Twin_Master blogged
Nov 29, 08 6:56am

So, I woke up at 11am and it's now 3pm (well, 5pm when I posted this). All in all, a rather short day.
I've managed to achieve the following so far:
  • Start a blog
  • Make a first blog entry
  • Make a blog header
  • Help my brother with Neoseeker's blogging
  • Iron 6 shirts
  • *bleep* around on MSN
  • Make a second entry
Damn this day is roughly boring.

Ohh wait. Holy crap. It seems to be raining outside. And heavy winds as well. Might as well take a photograph to give you all an idea. Or better yet, a video. As you can see, it progressively gets more intense to a point where I felt like not getting any more wet than usual.



Aside from those instances, it's been pretty lackluster. I hope it'll pick up more tonight. Where as most of this afternoon has seen me bloggin'.


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Twin_Master blogged
Nov 30, 08 12:51am

So, I said I'd fill you all in on the changes I made to my PSP.
Well, here goes.
  • Upgraded to Firmware 5.00 (Custom Firmware 5.00M33-3
  • Installed .ctf files (Custom Themes)
  • Got some freaking awesome MGS4 themes
  • Got a GBA Emulator
  • Got some pretty good Pokemon Fire Red hacks
  • Bought myself Football Manager Handheld 2009
I would definitely reccomend this custom firmware. It's the bomb.
And for all of you viewing, here's what my two MGS4 themes look like. They're so damn sexy.





Although, I must say I find the 1st theme much more appealing and it is the one I have been using. A reminder that these are for
    Custom
Firmware 5.00 and above ONLY
.


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Twin_Master blogged
Nov 30, 08 12:51am

Well, many people have asked or even heard about my PSP story. Alas, it is a story that has put me through much angst over the past 2 months and I've been having to explain it constantly, as people have become confused over my immediate change of heart during this issue. Keep reading and you'll soon find out.
    One cool Wednesday night - (22nd September 2008)
I was sitting in my room, the very same place that I now blogging from. As usual, I was playing around on the internet and on my PSP. Was getting pretty bored with the default theme so I decided to do a flash0 file change to give it a bit of pizzazz. I managed to change it without hassle. Success! Now it fits in with my Half-Life 2 wallpaper. But really, I didn't feel like keeping it at the time, so I tried to change it back. Then came the big mistake.
I stupidly decided to delete my flash0 files then re-transfer the originals which I had backed up. Stupid. I shouldn't have *bleep*ed around with it in the first place. So, once I had done that, I restarted my PSP.
A big blank screen.

"HOLY *bleep*! I JUST BRICKED MY *bleep*ING PSP!"

I then rushed to get my brother's PSP and tried to install a Pandora battery with it, to at least save my baby. I got as far as the installer, but the screen kept saying (Game could not be started).
I almost shit a brick.
After about an hour of mourning, I realised that the guy at school who had originally put custom firmware on it could probably help fix it. So I decided to put it in my bag and bring it to school the next day.
    That Thursday morning - (23rd September 2008)
So I woke up, still pissed of at my PSP. Got ready for school as usually and caught the train there, as usual. Immediately I went searching for my friend (Ross, the PSP guy). I told him my predicament and he said he'd help out. Unbeknownst to me, this was one mistake I would not make again...
    5 *bleep*ing weeks later - (26th November 2008)
After almost 5 god forsaken weeks away from my PSP, I had finally pester him enough to bring it to school to give to me, which I got that afternoon at the end of school. 5 weeks. I'd been getting excuses about him not having time or it just barely working, but I didn't expect it to take 5 weeks.
Upon receiving it, he cheerfully exclaimed that it was safe on firmware 1.50, so I happily walked off with my PSP to catch the train, whilst he sped off in his car. I turned it on, but nothing. it was still *bleep*ing bricked.
"Argh, *bleep*, how am I going to sort this out!? Never going to trust him again. At least I have my PSP back. At least!"
So, on the way home, with my bricked PSP in my bag, I contemplated my options for getting it fixed. It was a somewhat vast list:
    Plan A - Get Ross to fix it
    Plan B - Use brother's PSP
    Plan C - Use other friends PSP
    Plan D - Buy Pandora battery from eBay
    Plan E - Send PSP to Ville_Valo
Within a few hours of deducing this list and talking to friends over MSN, I quickly eliminated. All plans but plan E.
"Shit, I guess I AM going to have to pay some moolah after all"
I started talking to Ville_Valo about the predicament. He offered to send over a battery instead of me sending my PSP. A good compromise only I didn't have any money. We also had a nice chat on the side as well. But, as I browsed youtube as well, some Pandora guides caught my fancy. I told Ville to just consider it, as i left the conversation (As he went to bed)
Looking at the vids, I was still determined to have another crack at Pandora'n it again. Too bad I didn't have a Sony 1gb stick. Luckily another friend did, so a quick chat help me to trade my Sandisk for his Sony. So, I was all set for one last try the next day, before all hope was lost.
    A New Hope [Trademark LucasArt] - (27th November 2008)
Good ol' reliable Sean had my Sony 1gb ready and waiting. The day say me as anxious all through school. I got home as fast as I possible could. Began looking over my Pandora Guides, and getting all the firmware I need, as well as the special apps to use it. I began the arduous task at 4pm that afternoon, secluding myself in the study. A prompt 2 hours later (Due to the slowness of our only XP computer, which was required for the Pandora) I finally had my success.
I was ecstatic and overjoyed. I had fixed my PSP. I let it be known trough Neoseeker and MSN. Lots of people congratulated me and I thanked them, also thanking those who had so whole heartedly offered support and assistance. Thanks so much guys. Thanks to Machienzo (My Bro) letting me use his PSP in the process.
    The following events
The following few days saw me make many changes to my PSP and play some of my long untouched and missed games. I would indulge on this, but it is better left for another blog...


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Chad blogged
Nov 30, 08 12:29am

I was browsing through the news on yahoo and I noticed something that I found a little funny. A 44 year old man apparently used the social security number of a three year old girl to register for phone and natural gas services. At first I laughed a little bit, but I soon came to the actualization that this is probably one of many times this has happened, but a certain Michael John Maris was one of the few to get caught.

Anyway, the story can be found here, or read below.

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GRAHAM, N.C. – Authorities say a North Carolina man used a Social Security number belonging to a 3-year-old girl to sign up for telephone and natural gas service. The News and Record of Greensboro reported Tuesday that 44-year-old Michael John Maris of Mebane was charged with one count of identity theft and two counts of obtaining property by false pretense.

Alamance County sheriff's officials said the child's grandmother, Linda Raker, contacted authorities after a collection agency began looking for unpaid utility bills in her granddaughter's name.

The sheriff's office said the suspect is related to Raker, but did not disclose the relationship.

Maris was being held Tuesday on $5,000 bond at the Alamance County jail. Court records didn't show that he had an attorney.


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Who knows, maybe he should have tried a 4 year old girl's SSN.

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Machienzo blogged
Nov 29, 08 7:47am


So I just got this NeoPM earlier today from Artificer which detailed how to create your own forum themes (a general guide for most moderators). It coincidently linked to one of his blog entries, which in turn introduced me to Neoseeker's new blogging system. So since then, I've been thinking of appropriate themes for my forum, Monster Hunter Freedom 2 (PSP). What do you think might be some good colour variations of the forum? I've also had the idea of having a forum competition, where one of the prizes may be that the forum member can create their own forum theme and have it implemented under their name. Thoughts on this also?

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R1DDL3S blogged
Nov 29, 08 9:04pm



Champions Online publisher, Cryptic Studios, is offering for a while longer, a closed beta for the MMO.

quote Champions Online Forums
Los Gatos, CA – October 10, 2008 – Cryptic Studios™ announced today that players can now sign up for a chance to participate in the first closed beta for Champions Online™, an action massively multiplayer online game (MMOG) slated for release in the spring of 2009. This PC specific beta begins in mid-November 2008 and players sign up by visiting http://www.champions-online.com/preview_application.

“This closed beta is an exciting step in the evolution of Champions Online,” said Jack Emmert, chief creative officer for Cryptic Studios. “All of us here in the Cryptic offices have been playing the game for a while now, and we’re excited to invite others in to have as much fun with Champions Online as we’ve been having internally.”

Champions Online gives players the power of total customization for their hero experience while they explore a vast comic book universe. Gamers create their hero’s name, back story, costume, powers and abilities as well as design their own personal nemesis and his or her back story, which will guarantee a truly unique experience.

Champions Online is being developed by Cryptic Studios as a cross-platform project including PC and current gen console systems, and is published by 2K Games, the publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTWO).


To participate with the beta, users must register to the Champions Online site and apply for the beta.



This game is being published by 2K Games and will appear "exclusively" on the 360 and PC platforms. The game used to go by "Marvel Universe Online" and is in competition with the Sony exclusive, DC Universe Online, which will be released on the PC and PS3.

My personal presumption is that the initial name was dropped and "canceled" to gain some popularity for the idea and dredge up some more attention for Microsoft. Now they are potentially gaining the upperhand over DCUO by released the beta before SCEA can.

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R1DDL3S blogged
Nov 29, 08 4:47am



Mhm. This holiday season seems to be packed with zombie related releases, at least to me. One of the must buys though, was Left 4 Dead (PC and 360). With an amazing co-operative experience, it is hard to leave this game once you start playing. Up to four players can join together and assume the roles of Zoey, Louis, Bill, and Francis. These players then can roam across 20 maps and take on hordes of zombies, some very stupid and straight forward when it comes to dispatching them (the standard one), but others very tough and take a few shots to destroy (the tank).

When it comes to the single player experience, it is still fun. However, the teammates are a bit "slow" and take time to respond in situations when you are overwhelmed which can be a bit of a pain. The graphics, enemies, weapons, and controls make up for that.

With ten weapons:

  • Pump shotgun
  • Submachine gun
  • Assault Rifle
  • Auto shotgun
  • Hunting rifle
  • Pistol (dual mostly)
  • Molotov cocktail =D
  • Pipe bomb (has a nice flashing red light which attracts the horde like flies and kills them all)
  • Tanks (allow you to shoot them to burn through certain obstacles)







    Three game-play modes:

  • Campaign
    1. No Mercy
    2. Death Toll
    3. Dead Air
    4. Blood Harvest
  • Single-player
  • Versus

    The Infected:

  • "Common Infected" - The regular zombie that is just standing around, leaning on a wall, crying in a corner...
  • The Horde - The typical zombies...in large groups. These guys attack when you enter a certain area or trigger an event. When attacking they sprint towards the player and being slashing and pinning the player in the corner.
  • The Boomer - This big guy vomits on players when it attacks. This vomit attracts the Horde and blocks the screen temporarily. To destroy, knock back and shoot.
  • The Hunter - An agile zombie that crawls around on hands and feet and swiftly attacks the Survivors, pinning them to the ground. When pinned, if you are not saved, you lose your head!
  • The Witch - One of the stronger zombies, the Witch can sustain many gun shots and can quickly kill the Survivors with one hit. The Witch is provoked by gun fire and flashlights. Also provides a bit of fun when playing with friends :D
  • The Smoker -
  • The Tank - The largest of the infected. This guy hulks around and throws objects around trying to kill the Survivors. Only one or two usually appears per campaign.

    Mods are soon to arrive:

  • Left 4 Winchester

  • Ground Zero Mod - Tentative title
  • Additional campaigns
  • Many new maps
    1. Dawn of the Dead Mall
    Sadly for those 360 owners out there, you guys get nothing :P. Mods are only for the PC counterpart which upon inserting the disc automatically begins installation of the Valve program, Steam (See "The Revolution to PC Gaming").

    For the extreme gamer


    There is even a ladder for Major League Gaming which can be found here.

    Some other titles discussed this year

  • House of Dead: Overkill
  • Resident Evil 5
  • Dementium - The Ward
  • Dead Space (sorta?)

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  • Twin_Master blogged
    Nov 29, 08 3:45am

    Upon waking up this morning, I felt the lifting of my head from my pillow was a my arduous task then usual. Somehow, I managed to shuffle my self to the bathroom to quickly relieve myself, then promptly return back to my room. Only when I reached the door did my brother announce that Neoseeker had started blogs.
    I pepped up a bit, feeling more awake, and decided to start my own. Having spent an hour just looking at styles I could choose, I came to my conclusion and started typing. I'm pretty sure it's quite bland right now, but sooner than later, it'll expand and become much better than what you see here.
    More or less, this new blog feature is awesome. I am definitely hoping that over the next few weeks, I will be able to continue my blogging with the help of my beloved Neoseeker, and maybe along the way, interest others with my antics.

    KEEP VISITING!

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    My first matter of business. What should my blog posting style be? I am looking at the default colour black but I am not sure what size is necessary.
    Give a shout out via comment to this blog on what you think is best.
    Should I go with Size 1 or Size 2?


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    R1DDL3S blogged
    Nov 29, 08 7:38pm

    For those of you who are not so tech weary or into PC gaming at all, Steam by Valve would be the tool to get you interested. Steam allows for users to download the application free from the "Steam Powered" site. This application allows for:

  • Finding new games
  • Watching trailers
  • Trying demos of hundreds of games
  • Plenty of discount prices
  • AAA titles easily accessed
  • Incredible packages with incredible savings
  • Increased multiplayer functionality
  • Support forums

    As said by Jesh, Steam is like the Xbox Live of computer gaming. Initially Steam was a small program for Valve developed titles but lately it has grown larger than that and harbors many "Game of the Year" titles such as Call of Duty 4, Half Life 2, Bioshock, Fallout 3, and many other expansive titles.

    With an easy to use interface, Steam allows for even the un-tech savvy to enjoy gaming at their desktop. If you are still unsure if this is right for you, plenty of "indie" titles are around for the more casual gamer with hits like Trackmania, Bejeweled, and Audiosurf (personal favorite).



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  • Machienzo blogged
    Nov 29, 08 2:42am


    News has just been released of a Rockstar Copyright FAQ detailing the restrictions and information about installing GTAIV on your computer. As I just noticed on the GTA4.net fansite, a brief outline of what is mentioned is listed below.
    • Activation via Internet (1x per system, no limits, Fallback for systems without web access)
    • Copy protection Securom: The original disc is required for playing (Execpt: Download version of GTA 4, for example from Direct 2 Drive)
    • Requirements for playing (singleplayer): Games for Windows Live account for saving/achievements (1x free creation), original disc, Securom runs in the background
    • Requirements for playing (multiplayer): Active internet connection, Games for Windows Live account, For uploading videos: Rockstar Social Club Account.
    • If you don't have web access or don't want to connect your gaming PC to the Internet, Rockstar wants to offer a not yet specified system to activate GTA 4 via another PC with web access. Details are supposed to be available on launch.
    • For the normal GTA 4 (PC) version with disc installation, activations are unlimited. But the original disc is required for playing.
    • This does not apply for legally downloaded versions of GTA 4: Depending on the vendor the following is possible: Five parallel installations with the possibility to revive a "free” installation, if an old installation is deleted. For this purpose the customer has to have web access with the PC GTA 4 is installed on.
    • Those playing GTA 4 with an illegally hacked version have, according to Rockstar, to fear that the game will not be fully playable.
    • If you change two major components of your PC (like the graphics card or the CPU), you will possible have to reactivate GTA 4.
    For a more detailed analysis, please visit the PCGH site.


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    Star of Spurs blogged
    Nov 29, 08 6:30pm





    The Midnight Hour

    This just struck me, so it probably makes no sense, but I'm currently in the middle of my 'Midnight Hour'. I'm guessing most people have this. It's an hour, usually late at night or early in the morning, when time seems to last forever, or just seems to fly by.

    I'm guessing most people have a 'Midnight Hour'. I find my Midnight Hour is when I'm either lying in bed, trying to get to sleep, or when I'm on the computer at Midnight, trying to stay awake.

    Basically, it's a period of time where you try to do anything to get rid of your boredom/go to sleep, and you end up just lying down, staring into space. And you start thinking. You don't need to even be thinking of anything in particular, just staring into space.

    And the strangest ideas hit you. The strangest concepts, like my 'Midnight Hour'. The different things you think, and worry about, or are angry about just fly across your mind. It's effectively a day-dream, or a non-minded brain storm - when anything or everything is possible.

    Right now, I'm sitting at my laptop, wanting to go to bed, but I can't, because I'm not tired. And I keep finding myself zoning out, thinking of all these odd concepts. And I find it's usually when I'm in this mode, I get my best ideas for stories or general things that I try to use.

    Does anyone else ever find themselves zoning out, with time either waiting or rushing past, just thinking? Nothing else, just lying back, thinking about anything and everything?

    I'm annoyed, this has got me all interested in stuff. I suppose, in the Midnight Hour, you'll think anything.


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    ctrl blogged
    Nov 29, 08 8:00am

    Okay, so sad thing is that HTML and CSS is greek to me at this point in time, so my blog is going to appear pretty bland. If anyone can link "For Dummies" for me that would be grand. So this is where you all come to be exposed to the mind and works of one of the greats, eh?

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    Machienzo blogged
    Nov 29, 08 1:51am

    Wow, so I'm surprised that Neoseeker has added a blog option to their site. I'm unsure whether to move my blog to here or to stay at my current one at http://www.machienzoprimos.blogspot.com.

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    Jesh blogged
    Nov 29, 08 5:48pm

    I've already noticed a trend in the blogs that have been posted. They've mostly all been about games, or the holidays. Well, I wrote one a couple days ago about the holidays, I guess I'll talk about video games. This will more or less be a weekly feature about games I've been playing or awaiting.


    I've been playing tons of Counter Strike Source lately, over 30 hours in two weeks. So, Counter Strike is an extremely fun game that I'd urge all of you to try. It's a multiplayer game, first person shooter. You can play with anyone online, and it's amazing, granted you have fast enough internet, so just get it already. You don't need an amazing computer to run it, since it runs off of the source engine, so it's pretty good. Other games to run off of the source engine are: Half Life 2, Day of Defeat, and the recent release, Left 4 Dead. These games aren't really graphics hogs, so you shouldn't expect to need an amazing video card to play, just decent.


    Also, I've eagerly been anticipating the release of Grand Theft Auto IV on the PC. I won't be able to get it on launch, more closer to Christmas time. It'll be a sweet Christmas this year, Left 4 Dead, Fallout 3, Call of Duty 5, and Dead Space are all coming my way, and I'll have $170 to buy some games myself. I'll probably be buying The Orange Box, Grand Theft Auto 4, and some other games will probably catch my eye by then too.

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    Mocking Alvin blogged
    Nov 29, 08 1:02am



    A couple of days ago i decided it was about time i started getting myself into a Christmassy mood, seeing as it is a mere 2 days until the first door on my advent calender needs to be opened. The best way to do this, i thought, was to watch some Christmassy movies. It just so happened that The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause was on TV, Four Christmases had just come out in the cinema and i dug out my copy of Bad Santa on DVD (which i hadn't watched yet).

    Now, could i get much more Christmassy than that, movies that mention Santa Clause and Christmas should get me firmly in the mood. But no! None of these films left me with that nice, warm feeling that you get inside when you realise Christmas is just round the corner. I was bitterly disappointed. It also didn't help that The Santa Clause 3 must be one of the worst movies ever made. Four Christmases denied that Santa exists! I don't want that from my holiday flick, i want to be assured that a fat little man in a red suit carefully places my presents under the tree. The word "*bleep*" and its variations are used 147 times while "shit" appears 34 times amid a total of 243 profanities in Bad Santa...what!?

    It then dawned on me, that i couldn't name a good Christmas film to come out this decade. This made me sad. So i had to watch Miracle on 34th Street to cheer me up, my favourite Christmas movie of all time!

    Feel free to tell me what your favourite Christmas movie is.

    TTFN

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