Battlefield 1942

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ESO: A Predator’s Heart

For those who have forgotten or skipped this quest, it is about the Argonian Murk-Watcher, one of the band of retired adventurers who tried to make a go of a settled and peaceful life at the Dro-Dara plantation, only to be driven away in the end. Her old companions are concerned that Murk-Watcher has been in a decline recently and “frequently seems confused as to where she is,” as I think one of them puts it. When you speak with her in the middle of a flooded field, after releasing her and the others from the bandits, she tells you that she has realized that she is not an Argonian but a crocodile, and asks you to kill a large, old crocodile on the plantation so that she can eat its heart and become what she has always really been.

I expect a lot of people found this rather absurd, even funny. I didn’t, and I suspect it was not written to be funny. Something was nagging at my mind when I saw the way Murk-Watcher was expressing herself; I recognized it from somewhere.

All my life, I have harbored a secret. It drove me to leave home and seek adventure, but now I must face my inner truth. That I am not an Argonian. I am a crocodile. This lifetime, I have borrowed the form of another, but my true form is calling me home…. My entire life, I have felt like a crocodile out of water. Literally. I am old now, and this body is dying. If I become a crocodile, I can start anew. Live the life I was supposed to live.

What became clear after a little thought was that Murk-Watcher’s situation has been written as a close parallel to that of a trans person recognizing their true gender identity: All my life, I have harbored a secret…but now I must face my inner truth….I have borrowed the form of another, but my true form is calling me home….If I become a ……., I can….live the life I was supposed to live. One of my closest friends is trans, and we talked a great deal during the time that she was working through to an understanding of her own situation. That’s whenI had heard all these themes first, of course not in the same words, but in the same spirit.

I don’t know whether this parallel was intentional, unconscious, or accidental. But I am glad to see it there.

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Steam Trade Matcher

Got a couple duplicates of that Her Story trading card with the woman sitting in front of the camera and you want to dump them and collect the other cards of the woman sitting in front of the camera so you can have a complete set of cards of the woman sitting in front of the camera? Sign in with Steam through this site, and it’ll scan for your duplicate trading cards, list other card holders or bots who have the missing cards you need, and let you make a trade offer. Continue reading

Epistle 3

Dearest Playa,

I hope this letter finds you well. I can hear your complaint already, “Gertie Fremont, we have not heard from you in ages!” Well, if you care to hear excuses, I have plenty, the greatest of them being I’ve been in other dimensions and whatnot, unable to reach you by the usual means. This was the case until eighteen months ago, when I experienced a critical change in my circumstances, and was redeposited on these shores. In the time since, I have been able to think occasionally about how best to describe the intervening years, my years of silence. I do first apologize for the wait, and that done, hasten to finally explain (albeit briefly, quickly, and in very little detail) events following those described in my previous letter (referred to herewith as Epistle 2). Continue reading

Postmortem: LucasLearning’s Star Wars DroidWorks

In Star Wars DroidWorks, you take on the role of a rebel spy disguised as a Jawa droid engineer, assigned the mission of learning the art of droid building. You use your skills in solving several physical puzzles, collecting clues that lead you along the path to a secret factory, where Jabba the Hutt has been making evil assassin droids for the Empire. To defeat Jabba, you have to engineer droids that roll, jump, walk, and run. In many cases, you have to build droids with special abilities — they have to move heavy objects, see in the dark, or perform some special task — and you have to explore and apply basic physical principles in order to infiltrate the factory and re-program the assassin droids.

Procedurally-Generated Escherian Nightmare

Activision tend to announce each year’s Call of Duty in late April or early May, so we should be expecting the teaser trailer for the announcement for the teaser trailer for the ARG for the announcement any day now. The big surprise of 2016’s game may have been slightly ruined, as folks including that Kotaku mob saw a mysterious entry for Call of Duty: Infinite War pop up in the PlayStation Store today. It’s Infinity Ward’s turn for CoD again, so yeah, maybe that’s it. But that’s only a name, not very exciting. Only RPS can tell you what it actually factually definitely truly is. Exclusive details follow. Continue reading