It’s been forever since my last post. Maintenance mode? Mainly I’ve been playing Division 2, with a little co-op. It’s a high quality shooter with female character options, a high degree of realism, and minimally intrusive upselling influences.
I’m impressed by Ubisoft’s quality and class, so far, as a game developer and company. It’s been a while since I played an Ubisoft game. I might look for more opportunities to give money to Ubisoft in the future.
The major flaws so far are very poor character development, and sketchy story writing.
The main feature of E3 was streaming game services. I don’t want to stream my games. How far can game companies go to get players into their ecosystem? Well, apparently the goal is to have all game content literally in their ecosystem, and you are only playing a picture of it!
Hooray. I guess if it’s effectively a big boon for PC gaming and better games, then I have to accept it.
Honestly, the EA Origin monthly service seems like a great deal. There are some games on there I’d like to play. But I have never used it. I just resist the concept for some reason. I like owning my games, and running them on a platform hub that lets me select which one I want to play tonight. So, there is that.
Vampire: Bloodlines 2
Bloodlines 2 released a new gameplay video for E3. It’s “pre-alpha”, but it’s still underwhelming. Weak graphics, very sketchy combat sequences. The writing seems decent. There are the usual challenges/skill usages in the dialog options.
Three class trees. Not sure how I feel. Ideally I’d rather have an experience resembling the tabletop RPG.
It looks somewhere between a professional and indie effort. Overall, I’ve decided I agree with Paradox’s decision to put out the video. It will take a lot of criticism, but on the balance I think it’s a positive.
Bloodlines 2 is currently scheduled to release in Q1 of 2020.
Cyberpunk 2077 is the other game I’m mainly looking forward to playing. They also put out a new video at E3. This video was even more dumb, flashy, and mass-audience oriented than the previous installments.
Keanu Reeves was revealed as a character in the game at the end of the video. This video didn’t do all that much for me, since it didn’t offer any real gameplay or things to excite an RPG fan.
Cyberpunk 2077 is currently scheduled for a release date in April of 2020. My new PC is ready.
Chivalry 2 and Mordhau
My #1 interest in Chivalry 2 was whether I could play as a female knight. If so, yay! I’m playing!
The actual answer, like in Mordhau, is apparently NO. So, like Mordhau, the answer of whether I am interested is also NO. Maybe someday girls can be knights too.
Jedi: Fallen Order
This game is not just male-only, it’s a fixed young male character. I actually enjoyed and completed Jedi Outcast back in the day with Kyle Katarn. The padawan in Fallen Order is about as far away as possible from a character I’m interested in playing.
Is it really so hard to create an alternate playable character? No, this is an example of the decision makers agreeing on their own lens, and since young male only protagonists are the norm, it’s ok with them.
It’s conceivable I could give this game a try because of the excellent light saber combat shown off in the E3 demo video, however, as well as the very high quality production.
Also, I agree with Angry Joe’s analysis that we should send positive signals to EA and support the direction they are taking with the franchise.
Joe also mentions the intense light saber battles of Jedi Academy, etc., that I also enjoyed back in the day, and this would be part of a formula to pull me in.
Let’s continue the male dominated video games theme. After Hearthstone released a new female hero, but locked it behind an $80 pay wall, and made it an ugly, unlikeable character, these devs are certified idiots.
And then they put out a $20 pack with yet another male hero, this one an arrogant, egotistical blowhard that should appeal to Blizzard’s caveman player-base. And we still have no female shaman and no female warrior.
Completely pathetic. The only good news is that Blizzard’s players are draining away, and they feel forced to be less disgustingly greedy with card packs. I hate myself when I give Blizzard money.
I was looking to buy AMD in my last post, on a pullback this summer.
Well, AMD has been a monster in the first half of the year. Their P/E ratio is now around 45, 30 based on 60% higher projected next year earnings. AMD might be just unbuyable now. It’s an opportunity missed, it’s headed for NVidia levels of overinflation. When Jim Cramer gives two thumbs up on AMD (last week), you’re looking pretty toppy on the stock.
This illustrates the concept that if I think AMD should have a big year next year, Wall Street already knows this also, and I’m not getting the jump on anyone.
My investment strategy has boiled down to buying when the Fear and Greed index is at an “Extreme Fear” level.
The Fear/Greed was at the lowest level I’ve ever seen (approximately 5) on Christmas eve. I bought. I’m winning. The market touched extreme fear again on 6/3. I added. Again, winning.
The corollary, which I only realized some months ago by selling way too soon into the monster rally in the first three months of the year, is to also sell only at greed or extreme greed levels.
My only new position is a full position in silver metal (SLV), which I will double to a giant position if it drops. $13 is approximately the cost required to mine silver without a loss. That’s why it doesn’t go below that level.
So the plan is to buy, patiently wait for an inevitable spike, and then sell. The idea came from a spot on CNBC where they mentioned that gold’s relative outperformance of silver was at ten-year levels. They were saying to buy gold, but for me that means the opposite. Silver is a catch up trade, expecting a reversion to the mean. It’s also my online handle, of course.
I am watching the ROBO ETF. The world is in an economic slowdown. If this deepens and the U.S. follows, industrial stocks are expected to suffer the worst. This means the future world full of robots is on sale as an investment. I could be adding.
Otherwise, I remain in Tencent as my main diversified gaming stock investment. I’m happy with my portfolio, except I would also like to be in chips. I just don’t know how to do that. Chips stocks have extreme volatility. They are best for trades only.
If the market as a whole does get obliterated for some reason still this summer or fall, it’s still possible AMD could be a viable trade.
Ironically, I refuse to buy another AMD video card. My Razer keyboard and mouse have also been having serious problems. My Blackwidow Ultimate now double-types a number of its keys, regardless of what PC that I connect it to. My Razer mouse sometimes decides to cease functioning completely, even if I completely uninstall all Razer software.
I never wanted my keyboard and mouse dependent on a stupid Razer cloud anyway! So no more Razer either.
Personal Game Project
It’s going. I’m doing more debugging on the live servers, so the online game is less totally broken and unplayable than normal.
I’ve got some vision now for the climactic ending of the first chapter of the main story.
Last week I started adding music tracks. I’m remixing some music from a fellow Lotro player on Landroval, Fred Bertram. If anyone reading this has a line on some nice purely instrumental, or maybe with some fairy-like vocals, then I’m interested.
My inspiration for the music is the Arcanum OST.
Baldur’s Gate is also an influence. I’ll probably do the iconic footsteps of the party in places? I’ve never spent much effort thinking about game sound. All of the sound also needs to play on a standard webpage.
I’ve mixed some music tracks for my game! The background music is available to listen on Youtube. The first track is sad village music, which is taken over by soldiers. The second track is the bar room. The third track is for the rougher soldier bar. Thanks for uploading the video, Fred.
The image for this post is a screenshot from the Peacock Queen’s palace, which is the most recent game module.
That’s all for now, thanks for reading, and happy gaming.