Archive for 2006
PS3 Portal has an article about some common misconceptions about the PS3, and especially about Blu-ray. Here are the misconceptions, check out the article for the answers.
- Blu-ray may get beaten by HD-DVD, and then my PS3 will be useless
- Blu-ray has a draconian copy-protection scheme
- The PS3 will cost $800, $900, $1000, etc…
Though it must be noted that their answer to #2 is slightly off. Sure AACS is used by both BD and HD DVD. But only BD uses a watermark on the actual disc to prevent piracy (called ROM Mark). BD also has BD+. So yes, BD does have more copy protection than HD DVD does. But for law-abiding citizens, that should really be a problem.
Nintendo has finally revealed the name for it’s next gen gaming machine that was known as the Revolution: Nintendo Wii……
Erm maybe you need an explanation? Well here it is from the official Wii site:
Introducing … Wii.
As in “we.”
While the code-name Revolution expressed our direction, Wii represents the answer.
Wii will break down that wall that separates video game players from everybody else.
Wii will put people more in touch with their games … and each other. But you’re probably asking: What does the name mean?
Wii sounds like “we,” which emphasizes this console is for everyone. Wii can easily be remembered by people around the world, no matter what language they speak. No confusion. No need to abbreviate. Just Wii.
Wii has a distinctive “ii” spelling that symbolizes both the unique controllers and the image of people gathering to play.
And Wii, as a name and a console, brings something revolutionary to the world of video games that sets it apart from the crowd.
So that’s Wii. But now Nintendo needs you.
Because, it s really not about you or me.
It’s about Wii.
And together, Wii will change everything.
I’ve got a few different emotions running through me at the moment. One of them is laughter. The other is it makes sense….
I could easily make a joke about urine but I think I’ll stay well clear of that area. At least they haven’t made claims about being the centre of the universe…
You can check out a cool vid for the Wii below:
Sony expects to sell a boatload of PS3’s in its first few months on the market. Sony expects to sell 6 million PS3’s in the first four to five months. That compares to the 4.5 to 5.5 million that Microsoft expects to sell in the first seven months.
Is this a surprise that Sony can sell so many PS3’s? Hardly. I don’t really think it’s a question of whether or not Sony can sell them. It’s whether or not Sony can manufacture them. Sony aims to ramp up to one million units produced per month quite quickly. That’s a lot of units. That’s over 33 thousand units a day, starting from producing zero.
So the question becomes: can Sony ramp up that fast? Can they have a bunch of them available at launch, then continue pouring more of them into the market? At this point the market is a big sponge and will surely absorb whatever Sony can realistically throw at it. Especially if the PS3 launches with some good games.
How does a RPG/action adventure featuring Marvel’s fantastic array of super heroes sound to you? How many you say?
Does more than 140 sound OK? Well that’s how many will feature in the game with 20 playable characters. Ooohhh will I be Spider-man? Wolverine? Blade? Decisions decisions. Ahh who am I kidding it’s Spidey all the way!!!
IGN has this to say about Marvel: Ultimate Alliance:
“Marvel: Ultimate Alliance delivers a new twist on action/RPGs where players’ actions and choices ultimately determine what happens to the Marvel universe,” states Will Kassoy of Activision. “This coupled with the game’s enormous character roster will deliver an action-packed experience that comic book fans have been waiting for.”
Ultimate Alliance will allow players to create their own team name, icon and vehicle, and well as establish their team reputation as they play through their choice of multiple missions. Tweakable character leveling will give gamers the choice to focus on individual heroes or team-wide upgrades. With avengers assembled battle Marvel super baddies through multiple environments with all manner of combat moves and super hero powers.
Multiplayer modes will let players join friends and fight evil doers on and off line in co-op modes. An in-game stat tracking mode will allow you to see how you rate against others.
You can’t beat superheroes for some crazy game action. It’s just a shame there hasn’t been that many decent games based on them. The original Spider-man on PSone has been the only really decent game that captured what it should feel like to control a superhero & it captured the feel of the cartoon perfectly aswell.
Set for launch this Autumn/Fall. Could be a launch title or available not long after the PS3’s launch so it should be on view at E3….