Monday, September 13, 2010

MyTouch HD Info Leak

Now that T-Mobile's got its G2 slider out in the open, the cosmic universe reckons it's time to look towards the next HSPA+ device -- and the next iteration of the Android-laden myTouch series. We've seen alleged pics of the myTouch HD before, and now TmoNews has what it claims is an internal document from the carrier boasting some of the key features of the device. Sure, it could be all for naught, but let's hear this one out. According to the alleged paper, the myTouch HD runs on "America's largest 4G network" (that's gonna make some eyes roll) and has a 3.8-inch screen, Swype, 4GB internal space, a bundled 8GB SD card, a five megapixel rear camera, and a VGA camera on the front for video chat over Qik or Yahoo Messenger. There's also talk of screen sharing for pictures and video onto a HDTV, but that could be something as simple as HDMI output. Something tells us the 1GHz "dual processor" is more than likely a typo that's meant to say dual-core, à la the Snapdragon chips, but when you're dealing in the world of the unconfirmed, we suppose anything's possible.

Via Tmonews via Engadget

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Sorry about lack of updates

I have been working a LOT lately, and haven't been able to update. Expect updates tomorrow. :)

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

PS3 Devs Begin PlayStation 3 Flash and Registry Entry Analysis

PS3 devs have dumped the system files of the PS3 and are working on cracking the files! Soon to come: Custom Firmware, lots of homebrew (including PS2 and Dreamcast emulators), OtherOS re-enables, and more!
Cannot wait. Great time to be a PS3 owner :)

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

PS3 Firmware 3.42 Disables Jailbreak

So the new firmware blocks the jailbreak. The devs working on the next version of the jailbreak software say that it will work on "any firmware" so we'll have to wait and see. As for now, I won't be updating my firmware.
Easy way to bypass the firmware update for now:
Go into your PS3's Network settings
Set the DNS nameservers to Custom/Manual
Change both of them to:

Sunday, September 5, 2010

PS3 Jailbreak

It was only a matter of time lol. Any of you have a N900 or Palm Pre and a PS3 to try this? There are a couple of guys working on the Android port, which I am highly interested in, since I have a Samsung Vibrant :)
i will post my thoughts and experiences when the Android port comes out.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Logitech Revue / Google TV

I'm pretty sure I'm going to get one of these. I have a good 1080p TV and don't have enough money/incentive to buy an internet-enabled TV, so this looks like a good alternative to me. What are your thoughts?

So are any of you actually reading my posts? lol

It's nice to have these followers showing an interest in my thoughts, but I don't see too many comments.
So if you like my posts, please comment. Anything will do, just so I know you're out there. Thanks :)

Thursday, September 2, 2010

PS3 Jailbreak code open sourced!

Well, the code is out there. Time for some homebrew apps for the PS3! I have been waiting for this for a while.
Yeah, a lot of people are just waiting for the game backup function, so they can "legally back up their own games" but I'm more excited to see what else can be done.

Proof God exists!

Just got sent this, and had to post it. lol

Now I'm going to watch the new Futurama episode. (season finale. DVR'd it)

Call of Duty: Black Ops quick thoughts (IGN)

"By now you should have read about the new Call of Duty: Black Ops multiplayer modes and improvements and watched the trailer to see Wager Matches in action. After Treyarch andActivision unleashed that info, they gave me a few hours to sit down and try the new modes out and put the whole shebang to the test. Here are five quick thoughts I have now that I've taken Black Ops for a spin. 

The RC-XD is Hilarious 
You earn the RC-XD, a remote controlled bomb, through kill streaks and in the game variants I played it generally took only a few kills to unlock it. Once you do, prepare for hilarity. The current physics have it bouncing off of walls, taking jumps off of bumps, and generally stumbling and bumbling around until you find an enemy…at which point you'll pull the trigger to detonate the bomb. 

That process alone is pretty funny. More hilarious, though, is what happens if your enemy notices the RC-XD coming. They'll dance around it trying to get the car in their sites while their character model looks like a maniac. I never saw anyone succeed in stopping the RC destruction, but I hope they never stop trying. 

Leveling and COD Points Are More Complex Than You Think
The addition of a credit system – in which you have to earn COD Points to unlock weapons -- is an extra layer on top of the already robust leveling system in past Call of Duty games. It doesn't replace it. In fact, it makes it deeper and more involved than ever before. 

You will still have to unlock many things by leveling up, and even after you do you'll find that not everything can be purchased with COD Points right off the bat. Some weapons only become available for purchase after the player has obtained others. The best sniper rifle, for example, was locked until I purchased all of the others in its class. Everything costs points, too, straight down to little emblems that you can use in customizing the look of your rifle or player card. 

Theater Mode is the Real Deal 
It's one thing to put a Theater Mode into your games. It's quite another to rival even the current industry leaders at Bungie, but that's exactly what Treyarch is doing with Call of Duty: Black Ops. All of the standards are there -- a free roaming camera that can also lock on to players, clip and screenshot export, the ability to fast forward or rewind the action, and the option to browse your friend's shared files. There's also a whole lot more. 

You can save segments and then clip them together and slow down or speed up the game speed while recording. Up to 100 of your most recent games over the past 7 days are saved automatically for you to later watch and edit. The timeline displayed during theater mode indicates all the kills int eh match, a green mark for a kill, and a red mark for when you died, allowing you to quickly skip to the interesting parts of the match. The tools look super powerful -- both for the casual player that wants to know where jerks are camping and for the hardcore machinima maker. 

One in the Chamber is the new License to Kill 
One of my favorite Goldeneye N64 modes back in the day was the License to Kill variant for multiplayer. It distilled deathmatch down to the basics. One shot on target was worth one kill, it didn't matter who had the best gun. Here only the best would win -- luck was not a factor. 

Black Ops has its own take on this classic in One in the Chamber, a mode specifically made as a Wager Match. Here you only get one bullet. Connect with that shot and it's an instant kill and you'll be awarded another bullet. Miss and you better hope you can get in close for a knife slash. 

It took me a couple of rounds to get into the swing of things. I usually waste quite a few bullets while playing first-person shooters, and that's not conducive to victory. One in the Chamber only offers three lives to each player before you have to sit in spectator mode. That's where I found myself quite quickly during the first couple of matches. 

Contracts Are Going to be Addictive 
Challenges are a big part of what makes Call of Duty such an addictive multiplayer game. They're back, but now there are Contracts to top them off. These are rotating challenges offered by Treyarch, changing every day or week. To partake in them, you'll have to pony up a few COD Points to buy the Contract. Complete the challenge and you'll win extra points. There is a catch -- each Contract has a time limit. I bought a low level one that required you to get three SMG kills without dying in less than 40 minutes of game time. It cost 50 COD Points and, upon completing it, I received 250 back. 

Fail at completing a Contract and you'll have to wait at least 24 hours to try again. And you'll be out of some COD Points. I can see myself getting caught up in these even more so than the Wager Matches against other players. "

Sounds awesome. The contracts will definitely keep me interested. Another thing I liked was the return of more bolt-action sniper rifles. They are always more fun and satisfying to use for me. :)

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Call of Duty: Black Ops

I was a bit skeptical about this game when it was first announced, but after reading/seeing more about the multiplayer, I am definitely going to buy this game.
I get all my gaming info from Kotaku and IGN BTW.

Dead Rising 2 Case 0 Review

Just played through Dead Rising 2 Case 0 a few times, and here are my thoughts:

+ Good taste of things to come
+ Many new weapons
+ Weapon crafting system is intuitive and experimenting with combos is fun
+ Katey (Chuck's daughter) a good motivation to keep moving, and moving fast.
+ More zombies and more weapons? Great combo
+ Chuck is a much better main character than Frank
+ No photography
+ Improved aiming system
+ 'Enraged' zombies at night. Adds another challenge
+ Save file converts over to Dead Rising 2

- Still has timed events (hoping for a free play mode in the retail game)
- Worthless "survivors" They do nothing but slow you down and whine
- $5/400 MS points for basically a demo
- Load/Access times are slow. Too slow for a game stored on the HDD
- Weapons still 'break' after short use

It's worth it. The $5 is a measly price to pay for this game. While it may be a "glorified demo" it still introduces you to the main characters, game mechanics, and new content. There are multiple endings, and the save file converts over to the retail game so there's actually a reason to play though, other than enjoyment/curiosity. I would recommend that you give it a go. And let me know your thoughts. :)

Rick Astley is back!

Thinking about getting a Move. Thoughts?

I'm just not sure any worthwhile games are coming out anytime soon.

New iPod models ...again *sigh*

Are they ever going to stop making new models of these things? I'm getting kind of sick of it all...