Category Archive:Gaming

Remember that one game that refused to run on Gamecache?  I decided to disable the onboard nic(Realtek) and order a PCI-E 1X nic for the girls computer.  I ordered 2 on eBay for a total of 12 bucks for two of them and they shipped via the boat so they just arrived a couple of days ago.  I got the Intel Nic installed and the eldest began with the install of Elder Scrolls Online.  The install is absolutely massive.  We never got past the first 7% beforehand…now we are completely installed two hours later.  The initial install is 85 gigabytes with another 60 gigs in patches.  Now the eldest can play all of her games on the Gamecache without stuffing the local ssd…:)  It took a bit of research and some troubleshooting but the Gamecache drive is now 100% operational for all of her games…and I am stoked about this too..:)  I will make one more post about the full list of games she has on the gamecache once she gets done installing everything.  When it’s all said and done she will be chewing up just over 550 gigs of storage…which is less than 25% of the 4TB I had available.  Needed to do something with that space..:)

So i ordered a  couple of pci-e network cards one for my machine and one for the girls tower.  Let’s see if that helps the eldest’s one game not crash the entire networking stack…:)  Realteks are decent if you aren’t doing heavy networking stuff like I am doing..it will take a couple of weeks for them to come in(ordered from mainland china on the boat).

Now for the Gamecache update.  I really didn’t need to do this..but i figured why not?  I moved my battle.net games(which are the only ones i play…being SC2 and D3)…to my own iscsi target on the FreeNAS.  It’s a total of 40 gigs…but it’s 40 gigs i do not have to download again when i scrub my computer(which I am going to be doing soon as I am having weird video issues…had similar issues on the girls tower and a scrub fixed them).

My workstation actually runs nearly everything off the FreeNAs in one way or another.  My Douments, Music, videos, Downloads actually run from an SMB share.  I use most of the files myself and there’s many that are used to rebuild internal machines when they get scrubbed.  What does the gamecache give me that the smb share doesn’t?  First, is speed.  SMB is not multi-threaded so it does not take advantage of the multiple cores i have going.  Secondly I do not want anyone else possibly messing up the game files.

 

Everything has ZFS snapshots going as well so if something goes boom..i can just rollback that dataset or even individual files…:)  Kinds neat..:)

When a humble bard
Graced a ride along
With Geralt of Rivia
Along came this song

From when the White Wolf fought
A silver-tongued devil
His army of elves
At his hooves did they revel

They came after me
With masterful deceit
Broke down my lute
And they kicked in my teeth

While the devil’s horns
Minced our tender meat
And so cried the Witcher
He can’t be bleat

Toss a coin to your Witcher
O’ Valley of Plenty
O’ Valley of Plenty
O’

Toss a coin to Your Witcher
O’ Valley of Plenty

At the edge of the world
Fight the mighty horde
That bashes and breaks you
And brings you to mourn

He thrust every elf
Far back on the shelf
High up on the mountain
From whence it came

He wiped out your pest
Got kicked in his chest
He’s a friend of humanity
So give him the rest

That’s my epic tale
Our champion prevailed
Defeated the villain
Now pour him some ale

Toss a coin to your Witcher
O’ Valley of Plenty
O’ Valley of Plenty
O’

Toss a coin to your Witcher
And friend of humanity

Toss a coin to your Witcher
O’ Valley of Plenty
O’ Valley of Plenty
O’
And friend of humanity

Toss a coin to your Witcher
O’ Valley of Plenty
O’ Valley of Plenty
O’

Toss a coin to your Witcher
A friend of humanity

So far my eldest has all of her games on the gamecache drive.  Unfortunately ElderScrolls Online refused to run on the Gamecache drive.  It would hang up the network card causing all network connectivity to go away.  Only a restart of the machine would fix it.  However the fact that all of the other games are on the gamecache drive means the monster game now fits on her local storage without running out of local space.  I’ll troubleshoot the problems later(it think I need to put in an Intel NIC).  I will try a few things once I can order the new nic.

My computer has been acting up for a couple of weeks.  Tonight it just went poofies altogether.  I managed to nail it down to my video card…:(  Luckily my motherboard has onbaord gaphics and can drive two monitors..jsut no more gaming for accelerated internet vids(them quad cores goin to get a workout now).  Once i replace the vid, then my monitor(i’m on a spare one), my keybaord and mouse and speakers, plus upgrading psu to handle the new stuff..i’m at a new system.  That’s what i am going to do.  It’ll take a few months jsut to get started.  I’ll build it piece by piece.

 

This next statement is for my good friend Erik:

Tell Doug I am hearkening his advice.  The new vid is going to be nvidia something..i just have not made up my mind yet.  CPU is going to be Intel something..:)

Companies are trying to hide all kinds of things in those eula agreements.  Make sure you read them these days as these eulas are effectively contracts…you agree to the terms to use the product in question.

 

Updates terms of service state that the customer is guaranteeing if it sues Sony it can’t be a class action

Uh oh, Japan’s Sony Corp. (TYO:6758) is back at it again.  The company who installed malicious rootkits on users computers via music CD, banished OtherOS from the PS3, and legally harassed/tried to sue into bankruptcy hardware enthusiasts who modified the firmware of the Playstations they legally purchased, has come back with another controversial policy.

via DailyTech – Sony PS3 Update Tries to Force Customers to Sign Away Their Rights.

[H]ard|OCP – World of Warcraft is Now Free-To-Play Until Level 20.

My dekstop has been acting up for a bit now. I finally got around to reformatting the thing..only to disvoer possible video card issues. I then had a client barter me one of her two computers for work outstanding. So now instead of my desktop I’m currently moving from my 10 year old case to a couple year old Antec. Also getting an 8 gig ram upgrade to boot..:) Right now i have my latop hooked up to my mouse. monitor, keyboard, and speakers. I’ll be back at full steam by tuesady..:) So while this means no gaming(no on a single core celeron) i’ll still be around the interwebs..:)

This company’s game engine is brutal even on the latest hardware but the graphics are gorgeious.  This is being relased for PC, PS3, AND Linux.

YouTube – OilRush naval strategy game: the first teaser.

It’s called God’s Frozen Chosen.  We are a small(for now) gaming oriented group of Christians.  All are welcome to join the forums and talk with us.  Come check us out..:)

The count is going to continue to climb.  More and more vaccines are worse than the diseases they are supposed to contain.

Controversial STD drug tied to 16 more deaths.

Play Gorillas.bas, a free online game on Kongregate.

I hate to say it but the concept of privacy on the internet is really a smokescreen.  once your ip is logged it’s a trivial matter to trace it back to your isp then get a court order to reveal the account details.  REALID by activision is just making it easy for them so they can sell your information even more.  Of course they probably already have it…so this just makes it truly transparent.

B.Net Forums moving to RealID only…goodbye privacy? – Christian Gamers Alliance Forums.

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This worked perfectly.