I discovered that Castlevania: Rondo of Blood for PC-Engine CD is a completely different game to Dracula X/SFC thanks to ZeldaBlade doing runs of all the Castlevania games in order on Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/zeldablade
I'm meant to be going through Akumajo Densetsu, but Rondo of Blood has so much more polish, I find it hard to continue. And the Red Book audio! I fear it'll even dethrone Super Castlevania IV in my little world.
My CRT filming plans are sort of dead in the water. My better camera has a 1/60 shutter setting and the pixels itself look glorious, but 1/60 is not a refresh rate that seems to work. There is a thin "ghost" of a shadow passing over the image every so often.
Since I don't have good multiples of 60 until well into the 1000s and that would be way too dark, I'm stuck. I don't want to buy a new camera either. Some more experiments tomorrow. At least audio works great now.
This weekend will include an experiment for higher-quality CRT filming using a better camera (Sony RX 100 III). If the thing has an 1/60 shutter setting or a multiple of 60, it might just work.
Depending on the quality I might invest in an HDMI capture dongle to stream CRT gaming that way at 1080p60.
I am most displeased with the high amount of unshakable compression artifacts the current webcam produces. It's a CRT, man! Has to be perfect! So let's hope it will be.
I've started streaming games from real consoles and a real CRT (filmed via webcam).
Still tweaking the settings, but it's looking a lot better than I expected. As soon as I have some way to get audio directly from the consoles to the streaming lappy, I'll toot the next stream. Should be next weekend.
I only know one other person who does this and they've stopped around the end of 2017, so time to pick up the torch.
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Just finished Bayonetta. The writing and visual style is what stood out most for me. The combat was often too rapid and nervous to fully make sense of, so repeated successful combos all the time, no experiments. Never felt fully in control. Maybe I'm old.
Not sure what to make of the "strong female lead" situation combined with those crotch and tit shots. Fan service? Empowerment? Neither? Both? 👠
Did some patient gaming on the weekend and I must confess that Red Dead Redemption's writing is pretty excellent for a video game.
Sad that Rockstar Games is so anti-consumer with their crazy Rockstar Social Club and adding a second layer of (broken) DRM. I'd buy more of their games if the writing is equally good.
Fun fact: Even though you can back up Steam games, you can't actually install them again while offline.
The backup function's only purpose is to save on bandwidth so you don't have to download things again. To really have local copies of games, you'd have to buy from GOG or other DRM-free places instead.
We've frowned on Facebook logins for third-party sites for what, ten years now? And the public is catching on as well https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/05/04/delete_facebook_login/
Rudy Rucker is doing a new book in the Hollow Earth series: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/rudyrucker/return-to-the-hollow-earth #scifi #sci-fi
I installed Debian on the laptop. Before each trip, I removed the hard disk and took checksums of the partitions and the disk header. I also dumped the BIOS firmware. After each trip, I did the same, and compared to see if they matched.
After such a long and comparatively cold winter, I'm starting to understand the mystical qualities all those poets assigned to springtime over the millennia.
I was at a lake bathing not in its water but in the golden evening sun, its light drenching the white-blossoming trees along the shore in warm syrupy orange. Someone was playing with a dog on the lawn. Frisbees flying, beer bottles clinging. All things were good.
Spring! Powerful stuff, everyone.
I've been working on reimplementing a web application at work, using nothing but HTML and hot damn this is fun.
It's forcing me to think "what information is critical on this page?".
It's forcing me to think "how will users, who may be using a variety of different browsers (not necessarily GUIs), interact with this page?"
And finally it's forcing me to rely on well-tested standards rather than whatever's shiny and new.
The progress of #DXVK and the #WINE team has been nothing but astounding in the last few months. I wish I had statistics to prove it, but I'd wager a guess that more Windows games are now playable on non-Windows than ever before. That includes super-blockbusters like Witcher 3, KC:D and Dark Souls III.
WINE has a donate page at https://www.winehq.org/donate, DXVK doesn't yet, I believe. If every WINE user donated the price of a Windows license...
Feel free to invest money in freedom, nudge, wink.
Brrr, rereading Philip K. Dick's 50s - 70s era short stories with an actual cold war brewing really puts you in the mindset of the time. Like no amount of intellectual brain flexing could do before.
Read this stuff while you still can (i.e. you're still alive and not turned into a mole person).
Try to watch the Zuckerberg hearing while playing a threatening dystopian retrofuturistic musical score, it improves the experience so much.
I recommend the Brigador soundtrack by Mask and Vanity Set https://makeupandvanityset.bandcamp.com/album/brigador-vol-ii #dystopia #privacy
The Swiss government wants to install Internet filters to prevent Switzerland's citizens from visiting online casinos. But once installed this sets a precedent for wide-ranging censorship, as we have seen in other countries (e.g. the UK or Turkey).
If you're Swiss, oppose this badly thought ought law and want to support a campaign against it, head here: http://www.geldspielgesetz-nein.ch/
After an hour of Owlboy, I don't know yet what the fuss is about.
The pixel art and animations are glorious, but why does it have to stop the gameplay flow every 35 seconds to either do a cutscene or force you to watch some painfully slow animation?
With the right music, Beat Hazard Ultra is not as bad as its Metacritic rating leads you to think. The "insane" difficulty level is where it actually starts to fight back, and you can have some pretty memorably moments. I know this is an ancient game :P
A nice weekend experiment would be "how many of the things in my home still work when I unplug my Internet router".
Steam games? Should switch to offline mode. But does the smart TV still boot? And can it still play things from the local NAS when it can't phone home? What if it can't phone home for 30 days? A year?
Theoretically all should be well, but I've never actually tested it and other people have had nasty surprises with some devices.
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