PLATINUM’d: New section

Posted: November 17, 2013 in PS3
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Welp. it’s been a long time since my latest post here (almost to the point I had to clean all the dust and spiderweb around the dashboard), so after getting my 11th platinum trophy this morning (and by morning I mean 1AM), I decided to add a new section to the blog and keep it alive a bit longer: PLATINUM’d.

PLATINUM’d will cover my point of view of a game I’ve completed (trophy wise, and sometimes 100%), sort of like a review and random aspects of it (trophy wise). And because why not, a trophy/achievement roadmap (since it works the same way for multi-platform games, such as Assassin’s Creed).

Of course, there are other games that don’t qualify for a platinum trophy, but they are displayed as 100%, like JOURNEY or inFAMOUS: Festival of Blood. Those will be added as well (otherwise I’ll be wasting my cash on games just for platinum trophies and keeping this blog alive heh).

So far, the list includes:

  • Assassin’s Creed: Revelations
  • Assassin’s Creed 3
  • God of War 3
  • inFAMOUS
  • inFAMOUS 2
  • inFAMOUS: Festival of Blood
  • JOURNEY
  • Saints Row: The Third
  • Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus
  • Sly 2: Band of Thieves
  • Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves
  • Sly Minigames (well… yeah, it’s a 100%)
  • Tekken Revolution
  • Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune
  • Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

 

There are some upcoming platinum trophies on the way, like Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen, Killzone 2/3, Metal Gear Solid 4, Call of Duty Black Ops 2, among others. But, as the title says, I must obtain the plat/100% on those games before giving my review.

Stay tuned.

Whelp, I just managed to beat the game, after some years when I had the chance to play it on PC. But now that I have a PS3, and a friend decided to lend me the game for a quick platinum run (still on it, 16 more trophies to go in order to unlock the platinum), I just said “why not?”.

After getting platinum on God of War 3 in just 10 days, I told a friend to lend me Dead Space for a quick run and get more trophies (forgot to make a post that day when I achieved my personal goal, 500 trophies in 100 days, including 7 platinum in total).

I already played Dead Space in 2009 on my old PC. It was a good game for PC, but almost impossible for me to play with headphones. The stress I had while playing with closed-style headphones, was way too much. I already knew what to expect, and was eager to know what happened to Isaac Clarke while he was trying to escape the now haunted USG Ishimura.
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Toying around with videos

Posted: January 25, 2013 in PS3
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Well, while I was playing inFamous last night, I found an interesting “glitch”, if we could call it like that, that makes Cole do the hot coal dance while walking on certain small parts. It was silly and ridiculous, but hilarious. And then I asked myself “wish I could record this and upload it… Oh wait, my phone does record videos in HD!”.

I used the video function for the first time on my Galaxy S Advance, testing how good the 720p quality was, and gotta admit, it’s above the standard. For a sub-$300 phone, the quality is good (I blame upload issues about the artifacts around 0:05 and 0:06).

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This is just a test, to check if Publicize is doing its work the proper way.

Ignore this meaningless post because I’ll be too lazy to delete it (yeah).

Ever since I went into the Android world in 2011, I was aware that my new phone was not the “top-of-the-line” anymore. By the time the Samsung Galaxy Spica was out. it was one of the best devices out there. On 2011, it was a “good” device, but there were better ones. And it’s not just about hardware specs, but OS.

When the Galaxy Spica was available, it came with Android 1.5, “Cupcake”, then updated to 1.6, “Donut”. After some time, it received an official update to 2.1, “Eclair”. But by the time it received that update, FroYo (2.2) was starting to roll out and Gingerbread (2.3) was almost there.

It’s kinda hard for Android devices to keep up with updates. Each company has their own customization, while others prefer to use the “vanilla” aspects, but those are just a few among the crowd. At the same time, you will see new devices with new specs quite often, which means more devices that will require an update in a certain date.

Since the launch of Ice Cream Sandwich, Google stated that each new phone should have an expected (technical) lifespan of 18 months (1 year and 6 months, for the lazy people with maths), in which you, as a user, will get tech support and updates for your phone. Sounds good in theory. But how do we apply this rule in real terms?

In terms of smartphones, I’ve owned 4: HTC Touch Viva, with Windows Mobile 6.1 – the update to 6.5 was cancelled, we had to rely on custom ROMs, Samsung Galaxy Spica – stopped support after the eclair update, and there are some custom 2.3 ROMs out there, although the 2.2 ROMs are more stable and functional, Samsung Galaxy Ace – the original phone came with FroYo, but then it got an update to Gingerbread. Mine came out of the box with GB preinstalled. Depending on the phone’s model, support ended on 2.3.4 (part of LatAm and rest of the world) or 2.3.6 (Europe, part of LatAm and rest of the world). There are experimental ICS 4.0 custom ROMs out there, but still lacking details. And my current phone, the Samsung Galaxy S Advance. Comes with 2.3.6, and will receive an update to 4.1 (skipping ICS, going straight to JB), which is expected to arrive on January.

I mentioned three different Samsung devices. And each one had a different “lifespan”. But during that lifespan, more devices were released to the market, with better or lower specs than the original phone, and those phones were granted with recent updates. That’s what causes the fragmentation.

Compared to iOS, which has almost no OS fragmentation, Android has to deal with almost 10 different OS versions, from 1.5 to 4.2.

Why we say iOS has almost no fragmentation? Because despite the carrier features, the iPhone has a single model, not including the internal storage. There’s an iPhone 3GS, 4, 4S and 5. And each one uses the same OS version (being iOS 6 the latest). If we check Android, we have more than one company working on devices. To name a few, Samsung, LG, ASUS, Motorola, Huawei, ZTE, HTC, etc.

Each company has a device catalogue, ranging from the cheap, functional device, to their flagship. There are variants of the same device, changing either internal or external functions, such as CPU model, chipset, use of single/dual SIM cards, just to mention some of those features.

As the company, you have to assure the consumer that they’ll receive support and updates. But at the same time, you have to keep innovating the market to be the #1. By doing this, a company may tend to “forget” some devices and focus on their newest ones.

Of course, Google does take part into the game by taking sides with a company and release their “vanilla” device. Think of it as an iPhone running the latest version of the OS. Starting with the HTC Nexus One, then Samsung’s Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus, and finally LG and ASUS with their Nexus 4 smartphone, and Nexus 7 and 10.1 tablets.

If we compare the Nexus devices to the iOS devices, the fragmentation is reduced to almost nothing. The Nexus One is like the old iPhone, support ended at Gingerbread. The Nexus S had support until Jellybean 4.1, while the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, 7 and 10.1 have support for Jellybean 4.2 and probably, 5.0.

To add more to the story, the CES 2013 is in 3 weeks, and then the MWC on February. Which means, more devices, a new android version (codename Key Lime Pie), and more fragmentation in the near future.

Should every company release a “flagship” running the vanilla version of android, and allowing the same idea of 18 months of updates and support? Or should they reduce the amount of devices and focusing 100% on those devices, leaving the innovation for MWC and CES?

Back!

Posted: October 2, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Well yeah, I didn’t forget about the blog. Just that life was being harsh haha!

But yeah. I’m back to posting tech and nerdy stuff. About my PC build, some stuff has changed to the final thing, but still on the “edge”. I got a 550Ti back on december, I’ll try to replace it with either a couple of GTX 660 or a single GTX 660Ti (since it’s cheaper than the 670 and it’s “virtually” the same thing). Having a small debate between getting an i5 3570k OR get an i7 2600 I saw on offer for less than the 3570k price. But then again, the big question: Sacrifice overclock capabilities but get 4 hyperthreaded cores (8 “cores” total), or go with quad core and OC capabilites.

Still going with 8GB of RAM (1600, not gonna go grazy with anything beyond that speed) using a Corsair Vengeance 2x4GB kit, and my current dilema: I’m going for either Gigabyte, MSI or ASUS for my motherboard, but I’m still debating which one to get.

On the Gigabyte side, one of my options is the GA-Z77X-D3H, decent entry/mid level ATX motherboard, SLI support and a good color scheme (blue/black). On the other hand, for literally no price difference, is the G1.Sniper M3. For a m-ATX, you get an onboard Creative sound card with enough power to boost your headphones to their max, net stability (sadly, not the old BIGFOOT killer NIC they used to implement on the old X58 G1 motherboards), and the best SLI config for a m-ATX board: the 2nd GPU is not placed on the 3rd slot, but the 4th.

On the MSI side, the Z77A-G45. This could be useful for a single card config (660Ti). And on ASUS side, the P8Z77-V LX.

But well, time will tell which one will be the best one for my build.

There has been a lot of movement in the media with the upcoming release of Intel’s 3rd generation CPUs, codename Ivy Bridge, and what’s better than teasing people with random (and doubtful) benchmark results? What about motherboards?

The green flag was lifted a couple of weeks ago, allowing the public announcement and retail of next gen motherboards compatible with Ivy Bridge. So far, only the Z77 motherboards have been released, though no word on the P and H series (if they actually plan on releasing those).

Do remember that this next generation platform will allow the use of PCI Express generation 3, with double the bandwith compared to generation 2 (example: 16x on PCI-E 3.0 is equivalent to running on a PCI-E 2.0 slot with double the bandwith. 8x PCI-E 3.0 is equivalent to running on a 16x PCI-E 2.0 slot), and a new version of LucidLogic’s Virtu, called Virtu MVP. This new one allows a better hybridization between the CPU graphics and the GPU, also allowing 2 new modes to the control panel.

Also, all Ivy Bridge motherboards are backwards compatible with Sandy Bridge processors, though lacking the core features such as PCI-E 3.0. So if you use a Sandy Bridge system and want to buy a new Z77 motherboard while you wait for the CPUs to come out, you have green light.

Apart from the new motherboards, there has been some rumors that the new generation isn’t as “innovative” as Intel said. Something similar to the “FAIL”dozer episode from AMD, making a new socket that ended up being more unstable than the previous generation.
Even though Intel has a free road ahead now that AMD is “out” of the CPU market, I still don’t see a logic point for them to release a new die so fast, while having no competitors. Also, people are expecting good stuff from Haswell, instead of Ivy Bridge.

There are some benchmark results out there in the internet, but since Intel hasn’t lifted the NDA on anything related to the CPUs, it’s kinda hard to believe on that data. But from the looks of it, it’s just a slight upgrade compared to Sandy Bridge, something similar to the PCI-E bandwith benefits (like 16x – 8x – 4x being nearly 2% better one from another). Anyways, there’s a rumored date near April 21st for Ivy Bridge comercial launch, but until then, time will tell if it’s worth the upgrade from Sandy Bridge to Ivy Bridge or not (Let’s be honest. There are few PCI-E 3.0 GPUs out there, and you can only use the full 3.0 potential while using a capable CPU, since it’s not controlled by the chipset itself but the CPU).

Anyways, my PC build is still on hold, since Ivy Bridge got my attention, and I’m planning to get them no matter what (unless they’re worse than Sandy Bridge, of course). Also, certain Z77 motherboards are cheaper next to some Z68 boards. Right now, I’m focused on a new project with my air ventilation system, while learning about the positive and negative air pressure theories.