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9:54 AM on 09.02.2008

XBOX dash update - In ninja vision -

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Interesting video...

This highlights some of the things people have been wondering about, such as how the themes will work, how you look up the achievements etc.

Overall when I first saw this dashboard when it was just being talked about... I really wasn't that thrilled about it but the more I see the more I like it. Another thing that I thought was a huge improvement was the new in game guide, just watch the video and you will see what I mean. That said, I do not like the idea of the Avatars. I know, I know... a lot of you actually do, but as he says in the video - "A lot of people see this a Mii rip off" I have to agree... I dont want my dashboard looking like an 8yr olds dvd chapter selection.

Other than that I like the new additions and think over all it will be useful and something nice and new to play around with. Also might be better for the new people getting 360, as I happen to think the current 360 dashboard is a bit cluttered and clunky to navigate.

Notes on the video quality... it was asked not to be filmed, but some sneaky ninja decided to do so anyways.

Enjoy.   read


5:20 AM on 08.31.2008

DESTRUCTOID IS COMING FOR YOU... SLOWLY!

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I shouldn't have to say anything else...   read


1:07 PM on 08.28.2008

I got my Xbox 360 from Destructoid!!!

Ah, finally... it arrived today. I was cussing the UPS people in IRC and the BAM the truck pulls up.

Its up and running, no RROD out of the box (phew). The only problem it does have is the USB section is broken (the flip lid) and it has a big crack there... not a problem since I can always buy a new one. (blame it on the USPS).

Anyhow.. PICTURES!

























Thanks again to Destructoid, even more so Niero for making this happen.

I am off to play some Lost Odyssey ;)   read


3:23 AM on 08.24.2008

NES emulator working on the PS3 with BD-J.

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The BD-J home brew scene has been picking up lately... it started off with some Pong, then we got some Snake... but today a new standard has been set.

A Japanese coder recently released an NES emulator that works with the help of BD-J on your PS3. The only thing that seems to be lacking is sound... and I am not even sure if that's possible add, only time will tell.

Wanna try it? Lets get started...

1. Download THIS

2. Extract the the folder in the compressed file to the main root of a USB device or memory stick

3. Place the ROMs you would like to play into the main folder you have just extracted to the root

4. Go to the Video section in the XMB on your PS3

5. You will need to click the USB or memory stick you have chosen

6. Select the BD-J homebrew game

7. Next, you will be brought to a file viewer in which, you may choose ROMs

8. Now the game will start. Press the triangle button then go to the numeric pad

9. The 1 on the pad stands for select and the 2 acts as start

10. You may now press triangle and enjoy the game

(the red square takes you back to the rom list)

I tried out this emulator and it works great. There is a slight delay with the controls but its not really an issue at all. Trying this out some roms seem to not load at all... Punch out for example (awwww man!) does nothing, but most of the ones I did try (The Mario series, Mega Man's etc) worked fine.   read


4:36 PM on 07.28.2008

XBOX 360 Update Leaked and being used

Install process-
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Loading the Dash-
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It seems that M$ has had their new firmware for the 360 leaked... already, as well as running on modded consoles. There has been no word if this will get you banned or what not, but its out there in the wild if you search hard enough.

I am guessing that since this has been leaked there will be some word from M$ very soon... and this may even end up making them release more features for it so they can get one over on the people already using it... I wouldnt imagine they wouldnt want their "following the rules" types to be missing out for no reason.

Just a quick heads up for people that have heard this rumble with no proof.   read


7:23 PM on 07.25.2008

Final Fantasy 13!!!






















Im bringing sexy back.   read


9:31 PM on 07.22.2008

Resistance cryptic sites (Updated)



Following a post on dtoid c-blogs by Manta, I found out that the people that signed up for the Resistance 2 beta had gotten an email... a cryptic email. Reading through the email I noticed "Project Abraham" mentioned and decided to have a look around.

Before you guys head to the site to check it out, I wanted to let you know of some of the things I noticed. When you go to the site (after the 4 intro videos) you can click on the patients pictures and read about their troubles and what not. While I was in one of their "folders" I noticed I could click around and move the photos, letters and cards inside that folder. I thought it was a nice find and pretty innovative.

I am sorry if this is old news, just something I found out and thought I would share with everyone.

Website - http://www.projectabraham.com/

UPDATE-

I have also seemed to have stumbled on to ANOTHER website to do with this whole thing... I am not sure if any of this leads anywhere but here it is -

http://www.americafirstamericaonly.com/   read


1:45 PM on 07.15.2008

Xbox 360 - New dashboard/Halo wars

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So there is the new dashboard for the xbox 360... I think it looks nice dont you think?

Its just that I have a small problem with it, it looks way to much like XBMC (homebrew app) for the XBOX 1. From the game covers to RSS styled feeds... not to mention it also plays "streaming tv"... all before they ever had the idea to do so. Then we have the "Mii" look alikes as well. I guess they are just trying to grab the attention of all markets, and I dont see anything wrong with that... thats the point isnt it?

But back to my point, this isnt the first time I have seen them rip off other peoples independent work on homebrew apps/games.

Lets move on....

Halo wars.. an XBOX exclusive, THEIR idea to make an RTS out of Halo right? Wrong...
Once again.. ripped off homebrew. This was a game being made by a team of homebrew devs using Halo 2. Take a look here... seen in "Halogen" for the XBOX (remember this is running on Halo 2) sporting a total conversion of Halo.

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Looks like Halo Wars right? Just in case you haven't seen Halo Wars here is a small gameplay clip.

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I dont know... they seem to get a kick out of it. I remember when Halogen was about 95% complete... MS finally stepped in and ordered them to stop working on it, which is fine.. it was their code, their game being modded. Then... months later.. Halo Wars was announced. Funny how things work... from playing games on the HDD, RSS Feeds, Dashboards, Games... (most of their new announcements) I would say over 70% of it was taken from the homebrew scene of XBOX 1... I wonder how many more things they can call their own.   read


1:20 PM on 07.05.2008

My daughter, born July 4th <3.

Yesterday (July 4th) at 7:22pm my Daughter Kaida Mai was born... I am so happy and filled with love over this blessing I had to share the news with you guys.

To everyone who already knew what was going on in my life and said congrats, thank you... it means a lot to me.

  read


7:46 PM on 07.03.2008

PSN update July 3rd - US/EURO

U.S. PSN Update -

At least we have Qore? I dont know... here is the list.

"Playable" content
Qore episode 2 ($2.99 - includes Naruto demo)

Add-on content
Guitar Hero III "Top Gun Anthem" song add-on (free)

Rock Band DLC:
Crüefest Pack ($3)
"Down At The Whisky" - Mötley Crüe ($1)
"Time is Running Out" - Papa Roach ($1)
"Who's Going Home With You Tonight" - Trapt ($1)
"Promised Land" - Vesuvius (Free)

Videos
Killzone 2 trailer
Valkyria Chronicles video
Battlefield: Bad Company "Bad World" trailer
Battlefield: Bad Company "Snake Eyes" trailer
Battlefield: Bad Company "Rainbow Sprinkles" trailer
Dead Space Animated Comic 2
Dead Space Animated Comic 3
Tiger Woods 09 Course video
Vampire Rain Altered Species 1 and 2
Lakeview Terrace movie trailer
John Mayer Live in LA Blu-ray trailer
Vantage Point movie trailer
Persepolis movie trailer

Themes and Wallpapers
Woodward theme
Civilization Revolution theme
Top Spin 3 wallpaper


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EURP PSN UPDATE-

Nothing very exciting this thursday.. unless you guys have been REALLY freaking out over Space Invaders...

Game
Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3, £6.99
Packs
Guitar Hero 3 - July 4th 2008 Holiday Single, FREE
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas 2:Gift Pack, FREE
Buzz! Australian Culture Quiz, £3.49
Buzz! UK Culture Quiz, £3.49
Buzz Rock Legends, £3.49
Buzz Sci Fi, £3.49

Video
Movement - Movement Ep1 ‘Lets hit the road’, FREE
Movement ep2 ‘Paris Respects to Jim’, FREE
Movement Minitel Rose Be with you, FREE
Movement Minitel Rose Continue, FREE
Movement Minitel Rose Interview, FREE
Movement Pravda Interview, FREE
Movement Pravda ‘Je suis french’, FREE
Movement Pravda ‘Tu es l’Ouest’, FREE
BIA HH Ubidays Trailer, FREE
Haze Launch Trailer, FREE

Wallpapers
Top Spin 3 Wallpaper, FREE
Elefunk Forest Wallpaper, FREE
Elefunk Circus Wallpaper, FREE

Themes
MGS4 OTC Theme, FREE
Elefunk Theme, FREE
Echochrome Theme, FREE

Demo
Space Invaders Extreme Demo, FREE
PC store
Demo
Space Invaders Extreme Demo, FREE
Video
Movement - Movement Ep1 ‘Lets hit the road’, FREE
Movement ep2 ‘Paris Respects to Jim’, FREE
Movement Minitel Rose Be with you, FREE
Movement Minitel Rose Continue, FREE
Movement Minitel Rose Interview, FREE
Movement Pravda Interview, FREE
Movement Pravda ‘Je suis french’, FREE
Movement Pravda ‘Tu es l’Ouest’, FREE

Themes
Space Invaders Extreme, FREE   read


6:59 PM on 06.30.2008

Metal Gear Online stand alone version.



So, it seems that Kojima is so happy with how MGO is doing, they will be releasing a stand alone version of it on July 17th in japan for 17$ (or 1,800 yen for the Japanese). No word if it will be disc based or DLC on the PSN market place.

This doesn't make much sense to me because I for one happen to think that this game is pretty much all about the single player missions and story line. Sure, Metal Gear has online.. but is it worth buying a disc that contains only that? I dont think so.

I was very dissapointed with the BETA of Metal Gear online, and hoped for so much more when the game actually launched, but none the less it was the same. I keep trying to tell myself that its just a change of pace in play value, but really its not. I would say over the half the time the team you end up playing with has no idea what they are doing and trys to kill their own team, ruining what little fun the game was in the process.

What do you guys think of this? And if it comes to the states... would anyone actually consider skiping the single player mode?   read


12:03 PM on 05.06.2008

Haze demo in the wild. ITS PSN DAY!!!



Just a quick heads up for everyone in the U.K. or you sly americans with euro accounts....
the Haze demo is ready for your grubby hands to have a go.

Also, some new trailers and some other stuff I wont be buying. Today is supposed to have two separate updates... so we will see how that all works out. Why are you still reading? Blogging is for losers... go download.

I will write a review on this demo later, I hope this one lives up to the hype... I have been waiting for it for awhile now.   read





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