I've been... attempting to unwind. Not going near the Nexus for the purposes of support.
Played a bit of FO3. Relaxed via stripping, cleaning, inspecting, and reassembling my new MRP (and damn, is that quick change barrel system slick...).
Still, all good things must come to an end, so here I sit. Still not touching the GECK for awhile, but I was looking up the viability of a random quest generator.
Things... do not look promising, but what do I know?
While I was perusing forums, I came across something else, though, that drew my attention; and reminded me why I'm usually ten minutes away from turning my back on the entire FO3 community at any given time.
There was a post - I'm not going to link it because, really, it wasn't decent enough to warrant verbatim reproduction - lamenting the fact that you can't have a "girlfriend" in Fallout 3. Of course, there were the usual bitches that Bethsoft didn't write any form of romance into the quests.
I'd normally jump on board with that sentiment... but considering how piss-poorly Clover and Cross are designed, I can't say as I'd be first in line to try out their idea of a proper lover for the player.
The participants continued on, lamenting even the lack of a partner in mod form. They then discussed things that said girlfriend could do for the player, including "increasing charisma while with you" and "going places and getting stuff for you".
At this point, I'll spare my female readers' tempers and resist the urge to make a joke about staying in the kitchen, making sandwiches.
Firstly, I'm disappointed that such is the extent of these peoples' imaginations. A dream partner... and all you can think of is shopping for you? Pathetic. What's next? "Sweep the vault while I'm gone"?
But mainly, it's the lack of initiative that makes me cringe. You want a partner, a companion... hell, a maid? Create one.
Pick a companion system. RR, SCC, EZ, copy the vanilla followers, copy Tarrant's setup... it all works. Make her look like you want, add some dialog, create a few packages...
You can quite literally have damn near anyone you want in the game; provided you're willing to accept some limitations on hair styles, outfits - and most importantly, put the time in. Sure, it takes forever, but it's hardly complicated work. There are several of us who have already done the shit work of laying the basics. The rest is just details and RefIDs.
Really is a microcosm of 'modern society' on the whole, I think. Where so few people are willing to simply step up and make what they want; instead standing around loudly complaining that someone else won't do it for them.
Would you really want to emotionally invest in a companion someone else created, anyway? I know I don't.
(although I'll confess Nathyrra of NWN XP3 did have her moments)
I dunno. Maybe I've just spent too much time hip-deep in the AI, and ascribe things to it that I shouldn't.