Archive for November, 2010
One inconvenience for users who want to buy their second PS3 for a variety of reasons, or simply continue a game at a friend’s house, is locked game saves. In the early times of PS3, few games, if any, used locked game saves. This allowed people to share their save files, not a bad thing at all, but also allowed the users to easily backup their game saves, take it anywhere, and continue their game on another PS3. The open nature of the save files also lead to some save file hacking, with the potential to give unfair advantage to users in competitive multiplayer or leader boards. That’s the major negative side of unlocked saves.
With Gran Turismo 5 being released (which I will try to get a review up for next week), I had also purchased the Logitech Driving Force GT wheel, as well as a stand for it (since all I had to place a wheel on was a flimsy TV tray that I use for my computer’s keyboard).
The stand is called the Big Boy Xlerator (there’s also a smaller version for smaller and shorter people, which is $20 cheaper). The product shipped from within my state, so I got it in about a day or two after I placed my order on Amazon. Order processing is very fast (Amazon itself doesn’t carry it; you can either get it directly from the manufacturer, or pay more and get it from a third party supplier ).
I received the box, and it comes in 2 pieces, wrapped in a foam covering (there is no retail packaging or anything). They say it might lose some of its shine from the packing material, but to use like a car wax to polish it if you so please. Although there weren’t any visual instructions of how it goes together, it was still easy to figure out. Now that I had a chance to use it, was it worth the purchase price?
According to Vgchartz, they have estimated that GT5 has sold 1.8 million units worldwide in 2 days. That would put it at the 5th fastest selling PS3 game ever only to be beaten by Black Ops, Modern Warfare 2, Final Fantasy XIII and Grand Theft Auto 4.
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Yesterday, a post went up on the official Black Ops forums from JD himself about a new “Black Ops Security and Enforcement Policy”, detailing, among other things, the new stance on the issue of offensive emblems the community has come up with. This comes shortly after Microsoft announced that they were going to be cracking down on offensive emblems.
What does Treyarch consider offensive? The post states that “Offensive Emblem Makers” with the subheading: “Users who create emblems that are sexually gratuitous or racially offensive”. Punishments are on 2 levels, a “Minor Offense”, where punishment is a 2 week ban from the emblem editor, your emblem reset to default, and all you emblem purchases are wiped, and “Major Offense”, which will net you a perma-ban from the emblem editor.
I’m not easily offended, and I have not yet found any emblems I have come across offensive. Sure they are rude and crude, but It’s not a big deal to me. Lets face it, though; some of these “Creations” are..well, lets say, nasty. Personally, it’s not that big of a deal to me, but of course I’m not the only one playing this game. Now that I think about it, I am getting sick and tired of seeing….well, I wont go into detail, but I’m sure you all know what I’m talking about.
The post also discusses punishments for Modders, Boosters, and Glitchers.