5 Random Things

I really like the way the Keeley modified DS-1 sounds in comparison to the stock pedal, which is what I have. There is an option on Robert Keeley's website to mail your pedal in to get it modded, but that costs $75, not including shipping (stock pedal costs around $35 retail). The exact instructions are posted online though. So, as I can find a place to buy specific capacitors/resistors, it in theory, shouldn't be that hard assuming that I remember how to solder without setting my hand or other objects on fire.

5 ass-random things that have occurred or I have thought about within the past couple of days:

  1. Hah, I knew it. Blizzard is going to release a pre-expansion patch. I wonder if they are doing this to make the expansion release smoother, to cocktease, and/or because they are planning on delaying it. In any case, woot!
  2. I had a dream about yellow sticky notes the other night. In the dream, when I came into work one morning, someone had left a mountain of sticky notes on my desk. That was it, nothing else.
  3. I have an urge to play Neverwinter Nights again. By again, I mean past the first chapter. I bought it for dirt cheap a year or two ago, started the single player campaign, got distracted (*cough* WoW) and permanently set it down. I am really fickle about what I am in the mood to play. Is it wrong to torrent a game that you own because the CD's are most likely stuffed in a box somewhere?
  4. Large fan related forums of any sort solely dedicated to any one group or thing are bad for you. Large being defined as having an active poster base smaller than the low hundreds. Good lord and I thought that I needed to get off the interwebs more...
  5. My favorite around-the-house lounging shorts have bleach stains on them. They are all fingertip sized, located on the right leg and right buttcheek.

Labor Day is approaching. Yay, three day weekend!

Multi-Tasking in Games

  • Posted on: August 20, 2008
  • By: Keiya
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I really liked this article because it's true and brings up a gaming element that is often overlooked. They're right, of any "modern" game that I've played (and remember...), World ofWarcraft is alt-tabbing perfection, it tasks in and out instantaneously.

One of the PC's greatest strengths is its versatility. It's a shame that more games don't multi-task well. Many titles will tab out quickly but not many will tab back in without lagging, crashing or bugging out. All source games as mentioned in the article take forever to get back into. The Sims 2 takes a good 15 to 30 seconds to load back into at full screen. To circumvent the lag, I play it in windowed mode. The catch is that you can only play it at a maximum resolution of 800x600 windowed, what the fuck is that?

I love the "maximized windowing" feature in WoW, I wish all games had that. It offers every single advantage of running a game in windowed mode but with no borders and no taskbar. It will maximize to fill the entire screen. The options in WoW are also easily accessible. No configuration file editing and no hidden commands.

Also, I like it when games (mostly strategy games) allow you to choose between edge scrolling and click dragging. The reason being that I have a dual monitor setup. If I run a game in windowed mode (which Iusually will), edge scrolling doesn't work very because the mouse doesn't lock into the game window.

WoW Update: 8/13/2008

  • Posted on: August 13, 2008
  • By: Keiya
  • Category:
    WoW

You know, the rewards program is tempting me to sign-up for a second account so that I can two-box level my alts atop a glorious zhevra mount. Blacksmithing finally gets some love in the form of Blacksmith exlusive patterns that add a socket to armor pieces. Tailors also get love in the form of Flying Carpets. Why no Blacksmithing toys? Why am I not allowed to craft a flying magic anvil? QQ.

I've made up my mind on mining: I'm not going to drop it. Last night I skilled from 115 to 190; I'll finish off mithril this week (a skill fo 245 is needed to poke at the small thorium veins), and hopefully be mining in the Outlands next week and onwards. Skilling mining is so damn painful because I've done it on my paladin. The same mining circuits over and over....The new areas should be mildly more interesting.

I would like to have 5k gold by the time the expansion rolls around. My original goal was 10k, but fat chance I'm going to get that unless a couple more Sunmotes roll my way. Oh by the way: Players can now be reported for both raid ID theft and guild bank theft according to Belfaire, a blue poster.

"People whose raid IDs have been "stolen" are encouraged to contact the Game Master department with an in-game ticket explaining the situation. We'll examine the case and see what we can do.

 

Preemptively: Yes, regulars, this is a new policy."

Another blue post in the same thread:

"Sure. We're also asking any victims of mass guild bank theft, regardless of permissions the person may have had, to report it to our Game Masters for review.

 

We won't be able to help all victims, but there should be an increasing number of actions against those who abuse their withdrawal privileges to hinder guild progress."

Awesome, it's nice seeing Blizzard taking action against asses who intentionally try to steal another guild's progressed instance. I've had the misfortune of dealing with both issues in the past. To be fair though, the theft occurred way way long ago when "guild banks" were pretty much level 1 officer alts.

That was actually the incident that lead to Guild Master being passed down to me. I should post about my guild history one day. I think I did that already, but nuked the post when I dumped my old database.

Oh by the way: lol, comic of the day.

Initial Impression: Resistance Fall of Man

  • Posted on: August 12, 2008
  • By: Keiya
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Resistance: Fall of Man, one of the Playstation 3 launch titles was inducted into the Greatest Hits line a couple of weeks ago. Setting wise, it feels like a cross between Call of Duty and the combine sections of Half-Life 2 with a standard Halo-ish console shooter feel. You play as Nathan Hale, a US solider who I swear looks like Keith Malley from Keith and the Girl...

Criticism: The cut scenes are awkward because they occur fairly often during odd spots and don't blend very well with the gameplay. The game will blur out, a bit of dialogue with a slide show of pictuers will occur and then the game will fade back in, sometimes in the middle of a zone. Awkward. The plot, though engaging feels derivative. The AI (at least on normal difficulty) is semi-retarded...

Good things: It's pretty, it's high definition, and the areas are visually appealing. The checkpoints are well spaced and the difficulty curve so far at least, is smooth. It's well paced and the plot, the maybe not incredibly original feeling is still very interesting and works well with the game's atmosphere. The controls are also easy to learn. If you are comfortable with console shooters you should be able to pick this up with no problem

Verdict so far: It's fun. I wouldn't give it a perfect 10, but I like it and will probably purchase Resistance 2 whenever it comes out. If you have a Playstation 3, this is worth picking up because it's a good console shooter. But, if you are looking for a groundbreaking plot with innovative gameplay, keep looking.

Tradeskills and WotLK

  • Posted on: August 7, 2008
  • By: Keiya
  • Category:
    WoW
Back to WoW blogging! The trickle of Wrath of the Lich King news is exciting. Besides, game wise, there really isn't a whole lot else worth playing or writing about until some of the AAA titles come out in Fall. I think I'll hang onto some of my legacy gear a bit longer. It looks like, according to an interview with Jeff Kaplan, some of the achievements are going to retroactively activate through related quests that have been completed (ie Onyxia's Head) and boss drops in your inventory/bank.

My paladin is an armorsmith and enchanter, that's not going to change anytime soon if ever (I'm the guild armorsmith and one of the main enchanters). I have a large stash of enchanting materials stock up but, if I recall correctly, the low level Brning Crusade enchants starting using the new materials early on. The thought of having to level blacksmithing makes me retch a bit; that was so expensive...

My hunter is an alchemist and minter. His alchemy is stuck at 300 and his mining is below 100. I, as mentioned previously, will most likely drop mining to pick up inscribing. I'm tempted though, to level mining and drop alchemy for the sake of feeding Keiya ore. Mining was a pain in the ass to level though, I don't imagine myself doing it again.

Apparently the new tradeskill uses raw materials extracted from herbs via milling. Milling is to inscribing as prospecting is to jewelcutting. My lowbie mage is an herbalist and a tailor. Since they upped the old world experience gain x number of months ago, and since as of the last patch she has her mount, I've had interest in leveling her once again. She also has an Staff of Jordan chanted with +40 spell power waiting for her (I was going to do Soulfrost, but that was way too expensive. Even for a twink lol).

I wonder if they will roll out the new talent trees and UI/mechanics changes before the expansion pack is released. I would love to start recollecting non-combat pets without negatively impacting my bag space.