Posts Tagged / Microsoft

  • Mar 10 / 2012
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Who Remembers Wolfenstein 3D?

Hello World!

Damn it’s been a LONG time since I’ve been blogging but oh my days I’ve got something so awesome, it’s made me wanna skip work! (not really).

Think back to 1992 – the good old days growing up for the youth born in the 80’s. The Super Nintendo and Sega Megadrive were battling it out for best console, we had Bohemian Rhapsody from a band called Queen (Lee Evans does it SO much better!) and I was a chubby school boy of 6 years old with a centre parting haircut (not the best of styles I know). Days were filled with playing computer games on my SNES and on a device not known to the youth of today – a floppy disk; a 3 1/2 inch disk which has a memory capacity of 1.44MB (I hear a “whooooo”) and when compared to today’s standards, it’s about as use as a chocolate teapot…but it did have one very very good use.

One day at school a good friend of mine gave me a disk with a game on it. He said “This games quality! Don’t let your parents see it because it’s violent and only grown ups can play it” (Oh how innocent was I?….I see your eyes rolling!). Anyway, I managed to get the disk home and started playing a game which would be the platform for all shoot-em-ups in the 90’s – Wolfenstein 3D!


Wolfenstein 3D

Wolfenstein 3D was a series of 3 but I only played the first (and best). The game focused on William “B.J.” Blazkowicz’s attempts to escape from Castle Wolfenstein and overthrow the Nazi regime. In the first episode, Escape from Castle Wolfenstein, B.J., an Allied spy, has been captured while trying to find the plans for Operation Eisenfaust (or ‘Iron Fist’), and was imprisoned in Castle Wolfenstein. Initially armed only with a knife and a Walther P38 (obtained by overpowering the guard in his cell), B.J. tries to escape the castle prison. Taking on SS guards, he eventually finds himself face to face with head prison guard Hans Grosse aka the guy with 2 miniguns which kill you in about 12 seconds of getting to the final level!

If you never played it, sit back, relax and enjoy because here it is

Hope you have a quality weekend and I really hope I have redeemed myself for not posting a blog entry for a long time.

Take care
Andy Singh

  • Nov 30 / 2010
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Geek Stuff

Microsoft Xbox 360 Kinect Sets Sales Record

Good morning and evening everyone!

I’ve just stumbled across this article on the BBC Technology website which confirmed that the Microsoft Xbox 360 Kinect has set a new sales record selling 2.5 million units within its first 25 days. With the Kinect being on sale in 60,000 shops across 38 countries, Microsoft have confirmed that they are on target to meet their sales target of 5 millions units by Christmas.

In other news, Microsoft have released a statement regarding programmers who are writing software for the Kinect.

The director of incubation for the Xbox at Microsoft Alex Kipman said “Hacking would mean that someone got to our algorithms that sit on the side of the Xbox and was able to actually use them, which hasn’t happened. Or it means that you put a device between the sensor and the Xbox for means of cheating, which also has not happened…What has happened is someone wrote an open-source driver for PCs that essentially opens the USB connection, which we didn’t protect by design, and reads the inputs from the sensor”. When asked if anyone would “get in trouble” for writing such code or finding other uses for the Kinect camera, Kipman had a direct answer: “Nope. Absolutely not”. (Source: Gamespot)

Check this video out which I found on Youtube of two programmers and the software they have written to create hand puppets using the Kinect.

Before I go, I would like to congratulate Microsoft on setting the sales record and I actually can’t wait to play with the device…maybe I should add an Xbox 360 Kinect bundle to my Christmas list…I’ll consolidate the Gadget Decider and see what the outcome is!

Until next time, take care!
Andy Singh

  • Nov 12 / 2010
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Geek Stuff

Microsoft Xbox 360 Kinect Hacked

Happy Friday everyone!! The end of the week is FINALLY here!

I found an interesting article on BBC News about the Microsoft Xbox Kinect being hacked hours after going on sale in Europe. So naturally I had to check it out and what I found was not the work of a “hacker” as Microsoft put it, but the work of a good programmer.

Microsoft Xbox 360 Kinect

Microsoft Kinect 360

Like the Wii, the Kinect can be used to do some really cool motion sensor stuff which, if you liked the film Minority Report, will make life pretty interesting (come on, how isn’t controlling your computer via hand motions not cool?).

The programmer responded to the $3K bounty issued by Adafruit Industries to the first person to produce drivers for the device and have them available to download and improve. Click the link to visit BBC News which has a link to Adafruit Industries website where you’ll find a demonstration video of the Kinect being used on a Linux laptop.

Wishing you a fabulous weekend filled with excitement and joy!
Andy Singh

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