The 2013 Steam Winter Sale

  • Posted on: December 27, 2013
  • By: Keiya
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One of my personal mantras has always been, “just because you can does not mean that you should.” Just because you can you can light your groin on fire and dance in the streets, does not mean that you should: Within the scope of personal finance, specially say, Steam: Just because a game is on sale for dirt cheap on Steam, does not mean that you should buy it, as painful as it is for me to say. So this fall and Winter season so far has been fairly light in terms of gaming purchases. 

It is always a bit of a gamble anyway when it comes to the holiday and summer sales in the sense that, unless a game is on sale for 75%+, there’s always a chance that it could go on sale for way more. So do you buy it now and risk it becoming the next Daily or Flash Sale or do you wait and risk it going up to full price? Such trying times. The haul this far:

  • Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons: TotalBiscuit and numerous other internet personalities raved about how exceptional this game was. 
  • Super Hexagon: I don't know anything about this game other than A. I heard that it was good, B. I know that's it is a minimalistic action game or something, and C. It was under a buck.
  • Final Fantasy VIII: Teenage me absolutely loved this game to pieces back in the day, despite its gaping flaws. Adult me has a huge itch to play it again, even though I know it probably does not hold up to the test of time. It has been what, almost a decade and a half?
  • Papers, Please: A, "Dystopian Document Thriller". I played this for about an hour last night and it is undoubtedly one of the most unique and thought provoking games that I have played in recent memory. 
  • Left 4 Dead 2: Because it was free.

Not on steam but: Deus Ex The Fall (iOS) was 99 cents. Also picked up Battlefield 4 for $20 on Black Friday.

Animal Crossing New Leaf: House Tour

I am mildly obsessed with Animal Crossing New Leaf. Currently sitting at about 170.2k HHA points and working on expanding the rest of my house. The entry room contains the full exotic set as well as several other harmonious item sets. When I get around to building and expanding the right room on the first floor, I will probably turn it into a zen set + item set display room for the sake of decluttering the entry room

 

The second floor is reserved for seasonal furniture sets. I for the life of me cannot get the Ice Floor. So so so many snowflakes were gathered but alas, no dice

 

First floor left room with most of the modern wood set pieces. Haven't quite decided what set I want to collect and display here yet. Actually, I love the cabana series but that's a lot of medal farming...

 

My trophy room is located in the back room of the first floor. It is obviously influenced by Covet of Latte, the Nintendo SpotPass home that appeared in October. I will most likely move the bugs, both of which are December lucky items upstairs with the rest of the seasonal items and replace them with cafe set pieces as I obtain them from Brewster. Sadly as of yet, none of my villagers have graced me with the honor of possessing their pictures, despite running numerous errands. Y U NO LIKE ME? /sad.

 

Airsoft Helmet Version 2

  • Posted on: December 23, 2013
  • By: Keiya
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A new ops-core replica helmet was purchased on Black Friday. I feel that several key points were achieved:

  1. The new helmet is a better fit to my head.
  2. The new helmet is in my preferred color, flat earth. So no more janky spraypaint jobs. Yay.

I removed the lower face pro straps from the swivel clips and sewed them onto the corner buckles, which are better positioned, look a bit cleaner, and are easier to take on and off. I am also possibly interested in purchasing lower profile eye protection (currently running with ESS Turbofans). So far, Smith Optics Boogie Regulators with the Ignitor Lens are at the top of my consideration list. I am however, concerned about fogging and face coverage so more research is required. The turbofans are huge, but fit flush with the top of my mesh lower mask, offering full face coverage.

Also, the GoPro NVG mount actually fits (with some minor filing) as in, I can actually snap it in and out of the mount with ease. I now have the camera mounted upsidedown, sitting just above my goggles instead of sticking up out over the top of my helmet. This makes it easier to maneuver through low branches and what not without having to worry about crap catching on the camera or it becoming a shiny shoot-me-beacon since it used to kind of stick up over whatever I was ducking behind for cover. It’s also closer to my actual point of view. My gun is now visible in the videos which is what I really wanted to achieve.

I just recently got around to migrating the bungee cording and accessories over from the old helmet and ran with it this past Sunday. The new GoPro mounting method resulted in better video IMO (ignoring the fact that I hadn't cleaned the camera lense/housing in about a month...): Footage from the game.

Odds and Ends: November 23rd

Here is just about every arbitrary interest from the past week or so. Also do you know what day it is today? Today is Doctor Who Day.

Watching

  • Per a coworker's recommendation, I have been avidly watching Once Upon a Time on Netflix. Though it does not quite fill the gaping void that Breaking Bad left in the time that I allocate to television dramas, it is entertaining enough for what it is. I think I like season 1 more than season 2, but whatever. Also as a side effect: Sudden urge to watch old Disney cartoons.
  • Next up on queue would be The Walking Dead or Sons of Anarchy. I felt that season 2 of TWD was fairly mediocre and dropped the show. I have also read the comics through approximately where season 2 ended so I am sure that has something to do with it.
  • Archer is really funny.
  • Anime: Toying the idea of a Crunchyroll subscription but I am not sure there is enough anime on there that I would watch to warrant yet another subscription service. To watch: Kill a la Kill and Space Brothers.

Playing

  • Have actually started playing Animal Crossing again.
  • Will soon pick up Pokemon X again and finish it when my attention span cycles around to it. Awesome game overall, greatly improved from its predecessors (from what I understand. The last Pokemon game I played was literally Pokemon Red). Why is movement in this game so janky though?
  • I kind of want the new Zelda game but kind of need to finish the rest of the handheld games that I have purchased first.
  • I have absolutely zero wish to purchase any of the new consoles because there is absolutely nothing that I wish to play on them. I guess I will probably buy one at some point, most likely whenever Kingdom Hearts III is released.

Women's Wallets Suck
I am looking for an inexpensive leather slim wallet that will hold: Approximately 1 to 2 bills (at most), 4 cards, and maybe 1 or 2 miscellaneous items such as slips of paper etc. I prefer wallets with a dedicated ID window but it is not a deal breaker. It must however be leather because that's just how I roll; It also must be durable, well constructed, thin enough to fit in the front pocket of my girly jeans, and not retardedly stiff. I am willing to pay more money for a wallet of exceptional quality, but it must not be stupid expensive; There's no need to spend serious cash on a designer item that stays in my purse/pants. This is the wallet that I am considering.

Cameras
I am looking to purchase an entry/mid-level DSLR or mirrorless camera for both traveling and casual hobby related photography. I have been looking into one on-and-off for years, but I kind of need to buy one within the next 6 months, preferably by the end of the year so that I can spend some time with it actually learn how to use it. Realistically, I am just beginning to dip my toes into actually doing more than pointing and shooting with my cellphone or current camera. I want a camera that will stay with me a while and have a lot of room for growth yet will not be too difficult or too advanced for a relative beginner to use. Form factor is also a concern since I will be traveling and possibly hiking etc with it. Setting a general budget at $800 but that's pretty flexible figure.

As such, I am leaning towards purchasing a mirrorless camera instead of a DSLR. I would also like a fully articulating or at least tiltable screen, but that feature is not a deal breaker. The front runner so far is the Sony NEX-6.

Animal Crossing: Guilt

I loaded Animal Crossing: New Leaf for the for the sake of claiming my birthday gifts today. A brief pang of guilt was felt for having effectively abandoned my cute little town for the past two or so odd months to play GTA, Pokemon, Hearthstone, among other things.

 

Pleased to find that not only had my favorite three villagers (Ava, Prince, and Cherry) not moved out, but were in attendance at my surprise birthday party. Similarly, shitty the hippo (Rocco) had finally moved on to better places.