• September 22, 2008 /  Games, Wii, Windows

    Consider this: would you rather execute a Force Push with B (XBox360) or Triangle (PS3) or would you rather just literally push your enemy? That’s exactly what the Wii version empowers you to do. And if that’s what gets your Star Wars fantasies excited, the Wii version is for you. I just got my copy of TFU for the Wii from Play-Asia, and it plays great!
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  • September 18, 2008 /  Games, Wii

    I’m still waiting for my copy of The Force Unleashed to arrive. Meanwhile, I found some rather insteresting stuff like this old preview of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed for the Wii by Australian Gamer.

    Another thing worth mentioning is that I found out today that unlike the PS3 and XBox versions, the Wii version will have a duel mode. I’m gonna have some fun slicing someone I know. Hehe. Aside from that Wii also gets a few more levels. Yes! On the other hand if you have a PS3 or XBox 360, you get great graphics and…<cough! crappy controls! cough!> and…great graphics!:D Seriously though, you get to have Digital Molecular Matter and Havoc which means…yep, you get great graphics!:)

    If you want a bit more of an overview of what each system’s differences are, from the Sony PS3 down to the Nintendo DS, you can check out this Behind-the-Scenes video I found a couple of months ago:
    <a href="http://youtube.com/watch?v=xm3FULcFbjI">http://youtube.com/watch?v=xm3FULcFbjI</a>

    You could continue watching with this part 2 of the Behind-The-Scenes look into Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. This time around, it details the “Force Wrecking Ball” as well as the characters that surround and shape the Secret Apprentice:
    <a href="http://youtube.com/watch?v=GpjWb0ZWg-Q">http://youtube.com/watch?v=GpjWb0ZWg-Q</a>

    This Star Wars Force Unleashed Wikipedia article talks about the characters of the game, the game engine, and most other aspects of the development of the game. If your interested about some more insider details on the Wii version of the game though, this hands-on Interview with the developer of Wii version, Krome studies will be right up your alley.

    Lastly, if you’re like me, you can’t wait to read up more about the story of The Force Unleashed. Basically, it happens between Star Wars Episode III and IV and details many of the important events that transpired during that time, including the establishment of the Rebel Alliance. If you want more details on the story, check out this wiki on Galen Marek from Wookiepedia.

    If you haven’t already bought one, order online now through Play-Asia. But if you’re not yet totally convinced about the Wii version, check out our previous post on the Wii Version Producer Walkthrough.

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  • September 12, 2008 /  Mac, Miro, Tutorials and Guides, Ubuntu, Windows

    In line with our celebration of our new wordpress server, here is the second post for the day. In this post, we discuss a video player I’ve been using for over a year, but seems that not enough people are using it. It’s not just any video player. It’s Miro.

    Miro Video Player

    Miro Video Player

    I know a lot of people who love watching videos at YouTube. And among them, there are also plenty who like downloading their favorite videos. The problem though is that YouTube doesn’t freely provide this service. Instead they have to rely on Firefox extensions, download websites (which are either full of ads, possibly virus-laden, or just plain dubious), and other such hacks.

    That was how I found Miro. I’ve been using Miro for about a year now, and it has improved over the past year in terms of both usability and stability. But Miro is more than just another YouTube downloader. Advertised as an Internet TV player, it does what it says and does it well.

    Downloading YouTube Videos

    Downloading Videos

    Downloading Videos

    With Miro’s integrated video search feature, you can search videos from YouTube, Daily Motion, Veoh, and other video websites without starting your browser. You then just choose your search results and Miro will start downloading them into your library. I find this feature really nice, especially when downloading a long or large video, when I want to show something to some friends, or when I’m just too busy to watch them immediately. WIth the video in my library, I can load it up anytime at my convenience, whether I’m on the train or relaxing after cooking/eating dinner.

    Internet TV with Miro

    Viewing The Contents of a Channel

    Viewing The Contents of a Channel

    Miro comes with a few default channels and lets you add more channels. There are plenty of channels to choose from the integrated Miro Guide, which offers you some of its recommendations or you can search for a particular interest. Miro uses the open RSS standard for its channels, so it’s compatible with practically all feeds on the internet, including iTunes podcasts.

    The beauty of using channels is that you can set it to auto-download New content or All content to download even old videos you haven’t seen yet. For example, I am subscribed to the WebbAlert channel, which offers an almost-daily 5-minute round-up of what’s new on the Internet and computing in general. When I get home and turn on my computer and Miro, it will automatically download new episode(s) if any, for my viewing pleasure, at my own leisure. It’s like turning on your TV to your favorite daily program, only you’re not bound by stiff schedules.

    More Cool Features

    Video Playback

    Video Playback

    Miro’s core functionalities are wonderfully complemented by the options that Miro’s intellgent engineers came up with.

    Afraid you’ll run out of disk space? That shouldn’t be a problem when using Miro. You can easily set Miro to make sure to leave a gigabyte or two. And if space is a problem, the expire feature comes in very handy. Some people unfamiliar with this concept might be wary at first, but trust me, you’re not going to be watching last week’s podcast episodes anyway. YouTube videos also expire in the default 6 days, but you can choose to keep a video indefinitely by clicking on the “keep” button. Of course, there’s also a “delete” button, in case you downloaded a loser video or this week’s podcast episode just sucks.

    Each channel also displays the number of unwatched videos you have, which conveniently turns into a play button when you move your mouse over it, giving you instant access to unwatched content. There’s also a “New” item in the sidebar. Just like the channels, it displays the number of unwatched videos across all your channels and clicking it plays it. By default Miro is set to play all videos consecutively in a section (be it a channel, New, or your library), but if you prefer watching one at a time (like me), you can turn it off in the options.

    Miro is available for GNU/Linux, Mac, as well as Windows. Download it now from http://www.getmiro.com

    While you’re downloading Miro, click on over here to read more about how Miro does what it does. And if you’re interested in making your own videos or channels for Miro, http://makeinternettv.org is a good resource for information.

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  • September 12, 2008 /  Games, Photography

    Geekmadness has now moved to its own private server! What does this mean? Well, for one we can have more control over how the blog shows up, and we can put in more stuff like different plugins and themes. It’s all about improving the audience’s experience. In celebration of our server shift, we have TWO awesome posts, instead of the usual once in a month, hehe. I really need to post more often…anyway, just read on!

    LucasArts is once again giving us a treat with a new game from the Star Wars franchise. This time though, you’ll be able to wield a really powerful Sith/Jedi. As opposed to the wimpy neophyte Kyle Katarn in Jedi Knight, the improved but still a bit weak Kyle Katarn in Jedi Knight II, or even any of the Jedis you’ve played it from Jedy Academy up to the present, none will be able to compare to Vader’s secret apprentice (although the jury’s still out if he’s stronger than the pre-Episode-3-mutilation-Anakin; we think he is). And what better way to wield all these force than none other than…wielding them. Forget about mashing buttons and thumb-dexterity, you’ll be swinging your Wiimote as if it were a real lightsaber, and force-pushing your opponents THROUGH WALLS quite literally with your nunchuck. Seeing is believing, so you better just watch the video yourself.  (Note: for those of you who are behind a proxy, and YouTube is blocked, here’s the link to the GameTrailers video)

    <a href="http://youtube.com/watch?v=F7BQB1wAyNs">http://youtube.com/watch?v=F7BQB1wAyNs</a>

    Alternatively, you could go to Miro Guide and search for “gametrailers wii” and add the GameTrailers Wii channel and look for the video through Miro. If you have no idea what I just said, read up on our introduction to Miro


    Star Wars: The Force Unleashed comes out this Tuesday, September 16 so be sure to head on over to your local game retailer or order online now through Play-Asia. Play Asia offers free delivery to most Asian countries. So if you’re stuck with a US Wii in Japan, you no longer have to contend with the exorbitant import prices. If you don’t have a Wii, you should get one. But if you’re content of pushing buttons, Force Unleashed is also available for Xbox 360, PS2, PS3, PSP, and the DS.

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