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Burning Crusade: One Week Later

Cory Maddox @ 1:07 am Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007

Just an update on my current status on the new Rivendare server.

I have reached level 30, and my current playtime is just under 3 days.
This is going smoother than any character previously, and I have had all blues since 25.
The server currently seems pretty even on a horde to alliance ratio, and I have not ran into an overpopulation of either of them.

My Shadow Priest Simbul at 30 - With the new Guild Tabard, hahaha.
Simbul at 30

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Burning Crusades: Starting Fresh as Horde

Cory Maddox @ 12:56 am Friday, January 19th, 2007

As I am sure many know, The Burning Crusades expansion has been released for World of Warcraft.
This post is just a small update and info on my current character. Me and all of my friends decided to start on a brand new server, and switched from Alliance to Horde. It has been a blast so far, and its great to be on a brand new server.

A fresh economy and everyone rushing to make a name for themselves. No famous guilds or people yet, and everyone is on even footing. It is a much more enjoyable experience to raise a new character on a new server for me than to create a new character on an already established server. So watch out West Coast PVP server Rivendare, Rakuin is in the house.

Current PVP Kills = 11
Average Level of PVP Kills = 31
Current PVP Deaths = 3
Current Level = 24

Simbul

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Hahahah. Reptilian Carmack.

Cory Maddox @ 5:52 pm Friday, January 12th, 2007

Reptillian Carmack

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Games to look forward to: Xbox 360 Edition

Cory Maddox @ 5:08 pm Thursday, January 11th, 2007

Welcome to the first part of my series of articles covering the games I am anticipating the most. These articles will include screenshots and some information on the games. The first console I am covering will be the Xbox 360.

Fable 2
This is an action/adventure follow up to Fable 1. If the creative team behind this can get it to match all of the promises of the first game, which were not even closely met, it will be a strong contender for Action/Adventure game of the year for 2007. I myself believe that they will go beyond what they promised with the first one and suprise a lot of people, with a long and replayable game.


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Winner medallion found inside a Dollhouse Jacket. Old contest or practical joke ?

Cory Maddox @ 10:14 pm Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

Hey everyone, I have a really odd post for you today. My roommate came home today and found a Winner medallion sewn to the inside of her Dollhouse brand Jacket.

She felt something odd inside and decided to cut open the jacket to find this:

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PS3 Yellow Dog Linux Install Videos

Cory Maddox @ 12:27 am Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

Howdy everyone. :) Due to the demand on the PS3 forums I am making some install videos of Yellow Dog Linux. Sorry about the slightly shaky footage, since I was installing and holding the camera at the same time.
They are a bunch of short videos instead of one long one since the process is taking a while and a lot of people wanted updates as it was happening.

I will be updating this with more videos, as well as YDL running on the PS3. I will also see if I can show it streaming videos from a Windows Vista PC.

Part 01
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Day Gecko added to the Terrerium

Cory Maddox @ 3:14 pm Thursday, October 26th, 2006

The local pet store finally got in my girlfriend’s birthday gift and I added it to the terrerium last night. She has been wanting a Gecko for a while. Her favorite color is green so she has been trying to get me to get her a gecko at the pet store called a Golden Gecko.

Unfortunatly that will turn gold as it gets older and not stay green, and like almost all species of geckos it is nocturnal. I finally managed to get a day gecko, which has beautiful green and red colors, and also is active during the day(hence the name.)

As luck has it, this one just might be pregnant, since it was shipped and has been kept with a male and another female, and its glands are swollen. Which would be great considering these are quite expensive.

I will swap out the video later for a better one that shows the colorful red spots on its back better, but it was pretty camera shy and ran across the glass too quick for me to get a close shot.

Yes, I got my girlfriend a Lizard for her 21st birthday. Yes this is a good gift, because she likes lizards, snakes, anime, computer hardware, and video games. This sort of girl does actually exist.

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Hmmmmmmmmm…………

Cory Maddox @ 2:33 pm Thursday, October 26th, 2006

THERE HE IS.

I wonder where he is hiding?

In all honesty, they probably should have had someone else do that report. ;)

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R.I.P. Lik-sang.com

Cory Maddox @ 10:14 am Tuesday, October 24th, 2006

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Do not know quite what to say about this. Sony has caused Lik-sang.com to shut down due to multiple lawsuits. They used tactics to bleed the company dry in legal fees, opening as many cases as possible in as many regions as possible.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - OUT OF BUSINESS NOTICE

Hong Kong, October 24th of 2006 - Lik-Sang.com, the popular gaming retailer from Hong Kong, has today announced that it is forced to close down due to multiple legal actions brought against it by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Limited and Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Sony claimed that Lik-Sang infringed its trade marks, copyright and registered design rights by selling Sony PSP consoles from Asia to European customers, and have recently obtained a judgment in the High Court of London (England) rendering Lik-Sang’s sales of PSP consoles unlawful.

Lik-sang.com was my prefered online shop to import games from Japan and other countries. It was one of the most popular, and only websites that offered this service to gamers worldwide. I was able to pre-order games and get them days after they were released in Japan, for the same cost as a US release. In addition they sold many things that are not avaliable anywhere else, and offered deals that cannot be matched on things such as Metal DDR pads.

Sony has sunk to a new low with this effort. Here is Sony’s justification:

ultimately, we’re trying to protect consumers from being sold hardware that does not conform to strict EU or UK consumer safety standards, due to voltage supply differences et cetera; is not - in PS3’s case - backwards compatible with either PS1 or PS2 software; will not play European Blu-Ray movies or DVDs; and will not be covered by warranty

To “protect consumers” they have just, to put it kindly, raped the import market, removing one of the only places avaliable for average consumers to get things for a resonable price. This reeks of greed, more than anything. Shut down the little guy who sells our hardware for cheaper than we do in the UK. Consumers who are importing know damn well what they are buying, and do not need protection from Sony.

Goodbye Free Worldwide Shipping on Imports.
Goodbye to the supplier who sold me my DS Lite months before a US release.
Goodbye to the supplier who provided me with Berserk, Bleach, Soul Caliber 2, Naruto 1, Naruto 2, Naruto 3, Naruto 4, and countless other games. Not to mention mugs, t-shirts, and more.

Farewell Lik-sang.com. The gaming community will miss you.

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Image Vortex Script - Works on almost any page.

Cory Maddox @ 10:36 am Friday, October 20th, 2006

If you want to have a little fun while browsing web pages, paste the following code into the address bar, replacing the loaded page’s address, and hit enter. Since I cannot seem to get the code to wrap properly on the blog, just triple click it to select it all, then copy. :)

javascript:R=0; x1=.1; y1=.05; x2=.25; y2=.24; x3=1.6; y3=.24; x4=300; y4=200; x5=300; y5=200; DI=document.getElementsByTagName("img"); DIL=DI.length; function A(){for(i=0; i-DIL; i++){DIS=DI[ i ].style; DIS.position='absolute'; DIS.left=(Math.sin(R*x1+i*x2+x3)*x4+x5)+"px"; DIS.top=(Math.cos(R*y1+i*y2+y3)*y4+y5)+"px"}R++}setInterval('A()',5); void(0);

Once it starts, even the links will still work. The effect is pretty awesome on pages with lots of images. Though you need a pretty good system to be able to do it if a page has high resolution images. :)

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Flash Player 9 Fl0ws onto Linux.

Cory Maddox @ 12:25 pm Thursday, October 19th, 2006

Great news for those Linux users out there who have been screwed by web content creators for the past year and a half or so. The beta version of Flash Version 9 is out. So run on over to Adobe Labs and grab it. :)

Getting it working is as simple as the following steps:

1. Download the installer for linux.
2. “tar xvf” the installer.
3. cp libflashplayer.so into /usr/lib/mozilla-firefox/plugins/ if you are root, or into ~/.mozilla/plugins/ if you are a user.
4. Restart firefox.
5. Flow Click Me

You now have Flash 9 working in Linux as well as a page that, “gasp”, makes flash seem decent.
In addition you did not even have to pay $600 and buy a PS3 to play Fl0w.

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Japanese, Dual Katana Wielding, Bikini Wearing, Cowboy Samurai Zombie Slaying Xbox 360 Game.

Cory Maddox @ 3:53 pm Wednesday, October 18th, 2006

What more is there to say?

Oneechanbara VorteX

Oneechanbara VorteX

I wonder who thought up the concept of this game…

Exec #1: We really need to penetrate the Japanese market, if we want to stand any chance during this next generation showdown.
Exec #2: So all we have to do is combine all the things the Japanese might like into one game, and we are guarenteed a hit.
Three hours of market research later….. (checked random DBZ forums)
Exec #1: We have DONE IT. The market research has shown us that the Japanese want Women in Bikinis, Katanas, Samurai, and Zombie Slaying. This is brilliant.
Marketing: It is not American enough for our console’s “Image”. It is completly lacking in racing, and World War 2 aspects.
Exec #2: No worries, we have that covered also, the main heroin will wear…. a cowboy hat, nothing more American than that.
Modeler: Oh hell yes I will model that.
Game Programmer: Huh…. guess it couldn’t be any worse than programming the physics to trap a monkey in a plastic ball.

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Future PSWii60 Combo

Cory Maddox @ 5:56 pm Friday, October 13th, 2006

October and November this year are going to be expensive, expensive, expensive. :)

Preorders

Wiiiiii. :)

Luckily I was able to take care of both my Wii and PS3 pre-order this week. Now I will be able to avoid the insane PS3 shortages at launch, and more importantly, I will not loose an arm to the angry soccer mothers looking to get “The new Nintendo, console thingie” for their little Billies and Stephanies.

STampede for Wii

The months of September to November have been and will continue to be amazing for console gaming. Final Fantasy 12, Okami, Persona 3 (Devil Summoner), Zelda Twilight Princess, Dragon Ball Z: Tenkaichi 2, as well as two new console launches.

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Microsoft giving out refunds to people who paid to repair a 2005 console.

Cory Maddox @ 12:02 pm Friday, September 22nd, 2006

Microsoft: As part of our standard and ongoing process of analyzing repair data, we recently noticed a higher than usual number of units coming in for repair. Upon further investigation, it was further discovered that the bulk of the units were isolated to a group that was part of the initial manufacturing run of the console. Returns for repair are coming in for a variety reasons and it’s a higher rate than we are satisfied with. We’ve made the decision to comp repairs for consoles manufactured before January 1, 2006, and provide refunds to the small group of customers who have already paid for repairs.

So for the unlucky like me, we are now in luck. :) Microsoft has done what it should have done from the start. Refund checks will be in the mail in 5 to 8 weeks. For those who have not had issues. I highly recommend you call Microsoft and purchase a 2 year service contract. It is like $50. They do not advertise it anywhere as far as I can tell, so call up and ask for one, and if you are lucky, your console will still be under the starting warranty, so you can extend it.

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Official MPlayer for Windows w/GUI Released!

Cory Maddox @ 2:42 pm Tuesday, September 12th, 2006

As of 09-11-06, MPlayer has been released for Windows. The program is stand-alone and does not need to be installed. Just download it from their site and run it. Up until now the only way to use MPlayer in windows has been via the command line, or with a third party front end. :) This is great news, since MPlayer is one of the best Media Player applications around, for any OS.

There are still some minor issues since this is the initial release, but it is more than functional. Here are a few screenshots:

MPlayer 03

MPlayer 02

MPlayer

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