Archive for the ‘Games’ Category

Japanese commercial for Legend of Zelda

July 15, 2006

I’m speechless.

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You paying attention Sony?

July 14, 2006

The rise and fall of Sega: from the eyes of Tom Kalinske:

Sega was a company that had it all. They were beating Nintendo at the hardware game, consumers thought their software offerings were more grown up, and the money was rolling in. Then they made some bad hardware decisions (32X, we’re talking about you) and lost it all.

Sound like anyone *cough*Sony*cough* in the video game scene currently?

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NEW Atari 2600 game

July 11, 2006

Sweet.

The game consists of 8 KB (8192 Bytes) of coding, graphics, musics and sounds. As the 2600 can only handle 4 KB of ROM at the same time, bankswitching is used to toggle between the two ROM-banks as if they were one. The intro and the musics are located in bank 2 while the main game is located in bank 1.

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When Politicians talk about video games

June 27, 2006

Jon Stewart does what he does best, point out what jackasses they are. And it’s so well deserved.

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The Duke Nukem Forever List

June 16, 2006

A hilarious list of stuff that’s happened in the nine years since Duke Nukem Forever was first announced. We put a man on the moon in less time than it’s taken to develop this video game. Enough said, really.

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Just when it looks bad for the PS3

June 12, 2006

It starts to look worse

An internal Gamestop email expressed concern over how many PS3s their chain (which is the largest videogame retailer and includes Ebgames as well) would have available. A local store that received between 50 and 100 Xbox 360s at launch is expecting to get no more than 20 PS3s.

And the Xbox 360 wasn’t exactly a perfect launch, if you recall. A little bit of a shortage can be a good thing, as it creates an artificial scarcity that makes it seem “hotter” than it might otherwise. But with a shortage as drastic as they’re talking about, it can only hurt the system’s launch performance overall.

On the other hand, maybe Sony just doesn’t anticipate on selling more than twenty per store. Hah!

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Sony doesn’t care about PS3 marketshare

June 4, 2006

Well, that explains the $600 price point.

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Ouch for the PS3

May 29, 2006

More bad news for Sony (makes me so sad to report, really).

Joystiq had a little poll asking what system or combination of systems it’s readers plan on buying, given the PS3’s high sticker price.

The result? At the time of this writing, a whopping 87% of respondants plan on buying a Wii either alone or with another system, a respectable 56% in total plan on buying an XBox 360, and a mere 15% of respondants plan on getting a PS3 either alone or as any combo.

I should note that this isn’t a scientific poll, and if anything only represents what Joystiq’s readers are thinking. But one would imagine that Joystiq’s readership would skew towards hardcore gamers, ones presumably more likely to opt for Sony’s console than the general population.

The way things are going, at this point I’m thinking Sony should just write off this generation of consoles…

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The Ninendo Wii just got that much more awesome

May 25, 2006

A friend of mine spotted this on the Nintendo Web Site:

Virtual Console: Wii will have downloadable access to 20 years of fan-favorite titles originally released for Nintendo 64, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) and even the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). The Virtual Console also will feature a “best of” selection from Sega Genesis titles and games from the TurboGrafx console (a system jointly developed by NEC and Hudson). It also will be home to new games conceived by indie developers whose creativity is larger than their budgets.

New NES games. That’s so ridiculously awesome that I don’t even care they’re calling it the Wii anymore. Wheeeee!

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Why the PS3 is #$%!’ed

May 16, 2006

Curmudgeon Gamer has been kind enough to create some graphs of the history of game console prices, adjusted for inflation, which is fairly revealing.

The “magic number” for game consoles appears to be around the (2006 adjusted) $300 mark, with all the most successful consoles hugging that line pretty tightly.

The most interesting thing to note though is actually Nintendo’s systems; each successive generation of Nintendo has managed to be more affordable than the last, through the Gamecube at least. (The Wii is rumored to have  a $250 price tag, which would be slightly more expensive, but I don’t think that’s been announced definitively yet).

As for the PS3… it’s in a price class enjoyed by such other consoles as the NeoGeo, CD-i, and 3DO. Did you own any of those systems? Neither did I. Although, that’s not being fair, as each of those were priced well beyond even what the PS3 is being sold at. The playstation’s closest match is actually the Sega Saturn… which Sega released while it was king of the hill, if you recall, much in the same way Sony is today.

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