The iPhone and iPad are fantastic gaming devices, but unfortunately a lot of games still try to emulate gamepads with onscreen buttons on the touch screen and it just doesn’t work that well. Thankfully, a jailbreak app called Blutrol lets you turn a handful of different gamepads into controllers for any game with touchscreen buttons. Here’s how to set it up.
We’ve talked about turning your Android or iOS device into a portable retro game arcade before, and while you can still use those tricks, this method makes it so you can use a bunch of different controllers for any game on iOS, not just emulators and the handful of games that support controllers. While it might sound a little fishy, it works incredibly well and isn’t that hard to set up.
What You’ll Need
You don’t need much to make this work, just a single app, some games, and little patience:
– jailbroken iPad, iPhone, or iPad Touch.
– Blutrol ($6.99) from the BigBoss Repository on Cydia.
– A PS3 Dualshock controller (note: you also need the SixPair tool for Mac or the SixaxisPairTool for Windows to pair the PS3 controller with your iOS device), Bluetooth Keyboard, Wiimote, Phonejoy, iCade, iControlPad, or iMpulse controller.
That’s it. Now we just need to get your controller paired up with your device and working with your games.
Pair You Gamepad with Your iOS Device
First things first, we need to get the gamepad paired with your iOS device. We’ll be using a PS3 controller, which takes an extra step. So, if you’re using a different gamepad, skip this part.
How To Setup A PS3 Controller
The PS3 controller takes one additional step to get it working with your iOS device, but it’s not complicated, and you only have to do it once. When you’re done, your controller is paired with your iOS device every time.
Download and run SixaxisPairTool.
Connect your iOS device to your computer with the lightning cable or 30-pin cable.
Connect your PS3 controller to your computer with a USB cable and wait for the Bluetooth address to come up.
Once it’s paired with your computer, get your iOS device’s Bluetooth address by heading into Settings > About > Bluetooth. Enter that address into SixaxisPairTool and click update. Now your iOS device should be linked to your PS3 controller.
Download SixPair Tool and run the app.
Connect your iOS device to your computer with the lightning cable or 30-pin cable.
Connect your PS3 controller to your Mac with a USB cable.
Click the “Pair Controller to iPad” button.
When it’s successful, open Blutrol on your iOS device, tap the controller tab, select the PS3 controller, and tap “Connect.” When it’s connected, you can disconnect the PS3 controller from your Mac.
Now you can select your PS3 controller inside Blutrol as a Bluetooth device (if it doesn’t appear right away, head into Settings > BTStack and select “BTStack” as the active Bluetooth system).
Pair Other Controller to Your iOS Device
Thankfully, other controllers don’t take the extra step that a PS3 controller does. For the rest of the supported devices, just follow the directions for pairing that are included with the device (or just head into Settings > General > Bluetooth and make sure they’re already recognized). Then open the Blutrol app, tap “Controller” and select your gamepad.
Set Up Blutrol for Any Game
Now that your iOS and gamepad are paired up together it’s time to start playing games. Thankfully, this part’s easy too, and you only have to do this once for each game.
1.) Open up the game you want to use the controller for (obviously it makes the most sense to pick a game with onscreen buttons. We’ll be using Sonic CD).
2.) Take a screenshot of the game when the controls are displayed (tap the home button and power button at the same time).
3.) Exit the game and open up Blutrol.
4.) Tap the “Games” tab, and then the “+” sign.
5.) Select the game you just took a screenshot of.
6.) Tap either portrait or landscape (depending on how you took the screenshot), and
7.) select the screenshot you just took.
8.) Tap “Add,” select the controller of your choice, and then tap either landscape or portrait.
You’ll now see your screenshot with your gamepad’s buttons laid over it. Here, you’re essentially assigning a button combination, so when you push a button on the controller, it “taps” the screen for you. Move the gamepad buttons to cover up the on-screen controls however you like (you can also resize the analog stick or d-pad with pinch and zoom). When you’re happy with the setup, tap “done.”
9.) Now open up the game again, and start playing the game with the controller (if it has trouble, just force-quit the game and start over).
That’s it! From now on you’ll be able to easily pair your controller with your iOS device and start playing games. Just don’t tell any of your friends on the leaderboards why you’re doing so well. It also works with any app you want (not just games), so you might be able to come up with some other creative uses.
If you are someone who considers himself a true jailbreak user, then you should know the importance of Cydia repos or sources. We are now in the final quarter of the year, so we thought you will need to know the Top Cydia sources to tide you over for the coming year. Whether you are currently a jailbreaker on iOS 6 or iOS 5.1.1 (with the latest and most stable untethered jailbreak), you should eventually need to have the best Cydia sources. If you wish to have an easier time finding jailbreak tweaks, apps, themes, and all sorts of contents in Cydia, then adding the Top Cydia repos is necessary. Today, we will be counting down the Top 10 Must Have Cydia Repos of 2013.
At long last, a jailbreak method has been released for iOS 6 and higher, which makes this the first jailbreak for the iPhone 5.
If you’ve been waiting to jailbreak your iPhone 5, or any device running iOS 6 and higher, today is your lucky day. A new tool called evasi0n was released just this morning.
The new tool is very simple to use — in fact, it’s easier to use than the iOS 5.1.1 jailbreak tool I covered last year. Taking far less time, and only a few steps, if you’re comfortable clicking a few buttons on your computer and tapping an icon on your iOS device, you’re more than prepared to use evasi0n.
A required warning, however: At times things go wrong while jailbreaking a device. Apple never intended for this kind of stuff to happen. As such you should be comfortable troubleshooting any issues you run into, including completely restoring your <a href="http://howto.cnet.com/8301-11310_39-20024612-285/how-to-wipe-and-reinstall-your-iphone-os/"device through DFU mode.
Now that that’s out of the way, let’s start the jailbreak process.
Before you start, make sure you have a current backup of your iOS device. You can back up through iTunes or use iCloud. The choice is yours. This is a crucial step to ensure you don’t lose important data should something go wrong and you have to restore.
If you use a passcode on your iOS device, the evasi0n team suggests disabling it before you being the jailbreak process; apparently it can cause issues. You can disable your passcode in Settings > General > Passcode Lock.
Now that you have backed up your device and disabled your passcode, download evasi0n on your computer. There are versions for Windows, Mac, and Linux users.
Run the program. OS X users may have to bypass the Gatekeeper feature in OS X 10.8 by right-clicking the app icon and selecting “Open.”
Connect your iOS device to your computer, and click the Jailbreak button. Your device will light up, restart, and do all sorts of random things during the process. Just leave it plugged in and wait for the next instruction in the app window.
After a few minutes and a reboot or two, you’ll be asked to unlock it and tap the “Jailbreak” icon. As the instructions say, only tap it once. Your iOS device screen will flash and then the evasi0n app on your computer will continue.
A few seconds later, you’ll see a notification that the jailbreak has finished. While that may be true for the app, your iOS device will reboot a few times while the process finishes. You’ll know it’s truly finished when you see your lock screen and wallpaper. You should then have a Cydia icon on your home screen, confirming that the jailbreak was successful.
In total, the process took roughly 10 minutes to complete on my iPhone 5. If you run into any issues along the way, evasi0n states that it’s safe to reboot your phone or the app and start the process over. Or you can view the support page here. Again, the worst-case scenario is that you restore your iDevice and try again.
Will you be jailbreaking your iOS device? If so, what tweak are you looking forward to using the most? Let us know in the comments below!
Lately I’ve been thinking I want to move. Something new, you know? But seeing this, I realize I don’t want, I need to move. To a house where I can fit thousands of Xbox’s and have friends over all the time.
This guy lives with several floors’ worth of games in his house. There are Xboxes, many TVs, lots of (messily-organized) games, and a ton of arcade cabinets. The only thing missing is a full-sized pool. I can’t live without a pool.
These are only a handful of images, but you can check out Redditor Citizen_Gamer’s album for more of his friend’s house, including close-ups of the arcade cabinets.
How to Procrastinate Productively
For too long I’ve sat idly by while the good name of procrastination is dragged through the muck. For the sake of getting things done we’re advised to banish, kill, and avoid procrastination without any acknowledgment of the good it’s done.
We owe procrastination. Big time. It’s responsible for our best ideas and busiest hours. Used effectively, procrastination is a powerful motivator and source of inspiration.
Productive procrastination falls into two categories, structured and unstructured. With structured procrastination (via pmarca, via via 43F) you use the desire to avoid an important task as motivation to crank out dozens others. Anything to postpone what you really need to do, right?
Whenever I need to avoid something important, I turn to a few tasks that rarely get the attention they deserve.
Get Organized – There’s no better way to feel productive while avoiding the inevitable than organizing your home or work space. Without procrastination my desk would be perpetually cluttered and the dishes would never get done.
Network – Have a bunch of contacts you should really touch base with but don’t have the time? Procrastination is a great opportunity to politely reply to nonessential email. Taking the time to stay in touch with people pays dividends in the long-run.
Plan Ahead – The only thing better than actually doing something is thinking/talking about doing something. Take the time to identify, record, and schedule all your tasks, obviously leaving the most important for last.
Odds and Ends – Procrastination is the best time to find closure for everything that’s on your mind. Use it as an excuse to investigate and resolve issues that have been nagging you.
Meetings – If you’re not going to be productive, you might as well take other people down with you.
Errands – Need to schedule a dentist appointment? How about that oil change? Procrastination is capable of making the most tedious and trivial errands appealing.
Get Up To Date – Have a bunch of dull reports and memos you should probably read? They’re starting to look a lot more interesting.
Assist Others – If you’re not going to do your own work, you can at least deliver on the help you promised your colleague last week.
Structured procrastination is a great way to keep busy, but sometimes that doesn’t cut it. When you’d rather not do anything work related, unstructured procrastination is the way to go. It might seem like laziness, but what’s wrong with that?
Unstructured procrastination is essential for recharging creative energy and allowing the unconscious mind to work on difficult problems. These are 6 productive ways to avoid work completely.
Go to Lunch – You need to eat, might as well do it now so you can’t use it as an excuse later.
Exercise – Same as lunch, with the added benefit of increased alertness.
Take a Walk – A casual walk is a great way to unburden your mind and allow great ideas to come to you.
Relax – If you feel a strong desire to procrastinate, there’s probably a reason behind it. Relax ation is important for a healthy productive lifestyle, why not do it now when you can’t get anything else done?
Come Up With a Great Idea – This one can’t exactly be completed on demand, but studies have shown that entrepreneurs and other creative people tend to get their best ideas during down time.
Read a Good Book – If you’d rather not think for yourself, you might as well absorb the great ideas someone else took the trouble to record.
Aurora is TCCs black light phosphorescent take on jungle-juice. Originally conceived in 2006, it is a drink that is pink in natural light, but glows aqua-marine in black-light. Thus, it represents the two main colors of the aurora-borealis. So, without further ado here is the recipe. (Originally, the drink was made with just pink-lemonade, but was later modified to use Rose’s Mojito Passion).
WHAT YOU NEED
2 liters Gin or Vodka
9 Liters Tonic Water
3-4 Bottles Roses Mojito Passion, OR 3-4 Canisters of Pink-Lemonade Concentrate
Mix all ingredients together shortly before the party begins.
Add ice as late as possible before drinking.
Park Facing East During the Winter and the Sun Will Defrost Your Windshield
It’s winter for most in the United States, and if you’re driving you get the fun chore of defrosting your windshield each morning. That is, unless you follow the advice of one redditor who realized you can let the sun do the work for you:
Just noticed this one a few days ago when my windshield was completely clear and the guy on the other side of the street was scraping his car. Hopefully this will help keep you out of that bitter winter cold for a few extra minutes!
This is a pretty simple tip that may be obvious to some in cold winter climates, but I grew up in Minnesota and never knew. While you probably can’t park facing East 100% of the time, if you have the ability in the cold winter you should. It’ll save you some frustration and provide a little added comfort when you hop in your car each frozen morning.