Taking screenshots in TESO
Posted by welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 July 2014, 11:59 am
Annoyingly The Elder Scrolls Online client defaults all screenshots into BitMap (bmp) file format, which is a paint as this format means every screenshot is around 7MB each and many online upload service require gif, jpg or png formats in order to upload. Not if you purchased or run the game via Steam you can use […]


Gunpoint / Banished
Posted by welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 July 2014, 7:06 am
I have been enjoying the wave of indie games recently Gunpoint The focus on gameplay over graphics shines through in this game, not to same the the graphic are lacking, in fact the engine has only recently been upgraded. Gunpoint is a puzzle platformer, that uses some fun mechanics to rewire electronic devices that cane […]


Steaming ahead with TESO
Posted by welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 July 2014, 2:05 pm
Well Elder Scrolls Online Has finally drifted on to Valves digital platform. The standard game has 50% off this weekend so if you have been on the fence about picking up a copy now is your chance. Of course it’s fair to remind folks that it is a subscription game and does require you to […]


Friday 13th update
Posted by welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 June 2014, 1:07 pm
Afternoon all, The labyrinthitis that I’d had for the last 8 weeks, flared up quite a bit over the last week and I’ve not really been able to focus on much. Hence the lack of posts. Hopefully it will settle down a little soon and I can get back to my normal routine.


Sheltered
Posted by welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 June 2014, 5:08 am
Sheltered a survival strategy game that places you in control a bunker in a post-apocalyptic wasteland home to a family. You have to find the right balance to ensure the continued safety of your family and any other survivors that you decide to let into your Shelter. The game is scheduled for release in 2015 and […]


The completionist in me
Posted by welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 8 June 2014, 8:06 am
I’m enjoying the adventures set out in The Elder Scrolls Online, My Wife and I have moved on from StormHaven and have nearly finished the content in RivenSpire. There was a period where we had a few grey missions in StormHaven that didn’t yield much XP yet we were compelled to complete them, which brings […]


Transistor
Posted by welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 June 2014, 1:24 am
I have been waiting for this game and tracking it’s development for what feels like years, after enjoying the first game and knowing the same duo would be working on the soundtrack it made the wait even longer.So with it firmly in my grasp I dug out my 360 controller and settled in for a […]


TESO update – June 4th
Posted by welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 5 June 2014, 8:10 am
The recent accounement “The Road Ahead – June 4th” highlights all the ongoing changes includinge maintenance patch changes, Large updates and future updates. The full post can be found here. First up are changes being rolled out as part of the usual maintenance patching which is focusing on balancing the Nightblade and Dragonknight classes, they are […]


Casting Chrome
Posted by welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 June 2014, 4:14 pm
It was recently my birthday and one of the gifts I received was Google’s ChromeCast, which I’d had my eye on since the came out and I’ve not been disappointed since I started using it. Of course it’s aim at those who are invested in Googles software in it’s many forms. Once slotted into the HDMI […]


Wildstart
Posted by welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 May 2014, 2:34 pm
In the next week we see the launch of a second subscription based MMO in 2014. There are many bloggers (IHTTS, BioBreak, Jaedia ) talking about it and some lamenting how they plan on filling the time before the launch date. Good luck to the title and everyone planning on playing it. Sadly there are 3 things […]


Streaming Musings
Posted by welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 27 May 2014, 8:31 am
You maybe aware that last week Valve rolled out one of the Key elements of the SteamOS/Steam Box combo, the In-Home Streaming feature. This will allow you to run higher spec or windows only games on your PC but play and control from the comfort of your living room. This bypasses the age old problem […]


SteaMusic
Posted by welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 May 2014, 2:38 am
Currently only available via the Big Picture mode in Steam is the Steam Music feature, I got into the Beta recently so I thought I’d share some thoughts. As this looks to be the first element outside of the OS it could be an important element of the media center experience that Valve want your Steam […]


Scary work
Posted by welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 May 2014, 2:04 pm
Today I was in work today at 5am releasing some changes. Usually I’d not have any issue with this, after all its what I’ve been paid to do for many years. However despite being a small change in terms of code it was most likely one of the most scary I’ve ever had to work […]


Plays (2014 wk20)
Posted by welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 May 2014, 3:23 am
TESO Over the weekend I played a good deal of Elder Scrolls Online, I have two main characters, one is a Nightblade and part of my Static group with FlyinPinkMunki & DokChaos which we play on a weekly basis on the Aldmeri Dominion, this toon is around level 14. My other main is a Sorcerer on the Daggerfall Covenant […]


Death to the cash shop
Posted by welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 May 2014, 1:52 am
After paying my first subscription payment for Elder Scrolls Online I’m reinforced in my belief that Free-2-Play/Freemium is a poisoned chalice instead of the golden goblet of awesome that the F2P revolution always alluded to. Not that I don’t see the benefits that the shift has brought with it, removing the barriers and opening up […]


That lived in feeling
Posted by welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 May 2014, 6:15 pm
Of all the elements that a MMO game brings to the table the environment is the one that can really make the game feel like a Home for it’s players. In a usual single player game the environment can be highly detailed enough to dispel belief for the 20 to 30 hours it takes to complete […]


We could be legion
Posted by welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 May 2014, 8:42 am
I have to admit that I was disappointed when CCP announced that Dust 514 was only going to be out on Playstation, but wither the decision was made to avoid sapping the Eve Online player base or due to an exclusive deal with Sony, the choice looks to have been the wrong one with reports […]


Blogging with WordPress
Posted by welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 May 2014, 1:44 am
Since migrating my blog to WordPress I haven’t regretted the decision. Mine of course is a hosted blog rather then using a free or hosted one over at http://wordpress.com. The good thing is much of the process is now automated, updates automatically install, of if you rather it will prompt you to update. In the […]


All hail the new flesh
Posted by welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 May 2014, 7:01 pm
The Newbie Blogger Initiative 2014 is in full swing and there are a stack of new bloggers, my RSS reader is slightly more crazy than normal. Not that this is a bad thing, it means I need to make a little more time to read through the extra posts. The list is growing by the […]


How do you RSS?
Posted by welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 May 2014, 4:10 pm
A few months prior to the Google announcement that Reader was going to cease operation I migrated my collection of RSS feeds over to NewsBlur. Mostly as I was getting annoyed at the Reader interface plus it gave me a chance to remove those abandoned blogs. After using the site for a few months I […]


Free-to-play warfare
Posted by welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 5 May 2014, 1:51 pm
Ahh the sirenic call of World of Tanks pulls me back to the fast paced match based gameplay once again. To be fair I enjoy World of Tanks and they recent celebrated their 3rd Anniversary since launch, I have played the game since early beta and the urge to play comes in six monthly waves. […]


Adventures in blogging
Posted by welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 May 2014, 3:04 pm
This an odd blog post as this month will be the 14th anniversary of me owning the welshtroll.co.uk domain. I have been using the name welshtroll since around 2008 and my website content was housed on various 3rd party site such as Tripod and could only be reached via Tripod URL the static content was […]


Respecification, or how I learned to love my build
Posted by Welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 May 2014, 2:20 pm
Single player games often have many avenues if approach, if you play the game in a certain way you get an achievement, for example not killing any enemies, not losing any team members or completing on a certainly difficulty. What to play in a different fashion then you just head to the main menu and […]


Being all socially enabled
Posted by Welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 April 2014, 8:21 pm
I’ve set up a Facebook Page and a Google+ plus for my site, rather that having additional accounts to maintain they have been set-up as fan pages, but I’ve been trailing push my blog posts updates out to those platforms, which isn’t too bad. You can reach the Facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/welshtroll.co.uk And the Google Plus […]


Transistor is nearly here
Posted by Welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 April 2014, 6:32 pm
The follow up game to Supergiant’s game Bastion is due out next month and I’m very excited. The game is another RPG but with a Sci-Fi theme and the artwork has a very Art Deco feel to it, while still keeping the isometric view. The female protagonist called is a popular singer called Red who […]


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