Archive for January, 2006

Tommy Tallarico

If you’ve ever watched Reviews on the Run, you’ve seen Tommy Tallarico. Hint: he’s the short one. It’s a great show I enjoy a lot. The guys are funny, and they talk/argue about video games. They know their stuff. A couple weeks back Mr. Tallarico made some interesting comments on the IGN forums about PS3 development, and was making the rounds. I forgot about, but remembered today, and I’ll post what he said in case you haven’t seen it:

Unfortunately I am under strict NDA and cannot mention any titles. The gameplay graphics look a little better than minor… but it more of the way the worlds and environments are being created and built. For example… in Project Gotham racing if you stop on the side of the road and look at a tree… it is basically just two texture maps pasted together in a cross pattern (like games have done for the past 10 years)… but some of the stuff I’m seeing on the PS3 has every element of a tree including branches, leaves, etc… and it all gets affected by the wind as your car passes by… as well as the lighting. Not saying the 360 CAN’T do that… I’m just saying that from what I’ve seen…. I’m a lot more impressed with the 1st generation PS3 titles compared to the 1st gen 360 titles.

I have no reason to think that Mr. Tallarico is lying, though I wonder if what he’s seen on the Xbox 360 isn’t the best the platform has to offer. Either way, the news is encouraging.

IGN Boards – Tommy Tallarico (membership required)

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Revolution: Before Thanksgiving for less than $300

RevolutionI haven’t mentioned the Revolution in a while, so I thought I’d take a gander at what’s happening in Nintendo’s back yard. And unlike the Sony camp, Nintendites are actually getting some good information from their chosen gaming company.

First of all, it will be released in North America by Thanksgiving this year. So 10 months or so is the longest we’ll have to wait for the Revolution. I personally won’t be buying one, but I hope someone I know will. I’d like to try out that crazy controller.

And it looks like that controller won’t be costing you too much. The system will cost less than $300. My guess is that “less than $300″ turns out to be $299. But that’s still a decent price for what promises to be a groundbreaking game machine. Too bad it doesn’t do HDTV.

GameDaily BIZ: Reggie Outlines Nintendo’s New Year’s Resolutions

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Sony thinks Online

I’m getting a sense of deja-vu all over again. This Joystiq article talks of a survey Sony sent out asking about online features people might like. Didn’t they send this out ages ago? It sounds awefully familiar. Actually, it sounds familiar in two ways. One is that I think we’ve seen this list before, and talked about how Sony is polling gamers. The second way is that this list has lots of things on it that Xbox Live does, and does extremely well.

But anyway, this is certainly proof positive that Sony is thinking about their online strategy. If they want to add buddy lists, chat, avatars, etc, that’s all fine with me. Add as much as you want. Just please, don’t charge for it! (Yeah, right!)

Joystiq – Sony targets Xbox Live with questionnaire

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1 Million PS3’s

Is an initial shipment of one million PlayStation 3 consoles enough? With rumours that Microsoft has sold only 600,000 Xbox 360 consoles so far, maybe it will be. But on the other hand, those 360 boxes are in such short supply who knows how many Microsoft could have sold?

My guess is that if Sony does indeed ship one million consoles for the North American launch, that we’ll still be seeing mucho problemos getting a console. Wow, I actually agree with the analyst! Though I don’t know where he gets the November launch date from. It’ll definitely be late October or early December. ;)

GamesIndustry.biz – Analyst predicts US November launch for PS3, 1m initial shipment

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