2019: It’s here, I guess.

2019 is here. I can’t say that I’m that excited. It is just another date on the calendar and a new number I have to remember to write on my checks. My current feelings about the coming year involves less giddy anticipation and more just morbid curiosity about how disappointed I will be.

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2018: A NEW HOPE

As years go, 2018 didn’t seem to have an identity of its own, just a mere continuation of 2017. I discovered the classic series, Columbo and Breaking Bad. I got really into the card games Star Realms and Splendor. After a trip to the Farm Show, I binged the farming sim Stardew Valley and created my own real life garden full of many varieties of basil, tomato, and peppers, to some success. E3’s Cyberpunk 2077 announcement had me searching for anything Cyberpunk including Blade Runner 2049, Android Netrunner (RIP), Shadowrun Returns, even Strange Days and William Shatner’s terrible TekWar series.

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2017: The Coming of Shadows

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“By 2017 the world economy has collapsed. Food, natural resources and oil are in short supply. A police state, divided into paramilitary zones, rules with an iron hand. Television is controlled by the state and a sadistic gameshow called “The Apprentice” has become the most popular program in history. All art, music and communications are censored. No dissent is tolerated and yet a small resistance movement has managed to survive underground.
When high-tech gladiators are not enough to suppress peoples freedom… more direct methods become necessary.”

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Gaming Keypads and Retro Gaming

Video Games - AtariNote: This is not sponsored by any company nor is this a review of any specific product. While I do mention my specific device, this should apply any and all programmable gaming keypads.

As a programmer and a PC gamer, I have an affinity towards programmable gaming keyboards. The ability to create macros on the fly is invaluable both in a game and in an IDE. While I always liked the idea of a gaming keypad, I never really could justify the high price since I already use a programmable gaming keyboard. However, when I found one on sale I bought it without hesitation. I figured, even if I don’t like it for gaming, I could always take it to work and use it with my laptop for programming.

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Nintendo Switch Thoughts: Such Wasted Potential

MiiThe Nintendo Switch is by far the most disappointing console I have ever bought. Not because it is bad, per se but because I had such high hopes for the platform that it just totally failed to deliver on. I have been enamored with the idea of a portable home console since the original Gameboy came out in 1989. Even with the limitations of poor battery life, one of the worst monochrome LCD screens in existence, the inability to play in low light without a monstrosity of a battery-sucking, glare-inducing magnifier / light, the ability to take my NES favorites like Mario, Zelda, and Tetris was pure magic. With the exception of the ahead-of-its-time Sega Nomad, Handhelds always seemed like isolated ecosystems two generations behind the rest of the gaming world. Even the Vita felt closer to the most beautiful PS2 than a handheld PS3.

Enter the Nintendo Switch. Now, you have a home console that can be played anywhere. Handheld and home games are no longer separate experiences; the same game I play on the TV is the same game I play in the palm of my hand. This was my gaming Nirvana.

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Fix – Dual Shock 4 No Longer Connects To PS4

Ren And Stimpy Angry DadI like my PS4, but damn does it cause me headaches. Here is a problem I came just across, My DS4 controller that I use exclusively with my PS4 decided it didn’t want to connect to the PS4. I plugged it in via USB, pressed the reset button, but it still wouldn’t connect. I even got my spare that I use for multiplayer and streaming to my Mac and even that wouldn’t connect. I searched for an answer and found bits and pieces of what to do but nothing that worked in whole.

Here is how I eventually solved the problem.

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