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Westworld. Badly designed game, fun theme park. [Nov. 3rd, 2016|04:24 pm]
Isaac Fischer
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Westworld. Badly designed game, fun theme park.

I feel the need to write this given the praise some people are applying to HBO's Westworld. Gaming has hit the mainstream but depictions of it still are about where Hacking was in media up till Mr. Robot came out. IE the people making these films and shows don't really know the subject matter and it shows.

The series Westworld is more like it's 1970s film than anything modern. True the depiction fo tech is much more advance but the core idea for Westworld is that it is a theme park. It is not a video game. One major reason I say this, nowhere can you lose at Westworld much like you can't lose at Disneyland.

What are the rules to Westworld? Far as I can tell there are robotic hosts playing out loops and when the guests come by them the attempt to engage the guests with some kind of story line that is intended to take them along a pre-selected path. The guests have some ability to influence the outcome of these stories but the paths are set. This is how it is for most people except for the Man in Black who wants to get to some secret area of the park. This aspect is similar to some games but if the parks purpose as it's creator states is to find out who you are. The limits of the narratives voids that entire idea. Yes, a person can just decide to shoot everyone and void all the

WESTWORLD IS WASTEFUL

Episode 5 shows that outside of the park are crazier Hosts one's that are playing out loops that would lead themselves into tons of sex and violence. Purely from a design standpoint this is wasteful. Most of the loops the park has none of these areas are visited. So all the cum, blood, and wounds that would happen on a nearly constant bases are resources that literally went to waste. If the Hosts were in a state of hibernation up until guests came by this wouldn't be an issue but the Dolores character flat out shows that these Hosts are going through set routines. Pointless wear and tear is exhibited on the Hosts and the area's that make up the park.

WESTWORLD LACKS CONSIQUENCES

The hosts are on loops so it seems rather pointless to have them remember everything that's happened before to them. It would accomplish the same result. The memories being erased voids any long term story lines and any immersion that could be gained. Imagine how much more interesting a park like that would be if the world remembered what you did in it. Design like that has been a long dream of most game designers. All this does is make it so that once you've done something in Westworld there is little reason to do it again. Nothing will change.

WESTWORLD LACKS CHALLENGE

This is a big one. There is no way to lose in Westworld. None. Maybe you can get arrested but the NPCs come to your rescue there is no cleaver puzzle to get out of the jail cell. Or how about this what if other people could break other players out of Jail. There is also far as I can tell no PVP in Westworld. Competition is fun could you imagine getting whole gangs to go against each other, both lead by guests. Given it's the wealthy coming wouldn't there be things like paid items. How much would an aimbot be worth to someone. Or even a gold plated horse. Mind you these would be extras given the park is designed to make money it seems odd not to have exploitative costs like most AAA games do these days.

WESTWORLD WASTES TONS OF TIME

I know it's considered immersion breaking to some but the lack of a fast Travel System is criminal for any enjoyment and would explain why few people bother to venture out. Given that people have a day horse riding is going to eat up a ton of time leading to said activities. The lack of any navigation system is also a major hindrance. I'm also not sure how anything long term can exists if in fact things are reset each day. The rules for Westworld really don't add up in this regard.

WHERE IS THE HIGH LEVEL PLAY?

The man in black exists but if he's been playing for 30 years there doesn't seem to be much difference between his skill level and that of the majority of other people. I don't know about you but high level FPS play makes anything a noobie does a joke. Dual wielding handguns could be a start. Or even just challenging oneself with 'knife only' runs seems like something people would do. They do it in other games. What about Stealth runs? A solid Snake style guest would be something I'd welcome.

These are just some of my thoughts on the whole show. It's one I want to like but it gets so much wrong and hits us with so many mystery boxes i'm not sure I want to even bother. Maybe in another 10 years there will finally be a show that gets it. Until then we have stumbling blocks like Westworld.

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Looking for Room for the hotel [Apr. 3rd, 2014|03:30 am]
Isaac Fischer
Trying to keep costs down does anyone have any space in their hotel rooms will pay of course.
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(no subject) [Jul. 15th, 2012|04:07 pm]
Isaac Fischer
Quick update after managing to pul going to Anime Expo for next to nothing out of thin air, my car decided to have an issue that cost over a grand. Need work if anyone can hell please message me yesterday.

K Thanks.
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(no subject) [Feb. 16th, 2012|12:53 am]
Isaac Fischer
I still have not much to post Other then having played resident evil revelations. I'm trying to focus on aother things but i have a downward trejectory as far as the rest of the world is concerned. I'm still trying to pull up but i have no idea if the planes responding to the controls or not.

I have been editing vids quite a bit lateley there isn't much else i can do comfortably. I'm just stuck i do feel i need to get back out of auburn but i can't.
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(no subject) [Jan. 1st, 2012|03:09 pm]
Isaac Fischer
I wonder if anyone i know outside of two people still even use this site? Me really i havent hadto much to say, assuming anyones reading this journal in order its going to be like jesus in the bible i'm young then suddenly i'm near 30 with no real job and possibilities but no realities.

No saying that life needs to be perfect but i need some idea that i can advance in some form.

Happy 2012 all.
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Its weird [Nov. 20th, 2011|05:47 pm]
Isaac Fischer
I'm looking through various 'friends' on LJ and its amazing when you see the point where they stopped posting . Its like a bunch of randomly interchangeable stories that were canceled cause they weren't selling well.
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A week of sick [Nov. 20th, 2011|05:40 pm]
Isaac Fischer
I hopefully have had my illness for the whole week. As currently i have been sick for the whole damn week, i think i started with one disease and got another. I have mostly been drinking liquids and feeling like two nails were trying to meet in the middle of my head.

I started my Ridgeline internship while under this i managed to get just better enough not to completely mess it up with my current state. Id like this to lead to some sort of job, i really need work of some sort. Hope you guys are doing well.
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Just a dream [Aug. 6th, 2011|09:40 am]
Isaac Fischer
Had a dream last night.
The game i'm making did really well, got cast as a character in Hellsing, Square Enix released a good final fantasy again, had a date one of the girls in this world that i wished i could(wont say her name in case she ever reads this.

Then i woke up. Not sure if i should be happy or not on the one hand experiencing something like that is an awesome feeling. On the other hand, waking up to the reality of where i am now well its one of those states of existing where you wish you could stay there. Especially with the girl in question, i'm not that great with other people, i have actual medical conditions that make it hard to be with other people. And the few romantic encounters i've had didn't last long at all.

I do honestly feel like a misfit of sorts. And when as a society we keep talking about the importance of individuality, as someone that is reasonably unique i find that most of that talk is bullshit. All the atributes in my life that have made me different and thus an individual are the same things that get on peoples nerves or are used to screw me over work wise.

Jobs may need people that can think out of the box but they sure as hell don't hire them.

I suppose whats going on is my brains way of dealing with some of the things going on. If dreams are usually supposed to be about the things were not dealing with what does that make said dream. For one the girl in question doesn't know me that well and allready has another, Square Enix i have no controle over and even if i did ever get a job there i guarantee id have no influence on final fantasy outside of mabye some translation or if Voice Acting ever got back into my life playing one of their characters. Hellsing i am a friend with the ADR director and that's my only connection. There a chance he may read this so yeah of course id like to be in anime and of course Hellsing is one of those series id really like to be a part of. My subconscious mind made me do it.  The last thing is the only thing i have control over is the game. Hopefully I can make that part of the dream a reality.
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Nothng to do [Jul. 18th, 2011|04:50 pm]
Isaac Fischer
And I have nothing to do. I'm literately feeling without any real direction in everything, oh and the debt monster is still out there. Not the most fun position to be in. The irony of all this being how much worse some people have it, realizing that kind of voids how miserable you should be feeling. Yet i still do.
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Its amazing [Jul. 8th, 2011|02:52 pm]
Isaac Fischer
Its amazing how few people are still here from my old friends list. Looking over the people i was following it seems as if some sort of nuke was let off in 2009 and the rest of us are just some horribly mutated freaks left over from the fallout.

Twitter is of course to blame since people don't have the patience to write out anything longer then 140 characters.

So where does that leave the rest of us? Well i guess it leaves us with the same bullshit that we always had just with less people.
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