Just like last year, I gave a talk about 3D Game making this summer as well. It was great to see a big audience totally interested in game making, mostly comprised of students and game enthusiasts. All who attended and even those who missed, keep following this blog or follow me on twitter @bastij and we’ll announce a follow up training session on this very soon.
Just did bit of a hack and it feels so good to control this Nokia phone running Symbian with Nintendo Wii controller. The feel is even greater when you play a game using this remote when your Phone is connected to a TV via TV-out cable. Please note this solution only works on Symbian S60, Symbian ^3 and Symbian Anna and has been tested on a Nokia N8 with Symbian Anna installed on it.
Here we go and Best of Luck!
Hardware used in experiment
A Nokia N8 smart phone with Symbian Anna
A Wii remote controller RVL 003 (Don’t have one? Click here to buy)
A USB desktop keyboard or a standard Bluetooth keyboard (Only for touchscreen-only phones. Optional for phones with physical keyboards).
How to connect
Install a simple application named MOBIPad (link at the end of the post).
Run Mobi Pad and from options menu choose to connect to Wiimote
Press 1 and 2 simultaneously on the Wii controller and wait till the app says connected
Done! The remote now works all across your apps and everywhere in the OS.
Catch for Touchscreen users
Touch screen phones like Nokia 5800 ExpressMusic or Nokia N8 do not have a physical keyboard and hence Options menu cannot be launched to start connection with the wiimote. You can use a Bluetooth keyboard or a normal USB keyboard to access the menu. Simply connect the Bluetooth keyboard via bluetooth, or use the USB connector that came with your Nokia N8 to connect a desktop USB Keyboard to your phone. When you run MOBIPad, press Windows/Menu key to open the menu and there you are with a working app on touch-screen.
Sonyericsson’s rumored psp phone has been named finally and now we know they call it Xperia Play. The phone is based on Android OS and has dedicated gaming keys. While most people like typing on touch-screen, it’s not a bad idea to make a slide out game controller in your phone.
Nokia Ovi official blog has reviewed word-target as a top-app and they say it has an edge over Scrabble and Boggle. The app has been selling on Ovi store for a while now targeting Nokia’s touchscreen devices. This is what the reviewer has to say:
I enjoy word games like Scrabble and I love Boggle, but for sheer convenience and fun Word Target from Pakistani developer Pepper.pk might have an edge on both of them. Word Target does the same thing–tap into your imaginative ability to see words within a random collection of letters.
SonyEricsson’s Android based PSP phone caught on video for us. This is really exciting to finally see a phone with dedicated gaming keys. Playing games on touchscreen is fun but the conventional gaming keys have a lot of value. The phone has the four direction keys, four action keys conventionally found on the PSP and a few more controls. The touchscreen, accelerometer and orientation sensing adds loads of value on top of the Android operating system.
PSP gamers can now rejoice as they do not have to carry a cellphone as well as a PSP. SonyEricssson’s android based gaming console mobile phone has been spotted as posted by this Mobile Crunch post.
The device clearly runs on Android OS and has a slide out controller. I really like the idea as I always hated the slide out keyboard on droid, while the on-screen keyboard is a breeze. PSP phone is expected to download the games that run on this device off an independent game-store, which possibly means that this device will have two different app-stores. PSP (whatever) store for games and android market for normal android apps and games.
I’m sure these early shots are showing just an early version and the keypad etc will get better with time and the actual release will have a better game-pad section. No release dates, model numbers or other information is available except the fact that it will have a 1Ghz Qualcomm processor, 512 MB ram, 1GB Rom and a Micro SD slot.
I know 2010 holidays are three quarters away but EA’s announcement and this promo video forced me to force about Crysis 2. Crysis 2 is coming to PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 platform by end of this year. Crysis has been a benchmark for the enthusiast PC gamers pushing the graphics to the limits and challenging the GPU capabilities. Here’s the video for you, that made me jump out of my chair.