Category: Hobbies

Now that I’m a home owner, I have a proper office/man cave/Room of Doom! That being said, I’m long overdue for some new office furniture. I guess a quick trip to Ikea would fix that little problem. There’s way too much wood grain in my office for my liking. For now, I’ll just have to make do with what I’ve got.

Speaking of which, here’s a picture of my current retro console setup! On the top shelf I’ve got a Gamecube, PS2 Slimline, Wii, a Japanese PS2, and a Dreamcast. On the bottom shelf is a Japanese Saturn, a modified original Xbox and a JVC X’Eye. On the floor are my PC Engine DUO RX and Super Famicom. Barely in frame on the left is a Super Nintendo!

consoles

Sooo…I finally bought a PlayStation 3! This past Saturday, I picked up the God of War Ascension Legacy Bundle which includes six God of War games, a really pretty red PS3 system and a free month of PlayStation Plus! Along with that, I snagged a bluray remote, an extra controller, and a bluetooth headset. I also grabbed a copy of Starhawk, which was only $9.99 brand new!

I have since added more games to the collection, having purchased another six or seven games, plus two Japanese imports (via Ebay).

Now, I have been asked why did I pick up a PlayStation 3 when the PlayStation 4 will be out in 8 months? Honestly, I want the PS3 exclusive games and reports are out that the PS4 will not play PS3 games. And I’m a collector and that bug is hard to shake!

Oh, I almost forgot! My PSN ID is xDAMARAMU! Feel free to add me to your friends list!

Well, my first Let’s Play video turned out alright!

My commentary was a little low in spots, but overall I’m pleased with the outcome. Most importantly, I’m pleased with the performance of the PVR I picked up. It’s nice to do videos via HDMI and turn around and have them play in 1080p on Youtube. Composite signals come through a little weak, but that’s to be expected. The resulting video is a tad blurry and a bit on the pale side, color-wise. On some of my older consoles, I’m limited to composite, component, and S-Video, with the latter two being a bit better in terms of quality.

It’s a finicky device. It seems it requires a bit of warm-up time before it’ll start recording. If I want to record with HDMI, I need to plug in another video source to warm it up. The reverse is true if I want to record something in composite, component, or S-video. At first, I thought it was a hardware error, so I took the device back and swapped it out for another one and experienced the same results with that one as well. I then discovered, by dumb luck mind you, that it worked after fine after the warm up time.

By the way, the PVR I picked up was Diamond’s GC1000 HD PVR. I got it for about $140 at my local Micro Center here in Houston.

Diamond GC1000 HD Game Capture