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Sure I can run Crysis… but Obduction?

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I thought it was excellent timing that I had a day off on the release of Obduction. I’ve really enjoyed the game so far, so much to explore and take in. It’s like Myst without linking books, and in space. It was really difficult to pull me away from it, thankfully the memory leak in the game ate my system RAM and my VRAM.

Yeah, the release has been a little buggy for people. I count myself among the luckier ones too. I’m really glad that I don’t game on a mac. Hopefully Cyan releases some updates though, from the performance standpoint I can only say it’s “playable” at best, and that’s on a 6 core 12 thread Xeon processor and one of the best GPU’s out there. There have been some other tips and tricks I haven’t done yet to improve performance (one being deleting your save and starting over), so I’ll try that next time I play the game.

I tried recording some clips with my the Elgato software but I’m still running into little annoyances with video/audio latency. So I’ve switched over to OBS Multiplatform earlier tonight and tested that. I still need to refine it but I can already tell it runs much better, the desync issues aren’t there and if they are they are not as apparent. And unlike old OBS I can actually use my AMD codec! Meaning I can record from the capture card, use that codec and save CPU/GPU usage. And the nice thing about OBS? It looks like that will let me stream and record at the same time much like Elgato’s Game Capture HD, which I didn’t know since up until this point I’ve been using classic OBS.

With all of this stuff I can honestly say I’m never bored. 😛

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Obduction est sorti ! Whoo Hoo !

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Ça y est, après 3 ans d’attente, Obduction est disponible sur Steam, GoG et Humble Store. Plus d’infos sur Myst Aventure Par contre, il va falloir patienter un peu, les 15 Go et quelques du jeu mettent pas mal de temps à charger depuis Steam (leurs serveurs doivent saturer unpeu…)

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Obduction awaits

At 7am PDT Obduction will be ready for release, apparently. That’s according to one of the playtesters (I think?) on Steam. I haven’t heard or seen anything from anyone at Cyan, so we’ll see how this goes. In the meantime I’ve been going between reading websites and playing various games. Guess I’ll get some rest, wake up to see if I got my game code, and go back to sleep while it downloads. I have the day off tomorrow so chances are I’ll play the game a bit.

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Revisiting (slightly) older games

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Sometimes we all need a good charge.

Since I’ve mostly been doing technical experiments with hardware lately I decided to take a break and do some gaming of the Portal Variety. I even went back to the original game and got a couple of achievements. All I could think about while beating a couple of the advanced chambers was how Valve really needs to get back into gaming software. I miss being stoked for their games. Thankfully Portal Stories and Time Machine are nice alternatives. Tag? I still haven’t figured out what I think about it yet.

Some games are like that. Not sure if I’ll love them or hate them, and sometimes they take revisiting. Take Dead Island for example, I used to be annoyed with it when I first played with it a bit a couple years ago. But this time around I cracked it open again and actually had a good time. Maybe it was from the knowledge I learned playing Skyrim, but I seemed to have a better time going on quests and leveling up than my previous attempt. Might have to go back and play through it some more soon. I think one of the turn offs the last time I played it was the odd placements for some buttons, the kind that tell you this was made for a console, even the Borderlands games have this feeling for me. But I have a better understanding for it now so hopefully it’ll continue to be fun. 😀

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What I’ve learned about the Elgato HD60 Pro

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The Elgato HD60 Pro has been a bit of a learning curve. One of the reasons I haven’t been posting lately is due to my desire to get the best stream/recording combo up and running, and believe me when I say there have been some bugs that needed a good thwarting.

One issue I ran into prevented me from recording if I had flashback mode disabled. At first I thought it had to do with how I had the Elgato plugged into my GPU, when the entire time it was actually my audio.

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I have a Creative XFi sound card with a ton of plugin options, and I noticed the software seemed a bit confused when it came to establishing which port was ok and what wasn’t. So I disabled everything but what I intended to use and all of a sudden the program started to let me record.

However my worries weren’t laid to rest as I encountered yet another bug was discovered while recording. The audio would have frequent skips throughout the final mp4 as though there was a buffering problem. After more intense experimentation I found a solution, record the game audio separately from the video. This gives me three different files:

  • The Mp4 file
  • Commentary Audio (if needed)
  • Game Audio

For some reason recording separately vs mixed streams outputs a better quality result. Which I’m ok with since I can just compile the footage in premiere anyway as well as tweak each audio file to my liking if needed.

However…

After about 18 to 20 minutes in the video will suddenly have video/audio latency issues that cannot be fixed. So what I have to do is record in increments of about 15 minutes to play it safe, which honestly isn’t that big of a deal to me. In FRAPS and even in OBS I’ve always stopped and started to make shorter files as an old habit. If I have to continue this practice I don’t see a reason to rage.

Now onto streaming. Twitch has been rather fickle, but that’s before I even bought the card. YouTube on the other hand has been really seamless, whatever I throw at it will stick. I streamed Dead Island while recording a local copy with zero framerate loss. The only problem I had was when I went to stop and start recording the game capture HD program didn’t want to behave, but that seemed to be related to Dead Island from what I can tell, as I tried to interact with other applications on my 2nd monitor and it outright refused until I brought up my task manager (revealing an adorable Stewie Kitten on live stream to my audience of 1).

I think I finally have it figured out enough to get started on proper recording again. If things continue to go smoothly I’ll do a YouTube video review of the hardware and address on the issues I’ve had to lick, on the chance that someone might be in a similar position with audio issues.

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Not-so-new D'ni

In this post on the MOUL forums, Khreestrefah points out the similarity of the text on the Riven soundtrack CD to a phrase appearing in Cosmic Osmo. The following is tentative and assumes that the two sentences have exactly the same meaning.

met yishah ko-ken-en ko-pazgo te=nahsh m=re=tson ahzmorelu
this planet PST-COP-3SG PST-fund in=? from=the=foundation Osmorella

New nouns:
tson 'foundation'
yishah 'planet'

New verb:
pazgo 'fund'

Mysterium 2016 Wrap-up

Shorah all,

Well, another Mysterium has come and gone. We had a blast in Salt Lake this year, and we hope you all did too! Before we officially wrap up Mysterium 2016, though, we have a few more things to post. So let’s jump right in.

Wrap Up Survey

We want to make sure Mysterium is the best convention it can be. To that end, we’ve once again written up a survey to see what people liked and disliked this year. You can find it here:

https://goo.gl/forms/gIDUFEPc3AIlGtW03

This survey is also open to people who couldn’t make it this year. The more responses we get, the better we can gauge where we should bring the convention and what people want from it. The majority of the questions are multiple choice, so please fill it out if you have a few minutes. Send the link to any other Myst fans you know, too!

Mysterium Photos/Video & The Cyan Documentary

We know many of you took photos and video at Mysterium. We’d love to collect links to all of those so that we can share them with the rest of the community. If you have an album or playlist somewhere, please either let us know in the comments or by sending us an email: http://www.mysterium.net/contact/.

Also, as announced at the beginning of Mysterium, filmmaker Philip Shane is creating a documentary about Myst, the Miller brothers, Obduction, and the Myst/Cyan community at large. He is currently in Spokane recording the final days of Obduction’s development. He is planning to launch a crowdfunding campaign in the future to raise money for the project, and will hopefully be able to interview fans and attend a future Mysterium. In the meantime, he has asked that anyone with photos or video of Mysterium please send them to him for possible inclusion in the documentary. You can get in touch with him at http://myst.movie/.

Event Recordings

We have uploaded all of our event recordings to Youtube. You can find the playlist here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLxkV43WY77wFFCvBZPm_6LgXxC1zf6Q0x.

We’ve received feedback about the quality of the stream and recordings of Mysterium events, and I’d like to take a moment to address that. In the past few years, we have invested in better A/V and streaming equipment to improve recordings and streams of our on-site presentations. However, good A/V equipment is very expensive, and we have to prioritize our extremely limited funds for the on-site attendees who have paid to come to the convention. We are also an entirely volunteer-run organization, so sometimes our staff’s available time can be just as limited as our funds. We do the best we can with what we have, and will continue improving our technological capabilities as we are able to do so.

I’d like to give a big shout-out to Drew/Tanshin, who spent pretty much the entire weekend manning the A/V system, and then took the time post-con to clean up all the videos.

Mysterium 2017 Announcement

As announced at the end of Mysterium 2016, our 18th annual convention will take place in Orlando, Florida on the weekend of August 4-6, 2017. The con-chairs for 2017 will be Capella and OHB. From what I’ve seen, they already have some fun new ideas, and we all hope you’ll be able to join us in Orlando.

Wrapping Up

I’d like to close by thanking all of our Mysterium volunteers, our presenters, our prize donors, and the Myst community for making Mysterium 2016 another fantastic event. We had over 90 attendees this year, and are thrilled that our numbers continue to grow. Please don’t forget to take the survey above so that we can make Mysterium even bigger and better in future years!

Well, that’s it for Mysterium 2016. See you in Orlando!

-Taniith
Mysterium 2016 PR Bah’ro

At least three interns lost their lives making this feature, but if we can scare even a single gamer into Wiiing responsibly it'll be worth their sacrifice.

First up, these guys made Aquaman's trident, and it's amazing.

A study has found that playing Mario Kart makes you a better driver!

Third Eye Blind trolled the RNC at a (separate) benefit in Cleveland during their convention, it's epic!

In case you didn't see, The Daily Beast ran an article outing gay athletes, treating them like some sort of animals to be gawked at.  The larger problem, is that many of those athletes come from countries where it is illegal to be gay. An out swimmer from Tonga breaks it down.

A fun comic from Surviving The World:

Tim Curry has officially endorsed the remake of Rocky Horror, which looks really good!

A great open letter from The Good Men Project: Dear Willfully Ignorant White Men of America.

Sarah Michelle Gellar slays (sorry, not sorry) anti-vaxxers, and it's amazing.

The Rogue One trailer:

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Rocket and Groot, from Guardians of the Galaxy, will be on the official emblem of the mission to Mars.

One more from Surviving the World, including a great pun:

For the last time, "chemtrails" aren't a thing.

In honor of the spirit of the Olympics, here is the "Anthem of Anthems," really cool!

Peter Mayhew's (Chewbacca) moving tribute to Kenny Baker (R2D2)

American Horror Story season 6 launches this year, here's the anthology trailer:

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How not to get stuck in traffic, according to science!

A moving and in-depth interview with Colton Haynes about his family life, struggling to come out and life in Hollywood.

I'm so excited for "Hairspray, Live"!  Here's the trailer:

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The Pope, once again, attacks trans* kids.  The normal reminder, that institutionalized discrimination, especially from something as big as the 1 billion-members Catholic Church leads to increased violence and suicides against those groups.  And let us not forget that this is the same church that protects child molesters, so maybe people should stop listening to them.  Just a thought.

On the other end of the spectrum, Nike has a great ad about Chris Mosier, a transman who competes in the triathlon.

 

dynamitard--One who aims at regenerating society by the free use of dynamite

Alright, let's see what we have today

Quantum Break is coming to Steam apparently

I’m guessing it didn’t sell too well as a Windows Store PC/XBox exclusive, here is the Steam page for it. It looks like it have a Direct X 11 version as well for those of us who don’t want to deal with Windows 10.

Unfortunately the only thing that’s enticing about Windows 10 is Direct X 12 which handles AMD cards with amazing results. Sadly all the other junk they’re pushing is still keeping me from wanting to upgrade anytime soon. Not that it matters, I’ll probably grab Quantum Break when it goes on a sale. I don’t feel like purchasing Microsoft sloppy seconds at top dollar, hell I haven’t even purchased the new Tomb Raider yet…

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Coming up for air again

There hasn’t been much to write about, things are going pretty smoothly AFAIK. I’ve been collecting all kinds of footage whenever I play anything. Not sure what I’ll do with it but I have been contemplating posting a video about the Elgato. I recorded some Skyrim shenanigans with it, as per usual. I had a weird thing happen when I went to sleep in a rented room in Candlehearth Hall:

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Apparently most of the local staff and patrons thought it would be a real hoot to watch me sleep, not once but twice. My brain instantly wanted to come up with a storyline idea for why that would happen. Maybe they’re concerned because I’m not a nord, and most people do enjoy watching cats sleep… although I’m not much of a Khajit anymore.

Ugh, and now I have to go to sleep. I’ve been staying up later than usual due to the nice summer weather and some of the strange scheduling lately… I’m thinking, and hoping that I’ll even out soon. I think it’s playing a bit with my attitude, I haven’t exactly been feeling… right lately.

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Que se passe-t’il le 9 août 2016 ?

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Le 9 août 2016, c’est la date retenue par Cyanworlds pour organiser une petite fête de lancement pour leur nouveau jeu : Obduction. Voilà, le jour est arrivé et nous sommes sur place… Vous pourrez lire la suite très bientôt ici ou sur Myst Aventure.

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Alright, let's see what we have today, first up, the first audio of the Zombies, Run! Board Game has been released!

I'm not sure if I posted it before, but the Stonewall Inn is now a national monument!

Easy litmus test for you to use:

An amazing house built around a tree!

Science proves that bubble baths are the best!

In a surprise (well at least to me, I thought he retired), but welcome move, John Williams will compose the next Indiana Jones and Star Wars movies!

The amazing trailer for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild:

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In case you missed it: the Hamilton performances at The Tony's

Some dumb bigot decided she wouldn't bake a birthday cake for someone, because she is a lesbian.

Tribute video for the Pens 2015-2016 season:

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Beer and ice cream float recipes!  Sadly, there aren't enough dairy-free ice cream flavors, but they sound delicious!

I hate the sound of my recorded voice.  Loathe it. Here's the science behind that!

Cool video showing the recording of the Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary soundtrack:

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The pro-life anti-choice case for voting for Clinton.

HBO's "Looking" wrapped up with a movie.  Although I loved how the second season ended (and was heartbroken that it wasn't renewed for a third season), the trailer looks like it's kept to the tone of the show:

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This just came up in a game of Cranium, but there is going to be a new run of the "Great Lakes Avengers," which I described as a bunch of Yinzers with crappy Rust Belt powers trying not to get sued by the real Avengers.

Stunning pictures of the auroras on Jupiter.

I"m more and more convinced the Catholic Church is a hate group.  Case in point, they tell gay people that acting on their sexuality and finding love is a sin. And if you ever commit that sin, you can't take communion.  So no chance of love or happiness, but if you do, you can't partake in a sacrament.  Really, they can believe whatever they want and keep whatever rules they want, but we'll still fight them since they have so much power in the world and make the lives of queer people around the world a living hell.

Adam Lambert continues to impress me:

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That's it for now, have a great one!

Open Thread at the witching hour

Alright, I’m feeling well enough to post again. Felt kinda bleh in one form or another but hopefully it’s all passed.

Been experimenting with video streaming with the Elgato HD60 Pro to Twitch. My first run with it the other day was a little strange when my stream kept randomly traveling at the speed of cocaine, but tonight it went a bit smoother. Think I need to bump up the bitrate though to make it look a little more crisp. Also did a local recording at the same time the stream took place, no problems.

I’ll also be looking into YouTube streaming soon. It requires a phone number but that’s ok, I’ll be obtaining a flip phone that’ll do the job among other things. Honestly I would prefer to do my public streaming on Twitch, but YouTube seems to have a better setup. They don’t require Adobe Flash, you can stream at 60fps if your bandwidth can handle it, Twitch requires you to be partnered to always get good bandwidth while YouTube will take whatever bitrate you throw at them and the list goes on… I really wish Amazon would pay more attention to the streaming market, they’ve owned twitch for awhile now and it would be really nice if they offered better competition with YouTube/Google.

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Mysterium 2016 video feed

Today’s the big day! Follow Mysterium along with us at https://www.twitch.tv/mysteriumcon — presentation will start at 3:30 Mountain Daylight Time.

 

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UPDATE: Watch the recording of the presentation here!

 

Is It Mysterium Yet?

Shorah all!

Well, it’s almost time for Mysterium. Folks are packing, airport shuttles are being booked, and we have some last minute announcements.

Guidebook

As we’ve done for the past several years, our schedule will be available through the Guidebook mobile app, in addition to being on the badges and website. You can use the QR codes above to download it, or go here: https://guidebook.com/g/mysterium2016/. In addition to the schedule, we have a listing of local attractions and places to get food in the guide.

Twitch Streaming

We will once again be streaming the convention over on our Twitch channel: https://www.twitch.tv/mysteriumcon. We can’t promise to have streaming going all the time, but we will do our best to stream all scheduled events. Recordings of the stream will be available after the convention.

Social Media

We will be tweeting any updates or schedule changes on Twitter – https://twitter.com/MysteriumCon. There will also likely be discussion by attendees on Facebook and Tumblr.

To avoid confusion with some other groups and products that have started using the Mysterium name, the official hashtag on social media this year will be #Mysterium2016.

On-Site Registration

If you have pre-registered, there’s no need to bring your confirmation email. You just need to give us your name to get your badge. If you have not pre-registered, registrations will be available on-site. We will also have a limited number of extra shirts for sale (2015 and 2016) on a first-come-first-served basis.

If you are coming with a minor, please remember that we need a signed Parental Consent Form on file (available at the reg desk or here).

We can’t wait to see you all in just a couple days!

-Taniith
Mysterium 2016 PR Bah’ro

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Playing around a bit with Street Fighter X Tekken

Today I decided to tear into Street Fighter X Tekken. Had a bit of a rough start though, for whatever reason the game needed GFWL to function and the version it installed was borked. Fortunately someone had a solution involving XLive.dll. Adding that to the root directory of the game fixed it without having to install a newer version of GFWL, which is perfectly fine with me since I try to keep as little cancer on my systems as possible.

Anyways I modded the hell out of the game. There are quite a few model/costume replacements you can download for it, here are some of my selections:

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CHIMICHUNGAS!!!

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Who wants to cross swords with me?

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GO TEAM FABULOUS

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MY NIRNROOT DAMMIT!!!! Oh wait, wrong game…

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JUST DANCE!

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Time to kick all the porn… wha?

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Hurt me more, Snake.

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How the hell does he keep appearing in my games…

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Peace out!

There are many many more model replacements I can (and plan to) download, including Solid Snake, The Joker, Col Sanders, Princess Peach, etc etc etc. I’d have more to showcase but some of the download servers they’re kept on limit you to 1 download per 180 minutes unless you use their pay service… :S I can afford to wait. I plan to move this to the HTPC so I can play it on the couch. I’d stream it but I’ve been having issues with that between the desktop and the HTPC lately, which is odd considering my laptop and desktop can see each other, and the laptop and HTPC can see each other, but getting the desktop and HTPC to talk to each other results in epic fail… Oh well, it’s not like this game leaves a huge footprint or anything.

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