YouTuber Spotlight – Green Ham Gaming

Grab yourself a cup of tea, or a beer if that’s more your thing, because it’s time to talk about a YouTuber whose style of tech videos could make anyone do a double take.  🙂

In the few times I get related to other YouTubers, it’s usually either Druaga1 or Green Ham Gaming.  Most likely this is due to the casual “over the shoulder” style that I employ when tinkering with technology.  The idea is to create a virtual version of going over someone’s house and watching them tinker with something – something I’ve seen other YouTubers do with computers, cars, shopping trip “hauls”, you name it.  🙂

Trivia Alert – In my Playoutsideland spoof skit from 2012 I referenced going over a friend’s house being something you did on the Internet.  There’s a lot that this joke references.  Playstation Home at the time, Minecraft, Second Life, ActiveWorlds, perhaps YouTube videos as well…  😀  Right.  Let’s talk about Green Ham.  🙂

Tim James from Green Ham Gaming takes my tech video style and throws it completely in reverse (should I expect that because he’s from Australia?  😀 ).  Instead of casual film-first-ask-questions-later basically creating a more casual “go over a friend’s house and watch them mess with tech toys” approach he actually does a more narration-driven and cinematic type of video where if I wanted to try that myself I would record the narration into the video editing software first and then add clips later.  I’ve tried that a few times, though with how he seems to be inspiring some tech folks to try this themselves maybe I should join the fun.  😀

What First Got Me Watchin’:

This one’s an easy one.  I blogged about one of his videos shortly after discovering his channel in mid-2015 and did a RadioStyle podcast too – both regarding this video thingie…  😀

The rationale was simple.  I had recently tinkered with a Dell Optiplex 760 that I was taking from one building at the 925 to another and wondered if one could take a Core 2 Dell box and put a small GPU in it to make it into a gaming console.  I wouldn’t do that these days though unless I knew I could swap in an SFX power supply if the Dell “tube supply” ever died.  😦  I’m not in the business of getting snookered by proprietary nonsense anymore.  😦

Green Ham Gaming Today:

It’s little wonder folks relate me to Green Ham so much.  Mr. James has pet names for his systems, likes to make old computers dance, and has a gaming and multimedia focus on the computer tinkering that he does.  I don’t know if I should take that as a hint that folks might want more narration-driven content from me or not, but I might consider it when we’re not getting snowstorms every 3 days here in New England…  🙂

Shortly after seeing his console killer I also blogged about his little showdown between a $100 PC and an XBox 360…  🙂

…and yes he has this thing for smoking computers…  😀

Also worth noting – while I’ve been pondering something more along the lines of his style, the reverse has already happened.  Tell me if this seems familiar…  🙂

…and of course how could we forget The Incredible i5 Dell, perhaps the inspiration for my next Dellasaurus.  😀

Not to say he doesn’t already have a Dellasaurus…  😀

…or another Dellasaurus…  😀

…actually wait.  He seems to have a collection of them.  😀

… and a Gateway?

The fun thing is that it mostly doesn’t matter what order I paste these in.  A lot of the Green Ham videos are not all that time sensitive, so like other binge-watch-friendly channels one can easily bounce around through the back catalog until they’ve finally watched it all.

It is in light of this fact that I openly invite you to zip over there and start bouncing around the back catalog.  However, because this is a blog entry about Green Ham Gaming we owe it to ourselves to end with Shenmue’s Tomato Convenience Store theme again…  😀

Where Are The Greenmarks?!!  😀

I Wasn’t Letting Salazar Get Away With It…

Oh look.  Playing the satire card.

…he wasn’t getting away with it though.

…because none of this changes that his argument has already had the rug pulled out from under it by a far better YouTuber even if JERM has less of everything (subs, views, etc., the black hole of YouTube as usual).

FUDazar Thinks Scorpio May Crush Your Gaming PC. History Laughs.

For those of you who are wondering what it takes to get me to unsubscribe from a channel these days, try asinine FUD commentary like this.  😛

Released on the same day as my spoof video making fun of “heard it all before” tech speculation videos that are at least 80% panning over shots of unreleased hardware , this… drumroll… speculative panshotfest is the latest in the long-running world of doom and gloom for PCs, PC Gaming, or both.  😛

…at least, when you filter out the more egregious flubs like 6 Teraflops being “GTX 1070 territory.”  Really?  A GTX 1070 is at 6.5 Teraflops.  A Radeon RX480 is at 5.8 Teraflops.  Guess which one this “Gaming PC Crusher” is closer to?  😉

The funny part is, Sally here (should I call him that, maybe Sal-y is more accurate  😀 ) is already getting skewered in the comments for some of these little details, so I’ll let the folks bringing up these little things have at it.  What’s more fundamentally wrong here is that he (1) overpromotes speculation as these FUDsters tend to do, and (2) misunderstands Console Vs. PC and why Scorpio isn’t a concern for PC folks like myself even if it does release at the sub-$500 price point.

First, as 0:55-1:00 puts it in such a slippery way, his $400 price point for the device is only what he thinks it’ll be (SPECULATION!), but the entire rest of the video is predicated upon this massive price chasm allegedly coming up with 4K gaming, such that it’s easy for one to miss for the entire rest of the video, and if this one event doesn’t take place most of the rest of his argument goes completely out the window and those watch minutes you just gave to his channel for getting you mad to get you watching (not unlike a radio shock jock or someone like ReviewTechUSA) are truly time in your life that you will never get back.

This is where we get to the next unfortunate gotcha in Salazar’s commentary.  In classic bait-for-views-and-watch-minutes fashion, he floats the idea that maybe this is a Zenbox.  Oh wait.  This alleged “Gaming PC Crusher” has to interpolate 30 fps to give the appearance of 60 fps.  Other speculators making videos like this pulled the exact same thing, so yay for more unoriginal baiting.

Really?  30 fps?  Once upon a time I knew of gamers who didn’t mind lower framerates in exchange for nice graphics, but I thought that trend died with the 90s.  If I am going to swear off PC gaming for good in favor of a console I’d be looking for a little box that does whatever my monitor supports – all the time, with free online play.  So far, this box does neither – much in line with the other consoles out there.

I maintain, even though I used to debate this sort of thing roughly 5 years ago (but who ever listens?), that consoles sell for only 2 reasons – Price and Simplicity.  They’ll nearly always win on simplicity because you can just buy a box and plug it in in most cases, but price is where PC Gaming has been getting its revenge with the recent trend of “building console killers” or other ITXesque systems blatantly built to replace a Playstation.  🙂

What console gamers forget though is that it is still possible to “just buy the box” to get into PCs and just make a part swap or two to get into PC gaming if you know what box to buy.  Every year at least one OEM releases at least one SKU that is standardized enough that one could use it as a starting point with its Windows license and all.  Last year it was the Asus M32.  This year – surprisingly – it’s Acer!  😮

Really?!!  From the company that added “Acer crap” to my vocabulary with their egregious cheap chunks of plastic over the years?!!  Cool!!!  🙂  I’m curious what form factor riser sets that motherboard uses (Micro ATX?  Mini ITX?).   I could probably make a Jaystation out of this.  😀

No seriously.  Core i5 Skylake 6400.  One could make a gamebox out of this with one of those “no additional power GPUs” or swap at least the power supply and add in a 1070 to get something like this.

Or, take the hackjob backpath with older hardware and a newer graphics card, like this setup from JERM Gaming that approached 4k30 via adding a GTX 1060 to an original generation i5 system with an overclock.

Now consider the long run when it comes to PC hardware upgrades even though PC Gaming is notoriously expensive if you buy the latest greatest stuff, but if you go 2nd or 3rd best it’s a completely different story.  The Pascal series cards are still rather pricejacked while they’re still in the #1 parking spot on Nvidia’s catalog no thanks to lukewarm competition at best from AMD.  You can still buy Maxwell era cards new though.  Next go-round even if Nvidia keeps fleecing people with money to burn that want the best they can get then the price drops on “last gen Pascal” will mean the cheapo “last-gen” stuff would then become the bridge into 4K gaming.  🙂

The Scorpio sounds like a compelling razzle dazzle easy way into 4K if you can stomach 4K30 instead of 4K60.  😛  Time is not on the console’s side though, even though it’s not even out yet, especially for those people who thought they’d get a few years out of their PS4 or XBox One like they did last go-round before having to consider swapping out gear again.  Considering the longevity of PC hardware in the long run (hardcore Sandy Bridge gamers anyone?  😀 ), exactly how many times would one care to pay $400+ a pop to keep replacing their game box instead of just swapping graphics cards if they started with a decent CPU as a good baseline?  Plus, let’s not forget the whole paying extra to play online thing and all those things that console gaming brings with it…  😀

In the long run, no matter what FUD is going around YouTube about how PCs are going to be killed by this or by that, lest we forget, the whole idea of a “Post PC Era” is nearly 10 years old.  If PCs have been allegedly “dying” for the better part of a decade, maybe we should take a hint that perhaps there’s something else going on?  😉  Until then, the usual Console vs. PC Rules apply.  😀

In terms of a Console/PC 4K Price Chasm, again the hinge on which Salazar’s argument stands or falls, even if it does end up existing, one has to wonder for how long…  😛

…but please by all means, follow this smarmy techno-pied piper because he parades around his silver YouTube button in his channel icon…  😛

…then a little while later, I responded on my podcast.  🙂

Dear Internet Contrarians, It IS Gamers’ Fault If They Keep Playing Into Gaming Industry Shenanigans!!!

There are people on the Internet who like disagreeing for the sake of disagreeing.  The results vary from people getting mad to stuff that’s far worse, but it really gets annoying for someone like me when people start disagreeing on purpose just to draw traffic to their website or social media pages regarding the nonsense that’s been going on for years in the gaming industry.

My Latest “PasticheTechUSA” Discussion On The Matter:

The Kotaku Article That Inspired It:

http://kotaku.com/i-like-to-buy-games-on-day-one-this-post-originally-ap-1719690013

The Contrarian Nonsense I Was Responding To:

The Red Dragon’s Original Video:

IcyRhythms/FailedToListen’s Response:

ReviewTechUSA Being A Little Late To The Party:

The Far Superior Discussion From 2013:

TotalBiscuit On Preorders:

Out Of Continues Episode 18 – My Earlier Discussion On “Beta On Release” From 2012:

http://www.outofcontinues.com/?p=332

Ars Technica Article On Buying New Games From 2011:

http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2011/11/when-to-wait-why-buying-games-at-launch-is-a-fools-errand/

Green Ham Gaming’s $150 “Console Killer”

I recently did a pastiche of ReviewTechUSA where I responded to the complaints about Nintendo’s hardware woes by putting things back in context and noting that consoles as a whole have really been backed into a corner these days.  Probably the biggest reason why consoles persist is because people aren’t as familiar with “console killer” PCs like what folks like Tek Syndicate talk about from time to time.

Today’s console killer comes from Green Ham Gaming, who took an Optiplex 755 one can easily find on the refurb market and popped a graphics card into it and made a system that could play GTA5 at 720p30, essentially making the XBox 360 version pointless.  😛

Here’s the interesting part.  If I poke around on Google Shopping for XBox 360s, the only ones in this machine’s price range are ALL 4GB budget models, plus we have the obsolescence thing going on with the console generation being recent-gen now, as opposed to someone with a console killer PC in that price range who could start a Steam collection or something and then migrate the gaming account to a better or upgraded system later on.

Really gets the ol’ gears turning when it comes to how much consoles have been backed into a corner.  I used to say they only sold because of their price and simplicity.  Now even that has become questionable…  :-\

UPDATE:  I wound up discussing this video in the RadioStyle series.  🙂

By the way, based on current exchange rates, since this guy mentions Sydney if he’s from Australia then $150 AUD is around $115 USD, making this even more cost-effective than those $180 XBox 360 4GBs that I was seeing earlier.  🙂

Teens Vs. MarioKart 64. Uhhhhhh…..

Definitely a generation gap going on here…  😛

Then again, it might just be good old-fashioned getting old too.  I was wondering how these teens could possibly be this bad at something they could easily have on the Wii U Virtual Console, but then again, maybe they don’t play these types of games, or any games at all.  Plus as teenagers in the mid-2010s they have absolutely NO chance of being contemporary to this mid-1990s game (yes it was that long ago, lest we forget  :-P).

Or maybe we can blame the weird N64 controller…  😀

Online Gamers Are Such Jerks…. Or Are They? :-P

Dorkly had a Facebook link to this zinger of a GTAV Online video this morning.

At first one might think, “Wow.  People can be such jerks in online games.”  Indeed, this represents all kinds of jackass behavior that I’ve seen online, including plane camping in the Battlefield series.  😀  But then again, this is GTA, a sandbox game that specifically attracts people who want to do stuff like this in-game.  Should we really be surprised?  😛

Perhaps the question of whether or not people are total jerks when they think they can get away with it shouldn’t be based on videos like this.

Or this…

Or…

…you know what… cancel that thought.  😛