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  1. 15 years

    I wanted to note that the bbcode images / smileys / emoji are back for the forums. I also re-added the site logo for the forums. Lastly, I have the 3 front ends back up for domains. https://funtimebliss.com = Limited front page post content. https://blisspc.com = Tech related threads mostly on that page. https://ftbliss.link = Most all threads post to that page.
  2. Oculus Rift VR

    If you recently have terrible tracking jank or lag with your head movement tracking, may I suggest updating nvidia drivers. Especially 388.13 in my case. I do note that I had a 3D vision driver installed as well, that I removed before upgrading to 388.31 edition drivers. Since I do not use the 3D capabilities I try to uncheck the install via Custom Installation. I'm not a user of Nvidia Experience either and manually put new ones (drivers) in fairly often. I was going raw on troubleshooting by switching cables and distributing across USB controllers, but the driver conditions above fixed me back up. My issue was especially visible on the Oculus home menu. My tracking sensor locations were similar to prior sessions this week. I was happy to weed it down to a driver factor after a little ghost hunting on the troubleshooting. If you think Windows 10 is noisy, you should enjoy the connections your PC will make to graph.oculus.com. I Blacklisted that for a few minutes to notice none of the store content displayed. I could still view and load my library though.
  3. .hack G.U. Last Recode

    If you switch audio sources while playing, your best bet will be to save, then go back out of said episode to the Title select menu. Audio should restore back to your current audio device. I run into this switching from Rift view and audio, back to headphones and external display. I see this with fairly many games but ones like Final Fantasy XIV would require me to do a full logout. I cannot think of other games stuck with audio shuffling at the moment but enjoy that you can stay in the same application via the .hack chapter select core menu. Especially for the sake of not losing active window and display.
  4. .hack G.U. Last Recode

    I'm playing a few games at the moment but am near the end of Episode 1 of G.U.. I can say the avatar fights are way better than they were on PS2. I remember cussing and replying them to clear the fight. I am currently around level 37 (cap of 50 for episode 1). It kind of funny playing in The World, logging out to the desktop environment to check email and forums. I hope to see some more games made for the series. It's a good time and if you like story heavy RPGs, pick this up. PS4 digital or physical and Steam digital option for PC.
  5. Razer Blade 1060 GTX (Late 2016)

    Bumping the thread to remind people of setting your Default GPU in Nvidia Driver Settings. Default will probably be 'auto-select' but in content like .hack//G.U. and Oculus games, you may see a huge performance drop by not selecting the 1060 GTX, over the Intel GPU. Right-click on your desktop and select NVIDIA Control Panel. If you have multiple graphics cards (as the case on this laptop), you will see a drop down for Preferred graphics processor on the Manage 3D Settings tab. Changing this helped .hack go from running extremely laggy to smooth as silk on this laptop.
  6. .hack G.U. Last Recode

    I played a few hours last night, between watching the console disc recap videos and playing the start of Episode 01. I played 2.5 hours and very much of that was cutscenes and info to game dynamics. Keeping in mind I read all the game and forum community content, as you can get extra areas, art and other bonuses from doing so. Last night I played in VR, via using BigScreen with my Oculus Rift. Think of it as playing on a giant curved LCD, in a virtual room. The game ran very smooth. Considering when I last played the games, it was on a PS2 over CRT using S-Video. Playing the remastered edition @ 1080P is a treat. Maps are legible along with the world and character designs looking incredible versus PS2 era. The actual game is not VR at all, but playing on the virtual screen is pretty dope. I left the graphic options to default. Essentially high except shadows and water, iirc. Load times are also quite short running from my SSD and that's always appreciated. I have not seen any performance or stability issues so far either. I am playing with a Sony DualShock 4 using the licensed USB dongle along with DS4Windows driver for Xbox 360 mapping. I did not notice a huge detriment to battles yet based on the XP boost. I feel like the original game also had quick battles and meters, but my memory could be fuzzy. I enjoyed these games before and having the option to play them in such a crisp environment, is really cool. I cannot argue with the $50 asking price, since you get all 3 of the .G.U. chapters and the newly added 4th one. You can play with cheat mode if you want to breeze out maxed through the story. I'm playing normal. Also you can pick any chapter, console disc or the parody content from the main menu. It's nice that the menu select is part of the game, as this makes it much easier to pick your chapter when in a full screen window, versus a steam popup form. There are keyboard controls based off WSAD, but they are not really clearly defined when you start playing. I tried to finger fumble on the laptop since I don't have a gamepad with me at the moment. Arrow keys work like your targeting system, but to be honest, play it with a dual-analog stick gamepad if you have the option.
  7. .hack G.U. Last Recode

    About 9 years later, all 3 of these G.U. games are on PC and PS4. I grabbed the Steam version of .hack//G.U. Last Recode today and it's 40 GB install is downloading. The redone graphics look really nice. I am a bit cautious of the increased XP gain and easier boss fights, but it was a fun series and I hope to see the original 4 games get redone, and most of all, some new content, short of the 4th episode they added to G.U. for this release. This version is still a single player faux-MMO and I'm good with that. Eventually an online game that doesn't bomb would be cool, but by all means, take your time and get it right. I'm glad to see this came out as it caught me by surprise. From the look of the steam forums, this game is selling, so I'd love to see support for the series continue, after such a long break. As you can see from the thread history, I bumped the old thread for about 9 years ago to note this PC remaster.
  8. Oculus Rift VR

    I took a break from VR, largely due to playing Nintendo Switch games. I also played Karnage Chronicles and got really VR sick, like terrible headaches and all. I know some people claim to be immune to vr / motion sickness, but wow, hacking and slashing in a dungeon wrecked me with locomotion controls. I visited my friend and his kids a few weeks ago and did a VR demo. They loved it, especially the older teen, as he is a huge pc gamer. I'm going to hook my gear back up this week and jump back in. I still have some ideas I want to try for creating some content, but in the mean time I'm also excited to try Obduction, from the Myst creator team. I also started Edge of Nowhere and should continue that tomb raider-like platformer. Windlands is actually pretty fun but I got stuck within maybe an hour. Short of the issue of knowing where to proceed, it is quite fun grappling around the world map. I may pickup Doom VFR but I want to see how it is received and if it gets actual oculus support. I'm thinking I'll pickup Skyrim again but on the Switch, since it's a huge game and being able to play it in tablet mode will make it more accessible over time. According to steam, I dropped 202 hours on the PC edition (Level 37 and surely some idle time with the game running). It looks like I played the Dawnguard expansion too. Jumping back to VR, I played .Hack in BigScreen. Wild with the giant screen and the map being in the top right of my full view pane.
  9. Mario Odyssey

    Fun random fact: I used to have some bike parts named Odyssey, so I got used to the spelling. Back on topic, this latest Mario game is exceptionally good and enjoyable. I played over vacation and as of writing have 500+ stars and have played some of the hard mode post-main story content. I think the best attribute of the game is being enjoyable, while not being too difficult, until you complete the main story line. That being said, I also have the amiibos and that means with Wedding Peach, that I can jump back up to 6 health at any time with a few seconds available, even in boss fights. I tried playing the Mario Galaxy games but did not find myself enjoying them enough to complete them. Perhaps it was the Wiimote controls, I'm not sure as it has been some time since I tried those games out. Along those lines, you do get extra control functionality with the JoyCons detached, via wiggling. Most of the time it's not necessary to clear an area but can make some challenges easier. I largely played with JoyCons detached in Odyssey. Tablet mode works great too if you are away from a TV and your Dock. I very briefly tried multiplayer but can say using a second controller to control Cappy, does make it a more detailed experience, since some jumps trying to time hat jumps solo, would be difficult compared to working with a second player. As you progress, there are some online scoreboard side-games too. Control options and moves progress as you do in the game. You can do most all of them immediately, but as you play the relevant usage will come to you. You can view all of these in the Select / - menu. Seriously I'm ending the review there. The game is really well constructed and is not a chore to play. Personally I feel like most studios are releasing grind-quest games with no actual enjoyment or care in their processes, so this Mario game from Nintendo is a long-needed breath of fresh air. I have heard more than one person tell me they have an XB1 or PS4 that they are bored with. By all means is this is you, grab a switch and play Mario and or Zelda. Then look forward to more content coming down the line. If you are tired of playing math simulators, Nintendo and indie devs are where the heart of quality gaming lies. As always, I purchased my own copy of this game. I have no oversight or compensation for the opinions expressed here. If I ever land a job with Nintendo or any sort of compensation, I will inform of such. Have fun! I do suggest a Switch for the holiday season if you don't have one, and if you do, I think you would be hard-pressed to not enjoy Mario Odyssey. I played pretty heavily since a midnight release on 10/27, got 500 stars and there are still plenty of things I did not complete. There are classic platforming sections as well as the 3D world content. This is a game made by people who wanted you to enjoy it and also played it themselves for pleasure.
  10. 15 years

    Here are a few oldies. ATI 9700 vs Nvidia 6800LE graphic card review. Coldstone's GTA Vice City Mod Pack. t0ucan's Cookies 4 CuBa story. Ancient forum archive restored <-+ This is where most of the old reviews came from, when I launched the site on PHPNuke, having admin'd the House Of +PLuS+ running the same platform back in 2002-ish. I have some info from an old Vidomi dvd encoder guide, but that is ancient and kind of useless, compared to using mencoder to convert ripped VOB files to AVI, then merging them. The Vidomi app was glitchy, at best. Mencoder bash syntax below for conversation's sake. cd /media/user/SourceDisk/Vobs/Cosmos_Disc01/FullDisc/DVD_VIDEO/VIDEO_TS mencoder 'VTS_01_1.VOB' -ovc xvid -xvidencopts bitrate=1800 -o 'Cosmos_Disc01 1 of 5.avi' -oac mp3lame -lameopts abr:br=192 -sid 1000 mencoder 'VTS_01_2.VOB' -ovc xvid -xvidencopts bitrate=1800 -o 'Cosmos_Disc01 2 of 5.avi' -oac mp3lame -lameopts abr:br=192 -sid 1000 mencoder 'VTS_01_3.VOB' -ovc xvid -xvidencopts bitrate=1800 -o 'Cosmos_Disc01 3 of 5.avi' -oac mp3lame -lameopts abr:br=192 -sid 1000 mencoder 'VTS_01_4.VOB' -ovc xvid -xvidencopts bitrate=1800 -o 'Cosmos_Disc01 4 of 5.avi' -oac mp3lame -lameopts abr:br=192 -sid 1000 mencoder 'VTS_01_5.VOB' -ovc xvid -xvidencopts bitrate=1800 -o 'Cosmos_Disc01 5 of 5.avi' -oac mp3lame -lameopts abr:br=192 -sid 1000 mencoder -oac copy -ovc copy 'Cosmos_Disc01 1 of 5.avi' 'Cosmos_Disc01 2 of 5.avi' 'Cosmos_Disc01 3 of 5.avi' 'Cosmos_Disc01 4 of 5.avi' 'Cosmos_Disc01 5 of 5.avi' -o '/media/user/OutputDisk/Vobs/Cosmos_Disc01.avi'
  11. 15 years

    If you check the whois for the site, you may notice it has been around now for 15 years. If you have old links, they may and should very well still work. Heart of the site is the forums but I still have content write ups buried away from clickable links. Most of those are ported PHPNuke or straight up html pages. I am still avoiding wordpress despite it's ease, because it also has a history of SQLi and other vulnerable issues. No timeline dedicated but I should re-incorporate old data into a new front-end. Happy 15th to the site! Thanks to old school visitors and new ones too.
  12. Nintendo Switch

    Firmware update 4.0.0 released on 2017-10-18. Details @ Nintendo. The short of features are USB Headphones, Save backup support, Video capture support via Screenshot button long-press. Also are pre-purchase options on the eShop and local multiplayer version matching for games. I can confirm that the Playstation Platinum Wireless headset work on the Switch both when the dongle is plugged into the dock and also when using a USB-C to USB adapter directly plugged into the bottom of the Switch in tablet mode. No fuss required as I new set of headphones worked by plugging it into the console. I saw mention that the dongle adapter needs to be removed to restore audio over HDMI when docked. Logitech Keyboards also work. I plugged in a wireless K450 and I am able to type in the text boxes for posting images to twitter.
  13. Play a Game? (Game tracker)

    Welcome to another October! I have been taking a VR break replaying Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The Switch version and portability is a huge benefit for my lunch breaks and being able to play in other rooms of the house without sitting at my desk. I resisted the console at first, but I have to say it's really good, even with the lack of integrated applications at the current time. I have to admit I got a 2DS handheld, pretty much for Culdcept Revolt. I also picked up Metroid: Samus Returns. It's a good game but mildly difficult. Think in vein to Castlevania style gameplay (classic-vania). I was also able to re-download my eShop purchases so I have lots of Zelda, Pushmo and some older Mario games on there. VR wise I'm going to try and get some custom projects done for fun. Nothing too crazy, more like concepts and figuring out how to manage the 3D assets outside of VR as well. I picked up Cave Story+ and Splatoon 2 along with Mario Kart 8 on the Switch, but Zelda has been my main time game. I have all the memories and Master Sword, so I could beat it again but I also have a good bit of the DLC 1 pack to explore. Quite a bit of temple exploration is what I'm up to now, bumping into my stamina bar, but knowing I need more than 13 hearts to hang with the fierce challenge modes. Mario Odyssey shall be mine on Thursday night. :) Outside of games, I lightly dabble in DevOps with Ansible and adding more Powershell to my skillset. Dorking around in Linux is more of a priority though. I get plenty of Registry and GPOL windows experience in my day job.
  14. Desktop Window Managers

    I enjoy using multiple operating systems. I love Linux for performance but I have to say most of the window managers are nowhere near Windows or OS X in terms of control and keyboard shortcut operations. This is very rant filled of an opinion, as I do quite a bot of text editing work and am a huge user of Ctrl+Tab and Ctrl+Shift+Tab to navigate between multiple open windows. If may seem minor, but when editing multiple bash scripts, having to select your other window with the mouse instead of jumping tabs by keyboard... is clunky. I guess the burden of choice also leads to an inconsistent UX in Linux distros. I would say we should step back and know that this is a limiting factor to having people fully switch from Windows or Mac OS. That stuff really matters over time on your day-to-day computer usage. Personally, I tend to manage my Linux installs over SSH from a Windows box, or occasionally a Mac as well. Hopefully this comes to become a little cleaner an operation on some Nix ditros, but as I mentioned, it's difficult to get everyone to agree. One person's issue is another person's workflow to it working as intended. This rant came up encoding videos, where my bash scripts were not simply a Ctrl+Tab, followed by a Ctrl+R to replace strings for the next output. When you are grinding out the repetitious stuff, shortcuts are helpful and can lead to better automation too. Depends on what you are up to, but the emphasis on a clean UX, is what gets people to invest (mentally and emotionally) to your platform.
  15. Yay printed again :)

    I am happy to say I was accepted for a submission I sent into 2600: The Hacker Quarterly that was printed in the current Autumn issue of Thirty-Four, Number Three. Debt Journey is the article name that narrates some of my experiences over the last few years. If you have feedback, either negative or supportive, please send it to letters@2600.com for the sake of dialog in the magazine. You can drop me a direct line too if so inclined, but I really enjoy the letters section, to be honest. It lends a little more validity to write a message than bang out some keyboard rage on twitter or wherever like that. Besides that, go to some local meetups too. I don't get out to a ton of them (different meetups) but I enjoy 2600 1st Fridays. It's a nice way to meet locals in the area and despite what you may think, you do not need to be a super computer user to go. Just talk, maybe listen a little bit and you will likely have a fine time. Case in point relating to the printed article, it doesn't really deal with technology at all. In all actuality, I have learned many great things from people also not in the tech space. It's cool to hear how people problem-solve and can help you also hone your own observation and resolution skills. Jolly Friday! :)
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