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Sayonara, Iwata-san

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“It is my job to run a global company, but within my job, what still gives me the most satisfaction is seeing someone pick up a controller and finding surprise and delight. What touches their heart still touches my heart.”

“On my business card, I am a corporate president. In my mind, I am a game developer. But in my heart, I am a gamer.”

– Satoru Iwata (6th of December 1959 – 11th of July 2015), President of Nintendo

He was not just a businessman, he was somebody that we knew, he was … one of us.

Thank you for everything, domo arigato.
May you rest in peace, and may the memory of you live on with all of us.

Sayonara, Iwata-san.

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European Pokémon fans, unite!

On December 24th, Yule/Winter solstice celebration/Christmas day here in Denmark, I launched an ambitious new project of mine, which I have planning been for, for about a month, which I call the United European Pokémon Communities.

The basics of it is, that it’s a phpBB3-based forum, with a ton of language packs, some small hacks to make language support even more smooth, a unique structure of governance, and the goal of attempting to bring Pokémon fans from across Europe together on one forum, to supplement national forums and make for a bridge between our nations.

The forum has national sections, currently Danish, Germany, Greek, British (English) and international forums, so that people can come and discuss things in their native language and if they feel like it, through the same site, trivially communicate across national borders.

United European Pokémon Communities

Latin:

Est Europa nunc unita
et unita maneat;
una in diversitate
pacem mundi augeat.

Semper regnant in Europa
fides et iustitia
et libertas populorum
in maiore patria.

Cives, floreat Europa,
opus magnum vocat vos.
Stellae signa sunt in caelo
aureae, quae iungant nos.

English:

Europe is united now
United may it remain;
Our unity in diversity
May it contribute to world peace.

May there forever reign in Europe
Faith and justice
And freedom of the people
In a greater homeland

Citizens, may Europe flourish,
A great task calls on you.
Golden stars in the sky are
The symbols that shall unite us.

Wii homebrew … coming soon! :D

It would seem that the Germans and friends have done it again! At the 24th Chaos Communication Congress in Berlin, on the 28th of December Michael Steil and Felix Domke (Of Xbox-Linux fame) did a presentation titled Deconstructing Xbox 360 Security, and at the end of that, a person showed running his own code on the Wii, and also briefly explained what he and some friends had done (Pretty amusing, if you’re into security stuff), so do so.

I personally think this is fantastic, because the Wii is very very efficient in terms of power consumption, so running GNU/Linux or a BSD system on it, and essentially using it as the computer that it is, would be extremely cool. Plus one could possibly write some neat games for it. With GNU/Linux on the system, one could also use to stream movies and music, show pictures a little more efficiently than you can with the officially sanctioned functionality for that.

So hopefully, GNU/Linux and *BSD plus all sorts of homebrew will becoming to the Wii in the near future. Because the Wii is largely based on the GameCube architecture, it could be possible (If I’m wrong, I’d be interested to know why, I’m just guessing here since I’m not a programmer) to reuse some of the stuff done for GNU/Linux on the GameCube.

It’s gonna be a little interesting to see what Nintendo is gonna say about this, obviously they’re not gonna be happy about people potentially being able to easily run unauthorized copies of games, or write unlicensed games (They make money by charging developers wanting to make games). Although one would hope that they don’t pull an RIAA on the hackers, because since they make a fairly hefty amount of money on the hardware, more uses for it could potentially make them some extra cash! Heck, I’d be very interested in getting more than one Wii if I could use for things such as a small web server, IRC server or something like that.

You can see the Wii part of the presentation. that I mentioned earlier, on YouTube: The state of the Wii – 24c3.
As a free software guy, I encourage you to not use Flash, but use KeepVid.com to actually download the video, and then play it using something like MPlayer. This is also a very nice way to avoid the infamous “buffering …” of streaming video.

Was Santa nice to you?

Because he certainly wasn’t mean to me! 😛

Yet another Christmas has passed, and yet more billions of the world’s various currencies, have been spent on presents. This year I got a good new book to read, Essential System Administration by Æleen Frisch, published by O’Reilly. It’s a huge, thick 1152-page book on UNIX system administration, covering GNU/Linux, FreeBSD, Tru64, AIX and Solaris. The book is from 2002, so it’s a little old, but I figure that system administration can’t change fundamentally that quickly, you have still have to be paranoid about security and all those sorts of things. I also got a bunch of cash, which will come in handy, because I’ve been meaning to start saving up for a new computer for a while and have not gotten around to it. I also got a cool new shirt, plus three pairs of socks. Also I got small fun things like a little dark-blue, glass dolphin, and various sorts of stuff.

To anyone reading this, hopefully you got something nice for Christmas as well!

24 hour Pokémon marathon during the weekend

Just a month ago, on July 27th when Pokémon Diamond and Pearl were released in Europe, I noticed that the version that I bought was the American version. I was a bit frustrated about, as I was expecting to get the European version. Back in 2000 I had an American version of Pokémon Yellow, but when Pokémon Stadium for the Nintendo 64 came out, and I hooked Yellow up to it, it refused to function because of region locks. This resulted in me having to spend another 400 DKK on a European version of the same game. I didn’t want to risk the same scenario again when Pokémon Battle Revolution came out, so I called up the store, and told them about it. I made a deal where the guy would get a European game for me, meanwhile I could just play the one I had. Before I erased my savegame data on the US version, I had about 25 hours of gameplay on it. I started playing my new European version on Friday evening, around 7 PM. Right now it’s Wednesday 12:21 PM, and I have 35 hours of gameplay! Yeah! I did a Pokémon marathon over the weekend! 😀
I’m the sort of person that might have pretty big breaks between gameplay, but once I sit down and play something, I can sit there for hours and hours and hours! Especially with games like Zelda and Pokémon.

Having played Pokémon Diamond a lot for the last couple of days, I can honestly say that this is a great game. For all those losers who claim that Pokémon is only something, that six year old children wants to play ought to just shut the fuck up! There is no way that a six year old could efficiently complete this game! Especially not English speaking (Reading?) children. Another cool thing is that like with the previous Pokémon games, it can be extremely simple, and you can also go extremely crazy and extremely advanced gameplay.

Excellent job Satoshi-san! Yet another generation of excellent games.