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I Remember When Video Games Cost A Nickel!

Loyal minions! Gather around because it’s once again FooBear408 story time. I realize it’s been quite some time since I’ve published any articles, but I’ve been working on about four or five articles at the same time – so be ready for a Foo onslaught! Fret not loyal reader, for I have always and shall be – your friend. And remember, you can always get your fill of PS3BLOG’s most popular writer (yours truly) usually every Thursday on the weekly podcast – published by our very single, very disease-free,  Jcmdaddy.

Just recently I visited my local Gamestop and preceded to drop some serious clams on some pre-orders to help lessen the sticker shock of when I actually go to pick them up. Those quality titles include:

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Sixaxis Controller With Your Android Phone? Are You Nuts?

The answer to the title my friends is YES!

I bet most of you who have an Android phone (yes, they’re out there!) have played a game where you used an on-screen pad and buttons…. which are neither an actual pad nor a set of functional buttons. Most retro games these days tend to have these kinds of controls (what else could they do without a proper controller?) and it drives me nuts. My fat fingers (yes, yes, salad and bit of a workout. Duly noted. Will get to it next week. Yes, do remind me!) can’t handle the touch screen pad and buttons – boo!

So what’s this about the Sixaxis controller then? Well, if you have a read of the article found at CNET (link provided below) you’ll see that someone has managed to do this crazy thing where you just connect your Sixaxis Controller (without wires… all wireless like!) to your mobile phone and play those same retro games you used to play when you were a kid (in a LEGAL way. Purchased from the Android Market).

CNET: How To Play Your Android Games With A PS3 Controller

When I get a spare minute, I’m going to give this a shot and I’ll report back with my findings, unless any of our beloved readers beat me to it (I dare thee)!

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Number Of PlayStation Pads Damaged/Broken?

I remember the days when I used to play my PlayStation all the time rather than go out and hook up with girls and friends of sorts.

I remember wanting to REALLY complete just this one level in order to save the game and head off out to grab my pizza before I get some well deserved rest.

It used to really frustrate me that I just couldn’t complete this or that due to the same silly thing happening again and again on the level – and after attempting it for hours, there goes the pad. Smash!

The wall feels the full force of my frustration and that’s just cost me another £20 or so.

How often have you done such a thing where you’ve thrown your pad across the room, against the wall or you could be creative and try to flush it down the toilet because it was the pad’s fault that you couldn’t get past that level.

I personally have done it too many times. I’ve gone through (from what I can remember) 8 pads since the first PlayStation. Now, I’m a chilled out guy. Can’t get past that level? No problem, I now just sit back and relax.

How many pads/controllers/joysticks have you broken during your lifetime?

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Naughty Dog Says PS3/Vita Can Do What Wii U Does

Now I do agree that the PS3 & Vita could do what the Wii U does. Question is will developers make it happen? My guess is probably not or very few games will do it. Because they need to rely on consumers to own a PS3 & Vita vs the Wii U where they just need to buy the Wii U console/controller. For that reason alone I don’t see very many Wii U type games using the PS3/Vita combo.

Below is part of a interview that NowGamer did with Justin Richmond the Game Director at Naughty Dog.

Obviously you won’t develop for Wii U, but I want to get your thoughts on the hardware. Does the console spark your imagination in any way?

Justin Richmond: To be honest with you, the idea of it is very, very cool. But there’s nothing that the Wii U has that the Vita and PS3 doesn’t. You know, it’s an interesting piece of technology, and I’m interested to see how people use it.

I’m not completely sold yet. That the screen isn’t multi-touch, that’s a little weird. It seems there are some very strange holes in it, but to be fair, last time I was sceptical of the original Wii, and look at how that did. I’m sure that he games they make for Wii U will be amazing.

What are your thoughts on this?

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