DriveClub

DriveClub replays

After its initial post-launch problems, DriveClub has become a great game. Not only is it visually stunning, it’s also great fun and – in some races – very challenging.

As much as I love the game, there are a couple of quirks in the replay mode that really irritate me. And since Evolution have recently said that there’s a lot more to come for the game, there’s also a feature I’d really like to see implemented. (more…)

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Destiny: Post-beta thoughts

It’s been a few days since the beta for Bungie’s Destiny came to an end, and now that the experience has had time to sink in, I’ve been thinking back over it and trying to decide whether or not to pre-order the game. I had enjoyed the alpha test a few weeks back, but because I hadn’t pre-ordered I wasn’t guaranteed a code for beta access. Fortunately, Twitter buddy @Nemesis_7T4 had some going spare and was kind enough to let me have one.

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The camera is held securely under the helicopter, the sandwiched sponge absorbing any vibration from the motor

Fitting a camera to the WLtoys V913

Having seen several videos on YouTube from people who have fitted cameras to their WLtoys V913 helicopters, I decided it was something I wanted to do myself. I have the Lucky Boy 9961 which has a built-in camera, but that only records at 640×480, and being a coaxial helicopter means it can struggle outdoors on anything other than perfectly calm day. In fact, our lawn slopes a little, and on a hot day the 9961 can even struggle to fly up the garden as the warm air currents roll down. Being a more powerful helicopter, the V913 doesn’t suffer this problem and generally handles much better in a wider range of conditions.

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WLtoys V913 4-channel helicopter

I finally got my hands on the WLtoys V913! I initially ordered this heli from Amazon at the end of July, but the two I received both arrived with broken transmitters and were returned for a refund. This model has otherwise proven tough to track down in the UK. I searched the websites of numerous model/hobby stores and not one had any mention of it. I could have imported from a few online suppliers in the US and the far east, but then of course you have customs import duty and (possibly) a fairly hefty return postage cost if there’s anything wrong with it.

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