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WOW and the new Consoles

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I Loved WOW when I first played. I started when Burning crusade launched.  I thought after they introduced a whole new world that this is how it would be for every expantion, whole new worlds that got bigger.  I loved to just travel around though hated the old Final Fantasy style walk-through and fight every few seconds though at least there is in some places a road that allowed you to avoid some fighting, and later flying mount was great. 

I was wrong and after a while WOW became stale, with the same mission types same battles, same kinds of bosses.   

I would LOVE for Blizzard to come out with a REMAKE of WOW for the PS3 and XboxI. Here are some suggestions so it will be DIFFERENT than WOW for PC.

  1. Instead of just different Realms on different servers with different names.  Why not have people's progression and new updates and expansion pacts on different servers.
  • People would start out in WOW levels 1-29 when they reached lvl 30 they would have to move to a new group of servers for level 30- 59
  • Each group would have a time table thus events in each server would have a beginning middle and end. 
  1. for those who did not complete to lvl 30 would chose another server that would star or already started. 
  2. for those who have gone to level 30 they would move on to a new set of servers.  depending on the outcome of what happened in the previous servers there would be several servers to chose from. 

Quest would take on new meaning as time passes, and quest have an effect on the world around. 

  • Smaller basses and camps/outpost could change hands, or be destroyed. 
  • dungeons could be beaten and closed.  
  • keep NPCs could die and quest changed to other NPCs or stopped. 
  • Dungeons NPCs and all NPCs would also gain in skill, level as time progressed. The NPCs would grow in number (unless killed) in a timely fashion and gain foot holds outside their area of control. There will always be a minimum number of NPCs around the area as is now, but left unchecked they will quickly grow in numbers and take over larger areas. 

LIMITS

  • A TIME limit would be in effect.  The amount of time that people can play per charter wold be limited to X amount of hours per week.
  • Limited total Number of charters per account.
  • Limited Number of same faction charters per realm 
  • Only one faction per server/realm and they may not go later on to same server/realm

Guilds will play a more important roll in their faction and on the land.  

  • guilds could build a outpost, that can turn into several levels before becoming a huge castle.
  • Guilds and all Players can help any City, by buying from that city. Its wealth can grow due to number of NPCs in the city which is  direct result from how many quest are completed and how much buying and selling happens in the city. 
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Factions would now be up to 5 or more. Alliance, Horde, Neutral  Burning Legion (several different groups), Undead (Lich King, Savantas, separate group, Death Knights) Dragonflights. 

  • factions against another faction can fight faction to faction just like now in PVP battle grounds,  While larger battles could have allies join with each other and fight other allied groups. 
  • ...

New skills,  the limited attack and defend of players needs to be changed.  

  • New classes, and added abilites to the classes.
    1. Summoner, ability to summon different creatures to attack or defend
    2. Buffer- defense or offence uses huge library of buffs to aid players or to lower enemies abilities.  (this would mean that charters that buff would lose such abilities) 
  • changes to classes would indlude 
  1. some classes able to shoot from far away 
  2. different classes of mages or add sorcerer.   the difference would be in strength/distance. The farther they spell the weake the damage.  Added local teleport, and multi clones. have objects hurl at target, reflect spells, deflect incoming objects. 
  3. Hunters need more traping skills or split into hunters and trapers. 

Its been 3 and 4 years and things are looking okay for the most part.

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All three consoles are great. The games on all three are good. The Games fill up the normal Genras, FPS, RPG, Action, Platformers, Racing, Puzzle, and RTS. Though Wii has a noval motion tracking device.
Nothing mindblowing complared to last Generation. Nothing has changed from last gen with the game mechanics and types that have come out this gen. It is easy to compare the games from last gen to this gen as they the look and feel is the same just updated. Still a few notible games have been differfent.
Though next year will see things change, to what degree is yet unknown. Lets look at what ecah console brings with it and what has been done so far.
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SO far on PS3 although it had a hard start is improving. Games are getting better as developers use the console in total. After 3 years it has these games as PURE exclusives.

Uncharted 2 - - - - Modern Action Adventure
Kill Zone 2 - - - - - Sci-Fi First-Person Shooter
Resistance 2 - - - - Sci-Fi First-Person Shooter
MLB 09: TS - - - - Baseball Sim
Uncharted 1 - - - -Modern Action Adventure
Litte big Planet - - - -3D Platformer
Resistance - - - - - Sci-Fi First-Person Shooter
R&C:CnT, - - - - - Action platformer
Comet Crash - - - - Strategy (PSN)
MGS4 Modern - - - -Action Adventure (3rd party P)
Deamons Soul, - - -Action Role-Playing (3party P)
Infamous - - - - - Modern Action Adventure (3party D)
Valkyria Chronicles - Action Role-Playing (3rd party P)
Warhawk - - - - - -Sci-Fi Shooter




MULTI-PLATFORM
Ture that Multi-platform do not hold up as well on PS3 as Xbox360 though the games are not totally different they just have some minor visual advantages, Still the same games play the same. Developers are getting better tools and thus next year Multi platform games will look more close to each other.

PS3 has pushed its hardware as can be seen with Killzone2 and more so with UC2 not only visually but action sceens, There is still more that can be done on PS3 in many ways.
Visuall there can be smoother graphics better textures, and over all graphical upgrades to be done in later games.
The SPU's are just now all being used and no program has run all SPU's to their full ability. And there are many tricks to be learned. (from developers mouths)
3D PS3 can run 3D stereoscopic technology and has made a point of it by next year.

PSN
it also started off rough and improven as time went on. after 3 years it has been plushed out with many abilities. There are still some abilities to add and it is still growing. It is still a very compllete online experience, its Free and will continue to be free. There will be an additional level which they will give perks for a cost. but its optional.

HOME
Home was something of a meeting place like a virtua Myspace, facebook... but has not been able to get that same feeling and ablilty for many people to conect like said social sites.

BLU-RAY...
holds a massive amount of Content. It is just now being able to increase its speed to the 2X speed. Also, Blu-Ray live allows extra content. It also helps as a security device. It helps as it can stream a lot of data from the disk as it is uncompressed. Also with more peole getting HDTVs this comes in handy.

HDD.
PS3 has an open architecher, The HDD can ealily be swaped with another Bigger HDD and is only limited by the amout that the HDD can hold. even solid state. (cost about as much as an Xbox 360 HDD, wait for Price drop)

EXTRAS-
wifi, Blu-Ray movies, Open MEMORY for SD, CF, Memory stick ...

PIRACY -
has been deyled or lessend very much the ability to play pirited games. This is an advantage, as none or few games have been pirated. Also, it may take more years or never that the PS3 will have that same level of mass Moddings as Xbox 360.

FUTURE
More exclusives are coming to the system covering a wide range of game genera. Some have a high level of game development. Multiplatform games seem to be looking up for PS3 as more system tools are being adapted by developers. Though Sega has asked for Sonys help in dealing with the console. 2010 may still see Xbox 360 having slightly better looking games. Some of Sony's first party developers are said to be working on new IP. The future look if nothing else intresting with new add-ons and abilities. But like all things about the future we will have to wait and see.

HEAD TRACKING
GT 5 will use a type of head tracking with the Sony Eye camera. This allows for the cockpit view a ability to see left and right. Also other games may use this like Arma 2. has implamented it.

MOTION CONTROL
It is not yet clear how this will be implamented. Though with the abilities of PS3 it will be a tracking controler. How and will it work with 3D is unknown yet. We will find out more next year in the 4th year of PS3
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So far Xbox 360 has plenty of great games. Many are 3rd party Exclusives. After 4 years MS has gotten Xbox 360 to a good position. Their future looks bright as they are making money like MS knows how.

Forza M 3 - - - - - - - GT / Street Racing
Halo 3 - - - - - - - - - Sci-Fi First-Person Shooter
Forza M 2 - - - - - - - GT / Street Racing
PGR 3 - - - - - - - - GT / Street Racing
Kameo:EOP - - - - - - Fantasy Action Adventure
Fable 2 - - - - - - - - Action Role-Playing
Banjo-Kaz - - - - - - - - 3D Platformer
Viva pintata:TIP - - - - -Virtual Life
PRG 4 - - - - - - - - - GT / Street Racing
GeoWars 2 - - - - - - - shoot em up (Live)
Mass Effect - - - - - - - Action Role-Playing (2nd party Developer)
Halo 3 ODST - - - - - - Sci-Fi First-Person Shooter (2nd pD)
Gears of war 1, - - - - - -tactical sci-fi shooter (3rd party Publisher)
GTA IV BoGT - - - - - - Modern Action Adventure (DLC) (3pP)
LFD 2 - - - - - - - - - Sci-Fi First-Person Shooter (PC) (3pP)
Gears of war 2 - - - - - tactical sci-fi shooter (3rd pP)
GTAuto: EfC - - - - - - - Modern Action Adventure (DLC) (3pP)
DoA 4 - - - - - - - - - 3D Fighting (3rd pP)
C&C 3TW - - - - - - - Sci-Fi Real-Time Strategy (PC Mac) (3pP)
Shdw Cmplx - - - - - - Sci-Fi Shooter (Live)(3pP)
Portal: still alive - - - - - Sci-Fi First-Person Shooter (3pP)
Tales of Vesperia - - - - - RPG (3pP)
Dead Rising - - - - - - -Horror Action Adventure (3pP)


Third party Publishers can be a timed Exclusive, as well as third party developers that own the IP can come out with a simular game on PS3. As several games that cane out only for Xbox in 2006-8 have now apeared on PS3.
Xbox 360 had the early edge on PS3. Being easier to develop for MP games chose Xbox 360 as the lead platform to develop on and port to the PS3. Newer games do not have as much difference and the future edge is unclear, though Publishers try to get the games to look Identical.

MS has not pushed its hardware with a ground up Engine built using all of Xbox 360 resources. Even Halo 3 used an updated version of the engine that ran on Xbox. Epic engines may take more advantage of Xbox 360 resources but it is unknown if it uses it all like a an engine built only for Xbox 360. Though it is easier to develop for and has system tools to aid in deveopment (XNA, Direct X9 a MS designed API) Yet it has taken 4 years and Alen wake is the first game to come out using an engine built from the ground up!! and it has been in development for 4 years. while Bungie is building a new engine for Halo: Reach. So we will soon see if there is a little or a lot more in the Xbox 360.

Though many developers have stated that it is reaching its limits. Though tighter programing, new ways of using resource, many games will still imporve on graphics and game menchincs, we will see by next year with Alen wake and later with Halo: Reach.



LIVE
Live is a full featured online games experieance. It has a slight lead over PSN with the amount of people who have headsets, cross over in game invites, in game voice chat. Also there is more content for Xbox live arcade, and over all. But not by much. The main distract is that MS charges for players ability to access the games that are already paid for, and on the disk.
How much people use it or is it worth it is an indivudal experience. They could just make the oline MP Free, take out CG Invites, In game chat and have that for those who want it.

HDD
HDD could be a problem depending on how you look at it. each console that launched has different amounts of HDD space (same as PS3) or not (arcade). To replace the HDD it cost $$$ compared to other HDDs that can be bought same size or bigger. There is a mod that would allow people to replace it but Recently MS has baned anyone who has modded there Xbox 360 for what ever reason.


EXTRAS
Memory card are proriatery if want to transfer saved games. you can not use an USB thumbdrive or any other type of deveice other than regulated MS approved devices. MS is not being suied over such shananagans.


PIRACY
MS has just kicked 1 Million people from live with modded Xbox 360's. This is not the full number of people that have moded Xboxes just those that got cought. Others who have modded Xboxes do not go on Live. While some have updated their console so they do not get caught. Still others have 2 consoles a liget console for Online games and a Modded console for Pirated games. It is unknown how many people have their console modded but what is knowen is that the process is easy and not really expensive.

FUTURE
The future looks good for Xbox 360. Games are being developed at a stedy pace. Multi platform games still look better. Live still making Microsoft plenty of money. Several third party developers are working on either timed exclusives or true exclusives. MS First party developers are also hard ar work working on future Natal titles, and non Natal titles. Fable 3 will be a great game that includes Natal. Rare is also working now on several titles.

NATAL
is a device that is great at tracking body movements. It can track several people at the same time. It looks like it will work great at certin types of games. I have yet to see if you wanted to sit for a while and play if it would still work or must people stand to get it to work. I just can not imangine standing for hours playing a game.

3D
3D in gaming looks like it may add something or not??? It is unknown if Xbox will be able to run games in 3D with 3D sterreoscopic images in game, or if there is a work around??

CONCLUSION
In the end both of these consoles provide great game play and cover all the Geners with plenty to chose from. People making a dision on which to get should be happy with either choice. They both take a different view on Gaming, but in the end if you are game centric then the best choice is to get both.

MMOLGs are they adding people to the market or just for a few games?

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WOW continues to sell GREAT and is in the top 10 in many countries. It has passed up many games sales, going past 5 Million and growing.  Other MMOLGs are starting and growing these have an impact on the regular market and its business plan, as they draw in Hard Core gamers and get other non gamers involved as Ever Quest has done.

How will things turn out?? And will games like Guild Wars change MMOLGs for the better??

The new handhelds have changed the landscape and the market.

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With new and  more powerful handhelds the market has chaged as people can now have 3D gameing and 2D gaming on the same platform.  Not only that but added features built in at a less cost to consoles. 

In addtion, Moble gameing on many different devices are gaining popularity but may not translate into console sales like some marketers hope, but may translate into handheld sales.

I wand Nintendo and Sony to try to get every game possible from the past ..

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onto their systems. PSP, REV, DS, PS3.

I want

  1. commodore 64
  2. Atari 2600
  3. Atari 7200
  4. Colleco vision
  5. Sega Master system
  6. Neo-Geo
  7. Turbo Graphics
  8. Sega Genisus, 32X CD, 32X-CD
  9. Wonderswan/ neogeo pocket
  10. Older PC games
  11. Amigo games

Every system that had games. could be sold for a few dollars or have people access the games and pay a monthly fee.  This would help people get their hands on legal games with out truning to emulaters and having the development community lose money and have less to put foward tword more games of teh future!!

HOW MANY GAMES do we need or can we play?

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There are over 2 thousand games made this Generation and thousands more made over the last 4 generations from Atari to Sega Saturn, and PC games over the generations.

The question is how many games did people play or have time and money for.  I mean as they make more games that cost more money how many more people will change from buying new games to used or discounted games. wich will later become used games. In addition, I have heard of gamers coming together and sharing or trading games.

As Franchises run out of steem will there be new games to take their place?? How long will sports games continue to sale well every year?? How about extreem sports such as Skate bording?? How are FPS sales going to continue??

Looking at Fighting games and how their sales have diminish it looks like many other types of games will follow the same path.

Where do we go from here?? Will we see something new or just same old same old?

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Gen 1

Atari, CV, mag, and others the first gen systems all had a look and played a certin way.

Gen 2

NES, Sega Master System, Commodore64 these systems were good and had added a whole new ability to games and there was a big difference

Gen 3

 SNES, SGen, NEC TG16, Neo-Geo this Gen added from last gen somewhat of a change but more an inovation of what was already there. Better graphics and more of the same. Though SNES added backgrounds that roated bigger sprites and more colur. Sega speed up the processing for quicker

Gen 4

3DO, SSat, PS, N64, A big change to 3D though blocky and not as good looking as 2D. still the change came

Gen 5 (4.5)

DC, PS2, GC, XboX.  a bigger jump than Gen 2-3 but not a great jump like 2D to 3D. but the graphics were a big and needed improvement over last gen. But the game play did not change much.

AND NOW TO GEN 6 true it just started but with so much happening I do not see much change

  1. COST for people to start to play games
  2. cost of game development
  3. number of sequels
  4. number of games that copy other games
  5. number of development houses going out of business
  6. number of great new games that are inovative that have failed.
  7. publishers unwillingness to pay for different, innovative or unproven games.
  8. number of mature games that add only killing to it as a way to sell.
  9. public view that games are for kids
  10. public view that games are too viloent.
  11. public view that geeks play games
  12. Number of used games for sale and their price on Ebay and at retail (gamestop, Block Buster, Best Buy?)

http://www.next-gen.biz/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2392&Itemid=2

http://arstechnica.com/articles/paedia/hardware/crossplatform.ars

In the end we will not know for some time how the games will turn out.  Its early now and PS3 and REV are not out yet while X360 is still very young.  Will the industry allow and welcome  change or will they stick with the same old games with better graphics that is LESS OF A RISK.