Activision blocks Rock Band Patch

guitar Hero III for PS3Harmonix created a patch, which was submitted to Sony on December 4th, this patch would have allowed the Guitar Hero III controller to function with Rock Band. However this patch will not be making it to your PS3, Why? Because Activision objected to the Patch, they do not want there controller to work with rock band.

Rock Band GameNow am I the only one that thinks this is extremely stupid on Activision’s part? I was planning on buying the GH3 bundle pictured above. Why? because I’d be getting a bunch of new songs in GH3, and a 2nd controller to function as the bass guitar on Rock Band, once I found out about Activision blocking the Patch I said forget it, why pay for the bundle now? I already have Rock Band, Which in my opinion is a far better game.

Honestly I don’t know what Activision was thinking, Granted yes Rock Band is a competing game but the second I leared they were releasing the bundle with only a single controller I would have created the patch myself, look at how many people will be needing a second controller if they want to rock the entire band, in comes GH3 to the rescue, there sales would have rocketed.

As far as I’m concerned I have no intention of buying GH3 unless this patch is released.

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PS3 Based Media Center

I’ve been toying around with the Idea of building a media center PC for the past few months. I also just purchased a High Definition 61″ Television. Looking over the features of my PS3 I noticed something special. Why take the time to build a new PC to act as a Media center when I could simply install a Linux distribution on my Playstation 3 along with MythTV?

MythTVAnd so dawns my next project. I’ll be partitioning a mere 10 Gigs of the PS3 Hard disk.

I know what your thinking already.

“How are you going to fit all your music and movies onto 10 Gigs?”

Well, this is the fun part. You see, I have the 60Gig model and I was thinking that same exact question. Only the other way around, because the playstation gives you 3 options when formating the drive.

  • Format 10Gigs for the PS3
  • Format 10Gigs to another OS
  • Format the entire disk for the PS3

Now for my version of the above question.

“How am I going to fit all my music and movies onto 50 Gigs?”

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My new Toy and Folding@home.

I recently purchased a PlayStation 3. I made the purchase right after the release of the 1.9 Firmware. After updating to the latest version of the firmware, I was surprised and happy to discover that Sony had added a Folding@home client for the PS3.

This is a wonderful idea especially given the processing power of the PS3. I pulled this information from wikipedia

“The PS3 uses the Cell microprocessor, which is made up of a PowerPC-based “Power Processing Element” (PPE) and six accessible 3.2 GHz Synergistic Processing Elements (SPEs). A seventh runs in a special mode and is dedicated to aspects of the OS and security, and an eighth is disabled to improve production yields. The floating point performance of the whole system (CPU + GPU) is reported to be 2 TFLOPS. PlayStation 3’s Cell CPU achieves 204 GFLOPS single precision float and 15 GFLOPS double precision. The PS3 has 256 MB of Rambus XDR DRAM, clocked at CPU die speed.”

I decided to download the Folding@home client on my Desktop and Server to assist in this project. My PlayStation, when not in use is usually processing for Folding@home.

I started a team so that I can track all my systems independently of each other. If you would like to join my team feel free. My team number is 81229. I currently run the client on my Linux based desktop and my Windows Server 2003 based server. Becuase I have also discovered running the Linux client does not require root privileges, I run it at work in the background while I’m there.

I strongly suggest everyone download this client. I think its a wonderful thing to be assisting. Additional information can be found at the following links.

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