Archive for the ‘Gaming’ Category

New Halo 2 Maps Revealed!

Friday, March 30th, 2007

It’s been a long time since Halo 2 was released, and we have had some new maps released, but nothing new released in the past year. Well, until now. Bungie has announced that they are releasing two new Halo 2 maps, based off the Halo: Combat Evolved maps Derelict and Hang ’Em High. The maps will be released on April 17th via Xbox Live.

It’s been awhile since I’ve played Halo 2 online, and I’m looking forward to trying the new maps.

Speed Linking - March 27 2007

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

On10.net has a video of the Xbox 360 Elite, which is being released in Canada/US on April 29th. Check it out, looks pretty cool. I want to get an Xbox 360, but I don’t have a lot of time for video games these days. I will probably get one after Halo 3 is released later this year.

Google has announced the beta test of their new pay per action (PPA) advertising program. It also comes with a new text link format, which would allow bloggers to put advertisements in their posts. Since it is PPA, the blogger does not make any money unless the user does something (i.e. buys somethnig, etc). This would allow the user to ask the users to click on the advertisement, which in the past has been a violation of the Google Adsense Terms of Service, because the advertiser has paid for each click.  This could lead to some interesting advertisements.

Adobe Photoshop CS3 has been released, check out a review of some new features at Zoom In Online. There are some pretty cool features, I may have to think about upgrading soon.

The DomainTools blog has a good article on how to pick a registrar.

First Post of 2007

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007

I haven’t made any posts lately, but I’ve had a lot going on. This is going to be a long post, so here are the main topics in bullet form.

-Grandpa
-Xbox
-Sites Launched
-Cell Phone
-Flickr Limits

Grandpa

A few weeks ago, my mom’s dad was driving during the middle of the night. He fell asleep at the wheel, and drove into the oncoming lane and hit a semi-trailer head on. He survived, and was put into ICU in Kelowna. He has a broken hip, a few broken ribs, and some other stuff.

Xbox

The week after Christmas I was bored so I worked on my softmodded xbox a bit. To start I changed the default dashboard from evolutionX to Xbox Media Center, and uploaded a custom XBMC skin. I installed SNES and N64 emulators and some old roms including Super Mario World, Zelda: A link to the past, and Goldeneye 007. I also streamed some movies, music videos and music to my xbox using Windows Samba shares on my desktop.

Sites launched

One of my sites that I will abbrieviate simply by ‘GPTF’, has launched. I had a lot of problems with the template, but I finally compromised and got it working. The website is running CGIproxy, and I will market it on via Myspace as soon as I get hotlink protection setup in the script.

I’ve also launched three other proxy websites that I did not design, I used templates that I found online. I haven’t promoted these proxies much yet, also I may soon. They all have a custom hotlink protection script installed, so I don’t get people using my server without looking at my advertisements.

I’m getting an average of 1,000 to 2,000 hits a day on my sites, so now that I have some traffic, I need to improve my click through rate. I now have six proxy sites running, but I would like to develop some other websites so I don’t have all my eggs in one basket’.

I am currently earning between $1-3 a day with Google Adsense, although I’ve had a few $5 days.

The server that I ordered has been setup and I have transferred some of my websites over, and I will be cancelling my Hostgator account soon and transferring the rest of my domains over.

Cell phone

I was planning on purchasing a new cell phone on boxing day, however I’ve now decided that I will wait until after March 14, 2007 before switching. On that date, the mobile carriers will be required to provide wireless number portability to their customers. That means I can take my current phone number with me to another carrier when I switch. I currently use Fido as my mobile carrier, but I want to switch to a Virgin Mobile prepaid plan.

I also want to get a SkypeIn number, but they don’t have any in Canada. As soon as they get numbers in Canada, I will subcribe to both their SkypeIn and SkypeOut services. For now I am content with calling friends over Skype, PC to PC.

Flickr limits

Recently while I was uploading pictures to my flickr account, I was greeted with this notice. For now I do not think I will change to a different service, or upgrade to a pro account. I will probably upgrade to a pro account in the future, once I start taking a lot more pictures. I only upload certain pictures to my account, anyway.

Have a great year!

The Ship free trial

Thursday, November 2nd, 2006

This weekend, Steam will be allowing steam users to download and tryout the full version of one of their recent releases, ‘The Ship’. The game takes place obviously on a ship.

About the Game

Free Trial Info

Half Life 2 Episode 1

Sunday, October 29th, 2006

I finally got around to playing Half Life 2 Episode 1. Even though it is a short game, the HDR and graphics were awesome. I know that there are more Half Life 2 episodes coming out, but I also hope that they have another team working on Half Life 3.

I’m looking forward to playing Tom Clancys Splinter Cell: Double Agent. I’ve only played one of the Splinter Cell games in the past, and although I enjoyed it, I never really got into the series. Double Agent sounds different though, I am looking forward to trying the Co-op mode.

Call of Duty 2

Sunday, October 30th, 2005

I just played the PC version of Call of Duty 2, and I must say that I am very impressed. To date, it is the best single player experience that I have ever had on my computer. The explosions, animations and gameplay are excellent, even with my graphics card. Right now I am using an ATI Radeon 9000 Pro 128MB, which is fairly old, but the game optimized the settings for me so I have no lag at all. The load times are quick, and the movies are great.

I can’t wait to get a new graphics card, so I can play this game on it. I also cannot wait to see what this game will look like on the Xbox 360, hooked up to a high definition tv and with surround sound speakers.

DoD: Source Date Set

Saturday, September 10th, 2005

I found this while browsing the internet. It is a transcript of Steve Jobs Stanford graduation speech. Read it. I did, and it I let the words sink in, and it inspired me.

I started up Steam this morning, and was pleasantly surprised by an update. The update news says the following:

Preloading of Day of Defeat: Source will begin next week. It will be released and ready to play on September 26th. Once we get closer to that date, we’ll set an exact time for when we’ll “throw the switch.”

Preloading the game allows people to have the entire game on their hard drive in encrypted form so that, if already purchased or pre-ordered, it will be playable at the moment it is released. Dedicated server administrators will also have some time to get their servers up and running before the 26th.

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There is also some pretty exciting news on the MOD front, where the team over at Dystopia is preparing to release a demo of their game today at 11:59 GMT. Head on over to the Dystopia page to check out their release

I can’t wait for DoD: Source. I am going to have to upgrade my Steam account to bronze, but this game is going to rock! I just know it. Also, has anyone tried playing this Dystopia game? I went to their website and it looks pretty cool. Here is a funny pic.

Here is a pretty picture of Stonehedge.

Wow. Here is a story about some supposed conspiracy theory about NASA and Mars. It made me think though, about how much we are told, and just believe. What have you been told lately, and just believed? I’ve been told a lot of stuff and just believed it. Some of it in Church, some of it from the news, and some of it from friends.