Posts Tagged ‘Fallout 3


because some things make me happy

(I’m tired, hungry and feel like playing Fallout 3. That’s all.)


Fraggin' tales

As I play Fallout 3, I’m becoming more and more intrigued by various attacks. At first, I was all about the minigun and missile launcher, because who doesn’t love a BFG? And the Fatboy is always a favorite, because nuking badguys is always a ball.

But the unexpected fun — grenades. Oh dear Lord, how I love me some hot fraggin’ action. My first attempts to use them were full of frustration, as I wasn’t using the VATS system. But then I read about that little tip about using it with the grenades (don’t know why I didn’t think of it) and I’ve been fragging things ever since.

I’ve had a couple of favorite blasts, and usually it comes during attacks on Super Mutants. I had a critical that basically de-limbed a wounded Super Mutant … and with the slow-motion VATS camera going, it was absolutely hysterical to essentially see a torso flying through the air.

Another Super Mutant blastacular came when I was in the Germantown Police station. There’s 2 talking, essentially telling you where to find the kidnapped guys. I started lobbing grenades, which caused one to trigger the shotgun trap, which shot him in the back. When the killing blast finally hit, each guy flew into the air, essentially sending them into the ceiling. I think I maybe took one hunting rifle shot in that whole exchange.

But my all-time favorite frag — good ole Arkansas the sniper up in the minefield. He had shot me about 4 times, plus while running I tripped a mine, so I was a bit peeved. I hid in the debris pile and swapped to the grenades. The first missed the platform and exploded below him. But the second one landed right where it should have. When that blast went off and I saw his health bar disappear, I cheered like the Steelers had just won the Super Bowl. The blast seemed bigger, brighter and fraggier than any other one before or since. The only way it could have been better is if his body would have been blown off the tower, and he fell into the pile of mines behind him, and was then blown up again.

Hey, a boy can dream, right?


How was your turkey day?

Man, right now I feel like I need a vacation from my Thanksgiving.

It’s not that there was anything wrong with it. In fact, now that I have a quiet moment to think, it was pretty darned good. Here’s a brief rundown on what I did:

1) Played Fallout 3 as much as I could. I’m completely hooked by this game right now. Great graphics, HDTV magic. If you’re a video game nerd, this one is great. Took me a little bit to get used to it, but now that I am, rock on. And I also stumbled across a young blogger to help me figure out some quests — Outer Heaven — you can tell she really enjoys playing and helping folks out. (And hey, thumbs up for female gamers — they rock.) Oh, I’ve had the “Wonderful Guy” song that plays on Galaxy News Radio stuck in my head for a few days now, and I don’t mind it. Maybe I’m playing a bit TOO much…

2) Pre-Thanksgiving Pub Crawl: A bunch of folks from went to Pittsburgh’s Lawrenceville neighborhood for a mini-pub crawl. And this is where I realized one of my great loves of this town — the neighborhood bars. I’ll probably expound on this in a post on OMGPittsburgh, but suffice to say independently owned mom and pop bars are something that I love, and this section of town has a billion of them. I had a good friend roll into town and join us late, and it was fantastic to see him since I only get to see him once in a blue moon. We drank our faces off, laughed heartily and had a great time. And lastly, a different friend helped me realize a couple of things — this probably won’t be expounded upon, but I’m pretty happy because of it.

3) Relatively drama-free dinner: In the past, my nephews manage to work my nerves on the holidays. Last year, Nephew No. 3 had just been toliet trained, and was excited to show everyone how he was a big boy now — you know, by whipping it out IN THE DINING ROOM DURING DINNER EVERY 5 MINUTES and using his little portapotty. This year, he was much better, and Nephew No. 4 was pretty hilarious.

4) Pitt vs. WVU: I had the chance to go see this game. My friends have club seats, so I bought an extra ticket from one of them. This was a really interesting game for me — not so much because of what was going on on the field, but rather because I was DEAD SOBER during the game. Why? Cause I had to work after it. But watching the rival fans go at it was a hoot and a half. I’m sure this will be expounded upon later, because it was great people watching.

5) Ultimate Frisbee: I went and played Ultimate Frisbee with the meetin folks on Saturday — something I haven’t done for awhile because I jacked up my left ankle and right calf in spring and it still hurts to do any running. But I was able to get out and play a little bit — the ankle hurts, but not horridly. A different old buddy was in town (haven’t seen him in like 15 years), and he showed up to play with us — it was awesome. We did some lunch afterward. Good times.

6) Tech support: I finally delivered mom’s new computer (but not without much gnashing of teeth), and she’s excited to get it. But now her calls are coming in, and they are questions I can’t answer. She has a Verizon e-mail account, and she’s asking me how to send mail.

Me: Mom, there should be a send button somewhere at the bottom of the area that you type.
Mom: I don’t see it.
Me: Did you scroll down?
Mom: Yes, but it pops up a menu.
Me: (Realized she’s hitting the startup button at the bottom of the screen, clutched my head in disgust)
Mom: Did I just forget how to use this? I can’t find anything.
Me: Mom, it has to be there somewhere. I just can’t help you because I don’t have the program in front of me.
Mom: But I keep doing this…
Me: Mom, I can’t help you until I get out there to see it.
Mom: But it should be there
Me: Mom, I need to see it. I’ll come out Sunday.

(Hindsight is 20/20 moment: I really should have networked that computer to mine ….)

7) Getting sick: Yeah, you know, I’m getting sick. But after a great run over Thanksgiving and a fridge full of turkey goodness leftovers, I’m really not going to complain. Hell, now that I think about it, after all of that and not having an extra day off, I need the rest.

More regular blogging should be resuming shortly.

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