Saturday, February 06, 2016

The question I am asked since quite a while now: Is Bombshell a bad game?

Short answer: No!

And here my long answer: I have read a lot of reviews, I have seen a lot of YouTube videos that reviewed the game. I am also aware of the review of Gamespot who gave it a 2 of 10 and also IGN Romania who  gave it a 9 of 10 refering to it as "amazing".

So what's the truth and why the discrepancy?

Well, first of all, it's interesting to see different standpoints of the reviewer. While IGN Romania explains he started out with the SNES and was always a fan boy of Duke Nukem and he loves Shelly being like him and the game really action packed and adventurous while the GameSpot reviewer mainly focuses on dull story writing, bugs and glitches, etc.

Even if you look at Steam reviews and youtube reviews, most negative ones rely on press previews. I honestly bought the game 1 day after release and after the 1st day patch that was automatically applied, I found no show stopper bugs that would crash my game during playing.

In contrast to other "The Crew Wild Run" who crashed on me constantly. I wrote UbiSoft this and now 3 weeks later, I still got no statement from Ubi Support. Too bad. They released a patch a few days ago which makes the game more stable, let's hope it won't suddenly crash again.

Having seen a lot of Previews, videos and such I was well aware what kind of a game I would expect. A Diablo with way less RPG (I really don't like RPGs) and more action and bad-ass attitude.


It's  surely a good game, and I didn't feel bored or something at all and it's one of such games I am playing regularly at the moment. It's also to turn out, press didn't like the unbalanced difficulty but personally I have had no problems with that. I am an vintage game player, and I generally suck at them (except racing games and some adventure games, yes and I have played through the relatively easy Star Fox 2 on the SNES recently :) ) but what everybody forgets, I am used to old games from the C64, NES or from the arcades being rock bottom hard!

Also, some may wonder, but yes I actually buy every game I play. We receive steam codes now and then for review, but personally I prefer owning the paid boxed version (if available) :)

So ergo, the game is really cool, if you take into account that it isn't what some of you had expected. But the previews may it be playable or not where pretty much showing what you could expect from the final product. I am not disappointed at all and for me on Day 2 it had no show stopper unlike The Crew Wild Run and Batman Arkham Knight, which took me 6 months until I could start the game and another month till the graphic glitches were fully removed!

Here is our latest interview with 3D Realms and we are talking a lot about Bombshell as well:



So feel free to purchase the game, it's really worth it! And I think best bet for 3D Realms would be focusing with that game on the retro magazines. Maybe those reviewers - just like IGN Romania  - will more likely find what they were looking for in a kick-ass action game

Bombshell on Steam

Bombshell on GOG

Q & A with 3D Realm on GOG

GOGCast#5 with 3D Realms

Our podcast episode with 3D Realms


Monday, November 16, 2015

Installing the GTX 750 and the Quadro NVS 290 to run both at the same time in Windows 10!

So, are you among those guys and gals who updated from Windows 7 or 8 to Windows 10?


For Windows 7 or 8.1 you could use this driver version so installs drivers for the Nvdia GTX 750 and Nvidia Quadro NVS 290:

337.88

Why is having 2 graphics from nVidia running on Windows 8.1 X64 being an issue? Because for some reason Windows assigns the same driver to both graphics cards , when I had an ATI card as primary card, both had their separated drivers and no issues!

If you need any more help or have any questions feel free to email me and I will answer you! :)


For Windows 10 we need a new driver of course. Here, I found that the driver package 341.74 works! Despite not listing Quadro cards as supported, it does contain drivers for them as well. However you cannot go any driver version higher than that.

Sunday, September 06, 2015

Upgrading your PCs from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 to Windows 10

The whole world upgrades to Windows 10 since the recent weeks. So what are the problems I had stumped into and how I have solved them? Not a lot issues I have to admit, any all of them found a solution :)

I have had 1 Intel tablet, 2 Laptops and 1 Desktop PC to upgrade.



I have started with the We Tab WiFi + 3G that was upgraded to 2 GB of RAM and a 120 GB mSATA SSD by KingFast. It had Windows 8.1 32bit installed.

Things were straight forward here, it upgraded and installed all drivers except graphics card, I simply went to the Device Manager and clicked "update driver" --> Search for better driver and it downloaded one and installed it. Really easy! In Windows 10, the device manager and Windows Update are your friends, really one of the few times, where a good and well working drivers was downloaded once triggered by the user. Well done!



Next, I have updated Windows 8.1 64 bit on my Sony Vaio VGN-FW46M next. There was no driver related issue, whatsoever! Smooth and simply worked :) Just keep in mind, that a shutdown means it does a hibernate and unfortunately the wireless network gets stuck and doesn't come up until I restart it.And since I have a SSD and since after about 10 startups it learns how to do it the fastest way (Windows 10, not the SSD:) ) it's just a matter of seconds anyway. So I am simply disabling it



Next laptop is my HP Compaq 6910p laptop, I run 32bit Windows 8.1 on it, my mum Windows 7 64bit on the same laptop. I have done heavy modifications to both laptops, so installation is different compared to the stock model without modifications. Also, the drivers for the touchpad are reacting different, 64bit versions work fine, tbe 32bit version however generates ghost clicks every couple of seconds, which renders Windows unusable. I found no 64bit driver that works, so solution was here to disable hibernatet as well!

Last one was my desktop PC. It runs on a ASUS M5A78L/USB3 and there have been no driver conflicts with it since the beginning, unlike I had with Windows 8/8.1!

Meanwhile Windows update, updated the driver to version 10.0.10240.16461 of August, 17th, 2015!.

The only problem was, Creative Labs didn't release the Windows 10 drivers for my Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer until the middle of August, I was without a working driver, until I found the SB X-Fi Series Support Pack 3.5 but the options "headphone settings are activated automatically" and "auto-mute speakers" had to be enabled in the sound settings of the headphones tab. Luckily, in the meantime, the official drivers are released which is cook because I needed to set those settings each time I restarted or booted up my PC! It's actually surprising that new drivers are released for this wonderful PCI card, as back in 2010 they told me the product is EOF and there are no fixed or new driver releases planned.

I am so glad that they have changed their mind, thank you, Creative Labs :)

All in all, this was way more trouble free than I expected, thank you Microsoft :)

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Chris Huelsbeck in the Film Museum of Frankfurt Germany, "an evening with" ... project by Scene World and Olymptronica

If you are into tech and geekeness like myself I would strongly suggest keeping an eye on my Scene World Project (Wikipedia link) it is a C64 dismag and a medial journalistic hobby project that I am running with some friends of the C64 scene since 2001.

Last Wednesday, we have had in our first show famous videogame composer Chris Huelsbeck (wikipedia link)

Thanks to olymptronica who invited us to the Film & Games - an Interplay event :) Olympronica and Scene World Magazine hosts every last Wednesday between June 2015 and January 2016 a Live Twitch show as a part of the exhibition,
You can either watch it live for free at the Film Museum in Frankfurt or watch the live stream for free on Twitch at http://www.twitch.tv/sceneworld or the Twitch app for your mobile device. Please subscribe our twitch channel as well!

This month's guest was famous Chris Huelsbeck!
Watch the the stream recording :

Monday, May 25, 2015

Fixing Nvidia driver issues with GTA V on PC (Windows 8.1. X64 and NVIDIA GTX 750 and NVIDIA Quadro NSV 290)

So, are you among those guys and gals who bought GTA 5 for your PC recently and it's keeping crashing on the latest officially optimized nvidia drivers for GTA V.

Just a standard "a problem has occured and the program has to close". Why people, why?

The driver before driver v. 350.12 work fine on the  GTX 750 but not on the Quadro NVS 290.
Why I need the Quadro NVS 290? Because of video editing I do for the Scene World project I need that much monitors connected to my PC for easier managing all the stuff going on at my computer.


The drivers from last year however are mostly too old to support the GTX 750 already it seems. (So other way round problem from the above).

Long story short, I have found that the following driver version works:

337.88

Why is having 2 graphics from nVidia running on Windows 8.1 X64 being an issue? Because for some reason Windows assigns the same driver to both graphics cards , when I had an ATI card as primary card, both had their separated drivers and no issues!

If you need any more help or have any questions feel free to email me and I will answer you! :)

Sunday, March 22, 2015

AVM releases latest 7390 firmware with fixed support for 10 Mbit/s NICs because my C64 couldn't communicate.

Recently, AVM released the final of the newest firmware (FRITZ!OS 06.23) of the Fritzbox 7390 with some fixes I have requested a year ago.

I am transferring C64 D64 disk images via WarpCopy64 between my C64 and my PC.I have noticed that in contrast to Netgear routers, AVM routers do not support Crosslink cable detection and 10 MBit/s NICs.such as the RRNet - therefore, I could not get an IP address assigned to my C64 (even if I exchanged my LAN cable with a standard one).

A quick email email sent to AVM and a fast response later, AVM confirmed that none of those 2 "features" are included in the (back then) current firmware, but they put it on the "suggestion list".

And 1 year later, both has been included in the new firmware! Thanks AVM! :)

If you want to know more about connecting the C64 to the Internet, the RRNet and the network OS "Contiki" that provides a micro IP stack for 8 bit machines, watch my Skype interview with the inventor of that all - including "Internet of Things" - Adam Dunkels for Scene World Magazine!


Monday, October 20, 2014

fix turn-sharing-on-or-off issues in Windows 8.1 with Chromecast for good.

If you cannot connect Chromecast under Windows 8.1 for some reason and the online help system refers you to turn-sharing-on-or-off, then you will be pleased to hear that there is a fix, even the Chromecast support will not tell you:
Press the Windows icon key on your keyboard.and X key.
Click on Command Prompt (Admin.)
Click on Yes if prompted by your firewall pop-up.
Type netsh winsock reset and press enter
Restart PC

This way I have fixed the issue on 2 Windows 8.1 laptops, one x86 and one x64!

And now I am using it successfully with netfix, (I have seen it at a friend this weekend, and in Peru last year (despite some people living in Peru saying it's like like here and here), I have quite liked it. and I don't seem to be the only one :)

However I have still managed to only get it to work on my desktop computer just ones so I decided to rather use it together with my iPhone5S instead. It also has the advantage of turning the iPhone into a Chromecast remote control when I am sitting in front of the computer :)