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April 30, 2007

Burnout™ Paradise this winter

Filed under: Uncategorized — technofranki @ 19:47

Burnout 5 have been in development for Xbox 360 and PS3 for a while. I thought it would be released this spring, but we have to wait some more months. Probably not a bad thing, since the game looking very good.

Burnout 5 have change name to Burnout Paradise and will come this winter. You can see a trailer from the game at

Electronic Arts released some info on the game today, and here’s the quote from their announcement:
EA announced today the title for the revolutionary new Burnout™ videogame currently in development for the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360™ videogame system. Players will be able to take their dangerous driving experience to a whole new level when Burnout™ Paradise is unleashed this winter.

Burnout Paradise proves that crashing is awesome! Next generation technology has enabled an unprecedented level of crash deformation allowing you to experience the most explosive pile-ups in the series’ history. Now the development team can realise their original vision for the Burnout franchise: an open world environment where you can do anything, anywhere, anytime!

“We have been working towards Burnout Paradise for quite some time. Next generation consoles have opened up a raft of new gameplay opportunities and the Criterion team has leapt at the chance to innovate and raise the bar to an all-new high,” said Pete Hawley, Executive Producer, Burnout Paradise. “There are going to be some big surprises and a lot of new features but the core of the game is still pure Burnout. Instant accessibility will be reinforced by innovative on-line capabilities which will see Burnout Paradise smash racing conventions.”

Feel the adrenaline course through your veins as you take to the road for the first time in Paradise City, where the action is all around you. Explore the city, discover events, and look for the best opportunities to crash, jump and pull signature takedowns. In Burnout Paradise you’re given the keys to the city, but it’s up to you to earn the keys to the meanest and most dangerous cars on the street, and earn your Burnout licence.

April 27, 2007

Xbox 360: How to migrate your 20 GB HDD to 120 GB HDD

Filed under: Uncategorized — technofranki @ 19:21

Major Nelson have uploaded a video of how the migration works for the new 120 GB HDD and Elite. (Source:

Video: Xbox 360 120 GB and Elite Migration

Most used passwords

Filed under: Uncategorized — technofranki @ 18:38

Security is becoming more and more important. Everyday you use passwords to log onto you e-mail account, MySpace, Google, eBay, Facebook and every other place that need a password. But what is a good password? Use big and small letters, numbers and signs. Here’s a list with the most common and not so good passwards, don’t use any of them.

1. password
2. 123456
3. qwerty
4. abc123
5. letmein
6. monkey
7. myspace1
8. password1
9. blink182
10. [your name]


Wii Virtual Console – new games (PAL), Friday April 27th 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — technofranki @ 18:15

This is the new games we in Europe can download on Virtual Console today:

Mighty Bomb Jack
NES – 1992 by Tecmo – 500 points
“The great King Pamera, his Queen and the fair Princess have been kidnapped by the evil demon Belzebut and imprisoned in his cursed pyramid. Jack’s elder brother braved the pyramid to try and rescue them, but not one of them has returned since. Only Jack remains. He summons all his courage and steps forth into the pyramid himself…”

Final Fight
Super Nintendo – 1992 by Capcom – 800 points
“Jessica had it all. She was the doughter of former wrestling star and mayor of Metro City. Mike Haggar and girlfriend to Cody Travers, one of the coolest and toughest boys around. But now she has been mysteriously kidnapped!”

Battle Lode Runner
Turbografx – 1993 by Hudson Soft – 600 points
“This upgraded edition to the famous “Lode Runner” series include a 5 player versus mode. A large amount of gold has been stolen from the Time Machine Research Centre, and the group responsible has used a time machine to escape and hide the gold throughout time. The Centre has sent an elite team of “Runners” out to retrive the stolen gold.”

April 25, 2007

Retro Gamer #37

Filed under: retro,Retro Gamer — Tags: , — technofranki @ 22:50

I got the lastest issue of Retro Gamer #37 today. And this is what it has to offer:
  • Back to the Eighties – The Latest News From May 1983
  • Retroinspection: Dragon 32
  • The Making of… Pitfall II: Lost Caverns
  • The Making of… Jet Set Willy Online
  • Developer Lookback: Melbourn House (part 2)
  • The Making of… Final Fight
  • Top 25 Platformers of All Time
  • The Definitive Wonder Boy
  • The Story of Virtua Fighter
  • The Making of… Thanatos

You can order your copy from

April 24, 2007

ZX Spectrum turning 25

Filed under: Uncategorized — technofranki @ 19:27

It’s now 25 years since ZX Spectrum was released. The ZX Spectrum was launch in UK on 23 April 1982 and it retailed at £125 for the 16 kB RAM version at £175 for the 48 kB version. It was later released wit 128 kB RAM and you can find it in different versions.

The technical specification for the ZX Spectrum:

  • CPU: Zilorg Z80 running at 3.5 MHz
  • RAM: 16 kB / 48 kB / 128 kB
  • Resolution: 256×192
  • Text display: 32 columns × 24 rows
  • Colours: 8
  • OS: Sinclair BASIC

For more info, look at
(All pictures are from

April 21, 2007

PSP: Small firmware update – v3.40

Filed under: Uncategorized — technofranki @ 16:27

A new firmware update for Sony’s PlayStation Portable (PSP) was released on April 19th. It’s a small update.

The new v3.40 firmware update is:

  • Support for PLAYSTATION®Network titles has been expanded.
  • Saved data from PlayStation® format software can now be used on both PSP® and PS3™ systems.
  • [Certificate Utility] was deleted.Information that was displayed in [Certificate Utility] can be checked by the following method.Select the icon of the game you want to display information for, press the tirangle button, and then select [Information] from the options menu.

For complete v3.40 information, go to Sony’s PSP System Software Update page.

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