So last week, I watched my friend play a game called Muse Dash. It's a cute, two-button rhythm game. Within 5 minutes of watching them play, I knew I wanted to get the game. I picked the game up on Wednesday, and it has had me reflecting on my history with the genre, so I figured it would make a good post today.
So in my quest for the perfect gaming setup, I bought a second Raspberry Pi to function as an emulation machine. Setting it up has been a bit of a hassle: the first hdmi cable I used was a 1.4 which was causing several screens to just be black. Getting my SN30 Pro set up on Bluetooth was also problematic; it would not recognize the L2 and R2 triggers when connected via the Switch or X-input connections. I found out I have to use the input for Android, but it takes longer than normal to get the initial connection at startup. I was able to test a single ROM on it to confirm everything works. I'll be getting all the theming and filters set up next, then it's off to the races
I've always been a fan of AV tinkering. Back in high school, I played bass guitar, and would sometimes spend more time finding ways to get it to play using a weird combination of equipment than playing. In college, I tried to build my own surround sound setup using an enourmous bass speaker, two computer speakers, and two bluetooth speakers (it worked, but it was awful).
So the other day, I went to get groceries at the local Sam's Club with my dad. While we were walking around, I noticed there was a TV on clearance: a 65” Samsung for $210. My dad immediately scooped it up for his bedroom. Well, it ended up not working out for his bedroom, so it's going in my game room for the time being.
Last Thursday, I managed to get my dad to do some couch gaming with me. As much as I would have liked to do that more when I was younger, it just never happened. I can tell my dad would struggle playing the same 3D adventure games that I like to play. One game that he did like from the early 90s was Star Fox for the SNES. As far as in the present day, he's definitely not going to pick up gaming as a hobby, but it's a nice way for us to spend time together.
I'm someone that likes having full control over the hardware I own. This comes to a head when it comes to my gaming consoles. I learned about hacking consoles several years ago with my 3DS. Since then, I've hacked my Vita, Wii, PlayStation Classic, and I'm constantly looking at Nintendo Switch hacking news to see any progress in the scene. I want to share with you all a bit of extra detail on what console hacking is all about.
With my Borderlands 3 review looming over my shoulder, I've been working on getting a collection of screenshots together to add to it. It has a 'Photo Mode' option when pausing the game. This gives you a bit of a free moving camera to set up shots for scenic effects.
So it's been about a week since I started playing Borderlands 3, and I am absolutely hooked. It's still a bit too soon for me to write up a full review, but I've been taking notes on the experience. In the meantime, I figure I could share my initial reactions.