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10:39 PM on 09.11.2008

When you have a PC and something breaks... UPGRADE!

One of my favorite things about having a PC is that when something breaks after a few years you have the option of either replacing it with the same part... or upgrading. Upgrading is awesome, not only does it usually end up improving your gaming experience, but let's be honest, it's always nice to get new toys.

This mouse is old and busted:



For the past month my nearly one year old son has gotten into the habit of attacking my Logitech MX510 optical mouse. By attacking I mean pulling it off the desk, yanking on the wires, and trying his best to shove the whole thing in his mouth. The result of this assault has been that it's started taking a shit on me, to the point that it has been performing worse than a crusty trackball at random points while using it. This is no good when you're leading a headshot across a battlefield.

So I did what had to be done. I loaded the family up into the car and headed to Fry's where I picked up a lovely Logitech G5 laser. Not only is it an outright upgrade in terms of sensitivity but it has lots of nifty options my MX510 did not. For instance I can now avoid the trouble of a light handed mouse by using the weights that come with the mouse (which are housed inside a metal case that says G5 on it... sexy). I can also switch between three different DPI settings with the push of a button on the mouse. If you're not sure what that means let me explain:

I'm playing an FPS and I'm running around the field. I'll want to use a lower DPI setting which allows for more mouse movement without the camera flying all over the place. I spot a target far away and zoom in while at the same time clicking the button to raise my DPI. This gives me more direct control over where the sight of my gun will be increasing the accuracy. This is very nice.

The other thing I like better than the MX510 is that it has a rough almost sandy feeling surface. During extended gaming sessions the mouse will not become slippery and hard to operate due to sweaty hands. Oh and if you're going to say "I've never had a problem with my mouse getting to sweaty to use" then let me tell you that you've never had an actual EXTENDED gaming session.

This mouse is new and sexy:


Now I'm sure some will point out that there are better mice for whatever reasons. On paper some may seem better but when taking into account that I've been using an MX510 for years and the basic design of the G5 is the same, there is not really an adjustment period. It's just using a better piece of hardware instantly.

Now I'm off to play with my new toy.   read


6:03 PM on 09.09.2008

My BioShock! Nooooooo! Someone Must Pay!

Having finally gotten around to playing BioShock I settled down in front of my PC and got to work. I was blown away not only with how amazing the game looked but with the story from the beginning. Normally when a game comes out with a lot of hype around it I tend to back off and wait for things to cool down before I play it. I want to develop and an opinion without the feedback of everyone else.

So far I have to say that the credit this game was given was totally on point. Aside from one huge problem I have had.

*SPOILER ALERT*




Playing through to the point where I entered Langford's office to search the safe I was confronted with a horrible bug/glitch. The safe is empty, thus not allowing me to progress any further in the game. I've re-installed, started the game over, basically every step one would take to fix the problem and it hasn't helped. As I've searched for a solution I've found that this has happened with other people and not just on PC, there are also Xbox players who are reporting this bug. I've posted on the 2k forums and gotten zero response.

It's very disappointing to say the least. Getting myself into a game that is fun and with a great story is such a rare thing these days. I hate seeing it ruined by such a glaring error. You would think that by now 2k would have stepped up and done something about this, I mean it's not a simple bug where an enemy freezes or something that prevents you from getting an achievement. It's a game stopping glitch. I really wish companies would put more effort into uncovering and fixing these type of issues.

So until a solution comes up I'm left with a partially finished game... yay.   read


11:48 AM on 09.08.2008

Mercenaries 2: Gettin' Bruckheimer On Their Asses!

Spent several hours earlier playing through Mercenaries 2 on my PC and I still have mixed feelings. The menu design is probably my favorite thing about this game so far. It's really good looking and upon loading the game I was actually excited about playing it. I even considered taking a few screenshots to use as my desktop background.

Once I began playing the game my opinion started shifting. To begin with the controls feel muddy, as if I have an old trackball mouse and it's sticking... except I don't and it's not. It could just be that I'm used to a certain type of pinpoint targeting perfection due to using a keyboard and mouse to play games. While I can forgive some of this due to the fact that the game is third person, that forgiveness only goes so far, especially when games like Ghost Recon had it perfect years ago.



When it comes to the story I feel like they shouldn't have bothered. Much like the early GTA incarnations the plot line serves only to give you an excuse to fuck shit up... which I'm fine with. Like so many big budget action movies, this game has been entertaining to a degree but I'm left feeling slightly empty and ashamed that I didn't use my time to play something more interesting. The characters feel like they come straight out of that abortion of a film "Smokin' Aces"... I mean one of the main characters has a fauxhawk... that's just not acceptable.

I'll probably play it again later just to see if things change up, but I most likely won't finish the game. There are too many other games to play, too many books to read, and too many movies to see to invest time into something this bleh.   read


3:32 PM on 09.07.2008

Dollar Store Mega Man Score

My Sunday ritual began as usual. I got into the car and headed to the Dollar Store down the street to pick up a few pregnancy tests and some meat tenderizer. I grabbed my items and as I was walking towards the register I noticed some 3" Mega Man figures sitting on a shelf. They were all connected to some plastic display board type thing and I figured that six bucks wasn't a bad deal so I picked them up. When I checked out the cashier only counted the whole plastic display thing as one item.

So now for $1.00 even (there is no sales tax in Oregon) I have six 3" Mega Man figures.

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8:07 PM on 09.05.2008

You've got to be kidding me! Why haven't we stopped Spore?!

I've been playing Spore all week and I'll be the first to admit that it's plenty of fun and very adorable. The tutorials are very simple and integrated into each level making for a seamless transition between learning the mechanics of each section and playing them. While some people will claim that the lack of serious difficulty is a minus, I personally feel like it helps the game along. This game is about progression, not achievement. That can be a blurry line but that is part of what makes Spore interesting.

With that said I'd like to point out that we live in a world where a inter-species sex scene makes headlines. A world where the simple act of shooting someone in the virtual face and stealing their vehicle for kicks is something parents are warned against. A society where games like Dr. Aborto!, which has been leading sales on Mac, openly encourage teenage girls to get secret abortions.

Now why is it that we haven't gathered the courage to take down Will "The Blasphemer" Wright? How is he permitted to force our children and elderly people to play a game which clearly proves that evolution is better than Jesus Christ?! Not only does Spore support evolution, but in the tribal stage of the game there is music and dancing!

My fellow Dtoiders we are known across the internet as being the righteous and wise in the video game community. Join with me as we teach Will "burnin' in hell" Wright a lesson!   read


8:15 PM on 08.31.2008

Oh sweet delicious FPS benchmarks...



The BFG GeForce 8800GT OC's have dropped in price. I saw one when I was at Best Buy for $150 and couldn't resist. I had to upgrade my power supply though so I headed to Fry's and picked up a 500w for $40. My rig is very nice now.

Before the upgrade my bottleneck was my graphics card. I mean I have a Phenom Quad Core that's rated at 5.5ghz and 3GB of DDR3 RAM.

YKMG is a very happy man. Especially after running the Crysis test...



If you're looking to upgrade your graphics card now is the time to do it. You're not going to find a better card for a better price than this.   read


7:55 AM on 05.25.2008

Did I Actually Just Get Tea Bagged?

I was out in Hinterlands doing some quests, mainly trying to get a key off some troll mini-boss to open a cage and free some gryphon. I was level 49 doing my best to solo the level 50-53 mobs that are around there. I'm fighting a mob, I have it down to about 10% health while I'm at around 20% health. That's when two Horde players run up and gank me. Two guys named "Dopeboy" (a 53 Shaman) and my favorite... "Glowsword" (a 52 Paladin). Now not only do their names make me wonder if they are 13 years old, but the fact that they are level 52 and 53, ganking a level 49 character at 20% health also makes me question how laid back they are.

I make the LONG run back up to the top of the winding troll temple and rez. Upon rezing I hear the sound of fighting and peak around the corner and see an Alliance priest doing a quest. I stop and talk to her.

"Two horde just jumped me, be careful. I'm not sure where they went."

Just as I finish saying this Dopeboy and Glowsword come running out of a cave that I'm standing directly in front of. The thing is that they can't see me because I happen to be standing in front of a giant rock. I say "that's them" just as Dopeboy attacks the priest.

I charge Glowsword, who begins healing himself, so then I switch to Dopeboy who is still on the priest. Me and the priest finish off Dopeboy while I switch to the Paladin who then begins running. See we were in this pit sort of place with a bunch of giant steps that you can't run up. The only way out of the pit is to go to the very edge and climb a little hill. Glowsword didn't know this. Now because it's a Paladin it takes me about three minutes to kill him... he just kept running, trying to escape until finally I downed him.

The priest and I then headed into a cave together, killed some mobs at which point the priest tells me that they don't normally PvP. Now it's fifteen minutes later and we're walking out of the cave when Dopeboy and Glowsword jump us. They do the smart thing and take out the priest then kill me. That's when it happens....

I first see the emote of "Glowsword spits on you!"... then Glowsword begins teabagging my corpse. He's tea bagging my dead body. He wasn't just tea bagging me, but he was doing it in force. Like over and over again... letting me know he had won.

I began laughing. Laughing so hard that it woke up my son who was sleeping next to me on the couch. I mean he was teabagging me... I didn't know people still did that. I remember it playing Halo over LAN setup back in the day but what person thinks that tea bagging my virtual character is a sign of dominance or victory. Do they think I was sitting here yelling at my screen like "OH NO! YOU DID NOT JUST TEA BAG ME! YOU SON OF A BITCH!"

I guess I just wonder if these are the people who are yelling "FOR THE HORDE!" the loudest. If so, I'll stick with Alliance.   read


5:24 AM on 05.24.2008

Don't cry little buddy (More WoW crap)

I've grown tired of my Black Stallion mount and decided I wanted to get reputation with other factions in order to get their mounts. I had the highest honor with Ironforge so I went to the starting areas and did all the quests there. While I was out I killed a bear and as it died a level 9 character named Brusef ran up and began a discussion.

"What the hell" He said.

I replied with simply a "?"

His response was not so polite:

"What the fuck? I'm trying to do a fucking quest and dickheads like you are making it impossible."

Then he ran off. I'm not sure why I did it but I reported him. Maybe I was just tired of people being douche bags in the game or maybe it was the fact that if he had just asked to group with me I could have taken him through every quest until level 20 in about an hour.

About ten minutes later I get a private message from apparently one of Brusef's other characters.

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7:19 AM on 05.22.2008

Naked Bank Alt Fun.

It never fails. Sure, maybe I'm to blame for some of it. After all I'm the one who rolled a female character for my bank alt. I'm also the one who took off all her clothes and has her run around naked. In fact, I also seemingly encourage people when they try to hit on her. These things still don't change the fact that there are some people playing WoW who REALLY need some sort of sexual release. I give to you a screenshot from one of my auction house runs.

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9:58 PM on 04.27.2008

More WoW Crap... this time with many people.

Tagged along for a little raid earlier today and recorded the whole thing. In the end I had two hours of recordings and it took my HD space down to 80mb. Enjoy it or don't, just sharing.

[embed]83607:10843[/embed]   read


10:32 AM on 04.24.2008

It's Like Christmas Except Without The Crippling Depression...

I've been having to run out to the store pretty regularly for food and things the baby needs to survive. While I was there I noticed two things, the first being the new Star Wars action figure line from Hasbro and the second being the 25th anniversary G.I. Joe figures. I bought one of the Star Wars figures and it fueled my nerdlust. Now every time I go to the store I end up picking one up. Here is what I have so far:



My wife is also awesome and got me a new cellphone, but not just another generic flip phone, this time she got me a Sidekick Slide. It's badass, I check Dtoid from it, my emails, I'm on AIM, and I even have a badass little Transformers theme for it that plays the transforming sound effect when I slide it open.



Finally I went on Amazon and ordered a copy of Legend of The Syndicate, which is about this big guild that started before Ultima Online was released and continues still. Being an old UO addict I had heard of them and so I wanted to check out their story. Perhaps it will give me some tips in starting up and running a guild in WoW named Hogger Has A Posse... who knows.

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5:13 PM on 04.22.2008

My Wife and I In WoW

The other night my wife and I had to run part of Deadmines by ourselves so she could get a quest item as a Paladin. I made this little video of it mostly for our enjoyment, but figured I would post it here so everyone will know I'm still alive.

[embed]82809:10601[/embed]   read


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