Red Dead Redemption

I’ve been playing Red Dead Redemption for some time. Well, in fact, I do not play it for a while, but it is the latest game I played on my XBox (that I am not using that much, I must confess). I am a fan of Grand Theft Auto and therefore I needed to test this new approach, with the same game engine. Well, my first complain is that horses do not run as fast as a car, and that is a problem, because in Red Dead Redemption you need to walk from city to city and that takes some time. It is true that the landscapes are beautiful (just check the image above, it is from the game, not just for ad) and there are some small missions between cities.

I did not finish the game, and will not finish it. Not because the game is not good, but because I do not have much time to play, and now I want to test another one (Episodes from Liberty City).

Regarding Red Dead Redemption my main complain is with the aiming but that is probably my fault for not playing enough. Other than that, I do not have the patience for collecting plants, but that it not essential for the game.

Using HDMI and external sound in XBox 360

In a previous post I was wondering why I couldn’t get sound from my XBox using any kind of connector when the HDMI cable was plugged in.

My doubts were funded on the design of my own cable, that shipped with XBox 360. It has two RCA for sound and one RCA for video but, in the XBox connector, it has too much plastic, in a way that it covers the HDMI connector.

Therefore, I supposed that that would be a design issue, with that purpose (to prevent to connect the two cables at the same time), and not a design flaw.

But then, I found the kit shown in the picture on sale: it includes a standard HDMI cable and a connector without that extra plastic, that can be plugged together with the HDMI cable, and deliver sound to two RCA (and an optical connector).

Already ordered the kit on eBay. Waiting for it.

Using earphones in XBox360

As I poster some weeks ago, I bought a new LCD, 21.5″, with HDMI. The idea was to use it as a second monitor on my Mac Book Pro (done that already) and to use it to play with my XBox 360. Tried to do this latter, but it was not possible.

Why wasn’t it possible? Because I am stupid and I bought an LCD with an HDMI connector but without sound support. So, the LCD doesn’t have speakers and Acer didn’t bored to add a sound jacket.

When searching for solutions, I remembered that the gamepad has a 2.5mm jacket for a headset with microphone. I tried a standard earphones with 2.5mm jack but it did not work. Searching on Google I found the adapter shown above that, apparently, splits the signal from that connector into two different jackets, one for microphone, another one for earphones.

My current doubts for anyone who already use one of these:

  • does anybody know if the sound is stereo?
  • and, does it work for games, or just when using XBox360 for online conversation?

Oh, and of course, if you know another solution, please keep me posted.

GTA4: Uncle Vlad

GTA4: Uncle Vlad
GTA4: Uncle Vlad

Uncle Vlad was going out with Niko cousin’s girlfriend. Niko couldn’t let this continue… and… bang. The best of this mission is the final execution, in cinematographic camera. Also, unlocking the fed the fish achievement is also cool. :P

GTA4: Ivan the not so terrible

GTA4: Ivan the not so terrible
GTA4: Ivan the not so terrible

The main problem with this mission is controlling Niko. I am yet agile on controlling the character and the camera at the same time, and having to stop to look around and where to run to, is quite difficult. Fortunately, in this mission Ivan almost waits for Niko on some places, so that we can have the time to point to the stairs.

Finally, I wasn’t aware that I could not kill Ivan. So, now it is too late…