Cheating To Pilot Victoriously a Game

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WordPress Discover: Below

For the month of April 2020, WordPress has reopened its Discover challenges to help bloggers find ideas to write about. I didn’t see their prompt this morning. I set an alarm to wake me, got myself up and at my computer, with a cup of coffee to start me going, and I simply overlooked the prompt.

I thought to look back at the Discover feed to see if a Discover prompt had finally launched. I was dismayed but had an idea.

I saw the prompt for today is the word “below.” I looked back at my blog, and I saw that five years ago I wrote a post, when I was just setting out on WordPress, that fit the theme. While not changing the title of the post, I decided to update it with the word “below” in mind.

A Douglas Adams joke

My mother’s parents bought me the action game Wings for the family Amiga 500 computer when I was a young teenager.  The game grew on me, lending itself to a sense of being more deeply involved in playing games.

Much of Wings consisted of dogfights.  The box for the game contained factual information about WWI, and a narrative within the game took you through to victory in the year 1918.

I liked playing the game.  I just didn’t like being nailed by enemy fire.

Playing the game required extreme player ability.  The dogfights were mad. You flew with a view from over the shoulder of the pilot, in the cockpit of your craft.

Soon the pilot would turn his head. Enemy aircraft was nearing, and the time was then to go in that direction. If bullets hit your plane, you knew you were in trouble.

Then it was time for diving away and getting as far from the dogfight as you could.  If you could get an enemy in front of you, firing a volley ahead of him often meant he would fly right into it, and your trouble would be solved.

The gameplay meant that you were likely to get shot up no matter what happened.  The game fascinated me, but as soon as your pilot met his end, the game required you to begin the war over.  No one would wish for that, particularly with my Amiga computer’s loading time.

There was a workaround that would mean evading death, and hence becoming one of the best pilots of the war, to rival even the famed historical pilot the Red Baron–but it meant cheating, or what you call a “creative workaround.”

I found out by intuition that if enemy aircraft defeated me, I could hit the hard reset command for the computer, and then rebooting the computer would sweep away the game. What was the upshot? The diskette wouldn’t save the destruction of the mission, and I could try again.

With successive missions, your pilot became better at combat. With this method, playing even the hardest missions could be handled with an extraordinary pilot in your control.

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Photographer: Snapwire

No one should treat war lightly, and if the game reflected the time in the life of a teenage pilot at the outset of World War I, I would have gone to the grave. I am sorry, of course, not that I would have been shot down, but that I was so insensitive. However, I appreciate that my grandparents’ gave me the gift, and I reason that they had different views on war (and not computers) than someone from my generation.

How NPC is that?

I suppose I’ve done worse. Anytime I’m challenged in a game, I want to play with a competitive spirit–maybe I get that from my father.

Have you ever had to cheat at something innocent?

Intriguing overseas interview with sly music blogger @toomanyblogs

An articulate and favourite blog site of mine belongs to Manchester, England’s James Hughes, on Twitter as @toomanyblogs and I follow him. James chiefly reviews gigs and artists, and is a student pursuing music in academia.

With @toomanyblogs Manchester, England’s James Hughes takes photos and writes posts which are quite interesting. I had an opportunity to interview him by e-mail Wednesday and Thursday.manchester pinned map

My interest in @toomanyblogs arises from a passing interest in Manchester, England’s James Hughes’ topic of discussion. James clearly takes more than just a passing interest.

Here goes:

1. Who designs your site’s layout? As much as I’d love for the site to be fine tuned to my liking, it’s actually just a wordpress theme. There’s a lot that I’d like to change about it but for now, it’ll do.

2. Did you know starting your blog that you would thrive? How has your reception been? I started the blog as a means of trying to get a foot into the door of the music world. I wasn’t enjoying my career in retail and wanted to try and follow my passion. It was something I was going to try for a year and see what became of it. Reception wise, I mean, I don’t get much feedback what so ever. I’m happy that I’ve managed to avoid any kind of negative feedback but I appreciate any kind of feedback, however it comes. I strive to become better and write in a way that people want to read. I don’t enjoy a lot of music journalism because I feel it focuses too much on trying to sound like an English Literature essay, rather than actually tell me about the band/show/record. Views and visitors are continuously growing though but with no others to compare them to, I’m not sure if it’s in a good place or not.

3. Would you say you’re showcasing UK artists, or artists from your specific region, or are you more simply trusting in the strength of your personal tastes? Region doesn’t come into the question for me. If I like it, I’ll write about it, go and see it and listen to it. If they’re from the UK or from Manchester, well then that’s just a bonus.

4. Are you pleased with the response you get from artists at gigs? Do you mean from if I manage to get to speak to them at a show? I’ve only spoken to three artists so far (in an interview sense) and all three were lovely. Getting time with these people is hard work though, especially as nobody within the online world. Artists that I get to speak to for a couple of moments generally seem interested when I mention I run a blog, but I cant exactly be asking them questions off the bat in that situation. The smaller bands are always really nice. The Barr Brothers come to mind as Brad Barr (the vocalist) agreed right there and then to sit down with me when they’re back in January. I liked that.

5. Is there a specific reason you gave up informing in your site’s “Forgotten Hits” page? Forgotten Hits was ditched because it wasn’t really getting many views from people. I did begin the feature right at the start of the blogs life though and that is possibly why. I won’t remove it just yet because people do sometimes still click through and I’m not sure if I’ll ever bring it back.

6. What do you think the rest of the year holds for @toomanyblogs? The rest of the year is actually going to be a little quiet I guess, we only have two months left and other than a few gigs I don’t have much else planned. I’m actually in university now, studying Music Business, so that will be taking up more and more of my time. Just keep on doing what I’m doing for now I guess. There won’t be any drastic changes just yet.

toomanyblogs_websitethemeManchester, England’s James Hughes: http://toomanyblogs.co.uk/contact-me/