Sometimes winning just means not losing or to be more particular not allowing the other team to win.
A quick competitive game of Overwatch, playing using Moria.
It’s been quite a while since I posted. So since I’ve nothing better at this point, here’s a video of my last player of the game in Overwatch.
I still love Moria :o)
Moria still remains one of my favorite characters to play in Overwatch, the fact that she’s Irish is a welcome plus !
Sometimes you just get team compositions which just click and in such cases unless the opposing team are equally in synergy it’s an uphill climb.
A recent competitive game I had at the tail end of season 8 (bronze level), this went on for five rounds before the tie was broken.
The Reinhardt back story video is easily my favorite of the Overwatch videos released this year, the Hanzo backstory “Dragons” a close second. Both are well worth a watch.
And here’s a video of Reinhardt gameplay.
Elite Dangerous is a seriously good looking game, but you know sometimes we’re in such a rush to get in and out of the stations that we never really stop to take in the sights and sounds of them.
So with a name like “Big Harry’s Monkey Hangout”, I figured this is a place to stop and take a tour. So here are my holiday snaps of the various parks and administrative centers.
Nice place for a picnic.
Elite Dangerous, I love it as you might have gathered.
But while playing with a nice Hotas joystick and keyboard is great, I find it somewhat breaks the sense of immersion when you need to use the keyboard or joystick buttons to do things like engage your landing gear or deploy your cargo scoop.
What I needed I said to myself was a control panel, something with switches and buttons.
And there are a number of such things available, but I thought I’d have a go at making one for myself.
To that end I purchased a Teensy 3.5 micro-controller which would act as the brains for my panel. In particular one reason for taking this particular board was the presence of an SD card reader. This will allow me to store my key mappings on an SD card meaning I can easily change the functions of the switches without having to reprogram the controller.
The next major issue I had was finding a housing onto which I could mount the switches. And while a good number are available online, none really fitted the size (and price, yes I’m cheap) for what I had in mind.
But where there is a will there’s a way.
So using some spare MDF I had at home. I fabricated a housing to take the switches.
Count the holes, that’s twenty six of them. Six latch switches and twenty buttons.
That should cover me for most cases, anything else can be handled by the joystick.
A quick run of the plane and some sanding to take the edges off, followed by a quick spray of black paint.
Here you can see the tangle of wires connecting the switches to the micro-controller.
Don’t even try to solder these, spade connectors are the way to go.
I’ve not yet wired up the led’s for the buttons, so it’s going to become a lot more crowded in there soon.
On the bottom you can see the micro-controller and SD card holding the mapping file I’m using, that’s a 8gb card holding a 1kb file. Memory has sure gotten cheap.
Finally here’s the assembled panel, not perhaps as pretty as the commercial products.
It works great and thanks to the configuration file is highly adaptable for use in both Elite and other simulators (looking at you Star Citizen).
Another generation ship in Elite Dangerous has been found, this time the ‘Pleione’.
It’s rather straight forward to get to. Head to the fifth planet in the Hez Ur system and point yourself toward Teuten star. Once you’re about 8,000ls from the planet the generation ship should become visible.
The recent Commanders expansion pack along with the introduction of multi-crews also saw the introduction of new mega-ships amongst which was a number of generation ship.
The first of these discovered was the derelict ship ‘Lycaon’ a ghost ship drifting on a solar systems edge. I decided to take a spin over and take a look for myself and see what the story behind this ship was.
I’ve included all the major points you need to hit in order to find this, along with story of what happened (there’s a spoiler warning before for those who like to see these things first hand).