Hart & Usagi #81: Solitaire Fame


Episode 81 of the Hart & Usagi Podcast is here! We welcome back Steve to the show and chat about a variety of topics like the Nintendo Switch controller issues, an April Fools joke that might be real, more Hall of Fame worthy games, and more.

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* Persona 5 streamers asked to adhere to Atlus’ guidelines or be hit with a content ID claim or worse
* April Fools Day 2017 Video Game Joke Roundup
* Nioh is the most successful game Koei Tecmo has ever published in the west
* These 12 Games Could Go Into A Video Game Hall Of Fame
* Nintendo’s Switch Joy-Con Problem a Result of “Manufacturing Variation”
* PlayStation 3 Production Ending Soon In Japan
* PlayStation 3 memories

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Hart & Usagi Podcast #41: ++Good PS4


In this episode of the Hart & Usagi Podcast, we welcome back Georgie and, for as a first-time guest, one of the hosts from ++Good Games podcast it’s Anthony!

Our main topic for discussion is our experiences with the recently released PlayStation 4. We also speak on games we’ve played as of late along with a couple of news items.

Strap one on ’cause it’s time to jam with the Hart & Usagi Podcast.

* Sega 3DS 3D titles
* Killzone: Shadow Fall
* Kirby’s Dream Land 2
* Sleeping Dogs
* Doom
* Shadow Hearts
* Saints Row Twitter contest
* PlayStation 4 experiences
* Windows & Linux
* Pre-orders open for God of War Collection on Vita
* Persona 5 is Just the Beginning: Atlus Goes Persona Crazy
* Save The Last Christmas (For Me)
* Meeting Rob Van Dam
* Pacific Blue

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I’ve Still Got The Touch!


So far I’m liking this game. The finishing moves are pretty cool looking and the combat overall is well paced and interesting with many moves that can be performed.

If there’s any negatives that I can think of it would be the graphics for the use of the Unreal 3 engine. I’ve never liked the look of any game that’s used it. Shadows always look bad and textures look shiny even for something that wouldn’t be.

I’m up to the objective entitled “Bad Frequency” which is after the Weapon X facility and back to the flashback in the jungle.

Trophies: 16 / 51 (31%)

One week ago I was asked to get the trophy in God of War for clearing the spiked column without taking damage. It took only three tries, which was much less than when I did it for myself. I also cashed out as he promised me $5 to do it and paid up! I also decided to save the Oracle with 10 seconds to spare.



Also from last week, in fact it was the same visit to the local store where I was playing God of War, I bought an original PlayStation model in fantastic condition. It’s a later model (SCPH-7001) before the PSOne model was released. I mainly got it because Usagi704 bought a link cable so we could try out some of the early PS1 games with the system link feature. Doom will likely be the first one we try. At first I wasn’t all that keen on getting it just for that, but at $20 it was a bargain. :)


Last week I received my copy of Windows 7. It was surprisingly much faster of an install than any previous version that I’ve dealt with. One thing that I didn’t know ahead of time was that the Movie Maker program wasn’t included and, while still free, needed to be downloaded. I’ve always felt that the options were lacking, but now this new version is even more so. I can still do the videos I want, it’s just that I’d prefer that those options were still there.

The first video to be produced from this setup is a commentary from Usagi704 on ScrewAttack’s Top Ten 2-D Shooters.

Finally, I been playing The Minish Cap very sparingly. The most recent happenings was that I cleared the Temple of Droplets. After a bit more of misc. searching around for bonus heart pieces my next objective is to meet with a former king named Gustaf.

Have a good day!

Best Co-op Around


It’s time for another misc./general happenings/goings on around here. So let’s get to it!

It’s been a good year since I’ve played this game and since Usagi704 got it recently, I decided to hop online in the co-op mode for some more fun.

I really feel that of all of the games that I own and have played so far that Resistance 2 has the best co-op around. Sure Borderlands (new game) may change that, but until then this is it for me.

I like how the mode basically says “Work as a team or die.” That does setup for some frustrating sessions when other players don’t focus on doing what their chosen class is suppose to do. However when everyone knows their role and executes it well, it can be an excellent gaming experience.

Since I mentioned Borderlands, I might as well also mention the other game I got as a part of the recent buy one, get one half off sale at Toys-R-Us. I was going to get Demon’s Souls, but that wasn’t available so I went with The Saboteur. Those were the last purchases of 2009 which gives me a total of 705 unique games.


About 3-4 months ago I decided that I’d reinstall Windows XP. Not because anything was going wrong, but just because, as I’m sure some of you know, Windows can benefit from a clean install every so often. So I went to do that, but for some reason the disk for the SATA drivers wasn’t being accepted at the time of the reinstallation even though I’d just made the disk before doing so.

Because of this problem the only other thing I was willing to do at the time was to simply disconnect the SATA hard drive from the motherboard and continue as usual with the two IDE HDs. I never did end up doing that so that PC has never been used ever since.

I’ve been continuing normally on a second PC with the Ubuntu version of Linux. I’ve learned a bunch about it and feel at home on it. The only problems that I have is that I still haven’t found a great way to do videos and I can’t do the podcast at all among a few other minor things.

This has lead me to thinking about getting Windows 7. After much thinking I came to the conclusion that I’d go with the Pro version and if it didn’t work out at least I still have Ubuntu to work off of.

Prices of the OS are as ridiculous as I expected coming from Microsoft. The MSRP is $300. The lowest I could find it at a store was $250. I went to eBay and found a genuine new copy for $130. The final price with free shipping was $110 after using the “best offer” function.

It should be here sometime this week. Wish me luck.

I’m still not sure if I want this game or not. I played a bit of the demo and, even with the little video abilities I have at the moment, I uploaded two videos to YouTube showing some luck involved in two crazy shots.

That will do it for this time. I expect to start X-Men Origins: Wolverine as my first game of 2010. Happy New Year and Game on!

WMF Backdoor & TUF 3 Start Date

Security Now! 22: The WMF Backdoor — Listen
For unknown reasons Microsoft seems to have intentionally made a backdoor into the Windows OS with the WMF vulnerability. Read more from the following RSS post.

Flash: Steve Gibson has been working with the WMF vulnerability and is now convinced that this is an intentional backdoor into Windows added by Microsoft.

Yes, Microsoft has patched the WMF vulnerability in Windows 2000 and XP, but in his research for a fix for Windows 95/98/Me Steve has come up with a blockbuster. It is his considered opinion that the WMF vulnerability could not have been a mistake. It was an intentional backdoor inserted into Windows by Microsoft for reasons unknown. Listen for details.

The Ultimate Fighter 3 Start Date
The third season of The Ultimate Fighter with Ken Shamrock and Tito Ortiz as the coaches will debut on Thursday, April 6 at 10pm on Spike TV.

Live Audio Wrestling news: Thursday January 12th Update

Official Microsoft WMF Fix

Now available via update.microsoft.com is an official fix for the WMF vulnerability. The funny thing about this “official fix” is that it does exactly the same thing as the temporary patch from Ilfak Guilfanov.

The bad news for anyone using older versions of Windows (ie: ME, 98, 95). Microsoft will most likely not update those versions of their OS. If that does end up what happens, then Steve Gibson and grc.com will make one available.

Security Now! notes for episode 21

Ilfak’s WMF Patch v1.4

The newest version of Ilfak’s WMF patch, version 1.4, is available at grc.com. This was done so that the huge load that hexblog.com was experiencing can be lessened.

Episode 21 of Security Now! will be released tomorrow and Steve Gibson will catch everybody up-to-date on how all parties involved are trying to deal with this WMF vulnerability. I’ll update this post with a link to download/listen to the new episode when it becomes available. If you”d like to know beforehand, then subscribe to the Security Now! RSS feed.

Download Ilfak’s WMF patch utility from GRC — version 1.4, 291 kb

Update: Security Now! 21: Ilfak Guilanov — Listen