GeForce 1080 Ti

I’ve had my 980Ti video card on my PC for about 18 months, which means it’s time to upgrade. I had debated just going with a stock 1080 or 1080Ti. 

Since I had the Ti before, I figured what the hey and paid the price of an Xbox AND a PS4 and got a 1080Ti. I figured I’d sell the 980 and hope to offset some of the expense, besides you get a game free, so there’s that.

I bought from Newegg and used their free Shoprunner 2 day shipping and the card got here very quick. These NVIDIA GeForce 1080 Ti cards seem to be as hard to find as a Nintendo Switch, so I was glad to have picked it up.

I have a Velocity Micro PC in a standard case. I figured a video card install would be pretty easy. Nope. This one was a massive pain.

First off, the card is huge. As in I had to force it into my case in order for it to fit huge. Thank goodness it slotted itself because the board got scratched a tad in order for it to fit. Memo to case manufacturers. Stop trying to be so cool with your case design – allow any card slot to have as much room as possible!

After I fit it in, came the next part: plugging in power. The requirements are for a 650W power supply minimum and I have a 750 so that’s good. However it requires 2 plugs off your motherboard and each plug has 8 pins….You do get one adapter included with the card. 

The weird thing on my PC is, I bought it custom built and Velocity did a great job with cable management…however I have the VGA cables that have 6 pins with an additional 2 pin plug to make it 8 — but the 2 pin plug was pulled back and tied…so I had to slice the tie in a very narrow area — one wrong slice and whoops there goes the power…but I did it, plugged everything in, and fired up the PC.

First I heard this awful noise and I’m like WTF…the exhaust fan from the 1080 TI was touching my SoundBlaster Z sound card..so I either had to prop one up or prop one down. The slot for the sound card is not interchangeable – gotta love ISA cards (at least I think it’s ISA..maybe it’s something else, but the slot is a very small one and it won’t fit in any other slot). So I remove the sound card and run with the built in sound (no optical out gah) or hope that the cards don’t touch. The 1080Ti didn’t feel as snug and seated as other cards — probably because of it’s heft — so I opted to pull the sound card and use the built in audio. It won’t kill me — other than the fact that audio doesn’t have indepdent analog channels or digital now (maybe HDMI out, I guess?)… but the audio coming out of my Razer 2.1 speaker system is fine so I will live – and I get to uninstall tons of Creative bloatware — so there’s that. 

Ok. Put everything together again, reboot, get drivers, reboot, and I’m good to go…now it’s time for some 3D Mark action. First, I ran Fire Strike..and scored 19213 – which is higher than 90% of the tested PCs out there. Wow. Then I ran Time Spy and got 8462.  Again, holy crap. 

Bottom line: this card is a game changer. Everything looks gorgeous and is so smooth. I have a Dell 1440p monitor (mainly because I tried 4K and everything is so damn small when you aren’t playing games) and running at non-4K resolutions is a dream. 

So, getting this card is a no brainer if 1) you play most of your games on your PC and 2) you can trade in a lot of your old console games to be able to pay for it.

And just so you know, I have a Core i7-6700K Skylake processor/16GB Ram,  yadda yadda…

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The Show

Of course I picked it up!

The game, like every iteration of the Show on PS4, takes eons to install but you can play the two World Series teams without commentary but with an annoying repetitive song.

Once installed, I think you’ll like it. Plays difficult but fun, graphics are stellar, and retro mode is going to be very much appreciated by anyone growing up in the 90s with great player models but an 8-bit graphics presentation.

This is a must-buy. If you like baseball and don’t have a PS4, you need to buy one. It’s that good, and I never say things like this.

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I bought RBI 17 so you don’t have to

Every year I say “I’m not going to buy it, because last year’s game sucked” and then I say “well maybe they improved it this year” and so I buy it.

And then I play it. Ugh. Same bad music. Same horrendous loading. Same exact gameplay. New rosters though!

Let me save you $20. Don’t get it.

 

 

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ICYMI

Madden NFL 17 is now in the Vault for EA Access members.

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OOTP 18 released

Man, time flies…

OOTP 18 was released today and I’ll be taking a look at it over the next few days.  One of the features that I’m really interested to play out via a sim is the promotion/relegation system.  Adding fictional items like that to a simulation game is a really brilliant idea.  Can’t wait to see how that works out over 50-100 years.

March 24, 2017

 

Out of the Park Baseball 18, an Official Licensee of MLB.com, MLBPA, and MiLB.com,

Now Available Worldwide

 

Follow-up to Metacritic’s 2016 PC Game of the Year features a new Challenge Mode, Online Profiles and Leaderboards, real 2017 major and minor league rosters, historic Negro League teams, improved 3D mode, new tournaments, and much more

 

Out of the Park Developments, an official licensee of MLB.com, the MLBPA, and MiLB.com, today announced that Out of the Park Baseball 18 is now available worldwide. The follow-up to the acclaimed Metacritic 2016 PC Game of the Year includes several exciting new features and a treasure trove of deep improvements to its award-winning gameplay.

 

Out of the Park Baseball 18 sells for $39.99 and is available on Steam and through the company’s website at these links:

 

http://store.steampowered.com/app/465650/

 

http://www.ootpdevelopments.com/out-of-the-park-baseball/

 

For the first time, Out of the Park Baseball 18 introduces an all-new Challenge Mode. This allows series newcomers to enjoy a powerful way to learn the intricacies of this deep strategy title, while driving community engagement for all users via the creation of online profiles to share accomplishments on new leaderboards. The Challenge Mode is just the beginning of an all-new, long-term expansion of OOTP’s online platform — more will be unveiled during the course of the 2017 baseball season.

 

Out of the Park Baseball 18 also includes:

 

  • 2017 roster sets with all Opening Day MLB rosters, as well as the complete minor league system from Triple-A down to rookie leagues and the Arizona Fall League. All major league (and over a thousand minor league) player ratings are based on the popular ZiPS player projection system. The 8 international leagues, as well as independent minor leagues in the US, also return this year with accurate rosters.

  • Historical Negro League clubs, thanks to a partnership with OOTP’s acclaimed historical database experts and Seamheads.com. This feature allows baseball fans to explore the rich history of a bygone era, create compelling what-if scenarios, pit major league clubs against their Negro League counterparts, and much more.

  • Improvements to 3D mode, including: Even more ballpark detail; better on-field player models and enhanced on-field decisions; and the ability to save all 3D highlights and watch a highlight reel, whether the game was played out or simulated.

  • Custom and real world tournaments for all the teams included in the game. National and international tournaments are a breeze to create, as is the ability to import historical teams.

  • Extensive AI improvements, including roster management, trades, and in-game decision-making.

  • A redesigned injury system that features detailed injury histories for all players, little nagging long-term injuries, and more.

  • Many more improvements, including:

    • A beautiful new interface

    • Improved game recaps

    • An upgraded player morale/team chemistry system

    • Enhanced play-by-play text and league news

    • A sophisticated system for team relegation and promotion between leagues

    • The ability to retain player salaries in trades

    • The incorporation of many 2017 CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement) rule changes

    • Faster import speeds of historical minor league seasons

 

OOTP 18 runs on PC/Mac/Linux and, like last year, it features the American League and National League logos, the World Series trophy, official logos and jerseys for all 30 MLB teams, over 150 Minor League Baseball league and team logos, and historical MLB logos.

 

“Fans have been overwhelmingly positive about Out of the Park Baseball 18 since it was announced in January,” said lead developer, lifelong baseball fan, and Out of the Park Developments CEO Markus Heinsohn. “We’re thrilled to deliver a game that will allow us to dramatically expand our online community and delight a new generation of fans.”

 

“Out of the Park Baseball has been setting the bar high for sports management games over the past 18 years, and this year’s edition is no different,” said Out of the Park Developments CMO Richard Grisham. “Every time I think they can’t top last year’s version, they do it again. I tip my cap to the hardest-working development team in video games.”

About Out of the Park Developments

 

Out of the Park Developments is the developer of the award-winning OOTP and MLB Manager series of baseball management simulations, Franchise Hockey Manager, and Beyond the Sideline Football. German-based OOTP Developments was founded by Markus Heinsohn and Andreas Raht in 1999. OOTP Developments has consistently produced games that have met with critical acclaim, including winning Metacritic’s coveted “PC Game of the Year” for the 2016 version of OOTP and “Game of the Year” for the 2007 edition of OOTP, which remains the second highest-rated PC game on Metacritic of all time. Further information on the company and its games is available from the OOTP Developments website, http://www.ootpdevelopments.com

About MLB.com

 

Established in June 2000 following a unanimous vote by the 30 Major League Baseball club owners to centralize all of Baseball’s Internet operations, MLB Advanced Media LP (MLBAM) is the interactive media and internet company of Major League Baseball. MLBAM manages the official league site, MLB.com,and each of the 30 individual Club sites to create the most comprehensive Major League Baseball resource on the Internet. MLB.com offers fans the most complete baseball information and interactivity across computers and mobile devices, including up-to-date statistics, game previews and summaries, extensive historical information, online ticket sales, baseball merchandise, authenticated memorabilia and collectibles, fantasy games, live full-game video streaming and in-progress and on-demand highlights, live and archived audio broadcasts, Gameday pitch-by-pitch application, Statcast tracking technology, around-the-clock hosted and specialty video programming, complete blogging capabilities, console and mobile video games and the award-winning At Bat and Ballpark mobile applications. MLBAM powers more live events across the Internet than any other company in the world.

 

Major League Baseball Players Association

 

The Major League Baseball Players Association (www.MLBPLAYERS.com ) is the collective bargaining representative for all professional baseball players of the thirty Major League Baseball teams and serves as the exclusive group licensing agent for commercial and licensing activities involving active Major League baseball players. On behalf of its members, it operates the Players Choice licensing program and the Players Choice Awards, which benefit the needy through the Major League Baseball Players Trust, a charitable foundation established and run entirely by Major League baseball players. Follow: @MLB_Players; @MLBPAClubhouse; @MLBPlayersTrust

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Who’s this guy?

Wonder how this thing works?  I think I can type something into it and people are able to read it.  From what I hear, you can can convey thoughts and ideas and people will read them and respond to them.  Guess I can give that a go and see how it works!

If I ever wondered if I was a creature of habit, the last 6 months or so (perhaps longer) have really shown that is exactly the kind of person that I am.  Years ago, I couldn’t go more than a few days without posting something on the site without feeling like something was wrong.  Hell, there was a time where I was doing a 30-minute daily podcast on sports and gaming.  I can’t even imagine having the time to do something like that now, but can’t help but to look back on it in awe of what I was able to motivate myself to do when I had kids that are so much younger than they are now.

Now, between work and kids and trying to make some time for myself, it just seems like the day evaporates before you can unpack the list of things that you would like to do.

Just for an example, and this day isn’t much like any other, but here’s what happened yesterday.  I got the kids ready for school in the morning, went to work, came home, took my oldest girl to soccer practice, then came back home to get the kids ready for bed.  By the time all of that was done, it was already 9:00-something.  I watched a TV show for a bit, watched a bit of the World Baseball Classic and when I looked up, it was 11:45 and I was beat.

None of this is a “Woe is me” type of sentiment, but it strikes me that I just need to really start dedicating time to things.  If that strikes you as something that EVERYONE should be doing, that is the truth, but it is something that I’ve never really been able to do for any consistent period in my life.  I guess the only exception to that would be as it relates to gaming and if I had to venture a guess, I would say that I have an addictive personality that pairs quite badly with my ADHD, with a pinch of OCD thrown in just for fun.  That combination makes it a bit tricky to stick with things, but still make time for other items of value in my life.

Thankfully, my kids schedules (as they get more hectic) are forcing me to try and allocate time a bit more carefully.  Eventually, it might even get me to start dedicating time to things like this again.  Hope spring’s eternal, right?

 

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Origin Access PC 

For those interested, Origin on the PC now has a $29 annual fee or you can still do $5 a month.

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