Saturday Morning Gaming: Something To Get Excited About

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Jaybird

Jaybird is Birdmojo on Xbox Live and Jaybirdmojo on Playstation's network. He's been playing consoles since the Atari 2600 and it was Zork that taught him how to touch-type. If you've got a song for Wednesday, a commercial for Saturday, a recommendation for Tuesday, an essay for Monday, or, heck, just a handful a questions, fire off an email to AskJaybird-at-gmail.com

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  1. Avatar PROFESSOR ESPERANTO says:

    I’m making a budget for 2019, so I guess I’m playing Mint and LibreOffice Calc. The controls are a bit clunky, but the gameplay is deep and rewarding. Hoping to get the DLC of Overtime: The Workening. Plus I can’t stop playing Duolingo: Esperanto, and I get a few minutes in every single day. It’s like learning a real-life Quenya or Klingon, but more people serious about speaking languages.

    Gonna kick off this Saturday by firing up gedit and BlueFish to write for The Anomalist.Report

    • These comments exists for system and administrative purposes. Please ignore. Sorry for having put it on this post in particular, but now that they’re here and it’s working again I don’t want to mess with anything.Report

    • Tangential and such, but we started using Mint earlier this year. It’s fantastic if you approach your books in a certain way, but we’re having to do all sorts of hacks to get it to get along with how we actually do our books.Report

      • Avatar PROFESSOR ESPERANTO says:

        Kindly elaborate upon “in a certain way”. My curiosity, as you Americans say, is piqued.Report

        • The biggest issue is how much it doesn’t like lump payments. One example, and it’s kind of unavoidable, is monthly insurance payments. It likes things just so and it’s most happy if you pay $20/day for your insurance instead of $600/mo. What ends up happening is that when your $600 payment goes through, it freaks out and sends you alerts about how you JUST SPENT A WHOLE LOT OF MONEY ON HEALTH-SUBCATEGORY-HEALTHCARE-SUBCATEGORY-INSURANCE!!!! and how out of line it is with your other healthcare spending for the month with tips about how to keep your spending in line.

          Granted, that’s more of a quirk than a problem, but this approach does make it easier, for example, to pay for auto insurance monthly instead of every six months. It also means that if you’re making annual payments towards something you have to account for it in your budget.

          Like say you’re paying for Audible annually at $225. You set aside $18.75 a month under Entertainment for it. But when you look at your Entertainment surplus, you have to mentally subtract out that a lot of that is going to go towards Audible come December (or whenever). Or absent that, you can’t have an “Entertainment” budget but specific budgets for specific subcategories that you have budgets set up for individually. Or you need Audible to be taken out of your budget entirely, or put into a different category from “Entertainment”. But then you don’t know how much you’re spending on entertainment unless you’re adding across different categories.

          Does all that make sense?Report

  2. Avatar PROFESSOR ESPERANTO says:

    Almost forgot, I’m going to play Audacity to do some audio production work. Some kind soul on the internet bought me a microphone, an audio interface, and some cables. I’m looking to learn about adding depth to audio productions, making people sound like they’re in a space rather than being “flat on paper”.Report

  3. Avatar Oscar Gordon says:

    Oh yeah, that one is going on the Steam Wish List.

    Things are getting such that I will need to budget for a new video card soon too.Report

  4. Avatar jason says:

    That game looks amazin. I may start Assassin’s Creed Odyssey this weekend. It was 27 buck in a black Friday sale on Amazon. I loved Origins–it was the first of the series that I finished, and this one looks like more of the same. I also have a Star Wars: Legion Tournament today (star wars army men? I’m in)/Report

  5. Avatar Jaybird says:

    I’ve re-watched the trailer a half-dozen times and I think my favorite part is where the guy leans in and says “let’s get started”.

    Though, the first time, my favorite part was the “shade” (I think the kids call it) thrown in the direction of Bethesda.Report

  6. Avatar Jaybird says:

    Steam has a handful of screenshots from the game (warning, mild spoilers, I guess) and the one that has me grinning to myself is one that shows a snippet of conversation. If you want to avoid spoilers entirely, I’ll give the basic form of the conversation without giving anything away:

    Person you’re talking to says a line.

    You have three potential responses:
    1) Use a Conversation Skill if the appropriate skill is high enough
    2) Use a line of dialog that doesn’t use a Conversation Skill
    3) Leave the conversation immediately and attack

    OH MY GOSH I CAN’T WAITReport

  7. Avatar James K says:

    It certainly looks interesting. Unfortunately the screenshots seem to imply this is a first-person only game and if so then I will not be able to play it.

    I’ve spent basically the whole weekend playing the new Stellaris patch, and its effectively a new game. The planetary management system is vastly deeper than the old one and is engrossing enough that it no longer feels like killing time between wars, like the old one did. It’s taken some time to get used to it and it could probably use some balance tweaks, but so far I’m really enjoying it.Report

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