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Version 1.6 is going to be released this week according to Notch on twitter:

1.6 is aimed at Wednesday. Which means we’ll probably release it late Thursday. 😉

This release contains the Nether for SMP as well as craftable maps. No mention of Pistons (delayed because Jeb switched projects), but there will be hatches. This release will also fix the “minecart booster bug” and make the booster rails “speedier”. See the full changelist after the jump.
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Posted by Xsyntrex on 05.23.11
Posted under: New Games

You can now natively play over 100 classic Atari titles on your IOS device. The breakdown is 18 arcade games and 92 2600 games. A select few allow for multiplayer over bluetooth. The list can be found here, and a review can be found here. The review is quite glowing. I installed this on my Ipad, and the games are ported over quite well and the user interface is fairly easy to navigate. Using the touch screen was a bit of a challenge for me, however. I plan on giving it some time to see if my coordination comes around, but I don’t have much hope for that. A small company plans on coming out with a mini-joystick for touch devices. I may buy one to play with these games.

Posted by Zoyx on 04.07.11

Hori EX2 Opened

Commander Tim pointed me toward the Hori EX2 fighting stick. Unfortunately it comes with a square restrictor plate, more meant for fighting games. Not good for Pac-man. So I purchased a Sanwa octagonal restrictor plate. I only had to drill four holes for the screws… fit right in. The results are above. The previous restrictor plate is loose in the lower left.

A couple weeks ago, the DVD drive stopped working. A little more involved modding for the replacement of this. This project involved desoldering the controller card from the old drive, then resoldering this card to the new drive. This went surprisingly well, considering I’m not the greatest solderer in the world.

While I had the Xbox open, I did some other modding. I purchased a new case that came with LEDs. Also purchased the Talismoon “whisper” replacement fans. Whisper is in quotes because it isn’t totally quiet. The Xbox definitely needed some cleaning, here is a picture of the dirt that had accumulated on the heatsink. Now you know one reason why Xbox 360s overheat and die.

So here is the final result. Pretty fancy, eh. A touch quieter, but I am sure it isn’t quieter than an Xbox 360 slim. The octagonal restrictor in the Hori EX2 increased my 5 minute score on the Championship II maze for PC CE DX to 1.4 million from 1.22 million.

Posted by Zoyx on 11.27.10
Posted under: Console, Creation & Innovation, New Games

Pac-Man Championship Edition DX came out yesterday. I downloaded it to my Xbox 360 just now. The Ars Technica review reminded me to buy it. It is indeed crazy. The attached screenshot was my 2nd game. I need to friend you guys up if we do that friendly competition.

Posted by Zoyx on 11.18.10
Posted under: Console, New Games

Optimized for iPhone 4 and iPad. What the team at id Software is doing with this engine is incredible. John Gruber said it best: “Imagine going back in time just four years ago and showing this to someone, explaining that it’s running on your cell phone.” Link

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Posted under: New Games