Paid Indie dev coming to Wii...
With all the gutsy browser-based games on the Wii - Nintendo sensibly decided to monetize the trend. WiiWare - it's like the virtual console except the games are made by kids instead of by dead men.
However that sounds - it is wonderful news and a reversal of Nintendo's stated position on the matter.
Naughtiness on the DS
A safe-for-work look at homebrew games for the DS that fall squarely in the NSFW category... unless perhaps you're at work in a locked bathroom stall
. Hey - the DS does encourage touching
Don't judge me. Don't you dare judge me.
Wireless/Wii Hack for SNES and NES Controllers
DANGER! DANGER! DANGER!
WARNING: Opening your original NES controller to insert, among other things, a TXC1 ASK transmitter module (Cost $10) will void your Nintendo Entertainment System warranty!
TURN BACK NOW!
DANGER! DANGER! DANGER!
Metaversatile. Linden Labs gets it right....
Second Life keeps getting smarter and smarter. They're the front runners in the race to build the immersive Internet of the future - you know, the one with goggles and gloves? The one where you make out with flying geometry?
- they're getting closer to that Internet all the time - and here they are talking about their newest improvements to make that possible....
• We’ll be open-sourcing the back end so sims can run anywhere on any machine whether trusted by us or not.
• We’ll be delivering assets in a totally different method that won’t be such a burden on the simulators.
• Very soon we’ll be updating simulators to support multiple versions so that we don’t have to update the entire Grid at once.
• We’ll be using open protocols.
• SL cannot truly succeed as long as one company controls the Grid.
Read the rest on 3pointd
Overclock your DS lite tutorial
You'll need to have the GBaccelerator DS overclocking chip to start - but check it out anyway for the pretty page design and lush pics of your overclocked onyx lover without her case on.
Opera Wiiquests: Wii have overcome....
The updated Opera browser is now available for download and we did in fact get quite a few of our requests fulfilled....
1) Multiplayer Browsing
The first quasi-concession. We didn't get full proper multiplayer browsing (which, I agree has its ticklish aspects) but we did get floating hands. Each wiimote now controls a floating hand to point with while only the dominant wiimote can click. Not amazing. Not bad.
2) For God's sake: use the d-pad as back/forward & scrollup/scrolldown.
A win. We got exactly that - and
we got hardware button based BACK/FORWARD. Follow the link to get the dirt on all the new shortcut keys on your Wiimote.
3) Autohide the taskbar
I actually don't know if we got this or not. Anyone?
N64 Emulator for PSP
PSP homebrewmeister StrmnNrmn released the newest fixes for his Nintendo 64 emulator Daedelus. Basically: if you've got a PSP with firmware 1.0 or 1.50 - you've got a Ocarina. What's an Ocarina? Well - its for time
. Not neccesarily for
time as of
time. Y'know? It's hard to explain. Anyway - they're great.
DS Browser: I got good news, and bad news....
It's finally coming. We'll see it in June. Price unknown - probably around $50.
It has no support for Flash, video, sound or PDF. What a kick in the dick - what the hell CAN you use the browser for? Will I buy it? Certainly. But I'm not going to like it.
DS Linux has a browser. Any other contenders want to take up the mantle of the single most important app any wi-nabled device can have?
$40 Micro SD Card adapter for DS
Inexpensive, bundled with games, and an 128Mg memory card: this device represents the first mass market homebrew product for the DS. The kind of product you could imagine sliding off a clamshell rack at a Minneapolis-area Super Target.
This is a tech product so significant to the wider community of tech wonks that it made it onto Slashdot this weekend. Sure - we don't always get the biggest scoops on Sunday - but I prefer to think that they couldn't wait until Monday to share the big news!
I see that the manufacturer of the DS homebrew tool is the same maker of the homebrew Wii (Gamecube functionality) launcher kit. Datel is gunning for Nintendo - are they agents of Wario? Almost certainly yes.
Wiicade develops Wiimote API for Flash
What does it mean for homebrewers and independent developers? It means that you don't need Nintendo's permissions to build Virtual Console style games for use on the Wii. What does it mean for Wii-tards? FREE GAMES!
[Wiicade's] new Application Programmer Interface allows Flash developers to easily make use of every button on the Wiimote in their Flash games, even allowing multiple simultaneous button presses while the pointer is in use.
DIY Modchips: now we're talking.....
For the Wii....
The Wiip is going to be available for a mere $20 retail (and that includes shipping!) and will appear in their online shop around 2/27/07.
Also, the schematics, code, and software will be available so you can make one yourself for less than $10!
Homebrew Quake for DS Pre Release Available NOW!
Horseshoes and Handgrenades....
Looks like someone's jockeying to knock that Rbt. Williams quote out of our logotype...
Stop buying this crap. Just stop it. You don't need it. Wait a year until the reviews come out and the other suckers too addicted to having the very latest and greatest buy it, put up a review, and have moved on to something else. Stop buying broken products and then shrugging your shoulders when it doesn't do what it is supposed to. Stop buying products that serve any other master than you. Use older stuff that works. Make it yourself. Only buy new stuff from companies that have proven themselves good servants of their customers in the past. Complaining online about this stuff helps, but really, just stop buying it.
If you write like another stupid fanboy who ricochets a pillar of spunk off the roof of his gaping mouth just because something is glossy and uses electricity, you're just doing the work of the companies trying to get rich selling us broken promises.
Waterproof iPod Shuffle retrofit....
Got an email from a cool company that buys 2nd Generation iPod Shuffles - waterproofs the insides - and resells them to the public. Haven't tried the product myself, but the concept is... sound
... (gulp) and the 1 year warranty puts money where mouth is.
Anyone try it and want to submit a review?
New DS copy protection?
"...a new type of protection was found in the commercial DS game cart Jet Impulse/DS Air. We don't know exactly the differences with previous hardware yet, but this game cannot be dumped with the usual methods. "
This may mean additional difficulties for DS owners wishing to backup their legally acquired game cartridges. Pity - lord knows these dutiful dopes have it harder than anyone. Lay off, Nintendo - can't you see they're hurting
Launch day = chipped. New Years day = bricked.
Wiinja, CycloWiz and WiiKey chips all fail to work with Wiis running the D2B Panasonic chipset, which shows up in certain Wiis, mostly ones purchased in late January / early February. The only way to check for the chipset is to pry open the Wii and look for yourself, and the incompatibility means that even the DVD upgradability won't allow current modchips to run on these systems.
That's right - only the very oldest batch of Wii will work with the freshman suite of mod chips. Our prayers go out to all you intrepid early mod adopter that have payed the ultimate price.
Open Sim: a simple open.
It was only a matter of time.
When Metaverse-in-a-teacup: Second Life recently went open source the obvious killer app was a local version of the Second Life "sim". A pocket version of a single Second Life island running on your servers (instead of Linden Labs') would enable safe world-building and could eventually make possible a decentralized grid of simulators mirroring and interchangeable with the existing web. Imagine it: a free 3D gamespace as media-rich as Second Life - as a virulent as blogs.
We've now got our first serious contender in Open Sim . And Second Life insider reports that it's also pretty easy to get started. Check it out, and consider lending your considerable talents to make the Metaverse a reality.
Comic Book DS 2.0 Final posts....
Version 2 of the cool Comic-book viewer for the DS was released today.No word yet on whether DS-Xtreme owners get their fix.
M3 DS Simply reviewed....
M3 DS Simply is a writable DS card available for $45. Cheaper than the next competing product: DS-Xtreme, but requiring a separate micro-SD card for file storage.
Wii modchip reviewed....
Running homebrew and emulators on the Wii tutorial....
A good tutorial for getting your fix without a Wii modchip that's sure to be patched over by Nintendo while you sleep.
First Wii Modchip? The WiiNJA
ake until proven otherwise. Preorder here.
...But consider this - now that every updated Wii has a News Channel dumping only
the propagandistic Associated Press news into your home - your helpless Wii has never been more deserving of a mercy bricking.
Grand Theft Auto jacks cops, hookers, PSP firmware...
Famed PSP hacker Fanjita has taught an old crack a new trick as the Grand Theft Auto saved game exploit has once again brought Sony's PSP security measures to its knees, enabling any and all firmware versions to run homebrew applications.
Comic Book DS versions up!
This really exquisite little homebrew app for the DS lets you take your comic books with you and the new version posted just this week!
The 2 part application comes with 1) a converter that lets you take your archived comics in .CBR format and convert them into DS format, and 2) a DS player for reading these newly converted files with sufficient control to manage even the biggest and most non-standard book sizes
There exists a booming comics-trading community and a stellar way to get current on an unfamiliar comic storyline is to find a torrent with the collected. Now that there's a way to make that portable without the risk of bending up that near-mint ish we're near - so very
near to having a feasible form of portable digital comics
When I get the newest version running on my own DS - I'll pass along impressions.
Turns out that my card, DS-X, will occasionally have problems with this app - as chronicled here, so the review will need to wait.
That shouldn't stop you from bulking up on digitized comics. Try Demonoid.com for comics torrents and stay current with their crucial comic torrents RSS feed.
Nintendo cracking down on bittorrents.
I know that nobody reading this site has any idea what a ROM is or precisely how to play unsanctioned software on a device - but the time may be coming where you'll be required to demonstrate that you've purchased Nintendo DS Games 1-500 and then some time later 500-780. Did you keep your receipts for all those (U), (Eu) and (J) titles?
Updated DS homebrew primer....
Well done FAQ from Metku Mods that brings us up to date with the state of the art in modern DS misuse.
DS barcode scanner....
Engadget brings us this DS barcode scanner. Hey - there aren't any possible applications for a net-connected barcode scanner, are there?
Nintendo DS hacks for free WiFi VoIP calls
The DS was made to be VOIP: You've got a mic, speakers, wi-fi - even a specialized headset port. The VOIP Service blog lays out the current options for VOIP on the Nintendo DS.
Opera Wiiquests #3
Say it with me: Multi-player browser.
This is the biggest and most important feature overlooked on the wii browser. From the very
first time I saw 4 Wiimote cursors in simultaneous use - 4 numbered gloves on the screen wiggling and barrel rolling like happy puppies - I sighed, hoping beyond hope: that browser had better fucking be multiplayer.
This was an easy shot at doing something truly great to distinguish Wii's
socializing, entertainment browser from the PC's onanistic, single pointer affairs.
Can't you just picture it?
What're you guys doing?
Sitting on the couch surfing the net on the Wii.
I'll bring over my Wii-mote! That way I'll have my Mii and all my bookmarks!
You can put your bookmarks on the Wiimote?!
This is only a dream.... ONLY A DREAM....
Did you see this? Did you see this one? Click on this. Click on that. All without the clumsy trading of seats. All without passing of a clammy mouse. All without misheard or mistyped URLs leading to second-hand Googling? God, it could have been wonderful.
Perhaps only one Wiimote at a time could click - but with the other Wiimotes left active as pointers. Perhaps they could all click and the screen would split into quadrants. Perhaps all Wiimotes can click - but only one at a time and the clicker must choose who to pass the clicking to next - will George Costanza choose V, Admiral Ackbar or Steve Zissou to pick the next Flickr slideshow to watch? God, it could have been wonderful.
Multiplayer Browsing is such a natural fit that one almost feels that they took it out rather than neglecting to put it in.
Opera Wiiquests #2
The bottom bar needs to retract when the cursor isn't over it.
Screen estate is our most valuable natural resource - so if we're going to cover a full 1/6th of it
with a menu bar - please make that baby auto-hide when the cursor isn't hovering over the bottom half of the screen. This is especially important when using the Wii browser to watch streaming video that could be
Wow. Just, wow. The iPhone.
This thing looks like the iPod of convergence devices - truly what the Internet would look like if it was in your pocket.
...And a mugger would eviscerate Tina Fey (America's darling) with Steven Colbert's (America's conscience) tibia to get one. If I was you, I'd wait until the second 10 million units are in stores before I'd respond to that Dylan song going off in your pocket while in public.
Engadget's Keynote Coverage
The transcript of the Keynote
...Oh - and Cingular is rougher in Manhattan then the NYPD to bike protesters. Too bad about that Cingular thing.
...And why can't we the back? Every other product has a full 360 QTVR - we don't even get pictures? What's on the back, Steve - a vortex? Into infinite possibility? Why not just say
that? I'm cool with the vortex.
IM'd reactions from my friends.
[14:31] Al Abut: ok, I can't take this anymore, I'm going crazy - I'm taking the skateboard and my camera and jamming over to macworld right this second - talk to you later!
[14:20] Rob: have you seen the iphone?
[14:20] Rob: wow, just wow
[14:03] Dan Goldman: my boner won't go away
[14:03] Dan Goldman: the phone IS the touchscreen video ipod
[14:04] Dan Goldman: they kicked the world in the dick
Pictures of the back.
Metaverse born today: Second Life goes open source.
We've been so close for so long to something like the metaverse in the crude beginning stages currently realized in Linden Lab's singular Second Life. But the fledgling 3D universe with so much promise today decided to step up do the right thing and go open source.
Second Life has generally been really cool to its users but all the greatness in Second Life: the infinite avatars, in-world currency, booming sex trade, and 100% user created universe would always just be another product
- until it could be come a project
. A developer investing time and love into Second Life only now has his assurance that it won't all go down the drain when a capricious Electronic Arts executive drops a chunk of change.
Soon we'll be running our little pieces of the grid off of our servers
. Then we'll link them. Then we'll have a massive to celebrate the anniversary of this day: 1/8/2007 - the day the metaverse was born.
Opera Wiiquests #1
For God's sake: use the d-pad as back/forward & scrollup/scrolldown.
I love having a browser on my TV and I love my Wii - but neglecting a hot key for one of the most common browsing needs and
leaving the d-pad (perfectly within casual thumb's reach) unmapped seems like intentional cruelty. Who do I talk to? Nintendo? Opera? Can some saavy mod god come up with an extension to kiss the boo boo?
A spirited rejoinder....
Let's shake off the 2006's and slide in to clean, form-fitting 2007 - what say, all?
We'll have a cup of coffee. Switch to WordPress with a new site design and revised mission? Scan the landscape and drop a hot little earful regarding Opera for the Wii?
Oh, we'll have some fun, we will.
TMG's much-maligned portmanteau word makes it into Wired magazine.
Page 46. Spielberg's War Of The Worlds on the cover.