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Videogame Collection: PS2 Collection 3 | Getting Resident Evil 4 Linking: 1  Comments: 0
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I watched ďStar Wars Episode 1: Phantom MenaceĒ off VHS. The film wasnít as good as I remember it. I could have been over-anticipating the movie since the old trilogy was better than 3 stars. When George Lucas was directing and producing the 4th film, he lost his ambition to make something with quality rather than a film with mostly special effects. Star Wars Episode I: Phantom Menace had a huge budget which attracted Samuel L. Jackson, Natalie Portman, and some other small-film actor/actresses, and 20th Century Fox broke even on Home Box Office profit in í99, and DVD sales the next year. I hated that Ja Ja Binks character who was very annoying to meÖ.his humor did not amuse me except that time the creature got his tongue stuck in the pod racer which was hilarious. The actor who played Anakin Skywalker was annoying most of the film to the extent that I didnít finish watching. A day later, I watched ďStar Wars Episode II: Attack of the ClonesĒ. My point is I liked Empire Strikes Back the best out of the three movies.

I originally was getting Resident Evil 4, and I should stay with my first choice. I believe Iíll buy it for $50 since I can always make up the $50 in two months. Playstation Pocket is retailing for $150 in March. Youíll have to read my next post to see what could happen in the future. I might have to discipline myself after I get Resident Evil 4. The graphics in Resident Evil 4 look as good as Metroid Prime 2 Echoes. The textures are better than Resident Evil Zero which was known for its extremely good horrifying textures amongst Gamecube owners. gave the game a 9.8/10. They have a list of highest ranked videogames and Resident Evil is ranked 4 or 5 at I read off the review that Resident Evil is twice as hard as Resident Evil Zero. That might be a problem, but Iíll still buy it because it a lot of game review sites are saying it is the best Resident Evil ever made. I know I agree with that part.

Games to add to v1.20 videogame list:

ē Ace Combat 5 (PS2)
ē Suikoden (PS)
ē Grandia 2 (PS2)

I found the Gamecube extended hardware review entertaining. One thing that caught my eye was the Flipper would have had 128 MB of (G)raphics (P)rocessing (U)nit DDR S-DRAM if ArtX was absorbed into ATI sooner. ArtX could only offer Nintendo 64-MB in the Flipper graphics chip. If anything, Gamecube is still more advance than PS2. I didnít know Gamecube used 24MB of 1T-SDRAM. Itís 1 transistor instead of 6 to reduce costs of RAM for it. Itís less costly than normal SDRAM (with six transistors) used in PCs.

The FPS/RPG game for NDS, Metroid Prime Hunters, is coming out on May 08, 2005. Itís the NDSís first high profile first person shooter. Iíve played the demo, and I haven't figured out how to shoot the gun while moving using the touch pad. Anyhow, Wipeout Pure and Ridge Racers are two excellent videogames at launch for the Playstation Pocket.

Visual Basic starts on the 13th for me, and will be an online course similar to Cisco. Iíll be getting my books tomorrow with a blank check, and be sure to share copies of my work because my site is on computers. Typing up code might come easy for me if I happen to have natural programming skills. I am excellent at setting down at a computer for hours on end Ė this is certain. Iíll only touch the surface of Visual Basic next week. My goal is to become an accomplished network technician or programmer, and I hope I never get mad and walk out, because thatís dumb.

This is Ian signing out.

Top 5 games for 2005 Linking: 1  Comments: 2
Date: 1/5/05 at 8:24PM (6d4h ago)  Modified: 1/11/05 at 5:25AM (19h46m ago)  Add Comment | Send to Friend
Iíll name the top six videogames Iím excited to get this year:

Xenosaga Episode 2 - Xenosaga part 2 launches February 15th. This space RPG is a prequel saga to Xenogears. This game is suppose to look better than previous RPGs on PS2 before it. There has never been a game with as many cutscenes as Xenosaga. The last episode takes place after humans go to war with an alien species (again). Humans have conquered space and the Gnosis stand in their way. The Gnosis want a monolith known as an Zohar which looks exactly like the one at the end of the movie, 2010. At the beginning, the aliens took the Zohar emulator mistaking it for the real monolith hidden from everyone. Humans were able to unlock some alien technology from Zohar, but not all of it, which why it is a quest for the Holy Grail. Fortunately, Earth scientists have created an android called KOS-MOS inferior to the enemy unlike humans are. KOS-MOS is a first prototype of a whole army of KOS-MOSs to defend the Earth Federation against the Gnosis. The game makes you go to different planets to rescue androids. The party isnít entirely human Ė about 2/3s android Ė they only look the same as us. In battle sequences, the game allows 3 players, and you have your 3 different attacks, several special attacks and my favorite Ė MECHs, the game calls them (A)nti (G)nosis (W)eapon (S)ystems instead.

Resident Evil 4 - I forgot about this one so I had to add it. Resident Evil 4 puts you in the eyes of Resident Evil 2 hero, Leon Kennedy. After the fall of the Umbrella Corporation only a year before, he goes to a European town to investigate there. Leon finds out the villagers are trying to kill him not to mention the T-virus as infected villagers, and some created some strange monsters. The question is why it is here and not only Raccoon City and that place in Code Veronica? Itís your favorite horror survival game onto itís eighth chapter. The game really does push Gamecube graphics to the limit! IGN gave it a 9.8, the highest score for a Gamecube game for them. The adventure is suppose to last 20 hours. The game is made by Capcom Production Studio 4.

Suikoden IV - Also called Gensou Suikoden IV in Japan coming out in 7 days. This weird renaissance turn-based RPG seems to take after the events of Suikoden III, supposedly 2002 Role Playing Game of the Year by IGN. I bought Suikoden for Playstation, a very rare Playstation game which is why itís as much as a new PS2 game. I suspect Konami made Suikoden III much like Final Fantasy X, added a 3D engine, more audio driven cut-scenes, and an above average Ďturn-based battle thingí. Yes, another anime-based RPG importing from Japan the US seems to get six or more of these on PS2 each year.

Dungeon Siege 2 - Itís another RPG, but for PC developed by Gas Powered Games, a new game developer under Microsoftís reign. The first game supported a very advanced engine for 2001, but not very good looking in 2005. Dungeon Siege is a dungeon-crawler like Forgotten Realms series or Diablo. Basically, itís a 3D Diablo-like hack & slash PC game. The sequel is larger, has more weapons and armor, an upgraded engine also used in the original with much better textures, improved mod support. It looks cool and suppose to be as good as Neverwinter Nights. I used to be big on played Dungeon Siege in 2001 when it came out.

Super Mario 128 - A true sequel to Super Mario 64 unlike Super Mario Sunshine. The game will be presented at E3 2005 for Gamecube. I do know itíll look better than Super Mario Sunshine texture wise! One of the faults of that game was the low resolution textures, but the characters and game engine were high resolution.

Knights of the Old Republic 2: Revenge of the Siths - This Star Wars game is the sequel to Biowareís unbelievable action-RPG. Around now, the Jedi have decreased in numbers by a large margin, and the old republic is at the blink of war. The Xbox version is already out, but the PC version is suppose use the same hack and slashes method as the prequel. KotOR looked great at 1600x1200, and got above 9.2 on practically every review site on the Internet. The graphics generally were above 9.0. Sound was about a 9.5. Game play was always above 9.0, replay value was either an 8.5 to 9.5 depending on the reviewer. KotOR2 allows you to pick the Old Republicís fate.

At Toyriffic yesterday, I met a black man there at the store. He asked me about the game I bought. Then he asked me why I bought it. I didnít answer him, Iíd never seen him in my life. It was very cold yesterday, around freezing so I was wearing fleece under a heavy winter coat so I was very warm out in the cold. The same day, I went too visit a consoler in Minneapolis, who asked me several questions. Anyhow, I hated my visit there, and Iím not coming back.

On New Years, I had all my younger cousins over including Joshua whoís in 9th grade. What a pain, they wanted to borrow my videogames to take home with them. I said, ďNo.Ē Lars knows itís free Ė thatís why! Heís just a little guy though Ė mean not what he says. I buy the games, they take it home for free? Ė sorry. I want all my games behind glass now. Anyways, I wanted to show Josh, the oldest one, my favorite videogames out of the collection. Uli is also mature for his age, not as mature as I though, but I do agree with him that Halo and Fable are great games since he kept commenting on how great Fable was. Joshua wanted to see Soul Reaver - Legacy of Kain 2, and he played that for a while. I also showed my cousin, Sherry (his mom) Fatal Frame 2 - Crimson Butterfly since sheís into videogames as well. Last time I saw Sherry was on Halloween. Joshua kept calling me crazy because of all the games on my shelves. Itís not crazyÖ. just a little obsessionÖ.thatís all. He likes Bran Strokerís Dracula & Matrix Revolutions so he watched both. I tried to get someone interested in watching Saving Private Ryan, but no one cared. Donít these kids want to watch a reenactment of the greatest generation? The same generation that destroyed The 3rd Reign ? I must mention the Brits, Canadians, Russians, and Free French who made victory possible, otherwise - my comment would be very one-sided which isnít true. The film glorifies war too, lots and lots of gore from the D-Day scene (June 06, 1944) on Normandy Beach or other invaded beaches in German occupied France. Those who watched the film would know! If those kids can play Halo 2 you start to wonder why videogames are more important than our countryís history. 1.) None of my cousins like History Class. 2.) None of my cousins seen so many videogames in their life. 3.) Both.

Today, I was also playing with the hero maker, the idea just dawned on me that there would be such a thing on Google. I was right and the third hit was the best version. I thought, ďWonderful!Ē The program does weapons, cloaks, 6 different shields, 4 different kinds of bikini mails for female, 6 different faces too choose from, and 30 different skins for each gender. The program allows you to pick from basketball cheerleader, female fantasy warrior or male knight. Hero Maker Homepage

Gizmondo what? Linking: 7  Comments: 0
Date: 1/1/05 at 9:41PM (1w3d ago)  Modified: 1/9/05 at 5:38AM (2d19h ago)  Add Comment | Send to Friend
Iíve never heard of this new handheld from Tiger Telematics, the Gizmondo. The Gizmondo will be more powerful than Nintendo DS, but less powerful than PSP. The NDS has a 67 MHz ARM9, and the Gizondo will have a 400 MHz ARM9. Tiger Telematics is not affiliated with Tiger Electronics which had released The handheld is over-priced, about $350 compared to the $150 Dual Screen, and $150 PSP when it launches in March. Everyoneís getting a PSP as will I.

Tiger Telematics managed to add Windows CE operating system. WinCE will give the handheld a media player with MPEG4 and MP3 support, a global positioning system (GPS) with navigation, and the Internet. With this package, there is multiplayer via Bluetooth (wireless) or Internet via cell technology, a graphics processing unit more powerful than Dual Screens, but less than average software at launch. It doesnít look like too many big publishers are supporting it.

I donít like other handhelds other than Gameboys or DSes, but I am having confidence that Playstation Pocket will have its own great games. The PSP will support a 400 MHz CPU too. In terms of handheld software, I own eight Gameboy Advance games, and one Dual Screen game. In short, why shall I invest in a Gizmondo when Playstation Pocket has more developer support while asking for less?

As for the two day silence, I had invited a friend over. Randy and I played Winning Eleven 6 International where I won against him by a foul goal that hit the inside rim of the goal post, and won the game 1 - 0. Then Randy did a cheap shot by running the ball in the goal in 2nd half, and won the game 0 Ė 1. The game of the moment was Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance. I kept winning against him with my superior reaction skills, but it was a great bloody experience Ė I mean that. Bob has MK: Deadly Alliance for PS2, and is amongst his favorites. Of course, he and I never talk to each other. Randy had got off from work at 3PM where normally he got off work at 11PM which made his visit possible. He liked my TV. The day ended with us playing Return to Castle Wolfenstein - Tides of War on Xbox. He doesnít like Halo, but he does like killing Nazis. Well, I offered him a whole DVDR worth of MP3s, he said, ďNoĒ to that. If my hard drive is equal to 2 single layer DVDs than he could have had owned half of my collection. O-well. Itís his loss.


Product Line - Gizmondo
Manufacturer - Tiger Telematics


Form Factor - Portable


Processor - ARM9
Processor Clock Speed - 400MHz

System Memory

Main Memory - 64MB
Graphics Processor - Nvidia GeForce 3D 4500

Video Output

Display - 2.8" TFT LCD
Resolution - 240 x 320
Colors - 65,536 colors
Display Features (2nd) - 1 x audio out, 1 x USB, 1 x SD and MMC

Expansion and Connectivity

Game Media Format - SD. MMC, mobile download
Integrated Communications - Tri-band GSM, Bluetooth

Integrated Devices

Built-in Features - Integrated camera, MP3 player, MPEG-4 media player, GPS

This is Ian signing off.

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Thank you everyone for a chance to be amongst Modblogís top sites. Itís been a year and I feel really smart now thanks too you all. Iíll continue what Iím doing, which is too better the quality of my site and all the gaming, and technical news blogs. I was once ranked 30th here, but now Iím second. I was able to compress this 1600x1200 screenshot to show what a remarkable breakthrough for this site it is.

I finally got the LCD screen I wanted! Linking: 1  Comments: 3
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My parents gift-wrapped me an Insignia 25Ē LCD TV and I can use that for gaming. The TV can do picture within picture like a virtual thing, has a monitor output, S-video inputs, and is a really thin TV. I got it hooked up by myself, and was playing Dead or Alive 2 on it on Christmas. Star Wars Ė A New Hope looks a little pixilated, itís not the TVs fault, itís the quality of the MPEG2 compression, and I am anxiously waiting for Blu-ray (the next generation) to come out.

Specs of Insignia 25" Widescreen HD-Ready Flat-Panel LCD TV Speculations:

Screen size - 25Ē
Aspect Ratio 16.9
Display Type LCD
Digitally Compatible Yes, HDTV ready
Pixels 1280x760 (1.15 Gigapixels)
Contrast Ratio 600:1
Brightness 450 cd/m≤
All supported Picture in Picture, S-Video input, composite video input, RGB input, 5 Watt speakers, 2 speakers, V-Chip

My old TV was decent in 1996. The older Sanyo was an analog only 19Ē TV that served countless usage on N64 and Dreamcast or watching movies. I almost passionately attached too it, but Iíll have two TVs when I move out in a couple years. Perhaps, I can use one in my bedroom, and the other in the living room?

My parents gave me a DVD player too which is able to play NTSC & PAL DVDs, MPEG, JPEG, GIF, PNG, MP3 CDR or DVDRs. Other stuff my parents gave me for Christmas was a 50 pack of CDRs, 50 pack of DVDRs, Spiderman 2, Star Wars Trilogy, Lady Killers, Bourne Supremacy, Dead or Alive Ultimate for Xbox, and a Samsung cellular phone. My parents also bought a professional scanner for themselves which does excellent picture or document scans. Itís possible to scan b/w text with crystal clear results. The software allows the picture to be compressed in PNG, JPEG, GIF, BMP or storage, or MS PowerPoint formats.

The Samsung SCH-a650 has AOL Instant Messenger, E-mail with pictures, caller ID, color LCD. Itís a basic cell phone I know. The SCH-a650 can broadcast digital signals, lasts 24 hours on standby, 1.5 hours of talk time, and can fully charge in 3 hours time. I donít know what I shall use it for?

I had nothing better to do so I drove to Toyriffic in Hudson, WI to buy some games yesterday including Crimson Skies which was on my list. Itís like a 1930s film. Return to Castle Wolfenstine, a World War II first person shooter originally developed at ID Software, and I got Star Wars - Star Fighter for only Ė get this Ė $5.

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