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Hyper Japan Video Flood

Hi all!

So, it seems that it’s taking a little longer than planned to get my posts together about Hyper Japan. I am still working on them, though, so I should have the first post or two up in the next couple days (despite going back to work tomorrow). At worse, I’ll spend the weekend writing them up and posting them.

In the mean time, I’ve uploaded most of the videos I too while I was there to YouTube. I’ll likely be posting them again in a proper ‘Events’ post, but, for your viewing pleasure, here they are:

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Weekend Recap: Sun, SWTOR, and 18 days till Hyper Japan!

Hello old friend... where have you been hiding? Image by Billy Alexander on SXC

Hello old friend… where have you been hiding?

After a wonderfully hot and sunny weekend, it’s time to get back to work. It’s also time to have a weekend re-cap.

Well, despite the sunny temperature we ended up spending much of the weekend inside. For one, we’re weak… it was too freaking hot. It’s nice conceptually, and the sun is great, but Liz and I both start melting once the temperature goes above 24°C ish. While Liz is from Oklahoma, a place where you can expect 40°C+ weather (cooling to 30°C+ overnight) for weeks at a time, she’s not used to not having AC – everyone has AC in Oklahoma… stores, homes, cars, you name it. As for me? I’d say blame it on my being a Canadian, but I know plenty of Canadians who thrive in the heat. I guess I just prefer the cold.

The second reason we decided to stay inside was that this was the last double XP weekend for SWTOR. We played a fair bit, and I have to say we put it to good use. We got our Bounty Hunter (Mercenary) / Sith Inquisitor (Sorcerer) up to 50 (almost 52, actually). We haven’t actually finished the main story line yet… We got through the first map of Voss, completing every mission before deciding to skip the rest of the planetary missions and just focus on story line. We’re now done with Voss. Now, it’s off to Corellia. I think the plan is to once again just focus on finishing the story line. As it is, with the change to the commendation system, our modifiable gear is partially filled with Makeb level modifications, so even if we were playing individually we’d have a tough time finding a challenge on Corellia. Here’s hoping that focusing on the class missions only we’ll manage to finish these story lines tonight.

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Alcatel Y800 Mobile WiFi Review & Humble Bundle with Android 6 update

The Alcatel Y800 Mobile Wifi adapter available at EE. Image from EE's site

The Alcatel Y800 Mobile Wifi adapter available at EE.
Image from EE’s site

So, I’ve mentioned that I was getting an Alcatel Y800 Mobile WiFi adapter from EE (and said Liz had picked it up in my next post), so I thought I’d give it a short review.

Here it is: It’s great!

Okay… I should probably expand on that a bit. I’m really quite happy with it. Great connection quality pretty much all along my train journey between home and work (it drops down to 3G and 2G in 2 locations, but it really isn’t something I’d have noticed if I hadn’t been checking the device while I was going). I’ll admit that I haven’t done too much with it – there’s part of me that’s a little weary of reaching my data cap so I’ve been a little bit more cautious with it than I probably need to be, but I figure I’ll start cautiously and ramp up as I get a gauge of how long it’ll take me to reach 3GBs (and based on what I’ve seen so far, I can go nuts without concern).

As that last statement indicates, I’m on the 3GB plan for £15 a month. I can up my limit at any time should I choose to, or, after 1 year, I can drop it down to 1GB a month. If I hit my cap, the device simply stops (as opposed to letting me continue and charging me for over usage), which is quite nice – no need to constantly watch usage.

It’s light, small enough to put in your pocket, and has surprisingly long range – yesterday my wife and I were both connected to it while at the station. I decided to go to the far end of our platform to scan a portal in Ingress, and I was able to do so without Liz’s signal getting any weaker. It also has great transfer speeds (umm… I actually think it’s considerably faster than my home internet, tbh, but I have free, slower internet through work, that gets the job done, so I won’t complain).

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Microsoft XboxOne update and Humble Bundle with Android 6

Xbox One

Xbox One. Image from BGR

Two main topics today: Microsoft’s apparent reversal on the XboxOne stance, and the Humble Bundle with Android 6.

Let’s start with Microsoft, shall we?

You can find a great article by Jason Schreier on Kotaku, but basically it boils down to the following:

  1. No 24 hour check-in requirements (only a one-time system activation will be needed)
  2. No limitations on disc based game sharing, trading, or re-selling (digital content cannot be shared, traded, or sold – so, just like any systems today)
  3. No online game activation required
  4. No online requirement for offline play, even for digital copies of games
  5. Games will be region free

Now obviously this is great news. If they could just drop the price to match the PS4, I would even be torn about which system to buy (first). This having been said (and I hate to sound like the guy who’s never happy), I kind of have to wonder how much of this was a marketing ploy… Yes, they got some bad publicity at the start, but it did get everyone talking about their system rather than other systems. Heck, a large part of Sony’s marketing ploy was aimed directly at countering everything ‘bad’ that Microsoft did, thus calling more attention to Microsoft’s system. And then, when they’re getting lots of hate and anger about their choices, they suddenly swoop in and make huge changes and come out saying ‘See! We listen to our valued customers’. Which then leads to a whole lot of people talking about the system and how great Microsoft is for making the change, and also leads to a lot of people (like me) writing about how it was all just a ploy to get our money. All of which is more (free) advertising and marketing.

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It’s Finally Friday! Final Fantasy XV, and Morning Elegance

Woo! Friday! This has felt like such a long week. So happy it’s almost over.

Not much to post about today, except for two YouTube videos. These cemented the fact that I will *need* to get a next gen system (and with all of the continuing news and comparisons, it’ll likely be the PS4).

Yes, once again the main reason that I will buy a Sony system is…. Final Fantasy.

I’m sure that’s no surprise to anyone (and I know that Final Fantasy XV will be available on both the Playstation 4 and the Xbox One, but to be honest, before seeing the FFXV trailer and gameplay videos I actually wasn’t too hyped about getting one of the next gen systems, so while the decisions Microsoft and Sony made have convinced me to go with the PS4 over the new Xbox should I buy a new system, it was Final Fantasy that convinced me that I’d need to buy a new system at all).

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