Games and Gadgets

A place where we discuss Games,Gadgets and lotsa other stuff!

New Open Source Standard Turns Your PC into Game Console

“Pop in the disc, start the computer, and the machine boots right into the menu screen for managing memory sticks (thumb drives); then it
’s on to the game menu. No Windows. No typing. Nothing but game.”

And there is a rumor going around that there are no games for Linux! Here someone is using Linux to turn older computers into a console to play simple games that are a lot of fun and free on Linux. But if you are using windows and need a distraction, simply pop in a cd and let the games begin. Hopefully, this will lead to more people becoming aware about Linux and what it can and cannot do.

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March 21, 2007 Posted by | linux | Leave a comment

Blogging…AHHH!!!

To all our loyal reader(s), sorry.

I think its safe to say we suck at this blogging thing. I have to admit it is a lot harder than i thought it would be. I figured: I like games, I like gadgets. HEY! Lets do a blog about games and gadgets. Heck, lets even call it gamesandgadgets. So far theres hasn’t been many games or gadgets.

I don’t know. Maybe me and PlayerTwo just aren’t cut for this. It sure is a time sink. Between work and a wife and kids, it sure is an effort to find the time to blog. And i’m not short on content. I’ve got tons of opinions on gaming. PS3’s immenent launch here in SA, lack of Xbox Live, what’s the deal with Nintendo’s local distributor and just games in general.

I find i actually dream about what i am going to blog about, but never actually find the time to actually post.

Is it just me?

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March 19, 2007 Posted by | Everything else | Leave a comment

First Pictures and Specs of The New Commodore Gaming PC’s

“After years anguishing as a ghost of gaming year
’s gone-by, Commodore is looking to get back into the market with it’s line of high-end custom gaming PC’s. We’ve got an assortment of pictures straight from the all-new Commodore Gaming, plus a sample hardware run-down of it’s top-of-the-line Cxx system.”

Commodore brings back memories good and bad! I had the VIC 20, C64 and the C128. They should still be lying in my dads garage collecting dust! The hours it took to load one game was past by playing cricket or soccer in the street. Then to come back inside only to get some obscure error message cause the tape was faulty or someone pushed stop while you where out. And most of the games I had were all on tape! The stiffy drive came much later but by then the IBM clones where more popular and the early consoles started showing up. These new commodores might be fancier but I doubt they will ever inspire and entire generation gamers.

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March 15, 2007 Posted by | Everything else | Leave a comment

Windows Apps On a Linux Desktop

So I needed to run a windows app on my notebook but did not see the need to dual-boot when I installed Ubuntu. Next best thing VMware and it is pretty easy to install. But I found instructions that went one step better. Instructions for installing VMware can be found on the Ubuntu Forums. The instructions I used allows me to get windows apps working on my Linux desktop. The instructions can be found here. Once you have installed all the software mentioned in the article all you need to do is start the VM windows and then call the windows apps to your Linux side. Map a drive between the virtual windows and linux and then you can share docs and other files. Perfect for when u only need windows for one app.

March 14, 2007 Posted by | ubuntu | Leave a comment

HALO 2

Finally, finished Halo 2 and I am quite pleased with myself! Been waiting long for this game, cause Microsoft in their infinite wisdom decided not to release the xbox here in sunny SA. We had to wait for the xbox 360 or cough up some serious dough to import the  xbox and the games. But now that the 360 is available locally and someone was nice enough to lend us the sequel to Halo. So here are my thoughts on a game that everyone else already reviewed to death. I do not have the usual complaints like most other folks, like the pistol sucks, the ending was a let down, etc.

I liked the game because the gameplay was more or less the same to the original. The bad guys moved when I shot at them and shot back! Lots of fun that! No time to worry about why my pistol was knocking them dead after 1 shot. I mean the game had so much other weapons to choose from. The needler in Halo 2 is so cool and when dual wielded you just point shoot and run away.

Playing as the Arbiter is really cool too, cause now we get to understand why the covenant are so hell bent on getting themselves and everyone killed! Talk about a bunch of zealot nutcases! So now we wait for Halo 3 to finish the fight but will the fight really be over cause once the master chief stops the prophet, there’s still the flood to be dealt with and I doubt the flood can be bargained with. So now peace deal and the fight continues!

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March 2, 2007 Posted by | Games | Leave a comment

Why I upgraded to linux!

Like many computer users I have heard about this free operating system thats better than windows and like many users, I tried Linux when it was still early in development circa: win 98/red hat 7. I installed this alien software and learned 2 things:

1: the command line was not for me
2: windows 98 was easier since i did not need to use command line.

Fast Forward to present day and my primary OS is Linux! Ubuntu to be exact. Linux has matured to an easy to use click and run setup, no longer needing the command line to get the simple things done, like connecting to the Internet! Why after sticking to windows till xp would I change over to Linux?

Filthy virus, spyware, malware and every other kind of ware turned me against windows! I am a lazy fella and personally I believe windows is for lazy people but when u spend so much time cleaning up after you use it, thats just to much work for me. So I needed something that would be virus proof, so I considered my options, Apple Mac with the excellent OS X or the free Linux.

Well since Apple Macs cost a fortune here in sunny South Africa, the next option was obvious but I still had an issue with Linux The dreaded command line! I mean why do I have to tell the OS how to connect to the Internet, where are the easy wizards that you just click next, ok and finish! So I hopped onto the Internet and did some research to see what options are available to a guy like me and found Ubuntu, the best part I did not have to download the iso, since bandwidth in SA is more rare than a white rhino, so I had them send me a bunch of cd’s.

I had an old 4gig drive collecting dust perfect for a test installation and the installation was the easy part cause as soon as it was done, I needed the command line to setup a PPPOE dial up to connect to the Internet! No way, that just put me off Linux again and I stashed the cd’s in draw!

I suffered with windows till edgy eft and by then I had upgraded my home network to include a linksys router. Since it did the connecting to the Internet, I should have no need to tell Linux how to connect to Internet So I asked PlayerOne to download the iso for edy eft for me. Burned a cd and installed it on my desktop. I was pleasantly surprised, no drivers where required for any of the hardware and since the wireless card worked, I was connected to the Internet!

And I found out while trying to get other stuff, that the dreaded command line is still a part of Linux, not a big part but still a part. But I was happy, so happy in fact that I installed Linux onto my notebook as well. And damn it worked just fine on that too! I can now surf the Internet and not have to worry about viruses, spyware and most other crap out there! Now if only Linux could do something about spam!

February 23, 2007 Posted by | Everything else | Leave a comment

Xbox Live Stinks

I know what you thinking: This guy must be high or retarded. Or both, because Xbox Live definitely does not stink. And ya, you’re probably right.But at least allow me to explain.

If you are reading this from the States or the UK or one of any number countries Xbox Live is really sweet. If however you are South African like me, Xbox Live is like that really hot teacher you had in high school. She’d wear low cut tops and tight skirts and bend over alot. And man you’d stare and you just knew you were missing something really hot. Plus, she recently graduated from University, so she wasn’t way older than you and you’re thinking: I may just have a shot here. As soon as you try and sign up, though, it’s sorry you’re not my type.

What i’m getting at with this crappy analogy is that South Africans know how awesome Live is. We read about it. We hear you guys yuk it up on the forums and we want some of that to.

So we try to sign up. And bam!! Sorry not available to South African.

But its cool. We tweak our settings, pretend we’re from the UK, give a fake address so we can sign up and then enjoy our free monthly trial of Xbox Live.

And. It. Is. AWESOME.

Until the trial expires. So we decide we’ll pay up, ’cause man that Xbox Live is so worth it. But ’cause we pretended we were Brits we have to pay in pounds sterling. The exchange rate is not favourable.But there are a few rich schmucks who can pony up that coinage. I, however, am not one of them.

Simply put: Xbox Live stinks, ’cause i cant have it.

February 22, 2007 Posted by | Games | 1 Comment

PlayerOne has arrived!

Finally, he says somthing! And boy once he gets started, he just does not stop! I mean he goes on about dreaming, games, etc. And that last part about buying stuff, he actally means stuff I do not want to buy for him! But now that he decided to get started he will hog all the good stuff and leave me to stand in the background and make fun of the stuff he writes about!

February 21, 2007 Posted by | Everything else | Leave a comment

Right…

If you’re one of the people that’s been nice enough to visit our blog, thanks. Bet that “still under construction” post from PlayerTwo was starting to get tired after awhile.  You’re thinking: It’s a blog. What the hell is there to construct. You’re using wordpress, you noobs. Just post and run with it.

See, the odd thing is me and PlayerTwo have been thinking about starting our own website for a long time. For years, and this is before blogging, we’ve been bullshitting about what it would be about, how it would look, how it would break the Internet ’cause it was too. damn. duidelik. (That means it would rock harder that granite to you non-South Africans. Yes, we are South African. No, we don’t live with lions.) It was kind of like a dream we always had.

So PlayerTwo just went and set it up. Sent me an email, go to this link it says. And there it was.

Our blog…

Thing about dreams is, sometimes when something you want is right there it just intimidates the hell out of you. It’s that very sensation that’s keeps many people from realising there potential and its what kept me from posting anything worth a damn. But you know what, it’s a blog. Post something already, you twat. Stop waxing all poetic and lets get down to bits and pixels.

The deal is this: PlayerTwo and I are in to games and gadgets. We are not experts and we don’t work in the electronics industry. We just like this stuff. And this is where we’ll talk about the crap we like. Simple.  Every now and then we’ll get a bit off track, hell we might get alot off track. Point is we’re here to have fun and we’ll let this thing develop organically.

So, we’re gonna start discussing games we like and games we hate. Toys we wish we had the cash to buy and toys we wish someone would design already.

It’s gonna be awesome. Check back later.

February 20, 2007 Posted by | Everything else | Leave a comment

Still underconstruction!

Hello fellow bloggers and visitors!

Our apologize’s that we have not put up something interesting to read but  we are kinda new to the blogging business. I am Player Two, Player One is kinda shy but does most of the talking once he gets started, we hope to have some interesting stuff up by the end of the week and hopefully everyday after that something different.

Thank u for your patience.

Player Two

February 18, 2007 Posted by | Everything else | Leave a comment