Saturday, October 29, 2016

October 2016 Update - Halloween in a Few

Hey, Viewers of the U-Box!

It's TopHatProductions115, coming at you with yet another video - this time, an update of sorts.

As you all know, I have recently started playing newer games. The main titles for this season were originally going to be:

RocketLeague, ShellShock Live, Brawlhalla, Gang Beasts Online, Phantasy Star Online 2, Cry of Fear, and Minecraft

Before the start of the Summer Content Season (which was originally was supposed to be off-time for the TXP-Network), basic hardware/software runtime support was installed and tested, to ensure basic compatibility for modern computer gaming. Mac OS X 10.7.5 and Windows 10 were the available non-mobile platforms, and Android 5.0.1 (rooted) was the only available mobile platform for software and game testing. As many of you saw during the initial testing videos during the summer, testing for many of the games in Beta did not go well, and lag was a major issue - even with Intel Core processors on-hand. In addition to this, networking restrictions prevented use of specific hardware that may have handled the stressors better (AMD Turion 2 x64, 2.0 GHz, NVidia GeForce - eth0 only, due to issues with WiFi). While certain optimizations were available at the time, none of them were available for the hardware in use. Due to unexpected technical issues (esp. in Beta Tests), some of the original contenders were cut - and the list of available Let's Play options changed:

RocketLeague, Minecraft, Minecraft: Pocket Edition, Pokemon: Uranium, Cards Against Humanity Online, and Brawlhalla

With the start of college, time schedules prevented certain options as well, due to network requirements and start-up times for certain games. As such, more games were swapped - this issue nearly cancelled the current content season a whole month before it even started. As you already know, the options changed yet again:

Minecraft, Minecraft: Pocket Edition, Pokemon:Uranium, Cards Against Humanity Online, FNaF: Sister Location, and Cry of Fear

As of now, some of these games may not ever hit the net on this channel. And, it appears as though we have a bit of a hardware issue to take care of:

HP Pavillion tx1305us - AMD Turion 64 x2 :: NVidia GeForce Go 6150 :: 3GB
Windows 10, Linux Elementary
HP 15-g070nr - AMD E1-6010 APU :: Radeon R2 Graphics :: 4GB
Windows 10
Apple Macbook 4,1 :: Intel Core 2 Duo :: Intel GMA X3100 :: 2GB
Mac OS X 10.10.5 Combo Update
iMac 2007 :: Intel Core 2 Duo :: -- :: 1GB
Mac OS X 10.6.8 Final
Sun Microsystems Sunfire v20z :: AMD Opteron (2) :: Integrated VGA :: 4GB

If examined quickly, many hardware enthusiasts would realize that 1/5 of the entries are clocked under 2.0GHz, and cannot perform any true power computing/gaming - it happens to be the main 'rig' used in many of our videos on YouTube. In addition to this, another laptop listed appears to be running a version number that is officially outside of its intended support range - that was the one used for playing Minecraft during the late Summer, and hasn't been used to do so since the update from 10.7.5 (OpenGL context). After Windows 10 came out, it performed extremely well for its specs - until the 2015/2016 transition updates came out. After the transition (before the Anniversary Update), the computer performed worse - not to mention the trials with AMD Overdrive/AMD Catalyst. Even with the revertion to default drivers and some optimization, this laptop simply won't be able to play another game. As such, its data will be transferred to a new computer when the time comes, and more RAM will be bought for the iMac, in an attempt to enable more hardware for normal functionalities.

Until then, however, very few uploads will appear on this channel :(

We don't intend to leave you hanging - it's just a technical limitation. We also had to wait for hardware prices to drop a bit before making this move, so that played a factor, too. The models we were looking at were all 350 USD and above, but now they're much lower in cost (100 USD lower to be exact). As such, a purchase may be coming soon - and this is where you the viewers come in!

We're going to be selling a few things on eBay soon, to get our funds built up for this. In addition to this, we also have a few donation outlets that we will be announcing during subsequent videos and livestreams (in addition to our Minecraft server, Ningo e-mail, and PayPal page). If you want to buy a few components, old games, or whatever else, we'll leave a link in the video description for you to check out the eBay store! This also helps to fuel the TXP-VOS development cause as well, and could even speed up time scedules for delayed projects. So, if you want to help out, stay tuned for more details...

Well, this concludes our time here today - we hope to see you again in our next event...

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