Portable Gaming Console or smartphone?

I’m sure you remember a times, when portable gaming console where top what you can get in mobile gaming. I remember as i wanted to get Playstation portable. Anyway those times are already gone and today we will have a look together on portable gaming devices.

playstation portable

So what are major benefits of Playstation portable ?

Well in time i was thinking about it, it has lot of benefits. I was using my old Nokia phone, playing snake on toalet at maximum. As that time i was travelling a lot of via train and i needed to spend a time somehow, decision was to buy PSP portable. In that time it has magic graphic, it was also media ( mp3/video ) player and battery time was amazing. Anyway those times are gone.

Why those times are gone now ?

Well, reason is simple. Every portable device as gaming console or mp3 is nowadays replaced by SMARTPHONE.

What are benefits of using smartphone instead of mp3/gaming console ?

Well, i will mention only benefits for myself. First one biggest – i have everything in one device, so i don’t need to take care about phone, mp3 player and gaming console at all. Everything is smartphone in my pocket and that’s all. 2nd benefit is, while i’m playing i still keep attention on incoming calls and messages, so there is no system – i will call back once i will finish this level :-) – in practice i will forget to call once i’m done, or i’ll start to play new level.

As a problem i see battery draining. During playing on my smartphone, battery goes down very quickly. Anyway, every train is now providing power plug, so i can recharge it during playing also. ooooh, i mostly forgot – only one charger – it’s benefit :)

What devices are best for playing ?

Well, this is very hard question. At all, i’m using now 2 devices ( i will not mentioned exact devices, but i can tell i have iOS phone and Android phone ). What is better for playing ?  Tell to true i don’t know. Mostly same games are released for iOS and for Android. From time to time you can see, that some games are first 3-4 months presented only for iOS, but this is more marketing strategy from Apple side, nothing more.

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How you would select best smartphone for gaming ?

Well, i was actually thinking how to select best device and i need to go back 10 years and compare it as for pc. What is best for gaming ? Of course it needs to have a lot of power. So i would go for an smartphone with minimum of 4 cores and 2 GB of Ram. I know, now you don’t agree. Iphone has 4 cores but only 1 GB ram and games are very good on it – yes, but this is valid only for Apple products. Maybe you asking why – reason is simple. Apple is still trying to optimize software for their hardware. This is possible, as they have now only 3 models supported ( 5/5S/6 iphones ). And now imagine, how many vendors has Android devices – maybe 50 ? Simply they can’t optimize device per device and this is reason why they need more hardware to handle system.

So what to select finally ?

Well, answer is simple – what  you like. If you like Mac, iPADs go for new iPhone and play games on it. At minimum you will have compatibility of all devices, you don’t need to buy a game for ipad and iphone as license is valid for your Apple ID and it will be automatically synchronized.

If you’re on budget and you don’t want to have such compatibility, go for Android. It’s cheaper, system is free based on linux and you can use it as a phone and enjoy all of benefits of game console with mostly every new device ( new, not outdated ).

What kind of games are best on mobile platform ?

Well, i love strategic games. What i can really recommend to you is Clash of Clans, Throne Rush. For example my wife loves easy games, she is playing Candy Crush. Anyway, don’t forget to install old classic games like Tetris as it’s incredible fun during travelling and you can really spend a lot of time on very old game and finally – such games doesn’t need mobile phone for 600$ and you can easily buy older with big discount.

That’s all from me for today. Catch you next time !

Warcraft 2 – old version supporting battle.net & how to play on Windows 8

Hi all,
I remember a times when i was kid. I was playing Prince of Persia, then Warcraft 1, Command and Conquer first version and similar games. Until now, i had the feeling, those games are somehow “lost” and nobody remembers them. Usually they don’t have fantastic graphic, on another side such games was working on my 486 and it was really good, running without any lags.

During my walktrough the shopping center, i spended couple of minutes in game shop and what i have discover ? Warcraft 2 is still alive ! For 5$ i bought a CD edition from 1999 with original CD-KEY which allows me to play one battle.net – awesome !

warcraft 2 battle net

I came at home and I immediately entered a CD into my machine ( with Windows 8 ) and guess what ?  Nothing :) . Everything was good and i had no issues with installation. But after installation i have seen following error, which was barrier to immediately start playing.

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Great… What to do now ?

Started googling and finally found out solution.

How to recover from this error during Warcraft 2 installation ?

After spending a time on blizzard homepage, i have found, that they release a registry fix for Windows 8.

You can download them from their website, or over links i have provided below.

http://ftp.blizzard.com/pub/war2/war2BNE_x64.reg (64-bit Win8)
http://ftp.blizzard.com/pub/war2/war2BNE_x86.reg (32-bit)

Please before downloading and applying ensure you are using 32 or 64 bit version of your Windows.


Once i downloaded, i just clicked on that file, windows asked me if i want to import registry settings i clicked yes and issue was resolved at all.

So how game looks ? It’s still like game from 1999,  but anyway running correctly. Graphic is not so impresive as a new games, but i love this games and i think my friends will love it also.

Here a simple screen, do you remember ? :)

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What is major difference between Warcraft 2 and Warcraft 2 battle-net edition ?

Well, i will just write you what i can see, especially:

1. Battle-net edition – you can play with your friends over battle-net server, but you are limited with 8 players on one map

2. Assigning a group of soldiers with key # + number

3. Space bar is centering map now, anytime you press space bar it will go into center of map

4. Unit Patrol is now working good, it doesn’t stop once they see enemy and fight with them. Once enemy is killed, they will continue patrol on previously defined zone

5. New sounds have been added

6. First town hall is now builded very quickly, i can compare it to farm build

Are you going to buy it ?

Well, i was just lucky that i have bought full cd. Anyway, if i look for “stock” CD game, i can’t find it out. But if you’re very interested in this nice and old game, you can go and order this game on STEAM for same price. I would preffer online steam version, only due to fact, you still can download iso and had a backup.

So what is result ?

It was very nice to thing about the pass and remember how i played this game and how many days i spended my time in computer gaming. I remember those sounds and every level which i wasn’t be able to pass. But tell to true, this game is already gone and mostly nobody remember it.

Suprised from battle-net ?

Yeah, i was suprised. I connected to battle net and i found around 6 thousands players which were waiting for opponent players there, which definitely means – WARCRAFT 2 ISN’T A DEAD !

That’s all for today. Stay tuned, more posts will come soon :)