If I ever want to reveal my age* then I can just talk about the days when Commodore 64 games used to take an hour to load.
I've just seen someone complain about a C64 game taking 17 whole minutes to load. JFC, you can thank Jeff Minter of Llamasoft for that, according to my mother. Back when I was a wee sprog, I remember C64 games taking up to an hour to load, because they were loading from a tape into the internal memory — one person put it at ~5 seconds per single count on the tape, maybe more. And if you were lucky, after that hour the game'd be ready to play. If you were unlucky the game'd have corrupted in loading and you had to start again.
Jeff Minter of Llamasoft, famous for the Mutant Camel games and who lived at home with his mum, worked on the fast loader system, which meant games might only(!) take 30 minutes or less to load.
Interestingly, Jeff Minter's still going now and games load a damn sight quicker now than they did then...
Not that my Amiga emulator would agree, given it's decided to take forever to load Flashback... I know it's accurate as to game loading times, but I'm not swapping four disks out of drive DF0 now, am I?**
* I reveal my age on a regular basis. It's no great spoiler.
** I've got so many shiny new advanced games to play... and yet I'm playing an emulated game released back when I was 7 or so. Funny ol' world, ain't it? I was playing one released when I was 1 not that long ago.
There were some ... issues with my last home shopping delivery, most notably a bottle of alcohol I'd ordered being put in a large plastic container (which is what's used to store your shopping in the van) along with just one other glass bottle. Unsurprisingly, with two bottles rattling along alone in one large container, one of them smashed, so the poor driver had to spend the day going around with a van stinking of whisky.
I'm pretty sure that when they get people doing the packing, they get to the point where they're either completely blasé and careless, or they quit (case in point: another driver who doesn't necessarily enjoy driving, but it beats working in the store). Also case in point: the person who thought it was a great idea to shove a pack of spuds on top of a living chive plant.
Weirdly, also case in point, just to show it's not just home shopping where packers are morons, the time someone at Parcelforce decided my mother's wine order from Aldi got put underneath a LOT of heavy things, and promptly smashed. Another poor driver who got to drive around breathing fumes — worse for him, since the back of his van wasn't a separate entity. I suspect this is part of the reason they moved to Yodel.
(Double shocker, I know, that someone could consider Yodel more effective than Parcelforce... but it's not the drivers that're the issue, it's the packers. Luckily for me, both Yodel and Parcelforce are — usually — great here.)
So long (long) story short, I've just had my refund for it. Which is great because I just ordered a 4TB HD. This PC has so many large images and 3D files I've had to start deleting games, which is frankly just rude. Freeing up some space is desperately needed...
One of the perks of the job: I know how to say "son of a bitch" in both French and Spanish now, along with "eat shit" in Japanese. Honestly, I'd pretty much understood the 'eat shit' one anyway because "kuso taberu" is pretty... uh, clear, but it was interesting to find that smooshing it all together means it means something totally inoffensive in Swahili...
I wasn't that fussed beyond the fact it looks pretty (and those're ten a penny these days), but I played the demo and really enjoyed the approach. The control system is clunky, but it somehow fits together nicely and it was a surprise to be disappointed that it ended. I replayed it a couple of times to try out new things and still haven't deleted it because there are other paths I want to try when I'm not playing Horizon Zero Dawn.
So that's something to look forward to arriving.
Wish my mounts would stop vanishing in HZD tho.
When did Leon S. Kennedy go from All-American Thicko to some random flat-haired Scandi?
Well, the acting's about on a par with the games, anyway.