How to use cloud storage services to sync saved games across PCs

I’m a big fan of playing games over my lunch break. It is a great way to unwind for an hour or so before. Minecraft is probably my favorite one to play right now. I ran into an issue about a year and a half ago when I first started playing Minecraft. I wanted to be able to play my worlds on my home PC in the evenings and play them on my work laptop during lunch. Many services now, like Steam, offer cloud based game saves. I had to hunt down a method to do this for games that fell outside of this realm. I was already using Drop Box for cloud storage and I found a few articles on how to use it to use it for your Minecraft saves. I wanted to take it to the next level. You can use a symbolic link to link two folders together and share their contents. You just need to use the mlink command in the command line with the folder paths to create this link.

mlink /d "target" "source"

Your target file location must not exist or you will get an error via command line. I created a batch file that is in my Drop Box folder that I run whenever I hop onto a new PC that I want to play Minecraft on. I link my entire Minecraft directory so that my mods, texture packs, settings and saves get shared to all my computers. To get my batch file to work correctly, you will need to remove your .minecraft folder from you app data folder and move it to your Drop Box.

mklink /d "%AppData%.minecraft" "%HomePath%DropboxMinecraft"
pause

%AppData& and %HomePath% are environment variables. %HomePath% automatically maps to your user directory. EX: C:UsersWorthyD. You can find a list of environment variables here. They can be really useful when setting up these link files.

Here are some of the other links I’ve used.

Elder Scrolls: Oblivion
mklink /d "%HomePath%DocumentsMy GamesOblivion" "%HomePath%DropboxOblivion Saves"
pause

Warcraft 3
mklink /d "%ProgramFiles(x86)%Warcraft IIIsave" "%HomePath%DropboxWC3 Saves"
pause

Remember that you will need to move your original save files to your Drop Box folder before running these commands.

Hope you find this useful. Thanks for reading!

I’m a Technology Architect for Rockfish Digital. I’ve been there since 2007. I love coding and spend most of my time in C# and JavaScript. I’m a firm believer in the Full Stack Developer.

Infinite Playlist: My top 10 console games that never get old.

I’ve spent a good amount of time in my days playing games and I’m typically one who will want to play them and get my money’s worth. I figured I’d compile a couple top 10s of my favorite games with near unlimited replayability. I think it’s pretty obvious that consoles will have the better Platform, FPS and RPG games, PC will have the RTSes and Handheld will have the Simulation and Puzzle games.

Some games will be excluded from this specific list due to having what I fell are better version on different platforms. Some games will include fallbacks for games that I know other people would prefer and the focus will primarily be on the single player components of the games.
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I’m a Technology Architect for Rockfish Digital. I’ve been there since 2007. I love coding and spend most of my time in C# and JavaScript. I’m a firm believer in the Full Stack Developer.

Budget Gaming: The Left 4 Dead series

In college, I was stuck in a video game purchasing mode that was uncontrollable. I may have owned over 40 Playstation 2 games at one time. Over the past five years, I’ve learned to do a lot research into games I purchase. Re-playability and bang for your buck are the two biggest factors for me. I’m a big fan of XBox live achievements also.

The Left 4 Dead series can be one of my favorite games that offers a completely unique experience every time you play. Both games have five campaigns. Each campaign has four to five chapters. Both games have a DLC campaign that have two or three chapters. A third DLC campaign is scheduled for release October 5th that will feature the characters from the first game. It looks like it is available to download for each game with different features for both games.

Starting with the second game and jumping down the first one can be kinda rough. The second game features an additional weapon tier and melee weapons that really help out with big crowds of zombies. The first game only has single and dual pistols as your “backup” weapons.

The first tier weapons include a pump shotgun and uzi style full machine gun. The second tier has an auto shotgun, assault rifle, and semi-auto sniper rifle. The second game adds an additional version of each weapon to each tier that has a different ROF, magazine capacity, accuracy, or damage rating. The second tier shotguns are the tactical and combat shotgun. The tactical shot gun has a wider spread making it better for closer ranges than the combat shotgun.

The “Director” is the true villain of the game. The directer determines item, weapon and enemy placement. You’ll encounter boss infected, called Tanks, in different locations every time you play a campaign. The same applies for all the weapons and item pickups. This means that playing on “normal” could end up being as difficult as “hard” depending on how the director is acting.

The series is great. It’s even better when you play with a party online. Regardless of which one you purchase, expect a lot of play out of the game without getting bored. I’m really hoping a third game comes soon.

I’m a Technology Architect for Rockfish Digital. I’ve been there since 2007. I love coding and spend most of my time in C# and JavaScript. I’m a firm believer in the Full Stack Developer.

Zelda T-Shirt: +30 Nerd Cred

Dorkly.com is one of the many geek/dork/nerd blogs I subscribe to and actually read. Well today they posted up an article titled 7 Real Life Items and Their Stats that hits home for me. Yes, I own a several toy lightsabers and one of the expensive ForceFX sabers. This is what caught my attention:

Ok, big deal. Its a Zelda shirt. Well the Zelda shirt in the picture is the first video game shirt I ever bought and it started my awesome video game t-shirt collecting. I own like 4 Zelda shirts, a Zelda track jacket and a Hyrule hoodie so I must have +302 nerd cred. I don’t care about the -10 girlfriend… I’m married and she buys me the stuff!

I’m a Technology Architect for Rockfish Digital. I’ve been there since 2007. I love coding and spend most of my time in C# and JavaScript. I’m a firm believer in the Full Stack Developer.

My First Video Game Band – The Minibosses

Nothing makes me warm and fuzzy inside more than revisiting my childhood….. minus elementary school….. and middle school… and while we are at it jr high and highschool. OK, so lets just say video games. I loooooved playing video games when I was a kid. I still consider myself a kid at heart, but kid kid.

I love music. I always have. My Dad raised me on Billy Joel and he always played the guitar for the family. I figured out I really loved movie soundtracks when the Star Wars Special Editions were released. The first 10 CDs I owned were movie soundtracks. I use to listen to MIDI tracks from VG Music when I was in high school during programming class. I eventually stumbled across Overclocked ReMix. They had some cool techno remixes that kept me entertained for a few years. I eventually stumbled across a torrent that would change my life. They were called…. The Minibosses.
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I’m a Technology Architect for Rockfish Digital. I’ve been there since 2007. I love coding and spend most of my time in C# and JavaScript. I’m a firm believer in the Full Stack Developer.

10 Games That Deserved More From Me

I do not have much time anymore to play video games. I try to make it count when I do. I want to get every penny out of the game now a days. I played through the original Bioshock and earned every achievement for example. I “completed” my goal almost through my third play through. There are tons of great games that I neglected over the years that I really wish I had time to play through and truly enjoy.

If any of you don’t know about my obsessive video game collecting…. look HERE. I had a problem with buying video games that I never played/completed. The “Pile” made it over three feet tall of games that I never played and completed.

Here is a list of games I owned or tried to own, and would love to revisit if time allowed.
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I’m a Technology Architect for Rockfish Digital. I’ve been there since 2007. I love coding and spend most of my time in C# and JavaScript. I’m a firm believer in the Full Stack Developer.