More of the same

Still not feeling up to speed yet, been mostly staying in bed listening to the sound of rain droplets against the roof and the sounds of space nazi’s hitting the ground just as hard. I’m hoping I’ll feel well enough for work tomorrow, and well enough after work to possibly work on some website/SFM stuff. Though I can already half predict me passing out after returning home tomorrow… Regardless I’ll attempt to post something not relating to Wolfenstein II tomorrow. trollface

Wolfenstein 2 Thread (Contains Spoilers)

I had plans to play something multiplayer with a friend or two today, but alas I started feeling ill. So I pretty much kept to myself in Wolfenstein 2 instead, which I can add to the list of games I’m addicted to at the moment (if you can’t tell by my play time). Ordinarily I would have considered the price of the game to be high even for the last sale, but given the good reviews and the subject matter I figured I would bite the bullet and give it a shot.

One thing I like about these new reboots and sequels has been how they reference the old days, even going to great lenghs like having the original Wolfenstein 3D (relabeled as Wolfstone3D) in game, able to play from beginning to end.

Doesn’t get more meta than this.

You can even save from within your save. razz Other than changing some textures and sprites it’s literally the original game. The only difference is that you are fighting yourself instead of Hitler, and all other bosses have been replaced with people in your resistance unit. Wolfenstein 3D was literally the first FPS I ever played (and back then it was the ONLY one in existence), and I thought it was a real nice touch. Perhaps for my next playthrough I’ll do nothing but finish it. razz

Of course it’s not all nazi murder, there is this siamese monkey pet the doctor on board has. Even this game has an element of cute in it, in a freakish sort of way.

I remember this being on one of the gaming sites either before or shortly after the release, my jaw dropped then and did again when experiencing it again for myself. It made me think of current times, these types thinking just because an orange jockstrap is in charge of our country that these types can rise up again. It was amusing watching the Klansmen struggle with “Danke” though.

At one point you get your head chopped off, and your friends save your head and graft it onto a cybernetic body, before doing so I was alive as a head in a jar ala Futurama. They explained what was going to happen then gave me options regarding what powerup I wanted. I could have armor that I could use to ram my way through enemies and walls, or I could constrict my body to fit through tiny holes, but no… I had to choose the stilt upgrade to let me get up to high places. So once again I find myself as a cyborg with stilts high heels.

I can’t seem to escape it, why?

Back to making pr0n

I’m starting up video editing again now that I’ve found the time, and speaking of time it’ll take longer. As I’ve said more than a few times in the past I’ve been wanting to get back into this style of video:

Probably not for every video, but I do want to try getting back into splicing animation with gameplay, just like the good ol days.

Late Night Open Thread

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Not much to write about tonight. I made chicken sausages with a warm potato salad, bacon and onion. I’ve been doing a bit more cooking lately to help around the house, and maintain that I have food and not artificial substances that could pass as food. Kind of bummed that I didn’t have any sauerkraut to go with the sausages. It was good sauerkraut though, made with wine, though I tend to like Bavarian and German types, and even the Korean equivalent (Kimchi).

Anyone else having some good eats?

PSA for all Intel processor owners

If you’re using a system with an Intel CPU of any generation (and I know most of you do) this information regarding a serious bug in Intel’s processors is definitely worth a read.

Programmers are scrambling to overhaul the open-source Linux kernel’s virtual memory system. Meanwhile, Microsoft is expected to publicly introduce the necessary changes to its Windows operating system in an upcoming Patch Tuesday: these changes were seeded to beta testers running fast-ring Windows Insider builds in November and December.

Crucially, these updates to both Linux and Windows will incur a performance hit on Intel products. The effects are still being benchmarked, however we’re looking at a ballpark figure of five to 30 per cent slow down, depending on the task and the processor model. More recent Intel chips have features – such as PCID – to reduce the performance hit. Your mileage may vary.

They’re saying that it won’t impact gaming, but if you’re into things like database management, cloud storage, video editing, game server hosting, etc etc this could be rather grim. I don’t do much database management apart from what’s on my webhost, but I do a lot of other CPU intensive activities such as video editing, and I run gameservers which could take a performance hit as a result of this bug. I’m intrigued to see how peoples systems handle after they update.

Sadly this can only be fixed at the software level, if Intel were to recall all CPU’s that fall under this vulnerability it would be too expensive. The only way to get rid of this problem for sure is to A: Buy AMD architecture as that does not have the same problems, or B: wait for Intel to put out an entirely new processor without this particular flaw. In my case either choice would result in getting an entirely new motherboard/processor/memory. I’ve mentioned awhile back that I am indeed interested in Ryzen, but that was still a ways off for me as my Xeon still holds steady.

This could be a game changer.

Why does this exist?

Someone turned an XBox One X into a gaming laptop and they charge $2,495.

Complete XBOOK ONE X System (1TB) is going to be $2,495.00 plus shipping. Flat Rate Express Shipping of $150.00 to 48 US States Please contact me first if your international or at a APO or similar.

Sonofabitch, my gaming laptop was still in the triple digits when I paid for it AND it’s faaaaaar more versitle. Plus with three drive bays I can put in more than just 1 TB… Unless you’re a direhard Mircosoft fanboy I don’t see the appeal paying over a couple grand for a walled garden.

Now, if it were Apple… trollface

First Open Thread Of The New Year

I thought a brilliant way to bring in the new year would be to crack open the new Wolfenstein game. So far it’s been fun watching Nazi’s explode, and starting the game in a wheelchair and getting to attack Nazi’s while wheelchair bound with a pistol was quite the laugh. My mind wandered into an idea where this could be it’s own multiplayer gamemode. I can see it, up to 24 slots of people fragging each other while scooting around in wheelchairs. Why not? They don’t just have to use pistols, could you imagine a rocket launcher? Or maybe even powerups that give your wheelchair rockets.

Anyways, Happy New Year! Let us hope Velveeta Voldermort gets impeached.

Games I finished in 2017

With 2017 coming to a close I felt it would be nice to reflect back on games I actually finished. The concept of finishing a game isn’t something that I focus on, being that I have so many games to play, modding applicable games for a longer playtime, etc etc. So when I finally finish one it gives me a weird feeling, and depending on the game that feeling can either be satisfying or a longing for more.

Sonic and Knuckles.

Yes, I have games going back into my childhood that await completion. zorak Back in Sega’s glory days they made a direct sequel to Sonic The Hedgehog 3 called Sonic and Knuckles, if you stacked Sonic and Knuckles’ cartridge on top of Sonic The Hedgehog 3 (what Sega called “Lock on technology”) you could combine them into Sonic 3 & Knuckles. Now, I didn’t own a genesis or megadrive, but I did have the PC version which worked well for the time period and provided a nice midi soundtrack that you can only expect from having an excellent sound card. But even back in the 90’s I had lots of games and lots of mods to detract from finishing anything relating to Sonic 3 or Knuckles…

That was until I picked up the free Genesis/Megadrive classics on Steam, one day I got bored and found the old rom of just Sonic and Knuckles, put it in and I was good to go. One of the nice things about the classic Sonic games is multiple paths, something I’ve always enjoyed in a game. When I made it to the end I was surprised, this is the first Sonic game I’ve actually finished. And I have so many more to go over, and this one to replay to get other endings. That and there are quite a few romhacks that will probably entertain me for an eternity and a half…

DooM (2016)

Now for something more modern, though based on a classic. I never finished the original DooM, and I played that one for hours upon hours when I was a kid to the point of motion sickness, with multiple levels and bunches of mods back in the day (and even up to now those modding communities seem to be alive and well)  it was impossible for me to finish it because of wanting to explore numerous creations of others. While the reboot of Doom doesn’t have the same level of modabillity it was still a great remake of a classic. With beautiful graphics, a great storyline, epic music and combat I loved every waking moment. I’ll have to do another playthrough to see if I can gather anything I missed, there’s also the Arcade Mode which is great for a few minutes of violence. I haven’t checked out the multiplayer yet, but I get the feeling I should stick to people I know, I’ve read that like many other communities the players can be quite toxic.

Rise Of The Tomb Raider

I recently wrote a post about this one, rather than reiterate my thoughts on it you can just read it here. But it was another one that I did enjoy more or less.

Now that 2017 comes to a close I look upon my library of 502 titles on Steam (not counting the other games I have elsewhere) and I look forward to what distractions I’ll get my hands on in the coming year. If you have any games you want to reflect on that you finished or got heavily into this year feel free to leave them in the comments below.

Late Night Weekend Open Thread

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I took it upon myself to make dinner tonight for everyone. Had some Tandoori Chicken Breasts, curried potatoes and some corn with a lil salt n pepper. It looked like a mellow yellow dinner, might even come out the same. assy  zorak

I have some other posts that I’ll save for tomorrow. Some end of the year related BS among other things. So for now here’s an open thread for people to chill. Anyone have New Years plans? Resolutions? Mine is still going to be 2560 x 1440. melon

I found the first boss

Was it as good for you as it was for me?

I defeated my first boss in Deus Ex: HR, and man I wasn’t prepared. I’ve been mainly focusing on stealth so much that I didn’t really have anything beefy for taking him out. I utilized everything I had on hand, a shotgun, a pistol, and a few grenades plus some sneaking around to get the jump on the SOB. Felt really good when he finally dropped.

I’ve also been trying to go for not killing anyone during my first playthrough, and on my laptop save I think I’ll be more destructive. I’ll have to make note to stock up more for the next boss, perhaps keep the rocket launcher around to help out with things.

I guess Shanghai is going to be my next stop if anything that boss said? That’s quite the jump from Detroit… I guess I’ll save that for the next time I wanna play. Tomorrow I have other plans.