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Digital Decay Of 2000’s PC Game DRM (Tech Tangents)

I’m tired of modern video games being shut down from pointless server requirements and wanted to help the cause to spread the word that we might be able to do something about it. It also made me wonder, how many of my physical games are now dead? It was a lot more than I thought it would be.

DRM is always annoying…but it was really bad in the early to mid 2000s!

DRM (Digital Rights Management) in video games – the ultimate test of a gamer’s patience and the digital equivalent of a bouncer at an exclusive club. Imagine you’ve bought a brand-new game, full of excitement to dive into its virtual wonders, only to be greeted by DRM, standing there like an overly cautious gatekeeper. It’s as if the game developers invited you to an awesome party, but first, they need to scan your ID, your fingerprints, and your grandma’s recipe for lasagna before letting you in. DRM, designed to thwart pirates, often ends up making honest gamers feel like they’re trying to break into Fort Knox just to enjoy a little digital escapism.

Picture this: You’re ready for an epic gaming session, snacks at the ready, comfy chair perfectly positioned. You click “Start Game” and BAM – you’re hit with a barrage of DRM hurdles. First, it’s the online verification, where your internet connection is questioned more than a suspect in a crime drama. Then there’s the infamous “please insert the original disk” message, despite the game being digitally downloaded. Let’s not forget the DRM that decides it’s a great time for a system update, because nothing screams fun like watching a progress bar. By the time you finally break through the DRM fortress, you’ve burned more calories from sheer frustration than you would have playing the game. In the world of video games, DRM is like that overly cautious friend who checks all the locks three times before leaving the house, while you just want to have some fun.

Ninten-Drawer – The Ultimate NES Fix! – Adam Koralik

Adam reviews the Ninten-Drawer, a replacement for the original 72 pin connector on the NES. What does it do? Basically makes the system work every time, and even disables the region locking.

Ah, the original NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) – the 8-bit wonder that turned living rooms into pixelated playgrounds and made “blowing on cartridges” a recognized form of technical troubleshooting. Released in the mid-80s, this gray box of joy brought us countless hours of jumping plumbers, princess-saving, and more pixelated ducks than anyone knew what to do with. With its rectangular controllers designed to fit perfectly into the hands of a young gamer or serve as a medieval torture device for adults, the NES redefined our understanding of entertainment.

Every game started with the suspenseful moment of inserting the cartridge and praying it would work without the dreaded flicker of a glitched screen. When faced with technical difficulties, the ritualistic blowing into the cartridge – a move endorsed by no one and yet practiced by everyone – often seemed to summon gaming miracles.  In the era of the NES, every pixel was precious, every game was a challenge, and every player was a hero in their own 8-bit saga.

The CAR WIZARD Shares 6 Super Reliable Vehicles $6K-$8K

The Car Wizards gives us his six reliable cars to buy from $6,000 to $8,000 based on his personal experience fixing and maintaining them.

When buying a used car, it’s crucial to thoroughly inspect various aspects to ensure you’re making a sound investment. Here are the top 5 things to look out for:

1. Vehicle History Report:
– Accident History: Check for any reported accidents, their severity, and the repairs made.
– Title Status: Ensure the title is clean and not salvaged, rebuilt, or branded.
– Ownership History: Look at the number of previous owners and how the car was used (personal, rental, commercial).
– Service Records: Review maintenance and service records to see if the car has been regularly maintained.

2. Mechanical Condition:
– Engine: Listen for any unusual noises, check for leaks, and look for excessive smoke from the exhaust.
– Transmission: Ensure smooth shifting in both manual and automatic transmissions.
– Suspension and Steering: Test for smooth and responsive steering, and check for any clunking sounds or vibrations while driving.
– Brakes: Check the condition of the brake pads and rotors, and ensure the braking is responsive without any noise.

3. Exterior and Interior Condition:
– Exterior: Look for signs of rust, dents, and mismatched paint which might indicate previous damage.
– Tires: Check the tread depth and look for any uneven wear which could indicate alignment issues.
– Interior: Inspect for wear and tear on the seats, dashboard, and upholstery. Ensure all controls and electronics (windows, lights, air conditioning, etc.) are functioning properly.

4. Test Drive:
– Performance: Assess the car’s performance in various driving conditions—city traffic, highways, and different speeds.
– Comfort: Evaluate the comfort level of the ride, seating position, visibility, and noise levels.
– Handling: Pay attention to how the car handles, the responsiveness of the steering, and the braking efficiency.

5. Professional Inspection:
– Certified Mechanic: Have the car inspected by a trusted mechanic who can provide a thorough evaluation of its condition and identify any potential issues that might not be obvious during a casual inspection.
– Diagnostic Tools: Ensure the mechanic uses diagnostic tools to check for any hidden issues, especially with the engine and transmission.

By thoroughly checking these aspects, you can make a more informed decision and avoid potential problems down the road when buying a used car.

The MOST Underrated Nintendo Switch Games that NOT ENOUGH PEOPLE PLAYED!

Ircha Gaming asked other YouTube personalities which games they consider to be the most underrated Nintendo Switch game, and here are their answers. Bonus at the end where I show off YOUR answers from the Discord community!

The Nintendo Switch is like a magical Swiss army knife for gamers, transforming from a home console to a portable delight faster than you can say “Mario Kart showdown on the toilet!” With its colorful Joy-Con controllers that look like candy and a library of games so vast it could make even the most dedicated couch potato break a sweat, it’s the ultimate chameleon of entertainment. Whether you’re saving Princess Peach from Bowser or just trying to beat your grandma at Animal Crossing, the Switch ensures that your gaming addiction is always just a flick of a wrist away.

Google Is Killing Us (& Other Independent Web Sites and YouTube Channels)

YouTuber Retro Dodo talks about the challenges of getting search engine results and web traffic after Google made some significant changes to how the search engine works. Sounds like it may be time to put more emphasis on Reddit…

The Google Search Engine employs complex algorithms to crawl, index, and rank web pages based on relevance and authority, ensuring users receive the most accurate and useful results for their queries. Google’s search algorithms continuously evolve to provide better user experiences, incorporating factors such as content quality, relevance, freshness, and user engagement metrics. This emphasis on delivering high-quality content has made Google the dominant player in the search engine market, with over 90% market share globally.

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is the practice of optimizing websites to improve their visibility and ranking in search engine results pages (SERPs). As Google’s algorithms become more sophisticated, SEO has become increasingly nuanced, focusing on creating high-quality, relevant, and user-friendly content. SEO encompasses various strategies, including keyword research, on-page optimization, technical optimization, link building, and content marketing, all aimed at improving a website’s authority and relevance in the eyes of search engines. By adhering to SEO best practices, businesses and website owners can increase their organic traffic, enhance their online visibility, and ultimately drive more conversions and revenue.


Living With A 1971 Porsche 911 Targa in 2024

Car reviewer and YouTuber Seen Through Glass travels to Los Angeles for a big Porsche meetup and rents a classic Porsche 911 Targa from 1971. However, older Porsche can have their… issues.

The Porsche 911 Targa is an iconic sports car that has captivated automotive enthusiasts since its debut in 1965. The distinguishing feature of the Targa model is its unique roof design, which combines elements of both a coupe and a convertible. Named after the Targa Florio endurance race, the Targa features a removable roof panel made of glass or composite material, which can be stowed in the trunk, providing an open-air driving experience. This innovative design offers the best of both worlds, allowing drivers to enjoy the thrill of top-down motoring without sacrificing the structural rigidity and safety of a fixed-roof coupe.

Over the years, the Porsche 911 Targa has evolved alongside its coupe and convertible counterparts, incorporating the latest advancements in technology and performance. The current generation Targa models feature a sophisticated retractable roof system that seamlessly integrates into the car’s silhouette at the touch of a button, combining the convenience of a convertible with the sleek lines of a coupe. Under the hood, the Targa is powered by a range of potent flat-six engines, delivering exhilarating performance and razor-sharp handling characteristic of the 911 lineage. With its timeless design, innovative engineering, and exhilarating driving dynamics, the Porsche 911 Targa continues to uphold its reputation as one of the most desirable sports cars on the road.