Paved With Bad Intentions – Fallout New Vegas (Evil Playthrough) #3

The lonely roads of post apocalyptic Nevada lead to some strange places: a dead city that deserved it, a cave of hallucinations, a NCR base where the laws of physics do not apply… Grab some gecko jerky and a postcard. It’s time for a road trip.

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Closing Song: Fiddlesticks Rag (OC Remix) by Diodes

You can find me on Twitter @Vrykerion and on Twitch where I record this footage live at http://www.Twitch.tv/Vrykerion

Time is an Illusion, The Plot Doubly So – Final Fantasy 1 #8 [END]

The Fiends have been defeated (Sort of), the Darkness defeated (Kinda), and all that’s left is to talk to the Old Guys at Crescent Lake and end this thing (Not at all). Time to do the Time Warp and hop back 2000 years to finish the story, build on theories, and have our minds blown a few more times!

Original Archived Full Stream Here.

Opening Song: Hymn to the Crystals (OC Remix) by Rebecca E Tripp
Closing Song: Fiddlesticks Rag (OC Remix) by Diodes

You can find me on Twitter @Vrykerion and on Twitch where I record this footage live at Twitch.tv/Vrykerion

Putting Down the Pup of Primm – Fallout New Vegas (Evil Playthrough) #2

Vrykerion’s travels continue to the town of Primm on the hunt for some answers. Unfortunately those answers are being held by some rather annoying characters who are themselves being held by some unsavory ones. Well, it’s a good thing we packed ammo.

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Closing Song: Fiddlesticks Rag (OC Remix) by Diodes

You can find me on Twitter @Vrykerion and on Twitch where I record this footage live at http://www.Twitch.tv/Vrykerion

I Guess It’s JUST A THEORY – Final Fantasy I #7

As we dive into the Mirage Tower, Vry reflects on the story of the game so far and has a few “Game Theories” of his own about what’s going on. Wait. What’s this? We need WHAT?! Ugh. Time to go fetch a stick.

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Thumbnail Moogle Art Source: Winter-Artwork (https://www.deviantart.com/winter-artwork)
Opening Song: Hymn to the Crystals (OC Remix) by Rebecca E Tripp
Closing Song: Fiddlesticks Rag (OC Remix) by Diodes

You can find me on Twitter @Vrykerion and on Twitch where I record this footage live at Twitch.tv/Vrykerion

Yes, we ARE the Baddies – Fallout New Vegas (Evil Playthrough) #1

Welcome to the quaint town of Goodsprings. It’s a friendly community where kids run along their irradiated soil yards playing with cowboy robots that no one – not even the NPCs – trusts. That is until Vrykerion shows up with a bullet in his head and scowl on his face.

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Closing Song: Fiddlesticks Rag (OC Remix) by Diodes

You can find me on Twitter @Vrykerion and on Twitch where I record this footage live at http://www.Twitch.tv/Vrykerion

What Else Lives Under The Sea? – Final Fantasy I #6

The Third Fiend awaits us as we dive to the bottom of the World’s oceans to find the lost Sunken Shrine. We’ll fight sharks, we’ll find treasure, and why not we’ll rescue some mermaids.

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Opening Song: Hymn to the Crystals (OC Remix) by Rebecca E Tripp
Closing Song: Fiddlesticks Rag (OC Remix) by Diodes

You can find me on Twitter @Vrykerion and on Twitch where I record this footage live at Twitch.tv/Vrykerion

Rags to Riches: The Howard Boltechi Story – Sims 4 Get Famous

Everyone has a dream. Some dream of glory, or riches or fame. Some dream of all of those. And some who have that dream are insane nigh-homeless people who have a competition between number of teeth and levels in Charisma. Meet Howard Boltechi (HoBo for short) and witness his origins on his journey to Getting Famous.

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Closing Song: Fiddlesticks Rag (OC Remix) by Diodes

You can find me on Twitter @Vrykerion and on Twitch where I record this footage live at http://www.Twitch.tv/Vrykerion

Trials and Tails and Oxy-Ales – Final Fantasy I #5

Well, we all knew it would happen one day. Our little Warriors of Light have leveled all up and it’s time for them to get Jobs. But to do that we’re gonna have to prove ourselves to Bahamut, the King of Dragons. Why? I dunno. He’s the one handing out promotions? Then it’s off to run some errands to get ready to tackle the Water Shrine… Where is the Water Shrine anyway?

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The Problem of Faction Pride

A little while ago on Twitter I saw someone ask the question, “After the Burning of Teldrassil, how could anyone follow Sylvanas?” The idea being that since Warchief Windrunner eagerly committed genocide on twenty-three-thousand Night Elves – men, women and children – how could anyone continue to follow a person like that? It’s a question that actually gave me some thought.

I’m going to focus my talk today on just the player base and not the in-universe npcs and characters. Why? Well because ultimately when it comes down to it the answer for the NPCs is pretty obvious: they don’t get a choice. They’ll do whatever the writers want and there isn’t much of free will. If they need a reason to stay, the writers will concoct one. That’s how fiction works. No fictional character has autonomy. They and the situations they find themselves in are manufactured. The Horde follows Sylvanas, the Alliance supports their High King now, and Superman didn’t have to kill anyone. Okay? So let’s move on to the more interesting question.

Why did players back Sylvanas committing genocide? And by genocide, I mean the death of other fictional beings. But lets not kid ourselves into thinking just because the deaths were not real that we have card blanche to not care. When a character in Final Fantasy XIV’s latest expansion, Shadowbringers, stated that he viewed our characters, our NPC allies, and every other sentient person in the world as “Sub-human” and thus paid their potential deaths as no concern as an obstacle to his grand plan – there was some serious talk going down in the Final Fantasy fandom about this. Namely about how a character who wants to commit genocide gets painted fairly sympathetically in the end. A lot of people were not comfortable with that. Some people didn’t have an issue with that. Others were downright thirsty for the guy and that also raised a lot of questions.

My point being that the lives lost being ‘fictional’ isn’t an excuse to hand waive being okay with genocide. So what is it then? Well, at the risk of sounding like a senior who votes straight conservative on every election: That’s their team. Let me explain. The World of Warcraft has probably more than any other MMORPG that I can recall played heavily into the concept of ‘Faction Pride’ that whether you chose Alliance or Horde says something about you and indeed is something other players will judge you for. From Battle for Azeroth‘s ad campaign that pitted red hooded Horde players against blue jersey’d Alliance players, to stories of random jokes of saying “/spit” to a player of the opposite faction you bumped into the bus, all the way to Blizzard themselves egging on each faction at the start of every Blizzcon. Warcraft is built on your faction identity. No other aspect of your character is so publicly identified. The roots of backing your own faction dates to the earliest incarnations of vanilla WoW, where I distinctly recall heated arguments over Horde favoritism vs Alliance favoritism from the developers when it came to racial abilities, zone quests, and of course battleground layouts. You are the faction you choose to main.

So when it was announced that 23,000 people were murdered by having their homes burnt to the ground, it’s entirely likely that a lot of Horde players just heard “Warchief kills 23,000 Alliance in a single blow” and didn’t care much beyond that. It’s horrific, right? But who cares – your team won. If they don’t like it, that’s just typical Alliance whining again. How many Horde soldiers have died to the crappy defenses in Alterac? Alliance will just complain the moment something doesn’t go their way because Blizz spoils them. Sometimes they’re joking, and sometimes not. So is just that Horde players are bad? Not at all. It goes both ways. After all, would the Burning of Teldrassil been such a narrative victory for Horde players if they hadn’t just come out of switching/killing/watching their various warchiefs die multiple times? Hell, Voljin did jack all considering we were in an alternate timeline for his entire time as Warchief. Ultimately, the problem and the cycle that it perpetuates is one not of one side getting different or better treatment but of Faction Pride itself.

Other MMOs I play, I’ve never seen this level of animosity between the factions – and make no mistake every MMO post WoW has tried to do the whole faction thing at launch. Elder Scrolls Online has three factions and outside of the PvP Cyrodil zone it doesn’t really seem to matter much. Star Wars the Old Republic has its natural divide between Republic and Empire that is treated more like an organic rift that hasn’t done much of anything except prevent one side from winning in the narrative to the point where their latest expansion does away with the concept of faction pride entirely and lets you support whatever side you want. Jedi that backs the Empire? Sure. Why not. Final Fantasy XIV’s factions – the three Grand Companies – are a complete afterthought that is almost entirely cosmetic.

But you won’t find this issue in any of them. Not that it doesn’t come up, but its either a complete non-issue like in Star Wars because it’s Star Wars and we didn’t blink at the population of the Death Star getting snuffed we’re not gonna weep for a dreadnaught, or Final Fantasy XIV where actual meaning debate occurs in the wake of such a topic. Because no one is just rooting for their side. Their team.

Now this isn’t speaking for everyone who plays WoW. I’ve seen plenty of examples of people saying that Sylvanas actions during Battle for Azeroth is what convinced them to faction change their main. Which is a far better reason than liking the Alliance Garrison better than the Horde one (that was my reason by the way). In the end, it’s still a game with millions of players. There’s not going to be any universal agreement. But I wanted to talk about what I thought the answer to the question was. All I keep coming back to that: Faction Pride. It’s a toxic concept that I’ve seen take deeper root in World of Warcraft than anywhere else.

So yeah. uh… I can’t think of a joke to end this on. Shoot. Why did Pepe cross the road? Because someone used that whistle?

Not great, I know. Till next time people.

Behold the Warrior of Odd – Final Fantasy XIV Patch 5.1

Some call him the Pun Survivor, the Snarker of Eorzea or Hydaelyn’s Jester. But to the people of Nordvrandt he’ll always be… The Warrior of Odd. Enjoy this sarcastic romp of highlights through the Patch 5.1 Main Scenario.

Full Stream Here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7mDGD-Auz5Hopk4hMkCQQ1-holAWw7Bv

Closing Song: Fiddlesticks Rag (OC Remix) by Diodes

You can find me on Twitter @Vrykerion and on Twitch where I record this footage live at Twitch.tv/Vrykerion

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