50 Years of Time and Space: The Doctor Who Anniversary

**There will be spoilers in the article, so if you have not yet seen the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who yet, I would advise not reading this!**

DW50 BannerSaturday, November 23rd was a very important day for Whovians all around the world. Especially for myself. This was also the first time ever that Doctor Who was simultaneously broadcasted to over 75 countries all over the globe, as Doctor Who was celebrating its 50th anniversary.

To be quite honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect from what was going to be one of the most important episodes in Doctor Who history. I was excited, of course, (even switched shifts with a co-worker so that I could have that day free), but at the same time I was nervous that my expectations were too high and that the episode wouldn’t be as amazing as I’d dreamt it would be.

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Sharing video comparison

I was a little disappointed in the video quality of the shared video for both the Xbox One and the PS4.  They both work well enough, but I wish they used a higher bitrate for capturing.  As  comparison I used Avermedia’s Live Game Portable device to do a video comparison.  The Xbox One and PS4 video’s are going to be on the left, and the LGP will be on the right.

If you have a hard time seeing the difference with youtube, you may want to download the video with keepvid.com and look at it locally for a better comparison.

*UPDATE* Xbox One game sales

Before the PS4 launched last week, Target and Amazon stepped up and had a Buy 2 Get 1 free sale on their games.  For Target it was on all games in stock, not just PS4 games, while Amazon was strictly doing it for the PS4.  Now that the Xbox One launch is around the corner (11/22), many of us were hoping for a similar deal.  Unfortunately the best deals available don’t even come close to the Amazon/Target deal, even if you include Black Friday.  In order to help keep a few dollars in your pocket I scoured the internet to find the best dales for your Xbox One.
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Remote Play over the internet part 2

I’ve been doing a ton of testing with Remote Play on the PS4, using my Vita, and the results are pretty positive, but not perfect.  In my testing, I had a 5 Mbs upload with Time Warner which is causing any issues that you see in my videos.  On games that aren’t visually intense it’s not too bad, but on NBA 2K14 it definitely hampers things.

Another issue with Remote Play, are the actual controls.  The Vita just isn’t good as a controller, and it’s a shame, because Remote Play is a great feature that’s hampered by awkward controls.   The Vita doesn’t have an L3, R3 that have been standard in most controllers for a decade since the PS2.   The back touch screen means that you have to hold the controller awkwardly or risk activating something you didn’t mean to.  Perhaps I just need to get used to the Vita, but it feels like I have to get used to using a poor design.

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Remote Play over the internet between the PS4 and the PS Vita

This shows off the PS4 using remote play with the Vita across the internet. For the simplest setup you should have UPnP enabled on your home router. If your home router doesn’t have UPnP then either turn your PS4 into a DMZ host, or enable ports 9295, 9296, and 9297. Hopefully this will get you working.

Test Details:

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 as a mobile hotspot over T-Mobile’s LTE network averaging 15 Mbs up and down.
  • Time Warner’s home internet connection speed of 30 Mbs up and 5 Mbs down.
  • Netgear WNR3500Lv2 router with UPnP enabled.  

How to Replace Batteries In Your Sega Master System and Genesis Games

What did my girlfriend want for her birthday?  A Sega Genesis.  I’m so happy.  Unfortunately, my Generation 1 system disappeared a long time ago.  It never stopped working but I think I loaned it away and never got it back.  Therefore, I Ebay’d a new one (Generation 1 of course).

I knew that I saved some of my cartridges for a reason including the epic Phantasy Star series (my favorites).  However, I had two problems.

1) The beloved Phantasy Star 1 was not a Genesis game.  It was made from the precursor, Sega Master System (SMS).

Best game ever made.

Best game ever made.

2) Phantasy Star 1 was released in the US in 1988.  I bought it immediately.  Therefore, in this little plastic container was a 25 year-old battery!  I just hoped it wasn’t leaking all over the printed circuit board (PCB) by this time.
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EXCITING NEWS! BBC Posts Doctor Who “Day of the Doctor” Prequel With A SURPRISE!

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UPDATE: A good question posed. It’s in the comments after the video.

This morning the BBC posted a 7 minute prequel/short leading up to the Day of the Doctor 50th Anniversary episode.

Nothing will be said here. After the cut, you’ll see the video. After the video will be a bit about my excitement. DON’T READ UNDERNEATH THE VIDEO IF YOU DON’T WANT A SPOILER!! OMG IT’S SO GOOD! CLICK ON HERE AND WATCH IT SO YOU CAN FREAK OUT WITH ME!

My 360 on the PS4

ps4_hw_2d_rgbNot too long ago I was pretty convinced that I was going to cancel my PS4 pre-order.  I even wrote an article about it called Canceling my PS4 pre-order.  Then I did a breakdown on the PS4 FAQ and discovered some interesting things.  There were some negatives and some positives, but in the end it made me reverse my opinion on the system.  I’ve gone back full circle and now I’m going to keep my PS4 pre-order.

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Videogames sales from Target and Amazon

Both Target and Amazon have announced a sale where you can buy two games and get one (B2G1) for free.  In Target’s case, it is for all video game systems including the Xbox One, and the PS4.  For Amazon they are only doing it for the PS4 for now, but will hopefully expand that to the Xbox One next week.

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