290w ago - Going 'off the grid' is something we hear a lot of these days. The 'grid' has become choka with everything from shopping list at Tescos to secret government files, usually involving your shopping list at Tescos. The grid isn't the place to be if you're on the run.
The latest Sega game to sneak out of America, that I've been privy too this issue, is based squarely around the idea of going off the grid, or instigating the alpha protocol as fancy spies call it.
Alpha Protocol casts you in the shoes of Michael Thorton, a super spy cut from the same cloth as Jason Bourne and Jack Bauer, and apparently he's just as unlucky as following a botched mission must fight against his former colleagues to prove his innocence.
On the face of it, this is a similar game to Bourne et al, however developer Obsidian is one of the world's leading RPG studios with Knights Of The Old Republic and Midwinter Nights 2 on their CV - games as well respected as Oblivion for scale, script and originality. So, though the action plays out in real time, using a cover fire system close to Uncharted, there's more going on behind the scenes than a comparison deserves.
Alpha Protocol is an action RPG, as such there is a class system close to Fallout 3 in here for you to upgrade. There will...
- Correctly loads geckoloader code from USBGecko flash
- Front SD slot is now supported; SDGecko slot support has been removed.
- FAT16 is now supported; you should save your ELF executable on your SD card as "boot.elf".
- RZDJ is now supported
- Added support for Geckoloader stub: If you have a USBGecko installed and have already run the Geckoloader program to install into flash, then the Twilight Hack will try to load that stub if it does not detect an SD card.
300w ago - While we await the start of our PS3 KeyVault Project for retail PS3 consoles, below is a screenshot of something else I have been tinkering with recently via Debug.
As hinted by PS3News already HERE, it is a Backup Launcher for a PS3 Development Unit as shown. At the moment it it still pre-Alpha and very incomplete, however it allows:
- Boot PS3 Games from HDD
- Boot PS3 Games from DVD/BD-ROM
- Copy Original PS3 Games from DVD/BD-ROM to HDD
- Patch the executable on some games to run from HDD
Note: This will ONLY work on a DEVELOPMENT CONSOLE, not a RETAIL PS3 unit!
To be added soon:
- Read PARAM.SFO for name/titleid, patch to menu (Alpha is hard-coded)
- Support for deleting games from the menu
- Support a few more games to start (Alpha is hard-coded for four)
- Possible support for a "select" menu, versus the button presses
Optimistic things to be added:
- A better GUI
- Backing up PS3 Game files to PC
For those curious, how it works briefly: when the launcher is started, you can copy a game to the PS3 HDD. It will create a folder on the hard disk and copy the Game...
301w ago - Sakya has issued an update to LightMP3, a lightweight audio player for the PSP. In addition to the usual bug fixes, Alpha 4 features shuffle and repeat playback modes, support for the PSP's remote control peripheral, and an increased playlist limit - up to 3000 entries can now be saved per playlist.
* Playlist limit raised to 3000 tracks
* Added support for remote control (untested, my remote is broken)
* Fixed many crashes caused by ID3v2 tag reading (mostly cover art)
* Added support for png file for ID3v2's cover art
* In the Media Library you can now enter a selection, play it or add it to the current playlist (please refer to the README for controls)
* Fixed Shuffle
* Added Shuffle/Repeat play mode
* Faster opening of MP3 file.
304w ago - Sakya has updated his lightweight audio player for the PSP known as LightMP3. Still in its Alpha stages, the updated player utilizes the OSLib toolkit, featuring an ergonomic interface that is highly customizable.
Keep in mind, though, that this release is for testing purposes only. As the author points out, certain features such as FLAC playback and USB access are not working properly in this build.