# Saturday, 25 May 2013

This is my Nintendo 3DS XL

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The amount of games I play on it is quite surprising considering it’s a portable dinky little console, in fact the only reason I upgraded from my original Nintendo 3DS to this XL one was because not only did I wanted WZ to be able to see me playing properly on it but also because the fantastic, funky, hot games coming out for it in the next few months are just too much!

But even with all this love for the Nintendo 3DS, one thing that Nintendo managed to do both right and wrong at the same time is their implementation of a digital purchases, their Nintedo e-Shop.

So what do they manage to get right? Let’s take a look at the stuff which I bought from the e-Shop (Using the prepaid cards purchased from Play Asia, since it’s almost I haven’t been able to attach a Malaysian CC to the account)

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Everything after the 3rd column are downloads from the e-Shop, and everything without the word DEMO on it are things I bought from the e-Shop. And this is what Nintendo get’s right, in addition to e-Shop only mini games like Liberation Maiden and Starship Damrey, retail games like Adventure Time and Art Academy 2 can also be purchased on LAUNCH DAY. Nintendo seems to be quite committed to selling games in both retail and digital form, and that’s great!

But then in typical Nintendo form, for all the good which they’re doing they just HAD to go screw up the platform some how. It’s goes like this, all those games you saw just now, and also the balance in my e-Shop account?

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The USD43.07 balance? They’re not tied to any form of online ID, they’re tied to the CONSOLE ITSELF!!!

To put it simply, when you loose an iPod, or a phone, you can just sign in to your account and redownload you apps and stuff.

Nintendo in their effort to make it easy (probably) and user friendly decided that creating an account was too much of a hassle an just linked everything to your 3DS. I’m gonna guess that all the people in the team who came to this decision

  • Don’t have children
  • Never broke a device by dropping it
  • Never lost a device

It’s RIDICULOUS to assume that a person is never gonna have any accidents with the 3DS which results in ALL the e-Shop downloads AS WELL as e-Shop balances being lost. It also means that a heavy e-Shop user’s 3DS might be worth a LOT!

After coming to this realization, I have decided that any retail games that I would want to play all the time (Animal Crossing) and games which WZ might play I’ll buy the e-Shop version (cause I don’t trust WZ to swap cartridges properly!) Everything else I’ll buy the physical cartridge except when I can’t… like.. Ace Attorney…

God damnit Nintendo, get your act together!


Saturday, 25 May 2013 16:50:25 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Sunday, 19 May 2013

After months of staring at the box and wondering Why the heck does this mouse look so weird? I finally bought a MadCatz Cyborg R.A.T. 7 mouse.

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At first glance the mouse already screams that it is not your conventional mouse and of course it isn’t, it’s main claim to fame is it’s ability to be customized to fit your grip so you won’t be able to complain that the mouse isn’t comfortable to use because the mouse doesn’t fit your hand. How does it do that? The magic begins from the tail end of the mouse.

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This grooved object is actually a small hex bit

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It is the key to unlocking the customization features of the mouse, let’s take it easy and start off from the right side of the mouse.

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See the little hex bolt there? Using the hex bit you can unscrew and remove the conventional side panel and replace it with one of these 2

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The one on the left is basically the normal plate with an additional rubber surface for extra grip, but what’s more interesting is the extra large one on the right.

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It gives the right side of your hand (usually the pinkie) something to rest on while you’re moving the mouse. It’s AMAZING how well it feels to rest your pinkie on it while you’re moving the mouse!

Next we’ll move to the left wing, first of all you can adjust the position of the platform between

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and

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For about 9MM of distance, doesn’t look like much on paper but you can feel the slight distance effect the ability to reach the side buttons, this ability allows me for the first time to reach BOTH side buttons without reaching awkwardly. You can also tweak the angle of the platform from

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To

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Again, this basically affects the ability to reach the side buttons of the mouse so you can adjust it to your liking.

Next up is the palm rest portion of the mouse which you can extend from it’s zero position to

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For a total of 3 stops, this affects the length of the mouse and then you can also remove the palm rest and replace it with one of the other two palm rests

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Again the left one is just like the standard one but with a rubber surface for extra grip, the one on the right looks like the normal one but is actually 4MM higher is you want your mouse back raised.

Then we move to the bottom of the mouse where we can find this near the tail of the mouse.

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After you remove the retaining nut you can slide off the weigh discs.

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Each of the discs weigh about 6 grams so you can customize the mouse weight to your liking.

With the physical customization out of the way let’s talk about the actual gaming mouse features of the RAT, I don’t actually use these features personally so here’s a quick summary. The mouse has a tracking resolution of 6400 dpi, using the rocker switch located behind the mouse wheel.

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You can switch back and forth between four settings which you can customize via the control software of the RAT. You can get a visual indication of the current settings via a four segment light display on the side of the mouse.

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There's a horizontal scrolling thumb wheel in the body of the mouse, positioned near the side buttons.

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Once again using the profiling software you can customize what the side buttons and turning the horizontal wheel does. There’s also a red Percision Aim button near the front of the side wing. That’s basically a brake for the mouse speed so while you’re holding the button down it scrolls at a slower speed to make it easier to aim.

Like all good gaming mice the RAT 7 is able to store three profiles, with each profile having it’s own DPI and button settings. The button to toggle between profiles is located on the inside tip of the top fin near the mouse wheel.

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It has 3 colors to indicate which mode it’s in. I find it funny how every other thing on the mouse is designed to be used by a right hander and thus all the indicators are on the left side of the mouse except for this one, which there’s no quick way to see what mode you’re in since you won’t be able to see the light. Although the light is strong enough to cast an image on your index finger…

One thing to note about the profiling software, when I was using it in Windows 8. You MUST INSTALL THE MOUSE DRIVER FOR THE RAT in order to get it to work! Before I installed the driver the profiling software just didn’t want to work!

There’s also one flaw in the RAT, which is the fact that the shortcut keys activated by the horizontal wheel and side buttons can only be used if you have the profiling software installed, it’s kind of a bummer but I suppose it makes the mouse cheaper to manufacture without having to deal with key mapping on the mouse… but then again the RAT ISN’T CHEAP

Closing Summary

As a mouse with a customizable grip so that you can tweak it to be most comfortable for you to use the R.A.T. 7 is fantastic and does stand up to the name of a customizable mouse well.

For me the only real gripe on this aspect was the fact that since I’m using the mouse at it’s shortest setting, the hex wrench bites ever so slightly into my palm. The problem is easily solved by removing the wrench from the tail of course, I just hope I don’t lose the darn thing!

As for a gaming mouse.. I don’t actually play PC games so I don’t know how good the RAT is compared to say.. other Razer products, but I do suppose the fact that you need to keep it’s profiling software running for customizations to work might be a turn off for some.


Sunday, 19 May 2013 23:20:42 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Friday, 17 May 2013

I really need to remember that if I’m in DESPEREATE need for Nintendo Prepaid Cards, Play Asia while being a reputable store seem to have some funky handling algorithm. In fact I do believe that it might be some MANUAL process, since you can get the code almost instantly if you buy it during normal office hours at GMT+8 but after that… it’s a looooong wait…

It’s all Nintendo’s fault!

ps. Don’t buy stuff too close to midnight, banks run batch processes then and most likely CC processing will get delayed!


Friday, 17 May 2013 23:57:15 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  |