For whatever reason I have been putting off the upgrade to Windows 10, even though all of my machines have been asking me to do it for some time now. Essentially I keep telling myself there is always something looming on the horizon that is way to important to risk having a machine down. It is either the Monday or Wednesday raids or the impending Saturday session for recording AggroChat. However this week I told myself… that as soon as I finished with the AggroChat festivities Sunday morning that I would exit out of everything and upgrade. So roughly 9:30 in the morning yesterday I took a leap of faith and performed a Windows 10 in place upgrade. I have to say I am shocked and amazed at just how smoothly things went. The only major issue that I have run into so far is the fact that I had no sound… which isn’t terribly shocking because I use an Asus Xonar sound card. After some quick digging I found out that the Unified Drivers that I had been running all along updated to fix this issue.
The best surprise however was something that I had been concerned about for some time. The account that I use to log into windows, and have used for awhile is my outlook.com account. I like using this… as it makes more sense than my previous windows account. That said my Xbox 360s as well as the old Games for Windows are configured to use a completely different account that is based on one of my second gmails. So my biggest concern was how the Xbox Windows 10 app would work. However it seems like Microsoft has thought of this problem and allows you to sign in a different account. When I did this bam… my Windows login account is now bound to my Xbox Live account and cross linked allowing me the best of both worlds. I don’t have an Xbox One, but if I did I am sure it would be handy to have this set up in such a fashion.
Lost in Infinity
While upgrading Windows I ended up playing Playstation 4 pretty much all day long, and inadvertently falling into a Disney Infinity shaped hole. This time around the hub world feels much more interactive than it did in 2.0. Additionally you have all of these really cool sidekicks to collect, and I am guessing the majority of which are gained through doing side quests. While working on the Twilight of the Empire playset I managed to find four younglings that I could then use as sidekicks when I got back to the toybox. I of course chose the Wookie youngling because who doesn’t want to be followed around by a tiny Wookie. I’ve spent a lot of time playing both Asoka and Boba Fett, but Asoka is by far the furthest progressed. Namely I don’t think I have Boba Fett as an option for any of my playsets that are available yet.
There are so many aspects of this game that are absolute crack for me, like collecting bits to decorate my house. I added on a bit to my house which is basically a combat arena that lets you fight level appropriate baddies while in there. You talk to a tiny side kick form Agent Coulson and bam he spawns a whole bunch of stuff for you to jump down and fight. At this point I have only actually made it through a few areas of Twilight of the Republic, but I am now on Coruscant and just checked into the Jedi Temple. I am just shocked that I quite literally lost from about 9 am until 3:30 pm yesterday afternoon playing this game. The gameplay is pretty damned fun, and much in the same was as I enjoyed running around in Ratchet and Clank beating things up for bolts… the same sort of mechanic is in place here for Sparks that can then be spent on items for the toybox.
Waiting for Sleep
Last night when it came time for bed I was getting choked up again from my allergies. So I took some Benedryl and went upstairs to wait for it to kick in. Since I did not really feel like futzing with my PC I opted to fire back up the PS4 and piddle around on it. Would you believe that until last night I had never actually played a Rayman game? I mean they always looked interesting enough, but there was something about the arms and legs floating in the air that bugged me about the character. There was a recent flash sale and I managed to pick up Rayman Legends dirt cheap for the PS4, and since I had always wanted to give it a shot… it seemed like an awesome idea. So far it seems like a fun game, but for whatever reason didn’t hold my attention for long last night. I made it through one level before popping out and trying something else.
Instead I settled into a game of Destiny and spent my time fiddling with gear and trying to sort out the things that had changed. It seems like most of the really cool stuff is already available to me which kinda shocked me. I’ve not picked up Fallen King and was not really planning on doing so any time soon. However when I started working on leveling my character with their much streamlined system… all of this loot flagged with a Taken King icon started dropping. I spent a lot of time on Mars working on a few bounties and kept running into fallen corruption zones where corrupted Vex and Cabal would spawn in. These things were extremely nasty but had a chance of dropping some pretty nice stuff. The biggest thing I noticed is that it seems like the drop rates are greatly increased when it comes to pretty much everything you can do. I walked away with more weapons than I had seen in a very long time… since maybe launch. Also it seems like engrams are more true to their color… if I got a blue engram I pretty much got a blue item out of it. Maybe I was just exceptionally lucky last night, but it did not seem like I was pulling greens out of them like I did before. I need to spend more time playing Destiny, I enjoy it still and I have a lot of fun running around with my Hand Cannon. I still have yet to play any of the expansion content, so I need to do that at some point.