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I have an appointment at 1 pm, so I may be back this evening?  >:D

The game has some pretty low frame rates soon after loading.  Although my core i5 is well over the minimum specs, the sheer size of the game files are probably the cause there.

My frame rates were better with the sound card switch over.  The game was playable, though not nearly as smooth as some older FPS games that I have played on this setup.

We should do that this year too!

SoundBlaster X-fi cards are an issue.  My Logitech G933 Artemis also has the same crackling issues when running through the Logitech digital audio.

I managed to get it to work tonight with an old X-fi Go USB soundcard and an ancient Logitech analog headset.

Even after going through every audio and video setting, checking drivers, trying different headsets.  The audio is distorted enough to be confused with Tank Wars from the Atari 2600.  The game is pretty well unplayable for me at the moment.

I am having terrible framerate and audio issues in the game that make it nearly unplayable...

Retro Gaming and Hardware / Re: Sega Genesis mini: it is happening!
« on: September 22, 2019, 11:28:30 AM »
I just bought one for Renee for her birthday!

General Discussion / Re: Official Recent Game Happenings / Progress Thread
« on: September 08, 2019, 11:26:56 AM »
I did beat Nier: Automata for ending W.  Apparently, the game is made to be played through first as 2B, then a second time as 9S to fill out the story line.  Things seem familiar in the second play through of the game, but more detailed...

Nier is a really surreal game!

General Discussion / Re: Favorite Video Game Soundtracks
« on: September 02, 2019, 12:47:44 AM »
As much as I do like Castlevania and Final Fantasy soundtracks.  The Resident Evil (movie from a game) and Mortal Kombat (also movie from a game) soundtracks still stand out.

Lately I have been listening to some of the Nier: Automata soundtrack though.

Doom (2016) and the old PC game Descent II both had epic soundtracks.

Skyrim is so good as an ambient OST too..

General Discussion / Re: Favorite 80's Toy / Cartoon
« on: August 17, 2019, 02:05:43 PM »
Besides Legos, Transformers, and G.I. Joes, I cannot remember if the TMNT blimp was still eighties or if it was after 1990.

For pure eighties, the Dinobots win.

General Discussion / Re: Post Your Recent Gaming Purchases Thread
« on: August 17, 2019, 02:02:43 PM »
Nier: Automata!

Yesterday afternoon I was in my local GameXchange and had to purchase this game. Never had the NES version until now. I have played it on my multicarts but I really wanted the original. Best price I have found for this game, $12.99.

And this is dominating my game time this weekend.

The original is so good!  Exploring with no maps is so confusing at first.  Accomplishing beating the game, beating the game with all 255 missiles, then beating the game in speed run are great accomplishments.

I got to the point where I would pick up the GBA version when I had an hour to kill.  One hour, one life was my standard for playing and beating it back in my early college days.

Let's see.. I recently beat Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night...

The game is good.. really good.. A spiritual successor to Symphony of the Night is pretty accurate, although it has a strong dose of Aria of Sorrow and Order of Ecclesia Castlevania games as well.

I purchased and played through the first bit of Nier: Automata.  So far, I like it!  It is a great combo of shoot 'em up, platformer, and hack 'n slash gaming.

Last weekend I did get in a good dose of Overwatch with MasterMario and SpartanEvolved too!

Gaming / Movie / Media Deals / Nier Automata on Steam
« on: August 03, 2019, 04:36:09 PM »
Nier Automata is on sale on Steam for PC for 33% off at $26.79.

I read some reviews about the PC port not having 1080 resolution, but do not have a PS4 or Xbone.

Anyone familiar with the PC version of Nier?

General Discussion / Re: Birthday!
« on: July 28, 2019, 10:25:52 AM »
On a side note, I have not been active since I am in the process of moving to a new town and starting a new job.  July has been a busy month!

General Discussion / Birthday!
« on: July 27, 2019, 02:35:18 PM »
It is my birthday today!  Happy birthday to me :exclamation:

I did beat Bloodstained: RotN.  That game is awesome.  I am currently working on Samus Returns on the 3DSXL as well.

I really have my eye on picking up Neir: Automata while it is on its Steam sale too.

It is multi-system, Steam, Switch, PS4, and Xbone, so I do not know which category.

Renee has been taking over my PC to play it.  Since I sleep less than she does, I still beat it first though!  100% of rooms are found, but there are still several collections of items and masteries that I have not completed.

There is nothing quite like shooting giant robotic fish in space!!!!!

I wrote this while way too tired and put it in the wrong category!

Anyway, finished the main story of the game last night after about 28 hours of gameplay.  I have nowhere near 100% on shards, items, or skill mastery, so there is still replay value there!

I have also not yet finished the 8-bit nightmare level!

I folded pretty quickly and bought this one from Steam the day of release.  Although many have been calling it the spiritual successor to Castlevania's Symphny of the Night, it does really borrow heavily from more recent Castlevania games.

I see heavy influence from Aria of Sorrow, Order of Ecclesia, and graphical style reminiscent of the PSP's Dracula X Chronicles.  Miriam's shard collection is not far from Soma's souls or Shanoa's glyphs.  The weapon selection is similar to those titles as well.  There are many subtle references to earlier Castlevania games [spoiler](Avenge Trevor's Death, and Invert!)[/spoilder], but there are many fresh takes on older concepts.

So far, I really like it.  Renee has been playing the game almost as much as I have so far too!

Retro Gaming and Hardware / Re: TurboGrafx 16 mini
« on: June 22, 2019, 10:19:47 PM »
Dracula X Rondo of Blood?

Retro Gaming and Hardware / Re: TurboGrafx 16 mini
« on: June 22, 2019, 10:18:58 PM »
That looks super fun, especially Adventure Island!

The stand also allows Apple owners to look down among their less wealthy friends.  >:D

SSDs are more expensive than traditional HDDs.  With no platter, they are faster, with both lower seek time and high transfer rate.  They are also more shock resistant.  On top of those advantages, an SSD runs cooler with lower power draw than traditional platter drives.

A hybrid drive is adding a small SSD as a cache for an HDD.  This will quickly dump information, for a slightly faster feel, but still lag behind a full SSD in overall performance.  This is similar to what some Windows platforms did with using a flash drive to speed up hard drive performance.  A hybrid drive has a snappier feel on some applications while being less expensive than a full SSD.

Since SSD drives are lower in price and higher in reliability than they were five years ago, I recommend skipping the hybrid and going straight for SSD.

CDG Game Night / Meetings / Clan / Tourneys / Memorial Day gaming
« on: May 26, 2019, 09:57:48 PM »
Steam is having their Spring cleaning event.  Some people are off work for the day.  Many cookouts will be had.

Does anyone want to plan on some gaming at some point during the day?

If you put an apple sticker in the back window of your car, I will disavow you.

Be sure to have the Mac in proper configuration for serious gaming!

Here is a link if the picture did not display.

News / Leaks / Rumors / Re: Google Stadia - Changing How We Game?
« on: May 24, 2019, 12:50:34 PM »
Gamers hate lag and latency.  Server processing is always present on online games, which has improved over time, but the option to play a simple single-player game on a local machine will certainly still have appeal to old school gamers.

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