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Halo Wars 2 will not help Microsoft.

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The Microsoft drought continues. Yet another exclusive wasted for 2017. After losing their Dragon game, Scalebound, exclusives were already going to be tight going into E3. Well, today they just got more bad news. The franchise Halo’s game will only sell in minimal numbers. Now, this might not surprise anyone that plays on console but Strategy games don’t do very well historically on consoles. Could this game do well on PC? You bet! Strategy games are big for PC users. This could be a big win for them on that platform. The reason why this shouldn’t matter because the bottom line picture is surrounded by one word, Scorpio. Without real games that bring attention to the format Scorpio will be just another hardware on the shelf. I have preached on this subject for months now because it is a real issue. We are almost 3 months into the new year without one word of new exclusives to be delivered by Microsoft. This means, as time goes by, that there is a smaller and smaller chance of Microsoft having anything this year for Scorpio other than what we already own today plus maybe a Forza. Personally, I think this is what they will open up with to use to help sell the Scorpio. But Forza will not be enough to make people and developers focus on Scorpio over the Ps4 Pro. If I was Microsoft I would open up my entire library of games on the PC to the Scorpio and this will help sustain the system’s sell and drive into more exclusive content and or games can be released for the Xbox with Scorpio patches attached to them. But I’m just a gamer.What do I know, right? As a game, I can guarantee that this system fails without something more than Forza, Crackdown, and Cuphead leading the way for exciting games for your platform. Microsoft has to find a way to impress with games before they lose out on a grand opportunity.

Here is my PC and I Name it …..

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Well, the build and the modifications that I needed to make to it is complete. I love the look and the overall feel of everything. I went through quite a lot of changes and disassembling to come up with what I finally have. I’ve added monitors and modified my desk and relocated things to fit my room better. I worked for days on my setup and it’s still not fully perfect yet. I have some cable management to do that I have left alone for now until I get my next desk that I’m looking into. Once I have that desk I will redo my cable management.

 


Meet CLUEEEE!!! I felt that this was a fitting name for a such a PC build and light show that I have. Clue’s directive was the same for me it seems. To build the perfect system, well within a certain budget that is. I think we got this done. And much like Clue he and I can only act with the knowledge that we have during its creation. We will take on many faces and colors throughout this journey. Hope you guys enjoy the creation. Probably gone too far to be talking about taking things back. As it stands now I have two monitors now instead of one and they are matching Asus 144hz. I also destroyed my corner desk and modified it to a straight desk, all while adding a Corsair Mouse and extended pad. It’s coming together like it’s creating itself. It’s hard work but hopefully, it creates a balance.

 

PC experiment continues!

Well the experiment continues with the gaming room and the PC. Today another blessing came my way allowing me to add a 2nd monitor to the set. When I did however I notice that my L shaped desk didn’t do this set up any favors. It bothered the OCD inside me. It bothered to the point that the desk had to be modified and taken apart to produce what I needed. This desk, one long desk with no curves! In doing so I had to remove all sorts of wired management that I did and unhook every single wire and power cord I had. I emptied the desk completely and started over from scratch.

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As you can see I think I did a pretty good job of modifying that desk that was a L shaped, to a desk that was rectangle.  Now the two monitors can be used properly and efficiently to my liking. If you wondering about the two monitors, they are Asus 144hz 1ms 24inch monitors. They both look pretty good sitting next to each other right now but I know that they can look better with a dual Monitor stand. So that will be next on my list of things to do. Finally, I will have to get a desk with more room but this modification will hold me over til that day comes. So, I guess one could say that the PC experiment has worked out so far. I still don’t see myself going completely PC gaming over console at this point. But maybe as I get older and play less games the more the computer will be needed for me.

The bigger monitor doesn’t always get the worm!

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Well we learn and learn and learn. It never stops doesn’t it? Sometimes it’s something assumed and other times it something taught or spoken by others that leads us to the wrong conclusion. I have been beating myself up about this new PC. Trying to understand why others love the graphics while I didn’t find anything really exciting about it. Yes I knew that I was dealing with a different beast with the Ps4 pro and the upcoming Scorpio. But something still didn’t set right with me. I felt like I was missing something and I was. Thanks to the power of Youtube I was able to listen to a fellow Tech geek discuss the reason why you should not go for 27 inches when dealing with 1080p graphics. The reasoning was simple and already known but I for some reason didn’t remember it until now. If you stretch out a picture without higher pixels then what you get is a picture that is less clearer than a picture that is of the same pixel count but with a smaller footprint. Basically a 24 inch monitor will be clearer and prettier in details than the 27 inch monitor at 1080p because it has no more pixels than the 24 inch monitor, it’s only blown up. This makes crisp images look blurry. This is why I could not be satisfied with the images I was getting with my PC. The monitor was the reason why. I had that 27 inch monitor without anymore pixels than the 24 inch monitors and it was killing my details in the games. So I’m fixing that right now. Luckily a friend of mine with way to much money and time on his hand decided to part ways with 2 of his 5 24 inch monitors for cheaper than what I could buy them for in the store. He even allowed me to take it home and try it out to confirm my thoughts and what I was being told on Youtube. Well, it got confirmed. Graphic took a big jump forward. 


Now the games look like something people on PC claims they were getting and experiencing. Now I can start to see advantages in the PC gaming side. I still need a Display port cable for my setup to make sure I get the maximum power out of the monitor because of as of right now I only have it hooked to HDMI. Once I get the display port cable I should be able to hit well higher than 60hz for my gaming. Already though, the colors are popping and the clean look and details are very pleasing. Now for those of you that think that they have to have a 27 inch monitor, they suggest you get something that is no less than 2k resolutions and up to 4k resolution. Stay away from 1080p graphics on the monitor at 27 inches.

The Hunt for the perfect monitor!

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There are plenty of different monitors out there for PC users. You have the everyday 4:3 ratios , the 16:9 ratios, the 2k’s and the 4k’s and of course we have the ultra wide monitors. My Asus monitor right now is decent but I know its not what I need to even think about being satisfied with the gaming scene for PC. I am too spoiled by the 4k resolutions and 1000 nits of my Samsung Ks8000 and my ps4 pro to settle back to 1080p graphics. Maybe I can get away with 2k graphics maybe but at the end of the day I know for sure that leaving things with a 1080p ratio will not justify to me the $1000 I spent on the PC. I will not use it for gaming unless I can find a way to equal the quality of graphics or exceed them. To be honest I am still a little shocked about what I’m not seeing with this PC. I know for sure that I’m good with power. Maybe I’m not the very best but I know that power should be able to hang at the very least in the PC world of gaming for at least the next 3-5 years. So what I’m thinking is that the PC I have is just waiting on a better monitor to show me what it can do. At least this is what I hope. But then again I do have a return period because if it can’t do gaming to my satisfaction then I will have to exchange it for a PC that is more for the basic side of things instead of having one that is geared for power.  So 4k monitors might have to be the ticket or at the very least a 2k monitor. Maybe then I can do a fair comparison of the games I have played so far.

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The other concern is rather or not I go duel setup for the PC. I could add another monitor and link them together I guess. But this will not give me better resolution, only a bigger picture. But if I make those monitors at least a 2k version I might have something to brag about. If not I will have to go with a single the ultra-wide monitor. I do love how they look on peoples desk. The only fear is those black bars of death these monitors normally produce. I just want the picture to be stretched out properly and without lost of resolution. So, more homework is required about this step before I take it of course. When I decide I will definitely brings this up to the site and might just do a unboxing and or a room tour when all is done.

PC generation experience is moving along well but not perfect….Yet!

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So the PC generation has its advantages and some disappointments as well. I guess all things come down to price and willingness to spend money. You need a lot of that if you are to match the things Consoles give you right out of the box. With PC you have the potential to have better graphics but this is only reached by a lot of configuring settings and adjusting limits on the PC. Of course with the console generation we all know it’s the same across the board with the same console hardware not really deviating from the generic versions of itself. So far I have done a lot of experiments and adjustments with my PC. It has gone back of forth from being the boring and very lack luster compared to my console. Then when other settings hit it turns to the this system that stands a long side my console equally in gaming depending on the game but standing out by itself once you compare the other things it can do other than playing games. This where things always seem to be better for most PC game owners I think. Its not one thing that the PC does in gaming that makes things great for them but its the overall experience of having so many things it can due other than just playing games that are great as well. This makes it a better overall package for those of need of such things to be had. image

But then there is competition in the 4k realm of the consoles now. Things like the Samsung KS8000 and other great TV’s that are pushing the graphics for the console generation that really put the 1080p limits of most PC gaming to shame. Yes, I guess you could just put that PC on the TV and be more 1 to 1 but I just can’t see sitting on a couch with a keyboard and mouse. Then the counter to this is that the PC can use the same controllers from the consoles. For most, this is what they want but for me I don’t want to mix the two. When I pick up a PS4 pro controller I want to play the PS4 not the Computer. When I pick up a keyboard and mouse I don’t want to play consoles. So for me they need to stay in their lanes and be what they were meant to be. So my Samsung KS8000 will always make my ps4 pro games pop better than anything I can put on the PC no matter what power I have behind it until I find a way to spend even more money on a 4k Monitor again. So with that in mind I really can’t really complete a review or comparison with my console vs the PC because they aren’t playing on the same ground. I need to buy a monitor to match the power or potential of the PC before I can properly judge it vs my Console. Right now the Pro with the Samsung Ks8000 pushing 4k graphics just kill it compared to the 1080p Asus Monitor I have for my PC. So next mission is the 4k or at least a 2k monitor to go along with this build. My work is never done. I think this is something I will buy next month or so, so look out for the follow up comparison on this.

Thoughts about the fake vs Real Fidget cubes.

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OK, yes there are a lot of fakes out there. I wouldn’t be a good person if I lied and said I didn’t buy one or more of them myself. I personally couldn’t see any difference between the Clones vs the reals ones until I got the real one in my hands. If you think for one second there isn’t a difference you’re fooling yourself. It also doesn’t take a long time to figure out what those differences are and why they make such a difference. What can I say? Getting the real one helps change your mind about a lot of things. One of my regrets is that I didn’t wait before buying the Clones. Setting up here just fidgeting with the real Fidget cube by Antsy labs you start to see all the hard work and the sure robbery of the clones. I even heard the interview from the coward that refused to give his name after making almost $400,000 off of copying this design from Antsy labs. Knowing that I helped him made me sick to my stomach especially hearing him confess how little he thought about doing this and how he searched for more kick starters that he could rip off. Some die hard fans could feel like I don’t deserve to have one while there are so many other backers that still don’t have theirs. I can’t blame them but I’m sure glad I do have mine. I would however encourage others not to fall in the same path as me. Don’t give money to the Clones. Just wait a few more weeks or months for yours if you have ordered or backed Antsy labs and you still don’t yet have it. I know they are working as hard as they can to get all the cubes out. I hope they find a way to stop people from doing this without some kind of consequence for ripping off people. And yes I know the whole thought that “Knowledge” is meant to be shared with the world  but in this case, these guys deserve their own spot light and every spoil that comes with this great idea.

 

Digitalcrack’s joins the PC Generation 


Well it’s done. Finally, I have completed my goal of adding a PC to my gaming room. I, at first was going to build it but after running into this deal at Best Buy I went ahead with this. It’s a Ibuypower PC. It has a i7 6700 with a 1060 Nvidia graphic card and 16gb of DDR4 ram. The case is big enough to be able to customize it further if I choose and that is very important these days. Another surprising thing was that this didn’t come with bloat wear and instead came with two hard drives SSD and a standard HD. They also throw in some leads with a remote to top it off. Finally looking at the reviews this thing has a 97% approval rating and did I mention it was dead silent. 


So what is the cost of such a thing? $997.00! You can’t even get this price on their own website. In fact I think this deal was a very limited offer not found anywhere else at this time. I also believe I got the last one at Best Buy, so there’s that. I will so add some games to this system and see what it’s like. My review is coming soon so stay tunned. 

Digitalcrack thoughts on Spinners vs Fidget Cubes 

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