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Burt Likko

Pseudonymous Portlander. Homebrewer. Atheist. Recovering Republican. Recovering Catholic. Recovering divorcé. Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of Ordinary Times. Relapsed Lawyer, admitted to practice law (under his real name) in California and Oregon. On Twitter, to his frequent regret, at @burtlikko. House Likko's Words: Scite Verum. Colite Iusticia. Vivere Con Gaudium.

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  1. Avatar BlaiseP says:

    I used to play computer games. FPS games only stirred up the mud in my soul, strategy games were interesting but ultimately boring. I finally got down to Flight Simulator as my only timewaster. I played two scenarios: landing a Learjet on an aircraft carrier deck — and a Learjet on final approach to 27L at O’Hare in bad weather.

    Learjet 35 has a stall speed of 100 knots. To land it on the aircraft carrier, I would bring it in with no forward thrust, dipping down a few feet off the ocean, then full flaps, pulling up, stall hard and roll the length of the deck, taking a right turn onto the flight line. No arrester wires. The approach to O’Hare was even rougher. Maybe one in five landings was successful.

    Games. I suppose other people can find something interesting in them. To me, they’re nothing more than learning to work within the parameters of some scenario without much of a spec. Some of them are gorgeous. Nothing against games, they always attract the best programming talent. But I am all through with games. I watched them grow, from the earliest Star Trek games on PDP and VAX. Maybe games grew and I just didn’t evolve. But I’ll be damned if I am going to waste any more of my life inside someone else’s AI.Report

  2. Avatar Jaybird says:

    Ah. yes. The airplane.

    I suppose that I shouldn’t offer pointers like “turn with the shoulder buttons, not with the joystick” at this point…

    But if I were to tell you to play a fun video game, I’d tell you to play something like the first Mass Effect. It has some challenging combat, some fun customizability, and gives you the opportunity to make Moral Choices… and even the “bad” ones aren’t “bad” as much as “hard-assed”.

    I suppose it’s good that you didn’t see the interrogation scene. That was jarring.Report

    • Avatar Burt Likko in reply to Jaybird says:

      Seriously, it’s like I breathe and the thing Immelmans directly into the mountain. I’ve no idea how you crazy kids do it. But then, I’ve always sucked at flight simulators.

      I may return to the world of GTA one day. But not for a little while.Report