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Long live the revolution (and I’m not talking Wii)

Posted by bigredpimp on March 1, 2007

Sony Blackballs Kotaku

Sony, you’ve started something that’s going to snowball. Only this snowball is getting bigger and bigger and heading in your direction. With as much as you try to emulate Nintendo’s way of doing things, you’re borrowing from the Nintendo of old on this one. You’re doomed to fail. As much as I hate you and suggest people to not support you, I can’t help but feel a miniscule bit of sorrow for you. How does it feel to pour salt on a wound that’s only starting to heal. Seriously, it’s like watching someone get kicked in the balls. Even when you’re not the one getting kicked, you can’t help but feel the pain as well.

Kotaku and more specifially Crecente, I admire your gilded balls of steel. You have made me feel proud of the industry I chose to get into. As much as the publishers and the platform creators try to control what kind of publicity they get, even to the point of a big guy named Guido standing behind you with a barbed wire-covered piece of lumber in the form of a C&D or worse, it’s nice to see journalists who don’t cave to such bullying tactics. Stand up for your journalistic integrity. Don’t let people control what you say or do. You’ve faced He Who Shall Not Be Named and made him look like even more of a jackass than he has done for himself. Now it’s time for Sony to face the one thing that can make or break them in the years to come: the power of the public.

Thank you for furthering the pride I have in the video game industry.

*EDIT* And the follow-up

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Adding custom headers to Thunderbird

Posted by bigredpimp on February 8, 2007

Not directly game development related but just because I was asked to write a small tutorial on how to do it, here goes.

  1. Go to the Tools menu then go to Options
  2. Click the Advanced button then the General tab
  3. Click Config Editor and you’ll get a listing of options
  4. Right click on the list and choose New then String
  5. In the first box, you’ll be prompted to name your new option. Call it mail.compose.other.header.
  6. In the second box, input whatever additional headers you want to add as a comma-delimited string (mine has X-Wii-MB-NoReply,X-Wii-AltName,X-Wii-MB-UpdateSW,X-Wii-Id
  7. Close the options list, click ok on the options box and you’re good to go.

Now when you write an email as usual, if you look in the dropdown list that normally has the To field in it, you’ll find you can choose your new headers from it. See one of my previous posts for info on how to use your new headers.

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Wii observations

Posted by bigredpimp on February 8, 2007

After having my Wii since launch day and that the holidays of greed are all over, the dust has settled and the wow factor is starting to get thin. This is not to say that I dislike my Wii as a whole, just some features of it. Luckily, we’re not stuck with these features as a firmware update or 2 could fix them. Nintendo, if you’re reading this, your users are calling for you. Time to listen.

Message Board image
The Wii message board is the first thing on my list of things to fix. While it’s a great feature, there’s quite a bit that it’s lacking. Firstly, the fact that only JPEG is allowed as message attachments needs to be taken care of. Granted, I know that JPEG is a standard for taking digital photos so it made sense to include this. However, there are formats out there that can easily be implemented. If you’re going to support Internet standard formats, add PNG/MNG (and to lesser extent, GIF). Also, it doesn’t make sense why pictures can be sent from Wii user to Wii user and from outside email to Wii users but not Wii users to outside email. If you’re going to allow pictures to be sent to others, excluding this is somewhat illogical.

While we’re on the Internet subject, just recently I received a message from NOA about the Wii Remote wrist straps. With me being the web development geek that I am, I noticed one flaw in this message. They had included the URL for their replacement strap page yet there was no way to spawn the browser from the message. This is counter-productive as it requires your users to either a) have a computer or b) write down the URL so they can use it in the Wii browser, if they have it. The more you integrate features, the more your users are willing to use them. If everything is disconnected, it’s no better than having to switch discs to use the separate functions.

Ok, so we’re still talking the message board here, although somewhat indirectly. The only game I’ve seen supporting this feature is Wii Sports: accomplishments. Having accomplishments posted to the message board, while a good start, is somewhat pointless. Why tell people how well they’ve done if they can’t share that with their friends. I’d like to brag about getting a 300 in bowling or making a hole in one in golf to people outside of my home. While I’m going to refrain from comparing to XBL, this is a major weak point in the system. What good are accomplishments if you can’t show them off? Hopefully this changes as more & more games go online.

Let’s move away from the message board as to break the monotony.

Wii Opera Browser image
The Internet Channel, a browser based on Opera but with forced limitations care of Nintendo. A big grief with the browser is that if Nintendo says “ok, this doesn’t get included”, Opera can’t included it, no matter how much better it’d make the browser. While I could go on & on about “include X” or “fix Y”, I’m just going to list interface problems here. The first is tabbed browsing. This was an Opera first, way before Firefox & IE decided to include it so it deserves to be there. It would solve the problem of necessary popups being shown as well as it won’t hijack the page you were just on to show it. Another is that the Favorites configuration could be a bit more polished. While showing thumbnails for page preview is nice, there are still some problems with editing & deleting of the bookmarks as well as sorting. I know this is meant to be a “casual” browser but at least allow the boys & girls over at Opera to do what they know best and let Nintendo stick to improving the rest of the Wii.

I’d rather not get into the lack of online-capable games so I’ll leave someone else to beat that dead horse. I know I’ll find other things to compla… err put thought into so you may see them in a later post.

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Special Wii-specific email headers

Posted by bigredpimp on January 12, 2007

When sending emails to the Wii, there are some special headers you can use to do certain things. This is still a bit of research going on so I don’t know everything yet. I’m pretty much going from data available right now.

Wii Image

X-Wii-MB-NoReply: 1
– When sent in an email header, this will allow you to hide the Reply button you normally see on messages.

X-Wii-AltName: [base64-encoded Unicode string]
– This will change the name shown at the top of the message. For instance, “X-Wii-AltName: AE4AaQBuAHQAZQBuAGQAbw==” will display “Nintendo” (sans quotes) at the top.

X-Wii-MB-UpdateSW: 1
– I don’t have too much information on this one. Supposedly, this is to give your message an “Update” button but I have yet to figure out how to use it. Was last seen in the Forecast Channel update email.

X-Wii-Id: w[16 digit Wii Number]
– This one may/may not be real for emails. I noticed this one being passed in HTTP data when polling the data for the Forecast Channel. I’m putting this here until I can disprove it.

More to come…

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Wii Japanese Friend Registration

Posted by bigredpimp on January 9, 2007

Subject: Wiiフレンド とうろくメール

任天堂のゲーム機「Wii」をお持ちの方が、あなたを「Wiiフレンド」に登録し、あなたとのメールのやりとりを希望されています。
この方の「Wii」のメールアドレスは、”[Wii Number] ”です。

◆メールのやりとりを希望される場合
このメールに返信してください。
メールアドレス”[Wii Number] ”とのメールのやりとりができるようになります。

◆このメールに心当たりがない場合
メールの返信はおこなわず、お手数ですが、このメールを削除してください。

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Wii Friend Registration emails

Posted by bigredpimp on January 4, 2007

Still missing Japanese…

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EN
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Subject:
Wii Friend Registration Mail

Body:
An owner of a Wii Console is asking permission
to register you as a Wii Friend to exchange
e-mail with you. This individual's Wii e-mail address is
[Wii Number]

If you would like to exchange e-mail with this
individual, simply reply to this message.
You will then be able to exchange e-mail with
the following Wii address:
[Wii Number]

If you are unfamiliar with this Wii console and
its sender, please erase this e-mail without
responding to it.

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DE
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Subject:
E-Mail zur Registrierung als Wii-Freund

Body:
Ich möchte über meine Wii-Konsole
mit der Adresse

[Wii Number]

E-Mail-Nachrichten mit dir
austauschen.

Falls du meiner Einladung folgen
möchtest, antworte einfach direkt
auf diese E-Mail. Wir können dann
mit dem Austausch von Nachrichten
beginnen.

Falls du meiner Einladung nicht
folgen möchtest oder diese Nachricht
fälschlicherweise erhalten hast,
lösche diese E-Mail bitte ohne
darauf zu antworten.

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FR
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Subject:
E-mail d'enregistrement d'un ami Wii

Body:
Je voudrais échanger des e-mails avec
vous à partir de ma console Wii.
Mon adresse e-mail est
[Wii Number].

Si vous acceptez ma proposition,
répondez à ce message afin que nous
puissions échanger des messages.

Si vous n'acceptez pas ma proposition
ou si vous avez reçu cet e-mail par erreur,
veuillez effacer ce message sans y répondre.

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ES
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Subject:
Correo electrónico para registrar amigos Wii

Body:
Me gustaría intercambiar mensajes
contigo a través de mi consola Wii
usando esta dirección de correo
electrónico:
[Wii Number].

Si aceptas mi invitación, responde
directamente a este correo
electrónico y podremos comenzar
a intercambiar mensajes.

Si prefieres rechazar mi invitación
o has recibido este correo por error,
no respondas al mensaje y bórralo.

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IT
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Subject:
E-mail di registrazione Amici Wii

Body:
Vorrei cominciare a corrispondere con
te con messaggi e-mail attraverso
la mia console Wii utilizzando il
seguente indirizzo e-mail:
[Wii Number].

Se vuoi accettare il mio invito,
rispondi a questa e-mail e potremo
così iniziare la nostra corrispondenza.

Se non vuoi accettare questo invito
o hai ricevuto questa e-mail per
sbaglio, ti prego di non rispondere
a questo messaggio e di cancellarlo.

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NL
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Subject:
Registratiemail Wii-vriend

Body:
Ik wil graag berichten uitwisselen via mijn Wii-systeem. Mijn adres is [Wii Number] .

Als je mijn uitnodiging accepteert, kun je op deze e-mail reageren zodat we berichten kunnen uitwisselen.

Als je mijn uitnodiging niet wil accepteren of deze per ongeluk hebt ontvangen, kun je deze e-mail verwijderen zonder hem te beantwoorden.

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