Archive for July, 2010

fanfiction is great, FanFiction sucks

July 29, 2010

I love fanfiction. There’s just something about it that I really like. Maybe something to do with reshaping established canon into something else. It’s impossible to explain. A lot of people think fanfiction is pointless and stupid. Though I do not agree with them, fanfiction is mostly a love-it or hate-it thing. You’re either for it or against it.

I don’t like FanFiction, though. Not only does it have several stupid guidelines and restrictions, horrible administration, and an awkward design, but it’s also filled with idiots.

I try my damndest to write good fanfiction. I know I’m not a good writer, but I try to keep characters in character, strive for canonical and (if applicable) factual accuracy, and make a decent plot. But I might as well write crap! Case in point. Halogate, my Halo/Stargate crossover (under the name Chris4221). My chapters are horribly short, averaging about 1500 words long, and the writing isn’t that great. It’s not like it’s full of spelling errors, but it’s just not very good. I thought the plot out a lot, and spent a lot of time doing research (read: I wasted hours on the Halo wiki), and blended the universes together as seamlessly as I could.

Then some random guy (or very possibly girl) churns out a fanfic that’s longer and better written than mine. However, it lacks things like a (semi) original plot, characters in character, or a nice blended universe. It’s a horrible fic, but despite (or because of) that, it has more, better reviews, and probably more views overall. This really pisses me off. I guess people just like things that are written better, even if they make no sense.

I really need to find another place to post my stories. Right now, I’m tempted to write crap, because people will probably think it’s better. Maybe I’ll write the millionth Jack/Sam fic, even though I don’t even like that pairing.

I should take the time to mention one thing I really hate, a pet peeve if you will. I hate it when someone has a really good idea, usually well written too. Then they ruin it with pointless romances (shipping?) that shouldn’t be there and make no sense. Usually this type of story is full of factual or canonical errors as well, but I digress.


Matchmaking (and other gaming pet peeves)

July 25, 2010

I love my dedicated servers. Sometimes they have a mod I like, the people are my skill level, I like the map, or maybe it’s just less laggy. I usually only play on a few; finding servers I like. I was totally unimpressed with MW2 because of the lack of servers. Matchmaking just sucks. It may be fine in the console world where people are used to having no control over anything, but it just doesn’t fly with PC gamers like me. It’s not as bad with Alien Swarm, since you can pick your map and it’s only four players, so it wouldn’t really work with servers. Red Alert 3 is nice in that it has both options, but very few people seem to bother with servers.

I’ve seen a lot of good and bad console ports. Am I the only one who thinks “rotate the left analog stick” on a PC game sounds incredibly stupid? Especially ones with crap control layouts that you can’t change. Features taken for granted in the PC world but nonexistant in the console world are missing. Like the ability to change resolution, for example. And the controls, since they are so awful. I guess bad ports are less stable and don’t perform well, but I haven’t really noticed it. Sometimes it’s just minor flaws, though, like over-large text sized for a TV, or controls the opposite of the predecessor (I’m looking at you, Mass Effect 2).

Finally, I’m seeing games mostly on DVD. For a while, it was insane. Some games needed four CDs! At that point, we were well into the sixth generation era where consoles were DVD based and almost every new PC was sold with a combo drive (CD-writer and DVD reader) at the least. I buy most of my games through Steam now, so it doesn’t matter as much for me.

Another archaic practice that seems to be going the way of the dinosaur is having to insert the disc to play. It’s a huge pain in the ass if you have as many games as I do, and pretty much unnecessary. I fail to see how it would do anything about piracy. You still need a disc, copied or legit. Sadly, we get SecuRom instead now.

This is m0re a wish than a complaint, but I wish network play was possible without purchasing two copies of a game. Remember how the old Command and Conquer games came with two discs, both of which could be used to play the game? Something like that. It wouldn’t work with digital distribution, though.

What’s with OnLive? Playing a game on a server? First, laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaag. Second, HD video takes up a lot more bandwidth than playing online normally. Third, you have no control over your game files, which means your save could disappear and you can’t play mods. Lastly, I paid for this quad core and Radeon HD 4670, I’m damn well going to use them!

Youtube- Officially Evil

July 7, 2010

In my books at least, YouTube is officially evil.

I was listening to Muse – Uprising a while back and thought it would be great if it was made into a video about China. So I got some clips off YouTube and probably other places too, got the song and made a semi-cool video. I used Premiere Elements 4 which works but has some really annoying flaws and “features”. But that’s not what I’m here to talk about.

I post my video, and later I check my email. A confusing message with links to more confusing articles on YouTube. I’d like to take a moment to mention that their info pages SUCK- not very informative, confusing, and difficult to navigate. If you are interested, the contents of the email and what it links to are at the end of this post. (more…)