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Programming Tools Part 2

A lot of people contacted me about my last post on Sony’s development tool choice for the upcoming PlayStation Suite. Many people agreed with me, but many others did not and honestly believe that Microsoft/C#/Visual Studio is really the best, easiest, and most popular way to program software.

I can summarize my rebuttal to that in three words: The Strange Loop. This is one of the best, if not the best, programming conferences that covers the most cutting edge programming concepts, applied technology, and paradigms. There are lots of programmer conferences and meetups, but this is the main event. This really gives you a feel for what the brightest programmers of today are really passionate about. (by the way, this is a yearly event, going on right now, and my current manager, and several coworkers, flew to St. Louis on their own dime because it is that good).

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PS3BlogCast Episode 14

It’s that time again, when we all gather round and listen to the podcast. Ok, so maybe that’s not how it’s actually done, but I can dream it can’t I?! Tune in to catch Ace, FooBear, and I discuss all the news that has come out of Gamescom this week, as well as a few other things!

SPECIAL NOTE: For those of you who haven’t yet beaten L.A. Noire, there is a spoiler spot in the podcast between the 58:00 and 59:20 mark. So just skip that small section when you get to it if you don’t want to hear any spoilers. You’ll hear it coming as well, so I give you plenty of time incase you forget.

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Here’s a list of some things we discussed:

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PS3 Price Drop Happening… NOW!

Want to know something actually GOOD about the Gamescom Sony Conference? Effective immediately, the PS3 will have a price cut to better position it in the market and offer great value to compete with the Wii (as if!) and the 360. The 160 GB model will retail for only $249 while the 320 GB one will retail for only $299. As an added bonus, you could go for a special, limited edition inFAMOUS 2 bundle from some retailers that gives you a 320 GB PS3 system, a copy of inFAMOUS 2 and a free 30 day membership to PS+ (which SHOULD be included in ALL PS3 system configurations but that’s just my two cents)

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Is the PS Vita “a car wreck”?

I think it’s safe to say most of us are very excited about the (unfortunately delayed) PS Vita launch, but apparently that’s not how Lyle Hall and Matthew Seymour, developers at Heavy Iron Studios, feel. (on a side note, this studio is mostly responsible for adaptations from movies like Up, Wall-e, Incredibles and Ratatouille according to wikipedia)

These guys are really questioning the sales price of the product saying that “if people aren’t willing to pay $249 for a Nintendo 3DS why would they pay $299 for Vita?”. These guys believe mobile gaming is the future because “people don’t want to carry more than one thing in their pocket, that’s why Android and iPhone have done so well, they are the devices of choice, they offer multiple functions outside of gaming”

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