.comment-link {margin-left:.6em;}


Sunday, January 22, 2006

FireFox - The Hungry-Hungry Hippo?

Firefox is a memory hog.

read more | digg story

Monday, October 31, 2005

Resident Evil 4

Over the weekend I had a chance to watch someone play Resident Evil 4 on the PlayStation 2 for a few hours. I know what you're thinking: "Watched someone play? How can you review a game you didn't play?"

Actually, it's quite easy. Usually, this is where most reviewers would go into the back story of the game, and talk about prior games in the series. I've actually never played a Resident Evil game before. Well, I did play about ten minutes into the original when it was first ported to the PC, but I don't remember a thing about it other than how much I disliked the control scheme for it.

The good news is that Resident Evil 4 has finally gotten rid of that horrible system. Unfortunately, the new controls aren't all that and a bag of chips. The game now puts the camera behind your player, so that you can easily line up your weapon with your enemy. This is good. Trying to look behind you is quite easy to, thanks to quick-look buttons. Actually turning around to shoot an attacker approaching from the rear still feels sluggish, however. Also, there is no staffing, which means if you want to look into a room or building, you have to walk to the door, then spin around to point the camera into the direction you wish to look. And by walk, I mean, well, walk. There is no running in Resident Evil 4.

Another staple Resident Evil 4 did away with are the zombies. In their place are new "intelligent" enemies that carry weapons such as shovels and pitchforks. To tell you the truth, I actually thought these new enemies were zombies, as they look and move just like the undead. They even attack in a single file, which is nice. However, now they throw grenades at you! If that doesn't define intelligence, I don't know what does.

The game does look quite good however. I wouldn't go so far as to call it beautiful, as some other reviewers have, but it does look decent. The buildings in the beginning of the game all look the same, and everything is coated with a brown goo. The village designs are quite nice, although a bit small. The characters look fantastic, though the enemies tend to be the same model.

Overall, I wouldn't say the game is horrible, but I defiantly don't agree with the high ratings Resident Evil has received. If you are a die hard fan of the series, then you'll probably love the latest installment, but if not, I'd wait until it's cheaper. (**)

Monday, June 20, 2005

The Gamer's Quarter Issue 2 PDF

Insert Credit forum members join to create a "new game journalism" magazine. Issue 2 includes articles on Halo 2, King of Fighters, Pong, Prince of Persia, Steel Battalion and more.

read more | digg story

Fun with Broadband Part I: BitTorrent

Most internet savvy users know what BitTorrent is and have an idea how it works. If you don't know what BitTorrent is or how it works you can read Brian's Guide.

To use BitTorrent files, you first need a BT client. I use and recommend Azureus, which is both easy enough to use by an amateur and robust enough for strong users. You will need to download and install the newest Java Runtime Engine to use Azureus.

A. Finding and Using Torrents

Torrent files can be found anywhere as download options. For example, systm.org offers copies of their show in torrent files. To search to torrent files, you need to either use a torrent search engine or a torrent hosting site.

Torrent Search Engines
Official Bit Torrent Search
The Pirate Bay

Torrent Hosting Sites

Once you have found a .torrent file, you can save it to the desktop and open with your installed BitTorrent client to begin downloading.

B. Automatically Downloading Television Shows with BitTorrent

Automatically downloading TV shows with BitTorrent works due to RSS, or Really Simple Syndication, which can read more about here. To automatically download shows, we will need Azureus, an RSS plugin and a TV torrent hosting site with an RSS feed.

All the steps are already on Engadget, so you can follow the steps here. The only difference is that instead of using one of the RSS feeds Engadget lists, use tv-torrents.org's RSS feed: "http://www.tv-torrents.org/rss.xml" instead of the other sites which are no longer up.

C. How to Configure your Router for BitTorrent

If you have a router and are having trouble downloading files with Azureus, you should follow the steps here. In fact, even if you aren't having and trouble, you should follow the steps they can increase the speeds at which files are downloaded through a BT client.

D. Important Note about BitTorrent

Once you've completed downloading your file or files with BitTorrent, leave BitTorrent open for even a little while to allow others to download from you. If you are not comfortable doing this with some files, move them to another location so it can't be downloaded from you any longer, while other files can.

Fun With Broadband Part II: Linux

Sunday, June 19, 2005

Linspire for Free

How to get Linspire, which retails for $49, for free.

read more | digg story

Sunday, June 12, 2005

Trapped In A Videogame

This is insane. Basically you begin playing a House of the Dead clone in an arcade, and visual effects put you in a trance. Once in that trace, you are moved to a location that looks just like the game. Very hard to tell if it's actually real. Watch and judge for yourself.

read more | digg story

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Free TiVo: Build a Better DVR out of an Old PC

I'm a huge fan of PVR/DVRs. That is, one's you don't buy or rent from the cable companies. Of course, the simpliest DVR is bittorrent and an RSS feed from a TV torrent site, such as BTEFNET. This is much cooler, however. In this guide, BeyondTV is used, I would probably use MythTV instead, which is open source. Also, I'd use an Xbox running Linux instead of a PC. An Xbox is much nicer to look at and can be operated with a remote.

read more | digg story

Saturday, June 04, 2005

Open source H.264 codec

Awhile ago, I posted that H.264 files could be played in VLC. While I know many have had it work, I had a a lot of trouble. Now there is an open source version of H.264 called x264. Works really nicely so far.

read more | digg story

New BitTorrent Site List of sites currently online

With the number of torrent sites dropping due to the MPAA and now the FBI, it's nice to have a small list of all the avaible sites.

read more | digg story