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#448337 Vulkan Officially Released - No Mac Support

Posted G_Player on 26 February 2018 - 06:08 PM

This is from Ars technica:

Vulkan coming to macOS and iOS, no thanks to Apple.


#447937 Casual Play as Therapy

Posted G_Player on 16 January 2018 - 03:17 AM

Here's an encounter to illustrate.

There was a particularly lovely spot that I often visited alone, filled with vert plants, tall trees, diverse flowering plants, butterflies of wondrous colors, and a small stream wound its way gently through.

On this occasion I happened to be dressed all in white and holding a staff. There was a teleport stone nearby which was mainly used as a way point to other locations, not necessarily to where I was. But more often than not, the stone lay silent and unused.

After a time a young man appeared, took a few steps from the stone, looked about, and then quickly returned to the stone and popped away. This he repeated many times over the next five minutes or so. Sometimes wandering out a bit further but always when he returned he'd stop to stare at me, then quickly pop away again.

Curious, (as elves tend to be) I watched his comings and goings which didn't seem to have purpose. When next he appeared and stood looking at me, I addressed him.

(keep in mind that I, as an elf, try my best to always speak in a sort of middle english, for immersion's sake. Sometimes I use words fallen out of common usage long go. It lends an air of ancient mystery of days long past, a connection to something very old, and I always remained in-character)

"Greetings, M'lord. Thou seemeth unsure of the path before thee. Doth thou seek a thing which is found not?"

He stood silently, struck to the spot where he was standing.

"Come," I said, "take pause here next to me. No harm shall I do upon thee."

He came over and we both sat next to the stream.

We spoke about the teleporting stone and I explained how to best use it. But he also had other questions about game mechanics and troubles with a few quests.

After about 20 minutes or so he was encouraged to try again, but he was so enchanted in the kindly way I responded to his needs he wanted to know if I was part of the environment (an actual part of the game) or a GM.

"I know not what a GM is, m'lord. I hath ne'er beheld such. Yet glad am I to lend thee aid and good counsel. Freely seek me if thou hath need again.", I replied.

As he left I could see that he was completely enthralled by the magical encounter and the elf in all white who gave him help.

And what made it all happen was this teeny silvan environment created by a group of very talented artists.

Imagine what could be done with a whole valley.

#447926 Tag line didn't update

Posted G_Player on 15 January 2018 - 12:29 PM

*gives thumbs-up*

"Roger Huston. Everything looks good here. in the 5 by 5. O.K. to go!"

(rewatching 'Contact' with Jodie Foster)

#447910 Casual Play as Therapy

Posted G_Player on 14 January 2018 - 04:17 PM

One of the recurring themes I read about on these forums is about casual play in an mmorpg.

I agree.

Sure, we want action, adventure, the excitement of discovery, a sense of challenge, a feeling of accomplishment. But more importantly, we want… no need… a game to fire-up to escape the madness of our world, a place where we can relax and just go fishing, or wander around with no particular destination in mind (not all who wander are lost), just sit and chat with friends, or be alone with naught but our thoughts.

We need an mmorpg that provides not only the best play experience, but one that also equally addresses our emotional needs. We need places that are artistically as beautiful as possible, with the sound of a gentle wind and birdsong, and safe from threat. Places we can go to share with friends, or relax alone.

Many of us are getting a bit long in the tooth and want to slow down and actually enjoy the view, or stop and smell the flowers, or (in my case) hug a few trees.

Life can be brutal and short. Some of us have seen that, some of us experienced that, we all could use healing because of it.

An mmorpg that acknowledges and makes a sensitive effort to gently address this can go a long way to healing the invisible hurts of this sometimes cruel reality.

#447903 Blizzard announced bringing World of Warcraft Classic at Blizzcon

Posted G_Player on 14 January 2018 - 12:59 PM

I'd sign-up for vanilla WoW IF they don't charge an arm and a leg. I won't pay the price for a new game plus a hefty monthly subscription on top of it.
When you add the monthly cost of high speed internet access, it's just too much to pay to play a game.

#447828 Star Trek Discovery

Posted G_Player on 10 January 2018 - 02:49 AM

Galaxy Quest was the best parody of Star Trek TOS.
"Never give up! Never surrender!"

#447656 Merry Christmas!

Posted G_Player on 22 December 2017 - 12:13 AM

Wishing everyone a most joyous Christmas holiday with family and friends, and a Happy New Mac Year (yes, even you Mr. Ballmer).

May all your wildest dreams come true!

Elen sila lummen omentilva! :)

#446711 Is there really a such thing as a Mac game?

Posted G_Player on 03 October 2017 - 11:21 PM

Is the OP the real Steve "Monkey Boy" Ballmer?!? In my mind I can still visualize the QuickTime movie of good ol' Steve coming out on stage, backed by some good ol' rock-n-roll, fist pumping into the air and screaming, "Give it up for me!" You made ONE trip around the stage, screaming and yelling, and upon reaching the podium, needed 5 minutes of heavy breathing and sweating before you could speak.

Aaaah, but if you had been successful at "knifing the baby" (killing off QuickTime), I never would have had such a good laugh. Waitaminute… didn't you guys lose a lawsuit from Apple after you shamelessly ripped-off code (copy/pasted) from QuickTime to create your Windows Media Player?

And your software engineers secretly call Apple, "R&D South".

The truth hurts.

Anywho, yes games created for Mac would be nice. But if I want to see what Windows will be doing five years from now, I'll buy a Mac today.

#446408 "Unknown Realm" 8-bit retro RPG in development

Posted G_Player on 25 August 2017 - 11:11 PM

*laughs*  *turns red*

I goofed… lol.

Thanks for pointing it out nicely  : D

#446407 Loot Chests now in Middle Earth

Posted G_Player on 25 August 2017 - 11:03 PM

Recently, I wanted to check out Breitbart News. I bookmarked the site and visit on occasion. I was surprised to see an article about gaming and Middle Earth especially.


" ‘Shadow of War’ Is The Latest Example of an Industry Seeking to Profit from Young Gamblers"

"When Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment first announced the presence of loot chests in the upcoming Shadow of War, I was flabbergasted. It was a reaction shared by the vast majority of the gaming community at large."


It's a short article and a thoughtful read. Here's the link if you'd like to see it for yourself:



#445010 MMORPGs feel like Pinball machines

Posted G_Player on 24 March 2017 - 11:47 PM

It doesn't matter which game I play, nor how beautiful the graphics. They ALL feel like I'm playing a machine. Everything that appens in the world is scripted events, scripted story lines, scripted NPCs, nothing feels alive. Most players (metaphorically) drop endless quarters into the machine and abuse it to get the most out of it. No one takes the world or the dangers seriously. Barely a few try to play in the world as a living, breathing, denizen. And you can literally quit any world, no matter how far up you've climbed, and you will have had zero efect on it.

I really really miss the days of pen & paper DnD, and wish somehow that an MMORPG comes along that combines the beauty of graphical advancements with living breathing game masters who can set up challenges and takes an active role and interest in characters' lives.

Granted, this cannot be done in a game with thousands in it. But surely, there are those who stand above the rest in becoming a part of the world through great role-playing. But as long as developers continue to automate everything in a world, nothing will ever feel real.

And all you & I are, are just cogs in a machine.

What say you?

#444843 Abuse for mac os X?

Posted G_Player on 04 March 2017 - 01:36 AM

"Abuse for mac os X"

*cusses at Mac*