so.... i guess,..suprise!?.
If no one cares i fully understand....
We care, welcome back bro!
Thanks man!. appreciate that!
Airbornewolf wrote:also i am an massive PC gamer.
X4 Foundations, total war:warhammer 2, cities skylines. Mass effect, Subnautica...
Mass Effect 1 is one you of the greatest games I have ever played (and I have played plenty)
Still fire it up from time to time, never gets old, masterpiece
I know!, good story's do not grow old right?.
Mass Effect, except for its crappy trilogy ending is my favourite RPG ever.
love the actual realistic politics of looking away from the elephant in the room hoping it goes away by itself.
first playtrough i sacrificed the council so the Alliance fleet had an clean shot at Sovereign.
I reasoned Sovereign was the primary threat, and did not want to waste fresh,undamaged Alliance Capital ships engaging the Geth.
Alliance could circumvent the Geth and hit Sovereign directly. so i chose that option.
ilos and it's A.I Virgil(i think was its name?) was repeating in the back of my head over and over.
or its fragmented audio logs. how this massive interstellar authoritan empire could not resist the reapers.
".....they can not be stopped!, all is lost!".
Sovereign was plugging in and starting the Citadel Relay.
Preservation of own forces is irrelevant in contrast to the extreme urgency of stopping Sovereign from completing the citadel start-up.
i still believe i made the right decision the first time.
if i was an Turian crew-member getting over-run by the Geth and saw the Alliance ships bypassing us to go straight at Sovereign.
I'd fully would have understood. Job would be to take as many hostiles with me into my grave.
Fire, cycle the primary weapon, fire, cycle again. route all power to primary weapon, cycle, fire.
If weapons fail, ram your damn ship down the throat of the closest hostile capital ship that approaches.
Later after game completion, i came to the conclusion i'd propably needed Destiny Ascension down the line in ME2 or ME3.
I learned you can also "win" by saving the Council/destiny ascension and still destroy sovereign.
Who cares about politicians that are self-centered?. its the massive flagship they ride on that matters
Thank god for Admiral Hackett and his fleet for believing your explanation of the threat, and pretty much commit mutiny against the alliance and sends his entire fleet trough the over-ride Mass Relay to fight on Shepard's orders.
when they jumped in i was from gloomy self-sacrifice mode and focussing on doing the job into "yes,Yes!, We still have an chance!".
I love how you got the choice to remind the dumbass reporter in ME2 about the names of all the ships and forces that died in defending the Citadel.
and how everyone owes them some fucking gratitude.
Turians paid an massive price when Sovereign attacked the Citadel.
Turian capital ships look amazing, with how they deploy their wings in attack position.
Also with Turians, you know they are in it to do the job. even if it costs them their lives.
Humans might have had an war with them, but they are my first choice to pick an ally.
That they evolved from predator birds just adds to the cool factor.
In ME3 i chose to cure the Krogan, i felth it was morally unfair to damn them to damnation.
They never chose to be uplifted, and after they served their purpose they where neutered and left to self-exterminate.
Maybe if you give people the means to live towards an future and some decent living standards they do not grow up so full of resentment towards your race?.
Not to mention that planet-killer bomb the Turians left on Tuchanka...
Mordin's story arc in ME 2 and Wrex his dilemma on virmire in ME1 convinced me of that. we all make mistakes that we can not always rectify, i told mordin to save the research.
And how the Krogan are just desperate for an future.
I told Wrex about how the salarians where planning to do the whole damn thing over again the first chance i got on tuchanka.
I of course followed that up by telling Mordin to execute the deployment of the Cure into the atmosphere generator.
because, screw politics. i consider myself an millitary proffesional with an moral compass when i can.
it would be litterally not be the first time i would be threatened with millitary court
Also, loyalty is not for sale.
Wrex and Grunt deserve the same undying loyalty in return with all the suicide-level missions you drag them on with as their commander
I was very irritated when the solarian suggested extending the krogan extermination progam.
I wanted to say something back in the line of
"you frogs all hide behind us humans, the turians, krogan to do the actual dirty work. Maybe you should do less fucking over other races and do more of the dying on the front line?. might create some perspective. how politics and backstabbing means shit from our position as combatants?."
Reminds me too of the conversation an Citadel doctor has, venting her frustrations that they are just patching up soldiers that survived the meat-grinder just to be thrown at it again.
Or the girl standing at the Turian C-Sec security officer asking if he knows when her parents arrive, and she tells unknowingly how her parents shoved her on the last shuttle off planet as the planet was over-run. and they will come soon to pick her up.
his reaction is one of those you always remember.
Turian's, predators by nature and millitaristic, looks at this human girl, pausing for 5 seconds. knowing full well her parents are dead, he tries to comfort her regardless and assign her to an caretaker.
i really need to shut up. i really love Mass effect that is obvious
@kvs, i know!. thanks!.
i am also not a big fan of crypto-mining. waste of power and GPU's.
the use of crypto mining adds up to some country's entire enegy consumption.
When i see an picture of an Mining-rig with rows upon rows of GPU's just infuriates me.
But i am of opinion good GPU's do not grow on trees and every gamer should have a chance at owning one.
GPU's are made in batches, the quality of the chip determines where it is used for.
poor chips go to the lower-end cards, really good ones go to the high-end ones.
Also, if you as an crypto miner fancy money. go get some skills in software programming.
steady pay, good pay. Plus the benefit of being employed is that Banks give you an mortage to get your own place to live.
I got an RTX 2080 TI Extreme Aorus. it is really an beast.
But i know it was one of the few out of many, many chips that do not peform at the same level.
and to see racks upon racks of medium to high end GPU's end up as mining machines just angers me.
the world can not keep up with the demands for chips at the moment and these people just buy up entire stocks up.
...and then there are the scalpers .....
they really need to be put in front of an firing squad.
its also the fault of GPU manufacturers, they can cripple this by implementing hash-rate limiters.
As a gamer, you can not tell the difference but they would turn unsuitable for crypto miners.
but Nvidia is all about that sweet, sweet money!.
to be honest, from an business perspective they do not care who buys their GPU's. as long they are sold.
AMD seems to have the right mindset, but i have not seen an GPU yet that can match nvidia in performance.
their CPU's are certainly past Intell at the moment.
i got myself an i9-9900K. its good, altough sort of an small nuclear reactor in heat generation. it is why i got an AIO to supress that heat.
but intell really does not care creating actual improvements and new architecture.
The PC market really sucks at the moment. there are talks and processes going on of building additional chip factory's. including in europe.
but i myself think this is going at least take another two years before anything stabilises.
i do not dabble in the cold swappable hard drives
my case does not allow it. it is mostly glass.
the hard drives are located in the 10 CM space that makes up the rear frame.
And its not accesible unless you screw the whole back-panel off.
My own PC has 4 hard drives. 2 m.2 drives and 2 HDD for storage.
i always migrate my "old" master storage PC harddrive to the next PC.
So i can re-install and reload all my files and games.
If anything goes wrong, like it sometimes does when i mess with the registry files of windows to get stuff working....
i re-install the O.S by flash-drive. i sometimes need to fix other people's computers too so i formatted an USB stick with an windows install drive.
super easy, plug it in the motherboard. set boot-sequence to the USB drive and re-install away.,
I know about laptops, it really was because i was mostly on the go. they are inefficient and expensive otherwise.
I had 3 laptops in total, al gaming ones.
they just can not effectively get rid of their heat buildup. i always needed to put something under the laptop.
Best solution w as an external laptop cooler. its this riser plate with fans in them. that you connect trough USB port so they power on.
also, when something is broke or you need to do maintenance, you can not do it yourself.
Everything is specifically made for that model laptop.
Here i stray off-topic...
Their only benefit was really only you could haul it around with you. and that your own world in your PC with you everywhere.
I used it on the most crazy of places. including Afghanistan where i gamed Deep waters and simcity-societies while sleeping in some subterainian cellar
I was in charge of logistics, and soda drinks,chips and candy are worth gold on the front lines.
Besides an Airborne combatant, i knew a lot about procedures,radios and their procedures, and logistics.
Plus i speak fluent english and i remain collected under combat/pressure.
Also i knew everything about aircraft. what they can and can not do.
Lets just say infantry do not get recruited in general for their technical knowledge of aircraft, munition handling or the intricacy's of logistics.
i asked an officer once to what was the NSN (NATO stock number) of his request was in this meeting in Afghanistan. he got angry and stated 30 millimetre, and that it was not rocket science.
I got into an verbal shouting match with him. I told him if he tried to force canadian 30MM rounds trough his YPR systems they would blow their mounts in the breaches as they got way more propellant than the dutch domestic variant we produce in Brazil. that would take a few days before i could get them. American rounds he could use and get within a few hours, but they are depleted uranium and needed an waiver from our government to use. no damage to the breach and barrel tough. altough handle with care as it is an radiological hazard. etc.
it escalated rather heavily, lots of blaming back and forth, i am a dumb coward counting socks in some magazine while he is doing fighting. that i am some bureaucrat that needs to experience some bullets around the head to know what is important and get my priorities straight. sort of missing my combat insignias and berret indicating i am Airborne and i actually did precisely that and got decorated for it.
I call him the next failure to come out of officer school. and how he's getting his men killed because of incompetence, playing too much call of duty and that war is not some video-game. that doing something half-assed gets men killed and it's irreversible.
that i am not the one with an university degree, he is. and that my insignia's where not from some damn pack of kellogs cornflakes.
Mostly i dealth with sargeant-mayors that are in my army the experienced sargeants and second in command of luitenants.
They where always the calm and reasonable ones. mostly asking "can you help me with straightening out my unit's resources?".
I always helped them with pleasure, explaining everything and guaranteeing they had their replenishment before deployment.
on an more happier note!
Give me an HF radio and i could get you some Burger King from Kandahar Airfield
Propably an iced cappuchino and donut too from Tim Hortons too if its hauled in an coolbox.
99% i only requested munitions and neccesary gear of course. pilots fly trough enemy fire to drop cargo at your Forward location in the field, you do not abuse their trust.
it is also and give-and-take kind of deal. They do favours for you , and you give them favours back.
if they ever stay on your base, better be damn sure they get an armoured living quarters with functional air conditioning
it was really fun at times. i felth like i was in M.A.S.H sometimes.
Sometimes not so fun, but thats another subject. it was an active warzone. bad things happen.
anyway, i bribed an squad of engineers to get me an 230 volt EU cable from the main mobile field generator for an full box of snickers candy
you see the white power cord and split box hanging in the picture.
How far are YOU willing to go to play an videogame in the middle of an warzone?
Before anyone judges, my sleeping area was in the middle of two defensive lines, and my headphones where shit quality.
i heard my fellow-squaddies breathing as they slept.
or in the case of my fellow-roomie, i heard everything as he watched all the dragonball Z episodes during our stay there.
I told him to haul his laptop along, that i might pull off running DC 230 volt power so he could use his laptop
So....moral of the story...always be sure to be friends with engineers and that you can give them something they want