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Whole House Live Streaming On A Budget

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Let me preface this by saying this system is by no means perfect. You may need more or less depending on what you’re doing. Things like saving all your broadcasts locally will incur more of a cost in storage.

The goal is to stream 720p at 30FPS at a minimum. The system can then be upgraded from there to provide whatever additional power is necessary.

I decided, as a proof of concept that I wanted to see if I could make this work. My roommate throws a video game party called GamesAtSams every Saturday. I figured this would serve as a good test bed for such a system. We have one main TV with multiple consoles attached and then a PC lan party. So lets look at the tools at hand. Read the rest of this page »

How To Get Mario or Luigi Palico Costumes in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate on 3DS

Pelico in Mario Outfit

I ran across this while watching a live stream on Twitch and as I came to find out that it takes a fair bit of Googling just to find the instructions(this has improved apparently). I then posted this screen shot to Miiverse only to find out that even people on Nintendo’s own Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate community aren’t really even aware of it. I figured I should try to help float this information to the top.

Fire up your Nintendo 3DS to get the Mario or Luigi outfits for your Pelico! Here’s how you do it!

First go to your home cart.

Go talk to the Housekeeper on the right.

Select Downloadable Content.

Select confirm/continue on all of the prompts to get to the DLC menu.

Select Gift Area.

Select Item Packs.

And finally grab the Start Pack.

  • The Starter Pack contains:
  • Mega Potion x50
  • Honey x30
  • Mega Dash Juice x15
  • Well-done Steak x30
  • Max Potion x10
  • Lifepowder x20
  • Ancient Potion x5
  • Flash Bomb x30
  • Sonic Bomb x30
  • Pitfall Trap x15
  • Shock Trap x15
  • Super Mushroom x6

Now, go to the Market vendor or your item box and make sure you have 3 Large Barrels in your item box.

Go to “The Man” who is the Smithy and he’ll let you craft the Mario or Luigi gear and the Invincible Hammer. One thing to note is that each of the two items required to make the outfit require 3 super mushrooms so you have to pick if you want the Mario outfit or the Luigi outfit or some mix of the two but you can’t have both. Word on the street is that as more DLC gets released we’ll have opportunities to get more Super Mushrooms and be able to have our choice of both outfits.

Here’s to hoping they release Bowser as a monster via DLC. But not all cartoony. I want to see him as if he was a real Monster Hunter style monster and I want Bowser Armor as a result of his drops. That way my Palico can roll around as Mario while I roll around as Bowser. Get on that Capcom & Nintendo!

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Access the New Nintendo 3DS’s SD Card Without Removing It

I don’t give much credit to Nintendo for a lot of things outside of making entertaining games. Frankly they’re terrible about keeping up with the modern state of gaming, by in large, and they’re especially bad at dealing with networking and the Internet. So it seems weird that I’m about to write about Nintendo doing something, arguably, right on just such a subject.

Many a games journalism website has seen fit to highlight the New 3DS’s microSD card slot and the fact that it’s kind of oddly locked away under a bottom cover that requires a tool to get in to. Knowing only this as I’m sure many people will might lead one to believe that this is just Nintendo up to their old tricks. And at first glance you’d be right. If you have a need to physically swap sd cards then perhaps you’re out of luck.3DS SD Card Share

Fortunately if you’re just looking to make a backup Nintendo got smart and tucked away a little trick that makes that microSD card accessible through a network share on your home network.

Under “Data Management” you will find an option for “microSD Management”. This wizard will walk you through creating a network name for your 3DS and a username and password and then connect you to your homes wifi network so you can access the storage on the card.

On your windows PC open a file explorer window and in the quick access icons in the left window pane scroll down to network and click the icon. You should see the name of your 3DS listed. Click on that to access it. If for some reason you don’t see your 3DS listed click on any blank space in the address bar on the file explorer window and type \\MY3DSNAME where MY3DSNAME is the name you picked for your 3DS. This should find and open your 3DS files for you.

Enjoy this tiny slice of Nintendo finally getting with the new(I use the word loosely) networked world. There isn’t much of it to be had.

Battlefield Hardline Beta So Far

I’m sure there are going to be hundreds of reviews of the Battlefield Hardline Beta now that it’s in the open. I wanted to share a perspective that is a little bit different. I had the displeasure of taking part in the Alpha or Private Beta. I don’t recall which it was but I’m going to go with Alpha and you’ll see why below. This allows me to do a little then and now analysis. Lets dive in shall we?

The Battlefield Hardline Alpha, to put it bluntly was an ugly mess. It looked like they used the older Frostbite 2 engine instead of 3. The cops and robbers character models and cars looked like they were bought cheap off of Turbo Squid or some other cheap pre-fab site. The weapons were copy/paste out of BF3 or 4 and frankly so were the game modes for the most part. The only saving grace of that experience was the new game mode, who’s name I don’t recall, added where each team had an armored car on each side of the map and it was a game of attack and defense to see who had the most cash in their truck at the end of the game. I’m sure you can imagine that over all I wasn’t thrilled.

So this brings us to today and the now open beta of Battlefield Hardline.

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The Curious Case Of Destiny Perception

03-o-golden-age-postcardI’m going to toss my two cents in the ring right here quick about Destiny.

In regard to story quality. I’ll grant you that some of the writing isn’t the best but then few works of pop culture nail every line every time. There’s plenty of horrible writing in virtually every beloved franchise no matter if it’s TV, Movies or Video Games. I’m pretty sure every Star Trek ever has some pretty terrible episodes. Some works of pop culture we look on fondly are BECAUSE their writing was terrible. Axe Cop anyone? So maybe we can ease up on the couple of truly bad lines in Destiny. To counter those there are some pretty good ones. “Why is the right place always so terrifying?”

The story is just getting started. You’re getting an incomplete or what is perceived as a shoddy story because you aren’t getting a whole story to start with. Who is the stranger? Who is she talking to on her comms? She’s not a Guardian so what is she? Read the rest of this page »

Week 1 With The Netgear Nighthawk R7000

IMG_20140701_140315Last week my router was fried by my lovely cable company who can’t be bothered to ground their cables. The power surge came in not on the power line but on the network line. This also took down my PCs NIC as well. The NIC is inconsequential really. This forced me in to a tough decision. Do I go with another Asus router like the two prior? I LOVE Asus routers. Not only does their stock firmware come with virtually any option a moderately well seasoned IT vet could want but they also feature a wealth of tools that make one click jobs out of otherwise complicated time consuming tasks like trying to setup QOS. The catch is that the competition has been working on upping their game with routers like the Nighthawk and the WRT1900AC.

If you’re not interested in the review and just want to get to the instructions for flashing DD-WRT go HERE.

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How To Flash DD-WRT to the Netgear Nighthawk R7000

IMG_20140701_173913Honestly the process of flashing the Netgear Nighthawk R7000 to DD-WRT is a really easy, straight forward process. Unfortunately it was difficult to find some place that states it plainly. So here it is. The firmware’s can be found here. http://desipro.de/ddwrt/K3-AC-Arm/ First you need to get a .chk file from the Initial folder found here http://desipro.de/ddwrt/K3-AC-Arm/Initial/. Make sure you’ve grabbed the correct firmware for your model of router. In this case you want the file dd-wrt.K3_R7000.chk That .chk file is an old version of the router firmware. You don’t want to be stuck with that. So you also need to grab the update file. The latest is  24500M but at the time of writing it was exhibiting some issues with the 5Ghz channels being visible/accessible. So far now you want to grab 24345M from here http://desipro.de/ddwrt/K3-AC-Arm/24345M/ You have two choices of firmware in this folder with bittorrent and without bittorrent client. Pick your poison. Flashing to the new firmware will wipe all of your settings! There is also always a slim risk you might void your warranty or brick your router. Not my problem. Read the rest of this page »

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