Ever since a kid I’ve enjoyed the street fighter series, starting with Street fighter I. I later moved onto Street fighter II and found it to be somewhat easier to beat, but much more fun vs human opponents. After that I took a hiatus until the late 90s when all those “alpha” streetfighters showed up. I’ve always enjoyed them, and always have been good at them. Don’t get me wrong, the game can be frustrating, but as far as games in the big picture go, it’s not the hardest thing out there.
So I was surprised to read many blogs and reviews about Street Fighter IV, saying it was “too hard to beat”, even on “Easy setting.” Hmm, I thought. I eventually got around to getting the game mid March. I played it, and after about an hour was fully warmed up. I played through the entire game on “medium-hard” (second hardest), completely devastating the characters except for Blanka, he was the only guy who gave me trouble. After about 5 tries with him I overcame him. I play Ryu by the way.
All the characters after Blanka were a complete slaughter fest. Even the last boss fell during my first try, beating him 2 out of 3 rounds. He was cheap, sure. But I would expect that from a last boss.. Anyway, I thought back to the blogs. All the whining about the game made me laugh, “The game is too hard, all the computer does is use super moves.” This game was very easy to beat, while using trivial attacks. Here’s a tip: super moves are a distraction for shallow gamers whose job it is to make real gamers look good. It has always been more effective to use regular punches and kicks to down an opponent than to rely on graphical ooh and ahh effects. I didn’t even use the super deluxe thing that builds up energy, not even once. I didn’t know how, because at that time I beat it I hadn’t even read the manual yet.
I won’t tell you my secrets, but they involve a lot of punching and kicking. “The game is too hard.” We’ve got a new generation of gamers out there, and they suck. Here’s a challenge, try Street Fighter I on an emulator, if you dare. I have played it, it has to be the most inconsistent game ever. Sometimes your hits land, sometimes they don’t. There doesn’t appear to be any rhyme or reason to it. Sometimes I will play the emulator through to the end in 10 minutes, other times I will flail hopelessly against the first two opponents until I give up. Looking back I know why I dumped so many quarters into that game back in the day. It was very unpredictable, and very unforgiving. Don’t get me wrong, when I won it it was a well deserved win. You could never let your guard down in that game. If you can get over the primitive graphics, you will realize that you have got it easy with SF IV.
Yes sah. We got canned here at AOL, as predicted. Our Tucson site will be closing in December 16th and along with it our jobs. We get one month severance package (yay). I only wish they would start the severance early so I could chill while finding another job.
In any case here is how the day went. On Wednesday, October 18th I went into work and I saw the Channel 13 news van. I figured, either someone got shot, or we’re getting laid off. It was that simple. And I was correct on the second account. I walked in and immediately was greeted by the Workforce management person. They had us go into a room where we listened to a Human Resources person give a spiel about why our site was getting shutdown, and what our benefits were. Well we know this was going to happen (refer to this article).
It was funny, because I was already going to jump the second I got another job offer, so this did not have the “scary” effect they supposed it would have on me. I do however, feel sorry for those who were counting on this job as it will no doubt affect them unless they can get employment quickly.
In any case, I left with a bottled water and a threat not to talk to the media or we risk losing our severance package. (Good luck figuring out who I am). Obviously that went over well. I don’t know why they didn’t want us talking to the media, maybe the media would paint them in a bad light because they are keeping India call centers open. But people should’ve known that was going to happen the second the India callcenter’s opened.
They don’t “augment” workforces with India, they replace them. And it’s so common now no one will make a big fuss when it happens. Any remaining employees working for Dell or any other big company that outsources, your jobs are in jeopardy whether your company admits it or not. I suggest education and training, and looking for a more reliable position. I will not give away my plans as I feel it may be used to identify me, but needless to say I will not be in bad shape.
For those who got canned, we salute you!
Kim Jong Il has pushed his country forward to testing their nuclear arsenal. A long range Taepodong-2 missile was placed on a launch pad. The U.S. believes it is not fueled yet and they are aiming for the middle of the ocean.
So we decided to put up our missile defense system which costs billions. Although tests have shown it not to be highly effective yet. We probably would have done better to have created a system which launches flaming cans of Alpo for a few bucks.
Well… short post I guess. I guess I could add some nonesense like, “We should go to Ping Pong and take out Kim Jong and his missle dong”. Ok, got that out and now back to fashioning my foil hat.