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Oh, so this is why I Switched!

In Windows on a Mac on January 31, 2007 at 9:02 pm

The XP install blew up in my face. I already had a hard time with it. Chances are the disk is screwed up. As for Vista, it’s just being an ass. My guess is that it’s the “Update” option that’s screwing things up. It’s always good when your product is kinda a bit somewhat compatible with what it’s suppose to work with.

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Synchronised ‘Stalling

In Windows on a Mac on January 31, 2007 at 8:40 pm

I’m dangerous. I live life on the edge. I’m lying. But if ever was an extreme sport with computers, this is it. I’m doing an XP pro install in Parallels while installing Vista Home Premium on an HP laptop. That’s while as in at the same time. I know. Woah! And as expected, both are acting all Windowsy. The XP install gave me some error, saying it couldn’t repair said error or something and then went on it’s merry way and Vista has be “Checking compatibility” for the last 15 mins. . Fun, Fun!

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Clubhouse Fun

In DS on January 30, 2007 at 9:39 pm

I’ve been having fun with Clubhouse Games. But a new game isn’t all about fun. I’m nearly done reviewing it. I’ll hopefully have it up by tomorrow.

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Because Home Users Don’t do Virtual Machines

In Windows on a Mac on January 30, 2007 at 4:11 pm

Nice find, Parallels! Not that I ever was going to jump on Vista early but this is just another reason to sit back and wait.

Here’s the tecnical legalese from the EULAs:
For Vista Home Basic and Home Premium Editions:
“USE WITH VIRTUALIZATION TECHNOLOGIES. You may not use the software installed on the licensed device within a virtual (or otherwise emulated) hardware system.”

For Vista Enterprise and Ultimate Editions:
“USE WITH VIRTUALIZATION TECHNOLOGIES. You may use the software installed on the licensed device within a virtual (or otherwise emulated) hardware system on the licensed device. If you do so, you may not play or access content or use applications protected by any Microsoft digital, information or enterprise rights management technology or other Microsoft rights management services or use BitLocker. We advise against playing or accessing content or using applications protected by other digital, information or enterprise rights management technology or other rights management services or using full volume disk drive encryption.”

In short, this means that if you’re a user and you want to run Vista virtually, you MUST buy the highest end versions of Vista, or you’ll be in violation of the Microsoft EULA.

The Official Parallels Virtualization Blog: Vista is here. So what does it mean for virtualization?

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1 Hour to Launch

In Windows on a Mac on January 29, 2007 at 11:05 pm

As you might know Mac OS X Tiger Windows Vista launches January 30th. … Yeah, just so ya know…

Bill Gates’ on The Daily Show tonight, by the way… ok, right now. Go…

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Jolly Good Mac

In Mac on January 29, 2007 at 3:26 pm

Apple has all new British-ed “I’m a Mac” ads and I have to say, John Hodgman (PC) has some stiff competition. Some ads are remakes while “Office at Home” and “Tentacle” are all new. “Pie Chart” got so British-ed, I couldn’t stop laughing. Oh, the words they used!

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Join The Club

In DS on January 27, 2007 at 11:26 pm

While I got my replacement stylus(-es or is it styli?), I also got Clubhouse Games for the DS. 42 games, most with WiFi? I couldn’t I pass that up! I’ve been playing with it a bit and it’s pretty cool. Nintendo’s going to get bonus happy points* on my review for making the game playable in French. Good job, Nintendo!

*Bonus happy points cannot be exchanged for cash and only have emotional value

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Oh Joy!

In Mac on January 27, 2007 at 9:46 pm

With all the versions of Vista (even one signed by Bill Gates… Yeah, I know!), there’s only one simple choice.

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You Know You play EBA Too Much When…

In DS on January 26, 2007 at 9:46 pm

You break the stylus! Yes, you heard me. I broke my stylus spinning in Elite Beat Agents. Was trying to pass the final spinner in “I Was Born to Love You” in Sweatin‘ while trying to go against my ghost replay. So not only I broke my stylus, I lost to myself. And I can’t seem to find my backup stylus. Do you know how hard it’ll probably be to find a DS stylus in a DS lite world? May as well start saving for a DS lite: My DS is discoloured in many spots, the sticker on the back is starting to peel and the touch screen probably endured enough already.

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Tapping to the Beat : Elite Beat Agents Review

In DS on January 26, 2007 at 7:13 pm

From baby-sitters split between kids and the boyfriend to anti-music aliens, Elite Beat Agents has it all. But does give it’s all? And is it worth your cash? You will soon know. You’ll know sooner if you’re lazy and skip to the final verdict.

Elite Beat Agents is a rhythm game for the Nintendo DS. You are the aforementioned agents and whenever someone is in a tricky situation, you come in and dance people into a good situation. Yeah, don’t ask. You play by tapping numbered and coloured dots on the lower screen when the halo around them shrink in and come in contact with the dot. You also have to deal with a rolling ball that you need to follow on the screen and a wheel you spin quickly. But these elements don’t appear for no reason (except the wheel). They are synchronized to music and, in most cases, rather well. You need to make sure that you tap and drag with the beat and not just as quickly as possible. The wheel can be annoying, especially when arising in the middle of a stage (They’re normally found at the very end). They might kill your rhythm or make you forget that there’s dots coming up. A larger problem is how you don’t loose. A bar at the top of the bottom screen empties as you play and only fills back up when you get points. The more synced with the music you play, the more you get. The problem is that the bar never refills during a game so if you aren’t good at one point in a song, you diminish your chances of winning. If you loose, you always start from the top. Even if the game eases you in with it’s difficulty levels, you will find yourself repeating certain levels, especially the final ones. The replay feature can help know what you’re doing wrong or show off your best rounds. You can view a full replay right after playing or view a shorter replay after you loose. You can also save and send to others winning replays for later but this is limited to one per song (not per song per difficulty).

Before starting a stage, you are presented with a story in a comic book style about a certain person in need of help. Most the stories are loony but fun to watch. While you play on the touch screen, your performance affects the events presented on the top screen, not that you’ll have time to see them when playing, except during the game’s cut scenes. The 2D graphics look great and the 3D world map and dancing agents in the background are nice touches. The music selection is everywhere, from Madonna to Queen and Hoobastank but fits in well with the stories.

I didn’t have the chance to do some multiplayer but it seems you can play co-op with other EBA owners and Vs with anyone. You can also play Vs against your own saved games. I tried (and lost. Man, I’m good! 🙂 ) and it plays according to a new story line, not to mention with smaller elements at times.

Final Verdict

Elite Beat Agents’ gameplay works well and shows yet another game that couldn’t be done except on the DS. Even with only 19 songs (3 of them unlockable), there’s a lot of fun in the game. The game gets hard at times and the rhythmless should run away from it, but it’s also highly addicting. If you’re looking for a challenge or are a fan of rhythm games or even just looking for a good game, EBA is worth checking out. If you’re on the fence about it, download a demo from a friend who has it.

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