Sunday, September 26, 2021

Mayflash F500 and a Magicboot

So I bought this:

I bought this along with a "magicboot" to use with my Xbox One. I did this because of the lack of options for Xbox compatible arcade sticks. I would have preferred to only have to order one item, but that simply wasn't an option. So I have basically made a makeshift Xbox Arcade stick.

This stick usually works by plugging an official controller into via usb. Doing so will let it work with almost anything. However, having another controller tethered to it at all times is both awkward and cumbersome. The magicboot plugs into the same usb port and takes the place of the other controller.  

This works well, and is a quality stick. I plan to get a bat top for it, and get some art going. Very happy with this. 

I do still want to get a stick for the PS4. I could buy a second magicboot, only in playstation flavor, but I dislike the idea of switching them around. Debating between the Qanba Pearl, and the Hori Real Arcade Pro N. Not sure which direction to go.

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Xbox Series X

I would like to get one. Even Microsoft's own store doesn't have them. How does your own store not have them? It is getting close to a year since release. Seems like these should be a bit more common place by this point. 

 It is not a real problem, many worse things in the world than not having a new toy at hand. Still, I am a man that loves gaming. I don't care what on, hand me a fancy calculator and I will figure a way to game on it. 

On several resent game purchases I see a tag letting me know that it contains both an Xbox One and a Series X/S version. I am curious to see how big of a difference it will be. I assume it will vary from game to game. Resident Evil Village will likely have a noticeable difference, while I doubt there will be much to notice on Saints Row the Third.

Some 360 and original Xbox games are also said to be enhanced, but I have never owned a 360 as I didn't have the money for one at the time. Still I have a collection of 360 games due to the backwards compatibility of the Xbox One. Backwards compatibility was the main reason I got an Xbox One, to play the 360 games I had missed.

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Resident Evil

It seems like ever since RE4 that the games get easier rather than harder as you progress. This seems like bad design, but there is nothing that can be done about. You gain power as you play, but the danger level pretty much stays the same. You start out with just a pistol and very little ammo. So you find more weapons, and you find more ammo. Then you can upgrade your weapons, so each round of ammo is more effective. As long as you are not careless with your shots, you will soon have a huge surplus of ammo. There is no good way to balance this. You could make enimies take more bullets, but that is tedious. You could limit ammo more, but that would lead to unwinable states. Capcom claims the games adapt difficulty to your playing, but that doesn't seem to mean a damn thing. Not complaining, just seems odd to me,