(sightseeing)

I participated in Dynamis-Windurst today. We combined forces with another Linkshell that was trying to do the run. Everything went pretty smoothly. We were able to finish the are and I got Summoner's Spats. After we killed the boss people stayed around and continued to farm for Relic gear. Well I had the misfortune of falling off the bridge during one of the fights. Gave me a chance to do some sightseeing and turned out to be for the better. About 10 minutes into my wandering around most of the alliance died. I was able to find a safe way back to where I was suppose to be and help with raising people.
Anyways, here are some pics I was able to get.

System Shock 2 Soundtrack

Not sure who is going to be interested in this, but I wanted to share it anyways. I was browsing Through The Looking Glass' Forums and caught an update on their System Shock 2 page.

http://www.sshock2.com/shownews.asp?id=390

That game is one of my favorite pc games. There was never an offical soundtrack before this but i had a decent game rip. Anyways, I highly recommend it.

New FFXI Expansion

http://www.playonline.com/ff11us/altana/index.html

So new expansion was offically announced today. I know these things are always growing but they haven't finished unlocking all the content in the current expansion and they're already hyping the next? Eh, whatever.
My impression is that you'll get to time travel to before the great war and participate in events that lead up to it. I've been doing a lot of questing in the game lately so a lot of the back story is still fresh in my mind. I can say that I'm really looking forward to this. My only concern is I can see this expansion being a lot like the Promithia missions. A few new areas added and a bunch of difficult instances and battles. However they do it I'm really looking forward to the expansion's story.

PSO

I got Oridinai back into Phantasy Star Online (he use to play on the Dreamcast) a few weeks ago. He's been playing quite a bit and has got a ranger up to lv50 now. He was bummed when I told him the online servers were dead though (game did come out 5 years ago...). Anyways, I was thinking of setting up a private server so that we could play online. I already found the software to be able to do this and should be able to have it setup without too much of a hassle. Would anyone else be interested in joining in on this?

New Monitors Review

As I mentioned earlier, I picked up a new pair of monitors the other week. Yeah, I just got "new" monitors a few months ago, but these are better. I picked up two LG L246WP 24" monitor with 1920x1200 resolution and HDMI, VGA, and component/composite inputs.
One of the things I was looking forward to with these was being able to not have to use my TV anymore. Not that I don't like my TV, I just don't like having to move from my desk. All the inputs allow me to hook up all my game consoles to one of the two screens. Left monitor currently has my PC (HDMI/DVI) and Xbox 360 (VGA). Right monitor has PC (VGA), Playstation 3 (HDMI), and Wii (Component). I went ahead and retired my PS2 since I won't be using it much unless I get the urge to play DDR.
So one of the first things I noticed upon hooking these up to the computer was VGA and DVI were much easier to tell apart now. On the 22s I had before you could tell, but it was very subtle. With the screen being as sharp as it is you vga doesn't look nearly as clean next when compared. Brightness is also a noticeable difference with DVI being a little bit brighter but not over saturated. Overall for PC use I've been very happy with them.
After a few days of having them running I noticed it was a lot hotter around my desk. Even more-so when in the area above. They apparently generate a lot of heat. I'd say the general temperature is up about 3~5F around my desk now.
The PS3 was part of the reason I waiting to write about my new toys. I use to use a HDMI to DVI cable to get my PS3 to the old monitors. Well these monitors have HDMI instead, which isn't bad, but I don't have any HDMI cables lying around. I was able to pick one up last night though. One of the great thing about these monitors is the option to add black bars to the screen so that an HDTV signal isn't stretched out. In short PS3 looks awesome in 1080p.
The 360 was a little different. If it wasn't for Microsoft's spring update this morning I would have had a lot of bad things to say. But luckily the patch fixed the problems I was having with 1080p over VGA and its also working very nicely.
Poor little non-HD Wii is also kind of weird. I'm not given the option to add black bars to the screen with the Wii, which I'm guessing is because its only 480p. It really would have been nice if the system was able to do some form of HD, but it doesn't take to long to get use to it.
So I highly recommend this monitor if you're looking to upgrade. They retail for 800$ but with my discount and by trading in my old monitors I was able to get the pair for just over 600$. On a side note, if anyone is curious what happens to the old ones, due to flaws in our system they end up getting "field destroy".