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SimCity Source Code

My friend Don has updated the source code for his version of SimCity and made it available as an open source project named Micropolis. Electronic Arts generously made the source available as part of the One Laptop per Child project. I am quite familiar with SimCity source code, and I'm sure Don... read more →

Wii On The Spot

If you watch the 2/8/07 video of Gamespot's "On The Spot" web show, you can see more live demos of the Wii (and PS3) game I'm working on. See if you can recognize the slouching demo guy… http://www.gamespot.com/pages/features/onthespot/index.php ... read more →

Wii Controls Video

A cool video is out that shows off the custom Wii controls in the game I'm working on. Check it out here: http://media.wii.ign.com/media/842/842201/vids_1.html Update: Wow, it is now in the Top 20 on YouTube . ... read more →

GameCube Games for Wii

One of the many cool things about the Nintendo Wii [godfatherwiivideo, wiionthespot, wiibomberman, wiisensorextension, wiigcgames] is the fact that it can play all games made for the Nintendo GameCube. There were a ton of neat games made for the GC, and most of them are now available for less than ... read more →

Extending Wii Sensor Bar Cable

I'm seeing a bunch of wild and crazy solutions on the net for dealing with the short Wii Sensor Bar cable. I wonder why people are going so crazy with this thing when it is a simple two-conductor wire? If you have even the most basic of soldering skills (or not!), you can pretty easily extend ... read more →

Star Trek: Tactical Assault

Star Trek: Tactical Assault for the Sony PSP and Nintendo DS is an underrated game. However, it isn't for everyone: It is a Star Trek game It is for Trekkies who like the Star Trek II era of Trek It is generally derived from an old paper and miniatures game called Star Fleet Battles The comba... read more →

Waiting Rather Than Acting

A few months ago on Kevin Smith's blog, he lamented that a movie idea of his was getting made. Without him. Several years ago, he had an idea for a particular film story, but never got around to making it. As time passed, someone else eventually, and independantly, came up with a very similar... read more →


As you probably already know, the Nintendo Wii is a must-own video game system. The included Wii Sports game is an excellent family game that is practically worth the price of the system. But, in my opinion, the real reason to buy a Wii is: Bomberman '93 For a mere six bucks, you can download ... read more →

Cooking with Stylus

Cooking Mama is a ridiculous game for the Nintendo DS. And I mean that in a very tasty way, as Cooking Mama is a quick appetizer of a game that is well worth the $19 price tag. The game involves using the DS Stylus to whip up a variety of dishes, mostly Japanese-style. You start by preparing a ba... read more →

The Godfather for Xbox 360

The Godfather: The Game [godfatherwiivideo, godfather360, godfather] is out for the Xbox 360 . If you've played it on the PS2, you'll find a bunch of new features in the 360 version, including some new missions, a new ability to hire crew members, and my personal favorite, the ability to br... read more →

Rediscovering SimCity Classic Live

Every year or two, someone rediscovers that you can play the full original SimCity Classic over on simcity.com. Today, a writer at 1UP discovered this. SimCity Classic Live was launched back in 1998, and supported Internet Explorer 3, IE4, and Netscape Navigator 4 (!). It runs as an ActiveX contro... read more →

Honor Student Bumper Sticker

Awesome. Last week, I saw parody of the "my kid is an honor student" bumper sticker. On a car in Hayward, I saw a bumper sticker that read, "My gamer fragged your honor student." ... read more →

Takahashi Meijin

Oh wow, my old pal Takahashi Meijin has a web site and a blog which he seems to update regularly: http://www.hudson.co.jp/16shot/. I wish I wasn't so illiterate in Japanese so I could read it. And I have got to order one of his T-Shirts. If you don't know who Takahashi Meijin is, he's... read more →

Impressive Xbox 360 DVD Player

To my surprise, the DVD player in the Xbox 360 [xbox360dvdplayer, xbox360firstplay, xbox360ad] is pretty impressive. Compared to my Panasonic XP50, the Xbox 360 DVD player shows a noticeably sharper picture with stronger color when connected to my Samsung HL-R4667 via component cables. The technic... read more →

Xbox 360 First Impressions

Just got an Xbox 360 set up with the rest of my consoles. Some quick first impression notes: The original Xbox Wireless Bridge works just fine with the 360. An optical digital audio cable is not included. Glad I had a spare one. The 360 is pretty noisy, but not much more so than the Xbox and PS2. ... read more →

The Godfather: The Game

Leave the gun, take the cannolli. The Godfather ships today for PS2, Xbox, and Windows XP. I think gamers are going to be very surprised to see a game like this come from EA. The PS2 and Xbox games are well worth playing on current gen consoles. No need to wait for XBOX360… play it now. Th... read more →

Satisfyingly Simple Sudoku

The Sudoku craze that has swept through Japan and England has finally caught traction in the US. If you haven't played it, Sudoku is a numerical puzzle consisting of a 9×9 grid. A little like a crossword puzzle, the goal is to fill each row with the numbers 1 through 9 (no duplicates), a... read more →

Excellent Xbox 360 Commercial

A few weeks ago, the Inside Microsoft site posted a video of an Xbox 360 TV commercial that is pure genius. It truly captures a childhood sense of fake guns and combat "play", except that in the commercial, the kids are actually adult commuters. This instantly brought back memories of ba... read more →

An Oasis of Excellent Gameplay

In my effort to find great, short games to play during long data builds at work, I downloaded and played Oasis, an award winner from the 2004 Independent Games Festival. Where Strange Adventures in Infinite Space could be called a five-minute version of Masters of Orion, Oasis could be called a fiv... read more →

Games for Hairdressers

While I was getting a haircut this weekend, the woman cutting my hair mentioned that she was "totally addicted to computer games" right now. When I asked what game she was playing, her answer was Texas Hold 'Em Poker. Intrigued, I asked her several more questions about games, and fou... read more →

A DOS Box for Classic Gaming

I have tons of old games for a variety of systems that I never got around to playing. In search of something I could play while waiting for data builds at work, I reached in to my pile of old games and pulled out Ascendancy, an epic space strategy game circa 1995. Unfortunately, my laptop isn'... read more →

Strange Adventures in Infinite Space

I'm really hooked on the game Strange Adventures in Infinite Space by Digital Eel. The best way to describe it is to say that it's a cross between Spaceward Ho! and the classic Super Star Trek, but… enhanced... so that the entire play experience takes only 15 minutes. This is a great... read more →

Squirrel Squabble

At the Game Developers Conference earlier this year, a student handed me a production quality DVD case of the game Squirrel Squabble. This weekend, I finally had a chance to install and play the game, and I must say, it is a ton of fun. As a cross between old school action platformers and puzzle s... read more →

Dr. Henry Jenkins on Video Game Myths

There is an incredible amount of misinformation about video games being disseminated by the media and narrow-minded politicians regarding Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas . Perhaps some of these ill-informed talking heads should spend a few minutes reading Eight Myths About Video Games Debunked, writt... read more →

PlayStation 2 Controller Range

Every time I use my PlayStation 2 , I need to roll my video game cart closer to the sofa because the standard PS2 DualShock 2 controller cable is too short. I don't have this problem with the long cable on the Xbox Controller S, or with the brilliant Wavebird wireless controller on the GameCu... read more →

Classic Gaming: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Coinciding with the film release and the BBC 4 radio show of Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the BBC created a huge web site repository of Hitchhiker stuff. The coolest thing there? A fully playable version of the original Infocom Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy game... read more →

Wailing in Fight Night: Round 2

I'm not really a boxing fan, but you don't need to be one to love Fight Night: Round 2 from EA. I've never played a game that felt this viscerally satisfying. If you're ever in the mood to just pummel the crap out of someone, you won't find a better outlet than Fight Night: Ro... read more →

Twinoo - The First MoMPG

Twinoo, a cool little DHTML game, is billed as the first Mono MultiPlayer Game, that is, a game that you play against yourself. It pits your right brain versus your left brain, with subjective versus analytical thought. Twinoo is surprisingly addictive, but it actually gives me a headache! ... read more →

Troubles with Fable and 480p

I use the Xbox HDTV AV Kit to connect my Xbox to my HDTV. With it, you can run any Xbox game at its max resolution, whether it is 480i, 480p, 720p, or 1080i. The Peter Molyneux game Fable runs in 480p. But every time I tried to run the game, the graphics would be completely corrupted, rendering ... read more →

Retro Shooting in Alien Hominid

On Wednesday, the PS2/GameCube game Alien Hominid deservedly won three awards at the Independent Games Festival at GDC. Alien Hominid is a tribute to classic side-scrolling shooters like the type you'd see back on the NES and particularly the PC Engine. But its unique hand-drawn comic-book art... read more →

Hal Barwood's RTX Red Rock

I was fortunate enough to see the legendary game designer and screenwriter Hal Barwood give a talk at this year's GDC. During his talk, he mentioned a game he did a few years ago called RTX Red Rock. That one slipped under my radar at the time, so I decided to look for it today. Turns out tha... read more →

Flying the Crimson Skies

I know, I'm like a year and a half late, but I finally started playing Crimson Skies on the Xbox. This game is fantastic, with a really intuitive flight model and control scheme. The production value is top notch (well, for late 2003), with excellent explosions, a respectable storyline, cut s... read more →

FrodoZ C-64 Emulator Beta 2

Squidge just posted a new beta of FrodoZ, the Commodore 64 emulator for the Tapwave Zodiac. The coolest new feature in this version? Sound! It felt great today to hear the classic intro theme to M.U.L.E., even if the song was playing a tad… slow. FrodoZ is a nice piece of work - I can't... read more →

Lovin' the Saitek Gamer's Keyboard

I've been very picky about keyboards over the years, as I tend to type like a machine gun. Several years ago, I found one that I thought was perfect: the NMB RT6856 which used to be bundled with Micron desktops. I actually possess 6 of those. Well, I figured it was time for me to get out of th... read more →

The Urbz!

The Urbz: Sims in the City hits the shelves today on PS2, xbox, GameCube, and GBA. A Nintendo DS version will also be available when the DS is released. Platform notes: The PS2 version supports the Sony Eye Toy The xbox version supports true 720p widescreen HDTV (yum...) The official Urbz web si... read more →