The Wii U is an interesting console (or why truth can be stranger than fiction)

Back in 2013, when gaming was ruined for the umpteenth time and when it was going to crash yet again, I had a stupid plan for a video that I never went through with making (I don’t go through with a lot of them for various reasons, from time to not having anyone to film with). Since I made a lot of parody videos with the equipment/editing skills I had (It’s harder to do it all by yourself with regards to filming, especially if everyone in your town doesn’t care), my plan was to make a fake console advertisement for a “new next gen console”, but instead show something like a Retro Duo, FC Twin, Sony PS2, or similar older or “retro remake” console. Eventually due to the lack of a tripod, and the fact that I had limited filming time due to parents being home all the time (I still need to get a tripod :c ), I gave up on the plans and made other videos.

However, those are only some of the reasons. You see, sometimes truth is weirder than fiction, and that is the case with the Nintendo Wii U. Marketed as a return to form in 2011, with a flashy E3 preview advertising a return to the “good old days” of third party with even third parties that had dumped Nintendo such as EA making a return, it was supposed to put Nintendo back on top and on the level of the Xbox One and PS4.

Just a reminder, this is how the Wii U was marketed.

The rumors of Nintendo’s return were heavily fueled by rumors as well, some of which were started by an IBM Watson team staff member who initially claimed the Wii U used a Power7 CPU, a CPU you’d find in high end workstations and servers, not consoles (Imagine if the new Xbox One or PS4 used a Xeon)

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So, what happened? Well, interestingly enough, IBM later retracted that and claimed the Wii U used a custom POWER based CPU, giving no other information about how fast it was for example. 

And then the console itself came out, after tons of speculation and rumors. As it turns out, the console used a PowerPC 750 (Also known as the G3, due to the fact that Apple branded it as the G3 when used in Macintosh computers) based processor, which added multiprocessing while leaving the main core untouched (source). While this sounds like a good idea if you want backwards compatibility, the problem is the system did poorly when it came to real world performance. Games like Call of Duty would consistently run worse on the Nintendo Wii U compared to the Xbox 360 and PS3, and while some people tried to damage control it with comments like this, as the console aged it became evident the system was underpowered.

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Now, here’s where it gets interesting. You have a system that all the nerds who called themselves true gamers are preaching for online, yet it’s underpowered, and not long after it first came out all the third parties jumped off like it was a sinking ship. And then to make it all funnier, you had these nerds trying to say how much more powerful the Wii U is and how underpowered the other systems are/were, before specs were even revealed. Despite developers calling it weak and underpowered, some people who’ve never programmed continued to praise this system, saying the developers just didn’t understand it. 

It got even more interesting when they started buying kids games for the console, from Lego City Undercover to Splatoon to all the casualized Mario series games, and as third parties stopped developing games for their console, they started lashing out at every third party, despite never buying a single game for the Wii U from a third party. And then, in behavior reminiscent of Bronies in 2011/12 trying to convince everyone why MLP was an amazing show and using “A SHOW FOR EVERY1” to describe a kids show to try to get rid of the kids show stigma (Spoiler: it didn’t work), Nintendo fans would convince everyone about how E rated games are somehow the best games ever and totally not for kids. Despite you know, playing games with low skill levels required and which included everything that would appeal to a kid.

And several years later, that’s the one thing the Wii U is good at doing. Why make a joke about “true gamers” online nowadays only wanting to play retro games and kids games? Just look at the Nintendo Wii U if it’s proof of anything. It’s a underpowered console, it lacks nearly all the upcoming games that aren’t published by Nintendo, most of the games coming out for it are for kids, the marketing tries to pander to the “ideal family” image you’d see in marketing years ago during an ad break on Cartoon Network instead of the gamer audience, and in fact Nintendo’s marketing has devolved heavily to the point where they’re marketing based off of how they were back in their golden years. Like you know, something you’d see with any other company on April 1st.  The jokes literally write themselves, that’s all that needs to be said.

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Good Free Apps for Windows Server (That don’t complain)

One of the main snags anyone will run into while setting up a Windows Server based computer for home use, no matter if it’s a Windows Home Server or WHS 2011 install on a old Pentium 4 or cheap Atom/Via Mini ITX board, or a old server you got from a place throwing it out, or a server you snagged off eBay cheap, is that tons of software won’t work on it. You see, they will actually detect you using it on a server and cry about how you are some business who didn’t pay up for the commercial license and must do it to use it. Of course, there are plenty of apps that you can happily use on your server if you’re just a regular person who now has a server, and there are some surprising ones too.

AntiVirus Program: Immunet 3

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Based off the well known ClamAV AntiVirus, this AntiVirus sets itself apart from the rest of the free AVs for one major reason: It works on Windows Server 2008 R2 (with no special hacking or pro version needed). While other AVs charge a ton of money just for the Windows Server edition, Immunet 3 is free and uses a proven scanning engine, while also being low resource (especially compared to the Nortons and Mcafees). This is crucial if you’re having files pass through the server or exploits trying to run malicious code.

While some people have hacked Security Essentials, it’s not only known to conflict with a lot of things on some servers, especially WHS 2011 ones, but also is extremely ineffective.

VMWare Player

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One of the main things people do on servers is run Virtual Machines. No matter if I’m running 9x, NT 4 or the 5.x line (2k/XP/2k3), or the 6.x line (Vista/2k8/r2/7/8/8.1/2k12/r2), I can deploy a VM without having to reinstall my whole OS or use another physical machine just to run a few programs, or keeping

It also runs just fine in Server 2008 r2, and I can use this with my ProLiant ML150 to run programs that usually require another PC. Surprisingly it hasn’t complained about me running it on a server OS.

Remote Control: RDP (Included with Server)

Windows Server 2008 r2 has RDP, and you can enable it easily in the default setup. VNC works as well. However, to use both, you will need to port forward. TeamViewer doesn’t, but from what I know it complains if you use it on Server and not normal Windows. It also works on “pro” versions of Windows, however all versions have a client, and you can even grab thin clients that can connect to your server on Amazon for not very much money, and for even less on eBay.

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I’ll probably update this post as I find more programs for Windows Server, mainly Server 2008 r2 and WHS2011 in particular, mostly the former though.