PC Gaming Stuff

This is a list of various programs used for various purposes with different PC video games.

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MISCELLANEOUS
  • DDS Converter v2.1 (1.2 Mb) - A handy program to allow you to easily convert to/from DDS, BMP, PNG, JPG, JIF, PSD, and TGA image formats. The program is no longer under development; it has not been updated in many years. There are some bugs, and it's not the cleanest interface, but it gets the job done. On the positive side: Images can be converted in batch mode by selecting multiple images, and it remembers the last directory processed and settings used. If you hate the stupid transparency of the program window, set the slider in the lower left corner to 99, or edit the .ini file in Notepad and change the setting to "0" to disable it altogether.

  • Dragon UnPACKer - A game archive unpacking tool. It is plugin based, which makes it easier to add new archive file formats. It has a convert ability and a raw search function for known material (audio, video and pictures).
    NOTES
    • You can extract all files and folders by right-clicking on the root folder.

    • When right-clicking on folders in the folder tree, you will be presented with two extraction options. "Extract sub-directories..." extracts all files in the selected folder to the folder you select in the hard drive. "Extract sub-directories to [folder name]..." extracts all files AND the selected folder to the folder you select in the hard drive.

    • Tools -> Create Entry List is how you can extract a file list to text, html, or xml. This feature uses templates, which you can modify if you'd like to change the output. You can find the templates and how to make new ones in the utils\templates folder of Dragon Unpacker. The resulting UHT files must be placed in the data folder (not the utils\data folder) of Dragon Unpacker.

    • Highlight text in the log, right-click and select "copy log to clipboard" to copy the selected text to the clipboard. If you use that feature with no text selected, the entire log will be copied to the clipboard.

    • Zero byte files are not shown on the file list or the number of /media/tcp/entries when you right-click on the root folder. The correct number of files will only be displayed in the log when you open a file (so make sure you keep it visible at the bottom of the screen), where it will tell you the filenames of the missing files - but ONLY if you have the Options -> Basic -> Execution Log -> Verbose Level set to High. For example, Ghostbusters: The Video Game PC "language.pod" shows:
           Retrieving 514 entries...
           Skipped entry: world\en\whitebox_slimetest.txt (Size equal to 0)...
           Skipped entry: world\en\whitebox_enemyai.txt (Size equal to 0)...
           Skipped entry: world\en\aitest_ghostbuster.txt (Size equal to 0)...
           Skipped entry: world\en\0slimertest.txt (Size equal to 0)... 16ms
      This is why it says 514 entries/files in the log, but only 510 when you right-click on the root folder and/or extract all files.

  • Ghostbusters TEX Converter - A command-line program that converts the Ghostbusters: The Video Game .tex texture files to .dds format. In regards to how to use it, the author says, "Just put the exe somewhere and drop .tex files on it. The output will go into the same folder as the .tex file." As I'm usually converting a lot of files at once, I find it much easier to do the following: To batch convert an entire directory, put the .tex files and the two program files in the same directory and run this command:
             for %%f in (*.tex) do start/wait "Tex2DDS" "tex2dds.exe" "%%f"
    You can also add that line of text to a .bat Batch file, which will run the command when you double-click on it. This copy of the program that I'm providing on Spook Central has a readme file and a convert.bat file that I personally made. The original only came with the other two files. The reason I uploaded a copy to Spook Central is because the only site where the program can be found requires you to login to download it.
    • Note: There are a lot of .tex files out there for many games, but this is the only program I found that could read the Ghostbusters .tex files. However, I would have preferred that it was able to convert them into a common image format instead of .dds. Since we're forced to convert them into .dds, you'll have to use DDS Converter (listed above) to convert the .dds files into a common image format.

  • Vgmstream - Ver. r937 with all external dlls and a 'convert all smp' batch file (388 Kb) - A command line tool to convert various audio formats used in video games to wav files. Works perfectly on the Ghostbusters: The Video Game .smp files (PC version only, the PS2's .smp files don't convert). Requires libvorbis.dll, libmpg123-0.dll, and libg7221_decode.dll (259 Kb).

  • Xpadder - Allows you to use your controller to play PC games with poor or no joystick support (including DOS games in a Windows DOS box and Shockwave/Java internet games), by simulating keypresses and mouse movements using a gamepad. NOTE: Version 5.3 is the last freeware version. As of 4/29/2009, v5.4 is available for a fee, and v5.3 is no longer available for download on the official website.
    PROGRAM FILES
    Ver. 5.3 (1/13/2009) (680 Kb) (with supposed relaxed Win2k check) - Contains program exe and 12 language files.
    Controller Images & Game Profiles (10/19/2008) (9.8 Mb) - 125 images and 83 profiles.
    Xpadder Unofficial Manual by Ronald D. Hillberg Jr. - Four PDF files which are useful for those uncertain about how to correctly set up Xpadder.
    Full History Package (38 Mb, self-extracting 7zip) - Contains v5.3 program exe, 12 language files, 125 controller images, 83 game profiles, 92 background themes [background images for the program interface], and ALL 151 PREVIOUS COPIES OF THE PROGRAM EXE FROM v1.1 TO v5.3.

    MY PLAYSTATION 2 CONTROLLER GAME PROFILE FILES
    I have the EMS USB2 device, which lets me connect one or two PlayStation 1 or PlayStation 2 controllers into one of my computer's USB ports. The game profiles below were made using this setup, but they may work with other controllers that have the same button layout as the PlayStation 2 controller, or with PlayStation 2 controllers connected via other devices. These files are what I use, and I thought I'd share them with all of you. If you can use them... great! If you can't... oh well. Each file below contains the PlayStation 2 controller config file and the specific game profile file, along with a readme and a program screenshot showing what the config should look like on screen.
    Ghostbusters: The Video Game (185 Kb)
    Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime (185 Kb)
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GRAND THEFT AUTO

This is a list of my favorite mods and trainers for the 3-D "Grand Theft Auto" series of games for the PC. I will not cover the original top-down series of games. For anything relating to the PlayStation 2 series of games, go to the PlayStation 2 page. Being that I also run a Ghostbusters site, I am listing the Ghostbusters mods.

Let me make this perfectly clear. I am not the author of any of these mods, trainers, or patches. Do not e-mail me asking for help or support because I can't give you any. Check out the forums of any of the sites in the External Links section, as they could probably help you there. I take no responsibility should any of these mods mess up your game or your computer. I have tried to test out everything listed on this page, but what works for me, may not work for you. Always backup your game files before you modify anything. That way if the mod doesn't work, you can restore your original game files and have your game working as it did before.

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Utilities
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Grand Theft Auto III
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Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
  • Peter Venkman skin by PGV - Here are Venkman files (without proton pack). You have to rename the file peter.dff into player.dff and peter.txd into player.txd, then open gta3.img (.../GTA Vice City/models) using IMGTool, remove from there player.dff and player.txd and add the new ones. Put the bmp skin in the skins folder and when you open the game in the menu go and select the new skin for your player before starting game.
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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
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External Links

Old Windows Software

Here are some old Windows software programs that are no longer being made, but which I still find to be useful, so I archived them here for all to enjoy. All will work in Windows XP. I assume they will also work in later versions of Windows (maybe in earlier versions, too), but I make no guarantees.

Please note that I did not write any of the programs listed on this page, so please do not contact me for program support. For program support, contact the program's author (he/she should be mentioned in the program's documentation).

FileGrab - Ver. 1.0 (150 Kb) - When you drop files from Windows Explorer (or any other drag-and-drop capable app) onto the FileGrab window, you get a usable list of filenames rather than the files' contents. You can then save the list to disk, print it, or copy it into the clipboard for pasting into another application.

L View Pro - Ver 1.D2 (313 Kb) - View, edit and convert many picture formats inc: JPG, GIF, BMP, PCX and more. You can also acquire images from Twain compliant scanners and do batch conversions.

MiniTag - Ver. 2.2 Build 38 (47 Kb) - MiniTag allows you to quickly and easily modify your MP3 tags. MP3 tags enable you to store such information as the artist, album, and song names directly within the MP3 file so MP3 players can display them. MiniTag takes a different approach to managing and editing MP3 tags. It lets you quickly apply new tags or change existing ones, as well as view them by simply scrolling down the list of your MP3s. The program allows you to change the song and album titles, artist name, year, genre, and comments. (This program is no longer being made.)

Side-By-Side - Ver. 2.0 Beta01 (1 Mb) - Side-by-Side lets you compare two directories, zip files, or ftp directories or any combination thereof. The program lets you quickly decipher differences on each side visually and provides single-click copying and deleting of files. Advanced filtering lets you include only files that match multiple wildcards, all files on both sides, only common files, and only different files. Also includes a Visual File Compare window that allows you to easily compare two text files in an elegant but intuitive fashion. Also supports drag/drop client and serving, launching an editor, and many other cool features.
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SOME THINGS THAT MIGHT NOT BE TOO APPARENT: To access an FTP directory, right click on the directory browse icon (normally a yellow folder). You MUST end ftp servers with a "/" slash (eg. www.servername.com/). You can also type in the directory in the text box to the right of the browse button (eg. ftp://www.servername.com/ -- note the end slash). Also, the program automatically disconnects from the ftp server when you change to a local directory or zip file. You can see the ftp status by right-clicking on the file name area and selecting the ftp status option from the menu.

TrayManager - Ver. 2.0 (753 Kb) - Lets you control the overabundance of icons in your system tray by creating a submenu for the icons you use less frequently. The original TrayManager worked only in Windows 95&98. Version 2.0 adds support for Windows ME, NT 4.0, and 2000, and a new feature restores the icons in your system tray after a Windows Explorer crash. A simple configuration window lets you choose which icons to place on the TrayManager submenu. Double-click on TrayManager's tray icon to bring up the configuration dialog. Placing the icons you use less often into a submenu helps you find the ones you need more easily. To access the icons in the submenu, right-click on TrayManager's tray icon, and then select the item you want from the list. Right and left clicks on a submenu item work just as they would if the item were still in the system tray.

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SEAMONKEY BROWSER EXTENSIONS


These are a few add-ons (aka extensions) for the SeaMonkey browser that I have had to modify so they could be installed with the current version of the browser.

Linkification - v1.3.9 modified - This extension converts text links into genuine, clickable links.

Open Multiple Locations - v0.5 modified - This extension adds a "File" menu option to open multiple locations at a time. Just input a list of urls and it'll open them all at once in separate tabs. (A not-quite-as-elegant alternative is to use this webpage to open multiple tabs.)

User Agent Switcher - v0.7.3 modified - This extension adds a menu to switch the user agent of the browser. It is designed to provide functionality similar to the "Browser Identification" feature of Opera and allows configuration of the list of user agents to display in the menu. With this extention you can let a website think you're using another browser, which can be handy in some cases. (alt homepage)
NOTE: User Agent Switcher ver. 0.6.11 is the last version that will store its settings in the browser's prefs.js file. Later versions store their settings in a UserAgentSwitcher subfolder (in the browser's profile folder). Also note that the program *isn't* supposed to retain the user agent after closing - normally or forced. To retain the user agent, go into about:config and set useragentswitcher.reset.onclose to "false" (if not present, add as a new boolean item). It will stay set to a different user agent whether closed normally or forced/crash. Of course, this setting configuration is unsupported. You may experience a bug in SeaMonkey where it will keep the user agent even though the about:config settings is set to true. If you don't want the settings retained, switch it to false then back to true.

Miscellaneous Links

THESE LINKS ARE FOR MY OWN PERSONAL USE. I DO NOT ACCEPT OR EXCHANGE LINKS.

COMPUTER RESOURCES
GREETING CARDS (ONLINE, FREE)
HOME VIDEO & AUDIO (VHS/DVD/BLU-RAY/CD)
JAVASCRIPT/DHTML ARCHIVES
LANGUAGE TRANSLATORS
MISCELLANEOUS
MOVIES
MUSIC
ONLINE TOOLS - MISCELLANEOUS
ONLINE TOOLS - FILE HOSTING
When using services like these, be sure to have an Ad Blocker installed in your browser, and always be aware of deceptive links to pay services. These sites like to hide the free ("slow") download links.
  • FileDropper
  • 1Fichier - no login needed, fast (500 KB/sec), files kept for 30 days after last time downloaded; UPLOADS: No upload progress bar.
  • SendSpace
  • DropBox (req. account) (2GB free) (recommended for permanent file hosting)
  • MediaFire (req. account) (10GB free) (recommended for permanent file hosting)

ONLINE TOOLS - IMAGE HOSTING
ONLINE TOOLS - PUBLIC/DISPOSABLE E-MAIL ADDRESSES
Public one-way e-mail addresses for when a website or a person wants your e-mail address, but you don't want to get any messages from them in your real mailbox. All mail sent to this address can be read on the website by ANYONE (so don't use it for personal information) who either knows that name or decides to use that name for their own SPAM prevention. Accounts are created when mail arrives for them. No signup, no personal information, and when you're done - you can walk away. The messages are automatically deleted for you after a few hours.

ONLINE TOOLS - URL SHORTENERS
Take a long webpage address and instantly turn it into a tiny one, perfect for posting on message boards or in e-mails. Since you can't edit the tiny addresses you create, this isn't suggested to use as a permanent way for people to access your own website (if you move your site, your tiny address would be useless and you'd have to create a new one).
  • Bit.ly (***VERY GOOD***)
  • TinyURL (***VERY GOOD***) (good because you can choose text to use in place of the random code)
  • SnipURL (good because you can choose text to use in place of the random code)

SEARCH ENGINES
SHOPPING (ONLINE RETAILERS)
  • Amazon.com - Books, CDs/Cassettes, DVD/VHS, Video Games, Toys, etc. (Free Shipping [$35+])
  • Deep Discount - DVDs, CDs, Books, Video Games, and more. (No NY Tax, Free Shipping [$25+], PayPal Accepted)
  • eBay - Various items, ships individually from various sellers, auctions mostly. (Free Shipping [some sellers], PayPal Accepted - eBay now charges Tax, which goes to them NOT the seller)
  • Target - Various types of items. (Free Shipping [$25+], PayPal Accepted)
  • Walmart - Various types of items. (Free Shipping [$35+], PayPal Accepted)
    NOTE - HORRIBLE RETURN POLICY: If paying with PayPal, do NOT return the item to a physical Walmart store as they will try to give you a gift card instead of a Paypal or Cash refund (like Target does). Do a return through the mail, using their free pre-paid return label. The refund won't be instant, of course, but it's your only option if you want your money back and not "store credit". Ironically, this actually costs Walmart more since they have to pay for the return postage.
  • The Magazine Man (eBay user "ashleymags") - If you're in the U.S., and you want to buy recent print magazines that were published in the U.K., this is the guy to get them from. (No NY Tax[his site only], Free Shipping, PayPal Accepted)
    Whether you buy from his site or his eBay store, his prices are the same, and they include U.S. shipping. DO be aware that the prices are listed in GBP, not US Dollars. His site is the preferred way to go as you get to avoid eBay's sales tax, which makes it a little cheaper. The only downside to his site is that you are not given the DHL/USPS tracking number automatically; you have to email him to get it. I bought the Empire April 2022 issue (Ghostbusters: Afterlife Easter Eggs article) from his eBay store on 3/7, it was shipped on 3/9, and was received via USPS on 3/17. I bought the Empire May 2022 issue (Ivan Reitman Tribute) from his site on 4/4, it was shipped on 4/6, and was received via USPS on 4/9. I don't know how he does it - I suspect he has a warehouse in New Jersey or Florida - but it came in a mere FIVE days! If it truly did comes from the U.K. to the U.S., that has got to be some kind of record. Each magazine was placed inside a sturdy cardboard envelope (9"x12", I think), and that was then put inside a polybag mailer. The magazine wasn't placed in a cheap bendable plastic bag like the official publisher ships in. Aside from some minor shelf wear, the magazines were in great shape. I have absolutely no complaints.
  • WRESTLING: Highspots - Autographed photos and other wrestling memorabilia. (No NY Tax, PayPal Accepted)
  • WRESTLING: Ringside Collectibles - Wrestling figures and other collectibles. Located in Freeport, New York, hence why they charge New York sales tax. (5% off with code FIGURES, Free Shipping [$60+ with code SHIPFREE60], PayPal Accepted)

SOFTWARE
TELEVISION
TRADING CARDS
VIDEO GAMES
WRESTLING

Calculators & Converters


JavaScript Percent Calculator
by Tom Richardson Jr.
What is  % of  ? Answer:
 is what percent of  ? Answer:  %
 is  % of what ? Answer:  %


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Standard Calculator

BetterCalculator 1.2



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Roman Numeral Bi-Directional Converter
by CSG Network


       

Our JavaScript Calculator has a limitation of the accuracy of your browser, usually 18 digits. The calculator will handle conversions from that number size to Roman Numerals, but the display would be as long as your desk. we suggest that you limit your decimal entry to 5 digits. The generally accepted maximum for display of a Roman Numeral is 4,999. We are not restricting you to that, but in the strictest acceptance of the guidlines of Roman Numerals, that is the cap. Enter a number (from 1 to unlimited?, such as 26) or a Roman Numeral (such as XXVI), and click the Convert button. You may clear the result field by clicking on Clear Result. You may also click on Convert another time and the result should be your initial entry.