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Dual shock 4

Update:

I quickly took the unboxing video, and now we have to dub it, and do all this other stuff.  We also will try to get it to work with our PS3, as some reports state.  On super early impressions, it feels good, a bit bigger than the DS3, and a bit heftier, but not uncomfortable.  It does feel more ergonomic in the hands.  Shoulder buttons feel better placed and the analogs feel that much tighter.  The touchpad, can also be pressed, which I didn’t know.  In any case, here’s a quick comparo pic with my pretty dirty DS3.

 

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We just picked up our very own dual shock 4 for Sony‘s upcoming PlayStation 4. We will have a hands on impressions up soon. Stay tuned.

 

 

Happauge PVR 2 Impressions and a quick Tomb Raider Gameplay video

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3paVi-z7v8]

 

A few days ago, I finally bit the bullet and bought a Happauge PVR 2 to provide you guys with some additional content on the games we are playing.  I had bought this knowing that it will not work with the PS3 using HDMI.  Since it has HDCP protection, you need to hook up your PS3 via component connection, and not HDMI.  Anyway, the install, and set up on the PC was pretty straight forward.  I just had to reset my PS3 video settings to do component since I was hooked up via HDMI.  Long story short, after about a 15 or so minutes, installing the software, hooking it up, and resetting my PS3, I was up and running.   (more…)

****ing BSOD!

Not my BSOD, but just a random one I pulled up for this article

I’m just about done drafting up my portion of our top 10 ninja’s list when my PC decided that it hated my article, and decided to crash, before I even saved anything, thus making the 30 or so minutes I had put in writing my part, a thing of anyone’s imagination. (more…)

SWTOR’s Patching Problems

WHY!!!!!!

WHY!!!!!!

For such a big game with lots and lots of players, why does Bioware‘s SWTOR always have problems patching itself.  I am sitting here and watching the game’s launcher try to patch itself for the past 30 minutes, and it looks like it’s stuck.  AGAIN!  I just wanted a quick game tonight, and get some class missions done, but instead I am sitting here frustrated that the game is having problems patching.  It managed to fix 3 files that were broken, but only to break 13 more files in the process.

I had problems installing the game initially, downloading it, and installing.  It kept breaking files, and freezing on installing.  This prompted me to buy the disc, but, lo and behold, it also had problems installing it.  At first I thought it was my old PC, which was not exactly in tip top running condition, so I waited to build my new PC, but only to be greeted with the same problem.  After some extensive research, I had found out that the game does not like having anything over 4 GB of RAM when installing, so I took off my 16 GB of RAM (2 sticks of 8 GB), and plopped in 1 stick of 4 GB.  THEN it finally installed.

Joy, I can finally play this MMO, and get cracking.  My enjoyment of the game quickly erased my frustrations of the installation process, and all was forgiven, until the next patch came out about 2 weeks ago.  I thought, ‘hey, they may have fixed that patch problem’ so I tried to update it with my 16 GB of RAM installed.  Well I thought wrong.   I had to pop off my stick again, and install the lone 4 GB stick.

Fast forward to today, another patch was released, and, guess what, it breaks files again, repairs, it, freezes, breaks more files, repairs them, breaks some more in the process.  As I am writing this, I am watching the thing install (currently at 6% after if fixed 13 files, of which was broken after it fixed the initial 3 that it broke).  I really don’t feel like shutting down my system, popping off the panel, taking out my RAM to put in the 4 GB stick.  That just has the potential of breaking stuff, only because the game’s launcher keeps breaking itself.

Seriously, Bioware FIX THIS!  I don’t want the do the mem test, and run check disk BS answer that you pimp out in the forums.  It’s utter BS.  Right now it’s stuck at 6% with no signs of it moving.  WHY!?

I just wanted to play your game for which I had payed to play.  Now I am here, frustrated, dejected, and disappointed.  I guess I’ll just play Fire Emblem and call it a night.

Getting addicted to PC gaming…

So , since I have put a new PC recently, and it can pretty much run a lot of the newer stuff with out a hitch, I have been a bit on a gaming binge on the PC side. I have ignored this platform for quite sometime, mainly because the machine I was running previously couldn’t run much of anything recent.  I was recently introduced to Steam (yeah, a bit of a late comer there), and via the THQ‘s Humble Bundle, I was able to pick up a few games for a very low price, all for a good cause.  And also much recently, I was made aware, by a friend, that Star Wars: The Old Republic was now free to play.  Now I have been wanting to play SWTOR, but didn’t really see the need to pay to play as I don’t get much time to dedicate to games.  Well, since I put my new machine together, I have done nothing but play SWTOR (Jezzanorris if you want to hit me up).  Sometime ago, I picked up a cheap wireless keyboard and mouse combo from Logitech.  I think it cost me about $19.99 for the 2 at BJ’s, but the mouse was too small for my liking, so I ended up spending another $20.00 for another wireless mouse.  Thing was they didn’t work on the same receiver, since the mouse was on a newer wireless thing that Logitech was using, and the KB/Mouse combo was using an older system.  Anyway, to cut a long story short, I was never fond of the K/B much since it felt too small, but it served my purpose, up until I started playing SWTOR, and Metro 2033.  To alleviate this problem, I decided to pick up a Razer Nostromo, but as I was about to pull the trigger, I got to thinking, why not just pick up a gamer-centric keyboard, instead of another peripheral. This will kill 2 birds with one stone.  So, in the end I ended up purchasing a Logitech G510.

It’s a monster of a keyboard, and actually, this post is the first time I am really using it.  It types very nicely, and feels very comfortable.  It’s also backlit, and has an LCD, and what not.  Anyway, I’ll save the thoughts and comments on it when I do a PC-build post.  I will be trying it out on SWTOR after I publish this post.  I will let you know how I like it after.   What about you guys, you have anything PC gaming specific?

 

Logitech G510 Gaming Keyboard in all it's backlit glory

Logitech G510 Gaming Keyboard in all it’s backlit glory

My PC build continues…

So I may have mentioned before, I just recently built a new PC. I went from an Intel Core2Quad Processor to a 3rd generation i5, and at the core, it’s plenty quick. I had to upgrade my motherboard for obvious reasons, and doubled up my RAM. (from 8 to 16GB, although, the guy at Microcenter gave me PC1333, I can live with it for now) For financial reasons, I held out on a new case, and video card. I think I have narrowed my case to either the Fractal Design  Define R4, and the Antec P280.

Fractal Design Define R4

Fractal Design Define R4

Both have very minimalistic design, and it’s more geared toward’s quietness.  Tom’s Hardware recently had a quite case round up, and the Define came up on top.  I just can’t forget Antec though, as I had an SX1030B in the past, and I absolutely loved it.  I had to let it go since I received a Thermaltake Xaser III courtesy of    Thermaltake.  I looked at some of their (Thermaltake) offering’s and it was too loud in style.

Antec P280

Antec P280

In any ‘case’, I hope to pick up either one of the above listed cased on my short list, and then move on to picking out a video card.

My current case - Thermaltake Xaser III

My current case – Thermaltake Xaser III

My old favorite - Antec SX1030B

My old favorite – Antec SX1030B

 

 

Links –

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/antec-p280-azza-silentium-920-cooler-master-silencio-650,3325.html

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/corsair-obsidian-550d-fractal-design-define-r4-gigabyte-luxo-m10,3356.html

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/lian-li-pc-b12-nanoxia-deep-silence-1-silverstone-ft-02s-usb3,3378.html