PAX West 2016

Holy shit on toast, Batman…I survived my first convention! Damn, was it crowded – but it was hellaciously fun. Meeting the Bethesda ESO team was a kick in the pants! I got some free game codes to hand out to my niece and nephews; there were some awesome costumes and displays to take pictures of, and I got a few nice T-shirts. One was free and two were not, but the free stuff wasn’t bad at all!

All four days went by very quickly, which means that I had a great time. Time flies when you’re having fun, after all! The crowds bothered me far less than I thought that they would, and I was happy to see hand sanitizer stations everywhere: outside of the restrooms, near the elevators and escalators, and right outside of the “Arena” – the place in the convention center where consoles and PCs were set up for anyone and everyone to jump on and play whichever game they wanted to.

There were four consoles and four PCs set up in the Bethesda room, all loaded up with the ESO North American (NA) client and the Public Test Server (PTS). The newest update at that time (12), which introduced One Tamriel and the dueling system, was a ton of fun to test out while they streamed LIVE ON TWITCH for all four days! I got completely rekt by one of the gaming designers on the live-stream, and my smiling face can also be seen by those who know and love me. It was all too awesome!

Time for me to test out a few new in-game settings and recording settings! My new webcam also arrived and I plan on hooking it up to see how it performs, but only after I get the pictures downloaded from my phone for future posts. I took quite a few so I hope that they turn out!

It’s Friday and I’m in a fantastic mood, so enjoy this bit of random silliness to get your weekend started off right.

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Scenes From PAX West 2016!

I finally “cracked the code” that allowed me to download my pictures from cell-phone to computer. Success with technology, in spite of Mercury Retrograde!
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Please enjoy these select scenes from PAX West 2016, held at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Washington from Friday, 2 September – Monday, 5 September. It was crowded as hell, and the Friday traffic was the worst out of all the days we attended.

We had to drive through three different parking garages until we found one that had spaces left! $27 – $30 (USD) per day for all four days. Parking cost the most, since we budgeted our meals and limited what we purchased at the event.

The game “Magic: The Gathering” had something going on at the Paramount Theatre, just up the block. This animated sculpture was leading a parade up the street:

I could only get the backside of this cool costume:

Inside, these two struck a pose:

…and this guy was trying out a Virtual Reality (VR) game:

Took a break for lunch at the Daily Grill, an excellent restaurant to stop in at for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! This appetizer was divine: lightly seared ahi tuna crusted with sesame seeds; pickled cucumber, pickled ginger, and deep-fried spinach…it was fantastic!

Back inside, I saw some cool sculptures that commanded attention:

Here are some random shots of the Bethesda room, where all of the ESO stuff was going on:

…and finally, here are a few pictures of the team that puts this awesome game together! It was neat to meet them face-to-face and talk with them…they’re a decent bunch of people!

That’s all for now. I hope that you enjoyed viewing the photos as much as I enjoyed taking them and attending the event.

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Friday Funtime: Geeking Out! * UPDATED *

All righty, here it is – the review of my shiny new computer, after having it for nearly a week…it rocks! It kicks complete ass! It’s a fantastic dynamo of a machine, and I’m more than pleased with its performance – you could say that I’m elated, LOL!

First off: the look of the ‘tower’ that contains the componets. It is shorter and wider than standard towers, which adds more room for air circulation – needed when you’re running an AMD A87-600 Kaveri Quad-Core Radeon R7 GPU! Those things run HOT. The intake fan on the front of the tower is much larger, and the vents on the top and rear help keep the system much cooler for a longer period of time. Clear panels on both sides let me look in and drool over all of the components, especially since there’s still room to expand the memory from the current 16GB, and the 1TB hard drive will handle ALL of my games, videos, photographs, and anything else!

My take on the look, all-around? It makes me think of a Dodge Charger or Challenger, as it is black with a red racing-stripe. It looks as if it’s saying: “Let’s go kick some ass in PvP!” Think of the nose of a Peterbilt or Kenworth semi-truck, and that is probably a more accurate description – but I like it! I need a little Mack bulldog or some Dodge Ram horns to stick on the top, LOL!

Secondly: the performance. Speed? Hell, yes. It powers up quickly and is whisper-quiet – with 7200 rpms, you can’t go wrong! It’s powered by a Smart Series 600W 80 Plus Bronze – nice to see the lights not flickering when I power it on, LOL!

No more crashes when I log on to my blog, or view other blog sites. No more crashes when I’m trying to save an image to PhotoBucket, or uploading a gaming video to YouTube. My Plays.TV live-stream just MIGHT work, this time! I’ll test that out on and off this weekend; I just have to dig out the notes I’d taken during my previous tests to remind myself of how to get the online broadcast running.

Finally: the monitor. 27-inch, curved Samsung…I can’t get over the clarity of everything that I view! Blogging is much more pleasant; I don’t feel as if I have to squint to see the screen. There is no glare from the window next to me, even though the sun is shining brightly. Gaming-wise, I can’t say enough – I’d bore everyone to tears with how much easier it is to see enemy players or hostile monsters, and the in-game graphics look 25x better than they used to! I will post some screen-shots soon; also, I can’t wait to see if the recording quality of my gaming videos are better from here on out – I won’t have to limit myself to recording them at medium quality, which was only 750p. I’ll be able to do the full, high-quality / high-def 1080p, I’d wager! Stay tuned…

*** UPDATE: Saturday, 13 August 2016 ***

With the automatic Windows 10 upgrade, I have been learning quite a bit. Namely, my Logitech (C) C310 vidcam no longer works! It is NOT supported by Windows 10. I never dealt with Windows 8 or 8.1; I suppose that it’s compatible with those platforms, but not Win10. No worries; I’m not going to be taking my picture anytime soon, nor do I have that many friends on Skype that I chat with – so getting a new vidcam isn’t an immediate necessity. I do know which one I’ll get when I do buy one, though…I do a lot of research on things before I buy them, and have narrowed my choice down to two – so you’ll all hear about it at some point, LOL!

AAaaaaannnnnnd…one final, teeny-tiny little thing – guess who is going to PAX West 2016 in Seattle WA (Sept. 2 – 5)?
ME ME ME ME MEEEEEEE!!!!!
I’m a bit excited, a bit apprehensive, scared shitless and elated, all at once – go figure!

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