Testing out the new keyboard.

This entry is mainly an opportunity to try out my new keyboard, but it will get around to broader hardware issues. I am open to suggestions on that front.

My computer, the one upon which all my games are played, is a laptop. I have had it for a couple of years now, and it does just fine with most games. The thing is, I am not the only one who uses my personal laptop. Sometimes my 14-year-old daughter will borrow it to play games that her computer (my old laptop) won’t run. Sometimes my 4-year-old uses it to watch Netflix. And, to be fair, sometimes I eat and drink around my computer. So it should come as no surprise that my keyboard has a come to have a couple of little issues, the worst of which is a sticky, almost unusable space bar.

Maybe I just wore it out trying to jump up the side of mountains in Skyrim.

I have a flexible, roll-up rubber keyboard that I bought to convert for conlanging purposes, and it is both functional and waterproof, but the action on it is very soft (as one would probably expect) so it wasn’t sufficient for the amount of typing I do on a daily basis. I ended up ordering a cheap keyboard from Wish, and while the construction is obviously cheap, it feels pretty good.

I won’t be replacing this laptop for another year, but I am thinking about going back to a desktop the year after next. Who knows what the latest and greatest will be at that point, but I will be aiming for the high end of the mid-range in order to fit into my budget. I might build it, or I might just order one. I have built PCs before, and that can be cheaper, but there’s something to be said for the ease of just taking one out of the box and plugging it in.

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The Great (Re)installation

Since the laptop surgery, I have been adding games back onto my computer– games I was playing, games I haven’t played in a long time, and even a few that are completely new to me. It is very heavy on the MMORPGs, and some of them have been installed specifically so that I can explore and  then write about how that went.

This is what I have in my desktop folder for game shortcuts:

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(Yes, I organize my shortcuts and frequently used files into folders on my desktop because I don’t like too many icons on my desktop, but I do use them to launch programs.)

As I type this, I am patching Blade & Soul (not in the image above) because I want to collect my Hong Moon Ascension pack that I got for registering prior to the release of the new expansion. As I have previously revealed, I love the digital doodads. This one has some nice stuff in it:

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In other news, I have been playing some Project: Gorgon. I will reveal a little more about that later. In the meantime, I am not sure it has actually been saving the screenshots it said it was saving, since I can’t seem to find them anywhere on my PC. I did a Google search, and it seems like this problem might be an actual thing, so that’s something I need to work out in the next couple of days.

And, on the topic of Project: Gorgon, I see that they’ve added a free demo (details here) and they have a store in which they are selling packages that include things that aren’t currently in the game yet, like horse riding and breeding.

I would like to support the game, but the packages are $50, $75, and $500. That seems a little steep for things that haven’t been implemented yet. And while I really enjoy the game, it is an early access game that I paid $39.99 for already.

Maybe they could sell some t-shirts. I have paid out some foolish amounts of money on t-shirts for podcasts that I love. I like to wear my fandoms.

That’s the news around here. Blade & Soul is still downloading stuff. I think I am going to wrap things up around here and then crawl into bed. The day job is expecting to see me in the morning.