This & that…

Well, nothing major going on right now and other articles are still in the works, so I might as well write about some various updates.

Tech Talk: Taking it too far?

The T43 upgrade project is basically finished and unless I get a different mainboard, there’s no way to increase the performance of the system.

But that doesn’t mean we can’t improve it. I like to keep things in a good condition. As you all know, computer and especially laptop keyboard keys tend to get worn out over the years. The mat finish makes way for glossy spots on the most used keys, which makes the whole thing look much worse than it is. It looks dirty, even if it’s not.

Of course I could get a new replacement keyboard, but these things are expensive, so there’s a different method for Thinkpad keyboards. It might work on other models as well, but I’m not sure about that.

You can put a coat of clear varnish on the keys, which will basically restore the new look of the keyboard and according to people who’ve had these restored keyboards for a while, it’s more durable than the original plastic.

I didn’t do the procedure for my keyboard myself, since the materials are more expensive than a new keyboard, so it’s only worth it if you have a bunch of keyboards to work with.

Anyways, here are before and after pictures. Look at the space key for example.

Before
Before
After
After

It basically looks like a new laptop now. Of course this doesn’t improve performance or usability, but it still feels better to work with the new keyboard.

Now Playing

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A friend of mine has urged me to try “Clash of Clans”, a free-to-play (actually borderline pay to win in my opinion) strategy game on Android. It’s kind of fun for a while, but as usual progress gets really slow after a while, making you either want to quit or spend cash on boosting your progress ingame.

World of Warcraft

I’ve been playing a lot of World of Warcraft lately. The Dungeon Challenge project is waiting for the completion of Uldaman and our first attempt at Dire Maul.

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But right now I’m also leveling several characters through the quest zones to finally see all the new Cataclysm content on both factions. I haven’t played a lot of Horde in 10 years of WoW, so it’s like a new expansion for me right now. Which is perfect, because the current WoD endgame is boring and Legion is still far away.

So far I’ve finished the 1-10 zones on my Horde and Alliance characters and almost three 10-20 zones on the Horde side. I’m not sure how to structure future progress, because I want to use the opportunity to level a bunch of classes I never had at a high level, but I also don’t want to level a bunch characters through all the same expansion zones.

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Another thing I’m working on (when I need a break from leveling) is finally getting some gold in WoW. In 10 years of playing I was never rich. I could usually afford what I needed, but even the old gold-cap of ~214k gold was so far out of reach. Now it’s at 1 million gold, and even though there’s a high inflation, especially since WoD, I usually can’t afford anything “nice”, which is a shame because I like collecting old items that aren’t obtainable anymore, and they’re usually just too expensive for me. Even pre-TBC I was unable to afford my epic mount. I think I had about 600g when the expansion hit and finally borrowed the rest from a fellow guildmate shortly after launch.

So, I’m trying to increase my income, but because I don’t have a lot of time, I’m trying to find the best way for me that is not boring and doesn’t take ages.

I’m also thinking about buying game time tokens with that gold, so WoW essentially becomes free to play for me. Unfortunately, gametime tokens are pretty expensive in Europe, around 90.000 gold, so even with one million gold, I could barely afford a years worth of game time. And with the prices rising, I’m not sure the time required to get 90k gold is worth less than the 13€ for a month. US servers have a much lower price, less than 40k gold. But I’m glad I don’t live in Korea or Taiwan, where the tokens cost about 175k gold. Can you imagine getting almost 200.000 gold each month just to pay for your game time and only the game time after that is actual gameplay. Crazy! It also seems that the gold cap of 1 million is becoming a little bit low…

So, that’s about it for now. I hope I can finish my next article for tomorrow, so I’ll see you then…maybe!

Playing games, making stuff and other things

At least that’s what it feels like. I’m super busy, but I’m not really making any progress at all because I’m working on too many things concurrently. Oh well, time for another miscellaneous updates post about what I’m playing, programming and planning to do in the near future.

Now Playing

Why is it sometimes so difficult to find something to play? I don’t have a small selection of games and even the titles I’ve never played before, but are collecting dust in my shelves is unfortunately somewhat impressive. I’ve also severely increased the quality of my gaming selection by getting rid of hundreds of crappy games or titles I’m not interested in anymore. So I can literally choose from countless quality titles from all genres and platforms. But here I am, wondering what I should play for the last couple of days.

Playing now: Blackwell Legacy is part one in a five part series
Blackwell Legacy is part one in a five part series

I’ve started playing a bit of Blackwell Legacy and it’s not bad. But I’ll continue playing this together with a friend, so that’s not an option right now.

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Update and Indiana Jones for the Game Gear

If you just want to read about the Indiana Jones game for the Game Gear, scroll down to “Now Playing” to skip my update-rambling.

Great Idea! Let’s start a blog……and then get sick for a week! -_-

I’ve been pretty much out of commision for the last week and a half and I’ve just started getting everything back on track.

Since I just started blogging regularly again, I didn’t have any posts prepared for situations like this. Gotta get on that.

Anyway, I’ve got a bunch of content coming up, like the conclusion of the article series about pixel graphics or the start of the new Unity tutorial (already have started working on a tileset). I’ve also been working on a bunch of side projects, such as upgrading my T43 Thinkpad to a completely maxed out configuration. Hopefully that’ll be interesting for some people.

Now Playing Indiana Jones and the last Crusade

I’d like to revive the “Now Playing” category from my previous blog, may it rest in peace, to let you guys know what I’m up to gaming-wise and share my thoughts.

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This posting will have significant spoilers to this 25 year old game, so consider yourself warned.

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Day 8: Consecutive

So far I’ve taken more days off than I have posted updates. Time to change that!

 

Alright, day 8 of my little challenge and we’re -almost- halfway through the second tutorial.

 

On todays menu:

Chapter 07: Creating Shots, Chapter 08: Shooting Shots, Chapter 09: Boundary and Chapter 10: Creating Hazards.

As always, you’re more than invited to follow along and get to know Unity yourself. The tutorial videos are short and very well done, so you’ll be able to progress quite fast.

Here’s a screenshot todays work:

Very simple scripting

In gaming updates:

World of Warcraft is getting somewhat boring, but that’s not really surprising. Right now I’d like to level my prot warrior to 100 and just tank everything, but that takes time. We’ll see. I’ll probably take a break until a couple of content patches have arrived and the next expansions release date has been announced. By then there’ll be plenty of new content for me.

Until then, I’ll probably try to finally finish Dark Souls (only Gwyn left) and try out Issue #10 in The Secret World. Issue #9 was somewhat of a letdown, especially considering it’s f*king 東京, but they absolutely deserve another chance.

 

Now Playing: Wizardry Online

In the “Now Playing” series I’ll be taking a look at other MMORPGs every now and then. As you might remember, WoW has always been a temporary solution in my quest to find a worthy replacement for Ultima Online, so I’m always trying new games that look promising.

Wizardry is one of the oldest RPG series today, and probably the oldest still alive. The online game was released a while ago in Japan, where the series is still very popular and I tried to play it. I had the client, registered an account on my japanese eMail adress and even used a japanese proxy to connect to the game, but to no avail. The publisher was quite crafty and managed to lock me out of the game no matter what I did. At some point they announced an US/EU release of the game for some time in 2012, but as the year came to an end my hopes of ever playing Wizardry Online waned.

Until a couple of days ago, when suddenly, the open beta for the game started. Joy! I’ve spent a couple of hours in the game and talk a little bit about its supposed features and my newbie experience.

Here’s a trailer for the game: Wizardry Online

And here you can register for the open beta. You can download the client immediately and start playing: Wizardry Online Oh, and it’s free to play!

Character creation

The game didn’t let me change resolution or AA settings until I’ve made a new character…or I just missed the option before 😉

Okay, enough of that, how does the game play and how is it different from titles like World of Warcraft?

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