Archive for December, 2006
Damn, that was quick!
A few weeks ago I reported that Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection would be available on the PlayStation Store. Well now it’s here!
The game appears to offer what was promised. 1080p graphics, an almost entire arcade experience. At the mere cost of 2000 yen ($20 or £10). The title is currently only available in Japan, but Sony would be crazy not to release it elsewhere.
In other Japan-centric news Formula 1 Championship Edition appears to have been released today too and whilst most of the requisite gameplay features appear to have been included it sounds as though the damage model has been toned down and the online mode is missing (like Motorstorm). I hope that these absences are fixed in the future for European and American releases as it appear Sony is sacrificing game completion in order to get an on time release date.
This following quote studies confirmatory bias as it relates to U.S. government politics. Now, rather than a U.S. presidental election between Bush and Kerry, substitute the console war between the Xbox 360 and the PS3. Sound familiar?
During the run-up to the 2004 presidential election, while undergoing an fMRI bran scan, 30 men–half self-described as “strong” Republicans and half as “strong” Democrats–were tasked with assessing statements by both George W. Bush and John Kerry in which the candidates clearly contradicted themselves. Not surprisingly, in their assessments Republican subjects were as critical of Kerry as Democratic subjects were of Bush, yet both let their own candidate off the hook.
The neuroimaging results, however, revealed that the part of the brain most associated with reasoning–the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex–was quiescent. Most active were the orbital frontal cortex, which is involved in the processing of emotions; the anterior cingulate, which is associated with conflict resolution; the posterior cingulate, which is concerned with making judgments about moral accountability; and–once subjects had arrived at a conclusion that made them emotionally comfortable–the ventral striatum, which is related to reward and pleasure.
Many people claim that they like one console and dislike another for completely rational reasons: price, games, features, reviews, bugs, etc.
However, most people tend to form a mostly emotional preference where they want one console platform to win and want the other to lose, and simply use data and facts and logical sounding reasons to rationalize their preference.
Sony has put a mini-preview version of the next Gran Turismo online for free download. Wow!
My personal wish is solid steering wheel support. Most major PS2 steering wheels work such as Logitech’s Driving Force Pro and the newer G25. However, apparently, force feedback is not currently supported. I’m sure they will fix this, but I hope this happens sooner rather than later.
Overall, this sounds great: A widespread variety of improvements including lots of graphical improvements, interface improvements, physics, sound, and gameplay improvements. I can’t wait to try this out personally.
The final Gran Turismo 5 isn’t scheduled for release until 2008. That’s a long ways away, but I’m sure they will use that time to build a very polished product. I’m glad they gave us this preview to hold us over.
I’ve posted links to impressions of this preview on two sites: IGN and a long time Gran Turismo fanatic website:
This is just a post to wish all of our readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!
Thank you for taking the time to read our ramblings (especially mine) and for commenting on our posts.
I will try to post any news I find (if any) during this *cough* boring *cough* period of the year so try and visit us once or twice in-between you stuffing your faces full of food and getting drunk!
Look out for our end of year musings which should appear at the end of the month.
I hope everybody gets what they want and have a great festive period whatever you are doing.
Me? I’ll be playing MGS3: Subsistence and watching whatever DVD box sets I get, whilst shoving mince pies, trifle and various chocolates down my throat until I feel sick and regret that last chunk of Dairy Milk. Happy times!
This is not not an open invitation to start a flame war. It is in fact a fun look at both games in action side by side in GameTrailer’s first edition of Vs.
You can vote in each category while you watch the footage of both games in action. The following categories and the votes as stood when I viewed it are as follows:
Art Direction: 21.7%
Gears of War:
AI : 77.9%
Art Direction: 78.2%
Man, Resistance has taken a beating! Remember it’s just a bit of fun not to be taken seriously.