Short Story- Shadowrun: Desecration
It all started two months ago. I'd met a mage by the name of Arkadi
Lev. He seemed like a nice enough guy, for a runner, that is. Maybe in
his thirties, clean shaven, short black hair worn in a simple,
attention-defering style, thin, pale. The perfect counterpart to me, an
eight-foot-two troll street samurai. I get the attention, he takes
advantage of not having it. Or so I thought.
I've learned my lesson about running with newbies. If they ace their
first five missions, be wary. And never mess with a dragon. Sure,
Saeder-Krupp's a huge megacorp, and we were only going after one of
their smaller warehouses, and only testing the security, but for some
reason their security was out in force last night.
We made it to about fifty meters of the warehouse, then the trouble
began. When I went to take a look, Arkadi pushed me. So there I was, in
front of ten or so armed guards, stumbling with an assault rifle in
What did I do? The same thing us
runners always do. I called in backup. See, I thought Arkadi was in
with S-K, so I made sure that I had Flare to back me up. Flare's a
decker-rigger, an Elf, and a wonderful cook. She's always competent
when behind the wheel of one of those combat-drones, so I had her tag
along, using a UAV to trace the area. So while I was emptying some
Ares-sponsored firepower into the S-K goons, Flare was launching a
flare up Arkadi's armor vest. Yeah, it's ruthless, but it didn't kill
the kid, so we decided he'd learned his lesson and moved on to the rest
of the fraggers shooting at me. That's when I remembered I forgot the
rest of my assault rifle ammo. Nothing frags up a run like being out of
bullets. So, naturally, I used the next best weapon. The Ares Predator
I bought Arkadi happened to be that. He always wondered why I bought
him a smartlink gun when getting a smartlink would drain his essence.
Heh, I just told him I got it from a cooling street-sam a couple of
runs before he joined. It was really for me.
Flare moved her drone over out of cover, and the S-K fraggers started
shooting the drek out of it. They stopped after they noticed their head
count was literally decreasing. One nice thing about smartlinks are
that they make aiming easy. Anyways, we decided that the poor cooling
guards were out there for a reason, so it was the best idea to go
inside and check the place out. One thing about us runners, we sure as
heck don't take clues very well. Fortunately, my mage friend Trent was
in the neighborhood, so I had him do an astral scan of the warehouse.
The place was protected by a mage, as well as a couple of hellhounds.
We decided to use Arkadi as bait. After all, he pushes me out into the
open, I return the favor. Hellhounds just love human flesh, but they
hate manablasts. Poor Arkadi. If he was still alive, he didn't last
I put a charge on the doorstep.
Sure enough, the mage came out to assess the situation, and then the
bomb went off. Poor fragger. At least we had access to the warehouse
now. And you'll never guess what we found.
Dragons, such as Lofwyr, who owns Saeder-Krupp, are notorious for
stockpiling lots of loot. Particularly loot from ancient ages, or other
magic or rare stuff. Lofwyr had lots of gold in his warehouse,
apparently. He also happened to be storing BMW cars and GIAT weapons.
Flare especially liked the handful of ATT equipment we got her. Me?
I was just happy for the nuyen.
NOTE: I may make this one into a serial, or at least re-use the characters.
Microsoft to "Delist" Xbox Live Arcade Games?
Now, many of you know I use a 360 for gaming, but I just read something
very disturbing on Gaming Today. I read that Xbox Live Arcade Games
could be delisted. Now, I'm no big fan of Microsoft, but I've been
needing a good reason to switch to PS3 for a long time, and if they
remove my games and I don't get back what I paid for them and extra for
the inflicted agony they've inflicted (there are some of those games I
enjoy) on us alternative gamers who like games nobody else does, I'll
switch all my buying over to saving and acquiring a PS3. Sure I don't
play XBLA games that much, but there are many I enjoy that I would be
mad at Microsoft if they cut. It needs a Metacritic average of under
65, and a conversion rate of under six percent, but why bother? How
much does it cost you, Microsoft, to keep my arcade games available to
those who would want to buy them and (if I could afford your freakin'
multiplayer plan anyways) play them with me?
Why Sixty Dollars for That Crap?
Now, this goes mainly to the game development industry, but also to
anyone listening. Why can you charge sixty dollars for that crap? Don't
cite poor sales, if it were worth the price it would be bought more
often. I have no objection to shelling out 90 bucks for a copy of
Oblivion with all its DLC, but I won't buy a movie game for $60. I
already know the plot, and odds are it won't hold me for as long as it
took me to earn the money. I'm fine with paying $60 for a game, but it
has to be a good game, not reheated crap. It's like paying $4 for a
hamburger. You'd only do it for a good hamburger, or you'd feel ripped
off. Granted, if you only paid $4 for a steak, you'd feel like you were
getting a good deal. See what I'm talking about? Minimal efforts
recieve minimal returns, so if you make a poor game, don't charge max
market price for it, charge only as much as people would enjoy.