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Playing the Tetris song on the piano

I recently got a keyboard! Yey! It’s a Yamaha Piaggero V-60, nothing too fancy, but still packing quite a punch for a portable keyboard!

After 5 years without having a piano with me (since I was living elsewhere, my good old trusty Yamaha Clavinova is still at home) I can finally start playing the piano again! My technique is pretty much rusty, making mistakes at all moments, but I think that with practice I can still catch up and improve from what I could do earlier (which was not that impressive anyway).

So to celebrate I decided to record a short video of a videogame theme. One of the most recognizable ones: the Tetris theme! Also known as Type A for those of you who played the Gameboy version of the game, it is based on the Russian song “Korobeiniki”.

The audio has awful quality, and my playing it is not perfect, but I did play it by ear (no music sheet). Also this idea came moments after waking up, so I was totally unprepared for a proper recording… But anyway, the point is that I wanted to upload a video playing a videogame song on the piano, and here it is!


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Sony’s PSP2 and the Playstation Suite – Sony still doesn’t get it


I’ve been asked already by so many people what I think about Sony’s Next Generation Portable, the PSP2, that I just felt like I needed to publish this. I originally sent this text to a friend of mine and I have now edited it for my blog.

My general idea is that Sony still doesn’t get it.

Sure, the NGP has amazing graphics that, on a lower resolution screen, look almost like a PS3 game. I mean, it even plays Metal Gear Solid 4 and Uncharted!

But portable gaming is not about being able to play PS3 games on the move. As much as some people would love to play MGS4 and Uncharted on a portable machine, those games are not ideal for it. First of all, because those game offer a cinematic experience.

Do you watch your movies on your phone? Maybe once or twice ever, but why would you when you can get the full, real experience at home on a big TV and full bass and surround? Even if you don’t have such a complete setup, you can’t deny that you will never get the same experience on a big TV than on a small portable screen.

And second, portable games need to be that: games made to be portable. A handheld is more useful for short gaming sessions, like the Phoenix Wright series, where you can stop the game at pretty much any moment and still feel like you’ve accomplished something even if you only played for 5 minutes. Now try playing Uncharted for only 5 minutes. If you got past the intro screen you might be lucky. No, for Uncharted you need to play at least for an entire hour to accomplish something.


There’s a reason why games on handhelds usually have much shorter levels. Take a look at the Super Mario series, the DS Zelda games, the handheld Kingdom Hearts games on both DS and PSP, Final Fantasy: Crisis Core, Professor Layton… You probably wouldn’t play Oblivion on a handheld, would you?

What I’m much more excited about is the Playstation Suite. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s basically a Playstation Store for new Android phones where you can buy PSOne games and some PSP2 games that have been adapted to it, and of course original games only for these phones. Technically you could buy those games from any Android phone that supports it, so the potential user-base could be huge. Of course the first phone to have this would be the Sony-Ericsson Xperia Play, the so-talked about "Playstation Phone" which will probably be officially presented this February during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona (Spain).

As much as I love the idea of the Playstation Suite, I fear that this is going to bring a lot of problems with exclusivities: "Uncharted Mobile! Only for Playstation Suite!" – "Dead Space Mobile! Only for iPhone Game Center!" – "Age of Empires Mobile! Only for Xbox LIVE on Windows Phone 7!"

(I’m obviously exaggerating this a little bit, but it’s only to better explain what I mean).

In any case this is hardly Sony’s fault only, with Apple and Microsoft already doing it.


We’ve already been through this in the console space, with most of the games only coming to the Sega Mega Drive (Genesis in the US) or the Super Nintendo, later on with the Nintendo 64, the Playstation and the Xbox…

In consoles it doesn’t happen so often now, with big companies like Ubisoft and Electronic Arts going for as many platforms as possible to cover the huge development and marketing expenses. But at least with consoles you can just buy a competing platform as well if you have the money and keep both (a PS3 and an Xbox 360 for example, or a Nintendo Wii).

But with phones… Who would want to have an iPhone, an Android phone and a Windows Phone at the same time? I think the industry could go backwards in this regard if this happened to become a reality. And mind you, it is already happening.

Of course I’m taking this with extreme criticism, but I agree that many great titles can come out of both the NGP and Playstation Suite games. And it’s always up to the developers to come up with inventive new game ideas that can take advantage of today’s powerful portable machines. I just think that Sony isn’t promoting the NGP the way it should, insisting on showing off how good looking the graphics are and little else.

I also know that the PSP2 also offers some new capabilities. There’s a touch-screen, a touch-sensitive panel behind, and it even has 3G! Now, how about you convince developers that they can make good use of those features in some cool ways?

The PSP2 is also quite a few months away and we’ll probably see some really nice games for it along the way, but I wanted to give my first impressions. Feel free to leave your comments and I’ll try to answer them!

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Crunch – study – crunch

Norreport nevado

Would love to update more often, but the bad weather and the need to study for Monday’s oral exam on Game Design is not letting me do so.

Soon though I will keep up with my blog.

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Back to Copenhagen

Well, there it goes.

The Christmas break is officially over for me now, with me now returning to Copenhagen one week ahead of my Game Design oral exam (for which I have, of course, been preparing these days as well).

But I also come with a couple new ideas both in relation to my Master’s and to this blog.

Right now though the studying comes ahead.

The picture is from New Year’s eve in Jaca.

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Happy New Year!


It’s that time of the year again!

Champagne! Delicious meals! A never ending night!

Yes, it’s the beginning of a new year! 2010 is almost finished!

From here I want to wish you all a happy new 2011.

Some of you might have already seen me either in Madrid or in my hometown Ejea, visiting old friends (like Sarah Friedman and Javier Sanz) and family (hey, it’s Christmas, you gotta visit your family, right?).

Now however I’ll be spending the rest of these days in Jaca (in the North of Spain, for skiing) where I’ll also be doing, you guessed right, more visiting. And have fun, of course. I’m getting used to this routine of visiting, visiting and more visiting every end-of-year holidays. It comes with studying abroad I guess.

For those in Copenhagen I will be back on January 11th, getting ready for my Game Design oral exam.

Quite a busy schedule as you can see, but having fun nonetheless.

Once again, have a good start for the upcoming 2011 and make sure you keep your new year’s resolutions Smile

Oh, and thanks to my cousin Laura (on my left) for the cool cousin’s picture from last Christmas Eve Open-mouthed smile

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The amazing story of a weird UPS package

Well… this is…. unexpected. And crazy. I’m utterly confused.

Let me explain this weird story in this entry. And please, read all of it to get the full effect.

A couple of days ago I received a small card from UPS in my mailbox. A letter that was, of course, in Danish (you can’t imagine how tired I get of this Danish mail). Good thing my friend (and Mr. Optimistic programmer) Casper was around to translate the letter for me.


Put simply, they had tried to deliver a package for me, but I wasn’t at home when they brought it and they needed me to sign the delivery form (mind the statement in bold). It asked me to phone them to schedule a new delivery.

My first reaction was of surprise. I wasn’t expecting any packages at all. Even more weird, who the heck knew my address in Denmark? I mean, I moved here not too long ago and it’s not like I have been giving out my home address away!

And so I phoned UPS Denmark. The guy who picked up took over 5 minutes to understand that I simply wanted to receive my package. He said it could be delivered the next day, but he couldn’t tell me an approximate time at all. Only that the package might arrive between 9 am and 7 pm. Great. So I would have to stay at home until they came to my house, not being able to go to university (then again I only had to polish some individual projects and I could do that at home).

Well, today I have been waiting for the package to arrive. So when at 2:30 pm I still hadn’t got anything, I decided to go to the UPS website and input the tracking number that came in the letter.

A couple of new surprises here:

1. The package was coming from the US (again, how the heck did anyone in the US get my mail address?)

2. The package was marked as…. ALREADY DELIVERED!

Alright, this is it. I’ve been waiting all morning for a package to arrive, only to find out that it has already been delivered to someone else? So if my signature was needed… how the heck did anyone else receive it?

I phoned UPS again. Gave them the tracking number. And the woman on the phone said… that it had been delivered to one of my neighbors.

Perfect. Just perfect. I started to knock on everyone’s doors around my building, looking like a fool asking for a package they had no idea about.

Until finally the girl living in front of my apartment told me she had it.

Please UPS, how can you deliver a package and give it to the wrong door! I mean, there’s only two doors per floor. Didn’t you even try to check if the name on the door was the right one?

Anyway, let’s check the package. I was all excited now with all it was taking me to get this unknown mystery package!


Here we go. The package is here. Doesn’t say who it is from in the box, it’s all neatly kept hidden under 7 layers of plastic. I don’t care right now. I just want to get the contents once and for all.

Trying to open it… What will there be inside? I swear, these packages are harder to open than a safe box! Almost cut myself with the scissors!

Here it is… I touch something soft inside. I grab and pull it out and I see…..

A t-shirt.

A grey, plain t-shirt. Nothing in the back, nothing in the front. Just that. One L-sized t-shirt (too big for me too!).


Okay… this has to be a joke. All this… FOR A T-SHIRT? And who the heck is sending me a t-shirt all the way from the United States?

Once again I return to the package and I try to tear out the 7 layers of plastic, trying to pull out the letter in which, I hope, it explains all this craziness.

And guess what? It got even more weird. Look at it yourself.



Microsoft is sending me a plan grey oversized t-shirt all the way from the United States. In a package. Really?

More surprising even, the letter says that the item is to be sent to Anchel Labena…. in Texas!

Then I look at the item order on the bottom. “Bing gray V neck T-Shirt” it reads.

Bing? Really?

I immediately go back to the t-shirt and yes, effectively there it is, the Bing logo on the bottom.


I seriously want to bump my head against something hard. Something that tells me that this is just my imagination going wild.

Why Microsoft? Please, explain to me in some way or another why I am receiving a t-shirt too big for me all of a sudden, with no previous notice.

And how the heck did this t-shirt find its way all over from the US to Copenhagen? Especially when the letter inside says it was sent to Texas!

I mean, don’t take me wrong. Thank you Microsoft for sending me a free t-shirt.

But can you please give me an explanation for this?

I am baffled.