Warhammer online closed beta access

luckily, a beta access account of warhammer online is right here. Thanks for n’clay for lending me one. The retail of this game will release around september this year. Many people expect that this game will be a Wow killer. hmm..

Diablo 3 is here

Blizzard has announced the development of Diablo 3 at WWI in France last week. There is no release date scheduled as of yet. Generally, they usually take approximately one to two years after the announcement. The diablo 3 gameplay is really cool, fully enhanced with 3d engine, and a lot more. So grab your old diablo 2 cds and install away.

Moding your Wii DIY

If you have purchased your Wii around this time, you probably are going to have a hard time install any mod chip. Due to the fact that they may cut the pins and make it harder to modify the system. Anyway, here is quick way to install DC2key or DC2pro to your Wii by using a PCB as special aid, so you don’t need to sold with wires. it pretty much save you a lot of time. Oh for my disclaimer before you read on.. this is for private use OR educational purpose only, and I don’t take any response if you break the console or for other uses.

First of all you need some solder tools as following.

1. The Rosin core solder 0.032 and 0.022″ diameter from radio shack.

2. The 15 watts solder iron. I don’t recommend higher watts, because the heat is going to burn the board.
3. The Tri-wing screwdriver, you will need this special screwdriver to open the chassis, You can buy this from eBay.
4. The chip and the PCB.

That is it, all you have to do now is sold the mod chip with the PCB, and then place it properly with the d2c chip. Now you need to sold carefully with d2c chip as the pictures below, if you are not comfortable with soldering, you should ask the expert to do for you, because the solder points are very small, such that you have to sold them with the IC pins. Alright, that should be it, now have fun and enjoy your Wii.

Starcraft 2 here it comes

Been waiting for this game almost ten years since 1998, a great game that I recommend for everyone to play. A true intense real time stretegy, An epic master piece game in history. The clip below is a game demo for terran units.

World of Warcraft, a time drainer.

For the past months, I have been really hooked with the most popular online game in the world. The game is called “World of Warcraft“, a polished game from Blizzard Entertainment which is my favourite game development company. World of Warcraft is a very socialize and addicted online game. According to the news, there are currently 8 millions subscribers are subscribed to play this game.

So why I am telling you here about this game, because I have spent lots of my time killing monsters in the game. Three years ago, when the game was first released, it was so bored for me, I couldn’t handle doing the same thing over and over again, I couldn’t find any fun of it, so I went to look for something else to entertain my brain. How’s about having a robot to play the game for me while I study…. sounded fun to me.

I was in the scenes of Wowbot, ISXwow and Wowglider for a while, These softwares will play the game for you while you away from keyboard. They are third party software and against the game term of services. It is cheating!, some gamers take serious about the use of these kind of softwares, but I found it is quite interesting, the developers of the softwares are very talented and they already earned lots of money from their inventions. However, many players have been banned by using these softwares, because they can be detected by the anti-cheat program from Blizzard which is called “warden”.

For those people who don’t know about warden, it is a small program which integrated with the game, update itself dynamically. It acts like a spy ware, such that it looks at the user processes in memory or even read the user hard drive and scan for the suspicious botting programs, if it founds out that the user has such programs installed or running, that user game account would be flagged and most likely to get a banned stick.

Regarding to the software design, at that time, Wowglider were implemented in different way of others, instead of using code injection like Wowbot, Wowglider focused on the manipulation of the mouse and keyboard so it was harder for warden to detected. I am not so sure in detail of how the developers implemented those features, so I had better not to speak. About ISXwow, it is an extension of Innerspace program which is acted as layer between OS and game applications, so the software has more flexibility and can support many DirectX games. I also contributed by wrote a client-server application in JAVA language, it is a small tool which is hooked with the software, so that I could remotely monitor and control my cartoons from my workplace 60 miles away.

Since the warden has been released, the accounts which found out to be involved with third party softwares were banned from the game. The developers have been trying hard to avoid the warden detection. Due to the increment of banned users, Many of them had to stop the development of the program and released their product as a open source code under license.

There are many debates about the right of using these automate softwares or “botting” programs around Internet. Some people think it is cheating, but some people think it is another way they enjoy their game. So even they got banned, they will be happy to get a new copy of the game and come back to bot again.

In previous months, I began to play this game again(manualy at level 70), somehow I was hooked and can’t get away from my desk. I felt it need a rehab and finally I decided to quit playing the game after the release of 2.3 patch, with 1870 points for 2v2 Arena team for. For PVE, I was one of the founders and officers of the guild. I have lead my guild members from 10 man Karazhan to the 25 man Serpent shrine.

Due to the limited time I have, I must say good bye to this game. The game is great and it was fun while it last but you know what? I feel that I shouldn’t have played this game. It sucked too much time from my life. My suggestion is don’t ever think about playing it, trust me…it is really addicted. I see many kids playing this game like a full time job. It is sad.

Here are a clip and pic I left as a memorial of this game.