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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

My thoughts on the E3 2015 conferences.

While E3 has only recently started officially, the conferences from the "big three" have already happened so I thought I'd share my thoughts on them.

Microsoft

I don't have an Xbox One nor do I have any interest in spending the money to buy one, but I thought the Microsoft conference was good. Halo 5 looks nice, as does Gears 4. I'm not really sure how much the "Hololens" will be useful for gaming, but like the Kinect it's likely to find MANY uses outside of it.

Their new cheater controller is stupid, as is its $150 price tag. I'm also not sure about the backwards compatibility. They did the same thing with the Xbox 360, using software emulation to play original Xbox games. If worked for the titles they supported, but they dropped support before they even got close to the full library of the original Xbox. I wonder how long they'll keep adding supported Xbox 360 titles?

Final Score: 3/5

Sony

Well, Sony did most of what I, and I think everyone, wanted and more. We got a confirmation of the existence of The Last Guardian on PS4. We got an announcement of a remake of Final Fantasy 7, which fans have been BEGGING FOR for years. I just hope they can adjust some things to make the story make some sense. I played Final Fantasy 7 and had it explained to me several times and still don't know what the hell is going on in that game.

We also got to see some actual game play footage of the new Kingdom Hearts, which looks nice. I've never played a Kingdom Hearts but I hear good things, so I'm looking forward to it. The usual stuff looks nice, No Man's Sky, Final Fantasy XV, mostly stuff we've seen before. The only downside is that games like the Final Fantasy 7 remake will also show up on PC. That kind of lessens the appeal of the system. Still, I think Sony did a good job and I'm looking forward to a lot of the games shown.

Final Score: 4/5

Nintendo

Ugh. While nothing they showed, other than the new "Metroid" games, were bad, but just weren't new. Nintendo has a track record of dropping bombs and surprising people, in that regard this E3 presentation from them was a HUGE disappointment. Maybe less so if you have a 3DS, but I was still very disappointed. The only thing for Wii U that was showed that we haven't seen before was the new Star Fox. For the record, I think Star Fox looks awesome. They also showed Xenoblade, but we've seen that. They showed Super Mario Maker, but we've seen that. You get the picture.

We got no footage of the Wii U Zelda, no new Metroid game for Wii U, nothing new on the Virtual Console front, no Splatoon content announcements, etc. I think something like an HD port/remake of Super Mario Sunshine would have been nice, but, yeah, nothing like that. Nothing that really stood out or WOWED people. It really does feel like they're winding down support for the Wii U, and that makes me sad. they've got some good stuff coming soon for the system, but seemingly nothing beyond that. Hell, they even mentioned their next "dedicated gaming platform code name NX." They said we'd hear about it next year, but even mentioning it signals to me that the Wii U's time is almost over.

Final Score: 1/5

What did you think? Leave a comment and let me know.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

SSDs in RAID 0.

So I recently picked up a couple of these drives: Samsung 850 EVO 120GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-75E120B/AM)

Not only did I get two of those... I put them in RAID 0 and installed Windows and a few games on it. In case you didn't know, putting two drives in RAID 0 causes Windows to see them as one large drive and it basically doubles performance. Doing that with two already incredibly fast SSD's yields very impressive benchmarks. It doens't, however, seem to translate into much actual noticeable improvement over just one SSD. Have a look at my benchmarks.



That's absolutely ridiculous. But, as I said, I don't notice much actual difference in the day-to-day usage. It feels like it might be starting up a little faster, but that could be in my head. The only game I've run on it so far and done any testing with is Guild Wars 2. In that game I notice no difference whatsoever there.

This isn't to say that you shouldn't get an SSD, or one of these in particular, I just wouldn't bother putting them in RAID 0 unless you have some really specific need for this kind of speed. Still though... nice benchmark numbers!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Probably dumb and pointless.

Update: So I just got an email back from Clorox and, as expected, no dice. Oh well. It was a slightly-amusing idea, I think.
Hi David, Thank you for contacting us. We don't currently carry a product that fits your description. We're sorry if this has caused any inconvenience. Again, thank you for contacting us. Sincerely, Consumer Services


So I've just got a random idea. I'd like to acquire a Clorox Bleach container, but one that's never had any bleach or other chemical in it. So I could fill it with a beverage and drink from it. Great idea? Greatest idea? You be the judge. I figure the only way I could get a hold of one, would be the contact the company itself. So let's try.

First, I'll try to email them.


Also, I'll send them a tweet.


Will it work? I'm guessing not. But it's late and this is when I tend to get stupid ideas. If anyone out there has any idea how I might acquire one of these (NOT cleaned! It has to have never had any actual bleach or other chemicals in it.) let me know.

If I get a response one way or the other, I'll update this post.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The cusp of greatness.

Update: I know this was posted on April 1st but it's not a joke.

Update 2: WayForward (creators of the Shantae series) are on board! Twitter post.

Gentlemen, ladies, we have a great task before us. Fate has handed us an opportunity that may never come again and we must seize it. On this day, of all days, Nintendo has put up this page allowing us to vote on what characters we'd like to see in the new Smash Bros for Wii U and 3DS.

Our mission, which we have been waiting for all our lives, is to go to that page and vote for Shantae. "Who is Shantae?" you ask. I respond by slapping your face.

SLAP

Shantae is one of the most awesome characters and game series to come along in a while. Here's a trailer from the most recent title, Shantae and the Pirate's Curse. It's available for both 3DS and Wii U.



And here's a (very early) Kickstarter trailer for their upcoming, fully HD game Shantae Half Genie Hero.



It's an amazing series with an awesome main character. The previous game, Shantae Risky's Revenge is also available on PC via Steam. Either way, I encourage you to give the series a look. Once you do you'll know why we must get Shantae in Smash Bros.

So I BEG you, go Vote for Shantae right now!

A handy tinyurl to share if you'd like: https://tinyurl.com/voteshantae

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Uruk fails at running away.

Most of the time when I upload footage from my PS4, I don't make a post here about it. This time I had to, since this is too funny. I was chasing an Uruk and he decided to run away, he didn't do so well. Have a look.


If you think is as funny as I do, please share it with others. I'd appreciate it.