2003 – Adam Green – Friends of Mine


It’s Music Monday! This is a little bit older of an album than I usually suggest to people, but I’m all about helping you find things you probably haven’t heard, but should. Adam Green was co-founder of the band The Moldy Peaches, who’s 2000 self-titled album Moldy Peachesincluded a song entitled Anyone Else But You, which you most likely recall from Juno(2007).

But if you forget how much you hate the movie Juno (after all, remember how you loved it before everyone else loved it, too?), and forget whatever little you might now about The Moldy Peaches, you can go in to this album and truly enjoy it. It’s very much an easy listening album, and it’s what crooners all might have sounded like if they had the guts. The lyrics walk a fine line between poetic genius and babbling idiocy and the best part is, it never matters for a second whether or not it makes sense, because it just sounds so beautiful. There’s a reason this 2003 gem was re-released last year.

Store your 360's saved games in the cloud

Time for our Xbox Tip of the Week! This one is pretty straight forward. With the recent release of the dashboard update for the Xbox 360, Gold subscribers have access to Cloud Storage. The benefit? You can save your game, go to a friend’s house, and load your progress there! No need to remember to bring a Memory Unit, or even a flash drive! It’s a handy little feature, and it seems that many games will natively support it by treating it just like another storage option – but if your game is already saved on your hard drive, how do you move it to the cloud?

Well, you can read all of the details on Xbox.com’s support article, but basically you just need to go to the Settings page, then select Storage, select the hard drive, choose Games, find the game in question, then select on the save game file. The next screen should have a MOVE option – move it up to the Cloud Storage option, and you’re set! Then when you log in on another console, your save game will be available to you. No games lost!

I need to do a little home work and find out if this feature is available for Games for Windows Live – where you’re more likely to format your hard drive and lose your data (and if not, when?).

Making my Toshiba Canvio drive work with the Wii?

I’m going to stray a little from my normal type of gaming post. I do not endorse piracy, and find myself turning over a new leaf since my teenage years. Still, people have lots of different opinions on modding. I may be one of the few who thinks that using something for backup purposes is a legitimate enough reason to void your warranty. With the small collection of games I have for the Wii, the games I do have are fairly hard to come by. I’d like to make sure that, no matter what happens to my disc, I still have access to the game. I know, call me crazy. But seeing as the Wii has little online capabilities that I use, and the firmware hasn’t been updated in over a year at this point, I decided it was time to walk on the dark side and tinker with a little homebrew, along with backing up my games.

I’m not going to get in to the nitty gritty, but there are some helpful video tutorials on YouTube if you want to do it yourself, I won’t provide information on the “hack” itself.

One of the things I saw of on the internet, were questions regarding backed up games and the Toshiba 500gb Canvio usb hard drive, and the Wii. I had my fair share of difficulties with this, myself. The problem seemed mostly related to the fact that the drive ships as formatted as NTFS.

Using Windows to right click on the drive under My Computer, and reformat it as ExFAT with the Allocation Unit Size specifically set to 32-kilobytes seemed to work best. This process does wipe out anything on the drive, so be careful. But once you’re done there, use WBFS Manager to format the drive in WBFS (Wii Backup File System) (doing this takes seconds), then you can use your Toshiba Canvio 500GB USB drive without any problems, so long as it is connected to the outermost USB port on the back of the Wii. Use the loader of your choice that you have installed (CFG Loader for me) and select “Install” from the menu to backup your disc to your drive.

Not my usual gaming tip, and no I won’t go in to any details of modding. But I, for one, am glad to have my Metroid Prime Trilogy and Super Mario All-Stars Anniversary Editions safely tucked away for a cold winter’s day.

UPDATE: A quick note: if you first load your launcher program and it doesn’t detect the drive, unplug and replug the USB drive – it should load after a few seconds. Sometimes I have to do this twice. I have had some problems with certain games not working, once I had time to play my backed up version. Luckily I still have my discs. But the majority of games are working just fine, so far.