Windows 8 Phone

I’ve spent two days trying to run a emulator for a Windows 8 phone. All I want it for is to test a web page on it (I can’t find any online services that support it like Browserstack).

Eventually I tried to install their official SDK, but even that fails (makes it a third of the way through the install before it loses the connection).

Really not liking these phones at the moment.

DVD Intros

The most painful experience with DVDs are the ads that appear before you reach the menu. Some even prevent you from skipping over them (although there are ways around this).

It makes me wonder, why do content providers like to punish their legitimate users? I’ve bought this DVD, and now I have to wait as they show other services and movies (which will be out of date in a few months). If I pirated this film then I’d skip straight to the movie.

Priorities from the entertainment industry seem really messed up. Make it hard for legitimate users, which drives them into pirating content. Maybe they should look at their own practices?

2DS

I was given a 2DS and the newest Pokémon game for Christmas (so very spoiled).

Having played the series since it began (when I was 10 years old), I can safely say this is the best edition yet. Just the simple UI and gameplay enhancements have made this so great.

Things like:

  • Exp Share: Experience is much easier to gain, taking away some of the horrors with grinding
  • Capture Exp: You finally get experience for a capture instead of a knockout
  • Rollerskates: Much easier to zip around on (plus leaving the X/Y axis is great)
  • Internet Features: Trading, battling, GTS from anywhere is brilliant, plus seeing your online friends.
  • Wonder Trade: Trading a pokémon you have for another, at random (you don’t know what you’ll get). I’ve had good hits, and bad ones, but it’s always fun.

They’ve done well. Now bring on Pokémon Bank, so I can have by shiny pink Crobat in all her 3D glory.