There's an interesting article on Eurogamer about an Xbox 360 port of Quake 2 that was ahead of it's time (in terms of consoles) featuring 1080p60 and included 4 player split screen too. It also mentions that the Xbox 360 version had some slight advantages over the PC original.
There's a Digital Foundry video comparing the various versions of the game.
Posted by skint @ 03:54 CDT, 14 September 2016 - iMsg
Last night my computer just froze, I then restarted it and it got back to windows (windows 8.1) but wouldn't load any icons and the cursor was constantly showing the circle loading thing. Tried resetting a few times, sometimes it would say no boot device and sometimes it would goto windows but not load anything.
I have an OCZ Vertex 2 (prob 5 years old?) as boot drive and HDD for storage. In the BIOS it's not even showing the SSD at all so I think it's dead... but how come it will sometimes boot into windows?? Is it completely dead or can I revive it?
I've had to put Ubuntu onto a USB at work to put on the PC when I get home for now and will run it off the HDD if the SSD is dead.
Posted by skint @ 07:22 CDT, 27 August 2016 - iMsg
Anyone on here into driving games? I've just bought a Logitech G920 (as it works with xbone too) so wondering which are the best ones, I know whats out there but not sure how good each is.
So far I've just been trying it out on the xbox. Forza 6 works fine and I've got the settings setup just right, then I've also got Project Cars which I've always loved but so far I'm struggling to get the right settings so will play around with that.
Also planning on using it with all the arcade emulators at some point.
So what are your recommendations for some PC driving games? I only have a 750ti on an i5 at the moment so please take that into consideration.
Quake 1 mapper 'Ionous' has announced the start of the 7th Quake map jam over at Func_Msgboard. The jams run for around 2 weeks and must meet specific guidelines such as a particular texture set or a theme. Previous jams have created some very nice map packs which can all be found here.
The theme this time around is 'Back to Base' so IDbase style maps (id's industrial style) with plenty of water and pipes. The quake mod Quoth is also to be included and the deadline for finished maps is the 11th August 2016.
You can also find progress from various mappers over at the Func_Msgboard forums as well as some of the mappers streaming their work, usually Ionous and Daz. There's also information on tools needed and some reference images on the announcement post.
Posted by skint @ 12:50 CDT, 31 October 2015 - iMsg
Seems to be quite alot of people putting servers up and id has just yesterday put up LOADS but anyway I've set 4 up for people to use.
I've set these up with what I think are the better player counts for each gametype which is probably not the case on the majority of servers that are just a mess of spam. Hopefully for more experienced players.
CA is locked at teamsize 4 and FFA is locked at 8 players, all servers set to 12 maxclients. FFA has NO loadouts, quad is on and the item pickup timers are on.
All located in Frankfurt and seem to have really good connections, I ping 28 from UK. Frankfurt chosen due to it's central Europe location.
How come no-one has ever been taken to court on war crimes charges? 70,000 people killed on the day and a further 70,000 from the effects of the bomb... at least. And then a 2nd bomb at Nagasaki 3 days later killing another 80,000.
Does anyone have any experience with the ThermalTake tt esports keyboards? I'm looking to buy a keyboard and I have been looking at the Ducky Zero Shine 3 TKL, the Cooler Master Quickfire Rapid-I and a couple of others around this price range but I'm not sure if I can really come to terms with spending £90+ on a keyboard.
An alternative I have found is the Thermaltake Tt eSPORTS POSEIDON ZX which I can get from America for £60 which uses Kaihl switches instead of the more expensive Cherry.
What are peoples experiences of these keyboards or if you know of a better product around the £60 mark. I'd like back lighting and ten key less.
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I haven't watched it all yet, I just caught the Q&A section at the end when it was live yesterday.
The most interesting questions in my opinion start at 46:00. So it seems that they're going for a more casual multiplayer with 'esports' being looked at after release. It also has loadouts like in QL, however they acknowledged that loadouts was one of the biggest questions they get so this could change in some form.
Hopefully SnapMap is powerful enought to be able to change some of these anyway so we could make our own 'pro' version, by the sounds of it it seems like it might be similar to the editor in Starcraft 2 in which you can create much more than just maps and share them easily.
Edited by skint at 05:20 CDT, 26 July 2015 - 1928 Hits
I currently have an AMD A8-5600k cpu with 8gb ram and a 750ti.
Amazon are selling a Pentium G3258 for £38 so considering buying this. Will then get a cheap mobo off ebay.
Do you think this would be a worthwhile cheap upgrade for the time being? I don't want to play the latest games on it, just something a bit quicker. Also would it be ok for streaming stuff as I may do when I move and get better upload.
So I now have a little icon on my taskbar that says 'Get Windows 10' I have a pirated copy of Windows 7 at the moment and I know microsoft said it would work but is it a trial version or something?
Also how is it with compatability with all the programs?
I've just bought a Linx 7 tablet which runs full windows 8.1 (surprisingly well) I will be using it as a normal tablet but I've also started setting it up with all the usual emulators on it with an Emulation Station frontend so I can just press the icon to get to the main menu with all the systems listed. I'm controlling it with an Xbox 360 controller.
Now my problem is getting back to the front end's menu as on most emulators you would press ESC to either exit or get to the emulator menu, but with not having a keyboard attached this is impossible.
So my question is how can I map a combination of buttons on the controller to for instance the ESC key? I'd like to have combos of say all 4 shoulder buttons as some emus such as PSX will use all the buttons on the controller as standard. I've seen things like Xpadder but that seems to more like mapping keyboard keys to one controller button but not the other way around?
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Posted by skint @ 07:52 CST, 26 January 2015 - iMsg
At the moment I'm using some Hanns-G 22inch 1680x1050 monitor that my brother left behind when he moved to Korea. Can't remember the model but I'm sure last time I looked at specs it has 5ms response time... probably more.
Anyway is it really worth me getting a 120/144hz monitor? I play a bit of Quakeworld, a bit of Reflex and every now and again Quakelive. Don't know if I play them enough to warrant buying a new monitor? Or does the 120hz make all the newer games smoother/better looking too? I'm under the impression you need to get the FPS to match or something.
Theres the Benq 2411 for about £230 an AOC one for £200 that I've seen. Or a 1080p/60hz/1ms monitor for about £110-120. Or make do with what I've got????????????
Posted by skint @ 02:23 CST, 23 January 2015 - iMsg
Contemplating having a bit of a PC upgrade.
Budget £500 and with that I just need a mobo/cpu/gpu/psu
Pretty certain I'll go for a Corsair semi-modular PSU but if there's something better...
I have a m-atx case, 1 ssd, 1 hdd, 8gb corsair vengeance ram and Asus Xonar sound card to use with it.
I might spend about another £100 ish to get a new case and a 1tb hybrid drive to replace the old hdd and just fancy a new case.
8gb ram will be fine for a while wont it?
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Posted by skint @ 06:59 CST, 8 January 2015 - iMsg
I've bought a SOC thing (ODROID XU3) to mess about with and eventually make into a little media player to keep connected to the TV for emulators, movies and music. I was going to add an external HDD to it to store all the media on.
I'll be running Retroarch and XBMC and whatever for music using Android as the OS (possibly Linux)
My question is if I was to get a 2tb Western Digital My Passport Ultra and left it connected to the device would it always be able to access the HDD or would it go into a sleep mode?
I'm just asking as I would scrape all the game covers, album covers and game covers onto the HDD too so if I switched to the device I'd want all those to display straight away.
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Posted by skint @ 06:42 CST, 10 December 2014 - iMsg
Will probably only mean anything to about 1% of ESR but the Twitch app on Xbox One has had a good update recently. Now allowing you to watch archived videos and also source quality with 60fps.
I did use the app a bit but the quality only went to high (if that) before and once you make it fullscreen is wasn't that great on a big TV. But now I can watch Zlive streams etc in best quality with 60fps sat in the living room on my 40" TV.
Good update... although granted, should of been there since the start.
Posted by skint @ 09:19 CST, 3 December 2014 - iMsg
It's not only Quake 3's birthday today but also the original Playstation's (PSX) which was released 20 years ago today (in Japan) Brilliant console with one of the biggest and best libraries of games ever and home to some classic series and arcade perfect ports.
Owned one myself after the Amiga was coming to it's end and still play some games now.. mainly the Ridge Racer games.
Posted by skint @ 10:31 CDT, 24 September 2014 - iMsg
Why is it that there's so many people that hate air control, some stating they won't touch games that have it?
Just wondering as when I read threads on here and there's also a couple of comments on the bigger gaming sites that have featured Reflex from players with this view. They never state why, just 'not if it has air control' kind of responses.
(most of the comments on other sites about reflex are generally posititve)
In the case of Quake I personally prefer the movement with air control (qw & cpm) due to all the tricks and freedom you have to move at speed. That's not to say I don't like the movement in q3/ql and the movement in q2 is superb, but i just prefer the air control.
What are the arguments for and against and why do you hate/love air control or no air control.
Posted by skint @ 03:23 CDT, 24 September 2014 - iMsg
They are getting close to the pre-alpha now which will hopefully be next month and a Steam early access which should be roughly 2 months after that! From the latest screenshots and info it's looking very promising.
Posted by skint @ 16:33 CDT, 12 September 2014 - iMsg
I'm thinking about buying an ODROID-U3 to use as a small, cheap and fast emulator thing to hook upto a TV. Now I'd like to have a nice clean menu for the emulators and came across Emulation Station which looks really nice and can be controller driven.
There are various custom linux distro's available for the ODROID-U3 that I found on a forum thread, the one I'm thinking of initially would be the 'Whisper' release which has controller support and running Lubuntu which seems quite easy to use, used Ubuntu in the past and liked it. They also have a Debian package.
So... looking at the Emulation Station site for Linux they only have a Debian file for download however theres a GitHub repository so would it be possible to install this emulator front end onto a machine running L/Ubuntu or would it only be possible if using a Debian distro and using the .deb package on the download page?
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Posted by skint @ 12:02 CDT, 30 August 2014 - iMsg
My only gripe with the new QL update is how shit FFA has become. I know I said as long as you play Duel or pickup TDM/CTF then nothing really changes but the FFA is awful now. I've tried spawning my own FFA servers with classic mode but no-one joins =(
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Posted by skint @ 09:14 CDT, 22 August 2014 - iMsg
I'm currently running an AMD 5600k APU with the stock cooller but it seems to be running really hot all the time. I think these APU's do generally run quite warm but this seems too high, talking 75-80c. If I play CS:GO and some other newer (sort of) games it can run them fine but will sometimes freeze and lock up the system which I'm presuming is due to heat. So I'm looking for a really good heatsink/fan to replace the stock cooller around the £20-30 range.
At the moment I've been looking at 2 Cooller Master ones :
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO (£25)
Cooler Master Hyper 412S (£30)
Does anyone have any experience with either or have other suggestions?
edit: socket FM2
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Posted by skint @ 09:24 CDT, 12 August 2014 - iMsg
Only just seen this. A new motor racing series is going to kick off in September featuring all electric powered cars that resemble F1 and indy cars and have 270bhp max power while weighing max 888kg. Looks quite interesting although I guess the downside is the low noise, something which people didn't like the change of in F1. When watching motor sports one of main spectacles is the noise and roar you get from the engines!
Anyway the grid looks pretty decent with some ex F1 drivers such as Sebastien Buemi and Lucas di Grassi as well as relatives of F1 greats, Bruno Senna (Sennas nephew) and Nicolas Prost (son of Alain Prost)
•Acceleration: 0 - 100 km/h (0-62mph) in 3 secs
•Maximum speed: 225 km/h (FIA limited)
edit: Range: 25 minutes - Charging time: 90 minutes - hmm how will this work? 'Races will begin by standing start and last for approximately one hour with drivers making a mandatory pit stop in order to change cars.'
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I have a brand new in box Zowie EC1 EVO, I'd like to swap it for the smaller (I'm claw grip) EC2 if anyone wants to swap. I've never used the mouse or even taken it out of the box.
Preferably would like the CL edition.
When I was looking at the Quakecon 2014 QL news post i was quite excited to see a break at 00:00 BST for the Doom reveal! Not only would I have a full night of Quake to look forward to but also the first glimpse of the new Doom game.
Sadly I just took it that the stream would be showing the Doom reveal during this break too, but apparently it's just for the attendees of Quakecon so we will have to wait to see it :(
A new games studio called 'West Games' has started up in Ukraine, this studio has been set up by former GSC Game World (S.T.A.L.K.E.R.) and 4A Games (Metro: Last Light) staff.
Their first game 'Areal' went live on Kickstarter yesterday and they already have over $21,000 pledged of their $50,000 goal! If your thinking 50k isn't enough to make this game... well you would be right, apparently every member of the team has invested in the project. The game should be coming to PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, PC and Mac.
The stretch goals include more cities, a 32 player free roam mode, multiplayer competitive mode and also one for more missions and modes.
So what are peoples thoughts now that some of the cast members and the series characters have been revealed?
Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), and Kenny Baker (R2-D2) are reprising their roles.
Newcomers to the series include Max von Sydow (The Seventh Seal), Adam Driver (Girls), Andy Serkis (Lord of the Rings), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), Domhnall Gleeson (Bill Weasley in Harry Potter), and up-and-comers John Boyega (Attack the Block) and Daisy Ridley (Blue Season).
Empire Strikes Back scribe Lawrence Kasdan is penning the screenplay with director J.J. Abrams, and Star Wars composer extraordinaire John Williams will continue to score the series.
It's sounding quite promising, although as we've seen in the past, anything could happen!
It's out December 18th 2015.
Came home from work and house mates playing bf4 on Xbox one, lagging quite noticeably. He says might just cancel broadband and get a dongle thing as it will be better! We have had some problems with it recently so rang and they said they would fix it, which they seem to have done as its gradually going up every day.
Anyway I asked what server he was on and he was playing on the US West server!! Told him to try Europe or at worst US East but hes adament its the broadband and not the server being 4-6(?) thousand miles away.