I’ve seen some talk of flu and colds on my dash lately, and I would like to tell you a story about my aunt. She, like many people, works at a job where taking time off for illnesses is frowned upon. The penalties were high enough to make her keep working through what she thought was a flu.
One night, her condition declined rapidly and she was taken to the emergency room. She had sepsis. Her kidneys were on the brink of shutting down, her blood pressure was dangerously low, and she had a heart murmur. She was taken to a major hospital in St. Louis and immediately put in the ICU.
Not even 24 hours into her stay, she had developed pneumonia in addition to the sepsis. Not long after that, the source of the heart murmur was discovered to be the infection eating away at her aorta. She had to have emergency surgery, and the surgeons left her open in the likely event that they would have to operate again. She’s on ventilation and dialysis. Basically, she’s barely hanging on to life by a thread.
All of this because she thought she had a bad flu when really she had sepsis. This video shows the symptoms to look out for. It’s made for a UK audience, but really, this information could save lives everywhere.
I get some sort of sick satisfaction watching new SWTOR players on the Quinn tag.
When they first see/get him, they’re all, *squeal* “LOOK AT HIM, HE IS SO HANDSOME AND THE WAY HE RESPONDS TO FLIRTING IS SO CUUUTE.”
Some posts later, this turns into, “WHY DID YOU DO THIS TO ME QUINN, WHYYYY?!” *ugly crying*
It makes me giggle. Teehee.
Misleading Conversation Options
One thing I would give an overhaul to, if I could, would be the conversation option summaries.
I was just in a somewhat lengthy conversation where the last options were something along the lines of 1) Let’s review. 2) Sounds easy enough. 3) [Refuse mission]. The first option sounds like you’re going to go over the conversation again and the second sounds like you will say something like, “I understand what I need to do.” WRONG. The second option turned into a snippy, “So easy a child could do it.” That would have been totally out of character for my completely light side consular, so I had to exit out and start it again.
First, I would make sure the option summaries more closely represent the spoken dialogue. Example:
1) I will be diplomatic.
Spoken: Hopefully I can make them see reason through diplomacy.
2) I will threaten them.
Spoken: I’m sure a little pressure will make them give up the goods.
3) They will die.
Spoken: I will leave no witnesses.
Second, I would add a word in parentheses next to the options to note the overall tone of the line. Whenever possible, these words would correspond to the values that companions either like or dislike, so people can have an idea how their companion would react. Example:
1) You can count on me. (Positive, honorable)
2) I hope this thing doesn’t backfire. (Cautious)
3) You better pay me well. (Greedy, threatening)
Lastly, I would make sure all romantic conversation options are marked, so you know exactly what options begin, continue, and end a romantic relationship. There are lots of conversations where the second and third options offer a more interesting relationship path, but since those are usually the more negative options in a conversation, it can be too risky to choose them. There are also points where an innocent gesture could either begin or end a relationship when the player is not expecting that outcome.
Overall, I think some changes to the conversation options would be a nice improvement, but I doubt it ever happens. A girl can dream. :P
Not sure if my taste buds are on vacation or this Jack in the Box food was fried in used motor oil.
I think the spicy chicken ciabatta sandwich thing a few years ago was the only good thing I’ve ever had from there. :|
I keep seeing these all over Voss and I half expect to run into a Voss named Heis-En somewhere.
Honestly it would explain half of the stuff that happens on that planet.
Well, the Dewback has been paid for in its own special way. Some meat thawing in the fridge leaked and it all went into the veggie crisper drawer. >__<