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My Top Ten Games of 2014

2014 was one of the more gaming-light years of my life, which has been an interesting realization for me. I parted with a company I spent many years with and graduated college, started boxing, hiked more than I ever have, and started a career at a company I really dig.

In 2014, there just wasn’t as much time allotted to games as usual… and games have been a very important hobby to me since my early childhood. I still love them, but other parts of life take priority — as they healthily should.

But that doesn’t mean I don’t have at least ten great games I really enjoyed and really recommend! Because I certainly do! Continue reading “My Top Ten Games of 2014”

Summarized Thoughts on ‘Destiny’: Disappointing Greatness

Just to open up…

Not in a long time have I been so torn on my feelings for a game than I currently am with Destiny. For those just tuning in, Destiny is the latest blockbuster game from the studio (Bungie) that brought you the original Halo Trilogy, ODST and Reach. It released bearing loads of hefty promise on its back, and nearly two years of immeasurable hype and marketing push.

And frankly, I’m a little disappointed. Continue reading “Summarized Thoughts on ‘Destiny’: Disappointing Greatness”

Here’s a Cool Documentary About how ‘The Last of Us’ Was Made

If there’s two things I love in life, it’s video games and documentaries. Well, okay, sure — I love plenty of other things like hiking, camping and strumming my banjo, but those other two things are pretty high up on the “how I’d spend a Monday night” list. And when you combine the two and make a documentary about video games, well, let’s just say I’m all ears. And eyes, I guess.

Sit back and watch this cool feature on how the talented developers of both Crash Bandicoot and the Uncharted series worked tirelessly to craft the 2013 masterpiece, The Last of Us.

Which you need to play, by the way.

Titanfall Beta Screenshot Overload

So besides eating and sleeping, I’ve been doing the other thing that everyone needs… playing the Titanfall beta. Though I only got a good 4-5 hours into the game in total, I can definitely say I had a killer time with it.

Here’s some cool screens I took just as the beta was wrapping up. All are shot at 1920×1080 resolution with max textures. Enjoy.

Valve Posted Nearly 30 Video Recordings of Steam Dev Days Presentations

After weeks and weeks of waiting, many of the Steam Dev Days developer conference presentations have been posted online for the public to view. Now, for those of us that are not (officially at least) game developers for Steam, we can see and enjoy all the glory that is uber dev nerds talking about uber nerdy tech. Stuff like engines, virtual reality and an opening keynote from Gabe Newell are available, so get to watching!

Watch all of them here.

How to Install SteamOS More Easily Than Before

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When SteamOS was released in early pre-alpha form by Valve, it wasn’t extremely easy to build and setup a custom Steam Machine — which left excited Steam users (that didn’t get one of Valve’s beta machines) distraught. Thankfully, with the power of the Internet and a bunch of dedicated yoohoos in the Steam and Linux forums, Steam Machines were being born day after day mere hours after the initial release.

And it just got way, way easier.

SteamOS is now available in the form of an easy to use, far more user-friendly ISO — no more custom grub configuration file creation needed, and certainly no more unpacking from Valve’s repository. It’s all thanks to the guys behind YeOldeSteamOS, which in itself is a radical accomplishment.

All you need is a built PC, a 2GB thumb drive or DVD, and an ethernet Internet connection.

How to Install SteamOS via ISO

  1. Download the official ISO from the Steam repository.
  2. Download and extract Win32 Disk Imager.
  3. Run Win32 Disk Imager.
  4. Select the .iso file you downloaded, and have it burned to a thumb drive or DVD by selecting it in the second pane.
  5. Turn on target PC, insert thumb drive or DVD, and restart.
  6. During restart, press proper key to select a bootable device (to boot from thumb drive or DVD), and select the one that applies to you. Usually this is F2 or F10.
  7. Use the automatic installation option when prompted, and follow prompts it mentions regarding when to remove your installation media.
  8. After installation is complete, log onto the resulting system (using the Gnome session) with the predefined “steam” account. The password is “steam”. Run steam, accept the EULA, and let it bootstrap. Logoff the steam account.
  9. Log on with the “desktop” account. The password is “desktop”.
  10. From a terminal window, run ~/post_logon.sh. This will prompt for a password – enter “desktop”. This script will perform the post-install customizations, delete itself, then reboot into the recovery partition capture utility.
  11. Confirm “y” to continue and the recovery partition will be created. When it is finished, reboot into your freshly installed SteamOS.
  12. Select the reboot option if CloneZilla prompts you to after this process.

Let me know how it goes! I’ll update this later with steps about getting some of the most up-to-date updates for SteamOS, called alchemist_beta. Again, more on that later.

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