For me, it ended when my Chrome plugin finally crashed after 6.5 hours.
Thanks for all the good times,, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , and all the other people that popped in for a minute to say hi!
Reshared post from +Jonathon Barton
We used to do weekly hangouts WAY BACK WHEN. We should probably do that more often. Like this Friday. Bring your Hangout face, and maybe some booze.
Tonight, I exited whatever Steam game I was playing and Steam saw fit to plunk a game that looked like it was right up my alley in front of me. That game is The Mighty Quest For Epic Loot – now in Open Beta from Ubisoft Montreal. The Mighty Quest For Epic Loot looks like it would be a terrifically fun game to play on the surface of it. You build castles in a land called Opulencia, and then stock your castle with loot and defenders. You raid other player’s castles to defeat their defenders and traps, and take their loot. The graphic style is chunky and reminds me a bit of Jack Black in Brutal Legend, and the game trailers certainly have a humor style that connected with me.
You can play one of 4 Archetypical Characters, Armored Meat, Archer, Mage, and the character that got me to install the game – The Runaway.
The Mighty Quest For Epic Loot Installation:
The game downloads and installs very quickly. I fired it up and found the opening credits and intro movie to be entertaining – only to find:
- The only Rogue-like Character,
- The only female hero,
- The only character that suits my personal play style…
…is Pay to Play – in an Open Beta – the game hasn’t even launched yet.
Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope.
The Mighty Quest For Epic Loot Uninstallation:
Sorry, Ubisoft, you blew it BIG TIME. In choosing to make the only female character the only one that is also Pay to Play, you’ve alienated fully half of the gamers I know. In choosing to make the Rogueish character Pay to Play, you’ve alienated MORE than half the gamers I know. You’ve certainly alienated me in the process.
On the up-side, Ubisoft Toronto now holds the record for the fastest game I’ve ever uninstalled, if that can be considered to be any sort of up-side…
Reshared post from +Alvin Stearns
I've thought something for a long time, and here's what I've come up with:
All it takes to be who you're supposed to be, doing what you're supposed to doing, is to start to authentically be and do. Others, attracted by your authenticity, start to affirm you. Because you are being true. The affirmations don't make you any more you, but they are life saying, "Hey! I see and feel you, and you are so true! Please keep being you, doing that. You are one of life's heroes, and we have too few of those." Good stuff.
Trickier than it sounds, granted. Rarely does anybody start to be authentic, stumbling along a path that is theirs, fumbling for the right ways to be and express, and everybody shouts, "Oh! Look! S/he is so true! Let's go over there and encourage him/her to be that person and do those things!"
Look at it this way. Lots of people have won a Best New Artist Grammy after having performed, written and sometimes recorded for years before being declared "new" and winning an award for it. They weren't new to music, they were just new to a wide pop music audience. Long before grasping their golden shiny, a smaller audience already knew their greatness. But, each "new" artist started with an idea. The idea became a path. The path had to be traveled. Starting with a first step. Years later, they get an award for being so awesomely new to us.
It easy to hide from your authenticity. Let's face it, the world is not set up to encourage you to be the true you, to do your true things. Sometimes even the ones you are closest to you will not understand. Some of them, without intending you harm, have an investment in actively blocking you. Anyway, you tell yourself, I have roles to play, bills to pay, and people's expectations to live up to. Right?
That's the trap. Years can go by. Whatever you choose, years will go by. Who are you? What do you need to do? Tick/tock.
Start. Look for the path. You know it. Since you were old enough to recognize yourself in a mirror, life, your body and your consciousness have been informing you, and you have been playing a song, writing a story. Maybe you stopped playing, stopped writing. Somewhere along the way. For whatever reasons.
Still. It's your life. Or, it's not.
Choose. Start to be yourself, a little. Start to do what you know you're supposed to do. A bit. Flex. A little, for now. Build your strength.
Nothing may happen at first. That's OK, even though it might feel foolish to deviate from the role, the pressures and the expectations for something that seems to exist in a vacuum. Shake it off, sugar. Keep going. Have a little faith. In you.
If you have been pretending to be a sheep living among sheep, keep pretending. If it's safer. The sheep can be brutal if you start to deviate from the path that's been chosen for you. So, pull your sheepskin close, but stop denying the tiger underneath it, at least to yourself. You are clever, so be clever. When nobody is looking, keep flexing. Keep building your strength. Keep going.
If you are true, keep going, keep getting stronger, something is going to happen. Something wonderful is going to happen. One day you'll be minding your own business, sheepskin concealing your true tiger form and nature, and somebody will affirm you. It will be like a tiny beep! What was that? Go look. Wow. Somebody got it.
Keep going! It's becoming a risky time, sure. You put yourself and your works out there, exposing yourself. But, that beep! Wow It's wonderful when somebody affirms you. And not because you wear your sheepskin so well, that you trade your life so beautifully for a soul-crushing role that sacrifices everything true and wonderful in exchange for . . . For what? It's all crap!
Now you are getting it!
Beep! . . . . Beep! Beep! . . . Beep! . . . Beep! Beep! Beep! Beep! . . .
Hey there, beautiful. I see you. Beep.