What can I say, other than “sorry?” Life happens. I often think of subjects I should blog about, but then think that nobody is going to notice or care anyway. And life continues to happen. I have all sorts of tentative plans in the works, such as:
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.
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… )
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.
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.