This month I finally got around to picking up Doom for the PS4 after playing the demo.
Hard to believe that I left it for so long; I’ve had heaps of fun, loving the simple run an gun format, and exploring the maps Bethesda have put together so well.
As I was late to the party the update was huge, 30 odd gig iirc, but kudos to Bethesda for it all being free of charge.
Not getting much play time I dropped the difficulty early on, but this hasn’t reduced the fun factor, and some of the encounters have still taken me several retries. Loving how it keeps the essence of Doom, from the shotguns and BFC [Big Fucking Gun… did you think Musk made up that acronym :)], to the hidden passages behind movable walls. Then there’s the chainsaw executions that have the bonus of filling up your ammo, the gory varied R3 executions that build back up health (and possible ammo + shields) and keep the game flowing, and the runes that mix up the standard play style.
Back in the 90’s I spent time at work building levels for Doom ii: Hell on Earth, when I couldn’t be sat at my 486 DX2 66 Mhz PC playing. That there is a level creation option in this version is a really great tip of the hat back to the original which I really appreciate
Another classic AAA game to have in my collection, that I’ve promised myself I’ll finish before I buy anything else 🙂 Rating: everything you want from a mindless shoot ’em up, rocking heavy soundtrack, and many hours replay with map creation and multiplayer
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Bionic Beaver release has been a mixed bag for me.
Audio is now working from my AMD graphics card to my TV’s in HDMI, no more having to wear headphones to watch any programs
OpenVPN isn’t connecting to a DNS server, traffic still running through tun0, but not my DNS.
I’m using a secure DNS, but kinda shit that it’s coming from my IP to there, and my firewall script blocks all DNS activity.
Spent too many hours trying to fix this, hope an update of either Ubuntu or my VPN will resolve this in the near future.
Love Journey, played through it a couple of times of the PS3 & 4, was looking for a bit of relaxation gaming, so (again finally!) picked up Abzu.
It’s been on my radar for a while, so for the price of a cup of coffee it was a no-brainer to pick up.
What an awesome experience, I found it cross between Journey & Echo the Dolphin, with a touch of Child of Eden.
Enjoyed the none dialogue story, the full ocean conservation feel, but most my 3 year old boy sat with me an played among the fishes; he loved the appearance of the Orcas and Humpbacks, the game was worth it for his smile alone. Rating: graphically not dazzling, but fluid movement, and quality chilled escapism
Still spending many hours in the black working on my next Elite title, grinding away slowly, binge watched last series of Silicon Valley, and nearly finished Stranger Things, and got to the end of Charlie Booker’s fabulous Black Mirror.
After nearly 5 weeks of playing Elite Dangerous, over the course of over 3 years, CMDR BadKitty has finally made it to Elite status 🙂
During this time I had an epiphany that the game was such a time sink that I picked up playing guitar, and we had Player 3 join our family; that has curbed my play time quite a bit, no loss to the joy he brings into my life 🙂
After receiving the Explorer rank, finished off by running VIP passenger missions from Robigo to Sothis, I visited Shinrarta_Dezhra, Founders World, and picked up my first of the Big 3 ships, an Anaconda… solely for the reason of seeing how far a jump range I could get out of it fully engineered; currently I’m sitting at ~65ly, it makes the galaxy seem a smaller place 🙂
My next plan is to build up my materials and max engineer each of my ships before joining the narrative, time allowing.
For pretty much the entire month of March Elite Dangerous is the only game I’ve been playing, and I’ve had heaps of fun 🙂
Also picked up a new Logitech G610, my first mechanical keyboard!
I’ve always refused to pay out for a decent keyboard in the past; but thought now as I can touch type (ish) & I’ve resisted upgrading my existing box, why not treat myself 🙂
Loving it so for, no issues, and find the scroll volume dial a great useful option.
& we have fibre, no longer part of the internet third World, 200 Mbps down, but only 20 up.
I’ve requested an upgrade to 1Ghz but still waiting, but it’s changed my digital life… although not had the chance to try out Street Fighter and Overwatch on the PS4 as yet to see if it improves my game play.
So Elite, I was out running Sothis Ceos passenger missions in my Clipper after the Beyond Chapter One update, pretty much the groove I’ve been in for a while. Not doing too bad for credits per hour, and inching up my Federation ranking with the aim one day of picking up a Corvette.
Then I heard of the Oxley Skimmer mission Gold rush, and thought I’d take a look. The server was grinding for me, but I managed to head over to the system, increase my local rank, and run enough missions to increase my bank account by a couple of million credits. Stink that I was away camping in the days that followed, when I returned a patch had been placed, temporarily removing all skimmer missions.
So I didn’t make the multi billions of some players, but I couldn’t complain, I’d earned in a couple of laggy hours that would have taken me 10 hours on my current route… so what was I to do with all of this cash?
First I tried pimping out my Clipper, but the shields just weren’t strong enough to keep me for long enough in a Combat Zone. To try and remedy this I worked with a couple of engineers, but this still wasn’t enough… and why did I leave engineering so long?
Then a bright idea crossed my mind; I could buy other ships, rather than saving for the elusive Corvette. Having tried a Python once before, but it wasn’t A rated so it was quite sluggish, thought why not give it another try. So now kitted out in a A class Python, with some cool Farseer engineering. As a test flight I went out to the Pratchett Disk, and then cruised around the edge of the bubble, with pleasant 20 light year jumps. I ran in to no problems, and enjoyed the experience, but then I fitted 5 First Class passenger pods, and went back to running Sothis Ceos, contented making more money than I could with the Clipper, but still a little restless.
Wanting to see what the Python was like in battle I kitted it out with engineered Beams and Multi Cannons. This was enough to fend off attackers on my luxury cruise route, but I had the idea that I could do better, and I still had a pot of cash to spend 🙂
So a Fer-de-Lance was added to my star port garage, just in time for the last Ross 310 CG. Kitted out with engineered A rated modules I had heaps of fun in the combat zones, although questioning my logic of buying an FDL rather than the new battle orientated Chieftain… next purchase maybe 🙂
Once I’d reached the top 50% I’d grown tired of continuous battle and fancied another change. Before picking up the Clipper I’d been flying an Asp, iirc before the Explorer version was available. As I was working on unlocking Engineers, and my Python sojourn had kindled my desire for exploring again, I decided to rise up to Engineer Palin’s invite of travelling beyond 5,000 light years from the starting system.
First I was humbled to see that I hadn’t gone this far in the 2 years I’ve been playing the game, I’d not even gone over a thousand! But this time I had an engineered Asp Explorer that could jump 50 light years at a time, and I’d found the awesome option within the Galaxy map to limit the path to only stars that I could refuel from!
Now I didn’t need to lug about excessive fuel tanks, and now the fear of running out of fuel was abated; let the journey commence 🙂
There is a asteroid station just over 5k light years out, in system Omega Sector VE-Q b5-15 which made a perfect target. After modding my usual bubble touring setup to include a couple of auto repairs and chaff launchers… learning later that the reloads of both can be engineered, as can oxygen refill. It’s like this game doesn’t want you to die, and is encouraging you to explore 😉
So off I set, scanning each system, nearly every star, and heaps of planets. Only crashed into one star on the was out close to my destination. No issues on the way back, except I burned 2 of my chaffs in error when I should have been scanning.
The idea was then to head back, swap ships for my Python, and then acquire 25 fragmented sensors to fully unlock Palin, before turning in my cartography finds. I was really in 2 minds if this would be of great benefit, as I didn’t want to lose my finds; not due to ~5 million credits, but there were so many first discoveries, and I want the name of CMDR BADKITTY to be read long after I stop playing the game.
However the 22 light year jump range of my Python made the decision for me, and I removed the auto repair and chaff modules, lightening up my ship and giving me a little luggage space and auto dock… did I mention I had cartography data I didn’t want to lose 🙂
So off I set to find sensor fragments, and I’d been tipped off on a location HIP 17403, planet A4, coordinates -34.98 / -141.41.
This is where things got really cool, heading into the system I was pulled out of inter-system hyperdrive journey by 2 Thargoids. My ship shut down and they scanned me, only for it to power back up after they had found nothing of interest. I didn’t have a wake scanner on board to inspect all that they had left… but I’m interested in why they wouldn’t have attacked and destroyed me… guess they’re not so aggressive?
Arrive at the targeted planet I found a signal to not that the planet had a Thargoid crash site, and I headed down to the surface. I could find approximately where I needed to be from the coordinates, but couldn’t find an actual site. I figured out that if I stuck to the cardinal compass points only one of the long / lat cordinates would change, but I was buggered if I could find the place. I resorted to landing and making an epic trip into and across a crater to a location that I swear I’d checked out from the air.
I blasted the Thargoid scanners to retrieve the required fragments, taking one full scanner; until I started taking hanger damage, so I dropped it. Now I know I can buy a protected hanger from Palin to pick these up. I called back my ship and blasted back into space, one jump to meet Palin, hand over the 25 sensor fragments, sell him my cartography, and see what upgrades are available.
This is where I left off last night, searching for more class 5 materials to finish off my G5 FSD, now wondering what to do next; unlock another engineer, run passenger missions to acquire more materials, pick up a Chieftain or max out and iCourier?
Think this wall of text shows how much I’m still loving the game, certainly now I’ve found I can watch Youtube / Netflix while flying around, and there’s so much more to uncover… I really should unpack my PS4 🙂
I started playing the new Elite: Dangerous DLC yesterday Beyond – Chapter One… after I spent a couple of hours setting up my controls.
In the end, not for the first time, I plugged in a PlayStation 4 joypad. This time though Windows 10 and Steam identified the pad, rather than having to use a third party piece of software… who iirc I’d contributed to in the past.
It was late, so no time for space travel last night; today when I’ve booted up Elite: Dangerous I can’t log onto the server.
At first I thought it was my password that I could have been entering wrong, due to my keyboard has bust, I’m now running with a spare on which the top row numbers don’t work, and in turn the symbols.
Resetting the password didn’t work.
The time was wrong on the desktop, correcting this didn’t help.
I’m guessing the popularity of the update is bringing back the user base, and living in the arse end of beyond I’m too far from the servers, so one of the first to be dropped.
I hope to have the chance to play over the weekend, let’s hope the servers are quieter.
I’ve been playing with a Python script to re-arrange the films in my movie directory; it moves everything of a selected file type from directory and sub-directory to a selected directory.
Thought I might use it to group all of my photos too.
Last night I ran it on a drives root directory for all *.txt files.
Let me rephrase that, I moved every text file from all directories to my root directory.
This was only a backup drive, but I expect there might be a few programs that fail, as config files may have moved… on the upside, I know a good place to look for them is the folder in the root directory named ‘txt files’ 🙂
Tired of current gen titles, plus mates have borrowed the games I fancied playing, I setup my XBOX 360 and PS3 again.
Such an awesome collection of titles, I can’t wait to introduce to the boy.
Found it mad that there are a few of them that I’ve bought the PS4 remakes of 🙂
This then took me down a retro root and I installed a Linux MAME emulator to go back to my favourite platform title Wardner.
Not everyone sees the beauty of the game, but I have fond memories of playing a Japanese version of it at lunch, and after school, being able to get through the full game on 10p.
The rest of my game time as been committed to Elite Dangerous.
A colleague is new to the game, so I logged on with the intention of passing on some credits to help him on his way.
Within the first hour I made 3 insurance claims on expensive ships, simply because I’d forgotten the controls.
Mitigation kicked in and I bought a Sidewinder to bring back the muscle memory and remember what the fuck I was doing.
2.4 is in alpha testing, to be released soon, named ‘The Return’ – Thargoids are coming!
So naturally I’ve been hooked again in preparation.
I’ve been grinding out at Sothis / Ceos, increasing Federation and Explorer rank, currently sitting at Lieutenant / Baron / Expert / Entrepreneur / Ranger… Elite not too far away.
I’m running a Clipper with 2 class 6 First Class cabins, with a single jump I’m making as much as 2.5MM credits, inching up the rank with each departure of passengers.
I’m tempted to follow the Road to Riches, for something different to do, I always enjoyed flying the Asp… also fancy climbing back in a Diamondback and getting my combat skillz back up to speed; think that could be useful with the Thargoids return.
Great that these are not mutually exclusive as my bank balance is looking healthy enough to kit out a few ships to a high grade.
I’ve been tempted to go down the Python route, although not sure why I’m reluctant… maybe it’s the idea that I’ll then have to grind engineers to better equip the ship?
I’ve also joined the Mobius group, which means I can play on-line without the distraction and stife of players who would want to blow away, or steal, my hard earned credits.
As you were probably expecting, on PS4, the base game ($30) and the Horizons season pass ($30) will be separate purchases (unless you want to buy them bundled together, which will be an option).
On the same day, Frontier is also putting out a physical Elite Dangerous: Legendary Edition for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Considering that package contains the game, the pass, and 1,000 Frontier Points for cosmetics — things like alternate paint jobs and bobbleheads — that’s probably the way to go.
Two final notes: content and saves can’t be transferred across platforms, and if you’re curious about potential PlayStation VR support, Frontier has said it’s “definitely something we’re looking into, but we have nothing to announce for launch.” For any other lingering questions, there’s an FAQ.
I’d love to give the PS4 version a try, although I’m too many hours in on the PC version to commit to money, and more the grind.
Maybe I’ll be motivated when I finally pick up the PS VR headset
By the time I’d logged on in my timezone everything had already happened, but this event was a big motivation for me to get my ship up to some sort of standard, or at least begin the journey.
By grinding a few lucrative trade loops, a couple of rare circuits, and building up a relationship with the engineerFelicity Farseer, I’ve accumulated over 100 MM credits, and lifted my Trade rank to Entrepreneur, Explorer to Ranger.
Still far from Elite, but on my way… plus I got to finish watching Breaking Bad while space trucking 🙂
No posts lately as I heard that the Thargoids have arrived in Elite:Dangerous last Friday 🙂
How has this caused my hiatus?
I rushed out and picked up a new graphics card (Radeon RX 480) and a 256 Gig Samsung SSD so I could play the game with ease.
That’s when the trouble began! I found I couldn’t migrate Win7 easily off a partition on a 2TB HD to the SSD; or rather I could, but Windows wouldn’t open.
I also had issues installing the Radeon drivers on Debian. I tried and failed to rebuild a kernel (first attempt), and I didn’t know there were new Linux kernels available, still not sure if they would work.
So I re-installed Ubuntu, as I knew there were Radeon drivers available. So after installing Ubuntu on my original SSD I found after many attempts that I couldn’t install Win 7 on my new SSD… but I could install Ubuntu on it, and Win7 was happy to install on my original SSD.
Best part of 3 days it took me to remove my old graphics card, slot in the new one, plug the new SSD into a SATA port on the motherboard, install 2 new operating systems, and setup Steam and Elite:Dangerous, including the Horizons DLC!
Thank the Linux gods that I have a weekly backup of my Home directory that’s easy to bring back with Deja Dup.
For the rest of the 2 weeks I’ve been flying around space 🙂
I didn’t jump straight back into my Clipper; after accidents when coming back to E:D after a break in the past. So I mapped my keys to a wired xbox controller (I still find the ergonomics suit my large hands better than the PS4 pads) and took my Vulture out for a ride.
I didn’t take many risks, practiced takeoff’s and docking, all was going well, so thought I’d try comabat.
Now I remember this ship could hold its own so I was quite confident approaching a Conflict Zone, even after time away.
I was destroyed within 5 mins, WTF! It felt like the ship had been nerfed, or it could have been my new lack of skills.
So I cashed in the insurance and bought one of my favourite ships in the game, an Asp. I moved over what hardware I could, and sold the rest.
For the next few days I flew my Asp around Imperial space, running data, fetch, and delivery missions, not wasting weight on weapons. I didn’t realise immediately that I had purchased an Asp Scout, and not the model I’d had fun exploring and trading with in the past, the Asp Explorer… or am I just confused and was there only the Asp available on launch? Shit it was over 2 years ago!
Anyway I was then confident enough to have my Clipper delivered to me and things have been going well, except for one failed planetary landing that cost me another insurance claim.
The game seems to have improved in many little ways, and now it’s easier on the eyes with my new graphics card, and stutter free.
I’ve even done something that I once though pedestrian, and have installed a docking computer on the Clipper, loving the sylish landings and how Frontier have kept the classical music that kicks in with the computer as on the original.
So I’m cruising around Harm with some nice one jump return 3.2k/tonne loops, working on saving credits to afford maybe a Python next so I’m not limited to large landing pads.
Loving picking Elite up again, and I haven’t set out yet to find the Engineers, Alien Ruins, or the Thargoids 🙂
installed KDE desktop, not sure why I haven’t tried it before, although I did try Mate a few weeks ago that I can’t get to work correctly
excited about season 2 of Street Fighter V I’ve reinstalled it on the PS4, and I’m more frustrated and annoyed by Capcom’s servers than ever
repetatively the server connection keeps dropping, the only solution I can find is to close the game and re-load
the novelty of getting to practice with Akuma wore off quite quickly, I couldn’t even find a single game 🙁
I’m excited about Elite: Dangerous coming the the PS4 this year, although not sure I can be motivated to put the hours in again, and I don’t think Commanders will be able to migrate over saved profiles
currently downloading the one game I’ve purchased on Steam Kerbal Space Program yet again.
I’ve just searched and found that it’s already available for the PS4… not sure how I missed this!
After 6 months or so away from playing, I’m back in the Elite:Dangerous universem I thought I’d go back and visit space, see if much had changed.
After spending 3 evening trying to establish and fix when my PC would randomly boot while running Win7. After checking everything from BIOS t, drivers, and the PCU, removing and refitting the memory seemed to fix the issue… for now.
I then installed all of the over due Win 7 updates, and upgraded Elite:Dangerous to version 1.4… now can I play?
Nope, my joypad setup needed re-mapping, and 6 months away from a game with as many buttons this took me the best part of an hour to set up my Ps4 pad.
Finally I get to launch; first thing I notice is that jobs look to be paying more. I find an easy delivery task paying 250 credits, score.
So I’m out at the Pratchett’s Disk, HIP 74290 still paying respects to Sir Terry, the job I’ve agreed to delivery point is 17 jumps away. No worries off I set.
5 jumps into my voyage my Clipper is running low on fuel, and each star seems to be a Brown Dwarf. After a stress over if I’ll run out of fuel I run into a string of class M Stars, fuel aplenty.
Everything else passed without incident, until I arrived at my target system.
My ship had begun to decelerate, approaching the space station, when I was intercepted with an interdiction. No problem I thought, I’ll just drop out of supercruise, receive the threat of destruction, and just jump away to safety and 250 credit pay day… yeah right.
Dropping out was the easy bit, I was then blasted out of the sky… I didn’t seem to have a button mapped to jump, and my Clipper was unarmed!
So after 3 days fixing my PC, a day of downloads and upgrades, an hour of mapping keys, 2 hours flying across the solar system, I was blasted out of the sky by a NPC pirate, lost my 250k pay day, and it has cost me the best part of 1.5 million credits in insurance to buy back my Clipper.
I must love this game 🙂
The today I can’t load E:D as it tells me a time check failed!
I’ve been trying this out in the few hours I’ve had to play Elite:Dangerous 1.3, it’s so much more comfortable than the 360 pad I was using prior, just have to work out how to get the mouse pad working ????
Finally made it to Pratchett’s disk, not too bad too wise, but trading my Clipper for a Asp I could have done it in half the jumps.
On the way to HIP 74290 I was thinking that my next mission might be to Sagittarius A Star, although after arriving here, and reading that the Ankh Guards (primary occupier [Neutral]) are looking for food and non lethal weapons, I’m tempted to stay around for a bit, and help their cause.
Whatever, it has been a pleasant pilgrimage making my way here, with fond memories of Terry all the way
PS> made 250k in cartography credits by scanning stars + advanced scanner, on the convoluted way here 🙂
I’ve been playing about with some python code, having creating a few (useless) Reddit bots, I might look to publish the code as sure others would like to do similar… although all my code is pretty much plagerised from a variety of different sources 🙂
So I’ve been on another break from Elite:Dangerous. Returning to Siddha I didn’t fancy trading, and the conflict zones nearby have dried up, so I’ve decided to make a sojourn to the Terry Pratchett memorial station.
Typing Pratchett into the Navigation search pulls up system HIP 51980, 20 jumps away.
I’ve kitted my Clipper out with D class modules, scanners, and a fuel scoop, and I’m off for a looksie.
I’ll send a postcard, Nanny Ogg style 🙂
edit: Bollocks, rule number 765, never trust the Navigation search 🙂
Pratchett City is a landing stage, not large enough to land my Clipper at HIP 51980.
Pratchett Disk is in system HIP 74290, ~311 Light Years from Pratchett City, eh oh, only 24 jumps
I haven’t played Elite for a week, after the ‘Ball Dock Clipper Incident’
In exile from elite I’ve been visiting Arkham in Batman: Arkham Origins, and enjoying the change in genre and gamestyle. Finally beating Deadshot last night, I feel I’ve earned the rights to return to space trucking 🙂
My Clipper currently has a hold capacity of 240 tonnes, but due to my reduced funds, and to cover insurance in case of another ‘accident’, I could only afford to shift 100 tonnes of Imperial Slaves, for 68k profit… it’s going to take me a while to make back the 4 million I lost 🙁
231 tonnes of Beryllium, for 306k profit, on my return trip will hopefully allow me to fill my holds going forward, Hail the Emperor, Bask in his Glory 🙂
Not sure what I think of the Clipper, expect it will grow on my, but I’m kinda missing my Asp4
I’ve spent most of my time in the Elite: Dangerous universe trading, space trucking valuable cargo on short efficient jumps, getting a feel for the engine and saving up enough credits… to buy a bigger ship and have the ability to haul more 😉
After the last 1.2 Wings update, and the last patch that has brought down the cost of battle focussed ships, I’ve decided to try more pew pew action. I’ve fitted out a Vulture and am participating in my second Combat Bond Community.
The Vulture space superiority fighter sacrifices hardpoint flexibility for maneuverability. Advanced manufacturing techniques have allowed the Vulture to integrate large hardpoints into its relatively small frame, offsetting the ship’s limited weapon count, but its nimble flight characteristics make it equally devastating against smaller targets. A limited cargo and passenger capability has not stopped it becoming a preferred personal transport for those who like to project a certain attitude in their dealings
Just cashed in 94k of bonds, but no tier reward… maybe I was fighting for the wrong side, nevermind it’s fun all the same 🙂
I’m far from being alone in Lugh, according to the traffic report 7,966 ships have passed through in the last 24 hours, and the most popular ship? Not surprising it’s the Vulture at 1868, followed by 1,425 Cobra’s.