Remember my post about cords and how they’re taking over my home? Well, it’s gotten worse.
It’s one thing to have a phone cord gracelessly strewn across your living room floor, and it’s not too additionally distressing to also have a huge blue ethernet cable draped across the carpet in the bedroom. That was working out just fine for us. Sure, the dog and I sometimes tripped over the phone cord, but we’re klutzy; you just couldn’t design a trip-free house for us.
But since we’ve switched over to EQOA, we’ve had to re-organize the whole cord situation. Honestly it wasn’t that much worse until yesterday. I mean, the four consoles and four TVs have all their cords hidden behind the dresser. Well, except for the controller cords. But, that’s not so bad really. I mean, it’s not like they’re draped in front of the only walkway when in use. Oh, wait, yes they are.
But, yesterday we decided to throw a whole new new mess of cords at ourselves. Trav got me a Dazzle for my birthday that we’d been a little intimidated to mess with until last night. I should point out that last night stretched into this morning since we weirdly pulled an all-nighter. Our schedule has been so weird lately. For weeks now, we’ve been sleeping days.
But, I digress. Our slim PS2 is now connected to our old VCR. The VCR, resting on our dog’s crate, is acting as a splitter, sending the PS2 signal to both the TV by a ridiculously long coaxial cable that is piled threateningly in front of our bathroom door and by component cable stretching all the way across the room and over the bed to reach the Dazzle port cable that is also being stretched to meet those cables halfway since the computer is on the opposite side of the room from the PS2s. Obviously we unplug the Dazzle from the VCR when we’re not actively recording, but it’s still become a dangerous game of hopscotch just to use the bathroom.
I must say though, the Dazzle is amazing. It’s so neat to be able to capture footage from EQOA finally. These things have been around forever, but it’s neat to get to play with it finally. We recorded 36 minutes of us playing in Envar this morning, just as a practice, and it seems to have worked well. The sound is impressive. Unfortunately. There seems to be a slight jitter in some of the UI elements in playback. I’m not sure if that’s due to a fault with the Dazzle recorder or our admittedly wonky set-up.
Even if that’s the best it can do though, I look forward to archiving a bit of EQOA before we lose it. I’m also looking forward to recording footage from other console games. It’s a neat little toy, for sure.