Get Real! // Unboxing an HTC Vive

Before the 28th of August 2017 I had not tried any kind of virtual reality device. Then I went to get an HTC Vive virtual reality headset, since there was a significant (-$350cdn before tax) price drop not long before. This post is a look at the unpacking process and a few notes about the device.

Dirt Rally // Pikes Peak Hillclimb Record Attempt

With 152 turns over 19.9km, the real-life world record for the Pikes Peak hillclimb course is a staggering 8:13 by Sebastien Loeb in 2013. Using the same car in Dirt Rally and after a lot of practice, I beat the record time by 9 seconds to come in at 8:04. Other people have done significantly better in-game, but I am very satisfied that I managed to get to this short a time. Below is the video of my run.

Non-cloud Saves // Just Cause 3

A large portion of games now use either Steam cloud or their own online save system, which conveniently avoids losing progress and (sometimes) settings after a reinstall. I was somewhat surprised to find that Just Cause 3 doesn’t do this.

Servers Shutdown // Nosgoth

As a habit I keep my large library of games installed and track updates as they come in via Steam. I thought I had noticed something about it before on RockPaperShotgun.com, and sure enough today there was an “update” to Nosgoth. I checked the Steam news feed for the game and confirmed that it is closing down its servers today, ending the game.

A Taste Of // Evolve

Evolve is primarily a co-op first-person shooter, but with third-person brawling for the titular evolving monsters, who play solo against four hunters.

4K OK // Testing 3840×2160

Boxed Samsung 28D590 UHD Monitor

On July 2nd I picked up a Samsung LU28D590S, an entry-level Ultra High Definition (UHD) 28″ monitor, for can$655 (~us$612, €450, £357) after taxes. Since then I have been doing various tests to determine exactly which games support UHD and to what extent, as well as trying to get a sense of how it changes various games and software.

In this post I give a general review and opinion of the monitor and examine the viability of “4K” gaming.

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Virtual Cartography // Railworks 2013 Routes

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Railworks 2013 has a built-in editor, which displays the GPS coordinates of each quick drive location on a route. Using that information I have created Google Earth/Maps versions of each of the 24 routes I currently have for the simulator.