The Metroidvania genre is a very unique, but growing genre. It’s name is a combination of the popular Nintendo franchise Metroid and Konami’s Castlevania series, specifically Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. It is strongly dependent on a few concepts that we’ll list below before we dive into what my favorites are. Continue reading My Favorite Metroidvanias
Vinyl’s comeback has been huge. A new generation of people are falling in love with the crackle, ritual and physical experience of holding and reading a record while listening to music. Out of that entire culture is a very niche, but every growing subculture, of people that enjoy video game music on vinyl. According to Blip Blop, a website dedicated to Video Game Vinyl (VGM vinyl), 2016 had around 90 releases on vinyl, while 2017 has nearly 130. Not only is that a huge jump from the previous year, but that’s essentially one VGM Vinyl release every 3 days. So what’s the big deal? Why do people care? Let’s take a look at the various reasons why people buy VGM Vinyl, and vinyl as a whole. Continue reading Why Video Game Vinyl?
As with many guitar players, I was inspired by the album cover from Steve Vai’s pivotal album Passion and Warfare. The swirled guitar with colors everywhere was captivating to me as a teen. What also held my attention was some of the low end Vai was getting out of his guitar, especially the riff in “The Audience Is Listening”. This build is a result of that inspiration. Continue reading My 7 String Build!
As somebody who has switched over to Android wanting to get the most out of my phone, I was rather disappointed after having figured out that Verizon wanted absolutely none of that on Google’s shiny new flagship phone, the Pixel 2. Thanks to an oversight by the very same phone carrier that disabled this option, you can unlock the bootloader on your phone right now. Continue reading How to Unlock your Verizon Pixel 2’s Bootloader (Yes, really!)
Keyboard are different for everyone. Some people may need a numpad, others, don’t want the function row. For me, I’d been searching for what the community calls ‘endgame’. The final keyboard you will ever purchase because it has everything you want. For some that can be a HHKB, for others it can be a JM45. For me personally, I was looking for a 60% keyboard with arrow keys. After more research, I decided on the TADA68, and the search for a kit was on. I found a kit here, and a week and a half later, it arrived. Here is a build log of the board. Continue reading TADA68 Keyboard Build Log
Mechanical keyboards come in all shapes and sizes. From full size to gherkin, ortholinear and staggered, and ergonomic and staggered. The configurations of your keyboard are practically limitless. Reddit user /u//bakingpy pioneered the split 60% keyboard, known as the Nyquist board. It is a larger version of 40% split keyboard, known as the Let’s Split, by Reddit user /u/wootpatoot. This board was a super fun board to build, and below is my build log for it. Note: I followed these guides for building it, I can’t take the credit for it. Continue reading Nyquist 60% Split Keyboard Build Log
Trackballs can be a god-send if you suffer from Repetitive Stress Injury or just lack of desk space. You can read more about them here and why we like them so much. A concern that some have is the smoothness of a trackball versus a traditional mouse. Trackballs can feel scratch at first, but that isn’t something a little bit of lube can’t solve. Continue reading How To Lube Your Trackball
I recently bought the non backlit Magicforce 68 by Qisan from Mehkee because I wanted to see if I’d like the smaller form factors. The board originally had Outemu Blue switches, but I soon changed them to Gateron Greens since I wanted to be able to apply more force to bottom the switch out (I’ll be making a post soon about soldering switches to a board). I soon realized that this could be a great test board to try out other mods like adding LED’s. Continue reading How to add LEDS to non-backlit Magicforce 68
New York Times has recently announced that they will be blocking users that attempt to use any sort of ad blocking plugins. Most people don’t care and will quickly get their information from other places, which will ultimately cause their plan to backfire. If you happen to be one of the users that wants to continue blocking their ads, here’s a way for you to both use their site AND block ads. Continue reading New York Times blocking AdBlock? Here’s a quick fix!
Windows 10 has become notoriously well-known for its attempts to sneak itself past its user on older versions of the Windows OS in the form of Windows Updates, so much so that it has become a widespread joke among social media platforms like Reddit and Facebook. Here’s how you can disable in in 60 seconds or less using one of these easy, safe utilities. Continue reading Disable Windows 10 Update in 60 Seconds
With more and more people getting into vinyl records, you should know what you’re getting into sound-wise. The turntable that you get end up getting has to be connected to a speaker system of some sort in order for you to hear the music. Turntable setups can be as simple as 2 speakers, or as grand as 7.1 Surround system; the wallet’s the limit! Before getting into examples and setups, you should that there are two different types of speakers: Passive and active. For the sake of being brief, a passive speaker is one that needs a separate amplifier to push it because it is weak volume-wise. An active speaker is a passive speaker with an amplifier designed within it. Both speakers have their pros and cons that I will go over as I discuss each of the setups. Continue reading Picking A Speaker Setup For Your Turntable
When you think of the word ‘compression’ applied in the real world, you might think of something like a trash compactor taking a bunch of garbage and pushing it together tightly into a cube. Except in our case, “garbage” would be the form of media we are compressing whether it be music, an image, or large groups of files. Social media websites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube all implement file compression whenever you choose to upload something to their servers in order to save space, although there can sometimes be consequences when doing so.