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Gaming misc.

More Halo

This week has been a productive one. Me and Rasmus beat both Halo 3 and Halo 3: ODST this weekend. I’m quite surprised how short both 3 and ODST are. Both Halo 1 and 2 feels much longer. Might be a difficult to compare since I played Halo 1 by myself, whereas Halo 3 and ODST was co-op. Halo 2 was a co-op playthrough, it took two session and both 3 and ODST was one four-hour session each.

I am actually still really enjoying Halo, even after 4 games played in a short time. Story and engagement-wise Halo: Combat Evolved is still my favorite so far. I still have Reach and Halo 4 left in the Master Chief Collection.

After that I only have Halo 5 left of the current Halo games. The problem is that it’s only available on Xbox One and Series consoles. I have a Xbox One S which hopefully will be used for some sweet couch co-op when the Covid-19 situation is a bit more manageable.

If we manage to beat Halo 5: Guardians before Halo Infinite is released. I’m very interested in playing it co-op on release since it will be on Steam and Game Pass.

This puts my “games beaten” total for 2021 to ten games so far, of which six are played on PC.

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Gaming misc.

Co-op is fun

Today I finished Halo 2 with my good friend Rasmus. I really noticing how much I have missed playing games with others. Since I don’t enjoy competitive multiplayer games I don’t have many games to play with friends. I’m gonna try to play more with friends. It’s probably gonna be one of my personal goals of 2021. I need the social aspect and playing games together is fun.

Apparently co-op in Halo 2 has some problems. Some cutscenes crashes the session in co-op mode. So we had to start over a couple of times with some missions. So it hasn’t been the smoothest experience. It’s so much fun though, regardless of the problems.

We are most likely gonna start Halo 3 next weekend. I’m already looking forward to that!

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Gaming misc.

That Halo

Finished Halo this weekend. I played a lot more than I anticipated I would. I was totally gripped. For a FPS newbie Halo was a perfect starting point for me. Engaging story, corny enough to not be totally serious but at the same time not silly.

I have some complaints, but it’s a very solid game that still feels modern “enough” to still work. The length was perfect, beat it in like 10 hours. Very solid weekend game!

I have a “ritual” that after finishing a game, I try to watch a speedrun of it. It’s a great way for me to combine my interests, casual gaming and speedrunning. Knowing the game gives the speedrun more depth. Especially the struggle in the Library for me, and the speedrun just skips a lot of it on Legendary whereas I played on Normal. Pretty crazy stuff.

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Gaming misc.

Next up, Halo

I never owned a Xbox console until 2016 when I bought a 360. Therefore I have completely missed Halo. I didn’t have any interest in games in first person view until 2012 when I played Far Cry and Dishonored. I have never been a huge fan of shooters in general.

I have since then played Destiny 2 and other games, so that made me look at Halo, and here I am ready to try it out!

Gonna start with Combat Evolved. Reach will be a later game for me.

I hope I’ll enjoy it. If not, there is always co-op!

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Gaming misc.

Future projects

Newer consoles are spoiling players with screenshot features for sharing on social media platforms. Even htough I’m no big proponent of social media, I occasionally like to share a screenshot from a game, when starting or beating a game. This is not possible for older consoles like Nintendo Entertainment System, Nintendo Gamecube or Sega Genesis. A universal capture button is my thought, the sharing aspect will be a normal upload to social media of choice. I have therefore been thinking of a solution that would solve this problem for all consoles, using a capture card and a wireless bluetooth button.

With a compatible capture card and a Flic 2 button I got this to work in OBS when the OBS window is in focus. This works very well, the only problem is that I don’t have a way to capture my older consoles since I don’t have them close to the computer. I don’t want to chuck a long HDMI cable over the floor every time I want to start gaming and eventually take a screenshot.

I have there looked into the possibility of using “cheap” Chinese HDMI extenders to route the signal via the network to my computer. That’s is one solution, the other on is to buy a cheap computer, like a NUC or something and have in the TV bench just to take screenshots closer to the consoles.

When I have the hardware to take the screenshots from my sofa, I’m gonna look into some way of feedback for screenshot taken, either a sound or a blinking light, maybe a push to the phone.

This would be an ideal way to get better screenshots for this blog for console games I want to feature in the future.

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Gaming misc. General misc. Music misc.

Updates

I have updated the site with a better structure for the categories. I have also bought a new computer, so I’m hopefully gonna post more different things here, since I don’t have to write on my phone anymore. I separated the writeups and the other stuff.

A lot of things have happened since I last posted. I have like I said, bought a new computer. I have also purchased an audio interface and new headphones. Now I can play bass without annoying my girlfriend and the neighbors. I also have the option to record ideas and possibly songs in the future. I have a lot to learn when it comes to recording. I also need to derust my bass playing-skills.

I recently started listening to a lot more death metal again, especially Entombed. Thanks to my friend Jason! He also inspired me to pick up the bass again!

On the gaming front, I got the PS5 on release and I love it. I played a lot the first couple of months, but have been in a rut lately, at least when it comes to PS5 gaming. I played through Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, Spider-Man: Miles Morales (Platinum), Spider-Man: Remastered (Platinum), Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (Platinum), Ghost of Tsushima (Platinum), Maneater (Platinum) before slowing down. So I have already gotten my money’s worth. Might do a writeup on some of them in the future.

We got an LG OLED CX on the Black Friday sale. I’m very happy with it, especially with the PS5 and also my retro setup, since it’s very compatible with my upscaler. We had planned to buy that model on Black Friday so when our old TV died the same day I got the PS5, I was both sad and happy at the same time. Had to play on my computer monitor for about a week or two.

PS5 on my computer monitor, since the TV died the same day I got the PS5.

When it comes to retro gaming I have gotten a OSSC v1.6 which has audio over HDMI, which means I now have a solution that can take and upscale all my retro consoles to my OLED. I also have a HDMI dongle for the Nintendo Gamecube booked which hopefully arrives April 30th. So I hope to play a lot more Gamecube in the future, since this device opens up the possibility for digital to digital 480p signal, so I don’t have to bother with an interlaced signal, really excited about that. I just need to figure out the optimal setup when it comes to switches, since I don’t have anymore free HDMI ports on the TV.

My current retro setup, the OSSC v1.6 to the right being the heart of the setup.

That’s pretty much what I have been doing music and gaming-wise. Been focusing a lot more on what I enjoy, so in addition to gaming and music, we have started taking long walks so get outside more. This have been helping me a bunch, so I’m feeling much better in these pandemic times.

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Gaming misc.

It’s confirmed, I’m getting a PS5 on release!

I’m very happy right now!

I have stuff to do. Should probably prepare, getting PS+ to get those cloud saves and such. Need to remove the PS4 Slim and move some other consoles around so the PS5 fits.

It’s gonna be exciting to test the PS5 on our old TV now and then see the difference when we get the new one.

Probably gonna have to remove the door of the TV bench to not kill the PS5 by accident. Don’t know where to store the door though.

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Gaming misc.

Gaming rut

i haven’t been playing “for real” for a long time. I played The Crown Tundra for a weekend, but I haven’t been hooked in a game for ages.

I’m afraid I’m hoping too much on Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla to be the game that gets me out of the rut. Which makes it even more tricky that I don’t know if I’m getting a PS5 soon or if it’s further away. I don’t know if it’s worth it to start playing on the PS4 or to wait for the PS5, since I don’t know when I’m getting one.

I have a Xbox Series X waiting for me, but I’m not gonna claim it. Going to opt for the PS5 instead, even though it’ll be difficult to get one despite a pretty early pre-booking.

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Gaming misc.

Rogue-lites, not for me

I did my second attempt to get into the rogue-lite/-like genre. This time I tried Dead Cells, a game that I have been looking at for a long time. A side-scrolling action game that’s more up my alley than The Binding of Isaac, which was my first attempt.

The mechanics are super tight in Dead Cells. The game feels great to play. The reasons why I havent played it earlier is because I don’t get the grindy nature of rogue-lites/-likes. I need something that is failing me in, a story of an interesting world to explore. There are slot of exploration in Dead Cells, however it’s the same areas randomly generated to different configurations.

The collected cells that have been spent on different permanent perks and possible items, are the only progress that’s saved after dying. Which I noticed isn’t enough for me. I need something intriuging me, like a story or interesting environment to explore.

The strength of Dead Cells is the tight mechanics which it nails. Unfortunately, the progress getting to newer areas itself being the only prize for the accomplishment, which you are robbed of every time you die. It’s not for me.

Perhaps I’m a lazy gamer, but I want games to give me something more than just a distraction to pass time.

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Gaming misc.

Wired up Nintendo Switch

I have now set up USB to ethernet-dongles for both our Switch docks. Meaning there are no modern consoles in the apartment with internet capabilities that aren’t connected to the Network by cable.

No SSID means ethernet cable!