Shin

HDTV settings

Some good pointers on how to disable all the settings that are on by default on most modern HDTV’s and that only make the image quality worse.

Ooooh yeah, here comes the Ouya

Well waddayaknow, someone managed to make something interesting with Android. A sub $100 open platform console to hook up to your hdtv that includes a yummy controller.
I loves me my iPad, but I’ve never gotten the hang of racers and first person shooters by waving the screen about or tapping frantically all over the iPad. Maybe it’s the old age, but I prefer a real controller for those kinds of games.
And by the looks of how their Kickstarter project is going it seems we will soon be able to get one of these.
Also if it’s really open it’ll be nice to see emulators coming to this. Mmmm, big screen SNES & TG-16.
After Nintendo recently announced they’re now embracing DLC (downloadable content) maybe this is what the market needs for a good wake up call. Either that or it’s the final nail in the coffin of old school high quality games and EA shall rule us all.
Let’s wait and see.

HDTV sucks


Looking around Mediamarkt we walked past all the new snazzy HDTV’s. They had a lineup of all the expensive models in the 1500-2500 euro range playing a Harry Potter movie. You’d think it would look awesome with all the CGI and it being a high budget movie. But it didn’t. The quality of these new TV models is so incredibly good and crisp and detailed that the movie looked terrible. It was so incredibly detailed and crisp that it no longer looked like Harry and his friends were in a cave miles under the bank trying to find a secret item. It looked like a bunch of actors in makeup walking through a well built studio set that just felt hollow and empty. Quite weird, because the picture quality was absolutely perfect, so perfect that it totally failed.

Work in progress... not home!
Trying to get all/most of the new code working before I start on the eyecandy.