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ucxmasminimeLotsa’ work being done in the past few weeks. Sadly it’s the tedious part of building our community but well worth it! Web site updates, server updates, a little here and a little there with lot’s of other stuff in between.

If you check out our forums you can see some updates to our OpenSim.

Also, heaps of updates to the ‘Vault‘. Being as a lot of these were acquired in bulk, duplicates have to be painfully added in one at a time. However, all new additions should be added in by or before X-mas with a grand total of 100+ original games and counting!

Again, apologies for the down time on web site news posts but hopefully after new years, things will loosen up a bit and they can start coming in more often.

Watch the ‘Vault‘! New games added daily!

downloadHappy Thanks Giving to those of you that celebrate it. :)

Haven’t been a lot of current news being posted due to working my butt off but!

I finally had a break through with OpenSim. As it turns out I was, from the beginning, flawlessly installing it correctly. Through no fault of my own, I was using Firestorm viewer and Kokua viewer to connect to it, being as they claim they are compatible with OpenSim. This is not the case. They may have been compatible at one time but certainly not with the most current version. There may be some special way you setup your OpenSim so that it is more compatible with those viewers or you may have to be in grid mode vs. standalone.download (1)

After weeks of me thinking it was due to an error in my setup/installation process. Through trial and error, tried an older viewer called Hippo. Low and behold, it connected right away. To which, I went back to the OpenSim and OSgrid (still down by the way) sites to try to find something, anything more current than Hippo (it hasn’t been updated in probably 3 years).

download (2)Eventually stumbling upon a viewer called Singularity. Which supports all the new fangled stuff like mesh & media on a prim, etc. Is also currently updated as recently as September of this year. So far as I can tell, it works flawlessly and is the viewer I recommend for connecting to our OpenSim at this time (this may change in the future, perhaps when Firestorm get’s their shit together and updated their OpenSim compatibility).

“Enough with the jargon, how do we connect already?”, You may be asking.

Easy cheesy.

1) Download and install Singularity here…

..::DOWNLOAD SINGULARITY VIEWER::..

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2) After installing and on the first time running Singularity Viewer in the bottom center you will see a button that says, “GRID MANAGER”. Click that then click the “CREATE” button and fill in the 2 fields where it says “<required>” with the below information…

A) For the LOGIN URI: http://ubercrue.ddns.net:9000

or http://24.255.199.32:9000

B) For the Grid Name you can put anything you want but for simplicity sake name it the same name as the actual grid. In this case it is called: UberVerse.

3) Click “APPLY” then “OKAY”.

4) Now in the bottom center of your viewer above where it has the “GRID MANAGER” button you will see a drop down menu. UberVerse should already be selected, if it is not select it from the drop down menu. If you still don’t see it, you’ve messed up somewhere in the creation process so just start over until you do.

5) Once UberVerse is selected, for first time users, fill in the name/username field (this can be any name you like but you cannot undo this part so make sure you pick a name you like). If you want a first and last name (like in second life) just type your name out normally with a space in between the first and last names.

6) Now choose your password (again, for first time users you cannot undo this part).

7) And finally click the “LOGIN” button.

8) Welcome to our OpenSim!

If you have any further questions feel free to post them up in our forums or hop in our TS server (join info on right hand side of this site).

Just in case, on a side note, I know the 25th isn’t Thanks Giving day but being as it’s only 2 days away from this post & I will probably be pre-occupied the day of, I am wishing you good tidings today. :)

ucsymbol4Yes, yes. I know. Been a minute since anything has been posted up but I can assure you things are still moving forward. More purchases of Steam activated games to be added into the Vault very soon (about 50+ more). Small upgrades to our Minecraft and Freelancer servers (a small but persistent crash bug was squashed with the inclusion of daily server restarts around 2am cst). Most recently I have started work on an OpenSim and I was in a holding pattern due to OSGrid being down (raid failure?) for over 2 months now (11/14/14).

OSgrid is claiming they are working on bringing the grid back up but, being as it’s been over 2 months I am a little skeptical. Their over all monthly budget is around 1K$. They had a treasury of almost 5K$. How many staff? I think 1? Maybe 2?  The supposed data loss/failure is around 6tb of data that they have a 3rd party retrieval company ‘repairing’ or ‘extracting’ the lost data which will cost them close to 4k$? Final assessment? Not really sure there. Definitely some fuzzy stuff in there that needs to be clarified. Not to mention this data retrieval company is taking an incredibly long time to ‘fix’ it.

When you examine the forums everyone seems to be waiting on word from some guy named letwitch (who as of late only gives viable updates in IRC? Who still uses that anymore and why? IRC was cool back in the day but get in TS man! It’s got text chat too!). Twitter updates stopped in October as well. If I had brought up regions of content, having them down for OVER 2 months (whether it’s free/open source whatever or not) would simply be unacceptable.

I have decided to go with hosting our own sims independently so we don’t have to worry about 3rd party servers losing our data for months at a time. I’ll create monthly back-ups of the sims and host them on a separate computer in our home brewed U.C. data center. :) If at some point OSGrid comes back online, we may host 1 sim there with lot’s of hypergrid links back to our own shizazzle.

On a side note 3fold and myself have been working on a secret project for Youtube. As of late we have been pressed for time and opportunity. More info about that will be forth coming.

Still plenty of games being played in TeamSpeak. So don’t hesitate to hop in when you get the inkling to shoot some faces!

I also made this chart to help you all better understand what exactly I am spending most of my time on.

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ucimg1As much as we’d all like to be able to spend 100% of our time playing games with you and posting up ‘latest news’ we have been inundated with back log requests for other support aspects of our site.

Believe it or not, Second Life pays for at least 80% of UberCrue.com, it’s TS server (props to our top 2 donators [SAE]iSpider & [UC]3fold for their generous donations that have more than a few times saved our asses!) and much more. With the up coming holiday (Halloween) it’s been near overwhelming helping people with various questions about products we sell.

Not to mention, all of your support team work for free and therefore must have RL jobs that support them in their endeavors. As fate would have it, our RL jobs have all coalesced at just the moment as to give our site updates a little bad timing.

Even though the activity has dropped, this will eventually pay off. This also means when things slow down again we will have a nice little pocket of income we can dedicate to even more UberCrue.com stuff. Free stuff specifically. :)

So hang in there, and keep on…keepin’ on. Cause we are getting back into the swing!

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On a side note, check out this video of [UC]a_guy and [UC]a_dude from 8 years ago! Wow. Has it really been that long?

 

Dragon_Age_Origins_cover copyminiWith the impending release of Dragon Age: Inquisition just round the corner. Bio-ware/Origin is celebrating it’s franchise by releasing Dragon Age Origins for a unspecified time. DAO is an RPG with many modern aspects like morality choices, in-depth character creation & visceral death animations.

Sadly, the only real downfall to this game is you must have Origin installed to get it.

If you can’t beat’em, right?

Origin ‘On the House‘ giveaways can last anywhere from months to days, so don’t wait to get this free AAA game.

..::DRAGON AGE ORIGINS FREE HERE::..

zmrlogomini[UC]DaDude says, “Overall I really liked the game. There were only a few things I didn’t like about but it was very enjoyable as a co-op game but I would imagine it would be just as cool when I am playing alone. I liked the tutorial even though it was unnecessary. I liked the character customization cause that way it’s not everyone looks the same. Good graphics for a free to play game. I didn’t like it’s one of those pay to win kind of games and the fact that as you’re sprinting you can’t diagonally move it’s just a straight line.”zmrmercs2mini

[UC]Voltage says, “Okay so the game’s PvP; I had my problems with the melee combat. Extremely irritating was the attack animations being as once you committed to attacking, you were locked into it regardless of what damage you were taking and from where. The ranged combat was just like any other games ranged combat. There was no surprises it’s just what you would expect from range. PvE was actually far more enjoyable. Endless hordes of different kinds of zmrminizombies. I liked the idea of ‘perma’ death. So if you die everyone must go on without you.”

[UC]3Fold, “First impressions before starting and while being the first one playing getting owned in PvP. Were not good. I said on multiple occasions, ‘I already hate this game’. However, once we got everyone in and in a group. It was much more enjoyable. I enjoyed the Zombie asian attack style much more than Voltage did. It was fantastic! Also the PvE did have multiple unique monsters instead of repeating the same zmrmechsminiones over and over again. They were different then what I would have expected. I did not see the Dinosaurs with the rocket launchers so I am still unhappy.

zmrzombiesmini[UC]Uber, “Overall a really solid game. I didn’t have enough time to really dig into it to find it’s nuances but one thing I didn’t like was the pay to play/win catch where you were stuck either not playing as you waited for your buddies to finish up or wondering what items you will crucially need later on that you might need to pay for. The suspense! lol. Anywho, the Asian guy was pretty funny and I really liked the variety of different classes. Definitely worth a return to play it out. Expect a solo review from me soon!”

The Verdict

8Great

The Good: Character customization. Good training element. Permanent death.

The Bad: Pay to win. Bad animations/transitions. Permanent death.

miniEven though you may not have seen much posted on the front page as of late, there are plenty of new game reviews & videos to keep you busy so look around the site!

First off we have an update for those of you interested in playing on our Dark Discovery @ UberCrue.com Server (for Freelancer). If you were having issues installing the mod before, here is a nicely packaged installer for you. All you have to do is run it and let it do it’s thing.

..::DOWNLOAD THE DISCOVERY MOD INSTALLER HERE::..

*NOTE! This file will probably give you a false positive with your virus scanner and/or your windows security. This is mainly due to the fact that it is a .exe file and will also create a .bat (batch) file to run as your shortcut. The above listed installation file was created, tested and virus scanned by UberCrue.com staff. dmminiTesting was conducted via several [UC] community volunteers. There is NOTHING malicious about this file. It will only install the Discovery Freelancer modification and create a batch file that adds our server (Dark Discovery @ UberCrue.com) to your in-game server list. Tests were only done on available OS’s Windows 7 & XP but should work just fine with other Windows based OS’s.

If for some reason  you would rather forgo using our home brewed install program,  you can always take the more excruciating route and do it manually. Go here for a step by step how to manually install…

..::MANUAL INSTALL METHOD::..

mineminiNext on our list of updates is the Minecraft server(s). We have 2 but have recently been experiencing issues with the 10 slot (the 4 slot is vanilla and hosted with our TS server hosting service that rarely goes down). Server bugs have been squashed. Some popped up during our relocation. The other issue we’ve had is our ISP has needed a hardware update for some time. Technicians were dispatched and after about a week of ‘tweeking’ our service we have finally reached a good, stable setup. Also, we have updated our 10 slot server with a DNS (Domain Name) service so we don’t have to change IP’s should our main server IP change again in the future. Although not likely, better safe than sorry. :) The new IP/DNS Domain name is ubercrue.ddns.net . Just use that like you would any IP address when joining the server.

fbminiFinally, we have a new comment system! Yay! It’s pretty much the same as the old one with one nice little difference, you now have the choice to post your comments to facebook when you post a comment on our site! If you’re curious exactly how that works, feel free to comment on this news post. Just click the ‘LEAVE COMMENT’ link at the top.

That’s all for now. Keep checking back cause’ there is always something new coming down the pipeline @ UberCrue!

dlpostWe haven’t seen to many games we’re foaming at the mouth for like Dying Light. :) 4 player co-op (no vs. mode suggested as yet, let’s hope they toss something in there) but still this game looks absolutely STELLAR. Release date is set for January, 2015.

Check out this co-op trailer. So sweet…

borderlands_2mini[UC]Greysmoke was present for the game play video but only myself, [UC]3fold & [UC]Voltage will actually be commenting on this review as he was unavailable during writing.

[UC]Voltage says,”Inventory could use an overhaul. It’s really not worth playing with anyone who is lower or higher level than you are. The combat over all is extremely satisfying. Getting critical hits, blowing heads off, shit like that. The dialog/story line was pretty well done, with decent voice acting. Vehicles are fun to drive. Smashing enemies underneath my car causes one’s butthole to pucker.”borderlands-2-2mini

[UC]3fold says, “I did not enjoy the experience. It was my first time playing but interactions where not well explained. The quests of others caused lots of standing around time and I died a lot. This was to be expected but at a certain point your moral starts to tank.”

[UC]Uber says, “I’ve played the original Borderlands. It’s a decent FPS RPG but you can only handle about an hour, maybe 2 before you start asking yourself if you have something better to do.”

The Verdict

6Fair

The Good: Satisfying combat. Good story line/dialog. RPG level up element.

The Bad: Bad inventory system. To much time spent waiting on other players. Doesn’t hold your attention for longer than an hour or 2.