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FFXI UI 0.13 [Dec. 2nd, 2007|02:29 pm]
brandson
I updated my UI to work with the November 28th patch. All language UI dats are updated.

I fixed a few missing status icons from 0.12 and created icons for what I think are the light and dark arts status icons. I just colour-swapped the haste icon to make white and black versions. It's not my best work but hopefully it at least works. Note all dats are mostly untested. Let me know if there are problems.

You can download the DATs from filefront.com, or savefile.com.

To install the files, make sure you are fully logged out of FFXI and PlayOnline, then simply unzip the zip file to your PlayOnline\SquareEnix\Final Fantasy XI directory. Read the included readme file for instructions on how to install any of the new window tiles.

Note that I have included versions of the icon dat file that use SE's utsusemi icon and the different utsusemi icon. The default status icon dat file uses a different icon for the copy image status effect. If you prefer to use SE's icon, rename ROM\119\57-SE-utsusemi.DAT to ROM\119\57.DAT for the NA client, ROM\0\12-SE-utsusemi.DAT to ROM\0\12.DAT for the JP client, ROM\176\107-SE-utsusemi.DAT to ROM\176\107.DAT for the German client, or ROM\178\46-SE-utsusemi.DAT to ROM\178\46.DAT for the French client.

If you use the JP or EU client and prefer English language descriptions for the status icons then copy ROM\119\57.DAT to ROM\0\12.DAT for the JP client, ROM\119\57.DAT to ROM\176\107.DAT for the German client, or ROM\119\57.DAT to ROM\178\46.DAT for the French client.

DO NOT INSTALL WHILE LOGGED INTO FFXI or POL or the game may crash or behave strangely.

Read the included readme file for instructions on installing the window tiles.

If you want to see what the UI looks like, see this older lj entry for a screenshot: FFXI UI 0.10 (September 23, 2006)

I also updated my zip file containing the original versions of these dats from the November 28th patch. If you accidentally delete the original dat files and you want to have them back, you can get them from Filefront here: ffxi-ui-original-nov28-2007.zip.
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UI News [Nov. 28th, 2007|08:55 pm]
brandson
I saw the comments some of you posted about SE updating the UI DAT files again today. Thanks for letting me know it changed.

Unfortunately, my FFXI wants to filecheck 20000 files again and I work 12 hour days during the week so I probably won't be able to do anything about this until the weekend. I will try to fix it when I can. In the meantime, you can try using the UI DAT files I have posted but I don't know if they will work properly. Let me know if SE patches again.
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FFXI Maps 1.4 [Nov. 20th, 2007|10:28 pm]
brandson
It's been a while, but while waiting for FFXI to patch today, I decided to update some map dats. I added dats for Alzadaal Ruins and all the Remnants, as well as added some more directions to sky maps, and a few other small things. The maps are largely based on maps in Sean's map pack and ffxiclopedia, so if the info is wrong, it's not my fault.

If any of these maps crash the game, please let me know and I'll try to fix the problem. I don't play FFXI anymore so it's hard for me to throughly test this.

You can download the DATs from filefront.com, or savefile.com.

To install the files, make sure you are fully logged out of FFXI and PlayOnline, then simply unzip the zip file to your PlayOnline\SquareEnix\Final Fantasy XI directory.

DO NOT INSTALL WHILE LOGGED INTO FFXI or POL or the game may crash or behave strangely.
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FFXI UI 0.12 [Nov. 20th, 2007|10:23 pm]
brandson
I updated my UI to work with the November 19th patch. All language UI dats are updated.

Status icons for the new jobs were added, as were some other conquest-ish icons. There were a few other minor changes as well. Note all dats are mostly untested. Let me know if there are problems.

You can download the DATs from filefront.com, or savefile.com.

To install the files, make sure you are fully logged out of FFXI and PlayOnline, then simply unzip the zip file to your PlayOnline\SquareEnix\Final Fantasy XI directory. Read the included readme file for instructions on how to install any of the new window tiles.

Note that I have included versions of the icon dat file that use SE's utsusemi icon and the different utsusemi icon. The default status icon dat file uses a different icon for the copy image status effect. If you prefer to use SE's icon, rename ROM\119\57-SE-utsusemi.DAT to ROM\119\57.DAT for the NA client, ROM\0\12-SE-utsusemi.DAT to ROM\0\12.DAT for the JP client, ROM\176\107-SE-utsusemi.DAT to ROM\176\107.DAT for the German client, or ROM\178\46-SE-utsusemi.DAT to ROM\178\46.DAT for the French client.

If you use the JP or EU client and prefer English language descriptions for the status icons then copy ROM\119\57.DAT to ROM\0\12.DAT for the JP client, ROM\119\57.DAT to ROM\176\107.DAT for the German client, or ROM\119\57.DAT to ROM\178\46.DAT for the French client.

DO NOT INSTALL WHILE LOGGED INTO FFXI or POL or the game may crash or behave strangely.

If you want to see what the UI looks like, see this older lj entry for a screenshot: FFXI UI 0.10 (September 23, 2006)

I also updated my zip file containing the original versions of these dats from the November 19th patch. If you accidentally delete the original dat files and you want to have them back, you can get them from Filefront here: ffxi-ui-original-nov19-2007.zip.
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trying to patch [Nov. 19th, 2007|09:47 pm]
brandson
I'm trying to download the latest FFXI patch now but it likes to timeout right after the file check, forcing me to file check again. If I ever get the new content downloaded, I'll update my dats. Until then, just use whatever SE gives you as my 0.11b UI is not going to work properly.

Update #1: The servers are finally letting me patch now (1pm est Tuesday). It says 2h30m to go. We'll see.

Update #2: Finished updating all the dats, but I have to test them first and I need to wait until my other pc finishes patching before I can do that. If all goes well, I'll upload everything later tonight.
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skate is my game of the year [Oct. 10th, 2007|12:52 am]
brandson


Just got skate for PS3. This game is so much fun. If you have a PS3 or 360 you have to get this game. It really is the Gran Turismo of skateboarding games. There's an online video-posting site too and I posted my first video just now. The trick took me about 50 tries to land. The recording I made is the one and only time I managed to clear the fence. Thought I'd quit while I was ahead.

You can view my video here: http://skate.share.ea.com/profiles/2101/posts/360454.aspx
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FFXI UI 0.11b [Aug. 27th, 2007|07:33 pm]
brandson
I updated my UI to work with the August 27th patch. All language UI dats are updated.

As far as I can tell, some status icon descriptions may have been updated. In addition, the menu icons for some spells and abilities may also have been changed. Note all dats are untested. Let me know if there are problems.

You can download the DATs from filefront.com, or savefile.com.

To install the files, make sure you are fully logged out of FFXI and PlayOnline, then simply unzip the zip file to your PlayOnline\SquareEnix\Final Fantasy XI directory. Read the included readme file for instructions on how to install any of the new window tiles.

Note that this time I have included versions of the icon dat file that use SE's utsusemi icon and the different utsusemi icon. The default status icon dat file uses a different icon for the copy image status effect. If you prefer to use SE's icon, rename ROM\119\57-SE-utsusemi.DAT to ROM\119\57.DAT for the NA client, ROM\0\12-SE-utsusemi.DAT to ROM\0\12.DAT for the JP client, ROM\176\107-SE-utsusemi.DAT to ROM\176\107.DAT for the German client, or ROM\178\46-SE-utsusemi.DAT to ROM\178\46.DAT for the French client.

If you use the JP or EU client and prefer English language descriptions for the status icons then copy ROM\119\57.DAT to ROM\0\12.DAT for the JP client, ROM\119\57.DAT to ROM\176\107.DAT for the German client, or ROM\119\57.DAT to ROM\178\46.DAT for the French client.

DO NOT INSTALL WHILE LOGGED INTO FFXI or POL or the game may crash or behave strangely.

If you want to see what the UI looks like, see this older lj entry for a screenshot: FFXI UI 0.10 (September 23, 2006)

I also updated my zip file containing the original versions of these dats from the August 27th patch. If you accidentally delete the original dat files and you want to have them back, you can get them from Filefront here: ffxi-ui-original-aug27-2007.zip.
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Tiger Woods 2007 PS3 for sale [Aug. 21st, 2007|07:17 pm]
brandson
I'm selling a used copy of Tiger Woods 2007 for the PS3 for $20 plus shipping. Paypal only (or cash if you're in Toronto and want to pick it up). If you're interested, send me an email at brandson@gmronline.com.
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E3 [Jul. 11th, 2007|04:30 pm]
brandson
One perk of owning a PS3 today is that they have HD trailers of everything at Sony's press conference up on the store already. 260MB MGS4 trailer downloading now!

So far, all the press conferences were a little underwhelming though. The Call of Duty 4 demo at Microsoft's show last night was really cool, and some videos Sony showed today were nice, but there was nothing really shocking or mindblowing shown. The $599 PS3 and $199 PSP bundles were kind of lame.

The funniest moment of E3 so far was during Microsoft's press conference last night when Peter Moore said the Xbox marketplace was getting great movies "from Atlantis to Waterboy!" I don't know if I would be bragging about that. All the movies he announced were kind of shovelware. It's good they're finally bringing at least some of the marketplace content to Canada though (it's mostly US-only at this point). The Halo themed 360 looked hideous.

Nintendo ignored lots of nice games at their press conference for some reason. Apparently Golden Sun DS and Advance Wars DS 2 are coming, but Reggie didn't even mention them. Aside from Mario Galaxy, there's nothing else on Wii for me. I run and workout on my own, so Wii Fit does nothing for me, and I never got into Smash Bros. or Mario Kart.

The slimmer/lighter/faster PSP with a 4 or 8GB memory stick might make for a nice portable media player. I'm curious to see how well the remote play features work, but PSP still seems a little too big for a take-everywhere-you-go portable device. If they keep a similar form factor in the next PSP, they should ditch UMD, use a touchscreen, include 8 or 16GB of internal flash memory, and add a good 3+ megapixel camera. Otherwise, it's hard to justify carrying around something that large.

Overall, I think Sony's showing was the best, which is why I bought a PS3 in the first place. If you're bored at home or work and reading my blog, what do you think of E3 so far?
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1080p > 720p; if you can't tell the difference you're doing it wrong [Jul. 9th, 2007|10:14 pm]
brandson
I've entered the next generation of gaming and it's a lot of fun. PS3 is actually much cooler than I expected. My LCD monitor accepts 1080p over DVI and scales it down to the monitor's native resolution of 1680x1050 which makes the PS3 HDMI output look stunning. Way better than 720p. So, if anyone has a PS3 or Wii and wants to be my friend, here's my info:

PS3: Brandson
Wii: 8588-8486-4992-0383
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