Tuesday, July 27, 2010

StarCraft in 5 minutes

Ok, everyone is going gaga over StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty, which will be released today. But other than being a classic RTS, does anyone still remember what is it all about? It has been 12 long years since the original was released after all!

Well, rest your grey matter, 'cos the good folks at IGN have summed it all up for you... well, kinda...

Now go get StarCraft 2 and get your Zergling rush on!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Play Snake while watching YouTube

Ok, let's face it, some YouTube videos are just boring. So what do you do? Play Snake of course!

Those geeky geniuses at YouTube have embedded a hidden easter egg in videos that are viewed from their website (ie it doesn't work for embedded videos like the one below).

Here's how you get it to work:
  1. Go to YouTube.com (duh...)
  2. The Easter Egg doesn't work on all videos, so just try your luck with a video from the Most Popular section at the bottom of the page. Or just click on this link; or double click the embedded video below to launch it in a new window)
  3. If the video has annotations, the Easter Egg won't work, so choose another one.
  4. Pause the video
  5. Press the left arrow button on your keyboard for a couple of seconds.
  6. If the Easter Egg works in the video you selected, you should see the Snake and "food" appear!

With this, YouTube is now even a bigger time-waster than it was before! Enjoy!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Spider-Man Shattered Dimensions Trailer

Ok, let's face it. Most of the Spider-Man licensed games so far have sucked.

I don't recall a single Spidey game that's really engaged me since the ancient Questprobe Featuring Spider-Man on the Apple II! (Yes, I am that old...) The last game that featured Spidey-related game that I liked was Marvel Ultimate Alliance, but Webhead was just one of the many characters in there and it didn't really feel like a Spidey game.

Well, looking at the Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions trailer that was released at the San Diego Comic Con (SSDC 10), this all should change on September 7th, 2010!

In a nutshell, the Shattered Dimensions will feature 4 different Wall-crawlers from different universes:
  • Amazing - Your standard friendly-neighborhood web-slinging Red & Blue
  • Noir - A 1930's version which plays mostly in the shadows, taking a cue from Batman Arkham Asylum perhaps?
  • 2099 - Future Spidey who flies through the air with the greatest of ease
  • Ultimate - My favourite - Black Symbiote Spidey! I always loved the black suit! Too bad it's like an evil and psycho ex-girlfriend in the comic book...

The playing styles and feel are supposed to be different across the 3 universes and judging from the preview on IGN, that seems to be the case.

I'm really looking forward to this one! Let's hope it lives up to it's promise!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

iPhone 4 ad that Apple didn't want you to see

Part of the Antennagate response ad that didn't quite make the cut... =)

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Your Mii Wants Gold Pants!

Tired of the worn-out black threads on your Mii? Looked in envy at some of the funky looking disco-ready Miis in gold or blue pants?

Well, now your Mii can have them too!

First of all, you will need to extract your Mii and load it into MyAvatarEditor. If you don't know how to do this yet, please see my previous post on How to Extract, Edit & Upload Mii characters for Nintendo Wii.

To change the colour of the Mii's pants, you will need to edit the Avatar ID value. Change the value to something within the ranges below to change the pants color.

Pants Type

Avatar ID Value Range

Black Pants (Normal Mii)

20-00-00-00 to 3F-FF-FF-FF
60-00-00-00 to BF-FF-FF-FF
E0-00-00-00 to FF-FF-FF-FF

Gold Pants (Special Mii)

00-00-00-00 to 1F-FF-FF-FF
40-00-00-00 to 5F-FF-FF-FF

Blue Pants (Foreign Mii)

C0-00-00-00 to DF-FF-FF-FF

Save your Mii, install it back to your Wii and VIOLA!

For full details on Mii Pants, head over to David Hawley's blog.

How to Extract, Edit & Upload Mii characters for Nintendo Wii

So you have just created a super Mii-likeness to yourself on your Nintendo Wii. But how do you flaunt your new Mini-Mii character around as your avatar on all your IMs and blogs if you can't get it out of your Wii?

Here's out... But I'm going to assume that you already have a modded Wii, with the Homebrew Channel on it. If your Wii isn't modded yet, I recommend that you read the WiiBrew FAQ to fully understand the implications before proceeding.

All modded and ready to go? Good!

First thing you'll need is to extract the Mii from your Wii. You can do that by using Waninkoko's Mii Extractor. This app will extract all the Miis (as .mii files) on your Wii to a MII folder on your SD Card.

Next, fire up your web browser and visit this website: http://www.myavatareditor.com/.

It's a really great online editor (offline too if you want to use it via Adobe Air) that allows you to load, modify and save your Mii avatars. It can also do 2 really nifty things that your normal Wii Mii Channel creator can't do:

1. Save your Mii as a JPG or PNG file so you can share it with the world!
2. Change your Mii's pants to a nice shiny Gold.

Now that you have edited your Mii more to your liking, you can now upload it back to your Wii.

You will first need to save it using MyAvatarEditor. Save the file as a .mii file extension to your SD card. Next, download and run Mii Installer on your Wii. This app will install Mii characters in the MII folder on the SD card to your Wii.

Now you can share your Mii with all your friends! Be prepared for smart remarks though... Someone already has told me that my Mii has got too much hair... =p

Monday, July 5, 2010

Steve Jobs & Bill Gates Small Talk

What do Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, two of the richest men in the world, talk about when they meet...

Thursday, July 1, 2010

How to hold your Nokia

Taking cue from Steve Jobs after the supposed reception problem with the iPhone 4, Nokia advises on ways you can hold your Nokia to ensure you get full bar reception...

Very cheeky Nokia! Who says Scandinavians lack a sense of humour? =)