Home Media Server Part 1

What is up everyone!

So I finally decided that it’s time to create my own home server. Yes, I have created home servers and servers in general in the past but that was mostly for school and learning purposes. I want to create a server to store all me media on.

How to go about it?

There are a few ways to go about a server. I am not buying a NAS (Network Attached Storage) device or plugging an external drive to my router since I will be using an older MacBook Pro. You can get away with doing either one of those options, preferably using a NAS, but I don’t want to buy extra things when I have everything I need already in my house. Or, you can use software like Ubuntu Server and run that on an old computer as well. I will be using Plex so I don’t have to run any other software.I’m not going to go over the pros and cons of a home server, just that I will be using it to store all my music, movies, and tv shows on. I can add other things to it too but those are the 3 categories I really want to have on my server for right now.

To do this project, I am going to be using Plex. Plex is great because it basically does all the dirty work for you, all you have to do is have Plex server running (this is where a NAS or an old computer comes into play) and tell Plex where all the files are located at. I am using an 8 TB Seagate external drive to store all my data but I will be buying another very soon so I have a back up of all my content. I’ll have the main 8TB drive plugged into my old MacBook Pro and when I get the other one, I’ll have that plugged into my main pc to run backups of the media drive and my computer (is a win-win)!

I will post this process into multiple steps so make sure you come back and check out the other steps and/or check out my other blogs about video games and tech!

Link to the Seagate Hard Drive here. Link to Plex is here.

Let me know in the comments if you have used Plex, have a home server, want videos on the process, etc!

My First Switch Games Are..

So I recently bought a Switch and was thinking, what games should I buy? I obviously had a few games in mind, like your Zelda’s and Mario’s, but I want to expand my horizon.

Remember, I am new to the Switch and the Nintendo “style” of games. I am new to the Nintendo ecosystem and the games that come with it. This is my first handheld system since the PS Vita came out and my first Nintendo handheld (I know it’s not only a handheld system) since the original DSi.

So far I bought Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey. I heard Skyrim is terrific on the Switch so I am looking into picking that up soon.

I am up for trying new games and styles. Leave a comment below and let me know what Switch games you like and which ones I should check out!

I bought this awesome new Switch accessory!

So I was looking online for some accessories for the Switch and I came across this light up dock. When I look at it, it was sold out and like $36 from other vendors. So I started searching everywhere for it and finally found it on GameStop’s website. I wanted to buy it but I wasn’t very fond of paying the $6 shopping charge. So I waited until Amazon and it in stock.

A few days go by and then!

I saw it for $19.99 with free prime shipping so I quickly added it to my cart and confirmed my order. I got it in today and I immediately set it up when I got home and I love it! One of best accessories for the Switch.

Here are some pictures of the light up dock. Mind you I only took pictures of the Zelda faceplate, but there is a Mario odyssey one as well. The LEDs change color to about 8-9 different colors and there is another button for some cool animations, nothing too crazy. Link for the item is below as well.

Here’s the link for the item-Nintendo Light Up Dock.

Remember to leave a comment below (you don’t need a WordPress account) and check out my YouTube page for awesome videos about the Switch and other cool tech! 😎

So I bought a Nintendo Switch..

I finally broke down and did it. I purchased a Nintendo Switch. I’ve wanted one since Nintendo announced it but never really could see myself playing it. With all the great reviews the games have been getting and me wanting to get back into handheld gaming, I decided to start looking. I found some good deals online the other day so I pulled the trigger and bought one. I purchased the all gray console and joycons.

The Switch should be here tomorrow, so I will do an unboxing video and take some pics of it when I get it! I already bought a few things on amazon and eBay for it which came in today. I only purchased two games for it as of right now, which are two obvious ones, Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey.


Review for Call of Duty World War II

This years Call of Duty game went back to its roots, World War II. I was a little hesitant to play the game since I hated the last few games, but I am glad I did. Heres my final review for Call of Duty World War II.

Scoring System

Each category is scored out of 5 points. The final score is the average of all the category scores added up then divided by the number of categories. Some games might have a different number of categories.

Graphics (4 out of 5)

Call of Duty’s graphics look amazing, even on a 1080p screen (I played on the original PS4 and on an Asus monitor). The character models are impressive in the single-player campaign and there is so much detail on almost all buildings, machines. and guns. In multiplayer, they look great too, just not as good as in the single-player mode. Zombies is creepy as hell but the graphics look fantastic too.

Gameplay (4 out of 5)

The gameplay in single-player was awesome. I thought it was one of the better Call of Duty campaigns I have played. The game makes you do a lot of different kinds of missions (stealthy missions, flying, etc.) which were tedious at times, but…different for a Call of Duty game. The game tries to make you feel like you were a soldier during WWII and most of the time it succeeded. Kudos to them for that. The multiplayer and zombie modes are fan favorites and I think this year’s game nails them both. Yes, the maps are small, but this is a Call of Duty game, so expect that going into it. It is not a Battlefield game.

Narrative (3.5 out of 5)

You play as William Pierson, a Texas farm boy in the Army’s first infantry division. The game opens up right from D-Day (which was insane!) and you make your way through Europe, defeating Nazis along the way. As mentioned above, the game lets you do various missions so it is not just a run and gun game. The story overall is bland but does have its moments of excellence. The ending is also great, worth the play through. The one thing that this game removes is the ability to regenerate your health automatically. You have to find medkits or use your squadmate if you are in need of health. Your squadmates can also give you grenades and ammo. Additionally, there are squadmates that can spot out enemies for you and call in mortars. You definitely need to rely on your squadmates in this game compared to other Call of Duty games. The campaign takes about 6-7 hours to beat on hardened difficulty, so definitely not a long game. You can spend a few more hours looking for mementos or playing on a harder difficulty to get trophies but other than that, there is no replay value in the campaign in my opinion.

Multiplayer (4 out of 5)

The multiplayer in this Call of Duty is fantastic. I love the feel of how the guns shoot, the movement, and what they did with the divisions. There is also a hangout place called headquarters, where you can walk around, look at contracts, equipment, and test out guns. Now onto the maps. I like most of the maps in the game but I do wish there were some bigger maps and game modes. It has every mode you would think a Call of Duty game would have. The new “War” mode is fun and intense but it is not for everyone. I haven’t come across any issues yet in multiplayer but will update if I do.

Zombies (5 out 5)

Last but not least, Zombies. This year’s Zombie mode is probably the best Zombies mode I have ever played in a Call of Duty game. Right from the start, it is creepy as hell and it got it’s updated mature theme it needed. You just have to experience this game mode for yourself.

Final Score

(4.1 out of 5)

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