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24Sep/100

Kinect vs Move?

So I was half tempted the other day to buy a PS3 Move controller, primarly because I had some money sitting on a Game store card that I hadn't spent and thought I should do something with it.

After reading the reviews it sounds like the Move will have more games on release and more hardcore games coming out for it, however it just feels like an improved Wii remote. So im assuming like the Wii after playing with it for a couple of months and they decide to only release kiddy games for it then I would bin it.

The Kinect on the other hand sounds alot more interesting too me, not to say it will be any good, but it feels like it could do alot more than the Move, mainly because it can track lots more stuff and you dont need a controller.
The latter reason being a double edged sword really as I like controllers and it would feel weird without one, but on the flip side you can prance around the room like an idiot without having to hold a piece of plastic...

Neither seem to have any usages at the moment that make me go WOW, although I want them to release a starwars game where you get to properly hold a lightsaber and bean people and random entities in the face.

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13Apr/090

PS3… The horror…

I haven't bothered updating for a while, mainly because im lazy. Anyway i wanted to rant about the PS3 a bit while im a bit bored...

Its like we have taken a step back in the way consoles work. Their main selling point is that you just put your game in and play it, no hassle, no upgrades to hardware. Only time you cant play your game is when your console is either dead or you are drunk and cant work out where the game goes in... or maybe you have run out of power...

The other day after getting a sudden urge to play Oblivion again i went out and got the new GOTY edition with the expansion, although only places that had it cheap had it on PS3. As we have a PS3 at home i thought it would be fine, so i hand over my 20 pounds and trott off home eager to play.

Like a scene from an Shaun of the dead i unwrapped the game hit the Ps3 on put the game in, then went to the toilet. When i come back its telling me that i cant play the game because it needs to install some stuff to the PS3... WHY???

As it wasnt my PS3 i had to tiptoe round the data on the hard drive and delete some random game files that were still lying around such as MGS @ 4gb in size, and many other installs. Now i looked up for a technical reason as to why the PS3 has to install games instead of just running them. As from a simplistic overview of the system, its comparable to the Xbox 360 in power and has a BluRay drive which should mean it can read more data faster, or how are you going to watch your fancy pants movies?

The only reason i could find seemed to be relating to the way the drive reads in the data. Rather than reading lots of small chunks of data it apparently reads LARGE chunks of data from a section at a time, so if you want to load up a 500kb texture it would take a while due to it reading it as a part of a much larger chunk. So due to this reason they dump all the commonly used data on the hard drive, which can read it all as and when it needs it rather than relying on the disc to give it the data a month after you request it.

After removing a load of rubbish i was able to install the 4gb of data so i could play the damn game. On the Xbox all i would need to do is turn it on put the disc in and play... Although saying that every person with an Xbox i know has had it red ring multiple times and some of them are on their 3rd xbox... and i havent heard of many PS3s breaking down yet, but thats probably because they never use the damn Lazer...

Anyway rant over...

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23Jul/080

Metal Gear Solid 4… I’m a bit lost

So gave in and bought MGS 4 last friday, looked good and like it was going to be a bit more interesting with the whole war going on around you.

Ok so to start with you are Snake but hes old and decrepid and has a bad back, BUT hes got a superdedupa stealth suit that lets you change your camo based on where you are sitting and lets him do the funky rolls and things. However I first of all got REALLY annoyed because like the Psp version they removed the radar. For lazy players like me it made things a whole lot harder, they also changed it so the KNIFE IS A FIRST PERSON WEAPON... WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT HIDEO... it worked perfectly well as a supplement to your whole punch and kick combo.

The levels are alot more open too so its not like there is loads of little places to hide, you get seen and you are pretty screwed, its either a massive gun fight or you leg it for a while and try to hide in a tin can or something. Although i did like the fact that you can influence the NPCs so they like you, we sided with the militia, im not sure if you can ally with the other side though..?

as we progressed things slowly went more and more crazy, such as nice looking girls dressed up as octopus robots and flying bats. Then there is some guys corpse in a bag that they need to break into a computer that keeps everyone on their toes in battle and helps them out, but at the same time makes them be a little less human and controls them a bit, but dont worry this is all controlled via some AI on a big boat in the sea somewhere that once upon a time was built by some people to be a safe haven for those who do not want to be part of the system... Thats not all of it, but that sums up alot of the crazyness in there.

The game as a whole was fun to play, but Hideo is so god damn full of himself, and WHY try to make Raiden a cool character, he sucked in MGS 2 he sucks in this. He just looks like someone grafted lots of metal to him... hes gone from being barely able to shoot some people to being able to break dance while throwing 2 metal gears round on his legs... why would you do that... its just silly.

I also bought Ridge Racer for the PS3, but it seems a bit hard. I do awesome slides round the corners and boosts but in the GPs i ONLY JUST get first, but i think you can tune your cars somewhere, but i havent found it yet...

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1Mar/070

PS3 Almost Released

Well... under a month to go now before the PS3 is launched. At £425 I aint going to buy it until it comes WAAAAY down in price.

Im sure WoW and the Wii can keep me entertained until it does drop in price.

One thing that is quite annoying is the fact that game prices seem to have shot up again by quite a bit, we were discussing this the other day round at Kinky Johns house... or at least i think it was his house.

Games used to be cheap as chips on the C64, i remember getting my £3 pocket money and being able to buy a magazine with like 3 games and 5 demos on, or get 2 brand new games. Then came consoles, which were awesome to be fair, but quite pricey. I had a NES, and had to save up for a month to be able to afford a crappy 2nd hand game

This was quite a jump from £1.50 per game to £30 per game, then followed by the Megadrive and Snes which seemed to be at £40-£50 for some games. It was quite pricey and most people only owned about 5 games and just relied on their friends and christmas to play new ones.

Then came the PSX, i remember a friend of mine getting one when they first came out in the UK, im sure he paid almost £400 for it or something daft. Anyway it was an awesome console and i remember crashing round at his house lots playing on Destruction Derby and Loaded. Games seemed to come back down in price at this point when Saturn and PSX were out together, roughly £30-£40 a game.

Ive just realised how much im rambling here so im just gonna speed it up and say that game prices were quite decent until recently, and now they are shooting back up, and its not a very nice thing for a gamer to have to spend £40-50 for a new game that is pretty but only lasts about 10 hours and is never played again.

PS3 Online Seller Lookup

I have not touched the Wii seller lookup thing for a while, and am not sure if anyone still uses it. Im still not sure if its worth putting up a PS3 seller lookup script as there are so many other people who have dedicated a WHOLE site to doing the same task.

If > 50 people want a PS3 seller lookup script then i will make on just like the Wii lookup to help PS3 hunters get their consoles, although im not sure if there will be much of a shortage with them. If you want one, then post a comment saying so, otherwise best of luck PS3 searching!

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7Dec/060

Blizzards Revenge… and other crap

OK... so i had like 4 day off work, due to me accruing loads and not spending them, so i though i would spend most of it PvPing on WoW with Jode to get some decent gear...

Everything was going well, the 12-15 hour grinds were paying off, after 2.5 days i was able to get 2 cheap epic items (boots, shoulders). Then i thought, ok i will save up now for my mageblade thingy...

That night PvPing away Jode mentioned the 30% honour reduction, and i almost cancelled my account there and then. Took a minute to think about it and then realised that i couldnt find an official blizzard post about this... so just hoped that Jode was spouting crap.

Unfortunatly he was right and the next day i was getting 30% less honour, so after the fun few days i had PvPing im back to disliking WoW...

Still not got a Wii, although rumour has it that some places may be getting some in, so i will have to go and grab one from there soon...

OH! and Sony in their AWESOMENESS tried to pull a bullshit ad scam thing where they got this company to set up a crappy blog and pretend the PSP was worth owning...

I own a PSP and have done for about a year now... and ever since then i was thinking WTF was i thinking, Metal Gear Ac!d was fun for a while when i was sending waves of Shagohods against Jode... I was a tad gutted when i realised SFA 3 was just network play and not online... and since then i havent bought any games on it...

WHY? you may ask...

Its a bag of crap... There are like 3 good games on it, and those games are not amazing, they are just slightly more entertaining than the other crap they are trying to sell on it. Only DECENT thing about it is that you can play PSX games on it given the new update, although you NEED a PS3 for that... WHAT USE IS THAT?

Also forgot to mention that you have to PAY to get the games you already own on there, bollocks to that... I mean i can understand Sony making people pay or at least having some system so you can only download the games you already own, but the way they are doing it is soooo sketchy...

Anyway back in work now after a good 5-6 days off, so i better get on with some work...

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