_Edit_: Five months later. I finished the game. The story was weak and the characters not that good. The map was pretty fantastic but a map does not a game make. RDRO is a disaster.

I wanted to start gathering my thoughts on Red Dead Redemption 2. I’m at about 66% through the game and haven’t finished the main story.

Technically, there was a big bug early in the game where several of the main gang characters were AWOL from camp. They give out side quests in the form of favours. I missed several of those and thus have missed a trophy which I’ll have to start a second game for. Of course I would have played through a second time but that’s beside the point. It’s a pretty big bug for a Rockstar game.

Maybe it’s a bit premature to be talking about the story but I find it a bit lacking. Arthur, the main character, is a bit bland. There’s not much backstory time given to him. He is the main hero or anti-hero depending on how you play but I feel like I’ve learnt very little of how he got to the point of being in this gang, being an outlaw. The dynamics of the different characters in the gang are interesting and take up a chunk of the narrative space in the story but it shouldn’t take away from that bonding that should be happening between the player and the main protagonist. After all, we want the player to care about Arthur, right?

Arthur is up against it because, we the players who know the series and have played and loved the last Red Dead know Dutch and we definitely know this young whippersnapper, John Marston. (As an aside, the voice-acting for Arthur has grown on me slowly but the guys that do Dutch and John have more colour.) The honour missions and the whole huge load of random encounters would have been the places where Arthur’s backstory could’ve been explored.

why did I ever hitch my wagon to flickr?

And so I find myself in a bit of a bind in that I now realise that Flickr is going mealy-mouthed next Jan. It’d always been a slow slide downhill when Yahoo had it. Nearly every change they made was bad. I always hoped google would buy it off them because it seemed like it’d be more viable.

The new owners of Flickr are not going to stick by the 1Tb free thing Yahoo had going. If a person, ie. me, wants to keep a free account it’s limited to 1000 photos. I have 17000 photos on there! They will start deleting photos in Jan. For all the private happy snaps of inconsequential moments, I can download them. But the real problem is that for years I have been posting fotos on this here Sunny Breaks with the image being drawn from Flickr. There must be hundreds and hundreds and they’re all going to go dead.

You could argue that it shouldn’t mean much to me given that I blog less than 12 times a year these days but it still matters. Keeping a blog running long term takes work.

time slip

Whoops! There goes a couple more months! 

This is how life is with a 2.25 year old I suppose.

It’s amazing the advances they’re making with light bulbs these days. I really liked the warm white squiggly flouro bulbs because they use so much less juice. But then they made bulbs that don’t even have to be squiggly no more, plus they shine up straight away. Also there’s these old-timey industrial looking ones that are also low voltage and very nice warm gold yellow look. Not great for reading but that’s okay. And now I just bought a couple of LED bulbs that simulate fire. Five watts, flickery. Amazing.

I think my son is planning to kill me and make love to my wife.