Month: January 2016

3 times a computer game got me right in the feels.

Some computer games have a way of spinning the story in a way that sometimes really hits you. Here are my top 3.

  1. When Alys died in Phantasy Star 4. She was too cool for that to happen.
  2. Coming across the sewage works that had been converted into a settlement in The Last of Us. As you go through the area and find a small room behind a locked door, with 2 small skeletons and one large one. Next to the larger skeleton is a shotgun and a note. Turns out someone left the door open, and the zombies got in. The note mentions that the writer had saved 3 bullets.
  3. Fallout 4. In a rangers shack close to Sanctuary, you can find a diary next to a body. It’s a girl who was kicked out by her parents for being pregnant right before the bombs fell.
  • For those wondering why I haven’t listed Aeris dying in Final Fantasy 7, it’s because I was more annoyed than saddened. I’d gotten her final limit break, and she gets herself stabbed. Hmph!

Presents get more boring as you get older.

One of the problems with growing up is having to think of suitable gifts for our nearest and dearest. It’s my big sisters birthday tomorrow (happy birthday, you old fart!), and as I often do, I was having a hard time thinking of something to give her.

Now, presents are supposed to be thoughtful. Sometimes, it’s easier to just ask what the recipient wants. For her birthday, my sister wanted money towards some new curtains for her bedroom. As far as gifts go, pretty boring. But, it was both wanted and useful, so no harm done. I’ve done similar – for Christmas, I asked for and got a new set of cooking pans.

Children are more fun to buy for. Shiny toy? Sorted! Babies are even easier. Buy something in a big box, and the baby will have a great time with the box and wrapping paper. Much like cats.

In a nutshell – adulting is still a trap. You find yourself wanting something useful as opposed to something thoughtful. That said, I think I’d much rather buy something that is both needed and wanted, as opposed to something that will just be in the way.

Fallout 4: My NPCs are hiding from me.

In a previous post, I mentioned that in Fallout 4, there was a pack brahmin stuck on the roof in Sanctuary. Well, it looks like it escaped. Or at least, replaced.

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The roof is the place to hang out.

Seems that the Vault Tec Rep and Preston Garvey are enjoying some chill out time there these days.

I have no idea what it is about this house that is causing this glitch. That said, I did actually need to talk to Preston about one of his never ending quests, so I had to get building:

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Stairway to Heaven. Or something.

I’m of two minds about keeping the stairs there. If Preston continues to be annoying, next time he gets stuck on the roof, maybe he should stay there.

A new pet

I miss having pets. I grew up with cats and dogs, and I’m fond of both. Unfortunately, my lifestyle does not suit having a pet. I’m just not at home enough.

Occasionally though, a new pet will move into my flat.

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Sally the spider.

Meet Sally, my new pet. She’s in hiding at the time of typing this up, but I’m sure we’ll be the best of pals!

Question prompted by Fallout 4

Why has no one bothered to clean up the skeletons?

They’ve obviously been there a while. I guess the inhabitants of Fallout world are very lazy.

Seriously, these skeletons have been around long enough that the radiation is making them rather active. I made a video of it here (and a Little Wicksy youtube channel especially!).

Someone should get on to this shenanigans. It’s unhygienic.

Killer Slippers

I have some awesome slippers. They are old, comfy, and have seen better days.

They’re ragged enough that the bloke was telling me over the weekend that they have taken on a life of their own and are trying to kill him.

Now, do these look like killer slippers to you? Their teeth are far too cute.

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I should probably wear some new ones in. And hide these old ones in his bag next time he’s over for the weekend. 😀

The Great Stock Cube Debate (Spaghetti Bolognese)

Over the weekend, I made spaghetti bolognese for the bloke and I. It’s not the first time I’ve made it for him by any means – but previously, he had mentioned that my recipe wasn’t tomatoey enough. So, I’d dutifully upped the amount of tomato, but kept my recipe relatively unchanged. I’m not so precious about my cooking that I’m unwilling to change it. I’d much rather feed someone something they like, than have them choke down something they don’t out of politeness. I’m also of the opinion that recipes are generally designed to be altered to suit tastes, so I’m not going to rigidly follow one recipe just because. That would be boring.

So, while eating, he asked what I’d done to it, since it still wasn’t as tomatoey as he’d expect. I went through my ingredients, and we stopped at a stock cube.

We then proceeded to have one of the more amusing debates we’ve ever had. I told him to google the recipe, and let me know if any of the top 3 returned in the results did not use a stock cube. 2 of them did. Then, he found a proper Italian recipe, which dutifully did not use a stock cube.

Still. Obviously, the use of a stock cube is not that unusual in this recipe, it seems. Though the bloke is now convinced that it’s a northern thing to use a stock cube, prompting me to ask my facebook friends.

Out of the 19 people who have so far replied to my question, 16 also use a stock cube. Which is highly amusing to me. Granted, most are from the northern/midlands area (ask anyone down the south, and they always call the midlands ‘north’).

I have compromised though. I’ll follow the ‘Italian’ version next time I make it, or have him cook it for me and pinch his recipe if I like it. Sadly, he was against one of my facebook friends suggestion of using Worcestershire Sauce in it, as he much prefers this in a Shepherds or Cottage pie. To me, Worcestershire Sauce in bolognese sounds like a fabulous idea.

To sum up though – I think I am able to claim 1:0 to me on this debate.

For those curious about the recipe I use, here’s a rough approximation of it:

  • 500g beef mince.
  • Bacon (if I have some to use up)
  • 2 tins chopped Tomatoes.
  • 1 Onions, diced.
  • Handful of random veg (carrots, etc, whatever I have to hand) diced.
  • 150g sliced mushroom
  • 1 clove garlic, diced.
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 Beef Stock Cube.
  • 1 tsp rosemary.
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano.

Method is simple. Fry up the onions, mushrooms and random veg. Add the beef (and optional bacon), brown it off with the stock cube. Add everything else, put the lid on and cook over a low heat until you’re happy. Towards the end, remove the lid, increase the heat and reduce it the sauce down.

Nothing complicated, and plenty of room to play around with here. I don’t always do it exactly the same, but the above is the average I use. Looks like I’ll be hunting down a stock cube free version in future though!