A few weeks ago I picked up a X-Arcade joystick. This really satisfies the retro hunger pains. Digging through my MAME collection has never been so delicious. I now get get a full course meal of Street Fighter 2, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and X-men. Then for desert there is Joust, Elevator Action, Q-bert and Tron. Ahh, now I'm satiated. If you like retrogaming as much as I do, then put it on your menu. *BURP*
Garfield 1.0 R.I.P.
I had to replace the mobo in one of my PCs this weekend. Garfield has had a hairball for the last few weeks. It would not run stable for more than 10 minutes at a time. I tried pulling/swapping various components to no satisfaction. So in frustration I went out and picked up a new mobo, CPU, RAM, and power supply. I couldn't just get the cheapest thing out there, nor could I afford something top of the line. Since I was going to get a new mobo, I might as well up the juice a bit for Moonshine. I then took the old mobo from Moon and put it in Garfield. Got all that? Thought so. Good news is that my FPS in Doom III and CS: Source is better than ever. Bad news is, no toys for the next two months. With Christmas coming, I better not get anything else for the rest of the year. Damn. With the new Nintendo DS hitting shelves next month, it'll be rough.
They opened an Ikea store in the area recently. Not a bad store. It's crazy to shopping there right now. The store is completely packed all the time. Almost like people here have never beheld furniture before. Our house has already begun an Ikea-ized transmogrification. Just last night I picked up some new speaker stands for my rear channel computer speakers. It seems to help a bit having them up off the floor. Karen also picked me up a corner shelf to put above my monitor. Now I have a place to put all my inaction figures. There has been more purchases but I'll spare all the bloody details.
Counterstike: Source beta was released on Steam a few days ago. If you've never heard of Counterstike or the Half-Life engine, you can stop reading now. My impressions are few, but what I can tell you is that I find it to be a nice evolution of Counterstike. There has been much ado about the new Havok physics engine in Source. In my opinion, it does add to the game. It makes the game arenas feel that much more alive. Various debris scattered about, blowing in the wind, getting in the way of your aim. Chaos theory at its finest. Now, if only there was a tad less ass-hats online out to ruin others enjoyment. If I end up on a server ripe with those of the ass-hat persuasion, I log off and find a new server. No point in getting upset, no point in trying to make them pay. Just shun them and leave them to their shallow little rabble.
I did make one other upgrade to my system. This was an upgrade gone wrong. If you are thinking of using an LCD for gaming... DON'T! I learned this, the hard way. It all started when I saw a 24" 16x9 LCD at CompUSA. Speaking of drool, in this case it was me. I could not bring myself to spend $2200 buckazoids on it, so I opted for a very nice 19" Samsung LCD instead. It was rated with a 20ms refresh. Nope, not nearly enough. I played Far Cry on it, and it made me bust to tears. Let's not talk for a moment about motion blur. Instead, lets beat our fists against the desk in frustration as you can't see the Merc busting a cap in your juicy rump roast. In my humble, now bitter opinion: "Don't use LCD's for gaming until they are less than 10ms refresh." The LCD ended up, or rather upstairs, on Karen's G4. Not a bad home for it. I still went for a new monitor. A Samsung again, but in a Sith-like fashion, return of the CRT. Lesson learned. just cause it makes you drool, doesn't mean you won't slip on it later.
Updated the "My Computers" section with the new additions. Updated pictures forthcoming.