I’m going to close out July by talking about a few games I’ve been playing lately and some new gear I picked up. This was a light posting month for me but I’ll be returning to the daily format in the near future, especially as we get closer to the Phantom Pain’s drop date.
I purchased a Live Gamer Portable, produced by AverMedia, in the hopes that it could remedy some of my longstanding problems with recording gameplay videos. I’m happy to say that after two tests the unit seems to be functioning quite well. After I’ve had time to play around with it a little more, I’ll post up a more thorough review. I’ve used a Hauppauge HD PVR recorder in the past; with the shoddy software and a propensity for crashing after about 10 minutes of capture the thing was essentially worthless to me. With the LGP, after minimal set up I recorded two videos from the Wii U and the PS3, about 25 minutes in length each. The software suite had to be downloaded separately but it’s been working quite well. The TS to mp4 conversion took seconds, which I was impressed by, and there were no audio sync issues. So far I’m very happy with this purchase. And that brings me to the next topic.
Back Catalog Update
With the LGP I can move forward with the original goal of this project which was to record small videos about the games in the catalog. Granted this was a more timely idea in 2008 than 2015, but hey, better late than never. I’ll post up the results of my experimenting in the near future.
Windows 10 Xbox Streaming
I updated to Windows 10 on the morning of July 29. I’m not much of an OS geek these days so I don’t have much of an opinion about the changes made from 8.1 – I care more if the thing works and allows me to do what I did previously. So far I’ve gotten the most mileage out of Xbox One streaming, which mysteriously started working the next day. I’ve finally logged a few hours in the Halo Collector’s Edition and Guacamelee. It’s a great feature if you want to play your Xbox at your desk rather than in front of the TV. I’ll give more of the social features a whirl in the coming days .
Believe it or not I actually blew the dust off the Sony hand held and put a lot of time into Geometry Wars 3. It was part of the Playstation Plus freebie month, along with Mousecraft and Entwined. I’ve got my eye on The Swindle as well. Geometry Wars 3 brings me back to 2005 on the Xbox 360 launch night, when after a “meh” couple of hours of Perfect Dark Zero, my buddy fired up the casual game, Retro Evolved. We ended up playing that until well past 4 AM. I like many of the changes to the game, which remains difficult but addicting as always.
Metal Gear playthrough
You knew this was coming, right? Look for more in the coming weeks.