email chat with 8bitboutique

8bitboutique Cabinets and Shadow boxes

8bitboutique Cabinets and Shadow boxes

I’ve been following the talented 8bitboutique [@scg8bit] on Twitter for the past few months, and I’ve been encouraging him to share more about his history and motivations… today it’s my pleasure to share this story that’s as inspiring as his artwork.

First, I’ve been dying to ask, why sharpies?

Sharpies are awesome! Through doing this I’ve become a bit of a stationary geek, and I have some really expensive pens! Bit you cant beat the humble Sharpie. Actually I don’t know if anyone realises, but in addition to hand cutting every single element in my 3D Art I also hand colour every edge of every piece. I print out the art using a high end professional Cannon Photo printer onto 300gsm ultra gloss stock, and when the pieces have been hand cut, you can see white edges which we don’t want in the finished piece, so I meticulously hand colour the edge of each piece using one of my 50 colour matches Sharpies … well you did ask!

Love the layers you use, reminiscent of old school parallax scrolling. What came first the style or your desire to produce retro pieces?

Well actually I started making the miniature arcade models, and I spent years perfecting those, to the point where I can sort of see anything and visualise in my mind how it can be created in three dimensions. I’ve always been really creative .. its what drives me, and a customer asked me one day if I could make them a picture in 3D with arcade games in , so I sort of developed the style. Now the complex style you see I use in a lot of my new pieces, I have developed over many, many hours. I just wanted to keep pushing it and seeing how complex I could make pieces.

Any formal training and qualifications?

Well yeah, but certainly not in this field! Ha. I graduated from Sheffield University in the year 2000 with a BA in English Literature & Philosophy. I have no training at all in art, everything I have done has been completely and totally self taught, through sheer determination. A favourite quote of mine is by the poet and artist William Blake who said that ” the fool who persists in his folly becomes wise the long way around ” and whilst I certainly don’t claim to be wise in any way, it is certainly a philosophy I have never had too far from mind whilst I have been pursuing this dream of mine

8bitboutique Zelda Collection

8bitboutique Zelda Collection

Sega or Nintendo?

Can’t I have both? ha … no? OK then Sega it is. In the great playground debates of the 90’s I was firmly in the Sega camp, and to this day , i am currently carefully painstakingly collecting a beautiful collection of both Japanese MegaDrive and Saturn games.

Anything you’ve tried to produce in the past but are not happy with sharing?

Well a lot of my early art work was the shits I can tell you. A lot ended up in the bin too. I pretty mcuh share all my work as I go along now though, even showing work in progress, on Twitter and Instagram

Do you produce anything more contemporary?

I do a lot of commission work, and I can generally create anything anyone asks for, so recently I did something for No Mans Sky… I would do more contemporary art but not many people seem to request it.

Favourite games, genre, last game you bought, last completed, what game are you currently enjoying?

My favourite games ever would be Super Mario World and Outrun. Mario World is just the Perfect game in every way. Outrun, as it has very special memories for me from my childhood, playing it with my Dad abroad in the 80’s. Last game I bought would be one for my MegaDrive collection … Bare Knuckle 2 aka Streets of Rage 2, last game completed … would probably be the latest Uncharted, and right now I honestly don’t get much to play with my art blowing up and launching the Pixel Fiction clothing brand , but one the little bit of time I have managed to steal I have been playing Kaitai Daisensu / In the Hunt on the Saturn this past week.

Love your scaled models, what was your motivation and inspiration to give them a try?

Thanks! I have always been fascinated by miniatures and I totally love the art and aesthetics of the old arcades. When i left my previous occupation I was mega stressed out and I started making these as a way to have a bit of a hinterland and escape the stress. Much as I am, I became a touch obsessed with it, and I ended up creating hundreds of designs of both arcades and pinball tables.

Love your https://www.patreon.com/8bitboutique sponsor concept, like to tell us about the idea and your future plans?

Thanks! Yeah I’m giving it a try. I’m not much of a salesman and I get a bit embarrassed at the thought of Patreon but feedback has been great so far. People can subscribe from as little as $5 per month, but for $45 per month ill send you a hand created Art Merchandise box containing over $100 worth of my work and because I super appreciate that someone would commit to this I go above and beyond to make these boxes awesome.

8bitboutique Mario Map

8bitboutique Mario Map

I see you just launched the Pixel Fiction brand?

Yes! This has been a total labour of love and something I completely believe in. I wanted to create a cool gaming clothing brand that featured subtle and creating designs. The idea is that Pixel Fiction are imaginary companies that exist in the video game fictional universe, so like our debit T-Shirt which just launched, is SMB Plumbing & Heating, as if Mario & Luigi were real plumbers for hire. I also wanted to spend the extra money and create the highest possible quality clothing, so these are printed on premium top quality 100% ring-spun cotton shirts, and are accompanied by lots of accessories that sort of back up the fiction of the T-Shirt, such as Mario’s business card from the plumbing company .. that kind of thing. I also invested in deluxe boutique packaging for these too. I have spent a ton on this project so it will take a while to show any kind of profit, but i twas important for me to self fund this rather then crowd fund, and I wanted to create some merchandise that I was proud of, that I would buy myself.

8bitboutique SMB PLumbing and Heating

8bitboutique SMB PLumbing and Heating

Tell me about the California Games License?

Yeah one thing I’m doing is developing 8 Bit Boutique to be a sort of deluxe game art / gifts site, so you will see a lot of cool new products appearing for sale, in addition to being the only place to buy my limited edition art. In addition to this I am bringing to the site lots of officially licensed products, with my very first license being California Games, which was such an awesome game. I love the idea of developing high quality niche merchandise for niche retro gaming properties.The first ever Officially Licensed California Games merchandise will be launching very soon!

You seem to busy ! do you have any other plans for the future?

In addition to continuing to develop my own art, and the licensed products, and developing 8 Bit Boutique to sell a carefully curated range of deluxe gaming products, including the Udon range of game art books. I’m actually working on two book projects of my own, one of which I can tell you about now… will be called Pixel Eyes, and will be a series of deluxe hardcover books, exploring the art and design side of video games!

Closing thoughts, anything you’d like to add?

I gave up on a corporate career to do this. It wasn’t making me happy and after some really harrowing experiences in life I became very reflective. I came up with this crazy dream that I could do this for my job and make a good living, and I have to say that its been a very challenging road.

Along the way to make this happen I had to take on a few part time jobs, including being a 36 year old paperboy and also night shifts in a warehouse. I was not willing to give up on my dream. The last thing my Dad ever said to me was to never stop dreaming, as he had a huge regret that he stayed with his corporate career and did not follow his dreams. I made a resolve that I would rather die on my feet then live on my knees, and so after 9 years of toiling away at this, its all finally coming good. Every day now is like a dream come true for me. I love my customers and I genuinely put my heart and soul into every piece of art I create.

Thank you 8bitboutique

Search Duck Duck Go from linux terminal

I knew I’d heard of searching Google from the terminal before, but I try to use Duck Duck Go whenever possible, banging Start Page then Google if DDG doesn’t give me what I need; which is getting less frequent

So a search result yesterday returned this awesome useful terminal function DDGR

Github with details and destructions found here: https://github.com/jarun/ddgr

DDGR - search from linux command line

Features

  • Fast and clean (no ads, stray URLs or clutter), custom color
  • Designed to deliver maximum readability at minimum space
  • Specify the number of search results to show per page
  • Navigate result pages from omniprompt, open URLs in browser
  • Search and option completion scripts for Bash, Zsh and Fish
  • DuckDuckGo Bang support (along with completion)
  • Open the first result directly in browser (as in I’m Feeling Ducky)
  • Non-stop searches: fire new searches at omniprompt without exiting
  • Keywords (e.g. filetype:mime, site:somesite.com) support
  • Limit search by time, specify region, disable safe search
  • HTTPS proxy support, Do Not Track set, optionally disable User Agent
  • Support custom url handler script or cmdline utility
  • Comprehensive documentation, man page with handy usage examples
  • Minimal dependencies

Dependencies

  • ddgr requires Python 3.4 or later. Only the latest patch release of each minor version is supported.

Ubuntu install

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:twodopeshaggy/jarun
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ddgr

to run

ddgr gamer geek news

enjoy!

Update linux kernel to v4.18.7

I found this simple guide to update the linux kernel, as I’d tried UKUU with no success, as it couldn’t for some reason write to a temp folder

Article here: nixCraft: How to install the latest/stable version of Linux kernel on Ubuntu Linux using apt-get

Reference of mainline kernels to download from: http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/

& here’s the code I used

download kernel debs


wget http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.18.7/linux-headers-4.18.7-041807_4.18.7-041807.201809090930_all.deb

wget http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.18.7/linux-headers-4.18.7-041807-generic_4.18.7-041807.201809090930_amd64.deb

wget http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.18.7/linux-modules-4.18.7-041807-generic_4.18.7-041807.201809090930_amd64.deb

wget http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.18.7/linux-image-unsigned-4.18.7-041807-generic_4.18.7-041807.201809090930_amd64.deb

wget http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.18.7/CHECKSUMS

checksum


sha256sum --ignore-missing -c CHECKSUMS

install deb files


sudo dpkg -i *.deb

reboot


sudo reboot

check new kernel installed


uname -mrs

Sweet, now you have the latest stable mainline kernel ๐Ÿ™‚

Bloodborne Finally final foe finished

Kos it's fun to play with others
Over the past week I’ve battled through The Old Hunters DLC, and have enjoyed it more than I expected, and thankfully the final foe is finished ๐Ÿ™‚

This has been my issue with Bloodborne, and the rest of the Souls series; I put the game down, only to consider it too tough to come back to for casual play. Only to pick them back up and drool over the quality of the mechanics and abstract stories.

So it’s over! I was going to grind out to acquire the Beast Claws, but I tired of the chalice dungeons after the variety of The Hunter’s Nightmare.
I munched down on three One Third of Umbilical Cord and fought the final battles… with some assistance ๐Ÿ™‚

And this is what makes From Software’s Bloodborne (plus Souls) stand out from all the rest; how it creates, nurtures, and develops communities.
A heartfelt thank you to each Hunter who joined me on the boss battles (esp Super Henry, Zalanah, and FuNya rlathotep), I certainly couldn’t have done it without you, and I do plan on paying the favour forward 10 fold.

It’s been so long since I started (April 2015: Bloodborne โ€“ First impressions)I’d forgotten of Gehrman, and dropping into New Game PLus I was reminded of where I had met him first.

Tip for Bloodborne New Game Plus

Read this guide: Bloodborne wiki fextralife New Game Plus
I wish I had, it’s going to be a lot harder to grind out levels without easy access to the Laboratory ๐Ÿ™

Refer to the Bloodborne wiki fextralife Game Progress Route, there are so many secrets to miss, and not a clue how you would figure out the endings without it?

Think I might now take a break from Bloodborne for a while, sure I’ll be back, but Dark Souls iii is calling this ashen one to finish something I started long ago ๐Ÿ™‚

Final Colossus down

12th Colossus
Over the past 2 days I’ve ticked off Colossi 11 to 16, then had the pleasure of watching the end story and the credits roll, and see how Shadow of the Colossus is the spiritual predecessor to Ico.

Never have I taken as many screenshots… except maybe Final Fantasy XV. Only this time I didn’t want to share them on Twitter as I was scared of spoiling the game for others.

Crazy eh? The game was released 13 years ago, and has been remade for the last 2 generations of PlayStation. How mad is it that this is the first time I’ve finished the story, and the 3rd time I’ve owned it? :p

Don’t know why it took me so long to complete. Like picking up Bloodborne to finish this time it wasn’t a challenge, no a problem, to play; but a pleasant puzzle, with an awesome story. Some achievement from a game with minimum dialog.

Agro is now my favourite all time companion and NPC. Although mentally I named him ‘where the fuck is the horse?’, and kept thinking Wander was shouting ‘Arrow’. The influence of Epona is obvious, the latter scenes near copycat… but the ending is so great that this doesn’t matter, find it’s a nod of recognition rather than theft. Although after writing that thought I know I’ll be comparing SotC and Z:OoT going forward… how did I not consider the similarities before?

Loved the ambience of the World, the scale goes without saying, and the variety of Colossi challenges is so cool. This is the only game that on completion that I immediately started a New Game Plus to gallop over the plains again.

As with the last 2 games I’ve finished (Horizon Zero Dawn, Bloodborne) before I approached the final ‘boss’ the completionist in me arose. Shadow of the Colossus drove me to find just one more fruit, save temple, or white tailed skink. I’m taking this as a sign of a games quality and depth, that I want to keep playing, but it could just be me.

I feel finishing this story is an event that most gamers will have achieved long ago, and I now look forward to being able to discuss the intricacies, and conspiracies, of the story line. This is certainly a game I will recommend to all, there’s an irony that I lent out my PS3 copy before I had completed it to a mate as I was raving about it so much; ‘he just had to see it!’ I will be playing through the New Game Plus when I need my Colossus fix, or feel uninspired by anything else, and I look forward to the day that my wife will allow me to play this with my son. FFS it’s only a game, but it’s truly in a league of its own Rating: ★★★★★

Another game off my AAA list, what to finish next?

Shadow of the Colossus External links

91% Metacritic
Shadow of the Colossus wikipedia

Horizon Zero Dawn bites the dust

Horizon Zero Dawn

w00t Horizon Zero Dawn complete, and what a journey ๐Ÿ™‚
I’m a little split on how I feel, perhaps one of the best open World games I’ve had the privilege to play, certainly ranks up there with Skyrim and Ocarina of Time.

Deep story, thoughtful various characters, detailed graphics, quality character acting, intuitive combat, and the farming didn’t feel like a grind.

After ~70 hours of game play I was ready for the end, so not sure if I did the right thing resisting purchasing the DLC… guess you don’t miss what you never had ๐Ÿ˜‰

I would recommend Horizon Zero Dawn to anyone, in fact think I’ve pissed off workmates by raving about the game over the past few weeks as they own XBONES
Rating: ★★★★★


So what do I play from my list next?

Bloodborne is always calling, just the DLC to complete before the final battle, but I’ve had an itch to go back to Bethesda’s Fallout 4, and I should tick off Shadow of the Colossus… I’ll sleep on it, and ponder it through the day ๐Ÿ™‚

Horizon Zero Dawn end is nigh

Picked up Horizon Zero Dawn to complete today; but the completionist in me came out and I had the need to find the last of the metal flowers, and now I find myself on Hunter Lodge trophy quests.

I’d like to unlock all of the skill trees before I finish the game, although from what I understand the map is still playable after the final mission is complete, without having to start a New Game plus.

Screw it, I’m to finish this story so I can return back to Bloodborne… or maybe Shadow of the Colossus, then again I have an itch for Fallout 4 ๐Ÿ˜‰

Tears of A Dragon

Via Twitter I’ve had the pleasure of meeting the talented indie developer Donovan Bell (@Savage__Dragon), creator of the cool Tears of A Dragon RPG published on Steam

Sad to say that I don’t currently have time to invest into playing through a role play game, although I’ll certainly add Tears of A Dragon to my games to complete list ๐Ÿ™‚
A review from me wouldn’t have been fair or done Donovan’s work justice, so instead I asked him a few questions to share to give others a background in both the game and the devs history.

Tears Of A Dragon Family

Tell me a little about yourself, and why you chose the medium of an old school rpg to share your story with the World:

So Old school RPGS were games I grew up with, the likes of the early Final Fantasy games 1 – 6, Chrono Trigger and similar. It reflects where the birth place of my gaming love is. As for myself, I’m 31 years old. I work full time as a website and app developer for an estate agent. I had a dream when I was 14 years old.. The thought of “Wouldn’t it be cool to be in a video game”. I never expected to have the skill or anything like that to ever make one though. Erm as for more about me.. I’m married and have a daughter.. Both of which love gaming also. I’ve been a youtuber for about 5 years now too sitting currently at 345 subscribers. I also have a Patreon page where people can donate a monthly amount and even get their characters created in my game in future updates etc.

Is Tears of A Dragon your first game, did you learn as you developed?

Yes this is my first game. I had to learn Ruby as a coding language in order to do any scripting for the game due to the nature of the engine I used to develop it. I have a basic level of design and development, but this is my first time designing characters, bios, stories for them etc along with a world to explore etc.

Did you pre-write the story, conversations?

Actually no.. It was all born in my head as the story progressed, I went with what felt natural and what messages I wanted to convey. The fact the game is based on my real life.. The people I’ve met, the relationships I’ve had, my own self doubts and darkness.. I feel alot needed to be said within the game to help explain just what it’s like to try and be “normal” while having such a darkness inside you (that darkness being my depression).

Any particular influences; games, artists, writers or musicians

Erm.. No major influences really, games wise Like I mentioned before, Final Fantasy, Chrono Trigger, Legend of Dragoon, similar JRPGs were a big part of my childhood gaming experience. Music, well my taste is very much in the rock and metal genre with nods to classical and orchestral power ballads etc. So that was a large influence on my musical choicses for the game. A lot of inspiration came from my favourite composer Nobuo Uemetsu, famous for the Final Fantasy franchise as the lead composer etc.

Tears Of A Dragon Battle

So games; what’s your favourite, last one you completed, last one you bought, what are you currently playing?

Favourite game of all time will always be Final Fantasy VII. I identify so much with Cloud Strife it’s insane. Always trying to be the very best that everyone else needs you to be while not letting others down. Always seeking to protect others when you can barely protect yourself. Last game I physically completed was something very against the grain to my usual gaming and that’s Rayman Legends on the PS4. Last game bought, I literally picked up Elder Scrolls Online for PS4 yesterday so I’m excited to see what that has to offer. Currently playing through God of War, The Last Guardian and Bloodborne at the moment. Still fairly new to the PS4 scene and loving every second of it.

Why would I play Tears of A Dragon?

I’d like to think that Tears of a Dragon has a strong message.. One about Depression as an illness or anything that makes you feel as though you have demons inside of you mentally. To convey that you don’t always have to fight alone.. and that asking for help is ok. Sometimes it’s really hard to explain what depression feels like to someone who doesn’t fully understand it.. It’s not just about feeling sad about your life.. But instead it can be about feeling nothing at all towards anything..

What did you learn building it, any haha moments?

I learnt that game building is hard… But with enough support and people rallying behind you, anything is possible. With the support of my family, my friends and my publisher, I saw a childhood dream from 15 years ago see reality and there is no greater feeling.
As for haha moments… I would say enjoying turning some of my closest friends into video game persona’s was a lot of fun.. Especially when embedding dialogues which nod to different things from our real life encounters.. Always makes any of us laugh as we get the… “Oh yeah!” moments when experiencing them again in the game.


Thanks again for your time on this Donovan, and please anyone who is interested pick up for Tears of a Dragon on Steam for less than 5 Euros!

Bloodborne complete

Mergo's Wet Nurse
Well nearly complete…

With the help of the awesome informative fextralife wiki Game Progress Route, and grinding blood in the lecture building, I made it to the Wet Nurse Wet Nurse.

I had a memorable experience of being joined by 2 other Hunters after I’d beaten up the Brain of Mensis, after I’d ‘made contact’… which seemed to take far too long, I thought I was doing something wrong.

Daykoh99 & JYNXtheDJ joined me, only for us to be invaded before we had the opportunity to step through the mist to face Mergo’s Wet Nurse. A Hunter at level 254, wielding weapons I’d not seen before began to kick our arses.

JYNXtheDJ didn’t manage to survive the battle, and the cheeky invader sculled many blood vials to heal his epic health bar; but we did eventually triumph. What a great feeling of success, and we’d yet to face the Nurse.

JYNXtheDJ joined us again, I think I may have summoned another NPC to join us (? although my memory may be hazy from so many boss battles), and we stepped into battle.

While the other Hunters attacked I circled around the back of the Nurse, using a level 8 Ludwig Holy Blade pimped with Bolt Paper. When she cloned and drew in the fog I followed Daykoh99 around the level circumference, then we all piled back on when we could see who to attack.

The battle was within a couple of minutes, and each of us survived, with more bows and curtsies exchanged ๐Ÿ™‚

So then I find myself back in the burning Hunter’s Dream with 3 One Third of Umbilical Cord’s in my stash… but do I want to finish the game just yet?

I picked up the DLC just before I started this recent completion quest, I do want to see completion, I never thought I’d make it this far… but I’m hooked again!

Those new weapons are calling me, and I have an inkling that if I finish the Bloodborne story now that I’ll never see the DLC in NG+ difficulty.

What a great problem to have eh? ๐Ÿ™‚

Geeking out with Kaggle PASSNYC data

My free time recently exploring one of the latest challenges from Kaggle: PASSNYC: Data Science for Good Challenge

I’ve been working with Python, but considering switching to R to run k-means.

My code is still a working progress so please be gentle ๐Ÿ™‚
https://www.kaggle.com/ambiguouserror/passnyc-data-science-for-good-challenge

Overview

PASSNYC is a not-for-profit organization that facilitates a collective impact that is dedicated to broadening educational opportunities for New York City’s talented and underserved students. New York City is home to some of the most impressive educational institutions in the world, yet in recent years, the Cityโ€™s specialized high schools – institutions with historically transformative impact on student outcomes – have seen a shift toward more homogeneous student body demographics.

PASSNYC uses public data to identify students within New York Cityโ€™s under-performing school districts and, through consulting and collaboration with partners, aims to increase the diversity of students taking the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT). By focusing efforts in under-performing areas that are historically underrepresented in SHSAT registration, we will help pave the path to specialized high schools for a more diverse group of students.

Problem Statement

PASSNYC and its partners provide outreach services that improve the chances of students taking the SHSAT and receiving placements in these specialized high schools. The current process of identifying schools is effective, but PASSNYC could have an even greater impact with a more informed, granular approach to quantifying the potential for outreach at a given school. Proxies that have been good indicators of these types of schools include data on English Language Learners, Students with Disabilities, Students on Free/Reduced Lunch, and Students with Temporary Housing.

Part of this challenge is to assess the needs of students by using publicly available data to quantify the challenges they face in taking the SHSAT. The best solutions will enable PASSNYC to identify the schools where minority and underserved students stand to gain the most from services like after school programs, test preparation, mentoring, or resources for parents.

Submissions for the Main Prize Track will be judged based on the following general criteria:

Performance – How well does the solution match schools and the needs of students to PASSNYC services? PASSNYC will not be able to live test every submission, so a strong entry will clearly articulate why it is effective at tackling the problem.

Influential – The PASSNYC team wants to put the winning submissions to work quickly. Therefore a good entry will be easy to understand and will enable PASSNYC to convince stakeholders where services are needed the most.

Shareable – PASSNYC works with over 60 partner organizations to offer services such as test preparation, tutoring, mentoring, extracurricular programs, educational consultants, community and student groups, trade associations, and more. Winning submissions will be able to provide convincing insights to a wide subset of these organizations.

Do all good games have bows…

or do bows make a game good?

Do all good games have bows?

I started pondering this today, and here are the first ones that came to mind, with Metacritic scores

Something to consider if you’re ever making a game, make sure it has a bow ๐Ÿ™‚

Back to Bloodborne

Status

Motivated by a player I met playing CoD Black Ops iii last night I’ve decided to try and complete Bloodborne
He had Platinum trophies in each From Software title, so I can learn to master the parry… and remember the controls again.

8.5 GB download though, it’s been a while since I last booted it up!
The OLd Hunters DLC is only 10 bucks, is it worth picking up?

I was waiting until it was a good price, and it doesn’t get much better ๐Ÿ™‚

Budgie on Ubuntu

Inspired by this tweet I’m currently downloading the Budgie Desktop to try.

I quite like my current Gnome setup, but I’m all for trying something new ๐Ÿ™‚

Easy as to install, just drop the below code in your terminal, and choose a display manager
sudo apt install ubuntu-budgie-desktop


Also downloading Solus, as I have an old Thinkpad I’d like to try it on; plus one can never have too many Linux Distros available in their collection ๐Ÿ™‚

notepad plus plus for Linux and other cool stuff I’ve found this week

notepad plus plus linux

notepad plus plus for Linux

I use notepad++ at work on a windows machine, I find it great for taking notes, and editing SQL scripts on the go.

For a long time Geany has been my goto Linux file editor, but it might now get more limited use in the future now that notepad++ is available in Linux, via snap ๐Ÿ™‚

Crazy too, that I think this is my first snap install!

This is still a Windows exe, installed via Wine, so still not a fully fledged Linux install, but it has all of the familiar features.

Simply install by typing the below into a terminal:
sudo snap install notepad-plus-plus


Which machine learning algorithm should I use?

machine learning cheat sheet
This link appeared on my Twitter feed this week; it’s a year old blog entry from SAS, but still useful.

Guide how to use it here: machine-learning-algorithm-use


How to make a bouncing ball simulator in Python

Scrolling through my Twitter posts this caught my eye, Boing Boing, a cool well presented project, and something a little different than what I use Python for.


Day Tripper tab by The Beatles

In the gym earlier in the week when this awesome promo video from The Beatles started playing on the large screen on the back wall; I’ve had this guitar riff in my head ever since ๐Ÿ™‚

E|—————————|—————————|
B|—————————|—————————|
G|—————————|—————————|
D|————2-O—-4—-O-2|————2-O—-4—-O-2|
A|———-2——2—-2—-|———-2——2—-2—-|
E|—O–3-4——————|—O–3-4——————|

Here’s what the band said about the song


Nearly finished Horizon Zero Dawn, I just don’t want it to finish. I’ve been travelling around the map, enjoying the scenery, finding all of the collectables.

Then discovered that Call of Duty Black Ops iii was free on the PS4 this week, so my attention has been diverted… times like this I am thankful for having fibre ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s been one of my favourite CoD multiplayer games since Modern Warfare, had heaps of fun, and am keeping a positive KDR ๐Ÿ™‚

Thinking of making a commitment to completing Bloodborne next from my list of games to finish… but no point rushing in to anything eh?

close to the end of Horizon Zero Dawn

Status

Think I’m close to the end of Horizon Zero Dawn, but don’t want to rush to the last mission… only 47 hours in and 57.87% complete ๐Ÿ™‚

Think I might try and unlock all abilities before I finish the game, so will look to unlock more locations and side quests.

I still have the hunting ground and tutorials to complete, they should be easy exp

AAA PS4 games I’ve yet to complete

From my post history you can read how I’ve made a pledge to myself to finish the awesome games that I own before I purchase any new ones…. Doom was an exception, but I did complete it within a couple of weeks of purchase ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s a list of my outstanding AAA PS4 games collection, limited to non digital versions:

This brought back many memories adding the links, too many of these games have sat gathering dust for too long; parenthood cuts down on ones free time ๐Ÿ™‚

So what do I tackle next; I’ve forgotten where I were in the story in several of them.

Think I’ll tick off Horizon Zero Dawn, I’m close to the end game; as I am in FFXV, but think that one will take a few more hours to level up.

How to survive in Fortnite Battle Royale 14 tips

Fortnite Battle Royale

I’ve been playing Fortnite Battle Royale off and on since it first went free to play on the P, I’m not the biggest fan, but neither have I put in much game time.

I game across this guide by Kieth Stuart in the Guardian the other day the other day that has helped me a little… or more curbed my desire to jump out of the bus at the first opportunity, go in guns blazing, and have my arse handed to me within the first couple of minutes ๐Ÿ™‚

How to survive in Fortnite if you’re old and slow

Your reflexes are shot and your hand-eye coordination is dodgy โ€“ so how do you keep up with the kids in the worldโ€™s biggest video game?

13 rules of how to survive Fortnite Battle Royale

  1. Stay on the battle bus until the end
    1. If you want to live long enough to collect a couple of guns and some resources, stay on the bus until the last few seconds and then land somewhere near the coast.
  2. . Land on a roof when you eject from the battle bus
    1. Youโ€™ll want to land near a house, where youโ€™re most likely to find weapons and chests. But itโ€™s even better to land on the roof. This gives you a height advantage on anyone else nearby, and also means you can quickly chop your way through each floor, grabbing all the goodies from the top of the house to the bottom.
  3. Prioritise weapons over resources in the opening seconds
    1. As soon as youโ€™ve landed, you need to find something useful to fight with just in case someone else has dropped nearby.
    2. At this stage anything will do, though a tactical shotgun or submachine gun will be best because itโ€™s likely to be a close encounter.
    3. Donโ€™t engage anyone unless you really have to. Youโ€™re not Rambo.
  4. Learn about weapon grading, with each grade, the weaponโ€™s damage capabilities improve, so always prioritise rarer weapons.
    1. There are five grades of weapon in Fortnite:
      1. gray (common)
      2. green (uncommon)
      3. blue (rare)
      4. purple (epic)
      5. orange (legendary)
  5. Learn to make a basic fort – fortifications can soak up damage so your health and armour doesn’t need to
  6. An assault rifle and a shotgun are your must-have weapons
  7. If you want to practise shooting, go to Tilted Towers
  8. Pack your perfect inventory
    1. Many go for three weapons (short, medium and long range)
    2. bandages or a health kit, and some sort of projectile, such as a grenade or clinger.
    3. If you pick up anything that boosts your shields, use it immediately โ€“ itโ€™ll free up an inventory slot and thereโ€™s no benefit to saving them.
    4. If youโ€™re not planning to get in many firefights, prioritise health kits and large shield potions over bandages and small bottles.
    5. As a newcomer, when you do get into a fight, itโ€™s likely youโ€™ll need massive medical intervention rather than a plaster and a kiss on your sore bit.
  9. Use sound to your advantage – listen out for enemies, crouch to minimise your movement noise
  10. Stay away from open ground – those who are not seen are not shot at
  11. Stay away from close encounters – if you have ranged weapons use them
  12. Tweak the controls – each master to his own style
  13. Watch the experts – see what works for those who consistently win games
  14. Have fun – why else do we play games ๐Ÿ™‚

Please share any other tips you might have… or are you holding those back to ensure your own victory? :p

Laser Disco Defenders

Laser Disco Defenders
Not sure what month I picked up Laser Disco Defenders on PlayStation Plus, but in a lull between games I downloaded it today, and I’m happy I did ๐Ÿ™‚

Each laser you fire stays,
so the more you shoot the harder it gets!

  • Novel persistent bullet hell mechanic will keep you on your toes!
  • Choose your look with outfits that change how you play the game
  • Find the balance between health and speed that works for you with 4 playable characters
  • Thanks to randomly generated levels no play through is the same
  • Online leaderboards let you show who’s the “master on the dance floor”
  • Funky visuals inspired by 70s fashion and cheesy sci-fi flicks

Navigate around the simple caves, with jetpack like controls, each laser shot you fire stays permanently bouncing off of the walls. These pick off enemies who lie in its path, and taking love heart lives from your character if they hit.

Simple strategy, with a 70’s archetype disco theme, fun, simple, and one I can play with the toddler without incurring the wrath of his Mum ๐Ÿ™‚

Rating: ★★★½☆ simple graphics, cool sounds, thoughtful low highbrow strategic shoot-em-up

Doom completed

Status

Doom 2016 completed, stoked to find a game that kept me hooked from picking it up to completion, great to see Bethesda , and ID, doing what they do best.

Love the extensive levels and badass weapons, I’ll be certainly putting more time into the Snap level design mode and multiplayer.

Rating: ★★★★★

5k Twitter followers

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& today @GamerGeekNews hit the 5k twitter followers ๐Ÿ™‚
This was the glass ceiling number that expands the number of Tweeple that I can follow… kinda
Sincere thank you to all who reciprocate and follow back, apologies for the stream of posts, but I find them of interest.
Here’s the next 5k!