I've been looking forward to Cyberpunk 2077 for [checks calendar] eight years, ever since that incredible teaser trailer dropped. I'm a huge fan of the cyberpunk genre, and while I haven't played the OG Cyberpunk 2020 pen-and-paper game, it has a strong reputation. I got increasingly excited as we learned and saw more of the game: it looked incredible, seemed oriented towards a variety of playstyles, and had lots of panache.
My vague plan was to build a PC shortly before the game came out so I could play it at launch. My current build dates from 2014, when I last upgraded to play Dragon Age: Inquisition. When I actually started planning a build last month, though, I realized what tons of people had already warned me about: There is an insane shortage in the graphics card market. Things aren't just overpriced: it is actually impossible to find cards in stock. Any new supply gets bought up in seconds, and often resold on eBay for three times the price.
I'm now tentatively planning to do that upgrade in February, assuming the market settles down by then. Which actually works out perfectly, as by that time the many many reported bugs will hopefully have been squashed, and my initial experience in Cyberpunk can be a good one.
So, instead of playing the latest bleeding-edge graphics-intensive game, I am diving into the blockiest, lowest-resolution game imaginable: Minecraft!
My brother has talked up this game to me for years. I've always been intrigued, but haven't taken the plunge before. I'm generally wary of open-ended games, as I either get bored or, worse, get obsessed, and spend way too much time in a game that never ends.
Minecraft has been a little different, as it's been a nicely social experience. A few months ago, my company decided to stand up a private Minecraft server, and use that as a social gaming outlet. In The Before Times, we used to have monthly Game Nights with board games and card games at the office after work, and people had been missing that experience. Minecraft isn't the same thing, but it's been a really fun place for folks to gather and mess around.
As I've learned, one of the awesome things about Minecraft is that it can be whatever you want it to be. I personally have gone through a lot of phases. For the first couple of months, while I was busy with Stellaris, I would pop on for our every-other-Tuesday "Minecraft Night". We voice-chat on Discord while walking around and looking at what other folks have built. After I started to get more interested, I began digging into the mechanics of the game and learning how to actually do stuff. I went through a long phase of spelunking and dungeon-crawling, descending deep into the earth to battle skeletons and find treasure chests and mine diamonds. More recently I've gotten on a building kick, upgrading my previous minimal forts to a more aesthetically pleasing and livable base.
I'll probably make a couple of posts on Minecraft. For this one, I mostly wanted to show off the amazing things my fellow players have created. We're playing on Survival mode (normal difficulty), so there are lots of torches everywhere to keep the monsters away!
So, let's start out with the office!
Let's go through a tour. (I should emphasize that all of this is eerily true to life.) Here is the entrance right inside the front door, with pinball machines directly in front and the bike-parking space off to the right.