Friday, May 21, 2004

Gaming Gibberish, XBMC is born

There is a condition zero mission pack out called "Operation Black Sun", you can get it at

I got Ninja Gaiden for XBOX 2 days before it came out :) it was released 2 days ago. Ninja Gaiden is such a kickass game, I have the American version so you can cut peoples heads off and stuff, who needs stealth when you have a pissed ninja with a sword? heh heh heh...

I got tHc Dash for my XBOX, its the hacked MS Dash so it looks and acts the same as the normal MS Dash but it lets you add/modify menu items. I also got avalaunch which is probarbly the best dashboard around, it lets you update the dashboard from a menu item, lets you FTP, lets you download save games, lets you download new skins, lots of cool features. It even features a RSS News Ticker so you can get all the news straight from the XBOX Scene ( :)

Kai registrations are open so go register now at it lets you play your Nintendo Gamecube, PS2 and XBOX games over the internet for free!

I updated my XBOX Media Player to XBOX Media Centre, the menus aren't working correctly so I can't stream my Anime so i'm going to revert to XBOX Media Player. XBOX Media Centre is going to have Kai built-in though so when thats added I'll get it again (That is, if avalaunch doesn't get it added at the same time or earlier)

At school I am getting in trouble for not doing my essays correctly, I really don't understand these essay things. The Dungeon Siege II website is so go check it out now if you haven't already, this game is going to be better than the original Dungeon Siege I should hope, speaking of which I need to get the expansion pack and the patch for Dungeon Siege.

Yesterday I was messing around with Half-Life 2 and got network play working, you have to add the line "maxplayers 32" to the bottom of your config.cfg in the hl2 folder then in the cfg folder. Now everytime you load a map anyone can connect to you (provided you have port 27015 open that is), if I can get a level editor for Half-Life 2 i'll make a deathmatch level for some old school deathmatch action.

If anyone has the torrent for Counter Strike Source, an IRC channel I can get it from or a direct link (ftp/http) please tell me asap as I really want Counter-Strike Source

My Windows Security Update CD arrived in the mail today after 10 days, it was free :) You can get your own at: You dont need to fill in country code, phone number or area code. Just leave those fields blank.

Sunday, May 16, 2004

MGS3 Stolen at E3

Don't ask me how these guys got away with this, even at Hardly Normal (Harvey Norman) the consoles are in metal cases not perspex, but read on to find out :O

[14/05/04 11:20]
E3 2004: MGS3 code stolen from Sony's E3 show floor stand

LA Convention Centre security staff were left flat-footed and red-faced yesterday as two unknown perps had it away with a copy of the MGS3: Snake Eater demo code. The one level demo, on display at Sony and Konami's stands is almost certainly being duplicated as we speak. Will you see MGS3 first at you local car boot sale?

The LAPD are investigating the incident and are looking for two 19-20 year old males. The code snatchers were able to gain access to the PS2 demoing Snake's hotly anticipated jungle rumble by cracking the perspex case on one of the pods on the Sony stand.

According to eyewitness reports they achieved this by leaning heavily on the unit before simply ejecting the disc and doing a runner from the convention centre - possibly not how Snake would have done it, but apparently effective.

Halo 2 is set for a November 9th 2004 Release

Saturday, May 15, 2004

Guild Wars, PSP & DS

Well I was a little late getting guild wars and only got to play it for about half a day all up, a couple of hours at night then til about 12 the next day, it looked simply amazing though and I loved it, I am going to buy it for sure when it comes out at the end of the year, I can't wait that long though! NOT FAIR! Didn't end up going War Driving today, might go tomorrow though?

Of course heres what we've all been waiting for, the shots of the PSP and the Nintendo DS, here are the finished designs both shown at E3, people could actually use the Nintendo DS there though so I expect its in a much more final state than the PSP, we might even see it before the end of the year if we're lucky. Gotta love the PSP's graphics though as shown in the Grand Turismo 4 Screenshot.

PSP Images shown at E3

Nintendo DS Images shown at E3


Sony Playstation Portable

• Product Name: PlayStationPortable (PSP)
• Color: Black
• Dimensions: Approx. 170 mm (L) x 74 mm (W) x 23 mm (D)
• Weight: Approx. 260 g (including battery)
• CPU: PSP CPU (System clock frequency 1~333MHz)
• Main Memory: 32MB
• Embedded DRAM: 4MB
• Display: 4.3 inch, 16:9 widescreen TFT LCD
• 480 x 272 pixel (16.77 million colors)
• Max. 200 cd/m2 (with brightness control)
• Speakers: Built-in stereo speakers
• Main Input/Output: IEEE 802.11b (Wi-Fi)
• USB 2.0 (Target)
• Memory StickTM PRO Duo
• IrDA
• IR Remote (SIRCS)
• Disc Drive: UMD Drive (Playback only)
• Profile: PSP Game
• UMD Audio
• UMD Video
• Main Connectors: DC IN 5V
• Terminals for charging built-in battery
• Headphone/Microphone/Control connector
• Keys/Switches: Directional buttons (Up/Down/Right/Left)
• Analog pad
• Enter keys (Triangle, Circle, Cross, Square)
• Left, Right keys
• POWER On/Hold/Off switch
• Brightness control, Sound Mode, Volume +/-
• Wireless LAN On/Off switch
• UMD Eject
• Power: Built-in lithium-ion battery, AC adaptor
• Access Control: Region Code, Parental Control

• Stand
• Headphone with remote commander
• Headphone with remote commander and microphone
• External battery pack
• Case
• Strap
• E3 Prototype Exhibition: USB Camera for PSP
• USB Keyboard for PSP

UMD Specifications
• Dimensions: Approx. 65 mm (W) x 64 mm (D) x 4.2 mm (H)
• Weight: Approx. 10g
• Disc Diameter: 60 mm
• Maximum Capacity: 1.8GB (Single-sided, dual layer)
• Laser wavelength: 660nm (Red laser)
• Encryption: AES 128bit
• Profile: PSP Game (full function)
• UMD Audio (codec ATRAC3plus, PCM, (MPEG4 AVC))
• UMD Video (codec MPEG4 AVC, ATRAC3plus, Caption PNG)

Nintendo DS

Unsure at this time

Friday, May 14, 2004

Wardriving, Condition Zero

On Wednesday I went war driving with shrewd_user and Reubz, we found 5 access points. Only one of which we could access the internet with. Two of them were encrypted I believe. We didn't have much time though, we got some chips with vinegar and chicken salt though so it was worth going out. Planning on going War Driving tomorrow again hopefully. If you don't know what War Driving is, goto it's the first segment in the first episode.

Today Andrew played Counter-Strike online for the first time, of course he wasn't very good but we VS'd the bots. Him and his 33k Internet :P Brad/Weeman saved me a few times and then I saved him majorly when all the bots came up behind him, lol! Simo/Webzy came and went on my server a few times, he didn't stick around long for today though. Andrew stayed the longest so props to him!

Two days ago I downloaded Condition Zero through the Steam Dedicated Server update tool, I now have it running under Steam with netplay. You think I'd buy it? You must have me confused with someone else, its not piracy, they gave me this game, I didn't hack past any anti-piracy measures either, it just works as a Modification to Half-Life. I wonder if they will "fix" this in a later Steam update, chances are likely but Condition Zero is pretty much the same as normal Counter-Strike except with some re-done maps and new models (The new models are only on Single Player for some stupid reason), the offical bots kick ass but I already have those same bots on 1.6 (well the Beta ones from the Steam test, I backed them up awhile back)

Woo go rambling, yesterday I went round Leigh's place to play Condition Zero but Steam fucked up his game and he had to re-install but some bitch had scratched his disc so we ended up playing normal 1.6 there, his dad managed to fix the CD by using a CD Cleaner on it so it's all good, in the manual the replacement CD address is somewhere in Canada, he didn't like the idea of sending it all the way over to Canada to get a replacement though. Valve should get some replacement departments in the local countries. Since he didn't have Condition Zero we just watched the movies on the Half-Life 2 disc that came with it, I must say Half-Life 2 looks fucking awesome :) I am definately buying this game and Doom 3 (yes, me, buying games, heh, these games look fucking awesome though)

Half-Life 2 and Doom 3 won't have much of an impact on me if I manage to get ahold of Far Cry though, Liam has told me how awesome Far Cry is, apparently you can push a boat into the water and just keep walking into the front of it, fun with physics :) Atomic said it was a really awesome game too. Halo 2 has got a final release date set now which is good, lets hope it makes this release date (unlike Half-Life 2's forever delayed release), Halo 2 also looks fucking awesome.

Cameron/Camo told me that E3 started yesterday, so i'm going to make this post then check my link to the "E3 for everyone" for Guild Wars, woo go Guild Wars.

Agret out.

Saturday, May 01, 2004


I now have a Moblog which lets me post pictures, you can view it at, I don't know when I'll post pictures in there, probarbly when I'm bored. It is confirmed, Shannon and Simo are coming to my house tomorrow to play some CS, they are going down! >=)

According to which links to some other articles, they seem to have located Atlantis and Noah's Ark (two seperate articles). Most people believe they have not found Atlantis and that Atlantis is under Antartica, I read the articles and it turns out in Alexander's time there was no ice on Antartica. Apparently Antartican's were technologically advanced and had plumbing, water works, etc. like the Romans did. Near the start of civilization the Egyptions were near Antartica, apparently they got given knowledge by the civilization on Antartica which is why they were interested in Astronomy. Maybe they got the knowledge of how to build pyramids from them too, but you never know....

This is a relitively short post as I don't really have much else to say.