Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Playing with Transistor

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A scene from the game

TL;DR

Transistor is a game with interesting game play and attention worthy story, but lacks that “secret sauce” to make you obsess over completing it.

Rant

I actually started Transistor a little before I started with This War of Mine. Yet somehow, I’ve not been able to find an excuse to get myself to complete this game.

Whereas This War of Mine has successfully made me obsess over completing it at least once, Transistor hasn’t given me that same obsession. Having a nice story to drive the game has also made this game not worthy of casual play unlike many social games. So, I can’t just abandon the game halfway, then return at a later date to resume unless I can remember the details of what’s happened up to the point I stopped.

Having relatively poor memory retention for details hasn’t helped me any.

But that’s not to say the game sucks. It simply requires the player to mindfully enjoy the narrative and game play, and not attempt to multi-game. It just wouldn’t work.

The game play is actually interesting. Your character’s skills come in the form of Functions which you get to mix and match in various ways. As the story progresses you not only gain more Functions to play with, but you may also unlock additional skill slots to allow for more varieties of combinations.

To encourage the player to explore, the Functions will unlock additional narrative on the various characters involved in the game as you try Functions in different ways. Put together, you basically get to tweak the skills available in the game to better suit your play style. Whether you prefer to fight up front, from a distance, or to use area of effect attacks, there’s combinations available to you. Some skills don’t directly cause damage but rather add other effects, some by boosting your abilities, others by negating enemies’ powers.

Story-wise, I haven’t finished the game so I’ll refrain from forming an opinion. It’s good enough to not suck, at least.

Maybe someday I’ll retry from the beginning. Right now, I’ve got other fish to fry.

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Surviving This War of Mine

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War is hell. -- William Tecumseh Sherman

Lots of games glorify war. You play the super soldier fighting intense battles to safe country/world/whatever.

This War of Mine is also about war. But that’s where the similarity ends.

You get to control a small group of war victims living in the war zone. Your objective? To survive.

You have to choose between high morals, or survival at any cost. Do you steal from the elderly couple who happen to be living comfortably thanks to their store of food, or do you leave them be even if it means starving yourself to death? Do you share your limited resources with your neighbors, or do you save everything you have for your own in these hard times? Will you kill to get what you need to survive, or choose nonviolence even in the worst of times?

I’ve lost count of the number of times I restarted this game with different groups of people before I managed to survive till the end of the war. It’s tough. You have to make tough choices.

But in the end, the game was enjoyable. It just might show some war crazy folks out there the ugly side of war often ignored in games. Maybe the world will be a little better for it...

Unfortunately, the Linux version failed to run on my Ubuntu GNOME 16.04 LTS setup. Some have run it successfully though. I had to play this on Windows.

Friday, August 05, 2016

How to clear 'Replace Fuser E' from DocuPrint 255

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The DocuPrint 255


Here’s how to clear the message ‘Replace Fuser E’ from Fuji Xerox DocuPrint 255 control panel.

With the printer showing ‘Ready to print’:

  1. Press Eject/Set and Down buttons together. This will bring up the Consumables Menu.
  2. Press Up or Down to look for the Reset counter option.
  3. Press Right to show Reset Fuser U4, then Right again followed by Eject/Set

That should clear the fuser counter. You can find the original post here.

Or, you could just replace the printer since this is a really old model...

Saturday, June 04, 2016

How to change your Ubuntu password

The LinkedIn incident just reminded me to change my password. It’s been years. I do have a account (left to gather dust) there so to be on the safe side it’s a good idea to change all my passwords.

Anybody reading this should probably do the same if you haven’t already. It’s the unfortunate reality of the modern world.

I’m on Ubuntu GNOME right now, so I’ll be reproducing the relevant steps here (easily found here).

  1. In Activities, search for Users.
  2. In Users, click on ….. to change your password. You may need to click Unlock first.
  3. Fill in your current password, and new password (twice) then click on Change to make the change.

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Key in your current password, new password, and new password again to verify.

Super simple. You don’t have to go through Terminal to make the required changes.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Fix error 0xc000000d for Windows 8/8.1 in 3 simple steps

One day you boot up your Windows 8/8.1 PC and you see this:


So you get a error 0xc000000d. Time for a clean install? Maybe. Maybe not…

Here's a way to fix it.

Pop in your Windows 8/8.1 Setup Disc

You do have a Windows Setup Disc, don't you? If not then it’s time to get yourself a copy.

Even if your PC came with a OEM Windows and you can make recovery media, it's still a good idea to get your hands on a copy of the CD from Microsoft. Less bloat, more useful.

Fire up the Command Prompt

It's somewhere in the advanced troubleshooting options. Find it and launch it.

You could try Startup Repair first if you like, but it didn't work in my case. Your mileage may vary.

Fix Windows boot with bootrec

You'll need to run the following commands to fix the problem.

:\> bootrec /fixmbr
:\> bootrec /fixboot
:\> bootrec /rebuildbcd

If /rebuildbcd finds your Windows installation but fails to add the entry for some reason try checking your UEFI. Make sure it's setup to boot in UEFI mode and not legacy mode then try again from the beginning.

Once it's successful, reboot and you should be able to boot into Windows.