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SWTOR Sith Inquisitor Complete Story – Dark Side/Witty

After reading the Darth Bane trilogy, I finaly began to understand the Sith philosophy and decided to start a Sith character on SWTOR. Two years ago I started as a perfect Jedi and based my choices on my own moral principles. I could not imagine myself playing a villain or monster at all, because it would make me feel so guilty. But the experience showed otherwise and playing a selfish, cynical jerk can be really fun. First I tried the Imperial Agent and now I’m going a step further.

Enjoy my upload of the full story of my mostly Dark Side Sith Inquisitor Darth Veraduna! (Companion Conversations and expansions are included) Most people don’t know that Veradun was Darth Malgus’ birth name and since he is my favorite Sith within SWTOR, I am wearing his name with proud. <3 I reccomend watching the videolist in HD 1089p.

Star Trek Online live on PS4!

Since yesterday Star Trek Online is available for free on the Xbox One and PlayStation®4 consoles in multiple North American regions, with more regions in the Americas and Europe unlocking in the coming days. (…) Star Trek Online is 100% free-to-play – that means free to download, no subscriptions, and all of our content updates are completely free. All you have to do to have an amazing adventure in the Star Trek universe is show up and have fun. Source:
http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/star-trek-online/news/detail/10142482

There is also a decent trailer of it now, much better than the announcement I shared in my previous post.

Many reasons to be excited

I obviously spent a lot of hours playing Star Wars: the Old Republic (SWTOR). I play(ed) the following classes: The Jedi Consular (a light side sage healer as well as a dark side shadow tank), the Republic Trooper (a light side yet arrogant/bullying vanguard tank) and my favourite: the Imperial Agent (dark side healer operative). What I like about this game is the storytelling rather than the gameplay. There are interesting characters. An example is the Sith Lord Darth Malgus – one of my favourite villains.

Warning: the following paragraph might contain spoilers of SWTOR missions including Malgus.


Unfortunately you don’t meet him before the Epilogue of chapter 3 of the class storyline on the planet Ilum, and you can’t join him. Instead you are forced to kill him. :( I’ll upload a review and summary of this to my YouTube channel soon. For now though, I add the whole mission without comentary. Rumor has it Malgus will be back and even though I hated it to kill him, I am not sure what to think about it. Death looses it’s meaning when they decide to awaken the dead…





The cinematics of SWTOR with Malgus are stunning. The first one shows events of The fall of Korriban, the second one (05:47) is about The battle of Alderaan and the third one about the attack on the Jedi Temple during the Sacking of Coruscant (10:45 – 13:50)



I wanted to know more about Malgus’ background, philosophy and relationship with Eleena Daru, so I started reading the Wookiepedia and eventually the Book of Sith – Secrets from the Dark Side, which includes his writings and the novel Star Wars: The Old Republic: Deceived written by Paul S. Kemp. And I am not disappointed! It was an enjoyable novel. It is the second novel of a serie and set around the Sacking of Coruscant.


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I intend to read the novel about Revan, because I believe I’ll find his story interesting too, but many who played Star Wars: Knights of The Old Republic (aka KOTOR), complain about this novel. Apparently the story in the game is better. Star Wars KOTOR is considered the best Star Wars game ever, so I decided to read the novel first and then buy KOTOR for PC and see for myself. And maybe even KOTOR 2.


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I am also planning to subscribe on SWTOR, but I am waiting for the announced expansion (Knights of the Eternal Throne) coming in the fall of 2016. By subscribing I’ll get all previous expansions as well… at least, I hope this will be possible. Here’s the (very) short announcement of the expansion.



Other gaming plans: I want to buy the Back to the Future game for PS4. First I looked for the one for PS3, but since my brother bought a PS4 console a few days ago, I changed my mind. I planned to buy the games Little Big Planet and Lego Star Wars: the Force Awakens (PS4), but I scratched them of the list, for now. My time and money for gaming is limited and priorities must be made.



I also read that that this fall Star Trek Online will be launching on PS4. Even though the trailer doesn’t look interesting (kinda cliché and nothing is said about other playable factions such as The Klingon Empire, the Romulan Republic and TOS Federation: only Starfleet is mentioned, huh?). I’d love to try it out on PS4, because I started to miss Star Trek Online. Especially the spacecombat, which is a million times better than in SWTOR.

SWTOR: Imperial Agent Diary

Personal notes of Operative Alverna, Code named Cipher Nine
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* First of all I want to make clear that SWTOR is a RPG (role playing game) and that the moral decisions within the uploaded records are not (always) my own. They are made to fit a certain character. This one is a pretty much wicked one. A female Imperial Agent who can act like a mean assasin. Sometimes it is amusing to play from the view of a villain, sometimes I found it hard to be that mean. I also kept a kind of diary for my character, because I loved the story and wanted to give it a personal twist.

** Secondly, a warning: the text and videos below contain huge spoilers of the Imperial Agent’s class story.

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Subject: Undercover as the Red Blade (on the ugly planet Hutta)

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Pretending to be someone else is such fun! Unexpected, crazy things happen and it requires adapting. Therefore I love undercover missions where I can use, test and improve my skills.

What I did with Dheno Rey however, flirting him down yet killing him, was not to test my seductiveness – I’m pretty confident when it comes to manipulating man. I did it to feed my ego. A girl can never have enough of compliments and unfortunately they are rare if she is an agent. Poor guy, he really thought he would get laid. If he was my type, I could have made him my toy, but too bad that was not the case.

This girl working for Nem’ro, Kaliyo, noticed the whole thing and I’m not surprised: she’s constantly watching me and might even get in the way. She is wicked and kinky, seeking to intimidate me, but also intriguing and charming at moments. I have to admit that handling her could be a real challenge. Dangerous. I like. <3 Later: Like I predicted, Kaliyo got in my way. I was just about to 'get rid of' her, when suddenly Keeper interfered and now we're partners. :S Good news is that she'll work under my command. Can't wait to see how that will go. ............................................................................................................................................................. Subject: Motives and goals?

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My career at Imperial Intelligence has just begun, but who or what am I working for? Am I serving the empire? The Sith? Or just blindly following Keeper’s orders for the money?

I observed those around me and they don’t seem to act out of devotion. What philosophical principle or interest is driving them? Kaliyo is obviously an anarchist. She’s into fun, adventure, money and games. Keeper is more a pragmatist and dislikes Sith interventions in Intelligence, however he shows enough respect out of fear. What about me? I never really thought about it, but one thing I know for sure is that I am certainly no hypocrite like Keeper. I will not obey anyone out of fear. If I dislike something, I’ll fight against it, rebel, defect or die. Surely I do like money and luxury, but apart from that? Time to find out…

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Subject: A ‘friend’ among the Dark Council
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I guess my question about loyalty and motivation is answered: Darth Jadus. It is a privilege, an honor, that such a powerful Sithlord noticed my talents and chose me for his special task, even if I don’t fully understand what this task will be. But I trust him as he ensured I’ll find out later.

Keeper is okay to work with, but I don’t like it when he treats me like an amateur, constantly keeping me down. I want to be more important than this, to climb the career ladder. I want to know who/what I am working for and a stronger Empire too.

So, I admit I was secretly amused by how Darth Jadus put Keeper in his place and choose me for his special task. He is strong willed and calm. I was surprised by his patience with Keeper. He remained courteous, merciful and became not passionate or angry like I expected from a Sith.

Anyhow, I’d like to work for Lord Jadus rather than Keeper. I’d be his special agent. <3 .................................................................................................................. Subject: Darth Jadus’ death
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A cold shiver ran down my spine as I heard the news. I don’t understand… How can this be? How can he be… dead? Killed? Just like that? He is supposed to be eternal! I was so proud, he promised me things… Now I feel like a fool. I can’t believe this. How could he let it happen? Whoever is behind this, I will make him pay! I guess I’ll better concentrate on that from now… I swear I’ll seek revenge!

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Subject: One step closer to Victory!
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Thanks to me the Eagle’s entire terrorist network is dissembled and the Eagle, the man claiming he killed Darth Jadus, is finally dead. However, before dying he revealed that he had a mysterious patron inside the Empire. And that’s why I am still not satisfied. I want the truth. I want my revenge. I cannot accept Darth Jadus’ death and leave this chapter behind me yet. I miss him…

But like always, I am keeping my true feelings and intentions private. Even when Jadus’ daughter Darth Zhorrid begged me to swear I would find and kill the murder of her father, I acted like disabling the Eradicators was priority. I hate Zhorrid and enjoy to mock her, to play with her and watch her burn, thus I refused to swear I’d revenge Jadus even though I was actually planning to do so. She hurt me yes, but it was so worth it to see her desperate face. :D

I should probably clear my mind and focus on my mission now. Then up to the Artus system!

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Subject: My Lord is alive!
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I should be surprised, but somehow I am not. Deep inside I always knew that he could not be dead. His ‘last words’ were true: he is eternal. How could I doubt it.

From the very beginning I was intrigued by Darth Jadus. It’s contradicting: obeying authority was never my style. I was not born to be a solder following every order. Deception, bullying, sarcasm and intelligence portrayed me, or at least, the mask I was wearing. I was cunning and into thrills, not truly political and never trusting blindly. However, Darth Jadus was a different story. I even kneeled before him. My heart filled with pride. I was privileged he noticed my talents. It was a compliment, an honor. I enjoyed his attention and saw a chance to make career, dreamt of being Jadus’ special Agent. Though Keeper was okay to work with, I hated it when he treated me like an amateur, constantly keeping me down. I had a hard time suppressing my grin as I saw how Darth Jadus put Keeper in his place and choose me for a special task. My loyalty and respect lied with Jadus. Always.

But then he died. I was shocked, devastated and angry. How could a powerful Sith Lord get killed just like that? That’s just impossible. He was supposed to be eternal. I had a hard time accepting his death. Though I am not a force sensitive – I always felt he was somewhere outside, not dead. But I had to put these feelings aside and get back to work. Swearing to go after the Eagle and revenge my Lord.

Nobody knew. Even after killing the Eagle, when Jadus’ daughter Darth Zhorrid begged me to swear I would kill the murder of her father, I acted like the disabling Eradicators was priority. I hated Zhorrid and wanted to piss her off, thus refused to swear I’ll revenge Jadus even though I was actually planning to.

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I never felt sympathy nor fear for the Dark Council or The Emperor. Who was he anyway, this ghost of an emperor? Except Darth Zhorrid and Darth Malgus, I knew no Sith or Dark Council member. And Zhorrid was an idiot. After Zhorrid tortured Keeper, I definitely wanted her dead.

After killing the Eagle who mentioned a mysterious Patron and the conversation with Zhorrid about her father, I had again, after a long time, an irrational feeling Darth Jadus was… alive. And suddenly I stood in front of him and it was like in old times. Although he lied, I was happy to see him. And overwhelmed. This was my chance to make my biggest dream come true yet my feelings mixed. I was afraid he would not keep his promise and use me like last time. My trust was damaged by his fake death. But the temptation was too strong and I was willing to risk my life. If he was telling the truth, everything would have a purpose. I trusted he was wise enough not to kill me.
He was against the anti-alien policies of the Empire and allowed aliens into Imperial Intelligence. Another reason to join him.

It was not an easy choice, even though I said it wasn’t hard. A lot of civilians had to die and others such as my companions such as Vector and Kaliyo would see me as a traitor instead of a hero, but they would get used to it eventually. I am strong enough not to lie awake because other people have a negative view of me. I don’t care what they think of me, I don’t need to be everyone’s friend. Company is fine, buy leadership comes first. I am ready to follow and do what needs to be done. For a stronger empire. For Lord Jadus.

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My first chess game :p

For a few days I am playing Rummykub on Facebook, but unfortunately only one or a few rounds per day for I don’t have enough credits. (and no friends to invite in order to earn some :P ) So I thought, let’s see if there are more nice games on Facebook. Chess was in the list, so I thought why not try playing against the computer? I found one via google. http://computerchessonline.net/chess-online-against-computer/

I learned the chess rules since I was about 4-5 years old, never playing though. Wait, that’s not completely true, I remember participating in a competition at school. I performed poorly, but at the end I was not the last one.^^ But that’s really a long time ago, 8 years at least and I signed up without any training and was not seriously doing it. I did it only because otherwise I had to go to some boring lesson instead. So that’s why I call the game of today my first game.

I played against a computer. A very easy to beat one I guess, since I won. (with white in 31 moves) Here is the game. :D Will analyze it someday. Most stupid thing is that at the last move I thought was going to check, but suddenly a text on my screen appeared saying it was check-mate… so I won. After a few seconds I realized why. xD I am such a newbie, but still happy I won. Maybe it was not even that bad after all, at least it was fun to stretch some brain-muscles. Will try with black next time. :p

1. d2-d4 g7-g6
2. c2-c3 Nb8-a6
3. Bc1-f4 c7-c6
4. g2-g3 Ng8-f6
5. f2-f3 d7-d5
6. e2-e3 b7-b5
7. Nb1-a3 e7-e6
8. Ng1-h3 Bf8xa3
9. b2xa3 0-0
10. Bf1-d3 Qd8-e8
11. 0-0 c6-c5
12. d4xc5 Na6xc5
13. Bf4-e5 Nc5xd3
14. Qd1xd3 Nf6-h5
15. g3-g4 Bc8-b7
16. g4xh5 g6xh5
17. Ra1-b1 f7-f5
18. Nh3-f4 Ra8-d8
19. Rb1xb5 Bb7-c6
20. Rb5-c5 Bc6-d7
21. Rc5-c7 Bd7-a4
22. Rc7xa7 Ba4-c6
23. h2-h4 d5-d4
24. c3xd4 h7-h6
25. e3-e4 f5xe4
26. f3xe4 Rd8-c8
27. a3-a4 Rc8-d8
28. Ra7-c7 Bc6xa4
29. Rf1-f2 Rd8-a8
30. Rf2-g2 Qe8-g6
31. Rg2xg6

Fraps vs Camstudio: pc infection and big disappointment

Two of the most recomended screenrecorders installed, but still not able to record a damn shit!!

I was making a Photoshop CS3 tutorial and a SWTOR farming guide using screenshots, Photoshop and Windows Live Moviemaker, but suddenly I could not make screenshots in SWTOR at all. At the point it was almost done I was not able to finish my project which took me a lot of time…
So I downloaded Fraps for free. Problem solved. Fraps is a recommended program, really easy to use and I was even able to make beautiful screenshots of conversations which never worked before.

But I also wanted to add gameplay to explain things better. Showing it instead of writing it. The great thing is that Fraps records everything and it is fluent. (no lag) I used it to record some SWTOR conversations and gameplay. Unfortunately I discovered this was only the free version which is very limited. It can not record longer than 30 seconds and there is a small watermark on the top of the video. I tried to repeat two records using a macro on my mouse and keyboard, but it did not let me start a new record immediately after the previous ended. Even after a lot of cutting the result is crappy. I uploaded the videos to my Youtube channel.

I was not satisfied. Camstudio is a highly recommended screen recorder and I was excited after I read it was free. Unfortunately it came with a unwanted program called PC Speed Maximizer including a virus. My antivirus software detected a trojan and removed it. But today my computer is slower and when I open my internet browser there are these annoying adds and popups. This is how I view my page.

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Another problem is that it wont even record my fullsreen gameplay. All I see is a black screen with the audio. Thats just great! I am upset and pissed off because of all this crap. Scanning my computer again, but not detecting anything.

13 february 2015 Update: my antivirus program could not detect the problem, not even the deepest scan. But I discovered an new extension installed on Google Chrome called “Strong signal”. I already tried to remove it from my browser yesterday, but it was back. Until I removed it from my software list. Now the ads and popup windows no longer appear when I surf on the internet. YAY!

So there is one problem left: the black screen when recording gameplay in fullscreen with Camstudio.

SWTOR challenge for 2015

At 00:00, I was on SWTOR for a few minutes and suprisignly enough there were others who live in the same timezone as I do online at this moment. More losers like me lol. We came together at the republic fleet, dancing and throwing snowballs and fireworks. May the force be with us in the next year! :D

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After a few hours of sleep I decided to log into my Jedi Shadow character again, after a very long time not playing, Not with the intention to play it, but because of additional crewskills. And maybe because I missed cutting with that gorgeous double bladed lightsaber. Soon I realized why I died on Taris all the time [the reason I gave up playing this character and made a healer]. I played on a too high lvl and my character was really poorly equiped. Now I laugh about it, because I was such a newbie… After a few changes I asked myself: could I play a tank? And how can a tank with a light armor ever survive? Here is what I have learned.

The Jedi Shadow is a melee DPS/Tank with short range abilities. This makes it a strong competitor when it comes to short range combat, however, Jedi Shadow has no self or targeted healing outside of a few situational abilities and talents. This means that survivability comes down to either companion healing, group healing, or slaying the enemy before they slay you. Luckily, even though Shadows are light armor wearers, they get a strong boost in their defense thanks to shield generators.

Jedi Shadows choose their playstyle by activating different lightsaber techniques which reflect either damage or tanking. These techniques drastically affect gameplay and synergize with their abilities in order to enable a Jedi Shadow to hold the attention of the enemy or pummel it into the ground. There are three techniques: Combat Technique (Tanking), Force Technique (DPS), and Shadow Technique (DPS).

Combat Technique gives the Jedi Shadow’s attacks the ability to drain life from the enemy, boosts threat generation, increases armor (150%) and shield chance (20%), and reduces bonus damage. Jedi Shadows equip shields along with light armor, making them fairly weak in the defense department, but with Combat Technique, the armor becomes much greater and the shield chance increases greatly, making them a real tank. So don’t let the armor fool you, robes can take a beating when you have the force on your side.

The different techniques come with an extra special boost. They can be “breached” for additional effects. Force Technique adds a DoT (damage over time) debuff, Combat Technique hits five nearby enemies for a small amount of damage and reduces their accuracy, and Combat Technique deals direct damage. Force Breach is one of the most powerful abilities in the Shadow’s damage rotation, so make sure to use it liberally.

The other unique trait of the Shadow is their ability to stealth. Stealth is a great tool for positional attacks, allowing a Shadow to move into the perfect spot before combat without being seen, and can also be used to avoid combat when attempting to explore the various planets. It has an even bigger role in PvP, allowing a Shadow to sneak in for a kill or to take an objective unnoticed. Stealth is broken on combat and while activating many of the various quest objectives.


So I got back to Coruscant and participated in a few heroics (higher difficulty missions that offer greater rewards). Most groups on such a low lvl planet as Coruscant consisted of noobs who didn’t know anything about tactics like CC (crowd control = use of an ability that renders an enemy incapacitated for a period of time and only as long as the enemy takes no damage) and were not able to listen/communicate (every time they attacked the enemy I ccd with force lift), but one group was really fantastic and I enjoyed it. It was nice, but as a tanking shadow I can better equip a good shield instead of a focus and study the abilities better in order to learn to hold threat. I did collect the datacrons and the jumping went a LOT better. As a healer people will love you and want you in their group. I remember a group begging me to join them and after I helped thanking, bowing in front of me, calling me their hero. A nice feeling. But I must say that tanking is even more exciting and fulifilling than healing as you look your enemies in the eyes and probably lead the group. You are the star in the middle of it. This will be a new challenge for me. :)

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2 January 2015 – update

I believe I can tank. :D Or at least, I now know I can learn how to do it and what skills are required. Practiced on Coruscant with a lvl 17 shadow, and it worked fine! I was able to hold threat and the enemies attacked me, me and me, so the DPS could deal damage without losing health. The healer made a mess of it though, instead of healing me she/he attacked even the cc-d enemies with earthquake… Earthquake is an ability to fight a large number of weaker enemies at once, not two difficoult ones you can better kill one after one. But I clearly succeeded to hold the attention of the enemies, because they turned to me, my health decreased while much weaker players took no damage at all and I was able to guard them. Too bad they did not realize what happened and what an important role I actually played. But once again, even though there is a lot weight on your shoulders, tanking is fun and very fulfilling. Now I am no longer afraid. Time to try it on Taris.^^

Btw. I found a nice Balkan guild with experienced players, they are active members running ops and doing fps. :)

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Finaly… a compact, programable keyboard, without numpad so I have space for my mouse. It’s almost perfect, except that I wanted one with flat keys, not mechanical. But these Cherry MS red switches are actually not bad, I like the feeling when I type and they don’t make noise. I even love the sound. I am trying it for a few days now and I can not wait to try the software.

The logitech g600 MMO gaming mouse works fine and I spare me a lot of energy because of the macros. The software is great. I use macros for many purposses except for gaming, because I can not reeach the G-buttons quick enough. This keyboard will allow me to use macros in the game. But is really was too expensive.

Review Logitech G600, Rapoo E6300 and Logitech illuminated K810

My search for better laptop hardware continues. For those who did not read my previous entry, I am looking for an additional keyboard and mouse for my laptop. The main reason is that my neck is hurting when I place my laptop in front of me. I want to place it higher. So I need an extra keyboard since this one is far away. I also have trouble when typing and using my mouse. Getting tired, making mistakes, etc.

I finaly bought a nice keyboard for my laptop that meets my wishes: the Rapoo E6300. I know it’s not made for gaming, but the advantage for me is the small surface. It arrived two days ago. I searched for it for hours untill I discovered ergowerken.com , but unfortunately it is not working. It’s a Bluetooth device and since Bluetooth and wirelessLAN devices (like my internet) opearate within the same radio frequency range, they interfere with one another. So if I use bluetooth and wireless LAN devices simultaneously, I lose my network connection. :(

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However, some Bluetooth hardware, probably also the Logitech bluetooth illuminated keyboard k810 I tried a few days ago, can detect occupied channels by wlan and look for free ones to avoid disturbance. Unfortunatelly this nice keyboard was not small enough.

logitech k810 bluetooth illuminated keyboard

So I will need to return this one too and probably search for a wired one. When I was reading the reffund-policy on the webside, suddenly a very friendly worker asked me via chat if he could help me finding a replacement. There is indeed a similar one, wireless though, but not bluetooth. Unfortunately it has a mousepad, so I did not decied yet. Maybe I will choose for a bigger one anyway, but with programmable g-keys and use macro’s. I want one with flat keys, not those mechanical noisy ones. Today I saw this comercial, and omg I almost feel like this voice is talking to me, since one of my two SWTOR characters is an imperial agent. xD





Good news is that my MMO-mouse, the logitech G600 arrived yesterday. First impression – ohh no, what a big mouse. Not sure why this mouse appeared so big to me. Maybe because I used a mini-mouse before, but the G600 might be a little bigger than the average mice.

And then I tried it. It is really brilliant. Not only the look, but also very ergonomic shape. I am able to use my indexfinger for leftclickig while my middlefinger is resting on the right mousebutton and because of the shape I don’t accidentally rightclick anymore. My hand is in a normal, more open and relaxed position and the muscles of my fingers don’t cramp anymore. I am able to use it in a normal way and rightclick with my middlefinger. Even holding down both mousebutton simultaneously is possible. This means I will be able to play SWTOR without clicklock. I will be able to move and interact with objects/enemies faster. Maybe even use the 12 sidebuttons. Today I will learn more about its advanced features. An other improvement compared with my mini-mouse is how smooth it slides.

Gaming with a physical disability

It is obvious that gaming is one of my hobby’s. Unfortunately, not only in reality, but even in games my physical handicap is a problem. Most of my favorite PS games I can not even play, because I am not able to use the half of the buttons on the PS controller. :( Especially the games where movement is controlled by the left stick.


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PC games and MMORPG’s (multi massive online role playing games) are an alternative, but it’s very frustrating when you have no chance in duels and PvP (player versus player combat). Although, that may not be the whole truth. There are some tricks you can use for better control. I will try to give some tips that helped me. They will not make you the best gamer in the world, but they could improve your performance.

Let’s focus on MMO’s.

If you want to play a MMO like SWTOR, you’ll need to use all buttons on your mouse and keyboard. Once you progress through leveling, you will gain a LOT of abilities. You start with one quickbar which you can expand to two.


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But that’s not enough. You will need to buy additional quickbars so you can put abilities on them. And not just abilities, but also things like medpacks, stims, etc. because you need them during fights.

This game is so-called ftp (free to play), but that’s a clever trick. The restrictions will be a huge handicap once you reach higher levels. You will realize having two quickbars is not enough, once you’re addicted and stopping with the game is therefore not an option. As ftp-player you can only have one crewskill, that’s as good as useless. What’s the point in learning a crafting skill (crafting is making your own items such as armor’s, stims, etc.) if you are not able to gather materials for it? Sure, you can buy materials, but that costs you game-credits. Unless you wan’t want to have two handicap’s, I reccomend becoming a preffered player. You simply buy cartelcoins for a certain amount of money, I think I payed about 8euro’s and you will receive special things. This way you don’t have to subscribe and spend money every month and you can still enjoy the game.

Once you unlocked additional quickbar’s, put abilities on them. Open your abilities tab and drag items to your additional two sidebars.

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Clicking on an ability or item is a slow way to activate it, so you want to bind them to key’s on your keyboard. Simply study the preferences menu. Below you will find the tab Keybindings. In most games you are able to bind keys from your keyboard/mousebuttons to certain actions. Also check the sections movement and targeting. I target enemies with the tab button, but you could leftclick. I also have binded a button for targeting friends/groupmembers, because I protect them with shields and heal them. If you are not able to see a friend, you can click on his/her image where the health is visible. Make sure you studied the preferences menu in games like this. You can adjust things like the camera that might help.

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There is a lot of special (ergonomic or gaming) hardware, including keyboards, keypads, joysticks, mouses and screens you could buy. For example the Razer Naga or the Logitech G600. I ordered today the G600 for only 40 euros, for the half of the normal price (80 euros). This mouse has a lot of buttons, 20, and you can bind every button to an action or macro. I have no experience with using macro’s yet, but I will do research once I tried the G600. It is kind of cheating and I have to make sure I will not be banned, soon I will know more about it. But even if not using in the game, macros could help with other things.

http://www.ergowerken.nl/ergonomische-muis/

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I also ordered an extra wireless minikeyboard, because my laptop-keyboard sucks. It is too wide and I freequently accidentally hit the windowsbutton during play and guess what happens, I see my desktop… I takes more than 15 seconds to activate the fullscreen and when I am back in the game, my character or someone in my group is already dead. And that’s my fault. I’t very annoying. There are methods to disable the key, but I am a little afraid to mess up something.


Click-lock

Controling movement with your mouse? Getting tired pressing both mousebuttons at the same time? Some gamers recommended an expensive mouse and keybind autorun, but you can use ClickLock in Windows 7 for better mouse control.

Since I am for a part physically disabled, I am not able to use all my fingers (I actually play with 1 finger per hand) and jump/move my camera while running or hold down both mousebuttons. I was slow and freequently I stayed behind in groups.

It happened a few times that I acidentally activated ClickLock. Suddenly I was able to:
– run forward by only holding down the right mousebutton (RMB)
– run + steer by holding down the RMB + moving my mouse to the left or right
– rotate the camera by moving my mouse to the left or right without holding down any mouse button

It makes things a LOT easier for me. Now I control all movement with 1 finger on the mouse. My left hand is free using keys on my keyboard to jump and use my abilities. Or move forward by holding W while rotating the camera bij moving the mouse (without pressing any button) I can finally do 2 things at the same time. And my sight improved since I can look aroud by turning the camera instead of turning my character and getting dizzy. (the camera turns faster)

Check out: How to Use ClickLock in Windows 7 for Better Mouse Control.
http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-use-clicklock-in-windows-7-for-better-mouse.html


Here is basic guide for movement and targeting is very usefull for all beginners.


The preference menu allows you to change the speed of the camera, etc. Try it out, little changes can improve your gaming!

SWTOR Soundtrack

SWTOR, what a great MMO. I loved the dramatic background music on the different locations and in the fights, it gives you such a fantastic feeling, like you are actually there. A few examples follow below. Imagine listeling to this while doing a mission or running on te battlefield… or just exploring the planets by visiting creepy caves or beautiful landscapes. No, don’t try to imagine, better dowload the game and start a great adventure. The music is much Star-Wars-like, but it’s all new and not from the movies unless a few exceptations.

Here comes an example of an exceptation. It’s from the movie, but edited. The part [00:00 – 1:14] is so wonderfull, it plays every time you open the beautiful galaxy map on your ship as a jedi consular and gaze through the window at millions of stars… breathtaking… [3:16] gives me chills and ends so peacefull.


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And now my fav SWTOR tracks (not all are dark, but I like theese dark ones):

Clash of Destiny aka the epic login song. Sometimes I don’t click on load character imediatelly, because once loaded, the intro stops and I wish to hear more. :D It makes you so wonna jump into that world, like a warming up, [0:00 – 2:14] is pure awesomeness.


Ballmora the Forge! One of the best orchestral pieces I’ve ever heard. Combined with the langscapes and warzones… WOW, it made Balmorra my favorite planet! It’s too bad I missed the song of Balmorra on my first playthrough, because I was a jedi consular and for some reason other music played as intro. The song gives a vibe very similar to the amazing Darth Maul theme Duel of the Fates heard in first movie episode The Phantom Menace or the Imperial March aka the Darth Vader theme, both composed by John Williams. The only thing I don’t like about the piece is how it starts off so epically and throughout it becomes more and more slow. [00:00 – 00:59]First minute, perfect. [00:59 – 02:00] also great! [3:25 – 4:00] is the part I did not enjoy and they could cut it out. 4-5 is dark and ok, but from the 5th minutes it is just… perfect. <3


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Revan’s theme was cool too. I heard it when I was doing some fp’s (flash point’s: special missions you have to complete with a group where you can earn extra xp’s and good gear), I think it was Taral V and Maelstorm Prison where you meet Revan. There is also an announcement of an expansion of the game soon and Revan will be back, nice! Here’s a short trailer about it with the music on the background.



And now some less-dark stuff.

When you visit the cantina’s on dfferent planets, they have jukeboxes where you can play differrent cantina-songs and a few made me think on the song in the movie I adored, but still it was a new composition, bravo for that. You can change the song and even dance in the cantina. Wont see many people do this, the cantina is often empty, but that’s a fun thing you can do. Swing it! ^^

This is the cantina song I meant:
That slippery hutt of mine :D

Reminded me of:



Alderaan, the throne. So piecefull.


Screenshots I made on Alderaan. I actually hated this planet for all those different “houses” and large numbers of solders you had to fight, they are everywhere. Damn Thul-solders for example, I remember someone said “I have my belly thul of them -.- “. I agree, but the landscapes, creatures and the music are very nice!

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My favourite games (online/pc/ps3)

I don’t consider myself a hardcore gamer, but I enjoyed playing the following games for a LOT of hours… and still playing a few of them.

MMO’s/RPG’s:

star-wars-the-old-republic

star trek online

world of warcraft cataclysm

PS3:

lego star wars ps3 alice madness returns ps3

PC:

zoo tycoonthe sims

Tomb Raider II (1997)

Ahw, this videos awake old memories. July, 2007, I was seventeen years old. My brother used to buy all 6 Tomb Raider games for only 10 euro and a few other games we could play on our first computer. I played Tomb Raider II, not sure what happened with the other parts. Nowdays these games look bad and a bit boring, but I remember how much I liked this one and how cool it was. It’s far more interesting playing and puzzling than watching a walkthrough, but it’s nice to see the video. It´s 7 years ago, but I actually remember a lot details! :D

I loved this Venice level, especially the Opera House. Check 7:05 xD Happened to me too, lol. I think finding the secret at 15:00 was hard, because you have to be quick. It’s dark and the flashflare burns for a limited time. 21:45

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Inspirational people

Albert Einstein
A person who never made a mistake, never tried anything new.

~ Albert EinsteIn

Stephen Hawking
Although I cannot move and I have to speak through a computer, in my mind I am free.

~ Stephen Hawking


Mahatma Gandhi

You must be the change you want to see in the world.

~ Mahatma Ghandi


Hermann Hesse

Wenn wir einen Menschen hassen, so hassen wir in seinem Bild etwas, was in uns selber sitzt. Was nicht in uns selber ist, das regt uns nicht auf.

~ Hermann Hesse