Bethesda is currently working with Microsoft to remove Fallout 3’s new expansion, The Pitt. Players of both the PC and Xbox versions are reporting rainbow textured raiders, and an abundance of floating exclamation points in the new DLC. Bethesda is blaming the screwups on “corrupted” files, but my guess is that they simply rushed the product and didn’t think anyone would notice.

I wasn’t really looking forward to The Pitt anyways, as the last DLC to be released for Fallout 3 was Operation Anchorage, which took place inside a virtual reality simulator. Now, to me, placing your expansion inside a VR world just screams “I’m too lazy to actually write a storyline that will actually impact the game world,” and I passed on that, but The Pitt is supposed to take place in the real Fallout 3 world. I hoped that maybe this expansion wouldn’t be a rushed piece of shit, too, but I will be avoiding this, and probably any further Fallout 3 expansions like the plague.

I don’t know why I came to expect anything else from the same people that brought us all horse armor.

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Bethesda has released modding tools for Fallout 3. I, for one, am particularly excited, because I think the writing of Fallout 3 is definitely its worst quality. The quests and scenarios they put forth just seemed unreasonable, and, at times, quite ridiculous.

The tools have pretty extensive documentation, it looks like, and I really have to applaud Bethesda on at least getting this right. There is a lot of information on their wiki, as well as a few tutorial videos. I am downloading it as I write this, and will hopefully be posting some creations soon.

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Now, I am a big fan of discussing alternate timelines and histories, and yesterday I read an article about Sarah Palin’s Address to Republican governors. She basically attempted to unite the GOP governors, and pretty much failed horribly.

Now, in my alternate timeline, I like to think that Sarah Palin would end up uniting a bunch of states under her banner, and seceding from the union. She has a record of socializing / marrying members of semi-secessionist groups. What a shitty alternate reality that would be. I have to give the GOP governors some credit for not going along with Palin. I am really looking forward to a period of cooperation between both sides of the aisle, and I really feel that Palin, and anyone crazy enough to back her, just doesn’t represent anything that we need in politics right now.

In video game related news, I have officially decided that Fallout 3 is mediocre. It’s not a bad game, but it’s not Fallout.

Making Orwell Proud

October 31, 2008

This is my Halloween costume, which will be accompanied by a spiffy business suit. I am considering going by “Napoleon” for the night.

I broke down and bought Fallout 3 today. I am reading the instruction manual waiting for it to install, and apparently you can be a cannibal in the game. I may not do it my first game, but I definitely want to play as a horribly cannibalistic character…I think that would add some more depth to the game. I tend to play ruthlessly evil characters in Fallout. It just makes post-apocalyptic life so much easier when you throw out morals and human rights. Hell, in the original Fallout, I once spent 12 hours killing every living thing in the game, minus random encounters.

Also, for those of you who have been keeping up on your politics, Obama is having an election night party in Chicago’s Grant Park. Tickets for the event went fast, but not the mayor of Chicago is encouraging everyone to just show up anyways, and has promised that there will be plenty of room. It seems that maybe Dick Daley has decided not to take the route of blatant oppression that his father did.

Alright, Fallout 3 is done installing, and I’ve got some post-apocalyptic settlements to ravage.

Steal this Election

October 27, 2008

Am I just crazy?

Or am I the only one that is terribly afraid that the upcoming election will not be a democratic contest? When the people running for office are the same people that make the voting machines, I tend to get a little freaked out. I honestly wouldn’t put it behind the people in charge to rig an election, or to use invasive tactics. We are talking about trillions of dollars in money at stake, as well as the power to lead the “free world.”

In other, more important news, Fallout 3 tomorrow! I really wasn’t too hopeful until I saw a couple of ads on Hulu. Fallout 3 may turn out to be an alright game after all.