Linux Drivers for “Gaming” Mice

I don’t really game all that much in terms of needing a special mouse to game, but I do have a nice Logitech G Pro gaming mouse because it fits my hand so perfectly. The only problem is the LED effect is simply cycling through colors because I don’t have a Linux driver to handle whatever bit needs to be set to stop the cycling of colors. It really is a great mouse… I tried “libratbag”, but it seems I need a newer version of the ninja compiler than exists in the Ubuntu LTS repositories. Ah well…. I can live with the colors… they look pretty neat. 🙂

Nintendo Switch

It’s been a few months, and I’ve seen that the Nintendo Switch is doing well. It has far too many “enhanced” versions of games (I suppose that’s generally to put product on the shelves. Save the new stuff for later in the year, like Christmas). I have seen that the Switch is going to get Xenoblade Chronicles 2, but so far, there have been no compelling titles that I really am interested in playing at the moment. I guess because I’m still immersed in Skyrim, Mass Effect Andromeda, and Diablo 3. I know, it’s a bit silly to be playing Diablo 3 (over and over and over), but by golly, they got the Necromancer finally! I am so glad they added that character. 🙂

Anyhow, I suppose at some point I’ll get a Switch. But for now, I don’t expect I’ll need to make room under my TV just yet. 🙂

Twitter part 2

I have left twitter, but I decided to leave my “self” there, rather than disappear completely. I have no desire to interact with any of the nitwits anymore. I simply don’t. I thought after a break it’d be a pleasant change and things could go back to normal and the polarized (not sunglasses) opinions would calm down. Well, like in everything else, there is no such thing as an adult anymore. One or two folks who I really enjoy chatting with are still there, but for the most part, it’s a flaming ball of yelling, name-calling, and other nonsense. Twitter has their “elite”, which reminds me of the old days of IRC mods. They were the blue-checks of the pre-social-media era. 🙂 And some were quite alright. However, some were not. And that became most as IRC got more and more AOL folks on its servers.

I guess I’m trying to say, the more things change, the more they stay the same. I’m frankly done being bothered by it. I need to write a script that sorts my working v. non-working MAME ROMs. 🙂

Quick Python Game Update

I thought I’d leave a quick note to my millions of readers about my Python game.  I got to reading the rules of the game I was going to port, and well, it might be too esoteric to be fun solo. So I will play it on paper first to see if it works for electronics. In the meantime, I have a few other ideas involving dice and cards for games that just might be fun. Ages ago I found a website that made a starship combat game with only a poker deck. I wish I could find that site again (it’s not in my bookmarks for some reason.) But needless to say, I think I could create one similarly with some dice and cards too. I’m going to be working on that too, just because I can. 🙂

 

By the way, Moria is an addictive game like Nethack, and I’ve not even left the town yet to explore the endless dungeon. (I did accidentally kill a homeless person in town though. I feel bad about that.) Anyway, in between trips to the dungeon of Moria, I’ll be working on that game. 🙂

Retro-gaming dilemma

At the local Game-eXchange, there’s a Sega Saturn (US version). It looks in reasonably good shape, but it certainly needs a good cleaning. There’s also a few XBox (originals) there as well. I have often thought about getting another spare XBox, because I only have the one that is working (and one spare.) I have a damaged DVD drive XBox that I might could repair now that no one cares if you open the XBox case. I’ve got enough PS2’s and Wiis (though I think I’ll get another one for good measure.)

The dilemma, I suppose you could call it that, is should I get another Japanese one (and perhaps another Action Replay cart), or an American one and another Action Replay cart. 🙂 It’s not an easy decision, given my two Japanese Saturns are in great shape. Based on the number of games I have, I am always on the lookout for spare PS1s. Because it’s easier to play on the original units than overtax my PS2s. (or Ps3 for that matter.) I have many games on the PS2 that will require them to be on for long stretches as I play. Plus, with my secondary console setups (over here at my PC desk), I’ve got enough room to have all my consoles hooked up to something. 🙂

Well, I’ll have to sleep on it, I guess. I’m not going to be able to figure it out this week anyway. Father’s Day is this weekend, and I’ve got lots of work to do. 🙂

 

Retron 5

Now that I’ve used it for a time (a long time actually), I have grown rather fond of it. I don’t necessarily care about the HD portion (though now that I use a 24″ television as a monitor, it’s much more convenient), but the emulation is very good. I have all my retro-esque consoles hooked up now, with the exception of my PS1. It’s not that I don’t want to plug one in, it’s just that I don’t have the room on the computer desk/entertainment center. 🙂

The console is quite playable with the supplied bluetooth controller, but I prefer using the actual system controllers when possible. (I have a Genesis/SNES/NES controller set plugged in at all times, and surprisingly, you can use any of them for any other emulated console, of course the # of buttons will be the deciding factor.)  If you wanted to play Super Mario Bros 3 with an SNES controller, it is possible (and quite usable).

On the other retro-console front, I decided to get my original XBox out of mothballs (I only have one other spare, and one with a dead DVD drive that I could possibly fix in the future) and play a few games. I am shocked how good it was for the time. I enjoy playing Gauntlet:Seven Sorrows on it the most (better than the PS2 version.)

I’ll plug in Morrowind at some point, after I play KOTOR again. (well, finish it for once.)

I guess at some point I’ll turn on my PS4 again. 🙂  Last time I turned on my PS3 was to play Robotron:2084 on the Midway Origins collection. 🙂

 

R.I.P. John Wetton (1949-2017)

I’ve been bummed when a singer or musician dies, particularly one I really enjoyed hearing (especially my teen years.)  When Kevin Dubrow passed away, I was sad, and in some ways still am, given the future he had with music and the revived Quiet Riot. Then Lemmy died, but he was just an icon of metal and rock to me.  I was sad, but Motorhead’s music wasn’t my favorite. I liked it, but I never played it over and over like Quiet Riot. Or for that matter, Twisted Sister. When A.J. Pero died, I was really, really bummed. I still have my Twisted Sister poster on my closet door. A.J. is in the center, raising a fist for metal. I still get a bit teary-eyed when I hear something from Stay Hungry. Knowing he’s gone, and he had more to do as well. I will forever point to Quiet Riot and Twisted Sister for my love of Metal.

But one singer/bassist died yesterday that ripped my heart out of my chest. He had a long career, like Lemmy, but his music is something I listened to almost every day since I first bought Asia’s self-titled debut in 1982. I still have my original LP, that I think I will frame now that John’s gone. I don’t know what else to do. I’m a bit numb. All my favorites are dying, retiring, or who knows what. I know this is how old age must feel, but I am still going to miss Mr. Wetton’s voice. It was singularly unique and always soothing to hear. I don’t know what will happen to Asia now, but I am glad they reunited. It would’ve been a crime only to have John on three records. I’m listening to “Rock of Faith” right now, and it’s hard to imagine he’s gone. He has left a great catalog of music and awesome musicianship to us, but what can I do to stop feeling blue?

If I could go back in time and tell my 12 year old self to do one thing, it’d be “enjoy every day. Stop wishing you were older.”  I’ll never get those days back listening to Asia on my Sears record player. And we’ll never see the likes of John Wetton again. His work opened up musical doors for me that I will be forever grateful for. I hope he knew how much we loved him.artists_johnwetton

Goodbye Mr. Wetton.  I always loved your music. You touched the world and your legacy will live on.  I, and the world, will miss you.