Like I mentioned earlier I was looking into buying a computer. During the Christmas holiday (smart move, not) I decided to actually place the order. The components arrived last friday.
# Product Prijs Subtotaal 1 Intel Core i5 3570K Boxed € 203,90 € 203,90 1 Gigabyte GA-Z77MX-D3H € 104,50 € 104,50 1 Club3D Radeon HD 7870 royalKing € 208,89 € 208,89 1 Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 ST1000DM003, 1TB € 64,99 € 64,99 1 Fractal Design Core 1000 € 30,89 € 30,89 1 Microsoft Windows 8 Pro (OEM) 64bit € 124,- € 124,- 1 Corsair Vengeance CML8GX3M2A1600C9 Low Profile € 41,90 € 41,90 1 LG GH24NS90 Zwart € 16,20 € 16,20 1 XFX Pro 550W € 54,50 € 54,50 1 Samsung 840 series SSD 120GB € 88,- € 88,- Totaal € 937,77
Instead of a regular ATX motherboard and case I went with the much smaller micro-ATX form factor. The system I ended up with is quite tiny; it fits neatly behind a cabinet.
Windows 8 both pleases and disappoints. It’s lighting fast running from SSD and Metro really does look nice. Switching between Metro and the Desktop however, is not that great.
I was worried that the configuration I went with didn’t pack enough of a punch to run new games at the highest visual settings, but Metro 2033, Witcher 2 and some other games I threw at it were no problem. Which is awesome.
My Xbox Live subscription expired this week. The 6th of December to be precise. Unlike many years before I didn’t even look into renewing it this time.
There are two reasons for that. One is that I just didn’t use it that much this year; I think Modern Warfare 3 was the last game I played online. The other is that I’m just too content with Playstation Plus. Not that it’s a problem to have both at the same time, but since Playstation Plus (and my PS3’s 500GB HD upgrade) I’ve been using my Xbox less and less. Mainly because Playstation Plus has made it super easy to statisfy my gaming hobby.
I like collecting video games. I like looking at the boxes they come in and storing them in cabinets. Before Playstation Plus (and the Humble Bundle) I had trouble adapting to digital-only games. There just wasn’t an advantage for me. Games would cost about the same and there was no way to put them in cabinets and look at them.
Now with Playstation Plus I just get a bunch of free games every month. I don’t like all of them, but they are practically forced into my collection. And apparently that worked. It changed me. I have no problem buying games and just getting a code or download link anymore. I think I might even prefer digital to physical copies..
I have been planning to buy a new computer (not a Mac). To play games on and maybe start some Windows projects for Danger Cove. I’m having a hard time to just go ahead and purchase the components though. This is the list I’ve been staring at for a few weeks now.
# Product Prijs Subtotaal 1 Intel Core i5 3570K Boxed € 204,90 € 204,90 1 MSI Z77A-G45 € 99,90 € 99,90 1 Club3D Radeon HD 7870 royalKing € 208,- € 208,- 1 Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 ST1000DM003, 1TB € 65,45 € 65,45 1 Antec Three Hundred Two € 57,95 € 57,95 1 Sharkoon SATA III standard (100cm) € 3,35 € 3,35 1 Microsoft Windows 8 Pro (OEM) € 125,95 € 125,95 1 Microsoft Wired Keyboard 600 € 10,95 € 10,95 1 Corsair Vengeance CML8GX3M2A1600C9 Low Profile € 35,99 € 35,99 1 LG GH24NS90 Zwart € 16,09 € 16,09 1 Corsair Enthusiast TX650 V2 € 81,51 € 81,51 1 Samsung 840 series 120GB € 93,50 € 93,50 Totaal € 1.003,54
Have you seen these remote controllable, color changing lights by Philips, called Hue?
They’re working on an official SDK/API that’ll allow you to make your own apps that can trigger color and intensity alterations. Really looking forward to see games like Amnesia involve Philips Hue in their gameplay. We could do all kinds of cool stuff like lightning, bright interogation rooms, dimming the lights when things get eerie, flickering you name it.
Apparently Philips made it pretty easy to get started, by using the unprotected HTTP “API”. Allowing this to work with HTML5 based games.
Conan O’Brien reviewed “Hitman: Absolution” this week. He’s talked about quite a few games now and mentioned this was his favorite. Which says more than you might think.
Christopher Walken (actually Jason Stephens) has a similar item on YouTube: Chrisopher Walkenthrough. This is him playing Minecraft.