Halo 2 PC Online – Project Cartographer Tutorial (November 2016)


Revisions:
11-23-16 Initial release.


Hey guys,

Recently I got a lot of gamers telling me that in my previous Halo 2 Project Cartographer video that the files linked didn’t work, or maybe they had issues on Windows 10. All of that didn’t make any sense to me at all, so earlier today I reinstalled the game, got the Halo 2 Launcher file from h2v.online, and it got my game online on the first try!

So how does it work? Here is the quick text tutorial:

  1.  Install Halo 2 Vista PC on your computer. It works fine on my Windows 10 64-bit machine.
  2. Get the Halo 2 Launcher from h2v.online/install. Link here.
  3. Put the .exe in the root of your Halo 2 folder.
  4. Run the .exe, make an account, and then sign in and play!

For the visual learners out there, see my video tutorial below.  Enjoy!


Video Tutorial

NOX – Free Game on Origin!

Revisions:

6-2-16: Initial release.


Right now for a limited time, if you go to the Origin software, the next free game on the house is NOX! I remember playing this game ages ago when Westwood Studios was still alive, the same guys who brought you Command and Conquer.

If you are not familiar with NOX, it is like a Diablo like clone, but with its own twist on the RPG scene. It still has LAN, so you can definitely play it local or online with a program like Tunngle or Gameranger. If you are into free games, I suggest you at least get this game to add to your Origin library before it is too late! Enjoy!

How To Play PS1 USB Games on Modded PS2 Using Popstarter

Revisions:

3-24-16: Initial release.

 


Hey guys,

So recently I finally got the time to do a proper popstarter USB video. If you are not familiar with Popstarter, basically what it does is when you have the proper files, you can play your PS1 games via USB on the PS2 that is modded (can be modchip or FMCB) and the game compatibility is very high. See the video tutorial at the end of this post for exact process details. But in a nutshell, the process is as follows:

  1. Get the all the correct software from Assemblergames: Link
    1. The software is Cue2Pops v2.0 along with the gui program
    2. Get the stable and beta version of popstarter.
  2. Extract Cue2Pops program into its own folder. Extract the GUI program and put that into the Cue2Pops root folder.
  3. Get the PFS_WRAPS.BIN file from the WIP 05 zip file and extract that to the desktop.
  4. Get the POPSTARTER.ELF file from the WIP 06 zip file and extract that to the desktop.
  5. Format a USB thumb drive or external hard drive as FAT 32.
  6. Create a “POPS” folder without quotes on the root of your FAT 32 usb device. Inside this “POPS” folder, put the PFS_WRAPS.BIN file in there. You also want another file called “POPS.PAK”. Use google to find it, or check out this boring link here.
  7. Now find a PS1 game that is a .bin and .cue file extension. Run the CUE2Pops gui program, give it the input file of the .cue, and the output path should be your POPS folder on your usb device. Convert it over.
  8. Now take the POPSTARTER.ELF file from the desktop, and put that into the root of your usb device (or in a folder), and name it like this without quotes “XX.nameofgame.elf”.  For example, “XX.Marvel vs Capcom.elf”.
  9. Now eject the hard drive, plug into the PS2. Turn it on, navigate to Ulaunchelf and then go to your MASS drive and run the .elf file for your game. If all done correctly, the game will load and you will have a good time! Enjoy!

Video Tutorial:

Street Fighter V – Live Action Performance?

Revisions:

2-07-16: Initial release.

 


So earlier today I was checking out my Appy Gamer app, and Street Fighter V is coming out this month. As part of the Marketing promotion, Capcom made a Street Fighter V Live Dance performance where seeing is believing. Check out the video below and let us know what you think!

Happy Thanksgiving 2015!

For those of you today who are celebrating Thanksgiving, I just wanted to say Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy the holiday season, and if you are going out shopping on Black Friday, let us know what you are planning to get!

Do It Yourself – Make Your Own Computer Desk!


Revisions:
10-25-15: Initial release.


So its been awhile since my last blog post, but here is a project I’d like to briefly touch upon that I think most of you guys will get a kick out of it, unless you saw the youtube video already.🙂

For the longest time, I wanted to build my own computer desk that was minimalist, while at the same time, had enough functionality to it so I could do a 2 workstation setup, which would work great for LAN play, or having another machine near by so I could do video tutorials easier.

A few weeks back, I did exactly that and had a lot of fun making my own computer desk. The total cost was less than $40 USD, using two file cabinets I had handy to make it as my stand, and then the rest of the desk was wood and hardware that I got at Menards.

See the video below to see my before and after, it is quite shocking!

Gmyle Black Silicon Cover Keyboard Review


Revision:
8-29-15: Initial release.


Recently I got an Acer 11.6″ Chromebook (CB3-111-C8UB) model, and one of the things that I wanted to do from the beginning is protect my investment.

An easy way to do this is protect the keyboard from your daily interaction whether that is grime, dirt, germs, etc from your hands. If you care about your machine and want the keyboard to last as long as possible (and look good), then consider a Gmyle keyboard protector. You can get this from Amazon or Ebay for about $10USD, and I think its  a stellar deal.

For more info, see the youtube video I did. Enjoy!

Starfriend – Dedicated Server/LAN Emulator for Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm

Revisions:
8-23-15: Initial release.


Hey guys,

With the third game coming out this Winter, I thought it be fun to get back into Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm and investigate the Starfriend method for the game. If you are not familiar with Starfriend, it is an emulator that originally came out for Starcraft 2: Wings of Liberty that will allow you to play the game online via dedicated servers outside of Blizzard, or even let you play on your own hosted server online or through LAN!

For those that don’t know, the game does not support LAN so of course this is a major breakthrough!

I recently did a video tutorial on this topic, and I will summarize high level what is involved to get Starfriend to work with your copy of Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm. The main forum tutorial link will be at the bottom of this post as well.

High Level Tutorial Summary:

  1. Obtain the game and install. You can login to the Battle.net service, and download a free copy of the Starcraft 2 Starter Edition. If you do this method, make sure you login to the game once, and then log out back to the Desktop.
  2. Get Starfriend 1.x.
  3. Get map cache.
  4. Extract Starfriend anywhere on your computer.
  5. Extract the map cache contents into the root of your Starfriend folder.
  6. Run the Leatrix Latency Fix 1.23.
  7. Start the Starfriend emulator. From the GUI, you can host a server, or join a game that is either your friends/own server or an existing lobby on a dedicated server.
    1. When you login, the username is “gg@gl.hf” without quotes, and the password is “gg” without quotes.
    2. The person who logins first will have a set of stars around the Username which resembles this is the host.
    3. Any person who logins afterwards will be just clients, and they will need for the host to invite them to play.

For more details and to get the files, see the video tutorial and the forum link below. Enjoy!

Youtube Video:

Forum Tutorial with files: Link

PS3 Homebrew App – Movian – Great Way To Play Any Movie File Format

 

Revisions:

7-6-15: Initial release.


 

If you are a PS3 user and you are one of the lucky few with a CFW or modded (jailbroken) PS3 console, you will find out that it cannot play every single movie file format from a usb device. For example, it cannot play .mkv natively, or it doesn’t support .srt subtitle files that are in the same directory as your movie.

The old school method involved converting your videos to .mp4, and hard code your subtitles into the movie (if you want subtitles) so it can play on the PS3 properly. Well, I found a new app called Movian (formerly known as Showtime) that turns your PS3 into the ultimate home theater machine. Think XBMC, but changed for PS3.

There are so many features I could rant about, but there are my favorites:

  • Plays  variety of movie and audio formats
  • Stream online television, audio, and movies using plugins
  • Can automatically download subtitles for your movies
  • Easy to use interface

Installation is a piece of cake. Basically you download the latest .pkg file, put it on your usb fat32 device, plug it into the PS3 front usb port, run the pkg file installer, and then run Movian under the TV Services section on the main XMB screen.

It is a great program that does a lot. I highly recommend it. Don’t take my word for it, see my video tutorial below as well. Enjoy!

Movian: https://movian.tv/

Video Tutorial

 

 

Happy 4th of July – 2015!


Revisions:
7-4-15: Initial release.


For those who are celebrating this holiday today in USA, I want to say Happy 4th of July, keep safe, and enjoy the holiday!