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  • Donncha 11:04 pm on June 4, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Somehow I’m known for “hacked lobbies” on Xbox 360. How the hell did that happen?

    While playing Bad Company 2 with Dvotee, NorseValkyr1e and macmanx this evening a random guy from my friendslist joined our party and asked about hacked lobbies.Why would I get you into a hacked lobby? I hate the thought of them, and don’t even play Modern Warfare 2 any more!

    I think I should clean up my XBL friends list. Only people I know and/or have played BC2 with survive the cull!

    • James 11:10 pm on June 4, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Maybe they saw your epic jeep race through the mountains and figured no normal player could do that? 🙂

      • Donncha 10:29 pm on June 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        I blame MyFingersHurt, we had such a good time I had to recreate it. I think it was him went over that ledge and into the AA gun on Bravo the first time 🙂

        • James 9:04 am on June 6, 2011 Permalink

          I was watching from behind in the tank. I couldn’t figure out why everyone was screaming, then I saw the jeep rip up the hill and fly off the edge.

          It was just so hilarious, I still laugh every time I think about it. 🙂

    • David Nicol 11:35 pm on June 4, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      You have to ask yourself: What would Ken Burton do?

      • Donncha 9:19 pm on June 8, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        I think Ken would walk down a dirty muddy path and offer sage advice while looking into the camera.. 😉

    • getcrackin 8:37 pm on June 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      That’s so weird.

    • Donncha 9:16 pm on June 8, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Here’s another friend request message I just received on XBL. I wonder if he was just watching my Zombie Dance video?

      xeer2000 i really want to be yur friend so plz giv me a chance i am really good at zombies so plz allow me 2

      Doesn’t the lack of recent BLOPs videos hint at the fact I don’t play it any more? Besides, only ever had it on PS3!

    • ur moma 2:02 am on August 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      invite me 2 1

  • Donncha 12:18 pm on September 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Xbox 360   

    Reach preordered 

    After reading the glowing reviews of the new Halo game, and watching Anthony grapple with the frustration of not being home when his copy arrives, I logged into Amazon a few hours ago and ordered my copy.

    This is despite the fact I don’t really want to renew my Xbox Live Gold membership. It expires in November so I better get some online play into my new purchase as quickly as I can!

    I am however looking forward to seeing what cross platform games Bungie create next. Hoping that it will be cross platform too as Microsoft still own a share in the company…

    PS. I’m in Seaside, Florida for the next few days if you’ve wondered why I wasn’t online at all!

    • tyewebb 8:15 pm on September 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I should have my copy of Reach on Tuesday at some point. I sent you a friend request on xbox. Hopefully Reach will be fun even though I’m going to be pretty terrible at it. One nice thing about Halo games is even if you don’t get into the multiplayer, the campaign is good enough to justify the purchase.

      • Donncha 3:56 am on September 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I’ll be home again on Thursday so I’ll probably be online again on Friday. Doubt I’ll get the game from the UK before Monday though. All the reviews said the campaign was very good too so I’m not worried about value for money. Looking forward to playing with you on Xbox 🙂

    • dvotee 11:26 pm on September 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hi mate, hope you are having a good time out there.

      I’ve never really played Halo (except the original – yeah go on say it) so I want to expand my games. You think this one will be worth the ‘coin?’

      Shame about the xbox but I guess if you are not playing that much then why waste the money!!!!

      • Donncha 4:01 am on September 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        It’s great, as long as we’re inside in air conditioned houses! It’s like a sauna outside!

        The reviews I’ve read of the game are all glowing. There are minor niggles, but none that will detract from the game. The game cost me 38 quid (Irish VAT added 2 Pounds Sterling on to it!) but I think it’ll be worth it.

        You never know, maybe I’ll start playing this more and more and devote equal time to Xbox and PS3! 🙂

    • dvotee 10:18 am on September 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Cool, I’ll have to check the funds as coming back from our recent holiday the car broke down and with recovery and repairs ended up costing nearly £600 *ouch* but think maybe it’s time I had a look at Halo !

  • Donncha 4:39 pm on July 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Argos, Xbox 360   

    Xbox 360 250GB HD drives going cheap 

    I just bought myself a 250GB drive for my Xbox at Argos in Mahon Point here in Cork. They’re going for 68 Euro now!

    I remember reading somewhere that products designed for the now “older version” of the Xbox 360 would be reduced in price but this is madness. I have a nagging notion that 120GB drives were in the region of 100 Euro only a year ago. Would I be right?

    The price is still inflated for what is only a SATA drive but the price reduction is welcome! (via)

    • Donncha 7:44 pm on July 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Transferring the 58GB of data from my first drive took a short while but after booting up and updating to the NXE my Xbox is back in business and I have 202GB free! 🙂

  • Donncha 9:09 am on May 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    First impressions of Halo: Reach 


    Dead Pixel

    Obviously Jesus

    Machinima Respawn is full of Halo Reach videos, ish. The beta is due tomorrow and I will probably be pulling out my ODST disk to take part. The videos above remind me of Quake 3. The clean architecture, the futuristic setting, energy weapons. I’m showing my age now aren’t I?

    Some more Halo: Reach links. A link dump really:

    I wonder if those Halo 2 players are still playing?

  • Donncha 12:06 pm on April 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Good news on the cable front! The Xbox 360 HDMI cable and Playstation 3 component cable arrived today!

    Despite my misgivings after earlier testing I plugged the Xbox cable in first. The cable comes in two parts. A bog standard HDMI cable and a short “audio” cable with digital and phono connections.
    Microsoft made it impossible to use the standard component cable with a HDMI cable because the connector on the Xbox side is so huge. This connector is thinner though. Profiteering?

    Anyway, I plugged everything in, HDMI cable into the DVI-D converter and switched on. The screen looked dull like last time so I went fiddling with the colour controls. Instead of “Normal Preset sRGB” I jumped down to “user preset” and bumped up each of the green, blue and red channels and everything looked much better! A little more fiddling with the game brightness in Bad Company 2 and it looked perfect!
    I even played a short game of Rush on Arica Harbour and kicked ass as an attacker. We lost eventually on the third base but I took Bravo on the second, and Alpha on the third! I think I was the highest scoring player on my team too! 🙂

    The Playstation 3 component cables worked as advertised. I booted it up but didn’t play anything and all that distracting interference is gone! Woohoo!

    Looks like the colour settings are saved per monitor input. When I switched to component or back to VGA it had bounced back to sRGB. Nice.

    The only downside now is that the Xbox plays in 1920×1080 while the PS3 plays in 720p.

    • David Nicol 12:13 pm on April 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Does that mean you are now officially fuzz-o-vision free?

      • Donncha 12:18 pm on April 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Oh yes! And gone with it are all the excuses for my bad KDR or general gameplay! Oh well, it was worth it while it lasted, I wonder if anyone believed me?

        But golly, playing Laguna Presa on standard resolution was a nightmare. I never want to do that again!

    • Donncha 5:54 pm on April 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Oh my, Little Big Planet is so much more vibrant on this monitor. Just played it there with my son, though he prefers to watch me play it. He’s sort of getting the hang of moving the rag doll left and right! He loves any of the race levels!

    • Chris 1:55 am on May 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I stumbled onto your post here when I was searching the web for info on going HDMI from a 360 to a DVI digital input on a projector ‘without’ HDCP. It sounds like you basically did the same thing with your Dell monitor and it worked, correct? That’s good news and I’ll go ahead and order either an adapter or a cable that does the conversion. Curious if when you play a DVD on your 360 if it still works? Didn’t know if HDCP suddenly engages for that as opposed to gaming.

      Glad your setup is working and really appreciate your time,

      • Donncha 7:48 pm on May 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Chris – DVD playback doesn’t require HDCP as far as I know so that shouldn’t be an issue. I never tried playing a DVD on the Xbox though. The HDMI to DVI affects the display. It lacks contrast and is slightly dull.

        I was able to mostly rectify it by changing the colour temperature and increasing the in-game brightness but it was never quite as good as the component cable I used before.

  • Donncha 12:01 pm on April 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , DVI, , LCD monitor, , , Xbox 360   

    Xbox 360 through HDMI to DVI 

    My female HDMI to male DVI-D connector arrived this morning. I’m still waiting on the Xbox HDMI cable and the PS3 component cables. The seller must have felt guilty about charging me so much for shipping that he gave me 3 plugs!

    I grabbed a HDMI cable from downstairs and plugged the Xbox 360 into it, and the other end into the DVI-D port on my Dell 2405 LCD monitor. It reset to 640×480 resolution first, but I quickly bumped that up to 1920×1080. Picture quality is ok but nothing to write home about. The screen is a little dark which I had read about on forums. Brightening the screen helped as did setting the brightness in Battlefield Bad Company 2 but it still looked rather dull. It’s impossible to change the contrast which would certainly have helped.

    I fired up BC2, and lo and behold, the screen stayed in 1920×1080! I’ve attached a gallery of shots from the game below. Unfortunately the camera lies and brightened up the screen. The dashboard shot is more representative of what it looks like and that was darkened by 2 stops!

    I tried the PS3 through the HDMI to DVI-D connector too, but all I got was a black screen with a slightly less black square in the middle. Thanks HDCP in action there. The PS3 won’t even show the desktop or games without it and of course my monitor doesn’t have it. I really need to just get a new one with a HDMI port don’t I? Any recommendations? It has to be used as a PC monitor too.

    As a bonus, do you know who this character is? You’ll really be showing your retro credentials if you recognise him!
    Who is this fire breathing creature?

    I added this 24 inch monitor to my Amazon wishlist. You never know, some kindly soul who uses my plugins may decide to treat me! 🙂

    • H 9:40 pm on June 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hello, I have got the same problem with xbox360. I get a hdmi to dvi cable and plugged in to xbox and my monitor. But monitor has got no signal. Did you solve the problem?

      • Donncha 9:48 pm on June 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I did get a signal on my monitor. Are you sure you’ve selected the DVI source in the monitor? That’s all I can think of. Sorry.

    • knoid 1:27 am on September 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      That’s Clyde Radcliffe!

      (I know I’m a bit behind the curve…came across your post while Googling for a solution)

  • Donncha 7:35 pm on April 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    X Scorch 360 Review 

    Joystiq reviewed the X Scorch 360 I mentioned previously. It’s a mouse and nunchuck device you can use with the Xbox 360 (or PC) that takes the place of the Xbox controller. I would dearly love if consoles support mice and keyboards as gaming devices so I had high hopes for this.

    They weren’t too happy with it unfortunately.

    The frustrating thing about the X Scorch from Bannco is how close the odd split-controller and mouse combo comes to being really great. As you’ll see in the video, though, the controller, compatible with Xbox 360 and PC, is all but impossible to recommend at $79.99.

    Read the comments on the review however, lots of the settings are configurable on a PC so perhaps they’ll do a follow up review.

  • Donncha 9:03 am on April 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    I’m all excited about Halo again.

    I thought that Halo ODST was a pile of pooh. I enjoyed the campaign in Halo 3 but never played either game multiplayer which appears to be where these games really shine. Shame about ODST but Halo Reach and all it’s game modes and match making could rock online play. Watch the vide above and you too may become as enthusiastic as Anthony is for the new Halo game.

    Now I’m glad I got ODST, it has an invite to the beta. 🙂

    • David Nicol 11:25 pm on April 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      It does make it look very appealing….. but I’m not a Halo fan. Nintendo fanboy Mike leant me Halo 2 and I played most of the single player campaign on that. I got Halo 3 on the 360 and me and him played through the SP, but I didn’t bother with the online as I didn’t particularly enjoy the game.

      Horses for courses.

  • Donncha 11:25 am on April 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: component cable switcher, iMP, , , Xbox 360   

    iMP 4 in 1 Multi Component AV Cable Xbox360/Wii/PS2/PS3 Review 

    The postman called this morning with a very welcome package. The iMP 4 in 1 Multi Component AV Cable Xbox360/Wii/PS2/PS3 I ordered last week finally arrived. After spending weeks trying to get a similar cable from Play Asia and Devineo I hurriedly plugged everything in.

    This cable allows you to hook up 3 consoles to one set of component connections on a tv or monitor. I’m using it with my Xbox 360 and PS3.

    The first thing I noticed about this is that there’s no switch to select which console to display. I didn’t try turning on both machines at the same time. Maybe later.

    When I had everything hooked up I fired up the PS3 and changed the display settings to component cable, upped the resolution to 720p and confirmed the change. The Playstation 3 home screen displayed perfectly. All the text looked fine, the background swishing thing was ok. I fired up Bad Company 2 and in-game graphics were crisp and looked great!

    I tried the Xbox 360 next and Bad Company 2 again. In game graphics were good, not quite as good as with the dedicated component cable from Microsoft but close.

    Now for the downsides:

    1. On the PS3 there’s no such thing as a black screen. I noticed thick horizontal flickring lines. They were barely visible but they were there. Text in-game was oddly sharpened too much, but not enough to be annoying.
    2. The Xbox 360 dashboard displays an odd shadow behind all text. It makes it hard to read stuff but I’ll get over it as the game graphics looked perfectly fine.

    Xbox 360 through iMP cable

    Would I recommend the iMP 4 in 1 component cable? It’s cheap and cheerful and as long as you understand that it won’t be quite anywhere near as good as dedicated cables you’ll be happy with it. I would say the PS3 display was slightly better overall than the Xbox 360.

    Final score: 3/5 1/5

    Update! After playing for a few hours tonight on the PS3, I’m really not happy with it. The picture quality is too bad, that horizontal interference is too annoying. The monitor I have is a Dell 2405, an old 24″ monitor. It doesn’t support HDCP apparently so I won’t be able to play Bluray movies on it but thankfully games don’t enforce that, I think.

    So, I need to spend more money and go searching again. I’m going to buy a DVI-D to HDMI connector and a HDMI cable to go along with it. Maplins have such a beast so I’m going to ring up my local store in the morning to check availability. I could probably get one cheaper elsewhere online but at this stage I’m sick of dealing with online retailers. Fingers crossed they have it.

    Update 2! So, it’s interference from my surround sound headphones that’s causing most of the problem. I can either have great sound and crap picture or good picture and ordinary sound. Here’s what the interference looks like on the Playstation 3. Something similar happens on the Xbox 360:

    iMP interference on the Playstation 3

    • Donncha 11:42 pm on April 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      After doing some more reading it appears that PS3 to HDMI to DVI-D doesn’t work because of the lack of HDCP support. I’m going to try putting the Xbox through there instead, and leave the PS3 on the component cable.

    • Donncha 7:36 am on April 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I figured out what the problem or part of it is. Inadequate shielding on the switcher cable. My office contains 2 laptops, 2 external drives, 4 speakers, a powerline networking connection, wifi router and of course my surround sound headphones.

      Unfortunately the interference problem gets much worse when I switch on my headphones. Tin foil anyone? It’s worth a try I guess.

      • Donncha 9:18 am on April 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Tin foil doesn’t help. Bah, and nobody I rang has the PS3 component cable, or the Xbox 360 HDMI cable (with the optical audio connector at the back)


        • Donncha 5:59 pm on April 20, 2010 Permalink

          I narrowed down the interference to the USB cable used by the headphones for the PS3 mic. Take out that and almost all the interference goes away. Unfortunately a mic is essential.

    • Donncha 10:10 am on April 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Bit the bullet and bought the following instead:

      1. Official MS HDMI cable for the Xbox 360
      2. Official Sony component cable for the Playstation 3
      3. Female HDMI to male DVI-D connector

      Costs almost €70 including shipping but at this stage I want peace of mind. I rang the local Maplins who wanted €25 for a HDMI to DVI-D connector. It was a few quid on Amazon.co.uk. Ridiculous. Nobody local had the Xbox HDMI cable or the PS3 component cable.

    • Donncha 4:15 pm on April 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      The PS3 component cable and Xbox hdmi cable have both shipped from Germany via Deutsche Post DHL. Who knows how long they’ll take to get here though. Planes are still grounded due to the volcano in Iceland!

    • Donncha 12:27 pm on April 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      And the HDMI/DVI-D connector shipped a few minutes ago!

    • DiDiaz 11:45 pm on January 4, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Hi! I bought this 4 in 1 Multi Component AV Cable and i have some shadow behind all text on my dashboard, is there a way to fix that ?

      • Donncha 1:46 pm on January 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        DiDaz – I don’t think so unfortunately. I gave up on it and just switch component cables now 😦

  • Donncha 8:59 am on April 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Frapz, spam, Xbox 360,   

    Bah! Frapz spammed me! 

    I received a friend request from an oddly named character on Xbox Live the other day. Looked something like wwwwfrapzcouk with some odd characters thrown in here and there. They then spammed me. Grrr.

    Frapz Spam

    Rather embarrassingly for them, their website isn’t even set up correctly:

    Friend removed, and complaint lodged. I don’t like unsolicited commercial messages. Especially on a social network.

    • David Nicol 9:11 am on April 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Ch3Ap CiAL1s here! Buy N0W!

      Kidding. Luckily I’ve avoided most spam so far, with the exception of the spammerous Twitter followers who I dump straight away.

      There’s definitely a lesson to be learned here – if you’re going to embark on a spam campaign, make sure your infrastructure is set up properly first.

      • mark 9:54 pm on April 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        It was me my [macaroconi from youtube] my account was hacked and that was spammed to my friends list

        • Donncha 9:22 am on April 28, 2010 Permalink

          Oh that sucks! Did you get control of it back? Hopefully they banned that Xbox user forever!

    • David Nicol 9:32 am on April 28, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Erm…. frapz is Macaroconi. It’s his modded controller shop. So that “hacked” excuse is cow manure. I unsubbed him when he posted his “I’m selling modded controllers now….. hey everyone’s doing it….” cheating justification video which seems to have vanished. So, yes, I hope Xbox bans that user too.

      And to think I featured him in the Three to Watch….

    • Donncha 12:19 pm on April 28, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Was that a MONK discount code thing? I received a message from “| Mr Monk |” on XBLA offering a 10% discount from kiwimods.com for rapid fire controller mods.

      Ah, it is. Frapz.co.uk in the profile description. Not good at all.

      • David Nicol 2:56 pm on April 28, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        It seems douchery is limitless on xbox.

        Tell me again why I should ditch PSN and pay for the privilege of XBL? 😀 Lolzorzzzz

    • mark 10:04 pm on April 28, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Was hardly cow manure, I was doing the site with a few guys and they were using me to get advertised.

      • mark 2:31 pm on April 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Well technically i was hacked if after i stopped working with them they hacked into my account and sent the spam… And im removed from the “recommended list”? Shit on a stick!

        • Donncha 3:28 pm on April 29, 2010 Permalink

          Wish you had said that first! That was very nasty of them, and illegal too.

        • David Nicol 3:55 pm on April 29, 2010 Permalink

          Then you should be getting on to YouTube to get your channel “unhacked” because there’s lot of activity on there about frapz and modded controllers. And if it has been hacked and you are no longer in control of it then it is right that I don’t link through to a compromised channel.

    • mark 6:11 pm on April 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Nono My XBOX GT was hacked and that message was sent out, Im back in control of both accounts, The YouTube promos were uploaded by me at the time but my XBOX account was compomised when i lent my xbox to one of the guys i was doing Frapz with for a few days, He spent my remaining MSP to change my XBL to that http://www.frapz.co.uk name and havent been able to afford to change it since so haven’t went online much [not wanting to advertise in every game i join] As to why i still have the frapz stuff on my channel, Quite simply i haven’t been bothered to delete them, Ive had a LOT of work studyling lately and have found more important things to do but will get them deleted now that i remember about them


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