I've been having some truly irregular dreams lately.
Just the other night, I dreamt I bought a pistol (a
Walther P99, for you gun freaks out there) and came
home to find some moderately untrustworthy looking guy
offering to pay money to cut down some poppies that
were growing next to the garage of my grandmother's
house. Then I was upstairs showing the pistol to an
old classmate of mine, then I look out the window and
the ground where the poppies had been is a spot of
bare earth. I go down the stairs and see the
untrustworthy guy in my grandfather's recliner
watching TV with my whole family in the room. Someone
says something about the cops, and suddenly the guy
has a gun in his hand (some kind of revolver). I
loaded my gun while sitting on the steps, and he
gestures around the room with his gun, and I start
shooting, only instead of blowing this punk away from
the three foot distance between us, my gun instead
fires little yellow pellets that kinda bounce off him
without penetrating. Then one ricochets and hits me in
the throat, punching through my skin at the place
where your neck meets your collar bones, and I start
bleeding everywhere. So I just stick my fingers in the
hole to plug it and shoot the guy in his throat from
point blank. Then I woke up and nearly freaked.
That's the second time I've had a dream where I got
shot and felt the would 1)exist and 2)leak something.
The first time I was shot in the eye by some militant
with a silenced Precision rifle from Red Faction. Good
game. Nice gun. Bad dream.
Is this normal? Am I going crazy? Am I all ready crazy
and just starting to really freak?
And all of this is, of course, leading to something
involving games. Fallout: Tactics to be precise. Have
you played it? Is it good?
I wouldn't know, even though I'm staring at the box
right now. You see, my computer has a problem. Not
with the minimum requirements, oh no, I play the demo
version just fine. But with the third CD. For some
unGodly reason, my computer (a Compaq Presario 1200
notebook) simply will not accept that the third CD
exists when I put it into the CD-ROM. It's not a
problem with the CD, so far as I (and my local
computer store) can tell, since EVERY OTHER CD-ROM IN
THE FIGGIN UNIVERSE recognizes CD3 just fine. Mine
simply won't ANY CD3 for Fallout: Tactics. I'm working
on stealing a friend's burner to try and make a copy,
but don't want to waste a CD-R on a game that's not
I bought it used, so I didn't pay retail, and can get
store credit if I bring it back, or I can buy a whole
new CD-ROM for this piece of crap. What do you think I
should do? I've got access to a CD burner, a Zip
drive, a LAN, sixty feet of bailing twine, a gallon of
diesel, two matches and one pink bunny slipper.
Help me, Obi-Wan Chernobi, you're my only hope before
I get store credit and buy a game I'll really hate.
~Rufus "God DAMMIT!!" Ravencroft
Putting any sort of unprofessional analysis of your psyche aside, those dreams sound pretty kick-ass. The closest drea I ever had like either of those was the time I dreamt I was Solid Snake hiding in a dentist's office. I didn't understand that one either. Maybe you have some sort of gun fetish, or you're feeling insecure about your own ability to protect your loved ones. Maybe the people assaulting you are representations of your own innermost fears. Maybe the guns are some kind of phallic symbols and this is all some kind of repressed sexuality jive. Phew! Do you smell that? Sure gets kinda stinky when you talk out of your own ass as much as I do.
Fallout Tactics is an above average game. The control system can get kind of clunky, and it really depends on how much you like the whole Fallout series. It's a nice little TRPG, though. I really don't think it's worth that much grief, and personally, I'd use that store credit to pick up something like Morrowwind or Neverwinter Nights. Also, if you don't have it already, Deus Ex is a good game that you can pick up for a moderate amount of cash. Despite its absence on this site, Deus Ex is one of the best PC RPGs I've ever played.
I'm probably not the only one to get this, but the quote is from the rad
comic series Preacher, by the demented Garth Ennis and the depraved Steve
Dillon. Can't remember the part, but I think it's his gran'ma doing the
talking..? Anyway, I do actually have a question for you: now that Square
has bought Quest, do you think that there might be a sequel to Final Fantasy
Tactics (seeming as how a lot of the dudes behind FFT work at Quest...