Twitch [16th Aug ’17] – For the Emperor!

Brandish your Chainswords and fortify your souls, Brothers! Today we continue our venture into Space Hulk: Deathwing after discovering the Caliban’s Will as part of the Space Hulk! With more genetics references than white supremacists can dream of, we delve deeper into the Olethros and Caliban’s Will to secure the geneseed pods and stop the Xenos scum from escaping.

All in a day’s work for a Brother Librarian, really.

Twitch [12th Aug ’17] – Enjoy the Embrace (pt1)

I’ve tried to finish Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines so many times that it’s an extreme case of deja vu going through Santa Monica again. However, it is the first area and we must always start with it!

This is the first game that I’ve linked to the GoG version of. I’m not sure whether Deathwing and Foxhole are available on GoG, but there is a reason why I prefer the GoG version of Bloodlines: Bloodlines was an almost broken game on release, thanks to the deadlines imposed upon the studio making it. GoG’s version includes the latest version of the unofficial patch that makes the game playable and enjoyable, although as you will see with the tutorial level some of the problems are either unfixable or close to.

This game will be a regular feature until I finish it or get irreconcilably angry with it. Some of the back and forth without a walkthrough was pretty rough on myself, who hasn’t played a proper RPG in a while, so I will be grabbing a walkthrough for next time should I get stuck.

Google-less

Google (or should I now call it “Alphabet’s Google”?) as a service and as a family of products have essentially taken over the Internet in terms of how many people use it. We’re constantly told to diversify ourselves and never put all our eggs in one basket in every facet of our lives; pensions, banking, news, information etc. Yet when it comes to online presence we’re more than happy to lay ourselves entirely at the doorstep of Mountain View, CA.

For years we’ve said ‘Google it’ instead of ‘Look online for it’. Nobody says that a product is part of ‘The Alphabet Inc. Family’, but a part of ‘The Google Family’, despite the former being truth because of the name recognition alone, and the mindset the brand name evokes. We’re a long way past the days of ‘Don’t be Evil’, and given the recent firing of Jason Damore over his emotionally bland (but factually correct) memo that was circulated internally and then leaked (as an aside, how much is on the table for the person responsible never being fired over this?) alongside the outright, thankfully temporary, Google-wide ban of Jordan B. Peterson, it gives the wary pause for thought.

But it shouldn’t be just the wary that are taken aback by the brashness and blatant leanings that the web’s largest company has, both politically and ideologically; it should be everyone. The poster declaring that ‘You’ve had a bit too much to think!’ is becoming chillingly accurate. Every person that has all of their online eggs in the Google basket should be concerned about the G-Man potentially knocking on your door with the G-Ban.

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