Solid Snake and the Heartbreakers in: iGame Squadron #4 (more iPhone game reviews!)

feature_tdsquadI’ve got five more iPhone games reviewed on AtomicGamer.com:

  • Metal Gear Solid Touch
  • Pocket God
  • Hurdler
  • Beast
  • Cronk

Also included in the newest iGame Squadron is my take on what the latest iPhone update means for gamers. Check it out!

iPhone OS 3.0 Summary

Apple is launching the marketing operations for what will be included in the new iPhone OS today. TimeDoctor Dot Org will list out the highlights so you don’t have to read all the liveblogs.

Only the important items are listed. Full details and executive sarcasm after the break, executive summary before it:

  • Developers can now charge for subscriptions, DLC, in-app purchasing of content, etc. Of course, Apple still takes their 30% cut on all this.
  • Bonjour-powered adhoc bluetooth pairing for multiplayer games and other applications.
  • Accessories can communicate with software over the dock connector or via bluetooth.
  • Fancy push notifications are in (sound effects, etc). Background processes aren’t.
  • Developer access to built-in music is in.
  • Copy and paste is in.
  • Landscape (including keyboard) mode in all of Apple’s apps.
  • MMS
  • Spotlight searching across many apps’ content.
  • Stereo bluetooth for headphones.
  • All developers have access to the beta versions of both the SDK and firmware now. NDA in full effect on beta versions.
  • Ships this summer. iPhone 3G and iPhone 2G get it for free. $10 for iPod Touch. iPhone 2G will be missing some features.

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Free iPhone Games and More Reviews!

mgs_touchMetal Gear Solid Touch is going to be released on Thursday, I’m extremely happy about this and hope it lives up to the Metal Gear Solid legacy of awesomeness.

In the meantime I’m giving away a few copies of Black Shades for the iPhone over the official TimeDoctor Dot Org twitter feed today and tomorrow.

This is a game I really love because I originally worked on the Linux and Mac OS X ports with my good buddies over at icculus.org. Hopefully some day it will see a modern update.

Just keep following the feed for some free goodies to redeem in iTunes and also check out my latest set of reviews of iPhone games over at AtomicGamer.com! Here are the games I reviewed for this edition of the iGame Squadron:

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  • WordFu
  • Chess with Friends
  • iDracula
  • Ancient Frog

If you do win a code, please let everyone know in the comments so they don’t have to try to redeem them after you have 😉

Disturbing NSFW ST:TNG Remix Part 2

The absurdity continues after the break in part 2 of ST:TNG. Part one is here. This post will continue to be updated as new episodes are released. As always the themes of ST:TNG may be unfit for younger, older, and living, viewers. Viewer discretion is advised.

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50 Cent: Blood on the AtomicGamer iPhone Game Reviews

Yo Fitty!

50 Cent doing his best to appear interested, tough, and ready for anything.

Fitty, dey got some new iphone game reviews up!

50, not pleased with the iPhone's established genre of farting apps.

Naw man, it ain’t like dat, dey gets some shit that aint fart appz, yo!

50 Cent, hears, and is interested in, expanding his iPhone horizons beyond flatuence applications.

Yeah dawg, that is right! They got that shit up at atomicgamer! I heard they reviewed:

  • Days of Thunder
  • Galcon
  • Scrabble
  • Truck vs Grenade

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But yeah, and if you follow the TimeDoctor.org Twitter Feed, you’ll even get a whack at some free iPhone games soon, what about that, Fitty!?

50 Cent is now overjoyed, and will follow the twitter feed!

Lord of the Rings: Online 10 Day Free Trial

LOTRO FloppyWhile I was downloading 10+ gigabytes  of the new Lord of the Rings: Online 10 Day Free Trial, (because LOST doesn’t air for me until tomorrow on abc.com) I wondered how many floppies that would be if this game were released in the early 90’s.

Of course, nobody sane would ever release 10+ gigabytes of data on floppies. In order to visualize the result I consulted my handy tools, google image search and the gimp.

But how many floppies is it?

Seven Thousand, Three-Hundred and Sixty Seven Floppies!
Seven Thousand, Three-Hundred and Sixty-Seven Floppies!

The Lord of the Rings Download Manager estimates that it’ll take about four hours to download the remaining 8+ Gigabytes.

If I were to install all Seven Thousand, Three-Hundred and Sixty-Seven Floppies, it would take about 491 hours, assuming only 4 minutes per floppy.

Based on the download speed of a 56k modem (which rarely worked as advertised on my phone lines), ten gigabytes would take about Seventeen Days, Eighteen Hours, and Five Minutes to download, assuming the connection is never interrupted by someone picking up the phone to call for pizza.

The number of floppies is probably unrealisticly low since my calculations don’t take into account the floppy headers, and the archive data that interprets each disk in the chain.

Can you imagine if you went into Radio Shackâ„¢ and they had one of those cardboard cutouts with a Seven Thousand, Three-Hundred and Sixty-Seven Floppy Free Trial of Lord of the Rings Online cellotaped into one bundle?! There could only be one set in the store!