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Welcome to the Playpen, our space for ferrety banter and whimsical snippets of things that aren't quite long enough for articles (although they might be) but that caught your eye anyway.

at 05:28 on 18-12-2012, Neal Yanje
I'm pretty sure I put near 1000 hours into Morrowind...

Though this was back when it was released, so alas, no Steam to document it all for me (as an aside, does anyone else kinda hate that feature, for precisely this reason?)
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at 05:14 on 18-12-2012, Drew C
pffftt! Lightweights!

668 hours! Admittedly I did have to start again completely from scratch when my PC hard drive died.

Still shy of my Oblivion play time which is 551 for the pc version and about 300 for the console version. Of course both pale in comparsion to Star Trek Online sitting at a mighty 1597 hours. Although I'm willing to bet my WoW playtime can beat even that handily.

Hang on, none of this is anything to be be proud of...

Although one thing does puzzle me Dragon Age 2, 473 hours!? I mean I modded it Extensively but still, yikes!
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at 01:15 on 18-12-2012, James D
That's really not very much when it comes to Skyrim, it's a pretty huge game. I've personally racked up just over 100 hours, and only played two characters through the vanilla questline, no DLC or mods or excessive sidequesting or anything. I also have five friends on Steam who've logged in over 100 hours in Skyrim, one of whom has played over 300 (you can check your friends' stats too).
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at 23:11 on 17-12-2012, Arthur B
If it makes you feel better, that's just 3 days, or just over 0.8% of a year, or an even teenier proportion of your total lifespa-this isn't helping is it?
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at 23:00 on 17-12-2012, Wardog
This is apropos of absolutely nothing but today Steam told me that I'd spent 72 hours playing Skyrim.

72 hours?!!!

What the fuck, me?

I don't mean this in the sense of "omg, I could have read War and Peace or changed the world" but ... still .. 72 hours?
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at 18:20 on 17-12-2012, Andy G
Randomly had cause to look up the word "backstab" - I'd never thought about it before, but apparently outside the world of D&D it can only be used metaphorically to mean "betray". The OED doesn't list it as a verb for an actual stabbing.
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at 18:03 on 17-12-2012, Melanie
So it's a more complex version of Clue? That's kind of... great. :D
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at 12:07 on 17-12-2012, Jamie Johnston
Quite tempted to kickstart this idea for a murder mystery game generator (via @the_admiralgee on Twitter).
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at 18:04 on 16-12-2012, Ibmiller
So, I googled Jane Austen for her birthday (such a fine present, la), and discovered that there's a Sense and Sensibility TV show being developed by CBS (bleh - even with Elementary's success I don't trust them), and Jennifer Love Hewitt is developing a Pride and Prejudice TV show called "Darcy's Town." Which...erm, it's a story about Elizabeth...

Anyway, Happy Birthday Jane Austen!
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at 14:23 on 16-12-2012, Janne Kirjasniemi
It would be cool to have an option, and I'm sure if I bothered to Google stuff, options would abound. But just throwing things out, I think there's one that sets its beginning to Hiroshima or the first test explosion of the manhattan project, because that would be the beginning of the atomic age. Alternatively, perhaps we could somehow roundout a year in the Boral age to the agrarian revolution and start from there. It would com to 10.000 or so, but big numbers are neat.
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at 07:57 on 15-12-2012, Cammalot
Funnily enough, I was taught to use CE and BCE in an extremely Christian high school. In religion class. Because that was what they used, we were told, in seminaries at the university level. (Which turned out to be true.)
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at 02:14 on 15-12-2012, Melanie
(My view on CE dates, for what it's worth, is that they're pointless and arguably worse than BC / AD. The latter labels are at least transparent about the fact that the calendar of one particular Christian sect has gained a sort of international default status as a result of western imperialism. BCE / CE rebrands the exact same calendar as some kind of universal non-ideological system, which does nothing to deal with the ickiness of the situation but just makes it more icky by disguising how it came about and implying that everyone just freely decided to measure time starting from an agreed arbitrary point that had nothing to do with this Jesus guy.)


Fair enough; it is only a minor cosmetic change. On the other hand, I can see how someone would want to not use BC/AD and yet also not want to try to convince everyone currently using that calendar to switch to whatever system they would replace it with (which would require a bunch of conversion of dates and learning the new thing and so on).[1]

[1]I may be extra-pessimistic about this due to living in one of the last few countries that hasn't officially adopted the metric system. And that has more practical reasons to use it!
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at 18:30 on 14-12-2012, Robinson L
I'd forgotten whether it was Common Era or Christian Era (can't work out if the latter is more or less problematic than the Before/After Christ configuration). I've never seen it written A.C.E. either.
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at 18:29 on 14-12-2012, Axiomatic
I like BCE and CE more than AD and BC because, well, Christ was born around 4 BC, which is kinda embarassing.
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at 13:20 on 14-12-2012, Andy G
I read quite a lot of history books


Why do I suspect that the author of that post doesn't?
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at 13:20 on 14-12-2012, Jamie Johnston
(My view on CE dates, for what it's worth, is that they're pointless and arguably worse than BC / AD. The latter labels are at least transparent about the fact that the calendar of one particular Christian sect has gained a sort of international default status as a result of western imperialism. BCE / CE rebrands the exact same calendar as some kind of universal non-ideological system, which does nothing to deal with the ickiness of the situation but just makes it more icky by disguising how it came about and implying that everyone just freely decided to measure time starting from an agreed arbitrary point that had nothing to do with this Jesus guy.)
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at 13:00 on 14-12-2012, Jamie Johnston
Yeah, I've never heard or seen 'ACE' (and I read quite a lot of history books). Also it makes no sense: BCE is 'Before the Common Era' so if you replace AD with 'After the Common Era' it requires the Common Era to have had a duration of zero.
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at 10:37 on 14-12-2012, Andy G
I thought it was just C.E. (and B.C.E.)?
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at 05:44 on 14-12-2012, Neal Yanje
and then the author gives a date not in A.D. but in A.C.E., a terminology no one used in the Sixties, and which was obnoxiously politically correct. ... I realized I was not in the magical faraway hills of New York in the Summer of Love, but listening to crap propaganda from an enemy of Christ who was so bitter against Christendom that he could not even bring himself to refer to the Gregorian calendar honestly.


Oh wow, that's actually in there?? I must have started skimming by that point. And yeah, I do agree that A.C.E. is weirdly jarring, but its hardly "crap propaganda from an enemy of Christ".

I didn't know Christ made enemies so easily
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at 04:12 on 14-12-2012, Melanie
Why is it the "political correctness gone mad!" folks can never write a blogpost that isn't saga-length?


I guess by the time someone gets THAT fired up about 1)being asked not to be a total shithead and/or 2)other people making their own attempts not to be shitheads, they have a lot of bile stored up.

and then the author gives a date not in A.D. but in A.C.E., a terminology no one used in the Sixties, and which was obnoxiously politically correct. ... I realized I was not in the magical faraway hills of New York in the Summer of Love, but listening to crap propaganda from an enemy of Christ who was so bitter against Christendom that he could not even bring himself to refer to the Gregorian calendar honestly.


Isn't it just awful when Christianity isn't given absolute preference in every single thing, no matter how small and insignificant? :( You haven't been oppressed until you've had someone maliciously not mention Jesus at you.
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at 01:35 on 14-12-2012, Arthur B
Why is it the "political correctness gone mad!" folks can never write a blogpost that isn't saga-length?

Because they think quantity can substitute for quality?

Not that I can really talk.
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at 23:50 on 13-12-2012, Neal Yanje
Why is it the "political correctness gone mad!" folks can never write a blogpost that isn't saga-length?

For someone so keen on preserving and celebrating the history of the fantasy genre he seems to have a very slack grasp of the timeline.


Well, he also completely missed that the very article he is defending the Barsoom stories from is actually quite positive towards Burrough's work, so I'm thinking he just mashed together some thoughts he had recently without checking to see if they made sense.

"Gladiatorial fighting is like a Pokemon match, except with humans!"
did make me laugh harder than it should have, though.
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at 21:26 on 13-12-2012, Arthur B
I like how he calls Robert E. Howard "the father of our beloved genre" when there's stacks of fantasy adventure material that preceded Howard and exerted a major influence on him - including the very Barsoom material Wright defends elsewhere in his screed.

For someone so keen on preserving and celebrating the history of the fantasy genre he seems to have a very slack grasp of the timeline.
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at 20:40 on 13-12-2012, Michal
Oh dear. John C. Wright has called me "a long-lost twin or something." I'm not sure how to feel about this.

E-Life has certainly gotten interesting just when my internet access has been limited to exactly an hour at the library every couple of days.
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