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Gaming on a Cube

Jan 14, 2021 computers streaming retro

As many know I have one or two retro systems… This means I often ignore some because I either forget, cannot be arsed or simply never get around to it. Yesterday, after making a promise to viewers I pulled my Wii out to play Gamecube games and make sure it was all working. Part of the reason I haven’t done it for a long time is that its a wire hell with external HDDs and the like due to it being softmodded, aka run pirate games digitally. This is now fixed and I can run all GC games from the internal SD Card. Now the card is only 32gigs but given there are not that many GC games I care about this is more than enough for now. I am without Wii games though and this needs to be fixed to run the same way, something I will do at a later date.

The actual moving of files went well with no real hassle bar the game IDs because I used the old method which requires a game to be named after its offial ID, aka GEMP01 instead of the actual name. This wasn’t hard, but was time consuming compared to the rest. The new method now has folders named however you want, I use the game name because it makes sense, which makes life much easier. Surprisingly the NAND was intact and the Virtual Console games also ran as intended so Mario 64 could also be a thing. Mario Kart 64 runs like ass though, why did anyone buy that on VC?

A cheap Wii2HDMI is also being used. I think it cost me like a fiver 2 years back and then I never used it. This, again, makes life easier with my new set-up detailed in another entry in this blog. Plug in, turn on, play game, stream. Easy. Let the Nintendo streams begin!

Side news, also installed a EVO m2 SSD as my 2nd “drive” so back to normal storage space now. Amazingly it runs faster than my main SSD despite being on the slower PCIe. Also, this blog needs pictures…

Upgrades

Jan 4, 2021 computers streaming

It’s upgrade time! Again!

So, as anyone that reads this and/or watches my streams will know both myself and Emma bought new PCs for Christmas based, for me, around gaming and streaming. Well mine is getting a significant upgrade already when it comes to streaming. I am a huge fan of the Elgato Game Capture HD. I never have any real issues with it and for retro and modern its great when using external consoles and computers. What its not good at is streaming from my actual PC. I use one PC for streaming and gaming, using two is not worth the hassle given I also stream other things so as it was 1k NOK cheaper in the holiday sales I grabbed a 4K60 Pro to go inside the PC. This won’t help my retro in the slightest but what it should let me do is stream anything from my PC with virtually no extra overheads and have a lag free session on my monitor at the same time. I did the math! This will work!

I pick it up tomorrow with luck from the Post Office and it should be a quick install with little hassle. There is a possibility of software conflict with my old Capture Card but despite what some think I do know what I am doing and should be able to sort it :) What does this mean for anyone watching me? Well it should mean max framerates with everything on Ultra, including RTX which really does not like being screen captured. The test is in the tasting of course so hopefully on Tuesday we get to find out as I push my system to its limits on the stream and try to break it. Proof that I am a nerd is that I am excited to see how far I can go before it says “no!”.

I have been wanting to push more in to the modern games, especially the RTX stuff simply because its still fairly new and not many people have seen it. I also get to play my Retro in ways I have never done before with the likes of Quake II RTX and more. Looking forward to some more Minecraft RTX too. Does this mean bye bye Retro? No! Nothing changes bar my ability to play even more than I could before in the name of entertainment, or at least that is the plan.

See you with lush graphics on stream real soon!

Norms

Dec 14, 2020 computers life gaming lgbtqia+

Firstly, let me say that you won’t find me using the lgbtqia+ very often. Reasons are simply that I feel most use of it is personal but this one time at least I feel something needs to be said because everyone else (outside of mainstream media) seems terrified to say it. Cyperpunk 2077 is good. It’s a good game. It has good gameplay. It isn’t perfect however it does one thing more than any other game I have played. It makes transphobia stand out and be counted!

Now, I write this as an ally of the lgbtqia+ community who is not trans or queer or even bi in practice (work out from that what you will) but I have always stood up for the rights of the community and more importantly I try to be there for anyone that needs a shoulder. Some may say that I do not know enough because I have not experienced it first hand, those people need to stop right now. You have no idea what I have experienced and likely never will because again, its personal and I do not need to validate myself to you or anyone else to make what I say true.

There has been some debate of late about the game and how it is transphobic or the devs and artists have done transphobic things. Complete and utter tosh! Pretty sure near everyone upset by this is white, middle aged and straight as a fucking ruler whilst the actual trans people (not all) are like “Yes! I can has dick/vagina, finally”. Again, not all is perfect for example the gender pronouns are not what they could be and the voices needed more work as this is often a massive issue for someone transgender but, and I state this as much as I can when talking about this subject… It is a Video Game. It is also a video game that pushes norms in the way we need them pushed. As for that advertisment in game, sorry snowflakes but every trans person I know finds it hilarious and a leveler to the straight norms found in every other video game.

Not saying you have no right to be righteously indignant but as with most cases of this ilk, you are wrong and need to step back. Please, let this be the stepping stone we need for more of this entertainment so the other white, straight middle aged housewifes and husbands finally realise its just normal humans doing normal human things. That is the point of gender equality after all.

Anyway! The above was meant to be just a small part of this blog entry…

I am a gamer. If you are reading this then you are probably fine with this statement but today I discovered some are not and for some unknown reason the gamers seem to care.

So I was reading this discourse in a Twitch chat. A place where gamers be gamers but it looks like some of us are secretly embarassed by this fact. Why? When it comes to dating, talking to work mates etc saying you’re a gamer is a bad thing. Why are you accepting of this societal norm? If you go around looking for a relationship whilst not explaining your own personality then it WILL end in disaster and it WILL be your fault, not his or hers. Look, I am no Love Doctor (Will Smith I am looking at you for your awful portrayal of moi!) but common sense dictates that if you hide your personality from your wanna be significant other than you are lying to them and yourself. Not a good base for a solid relationship is it? Tell them you game! Tell them you also do other things. You work. You probably read on occasion. Pretty sure 99% of you also watch Netflix or movies. Do you eat? What do you like to eat? “I’m a gamer…” Come on! If they look at you in disgust then why the hell are you trying to date them? Get some self respect FFS.

If this person doesn’t game, doesn’t watch movies or Netflix and doesn’t eat then they have issues mate as do you if you really only game. Its not a relationship you seek, it’s help.

There is, probably, someone for everyone out there. Sometimes we have to look outside our box but we also have to place the things we enjoy in the box so we can play together. Don’t lie. Don’t sit there with this egotistical idea that you as a gamer are the only right way in the conversation.

For the record, I am a gamer… I am also a Cyclist, a reader, a lover of Sci-Fi and Crime dramas, a Chef, a lover, a debutant and a beard. I also look damn good in a dress and find Gerard Butler hot!

Up and Running

Dec 9, 2020 computers life streaming

Back, up and running. New PC is a dream to use and has been providing me with a plethora of new games and some old that I can now run in ridiculous mode. Desk is super clean and I have loads of room and I am back streaming. No sign yet on that new job I am trying for and Christmas is booked for a few weeks down south in the family home. Beyond that, very little has happened.

I have firmly decided I will keep streaming even if I get this job though on a cut down basis but as Emma tells me, I need the outlet. She is, of course, correct. I think I also need the community I founded and have watched grow in to something I didn’t realise was so important to so many. Just the thought of me closing it all and walking away (which was never going to happen by the way) has brought me support and well wishes that I just did not expect but that warms me in some strange way so I am willing to accept it, humbly.

I feel that we, people in general, often fail to see the effect we have on others for good. Perhaps we get embarrassed or feel we do not deserve the praise but for whatever reason we rarely notice it. We do notice the bad we cause though, or at least I have done in the past. And yes, of course I have affected people the wrong way too, to say otherwise would be ignorant and egotistical… But regardless, the good is what I am focussing on here. I have been a force for good it seems. I feel very silly typing this out but this is exactly why this is here so, ya know? Without getting all full of myself, I am very happy that some deem me worthy of praise for some small efforts on my part to enhance, cheer, celebrate change and support people I meet. I feel happy enough to punch myself in the arm with a “you did OK”. That’s it though. Now we can all carry on as if nothing happened, thank you very much.

Sorry for the lack of a blog for the past few days. I had to wait for tech support to get me back online with Visual Studio Code (what I use to do this blog) and… well, I have been playing so many games i kinda forgot :)

Today is Maybe the Day

Dec 3, 2020 computers fluff

EXCITED! Today is the day, maybe… That my new PC build gets here and as mentioned in a previous post, I am pretty excited about it all. I need to move a chunk of gear about. I am pretty sure that for now I need to downsize to just two monitors (1st World problems eh?) but I think that may be for the best anyway. Do you use three monitors? I find my 3rd is turned off bar streaming times so its essentially wasted space for 90% of the time. I will need to buy a new 2k monitor so I have two of the same but I can ‘manage’ until then.

Sometime next year I will be grabbing a 1TB gen 4 SSD to fit in the ‘lightning’ slot. I need a new mouse… NEVER touching Steel Series again for cosmetic reasons… but as of today I am boosted heavily over my current gaming laptop setup. Don’t get me wrong, it did well but the heat issues caused by the newer top 2% games are now something I am tired of. So, you want some specs?

*MSI B550 Gaming Plus

*Ryzen 7 3700X

*32 GB 3200

*WD Blue SN550 1TB NVMe M.2 SSD

*Corsair TX550M, 550W PSU

*CM ML120L V2 ARGB

*Gainward GeForce RTX 2060 Ghost

*Phanteks Eclipse P400A RGB Black

Its a RGB Neon tripping super upgradable DISCO loving hunk that has room for the latest AMD CPU next year and of course that tasty RTX 3070 when they are finally in stock at normal prices. All in all, very happy, very excited. Did I mention I am excited?

Emma has also been treated to a new PC for Christmas. Almost the same specs as mine but she went even better Ryzen CPU and some seriously tasty RAM. Had a lot of fun last night with her whilst we ate cake and built hers. Sadly the PSU on hers is faulty out of the box so that has to go back but she will be up and running soon I am sure. The cake was needed to cheer us both up when we realised it was broken. Cake is god tier.

To top yesterday off I recieved my Terrys Chocolate Orange Whites in the mail from the UK. Any day with a new PC, cake and a chocolate orange is a good day.