This user leads a boring life.Joined on December 28, 2005, 11:34 PM Visited on April 21, 2019, 5:27 PM
Wow has it been a while! I won't lie, I've started typing out probably a dozen different blogs over the past few years but deleted them all before I posted them. I do keep my old game collection blog fairly up to date though so I've not completely neglected this place. <-OK why do links always do weird visual things when I post here. But my job and various life things have kept me fairly burnt out and as a result I've not put enough effort into any of my projects to accomplish anything notable. Also my old laptop died a very slow death and until I replaced it I was mostly incapable of working on computer stuff for 90% of the day.
My YouTube channels are still going and I've been following a new years resolution of posting at least 1 video a day. They aren't high quality videos but the channel is never going to get enough subscribers to get remonetized if I keep taking multi-month breaks so this is a good way of forcing me to stick to something. I've definitely gotten a lot better at it over the years but my audience is still people who like unedited playthroughs with occasional mild humor so growing is tough. The fact that Nintendo is finally open game for monetization is definitely helping motivate me though.
The biggest thing that has changed since the last blog is that I've started to create an entire fictional universe for a franchise of games I call Pyco Mundi. Basically, Pyco Mundi follows the story of an alternate earth where an alien creature from a dying world called Pyco arrives on Earth during the ice age and the energy it brings with it begins to slowly turn animals into pokemon-like creatures called Pycotrophs. Yeah, this is what I'm turning Pokemon Twilight into because I don't see the point in making a game that Nintendo will just cease and desist.
I've always like doing some small scale world building but I'm really enjoying building an entire universe and trying to justify and explain why things are the way they are. This is something I've unknowingly been building up to over the past 10 years of my life and it's finally coming together. The thought of someday releasing this game on a Nintendo system is also pretty amazing and a lot more motivating than making a pokemon fan game is. There's not much to actually show yet, I'm basically building all the concepts of the game before I start building the game itself.
But yeah, that is what is up with me.
You might have seen me in the comments every once in a while but for the most part I've not been active around here for a ridiculous amount of time. Also for some reason I didn't mention in my previous blog that I had gotten engaged to my highschool girlfriend a few months prior to it.
I've still been busy with work and have consistently been having problems getting enough sleep, which has resulted in an extreme reduction of productivity. Nevertheless, let's recap what I've been up to in the past 10 months.
I built my desktop computer, it's pretty awesome. Although just last week it developed a hopefully minor issue but I haven't had time to work on fixing it. I'm still 50/50 on whether it's a software or hardware issue =p I've been using it to record YouTube videos (still doing that!) so it's really important I get it fixed.
As far as YouTube is concerned, I've unfortunately been unable to keep a steady release schedule since I started my job and thus haven't really been gaining subscribers. I had intended to go back to 2 videos a day last week but of course my computer decided to stop working during the first video of my recording marathon >:( As soon as the computer is fixed (crossing my fingers for tomorrow, if it's not a hardware problem) I'll be resuming my goal of 2 videos a day and will be building up enough of a buffer that I should always have at least 1 video a day even in the worst case scenarios.
Sometime around when I finished building the computer my then-fiancée found a stray kitten that was only a couple months old and almost dead. We named him Chip and this is how he looks now that he is ~8 months old.
Then in December, I got married! Moved into an apartment with my wife, went on a honeymoon (my first vacation since starting my job D=) and have spent the past 3 months doing all the stuff that comes with moving out on your own for the first time. Exciting things like buying curtains and paying bills! And that brings us to today, where I randomly decided to post all this on 64d because I didn't want to go a whole year without blogging =p
As for what I've been up to in programming, I'm starting to mess around with HTML5 stuff a bit more. Could have some big plans in the future, if I ever manage to get enough sleep for more than a day or two =p Won't bother going into specifics because of my terrible track record in actually finishing projects =p
Last summer I bought a really nice laptop (holy crap my last blog was before I got it), it's an MSI GT70 2pe-890us Dominator Pro.
I'll list the basic specs because I can't find a good page listing them (and the model normally comes with an i7-4800MQ so I got lucky):
Processor: Intel i7-4810MQ (2.8ghz w/ turbo to 3.8)
RAM: 12gb DDR3
Graphics card: Nvidia GeForce GTX880M
Hard Drive: 1TB 7200rpm
Anyway, I tell you all this because I am planning to build a desktop in a couple months and need help figuring out how to do it. In an ideal world I'd want to be able to record recent games at max settings 1440p 60fps so that's the kind of power I'm looking for. Although I'd really rather avoid spending the premium price to own this years latest and greatest graphics technology unless it's actually worth the price. If nothing else I want it to be a decent step up from those laptop specs.
The only problem is, I'm only vaguely familiar with building computers and choosing the best parts. For example, I know I should have an SSD for Windows to boot off of but I don't know anything about motherboards =p
I could keep typing more nonsense now but I think it'd be easier to see what (if any) suggestions I get and work from there.
edit: I guess I should mention that I already have a monitor/mouse/keyboard/etc so I only need to worry about the computer itself.