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Cross-Game Chat Controversies

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If you’re an internet dweller like me, who has nothing to do than search the web and mess around with J-creator, then you’ve heard of the argument by now. For some odd reason, “Cross-Game Chat” isn’t coming with FW 3.00, as promised. (Couldn’t find link to this, may have been taken down due to this.) But, since there is a lot of confusion, a lot of people are pointing fingers at companies and destroying their forums as posted here by Super-Secret, which has gained some recognition with his PS3 slim and price cut posts. He predicted what would be in the FW as well, but people are really mistaking what this guy was saying.

So, basically, the reason for in-game music and cross game chat wasn’t universally used in every game is because of “some game company”. Apparently, the workaround for in-game music was to let the developers implement it themselves, which, according to him, wasn’t the plan. Now Sony is having the same problem with the same people AGAIN because it would cause lag on their servers and make some of their games look “inferior”, which is a little ridiculous. Whatever. They seem to be blaming EA.

Here’s my Idea
Make an app specifically for cross game chat and run it on Sony’s own servers. Hell, I’d pay 3-4 dollars for such an app (most likely monthly…). Don’t give me “That would set the regular users apart from casual gamers”. That’s beside the point, and would a casual gamer request such a feature? I don’t believe so. Tell me what you think in the comments.

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SCEA Research & Development (Part 1)

Pretty interesting interview, check it out. Sony has been in the motion scene much longer than Nintendo or Microsoft. Many people forget this fact.

EXCLUSIVE: Behind the Scenes with SCEA Research & Development (Part 1)

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PS3 Slim will save you some money on your power bill

PS3 Slim

Engadget did some power tests putting the PS3 Slim against the 60GB PS3 Classic. The PS3 Slim beat the 60GB PS3 in every test except the “Plugged in / powered off” category but that was only by .01

Current (ampere)
Power (watt)
60GB PS3 Classic
PS3 Slim
60GB PS3 Classic
PS3 Slim
Plugged in / powered off 0.05 0.06 2 1
Browsing XMB 1.44 0.7 170 79
Downloading from PS Store 1.49 0.7 175 81
Installing LittleBigPlanet 1.40 0.64 162 74
Playing LittleBigPlanet 1.54 0.78 181 89
Playing Killzone 2 1.67 0.86 196 100
Watching a Blu-ray 1.44 0.68 167 75

Not only does the PS3 Slim use less power it’s also quieter. Heat wise it’s about the same as it was.

Also reduced is the noise of the machine, and in repeat tests, we stand by our initial results: it’s about 2 to 3 decibels quieter on average during gameplay, and up to 10 decibels quieter while watching Blu-ray movies.

Have any of you purchased a PS3 Slim? If so what do you think?

PlayStation 3 Slim review

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Wither Multiplatform?

Here’s a list of (arguably) the most anticipated multiplatform games for later this year:

  • Guitar Hero + Band Hero Sequels
  • Rock Band Beatles + Guitar Hero Van Halen
  • DJ Hero
  • Tony Hawk: Ride
  • Modern Warfare 2
  • Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising
  • Assassin’s Creed 2
  • Brutal Legend
  • Borderlands
  • Alpha Protocol
  • Tekken 6
  • Dragon Age Origins
  • Need For Speed Shift + Blur

I know that almost every one of the above has a passionate niche audience. Modern Warfare 2 is already guaranteed to be a top seller, and I see Brutal Legend and Assassin’s Creed 2 top many wish lists. But personally, nothing on that list looks exciting or interesting, and I suspect that this perspective is not at all uncommon.

Please don’t let me offend anyone, tastes are subjective and all that, but it’s striking to me that this year’s multiplatform releases are so bland. Throughout this decade, the music genre seemed to be growing more exciting and innovative every year, until it stalled in 2008, and now, it seems as stale as it could possibly be.

Contrast this, with PSS exclusive releases. Uncharted 2 and Gran Turismo 5 both look like epic, boundary-pushing releases that I couldn’t be more excited for. The new Ratchet game (Crack in Time) looks absolutely amazing. Both Demon Souls and EyePet are new IPs that I’m dying to try. PixelJunk Shooter looks to be very promising. And the updates to LittleBigPlanet and Home look amazing.

I don’t think it’s just because they are Sony/PS3 products either. There are plenty of big PS3 titles I didn’t like at all, and even looking outside the PS3 most of the most exciting games (from my perspective) are exclusive to other platforms (the MMO and mini-browser-game titles and Starcraft 2 on PC, Mario Galaxy 2 on Wii, several DS titles, a couple on PSP, GTA Episodes and Forza 3 looks great on 360, etc).

There are a few upcoming multiplaform titles I’m excited about: Red Dead Redemption definitely tops my list and Bioshock 2 looks great. But overall, I’m surprised at how much of the great games coming out are platform exclusives, and particularly, PS3 exclusives.

Would you agree? Are most of the best games of the time exclusive to one platform?

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