I bought a Nintendo DS Lite recently and wanted to try the WiFi funtionality for playing over the Internet.
I have a Linksys WRT54G with DD-WRT as firmware. After some messing around I found that I need to set it to B mode only (so not mixed), with 64 bits WEP. I also entered my SSID statically so that I can keep the broadcast disabled.
After this I was able to connect to my router. I then was able to playing Koi-koi (Hanafuda) over the Internet against some other human player. Quite nice and fast too!
Currently I am playtesting a lot of MMORPGs and today I tried out Dark Age of Camelot (DAoC). It just didn’t work for me. The entire moving feels sluggish, the interface feels clumsy and the non-player character (NPC) interaction reminds me of dealing with old-style MUDs. The setting seems promising though, especially the inter-realm warfare, but to me the pleasure was quickly drained due to the highly annoying user interface (UI).
There’s no easy way by default to get to the option screen. I mean, people nowadays almost expect the escape key to be bound to the game menu or options menu. Nearly every game has this. The entire UI handling is slow that it feels like trying to maneuver through syrup or something. Not to mention that the talking with NPCs is grating, you get a window with some text, some word is underlined, you click on it, you get more text and it goes a few times like this, and you wind up with some quest.
The graphics do not look too bad or dated, but didn’t really inspire much. And the weird thing is that I already experienced some strange glitches where one moment I saw a bunch of enemies standing around and next they just disappeared only to rematerialize a few seconds later.
Perhaps the game gets better later but it just couldn’t keep me enticed. The slugginess is compared to World of Warcraft, Ryzom, and EverQuest II.
I had issues with my Windows XP system from time to time resetting/reverting the speaker settings back from surround (4.1) to desktop speakers.
I finally found a newsgroup posting that put it in connection with my Creative Audigy 2:
Some games and other programs can change the Windows speaker-settings though, so you might want to try the second solution: stop the Audigy from using the Windows settings. Make sure you have the newest drivers installed, go to the Audigy 2 speaker settings program and uncheck ‘Synchronize with Control Panel’. That’s all – the Audigy 2 should now remember it’s own speaker settings, insteaf of resetting them to those of Windows.
Downloading the latest drivers from the soundblaster.com site also included the Creative Audio Console, which can do what the posting above points out. And sure enough, I suddenly have my surround sound in World of Warcraft again.
The guys at Square are amazing with some ideas.
The Hymn of the Fayth in Final Fantasy X is as follows:
イ エ ユ イ
ノ ボ メ ノ
レ ン ミ リ
ヨ ジュ ヨ ゴ
ハ サ テ カ ナ エ
ク タ マ エ
Or in romaji:
i e yu i
no bo me no
re n mi ri
yo ju yo go
ha sa te ka na e
ku ta ma e
Now, this means nothing in Japanese, but when you read the first part top to bottom, left to right, syllable by syllable you get:
inoreyo ebonju yumemiyo inoriko
祈れよ エボンジュ 夢見よ 祈り子
Pray! Ebon Ju (Yu Yevon in the English edition) Dream! Child of Prayer (Fayth).
The second part is read by reading every other syllable for the first two words:
hatenaku sakae tamae
In the end, grant prosperity.