Final Fantasy XIV OPEN BETA !!


Today I received an email from Square Enix announcing the start of Final Fantasy XIV open beta testing. I quote the following from the email I recieved

Final Fantasy XIV OPEN BETA

In preparation for the official release of FINAL FANTASY XIV on September 30, 2010 and the early release on September 22, we will be starting an open beta test to help put the finishing touches on the game. We ask that all users who can participate in the open beta test apply from the following website.

1.Access the following URL.
http://entry.ffxiv.com/
* The page will become accessible starting at 19:00 on Aug. 31, 2010.

2.Log in with your Square Enix account and have a registration code issued.
* Depending on the access status, we may temporarily suspend the issuance of registration code. If you cannot have registration code issued, we ask that you please wait a little while before trying again.

3.Register the registration code you received by e-mail on the Square Enix Account Management System.
Click “Select Service” from “Services and Options” on the left menu. Select “FINAL FANTASY XIV” from the services available and then “Add a service account.” Enter the registration code you’ve been issued and proceed to the end of registration.

The Square Enix Account Management System: https://secure.square-enix.com/account/

– Client Software Used in the Open Beta Test
The installer for the open beta test’s client software can be downloaded from the following website.
http://entry.ffxiv.com/

*If you have already downloaded the client software for the closed beta test, there is no need to download the installer.

– Transferring your Character Name from the Open Beta Test to the Commercial Release
As long as the World you choose in the commercial release is the same as the World you chose in the open beta test, you will be able to transfer your character name. If you choose a different World for the commercial release, your character name will not be transferrable. For details, please refer to the beta test site.

– To PlayStation 3 Version Applicants:
This test phase will deal only with the Windows version of the software. Details regarding the test schedule for the PlayStation 3 version will be released by e-mail at a later date. If possible, we still ask and encourage you to take part in the testing on a Windows PC.

– Note:
・The open beta test is being conducted on the Windows version of the game only.
・Latest news and notifications will be periodically posted on the forums of the tester site.
・The game to be tested is under development, and may differ from the commercial release.
・Please direct all inquiries regarding FINAL FANTASY XIV to the Square Enix Support Center ( http://support.na.square-enix.com/ffxiv/ ).

The Game Will officially be released on The end of september, that gives us a month to enjoy FFXIV for free!

This is a beta test, so I encourage you to find some beta tester spirit and use it, you must find AND report bugs to developers

Connecting to IWnet… Am I banned? ALTERIWNET

Many of you must have heard about the alteriwnet, for those who didn’t, it is an alternative network to play Call of Duty : Modern warfare II. which has come as a reaction to the lack of dedicated server support on this new COD.

What is good about this network is that cheater can be easily reported and banned from the game ( I hope they would do the same to gl noobs as well).

When you are banned from the network, the game will display a message “Connecting to IWNet…” and never connects.

If you haven’t cheated,  (( now have you? >:(  )) but you got this message then it could be one of the following:

– Someone has reported you because of a personal problem.

-Someone else using your computer DID cheat and got busted.

For the two above you will have to file a complaint to the alteriwnet forums and see what you can do.

Now for the things that can block you game from connecting even though you are not banned

-You have installed and running Hamachi

-You have installed and running Tunngle

-You have installed an inactive network card

-Your windows mobile phone is connected to your computer 🙂

simply go to the “network adapters confuguration” on your cmputer whatever the hell you kids call it today, (on XP: network connections, on Vista:Manage Network Connections, and on 7: confirgure network thingy) And disable every network card excep for the one that is providing you with Internet access. If the game still doesn’t work then your ass is banned or you simply do not have internet access.

To know more about how you can get AlterIWnet visit www.alteriw.net

Go any altenative reasons not to be able to connect? share them here!

Playing Resident Evil 5 over LAN

A great feature of the new Resident evil is the Co-Op mode where you can allow another player to join your game other LAN or the intenet.

resident-evil-5

The problem is that the game does not allow you to select the network card to be used as a LAN card, it will just choose the default card even if it was a USB modem or so.

So if you have trouble finding you LAN game session. try pressing “Home” in the game menu, from the Live popup menu click settings then Network information. Make sure that the default LAN adapter is your actual LAN network card. If not, here is how to change it.

On Vista, open the “Network and sharing center”

From the left pane select “manage network connections”

press the “ALT key” on your keyboard. the top menus will appear

Select “advanced settings” from the menu “advanced”

Use the arrows to move your LAN card up in the list then save everything.

You should be able to find your LAN sessions now. if not you will have to disable\disconnect all adapters but your LAN adapter.

There has been a big fuzz about this game being racist, its true that this is one of the rare games that allows you only to shoot black people…. and dogs. but this is just a game right? you have shot thousands of white people in the previous versions of RE it would seem ok to shoot few infected black people? I think that just bringing up racism is racist? what do you think?

Fix Dark sector crashing when changing resolution

Dark sectorDark sectorDark sector crashed on me everytime I tried to change the resolution from the default 800X600 (Yes this game does not even try to behave (configure) itself in front of my 4890 OC ) to 1680*1050.

Thye solution is simple open the game’s installation folder, open the subfolder called Configs, double click the file DS.cfg, then click select a program to open it. From the list choose “Wordpad” and hit ok

The configuration file is now open, just modify the following two lines to match the your preferred resolution

Graphics.FullScreenSizeX=1680
Graphics.FullScreenSizeY=1050

save and exit wordpad

Congratulations, now you can play the hi-res version that you deserve.

Using hamachi to play network games online.

Hamachi is a centrally-managed zero-configuration virtual private network (VPN) freeware application capable of establishing direct links between computers that are behind NAT firewalls without requiring reconfiguration.

When installed hamachi (also called logmein) creates a virtual network interface in the device manager. Once installed, you will be able to use the software interface to create or join networks.

hamachi interface
hamachi interface

To play a game, you can either create a network and give its name and password to a freind to join. Or you can google for a network playing your favourite game. try googling “hamachi yourgamesname“.

On hamachi you can play any game that supports network play even if it do not support internet play.