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Stay Alive (2006)

Stay Alive

Stay Alive

This movie has a standard story, a video game turned reality (or mixes with it). Nevertheless, there are some nice details in the movie that makes it interesting to watch till the end. There are some glitches and the bigger one if the fact that the character Swink appears at the end, alive, although he should be dead. I can possibly find one or two excuses for that to happen, but they are not presented in the movie, making it seem cheesy.

Another fact that makes me think is the amount of laptops from AlienWare that appears in the movie. I know that they make (or supposedly make) the best PCs for gamers. But unless there is some money associated, I can’t get why a movie would advertise so much a brand. In fact, you can almost say that the AlienWare  laptop was essential for the main character survival.

6/10 @ IMDB.

GTA4: No Love Lost

GTA4: No Love Lost

GTA4: No Love Lost

I took a break on my work to kick the ass, wipe out, or kill (as you prefer) the boyfriend of Faustin’s daughter. Fortunately he has some friends that wanted their ass kicked as well. Mission accomplished.

GTA4: Logging On, and Cerveza Heights Carstack Ambush

GTA4: Logging-On

GTA4: Logging-On

Since yesterday, Nikko Bellic has an e-mail account. It was the easier mission so far, get to a computer and create an e-mail account. At the same time, I did my first job for Little Jacob, got in an ambush, and killed some guys. It was kind of easy, but I am not happy with my controlling abilities, yet.

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GTA4: Shadow

GTA4: Shadow

GTA4: Shadow

Didn’t play for some time. Yesterday restarted with my new 22″ Acer, with FullHD. And now I notice the great graphical details I was missing. Yesterday I was kind of rusty and I was only able to kill a flying rat. Today I managed to finish a mission where I should follow a drug dealer, and kill him and his gang. My main problem was the process of climbing five flights of stairs…

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Using HDMI and external sound in XBox 360

In a previous post I was wondering why I couldn’t get sound from my XBox using any kind of connector when the HDMI cable was plugged in.

My doubts were funded on the design of my own cable, that shipped with XBox 360. It has two RCA for sound and one RCA for video but, in the XBox connector, it has too much plastic, in a way that it covers the HDMI connector.

Therefore, I supposed that that would be a design issue, with that purpose (to prevent to connect the two cables at the same time), and not a design flaw.

But then, I found the kit shown in the picture on sale: it includes a standard HDMI cable and a connector without that extra plastic, that can be plugged together with the HDMI cable, and deliver sound to two RCA (and an optical connector).

Already ordered the kit on eBay. Waiting for it.

Using earphones in XBox360

As I poster some weeks ago, I bought a new LCD, 21.5″, with HDMI. The idea was to use it as a second monitor on my Mac Book Pro (done that already) and to use it to play with my XBox 360. Tried to do this latter, but it was not possible.

Why wasn’t it possible? Because I am stupid and I bought an LCD with an HDMI connector but without sound support. So, the LCD doesn’t have speakers and Acer didn’t bored to add a sound jacket.

When searching for solutions, I remembered that the gamepad has a 2.5mm jacket for a headset with microphone. I tried a standard earphones with 2.5mm jack but it did not work. Searching on Google I found the adapter shown above that, apparently, splits the signal from that connector into two different jackets, one for microphone, another one for earphones.

My current doubts for anyone who already use one of these:

  • does anybody know if the sound is stereo?
  • and, does it work for games, or just when using XBox360 for online conversation?

Oh, and of course, if you know another solution, please keep me posted.

GTA4: Some more missions

GTA4: Gun Store

GTA4: Gun Store

Some more play in GTA4 and, finally, Gun Stores are available. Missions completed today, include Crime and Punishment, Do you have protection?, and Final Destination. This last one was quite fun, to wreck a car. But it took some time, and almost wrecked mine first.

Also, had a second encounter with Brian, and found two flying rats, aka pigeons. I know there is one pigeon in the top of the roller coaster, but I can’t find an easy way to get there. I tried to put a car in the tracks, but that isn’t easy as well.

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GTA4: Uncle Vlad

GTA4: Uncle Vlad

GTA4: Uncle Vlad

Uncle Vlad was going out with Niko cousin’s girlfriend. Niko couldn’t let this continue… and… bang. The best of this mission is the final execution, in cinematographic camera. Also, unlocking the fed the fish achievement is also cool. 😛

GTA4: Ivan the not so terrible

GTA4: Ivan the not so terrible

GTA4: Ivan the not so terrible

The main problem with this mission is controlling Niko. I am yet agile on controlling the character and the camera at the same time, and having to stop to look around and where to run to, is quite difficult. Fortunately, in this mission Ivan almost waits for Niko on some places, so that we can have the time to point to the stairs.

Finally, I wasn’t aware that I could not kill Ivan. So, now it is too late…

GTA4: Concrete Jungle

GTA4: Concrete Jungle

GTA4: Concrete Jungle

Today got back to GTA4, and had fun killing guys in the Concrete Jungle mission. I am not yet very agile with the controller. I think that it was easier to control with a keyboard (ASDW) and a mouse for look/aim. Hey, but I need to practice, and I might get good at this. Or not 😛

Oh, and by the way, I also killed a flying rat (pigeon) with a shotgun. it was da fun. Also, got into a police car, but the computer network was not accessible.