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UK Looters To Get ‘The Naughy Step’ As Punishment

You’ve probably heard that Jo Frost AKA Supernanny has recently piped up to claim videogames are to blame for the looters’ behaviour in London, Birmingham and other parts of England just a few weeks back.

It obviously slipped her notice then, that most of the looters caught were of a relatively decent background and upbringing but when faced with opportunity, they chose to participate.  Now, I don’t recall a single game I’ve played that allows me to steal Walkers crisps, cans of Kestrel and tampons from shops…Not even GTA can solidly be given the blame for this.

It makes me laugh but also furious that videogames always get the rap for any bad things that happen. Why?  Well, the non-gamer believes ALL videogames are for kids.  Ignorant of the fact that, like all media, there is a range of content with appropriate age ratings.  But yes, the brain-washed non-gamer sudoku and crossword completionists fail to see gaming as a respectable medium along with movies, music and literature.  In other words, they are in a position where they cannot validly make an argument over subject matter they don’t understand.

You may say that I’m not qualified to judge them.  You’re wrong.  I’ve done sudoku.  In physical puzzle books and newspapers as well as on my PS3(Go! Sudoku)  I’ve also done crosswords and play chess in the traditional sense and in games also.

But then you get the uppity celebs who feel their statements will have a bit more punch but they always fall flat as they know nothing of the content of which they point the finger at apart from hearsay and poorly educated preconceptions.  Even the likes of Noel Gallagher had something to say – rich coming from him, eh?

Mps have done the same on many an occasion to the same effect. The downside is that there are still a large number of non-gamers that are sympathetic to the supposed do-gooders’ cause.  Like sheep, they follow suit and ruin or try to ruin a lot of things for others.

So, Jo, you think you know it all, eh?  The looting wasn’t caused or spurred on by gaming.  Gaming only comes in as a common denominator because gaming is a sign of the times- most youngsters play videogames to some degree.  To me, that stereotype is just as offensive as saying that most criminals are black or of non-caucasian background.  If she had watched the news or looked into some of the cases, she would have seen that most kids involved did it under their parents’ instruction and, in some cases, their parents were there WITH them.

So, while our judicial system buckles under the strain of bureaucracy and inability to sentence many individuals why don’t we stick them on the naughty step or in the time-out corner to reflect upon their misdeeds and hope they see the path of the righteous and keep out of trouble in future?

No Fun In The Sun

Anyone that knows me will know how much I detest the XBox.  However, I don’t see this as a go at just XBox, this is yet another stab at the gaming industry as a whole.  The issue with this is the ignorance and presumptious nature of an uppity journalist sparking panic over something totally unrelated to the death.

The above death was due to Deep Vein Thrombosis, the fact he was playing his XBox wasn’t the cause of death – it was a factor in it but that’s where the link dies.  I won’t reel off the causes of DVT but the fact he barely moved and more than likely suffered dehydration as well was all it took.  The mere fact he played the XBox during these periods of non-movement was circumstantial.  He could easily have been sitting watching TV or any other activity that he could partake in while sitting down.

A headline like this, when most of our kids or even ourselves have games consoles can spark mass hysteria and at that stage, readers have lost their sense of logic and coherence and don’t differentiate fiction from the inferences made in the article.

It’s shit like this that adds fuel to the misguided fools’ plight against gaming and yet another thing that infuriates me – although, I’m not gonna stab someone over this as these journos would look at my games collection and point the finger at Rockstar for it!

If You Can’t Beat ’em, Nukem – Duke Nukem Forever Review

Hail to the king, baby.

Over a decade and Duke is back, but is he on top form or should he hit the retirement home?

Well, I started playing this as it came out and I was impressed.  It’s been so long, Duke.  Graphically it’s not spectacular, explosions and weapon fire give off nice lighting effects and the blood and viscous matter is chunky and colourful.  Some parts could do with polish, but for me, it reminded me of playing Duke back in the day with the grainy textures and limited polygons.  For me, this was gaming heaven, taking me back to a pre-teen era that I have missed in terms of gameplay values to a certain degree.

As always, there are little gimmicks chucked in which permanently  boost your Ego (this is your health bar) i.e. Bench-pressing 600 lbs, taking a piss, using a glory hole or even just admiring yourself in a mirror.

My only major gripe is the sound.  Sound effects are spot on.  But Duke’s one-liners just seem TOO dated in the sense that his voice sounds as if it was recorded for something else and doesn’t gel with the game.  Contextually it’s OK – he makes reference to various things such as one section towards the end of the game where you have to go under water he states “This is gonna fuck up my hair”.  But it’s just the way the voice comes across – doesn’t sit right with me.

All in all, though, I think it was worth the wait.  If there is a sequel, let’s just hope it won’t be in another decade or so.

In summary, I would give Duke 7/10.

Toasty

Yesterday, I started Mortal Kombat (2011) aka Mortal Kombat 9.  I decided to google MK9 to see what easter eggs or what features I will come across along my journey and I was overjoyed when I found out that “Toasty!” is back.

For years, I always though Dan Forden said “Whoopsie” back on MK2 – my brother and I would play it til our thumbs bled!

Beat ’em ups are not my strongest game genre, I am a button-basher and I ain’t ashamed to admit it.  However, I am determined to work on some skill and find Dan in this installment – there are various reports of sightings of Dan – some say it’s after spamming uppercuts but not the the point of spamming them…others say it’s just pure random.  Either way, I will find him and I intend to capture the moment!

I wouldn’t mind hearing from others striving to get that illustrious “Toasty!” or from people who have got it and how they came about it!

At The Brink

Got Brink today and I’m so chuffed it works on CFW KMEAW 3.55 using the modded EBOOT.BIN and the edited PARAM.SFO.

Graphically, the game seems really impressive so far and it reminds me a lot of Timesplitters (based on the human character models) and the over exaggerated muscles, jawlines and facial real estate.

Gameplay-wise it admittedly took me a little while to figure out what was going on.  Solo play sees you taking on team-based objectives with the AI (which so far seems to be up to scratch).  The gameplay itself reminds me of the typical team-based online multiplayer rounds such as Capture The Flag, Seek & Destroy etc.  It is quite similar to Star Wars Battlefront except most of the combat takes place inside narrow corridors and very tight rooms.

The action itself is pretty frenetic with kills, explosions, and blood practically everywhere.  Add into the mix the different character classes and abilities and you have hidden mines, operatives disguised as your team and turrets to contend with and make you rethink your strategy.

Seeing as I’m playing this on CFW I can’t try out the online aspects but I know for a fact that the action will be even more insane!

In terms of the game itself, it has had mixed reviews but for the points picked out so far, the only thing I can see if the repetitive aspect of the game but, lets be fair – so many big hitters are repetetive.  GTA: drive here, kill him, drive back.  Fallout: explore here, pick something up, kill some mutants, go back.  FIFA: Kick ball, pass, shoot, score, back to centre.

It may be too early to tell, but I really like the game and love the customisation options available based on XP and unlocked clothing, weapons and abilities.

So, for my first stab at a game review on here…I’m gonna give it…8/10.

Meincraft

[Note: Post title isn’t a typo lol]

I have spent many hours so far on Minecraft since I bought it last week.  I have focused my efforts in one world where I started off with the intention of building a Hobbit-style house in the hillside next to my spawn point.  Best laid plans then went out the window.  After a small network of tunnels became rooms and the “I’m just gonna mine a little bit more and then build a wall outside” idea then turned into “oooh, coal, I wonder what other minerals I can find…” until I’m halfway across the island.

After reading a guide on getting started, I noted the idea of building a tower to find your way back to base easily.  So this operation began.  After building upwards, thinking it was high enough, I descended and mined deeper to lay foundations and then clear the surrounding area to create a moat.  Next thing I knew, I hit the cobblestone I’d placed for my Hobbiton household.  This took up approximately 4 days.  Then I decided to toy with the concept of water to get a moat but also have a well to have a water spring.

Then I built a dam next to my main exterior wall and reinforced it.

And then I decided to build a railway.  This consumed the most of my time, I started playing with boosters but couldn’t get it to work properly so used powered rails.  I then progressed to build a railway up into the sky for an excellent vantage point but also to cover good ground to allow quick access to mining areas and potential points for new bases.

While creating a tunnel through one of the hillsides, I broke through to an ocean.  I ventured over to the next island to get a good view of the area to assess the best way to have my railway plotted out to have it loop back to my main base.  I spent an entire day trying to find my way back to the last rail piece I laid.  In the end, I had to stumble all the way back to my base and ride a minecart to where I strayed from my original course.

3 days on, the railway has reached a standstill while I clear out a dungeon and try and develop an underground tree farm.  Which I also want a lava pillar right in the middle of.

This was originally gonna be a review of Minecraft, but I decided to recount my last few days of hard work.  In comparison to others’ creations, mine seems rather lame but over time once I learn all the features fully and get a creative spark going, anything is possible.

For an indie game this is probably one of the best I have played.  I’m usually a graphics whore but retro gaming is still enjoyable and I just wish we had games like this back in the day before I got a PS1.  If you ignore the graphics, which are really enjoyable despite your initial reaction the fun really comes in when you try out different texture packs.

I’ve included a video below of something I found while trying to learn about Minecraft to build epic structures.  Marvel at Minas Tirith – Minecraft style.

Monkeying Around

So, it’s the last day of my 3 days off and then back in work this weekend.

I’ve spent most of my time downloading all my PSN games/add ons etc from the Store in an attempt to scavenge through all my games and try and squeeze every last trophy out of them.

I started on Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 but then got kinda bored so I’m now picking up the dregs in the Monkey Island games.

I also noticed today that Playstation have updated their Portable ID to have Plus exclusive themes so I’ve gone and updated mine as below.  If you want to create or modify your Portable ID whether it be Plus or standard, click my Portable ID and it’ll take you there.

Anyway, back to Monkey Island and my trophy hunting quest.

How To Play Genesis/Megadrive/Megadrive II Games On PS3

I was gonna copy and paste my other blog post, but thought that was a bit pointless so, if anyone wants to know how to do this, check out my other blog here!

Killing Time

I’m waiting for my machine to finish extending the FAT32 partition on one of my external HDDs and it’s taking aaaaaaaaaaaaaaages so I figured I’d sit down, try and make my way through an ever increasing, neglected list of podcasts.

But then I thought I’d type shit whilst doing so…and here I am, typing random shit to pass the time.

I’m listening to the OPM podcast (episode 20) where they’re discussing Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and I have this hollow feeling and an extraordinary desire to play Oblivion…but I traded that in many moons ago (insert sad face here).

In other news, in the excitement of me resolving the YLOD issue on my old ‘Phat’ PS3, a patch has been released in the past week or so for Mass Effect 2 to resolve the save game corruption issues and a few other bugs which seems to have done the trick…yay!

Had to tinker a little bit with aforementioned ‘Phat’ PS3, due to the fact my blu-ray drive wasn’t working.  When the YLOD happened, my GTA IV disc was stuck in it’s cold embrace.  I opened said drive, and managed to remove the disc.  But this set it to the lock position where the drive still believed a disc was inside.  After a couple of hours of taking apart, tweaking, rebuilding and repeat three or four times and the job was complete.

After typing this far, data movement on the partitioning front has moved a whole 1%.  Bearing in mind it had been sat on 1% for at least 45 minutes before I started typing so in less than an hour it has gone up to 2%.  I’m running out of shit to type now…although it’s a couple of minutes until my dinner is ready…so I guess this is as good a time to come to a close than any.

Rogero/Multiman Backup Manager On Waninkoko/KMEAW 3.55 CFW

[Last Updated: 16/03/2011 @ 10:00]

The PS3 jailbreak scene has had a lot of developments since Geohot released the 3.55 CFW allowing users to install .pkg files for homebrew.  ENSURE YOU DO NOT UPDATE TO 3.56!

EDIT: 12/02/11 A couple days back, Sony patched the DNS bypass now forcing users to update to 3.56 if you want to go online.

Since then, devs have been looking at getting backup managers to launch successfully and looking to patch LV2.

Rogero Backup Manager, in conjunction with Waninkoko’s (of Wii hacks fame) allows this to run for many, but not all, games.

EDIT: Multiman also works – it’s the main one I use now.  KMEAW and WutangRZA CFW is reported to allow their use also but I have not tested these as I am happy with Waninkoko.  He has released V2 but I am yet to update to that.

EDIT 2: Currently using Rogero now as KMEAW allows the new online bypass method and Multiman doesn’t run (or I haven’t found a way to get it working) on Waninkoko (which I had updated to V2 since the last update).

EDIT 3: This blog post is no longer being updated.  Please check here for more details.

This list will be a compilation of what I’ve found works and what doesn’t, to help others out there as well as keep a record for myself.  I  am using an EU PS3 Slim – results may vary based on different regions.  Recent games will be at the bottom of each list.

Works:

James Cameron’s Avatar: The Game

Call Of Juarez: Bound In Blood

NHL 10

The Sims 3

Soul Calibur IV

Fallout New Vegas

Borderlands

inFamous

Batman Arkham Asylum

EA Sports Active 2

Red Dead Redemption

Assassins Creed: Brotherhood

Dead Rising 2

The Shoot

FIFA 11

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Motorstorm Pacific Rift

Singstar Vol. 2

Monopoly Streets

NBA Jam

Blur

Dead To Rights: Retribution

Enslaved: Odyssey To The West

Trivial Pursuit

Megamind

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2

Midnight Club Los Angeles

Tron: Evolution

Demon’s Souls

Wheelman

Trinity Universe

Buzz!: The Ultimate Music Quiz

NBA 2K11

Lego Rock Band

Prince Of Persia Trilogy

WWE Smackdown Vs Raw 2011

F1 2010

Street Fighter IV

CSI: Fatal Conspiracy

Mafia II

Mass Effect 2

Mindjack

Naughty Bear

Splatterhouse

Toy Story 3

White Knight Chronicles

Need For Speed: Undercover

Tony Hawk: Shred (need board to play)

Dance Dance Revolution

Blood Drive

Grand Theft Auto: Episodes From Liberty City

Majin And The Forsaken Kingdom

Assassins Creed II (Previously wasn’t working but for some reason it’s now running…)

Madagascar Kartz

Alpha Protocol

Wolfenstein

Battlefield: Bad Company 2

Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: Cosmic Destruction

Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow

James Bond 007: Blood Stone

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

Marvel Super Hero Squad: The Infinity Gauntlet

Mini Ninjas

The Fight: Lights Out

Two Worlds II (must be on internal HDD otherwise it tells you the game data is corrupt)

Dead Space 2

Dead Space: Extraction

Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days

Marvel Vs Capcom 3: Fate Of Two Worlds

Not Working:

Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Sega Megadrive Ultimate Collection

Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit

Grand Theft Auto IV (boots but loading screen loops and goes dim)

ModNation Racers (crashes on loading screen)

Vanquish

Fuel

Eat Lead: The Return Of Matt Hazard

Lord Of The Rings: Conquest

Eternal Sonata

Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing

Vampire Rain: Altered Species (tries to install game data and freezes on 5-6%)

Spiderman 3

Split/Second: Velocity

Pure

nail’d

I will update this as often as I can with any further titles (working or not working).

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