About

My name is Ben Dodson and I've been playing videogames since 1991. This website is a way for me to detail some of my thoughts on the games I'm playing today and the hardware that they run on. I've built a number of scripts that track my gaming time on Steam, Windows 10, and the Xbox One so you can see what I'm currently playing.

You can follow me on these platforms:

I run the podcast Connecting to Host with my friend John Wordsworth in which we review games from a purely co-op perspective.

Gaming PC

In 2016 I built a PC which is used exclusively for gaming. It is running Windows 10 and is equipped with:

  • ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 ROG Strix (8GB DDR5)
  • Intel Core i7 6700K (overclocked to 4.8GHz, cooled with Corsair H110i GT)
  • 32GB DDR4 Corsair Vengeance RAM
  • ASUS ROG Maximus VIII Hero motherboard
  • 1TB SanDisk X400 M.2 SSD

It is connected to a curved 32" Ultrawide (21:9) ASUS PG348Q ROG Swift G-Sync monitor overclocked to 100Hz. I typically play games at their ultra settings and get around 70-80fps. I'm still deciding on whether to get a VR headset.

For games that work with a controller, I use the Xbox One Elite Controller plugged in via micro-USB.

Consoles

I am currently using an Xbox One S (500GB) with a 55-inch Curved Samsung 4K TV which is wonderful for HDR games. I run most of my games from a 256GB external SSD as it boosts loading times by around 55-60%. I use the Xbox One Elite Controller wirelessly usually with a single back paddle mapped to "R3 Pushed" for melee attacks.

I also own a Nintendo Switch mainly for playing Zelda but it is likely I'll be playing some indie titles on it as well thanks to the portability.

I recently purchased a New Nintendo 3DS to scratch my Pokémon itch; it is likely it will never know a non-Pokémon game.

Mobile Gaming

I rarely play mobile games but when I do I'll be using one of these iOS devices:

  • iPhone 7 Plus (Black, 128GB)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch with Apple Pencil (Space Grey, 128GB)

Streaming

I occassionally like to play games in different rooms of my house so I'll stream my PC to one of the following:

  • Nvidia Shield TV (16GB) via GameStream (using Nvidia Controller)
  • Steam Link (using Steam Controller)
  • Apple TV 4th Generation (32GB) via Moonlight (using SteelSeries Nimbus)

History

This is a brief list of the other gaming platforms I have owned over the years.

  • Sega Mega Drive
  • Sega Mega CD
  • Nintendo 64
  • Nintendo GameBoy Color
  • Sega Dreamcast
  • Sony PlayStation 2
  • Nintendo GameBoy Advance
  • Nintendo GameCube
  • Nintendo DS
  • Sony PlayStation Portable
  • Xbox 360
  • Nintendo Wii
  • Nintendo 3DS
  • Xbox One
  • Nintendo Wii U

(I didn't include consoles I currently own, my dabbling with PC gaming throughout the decades, or every iOS device I've owned).

Contact

If you want to contact me, you can email me via ben@kyloben.co.uk or message me on Twitter (@bendodson)