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22 Joshua - Gaming In A Box!

Thanks for visiting my blog. Here is a little bit about me! I enjoy math and art, I don't really like sports, except swimming, my favourite food is chocolate (I am a chocoholic), I love playing Minecraft, it's my favourite game ever, and my favourite colour is red! There will be updates on all things gaming, such as Minecraft snapshots, game updates, new games, new gaming gear, and just all things gaming. Enjoy.

The Minecraft Chronicles: https://sites.google.com/a/rtms.ca/class-84/blogs/22-joshua/22-joshua-the-minecraft-chronicles

Blog #34: Gaming Peripherals

posted Jun 16, 2014, 6:20 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Jun 16, 2014, 6:20 AM by Unknown user ]

    Gaming peripherals, they help to win the game. Gaming peripherals are items that plug into your computer via USB or some other way. They consist of mice, keyboards, headsets, microphones, headphones, speakers, controllers, etc. These peripherals are the key to your success. The reason that is true is because if you have a mechanical keyboard, with certain features, it will help you play games better. If you have an ergonomic mouse designed for claw grip, it will help you play games better. If you have a headset that fits to your head, that has a microphone, it will help you play games better. This applies for everything peripherals. I have a SteelSeries Apex membrane keyboard, SteelSeries Rival optical mouse, and a Skullcandy PLYR 1 headset. I prefer membrane keyboards, because I like the ways the keys press, and I prefer the way the key sounds are. I prefer optical mice because I like the sensor on the mouse, as it is very responsive, and I like that, and I can also change the DPI count on the mouse, which makes it more or less sensitive. I prefer the PLYR 1 because it has very good sound quality, good bass, and the microphone is also really good. Overall, with the right peripherals, you can crush your opponents in any game. That's all for now, bye journal!

Blog #33: Hard Drives

posted Jun 6, 2014, 6:28 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Jun 6, 2014, 6:33 AM by Unknown user ]

    Hard drives, they are the object that lets your computer, well, have computer related stuff on it. It stores the OS (operating System), programs, files, etc. Without hard drives, computers wouldn't work. There are two types of hard drives, HDD (Hard Disk Drive), and SSD (Solid-State Drive). HDDs are the hard drives with the platters and the heads, and they are able to be defragmented (Explanation from last weeks blog), and the max space is around 4TB (Terabyte), while SSDs are esentially very large data keys, that can hold up to 256GB (Gigabytes) of space, but there is a 1TB (Terabyte). SSD being made. Also, SSD should not be defraged. Eventually, hard drives will fail, and that means they will stop working, and no longer allow you to access data on them. HDDs fail after around 4 years, while SSDs don't fail as fast. I have two HDDs in my Dell XPS 8500, and I'm pretty sure that mt J: drive is going to fail within the next couple months, because it is quite old. I know this because when I try to access my Minecraft data from it, my computer goes into panic mode, and windows explorer (The windows, taskbar, and applications on the desktop) freeze, and usually, I have to restart my computer by powering it off and on manually, which isn't good for it. I'm backing up the Minecraft files, because I don't want to lose them, because there is a lot of stuff on that drive, from years of playing, including my first real world, (It's actually my second, but I played it more, so I say it's my first world), and I would HATE to lose that, as well as all of the other various saves and mods and such on that drive. Overall, hard drives are the backbone of computers, and they are awesome. That's all for now, bye journal!

A picture of a HDD                                                       A picture of a SSD

Blog #32: Defragmentation

posted May 30, 2014, 6:27 AM by Unknown user   [ updated May 30, 2014, 6:27 AM by Unknown user ]

    Defragmentation, it is a HDD (Hard disk drive) thing. Defragmentation is when you use a defragging program to organize fragmented bits of data, into rows. What this does is very important, as it speeds up computer speed. The was HDDs work, is they have platters, which are magnetic disks that hold the data of your computer, and they also have heads, which read the data off the platters. When there are fragmented files, that means the bits of data are spread across the platters, giving the hears a harder time trying to read the files, because it has to scan the whole thing, instead of a section. What defragmentation does, is it take those bits of data, and organizes them into neat rows, which makes it easier for the head to read the data. When the head can read the data easier, your computer will load files faster, reducing loading times. My experience with this was very painful. Last night, I defragged my C: drive, and it found 5020 fragmented files (because I have never defragged my computer in the 21 months I had it), which is a lot. My defragmentation program took 3 hours to find, and fix all of the files, and it was painful. Eventually, it finished, and now my computer runs much faster, but I still hate it (Not going to explain). Overall, disk defragmentation is important, and you should do it regularly, but NEVER on an SSD, because it doesn't actually help. That's all for now, bye journal!

Blog #31: Sims 4

posted May 23, 2014, 6:19 AM by Unknown user   [ updated May 30, 2014, 6:17 AM by Unknown user ]

    In the fall, the game "Sims 4" will be coming out. It is the 4th edition of the "Sims" franchise, and it is a lot different than The Sims 3. For starters, CAS (Create-A-Sim) will be changed heavily. It will no longer have sliders, and will instead have drag-able options, suck as clicking and dragging an ear to change its shape. Also, you will be able to have any hairstyle with any hat (Finally!), which is really awesome, as you were not able to do that before. Second, Sims will have more complex and realistic emotions, such as depressed, which is the second tier of sad, as well as furious, the third tier of angry. This will add more depth to the game. Next, the build/buy mode will be changed heavily. For starters, you can have wall heights, which is pretty self explanatory. Also, you will be able to click and drag rooms if you want to move them, if you don't like where they were already. Next, there's a foundation tool, which automatically adds a foundation to your house. In build mode, there will be a magazine-type furniture selection tool. You can preview a room with furniture layed out to the size of the room, and buy it. Overall, The Sims 4 will be amazing, and I will surely get it when it comes out, or even pre-order it. That's all for now, bye journal!


Blog #30: Terraria

posted May 15, 2014, 6:15 AM by Unknown user   [ updated May 15, 2014, 6:17 AM by Unknown user ]

    I have been playing a lot more Terraria recently. I really enjoy this game, and my favourite "Class" is probably a mage. I have the specter armour set, with the helmet, not the hood. I use the razor-blade typhoon as my primary weapon, and I also use the razorpine, bubble gun, and heat ray. I have fishron wings, which are the best wings, as well as the mana flower, sorcerers emblem, balloon bundle, and frostspark boots as my accessories, and they all have warding as the reforge, giving me more defense. I have fought the duke fishron boos multiple times, defeating it many times as well, hence me having the razor-blade typhoon, fishron wings, and bubble gun. I enjoy fighting the duke fishron boos, as he is quite a challenge. Overall, I really enjoy the new Terraria update, and I hope there are more to come. That's all for now, bye journal!

This is the duke fishron

Blog #29: Sims 3

posted May 8, 2014, 6:17 AM by Unknown user   [ updated May 8, 2014, 6:17 AM by Unknown user ]

    Today, I'm posting something different! I'm going to talk about The Sims 3 today. The Sims 3 is a simulation game, where you control "Sims", which are humans essentially, and you do various things, such as paint, build, own a resort (Island Paradise EP), have a family, swim, etc. My family consists of my Sim, Joshua Smith, as well as Ariel Smith (Formerly Ariel Walsh, who is a pre-made Isla Paradiso Sim), and Jerry Smith, who is my kid, and 5 dogs, who are Snowy, Fluffy, Alex, Paul, and Lucy. My sims have very good skills, and I like making Joshua paint portraits of sims in my household. Ariel is a regular sim, who I made a mermaid, and she swims around and dives for treasure. Jerry is an average Sim, who goes to school, and is a teenager. My dogs do various things, such as running around, digging holes, etc. Overall, I love The Sims 3, and it is awesome! That's all for now, bye journal!

Blog #28: Lego Minecraft

posted May 1, 2014, 6:15 AM by Unknown user   [ updated May 8, 2014, 6:21 AM by Unknown user ]

    Recently, I've been very involved with building Lego Minecraft sets. I have built all 3 sets, and I have combined the village and forest set, to make an epic landscape. I also built the nether, but I don't like it that much. My combined sets are very cool, and I like them a lot. The sets have 2 mountains, 2 village houses, a farm, 2 zombies, 2 characters, a villager, a baby pig, an adult pig, and a creeper. The micro world also has caves, and an abandoned mine shaft underneath everything. My only problem with the world, is the village set grass and forest set grass colours are different, which is really annoying, and really weird. Overall, I love Lego Minecraft, and I hope to get the future sets. That's all for now, bye journal!

Blog #27: OreSpawn II

posted Apr 24, 2014, 6:26 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Jun 6, 2014, 6:36 AM by Unknown user ]

    I'm going to talk about orespawn again. First, there is an item called "Big Bertha" and it is expensive. In order to make it, you need a Kraken Tooth, Worm Tooth, TRex Tooth, Ultimate SwordCaterkiller Jaw, Sea Viper Tongue, Vortex Eye, Molenoid Nose, Sea Monster Scale, Moth Scale, Basilisc Scale, Nightmare Scale, Emperor Scorpion Scale, Jumpy bug Scale, Ray GunBig HammerMantis ClawWater Dragon Scale, and Green Goo. It requires you to defeat 16 bosses, and craft/find an ultimate sword. The thing is, it may be UBER expensive, but it deals 500 damage, or 250 hearts. Afterwards, you would want to get mobzilla scale armour, LOTS of golden apples (Tier II), and a big bertha to go fight the king. The king is very hard to defeat, but drops literally EVERYTHING in the game, including unobtainable items such as bedrock. The king also drops the Royal Guardian set, which consists of Royal Guardian armour (Helmet, Chestplate, Leggings, and Boots), as well as a Royal Guardian Sword, which deals 750 damage, or 375 hearts. Mobzilla, which you should defeat before the king, drops lots of items, such as diamond tools, an occasional ultimate tool, and mobzilla scales, which are used for making mobzilla scale armour. You'll need that armour for defeating the king. Overall, OreSpawn has very overpowered items, and I love this mod for that reason. That's all for now, bye journal!

Blog #26: Builders Block Part II

posted Apr 15, 2014, 6:09 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Apr 24, 2014, 6:37 AM by Unknown user ]

    I, yet again, have builders block. This happens when you have nothing to do in Minecraft, and have no inspiration to build. I had this before, and it's not fun. This block puts you in a funk in Minecraft, with no desire to play. I have had this for a couple days, and it's not fun. I hope this block goes away soon. Builders block sucks, and right now, it's even worse, because some of my launcher profiles don't work, and the profile that doesn't work is my favourite profile to play on. The reason my profile doesn't work is unknown, and I want to fix it, but I don't know how. Overall, builders block sucks, and I want it to go away. That's all for now, bye journal!

Blog #25: OreSpawn

posted Apr 8, 2014, 6:23 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Apr 24, 2014, 6:31 AM by Unknown user ]

    OreSpawn is a mod that adds new dimensions, creatures, items, and blocks to the game. It add LOTS of new bosses, and LOTS of new items. The bosses get gradually harder, and eventually, they are nearly impossible to defeat. That boss is "The King". It has a very high defense, and a very high attack, but when defeated, it drops EVERYTHING! One of the dungeons in the danger dimension is full of loot, but hard to concur. It has all of the loot, including a prince spawn egg, and royal guardian armour and sword (The prince is a mini ally that has the same powers as the king), and also, the royal guardian set is also dropped from the king. If you uncraft all of the loot from the dungeon, you will have stacks upon stacks of diamond, emerald, amethyst, ruby, and gold blocks in your possession. Overall, OreSpawn is awesome, and I really enjoy it. That's all for now, bye journal! 

P.S. I defeated "The King" 11 times!

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