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Craig Ferguson interviews Notch

After watching the Minecraft documentary, I think it is safe to say that there is nobody in the gaming business that is more likeable then Markus “Notch” Persson. The guy is just a super humble and nice person, and it seems like his massive amounts of money didn’t change his character at all. So I very much enjoyed this recent interview that Craig Ferguson did with him. Some people were describing it as awkward, but I thought it was pretty hilarious and that Markus did a great job.

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Battlefield 4 Uninstalled

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I can’t take it anymore. Between the terrible netcode, unstable servers, and client crashes I just cant play anymore of Battlefield 4. What should be an enjoyable game is a frustrating experience of getting screwed over at every turn. The problems are numerous: unloading an entire clip at an enemy and not getting any hits, being shot from behind cover, losing unlocks when servers crash, and losing progress in single player due to client crashes. I am done, have uninstalled, and I wish I could get a refund.

Maybe the game will be fine in a month or two, I really hope so. But I certainly don’t expect any real fixes to the netcode in the short term. I can’t help but feel that this game was rushed out the door in order to beat Call of Duty Ghosts to market. Huh, maybe I should go play that instead.

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Software Tech

Media Center Server

In addition to my Home Server, I also recently built a Windows Media Center server to stream live TV and act as my DVR. I currently do not pay for television, and this allows me to get broadcast television around my apartment without having an antenna on every tv. The server is running Windows 7 Professional, and a couple of media center plugins like Remote Potato and Media Browser. I particularly like Remote Potato, as it allows me to schedule recordings with my phone or any web browser. The build was pretty cheap since I ended up using some spare hardware for this, including hard drives, case, and power supply. Anyway, check out the specs below:

  • MSI AMD FM2-A75MA-E35
  • AMD A6-5400K Trinity 3.6GHz
  • Corsair XMS3 4GB
  • Hauppauge 1213 WinTV-HVR-2250 PCI-E x1 Dual TV Tuner
  • Seagate Barracuda 160GB for OS
  • Seagate Barracuda 1TB for DVR
  • ASPIRE X-Plorer ATXB8KLW-BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower
  • Thermaltake 450W PSU
  • Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
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Top 3 Albums of 2013

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Yeah, I know it is only October. Here are my top 3 albums of the year, in no particular order:

BT – ‘A Song Across Wires’

BT is a Grammy-nominated American music producer, composer, audio technician, multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter. Mixmag writes, “As the follow up to his Grammy-nominated ‘These Hopeful Machines’, expectations are bound to be high for BT’s ninth album. But considering he’s composed film scores for The Fast And The Furious and the Oscar-winning Monster, produced for Sting, Bowie and Madonna and worked with Tori Amos, it’s no surprise that he lives up to them. An innovative mix of trance, electro and progressive, with a just a touch of dubstep (which shouldn’t annoy the purists too much), ‘A Song Across Wires’ does just what he intended it to do: embrace dance’s new mainstream popularity. From ‘Letting Go’ to ‘Lifeline’ it’s a steady stream of uplifting tracks and emotive vocals – but that’s not to say it’s in any way predictable.”

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Camo & Krooked – ‘Zeitgeist’

Camo & Krooked are a Drum & Bass duo from Vienna, Austria. EDMTunes wrote, “Old-school disco fused with energetic DnB and a few carefully placed dubstep movements allows users to enjoy a signature C&K feeling with a new twist. The best part about the whole thing? Each track blends perfectly into the next, making the album-listening experience just that: a true experience from start to finish.”

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Feed Me – ‘Calamari Tuesday’

Jonathan Gooch, more commonly known by his stage names Feed Me and Spor, is a drum and bass, dubstep, and electro house producer and DJ. YourEDM writes, “His sound has such a unique personality thanks to his signature blend of energetic electro-house and devastating dubstep; when you hear Feed Me, you know it’s Feed Me. In my mind, what Feed Me did with Calamari Tuesday is akin to what Kendrick Lamar did with his now infamous verse on ‘Control;’ he threw down a gauntlet challenging everyone in the scene to step up their game and get on his level because otherwise he’s going to leave them in the dust when he launches into the stratosphere”

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Games Tech

Valve’s Steam Controller Demonstration

Valve has posted a video demonstration of their Steam Controller prototype. I have to say that I am pretty impressed with the level of accuracy that is shown. It looks like something that could get pretty close to mouse level accuracy with practice.

Here’s a quick look at some games being played with the prototype version of the Steam Controller — the same version that we’ll be shipping to 300 Steam users later this year. We’ll post more demonstrations like this soon, including footage of some other game developers using the controller to play their own games.