Shitty_Watercolour is the greatest :)
Looks more and more like Quentin Blake every day!
Miss Frizzle dress!
I’m not going for a true replication of her awesome space dress, just trying to capture the essence. I used a vintage pattern from the 1960’s. It took me around 6 hours to sew, with 2 of those hours spent ripping out stitches because I sewed the wrong things together because I haven’t really sewn anything in years and it’s harder than I remembered but I look fabulous now.
To put it rather simply, our government is bought, it’s no longer Washington in control but the corporations and the rich. There is even a law that states corporations are PEOPLE and have the right to donate to whatever political cause. We continue to give TRILLIONS in tax cuts for the top 1…
1 In the beginning Man created God;
and in the image of Man
created he him.
2 And Man gave unto God a multitude of
names,that he might be Lord of all
the earth when it was suited to Man
3 And on the seven millionth
day Man rested and did lean
heavily on his God and saw that
it was good.
4 And Man formed Aqualung of
the dust of the ground, and a
host of others likened unto his kind.
5 And these lesser men were cast into the
void; And some were burned, and some were
put apart from their kind.
6 And Man became the God that he had
created and with his miracles did
rule over all the earth.
7 But as all these things
came to pass, the Spirit that did
cause man to create his God
lived on within all men: even
8 And man saw it not.
9 But for Christ’s sake he’d
better start looking.
A long and slightly delayed review of New Vegas
But hey I only just got the game…
Fallout New Vegas is easily one of the most interesting, engaging and entertaining games I have played in quite some time. I’ve not played an awful lot of it yet (5 hours, Raptr tells me), but even within that time I’ve had more ‘holy shit that was awesome’ moments than most games that I’ve played!
For one thing, I absolutely love the system of morality in this game. Far too frequently games portray ‘moral choices’ as clear cut black or white. Mass Effect is one of the worst candidates for this, with options clearly labeled as the ‘good’ or the ‘bad’ dialogue choices. Worse than this is that gameplay rewards are only given for being fully ‘good’ or fully ‘evil’, to the point where there is no benefit at all for making some good decisions and some bad. To me, this robs any choice from the game at all. You start up a character and decide whether you’re going to be good or evil, then make the corresponding choices right throughout the game, as doing anything else will have negative effects on what you can experience.
Fallout 3 did this to a lesser extent, and there you do have some bonuses for being true neutral, but that’s about as hard to maintain as true good/true evil.
New Vegas, however, eschews this trend. Instead of having good/evil options, there are no distinct labels as such. Instead you have ‘reputation’ levels with the various factions of the game, so that performing certain actions will increase how much a faction likes you, but may increase your infamy with a different faction. Befriending any faction has benefits, so this means you are free to make whatever choices you want without fear of losing out gameplay-wise.
This doesn’t just apply to story quests either, like should I hand over some valuable item I’ve found to these guys or those guys, but to every aspect of the game; should I buy food from this faction, or that faction? Should I help this wounded guy in the road, ignore him, or put him out of his misery? Every little detail you can chose.
This really helps to build a connection with the character, which like all good RPGs, is completely customisable and thus a ‘vessel’ for you to pour yourself into. For me this is also greatly helped by the hardcore mode, which I had heard about and decided to use for my first run-through. This essentially makes the game much more realistic; you need to eat, drink and sleep in order to perform at a decent level or in the extreme, in order to not die. Little things like broken limbs only being healable by a doctor add to the realism, and ammo having weight, which varies with the calibre. Being able to customise weapons and ammo to a good degree just adds to the depth of the game.
The world, like all Fallout games, is near-perfectly realised; it feels exactly like you would expect a post-apocalyptic wasteland to feel, with small communities struggling to make a living, military outposts besieged by mutated animals and raiders patrolling most of what remains of the highways. The atmosphere is just incredible!
Just an example of those excellent moments that I mentioned; fairly early on in the game, you come across a town that is in flames, and as you draw near you can see bodies, at first appearing dead, hung on crucifixes on either side of the road. Upon closer inspection, you find that these people are still alive; but near death so that removing them would kill them. Advancing into the town, you come upon a regiment of Caesar’s legion (a faction of the game that dress as Roman soldiers, big into torture and slaves and nasty stuff like that) who are finishing off by the town hall, about 6 armed guys all have guns aimed at you, and there’s a couple of savage looking dogs prowling around as well, and I was wide in the open so I holstered my rifle and decided not to make any sudden movements…
The leader of the crew advances towards you, and tells you that this is a display of force from the Legion, can’t remember the exact wording but his words are threatening, and he intends you to serve as his envoy, to spread the word of the atrocities that they have committed to those that don’t join them. Naturally I replied to him condemning the legion, and he replies with thinly veiled threat that if I was not ok with this then I should take action, and reminds me of the armed dudes standing around.
Now my character is a low level, only been playing for a few hours, so I start walking away from these guys until I see another villager stuck to a cross, and think: “I am absolutely NOT ok with this!” So I turned back after the legion guys who were at this point leaving, and got out the flamethrower I had been keeping for a special occasion, and opened fire on the ranks of guys. A firefight ensued, in the course of which both of my arms were broken, so at the end I was hunkered down behind a wall, spraying bullets (of which I don’t exactly have many to spare) at the two remaining Legioners. I survived, just barely, limping away from a dog-bite to the leg. After recovering using more than two thirds of all the food I had managed to collect so far (again, post-apocalyptia so there’s not much going around), I considered the people on the crucifixes. Taking them down definitely would have killed them, but I couldn’t in my right mind leave them to a slow, lingering, painful death. It pained me to do so, but I said a prayer for each of their souls in turn, and gave them a swift end with a bullet between the eyes.
I gathered myself, and limped back the way I came to find a doctor, and to adventure on…
So yeah, New Vegas is awesome, yeah it can be emotionally affecting if you invest in it, and hopefully there is a lot more awesome to experience!