Masher.)

Gonna be interesting to see if the Council and the 5th Column get into it, and where the loyalties of Requiem will lie...if they develop that. I would, for sure.

Not sure what I'm gonna do about Erik. He's just the foggiest-headed kid I know. He's not stupid, far from it, he's just a complete Zone Trooper. Mind is always elsewhere, sits around and stares at the wall for long periods of time. I suspect it's because his video game time is limited and he's waiting for it to come up, but, damn, it's frustrating seeing him spend hours just laying on the couch. He's got no answer for it, either, I tried. Anyway, we decided it was time to clean out his closet of all the crap he doesn't want/need anymore...and it's an uphill battle. I've tried to help with suggestions, we've given him deadlines, we've discussed what and why...still, he claims he's worked on it and I go to check, and I can't tell that anything has moved. He's got until Tuesday end-of-day to get it done (this is after he blew it last week, mind you, so it's ending up 4 days instead of 2), and he's going to discover that he gets no screen time until it's done tomorrow...which will be most of the day, since he's done so little. Gonna be a long summer...
Current Music: Venus Hum - Hummingbirds
There is no cure for curiosity.random_girl on June 30th, 2009 12:30 am (UTC)
Does his ability to focus improve with caffeine or the closeness of a deadline?

My husband has ADD (and my nephew and my brother have ADHD), so that is where my mind goes first. Prior to getting medicated, my husband couldn't focus unless a deadline was looming (say, passed) and/or he had a lot of caffeine. Turns out the brain chemistry for folks with ADD and ADHD is such that stimulants help them focus (which is really the only test to determine if they have it or not).

Of course, "recalcitrant" is also a non-diagnostic explanation. Besides playing video games, does he do anything else for fun? After video games, reading isn't all that exciting, but maybe he can go outside and run around with other kids his age? My parents use to drive us from the house with science program after science program..."If you're just going to sit there on the couch you might as well learn something!" Which was fun, until your fourth or fifth Nova special on the planets. Then I pretty much ran outside to escape it.

God of Thunder and Rock'n'Rollarchmage on June 30th, 2009 02:13 am (UTC)
He reads, too. He's got no desire to get out and run around (hell, i didn't, much, when I was his age, either...but I did other things). There are kids in the area, and a couple of them even come by and see if he wants to come outside, but even when he does, it rarely lasts long.

For a few years, we went through the "ADD/ADHD" thing. Tested him for everything, all while I said he just needed to get his shit together. in the end, they realized that he was just, at best, the lowest end of the thing that could be and it still show up. He's not got a problem beyond motivation.
Kellykwsapphire on June 30th, 2009 12:42 am (UTC)
I hope to have a chance to run both sides of the TF/SF on Friday.. Or even one side. We'll see how that goes. Glad you enjoyed the new content :D
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Roll: CoH - Afterlife Kidarchmage on June 30th, 2009 02:17 am (UTC)
Funny, they tell us all about polishing your content for the MA, they give us MORE tools to do this, and yet, when they have a slew of people for beta testing, they still can't polish their own stuff. Hell, I sent in a bug report on one of the most incredible bits of awkwardness I've ever seen in the game, a bit in a clue that reads: "The machine like it is very well defending." Obviously, it was rewritten at some point, and badly, and this slipped through to the live servers. Weeks of testing, and they can't just proofread stuff, kinda sad to me. It's little things like that which make me disappopinted with our developers.

With all the grammar/spelling/text errors I send in, I deserve that damn Bug Hunter badge. ;)
Steve Hutchison: Call Down The Lightning!foomf on June 30th, 2009 03:34 am (UTC)
Or at least the Bug Spray badge.
Jonathon Bartonjonathonbarton on June 30th, 2009 05:39 pm (UTC)
Mom had a *great* rule.
"If you haven't used it in 6 months, or thought about it in a year, put it in the trash."

I'd suggest starting there (with a big, sturdy trash bin for him to start filling, and a second 'thing' - perhaps a biggish rubbermaid bin with a lid - for "maybe" stuff), and the understanding between you that if he doesn't, you will - and you've not used any of it in 6 months, or thought about any of it in a year.

Not a magic bullet, but it became a rule that I try to live by to this very day.
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Rollarchmage on June 30th, 2009 06:47 pm (UTC)
Re: Mom had a *great* rule.
Pretty much the exact thing I discussed with him, and so far, it seems to be helping.