Tomodachi Life, Redux

Miitomo came out yesterday. It’s Nintendo’s first mobile app, and basically a port of Tomodachi Life. You make a Mii, and it interacts with the Miis of your Facebook and Twitter friends. It’s nifty, but I’m getting bored with it quickly, because I played so much Tomodachi Life in 2014.

However, I did chat for a bit about it on GamerParent’s Magic Hour Show before the fatigue set in.

Dee yukking it up with GamerParent in Miitomo
Dee yukking it up with GamerParent in Miitomo
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Neurodiversity and Operating Systems

Admit it, you want this bad ass mofo kicking alien butt in your game, too.
Admit it; you want this bad ass mofo kicking alien butt in your game, too.

Steve Silberman said in his book Neurotribes, “just because a computer is not running Windows doesn’t mean that it’s broken.” I’ve seen the comparison before, but I can’t remember where. According to the analogy, neurotypical people run Windows. Some artsy types run iOs. But autistics? We run Linux. It’s just as good as the other two, but fewer people use it, and therefore, it’s less commonly accepted.

I’ll take it a step further: autistic people, when trying to appear neurotypical, are running WINE. For those who don’t know, WINE is a Linux program that allows you to run Windows programs. However, there is a cost. You require more memory and processing power to run a program in WINE than you would if you ran a regular Linux program, or, if you ran that Windows program in the Windows operating system.

Oftentimes, I am that computer trying to run Windows programs in WINE. For the most part, the programs work, but they might be a bit slower. Sometimes, if I try to run too many Windows programs at once, I might crash, and need time to recover. Usually, I can feel this coming on, and try to retreat to solitude in order to reboot.

I’ve been thinking of this a lot lately, while trying to play XCOM2 on my desktop computer. While it doesn’t run WINE, the Steam game loading program acts in a similar manner in that it pretends to be a Windows machine in order to play some games. I noticed that I was having trouble loading one of the most fun functions of the game, the character pool. I’ve had a couple of friends create badass versions of me that I’d like to have running around in my game.

After fiddling around with files for hours, I gave in and installed Windows outright.

I’ve often wished, and tried, to do the same to my own brain. To train myself to forget about being Linux-y and install Windows, so I could run it all the time, and have access to all the cool stuff the rest of the world has.If only it were so easy. It turned out not to be that easy for my computer, either. After a couple of days, the display blanked out, and nothing, short of reinstalling Linux, seemed to work.

(Yes, I know the analogy is flawed; Windows is not WINE, and in most cases you can have a machine dual boot with both operating systems. On my machine, each OS failed to recognize the other OS, and I had to format in order to install them. However, that would mean splitting your hard drive into different partitions, so… )

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Games Summary: February 2015

a few of the games I tried this month
a few of the games I tried this month
A quick recap of the games I’ve played this month:
Italicized games are new to me

3DS

  • Final Fantasy Explorers
  • StreetPass Mii Plaza (as always)
  • Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright

iOS

  • Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector
  • Card Crawl
  • QuizUp
  • Final Fantasy Record Keeper

WiiU

  • MarioKart 8
  • Just Dance 2016

PC

  • A Tale in the Desert (barely – just enough to make sure the livestock survive)
  • XCOM2
  • Viridi

PS3/4/Vita
None, though I downloaded Jeanne D’Arc for Vita

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Fallout Shelter and the Cruel, Racist Experiment

Dwellers sure have some cheesy pickup lines.
(Image courtesy of Shane the Gamer. )

In case you haven’t heard, Bethesda Games, makers of the Fallout series, have created a mobile spinoff game called Fallout Shelter. In Fallout Shelter, you oversee a nuclear fallout shelter. You assign residents, aka Dwellers, to different rooms to perform tasks vital to the shelter, such as maintaining the power plant, making food, or purifying water. You have to make sure your Dwellers produce enough of those three resources (power, food, and water) in order to survive the nuclear winter. You can also send Dwellers back out to the Wasteland to collect weapons, outfits (armor), and bottle caps, which are used to revive fallen Dwellers and pay for expansions to the shelter. You increase the amount of Dwellers in your shelter by broadcasting from a radio station, receiving Dwellers as prizes in your lunchboxes (this is where the in-app purchases come in), or the old fashioned way – having two Dwellers get some sweet, sweet loving.

Dwellers sure have some cheesy pickup lines. (Image courtesy of Shane the Gamer. )
Dwellers sure have some cheesy pickup lines.
(Image courtesy of Shane the Gamer. )

However, at the time I’m writing this, there is a maximum population limit of 200 Dwellers. When I saw myself nearing 150, I was having so much fun, I decided to delay my growth a bit. I encountered a Kotaku article about other cruel experiments people have done with their vaults, including kicking out all the men (except for one stud), isolation, starvation, and a caste system based on heredity and character stats.

An evil thought occurred to me: if you can treat dwellers like crap because of the stats they’re born with, why not do the same with race? Thus, my Blackout Shelter was born. I sent out all of my lighter-skinned Dwellers to the Wasteland. Those who were lower levels, I let die, and cleared their corpses instead of reviving them. The higher level ones, I kept around to retrieve stuff from the Wastelands, but I did not allow them to breed.

It was tough going in the beginning, because I ran out of caps for building enhanced rooms. However, as time went on, and I trained my lower-level (but darker-skinned) Dwellers to up their SPECIAL stats, production increased and I got out of my rut.

If there’s any lesson I learned from this cruel experiment, it’s that it’s the stats and levels that count, not the skin color. But I knew that already, since that’s how Real Life should be.

tl;dr: Racism is bad, mmkay?

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles

Cookie Dough Truffles

Unlike the other recipes I’ve made and posted, I didn’t find this one; it found me, via my friend’s Facebook feed. It looked delicious, and really simple to make. I was right on both counts.

Cookie Dough Truffles
Picture from CakesCottage.com

Without further ado, here’s the recipe, via CakesCottage

Ingredients:

½ cup (1 stick) butter, room temperature
¾ cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups all purpose flour
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
½ cup finely chopped walnuts or pecans
1 pound dark chocolate candy coating

Instructions:

  1. In a bowl, combine butter and sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  2. Beat in the flour, sweetened condensed milk and vanilla until incorporated, beating well after each addition.
  3. Stir in chocolate chips and walnuts.
  4. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 1 hour, or until firm enough to handle.
  5. Shape mixture into 1 inch balls by rolling a spoonful in the palm of your hand. Coat your hands in flour to prevent sticking.
  6. Place on waxed paper-lined baking sheets. Loosely cover and refrigerate for 15-20 minutes or until firm again.
  7. In a bowl, melt dark chocolate candy coating.
  8. Dip the cookie dough balls into the chocolate and place on parchment paper.
  9. Let the truffles sit until hard, about 15 minutes.
  10. Once set, remelt remaining candy coating.
  11. Place in a small baggie and cut a small hole in one corner.
  12. Carefully drizzle chocolate over truffles.
  13. Store in the refrigerator and serve cold. These can also be frozen for longer storage.

Alterations:

I believe I have a bona fide inability to follow the recipe to the letter.

  • I had no idea whether the recipe called for light or dark brown sugar, so I just went with light (since the dark was unopened).
  • I used milk chocolate for the candy coating for two reasons:

    1. My mother dislikes the bitterness of dark chocolate.
    2. Target had a convenient pack of melting chocolate, but they only had milk and white. I went with milk.
  • For the drizzle, I used white chocolate, because I had some left over from lollipop making, and I like the color contrast. Also, my drizzle wasn’t as neat as the Cakes Cottage picture, due to the ziplock bag having extra creases, and my lack of dexterity.
Cookie Dough Truffles
The finished product
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