The Awful Progress of the Gaming World

Where to begin…

If the horrible limited availability of the PS5/XSX launch wasn’t enough, add in some more stimulating things.

The technical issues: Reports of consoles disk drives not working, external hard drives problems and worst of all, they brick.
If it wasn’t bad enough to be lucky to receive your PS5 or XSX only to have it brick, that must suck so bad.
 Scalpers:  Try. Just try to stay up for hours, camping a website, waiting for some restock to hit and only having it all empty out in a few seconds.
Now take a gander at these scalpers advertise their lot of dozens of PS5 and XSX which translates to a giant F U, then sell these consoles for $1500 usd on average.
Do you think Sony, Microsoft, Amazon, Best Buy, etc etc bla bla retailers give a shit?
As long as they get their money, they can care less.

Shipper Thieves:  Yes, reports of shippers from Fed Ex to the more common Amazon unmarked car shipper have been stealing PS5s and XSXes.
Is there anything more of a scumbag piece of shit who will go into your package and switch out the console with something else?
I couldn’t fathom such a horrible feeling of opening your order only to find a box of tuna.

With the pandemic, lock downs and stupid laws now in place to further ruin the holiday season what else can hamper your comfort while one hibernates at home.

I seriously believe too many people have lost their humanity and dignity.

There is some light to some of this.

Apparently some gamers have taken great offense to the scalpers giving everyone the middle finger to the point where now scalpers are being robbed.

I do not condone robbing anyone at all but i can’t help not feeling bad for them.

They really should of gone about this in another way because it is just a big mess.

This holiday season is ruined, thanks to all the assholes involved.

Final Fantasy XIV – Xbox Series X

So it seems Final Fantasy XIV is finally making it’s way to the Xbox One/Xbox Series X console but there is a problem i would like to share and it may be an uncommon perspective.

First a little personal history:
It started with FFXI on PS2 May of 2002. A never before experienced masterpiece of online RPG MMO with a super great community.

The unbelievable amount of content and hours of game play with teamwork and friends was an incredible adventure and experience.
Unfortunately, all my online friends had to move on to other things.
I mean how long could one stay playing FFXI after 10 years where most of your friends had to move on with their liives and time for playing FFXI became very limited.
Worst yet, try over playing for 16 years of online play where all your friends are gone.

Sometime near the end of 2019 i decided to end my FFXI subscription and of course i could of made new friends but the same experience just wasn’t there anymore.
Most of the cities were empty for years and the new content was always the thing to do.

Around 2010 is when i started playing FFXIV which had a atrocious start but after a few years later i went back and played for about a year.

I returned to FFXIV around December 2019 and played until May 2020 and had experienced a total new game. A wonderful game with lots of players and so much content.

I started playing just before the covid lock downs happened and I had a blast leveling most of the jobs around the Gridania Black Shroud forest, then expanding out to other areas.

The experience was wonderful and the community was very populated with new players.

With the the Xbox Series X due out soon, i decided to see if there were any news for FFXIV to come out for the Xbox and it looks like it will finally happen.

My concern is how will it work.
Besides how long will it take to arrive, how will it work on the Xbox with cross play?

Would it be better where Xbox players can play with PS4 and PC users or should it be on separate Xbox servers?

You see the problem is if it will be on Xbox only servers, then only new players will be Xbox users who either have not played FFXIV before or are willing to start over.

If it will be cross play, then the most new players will be Xbox users and they may find an empty starter cities in low and middle level areas.

Why would anyone want to switch from PS4 or PC to an Xbox with their already leveled and story progressed accounts?

It just seems too late to bring this out for Xbox whatever and it was supposed to already have been out mid 2020 but it looks like it will be out end of 2021.

My deal is that i would be willing to re-level and redo the story line from scratch because i had such a great time from the beginning.
I would create a new account and do it over on Xbox and here is why:

You see when i logged in today on my PC the starter cities and even most of the mid level areas were all empty.
I even forgot how most of my job moves and abilities work, which is cool with me because i get to re-learn them or better yet i could start over and re-level a new character.

Most of my jobs are high leveled and the high level areas are cool but now it just feels like a fashion show where everyone just stands around idle showing off their high end gear just waiting for new content to beat in just a few hours.

There is no more of that great full adventure with a community feeling.

Now it just feels like a race to the top.

I miss that starting adventure experience while advancing through quests and missions with the new community feeling.

But that is just me.

Xbox Series S vs Xbox One X

Was the Xbox Series S really necessary?

I don’t know about you but aren’t the current consoles powerful enough?

 

  • CPU: 8-core AMD Zen 2 CPU @ 3.6GHz (3.4GHz with SMT enabled)
  • GPU: AMD RDNA 2 GPU, 20 compute units @ 1.565GHz
  • GPU power: 4 TFLOPS
  • SoC: Custom 7nm Enhanced SoC
  • RAM: 10GB GDDR6 (8GB @ 224GB/s, 2GB @ 56GB/s)
  • Performance target: 1440p @ 60fps, up to 120fps
  • Storage: 512GB PCIe Gen 4 NVME SSD (2.4GB/sec uncompressed, 4.8GB/s compressed)
  • Expandable storage: 1TB Expansion Card (matches same spec as internal)
  • Display out: HDMI 2.1
  • Ray-tracing support
  • No disc drive
  • Dolby Vision and Atmos gaming
 

  • CPU Custom CPU @ 2.3 GHz, 8 cores
  • Graphics Custom GPU @ 1.172 GHz, 40 CUs, Polaris features, 6.0 TFLOPS
  • RAM 12GB of GDDR5 RAM @ 6.8GHz w/ 326 GB/s bandwidth
  • Storage Starting at 1TB HDD
  • Connections and expansions HDMI-in; HDMI-out; 1x front-facing USB 3.0; 2x rear-facing USB 3.0; IR receiver/blaster; SPDIF digital audio; Ethernet (IEEE 802.3 10/100/1000)
    Wireless Wireless IEEE 802.11ac dual band; (5GHz & 2.4GHz); Dedicated dual band Xbox Wireless radio
  • Power supply 245W, Internal
  • Disk drive 4K UHD Blu-ray drive
  • Surround Sound Supported:
    DTS, DTS:X, Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital, Dolby TrueHD
  • HD Streaming: Yes
  • Features 4K game DVR

Over the years gaming consoles has proved that power is a great thing but the what matters most of all is the games.
Nes, Snes, Sega Genesis, Saturn, Dreamcast, PS1 and PS2 to name a few had the most fantastic games ever made and even many of those games today have been ported to the next gen systems.
Them classics were so much fun and memorable despite their simple 2D and square-ish 3D graphics but they still were very entertaining.

Games today require more power like Shadow of the Tomb Raider or Red Dead R2, but i ask:
How much power do you really need for a great game?

I’m not be a tech wiz but it seems to me the Xbox Series S is unnecessary.

They say XSS is really for running XSX games in 1080p instead of 4k, yet the Xbox One X does true 4k.
If they would tone down a game to run on XSS then it should of been toned down for Xbox One X.
Makes sense to me especially if you already own a Xbox One X you should be able to run any Xbox Series S game in 1080p.
As a XB1 owner, i can understand how one would feel left out by having to purchase another console with some specs lower, same and slightly higher than your current gaming console.
The specs between the 2 above look pretty much the same but i guess it is all about updated technology and money of course.

Xbox Series X & PS5

Xbox Series X releases November 10 for $499.
I won’t repeat all the XSX details and specs but rather just give my opinion.

To start off, all XSX pre-orders are sold out except the scalpers on ebay.com.
Whatever you do, don’t fall for the $600 to $1500 ebay pre-order scalpers. Paying more than the MSRP ($499) is insane.

Just wait and be patient, the pre-orders will open up again when more  stock is ready.
I know the urge and with the covid thing going on but do not fall for it no matter how much money you have to burn.

A little personal history:
I have been a Sony Playstation fan since PS1 and never looked toward any Microsoft consoles.
Not until the Xbox One X came out and i got hooked.
Soon thereafter i invested in a modded 360 which is one awesome system.

The thing i don’t understand these days is why a new system now.
I guess some feel a PS4 Pro/Xbox One X isn’t powerful or fast enough.
What do some console gamers want? A system with super power and zero load times on a 8 or 16k monitor maybe? Sounds great but i feel like i just bought a PS4 and X1X yesterday.

With that aside, i like the XSX design. Looks like a PC tower to neatly stand on a desk or next to your TV. I also love the fact that XSX games are compatible with the last 3 generations of Xbox.

All the previously released Playstations have been marvelous especially the PS2.
My only issue with PS5 is the design.  It’s not bad but looks more toy than serious gaming system.

The XSX is a more compact looking system, like some main frame central computer but the PS5 has these plastic wings at its end.
Imagine bending one of them corners off, cosmetically ruining it.

How about how it looks on your desk or next to the TV.
Personally, it just looks more toy like and i would feel a little weird playing on my 4kTV, then having to explain to others what it is.
The Playstation name is known world wide so when you mention it, it can remind someone older when they have a PS1.

With an XB1 or XSX i can say it is an entertainment box for movies, music, apps, games and more but that is just me.

I’m sure both systems will be great but i still am enjoying my PS4 and X1X and hope this covid thing is over soon, so we can get back to our normal lives.

Happy gaming.

Windows Random Freezes, Crashes & BSODs (Solved)

From Windows Vista through Windows 7 and to Windows 10 the horrible plague of random freezes and crashes may be finally over.

Starting with Windows Vista i can remember my first series of freezes that was driving me crazy.
I narrowed it down to an ATI AMD graphic card that was causing the freezes. I switched it out for some GTX Nvidia card and the problem went away.
The problem didn’t end there.

Next nightmare began with new built PC with Windows 7 i7-3960x extreme cpu with a gtx 670 and some good quality ram DDR3 2133.
The base cpu clock speed was at 3.3 Ghz which i bumped up to 4.0 Ghz through the bios OC Tweaker.

As You can see i no longer have it manually set.

For years it has drove me nearly insane trying to figure out what was causing these random freezes. I switched out almost every hardware part from SSDs, sata cables, PSUs, graphic cards and even fans.

On top of that i did tons of OS and software optimizations, analysis and changes. Nothing worked. I knew it had to be some type of hardware issue since upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10 early 2020. The problem persisted for years and i thought i had narrowed it down.

I found i can recreate the freeze by doing a deep windows search and all of a sudden that nasty freeze would happen with that weird awful noise in case you were playing some music or any audio going.

The years of annoyance where you could be playing a online game or working on some project, just to have the OS freeze on you where you would have to hard reset the system and lose your progress was horrible.

Few weeks ago i had to make the decision if i would have to build another PC or not. Kinda sucks since i recently switched to a GTX 1070 which is a awesome graphic card that will play anything i throw at it.

Last attempt was i went into the Bios and toned down the OC tweaks.

CPU was manually set at 4.0 Ghz, so were other things like the DDR3 ram, voltage etc etc.
Instead of manually choosing a XMP 1.3 profile, i had set to Auto too.

After setting everything to Default and/or Auto i saw everything set to it’s base clock speed and voltage i assume. CPU is back to 3.3 Ghz and DDR3 Ram at 1066 now.

I have not had one freeze happen in 2 weeks so far and feel so relieved.

I just had to write this and hope others suffering from this same issue would find some closure.

All the googling i have done shows the same issues i have faced but i can’t reply to so many sites out there so that is why i’m writing this here.

Hope the word spreads to try to tone down the OCing so at least it may help some out there.

Erica Lauren – FashionNova Lookbook

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