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.
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: 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.
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
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
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.
GTA IV - Jamaican Heat
I do not play much. Just got my Xbox360 home, again, I am starting, again, to play GTA IV. And I will probably post here the missions that I complete. Do not expect me to spam the blog, as I do not play much. Really. And that is especially true because I am playing with an old CRT TV. That makes it quite difficult to read and see some details. I really want to buy a 22″ LCD monitor to use with the XBox and with my Mac, when working. It needs to have HDMI. That amounts to about 150 Euros, that I can not afford at the moment. So, I will need to keep playing on TV.
Back to the mission, Jamaican Heat is done. The task is to help Little Jacob to kill some guys. Not anything fancy. The interesting thing? Little Jacob smokes too much. When driving the car with Jacob inside, you will notice the smoke getting out from the window. Great detail, Rockstar!
In an old post I wrote about Zuma. I bought it for the ClickWheel iPod. It is a nice game, playable and enjoyable. Unfortunately it is too small (or I am too good). After 17 runs (yeah, iPod counts the number of times you run an application) I reached The End of the game. I am sure it weren’t just 17 plays, but never more than 25.
Today I was looking into the iTunes store and found that there are no interesting games for ClickWheel iPod. Then, visited PopCap website searching for more games from the same company. I found that there is a followup on Zuma, not for the iPod but for the PC/Mac. Downloaded the trial version, that gives you the ability to play for 60 minutes. After 60 minutes I reached the middle of the game (about 26 levels) and had 8 lives (you start with three lives).
Now, I do not think this game will worth the $20 that it costs for more two or three hours of play… but if run smoothly in the iPod… that would might be different…
Zuma is the second game I buy for my iPod Classic 5th Generation. The first one was a car simulator. Let me say it is crap. Great it was just 5 Euros.
In that occasion I saw the Zuma screenshot on iTunes Store and noticed it might be a nice game, as the type of game is very adequate to the iPod touch wheel.
After about one year I decided to buy it. The game is pretty nice and playable. I just have two complains. First, the music. It is always the same. I think it repeats every five seconds or so. Yeah, I know I can make my iPod musics to play during the game, but the music could be better anyway.
My second complain is regarding efficiency. The developers of the game know exactly the hardware where the game will run, but the game still have problems running there. Sometimes you notice glitches in the music, and more rarely, on the game itself.
Forza Motorsport 3 has some good simulation decisions, which makes more difficult to handle cars than in other games, like Need For Speed.
At the moment I just finished running with a Ford Fiesta Zetec S, like the one in the picture. Accordingly with the web, this darling has 1.6cc and a lot of horse power.
But then, I own a Ford Fiesta from 2003, with 1.2cc, and I get easier to 180Km/h than with Forza Motorsport 3. OK, I confess I can not get more than 180Km/h and with Forza Mortorsport 3, after being with the accelerator down for kilometers, it raised to 200Km/h. Or that, or I have too much love to my car