Previously, I was
thinking about how easy Skyrim became due to my character
development (thief + enchanting + smithing = broken). I was wrong.
Ever since the patch came along last week, the game has become
harder. Actually, it's not that the game is more challenging as much
as it is that the update had some less than cool glitches. I mean
there's the glitches tied in to how I cannot select beyond the top
three choices for soul gems to recharge my weapons (which never
includes the rechargable The Black Star item), but it goes on from
Bonuses to resistances
and abilities tied in to armors don't seem to be working correctly
after the patch. My lowest elemental resistance should be ~92% when
I am using a bow (my shield adds another 46%, when I am going
one-handed), but I seem to be taking massive damage from dragon
breath weapons now when I previously laughed in the face of dragons.
It only gets worse when my armor rating has now jumped to ~650 (with
shield, due in park to light armor perks and light armor ability
boosts from equipment) from a previous high of ~510 and I'm now
taking more damage. Since I'm beyond level 50, when enemies are
supposed to no longer scale, this seems like a glitch.
The worst part is that
my sneak skill seems to have suffered. I have 100 in sneak and all
of the perks in the skill. I also have two items giving ~32 boost
(per ring and necklace) to the skill and am now being detected by
the most average of citizens. Apparently the town drunk in Whiterun
has been taking some time to hone his perception between bottles of
mead since he never could see me before and now spots me every
Anyway, while I do
appreciate a boost in the challenge, I'd rather have one that makes
sense. Before the patch, I was thinking of going up in difficulty
scale on the game, but now I just want to play the game with some
idea of why I'm being hit so often and for so much damage. I should
be able to understand my abilities and not left with some sick and
twisted perception of reality in which my character apparently
thinks he is so much better than he really is.
I'll keep playing. I do
want a new patch to unpatch the previous patch. However, for now I'm
trying to clean out my journal of untouched quests. Of course, that
brings another problem; the quests that I cannot finish but will
remain in my quest log. I have the miscellaneous quest to bring an
Amulet of Talos to a certain person in Windfeld and simply cannot
finish the quest. He is no longer in the mood for this item
(probably due to his family having a problem...no spoilers), but the
quest is still active. The worst part is that all Amulet of Talos
items are now quest items, so they are stuck in my inventory. I have
six of them and cannot get rid of a single one. Each time I
accidentally pick one up, I have a new non-removable item in my bag.
I tried to use the console commands to hack this quest away, but
that cannot happen since I cannot seem to local miscellaneous quests
in the console commands.
Oh well...beyond the few
quests that will not die, I will keep up with the game. I will
actually make progress in the main quest line now since I am
starting to run low on the cool side quests. Even with a bugged
quest system and a bugged patch, I cannot quit playing this game.
Skyrim owns my soul and will not let me go.
It's been another crazy
week for me. I've been stuck in a fun loop of doing chores, dealing
with a sick wife, and trying to avoid the sickness myself...all
while trying to sneak in time for fun. That time for fun has been
amounting to a few minutes each day, at best. Only one day was I
able to squeeze out more than thirty minutes on Skyrim...and that
was only enough time for me to get hooked and feel bad that the fun
had to end so quickly.
Anyway, I am now
trying another round of minor PC upgrades. My system is running
smooth with the new CPU, but now I'm thinking, "what would happen if
I doubled my RAM?" Well, in the name of answering that, I ordered
4GB of DDR2 RAM (yes, I'm trying to keep an old but good gaming
machine solid...DDR2, on the bright side, is cheap as hell since it
is obsolete) from Newegg. I've always liked Newegg, but after seeing
the tracking info in my email this morning, I'm loving them even
more. Getting the cheapest shipping option, it looks like my package
of RAM is at a local UPS location. I should add that I only ordered
around 11AM yesterday. Cheap shipping and cheap price should not
make for fast delivery, but I am not complaining. I'm only finding
more happiness for Newegg.
On a different
note, I added the new 3DS update to my 3DS this morning. I'm
actually excited about it. For the longest time, the only fun I
could get from my 3DS was Face Raiders, Find Mii, and the Puzzle
Swap. All built in "games" of sorts. Well, the new update is
supposed to have more Puzzle Swap stuff and more Find Mii fun to go
through. Well, naturally, I need to get my hands on some new Mii
hats and some new puzzles, so I'm hooked without even having tried
it out yet.
It is sad that the
best feature, for me, on the 3DS is some built-in mini-apps.
However, Nintendo did a great job with these, so I will not be
complaining if they want to add more. The only 3DS complaint I can
even think of, beyond no good RPGs (yet) is that the year is almost
done and we have not been hearing about the last round of free
ambassador program games. This would be the 10 free GBA ports that
Nintendo promised to all early adopters (suckers) of the 3DS. I sure
want to know what other games are coming my way and I want to
forgive Nintendo for making me feel like an idiot for buying the 3DS
so early in its life. While they have done more than needed to make
up for this (early adopters take the risks...it's a fact of gaming),
by promising more free stuff in a given time frame, I want to see
Nintendo stick to their words.
change and then I'm out for the week...
In week 17 of the
previous NFL season, the most exciting game of the week was Seattle
versus St. Louis. The game decided if the 8-8 Rams would move on in
the playoffs with one of the best rookie QBs in a long time, or
would Seattle be the first 7-9 team to see the post-season. Well,
Seattle won in what was nothing short of an epic experience.
Seattle will host the Rams on Monday Night Football. This was
supposed to be an epic rematch with major plot involved. Isn't it
funny how times have changed. Seattle and St. Louis are both jokes
this season (injuries got the Rams beat and Seattle is a team
without a QB...well, a starting QB who looks worse than whoever the
Texans manage to find on the street each week) with no reasonable
chance in hell of seeing the post-season. I guess Seattle can still
get a wild card spot with nothing but W's from here on out. Still,
when they have to come out ahead of some real teams (like the
Falcons and the Lions), Seattle doesn't have a prayer to see
anything beyond week 17, except on TV with us Seattle fans.
If Hank was still
singing the opening for MNF, I don't think any of his rowdy friends
would be showing up for this snoozer. I mean Seattle will win (the
game is in Seattle), but I'd be surprised to see anything beyond a
17-9 final score...and I see Seattle winning with maybe even a lame
13-9 outcome. I think beyond a single touchdown from Lynch, Seattle
and the Rams will both be testing out the ability of their offense
to get close enough for the kickers to have the slightest chance in
hell. If anything, this game may have one exciting feature when the
record for distance for a field goal is repeatedly tested.