Not about Tomb Raider

I had every intention of writing about Tomb Raider this week, because the deed is done; another target plinks down from the proverbial shooting gallery. You were a fun time Tomb Raider, but occasionally frustrating. Of course I choose the hardest combat option where every enemy throws grenades like Tom Brady, BECAUSE THAT’S HOW SURVIVORS ARE MADE DAMN IT, AND I’M A GOD DAMNED SURVIVOR!

*ahem*

Instead I thought it would be cool to go over this week’s attempt to finish the next game on my agenda, which also ended up on the back burner for Street Fighter V. I tried not to get hype about it, but after PezTheReaper picked it up, I had to fall in line.  Some sites gave it mixed reviews, while other sites like Shoryuken.com said it has a lot of potential. I couldn’t tell ya though, since I’ve spent launch day optimizing how it runs on my set.

For reference, here’s my current gaming set up:

  • Television: Samsung 50″ Class 4k Ultra HD Series 6 UN50JU6500
  • Steam Link (Wired)
  • Steam Controller / Hori: Real Arcade Pro EX Arcade Stick
  •  GAMING PC:
    • Motherboard: ASUS P8 Z68-V/GEN 3
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-2500k (unlocked if you don’t know what the K stands for) (OC. 3.8 Ghz)
    • RAM: Kingston Hyper X 16gb Memory DDR3 – 1600 (OC. 2100)
    • Graphics Card: Nvidia GTX 970 8gb Ram
    • Powersupply: Corsair TX850w
    • Hard Drive: 1 Crucial 64gb. SSD
    • Hard Drive: Western Digital Mechanical  80gb 7200 RPM

INPUT LAG: THE PHANTOM MENACE

I knew there would be some tweaking done before I actually got to enjoy playing Street Fighter V, but getting optimal performance out of it was a meta game all on its own. Initially, I felt the game too slow, as if someone at Capcom decided that slowing down the pace of the game would appeal to a larger audience. Since Steam Link was showing a steady 60fps, I had no reason to think otherwise… Until I lost a ton of matches.

After about an hour of internal deliberating, I came to the conclusion that it wasn’t me it was my configuration. A tough call to be sure since ego is definitely a factor in making that decision. Street Fighter V doesn’t have any in game options for smother play save for lowering the graphical quality of the game. Since we’re rocking a 970, I sought other means for a performance increase.Turns out that television have a game mode which drastically improves the amount of input lag between controller and device. Just to make sure that I got as close to a 1 to 1 fidelity as possible I changed the in-home streaming options from beautiful to balanced.

ARCADE STICK NOT INCLUDED

Another hurdle keeping me from getting my  Street Fighter on was the game’s inability to detect the left and right trigger buttons on my arcade stick while using the Steam Link. Most likely, this is a problem with Steam Link than the actual game, since when connected to my computer, the stick works perfectly, but when connected to the Steam link, LT/RT become the Start/Back buttons. So what does a reasonable person do? Why, he breaks open the arcade stick and switches the leads of course! I followed this guy’s tutorial while watching Kung Fu Panda, so it’s not an intensive procedure. Careful with those leads though, the guy recommends using your fingers but I just used a flat edge screw driver to pry them from the base.

Blog / Library / General Updates

Thanks PezTheReaper and Captain Taco for adding more games to my list for making my goal much easier. I know it’s early into the project, but five more games came into my library this past week, and only one completion:

Completion:

  • Tomb Raider (2013)

Acquired:

  • Street Fighter V  (Obviously)
  • Robot Roller-Dervy Disco Dodgeball (Damn you Captain Taco.)
  • Jet Set Raido (Damn you Sega)
  • Sega Genesis & Mega Drive Classics (Came with Jet Set Radio)
  • Hell Yeah! (ALSO came with Jet Set Radio)

The over all website is coming around. If you haven’t noticed yet, PlayAllTheGames.me is now it’s own domain. Moving the site to wordpress just seems more professional. I’ve also added a link to my steam calculator profile so anyone can check out my progress or check out your own.

I’m also trying get some video on the site since people tend to watch more than read, and that’s where OBS or Open Broadcasting Software comes in handy. While the recording software is pretty good, I’m still looking for a great video editing program, and possibly another 1 terabyte hard drive to store them on.

Tomb Raider isn’t lost to the wind though. There’s a write up happening as you read this, which will go to a games completed section. Currently playing some Alan Wake between Street Fighter rounds (That should be reversed, I know.) As always, let me know what you think in the comments below.

 

 

 

 

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Play All The Games

There’s a good chance that if you’re reading this post, you own a Steam account, and why shouldn’t you? Steam is the greatest thing since sliced bread, craft singles, and that Keurig adapter you put on non-Keurig coffee pods. For the unfamiliar, Steam is PC game distribution service. Players can buy games over the internet, download them on to their computers, and play them without ever having to go to a brick and mortar store. Standard players love the convenience, game makers love the built in DRM, and less financed players love the hyper discounted games that appear every season. It’s a perfect system in a perfect world, but sometimes someone’s perfect world is flat. The flow chart looks like gaming utopia at first:

sale_flowchart
“Skyrim for 5 dollars? Why the fuck not, I’ll play it when I have time.”Let’s give this chart some narrative. Say you want to buy a game. Naturally you’d buy it on the spot, but because you’re a frequent steam user, you know that Valve throws a seasonal sale wackier than Crazy Eddie at downtown car dealership (his prices are nuts!) so you decide to wait a bit. When the sale arrives, you find the game, purchase it at the right time, then BAM, you get a video game for 75 percent off its regular sales price. The problem happens during the waiting period as as the game you want goes on sale.  Like the h’orderves guy that floats around before the actual wedding reception, steam makes you offers you can’t refuse that are usually smaller indie titles below 10 dollars, or games you may have missed out on last year.

The reality is you probably won’t. Don’t feel guilty though, you’re not the only one.

Ethan Levy wrote an article for Kotaku a year ago about this phenomenon, in which he decided to try and find out how the general statistics of the average steam user’s video game library by setting up an internet poll. He asked 1400 gamers about their buying habit and the numbers aren’t that surprising.

Here’s some data from that article:

–          The average gamer bought 60% of games on sale.

–          The average gamer purchased 11 – 25 games in the past 12 months and has not played 40% of those games.

–          30% of gamers have 50+ games in the “pile of shame.”

So how do I stack up? Turns out my own little pile of shame is like everyone else’s. I’ve even avoided Steam sales so that I didn’t fall into the trap, but with a slew of new games coming out, and some great ones from 2015 finally showing their true value, I decided that maybe it’s time to catch up with the collection. Here’s the current status:

Steam Calculator

Hey, that’s not so bad! i could totally clear thirteen games in a few… oh wait a minute…

Steam Hours Played Breakdown

 

HOW IT’S GOING TO WORK:As it turns out, I play my games for an hour or two before the ADD kicks in. Then I’m off to sink time into Guild Wars 2. So yeah, I got a bit of catching up to do, which is what this blog is all about. Plus it kills two birds with one stone when it comes to personal happiness. Experiencing new games AND getting some writing done at the same time.

Every week I’ll drop commentary on the game I’m playing and about my progress of the overall goal in general. Maybe I’ll add a video or two with some funnier moments of game play later on if SteamLink and OBS work well together. I’ll also be sure to give you details if there’s going to be new additions to the library. This is, after all, an unfolding experiment to see if I can truly Play All The Games.

Next week: Tomb Raider (2013)