Gaming misc.

PS5 event, my brief thoughts

After watching the PS5 event I didn’t really feel impressed. It was pretty much what I expected. I like that Spider-Man Miles Morales is pretty much a launch game. Despite the Final Fantasy XVI rumors that has circulated it was kind of a surprise. Looks a lot like FFXV, possibly with a tight-nit group aswell.

The quick tease of God of War: Ragnarök was appreciated. But other than the event was pretty bland.

What is bullshit though is different release dates for different regions. The release date in Sweden is November 19th while in Japan and the US and others gets it a whole week earlier at the 12th… That’s really bullshit, do a worldwide release instead.

The price was expected, so no surprise there. All in all, decent show, nothing really extraordinary.

Gaming misc.

Portable gaming incoming?

I’m a bit burned on couch gaming at the moment. So I’m glad I have options. Switch and 3DS.

One of the candidates is Pokémon Diamond, a game I never finished. Others choices are Yo-Kai Watch 2: Fleshy Souls and Golden Sun: Dark Dawn.

Need to trade some legendary Pokémon that was on the cart when I bought it used. After that I can start playing Diamond. Don’t know when I find the energi for it though.

Gaming misc.

Motivating consoles purchases

On the Swedish gaming forum there was a topic about motivating why you bought consoles, I thought it was a fun topic. I added regions so it’s easier to differentiate the consoles.


  • NES (PAL) #1 — Our childhood consoles we got back in 1993. My parents sold it after getting us a SNES.
  • NES (PAL) #2 — Bought from my neighbors along with a bunch of games as a teenager. This was when my interest for older consoles started.
  • AV Famicom (NTSC-J) — Bought it RGB-modded from my good friend Fredrik. To be able to speedrun on.
  • SNES (PAL) — Childhood console. My siblings and I got it as a Donkey Kong Country bundle.
  • SNES (NTSC-U) — I needed a NTSC console for speedruns, since it runs att 59.94 Hz instead of 50 Hz. It is now dead, unfortunately.
  • SFC (NTSC-J) — When my American SNES died I needed a replacement, a cheap Super Famicom was my choice.
  • SFC Jr. (NTSC-J) — When it comes to SNES consoles, the later models, the better video quality. The SFC Jr. Started production in 1997, so they are always late models.
  • N64 (PAL) — Wanted a N64, so I bought it from a friend of my brothers back in 1999.
  • N64 (NTSC-J) — Due to My obsession with speedruns I wanted NTSC versions of all older consoles so I bought this one. Never been used by me.
  • Gamecube (PAL) — The first console I bought by myself and the first console bought on release.
  • Wii (NTSC-U) — Back in 2010 I got a job over the Summer. I bought a Wii since I wanted to go back to console gaming.
  • Wii U (PAL) #1 — Bought on release with my roommate. My second Nintendo console on release. My roommate bought me out when we moved apart.
  • Wii U (PAL) #2 — The console I bought after moving away from my roommate.
  • Switch (PAL) — Bought on release, my third Nintendo console on release.


  • Mega Drive Model 1 (PAL) — Got a region modded console from a friend.
  • Genesis Model 2 (NTSC-U) — Got this console from an American friend for a beer. Totalt worth it.


  • PS2 (PAL) — Back in 2007, I wanted to play the PS2 Final Fantasy’s so I got a used console.
  • PS3 Phat (NTSC-U) — a friend, Tobbe, wanted an American backwards compatible PS3. He found one in Linköping where I lived. I bought it and brought it to him. A couple of years later I wanted a PS3 to be able to play The Last of Us aning other games. Tobbe who now lived in Linköping was willing to part with his console so I bought it.
  • PS3 Slim (PAL) — Due to the Phat consoles frequent failing and it’s hefty weight I wanted a more reliable console. This is why I bought another PS3.
  • PS4 Slim (PAL) — Technically not my console. My girlfriend bought it but I’m using it. Best “purchase” ever 😉


  • Xbox 360-E (PAL) — Black Friday 2016 I bought this Xbox for almost nothing. I wanted to test out a Microsoft system.
  • Xbox One S (PAL) — In April 2017, CDON a Swedish internet shop had a Black Friday-esque sale called Green Friday. The Xbox One S console was super cheap so I bought it to play some of the exclusive titles.

Gaming misc.

Productive gaming month

August is almost over. Starting with beating Paper Mario: The Origami King and ending with beating Darksider: Warmastered Edition. Between those games I beat Alwa’s Awakening and Untitled Goose Game aswell as getting platinum in Bloodstained: Ritual of The Night.

Right now I have no idea what to play next.

Gaming misc.

New platinum, another game in the bag

My adventure that started last weekend, has come to a close. After almost 40 hours I completed most things in Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. All optional bosses and all achievements, which includes collecting all items and recipes.  The only thing I skipped was mastering all techniques.

This was my twelfth beaten game this year. So far, probably the game I have played this year that I have enjoyed the most.

For the next game, I picked up Darksiders Warmastered Edition for the PS4 on sale. It’s a game on my backlog since I also have it on Steam. I played a couple of hours many years ago but haven’t touched it since. I have always had the intention to finish it so now I have the chance.

Playing the intro, it’s very apparent that it’s an older game. It’s from a time when I didn’t play many single player games, so it’s going to be fun to explore the game.

Gaming misc. Tech

I want to record more gameplay

As the title says, I want to record more gameplay and upload to Youtube. The focus would be high quality with no commentary.

I have no intentions of making “content”, I just want to use my equipment for something a bit creative. Both modern and retro. Mainly retro, since I think that’s an area where high quality console capture is needed.

This is because I’m kind of sick of seeing big YouTubers using World of Longplay footage which is played on emulator.

To make this reality I would need to setup a capture setup and get a lot of storage. in addition, since our computer died, a new computer would also be helpful. That sounds like a lot of money…

A project like this would probably help me getting to finishing my rack which has been in the works for many many years.

This picture was taken three years ago and I still haven’t finished the rack.

Gaming misc.

Future gaming plans

It’s always difficult to know what to play. I have a few games I want to play further on, but it’s difficult to know if you are in the right mood for the game.

Star Wars: The Fallen Order is the first game on the list. Second, there is Ghost of Tsushima, but it’s a tricky one. I’m planning to play Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla on release, so I don’t want to play Tsushima too close to it since the gameplay is probably very similar.

I looking forward to the PS5. It’s not the console itself, but in combination with getting a new TV this fall, I’m gonna explore HDR and high resolution gaming. Which is something I’m really looking forward to. I like new tech!

Since I loved the original Spider-Man for the PS4, therefore Spider-Man: Mike Morales is one of my most anticipated games right now. Gonna be fun to play more as Miles.

Not to mention Horizon: Forbidden West, the sequel to my favorite PS4 game. The PS5 is gonna be stacked with really hyped up games.

I have both Tales of Zestiria and Tales of Berseria that I haven’t played yet. I tried Zestiria, but I was pretty bored when playing it so I doubt I’ll pick it up again. I’ve heard that Berseria is the better of the two. I’m not really in a JRPG kind of mood right now though.

Gaming misc.

A session to remember

I haven’t really felt like playing games lately. Before I always had a couple of games ready to play when I was ready for the next one. Nowadays I’m struggling to find a game that really hooks me.

I have to be really stubborn to keep playing, as was the case with Alwa’s Awakening. A game I enjoyed the beginning and end of, but I hated the ending story-wise.

Enter Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. A game which I had anticipated long before it was released since I love Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and Aria of Sorrow.

I bought it on Saturday morning and the first session ended around midnight the same da, which just smaller breaks for food. The longest gaming session since February last year when I beat The Last Guardian in one sitting, approximately 14-15 hours.

Right after starting playing I was hooked. The feel is just right for a Igavania. The graphics isn’t amazing but I think it’s secondary to gameplay which is exactly right.

The next day I started the day by playing Bloodstained and didn’t end before 8 hours had passed. The game had me hooked for sure. It was almost scary.

I have some more stuff to do in the game (on final boss otherwise) . Unfortunately I feel a bit burned out at the moment due to the long sessions prior. I am excited to soon be finishing this great game.

Gaming misc.

Got an old capture card working

UPDATE: After some tinkering due to the card not getting detected the day after, our computer died probably due to a short circuit or something. The computer is dead.

A couple of years ago I bought two of a capture card called Datapath E1s. The E1s is considered one of the better capture cards for retro games since it’s possible to optimise a lot to get a really good capture.

I mostly bought them because they supports the 5x mode on the OSSC (Open Source Scan Converter), an “upscaler” I use to play retro games on digital displays.

I bought the capture cards from a seller on Ebay. The cards had a PCI-e bracket that didn’t fit my normal PC since they had been used in an professional environment. I needed a normal PCI-e for the cards to be able to use them.

I knew there were people who had 3D-printed replacement brackets. But I didn’t know anyone with a 3D printer so I didn’t know what to do. I bought some random brackets off of ebay for cheap to see if they would work. They did not. The DVI port wasn’t correctly aligned so the card didn’t fit into the PCI-e slot.

Now, a couple of years later I contacted a finnish speedrunner who I knew had printed PCI-e brackets for Datapath cards used at FinnRuns. So I asked if he could print a few for me, which he agreed to do. Just a few days ago they showed up, and they work flawlessly, definitely worth the cost.

I got three brackets and are right now using one of the two cards I own. I am now able to capture crisp retro game footage! I just need to get a compact portable setup since I can’t have consoles and cable up permanently, the space does not allow for it.

This is how the footage looks. I think it looks great as long as you don’t inspect it too closely. Good enough for me. It’ll also be a lot easier for me to both play and capture if the OSSC is before the signal splitting in the chain. So this is very good news for me.

Gaming misc.

Drifting again

The new Joy-Con drifts aswell… Damn…