Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Cartograph G Tutorial

Okay, like I promised, I have made a tutorial for Cartograph G since Cartograph isn't working and here it is!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Cartograph No Longer Works - Use Cartograph G Instead

Well, my discovery is that since the Beta 1.3 update in Minecraft, the applet Cartograph can no longer be used. This is presumably due to the changing save system to be more efficient, and since the developer of the applet is no longer active on the forums where he posted it. Alas! There is hope! The community has taken it into their own hands to create something new... something better. Well, I will argue that it isn't better, but Cartograph G does the same thing that Cartograph did. So, I will be posting a tutorial of Cartograph G shortly, but until then, just try to work on it yourself. Here's the download link:

Monday, March 7, 2011

Crysis 2 Demo Impressions

So, I've spent the past few hours trying out the Crysis 2 Multiplayer Demo. There isn't a ton offered in the demo, but I am pretty satisfied with the game. This demo shows how crisp and refined the game is on levels of gameplay and graphics. One of my biggest letdowns is the seeming similarity it has to Modern Warfare 2. Everything in it is quick and frantic, much like Modern Warfare 2. In Crysis 2 however, the Nano-suit offers some new dimensions to the game such as cloaking and shields. I will state right now that Crysis will require far more skill than Modern Warfare 2 or most FPSs for that matter. This skill sadly seems to revolve around one thing: the Nano-suit. Now, this is only the demo and I'm sure that the full game will offer much more in terms of upgrades and such, so I do greatly look forward to this purchase. If you like the quick pace in Modern Warfare 2,  you will love how Crysis 2 is executed.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Killzone 3 for $50!

Once again, Newegg decides to blow the minds of people by offering the brand new game Killzone 3 for just $50. Now, Newegg actually does things like this pretty often. Sometimes even before the actual game comes out. So, if you don't have Killzone 3 yet, and are looking to buy it, buy it from the best online retailer ever:

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Battlefield 3 Gameplay Footage

Despite being secretly recorded with a cell phone or something, this video is somewhat mind blowing. I find it incredible how refined Battlefield 3 is looking already. I mean, every little aspect just seems perfect. Even then, there's still months left in development. All in all, this video will make you want the game much more than you already do.


Omegle is a fun website, though mostly full of trolls. It allows you to talk with complete strangers through text or video. It will provide countless hours of useless fun, but hey, you're bored right? If you haven't checked this out yet, please do!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Battlefield 3 Gameplay Trailer

Alright, it was just released and it has me more excited than ever for the release of Battlefield 3. Some disappointing things to me are the little things that remind of Call of Duty. The dog, the people walking around... but thats just cinematics. Once it gets to gameplay, I realize that this is far superior. Please watch and enjoy!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The Beginning of the End

Well, I have finally gotten myself a job. Yep, an actual job. Of course, that means many different things. For one, I will actually be getting money. That's something that would've been nice while building my computer, but oh well; better late than never right? But it also means another thing... less time. That's the age old tradeoff of money for time, but in my case I think it will work out quite well. A new term in school is starting, and so are some other things for the blog! Keep reading!
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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Mojang's Next Game: Scrolls

Well, as I am a huge fan of Notch and his company, I have been following them somewhat intensely. No, not stalking them, but reading up on daily news and personal things. A very recent discovery brings to light something that we have all known about for some time. The company Mojang, which Notch is a part of, announced that they were working on a new game. Their first "try-hard" game. They kept details about it pretty secret until... well today. They finally let out that the game they are working on is called Scrolls. Beyond that and its website, I don't know a whole lot about it. This is however a brand new dimension for the company and as they have stated, they see it going either way. They have established a massive fanbase already with Minecraft, and they think that Scrolls with deter and attract different people. Really though, my only hope is that Minecraft still remains in focus for a long amount of time. Anyway, I will be following the development of Scrolls pretty closely, but for now, check out the site here:

Monday, February 28, 2011

Games to Look Forward to in March 2011

As the new month approaches (must faster than I expected), there is a whole new line-up for good games. Well, and 3DS stuff, which is looking to go expectantly well. Besides the 3DS, I'm listing some games that I expect will top out the charts this month and why. So these are the games you should look into further.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

XFX 2GB Radeon HD 6950 Review

So, the XFX Radeon HD 6950 is one of the best graphics cards out there. Period. It isn't the best, but the best ones are simply too good to be practical. Well, this one is too, but its much more practical. Anyway, the XFX offering with this graphics card is a double lifetime warranty. When I heard this, my first reaction was: "I don't plan on living more than one life...", but in reality, that means that there is a warranty on it when you sell it to someone else as well, making the all the better. Plus, if you are technically skilled with things like this, a simple BIOS flash, though dangerous, will bump this up to the same specs as the HD 6970. The 6970 IS on the second tier of the February 2011 Graphics Card Hierarchy Chart. So, this card is amazingly good for its price. In my opinion, its the best buy for the ATI side of the chart.

Overall: 48/50

Saturday, February 26, 2011

New Minecraft Launcher

So, Beta 1.3 came out a few days ago. I feel somewhat stupid for not posting anything about it, but this will have to to. has been down for most of the day. I figured it was just some maintenance or something. Well, I re-downloaded Minecraft and discovered a new launcher! That's right, a whole new launcher. I may be a little overly excited, but I do think it is pretty cool. It has the latest updates and what they fix/do. And some other basic news. The only real complaint I have is that the actual login part is almost concealed to the bottom. Its not bad though. One of my favorite things is the inclusion of the Minecraft file directory. Click options (next to login) and then click on the directory; you're there! It saves time of searching for it every time. So, thats about all I have to say about that. And for extra effect, heres a screenshot: (Click to make it bigger)

Friday, February 25, 2011

Official Minecraft App for iOS and Android

Mojang (the Minecraft company) has officailly announced that there will be iOS and Android versions of Minecraft due out later this year. This is exciting news for pretty much everybody. We don't have to deal with crappy clones anymore, and instead get the full product! Well, maybe. I expect that this won't be quite as full featured as the actual game will develop into, but it will nonetheless be a great experience. This will be what will spread Minecraft to the ends of the earth! Stay tuned, as I plan to cover this pretty much as soon as I hear about it.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Skyrim Trailer

Well, a trailer was released today (or last night?) for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. If you haven't already seen it, you need to see it. And I have graciously provided it to you!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Newegg Electronics Trade-In Program

Well, I know I've recommended Newegg before as the greatest online electronics retailer. I'm doing it again. Except this time, there is more of a purpose. Newegg just recently started their electronics trade-in program. The program is powered by Gazelle, probably the most reliable website for actually getting money for gadgets and such. On Newegg however, the program is tailored to offer you the most for your money. Or Newegg gift card that is. When you do it through Newegg, you will end up with slightly more money, but the money will only be useful at Newegg. For computer people like myself, this is an amazing process, and definitely something I will exploit in the (near) future. For others, use this as a learning experience and start selling your stuff to Gazelle. Well, here's the link to the Newegg process, and beware, it is very new, so all the bugs aren't quite worked out. But you know Newegg will cooperative like always.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Minecraft Texture Pack Tutorial (Simple & HD)

So, I threw together a quick tutorial on how to patch different graphics packs into Minecraft. Its very simple, but I hope it helps! Enjoy!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Minecraft Documentary

Well, a Minecraft Documentary is in the works... for a short preview of what it will be like, visit here: Minecraft Video Game, Documentary HD | Video Clip | Game Trailers & Videos |
Really, it's something that really interests me. One, I am looking to become a game programmer. Two, I am a massive fan of not only Minecraft, but Notch. So, check out the video and if you feel inclined, donate!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Minecraft Commercial?

So Notch put out a video on his blog... and the most I could make of it is that it is a really, really weird commercial for Minecraft. At least it is about Minecraft, so I enjoy it nonetheless. Make what you want of it!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Operation Flashpoint: Red River Debut Trailer

Another great game coming out this year, in April I believe, Operation Flashpoint: Red River will probably provide the most realistic combat shooter available on consoles. Though the first installment: Dragon Rising received a lot of criticism, both good and bad, I really enjoyed the game. So obviously, I am looking forward to Red River. Set as Marines in Tajikistan fighting the Chinese Red Army, Red River seems more refined than ever. Check out the debut trailer!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Bulletstorm Boom Trailer

If you don't already know, I'm really looking forward to Bulletstorm. So, since I'm gonna be pretty busy, all I can post today is their brand new trailer. Hope you enjoy!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

How to use Minecraft Cartograph

Here is a quick video I made, basically just testing out my new system. Starting next week, the Minecraft series will be underway, so stay tuned! Anyway, this video will walk you through the installation and use of the Minecraft tool: Cartograph. Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Minecraft Proposal!

It was bound to happen eventually, wasn't it? Some hero thought it would be a good idea to propose to his girlfriend in Minecraft. Actually, I gotta give the guy some credit, simply because he had the balls to do it. Though, there is evidence that she too was a player in Minecraft, so I have a feeling that will be a lasting relationship. Remember, the couple that games together, stays together. So here, check out the video of it!

(I am somewhat worried that the first thing heard is a Nether portal...)

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Crysis 2: Story Trailer

Of course, with my monster gaming computer almost completed I can rightfully look forward to Crysis 2. The first installment was practically a PC benchmarker. If your computer could run it... well, your computer was a god. Anyway, Crysis 2 is also being ported to consoles, and much like Battlefield 3, the PC version should still have the best features and effects. So for everyone looking forward to it, the story trailer was just released. So take a look!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day from VALVe

Since I don't have anything specifically lined up for today, I thought I would just share the amazing video that VALVe put out for Valentines day (and Portal 2). Give it a gander and be amused! In other news, my graphics card is in the mail, so I expect Thursday or Friday to bring an introductory Minecraft video.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

SoundCloud Application Review

SoundCloud, an amazing online music collection, has made the move to the Android Market. Both new and old artists utilize SoundCloud to put their songs out for people to listen to and download. The mobile application acts as music streamer and will let you play any song you can find on SoundCloud. And that's a lot of songs. The app is great for anyone who doesn't have space on their phone for their own music, or doesn't have music to put on their phone.

Overall: 45/50

Bulletstorm Demo Impressions

So I just spent the last hour playing the Bulletstorm demo, and have mixed feelings. Please realize that this is my second most looked forward to game of 2011, so my expectations were clearly quite high. Anyway, from what I played tonight, it was ultimately enjoyable. I played the map about 4 times through. The biggest problem I had was getting inspiration for skillshots. I felt like I was stupid by simply shooting them; I felt obligated to perform skillshots. I guess that that isn't a bad thing, considering the game revolves around skillshots, but it still seemed too forced. The map was pretty sweet, the three enemy types were obviously specialized in something, and the teammates were useless. Actually, the teammates ruined my skillshots more than anything else. I do realize that the full game will feature way more skillshots and enemies and weapons, but I sincerely hope there is more inspiration for using them all to the best advantage. All in all, the game seems to be on the right track for sure; for me though, its a little farther down that track than I expected.
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Friday, February 11, 2011

Skyrim Concept Art

Here is a compilation of concept art for Skyrim. I will probably be covering most of the big mileposts in the development of Skyrim seeing as it is my most anticipated game of this year. Anyway, take, eat, and enjoy! (Click to enlarge the picture)

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Benefits to PC Gaming

It's a pretty big argument, I suppose, which console is better for gaming on. Honestly though, I think the question should be: why aren't we gaming on computers anymore? Well, I can answer that as well as deny my answer, so I am going to do both. The majority doesn't use computers anymore for gaming because it's too expensive. Yes, it's that simple. In order to have a computer that lasts as long as a console you have to put literally thousands of dollars into it. And when that cycle is over, you have to make a new one, pumping just as much money into it. Despite costing thousands more than consoles, I believe that PC gaming is extremely beneficial to a lot of people.

Everyone has computers. Well, practically everyone has computers. But if a person is going to have a computer and console for gaming on, whats the point? When you have a computer that's good enough to play all the new games and such, its capable of a ton of other stuff as well. Stuff that consoles can't do even if they wanted to. Therefore, the benefits of PC gaming are not only a better gaming experience, but a better experience in general simply because there are thousands of new things available to you. And if you are willing to put in a lot of money to begin with, instead of completely building a new system in a few years you can just upgrade the necessary parts over time.

Most of your friends play on consoles? Okay... well keep your console, thats fine. They usually have their exclusives anyway which is a big selling point for them. But PCs have tons of unspoken exclusives as well, and usually get what are considered Xbox exclusives. The best bet for the greatest gaming experience is to get a PS3 and a PC, you get all PS3 exclusives, console exclusive, PC exclusives, and most Xbox exclusives as well.

What it all rolls down to is how much you are willing to put into a computer. If you spend countless hours on a computer anyway, investing in a gaming computer is a great idea. Even if you only spend some time on a computer, but wish you could do more with it, you definitely can with an investment.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Daft Punk 8-Bit

Here's a sweet video that Skyg (my "busy" blogging counterpart) found. If you are a fan of 8-Bit music and Daft Punk, well this is heaven. If you like the song Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger then this is for you. So this is for every person in their right mind.

Alchemy Review

Alchemy is a game featured on the Android Marketplace (different versions on the Apple App Store). The developer is "Andrey 'Zed' Zaikin" and there is a premium version which offers hints and undos, both of which won't be THAT useful, so the $5 premium version isn't worth it in my opinion. The simplest explanation of Alchemy is... well you do alchemy. You start out with four basic elements, put them together to make more elements, and eventually you've over 200 different objects you've created. The concept is very, very intuitive and innovative, but the execution of said concept is... well, please read on.

Overall: 34/40 or 42.5/50

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Battlefield 3

Battlefield 3 is the second biggest game I'm looking forward to this year (Skyrim is 1st). Anyway, as long as EA can get it out before the holiday season, I will be one happy camper. Having just been revealed, Battlefield 3 is already gathering a lot of hype. With the DICE developers working on the Bad Company series, they have stayed in good shape since Battlefield 2, the last big PC Battlefield game (unless you want to count 2142). Battlefield 3 will of course be in the modern era and will feature a few real world maps. Going back to the multiplayer basics that made the series what it is, this will probably be the biggest PC shooter to date. Now it is releasing for consoles as well, but recent news is showing that those won't be as promising as the PC version. So far, the PC version will be the only version with dedicated servers and more than 24 player matches. So, this holiday will be a great time to be a PC gamer so you can get the best of the real Battlefield series. Until more news surfaces, this here teaser trailer will have to tide the crowds over. Enjoy!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Bow Man Review

Bow Man is one of those games that was created to amuse you for very short amounts of time, very infrequently. The game itself is fun and all, but its hard to stay interested. The highest point about the game is probably the two player mode, which allows you to shoot your friends in the vitals and make them bleed all over.

Overall: 34/50

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Label System is Active

I've just added (and will continue to add) a category system to the blog. When on the main page, just look at the right side to find the list of categories. Click on the category you wish to view, and you will get a list of all the posts in the category. I've got all of my reviews separated into different categories, and the other stuff is in their own category as well. There are a few things that fit into more than one category, so they simply go into both. I hope that will make the site easier to use. I do hope to make the move over to WordPress, so I can have different sections for different things. But until then, utilize the new features I implement and enjoy!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Atomic Bomber Review

Atomic Bomber is one of those games that looks lame, but is addicting once you start playing... somewhat like Minecraft. You take control of a fighter/bomber that is defending Europe from a Soviet attack. The more enemies you kill, the more points you get! Anyway, this game is available on the Android Marketplace for free. There is a full version that costs $1.59, and that will let you keep upgrades when you die and will give you an onscreen joystick. On with the detailed review!

Overall: 41/50

Friday, February 4, 2011

Fallout: New Vegas DLC Dead Money coming to PC and PS3

Good news for PS3 and PC gamers this month! The DLC, Dead Money, for the amazing game Fallout: New Vegas will finally be released for PlayStation 3 and PC on February 22. Of course, this is not the only good news. Bethesda also stated that there will be at least three more DLC releases after Dead Money. And to be more fair, Bethesda said they will be released for each system simultaneously. So, every fan of Fallout: New Vegas should have something to look forward to. I know I certainly am!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Update on the Computer

Well, I was really hoping to be able to post this tonight using my new computer. But I'm having some problems getting Windows working. I'll break through it though! Also, I'm still waiting to get my REAL graphics card: the ATI Radeon 6950. That beast will have me burning through games to review and just let you all watch. Until I get the money however, I'm stuck with a crappy Radeon 9250. I'm just hoping it will play Minecraft (there's about a 50/50 chance, and knowing myself, it won't work). So, I hope you look forward to the completion of it all. I know that no one is looking forward to it as much as I am, but oh well.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The Unchanging Plane

I've spent literally all day today in and around planes. Now, I consider planes to be something of a technological advance from say... the early 1900s. I think many would agree with me. Anyway, I realized something really strange... in my (short) life, planes have remained generally unchanged. Sure some big companies ate up smaller ones, but the planes themselves don't really seem to be advancing. Well, this got me to thinking about HOW planes could get better. And quite frankly, I can't think of a whole lot besides the obvious efficiency and comfortable-Ness factors. So, my question for the night: are planes done advancing? Will something new replace them, or will they get better?
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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

NGP Games Trailer

So ya, there isn't much explanation needed here. Just watch the trailer and make your own predictions about the NGP

Monday, January 31, 2011

Games to Look Forward to in February 2011

The second month in 2011 is only bringing a few new games to the table, most of which are games that could be either good or bad. But for the games that I will predict will be good, you've come to the right place. All of the games I'm listing are games that will most likely be worth your time. So check them out!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

The Infection that is Minecraft

Minecraft is officially an infection in my book, and I am an infecter. That is one of the most amazing things about the game, or should I say lack of game. The before it even made beta, Minecraft had almost a million downloads. Thats HUGE for an indy game. The other thing is that there was absolutely zero advertising on the part of Notch. Everyone who has downloaded it, has done so simply because of word of mouth advertising. I'm not certain, but I think thats a record. Like I was saying, Minecraft is infecting everybody. Now, most people think it looks like a crappy game when they see it. Then they play it. Then it becomes a lifestyle. This would be bad if it were anything but Minecraft... but it is Minecraft. So help out; spread the word! I know that I have gotten over ten people playing it so far, with very little effort. And they too have gotten numerous others. So, help out Notch and be sure to tell people to BUY the game!

The Mechanic Review

The Mechanic, starring Jason Statham as a hitman named Arthur Bishop, follows the elite killer while he attempts to train his apprentice. His apprentice is the son of a lifelong friend, which happens to be a previous victim as well.

Saturday, January 29, 2011


So Cartograph is a small tool that someone independently developed for Minecraft. I've gotta give them props, because working with Java can be tough, especially if it involves a whole different program. Anyway, this tool will allow you to map out your world and view it in several different ways. It can be both useful and intriguing. If you play Minecraft, I suggest you check it out. You can download it here: Don't forget to download the C++ package from the page as well, as it is necessary to make it work. I've been using it for a while, and absolutely love it. So check it out! I will probably be doing a video tutorial of how to get it going in a few days. Now here's some screenshots of mine:

Thursday, January 27, 2011

PSP 2! (NGP)

Recently uncovered, the second PSP is long overdue. Back a few years ago, when the PSP 2 was expected, they brought out the PSP Go! It was a huge disappointment to the company and some fans. Finally however, the PSP 2, or NGP (next generation portable), has been revealed!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Computer Stores

Today, I'm just gonna do a short rant on computer stores. Firstly, you cannot mistake me; I'm not saying you should never go to a computer store for anything, because there are times where you should. After all, I will hopefully be working at one soon.

On to my main point! I've never seen a place that makes more profit than a computer store/ repair shop. Computers that you buy will almost always be over-priced even if they are completely custom. Plus, when they repair computers, they do it in the most difficult way possible. They practically rebuild your computer instead of fix the problem, because that of course gets them the most profit.

Next time you have computer troubles, ask a friend that knows stuff about computers. I've fixed many computers that stores told people would cost hundreds of dollars to fix. Better yet, I do it for free. So, hopefully those who don't know, now know!
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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The Elder Scrolls series already has a massive fan base from Oblivion and Morrowind, and now they are adding the fifth installment to the series: Skyrim. Skyrim will take place in, of course, Skyrim (a province just north of Cyrodil). Bethesda has already stated and shown that Skyrim will use a brand new graphics engine; a graphics engine that looks promising even still in development. Not only a huge graphical revamp, but Skyrim will feature some new game mechanics that will hopefully make the experience much better.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Contact Lens Mouse

  The I Contact is a prototype contact lens that will act as a mouse for your computer. The design is really quite simple; tiny microchips in the lens will track your eye movement and display the mouse on the screen correspondingly. It is in development for disabled people in particular, but still, who wouldn't want to try it out. I can't really imagine what one would have to do in order to click, but forced blinking would make the most sense. All in all, the concept is really quite amazing. I haven't been able to find an estimated release for this, but I will be on the lookout.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Antec Twelve Hundred Review

So I've had my Antec Twelve Hundred case for a while now, as I've been accumulating more and more parts (last of them are on their way!). Before I had it, I had high expectations. When I got it, my expectations were surpassed. As you can see, this is already going well. Anyway, I have no need to wait until its completely put together to review it. So here it goes!

A New Challenger Appears!

This is the dawn of a new error!
I am Spencer K. Galloup, also known as Skyg, and I am here to revitalize your interwebz with a fresh coat of meaningless drivel. I would like to thank Addman for letting me join him temporarily until I can get my own blog, YouTube Channel, website, etc.  For now, I will wast all of your precious time with the usual reviews, rants, and humorous self-injury. Do not expect to hear from me at predictable intervals, but I will do my best to supply you with amusement at every possible instance. 

P.S. - i will pwn u all with mai uber noledges!!11!!1!

Until next time, Skyg out.

May the farce be with ye!

Side note from The Ace: An interesting fellow he is, but he certainly has a knack for reviews and criticism which I expect will be both humorous and useful for the site. He's mostly gonna be reviewing his classic games that he loves and hates, as well as some newer stuff. So enjoy his presence while it lasts!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Newegg Mobile Review

Newegg, the home for all the cheapest computer parts, has now infected us with an app for our Android or iPhone. With Newegg as a resource that every computer builder should use, we've now got every resource the website has at our fingertips. When their dwindling supply of processors goes on sale, you can order directly from your phone. What more could a nerd want?

Thursday, January 20, 2011

History of Gaming in 4 Minutes

Now here's something that you don't find every day. Here's a video that (somewhat) sums up the history of video games, and even explores the future. If this doesn't bring back memories, then you must not have very many good memories. Enjoy!

History of Gaming from Florian Smolka on Vimeo.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

IBM Model M

So today I was given a new old keyboard. The IBM Model M keyboard to be exact. I'm guessing that you are curious as to why I would want an old keyboard. Well, the Model M keyboard is renowned as one of the greatest keyboards ever. Ever. First of all, the things don't break. Notch, the genius behind the creation of Minecraft, has had a Model M since he got his first computer back in the 80's. He has been using it ever since. Also, some have built in canals, for dust and any liquid that may get inside, so it will drain out. The Model M weighs in around 5 pounds, which may lead to some of it's durability. So, it's durable, but what makes it so special? Well, the keys use a buckling spring mechanism. This mechanism gives definite feedback whenever a key is pressed, both tactile and audible feedback. Remember the old clicky keyboards? The Model M is the original clicky keyboard. Besides having an amazing feel, which I swear makes me type faster, the Model M has removable keycaps. That is, you can move all the keys around without taking them out. This way, you can switch to the Dvorak keyboard layout in a breeze. Now, this may be impractical, but it is still very useful for cleaning and such. All in all, the Model M is probably the best keyboard ever made, and if you can get your hands on one or you have one, be sure to keep it around.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Which Graphics Card to Get

So you are looking to build a computer, right? Well, if you aren't, you should be. Or at least have someone do it for you. You'll save a ton of money and get something far better. Anyway, the graphics card is one of the biggest aspects in the computer, especially if you are gaming or doing anything that involves video. So it seems like it should be pretty simple right? The higher numbers the better the card? No and no.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Minecraft Songs

Recently, I have been listening to these amazing songs about Minecraft while playing Minecraft. Made by Bobby Yarsulik, every song focuses on a different aspect of Minecraft, from redstone to slimes. They all totally fit Minecraft and their subject matter (except for the diamond song in my opinion). Here is the link to all of his songs on his channel: Click Here. And below is a video that features his biggest song, about plainly Minecraft, with an awesome picture that the video scrolls over. I really recommend listening to these songs while you're playing, or just in general. Enjoy!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

CraigsNotifica Review

Craigslist is a huge thing nowadays. It's like a virtual garage; the second most popular on the web (first is eBay). With Craigslist, you can sell and buy stuff with people near you. Proving somewhat useful, it has gained popularity over the years and is now a pretty busy place in most regions. The Android application CraigsNotifica, or whatever its real name is*, makes everything available to you on the go, so you can sell your junk and also be the first to call on the free HDTV.

*When opened, the name is displayed as CraigsNotifica. In the market, the name is Craigslist and is published by Notification. The adopted name seems to be CraigsNotifica, which is what I will use.

New Addition to the Team

So, its about time that somebody else started using The Ace's Place for ranting, sharing their opinion, and doing whatever it is that I do. So this brings my next point: there is an addition to the Ace's Place team. While this is exciting, the change will come on slowly. His name is Spencer K. Galloup and he is good at one thing in particular: talking. He has been begging me to set up a podcast for him when I had the idea to simply include him as part of The Ace's Place. Once the computer is finished, which is very close, he will be doing video reviews of several games, both classic and newer generation games which should add a whole new dimension to the site. Also, beginning soon will be a short, weekly podcast by him and occasionally myself. Soon enough, we will both be up and running and I still hope to achieve my post-every-day goal. So, I hope you look forward to even more involvement in The Ace's Place! Thank you all!

Saturday, January 15, 2011


Yes, creepers are a pain. A huge pain. Anyone who has ever played Minecraft for any length of time would know that. The picture above pretty much sums them up... Really, I just wanted to share this picture with those of you who haven't found it already.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Minecraft Update is Live!

That's right! Minecraft was updated at some point today and it proves to be quite the update. There may not be a whole lot more to actually do, but one thing is for sure: Minecraft is colorful now!

"Arica" BFBC2 Musical Tribute

So here we've got an awesome game and a bunch of people that like said game. The game we are talking about is Battlefield: Bad Company 2. DCRU Colin created this musical tribute for the game's multiplayer, and I have to admit, its very catchy! So listen to the video (watch if you like, but it doesn't add much) and download from: Enjoy!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Borderlands DLC: General Knoxx Quotes

So, I don't know why these popped back into my head after so long, but they did. One of my favorite parts of the Borderlands DLC: The Secret Armory of General Knoxx was the humor. I mean, it made for some great gameplay and additions to the game, but the humor was just plain epic. Anyway, I wanted to share some of it with you. Even if you don't know the game, you should find this at least somewhat humorous. These are some transmissions from General Knoxx to his Commander: Admiral Mikey.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Modern Combat: Domination - A PS3 Exclusive Shooter with PlayStation Move

So here's what I believe is the first real shooter with PlayStation Move support. (Correct me if I'm wrong.) Of course, you don't have to use Move if you don't want to or don't have it, but it will certainly show what the experience will be like in the future. I expect it will go over quite well actually. Anyway, this PS3 exclusive is set for release on January 18th, which is really soon! The gameplay, from what I can see, reminds me mostly of a mix between Counter Strike and Modern Warfare 2. For a PSN game (and certainly for 8 bucks), Modern Combat has some great graphics and what should be some intense, interesting gameplay. Expect a review on the day of release to let you know how it all pans out in the end. And watch the trailer below!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Minecraft Forward Base System

When playing Minecraft, there are several different methods that are possible to make the mining experience more efficient and more... well, better. Of course, you could create your own, which is exactly what I did, and now I am going to share it with you.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Minecraft for Android

So I found this little tid-bit of info flying around the web... there is a Minecraft for Android in development. Notch is working on something for Android for sure (I'm actually testing it). But apart from Notch's work, someone else has created something rather intriguing. With this application, the user can upload a Minecraft world and explore it on their phone. Nothing more, nothing less, but still a great proof of concept. There is more to come for sure, for now though, watch the video and take a look at what Notch is working on.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Skullcandy Skullcrushers Review

Skullcandy, a headphone manufacturer, is renowned for making some of the coolest headphones on the market. From in-ear to around-ear headphones, you can find Skullcandies all over, and they have some cheap earbuds. Anyway, the Skullcrushers are different from most headphones you can find. They are circumaural , or around-ear, headphones and feature a 30mm subwoofer built in. Yep. A subwoofer.

Minecraft Save Glitch

Well, a few days ago, my computer crashed while playing Minecraft. No biggie, right? Not until I realized that the world that I have been working on for nearly two weeks was gone. Very gone. That was depressing. So of course, I went to the great help of the internet. After some file renaming and various other things, I got my world back. Now, some things to be aware of when a glitch like this happens:

Thursday, January 6, 2011


So here we have a website that is a complete parody of one of the most used and respected websites on the internet. Yes, Wikipedia. There are tons of wikis out there, about specific things, but the mother of them all is Wikipedia. So, not only does it take some guts to create a parody of Wikipedia, but it takes skill and a great sense of humor. A great sense of humor it has! Uncyclopedia is the polar opposite of Wikipedia. Its a place where everything is connected but nothing makes any sense. So, if you have time, use it to visit: Enjoy yourself in the ever growing web of everything that isn't! Particularly, read the page about Pluto. Thats my favorite!

The Best Monitor Brands

Everyone could use an upgrade every once in a while. If you are thinking about getting a nice new display for yourself, then you're gonna have to figure out how much you want to spend, what size you want, and how good of quality you want. Well read on for more information on monitor brands.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Voxatron Preview

Here is a sweet game that Notch (the creator of Minecraft) tweeted. It isn't out yet, but it is something to look forward to for sure. Developed by Lexaloffle, an indy game developer, it already has quite a bit of popularity. Watch the video!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Computer Build Coming Together

On the more personal side of things, my computer build is coming together quite well. Remember it from this post? Well so far, I have the case and the motherboard. This weekend I will be buying a CPU and GPU, not as good ones off of craigslist, but I will upgrade in the future. Then, all that I will have left is my RAM and my PSU, which I will be ordereing from Newegg shortly. All in all, I give it two weeks tops until I get the beast up and running. Why does this matter? Well, it will allow me many more things to do with the site and of course start the long awaited (at least by me) Minecraft Vodcast. Also a sidenote, I think a new member will be added to the site soon who will be reviewing primarily older games and some new ones as well. Another great note: today I reached my maximum pageviews to date: 200. I am quite proud of that, so keep it coming and keep spreading the word!

The Yogscast Minecraft Videos

I feel as though I should share this as it is the primary means for my Minecraft vodcast inspiration. From what I've seen, these videos are the most humorous and interesting than any of the others on the web. If you can find the time to watch them, you will be in for a treat. Here is the link to their playlist on YouTube: All of the current videos will take some time to watch, but it is more than worth it even if you aren't a Minecraft fan.

Monday, January 3, 2011

The Best Android Web Browser

Here we have all out war. Several different developers have released web browsers that are far different from the stock one. Which one is the best you ask? Well, that is exactly what I am going to tell you.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

What is Minecraft?

For those of you that don't know what Minecraft is, you need to read this. If you do already know, read it anyway. Essentially, Minecraft is pointless. That certainly doesn't mean it isn't fun, however. There are several basic materials spread around in a massive, randomly generated world that you spawn in. You spawn in the daytime, but come nighttime, you've got trouble. Once the sun goes down, monsters of all types spawn, threating your materials and your very existence. So usually you want to build a dwelling. Anyway, you gather materials and build things that will allow you to spread out and gather different materials and build better things and eventually make a massive empire. In my game, I have a main base with interconnected bases everywhere, a journey I will take you all on soon. This pretty much sums up the first three nights you will spend in Minecraft as a newbie (Click to enlarge):

One of the most amazing things about Minecraft is the worlds that it generates. They are unutterably amazing. The farther out you go, the more it generates. This pretty much goes on forever like in this video:

This can keep on going until you get to like 8 times the size of the earth's surface, which at that point the coding for the game begins imploding upon itself. Here are some screenshots from one of my worlds that I find extremely awesome: 

If you aren't interested in Minecraft by now, there is something wrong. Soon, I will post some pictures from the world that I have been building in to show some of that aspect. Also, I will eventually put up a video tour and some tutorials and of course start the vodcast.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!

I just wanted to take the time to wish all of my readers a Happy New Year. Get out there and make some great goals for this year. If you are into to trophy or achievement collecting, check out Pesico's Gamerlutions ( for 2011 which should act as a great model for you. Once again, thanks for reading and don't forget to subscribe!

Hyperactive Ninja Review

Hyperactive Ninja, developed by Ninja Coders (the same dev for Minecraft Canary), is an action packed, 2D scrolling game for Android phones. In this generally simple game, you play as a coffee-addicted ninja named Kohimaru. Your mission is simple: to retrieve the world's coffee stolen by the Evil Shogun, who plans to use the power of the caffeine to take over the world. This is certainly an interesting plot, and I must admit makes for some gameplay that is nearly as addicting as coffee.

Overall: 44/50

Gameplay: 8/10
Hyperactive Ninja plays very smoothly and simply, which makes for a very easy to play game. Kohimaru, all jacked up on coffee, is constantly running. Your job is to make him jump by tapping the screen. It doesn't sound all that interesting, but with levels intricately set up with enemies, spikes, and fire, there is some strategy involved. Not only the dangers, you have a limited supply of caffeine which acts as energy. If that bar at the bottom runs out, you're finished. There is, however, a remedy for your energy going to waste. Remember all that stolen coffee you are supposed to be retrieving? Well those cups of coffee are scattered around and they also act as a small refill for your caffeine meter as well as some extra points. Your objective is to reach the door at the end of the level by wall jumping and attacking enemies from behind (and only behind!) before you run out of energy or get killed. All in all, it makes for interesting, fun gameplay.

Playability: 9/10
Really, all you have to do is tap the screen. It doesn't get much easier than that. The only real problem that I have with it is that the most comfortable place to tap the screen is usually right where you need to see. Other than that, there are absolutely no problems.

Entertainment: 8/10
No doubt, Hyperactive Ninja is a very fun game, but there are some times where it just gets too frustrating. Granted these times are more or less rare. Even though most good games are frustrating at some point, this one is different in that you feel like quitting instead of inflicting revenge on the level by beating it. This mostly happens with boss fights and the occasional hard level. Once you beat it, it feels too easy and unaccomplished. The only other frustrating thing is how long it takes for the beginning of each level, which replays every time you die. Mostly though, the game is very entertaining and will keep you interested for quite a while. There are a total of nine chapters to play through, featuring several enemy types and bosses. Plus, with your previous times and scores to constantly beat, achievements, and the connectedness to Scoreloop, the fun virtually never ends.

Graphics: 9/10
For an application on the Android Market, the graphics are one of the best features of this game. The characters are cute enough and the effects are very Mario-esque. Some of the colors are kind of bland and some wooden path blocking things are hard to see, but these aren't very notable problems, and perhaps it is just my eyes. One of my favorite things in the game is the implementation of the directions and tips that are placed in the actual level. For example, on one of the early levels pasted into wall is: "You'll hate spikes soon :)". Little effects like these are something that makes the game more enjoyable and charming.

Sound: 10/10
By far, the sound is my favorite thing about this game. Nice, 8-Bit sound effects mixed with the extensive, 30 song, 8-Bit soundtrack that perfectly fits the frantic action of the game. There isn't a whole lot more to it other than that the sound is perfect for the game.

Overall: 44/50
Hyperactive Ninja is an overall a very good game with very few flaws, but flaws nonetheless. Even though there are some hiccups in the game itself, almost everything about it is flawless. For nearly one dollar, Hyperactive Ninja is worth the money no matter what kind of a gamer you are. If you are short the money, you do at least have the free trial which gives you the first four chapters (out of nine). The Ninja Coders team is proving to be very good developers and I am looking forward to some of their upcoming releases. Thanks for reading and don't forget to subscribe.