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iPod Touch and iPhone to Run Marathon

Posted by Eric March on February 4, 2008

marathon_touch.jpgNo, not that kind of Marathon. iPod Touch Fans member dmgmantis, a.k.a. Matt, has taken it upon himself to try and port Bungie’s venerable first-person shooter Marathon and its sequel Durandal to the iPod Touch and iPhone. He is helped both by the fact that Bungee has released the entire Marathon game triliogy to Freeware, and by the fact that AlephOne, a Windows and Mac port of the game’s engine, is an open-source project that allows the games to be run on modern hardware with optional enhanced graphics and sound. Using the source code to AlephOne, Matt hopes to be able to bring these two games to the iPod Touch and iPhone — which is good, because we’re tired of waiting for a decent, working Doom. Says Matt:

Decided to get a blog on Blogger, helps my fellow followers see how and what im doing on The Marathon Touch Project.
Yet, im just projecting it and taking a really close looks at the Source code of Aleph One before i go and port this. So far, so good.

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Can’t Touch This (Your Handheld is Not a Desktop)

Posted by Eric March on February 3, 2008

I told you, homeboy.Look. The iPod Touch and iPhone are awesome machines. For what they are and what they do, they are powerful, versatile, and chock full of style points in the usual Apple tradition. What we have seen so far on these devices has been nothing short of impressive; many of the games are tons of fun and impressive both visually and technically, to say nothing of some of the cool apps. I have no doubt that many of the apps in the jailbreak scene have sold no small number of Touches and iPhones on their own strengths. However, there is a great deal of misconception about what these little devices are capable of; they ooze so much awesome that it’s hard for some people to believe that they couldn’t play Crysis at full detail while balancing the national budget, accounting for 75% of resolved proteins for Folding @ Home, and picking out Barack Obama’s next suit.

As much as I hate to be the pin to your balloon of pride, I’m afraid I have some bad news: It can’t. Sure, these devices really are little computers, and they really are running OS X, albeit a slimmed down, very limited version of it, but they do not have the same capabilities as that big box next to your desk. It would be far more accurate to think of them as PDAs or SmartPhones, because that’s really the class they are in. (Never mind what Steve said.)

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PocketGuitar – Guitar Heroes Round-Up

Posted by Jody Mitoma on February 2, 2008

Mini GuitarI was surfing the ipodtouchfans forums this evening when I ran into a thread started by mushyfung. In this thread, he provided a link to a video he created on metacafe of himself playing the PocketGuitar iPod Touch application.

I tried this app for myself a couple weeks back, and I must say, practice is needed. However, I’m sure if you’re already a guitar player, you’ll be quicker to learn this app than I was. Practice makes perfect, and if that’s what it takes, I’ll practice long into the night. Expect a video from myself within the next couple of weeks! 😉

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Have a look at the video mushyfang provided below:

http://www.metacafe.com/watch/1071016/ipod_touch_guitar/

Upon watching his video, he gave me the idea of surfing Google, YouTube and the likes, and finding as many great guitarists (and non-guitarists!) making some sweet sound with the PocketGuitar app.

Here is what my search has come up with:

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Hit ‘Read more’ below to check out the other embedded videos!
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ZodTTD Preps 1.1.3 Updates, Taunts Us With snes4iphone

Posted by Eric March on February 1, 2008

It’s-a soon!For those of you who have been wondering why there have been no releases forthcoming from yon Zod way, this would seem to be the answer: He has been busy adding compatibility for firmware 1.1.3 to all of his apps.

Very soon ZodTTD.com applications such as snes4iphone, gpSPhone, OpenTTD.app, and psx4iphone will be receiving updates to fully support firmware 1.1.3 change to using the ‘mobile’ user instead of ‘root’. There is however a quick fix for those who want these and other applications to work with 1.1.3. You must chmod (set permissions) to 777 to the /var/root/Library/Preferences/ directory and also chmod 777 the directories used for external files such as ROMs, usually somewhere within /var/root/Media/.

More news to come shortly. Thanks for the continued support everyone!

“Very soon” is now the current estimate. Be patient — this ain’t Duke Nukem Forever, and he didn’t say When It’s Done™ so we’re safe.

(Source: ZodTTD.com)

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Yeti 3D 003 Released

Posted by Eric March on January 31, 2008

Yeti 3D 003Margo Giorgini has been hard at work improving his port of the Yeti 3D engine to the iPod Touch. Version 003 is now available, and with it comes a slew of new features, including better bad guys, a health bar (you can die now) and an ammo bar (but no ammo crates to replenish your supply yet), as well as a mini-map in the top corner, a frame counter on the bottom (presumably for his own purposes), and a slimmed-down virtual controller. Furthermore, a dedicated repository is now available in Installer so you have the choice of downloading the ZIP or installing it directly over the air.

A quick note about a new update of Yeti3D

– new UI with Health, Ammo and a map slice
– now enemies move smoother and they got light from environment
– now enemies can kick you (till you die)
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Gettin’ J-I-G-G-Y Wid It

Posted by Eric March on January 29, 2008

What do you mean “iPod” isn’t a valid word?It would seem that amid all of the pomp and ceremony surrounding the various 1.1.3 jailbreak releases, news of a pair of new Javascript-based games managed to slip quietly under the radar. It would seem that shortly after the New Year, developer digicide coded up Javascript versions of the classic Scrabble board game, as well as a remake of Popcap Games’ Text Twist. These two games will run natively on your iPhone and iPod Touch via the Jiggy runtime package (add http://jiggyapp.com/i to your sources in Installer, then install it from the Development category). I’m a sucker for a good word game, and these are certainly two of my favourites, so check them out, and be sure to follow the directions on each game’s page to install them, or read this iPod Touch Fans thread for help and more information.

(via iPod Touch Fans)

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Zod Strikes Back

Posted by Eric March on January 29, 2008

It’s-a me!ZodTTD doesn’t sleep. Ever. I know this because no human being could possibly do as much as he does in the span of time he does it and still manage to saw a few logs. You already know his work so far: gpSPhone, psx4iphone and OpenTTD are his current projects. You may also be aware that he presently has a Super Nintendo emulator, snes4iPhone, that is currently touring the beta circuit. Well, you’d better get your fill of ROMs and get ready for a barrage, because Zod has some big plans, and he intends to hatch them within the next few days. In his own words:

snes4iphone is being worked on more as we speak. Performance will increase, the tricky part will be to maintain or improve compatibility. In v0.4.1 the addition of landscape mode is included and the GUI has been replaced with a more familiar look.

The ETA (Estimated Time of Arrival) for the public version of snes4iphone is about a week or less.

Though remember there will be constant beta tests to be had for registered ZodTTD.com forum members who donate. Especially with some great software lined up. ZodTTD.com Beta Testers Club members get to see releases before being made public. So there’s always lots to enjoy.

Other Project Status:

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[GAMING] The Trouble with Touch: Gaming Without Buttons

Posted by Eric March on January 23, 2008

Wherefor art thou, game pad?The iPod Touch and iPhone are great devices, and it’s hard to argue that the best thing to happen to these devices has been the Jailbreak. Some great — and let’s face it, some not-so-great — games and applications have emerged from the independent development scene, and a number of them have become almost legendary in their popularity. It’s hard to speak of the iPhone and iPod Touch without making references to iPhysics, Tap Tap Revolution, various emulators, and Doom.

Ah — Doom, the penultimate granddaddy of first-person shooters. (The ultimate being id’s previous effort, Wolfenstein 3D) It has become a running gag amongst gadget heads to ask of new devices, “…but can it play Doom?” Yes. Yes, it can. But not without qualification. It isn’t that the Touch and iPhone can’t handle it — obviously, they can. The real problem is buttons. There aren’t any. (Sleep and home don’t count since they can’t be reassigned.)

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[GAMING] SNES4iPhone Emulator Still Only Available To Beta Testers (Who Pay), But SNES Roms Repo Is Up!

Posted by Jody Mitoma on January 22, 2008

snescontrollercopyrf5.pngSo, the SNES4iPhone Emulator by zodttd is still not available through a repo without having to pay, unfortunately.

But for those of you who are lucky enough to be testing out the beta version of SNES4iPhone, here is a repo link to a bunch of roms.

SNES Roms Repository Link:
Installer > Sources > Edit > Add
http://snesrepo.servegame.com

Here is a video of the SNES4iPhone in action: http://youtube.com/watch?v=YwOsQPwHWxg

Source: an ipodtouchfans thread

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[GAMES] Top 12 Games That Should Be Ported To The iPod Touch!

Posted by Jody Mitoma on January 22, 2008

LineRiderNow, there are a select few games (TTR, Labyrinth, iSolitaire, iPhysics…) available on the iPod Touch that can pass up the time, however, there is still much room for improvement. Here is a list of 12 games that should definitely be ported to the iPod Touch (and none of that ‘web app’ shit). Hopefully the SDK will bring some of these to the table within the next couple of months. Unfortunately, most (if not all) of the games listed below are flash based games, which the iPod Touch currently does not have support for. We can only hope that we eventually get Flash support in future firmware updates.

So, without further ado…

Here are the top 12 games that absolutely must be ported to the iPod Touch! (I’ve also provided a link to either the game itself or a screenshot of the game in action for each).

Here’s to hoping that future firmware will have Adobe Flash support, making every game listed above, possible!

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[GAMING] Yeti3D 002 Released

Posted by Eric March on January 21, 2008

Yeti3D 002 UpdateWell that was quick. A new update to Marco Giorgini’s Yeti3D is now available. Version 002 tweaks the dynamic lighting a bit, which makes the level look a bit darker. There is still only one enemy in the game, and he still can’t hurt you, but the little blue, bald sprite (that’s bald, you sickos) has been replaced with a real 3D MD2 model nicked from Quake II. Though Marco states that there is a slight reduction in frame rates, I really didn’t notice any additional slowdown, as it still seems to run at a pretty solid clip. The D-pad and buttons have also been enlarged for slightly easier manoevering, though it’s still ugly; Marco appears to be stumped as to how he should handle the control mechanism. Perhaps you folks should drop him a note and offer your suggestions.

Installation for this version is also a little more convoluted: You still have to copy the main game files to your /Applications folder and set permissions to 755, but there is an additional set of resource files which must be placed in /var/root/Media/Yeti3Dfolder/ and set to 755. Additionally, a bug seems to have been introduced into this version that requires you to turn on flight mode on your iPhone, or disable WiFi on your Touch, otherwise it won’t work. I am sure Marco will sort this out for his next release.

In the mean time, you can hit up this link to download the new version, and as usual you can read the original thread here. click on the image above for a full-sized view.

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[GAMING] Yeti 3D Gets Resurrected For iPod

Posted by Eric March on January 21, 2008

Yeti 3Dmodmyifone member Marco Giorgini (kmarco71) has successfully resurrected Derek J. Evans’ old and long-defunct GPL’ed 3D engine known as Yeti 3D and ported it to the iPhone and iPod Touch. As it stands right now it is mainly a proof-of-concept. There isn’t much game to speak of; you can move around, jump and shoot at the one (blocky) enemy that’s included, but there is no goal, multitouch has not yet been implemented (so no jumping while moving) and there are some texture warping/shearing issues to take care of, not to mention the dodgy controls. Nonetheless, this is only the initial release. The performance is quite acceptable, though I am sure further optimization will be forthcoming, and the visuals are quite good as it stands. This will be one project whose development I will be watching with interest.

Read more about the project at modmyifone.

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[GAMING] Further TTR ‘Guitar Hero’ Song Tap Updates.. Delay Explanation

Posted by Jody Mitoma on January 21, 2008

Guitar Hero TTRHey all, I’d just like to take a minute to express my sincere appologies for not updating you all on the status of this project. I’ve been fairly busy with family issues and what not.

The project is in fact complete, and has been for a couple days now, however, I’ve been having issues SSH’ing into my iPod. In other words, I am not able to use CuteFTP or WinSCP to get into my iPod’s main core database, thus making it impossible to access my .tap’s… This is, in terms, making it impossible for me to share the files with you all.

I hope to get this issue resolved sooner than later.

If any of you have any ideas on how to fix the issue, I am all ears. The sooner this issues is fixed, the better.

Please keep on the look out for further updates in regards to this project!

Until then, practice, practice, practice!

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[GAMES] Amazing ‘Finger Fracture’ game concept art for iPod Touch/iPhone

Posted by Jody Mitoma on January 17, 2008

Now wouldn’t this be something!

If this is the type of games that the release of the SDK will be providing us with, I am definitely upgrading to firmware 1.1.3!

Here, have a look for yourself (click on them to see the larger versions):

fingerfracture

fingerfracture2

fingerfracture3

Don’t tell me that wouldn’t be amazing.

Source: http://newcreatives.com/

– Jody Mitoma

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[GAMING] More Updates on TTR ‘Guitar Hero 1’ Taps and MP3s

Posted by Jody Mitoma on January 17, 2008

Guitar Hero TTRAlright, so I’ve got a bit of an update for you all tonight.

I’ve got about half of the songs done, most of which I worked on tonight. I’ve been pretty busy lately with family, friends, school and relations.

I will try my best to finish off the other ~20 or so songs by tomorrow(Thursday) night! I don’t want to let you guys down a second time…

I will provide you all with further updates tomorrow evening sometime.

Until then, check out all the hype on how Apple is trying to get us iPod Touch users to pay $20 for the 5 apps that have come free with the iPhone!

– Jody Mitoma

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