Benheck.com Episode 121

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Just Parker and Ben this time. In this episode we discuss:

  • Self Driving Cars!
    • Is it the future? Who will it affect first?
    • What pitfalls we foresee.
    • Ridesharing vs public transportation.
    • How badly will automated vehicles screw truck drivers?
  • Is EA competing with itself? Are too many games coming out?
    • Does Apex Legends disrupt other games from their parent company?
    • The new Tomb Raider games compared to Uncharted.
    • Where does Anthem land in all this?
    • Ben’s feelings on the upcoming Battlefield V Battle Royale. (BattleRoyaleField)
  • “New Retro” 8-Bit computers
    • Parker doesn’t understand the appeal.
    • Can nostalgia be manufactured?
    • The sad tale of the Coleco Chameleon.
    • Ben talks The Gigatron and other kits/projects he’d like to build.
    • We discuss what kind of “retro computer” project we’d like to make.

Enjoy!

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PS4 Single Handed Prototype Complete!

Just a quick note I finally found the time to finish the prototype! It’s based off the Hori PS4 Mini controller. Pictures and info below. The second half of the YouTube video will be coming very soon.

I still need to work out the pricing (there’s a LOT of 3D printing with this one) but hope to have this mod for sale soon! Email me if interested, and stay tuned!

My next step will be to mirror all the 3D files and build a left-handed prototype.

Both analog triggers have been stacked in the front of the unit and are pressed with the tips of your index and middle fingers. The upper trigger is R2 (shoot) and the lower trigger is L2 (aim). The L1/R1 buttons are the small tact switches to the left of the main gray triggers in the photo above.

The case is entirely 3D printed. The design is very much like a flight stick controller with a revolver pistol grip.

The square cross triangle and circle buttons are activated with the ring and little finger. The height of the buttons varies to make them easier to reach.

Someone on YouTube suggested a 5 way switch for the various PS4 controller buttons to save space and I took their advice! I call it the “Multi-Hat” switch. Press up for the touch pad, left for Share, right for Option, down for the PS Home/On button, and press the hat in for the L3 button.

There is some blank space just below the Right Analog (as seen in the above photo) so I may be able to put buttons there in the future.

A Velcro strap holds the controller to your hand, much like a camcorder if you remember those 🙂 Please note this is a wired USB controller. The cable length seems pretty decent, and you can always get USB extension cables if need be.

As with my previous models the secondary analog (in this case the left analog character movement stick) presses against your leg. You use your arm to move the controller relative to your leg to actuate it.

The right analog stick (typically for aiming/camera movement in game) is placed by your thumb. The D-pad has been made into a spiky cross so it’s easier to feel the edges when you press it.

Benheck.com Podcast Episode 120

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In this episode we discuss:

  • Bird Box – the new Netflix Phenomenon!
    • According to Netflix, ten trillion people watched it. Is this the end of theaters?
    • Things we don’t like about Netflix.
    • Jones comes up with a great name for the non-PG-13 disney streaming service that should exist.
    • Parker pitches us his “amazing” Amazon “movie night box” deal – Ben and Jones give it the Shark Tank treatment.
  • Activision and Bungie divorced!
    • What will become of the child Destiny? AKA Destiny’s Child?
    • We defend mobile games!
    • How Ben really feels about online gaming pundits.
    • Gaming pundits don’t realize how much people love gambling.
    • Ben’s thoughts on Battlefield V.
  • Our appreciation of games that aren’t *too* lengthy to complete.

Enjoy!

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Benheck.com Podcast Episode 119

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In this episode we discuss:

  • The “Nintendowashing” of videogame history.
    • Have the accomplishments of the Sega Genesis and PlayStation 1 been forgotten?
    • Why are online pundits such Nintendo fanboys?
    • What are some forgotten – yet important – games?
    • A lot of Sega Genesis discussion!
  • Fallout 76 – our thoughts on the beta and controversy.
    • Why is the user interface on PC games so bad?
  • We all decide to Take The Bioshock Challenge – we’re all going to play through it again and report how it holds up in the next podcast.
  • The flawed logic of the Red Dead Justice System.
  • Ryan Gosling’s bone structure in Blade Runner 2049.

Enjoy!

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Benheck.com Podcast Episode 118

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The gang’s all here! In this episode we discuss:

  • Netflix’s Castlevania TV series.
  •  Red Dead Redemption 2
    • Is it too much of a horse simulator?
    • We discuss all the animations and animal cruelty!
  • Call of Duty Black Ops 4
    • Comparing its battle royal mode to that of PUBG.
    • Will any of us get Battlefield V? Will its microtransaction model work?
    • What games are we more likely to buy on sale? Black Friday sales?
  • Fallout 76 – what did we think of the beta?
    • How does one pronounce “Appalachian”?
    • UI issues galore.
  • Streaming Services! New game launchers that aren’t Steam!
    • How many services will people pay for
    • Is the Deadpool PG-13 edit in preparation for the Fox acquisition?
    • Are monopolies useful?
    • Finally Jones and I talk about The Wire for a while.

Enjoy!

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