Bethany Corcoran

Raspberry Pi: Initial thoughts

I received my Raspberry Pi today! I've had a little bit of time (very briefly) playing with it tonight and have some initial thoughts and observations on it. I'll play with it a bit more tomorrow. I'm running Debian Squeeze as a starting point, just so I could get a glimpse of what's to come.


Spoilers: Thoughts on Mass Effect 3

(Yes, that picture's from Mass Effect 1 not Mass Effect 3. I don't have any ME3 screenshots available!)

I finished Mass Effect 3 yesterday, finishing a series that I've loved on and off over the past few years, and I've been dying to talk about it with someone but no-one I know has completed it yet. I should say that right now that this whole post will have major spoilers so if you care about discovering the plot for yourself at all then don't read this! It's also long and wordy but with a super-brief tl;dr at the bottom, after the break!


On resolution scaling

I got in a mini-discussion last night just as I had gone to bed on Twitter on the topic of resolution ratios on LCD (and associated technology) monitors, but couldn't explain it very well in 140 character segments. So hopefully I can make more sense here!

LCD etc. monitors have a fixed grid of physical pixels, as we all know. As a result, the natural resolution is an important thing to stick to for aesthetic reasons. Let's say our monitor is a 27" or 30" 16:10 monitor with a natural resolution of 2560x1600, but we don't have a computer powerful enough to play games at that resolution or want to record our gameplay. But 1920x1200 or 1280x800 are both okay. Which should we choose?

In practice, whichever you prefer the look of! In theory, 1280x800 should look better most of the time - probably. Why? Read on for the nerdy explanation.

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SWTOR: Thoughts on levels 46-50

I reached level 50! Fneb the Commando healer made it all the way up. I also completed my class quest - chapter 3 is the last chapter - so now I'm mainly interested in party-level content which I'll write about soon. Here are my thoughts on levels 46-50 and my class quest.

  • My /played to level 50 was nearly 5 days on the dot (about 5 days 15 minutes). To complete my class quest took me about another 4 hours.
  • I left Voss at around level 49, and did the last little bit on Correlia. I quite enjoyed Voss, but do wish that mixed-faction towns were planned a bit better. To add to what I said last time, you don't get flagged for PvP if you've just landed on the planet and entered the zone, but if you've just come from elsewhere on the planet then anyone can attack you with no intervention from guard or the like. Given a few minutes of not being attacked you'll lose your PvP flag, but it's still not a great way of doing things.
  • Once I hit 50 I basically lost all interest in side quests. All I did was my class quest and the main planet quest. Side questing in this game is good but I tend to prefer big story lines. When I no longer needed the exp these quests pretty instantly felt like too much of a grind to bother with.
  • The class quest ending at chapter 3 - I thought that each story would be more chapters than this (I had heard of there being 5 or 6 chapters). If you include the prologue then there are 4 chapters per class quest. However, they have left it open to having more chapters, and I suspect that more may come in without extra expansions - perhaps later ones just weren't ready for release?
  • Overall impression of my Trooper's class quest: not too interesting. Much better than anything I've experienced in an MMORPG but still not as good as I would have hoped. The first chapter had a story I was engaged in, but the two other chapters introduced a completely new enemy or objective which meant I just didn't get too involved in them. I'm looking forward to the class quest of the Jedi Knight (which I have rolled, and have got up to level 8 with so far).
  • I leveled the whole way using just one companion, and now have him at 10000/10000 affection. I've started using one of the other companions instead who's a bit more designed for tanking. Means I have to do more healing though as he takes aggro from more mobs!

I've started leveling a Jedi Knight, I'll check in occasionally to comment on the differences. Now that I'm 50 I can start covering the end-game as it stands a bit more, so keep your eyes peeled for future updates!