PS3 XMB Wave in Flash / AS3

My second attempt at recreating the PS3 XMB “wave” thingy in Flash – I’m thinking it’s not too shabby for purely using blurred 2D lines for the waves. I’m sure it could be fine-tuned to match up with the real XMB better, but for what I wanted this is fine.

And all using zero 3D, and zero splines/beziers.

Not bad for 7KB of Flash!

PS3 Wave in ActionScript 3 / Flash

I had to cover a class on Flash today, and I haven’t touched it in over a year, so I got up bright and early to make sure I wasn’t too rusty…. and yeah… I was. Really rusty.

I was thinking in C++ and Python and Java, not thinking in AS3 and everything was wrong – so I decided to write a PS3 XMB (Cross Media Bar) “Wave-Thing” as practice. In fact, it doesn’t even do the waves – just the sparkles. Still, was a good exercise to get my head back in the game.

There’s nothing to stop me implementing the waves as fixed DisplayObjects moving in parallax (easy, weak), or via blurred splines (preferred, harder) – but at least I got the sparkles, um, sparkling…

I think I will do the waves, I need some spline practice…

Update: Modified so spark is allocated to MC with one of four levels of blur, increased spark density, spark has 50% chance of pulsing again without being re-initialised, spark has 1% chance of being big on initialisation.

Credits: PS3 wave background from:

The House of the Dead: Overkill coming to PS3

Woo-hoo! Loved this game on the Wii (and the wife and I laughed our asses off playing it) – so a HD version on a console with enough grunt to actually run it at a decent frame rate is more than welcome! Also, PlayStation Move support should make it just as point-and-shoot as the Wii version.

Gameplay footage of the first mission, which contains lots of blood and swearing, can be found: here

Papa Caesar FTW!

Kevin Butler (re)tweets the PS3 Master Key

Fictional character Kevin Butler is the Sony PS3 spokesperson of sorts – which might lead you to believe that given Sony’s recent sue-a-thon against anyone even daring to mention the hallowed hex digits of the Master Key (Thanks, GeoHot!) – it could, and I’m not an expert, but it could, be a construed as a bad idea for whatever PR firm behind his twitter account (TheKevinButler) to re-tweet said hacked PS3 Master Key.

Which when used correctly will make a PS3 think it’s running legitimate, signed code as opposed to homebrew or warez.

To around 69,000 subscribers.

Kevin Butler PS3 Master Key Retweet

Hahahaha =D Well played, exiva, well played…

Additional: As seen on

PS3 You Sunk My Battleship