Archive for February, 2009
Along with Star Wars and Indiana Jones, WarGames was one of my favourite movies growing up. (I guess it helped that I
was am a computer geek.) In the movie, WOPR is a massive computer that learns. From a simple game of tic-tac-toe it learns that global genocide, probably killing itself in the process, is not a good idea.
Sony is also a massive entity, but one that does not seem capable of learning.
LittleBigPlanet is Sony’s version of tic-tac-toe. It played the game of creating, marketing, and selling the game. Sony created the online infrastructure for the game. It let the game loose on the world. And we all know how that went. There was hardly any marketing for the game (at least in North America), the servers were lousy, and the game was patched a bunch of times to make it work. It’s selling well in numbers now, but one can hardly consider the launch of the game a raging success.
WOPR learned from tic-tac-toe, but Sony hasn’t learned from LittleBigPlanet.
Guerilla Games created Killzone 2 for Sony, and they’ve done a good job. From all accounts (I am picking up mine later today), it is an awesome game. But then they just had to go and give the game over to Sony. I’ve seen just one ad for the game. I haven’t seen any other advertising. That’s not how you promote something, Sony. Also, just try going to Killzone.com. As of this writing, it’s down (again). If you do manage to get on, try to add a friend. It might work. But it probably won’t. (And why do we need to add friends anyway? Isn’t that what our PSN friends list is for? Edit: The game does indeed use the PSN friends list. So I don’t know what the Killzone.com friendlist is for.) Go online with Killzone 2. Join a friend’s game. There’s a good chance you won’t even be put on the same side.
Sony really needs this game. They need a launch that goes well, that gives Sony a good name. That tells people that Sony still has it, and that people need it. So far, that isn’t happening. Killzone 2 is Sony’s marquee shooter for the PS3. Let’s hope they shape up.
This game will succeed. But I have a feeling that it will be despite Sony, not because of Sony. See y’all online tonight!
Check out the video for how the Warhawk Sand Table works. It’s a pretty cool concept. The space itself is pretty cool to. Hopefully this spurs a lot more Home Spaces in the future.
There is a deal on Warhawk now too. It’s only $19.99 and you can pick up all the booster packs for $9.99. Pretty good deal. Special pricing ends on March 11th.
I’m hope Killzone 2 patches in Home support asap! At the very least game launching support. It’s strange how they have home costumes for Killzone 2 and not support anything else in home.
Games Night #9
This week is special, and we all know why. Killzone 2! The game comes out tomorrow, and I hope that my local EBGames actually has it tomorrow (sometimes us Canadians are forgotten). So if I actually have the game, I’ll be playing it tomorrow night, as I’m sure most of you will be. Look me up, and we can play together. [UPDATE: EBGames called and yes I’ll have the game Friday night.]
Speaking of which – please go to Killzone.com and log in using your PSN id. Then you can go to my profile, click on my name, and add me as a friend. For some reason KZ2 has its own friend system. Though I don’t know if the friends on Killzone.com has any in-game correlation. Anyone from Europe care to comment?
Next week, we’ll continue our weekly Wednesday games night as always, but we’ll be playing … you guessed it … Killzone 2! So if I don’t see you tomorrow night, hopefully I’ll see you Wednesday.
Who’s up for it?
Games Night #8 Redux
Last night Trieloth, HEAD_SHOTT, and I played some Burnout Paradise. HEAD_SHOTT had to do a massive Burnout update first, so he joined us after a bit.
He Trieloth also brought some friends with him so we were about six people laying rubber on the streets of Paradise City. I had a blast and earned a trophy in the process. This game really is a lot of fun and doesn’t get enough press.
I had bought the KITT car, because I was a big Knight Rider fan as a kid. (Don’t get me started on the recent remake – what trash!) Man that car is fast! One of the challenges was to boost for 10 seconds. I had to use the brake a lot while boosting, or the car would have broken the earth’s gravitic field!