Sunday, January 26, 2014

Not feeling it!

    I need to get my 'real life' sorted so I don't have to worry as much anymore. I want to be the good old 'happy' me again who enjoys the things she does. I need to stop forcing myself to continue doing things I used to enjoy so much. With the joy being overshadowed by worries and neglecting myself there is no true fun. If I do not take care of myself right now, it will not end well. I want fun again ... Don't get me wrong, I love you all, but for now I have to put myself first. Seems egoistic and it does feel that way for me. However I do realize both you and me will benefit eventually.
    I love to stream, I love running a server for you, I love to hang out with you guys and gals, I love to do many things with or for you all. Too bad you and me can only truly enjoy these things when I am feeling well. For a long time I have not truly been enjoying this anymore, but forced myself to continue. This has nothing to do with any of you, but all has to do with me. I try to enjoy, I pretend to smile and we do have our 'good' moments, but deep down I am crying rivers and feel unhappy, not because of you, but because of ME. This needs to change.
    My headaches are terrible and seem to recur on a regular basis now. I still haven't had surgery and this won't even happen, because I stopped making appointments needed to get there. My house is a mess and has been for over a year. Not answering the phone, checking my mail, or responding to the doorbell. I am spiraling down and down into depression. I am as depressed as can be and need to put a hold on this before I reach the bottom. I have tried and fought so damn hard all my life to get somewhere, but got frikkin' tired, exhausted and burned-out. Disappointed, upset, angry ... I hardly feel or care anymore ... fleeing is not a solution, this needs to end, right NOW.
    I am sorry, I will be around, I can't do this alone, I need those who love me or care for me. I will be there when I am and won't be when I am not, just can't make any promises. I need to take care of ME now that I still can. Hope you can understand and this doesn't come as a shock.

Love you all ... muahhh

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Damn Twitch!

What the fuck! Three times in a row now that Twitch frustrates the shit out of me. Last weekend on Saturday Twitch decided to disconnect my stream several times and dropping frames on me for not being able to stay connected to me. Then that Sunday I could not even stay connected at all (and as of yet no reply from Twitch Support). Now tonight I can't even connect to a server forcing me to quit XSplit through my task manager even.

So yay ... Hitbox only tonight! Come join the fun, because I am not letting my night being ruined by Twitch!
Devilin Pixy on Hitbox

Wipe in about a week!

The long awaited 'last wipe' for Starbound is almost there. Soon we will finally be able to truly start something big without too much of a worry to lose all again. Can't wait and really looking forward to it.

Finally done!

    Yay, finally done clicking and copy/paste-ing an announcement to all my followers on Twitch(420). Now I can completely focus on Hitbox. I will try to stream to both channels for a while if all works well on Twitch's end. Lately I couldn't stream for the life of me on Twitch. Looking forward to streaming on Hitbox though and can't wait to move over completely.

    As for the Stream Team, I can still use some suggestions for a Team name on Hitbox. So please let me know any good suggestion you can come up with!

The list of suggestions collected so far:

  • Jobless Delinquents
  • RPG-Real People Gaming
  • The Lukewarm Gamers
  • The Hit casters
  • Squid McSquiddingtons (or one of the other 15 squid or derpy names)
  • The Visual Orgasm
  • Horatio Hornblowers
  • Hansom Harassers
  • One of the 50 squid names
  • Twitch Refugees(or some variant)
  • OLS-Old Legendary Soldiers
  • XStream
  • The Sandbox
  • The Box Office
  • Bare with Us
  • RatedR
  • The Twerks
  • Team Myth
  • Dream Team
  • Mythical Cast
  • Fairy Universe
  • The Old Foogies

  •     I will be streaming some more L.A. Noire tomorrow. Hope to see you all on Twitch (if it works) and Hitbox (works so far)

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

    Team! I am ready ...

    Team! I am ready when you are on all my social media for the next 5 hrs. Hit me up ...

    Stream Team Meeting.

    Good morning everyone <3

    Hope to get to talk to most who are part of the new Stream Team for Hitbox today.
    We have to decide on a name really soon and discuss some other things.
    Once we have a name for our Team on Hitbox, we can start working on things:

    • Website
    1. Domain name
    2. Logo and Design/Layout
    3. Main Page
    4. Team Info
    5. Streamer individual profiles (portal to our own babies)
    6. Streaming page
    7. Forum
    8. Anything else?
    • Hitbox
    1. Register Team name
    2. Logo and Design/Layout (Profile)
    3. Introduction, text, links (Profile)
    4. Schedule(s)?
    5. Anything else?
    • Public TeamSpeak 3
    1. DNS
    2. Permissions
    3. Logo and Design/Layout
    4. Rooms
    5. Anything else?
    • Anything else?
    1. Facebook/Twitter/YouTube or other Social Media?
    2. Chat Bot?
    3. Anything Else?

    Any suggestions for a name for our Team, they are still welcome. Interested and willing to help out in any way, let me know.

    Monday, January 13, 2014

    A chat bot for Hitbox

    I am looking for help with coding a chat bot to be used on our Stream Team channels on Hitbox. Those of you that know me from Twitch also know I coded my own chat bot (Pixy_Bot) on there using mIRC. My personal chat bot on Twitch was quite popular among my viewers, especially for the music request feature. However, the chat on Hitbox uses websockets (HTML5) and not IRC. Anyone interested and willing to help out coding is more than welcome to let me know.

    Sunday, January 12, 2014

    Stream Team on Hitbox!

    I am excited to announce that we are going to start a Stream Team on Hitbox. We can however use some help with thinking of a good name for our team to use. We prefer the name to not refer to or associate with any of the individual streamers. If anyone has some good suggestions, then please let me know, would be much appreciated.

    More info on the Team and our plans soon ...

    Thursday, January 9, 2014

    Little Big Adventure 2 - Twinsen's Odyssey - finished playthrough

    Little Big Adventure 2 - Twinsen's Odyssey - full playthrough

    Source wikipedia:

    Little Big Adventure 2 (LBA 2) is a computer game developed by Adeline Software International and initially released on May 31, 1997. It was later re-released by Activision in June 1997 in both North America, and in Brazil, under the name Twinsen's Odyssey. In July 1997, both Electronic Arts and Virgin Interactive Software re-released LBA 2 - Virgin Interactive Software doing so under the name of "Twinsen's Odyssey". LBA 2 sold over 600,000 copies worldwide. The game is a sequel to Little Big Adventure (also known as Relentless: Twinsen's Adventure). LBA 2 was also the third game created under the label of Adeline Software International. The game features three dimensional environments and full motion video, and all of its music is in CD-DA quality.

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    Been so much fun playing this game again. Great memories to when I first played this game back then. First time however to completely finish it. Little Big Adventure 2 was even better than the first with a lot more movie scenes added and better game-play. The 3d environments felt great, with some exceptions there when you end up in an awkward camera angle. Biggest problem I had with LBA 2 after playing the first, was the new key-binds causing me to mess up quite a few times :-) Adorable, great characterization, cutscenes and story. Loved it! Would rate it 8 out of 10.

    Yay for good ol' times ...

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

    Hit me up!

        First of all, sorry if I have not been around much lately, been dealing with some health issues. I should be fine again now though, so I will do my best to be around.

        I will be back to streaming again tonight and there will be some changes. I am going to try, even though it's still in beta. I won't move over from one day to the next however to give you all time to adjust and hopefully start following me there. This means that I will be streaming for a few hours on Twitch first and then continue on hitbox for a few more hours after. It all looks promising and hopefully the switch will work out well for me. So please ... HIT ME UP on! Hope to see you all there ;-)

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

    Hitbox TV as an alternative to Twitch TV?

        The last few weeks I have been looking into this new Streaming website for gaming as an alternative to Twitch TV. As you all know I am pretty much fed up with Twitch TV and I would love to move away as soon as possible. Only thing I ever truly liked about it, after my forced move from Justin TV for the games is the great gaming community.

        This new Streaming website is Hitbox TV and started in October last year and is still in beta. The people behind this are RenĂ© Weinberger (CTO) and Martin Tyler (CEO) who both formerly worked for Own3d TV. Yes, I know about what happened to Own3d TV and I know they never have been able to pay off their full debts. Were these people to blame? I doubt it, since Martin was hired as Own3d's CFO to try fix the money problems when they were already in deep shit and RenĂ© was just the technical mastermind behind the core technology and didn't want to see his hard work gone. Anyways, enough about what happened to Own3d TV and see what Hitbox TV has to offer.

        First glance at the looks of the channels and website design makes me think of a copied Twitch layout ... hmmm. That's a bummer, but then again, how else would you fit video and chat nicely together? This way is probably easiest to get started and makes the viewer feel sort of familiar. Another thing that kind of annoys me is the video showing all the way at the top of the page. I would love to see the menu icons/buttons in the bar on the left as a top bar instead, lowering the video and chat just that bit and allowing more room for both on width. I do like the way the icons/buttons work though. I also searched for a way to give my channel some kind of a personal touch, but all I could find is an upload option for a profile picture. I would truly love to see ways to give your channel a personal touch, preferably in HTML instead of the 'limited markdown' that Twitch introduced quite some time ago. As for design, I feel it needs more work and I can only imagine them being busy on it.

        The video quality is great and shows no lag or loading issues at all. Of course the quality does depend on how the streamer has it set up. You can only watch it in source quality/resolution. This is RTMP streaming as it should be, where Twitch decided to use HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) to be able to reach iOS and mobile devices. Setting up your stream is easy and you can use any streaming software like OBS, XSplit, FFSplit or even Adobe FMLE. You can tweak your stream a lot better compared to Twitch by using Variable BitRate (VBR) again as well as Constant BitRate (CBR) which was forced upon streamers by Twitch. All-in-all, I really prefer this way of streaming and it doesn't limit the smaller streamers who can't deliver high quality. On Twitch you would miss out if you can't meet the 'excellent' requirements. This means you won't be available on mobile or console and viewers won't be able to select their desired resolution for which you usually need to be partnered anyway. To be honest, there should not even be a need to lower your resolution in the first place when watching a proper 1080p high quality stream unless you really have crappy internet and a toaster for a computer.

        The chat is great! No significant delay, which allows for being interactive with your viewers again ... woot!!! This is something Twitch screwed up completely with their huge delay nowadays. For most streamers, chat interactivity is of utmost importance. I truly hate it when I am trying to have a conversation with my viewers and getting responses about a minute or more later. The chat on Hitbox seems to be almost instant which is a huge plus! On the downside however, it uses websockets for their chat, which means you are not able to connect through IRC. Nice to have HTML 5, but my chat bot which uses IRC is now useless. However, promises have been made to work on IRC functionality, so I will just have to be patient to see what they come up with I guess. On a side note, NO MORE EMOTES, YAY! Although there seem to be plenty of weird looking smiley faces and pictures ... Kappa shows a sushi picture? ... lol

        Video playback is another thing that seems to work great, where it takes ages to load a video in the archive on Twitch, it takes only a second on Hitbox TV to load and no buffering during playback either. I did read about issues with editing streamed video and the way it cuts it into parts by default though. I can't really judge on this myself, since I haven't tested this myself yet. Supposedly there is also a feature to upload to YouTube. Will have to do some test streaming to check on this.

    Oh well, I will definitely keep an eye out on Hitbox TV myself and get ready to ditch Twitch, although I will not move away from Twitch TV just yet. You might see me stream on Hitbox though if Twitch decides to have one of those !@#%$#* nights again. I love my Pixy Bot and I will see what I can do about coding Pixy Bot using websockets and prepare my viewers on Twitch TV for the move as well as preparing quite a few other changes needed. So start following me on Keep up the good work Hitbox TV and hopefully you guys can manage growth very well. I am getting ready to move to the alternative I have been wishing for ...

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014