Bento Box Bits of everything


Happy Birthday Mom

Thinking of you


Set for awhile

It's been 5 years since I've had a new PC. Old PC couldn't even play 1080p vids, and chugged when unraring them.

After much research here's what I ended up with:

Intel i7-930
ASUS Sabertooth X58 LGA 1366 Intel X58
Cooler Master Hyper 212+
Antec CP-850 850W
MSI GTX 460 1gb
60GB OCZ Vertex 2 SSD
1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3 7200rpm
2TB 5400rpm WD Green & LG DVDRW combo deal
500gb Samsung 7200RPM (spare drive from previous NAS upgrade)
Corsair DDR3 6GB 1600MHz XMS
Antec P183
Scythe S-FLEX 120mm Fan 1200rpm

The SSD was the big splurge item and the extra 2TB HDD was an impulse purchase because of the newegg combo deal offered. Had a bunch of deal alerts set up on slickdeals. Turned them off quick after I bought everything. It's going to suck to see everything go cheap on black friday.

Here is everything put together; routing the wires was a pain.

Moved the old shuttle to TV area; suspended my DirecTV service to see how this works out.

Cleaned up the desk area and used the old monitor in portrait mode. Going to be set for awhile; enough storage, enough everything to last another 5+ years. Cleartype isn't perfect on the portrait mode LCD; even after the Win7 cleartype tuner.

No more major purchases for a long time.

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Peripheral Junkie

I blame EGM. Their glossy pages peddled numerous SNES peripherals that spoke of increasing gaming fun/skill. It all went into the junk pile. But the addiction lives on with all the numerous peripherals I own for 360/PS3. Some other memorable crap I had for SNES:

All images were found here; writing this entry for nostalgia factor in case that site dies.

Turbo was a big deal when I was a kid. Turbo was supposed to be the panacea for blistered thumbs and lack of skill. These controllers sucked because they ate up batteries so fast. Mom and Dad really loved me a lot to buy me all this junk.

I wrote about this behemoth in a previous post. Heavy as hell. I remember getting it in Hong Kong; I think my Aunt bought it for me. It was expensive. It was fun programming simple SFII:Turbo commands into it; this was back when doing dragon punches were hard for me. I didn't feel comfortable using joysticks at the time, so it quickly went unused.

I think every kid pretty much had a game genie. This thing was king. I got lots of play time out of it. I remember EGM would offer prizes for new game genie codes, and I mailed in a code that made Mortal Kombat blood turn blue and that the characters would turn into a pixelated blurs sometimes. I also mailed in shitty envelope art I traced to try to get a free game.

I had one of these to play Street Fighter II:Turbo. This was a big deal to me as a kid since back then the US would get games MUCH later than Japan. Getting the games early in HK was a big bonus for me when I went every summer.


Growing up, I remember seeing these Street Fighter Chinese comics in the laser disc store on Noriega. Didn't know they did it for so many video game series. Found out they're called Man Hua. Check them out here and here
Thanks to google, more info on that SF comic here

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PAX 2010

This year I went to PAX with media access thanks to the Seattle Chinese Times. Those reviews really paid off. The treatment as media is way better than a regular attendee. Media-priority kiosks for gameplay, early entrance, and Garry's connections to the PR reps helped get us swag. My favorite is probably the MVC3 shirt and poster.

Day 1 Swag

Getting to go 3 days was a much better experience as well. No longer did I feel rushed to do everything in 1 day. Day 1 we spent doing rounds to all the booths, talking to devs/PR people and playing a few demos, collecting swag. Day 2 I did some more walking around with different friends and played in the LAN free play area. The LAN area was awesome, but the 1-hour limit wasn't.

Games I'm looking forward to:
Duke Nukem Forever (the line was ~3 hours long by the time we finished our demo)
Marvel vs. Capcom 3
Bangai-O HD

Played SFIV against Justin Wong to try to win a SSD or even a t-shirt, but he wasn't giving up any rounds. Utterly humbling. I even offered him $100 to let me win, I told him I'd paypal him right away. He laughed it off and perfect'd me. I was disappointed I didn't do better. I hate the Viper mix ups.

Interviewing the Wondergirls was cool too. I wrote the interview questions, but I made our interviewer look dumb because I didn't do my research on whether they had Chinese songs yet or not. Their launch party performance was good. I had to drink a couple shots of tequila to withstand the incessant talking of one of the guys with us.

This year I checked out the tabletop gaming section. The freeplay selection was huge. Didn't know this subsect of gaming was huge. Played carc in person for the first time. Just as fun as the iphone version.

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