Autistic Gamer: Six States of California

I read an article recently online about this:

So apparently this guy has entered into a petition to split the state of California up into 6 separate states. I am not sure that he thought the matter all the way thorough, because it would require changes as well as building 5 new state governments. All of this costs money and why do we even need California separated out anyway? What is wrong with California, besides the problems California already has?

The mad billionaire lists several problems, but this is his solution? I find the entire scenario bizarre in the extreme and profoundly foolish.

It would make more sense to turn California to 3 states at most; six is too many and everyone is very likely to be really angry about the division lines. Even 3 is slightly more than needed. I can’t see anyone but the business guy benefitting from this.

Autistic Gamer: Relaxing the night away

I don’t usually go out dancing at all. I find it nice to just sit at home with my parrot and watch Netflix. This is because I am not really that interested in meeting new people who I won’t ever see again. Besides, people are rather difficult to handle when you don’t know them. I prefer the bird because I know him really well.

Or I prefer going to my sister’s place. I know that I will always have some kind of fun there, even if not much actually happens. That probability makes it worth while to head over to visit. I really like the area and that it happens to be slightly outside the city, in a smaller area that makes it hard to get lost in.

My sister usually has good food and there are always fun activities going on. I find it easier to relax there than other places. Plus I like the fact the fridge door keeps opening up instead of trying to shut closed like the door at my home. Its a bit funny, but not as funny as the cat magnets on the door.

I like seeing movies, but not necessarily with someone, as I don’t find that needful. People can your movie experience better or detract from it and I don’t find that I feel bad for seeing films by myself. Its a rewarding experience, because I can sit back and enjoy without complications.

That doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy company; I just prefer company that I enjoy and can tolerate rather than strangers or people that act like we are complete friends (which I get and find somewhat disturbing) especially when they don’t mention how they know me. I would prefer some explanation, but it never shows up and I end up feeling awkward because I simply don’t care about the person. I don’t know why they have come up to me and why are they acting so friendly and close? We don’t know each other like that!

I can stand people being polite by asking to shake hands or saying hi, but trying to talk about how I am doing? Why am I offering up that information to you? Are you one of my siblings that I really like and enjoy the company of? Are you someone that I have spoken with before and had several previous interactions? If not, why are you disturbing me?

So I am doing another call for questions. Ask them if you have them and I will try to answer. I will try answering questions in a new blog entry if I get them.

Adopt one today!

Autistic Gamer: Why I play certain games

I enjoy playing some kinds of games because they interest me in certain ways or allow me to do something that I want. I play games mainly because of the stories in them and prefer only games with good stories plus something else I like. Games with lousy stories aren’t that fun in my estimation and have little value in being played again. I am always playing for fun, more than winning a game.

I like playing Roleplaying games because they allow me to create characters that interact in an interesting game world. I can engage in quests, do whatever I feel like doing and not have to worry about anything. There is a freedom that allows you to engage in any activities you may be interested in, but may not be able to in the real world. There is also the fact that the games give fun tricks or abilities to play with.

I like First Person shooters where I get to be a hero like Halo does. Games with a similar nature interest me and I will play those.

I like strategy games mainly for being able to control beings in the game and have control of over their lives. I don’t really play that many of these games really.

I like tabletop games mainly for the ability to interact with other live people as well do what I feel like in Roleplaying games. I prefer being able to play in a room with others more so than over the internet, but I take what I can get.

I like playing other games because they either let me do whatever I want to or because they are interesting like Myst and allow exploration. I like being able to wander around without restrictions, interacting with whatever I see if I would like to. That kind of freedom is really nice.

For next post:

If you have questions about something from an Autistic point of view or some kind of question in general, ask it and I will try to answer them. I will put up the next post Monday evening.

Autistic Gamer: Reviews) Dark Forces, Dark Forces: Jedi Knight, Rebellion

Star Wars Dark Forces

This game is a Star Wars version of Doom, but is way much better than that game. The first mission involves stealing the Death Star plans. This is then followed by other missions where you go to interesting places then board Vader’s ship, on which you hitch a ride. This is all to solve a case and destroy a secret Imperial superweapon. This game has cut-scenes with a narrative and it works really well. I would suggest getting this game and playing it somehow, you would be glad you did.

What I liked about it being an Autistic:

This game takes place in the Star Wars universe and has you fighting the empire. You get to explore neat areas and employ different weapons. There is also a story that is quite good to play through. It also has Star Wars music and some Movie Character cameos in it.

Star Wars Dark Forces Jedi Knight

This is a sequel to the first game and takes place shortly after Return of the Jedi. It involves the main character, Kyle Katarn, learning about his force connection and going after his father’s killer who is looking for a jedi burial ground. This game features live action cut-scenes between levels and it is rather interesting in that this works with the gameplay in a seamless fashion. You don’t really need to get this, but it is still worth playing.

What I liked about it being an Autistic:

I liked being able to use force powers and the integration of the cutscenes with the gameplay. There are different cutscenes that appear after you pick the light side or the dark side at a point in the game and it determines what ending cutscene you get to see.

Star Wars Rebellion

A rather not good adaption of 4X strategy games for Star Wars, Rebellion tried to be a good game but it really doesn’t work. The control setup is bad, and there is little of the gameplay that is good. Being able to send characters out on missions is nice, but more often than not, the characters will screw up the missions and get stuck spending time getting home. Another really annoying part is that the space combat simulator is not good. There is simply not enough good traits about this game for it to work. The idea of running the Star Wars civil war between Empire and Rebellion is nice, but the game suffers from bad implementation which removes most of the joy from it. From my personal experience, I have lost while playing easy and even from reading the material provided it is hard to get into this game. The game tries but there are better games that do the 4X better, plus the user interface is way better in some of those.

Personally, I wouldn’t bother with Rebellion unless you have already played it. In my humble opinion, this game needs to be designed before being acquired to be played. With a better interface and less hassles, it could turn into an actually enjoyable game.

What I liked about it being an Autistic:

I really didn’t enjoy this game or cared for it, but I would say that it had some nice concepts. Sadly, the game had serious trouble making this concepts work in my opinion which made this game not fun to play. It needs to be remade and approved.

Autistic Gamer: Reviews) Dark Sun: Shattered Lands

Shattered Lands was AD&D 2nd edition and it played pretty well. I still have the disc plus copyright sheet and I may try playing it again at some point. I moved from 2nd Edition to 3rd Edition though, and so I don’t remember a whole lot about it. The game had you control a party and you helped out slave villages. There were some areas to explore and you had a good number of quests that you could perform. It was a pretty nice game and was quite enjoyable.

This game was set in the Dark Sun campaign setting around Draj and you had to escape before you went around helping out the slave villages with their problems. Later you fought an army from Draj.

The game used the 2nd Edition rules and you made a party of 4 characters that you controlled. You were able to travel to some different areas that were connected in interesting ways and discover loot or complete quests. The game was pretty hard and required employing some planning for fights.

What I liked about it being an Autistic:

I enjoy roleplaying games and this game is a roleplaying game. You get to choose what your characters say and pick what quests you are going to do. There is also a good number of quests to perform and those quests are quite fun to complete.

This game also had good music to listen to as you went exploring. I enjoyed that part as well.