Playstation 4 First Impressions: Second Worst Console On the Market

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So I got my PS4 and the first impressions were not great. Not that I am thinking that Xbox One is any better… I really just think consoles are trash now, and big developers are just making fat stacks exploiting us pathetic customers. Thankfully I purchased my PS4 second hand, so at least I can take solace in the fact that Sony didn’t make that money…

Something I didn’t mention in the video, because I didn’t realize it until some weeks later. There is a feature called “Players Met” which also existed on Xbox360. It is a list of the recent players you played with online, you can send them messages and even friend them. Well this feature on PS4 just DOESN’T FUCKING WORK. So it’s pretty much impossible to meet people on PS4 thanks to this… What am I supposed to do? Keep a fucking notebook next to me so I can jot down “PoleSmoker420Blazit” and send this player a “good game” later? What a joke.

Also why the hell does the feature still exist if it doesn’t work? I mean the system has been out for over 2 fucking years they haven’t fixed it yet? They don’t even have the self respect to REMOVE IT so people like me don’t rage about it two years later?

You are so pathetic Sony.

How to Fix GOG Fallout 1 and 2 on OSX after Yosemite Broke Them

So you want to play the classic Fallouts and have a good time? Maybe you got them from GOG.com earlier and attempted to fire them up only to be greeted with a nasty and disparaging error:

The application X11 could not be opened. An error occurred while starting the X11 server: “Failed to activate core devices.
gog-osx-fallout-fix-1Do not fret! I have the fix for you and it’s easier than you think. Just follow these simple steps and Fallout 1 and 2 should work fine.

1. Download Wineskin Winery

First you need to download and install Wineskin Winery. It’s easy and free. Just go here and click download and install it.

2. Use Winery to install WS9Wine1.8

Once installed open it, and click the + sign and install WS9Wine1.8. Also, while you are here, click the update button to make sure winery is the latest version. Currently 2.6.2.

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Go to your Fallout or/and Fallout 2 app, right click on it and select Show Package Contents.

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4. Update Wineskin from inside the package

Just double click to open Wineskin. Select advanced.

gog-osx-fallout-fix-4Click on tools.
gog-osx-fallout-fix-5Click update wrapper once that is done. Click on change engine used.
gog-osx-fallout-fix-6You should only have one engine available, and that should be WS9Wine1.8.
gog-osx-fallout-fix-9Once you click okay a bunch of weird stuff might happen. You will probably see terminal open, a little dialog box will tell you Wineskin is doing something to Fallout. Fallout might even show you the same error again. Don’t worry about any of that until it’s all over

5. Set Screen Options

Don’t ask me to explain, but there is some resolution glitch that is randomly fixed by changing the game from fullscreen to window mode. Except it still runs in fullscreen… So whatever. Open Wineskin from within the package again.

gog-osx-fallout-fix-7 Then choose rootless window and done.

gog-osx-fallout-fix-8That’s it. Cross your fingers and open Fallout! Should work. If it doesn’t work, you probably didn’t follow the instructions correctly so try again!

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$5 Gamer: Let’s Play Venture

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Venture is a classic arcade game released in 1981. This is a game I have never heard of or seen until I started exploring the emulation scene. I find that strange because I think this game has much more compelling gameplay than most seminal games we remember like Asteroids, Pacman and Galaga. Not to say those games aren’t good or don’t deserve credit, but Venture brings many new things to the table which are obviously under appreciated.

Gameplay

Venture has the player controlling the protagonist “Winky” as he tries to raise dungeons and steal the treasures while avoiding monsters. Windy wields a bow and arrow with unlimited arrows, although only a single arrow can be on screen at a time, and it travels pretty slowly so you need to pick your shots.

The game begins in a zoomed-out overworld and Winky is just a tiny red pixel (actually I think it’s 2×2 pixels). Each level contains five rooms which have doors Winky can enter. Also populating the overworld are the hall walkers, which looks like jellyfish and are completely immune to Winky’s weapons. They just kill you, so obviously you need to just avoid them by dipping into one of the rooms.

When you enter a room the game performs a pretty cool zoom-in transition and until Winky is normal sized and the room takes up the entire play area. Each room has a single treasure and monsters or other obstacles. The goal is to grab the treasure without dying and escape the room. If you mess around too long one of the killer jellyfish will break in and attack you, so time is of the essence. Shooting enemies will kill them, but their bodies will remain and decompose for what seems like forever. Often it seems better to just dodge them rather than kill them.

Once you collect a treasure from all five rooms the level is beaten and you move on to the next, with a fresh batch of rooms! I have personally been unable to get passed the second level although I often get close. From watching some plays on youtube I discovered that there are three unique levels and then the game loops back to a more difficult version of level two.

Graphics/Sounds

It is hard for a 1981 game to have bad graphics. They have a very stereotypical retro look and everything looks pretty charming and timeless. I would compare the graphics to Pacman the most. The background is black and all the gameplay elements are bright and colorful. The sound design in this game is absolutely hilarious. You get these small snippets of famous songs you can ALMOST put your finger on and music changes when you grab the treasure and attempt to escape the rooms which is nice. Considering most old games (Pacman, Mario Bros, Galaga) have no gameplay music at all, this is pretty awesome.

X-Factor

I find Venture very compelling because it taps into my sense of wonder. I really want to see what the next level or next room looks like. I am curious what monsters and music are waiting for me. Pacman and Galaga do not tap into that. The next level in those games are just the same thing but slightly harder. Venture keeps on bringing something new and interesting to the table. Getting good at venture is fun.

I also think it’s pretty great that this game has a narrative that makes sense. It’s basically the plot of Tomb Raider but in 1981. I can feel for Winky, I can be in the dungeon with him. The level and gameplay transitions are also very unique and give the game an extra layer of charm.