Man, has life been a real pain in the butt recently. I've been away for quite a while, and I can blame things like computer failure and lots of work. But in the end, I always have SOME time to do stuff for the website. In the end, its just procrastination, laziness, and forgetfulness. I'm trying to get things going including obtaining better gear, but for now my setup is very limited. It's limited by what I can record (currently only PC games), what games I can actually play AND record (modern high-graphic games can't run, let alone record, on this laptop), and finally what games I actually own. I just don't have the money right now to invest in better equipment to meet those needs, and have no way to obtain it. I will continue to do the best with what I have for now, and I am always looking for ways to upgrade my gear, but for now and for a while this just may not be possible. I've sent in a request to Razer, and if all goes well I'll be accepted into a Razer sponsorship. As of now however, I have to deal with what I've got. I will try to post a written review of the NVIDIA shield this week, and by winter break I will have time to get all of the work I have to do for the site into motion (Recreate logos and intros due to lost files, and possibly update the website design). I'm hoping to also actually start the long promised Portal 2 Let's Play reboot. I recorded the original 2 episodes of the first attempt at that a few years ago, and I promised almost a year ago, if not longer, that I would eventually reboot the series. I'm also trying to get other types of videos going. As a reminder, I am going to be posting gaming videos to a gaming-only channel now under the username CyberGaming on youtube. You'll still have full access to these videos straight from this website however.
As a child I absolutely loved the pokemon series, both the game and the television show. I only really played Gen 1 and 2, as I never really had money to buy the newer games, and the ultimate decider of what games we owned was my father. So now, I have decided to do a let's play on pokemon ruby. But it's not just any let's play: I'm playing by nuzlocke rules. The game is exactly the same, but with two rules:
1. If a pokemon faints, you must release it, signifying it's "death"
2. You can only capture the first pokemon you encounter in an area, and only one pokemon per area (no catching two of the first one you see)
For some playing the game, whiting out (all pokemon fainting in one battle) means game over. I'm not going to do that. Some people even play by the extreme rules, which I will cover
3. No items that heal
4. No Pokemon Centers
5. Set limit for amount of pokeballs you can buy per mart
6. No legendaries (I will probably use this rule)
7. No flame during battle
8. Set battle style to "set" instead of "shift". This disallows you from getting a freebie pokemon swap from the opponents pokemon fainting. This one I may use as well.
With the extended rules, your pokemon's health is eternal. When your pokemon takes damage, it is permanently damaged.
I could not do that, especially with a game I have not played yet. A common unspoken rule is that you nickname all of your pokemon. This is new to me, as I never really bothered to nickname pokemon as a child, due to me not being creative enough
Because summer vacation is starting in less than a week, I have begun full development of my gaming youtube channel. All of it's content will still be uploaded to this website under the "Let's Play" tab, but I will now have a youtube channel specific for let's plays or gaming related videos (minecraft tutorials?). Today I have started designing the logo for the channel, and sometime this week or next, I will start developing video segments that will be used in all videos (outro and intro). I am also seeking to create a third channel as mentioned before in an announcement that will contain more off-topic videos, such as a top 10 based series I plan to start. I still have to create a name for it, and do all the logo and video design. My gaming channel has already been created under the name "TheCyberQuakeGames", but that may change later on before its debut. I already have plans for a few horror games, and plans on acquiring the technology to record my heart rate and incorporate that into videos. Other plans include upgrading my recording equipment (laptop, microphone, and camera) so I can produce higher quality videos. For now, those are far off as I have no job and my annual income is $0.00. I will be looking to you guys for help with the laptop, as I can easily get a free Razer Blade Pro if I can get 25,000 referrals for the razer software suite, which I highly recommend and I use daily. A video review of the software has been made, but I plan on completely remaking it as it is missing quite a bit of info and visual.
I've decided to try to at least keep the blog updated while in my hiatus, as they don't take much time to write out. I'm planning on recording some horror game lets plays. Idealy, I would like to be able to buy a pulse oximeter. This way, I'll be able to import my pulse rate as a graphic on the video. A few games I have lined up are Ao Oni and DreadOut. Even better is the fact that I have never played a horror game. Ever. So that will be very interesting. The pulse costs $45, and I have no money. Hopefully I'll get enough by mid summer, but before then I'll probably start the series before I get the pulse oximeter.
After my complaint about the issue I had with my laptop was posted to twitter last night, I received a reply today. They asked for my model number, and then gave me a few things to try to help my computer. I reinstalled the driver, and for now it works. I can't truly pin the problem on the driver, as the headphone jack would sometimes work fine and then seconds later completely die for a few hours. Its hard to tell, but for now it seems to be working correctly. Thank you @ToshibaUSAHelp for replying to my post with useful information.
Today, I learned some valuable lessons. To start, I learned that history REALLY loves to repeat itself. Literally, within the same time period both toshiba laptops I have owned had something break. Either that, or toshiba is just a really crap brand. I'll go with the latter. Second, I learned that next time I want to upload a youtube video, I should do it from school. I tried that today, and an upload that would normally take half an hour took 2 minutes. It's all thanks to the business class upload speed that is not used nearly as much as the download, allowing it to roam around at the speed of sound *cough* sonic referrence *cough*
Today re-flared my fiery eternal hatred of toshiba products. As with my last laptop, within the first 6 months something has broken. Luckily this time it was nothing too serious, but it is still just as annoying. Whenever I plug something into the headphone port, the computer does not detect anything being plugged in. So, it will play all audio through the headphones AND the speakers, defeating the purpose of using headphones. For now, this will not affect my ability to do videos as I use a USB headset while doing let's play and any thing that requires audio. I won't be attempting to send it in for repairs under warranty until summer, as my laptop is where I do a majority of my homework. This will mean, however, that there will be a bit of a hiatus in the summer where I won't be able to post much if any due to a lack of computer. If only I had a way to afford a better laptop. The Razer Blade would not do this to me, and that is the laptop I look forward to getting. If I can get 25,000 people to use my Razer Referral links, I could just get it for free, but due to me not being well known that seems impossible for now. Still, it's nice to dream. In honor of another laptop breaking down before six months, I will soon be recording myself destroying my old laptop. I'll fell a bit better after that.
This week will come with some changes to the NetEscape client. It will come with picture instructions for sharing internet from one device to another (to use a laptop connected via ethernet as a virtual wifi hotspot). Along with that, the "free" version will be removed, and the other version will be the only version. The animated logo has also been completely removed, and new music that loops properly has been added. Advanced options have been added which allows you to enable/disable network file encryption, stop music from auto-playing on startup, disable writing to a log file, and decide what happens when you click the "x" in the corner (either close the program, or minimize to taskbar). I plan on modifying the GUI later so that its a bit more advanced, but that's not completely decided upon. The program still and forever will be windows 7 and up, as the functionality it requires is only available there. It may work in vista, but there is no guarantee it will work. The NetEscape page will be modified once the update is available, and those who have the client will still receive a notification from within the client when the update is available. A video will also be posted in the future showing off its functionality and how to share internet.
I have always loved almost every form of music. From classical to metal, techno and dubstep. Even rap (in some cases) and hip hop. I've never been one to like only one genre. I always planned on making music at some point. My big problem is that I often start on a project and then give up shortly after. With the software I got, I will now attempt to get into dubstep production. I will most likely create a few songs before fully learning the program and creating songs good enough to release to the public. I will, however, keep certain songs to myself specifically for my videos. I'm also planning on selling some, or all, of the songs I make. They will be royalty free even if they are paid songs. And honestly, compared to the pricing of other royalty free websites ($60+ for 1 song), mine will remain the price of a regular itunes song ($1).
Yesterday I decided that I had to work on how I do face recordings for my videos. With the last video, I had to memorize the script. This lead to a lot of ugly cuts and made me less enthusiastic. Now, I have jerry-rigged a teleprompter. A future video will be made to show how to make one very easily using a CD case and a sturdy stick. It's worked very well. I've also decided that for my new videos I'm going to post videos containing bloopers. Its to show that you don't get it right the first time. It will be on a separate channel from the main channel. More info about the channels will be posted later