Using Playstation 3 Controller With PC Games

Want to know how to use a Playstation 3 controller with PC games?  Actually, in the video right after the break, I show you how to use a PS3 controller as a PS3 controller and how to use PS3 controller to emulate XBox 360 controller for PC games.  By following my tutorial, you can only use the controllers with PC games that are specifically supporting PS3 and XBox 360 controllers.  Enjoy!!!

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What About Xbox Smartglass?

English: Microsoft XBOX 360 Kinect Sensor. Vid...

English: Microsoft XBOX 360 Kinect Sensor. Video Kinect: Make live video chats with your Xbox LIVE users under the Standard kinect camera. Video Kinect (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Just like you, I’m just hearing about Xbox Smartglass.  Microsoft promises to change how you watch your media, play video games, and surf the web evermore with Xbox Smartglass.  From watching the YouTube video which had been uploaded by YouTube user, WMPowerUser, it appears that Xbox Smartglass allows users to push media from a mobile device, whether that be an Android or iPhone or iPad or Windows Phone, onto the living room TV which connects to an Xbox 360.  This means you can watch whatever on your mobile device halfway and then push the media onto the TV which resides in your living room so you can finish watching or playing the rest of the media.  It’s unclear that users will be able to do this for movies and songs only, because if users can also push video games, web browsing materials, and much more from one device onto another using Xbox Smartglass, it will be truly awesome as users get to be evermore immersive with their media through the devices that they’ve already owned and loved.

The genius of Xbox Smartglass is a step beyond Kinect.  It does not require users to buy specific device to make it works, because Xbox Smartglass is an application which will be released by Microsoft for many popular devices that people might have already owned.  Nonetheless, the combination of Xbox Smartglass and Kinect is truly remarkable as it allows users to be able to use not only their mobile devices as the coolest remote controls but in conjunction with Kinect they can also rely on their other human sensors such as hand gesture and voice to fully satisfy how one would go about communicating with their media devices.  Xbox 360 combines Kinect and Smartglass to allow users to be able to surf the web on their TV like never before, because mobile devices will be able to control the web surfing activity on the TV and Kinect will allow users to use voice and gesture to navigate the web even further.  Obviously though, without Xbox 360 neatly dictates the wishes and wants from the mobile devices and the TVs, there won’t be the amazing feat of expanding the media experience.  Even the Kinect itself is just an accessory to Xbox 360.

Perhaps, the next generation of Xbox video game console might make the living room media experience even better than what we have seen so far with Xbox 360.  One thing though, I dislike how I’ve to pay an annual fee for Xbox Live so I can stream Netflix videos and other similar streaming contents.  After all, I’m already a Netflix subscriber, why would I want to go pay Microsoft for something that I already have a subscription to?  In fact, I can just hook my PC or PS3 to a TV and get to watch Netflix for free!  I think Xbox Live is a big mistake, because it’s something that might make users who do not like the idea of having too many annual fee this and that on the top of other monthly fees from various media services.  When adding all the monthly and annual fees up, users will see that each year their media pleasure might be rather expensive than they would have thought!!!  I think Microsoft might be able to convince more people to adopt Xbox 360 and future Xbox console iterations in the living room by letting go the Xbox Live annual fee.

Witcher 2 Enhanced Edition Update Patch Pack0.dzip Error For PC Version Corrupted Witcher 2 Launcher And Prevented Gamers From Updating Witcher 2

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Update:  You might want to check out Solution To Witcher 2 Enhanced Edition Update Errors post which is more recent than this one and has a solution to your Witcher 2 enhanced edition update errors.

If you’re a fan and a PC gamer of Witcher 2, you probably had already tried to update the regular Witcher 2 to Witcher 2 enhanced edition for PC version.  Unfortunately, I’ve found out that there are many people included me who cannot successfully update Witcher 2 to Witcher 2 enhanced edition since there is this error known as pack0.dzip which complains that it’s corrupted.  I’ve looked everywhere on the web, hoping to find the solution to this very update error, but it seems that all the suggestions are for naught.  Manual patch through Witcher 2’s link here (http://en.thewitcher.com/ee_manual/) worked for some people, but many more people had found out that downloaded so called part 2 patch to replace the part 2 patch which came from the 10 GB+ Witcher 2 auto download enhanced edition patches came up with the same pack0.dzip error when one tried to update Witcher 2 to the enhanced edition.  I found this out myself too!  Not only the Witcher 2 enhanced edition patch had failed to update, it also had corrupted the Witcher 2 launcher.  People found this out as they could not relaunch their Witcher 2 game.  For me, I had to reinstall and tried the Witcher 2 enhanced patch again to see if I had any luck, but I found the same pack0.dzip error stared at me as if I was being mocked for the second time.  Licked my wound, I uninstalled Witcher 2 altogether.  I will not install Witcher 2 again and probably will not be able to make another video on Witcher 2 until Witcher 2 rolls out a patch that will allow me to update correctly.  I’m very disappointed of not being able to play Witcher 2 enhanced edition and my regular version for sometimes to come.  Sad face…

Witcher 2 Assassins Of Kings Game Play Part 02

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings

Slow day for tech, but not for gaming in my case I guess.  Anyhow, I had recorded and posted game play part 02 for Witcher 2 Assassins of Kings to my YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/essayboard).  I think I had used the right encoder this time, therefore the picture for this video is quite gorgeous if you can stream it with 1080p quality (i.e., your Internet connection is capable of streaming high definition speed).  Anyhow, enjoy and stay tune for the third part…

(Before watching, you have been warned — the video below contains mature content, please stop watching and exit the video if you’re under 18 year of age!)

Witcher 2 Assassins Of Kings Game Play Part 01 (And Review)

The Witcher 2 key chain

The Witcher 2 key chain (Photo credit: Sergey Galyonkin)

By April 17th of this year, Witcher 2 enhanced edition will come out.  Thanks to the news and buzzes of the release of Witcher 2 enhanced edition, now I get to know about the Witcher series.  I never had played the first Witcher and the enhanced edition for the first Witcher game, therefore I cannot comment how good the first two might be.  Nonetheless, I had bought Witcher 2 the regular edition two days ago, and I have to say I’m enjoying the game very much.  From what I heard, gamers who have the Witcher 2 regular edition can get a free upgrade to the enhanced edition, but I’m not sure if this is the case.  I hope it will be the case, and so I’m crossing my fingers.

The Witcher 2 regular edition is vile (in a fun way), violent, and explicit.  How explicit?  Your character can basically go to a brothel and have sex, it’s that explicit enough?  So, it’s obvious Witcher series isn’t for young minds, because it got very mature content.  I don’t know how good the stories for the first two games of this series might be, but I really like how the story of the Witcher 2 is unfolding.  I’m not sure if this will be the case when I get to the end of the Witcher 2 story, because I’m only scratching the surface of this game.  Nonetheless, the content is rich and being richer as it’s imbued with extravagant details.  No single scene within Witcher 2 is ugly in my opinion, because the level of details is simply too rich for any gamer’s blood.  Tis a good thing!  Tis making the whole idea of submerging oneself into a world of Witcher more enjoyable and believable.

I definitely like the game, but I’ve to say I cannot get use to the game mechanics yet!  Witcher 2 game mechanics’ quirks might have to be the case of it’s being marketed for both Xbox 360 console and PC.  This type of games tends to incorporate or mix the elements of console and PC together, therefore PC gamers might have difficulty of using the game mechanics.  On the other hand, console gamers will have easier time since console games are usually designed to work really well with the controllers, or else the games will definitely stink.  I’m playing Witcher 2 on a PC, and so I notice how inventory UI (user interface) is somewhat resembling to how a gamer would expect the appearance and the behavior of a game’s inventory on a console.  Thus the experience of using console UI on a PC for inventory in Witcher 2 is rather somewhat confusing.  Another quirky thing about Witcher 2 mechanics on PC is about how moving a character around.  The A, S, and D keys aren’t behaving as how PC games would, because the camera will not swing in the direction that keys A,S, and D steer a character.  Instead, gamers have to use W key to move a character forward as the mouse moves the camera — this means that the character will only be able to move and look in the directions that accord to the mouse’s camera positions.  It feels unnatural this way!

Then again, every gamer has their own preferences on PC game mechanics, therefore my preferences of PC game mechanics not necessary translate into how things should be in regarding to game mechanics for PC games.  So far though, I like Witcher 2 (Assassins of Kings) a lot despite this game mechanics do give me some problems.  I guess, tis because of the superb quality of the game content and graphic.  I think if I have to rate this game out of five whatever, I give it 3.5 whatever, and this rate is for Witcher 2 (Assassins of Kings) particularly.  I can’t rate the first two games of the series since I had never even played them before.  Let hope Witcher 2 (Assassins of Kings) enhanced edition will bring even more improvements to an already awesome game.

I like the game enough to make a video for it.  Check out the Witcher 2 (Assassins of Kings) game play part 01 right after the break.  Enjoy!

Just A So So Experience With Controlling Xbox Through Voice

After the new Xbox Dashboard update for Xbox yesterday, I’m now able to control Xbox with voice in a more extensive way.  Still, I think when I’m talking to Xbox, it does feel as if I’m talking to a stupid robot!  Sometimes, I have to repeat my commands.  At other times, I have to figure out what to say first before Xbox could wake up and understand me.  Often times, I have to make sure there is a black panel on the bottom of the screen of the dashboard, because without it, there won’t be a small microphone icon and I won’t be able to talk to Xbox.  I also notice there are windows within Xbox Live, I often stumble upon, require me to use my controller still.

I think Microsoft has released a better Xbox Dashboard, but I’m not impressed.  Sure, the new Xbox Dashboard is way better than the old one, but voice controller is somewhat iffy still that I prefer the use of the controller.  If I’m not wrong, Microsoft should be hard at work in improving the intelligence behind the technology which allows Kinect and Xbox to be able to process the words that come out from the mouth of any human.  If Microsoft isn’t, then I think Xbox will eventually lose luster and play catch up to something else that does it better in respect to voice intelligence.

I think voice intelligence that is able to understand the words that come out of the mouth of any human in natural way will be very popular and useful in many ways in the future.  One example would be telling a device to search for something on the Internet.  OK, sure, Xbox is now allowing users/gamers use voice commands and demand Bing to search for something, but I’ve found out that it’s rather hard to do so.  Either I’m clueless how Xbox Bing should work, because for the life of me I could not ask Xbox Bing to search for what I want.  Correct me if I’m wrong, perhaps Xbox Bing is only searching for games, music, videos, movies, and whatever else that is available on Xbox Live and console.  If this is the case, then Xbox Bing isn’t yet capable in searching the entire Internet as how Bing normally does through a web browser.

Shutting down Xbox through voice is fun if you know how to; the correct way is by saying “Xbox Go Home, Settings, Turn Off , Yes.”  This is why Microsoft definitely needs to make Xbox understands longer phrases in natural way and not through specific commands.  Nonetheless, it’s easier now for Xbox users/gamers to control Xbox through voice than before.

In summary, it’s now possible for Xbox users/gamers to play movies, music, games, and do other things with voice commands.  Before, Xbox users/gamers could only command Xbox through voice in a more limited way.  Still, Xbox voice intelligence leaves much to be improved, because it’s not natural for users/gamers to remember specific commands and reading what could be read inside Xbox Dashboard and other sections inside Xbox Live.  It’s much better if users/gamers can just speak naturally to Xbox.  Xbox isn’t Siri, but don’t we wish Xbox is capable as Siri?  How about even better, I think Xbox should be able to talk back to Xbox users/gamers in a natural way.