Archive for May, 2006

PS3 Is Not A Toy

PS3 Worth The PriceI recently said that the PS3 price debate has been done to death well it seems as though the corpse is still twitching so I’m going to go all Resi Evil on it’s ass & splatter it’s brains all over Raccoon City!

Sony President Ken Kutaragi defended the PS3 price in the recent issue of Famitsu magazine saying:

“PlayStation and PlayStation 2 were both 10,000 yen more than their competitors at launch. Yet they both sold to shortages.”

“If you consider the PlayStation 3 a toy, then yes, it is an expensive toy. However, it is more than a toy. It is a PlayStation 3. And it is the only PlayStation 3. I hope that those who understand this will gladly purchase it.”

The PS3 is NOT a toy & anybody that views it as such will be better off spending their cash on the latest kiddy craze, whatever that may be.

You want a home entertainment system that plays PlayStation games (previous, current & next-gen), Blu-ray movies, CDs, internet access etc then you get a PS3. You get what you pay for people. The PS3 is the most technically advanced console & that reflects in the price. If you aren’t happy with the price don’t buy it. End of.

Next-gen Biz – Ken Defends PS3 Price

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New Alone In The Dark Screens

Not content with having the great MotorStorm footage, PS3Focus has some new Alone In The Dark images & man do they look great. The use of lighting looks fantastic although I wasn’t too impressed with the last AITD footage. I haven’t enjoyed any of the previous games maybe because I’m a Resi man or maybe it’s because they were average…

PS3Focus – New Alone In The Dark Screenshots

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Fantastic MotorStorm Footage

PS3Focus has some great looking MotorStorm footage from a first person perspective & it looks great!!

Check it out for yourselves here.

Looks great doesn’t it although I wasn’t impressed when the vehicle skidded into the wall & you were able to see through the wall. Can’t be too harsh though as it’s still in development but I want that kind of stuff left on PS2 thank you very much.

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Mercenaries 2 Controversy

Venezualan lawmakers think that the US government might be in cahoots with the gaming industry. They think that the American government is influencing the development of the game Mercenaries 2 with the purpose of paving the way for an invasion on Venezuala and the ousting of President Hugo Chavez.

Wow.

I didn’t realize that video games were so influential. Personally, I’m one of those that goes against the grain by thinking that violent video games, or video games in general, do in fact have a potential influence over people. Just not to this degree. That’s because I think that everything in a person’s life can have influence. The degree of influence, of course, depends on a whole lot of things, including, but not limited to, how much time someone spends doing an activity, how much time they spend doing counter-balancing activities, how susceptible a person is to influences of one nature or another etc. For example, one person could spend all week playing violent games and it would have very little affect on him. Another person, however, may be hugely influenced by the same thing. We can’t escape the fact that people are products of their environment. But at the same time, every person has free will and can overcome the environment. Remember that movie that came out where some guys lay down on the stripe in the middle of the road for the thrill of feeling cars pass to either side? That definitely had influence on people because people actually tried it. As a matter of fact, someone in my city was killed doing just that. If he hadn’t seen the movie, he wouldn’t now be dead. That’s influence. But on the other hand, is it the movie’s fault? I don’t think so. That young man who so foolishly gave his life away also had free will. He decided on his own to do something really stupid. And while he was influenced by a movie, not a game, it doesn’t take a large leap to understand that the same kind of thing can happen with a game. So while it’s plain to see that video games can have influence on people, those people are still accountable for their own actions. It is sad, though, that this society continues to move away from personal accountability, but that’s another story! To sum up: games can have influence, but it’s not their fault people do things based on the games.

So where does that leave Venezuala? If the lawmakers think that this video game will influence thousands of gamers to go out on protest marchers or whatever, I think they’re just a little bit mistaken. For one, I don’t know how much the game will actually purport to be based on real life events, though supposedly it’s happening to a degree. Will the gamer know what is real and what is fake? If a game mixes the real and fake, the gamer will most likely just write it all off, because he or she has no way of knowing what is fact versus fiction. And secondly, even if they do believe everything, what’s to say that gamers will do anything at all? In general, people like living in their own little worlds and very few become activists for causes of any kind, much less a vague cause in a video game which mixes fact and fiction. It’s very easy to influence someone in a direction they might have gone anyway. It’s much harder to influence them to a totally new direction, one which they don’t want to follow.

On the other hand, I haven’t played the game, nor have I seen more than just a few snippets that Gary has shown off. It looks cool and I may rent it. But I don’t think I’ll petition anyone to invade Venezuala.

Mercenaries 2 Causing Controversy

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