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When to say when…?

So I have had several other blogs over the years, the most successful of them has been MonsterHunterNews.com.

I still love to play the Monster Hunter games, but don’t nearly put as much time into them now. It’s a fair amount of work to keep that site current and up to date in the Monster Hunter News Scene. I have facebook pages, twitter, GNUSocial, Tumblr, YouTube, and who knows what else.. Its a very social driven site I guess..

I have been playing with the idea of dropping that blog and either just sitting on the domain, or sell the domain name. It has a ok ranking right now for a little known site. I don’t want to get into selling the content or the social groups, so would just delete all them.

Its hard when you have spent so much time doing something to stop doing it.. Even if you know its the right thing to do, you still feel like your giving up or walking away.

Would also like to just keep a minimal of online spaces to work in. I could post Monster Hunter stuff here if something really catches my fancy. Or just update casually on my progress in the game.

lakka Bluetooth Controllers Not Saving

So I have been playing around with running lakka on a old thinkpad x201 I have. I was running it on a Raspberry Pi 3B+ but wanted to see what the extra horsepower could do.

Very happy with switching from using the Pi!

In any case I setup some Playstation 4 and Playstation 3 controllers I had via bluetooth to it and every time I would reboot I would lose the settings. I followed the lakka documentation to get the controllers working.

I finally spent some time tonight looking into the issue and it still had the settings. It was just not loading bluetooth services on startup.

I didn’t want to dig into it to much so I just added a quick and dirty crontask at boot that will start the services.

Add this like to Root Cron Task
@reboot sh /storage/scripts/bluetoothloader.sh

Make File /storage/bluetoothloader.sh with the following commands

touch /storage/.cache/services/bluez.conf
systemctl enable bluetooth
systemctl start bluetooth

The above will load the bluetoothloader script on a boot up or reboot. It will then start the bluetooth services.

I can’t help myself, with game sales.


I ended up giving into a few game sales this week with the current Steam Winter Sale. Was hoping I could not buy any games with my current back catalog, but I digress.

Without ado here are the current Steam Winter Sale Purchases:

Battle Chasers: Nightwar

Could not pass up getting this game that has been on my radar since before it came out. I just love the art of the cut scenes, and as far as I know a more classic RPG system to the game. I don’t enjoy overly complex battle systems and skills. I do hope they have an option after finishing the game to play all the cut scenes in order. I think it actually came on to my radar from GamingOnLinux way before its release.

It also comes recommended by a fellow blogger over on Me Vs. Myself and I

RiME

Rime only recently came to mind to pick up. I think I actually saw it on one of the “Discovery Queue’s” on Steam to get the holiday cards (Guess the Marketing Machine works). It looked good and Fanatical happened to have it in a sale for under $5 CAD, with 3 other games. RiME is normally a $40 game, so it seemed like a really good deal. Even the current Steam Winter Sale price is $14 for just RiME.

Its the Very Positive Bundle and includes:

  • The Sexy Brutale
  • Dex
  • Bastion
  • RiME

I already own Bastion and played it for a little. It really didn’t grab me to put a whole lot of time into it.

Play Street Fighter V Free

I am a huge fan of Street Fighter II and always will be. I am no expert, but have great memories playing it in the arcade and on my Super Nintendo. Been wanting to try out the latest one, and its free to play from Dec 11th to Dec 18th on Steam.

Just wish I didn’t have to download 28GB to try it. 🙂

Valve Kills Steam Link Hardware

It appears that Valve have stopped making its Steam Link Hardware, and are moving to just using the Steam Link App on Android and iOS.

I have been a fan of the Steam Link since its launch, which is a funny story.. I per-ordered both a Steam Link and Steam Controller through EBGames (GameStop for Canada). I went to pick it up on the day of launch and found a huge line of people! I quickly noticed that everyone was getting copies of Fallout 4 that released the same day. When I got to the counter the guy asked “What system?”. I said “Steam Link, and Controller”.. He paused for a minute and then had to get someone to figure out what I was talking about.

It gives you an idea of the following the device had from the start. I have only ever known 1 other person that owned a Steam Link.

I don’t tend to use the device as my main gaming experience, but it’s really hand to keep on the TV in the family room if on the off chance I want to play something there with Trent or Erika. Its also been handy to play some videos or do anything from the desktop. You can close Big Picture mode and with a controller use the analog stick for mouse and triggers for mouse clicks. Its pretty slick once you get use to it.

So its a little bit of a bummer they are stopping production of the device. I think its more a cause of no one really giving it a chance and assumed it would be crap, than a sign of bad hardware.

I have had no issues playing Lego games or Tomb Raider, or anything like that on it (in Windows or Linux). I would advise against anything like Rocksmith or competitive gaming with it.

2018 Steam Intergalactic Summer Sale

The Steam Intergalactic Summer Sale is in full swing and has several days left. I have been fighting the urge of buying any of the great deals. I have such little time these days to play games, and have a massive back log to play through.

Some notable games I would like to buy, but will wait for a later sale:

Battle Chasers: Nightwar

Chessaria: The Tactical Adventure

Assassin’s Creed Origins

Some of the games I still have to clear from my back log before buying more:

Doom

Kings Quest

Fallout 4

Mad Max

Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun

Trent and I are also working thought Lego Batman 3 and Lego Star Wars the Force Awakens (Should never have let him start the other till we finished one).