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Friday, July 20th, 2012 09:12 pm
I've solved my PS3 issue, I think.

And guess what it turned out to be? The extension cable. Swapped that out and it's been right as rain since. Long may it continue.
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Friday, July 20th, 2012 10:20 am
You'll remember I said that my PlayStation had gone belly up? Probably not, but I did.

So, I replaced it with a sparkly brand new one…which has exactly the same fault as the old one. All I can say is, "Buh?"

Basically, what happens is that it will work quite happily while you're watching a video or something like that, but the moment you try to load a game, it gets so far along loading the game data and then cuts out. No warnings, no yellow light of death, nothing like that, it just cuts out just as if someone had pulled the plug out at the mains. The last time I tried it, when it was switched on again, it didn't even get all the way through doing its self-test before turning off with no warning.

After a few minutes it seems to come back and be on 'standby', but with the new one it's hard to tell because the lights are not as bright as the old version. Is this an improvement, I have to ask myself.

These symptoms lead me to think that it's some kind of power issue. It's almost as if the call for power during loading a game is too much for the system to cope with. But what do I know?

I've emailed Sony's technical support people, because what is the point of sending the new one back to Amazon (for it is they), if all the units have this problem and it's a known issue? We'll see what they come back with.
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Wednesday, July 18th, 2012 08:23 pm
Now my PS3 has gone belly up. Really didn't need this.
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Tuesday, July 17th, 2012 01:52 pm
I don't know how familiar most of you are with Skyrim – my guess is probably not very – but it is in some ways the most bizarre game.

I started my latest incarnation from new, level 1, and he seems to have grown very differently from the first one. But one thing is clear – you can earn a very handy living on Skyrim as a potion maker and blacksmith. Forget all this adventuring rubbish, all that gives you to get you up close and uncomfortable to bandits and undead. I never have liked zombies, even when they're called "draugr" and have glowing blue eyes they give me a pain, and the less said the better about vampires.

So basically, while my character can be bribed to help out someone by killing bandits, he'd far rather make armour, jewellery and potions from stuff he's picked up that cost him nothing and sell them for a stonking profit. So from that point of view, it's an odd game. Like real life, but on a screen.

In other news

There is no other news except that I have a taker for my old TV. This is good.
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Sunday, November 13th, 2011 12:48 pm
It's one of the settings on my PS3 that's got my totally confused. In the 'display settings' I'm supposed to see my games in 1080i (or is it p? or both?) but whenever I start a game, DA, Oblivion and now Skyrim, the view sets to 720.

It is a pest, because in Skyrim the monitors for your health, magicka and so on are so near the edge of the screen that they don't show up in 720. I'm doing OK so far, I suppose, with guessing how much health and so on that I've got, but randomly dying while in combat because I can't see what's what is becoming very old, very fast.

As I said, in the 'display settings', I'm correctly set at 1080i and I've double and triple checked this. But when the game starts, the setting rejigs itself and goes to the wrong one. And I don't know why.

I vaguely remember being able to reset this inside one of my games, but I've checked them all and none show signs of being able to make such a setting alteration so I could be imagining that. Could it be in the TV settings? I've fiddled about, and that seems correct, too, but it could be something in there that I've missed – I'll try again.

Google has shown up nothing but the 'display settings' alteration I already know about, and that does nothing to correct it.

Help? I'm becoming really annoyed by this.

ETA: I've solved it. It was the TV settings all along. I must have fiddled with them at some stage and never reset them. D'oh!
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Monday, April 25th, 2011 04:28 pm
I've been selling a few old PS2 and 3 games on ebay. The ones I've got listed there are the ones which didn't sell the first time around. If they don't sell the second, they're going in the bin.

Come to the time when I have to package them up, and put postage on, and I decided to have a go with the online postage calculator rather than walk all the way to the post office. I'm just that idle.

First up I try the one on PayPal. That would have charged me over £4 for postage on games which weigh around 150g including packaging. I thought, 'That seems a lot.' So I click on over to Royal Mail, which, after fiddling about (because it's a very fiddly system they have over there) charges me a much more reasonable 92p. Or was it 93? Anyway, under a £. For the same weight and size game.

In fact, I can't find anything on the Royal Mail site which is approximately £4 – it's either a teeny 90-odd pence, a couple of quid or right up to £7 should I want to insure a game for £50. Which, obviously, I don't.

And the moral of that story, best beloved, is do not trust the postage calculator on PayPal. Not that any of you would have.
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Friday, March 18th, 2011 03:34 pm
I've been playing Dragon Age 2 pretty much over the last few days, and even got poor [livejournal.com profile] clare_nce to play when she came over on Tuesday. I was wondering what she'd do, but as I told her, her character made more or less the same decisions as mine did: choose the polite and sympathetic option where possible. Maybe it's to do with being women, I don't know. Possible spoilers )

At the same time, I'm also trying to read Sherlock stories, but I'm being quite picky. 'Not Brit picked, not beta'd' doesn't cut it, I'm afraid, unless heavily recommended by trustworthy parties.

ETA: * I've found out why this is.
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Tuesday, April 20th, 2010 03:20 pm
It is strange not to have vapour trails going across the sky and to not have the sound of aircraft. When they're there, you don't even realise that they make that much noise.

At the Ministry of Magic we have various people either stuck abroad or unable to leave to go on holiday. (The Ministry rarely sends people abroad for work related reasons.) The level of grumbling among those who've booked holidays is rising slowly – I was toying myself with going abroad for once, but my laziness seems to have been the wisest move. Or non-move, if you see what I mean.

Good news

The good news for me is that I'm having three days off – my birthday and the two following days. Go me!

Dragon Age: Origins )
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Friday, April 9th, 2010 02:06 pm
Does anyone who plays Dragon Age: Origins have any advice about killing dragons?

The one on the top of the mountain and the one cunningly pretending to be a woman have so far beaten my characters like eggs for an omlette. In fact, not only have they beaten them, they've chewed them up and spit them out, in a few cases literally. Am I just going after them too soon?
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Tuesday, April 6th, 2010 12:04 pm
So the general election has been called. Yippee. At work we have gone into what is called 'purdah', meaning we can't do a lot of the stuff we would normally do and therefore try to sort out the things which have needed sorting out for the last five years. Like the filing.

Easter is a time for Easter eggs and computer games

I had no Easter eggs. I had to buy some crème eggs on arrival at work this morning and I've secreted them in my bag for later.

As you will have read I spent the Easter weekend in Ferelden, a place which doesn't exist, combating evil. Cut for those of you not at all interested in my video game related amusements )

In the meantime I've started a new character, this time a warrior – something with a bit more going for him than an elven mage. The origins story for a human warrior is quite sad, I thought, and has to colour the character's behaviour for the rest of the game. That could be, of course, because I'm used to playing tabletop RPGs, which are more like acting. Even so, it's going to be hard to persuade me to slaughter Zevren out of hand on encountering him, which is my preference as a player having been backstabbed once; I simply don't think the character would do that.

There lies my feeling about PRGs; the point is to do what the character would do, not what you would do in that situation. What I would do in most of those situations is to run away and hide until the bad nasty thing has disappeared, or I've been killed and eaten. I'm definitely one of the natural NPC's of life.

Further question: Does anyone know if "Awakenings" is coming out on the PS3? I'm not buying a whole new, different, console for one game. Just not going to happen.
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Sunday, April 4th, 2010 11:17 pm
Even on 'easy' (or 'casual' as the PS3 version calls it) some of the Dark creatures are hard. I just spent the best part of an hour beating up an ancient Darkspawn over and over again. I really began to think I'd never win. Bloody things.

There was a spider queen earlier, too, which was more of a problem than it should have been if casual was actually casual. I hate to think what it would be like on 'normal'. As someone on my flist said, I'm in it for the plot not to keep dying all over the place.
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Friday, April 2nd, 2010 11:31 pm
Today was an excellent day; I spent most of it playing "Dragon Age: Origins" (I'm afraid in 'casual' mode as I'm no great shakes as a game player on the PS3), and otherwise watching bits of the 2nd series of Criminal Minds.

This last showed up my prosopagnosia: I'd never before noticed that both the character and the actress changed mid season from one person whose name began with E to another one. I must have just never seen the two episodes either side of the change, but much that was opaque about the series now makes a bit more sense.
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Sunday, August 30th, 2009 05:57 pm
A few pictures from my Welsh trip - we went out one day to a castle the name of which has slipped my mind, but it wasn't far from the motorway and about a 45 minute drive from Bangor. Photos behind the cut. )
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Saturday, August 29th, 2009 03:21 pm
I've been back for days, but too lazy to update.

I had a great time in Wales, I played AD&D, Call of Cthulhu, Steamerpunk and TSR BattleSystem. The CofC game was particularly good, run by a friend I hadn't seen for at least 15 years, and a huge laugh. I'd retell some of the stories, but you really had to be there.

There may be pictures if I can find the right cable.

Since then I've been sitting around recovering, and thinking about the CofC game I've promised to run for [profile] clare_nce and [personal profile] cushy while we're on holiday in Yorkshire in October. [personal profile] cushy asked for a vampire, but I don't think she quite understands what 'vampire' means in CofC terms. Of course, there are things very much worse...