Final Zone: Tekken 2

There’s a pattern in Tekken games for its bosses. As soon as you reach Stage 7, it goes into ‘What buttons do I mash next?’ territory.

Out of all six (soon seven) of the numbered Tekken titles, the second game had a boss that was relentless, more so than Heihachi, much more than True Ogre, and just edging out the ridiculous Egyptian boss from Tekken 6.

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‘My Name is….?’

Welcome to Outpost.

Each year the site goes through a bit of a reboot, whether its the appearance or the content.

This year it’s different; it’s the name alongside a slight layout change.

I became uncomfortable where people were looking at the site and they saw my name at the top, as if it was to enlarge something about me.

So instead, after going through many, many names, Outpost is the one.

Why?

Well, I like how it gives the impression of observing and looking out for anything in the distance, and in technology and games, it’s apt.

I can also tie it into features and even Twitch, without saying ‘DARYL BAXTER LIVE‘ without making me look ridiculous.

I’ve also tidied up the menu in the header, alongside slightly changing some of the fonts to make them all match up with one another.

I’ve also added something I’ve wanted to for a while: Search! You can finally look for something from long ago if you wanted. Posts from ‘the beginning’ do exist, so have fun there while I look the other way.

There’s much less white space in the content area now, so it’s less of how Twitter for iPad looks and more Tweetbot instead. Of course I can have better control on the right sidebar, with custom text and tweets, but in a way to not distract you.

The url is still going to be ‘darylbaxter.com‘, but I’m currently in the middle of setting up a redirect to another.

If there’s any feedback you’d like to give, send it across to Twitter.

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Short Thoughts: Tomb Raider Suite Kickstarter Launched.

The Kickstarter is now live. Click here to support the cause.
The target is £160,000, and as of posting, it’s already past ten percent in the fourteen hours it’s been live.
I’ve pledged for the £120 reward level, which includes a digital download, the CD, and the vinyl.
Everyone needs the vinyl as they kick back with a Gin one evening I figure.

I do love the reward names; from the Dagger of Xian, to a Gold Key and an Infada Stone.

I will be keeping track of this, and do spread the word.

Short Thoughts: iOS 11 Wishlist.


As an upcoming iOS release beckons once again, Federico Viticci of MacStories released the latest in his iOS Wishlist series on Friday, focusing solely on the iPad.
Even before reading his wishes, I agree completely that the iPhone has reached its point with new features. To me, a lot can be focused on refinement. Managing iMessage sticker apps are currently a mess for example.
With the iPad, there’s a lot of low-hanging fruit to obtain, with a lot taken care of in the video him and Sam have created.
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Short Thoughts: Tomb Raider Suite Kickstarter Launch Date.

As you are probably aware, I’m fond of the first three Tomb Raider games and the music, and loved my time at the Tomb Raider Suite back in December.
Today, Nathan has announced the launch of the Kickstarter, as May 26th.

Only a week on Friday.

I’m curious to see what the pledge rewards are, alongside how Crystal Dynamics markets it. It was great to see a live Instagram video a few weeks ago, hopefully more of this appears through Facebook Live, or even a Reddit AMA.

Short Thoughts: Red iPhone 7.

Long rumoured, and now official.
This looks to be continuing a trend from last March, where the iPhone SE was announced.

Something new that appears halfway through a new iPhone’s lifecycle.

Instead of an event, it was a pre-announcement from the Apple Store, promising ‘something new’. Once the Store came back up, we were shown the red model, alongside a side-grade of the iPad Air 2, alongside bigger storage options for the SE.
The iPhone 7 is in a matte red design where it continues its ‘ProductRED’ campaign.
I’m disappointed the front is white, alongside a silver home button instead of a red, but the back finish looks great.

It releases on Friday. I’ll be surprised if it’s available anywhere else than Apple’s own channels, due to it being for ProductRED.

We’ve now reached the halfway point for iPhone 7. We’ve reached the small event, and now it’s the next build up of anticipation for September.

Ten days with the Nintendo Switch.

Justification is one of the most important things to me when looking at a big purchase.

When I think about buying something, I need it to justify itself being in the bag I carry around almost every day with me.

  • Why do I want it.
  • Will I be using it as much as I did when I bought it, in a month’s time.

When I stayed up for the event in January, followed by the Birmingham visit, that all went. I wanted it.

After ten days using the Switch almost non-stop, these are my impressions so far.

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Final Zone – Aladdin.

In the mid-ninteties, there wasn’t just a Disney Renaissance of their animated movies, but the games too.

But one that stood out to me was Aladdin. Great music, great levels, great fun.

But out of Toy Story, Lion King and Aladdin, the final boss here was a challenge more difficult than the others.

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