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Ryan Thomas

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  1. What's up? I'm in my early 40s, and I knew my musical tastes would be outdated, but not in the way I was expecting. Once upon a time, I was watching The Simpsons, and I remember them having an episode on music. Abe Simpson said something like "I used to be with it, and then they changed what 'it' was, and now 'it' is loud and confusing to me". And that stands to reason. In the 80s, I was watching MTV, and dad storms in "Girls Girls Girls? No, son, more like Grounded Grounded Grounded". In the early 90s, Nirvana came out, and dad said "I don't know who or what is singing this, but they're going to be singing it in the garbage can". Another time, I came from Quonset Hut, with Alice In Chain's Jar of Flies cd hidden in my jacket. Of course I got busted with it, dad took me back to Quonset Hut, where he had me exchange the cd for..... I can't quite remember. It was called like Chant or something, it had these like Mortal Kombat monk guys floating in the clouds, which was a lot less fun to listen to than it looked. So, I've geared myself for the day when I burst into my son's room and spout something wildly uncool, like "what in the world is that awful racket? It sounds like someone murdering a guitar!" But that's not the way things look like they're gunna go, at all. A buddy of mine and I were talking about being teens of the 90s, and he brought up Benchwarmer cards, which were like baseball cards, except they had supermodels on them. I remember my favorite being Billie Inglish. I know I had #52 and 58, but I think there was a third that I never got, so I went to look it up. On a sidenote, don't tell my wife that, or I'm sure I'll be sleeping on the couch; "You can remember the numbers of some chick on a card you had like 30 years ago, but you can't remember where you put the Firestick remote last week?!?" I did find what I was looking for, but I had to sift through a ton of crap about someone named Billie Eilish. Not a name I'm familiar with, so I looked at a picture. I saw a girl, maybe 17 or 18, black flat-ironed hair, dog collar and goth jewelry, so I was thinking "ok, maybe this is like Ozzy's granddaughter? Or Robert Smith's granddaughter? Maybe like a relative of somebody like Lita Ford? Or Dez Fafara?" This gal didn't look like she could belt out a crunchy tune, but I was expecting something like..... hmm, maybe pre-goth? I mean, come on, you don't wear getup like that and get on stage to sing Camptown Races, ya know? So, I listened to some song of hers, "ocean..." something. Sweet heavens, I'm shocked. I try not to purposely offend anyone, so if you dig her, awesome, she has more fame than I probably ever will, probably has more videos on whatever replaced MTV than I've got. But good gravy, man, I've never heard that level of sap before. I've been all geared up for the day when music makes my ears bleed. Instead, it's turned to like a cotton candy, kitten whisker and puppy dog tail, lemonade, Skittles sunshine burp. This isn't the way I was supposed to become musically outdated Granted, big whoop, two tears in a bucket, but still, this is a little bit of a bummer lol.
  2. There isn't just one that got me hooked, but there's one genre that got me hooked; building games. When I was a wee lad, I loved legos. Good Lord, I built everything; schools, hospitals, churches, restaurants, video stores, farms, pet stores, automotive stores, City Hall, an adult bookstore (I didn't exactly know what that was, but my dad gave my youngest aunt a major lecture about working there); you name it. I had a giant town that sprawled through most of our basement (which was my playroom). At the very center of it, I had a huge concert hall where Motley Crue and Duran Duran would perform during the spring and summer months (lol, I was an 80's child and had access to MTV when mom and dad weren't paying attention). As I grew up, the legos got put away, but my town remained in my mind My mental legos got replaced with more realistic construction materials, but the town itself remained. When I came home from the military, technology had changed so much; I thought "maybe it's time to take my town from my mind to the screen". Of course, I could use a type of CAD program, but those things are expensive! Plus, once I'm done, I want to be able to actually walk through my town; I want to visit Alice DeWitt's bakery (yup, my mental town has townsfolk all with little stories and family trees...... perhaps I'm more nerd than I realize, lol) So, I discovered city builders. Some of them are great fun; I personally recommend Cliff Empire. Of course I can't exactly recreate my town in that, but so what? I can try to translate my mental town into Cliff Empire definitions. But the problem I found with city builders is that I've never found any that let you actually be a citizen of your own town; you're always perched in that eagle's view. Plus, I got bored placing pre-formed buildings; I want to build my own brick by brick. So, I found a lot of sandbox survival crafting games. There's none that I can recommend above any other; they all have their trade-offs. Until I found Rising World. That was a happy day! Being that i wasn't pigeonholed into one time period, I could build anything that I could imagine. That's important to me, because the town in my mind has different buildings from different periods. And, I could walk around my own town, hunt, drink, farm, fish, mine (though it don't have minerals, veins, geodes, clusters, and vugs, but maybe that'll come in time). Of course, if one wanted to be snarky, they could say "Well, why the heck are you here, then!" I'm here bc Rising World doesn't have much in survival at the moment. Plus, it doesn't have minerals and panning like we have. Plus, I'm waiting on an update. Plus, I'm waiting to see what types of vehicles we get, so I know how big to make my roads. Plus, I have a few personal reasons why I shelved the game for now. Plus, gaming on my computer isn't like Highlander; there can be more than one
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