New idea – would you like to hear some beginner tech pieces?

Seeing as how tech has a lot to do with my paying job, it’s an idea I think has some merit.

Recently I have talked a bit about things like PlayStation Now and my thoughts coming into the new console generation. I also get asked pretty often about gaming PC setups – laptops, notebooks, ultraportables, that kind of thing.

I have been watching a lot of tech channels on YouTube lately (I already watch a few quite regularly anyway), and for me they are great. Bleeding edge tech and breakdowns, cutting edge scenarios, what if budgetless builds – it’s geek porn for me.

But if I try to send someone looking for build advice to one of these channels, the message can get pretty mixed up. A lot of YouTubers put caveats on what they are showing, not saying definitively ‘this is better than that’. This is a good thing because what is best for me is not necessarily best for you, and that is hard to judge without a personal consultation.

To get the most out of these videos, you have to already understand what you are looking at. A lot of people in the comments can be cruel to people asking beginner questions looking for clarifications. Forums can be the same way.

This is cool, but does it help you pick a PC? *Image from Unbox Therapy YouTube channel

I am not trying to call out YouTubers. The fact is, most of them are only talking about the cutting edge because they are paid to. And I don’t just mean by companies looking for them to sell the benefits of their equipment. By watching their videos, you are paying them with ad revenue/YouTube premium. New tech = more views = more money. YouTube is a business, after all. The people I watch know their stuff, or I wouldn’t watch them. But if I want to look at reviews for a budget to a mid-tier build, I usually have to go back a fair bit in their timeline. It feels like there is always a ridiculously over specced showcase build recently released though.

This is where I have a bit of an advantage. JohnHQLD.com is still very much a hobby project for me, and this is the sort of general advice I can write and update every few months. I don’t have to worry about the impact on my revenue stream. It’s stuff I talk about a half dozen times a week in my professional life anyway for various scales.

So here is my problem. One of the articles I keep rewriting as I am still not happy with it is how PC Gaming Systems – as a category, not as a platform – is dead.

Another is why I am really excited about companies adopting Graphene batteries – hopefully, this year. I still have opinions and speculation articles as well, such as why AUD$1,000 for the PS5/Xbox Series X is actually not a terrible price. Seriously if Sony and/or Microsoft is reading, don’t make your consoles this expensive. But I can still justify the price if it is.

What I don’t want to do is bring reviews on Super Graphics Card Gedeon X Ultra Alpha 3 or things like that. I can’t afford the time or hardware :p There are plenty of excellent YouTube channels dedicated to talking about things like that already anyway. What I can do is talk to people starting out why an AUD$2,500 video card isn’t what most people need, and why.

While I want to talk about different cards, none of these comparison articles are on the horizon *Image source: TechRadar

Some people are nodding their head, some are getting ready to type in all caps how I am mad/wrong/stupid, some are curious, and others are just “Meh. Who cares?”.

This is where today’s survey comes in.

Because these are things I can talk about in various degrees of detail, I can write about the basics and changes for months. Great, I have site content for ages this way! But do you want to read all of that?

It would all circle back to gaming. I know from the little things I have said it doesn’t sound like it, but I do promise to keep it gaming relevant. I also won’t be cutting any of my current content unless you really want me to. This sort of stuff I have planned in the Tuesday/Thursday post schedule that’s up in the air at the moment.

So, would like to see me write about more tech type stuff in a beginner friendly context, or if I should stay away from it altogether?

If you do want to see what I am writing, there is a second part. These articles could get quite wordy by necessity. As such, would you prefer to read them as I do articles now, or would you like a vlog type video and/or podcast release as well? The podcast would mainly be the vlog audio-only, but maybe you would like to listen to my thoughts rather than read lots of text?

Let me know!

The survey!

Finally I got there! Now you have a tease of the sort of things I want to talk about, are you interested in hearing any of it?

Click on your choice and hit Vote!

Thanks for giving your thoughts – it will help to shape the site into something we all enjoy 🙂

If there is anything else you would like to see me do or try, as always feel free to drop me a line! You can leave comments below, message me on Facebook, @JohnHQLD me on Twitter, or even email me at contact@johnhqld.com!

Until next time,

JohnHQLD

Ramblings 014 – Sherlock: Last Call

How much fun can it really be?  Well, we had a ball!

So Alpal is back, and of course one of the first things she shows me is a completely new game.

Sherlock: Last Call may look like the Unlock! series, but it shares more with Sherlock Consulting Detective than the escape room series.  And just like any one and done adventure, it’s hard to describe exactly why it’s fun without spoilers.  But we do get through it spoilers!

The one thing we didn’t get through it without was a very excited Jessie Jaws that will one day probably have her own segment on the show 🙂

Have a great weekend everyone!

JohnHQLD

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Blatherings 017 – Apologies, Tetris 99 and Kingdom Hearts 3

I can’t remember the last time I was able to finish a game, let alone this quickly!

Another week, another round of chatting!

But first an apology for last weeks absence – I was hoping to do a YouTube reveal that broke at the 11th hour, and now I want to redo it,

So today I have some thoughts on Tetris 99, and an answer for the question ‘Should I play Kingdom Hearts 3’ now I have finished the story.

Have a great weekend everyone!

JohnHQLD


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Blatherings 016 – Some tweaks are coming, and it’s been a year!

Another Year Bites the Dust

And we made it through a whole year!  It’s a milestone that just zipped by me, it really hasn’t felt like it.

Alpal is still taking some time out, so it’s just me – so that means another Blatherings!  That won’t be the case for much longer though, as The Rabbit has agreed to join us talk about games played 🙂

Sorry I sound a bit sniffly and bleh – my nose is making it hard to breath and talking has been interesting 🙁

Have a great weekend everyone!

JohnHQLD

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Blatherings 015 – Kingdom Hearts 3

When Alpal is away, I will Blather away!

Another Saturday, another podcast. But with Alpal taking a break, it’s back to the Blatherings!

And the timing worked out great for me because I can talk about a Video Game I have been waiting for. And waiting for. And waiting.

But now Kingdom Hearts 3 is here, and today I talk about if new players can pick it up or not, with no story spoilers at all.

Have a great weekend everyone!

JohnHQLD

Ramblings 012 – Dinosaur Tea Party

Stripes in the Orange Room?  I don’t think so!

Another Saturday, another Rambling!

Today Alpal and I discuss yet another surprisingly simple fun game from the Restoration Games Stable – Dinosaur Tea Party.

What is it? Remember Guess Who? Now add Dinosaurs having High Tea. Yes, that sentence is correct 😀

Have a great weekend everyone!

JohnHQLD

Ramblings 011 – Roll Player

When is a worker placement game not a worker placement game?  When I get it wrong!

Welcome back to 2019!

Today Alpal and I talk about a game she introduced me to that I instantly fell for, Roll Player. What I thought was ‘just’ a worker placement has much more in common with Roll and Write games, and it became a sleeper hit for me!

Have a great weekend everyone!

JohnHQLD

Clear, Concise Ramblings 001 – Dead Man’s Chest and Manhattan

And we are back!

It’s good to be back on the air again so to speak 🙂

Clear, Concise Ramblings is a podcast where Alpal and I just kick back and talk about some of the games we have been playing lately.  Maybe it will give you an idea for something to play yourself?  In this episode, Dead Man’s Chest and Manhatten are the topics of conversation.

Today also I am starting the drive down to Melbourne for PAX Aus – you may have noticed the countdown on the side?  Watch out on Twitter and Facebook for some impromptu updates on the way!

Have a great weekend everyone!

JohnHQLD and Alpal