Last time on Dragon Ball Z: Ashuku, my cousin, gives me a bunch of spare computer parts. We put it all together but we end up messing my current HDD up trying to re-install Windows on it and doing it wrong. I eventually get a new HDD. Computer works fine for a while until summer rolls in and on a particularly hot day it bluescreens. From here on out, the PC continues to blue screen whenever the room temperature gets over 70 degress (farhenheit). Slowly, over a year, I replaced every component in the PC one at a time trying to fix it. Two PSUs, new RAM, new videocard, and a new motherboard later, here we are. Going down the list all that was left was the HDD an the processor.
Which brings us to today, when I spent five hours staring at this screen:
Western Digital's HDD transfer software. Five hours is a long time. How did I kill the time? Well, I played a lot of Mario Kart DS:
A lot. I dunno if you can tell, but that's me in the first place spot there, with 320 points. There are 32 tracks in Mario Kart DS and you get ten points for winning first place in each race. For those bad at math, that means I got first place in every track in the game in one gigantic marathon. And that only took two hours. The remaining three hours were spent goofing around in the singleplayer mode for Ashuku's copy of Advance Wars: Days of Ruin and listening to the episode of Retronauts about Virtual On and Klonoa.
To make a long story less long, though, basically, it would seem that the HDD was the faulty component because it's been like 90 degrees here today and it's been smooth sailing all day long. Hooray for technology! Start the Conversation
Figured I'd be nice and topical if I reviewed the PS1 Klonoa and the PS2 Klonoa, together, in one review. In actuality, this one was actually kind of a pain in the butt to produce. I had all kinds of trouble writing it, capturing video for it, voicing the dialog, and editing the video! It took me probably around a week and a half to put this video together, when it took me around three days to do Astal and two days to do Sonic Unleashed. It was either Klonoa or Donkey Kong Jungle Beat, and I kind of wish I had done Jungle Beat! But regardless, I think this ended up turning out alright enough. Enjoy!
So, hey, there was new Sonic Unleashed DLC, and since part of my job description for where I work entails writing a review of the DLC, I have done so. Sampler:
It was sort of weird, when you think about it. I’m the kind of guy who defaults all his games to “easy mode”, and yet, here I was, starting to really enjoy the Sonic Unleashed DLC in spite of the fact it was basically a glorified “Hard Mode” for the game. It’s been a full month since the last batch of Sonic Unleashed DLC, and being away for awhile has reminded me why this DLC isn’t really all its cracked up to be.
What do I mean? Read the review to find out. Alternatively, you could just watch the videos I recorded and decide for yourself:
So I've had this problem with my computer, right. When it gets hot it starts making this high-pitched whistling sound and if it keeps up it'll eventually shit the bed. I've spent probably around $200 trying to fix it, replacing each component inside of my system one at a time, over the span of a little over a year.
New DVD burner, New PSU, New RAM, new video card, and finally new motherboard.
It's springtime. Beginning to warm back up again. And guess what? It's making that sound again!
So that leaves either a new HDD or a new processor.
It doesn't sound like a fan, and there are times where the sound will happen in-tune with the HDD reading/writing data (like the HDD access light will blink, and every time it blinks, you hear the noise). Not to mention when the PC flips out, at least on the old mobo, if it kept doing it enough, eventually the motherboard would flat out say "Dude, there ain't no hard drive here, yo."
Only after everything cooled down for a couple minutes would Windows finally boot again.
Problem is, I've "thought" so many times I knew what the hell this sound was, where it was coming from, and what would fix it...
Well, I had wanted to embed the version I uploaded to Gametrailers, but Gametrailers is really starting to suck these days. It used to be you could get "points" to spend in their goofy store, and you got points for using site or people watching your videos. They changed all that around now and half the site is currently broken and there's no economy for these points or anything so basically, it sucks. I may just stop uploading videos there entirely.
But you don't care. What you do care about is my new video review.
Astal for the Sega Saturn. Kind of a rare game, and probably something most people haven't heard of before. Since other people seemed to think it was a good idea, I'll be posting this as a user review on the Astal page soon enough, and I'll refrain from relating this blog to there so there's not a double post. 1 Comments
GiantBomb edited my QOTW submission a bit for time (which I kind of expected), so I figured maybe some of you guys out there in videoland might like to see the long version as I talked a bit more about my memorabilia and where both pieces came from.
(Thanks to Luchadeer eating the last one, I guess I have to re-write all of this...)
So after I basically got hired to write reviews for TSSZnews.com, I told you guys I'd give you a heads up for every review I wrote for them. I guess these count - I've been tasked with doing write-ups for the Sonic Unleashed DLC packs that have been coming out every two weeks. It started with me just doing text reviews for the Chun-nan Adventure Pack, but as of the Spagonia Adventure Pack and the released-just-this-morning Holoska Adventure Pack, I've been capturing video of all the levels released with the DLC to post simultaneously with my review. For as long as I can afford the 250 microsoft points to buy Sonic Unleashed DLC, I'll be posting reviews like this every two weeks, so be on the look out for that. For the sake of convenience, I will just embed the videos I did for the Holoska Adventure Pack:
Bought some new video cables to capture video with today. The difference is pretty striking!
I'd say that now, more than ever, the $15 I spent on my Easycap was well worth it. Of course, to record in that resolution I have to deal with a little bit of ghosting, but for the level of clarity I get, I'd say it's a decent trade-off. Recorded some video of the recently-released Sonic Unleashed DLC with it: