Weekly Update | Feb. 27, 2019
It's that time again, gamerguys and gals. Time for another weekly update on a bunch of random topics in the geeky and gaming world! Let's dive in, shall we?
Nintendo Pokemon Direct 2-27-2019
Nintendo and Game Freak had some big news today in the form of a Pokemon themed Direct on YouTube. Many had already speculated that the big news would be the announcement of a brand new Pokemon adventure on the Switch, and they were right! Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield will be arriving "late 2019" on the Switch and be the rightful successors to Sun and Moon which were released on the Nintendo 3DS nearly three years ago. Sorry, Let's Go Pikachu and Let's Go Eevee. You were really fun and all, but the REAL Pokemon games are on the beat.
The Direct didn't have much in the way of details other than that the games take place in the Galar region, which bears many similarities to the real world United Kingdom complete with its own Oxford-like clock tower and strange hill drawings taken straight from the town of Dorset. Some fans have pointed out that the region map looks nearly identical to the isle of Britannia , except upside down! Weird. The only other tidbit is the reveal of the three starters we're all accustomed to by now. There's Grookey the Grass-type chimp Pokemon, Scorbunny the Fire-type bunny Pokemon, and Sobble the Water-type newt Pokemon. They're cute to be sure, but I find their designs to be very...round? I find it odd that they all have the same head shape. And Scorbbunny? Really? How long did it take you guys to come up with that name? Regardless, I'll be getting both version when they come out because I have a problem. I'm not ashamed to admit it.
The New Rig Is Done!
So if you guys didn't know I was in the middle of building practically a brand new computer last week. All of the parts finally arrived last Wednesday. I spent a solid three hours putting it all together and thought I had hit the BYOC lottery when everything booted up and started working on the first press of the Power button. Sadly, my euphoria was short lived and my copy of Windows refused to reactivate even though I have a digital license associated with my Microsoft account. I was furious to say the least. I had no Product Key to use and the servers just wouldn't let my license reactivate so I was forced to purchase a new license in order for my brand new computer to actually, you know, do anything worthwhile. Suffice it to say I am now wise to MS's shenanigans when it comes to the "free" Windows 10 upgrades they doled out to anyone with a Windows 7 OS. They'll bite you in the ass the moment you try to upgrade your hardware, trust me.
Aside from that trouble I also had to do a complete wipe of the solid state since my new mobo wasn't playing nice with the drivers that had piled up with the current install of Windows. No biggie since I have a boot up USB drive and had saved everything critical on it as well as on Sync and One Drive. It took me all of about 3 hours to get everything reinstalled and set up. And with that she was all ready to do some awesome things like play games on Max settings, stream, record, and be lightning quick doing all of it. She's running a 9th gen i7 9700k octo core CPU with 16 Gb of 3000 Mhz DDR4 ram and the difference is like night and day compared to my old i5 2900k with DDR3. And since I was such a good boy I also got myself a Elgato 4K60 Pro capture card so that I can play my PS4 Pro on 4k and still be able to capture and record gameplay for streams. Slobs and Twitch will still downgrade everything to 1080P but the card will be able operate on those settings. Worth it, in my opinion. Stay tuned for more videos to be made in 4K!
Check out my new rig in motion here!
A New Adventurer Has Arrived In Eorzea!
I was finally sucked into buying and playing Final Fantasy XIV by several of my streamer friends, and I have to say I'm really enjoying it. Ever since I quit WoW three months ago I have not felt a single urge to re up, but it still left me with a big hole in my game schedule. I used to play WoW for at least 2-3 hours a day. It was practically a daily routine for me to log in, run some quests and dungeons, and just shoot the shit with my guildmates. But those guildmates all but disappeared as had my interest in the game. After 14 years I had FINALLY had enough! lol
But then came along FFXIV. I suddenly found myself eager to start another chapter of my MMO life and I have no regretted a moment of it. FFXIV is such a different beast to WoW that even almost two weeks in I'm still struggling to wrap my head around all of its intricacies and eccentricities. I love it! My Au Ra Warrior is climbing up the leveling ladder fairly quickly, thanks to my inattention to the plot and WoW grinding skills, but I'm slowly letting my old habits die out so that I can actually enjoy the game for a change. I'll hit max level at some point. That much is for sure. But I think this go around I'll get so much more bang for my buck. I know it's already a fairly old game at this point, and from a cinematic standpoint it really doesn't hold up to WoW but I'm still finding it enjoyable. I just wish it had more voiceovers during cutscenes because this game is VERY verbose in it's dialogue. Not having to read a 5000 word term paper every time I accept a new quest would be nice.
I've been streaming FFXIV pretty regularly over on my Twitch site. There you can keep up with Khal'ron Tanin's progress as he goes from scrub to legend!
A New Stream Segment Is Coming Tomorrow
Perhaps some of you have thought to yourself at some point " Why does Cartridge Crazy, a retro video game collector, never stream any of the classics?" Well, fret not. I thought the same thing. Your silent protestations were heard loud and clear! So, starting tomorrow evening I will introduce a new 1 hour segment to my streams called "Retro Corner". It will take place before my regularly scheduled 8 pm CST stream. Additionally, the footage and audio captured from this segment will then be edited and posted on YouTube as a new playlist of the same name. In this segment I will hand pick a game from my collection and play it for you live and also provide some backstory/historical info on the game itself, and maybe share some personal anecdotes related to the game. Stay tuned!
That's all for now, gamerguys and gals! Thanks for stopping by and have a happy rest of your Humpday!