The Microsoft Flight Sim download

This is what I see on the screen

This is what Task Manager tells me.

99% GPU!

This laptop has a RTX 2070 with MaxQ, and an i7 @ 2.6Ghz

It is cooking hot, and it doesn’t look like I’m even a quarter of the 92GB download done.

(Not bought through Steam, got it direct from Microsoft)

Update: Do not minimise the loading screen. This will reduce GPU to around 30%
If you can, let the loading screen be in front of all other windows – which of course means you cannot use your PC.

A welcome visit

Haven’t seen my youngest in months so seeing her today was excellent. Caught up on stuff, learned the names that she and her fiancé have chosen for their – not yet conceived – firstborn and generally nattered as you do.

She also brought back a pile of gaming stuff I’d lent her over time but they don’t now use. So I have two PS Classics, two Megadrive Minis, two Gamecubes, I think two N64’s, heaps of controllers and Wii games I’d forgotten about. Good, very good.

Long time since I’ve played Pikmin


I remember this site being reported way back when those reports came to me. I wonder if it looks any different in today’s light? Does humour travel through time well?
(Nothing was done because it had internal company fans)



Game Gear Micro? Nope

I love the current thing to release tiny consoles. I have the Playstation Mini, Megadrive Mini, NES Classic, SNES Classic. The PC Engine mini is on pre-order. I’d pre-order and N64 mini the moment I could. I’ve the Evercade on pre-order. I eagerly await the chance to pre-order a PlayDate and an Analogue Pocket.

But the Game Gear Micro? Not a chance.

The screen is too small, the games too limited. It’s just a flat No.

I get they are after collectors – I still have a mint unopened 1TB PS4 Midnight Blue 500 Million Ed if anyone wants to trade cash for it and no, it’s not cheap – but the fact Sega admit you need a magnifying attachment? They were horrible to use on the gameboy and given the screen is smaller than that…. terrible.



There’s a little game on Steam called Mini Words which I bought and have been playing.
You get the grid of letters and on the left it shows you what you need to create. This image shows the default setting. It helpfully(?) tells you it wants a Verb and a Noun in this case. It also uses Pronouns, Adverbs, Adjectives and more through the puzzles. I say ‘helpfully’ because I still have no clue what a noun is. Or a verb. Or a pronoun. None. No idea at all. I passed by English Language O level back in the day and I’m sure this will have been covered but nope, I know nothing of them. And no, this game won’t help me learn. It’s mildly diverting though and that’s all I wanted it to be.

Firewatch – completed


Finished the game(?) in two sessions. Leaves more questions than answers. Unsatisfying. Yes it’s pretty but it’s also nonsensical in that a tiny rock is an obstacle that cannot be passed yet others much larger can be climbed.
I’m missing 3 cheevs on my GOG version but for me replayability is zero.
Still, it kept my attention to completion and the use of music was excellent.