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Chapter 8. iPod Games and Other Extras

Chapter 8. iPod Games and Other Extras

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8.1.Games

TheiPodisapersonalentertainmentmachineonmanylevels.

Allmodelshaveatleastonegame:Brick.TheiPodsin2003

andbeyondcomewiththreeothers:MusicQuiz,Parachute

andperhapsthemostpopularprogrameverinthehistoryofthe

computerSolitaire.



8.1.1.Brick

TheBrickgame(Figure8-1)haswanderedallovertheiPod's

systemsoftware.InthefirstversionoftheiPodsoftware,you

uneartheditbyholdingdowntheSelectbuttonforfiveseconds

ontheAboutmenu.Inversion1.1,BricksurfacedintheLegal

copyrightinfoareaintheSettingsmenu.Eversinceversion1.2

oftheiPodsoftware,BrickhaslivedinanExtrassubmenu

calledGames.



Figure8-1.Adventuregamesandflight

simulationprogramsmaycomeandgo,but

there'llalwaysbeBreakout.TheiPod'sBrick

game,onceplayfullyhidden,isnowrightupfront

ontheExtrasmenu.



OnthelatestiPodmodels,chooseExtras Games Brick.

WhereveryoufinditonyouriPod,Brickisinstantly

recognizableasaminiatureversionoftheAtariarcadestaple

Breakout,whichAppleco-founderSteveWozniakcreated.Your

mission,shouldyouchoosetoacceptit,istousearicocheting

balltobreakthroughrowsofbricksatthetopofthescreen.

PresstheSelectbuttontostartthegame:Asthesmallball

rocketsinfromtheside,usethescrollwheeltomovethe

paddle(atthebottom)fromsidetosideinanefforttodeflect

theballintothebricksabove.

Yougetonepointforeachbrickyouknockout.Ifyoumissthe

ball,youloseit.Losingthreeballsendsthegame.Ifyou

managetoknockoutallthebricksatthetopofthescreen,you

moveupalevel,andthegamebeginsagain.Itcontinuesuntil

youuseallyourballsorsufferahorriblethumbcramp.



8.1.2.MusicQuiz

FansoftheoldNameThatTuneshowwillrecognizetheconcept

behindthelatestgameintheiPod'stoybox.YouneediPod

Update2.1toplayit(seeSection12.10),oranewiPod

purchasedin2004orlater.



Putonyourheadphones,andthennavigatetoExtras Games

MusicQuiz(seeFigure8-2).Thegameplaysthefirstfew

secondsofarandomsongfromyouriPod'smusiclibrary.You

have10secondstopickoutthesong'stitlefromthe5names

listedontheiPod'sscreen.Ifyoumiss,yougeta"Wrong"

messageonscreenandadeepsenseofshamefornotknowing

yourownmusiccollection.Choosingthecorrecttitleaddsto

yourrunningscoreandadvancesyoutothenextrandomsong.



Figure8-2.OnceyougetthatiPodcrammedwith

somanysongsthatyoucan'trememberwhat's

onthere,theMusicQuizgamegetsalotharder.

Betteryet,swapiPodswithapalwhileyou're

standinginlineatthemoviesandtestyourskills

onsomebodyelse'smusiccollection.



AniPodstuffedwiththousandsofsongsmakesthisgameall

themorechallenging.Andifyou'vegotanexamcomingupin

MusicAppreciation,whynotdownloadalltheworksonthe

syllabusontoyouriPodsoyoucanquizyourself?LetiPodbe

yourpersonaltutor!



8.1.3.Parachute



Shootingatthingshasalwaysbeenapopularthemeforgames,

particularlycomputergames.(Originally,thismayhavebeena

tactictohelppeoplemanagetheirangerwithouttakinga

shotguntothecomputeritself.)

TheiPod'sParachutegameletsyouassumethecontrolsofa

ground-basedantiaircraftgun.You'resupposedtoshootatthe

helicoptersthatflyoverheadanddroptinylittleparachuting

stick-people,asshownontheleftinFigure8-3.



Figure8-3.Left:BeallthatyoucanbeintheiPod

Armybyshootingdowninvadingenemy

parasticktroopersintheParachutegame.

Right:Passsometimebetweenmissionswitha

satisfyinggameofSolitaire.



ToplayParachute,chooseExtras Games Parachute,and

thenpresstheSelectbuttontostartthegame.Thegunsitsin

thecenterbottomofthescreen,butyoucanusethescroll

wheeltopivotthebarrelanddirectyourfiretothehelicopters

thatbuzzoverhead.PresstheSelectbuttontofireateitherthe

helicoptersorthetinyparachutists.Yougetpointsforhittinga

helicopterwithoneshot,butlosepointsifyoumiss.



Note:Onceaparatrooperlandssafelyontheground,hecan

lobgrenadesatyou,soit'sbesttohitthoseguyswhilethey're

intheair.Ifoneoftheparachutingtroopslandsonyourgun,

youlose.Nobodysaidwarispretty.



8.1.4.Solitaire

Thissingle-playercardgamehasbeenentertainingthebored

andlonelyforcenturies,andSolitaire'sarrivalontheiPodis

suretogivemanypeoplesomethingtodo.Althoughit'snotas

largeastheversionsyoucanplayonadesktopcomputer,iPod

Solitaire(Figure8-3,right)hasitsadvantages.Forinstance,

youcanplayitwithonehandwhileridingthebusorwaiting

aroundforafriendtoshowup.

Tobeginplay,gotoExtras Games Solitaireandtapthe

Selectbuttontodealoutthefirstthreecards.Thegameis

standardKlondike:Yougetarowofsevencardpiles,onwhich

you'resupposedtoalternateblackandredcardsindescending

numericalorder.Becauseyoucan'tphysicallytouchthecards,

theiPodprovidesahelpinghandcursor.

Usethescrollwheeltopassthehandovereachstackofcards.

Whenyougettothecardyouwant,clicktheSelectbuttonto

movetheselectedcardtothebottomofthescreen.Thenscroll

thedisembodiedhandtothepilewhereyouwanttoplacethe

card,andclicktheSelectbuttonagaintomaketheplay.

Whenyouneedtodealoutanotherthreecards,placethehand

overthedeckatthetopofthescreenandtaptheSelect

button.Afteryougothroughthedeckonce,theremaining

cardsautomaticallyrestacksoyoucancontinuedealing.



8.2.Clock

AsdiscussedbackonSection1.4.4,alliPods(exceptthe

screenlessShuffle)havebuilt-inclockswithasimplealarm

feature.Butthat'ssolastweek.TheiPodNanoandvideoiPod

letyouusemultipleclocks,indifferenttimezonesandwith

theirownalarms.Ifyoutravelfrequently,youcansimplycreate

aclockforeachlocationinsteadofconstantlyfiddlingwithtime

zonesettings.

TheiPodshouldalreadyhaveoneclocktheoneyoucreated

whenyoufirstsetitupandselectedyourtimezone(Section

1.4.4).Toaddmore,gotoExtras Clock NewClock(it's

alwaysatthebottomofthelist),andpressthecenterbuttonto

selectNewClock.Onthenextscreen,selectaworldregion,like

NorthAmerica,Europe,Africa,orAsia.Somecategoriesonthe

Regionmenuarelessobvious:SelectAtlanticifyoulivein

IcelandortheAzores;choosePacificifyouliveinHawaii,

Guam,orPagoPago.

Afteryouselectaregion,thenextscreentakesyoutoalistof

majorcitiesandthecurrenttimeinthatpartoftheworld.

Scrollandselectthetownofyourchoice.Onceyoupickacity,

theiPodcreatesaclockshowingthelocaltimeandaddsitto

yourClockmenu.



Note:Theclockfaceappearswhitewithblackhandsduringthe

location'sdaytimehours,butchangestoablackfacewithwhite

handsatnight.



8.2.1.



8.2.1.1.Adjustingaclock'ssettings

Eachclockyoucreatehasitsownsublevelofsettingsyoucan

change.Sayyouwanttochangethesettingsonyour

IndianapolisclockbecausethoseHoosiersrefusetoobserve

DaylightSavingsTime.(WhentherestoftheEasterntimezone

switchestoDaylightSavingsTime,Indyremainsanhour

behind.)

TogettothesettingsforyourIndianapolisclock,chooseExtra

Clock Indianapolisandtapthecenterbuttononceyouget

there.Thenextscreenrevealsahostofhiddensettings,

including:

AlarmClock.SeeSection1.4.5.2forinstructionsonhow

tosetyourclock'salarm.

ChangeCity.ChoosethisoptiontoreturntotheRegion

menu,whereyoucanstartalloveragainpickingacountry

andcityforthisclocktorepresent.

DaylightSavingsTime.Thecenterbuttonisanon/off

toggleforDaylightSavingsTime(calledSummerTimein

somepartsoftheworld).Forexample,you'dsetittoOffin

thesummertokeepIndianapolisproperlyrepresentedon

youriPod.

DeleteThisClock.Ifyou'retiredofthistownanditstime,

takeitoffthemenuwiththiscommand.

SleepTimer.TheiPodcanlullyoutosleepandshutitself

offautomatically.SeeSection1.4.5.4forthedetails.



8.3.Stopwatch

TheStopwatchfeature(iPodNanoandvideoiPodonly)isjust

theticketforrunnersandotherobsessivepeoplewhowantto

knowexactlyhowmuchtimesomethingtakes.Itnotonly

clocksyourtimearoundthetrack,italsokeepstrackofyour

runningsessions.Itlogstimesforindividuallapsanddisplays

yourshortest,longest,andaveragelaptimes.ToturnyouriPod

intoastopwatch,chooseExtras Stopwatch Timer.

TheStopwatchscreendisplaysseparatesetsofnumbers

stackedontopofeachother,likethis:

00:07:34.18

Lap100:07:34.178

Thetopnumberisthetotaltimeofthesessioninhours,

minutes,seconds,andhundredthsofasecond.Thesmaller

numberunderneathisthetimeforthecurrentlapinhours,

minutes,seconds,andmilliseconds.(Thelaptimeisasubpart

ofthetotalsessiontime.)Onthevideo-playingiPods,the

screenislargeenoughforyoutoseethreelapslistedatonce,

buttheNanodoesn'tquitehavethatmuchscreenpresence.

Thebuttonsunderneaththetimerscreenarethesamecontrols

youfindonanystopwatchStartandClear.Usetheclickwheelto

highlightthebuttonyouwanttouseandpresstheiPod'scenter

Selectbuttontoclickit.Forexample,spinarounduntilthe

Startbuttonontheleftsideofthescreenishighlighted,then

pressthecenterSelectbuttontostartthetimer.Thestopwatch

startscountingandchangestheStartbuttontoPause.

Tostopthetimer,presstheSelectbuttontochoosePause.

WhenyouclickPause,thebutton'snamechangesyetagain,to

Resume.Ifyouneedtotakeabreatherbeforegoingbackfor

moreexercisebutwanttokeeptrackofyourtotaltimespent



exercising,clicktheResumebuttonwhenyou'rereadytostart

again,andthetimerpicksupwhereitleftoff.Whenyou'retruly

doneforthedayandwanttostopthetimerforgood,spinthe

clickwheeltotheDonebuttonontherightsideofthescreen.

Here'sarundownofhowthebuttonnameschangeasyoustart

andstopthetimer:

WhenyoupressStart,thebuttonschangetoPauseand

Lap.

WhenyouclickPause,thetimerstopscountingandthe

buttonschangetoResumeandDone.

WhenyouclickLap,youresetthelaptimer(thesmaller

clockunderneaththemainone).

WhenyouclickResume,thetimerrestartsandthebuttons

changebacktoPauseandLap.

WhenyouclickDone,thestopwatchslidesovertothe

sessionlogscreen.



Note:Yes,youcanstillplaymusicthroughtheiPod's

headphonesandusetheclickwheel'smusicplaybackcontrols

(Play/Pause,Next,Previous)whileyou'reusingtheStopwatch

function.Applewouldn'tbesocruelastocutofftheenergetic

exercisetunesrightwhenyouneedthemthemost.

IftheStopwatchscreenstillshowsanoldtimelistedinthe

counter,thenexttimeyoucallitup,slidetheclickwheel

arounduntiltheClearbuttonishighlightedandtapthecenter

buttontoresettheclockbackto00:00:00.00.



TheiPodwon'tgointoSleepmodeiftheStopwatchisrunning,

andtheStopwatchkeepsrunningevenifyoumanuallyputthe

iPodorNanotosleepbypressingPlay/Pauseforafewseconds

untilthescreengoesoff.Things(besidesyou)thatcanstopthe

StopwatchincludeconnectingtheiPodtothecomputer,and

reaching24hoursoftotaltimeonthecounter.



8.3.1.

8.3.1.1.Countinglaps

Ifyou'rerunninglapsaroundatrackortimingyourselffor

differentstretchesoftheBostonMarathon,youcanalsorecord

separatelaptimes.Afteryoupausethetimerforthefirsttime,

thebuttonontherightsideoftheiPod'sscreenchangestoLap.

Eachtimeyoufinishalaparoundthetrack,taptheLapbutton

torecordthatlap'stimeandrestartthelapcounterto00:00:00

soitcanbeginrecordingthenextone.

Ifyouneedtotakeabreatherbetweenlapsbutaren'tdone

withyourexercisesession,slidetheclickwheelarounduntilthe

Pausebuttonishighlightedandtapthecenterbutton.This

stopsallthetimersuntilyougetyourwindback.Whenyou're

readytorunmorelaps,clicktheResumebuttonandthentap

Lapagaineachtimeyoufinishatriparoundthetrack.

TheiPodkeepsalogofyouroverallsessiontimeandthe

individualtimeforeachlap,asdescribednext.



8.3.1.2.Sessionlogs

TheiPodstoreslogsofyourlastfiveworkoutsessions,deleting

oldersessionsasyourecordnewones.Toreviewyour

progress,scrolltoExtras Stopwatch,wherethere'salistof



yourpastexercisesessionslistedbydateandtimeofday

recorded.Scrolltoanysessionandtapthecenterbuttontocall

itup.AsshowninFigure8-4,eachsessionhasitsownlogof

activity,whichyoucanscrolltoseespecificinformationabout

yourtimingandperformance.



Figure8-4.Eachsessionlogcanrecordupto21

separatelaptimes.Afterthat,theoveralltime

andlapcountersstillwork,butyoucan'tseethe

individuallaptimes.



Inadditiontothedateandtimeofthesession,eachlogentry

liststheamountoftimethetotalsessionlasted,theshortest,

longest,andaveragelaptimes(ifyoucountedyourlaps

separately),andanotationofeachseparatelaptime.Ifyou

wanttoeraseaparticularsessionrightthereafteryou've

lookedatitanddon'twanttheiPodtokeepitaround,tapthe

SelectbuttonwhilethesessionlogisdisplayedtogetaDelete

option.



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