Monthly Archives: July 2016

Dillion Phoenix

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Mother of Pearl.

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Egyptian Goddess. Whack!

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So strange in white, right?!

Another great sub $500 pick-up off an American guy on eBay! I’m still on the hunt for a Les Paul, or an SG, but this thing comes pretty damn close! It’s a left handed Dillion USA Phoenix which is a replica of a 1963 Gibson Firebird.

It’s CRAZY heavy, as in, weight! Definitely the heaviest guitar I’ve ever owned (heaviness usually translates to fat tones and much more sustain, great for METAL!). It’s got an old school neck but super low action. Doesn’t feel like a metal shredder (typically wider and thinner necks) but it plays great, sounds great and is just an awkwardly strange thing which comes with a right handed bag, can’t sit up against the wall, or on a guitar stand.

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Clocked it

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My 1.3 Tactician build.

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On the run.

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Love my roadie jacket!

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How do you like my airmaxes?

900+ hours. I’ve well and truly clocked the Division, and it’s looking like the game is dying, as I have less and less “friends” online to play with. It’s been real fun though, and like anything I choose to get into I think I’ve gotten good at it, but unlike other things I’ve been obsessive compulsive about; gaming is different in that there’s nothing to show for all I’ve put in.

Do what you love, sure, but I can’t help but feel a bit of guilt and general imbalance in playing games for 8+ hours a day. Maybe it’s because there’s less to share in comparison to other hobbies of mine (say for example making music or taking photos), or maybe it’s because it’s a bit further outside of the art realm?

Gaming is a beast. You grind, hard, and sure, some people have managed to make a living out of it (I’m amazed at the quality of the videos the gaming youtubers create, namely MarcoStyle and Skill Up), but it’s not for me (I’ve got to get back to the real world!).

PS: Can’t not mention the community workings around the game. Reddit, specifically The Division Reddit has been an integral part of enjoying the game. I’m a Reddit noob, but seeing the games developers utilise Reddit, youtubers, a community manager, and Twitch over Facebook, Instagram and everything else we do with Zen has been an eye opener.

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Frida at AGNSW

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Always stops me in my tracks. Rosalie Gascoigne.

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Always pay a visit to this guy, a James Gleeson piece I studied in high school

Went to see Frida with Krysti, but it was a sold out event (what?!).

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Sennheiser G4ME ONE Gaming Headset

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Came in a sexy black box.

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Box in a box! Lovely on Sennheiser to include a carry case!

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Tight details. When you lift the mic up it mutes the mic, very nice!

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I’ve been using a Gamecom Plantronics gaming headset recommended to me by the staff at EB Games, but people in The Division have been complaining about feedback since I started using them, and if the volume knob on the headphones isn’t up all the way sound comes out from the left side only, which leads me to think they’re rubbish, so since I’ve upgraded my controller I thought I’d upgrade my headset too, this time I went for a brand I know!

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Lunar White Xbox Controller

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I’m still playing The Division (“zengarage” on Uplay), and I’m still using an Xbox controller on PC (even though I’m a die hard keyboard and mouse guy). The Xbox controller I had been using was on it’s way out (my player was stuck moving forward which made aiming hard and going through menus annoying too). I’ve stuck with the same, but upgraded to the Special Edition Lunar White Wireless Xbox One Controller. It looks nice, but more importantly it feels amazing! That tiny bit of texture on the back of the controller makes a world of difference.

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