Technical Requirements

I spent much of last night attempting to get a 3D video posted.  I’ve been a fan of 3D vision (with the 3D LCD flicker glasses) since I tried the first wireless.version at PAX.  Crisis 2 was being  used to show it off.  It was triple monitor setup and I was hooked.

I got the Asus 120hz monitor with it built in.  I even have a second pair of glasses now in case I want to watch a 3D movie. My plasma TV does 3D as well… Where has it gone?. They have not stopped making games, nor 3 D movies for that matter.  I have used it here and there, mostly for new games.  I had stopped because my cards were reaching what they could push in newer games, and adding on the 3D vision adds a bit of overhead.

I since upgraded. First to one, and then two EVGA 980ti, each with 6G of VRAM.  4K was the primary reason but I hadn’t forgotten about the 3D.  The advantage to having so much video processing ump is there is plenty left over.  Even if you are playing at 1080 you can still tweak the AA to ridiculous levels,  and I adore shadow processing, getting the right shade of a shadow on a corner, even in the background adds to the whole lighting atmosphere.  I also like to stream to twitch, or record snippets.  Check my  YouTube channel, there is shit that goes WAY back, even before Twitch.

The point of all this is of course to justify being very overzealous in my quest for graphics excellence, yet I make no apologies. I like to be able to try it, rather than only wonder what it might be like.  If I can pull one person over to the PC side who is on the fence by showing them what is possible… Well, then I’ve done my part.

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Doom Open Beta

I pre-loaded Doom. I wasn’t going to do it, but I am in an endless quest for graphics and gameplay evaluation. I know I sound old when I say this… am I saying this? Yeah — it’s a gore fest. It feels like it’s trying a little too hard with the face smashing and the head ripping and the biting and… well, everyone’s in full armor suits and it just doesn’t feel right for Doom.

Of course I have formed this opinion by the opening trailer alone. Despite having pre-loaded it, it will not launch. It did launch, but when I opened it for the first time and saw a warning screen against flickering on NVidia cards I was reminded of a tweet I had seen from NVidia about an updated driver specifically for the Doom beta. I quickly hit ALT+F4 and opened up GeForce Experience to check the latest driver.

I was surprised that nothing came up, went back to that tweet and installed it directly. It was labled as Doom hotfix 364.96 — It no longer started after that. I only just now got to downloading the previous driver to see what it looks like with the original one.

*update* After backing off to the previous version of the display driver, it works! It flickers and is pretty hard to play but it’s playable within a window. If I go borderless windowed, it does the same flickery bits, almost appearing interlaced. I’m not sure what the issue is but it was enough to give me an idea.

I’m about as good at Doom as I was at Unreal Tournament / 2003. I managed a couple kills, spawned as a demon a few times… the first of which I absolutely slaughtered about 10 different guys and unlocked quite a few achievements with just that first run. It was all downhill from there. The levels are very doom like, graphics are detailed, but levels lack the detail. You have a few stone floors with blood running through them but it’s nothing super impressive.

I stand my ground on my first impressions. It plays like it looks, and I can’t see this flying off the shelves at full price. I would put it at about $20 and it will have to hit that price point before I bother. I have many other games with stories to play through, and I don’t relish fighting demon spawn bosses while strafing around them launching rocket after rocket into them.

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UBISOOOOOFT!!!!1!1!!

...that can't remember my login for the forums thing?  SAME login as the GAME!  Separate your systems.  PLEASE!

…that can’t remember my login for the forums thing? SAME login as the GAME! Separate your systems. PLEASE!

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Division Problems

The Division is beginning to smell a lot like… Ubisoft.

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My addition to the forray: Game is Stuttering. Cause… it is, like unplayable. You will miss enemies. No good, no good.

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The Division #FirstLook in 4K

I checked back on the 4K videos I uploaded about a week ago and they’ve got 4K available as an option now. It’s really delayed, must seem kinda shitty to the people who come when it’s tweeted. Sorry, it’s not you, it’s You Tube. It’s a lot-a ca-chunking.

#IsIt4KYet ?

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Need for Speed #ShareEveryWinNFS Contest Entry — Please UPVOTE!

Here it is – recorded and uploaded in 4K — we’ll see how long it takes YouTube to process it!

I managed to hit all 3 daily objectives in a single chase!
If that’s not #ShareEveryWinNFS I don’t know what is!

Screenshots!

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SyntheticX Gamealeon | Live on Twitch with Need For Speed

Watch live video from Serinitism on www.twitch.tv

[update 23:02 3/10/2016]
Thanks for checking out the stream! Check back tomorrow for round 2 in 4k.

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EA Access – Need For Speed PC Preview

Need for Speed is currently loading, I’m going to give the first 10 hours a shot and see if it’s worth it. I appreciate they allowed it to scale to 4k and supported wheel hardware (assuming force feedback) but really don’t think it’s going to be anything earth shattering. They often go far too arcade. I don’t wish to play Ridge Racer. I want good old Road & Track: The Need for Speed

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Video is a success! New drivers did the trick. 1080p/60
** NVidia Driver 364.51+ is a MUST for this game **

[update 3/11/2016 10:46] Attempting 4k resolution…
No 4k, and EA was no help. They said “nope, don’t touch that config file” and after 2 people and 45 minutes I finally got the answer – no, you can’t manually make it go into 4k (I’m on 1080 display)

[update 3/15/2016 19:04] Release day, unsure if it was the tiny update received for it, or the appearance of the profile in Nvidia GeForce Experience but that was the first place I went. it already had the 3840 x 2160 resolution listed — apparently picking up on my manual changes to the config file which hadn’t made a difference to the demo.

There was a little bit of flickering when I fired it up, but otherwise it worked and I was able to see it in it’s glory.

I made a quick first look video using my un-performancized NSX:

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Initial Impressions for Elder Scrolls Online (Tamriel Unlimited) – DLC

I had not played Orsinium yet, and given Thieves Guild just came out I figured I’d give it another shot. I have been waiting for this Thieves Guild content since day 0 here on ESO and I finally get to use my designed thief.

I had started getting him ready as a secondary character from the beginning. I’d focused his craft skills and honed his speed and sneakiness. I waited, so he hasn’t done a quest in quite some time, just did some crafts here and there and he’s been stuck at about level 36 for a while.

I got to bring him out today. I even got him brand new bigger bags for all the things he’s going to steal! ESO has reached my personal goal!

That aside, I hadn’t played Orsinium — but my main character is an Orc so I was right at home. I’m playing O on the main character, and TG on my golden boy — not crossing story lines with either of them so far. I’m not a huge fan of the “hey, each character is going to have to do the other two story lines too to get anywhere.”

I’m level v7 and it has scaled up to level 17 — I’m fine with that. I don’t put nearly enough time (or have it) to level him up before I go exploring. This suits my play style very well.

More to come but wanted to write a blurb.
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YouTube Punished Me For a Sun Fish

So long story short, I’m in the penalty box for YouTube. I had the ability to upload longer than average clips all was going well and good. I grabbed a video with viral-potential from Facebook because no one had done it yet. It was from my home state, shared by one of my friends so I figured I had the jump on it and could possibly get some visibility for my channel.

I sucked it down and uploaded it to my channel. It was the MA guy yelling at the sunfish “I think it’s a dead whale, Jay!” and apparently there is some Biggie in the middle of it. I honestly didn’t listen to the whole thing and was going forward with the assumption that the audio for it was awful considering it was on a boat, the guy doesn’t shut up, and there was so much going on it was not a focal point of the video.

All of these things would seem reason enough for something being passed for copyright reason. I got caught up in fighting it. It was the principal of the thing, this had a lot of viral ability and by me saying someone else had a copyright to the section, they could get all the commercial revenue from it. A million views could potentially add up to a lot.

Maybe they saw the same thing I did, maybe the Biggee was more pronounced than I thought… in any case I lost the case, lost the appeal… never in my experience had I had a copyright issue I couldn’t explain away. Something not being the focal point of the video, aka “back ground noise”, being incomplete, none of these reasons were accepted this time which I felt was unfair. A human just needed to review this, it must be automated — so I continued. At some point I was warned if I appealed, or took it further I could get a strike. I didn’t think it would be a problem. I was wrong.

For those wondering why my YouTube is blank — here’s why. I could do it up on Vimeo or some other site, but in truth — I don’t think anyone’s that interested in watching my game play videos enough to care. I’ve got another couple months on my 6 month “sentence” so just know I have been trying, but my hands are tied.

Why my YouTube looks a little lacking lately.

Why my YouTube looks a little lacking lately.

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Checking in with GeForce 3D in the face of VR Headsets

3D was a phase.
I was in denial. I know how computer 3D came and go but the underlying technology was sound and would live on. At the time, the next version of my card did not have 3D but this is the 3D that it had, complete with the same NVidia test pattern they use with the N that floats out in front of you. Same one.

Anyhow — I still have faith, because GeForce isn’t getting rid of it and games are going to be made more and more sprite-less, meaning no glitches and such. Bad 3D, like bad HTML — is very visible. There is a rating that NVidia gives each game it tests it with. I hope this encourages them to keep testing and holding those games to a higher standard for 3D (which totally translates to VR – Win / Win!

So twitch right now is going to be testing, carry on at your own risk:
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Fallout 4 Season Pass 15% Off

PC Gamer has some pretty good deals this week:

I thought the The Fallout 4 Season Pass was a pretty good deal, but I am still protesting DLCs so only when they’re really really good. It only recently came out and they announced the details last week?

a.) Most people have not finished it yet.
b.) Step 3.

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The Division: Streaming to Twitch: Beta Review

Few screenshots, some 4k, some not.

Two EVGA 980ti:
20 to 30fps @ 4k
70fps vsync @ 1080

NVidia doesn’t even have an optimized driver for this one yet.
The city looks alive-ish, Multiplayer started out really cool — I had help from real people, we all ran into the fire together. Once I took the base, then I had to go looking for people for each mission. I didn’t discover this until later. They’ve got some reworking to do. You need people all over, fighting for both sides or it might get a little crowded.

The cover system could get a little old. I think I just need to hide the lines and buttons and everything that pops up. Once you have the hang of it you don’t need all the lines in the air. It seems pestiferous and unnecessary. I absolutely love the GUI though. I like the Minority Report style heads up display, perfect once you’ve got a VR headset, some eye tracking and a glove. It’s still cool without all that.

I won’t get started on VR but I’ve got a strong opinion on it. I was just finding the coolness in 3D — everyone still got tired eyes from it.
Anyhow, it’s late and the kids have gym early in the morning. There will be more occuring tomorrow. Most likely I’ll have a stream ready to go from this very post.

Ok, had some more time with it last night and have a rundown for ya.  It’s repetitive, from the enemies to the missions, all around.  So far I have not seen much aside from running into random people (NPCs) who may or may not start shooting at you.  To clear a threat from an area, you approach them from a side, take cover, shoot, reload, maybe move cover and do it all over again.  They don’t do much aside from throw a grenade to impact your approach.

Virtually nothing in the world is interactive, there was a mission which involved grabbing a battery and carrying it back to the generator.  Of course waves of guys come at you and you need to put it down inas  between you being it back to the area of the generator.  That was the most I interacted with something.  Switches, power, lines, anything environmental is nada.  It’s the same old trash bags and papers that you probably can’t vault over.

I don’t see the full game here, or maybe I do and it’s obscenely short.  It’s feeling like they are relying on the DLCs to change it up… Or at least add more of the same.  Can’t say for sure but it doesn’t look great for them.

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Rise of the Tomb Raider et al

Ok, so QTE aside (it’s minimal) they really stepped up the tech.  It doesn’t quite look as smooth as it could, snow vs Assassins Creed III, as an example, but there were multiple times I was in awe.  It played less like an interactive movie, and more like a book I couldn’t put down.  It was all I could do to stop after the obligatory flash back sequence.  I can only hope it’s at least as long as the first one.  I purposely read very little about games now a days.

Prior to that it was 3D Mark, a brief (failed) attempt at GTA V, Dirt Rally in 4k, Fallout 4, Wreckfest in 4k, Batman Arkham Knight (finally ran well!), And finally topped it off with new Tomb Raider. Here are the latest screenshots.  Next Car Game actually took the screenshots in 4k, so make sure to check those out!

Rise of the Tomb Raider – Screenshots

Batman: Arkham Knight – Screenshots

Wreckfest- Screenshots

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The Division: Open Beta for PC Now Available For Preload

The beta starts on Friday for PC and goes until Monday. It will be played.
You may start your downloading now, preload it and you’ll be ready to go when it’s available.

Start Your Downloading...

Start Your Downloading…

You’ll need UPLAY (yeugh) from here.

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Tomb Raider 2013: Revisit

With Rise of the Tomb Raider on its way, I thought it might be a good time to take a second look at the one that got it all going again.  I can’t believe it was 2013, seems like a long time ago.  The hair was the big thing, it looked incredible… But yippy couldn’t actually play with it on.  I had 2 780ti cards and it would struggle with the hair. Perhaps the physics dipped the performance, everything r else was ultra but not the hair.

Today it was a single 980ti and even the hair was swaying. With Ultra and FXAA I got no less than 80fps during the benchmark.  Rerunning tests here  and there,getting the numbers for the single card to add to the finished report.  Why this is fun for me…? Who knows but I like numbers, I like games, and game relayed numbers seems natural.

I had pretty much dropped it after finishing the game, as I just did the same with Fallout 4. Collecting the 100% stuff never really interested me, never tried multiplayer.  It’s difficult to maneuver as a shooter, doesn’t lend itself to multi, at least for me.  I did some jumsp

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Benchmarking Rumble! Round 2

780ti 3g vs 980ti 6g vs 98ti 6g in SLi

Please refer to Round 1 for the 780ti numbers

Putting this placeholder here, please check back in a couple of days.

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Triumph the Insult Comic Dog Talks to Young Voters • Triumph

Oh my goodness, this had me in absolute stitches! It just goes to show you that no matter what you say, you’ll never not offend anyone!

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Music: I have a type.

2016-02-05

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Spotted in the Wild: NVidia External Thunderbolt Display Support

External Thunderbird displays coming to Windows 10

I noticed this when installing the latest NVidia driver.

I instantly thought of the Mac display, and will this resolve the 4k ( 4 x [1920x1080p]) display rate conundrum? I am waiting for the first 120hz display, and then I will happily 4k away.

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FUKUSHIMA – podniesinski.pl

When I visited Chernobyl 7 years ago, I didn’t think that a similar disaster could take place anywhere ever again, and certainly not in Japan.

Source: FUKUSHIMA – podniesinski.pl

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IGN – Mafia 3: 12 Minutes of Developer-Narrated Gameplay

Creative director Haden Blackman walks us through 12 minutes of stunning Mafia III gameplay footage.

Source: Mafia 3: 12 Minutes of Developer-Narrated Gameplay – IGN First – IGN Video

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Rock Paper Shotgun: Best Games Based On Books

Books! They’re like films without pictures, or games that are all cutscene. Old people and hipsters really like them, teenagers think they’re like totally lame, and quite frankly we should all read more of them. There are countless games inspired by books – most especially Tolkien, Lovecraft and early Dungeons & Dragon fiction – but surprisingly few games based directly on books. Even fewer good ones.

Perhaps one of the reasons for that is that a game can, in theory, cleave closer to what a book does than a film can – with their length and their word counts, their dozens of characters and in some cases even their own in-game books, they can to some degree do the job of a novel.

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Harper Lee: my Christmas in New York

One midwinter in 1950s New York, Harper Lee went to stay with friends. Little did she know she was about to be given the gift of a lifetime…

Source: Harper Lee: my Christmas in New York

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Mirror: Help Anonymous Wipe Daesh (ISIS) From The Web – Instructions

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Instructions for finding ISIS-related websites

1. Get Python at https://www.python.org/downloads/ unless you already have it (Mac does)

2. Open Terminal (or Command Prompt for Windows) and type (without quotes) “python”

3. Now, this step requires a little explanation. Let’s set this out neatly, shall we…

  • Copy the contents of the following link to your clipboardhttps://ghostbin.com/paste/oo4tb
  • The contents of that link are some search terms that relate to ISIS and their content, allowing you to narrow down the results to specific ones
  • Paste the strings into the Terminal and press Enter

4. Choose a couple of strings (3 recommended) from the list of strings. For this example we will use strings 3+38+46

5. Once chosen, continue in terminal (without quotes) “print(str3+str38+str42)” and copy the results

6. Paste the results in https://www.google.iq and analyze the new results To translate pages, it is recommended to use Google Chrome, which has integrated translation

7. Submit any valid ones to one of the channel operators and we will deal with the info accordingly

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