Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds: Why I think the Miramar map is viewed as bad and what I think is needed to fix it.

It’s widely known that a lot of players dislike the Miramar, desert map on the Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds game. I wasn’t going to write this post on stating an obvious fact and leaving it at that or I would have posted something a lot sooner so my objective in this is to actually provide some meaty suggestions to fix the map, but before I do, I think maybe it’s worth mentioning when I say “fix”, it might not actually be broken in the eyes of the developers in which case maybe you consider that a bigger problem to contend with.

I read an article written (I’ll link down below if I manage to find it again) which went into what the game developers want from this map or even from this game and how they designed the map based on their vision of how they want their game to be played. Supposedly it’s all about being sneaky and very cautiously going for the win. A scavanger, almost.

Some people have said streamers made this game and the most viewed streams are those who seem to drop in the most highly populated areas and fight it out with a lot of fast paced play, so with the above direction, it essentially works to remove this. Even if Bluehole Studio’s did not mind pissing over their streamers, my main point would be is the whole reason some of those streamers recieved such high viewers and became more popular was in essence the game’s success as it’s enjoying to watch and play like very kind of play.

Weirdly enough you’d think they would see the success of the first map and change their plans a little if that was their game plan to begin with, however judging from their previous statements and ignoring the community here and there, it seems like they ignored that and drove right through that settlement.

Anyway, putting all of that to the side. I think a lot of people don’t get down to the gritty details of how to “fix” it when actually discussing the solutions, making vague statements like “it’s not a good map”, “I don’t like it” and the “It’s not a competitive map” views which would have a slightly different perspective to keep to. As if making a simple opinion was enough.

This map is larger than the old map and there was supposedly a slight reduction in parachuting distance. This results in having a flight path that sometimes leaves very few options and you’re left with either dropping and scavanging for miles or dropping in high populated areas and scrambling for weapons, fighting in urban combat which ironically contradicts the statements made about wanting players to be stealthy and play conservative.

One of the main issues with the map is the lack of vehicles. If more vehicles were added, players would pick a place across the map, land as close as possible, pick up a vehicle and reach their destinations, resulting in spreading people about a lot more.

It seems like the very opposite is occurring on this map. They even have a lot of burnt out vehicles on the sides of the roads, piles of rubbish to fool you into dropping in the middle of long stretches of roads with no vehicles. Either you have to have eagle eye vision or you reduce your risk and pick up vehicles only in towns, which again is not an easy task. To top it off, the vehicles are very slow.

Add more vehicles, speed up some of them by a few kmph. This would begin to solve the lack of weapons people complain about, while you take your usual years to fix issues in the game.

One of the complaints in this game is the lack of cover in some final circles. I know they have looked and added more buildings, rocks and cover, but there’s more to be done. If you need help, ask your community it’s not hard. Ask for screenshots or game logs and go look at it. I’ve played a circle in which there is nothing but a field, very rarely is this the situation in the first map.

To solve this, add some cactus trees and cactus bushes that’s more like foliage that can be driven over. NOT more hills to make driving across the map impossible. It’s critical that paths for vehicles for fast rotations is viable and possible.

Reverse the amount those unnecessary ridges that was decided to be added or at least take them off dirt roads. It does not help, it actually seems to block the way to solving the issues on the map. Honestly felt like it was a trap or even worse, someone who doesn’t even play the game in charge of fixing a problem they have no ability to even comprehend. Probably the latter to brutally honest.

Before I end there, I felt that I would mention a final potential change along with the above that I think would fix the map. Adding more players and increasing the loot by around 25% more. Along with these changes I would implement game modes with only random portions of the map and the standard 100 players. But these ideas for another time.

Combine PDF files with a context menu option

I needed a way to quickly combine two or more PDF files without having to run a program or click mutiple times. This solution basically allows you to right click and automatically combine your PDF files then delete them once it’s finished combining.

First download a program called pdftk, once installed head over to where you actually installed it, copy two files; “pdftk.exe” and “libiconv2.dll” to a new folder (preferably where you will not accidently delete it).

Create a new text file and rename it to “PDF Combine.cmd”, edit the batch file and copy paste the below code:

@echo off
setlocal enabledelayedexpansion

for /f “tokens=2 delims==+-” %%i in (‘WMIC OS Get LocalDateTime /value ^| findstr “=”‘) do (
set _Date=%%i
set YY=!_Date:~2,2!
set MM=!_Date:~4,2!
set DD=!_Date:~6,2!
set HH=!_Date:~8,2!
set MIN=!_Date:~10,2!
set SS=!_Date:~12,2!
)
set today=20%YY%-%MM%-%DD%-%HH%%MIN%%SS%

FOR %%A IN (%*) DO (set command=!command! %%A)
D:\pdftk\pdftk.exe %command% cat output “%~dp1CombinedScan_%today%.pdf”

del %command%

The output file names for mine is “CombinedScan_DATE&TIME.pdf”. Make relavent changes preffered to you and save.

Now we want to set up the context menu for it so you can right click on files.

  1. Right click on your “PDF Combine.cmd” file, create a shortcut.
  2. Press your Windows key + R to bring up your run dialog. Type “shell:sendto”, which should open up your Windows SendTo folder. Move your shortcut you just created to this folder and feel free to rename your shortcut to whatever you prefer, I personally named it “Combine PDF’s”.

Now go ahead and test your automated method out. I recommend you use some spare PDF’s that are backups just in case you did something wrong. If you prefer to just skip downloading and copying the files, I’ve done that already and made a zip folder for you below.

Download pdftk.

Windows 10 startup folder location

The Windows startup folder is essentially a folder which you can place programs (or shortcuts to programs) or scripts that you want to run/open when your window starts. Hence the startup in the name.

To find out your Windows 10 startup folder. You have two options. Use your run command copy paste or type: shell:startup (right click on your start/window icon to bring up the menu).

This should bring you to the folder directly.

C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

If you wish to find your startup folder for all users on the system, you’ll need to instead run shell:common startup, which would bring you to:

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\StartUp

Firefox Developer Toolbar: Taking screenshots and uploading to Imgur in seconds

I used to use an add-on to take a screenshot and either save it to my desktop or upload it straight to imgur, what caused me to stop using it was I recently found out that this add-on decided that it would insert ads on pages! Now I’m not 100% certain it was causing my Firefox crashes, but lately I was experiencing them and that was the last thing on my mind, as it was just to take screenshots, not effect pages!

In an effort to replace this add-on I stumbled upon the Firefox developer toolbar, and how this exact process can be done with a simple command. One negative to this is I don’t think you can select a certain area that such add-ons can do.

How is it done?

First thing is you hit Shift+F2, which should bring up the developer console at the bottom of your page. FYI it stays on even as you switch tabs, so you can close the console again either by pressing the keys again or simply pressing the x on the right side.

Next you type screenshot (or you can type “s” and press tab). Then hit “-” and the options to either save it to your download folder or copy it to clipboard or upload it straight away to imgur.com (so you would type -i and press tab and enter and that’s it, a new tab with your screenshot is provided).

I do see the CSS selector so you could in fact inspect the elements and type out the exact div that you want to take a screenshot of, however not as easy as simply dragging to your preferred area, but may be useful if you find yourself taking regular screenshots of a certain page.

Copy paste option: “screenshot --imgur” and that should do it all for you. Later on, if you open the console again, just hit the up arrow key and press enter, thus you don’t need to repeat.

The downside to this is the screenshot, once uploaded to imgur seems to link you to the raw/direct image, skipping the page that gives you the delete URL, this may be bad if in the event the screenshot is wrong or contains information that you wish to not make public. I think once this gets adjusted and also adding maybe a selection area, then this would be perfect to replace any addons that do this.

To read more about the Firefox developer console, look here https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Tools/GCLI

What else is useful?

Ever closed a tab by accident? Well use Ctrl+Shift+T to recover it.

 

Software Review: MyPhoneExplorer

Let me introduce you to MyPhoneExplorer, a piece of software that allows you to smoothly transfer files between your computer or laptop and Android device(s). Perfect for someone looking for a more user friendly, less time consuming and powerful way to sync, backup and move files to and from your phone.

The software allows you to connect via WiFi, Bluetooth or your USB connection. There’s even extra features like screen mirroring (being able to see your phone on your computer, useful for projecting things to your screen). A powerful contacts management, backing up your SMS messages.

How does it work?

Once you install MyPhoneExplorer on your phone then the client software on your computer, the application asks you to set a PIN, this will later be used to match and allow your computer to gain access to your phone, so not anybody can use this with your phone, even when on the same network, a nice security feature.

You can go through your phone directories just as if you were going through your folders on your computer. Transfer files to or from your computer, delete things you don’t need on your phone, rename, etc.

You can set up synchronization jobs so a certain folder such as your pictures folder can be copied to your computer straight away, with one click once you connect.

Is it free?

In 2015, the developer decided to remove ads, it’s 2017 now as I write this and there is still no ads. The application is free, the only thing the developer has done is ask for a donation if you want to as you close the program on your computer – completely understandable and respectful, I think people should donate too so his hardwork is paid off and actually one of the reasons why I write this review, because he’s done a good job and does it for free.

Link to MyPhoneExplorer on Google Play.

Link to the website to download the software or more.

World of Warcraft Useful Macros (6.2.x.x)

Priests

Fast Fade (stop casting anything and cast Fade):

This is pretty simple; it will stop whatever you’re casting and cast Fade.

#showtooltip
/stopcasting
/cast Fade

Fast Silence:

Same as above, but you will stop whatever you’re currently casting and cast silence on your target.

#showtooltip
/stopcasting
/cast Silence

Holy Fire & Shadow Word: Pain combined to save space:

Using the same button, spam this should cast Holy Fire and finish at Shadow Word Pain and reset to Holy Fire, saving button space.

#showtooltip
/castsequence reset=20 Holy Fire, Shadow Word: Pain

Holy Word: Serenity & Circle of Healing combined to save space:

Mostly due to preference, this is same as above, but for Holy Word: Serenity & Circle of Healing

#showtooltip
/castsequence reset=20 Holy Word: Serenity,Circle of Healing

Purify if friendly target or yourself if nothing selected, if unfriendly target Dispel Magic, if shift, alt or ctrl held down Mass Dispel selected:

Title is self-explanatory, puts 3 spells in one button.

#showtooltip
/cast [nomod,help,exists] Purify; [harm,exists] Dispel Magic
/cast [nomod,@player] Purify
/cast [mod:shift] Mass Dispel
/cast [mod:alt] Mass Dispel
/cast [mod:ctrl] Mass Dispel

Flash Heal modifier, if Alt, Shift or Ctrl held down ‘Heal’ is selected:

This is a simple modifier, if you hold shift, alt or ctrl you can cast ‘Heal’, if nothing is held you can cast ‘Flash Heal’.

#showtooltip
/cast [nomodifier] Flash Heal
/cast [modifier:shift] Heal
/cast [modifier:alt] Heal
/cast [modifier:ctrl] Heal

Cast sequence for trinket (Judgment of the Naaru) & Shadowfiend combined to save space:

This basically targets your target and casts your offensive spells and goes back to your previous target, making it easier to continue to heal without having to any specific manual targeting.

 
 #showtooltip
 /assist
 /castsequence reset=60 Judgment of the Naaru, Shadowfiend
 /targetlasttarget

General Macros

Change specs:

This should just switch from your Primary to your Secondary Specialisation and vice versa.

/usetalents [spec:1] 2; [spec:2] 1

RMS syntax support for Notepad++ (UDL)

So I wrote a guide on Steam on syntax colouring for Random Map Scripting for Notepad++, the scripting language to write random maps on Age of Empires. Essentially Notepad++ supports language syntax support, allowing you to make syntax easier on the eye.

So you’re writing a random map script, using standard default Notepad (that comes with Windows), it would look like this:
notepad

With Notepad++ and syntax colouring (User Defined Language Files) enabled, it will look like this:
notepad++

So you get the drift, basically giving you a clearer visual on your code and possibly preventing errors in them as well.

You can see the guide here:
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=439948511

Batch file – How to simply get yesterdays date (or any date) from the current computer date

Batch files are a nice and simple way on Windows to create one click solutions for tasks that you do on a regular basis. In my case, I wanted to find a quick and simple way to create a file I create on a daily basis and add the current date on it when I create it at the same time, of course as quick as possible.

I have a master file I want to copy it from, so with that I do:

@ECHO OFF
COPY “C:\Users\Savas\Desktop\Testfolder\masterfile.txt” /y
ren “masterfile.txt” “File1 – %date:/=.%.txt”

There’s obviously many ways to do this above so you can choose your way suited for you.. The result will basically be creating a file in the same folder as the .BAT file I created, it will name the file “File1 – date.txt” Because my computer date is set to 27/04/2015 standard (you can find this out by simply doing “echo %date%” and the result should tell you your date format. Simple!

Now what about yesterdays date, as far as I can find, there doesn’t seem to be a simple one line way to just do yesterday date.. So we have to set some variables and have the batch file get the date in DD format then minus off one day and then join the date back together.

set yyyy=%date:~6,4%
set mm=%date:~3,2%
set dd=%date:~0,2%

@set b=1
@set /a c=%dd%-%b%

COPY “C:\Users\Savas\Desktop\Testfolder\testfile.txt” /y
ren “testfile.txt” “File 2 – %c%.%mm%.%yyyy%.txt”

The %dd% takes the date and then takes off all, but the DD format. So instead of having 27/04/2015, we end up with just 27. Then “@set /a c=%dd%%b%” line simply takes the number 27 and minuses the number in the “@set b=1” variable, and in this case it’s “1” so we end up with the result in %c% declaration. Put the month and year and we have the date for yesterday!

Of course if you’re using these batch files on separate systems and these systems have different date formats, you’re going to reach some minor issues and that means you’ll need to be more specific with your date formatting. In my case, 6,4% takes a sub string, starting at position 8, and keeping 4, which is 6,4.

27/04/2015

In my case, I don’t have this issue, I don’t need my batch file to be some complicated and long winded method to pull the date and when I create my file, I will see if the date is wrong immediately. I hope this helped.

The Phoenix Legion

So this project started around Jan 24, 2013. A community based gaming website, mostly focused on the Steam game Chivalry: Medieval Warfare and the likes.The_Phoenix_Legion_-_News_-_2015-11-25_11.20.41 It may look like a full CMS (Content Management System), but it’s not – it is pretty much custom and in a sense integrated into the phpBB3 message board for obvious necessity reasons. The news feed, the roster page and some of its other pages are connected to allow its users to gain access on the content available and also moderate it based on the changing statuses, so basically a dynamic roster page, a news feed connected to the message board. So no need a web-master or administrator to make those changes needed.

You can check the website out here – http://tplclan.eu/

 

 

Macro Recorder

There’s a program called Macro Recorder by Jitbit Software, it pretty much does what it’s called and I can’t say I’ve fully tried all macro recorders out there, but this seems to be nicely done, not abandoned and not very expensive – relative to the others I found which had one of these flaws.

What it does is it allows you to record keyboard strokes and mouse movements (also clicks/presses). If you have a repetitive task that you do not wish to waste time and effort doing over and over again, also wearing out your keyboard or mouse, that’s when a macro program comes into play.

Macro Recorder

This is what it looks like, pretty much. It has this user-friendly and basic look, though I wonder if this basic attribute might cause some people to shy away assuming it wouldn’t meet their needs? In terms of needs, I think it still needs more work and the last update was in March so it the development is still present. Which is a good thing! http://www.jitbit.com/macro-recorder/versionhistory/

As for my suggestions. The only way to really improve it is to listen carefully to the requests and suggestions of the users as that’s how you can really improve functionality, because they’re the ones that will come up with every crazy situation possible, in a real environment – in my view at least.

Personally one of the issues I have with it is when you require it to press Shift+F4 or Alt+F4, those two lines ends up being 6 as it wants you to Shift DOWN then press that F4 then Shift UP, same for the Alt and others. Yes that’s exactly what you’d be doing on a keyboard and if you wanted to do that, then that’s perfect, but if we’re trying to keep it as clean and compact as possible, that’s making this a lot longer than it has to be if your macro is getting a bit too long. And that’s the whole objective, to cut out the clutter and get straight to the point.

Also I still have yet to fully understand what the “EXIT LOOP” statement does and how you would use it. The speed settings could be a bit more advanced than the simple slider. For example, giving the choice of going in real time or half fast/slow or x2, etc for me is a bit more understanding.

The company itself seems down to earth with some of what they say, which I like so I will continue to watch this and I get a little excited when I see it update! Jitbit Macro Recorder.