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  • BrainwreckedTech 9:39 pm on August 27, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , miku, project diva, project diva 2nd, psp, sega, , , vocaloid   

    REVIEW: Project Diva 2nd 

    Project Diva 2nd# CoverProject Diva 2nd♯

    ★★★★☆

     
    PSP only

    I am a 35-year-old North American male, so what the hell am I doing playing a Japanese import PSP game whose target audience is people half my age and whose main attraction is mashing buttons to music sung by (mostly) underage (mostly) girls? For me, I think the hook is obvious. Not only am I fan of Rock Band, I’m also a fan of Japanese quirkiness and also happen to be a fan of the Vocaloids. So what do you do when one of your favorite console games completely bungles its hand-held port and someone else comes along with another spin on mashing buttons to music, including some other stuff you happen to like, on a system whose games are region-free?

    If you need to know what a Vocaloid is, Wikipedia is a friend that can get you started. If you want to know what veered me into Vocaloid territory, I would have to tell you to thank Valve and Ellen McLain for GLaDOS. By making a humans sound like a computer, you’re bound to pique the interest of people using computer software that tries to sound human, and you get Miku singing a translated version of Still Alive, which at first listen could be mistaken as an official translation of the song. After that, I stumbled upon Caramelldansen, and as with any meme like this people are going to incorporate their favorite characters into it, including Vocaloids. The nail in the coffin, though, was Love Is War, an actual full-fledged song, reminiscent of Linkin Park, using Vocaloid as it was intended. Being fully subbed in Kanji, Romaji and English helped greatly.

    (Lest you think English users are being totally ignored: English is harder to pronunciate, thus harder for a computer to pull off, thus the popularity problem. It’s become much better in recent years.

    Enough digressions! Let’s talk game play. (More …)

     
  • BrainwreckedTech 8:40 am on April 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , oracle, qemu, sega, , sonic cd, vbemp, virtual machine, , , , windows 95, windows 98   

    QEMU Vs. VirtualBox, Round 1 

    Goal

    Play Sonic CD in a VM. Sonic CD is a very old 2D game that only runs in Windows 9x clients without the Sonic CD PC Fix patch. It was originally an OEM-only pack-in that was written in Intel’s DirectScreen API. Later, the game went retail and the DirectScreen calls were re-mapped to DirectX.

    Things Neither Emulator Can Do Yet:

    Neither emulator can play CD audio tracks. No music for you!

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    • mmj 8:06 pm on October 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      How would something like this fare in Wine?

    • Super-Oli 2:12 pm on February 9, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks a lot for the splash-screen hint!!!

    • matt_ 7:36 pm on March 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      If the program ran, it would run at near native or native speeds (or sometimes even faster believe it or not).

  • BrainwreckedTech 4:57 am on July 26, 2008 Permalink | Reply
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    Phantasy Star Universe Doomsday August 1st 

    In light of a slew of foul-ups by Sega, American Phantasy Star Universe players have dwindled near the point of non-existence. The remaining PSU players have deemed the next scheduled update, which has finally been confirmed for August 1st, as Doomsday — the last day Sega has to not screw up or risk losing a another swath of players. (And even then, Sega can very well consider every scheduled update afterwards a Doomsday as well.)

    As a participant on the PSO-World forums, I decided to bring this discussion here to widen the audience.

    The screw-ups that PSU players have had enough of include:

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  • BrainwreckedTech 5:57 am on February 1, 2008 Permalink | Reply
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    Game Exploits: Where Do You Draw The Line? 

    Playing Phantasy Star Universe as much as I do, I’ve come to know exploits. I’ve also come across a wide spectrum of reactions to them. As a user and rejector of these hacks, I had to ask myself, “Why some and not others? What’s the line you’re drawing?” And I came up with this answer:

    Using exploits are OK as long as it’s not to the detriment of others.

    To help explain my stance, here are three glitches in the game that should be fixed by the time you read this. In order from benign to fuck-you-asshole:

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    • Reaper 10:17 pm on August 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Also bot glitch but kinda useless later on

      • BrainwreckedTech 10:57 pm on August 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        You mean that useless trick that allows you to add NPC bots to the party after handing leadership to someone else? It’s only aggravating when you’re doing missions that forbid NPCs, and only if you miss it. It’s kinda hard NOT to tell because you have to miss two things — the stat box that slides in from the left for new party members and the scrolling info text on the right that tell you someone has joined the party. I’ve only managed to utterly confuse one of my friends once. Every other time, the new party leader immediately catches the trick.

  • BrainwreckedTech 7:36 am on January 6, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: sega, ,   

    PSU: AotI Slowdown Glitch 

    Because bs_angel thinks I’m dead or something, here’s something to let you all know I’m still alive.

    Not the best video editing in the world, but I sufferred 40 minutes of agonizing game play for that video!

     
  • BrainwreckedTech 3:45 pm on July 25, 2007 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , sega, , ,   

    PSU Font Translation 

    PSU LogoBecause it’s freakin’ annoying when the in-game lettering is close enough to be recognizable, but still vague enough to be incomprehensible.

    PSU Font Translation Table

     
    • Anonymous 7:42 am on January 29, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you very much kind sir.

      I have also found a few numbers:
      │││
      └─┘ = 0 (an upright open box with a third line down the middle that does not connect to the bottom of the box)
      ─┐
      ─┘ = 5 (an open box with the opening facing to the left)

      Has anyone noticed any others?

      • BrainwreckedTech 3:50 pm on January 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        I wish I still had the PSU fonts or I could list them all. The fonts were part of a fan site pack made by Sega themselves.

  • BrainwreckedTech 2:15 pm on January 19, 2007 Permalink | Reply
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    Phantasy Star Universe XBox 360 Clothing Glitch 

    [Update: On February 23rd, Sega released a patch through XBox Live that updated the client to prevent this. Apparently, it wasn't half-naked female characters running about that caused a problem so much as it was the fact that this glitch completely screwed up Cast characters.]

    PSU LogoA week ago, Sega released swimsuits for people’s characters. By now you may have seen quite a few people running around in mixed ensembles — female characters wearing pants or shorts with a bikini top or male characters shirtless with regular clothes. How do you do this when the the swimsuit is an all or nothing thing? They exploited a glitch.

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    • XxwillhamxX@aol.com 7:53 pm on July 20, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      does this glitch work for the demo version????

    • wmrghgfhg 7:10 pm on September 2, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      yes

    • loli 1:16 am on May 2, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      cool, is there any other way you can do this clothes glitch?

    • brainwreckedtech 12:10 am on May 3, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      No. And I can’t believe this bug is still a big deal. It was discovered over a year ago and it’s been squashed almost as long (in the full version of PSU).
       
      Why not join the PSU community? You don’t even have to glitch any more — the Ambition of the Illuminus expansion pack brought swim separates due the popularity of the glitch.

    • tyler 7:22 pm on June 19, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      you mentioned that there was a way to make the characters naked, (just for kicks) can you describe how?

    • brainwreckedtech 8:33 pm on June 19, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      No, I said “half-naked.” I don’t know about you, but for the rest of the world that seems to be a pretty adequate way to describe someone running around with pants or shorts but no shirt.

    • Nathan 1:31 am on June 28, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      after putting on the clothes, do you exit the changing room and press the guide button or press it after putting on the clothes while inside the room still?

    • brainwreckedtech 3:29 am on June 30, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I think you have to exit the Dressing Room for the wardrobe change to take effect, so yes. Article edited to make this clearer.

    • tyler 1:46 am on July 20, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Even if theyre “half naked” theyre still lacking parts of clothing so you just basicly tried to make me wrong by saying fundamentaly the same thing i did.

    • brainwreckedtech 10:22 pm on July 21, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Until you learn the difference between half-naked and naked, do yourself a favor and stop posting.

    • atv 8:00 pm on September 30, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      can you do the coping glitch with this like if someone has armor that you want and you cant aford cant you make a copy and get it for free

    • brainwreckedtech 12:06 pm on October 1, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      No. Work for your shit.

      Look, I’m not above glitching myself, but this just completely takes all work and any sense of accomplishment out of getting the good stuff.

    • Free Xbox Live 9:18 pm on August 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Lol, yeah, I heard of this glitch way back when. It seemed a bit useless though

    • Demon 10:31 am on March 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Is there such a glitch where you can get free clothes????

    • brainwreckedtech 2:22 am on March 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      No, and that does it for the ask-me-about-a-glitch crowd. Ask me for a glitch, and your comments gets canned.
       
      Attitude much? Yes, because I got asked about this on Xbox Live as well. That’s GOT as in USED TO. Even with the negative stereotypes of the Xbox Live community, even they eventually give up.
       
      But not you people. There a clothing glitch? Maybe I can make them completely naked! Or maybe I can copy other peoples’ armor! Or maybe I can get free clothes! It’s like you’re searching for your mile now that you’ve been given an inch. Someone needs to slap the stupid out of you like your mother or father should have.
       
      For the non-ADHD-riddled viewers out there, hope you had fun with this glitch THREE FRICKIN’ YEARS AGO and feel free to reminisce here if you like.

    • Punishedslayer 12:25 pm on March 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      *AGITO REPCA 10/10 80 MIL WFC* lmfao ><

      • brainwreckedtech 12:29 pm on March 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Never saw the WFC, but the memories of endless spam that could only be silenced with a black listing still remain.

    • Punishedslayer 12:34 pm on March 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Also the endless amount of pixel humping or guys trying to show off and try to win girls ><

      • brainwreckedtech 12:43 pm on March 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Girls on MMOs, largely, do not exist. And by girls, I mean non-emo non-friends-as-trophies non-do-things-for-me non-batshit-crazy non-disgraces-to-gender females.

        • Cuddles-San 4:45 pm on December 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          girl on games are as rare as me losing my soul to Warcraft…Ahaha..ha..haa….. never again O_O”
          *huddles in corner mumbling to self*
          PSU is fun i have to admit, but like all games…another will come a squash its glory, but ive not actually seen anyone squash PSU yet…so it still MUST be a good game :)
          ill have to start playing it again ^_^”

  • BrainwreckedTech 5:16 am on December 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: atlus, gameboy advance, , sega, , ,   

    From the You-Did-Not-Just-Say-That Dept. 

    All-Your-Base Reference From Phantasy Star Universe (XB360):

    All Your Base Reference In Phantasy Star Universe

    They didn’t investigate what “Wang” meant in the USA. Why should “toilet paper” be any different? From Riviera: The Promised Land (GBA):

    Inadvertently Funny Line From Riviera

    Sorry about the lens flare and the camera reflection, but I could not get a good picture with a flash.

     
  • BrainwreckedTech 5:36 am on November 28, 2006 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , phatasy star, , sega, , ,   

    Sega and Phantasy Star Universe: What Were They Thinking? 

    PSU LogoPhantasy Star Universe really has me scratching my head during my offline hours. The game play is excellent, but how you connect with other people baffles me.

    Let me get this straight: XBox 360 owners are cut off from PS2 and PC owners, right? That must mean they “XBox Live-ified” the “partner card” system for the XBox 360 version, right? Instead of having to exchange cards, I can look up people in my XBox Live Friends, right? Wrong.

    WTF? Now why on Earth would Sega do that? Doesn’t seem logical from a sales standpoint to cut off one gaming console from the rest of the pack. In fact the only logical conclusion is that this was not Sega’s intention.

    The only other party involved is Microsoft. Unfortunately, logic fails here too — why would Microsoft want to see the PC and XBox 360 sides divided? If anything, they’d want the PS2 version quarantined. An argument might be made that Microsoft is just trying the separate the XBox 360 as a superior gaming device. That argument fails when you consider the audiences — 6 million XBox 360 owners, 100 million PS2 owners, and up to 750 million PC owners. Suicide!

    OK, so XBox 360 PSU isn’t going to play nice with PS2 and PC PSU. Can we at least switch our Guardians Licenses between the the two? I mean, after all, no matter what name you’re using on any one platform, it all boils down to a unique ID number that’s optionally visible while playing, right? Any name can be attached to a number. Well, no. Sega ain’t going to do it. Not even between billing cycles. Not even if you cancel one system’s License and start anew on another.

    I think I’m beginning to see where the problem lies.

     
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