To europe, to europe, to lower our ping

Four months after Elder Scrolls Online launched and the EU megaserver is finally going to be located in Europe. Originally the NA and EU megaservers were both housed in the US so that Zenimax could work out and deploy any post-live problems with a faster turn-around.

Of course this has seen the ping to the server being higher and some suggest it increases lag in PvP, not that I have noticed or experienced it myself.
I have often pondered if some players in PvP were NA players making the most of the lower latency to wail on EU players, it would explain my Kill\Death ratio.

So other than a 9 hour downtime starting at 1pm BST on Wednesday 30th, there shouldn’t be much to report and it will go swimmingly (Fingers Crossed).

The full announcement can be found here :

Fiddling with filters

Since reaching level 50 and completing the main story quest I’m been taking a little away from questing in Elder Scrolls Online. I’ve used the opportunity to take a quite a few screenshots in the areas I’ve completed recently I wondered about adding effects to the images to see what I could produce.

There are a number of applications out there for image manipulation but I decided to use one I was already familiar with, as I have it installed on my phone. It’s one of 3 apps from Autodesk and is called Pixlr-o-matic , you can use it online or it’s also available as a download using Adobe Air.

Here are the results

I have to say I do like the way the lighting is altered in each, it makes effect 3 and 4 almost feel like drawings/artwork.

#ESO #ElderScrollsOnline

A nervous Twitch.TV

Reports are out that Google has completed the purchase of Twitch.Tv for $1 billion which confirms the rumours about the purchase that were circulating in May.
I’m interested to see what steps Google take with the streaming service, whether it will include auto-saving of shows directly to The YouTube site along with tighter integration or if the Brand will be kept complete separate (save being able to logon with Google Accounts ofc). Whichever direction it would surprise me if there is much change before Christmas.

If the Google account are used the recent Google’s reversal on Real Name policy will at least mean streamers/viewers real identities are directly exposed to others, if they use decide/must use a Google account.

As with any time we see companies bought out, loyalties will be tested and it wouldn’t surprise me to see some well known streamers jumping ship to other streaming services such as UStream or Hitbox, but with an already strong Apple and Android presence other services may seem lacking.

Sadly my upload speed currently isn’t good enough to support Streaming my adventures in gaming, fingers crossed that the upgrade at the exchange completes sometime soon, as half my town have fibre, just not the half in inhabit.



Keyboard melting

I’ve had my Sidewinder x4 for nearly 3 years and and and it’s finally staring to show signs of wear.
The keyboard itself is still in working wonderfully but the continually use of certain keys has meant the plastic coating on the lettering is slowly wearing away. This appears to be due to the letter printing being on the outside of the key 😐

It doesn’t seem like I’m the first to experience this and as there are a few for sale on ebay that look to be suffering from the same problem. I have been watching for a second-hand one in good condition but the product looks to be discontinued as it’s out of stock everywhere, thus the chances of finding one with keys intact is proving rare.
I previously contacted Microsoft to see if I could purchase replacement keys but that was pretty much a dead end.

Out with the old

So in preparation for purchasing a replacement I’m on the hunt for some new hardware and have shortlisted some that interest me. For me there are a number of features that I would like, first is is dedicated media keys, I dislike having to perform some key combo just to mute sound. secondly nothing over the top, like the Madcatz Strike 7, and last I have limited space so nothing crazy wide like some of the old Razer products measuring over 50cm, which almost places my mouse in the next room.

  • Aorus – Thunder K7 – Gigabytes gaming brand is new to the scene but the build quality looks to be good and there are a number of features that appeal to me, like the de-attachable numpad/macrobank, however wrist support only works for the complete keyboard
  • Corsair – Vengeance K70 – A solid mechanical keyboard that comes with a few options of Cherry MX switch types, has media keys/volume wheel and a wrist support
  • Ducky – Shine 3 – I do like the look of these and they come in a mix of MX switches and backlighting but the lack of dedicated media keys is quite off-putting
  • Logitech – G710+ – Standing as Logitechs first Mechanical keyboard the G710+ has very mixed reviews. Only in Cherry MX Brown with a very high price tag. Does have media keys and volume roller.
  • Razer – Various – I have owned 2 Razer keyboards and despite being nice they are very bulky, which isn’t good for me requirements. However the newer boards have swapped from Cherry to their own switches which they are reporting have been designed for gaming.

I may have to put a little more time into working this out.
What are you using?