I didn’t think we would be able to fit the entire Boomer quest line into a single episode, but once again Josh proves he is the best at… whatever it is that he does.
The thing where I cut off my audio is really painful for me. Back in 1990-1992 when I worked fast food, I prided myself on NOT being That Guy. See, everyone else hit the button too late and let go too soon.
“-elcome to McDonad’s can I take your or-?”
“-ike fries with tha-?”
“-ank you. Please drive to the next win-“
ARG! I hated working drive-though with these people. (I think it would help if your own audio was fed back into your headset, so you could hear yourself doing this.) I liked that I didn’t do this, and I tried to teach others the same.
And now, I have become that guy, and I can’t STOP DOING IT. I sat down this week with the intent to hit the button early and release it late, just to make sure that I didn’t cut myself off. I reminded myself. I focused on it. And I managed to cut myself off, like, four times in this episode alone. I imagine the problem will get worse as the week goes on.
Yes, I could use hands-free talking, but that comes with its own set of problems. I really don’t want to spend the next four weeks wrangling audio thresholds trying to find the balance between “broadcast every slightest sound in this room” and “broadcast the middle of every sentence”. What I really need is:
- Some way to set up my headset so that I only hear my own voice when broadcasting. (Impossible, as this loop takes place outside of Vent.)
- A way to mod Vent so that it will continue to broadcast for a half second after releasing the push-to-talk key.
- Legally change my name to Sha-
Stupid technology, always doing exactly what I tell it to do, instead of what I want.
Quakecon Keynote 2013 Annotated
An interesting but technically dense talk about gaming technology. I translate it for the non-coders.
Diablo III Retrospective
We were so upset by the server problems and real money auction that we overlooked just how terrible everything else is.
The true story of three strange days in 1989, when the last months of my adolescence ran out and the first few sparks of adulthood appeared.
A Star is Born
Remember the superhero MMO from 2009? Neither does anyone else. It was dumb. So dumb I was compelled to write this.
The Death of Half-Life
Valve still hasn't admitted it, but the Half-Life franchise is dead. So what made these games so popular anyway?