Mar 282017

I’m not a gamer by any stretch of the imagination. I still haven’t gotten around to “Halo”… the first one. The only video games I really spent much time with now won’t play on my PC because, yay, Windows 7 and above don’t like old 32-bit programs.

So, I’m not a player of the “Mass Effect” games, and I’m not involved in gamer culture. Still, I’ve heard some complaints about the latest “Mass Effect” game. Knowing just how picky nerds can be, I didn’t pay much attention to these complaints. And then I watched this and laughed my keister off. “Cringey” doesn’t begin to cover it.


 Posted by at 4:26 pm
  • se jones

    Man, build yerself a Linux box (by build I mean *buy* an old $100 64bit PC with lots ‘o memory & stuff) then install 64-bit Ubuntu then create a partition then install a 2nd instance of Wine but choose the 32-bit version then run 32-bit Windows programs then be happy.

    • Ed

      Can you still get the free XP VM as a download from Microsoft?

      • se jones

        Well I’ll be dipped in sh*#, it’s still there.

        • Scottlowther

          Enlightenment, please? Back when Windows 7 came out a few tech experts told me that there was an XP emulator that could be had, but since W8 I’ve been repeatedly told that that’s gone and that as far as XP goes I’m boned. If there was a way to get Windows 8 or beyond to run like XP, that’d be friggen awesome because it means that cheapo used laptops and such could be made useful on a number of levels.

          • se jones

            I haven’t tried it myself, I have a dedicated Micron XP graphic work station (the beast) that shall never go near the interweb. It’s got SCSI cards to interface with plotters & Alps printer, and as a bonus I can heat the house with the waste heat. The cooling fans…not cat friendly.

            Windows XP Mode for Windows 7 makes it easy to install and run many of your productivity programs that run on Windows XP directly from a computer that runs Windows 7


          • Ed

            Huh. Still there. I’m not a big MS fan, but credit where it’s due, their legacy support is remarkable.

            Haven’t used it in forever, though I still have an actual (un-networked) XP box in the spare bedroom.

          • FelixA9

            Back in the day. . .I use to keep around an old app name Fauve Matisse. Awesome as hell. Best part is it could still run the old 16-bit Fractal Design plugins like Kai’s Power Tools and such. You remember Kai Krause right? You know, the guy who’s interfaces should be gracing every Windows OS since Windows 2000? 🙁

    • Scottlowther

      You say all that like you think it’ll make a lick of sense to me.

      • se jones

        Ubuntu = popular Linux OS. Free, open source, like science: it works bitches.
        Wine = free open source Windows compatibility app for Linux. (WINE) “Wine Is Not an Emulator” Wine translates Windows API calls into POSIX calls on-the-fly, eliminating the performance and memory penalties of emulators and allowing you to cleanly integrate Windows applications into your desktop.

        Now that there is a Rhino for MAC, the MAC version should work on Linux Mint.
        SolidWorks is hopeless ’cause it’s so integrated with MS Office. Shit.

        • sferrin

          “It works bitches”. Sure, sure, like an old timey non-computer-controlled milling machine. It works- if being a machinist is your hobby.

          • se jones

            Bizarre analogy. Ubuntu (or Mint) are thoroughly modern OS that are more stable and easy to use than Windows OS. Linux isn’t some “hobby”, you use Linux every day, you just aren’t aware of it because it’s running reliably behind the scenes in all sorts of things.
            You do know that the Android OS on your phone, or the Apple OS on your iPad/iPhone are really just Linux “under the hood”?

            How’s that Nokia Windows Phone working out?

  • Jason Miller

    I didn’t follow the development of Andromeda all that closely, but the gist of what I’ve read is that all the talented people have left BioWare and been replaced by Social Justice Warriors.

  • Ian Bruene

    If you want to know what the Mass Effect series is about, from before the dark times, before the EAmpire (and SJW infestation), these scenes are what the plot revolves around. Given your enjoyment of eldritch horror it should be right up your alley, as the Reapers definitely play to the trope.

    (obvious spoilers are obvious)