Saitek X52 Pro Not Being Detected by Driver Installation Program (Windows 8 and 10)


My X-52 has been a real pain in the butt in Windows 10. It’s hit or miss if after a reboot the joystick is going to be detected by Windows. Attempting to re-run the driver installer doesn’t help. I found the following tip at the Windows Support site and seems to do the trick.

I finally found a Solution, when I try to load the driver and it gets to the point that it asked me to plug in the device I went to the device manager and when it asked me to install the driver I clicked “browse my computer” then”let me pick from a list” from there it gave me 3 choices, 2 of them were X52 Controllers, the 3rd was a generic USB device, I selected the Generic Device and then the Saitek Driver installer was able to finish its installation

There Is No Gaming Community


Recently, Jimmy Kimmel made a remark that he didn’t understand why people are watching people play video games on Youtube and Twitch.

Of course, some people took to Twitter to insult and otherwise verbally attack Kimmel. Already the outcry against the “gamer community” has begun.

Look, I’m a gamer and I don’t get why you’d watch someone else play a video game. (Unless it’s a tutorial or for tips.) From what I can tell, the Twitch/Youtube phenomena of watching people play video games a generational thing, not a gamer/non-gamer thing. I’m a gamer, have been since the 80s. Watching someone play a game is BORING. I remember when it was a bad thing to invite someone over to your house to play video games, only to hog the controller the whole time they were there. Watching someone on Youtube play a game feels the same as that to me. So, let’s stop painting gamers with the same wide brush.

Unlike many other hobbies that are a niche, gaming is wide and vast. At this point in time, video gaming is as big/bigger than the movie industry. It’s a norm. Really, when you say “gamer” you mean “everyone under 45”. (To different degrees based on age.)  So, when people talk about “the gaming community” I get defensive, especially when the discussion is about how terrible “the community” is. (See Gamergate) What community? What they really mean when they say “Gamers” is PEOPLE on the internet. Gaming used to be a niche, so you could identify a gamer “type”. Not anymore. Now, gamers are everyone. So, when a bunch of terrible people start attacking a female internet celebrity, or a gaming journalist, or a late night comedian, they’re just terrible people. Not gamers. There is no more a  “gamer community” as there is a “movie goer” community, or a “TV viewer” community. When a niche becomes the mainstream it’s not a “community” anymore. It’s just the majority of PEOPLE.

Star Wars Battlefront 3 Trailer – Take my money!


Y-Wings bombing walkers? Yes please.

Comic: Paraphilia


OK. My kids can’t play Luigi’s Mansion anymore. 😉


via Comic: Paraphilia.

Survive Your First Night in Minecraft


My son has started playing Minecraft, and I figured I’ll probably need to know how to play so that I can help him. This is a great little starter video that lets you know how to survive your first night.


Sony Changes User Agreement Again


From Sony email :

“On September 15, 2011, Sony Network Entertainment America Inc. (“SNEA”) will transfer its online services operations, including your wallet and the funds in it, to Sony Network Entertainment International LLC (“SNEI”). The first time you sign in to your PlayStation®Network account on or after September 15, 2011, you will be asked to enter into a new Terms of Service and User Agreement (“TOS”) and Privacy Policy with SNEI if you wish to continue using your PlayStation®Network account. Please review all changes to the TOS and Privacy Policy carefully before indicating your agreement. In particular, please review Section 15 of the TOS, which now includes a class action waiver and requires that most disputes be resolved through arbitration. ”

I wonder if that last part would actually hold up in court. Especially because the whole Terms of Service agreement is almost like extortion. Basically, you must agree to the ToS, or forfeit the $300 you spent on a PS3 by making it a paper weight. It’d be like Ford calling you up after you bought a car and saying, “We need you to come down and sign a new usage contract for your Taurus. You must agree to never drive it over 35mph, only use Ford parts, and never attempt to sue us. If you don’t agree to these terms we’ll disable all your car’s features except for the engine, even though you paid for all those features.”

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