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Archive for November 9th, 2009

Travel Inspiration

 

Stairs

A path leading where?

I found this video on Succeed Blog about an awesome travelogue. It is from The Longest Way.

This is the sort of video that makes we want to go travel again, but this time without a set plan. Something like walking/biking from Inverness to Istanbul. At this point that needs to wait until I finish graduate school. I would want to do it with a large amount of saved up money, a plan and no time limitations.

This is the sort of dream worth fostering and working towards.

 

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Dragon Age

 

Rothenburg

Slaying a dragon atop a pedestal in Rothenburg.

I lost a lot of time this weekend to Dragon Age: Origin.

After a bit of play I can say that this game encapsulates the joys felt while playing Baldur’s Gate.

My favorite part of the game so far is the lack of clear good/bad decisions, oftentimes there is either no clear answer or seemingly good decisions having bad consequences.

The biggest issue I have with the game (aside from trouble installing DLC) is the camera. A wider range of movement in the top-down view such as being able to tilt the camera without entering over the shoulder view. I understand the limitations on panning as it would require a fog of war to be enforced which would not work seamlessly with the over the shoulder view. But the tactical (top down) view feels very limited in scope and cannot even look from directly above, which can prevent visibility in small rooms.

Unlike replaying favorite games like Baldur’s Gate or Planescape: Torment I do not know what is going to happen. And to fully embrace the unknown I am not reloading for a bad outcome, if that behavior starts it leads to trying to play for the most powerful character instead of a consistent one. I just wish the weekend had more time in it to play.

 

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