Nigmabox Rundown (1/21-1/27) Notorious Nebulous Nonsense

Over the past few days I have been playing Black Desert Online after it was available during a free weekend on Steam.  I had known of the game for several years, and was curious to see how it fared, but then I was reminded that MMORPGs are some of the last intuitive games on the market, containing so many mechanics and subsystems that are thrust onto the player.  With trade routes, housing, four types of glorified crafting, and all of this tedious nebulous rubbish that exist on top of an interesting action RPG that has an interesting fixation on grinding knowledge on enemies, skills, and even people.  It is an odd little title that really could be something novel, if only it did not belong to a genre notorious for its nebulous nonsense.  Also, it’s controller support leaves a lot to be desired.
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Nigmabox Rundown (6/11) E3 2017: Return Of The Busiest Time In My Life

E3 has begun, and thankfully the duties have been spread apart this year, with the previously mostly vacant Sundays are now being used by two major press conferences.  Meaning that I only have three more to go after pushing out this post right at the cusp of midnight because Bethesda thinks it is good to have a press conference at 9 PM PST.  Also, the title of this post is not a lie.  I do more work per day during the Monday and Tuesday of E3 than I do during any other time during the year.  Especially this year, as I have to work and attend class while E3 is going on.  Anyways, on with the rundown. Continue reading

Nigmabox Rundown (10/11-10/17) Feces Makes The Heart Go Yonder

Press Switch you are a poopy face doo doo head dumb dumb steamy boily feces shit fuck you suckSo, the Trans-Pacific Publishing trade agreement is a big thing this week, and it may affect all media in Japan, Australia, the United States, Canada, and more.  It will increase the already overpowered corporations’ power, is vaguely written, and will exacerbate the problems with copyright laws, laws that have been mangled and mutilated over the past few decades.  You could be deemed a criminal for having the audacity to leak information that the public ought to know about, even if it’s something as simple as a game being technically broken upon release.  Tampering with software files would be illegal, from removing DRM, to fixing games, and potentially even mods, which would be viewed as hacking.  Piracy could be met with the destruction of your hardware and neigh unlimited fines, and this whole thing was written by corporations for it, so why in the fuck would any true human being support that shit?  Seriously, the fact this democratic government would so much as consider this sort of putrid pulsating piece of poo for a second is disgusting. Continue reading