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Sunday, June 25, 2006

Another test...........

Wanna test your knowledge about games in general? well, thx to the True-player blog author/writter C.J's friend now YOU can. Just download this test in PDF version to prove that you are a TRUE gamer. (It is pretty easy tho, Im sure that you can answer half of them correctly....... Even Joystiq staff's said that it was stupid)

Download it: here


Note: this is a REAL test BTW, people that want to become a game designer NEED to take this test.... As Joystiq points out:

"On first glance, this exam paper looks like a hoax intended to poke fun at the recent trend for video game degrees. However, if you dig a little deeper, you'll find that it's actually a genuine ex am paper that students studying Computer Games Art or Computer Games Design at The University of Teesside have to take. "

Picture of the week

From now on I have something special for you guys...... A new section called "The picture/image of the week". For the most hilarious and significant picture that involves the gaming community.

This week: "The DS printing money" as their explanation for the success of the DS (at least in Japan)


Image from Joystiq's Weekly Japanese sales

Update: Image also available in GIF animated version..... enjoy....

Where do I put my PSP?

In the washroom.....

..................see anything familiar?

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Xbox 360 "3 Red lights" solution------sort of......

Possible solution to the 3 red lights
There is a way to determine the specific type of hardware failure that your 360 may experience by "inserting" a "hidden" error code. To do/try this, firt turn your xbox 360 on, and wait till the 3 red lights are flashing (if your console is faulty of course).

Here you can download the word document that shows and explains how this works:

-Here, here (click in the "Download This File Now" link), or here (follow the steps)

And here is an example of how this works using my own 360:

More info: here (especial thx to "SlightAlloy")

Xbox 360 R.I.P

TODAY (22/06/2006), My 360 OFFICIALLY DIED

Replacement unit in 1 week (I think)
So...... what im going to do now?..... :-/

Ohhh yea I almost forgot!!!!
WELCOME BACK SONY's PSP!!!! :-D

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Yep, XBOX 360 finally hacked............. :-(

Now, lets see how much time it will take someone to hack the PS3 and the wii...........

-Backup games


-SATA ports config..............

My 360 System update 2 (Still faulty)

Yup, I just got those deadly 3 red lights again........... ENOUGH!!!! enough troubleshooting!!! I'm calling Msoft for the replacement........


Ohh yea, btw here is a video (no audio) hope you like it:

Sunday, June 18, 2006

PS3 available for pre-orders!!!!! UK only!!!!

Yesterday, Play.com site started to take preorders (Yea!!!) for the new and exciting PS3!!!! But WAIT, don't click the link yet! There's something you must know, it's coming in a £549.99 bundle*..... now, how much is that in US $ ? Well, that's approx US $ 1020. Impressed? :-/

*Bundle includes: The almighty PS3 (of course) with the 60GB HDD, Singstar, Formula One 06 and Warhawk....

Now, HURRY UP PEEPS!!!! Order yours while stock lasts!!!!

PS3 for 1k: here

Note, the site also states that: Due to the expected European shortage of the PS3, we are unable to guarantee delivery of your PS3 before Christmas. All pre-orders will be fulfilled on a first come, first served basis and game titles in this package may be changed, subject to availability.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

It's official: Sony's podcast sucks

Early yesterday, Major Nelson from xbox live gave us the link to Sony's SOE 1st official podcast ever. And HONESTLY, it sucks..... Instead of talking/speaking naturally, everyone talks like a bunch of robots with scripted dialogues AND what is completely fcked up is the constantly playing Disney background music..............

IF you don't believe me, check it out yourself and tell me what do you think:

-Link to the podcast: Here

...................and btw, wtf is Everquest anyways?

Friday, June 16, 2006

My 360 is "DYING"

Well, it finally happened..... my 360 got the 3 red rings of dead. Interesting huh? Not really---- the funny part is that everything started to fail once my system updated* (you know? the spring update)..... :-(

To do list:

-Reset my system and try to solve this mess by my myself..............................

*seriously, im not a stupid ps3 retard fanboy

"$2.32 Million of Black Nintendo DS Lite Gone Missing", but not in HK

Ok, the guys over joystiq posted yesterday about a "cargo of DS's lite" that went missing last week....

"Those Black DS Lites are pretty hot. Well, now they are, anyway, as $2.32 million U.S. dollars worth of portable gaming goodness was apparently stolen from a cargo container in Hong Kong. Expected to hit the black market (the puns are just naturally built into this story), officials are offering over $125,000 U.S. dollars for some information. So, if a watertight cargo container full of Nintendo products washes up on your private beach, or something, please let someone know. There are some European gamers waiting to get their Mario on."



.......but let me clear this up, THERE IS NO MISSING CARGO OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT, NO, NADA, NOTHING!!!! I checked yesterday in my local police station and the internet (Since I live in China/Hong Kong) and there is no such thing!!!!! it is only a RUMOR. peiod.