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Hello everyone, King-gamer here, I'm just here to say, I've recently logged in just to catch E3. I apologize for not keeping my promise of coming back last December. I do however, want to say that if you are reading this right now, that I will likely not be active on GameSpot anymore, simply because I am no longer interested here. I love all the people and friends I made here. Know that I may occasionally log in to this account just to check, but I will likely never make updates anymore.
If you ever bother to PM me, I will most likely respond however. As for how long it will take, I can't say. Thank you
-King-gamer June 14, 2010
Whats up everybody? I know its been a long time since I posted anything here, but regardless, if youve previously read my old blog on who is the King of Consoles, I crowned the DS as the winner. I firmly believe that the DS is by far the best console of the 7th generation. You might disagree, and I have no qualms with that. I recognize I might be slightly biased. Unfortunately due to college life and living away from home, playing home consoles in college, well, is not exactly easy. So the DS has been my primary system for the most part. Still, even then, I believe the DS did very well no matter how you look at it. It outsold all of the home consoles by a significant margin, has a library of over 1000 games. With a library of games that large how could you go wrong?
Now that the 3DS is out and DS support has pretty much died out especially after Pokemon Black and White 2 probably being the last ever major DS release, it is time to say farewell to our beloved 7th generation handheld gaming console and list out my personal top 5 DS games.
I want say it first that this is not an official list. This is a personal list, therefore, it may have personal bias. On top of the fact that the DS has over 1000 games, you cant expect me to play them all. This will be from my perspective and my tribute to the Nintendo DS.
Originally I wanted this to be top 20, but I got lazy to write out an entire descrption. So I'm only doing 5 now.
Here are some honorable mentions who did not make it to the list:
Contra 4, New Super Mario Bros., Kirby Canvas curse, Phoenix Wright Trilogy, Picross 3D, Warioware touched! Elite Beat Agents, Pokemon Mystery Dungeon (Red and) Blue
Okami on PS2/Wii was a beautiful masterpiece, with a distinct artstyle to distinguish it from the rest, and an interesting game mechanic in the form of the celestial brush, this is truly one of the greatest game ever made. The DS game is no different.
While the DS sequel does have minor changes in gameplay mechanics such as limited ink and the graphics arent quite as good on the DS, it is still a very gorgeous game to look at. The gameplay is still pretty much Okami, an action adventure game where you are going around trying to restore harmony to the world of Nippon while learning new brush techniques and beating dungeons on the fly. The only problem I have with this game is probably that its too easy, and I find the first Okami to be easy to begin with.
4. Grand Theft Auto Chinatown Wars.
What can you say about GTA CW? Its one of the best GTA games Ive ever played. Im not a huge GTA fan, but this is one game I can play and say I enjoyed every second of it. GTA CW seems to get a lot of unnecessary hate simply because it is a top down game rather than third person. How wrong you are if you judge a game simply because of the different camera angles. GTA CW is in essence, a GTA game at its core but optimized for the DS. The huge and beautiful liberty city is here for you to roam wreak havoc and everything. It is really like GTA for the PC and consoles. The game itself gives you all the freedom of a console GTA game while still introducing mechanics of its own like some of the touch screen mini games, or making it so you can lose the police by making them crash into walls, which is of course, awesome. This not a butchered port, or some crappy handheld game with less features, it is a full GTA experience with ADDITIONAL content on top of it. How can you not love it?
3. Pokemon Black and White.
It is. Difficult to pick between Pokemon BW1 and BW2. They are same yet different. Just like the 3rd games of the previous generations, BW2 changes enough to be different yet too similar to stand out. Ultimately, I had to choose BW1.
Pokemon Black and White was a phenomenal game. While the game itself is still old Pokemon, the generation 5 of Pokemon games manages to change things up enough to make the games just as lovable as before. BW1 tried to takes things up a notch by introducing a far more involved story and all new triple battles and rotation battles and more. Ultimately though, for me, I feel like the Pokemon competitive scene has matured much more in generation 5. I feel like the game has a far more engaging multiplayer than ever before. Unlike in previous games, I believe the newer generation has introduced many new Pokemon as well of moves that really affect how the game is played competitively such as Volt Switch, combination moves like the elemental pledges and fusion flare/bolt. Aside from that, the game also changed the EXP mechanics, making leveling significantly easier. Now Pokemon is truly where its at. My only criticism? Battle Haxway.
2. Castlevania: Order of Eccelesia
When forced to pick between either Dawn of Sorrow, Portrait of Ruin or Order of Ecclesia, the answer was pretty clear. OoE was by far the superior game. Like the Metroidvanias before it, OoE follows the same style of exploring worlds, RPG elements and of course big and crazy boss battles. OoE introduced a completely new protagonist, Shanoa and a Glyph system which is similar to DoSs Soul system, but far bigger and having special Glyph combination attacks that gave it more variety. Although OoE was a pretty difficult game and by far the hardest of the DS trilogy, it always has that, I just want more feeling. Im not usually a fan of hard games. In fact, Im not a fan of hard games. I quit playing Megaman 9 because I couldnt be Splash woman (lol). Yet I somehow managed to persist all the way to the end and even beat the games secret boss Jiang Shi. I really have nothing bad to say about this game. In fact I cant think of anything bad to say about it!
1. The World Ends With You
Its absolutely crazy, its absolutely addicting, and its absolutely beautiful. There is really so much to love about The World Ends With You. This game is quite possibly the most innovative game I have ever played. The World Ends with You may seem like your typical JRPG, with a well written story, lovable characters, and a beautiful art style. But what makes TWEWY stands out for me is the overall design of this game and the emphasis on the two screens. Indeed, TWEWY is no typical JRPG at all, in fact the battle system is all the difference that makes it so excitingly fun and addictive. Its gameplay essentially spans two screens with you and a partner. The protagonist Neku is controlled using the stylus on the lower screen, while your partner is controlled using the D-Pad and the upper screen.
TWEWY actually has a bit of a Warioware vibe to it. In the same way that Warioware isnt that amazing with those micro games alone, TWEWYs stylus slashing and D-pad pressing battles arent that amazing on their own. But when put together is when the game truly shines. Switching your AI partner to manual and simultaneously controlling both screens is both addicting and rewarding. Very rarely does a game forces you to do this, and TWEWY does this, and amazingly well, on top of an already great story and wonderful soundtrack. TWEWY is a must buy game for any DS owner and my choice for number 1 DS game of all time.
It seems, every generation, there will always be people who complain about the new Pokemon designs, being ugly, crappy, or some other reason. Unfortunately, I have to admit, I am one of those people... But hey! At least I got used to them! (Eventually...) And I actually (eventually) liked some of these Pokemon.
Black and white 2 will be out very soon, what better way to celebrate than to list down the top 5 Pokemons of Generation 5? Here are my top 5 best and worst Pokemon of Gen 5. Since this is a personal list, not some official list, it will of course differ from yours, and the fact that there's over a hundred new Pokemon means a lot of them will be left out. I also want to make one thing clear, I'm only allowing one legendary Pokemon on the "best" list, otherwise it will end up becoming the top 5 best legendary Pokemon.
Theres one thing I can say about Mienshao. The moment this rat/possum/thing learned U-Turn with its regenerator ability, I was like This is definitely a permanent member of my gen 5 team. Mienshao is by far my favourite fighting type Pokemon this generation. Sporting an amazingly high attack and speed stats, and access to the powerful Hi-Jump Kick, Mienshao was the member of my team that swept Grimsleys entire team like it was nothing. I never even saw what Bisharp could do. Another awesome thing about Mienshao, its purple, and has sleeve-like thingies, which reminds me of Gen from Street Fighter, which is why I decided to name him Gen too.
Unfortunately like Gen, Mienshao is as frail as an old dying man. Even a neutral attack will leave him with little or no HP at all, while regenerator is nice, it wont really help against OHKOs. It is also semi-outclassed by Infernape, who has a secondary STAB and can run mixed sets. Still, Genshao is still my favourite fighting type this gen <3. (screw the musketeers)
Mold Breaker is one of those abilities that is awesome that is given to a not so awesome Pokemon (would you ever use Pinsir seriously?). Enter Haxorus.
This, like Mienshao, was also another wtf moment. The first time I saw Haxoruss 100+ stats, with the exception of that 200+ attack, I was astonished. This dude right here has attack so high it might as well be hax. After all, with that 147 Base attack Haxorus can literally rip through anything that doesnt resist its STAB Outrage. With Mold Breaker, no levitators can escape his Earthquake, and no Sturdy user is safe from being OHKOd.
While Haxorus gets two good points, he also gets two negatives. First, Haxorus movepool is a little bit lacking, and two, he has to compete with Garchomp, another powerful physical dragon that outspeeds him, has a wider movepool and gains STAB on his Earthquake. Well, at the very least, Haxorus can still quake levitators and doesnt get utterly destroyed by ice unlike Garchomp.
For 4 generations, Ive waited for a special dragon who isnt a legendary. GameFreak has finally answered. Hydreigon is that very special pseudo-legendary Dragon.
With an amazingly high special attack, Hydreigon has a far greater Draco Meteor than even Salamence, and his Dark typing allows him to learn some neat dark type moves that some of the other pseudo legendary dragon cant. It also doesnt have a 4x weakness to ice! Awesome!
My only problem with Hydreigon is this. With that amazing special stat he should be able to learn moves like Thunderbolt and Ice beam right? Unfortunately no, and one of the reasons I wanted a special dragon Pokemon is to run this, and most people say running a special Dragonite is a horrible idea due to his far superior attack stat. (sigh..) Oh well, at least the Hydra gets Fire Blast...
For many generations, Bug types have pretty much been the most laughable of types. They have crappier stats than pretty much every other Pokemon out there. With only a few exceptions, pretty much no bug type can be considered good, unless they are already paired with a good typing like steel and fighting (aka, Scizor and Heracross). Finally, Generation 5, GF decided to give us a plethora of awesome bugs namely Escavalier, Accelgor and... Volcarona.
I dont actually use Volcarona a lot, because of a certain other Fire type. However, even I have to admit that Volcarona is quite possibly the best bug non legendary bug type. With a sky high SpAtk, a great boosting move and an awesome signature move in the form of Fiery Dance, this fire fly is worthy of being a legendary Pokemon already.
Only one problem, he cries whenever he sees anything remotely resembling a rock.
The reason why I bought Black over White. Lets put it this way. Out of all the Legendary Pokemon this generation, I chose Reshiram for several reasons. 1, I wanted a Special Dragon. Two, Zekrom is physical, and I already have Haxorus. 3, Fire is better coverage anyway. 4, Dat Draco Meteor.
While I realize Victini and V-Create is insanely powerful, I dont really like that speed drop. Im a huge fan of Landorus as well, Im just not a fan of his fear of a little ice tea. I never bothered to use the so called musketeers, and Kyurem looks like a frozen chicken.
Reshiram is awesome. He has way better SpAtk than Hydreigon, an amazing ability, a powerful Draco Meteor, and looks awesome. Fire typing lets it deal with steel types as well as ice types that scare all dragons away. Zekroms electric typing does neither. Yeah, I guess Zekrom looks kiiiiiiind of cool, but I still like Reshiram more in terms of both usefulness AND looks. And Reshiram has something extra downstairs that Zekrom doesnt. More points to Reshiram.
Now the top 5 WORST Pokemon of Generation 5. One thing must be made clear, the top 5 worst Pokemon doesnt have to be bad stat-wise to be listed. They can be listed for a variety of other bad reasons. IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO START RAGING LIKE THE HULK BECAUSE YOUR FAVORITE POKEMON IS ON THE LIST, STOP RIGHT HERE. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED. :C
I just want to start of with this flying squirrel and show you what I mean by other "bad reasons". If I did not include this rule, you will likely see Patrat or something similar here because of how crappy it is, like all early Pokemon. Emolga isnt bad because it is outclassed by every other electric type in the game. It is bad because it is the fruit of some stupid trend that GameFreak should just stop.
Just look at it, sure, it doesnt exactly look like Pachirisu, but the resemblance is there, but even worse, Emolga is meant to be the Pikachu of gen 5. Every gen there has to be a Pikachu rip off. Look at the history: Gen1=Pikachu, Gen2=Pichu, Gen3=Plusle/Minun, Gen4=Pachirisu, Gen5=Emolga. They have all the similar typing, they are all rodents, they have the same electric cheeks, AND they all suck. At least the Pseudo legendaries each gen has some variety, they aren't all Dragons after all, we got Tyranitar and Metagross. They also have vastly different designs. I really dont want to see worthless electric rats anymore. They aren't even remotely useful Pokemon. And No, Light Ball Pikachu still sucks.
Well to be fair to Garbodor, while its true it you could say it looks ugly and has lazy design, people should understand that Garbodor is technically speaking, garbage. Garbage isn't meant to be beautiful. So why is it here in this list anyway?
Garbodor is obviously gen 5's equivalent of Muk, like Swalot from Gen 3. I'm not being a Nostalgia fan, but Muk is simply better than Garbodor in every way. This is a cold hard fact. Muk looks better, but ignore design, go look at their stats. Tell me Garbodor is better. For a bulky poison type, those stats are still not as good as Muk. Sure, Garbodor has better defense, but that is not saving it from Earthquake. Muk is still better at walling special attackers. So where does Garbodor fit in? No where.
Patrat line is excusable, like all the early normal types. Liepard is just plain horrible, even as an early Pokemon. It is so frail that early Pokemon hurts it badly, and its attack isnt high enough to compensate its frailty like Mienshao. Mightyena as an early dark type in Gen 3 was still okay. Liepard isn't. Throw this disgrace to all feline Pokemon in the Garbordor and flush it down toilet form Rotom. In fact, I'd rather use a Toilet form Rotom than this.
It's slow. It has more weaknesses than any other bulky Pokemon. It's a Mushroom with a Pokeball for a head. There's no reason to use Amoonguss. There's no reason to like it aesthetically either. It basically plays the Voltorb/Electrode role of gen 5. He sits there pretending to be an item and then attacks you. Best thing I can say about Amoonguss is that at least he doesn't explode and kill your Pokemon.
1. GEN 5 Starters
Finally the worse of them all.... Why separate them when you can lump them into one? Even though this is supposed to be top 5, I decided to put the all the 3 starters final evolution here.
This has to be the first generation where I decided to throw my starter in to the PC well before I beat the game, and with good reason. They are all crap.
First lets start with Serperior. Its movepool is absolutly horrible. It has next to no coverage moves. Aeriel Ace has pathetic base power, and Dragon tail has decreased priority. He has great speed, but mediocre attack, OH But he has good defenses!! Wait why would you run a defensive Serperior anyway? Really, while its true he can function as a high speed tank, he should be given better moves and better attack so he can function as a high speed SWEEPER. There are tons of better defensive Pokemon out there. We dont need one with 5 weaknesses. Contrary + Leaf Storm could fix him, but that's a different story altogether.
Emboar? What is this? Another Fire Fighting type? Bleh... I pass. But thats not the main problem behind Emboar. The problem lies with the fact that he is just out classed, BY DARMANITAN. Aside from that, Blaziken and Infernape also outclass him, as they both have their roles has fire fighting types. Infernape hits fast and hard, Blaziken is still speedy enough, hits hard and has some unique access to flying type moves to give it its niche, while emboar... yeah... he gets destroyed before he can do anything. Want a good physical fire type before Elite 4? Use Darmanitan. Emboar fails.
Samurott suffers the same problems with Emboar. He's too slow. Not as slow as Emboar, but slow enough to be annoying. Samurott, I would say, is probably the best out of the 3 starters (until contrary Serperior with Leaf Storm comes). Still, he's not as good as say feraligatr, or some of the other water types pass gen. Swampert is a better bulky water type. Feraligatr is a better attacker with its higher speed. What Samurott needs is Shell Smash. Come on, theres shells all over its body!! This would prove a great fix for Samurott, probably making him the best starter of gen 5. But nope. No Shell Smash for you even though you have lots of it.
Sure, the starters aren't as horrible as some other Pokemon listed, BUT, they are STARTERS. Most starters from previous gen are at least useful even until you beat the game. It's not the same here, there are significantly better fire/grass types out there, so these guys are useless (with the exception of Samurott, maybe). Put them in the PC, and forget they ever exist.
Now that all 3 conferences are done, I'm sure many is going to go about "OMG WHO WON ARRGGHHHH, XXX WON"
Well to begin, let's look at the 3 conferences...
First Microsoft, they started great with an awesome reveal of Halo 4, then subsequently lost steam as they continued to show Kinect integrated into hardcore games, then casual games, then boring stuff like navigating menus with Kinect.... Wait, didn't we see this last year?? Why are they showing this again? Alright, Xbox, Bing this stuff. blah.... IE for Xbox? IE is a fail browser. Microsoft did not show much of SmartGlass either, mostly for navigating more menus.... My major problem with this conference is they're showing tech, but not showing games. The tech is used to navigate menus.... why???? What's the point? As for Kinect voice controls, we saw that last year, and to me, it's an unnecessary addition. We don't need to see the same thing two years straight. Overall they still had a couple of impressive showings, namely Tomb Raider and Resident Evil 6, but you really have to sit through a lot of crap to see the good stuff.
Sony did not have that much of a great start, especially since Beyond doesn't look that great to me. PlayStation Battle Royale looks cool though. Then when PSmove started it started to fall apart, especially when wonderbook was shown. Honestly that was the most boring presentation I have ever seen. like what? 20 whole minutes of a couple of people witting down waving the move around to kill paper dragons..... no not even real dragons, just origami rip offs. I seriously feel like turning off at that point, but luckily they managed to save it with a couple of great games at the end, God of War and The Last of US, both of which looks incredible. Also they need more Kazuo Hirai, he is awesome.
Finally we have Nintendo, which had an amazing opening with Pikmin 3 and Miyamoto, which I thought was rather clever. While I thought their reveals were decent, there was one major problem plaguing their conference. There were no major announcements, which is my only problem. Most of the stuff they shown, we already know, while there was also a little too much Mario. It seems like it was here's Mario on Wii U, and Mario on 3DS, and Paper Mario! and that Mario minigame! Nothing wrong with Mario, but they lack their other franchises. What happened to metroid? Pokemon? F-Zero? StarFox? Zelda? What happened? did they forgot? Scribblenauts Unlimited was the only major game revealed which I was somewhat excited for, but otherwise, nothing much. Batman is something we already seen, Ubisoft's games were meh and yup that's it. And they ended it with Nintendo Land, which.... I couldn't really care. They needed that big game to end the show, like 2008 Metroid Other M reveal, or 2004 reveal of Twilight Princess. THat's how they should have ended. But nope, just Nintendo Land.
Final thoughts? They all fail. But if I had to name a winner.... I say Sony did... but only by a hair. If Sony had wonderbook any longer I would have them tied.
So there you go.
Another day another blog, today, I share with you the results of my poll. Sometime ago, IGN created a poll [LINK]. It showed that over 80% of Zelda fans wanted voice acting. Was it accurate? Well, on the off chance that IGN readers know nothing about Zelda (just kidding), I created a poll for you GameSpoters to vote. You can still see the thread here.
Over 100 people have voted, and the results, though somewhat different, the end result did not deviate from IGN's own, here's what it looks like as of posting this blog:
-50% (57) In favour of voice acting
-39% (45) Against
-11% (13) Are fine whichever way.
Total of 115 votes.
As you can see, the numbers show a majority of people favoring voice acting in Zelda, with a strong 34% of people want voice acting, but Link remains his silent self. Helping push the supporters are 13% who want everyone, including Link to talk, with a remaining 3% wants Japanese voices (lol).
If we take a look at the votes of the poll at a slightly different way, we will see that not only 50% of people want voices, but there is, at the very least, an additional 11% of people who do not mind having the Zelda characters talk. So that could, at least potentially, push that total to a whopping 62%.
So while the results do not show that the supporters significantly outweigh the against like IGN's poll, it does show that it's about time Zelda characters get along and started talking too as majority wants it, and that Link will not talk like Samus in Metroid Prime 3.
Understandably, many people fear voices bring an end to imagination, but when I last saw the Skyward Sword Romance Trailer, I tried to imagined, just like the rest of you people against VA, Link and Zelda talking, but then I stopped and thought again, "Why don't they talk?" Having some dialogue or voices of some sort will allow us to understand the characters better, and get to know their feelings as well. Perhaps you may not get the freedom to imagine whatever it is you wish, but for me, the more I imagined those voices in my head, the more I actually WANT them to talk.
After all can you honestly say that playing a game like Dragon Age or Mass Effect, with its tons of dialogue and terrific voice acting, is much better when you mute all the voices? Seriously, go play a game with good voice acting or something like Dragon Age, but turn on the subtitles and mute the audio. Now tell me that the game's conversations are better that way (because it's not).
..a Complete joke.
Then look at this thing. Apparently, a new circle pad is going to be included so that you can play the new Moster Hunter. But Look at that thing!!! It's ginormous! You call that portable? I can only tell how much pain early adopters must be feeling, first a price drop in barely 6 months, then, a plethora of game cancellations and delays, then a new 3DS iteration supposedly to be announced soon and THEN, they give you one extra peripheral that you must buy if you want to play certain games...
Nintendo, why did you thought having one analog stick was a good idea? WHY? Not enough space??
I have not and will not buy a 3DS until the one with a right tick built-in comes out, or whatever the next iteration will be like.
That and until they come in Gold. I love my Gold GBA. Good times.
(Yeah I know it's spelled source)
So How was it guys? Fun E3 this year? Better or worst than last year?
Let me begin by saying that this is one of the better E3s, but, I didn't think it was as good as last year, it was still in many ways awesome though. But first, let's start with Microsoft.
Microsofts press conference in a nutshell looks kinda like this...
Okay, maybe that was harsh... but to be fair, I think what Microsoft displayed at E3 was pretty cool. They showed how Kinect could work and apply to many hardcore games, as well as casual, and they showed Halo 4 etc. It's pretty neat and all, but the problem is I'm not sure if I want to talk to my console, like..
"XBOX, Bing Pokemon!!"
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Regardless, it's cool technology, but do you really want to talk all day and give out orders to Computer controlled characters in Mass Effect 3? I don't know, I don't mind talking to humans online, but machine? maybe not, plus, you get thirsty after a while. I really think Kinect is cool, but it's application works better with robots that have speech recognition and recognize movements. Now isn't that better? Make a robot now Moneysoft!! I mean Microsoft!
The Kinect stuff was nice but they didn't have to spend like 45 minutes, which was almost the entire conference, on it. Many people on live chat said Kinect sucked, while I don't think Kinect is that bad, it's just not really my thing.
On to Sony, Sony's was.... kinda boring. Not terribad like Microsoft, but I feel like they stretched out the conference way too long. It's almost 2 hours, which could be shortened to just over an hour. They showcased many awesome games, talked about the move and let's face it, they also spend way too much time on the move, stuff they shown us was stuff we already know and saw, there wasn't much new to the move. Haven't we seen most of it already? Reaching to your back to grab an arrow? okay, Nice but I thought that didn't need to be showed at E3, I mean it's pretty self explanatory. Motion control is suppose to replicate real life, I get that, sooooooo stop wasting time on something we saw last year Sony.
And NGP, whoops, I mean Vita, now that's something actually worth watching. Sadly, it them like 1 hour to get that far, and by then I was so bored with the move, I couldn't really get excited for Vita. I guess I'm just bias since I only care about the 3DS, but still, they didn't really showed much new content on the Vita, or anything truly innovative with its bacwards touchpanel. Save Uncharted, which was probably the best of the bunch (though not my type of game), much of what has been shown couldn't convince me on the Vita.
ModNation Racers? Nice, but well, I'm an F-Zero fanboy. SFxT? Well that's on the home consoles aren't they? Plus, I could care less about Tekken, give me MvC3 on Vita then We'll talk. I have to say, I'm not very impressed by the Vita, but largely because the games they showed didn't really blow my mind like the 3DS did last year, which had MGS, Street Fighter, Kid Icarus, and Resident Evil etc... Furthermore, what they showed didn't really do anything innovative gameplay wise with the rear touch panel which is what I want to see in order to convince me that the Vita was a unique and new system which would set itself apart from the 3DS and other touch systems like tablets and other smartphones. For now, I can only say that the Vita is just a more powerful PSP with a second analogue stick.
And no Kevin Butler, which is a thumbs up for me unlike many people, Kaz Hirai is actually the one who kept me interested in the conference both last year and this year, I care not for a fake CEO I want a real executive to do the talking. Sorry Fake CEO Fans
For Nintendo, first of all the orchestra was amazing, and I don't consider myself to be a big Zelda fan, (Actually Zelda is one of my least favorite Nintendo franchise, maybe I'll discuss that in a future blog which I may post). Nintendo definitely opened up beautifully, all three conferences did, but I think the flash back sequences to all the previous Zelda games and the music just makes this the best opener of all the three shows.
My first problem is that stupid translator dude, unlike Yoshinori Ono's translator at the Sony conference who waits for Ono to finish his sentence, this dude keeps cutting in to what Miyamoto is saying. Please ask this dude to shut up while THE Miyamoto is speaking. Thanks.
Next, All I can say is that after spending sometime on things about the 3DS which most of us already knew, except a few like Luigi's Mansion 2, which looks awesome BTW, Reggie announced they named the System Wii U, and well, I am like....
But as Reggie said, Wii was a weird name so I guess it doesn't matter. The controller itself to me was not something that I was very amzaed either. Looks cool but think again, everything about the Wii U controller isn't very innovative as they claimed. Two screens? THEY DID IT ON THE DS! And pretty much everything else! However, to be fair, since this is the home console, there are obviously many things that could be done on it that can't be done on the DS, but overall, the Wii U, while the graphics and 3rd party support amazed me, the controller concerns me a lot.
Just Look at it...
All that controls and screen stuffed into one wireless controller, it's gonna do 3 bad things:
-The controller will have a crazy short battery life
-It's gonna cost a lot.
-It's square shape looks like it will be hard to hold in general.
I don't know about you, but the third parties interview stuff didn't really say much either, outside of DARKSIDERS 2 GONNA BE LAUNCH TITLEZZ!!! They were being really vague about it. I really wish there were more games revealed like for the 3DS last year. So I was overall not nearly as satisfied with Nintendo's reaveal of the Wii U compared to 3DS.
You know what they need? CAPCOM. My favorite third party since, ever. And they need to get Capcom to make Nintendo vs Capcom, ala Marvel VS Capcom. Smash Bros is nice, but I just think the VS series done crossover fighting games much better than Nintendo ever did, so a Nintendo VS Capcom game, with the gameplay of the VS series is all I need, and the new controller will definitely help make it work. Hell, throw in the short cut functionallity like the SSFIV 3D Edition and you'll get the casual crowd too! And Also, Konami. Specifically, Castlevania.
Oh Lastly, Nintendo, I'M STILL WAITING FOR F-ZERO.
Thanks for reading.
Let's Crown the King of Consoles!
It's 2011, and gaming has sure come a long way. The Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, DS and PSP went through many ups and downs between its launch up until now. With rumors of the many new upcoming consoles and with the current generation of gaming coming to an end, I think it's time for us to look back, and see how these machines did over its lifetime and how they stack up against each other.
But before we move on, I would like to explain a number of things. This is going to be from a gamer's perspective (aka, my perspective) so this is nothing official, but I definitely be as fair as possible and judge each console fairly.
There will be five categories we will be looking at in order to determine "The King of Consoles", and they are:
-Market dominance or Popularity
-First and Third-Party game/ support as well as exclusives
-Innovation, (or bringing anything different and new to the industry)
-Features, Hard/Software Capabilities and Unique qualities
-Standing the test of time.
Now that you know the categories we will be looking at, I want you guys to take a look at all the "Kings" of the past generation, and why I chosen them. Unfortunately there's no Atari 2600 because I never played it, nor do I know much about. Without further ado…
The NES: Near complete market dominance, first and third party games, innovation of the D-pad, Light gun, among other stuff. Held its own into the 16-bit era.
The SNES: Heavy dominance in the market despite starting out late. It houses a plethora of great games from first and third parties. Innovation thanks to its semi-3D mode-7 capabilities. It stood well into the 32-bit era.
PS1 (aka PSX): Market dominance, made used of CDs, allowing the storage of more data than usual. And although the N64 could beat it in terms of first party games, you cannot deny that the PS1 houses some of the best third party games ever, (i.e. Final Fantasy 7, Metal Gear Solid, Castlevania: SOTN)
PS2: Near complete market dominance. Most non-gamer people I know, never heard of an Xbox, almost none knew of the GameCube, yet when you say PlayStation, they immediately recognize it. IMMENSE third party support, as well as being a DVD player. All in one. Standing the test of time? PEOPLE ARE STILL BUYING AND PLAYING THIS FREAKING THING TODAY.
So which is the King of Consoles? Let's take a look at each of them, by order of release.
The Nintendo DS
The Nintendo DS, was first released on November 2004, and prior to its release, it is one of the most underestimated consoles. True, the thought of having two screens, one of them having touch functionality, does sound like a weird thing, that is until a number of new innovative game made good use of both of them allowing for some interesting new concepts. The extra screen does have a secondary purpose of serving as extra room for developers to put mini maps and stats instead of cluttering all of them together in one screen.
Still, the DS wouldn't see an increase in sales until the release of the DS Lite, the redesigned model which made the bulky DS phat much smaller, with much brighter and much more appealing to the eye. Third parties would then rush to begin the massive support for the DS that we see today.
Even with the release of the PSP, it seems that the PSP just couldn't do much to slow the momentum of the DS down. As it continues, the DS has sold more than double what the PSP did, nearing 150 million units worldwide, showing clear market dominance, at least in the handheld console market.
The DS isn't without problems. It suffers from being an overall pretty weak and flimsy console (all those crack hinges&hellip, and it is also the weakest console using technology back from the 64-bit era. Despite this, it proves that being a unique console with great games will make a successful console.
The PlayStation Portable
It comes as to no surprise that many people assumed that the PSP would ultimately take over the DS, establishing itself as the new king of the handheld department. Released on December 2004 in Japan, just a month after the DS, the PSP would go on to sell over 60 million worldwide as of this blog post.
The PSP would introduce a number of new concepts to handheld gaming, including using an optical disc format as its primary medium for gaming, introducing a large 16:9, widescreen display to the portable, as well as a new "analog stick". The PSP itself was also a multipurpose device, capable of watching movies, displaying photos, listening to your favorite music and much more.
There are problems with the hardware itself, the UMD way of loading games prove inefficient and not very practical for handheld gaming, and in terms of third party software, it seems the PSP is usually being left in the dust.
There's no question, that after having 60 million sold, the PSP has definitely put a dent into the DS's market. It may not be significant, but it has showed that Sony is definitely a player in the handheld market.
The 360 enjoyed having the earliest launch of all the 3 home consoles. Released on November 2005, it was plagued by having some of the most well known hardware failures of video game history, RRODs. Though it was eventually fixed, some gamers were already put off by it and decided to go with the PS3 or Wii. Despite this, the Xbox 360 did brought us a number of things that are undeniably important to the video game industry.
The most recognizable feature of the 360 is Xbox Live, an online service that has, in many ways, helped made socializing and multiplayer in gaming much easier than before. With friend lists, avatars, easy to use menus, voice chat, downloadable content and many other social features, the Xbox 360 propelled online interactivity and social gaming to whole new level. Even though the original Xbox already had XBL, it was the Xbox 360 that truly set the standard for online gaming.
Sony's Playstation 3 is a bit of a difficult one to judge because of how much it has changed over the course of its lifetime. First released on November 2006, it boasts to be the most powerful hardware of the generation, with processors that rivals of that in supercomputers. That was a fact, and no doubt, it is in fact the most powerful console of the generation. With its Blu-Ray format capable of far greater storage capacity than DVD, it looks to be the best hardware of the generation!
Except when it comes to pricing and marketing, the PS3, was almost a complete flop, with the Wii outselling it nearly 3:1, and it still is the least sold hardware of the generation. However thanks to recent redesigned models and price cuts, the PS3 is coming, rapidly catching up to the 360 in terms of sales, and its hardware power along with the massive storage capacity meant that there are definitely games that cannot be done anywhere else.
While the PS3 didn't really push gaming to new heights with any new innovation, it makes up for it with raw power, and being able to just about anything from playing games, to watching movies, to surfing the web. It's an entertainment center that does everything, so you don't have to own anything more than that.
The Wii is definitely the weirdest of the 3 consoles. Released on mere DAYS after the release of the PS3, the Wii, was both fascinating and weird for many gamers with its motion controls. The Wii was no doubt a commercial success, selling well nearly 85 million as of this blog post, nearly twice as many as the other 2 consoles, no doubt showing huge market dominance as well.
The Wii has a great amount of first party titles, many of which take advantage of the Wii's motion sensing capabilities. It allowed gaming to be more interactive as swinging a sword is no longer a simple button press, and shooting required you to aim you wii remote at the screen.
The Wii is still, unfortunately, not the best of all consoles. Its online is without a doubt, worst than XBL or PSN. It has the largest amount of shovelware, thanks to developers who wants to cash in on the Wii hype, and to top it off, it does not support HD and is the weakest console of the generation (Besides the handhelds for obvious reasons). Still the Wii proved that graphics isn't everything, and gameplay is all that matters, but it also proved, if given a choice, I would like to have both good gameplay AND good graphics. Cheers to those who agree. J
So, which is it? Who is the king? Which gaming console reigns supreme!!???
It's the Nintendo DS!!!
Well, at this point, I don't think I need to explain much more, but you might be wondering "why?" Well it's because when you look at all the consoles, it's obvious the DS has almost the entire handheld market within its grasp, and sure, handhelds tend to sell more than home consoles, but looking at the gameboy, you can see the DS is definitely doing better than the GBA did in its own years. In terms of gaming, though the DS has had its share of shovelware, it cannot be denied that it still has one of the largest and greatest gaming libraries with amazing support from both first AND third parties. The DS was an amazing little machine that was ridiculed by many gamers and looked down upon as well. Not surprising with its weird 2 screen design, yet somehow, it turned out to be the best selling console of the generation.
The home consoles may have proven worthy but to me, it's a bit too early to judge which the better of the 3 home consoles. With the release of Kinect and PlayStation Move, it will be sometime before we can accurately judge these 3 consoles, but for now, the DS is king, and the 3DS will likely follow.
EDIT: More than 1700 words, I felt like I written an article for GameSpot or IGN or something. XD
I don't post blogs here very often anymore, neither do I come to GameSpot very often anymore, but this is one story I cannot let slip by.
If any of you have been paying attention to whole Pokemon Black and White news, you would know several things, it was recently released in Japan, and it sold like 2 million copies in like 2 days.
Of course, with a launch of a new game this big means fansites like Serebii and PokeBeach are going to be reporting those with sprite and screenshots taken from the game right?? Yes, and you know what, it appears Nintendo may not be so happy about it, Kotaku reports. A number of articles appeared, but Kotaku is the most up-to-date as of posting this blog that's why I'm linking them here. On PokeBeach's main page, they have posted an update to the whole situation. so those of you and your conspiracy theories on they used ROMs etc. can stop it, it's pretty much legit.
It appears that C&Ds has been sent to multiple Pokemon fansites, namely Serebii and PokeBeach. Though I don't actually go to these sites I find the whole situation pretty retarded. Let's look at this, NINTENDO, is trying to stop their fans from hyping the game??? This whole situation apparently, has nothing to do with them using ROMs to get the images (Serebii at least, didn't) It's the fact that they posted images at all, which is really really stupid. Well, understandably, I can see that perhaps they don't want the people to be spoiled but then, so what? A few screenshots and sprites can't possibly make people not buy the game. I honestly don't see the whole point here. If anything, it helps them advertise the game and get more people to buy it! These sites are also not earning any money from what they are doing, so why?
Some people may be asking. Why now? Why Black and White? Why not Diamond and Pearl etc. etc. but I think this is why, Pokemon Black and White happens to be the first Pokemon game to be region locked, at least on the DSi, and Nintendo probably wants to keep information from getting out of Japan by doing so. Still, it does not make sense for them to want to stop us from getting the info. It clearly isn't fair. If Nintendo had went with an international release then none of this would have happened, but instead, they chose to release one region at a time and of course screwing with the fansites that may have the information.
Nintendo has gone to a new low. Really low. It's just heartbreaking to a Pokemon fan, a Nintendo fan. It hurts me because one of my favorite RPG franchises of all time, the franchise that got me into RPGs, the franchise I grew up on is now owned by people who are bullies others just because they are doing something they love. I'm not sure if NoJ was involved, or if this is an NoA only thing but either way it's still pretty ridiculous.
I'm no long the huge Pokemon fanatic I used to be, but I still loyally follow the main series at the very least. I've been following the series for about 10 years, and of course I'm gonna buy Black and White, but I'll probably hate myself for doing so.
Hi everyone, it seems my internet was busted. And I was rather busy...
Now, first things first. Next month, that's september, is my third examinations of the year, and another one will come the following month later and will end on the first week of December. So I will be gone for about 3-4 months to study every and get the grades I want. So that means I'll be spending little time playing video games and more time studying, and If I do play, it would most likely be with my DS since it can be brought around easily. So until then have a fun time.
I got up this morning and ate breakfast, then my mom told me the news. Michael Jackson is gone. He's passed away. CNN reports that he died of cardiac arrest. I believe this is sad news for everyone, to know that the King of Pop is now gone forever.
I admit I did not believe the news at first. But after looking at several news reports from many websites, CNN, Yahoo, IGN and well just about everywhere, there's no denying it. It is really gone forever.
I finally got here to gamespot to post this blog as a tribute to him.
Michael Jackson's star on the Walk of Fame.
R.I.P. Michael Jackson, 1958-2009
Thank you Michael Jackson for bringing us the greatest songs into our lives. You will always be the King of Pop. You will always be a legend. You will always be in our hearts.
I think everybody (or those who had read my last blog anyway) already knows this is my last year in high school and I have a hell lot of stuff to do. I had to minimize my gaming time to like 2-4 hrs a week (which is terrible!) But I guess that doesn't matter anyway.
Thing is, being the last year before college means my grades matters a lot. If I don't get good grades, I can't get into a good university. I'm an editor of the school magazine and honestly, I wish I hadn't accepted that stupid job. It takes a big bite out of my time and I have 10 subjects to study. Trying to get 10As is what I want to do, but seeing how terrible I am doing now, I think that dream is still pretty far away from coming true. The final exams is about 7 months away, which is not a lot of time for me. I currently take an extra Japanese class which I think I'm gonna quit soon to concentrate on my school work. Another really hard thing for me is I can't seem to concentrate on my history lessons.. I keep going into dreamland... I don't know why I just can't concentrate...
There are several subjects that I have to get down, History, Physics and math. These 3 are the subjects that I need to study more before I can gurantee an A. Most of my other subjects are okay. What I hate about history is I keep forgetting the guys names and stuff, it's like everytime I think "this is easy" and then seconds later I go "oh Sh-- I forgotten his name". I really hate this. There's too much memorization and not enough understanding, this is why I'm good in my science, but have problems with some of the others, espeacially history. There's NO UNDERSTANDING whatsoever, it's just pure memorization. You have to know the guys name, what he did, etc. That's just bull****. It's like memorizing some geek's diary. It's boring.
A whole lot of great games are coming out this year, but I simply don't have a lot of time to play. Squeezing cram school, extra classes, etc. and having fun at the same time just isn't going to happen. Well I guess I'm gonna have to suffer for another 7 months..
So the year has come to an end. That was fast. No matter how much I think about it, it felt like it was only yesterday that we all can't wait for the release of some of the greatest games this year, Brawl, Metal Gear, LittleBigPlanet, Wrath of the Lich King.
Time has gone by fast and it was sure a great year for game, and I hope it was a great year for everyone else.I've met some great friends this year on GameSpot as well as great new friends in real life. Many are different and have different personalities, but they are all the same in one special way. They made me feel happy.
Many great events had happened like Beijing Olympics, and the Obama's victory in the presidential election...
Also I'll be turning 17 next year . soon I'll have to leave for college, I'm getting so old so fast!!! You ask yourself how long will it take you to be an adult and then all of the sudden you tell yourself how time has gone by so fast and everything happened in such a short time. 2009 will be my last year of school then I'll go to college. I feel sad.
I'll have to leave many of my friends behind, but we must all face this. I'll make sure I have the best 2009, because it would probably be my last greatest year of my life. Being a teenager is the best part of life. For everyone who is still in their teenage years, please have all the fun you can, it will probably be the last few years you can have any real fun.
There is currently one very big problem for me. That is, I have no idea what I want to be when the time comes. I have little over a year to decide, but this is a question where I couldn't give a definite answer. There are so many professions that interest me, and I don't know what suits me best. If I make the wrong choice there's no turning back. I think that I might want to do something that is related to the video game industr, but I'm still not sure what part should I play, or whether or not it is a good choice. A choice that is so hard to make that I feel like posting this poem here:
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
--The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost.
To all of my older friends out there, may I ask, what are your jobs or what do you want to be in the future, it might give me some ideas.I have many kind of interests. as you know I love games, but I alsolove writing stories, although I'm not Tolkien and I can't write such great stories. I'm interested in stuff like science, more specifically, Astronomy, I love everything about space, but I'm not sure.
And so that's the end of this blog post. It's getting too long so I have to end it here.
2008 is coming to an end! Of course that means we take every single game released since 1st of January of this year, put the side by side and decide which game deserves to be on the top!
2008 was indeed a great year for games (Maybe not so much for Wii with the exception of Brawl unfortunately ). We have seen 2 games that got perfect 10, yes I am of course talking about Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots and Grand Theft Auto IV.
Wii fans this year got to play one of the greatest multiplayer game this year, Super Smash Brothers Brawl, and also we see many innovative games like Little Big Planet and even World of Goo.
Now before I get to the list I must first tell you that this is a list made completely by me and therefore you are likely to not agree with the entire list.
10. Spore (PC)
Spore for the PC is a fantastic game. This simulation/real time strategy game allows you to create your creatures and bring them from the microscopic single cell life stage, to a giant civilization and explore the galaxy filled with user generated worlds and creatures.
Why is it Number 10?
Spore is a very large game which features a ton of tools and the many unique and different stages gives the game a lot of replay value as well as versatility. The only downside of this game is that each stage isn't very amazing in anyway, in fact some stages, like the civilization stage is like an RTS with much fewer options. Despite all that, when you put all stages together, it makes Spore a very great an addicting game and that's why it's number 10.
9. Dead Space
"Scary, scary, scary," that's all you need to say to describe Dead Space. This game puts you in the shoes of an engineer, battle aliens in a very dark and scary mining ship. This game is even scarier than RE4. If you played this game for the first few hours and not get frightened even a little, you probably have no soul… (either that or you're Chuck Norris&hellip
Why is it Number 9?
This game is crazy. I've only played it once when I visited my friend's place 2 months ago, I believe. And since I haven't played it since I can't make anymore comments other than it's a great game, it's scary, and I don't think I'll play it again because I already have problems with RE4.
In a world of not "enough hardcore games for Wii" comes No More Heroes, an extremely bloody, extremely violent game exclusively for the Wii. No More Heroes features great Killer7-like graphics, and the game also makes good use of the Wii remote's motion sensing capabilities allowing you to battle your enemies and make combos in a way no other console can.
Why is it number 8?
Well other than the fact that it is probably the only hardcore third party game for the Wii, No More Heroes did in fact show that you can make combat on the Wii both fun and hardcore at the same time. The art direction of the game is great, and, who DOESN"T want to be able to swing around a light saber and chopping people's heads off and turning them into a fountains of blood????
Set in modern Tokyo, The World Ends with You is one of SE's best RPG on the DS. The game features some of the best graphics on DS, it also has a ton of variety in the game, the pin system and the combat is also very unique.
Why is it Number 7?
The World Ends with You is one of the best game on the DS, making use of many of the DS unique features. The sound track of the game is awesome, the music is superb, and while many may find the combat while difficult at first, is actually very addicting. There's also a ton of unique things that I can't list here but yeah, that's why it's 7. (I guess maybe it's because I love JRPGs)
6. World of Goo
World of Goo is a very interesting puzzle game where the player has to construct towers and bridges using the cute critters known as goo, in order to get to the exit. The laws of physics play a big role here and there are also many obstructions that will prevent you from reaching your goal. World of Goo is arguably the best WiiWare games to date.
Why is it number 6?
Well you have to give credit to 2D Boy, with only 3 members in the team (at its peak), they prove that you don't need a large team or a lot of money to create a great game. You just need dedication and a bit of creativity. This unique puzzle game proves that, and they deserve the spot at number 6.
5. Fall Out 3
The third game in the series, Fallout 3 is an action RPG that features a very open-ended gameplay and elements of a First Person Shooter. The large world and different ways to level up your character gives this game a long play time and replay value.
Why is it number 5?
Being a RPG with elements of a shooter, Fallout 3 is likely to satisfy both the RPG fans and shooting fans too. The non linear gameplay and different ways to level up your character means this game has incredible amount of replay value, and that's why it's number 5.
A little, yet big planet. Okay, I know, it doesn't make sense, lol, LittleBigPlanet is a platformer where you control a sack doll called Sackboy through a variety of levels created by developers as well as content generated by yourself, and users around the world.
Why is it number 4?
Like Spore, the level of customization here is great, in fact, it might even be better well, maybe not, but LBP gameplay is both fun and addicting, the ability to create and customize your own levels as well as download and play new ones created by users around the world gives LBP practically endless amounts of replay value. That alone however is not enough to get it any higher, so it takes the number 4 spot.
Most anticipated Wii game for like, EVER, SSBB is the fighting game for the Wii. It's like the Nintendo gods listen to us, and gave us a game where many Nintendo characters of different franchises join the fight, the brawl, creating what is known today as one of the most successful series of fighting game, and one of the best video game crossovers.
Why is it number 3?
Well several other than the fact that this game is fun and great, the online multiplayer is great and all but of course this game has problems that caused it to be bumped to 3. Some of the characters are not balanced, and they also nerf a few of my favorite character. Okay I guess that's not a real reason, but they should make the game balance next time… Oh and fix that online lag...
GTA IV, one of the most anticipated game of 2008, is also one of the best. GTA IV gives you the same gameplay as previous GTA titles with many improvements. While you can follow the story if you like, but it's much more fun to do like what the title of the game says! Grand theft auto, you steal a car, you kill people, you crash it, and you steal another one! GTA IV also features a many multiplayer modes like racing, but the best part? It's that you can now wreak havoc with your buddies!
Why is it number 2?
Well, you cause pain, you steal cars, you get a great story, you cause more pain and steal more cars and occasionally a motorcycle, you get multiplayer, you steal more cars, you kill people, and oh yeah, they have some nice music in those cars. The best part about GTA IV, is you get to do things you never get to do in real life. But why is it only number 2, and not 1? Because number 1 is stolen by a game that's much more solid (no pun intended).
Funny, the number 1 game on the list also has the longest name @.@. Anyway, MGS4 by Konami is a stealth action game featuring our favorite Solid Snake, as he crawls his way on his final mission – to terminate Liquid Ocelot. MGS4 also features a multiplayer mode, which can be considered a standalone game seeing how it's on its own disc, while not as great as those of CoD4, it is still pretty amazing, and of course, we love hiding in cardboard boxes and throwing girl magazines.
Why is it number 1?
As the final Solid Snake game chronologically (but hopefully not last of the series), Kojima has certainly put in a lot of effort in to making this the best game ever. The in game graphics are so great that all cut scenes uses the games own 3D engine, and everything in the game is seamless, going from cut scene to gameplay seamlessly. MGS4's multiplayer is also great, it features several modes that can't be found in other games. The story of the game is great, with many twists to the story, everything is great, it got a freakin' 10! MGS4 is the perfect reason to buy a PS3. So there you go.
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So how long was I gone? Two whole months!
So how was school? Well I have to say I did pretty well except Math and History. I screwed those two up. >.< About 6 months ago my WoW addicted friend asked me to join WoW and got me hooked to the game, that's when my grades begin to drop. But now that I quit, I think begining to do better XD.
Two months has past and fast. Other than school my uncle got me Phtoshop CS3!! Now I can do better edits instead of my outdated Photoshop . I was thinking. maybe I should change my banner and avatar. Should I? Yes? No?
I currently have about $400 in my pocket (more in my bank but I don't spend that. I was thinking of getting a new PC because I seriously can't stand the one I'm using now. I borrowed Tiberium Wars from my friend and guess what? My computer couldn't run it! I'm not sure whether or not I want to get Vista. I heard it is very buggy. I read the news that Microsoft is gonna release Windows 7 sometime between next year and 2010. Lets hope it's not as bad as Vista.
Those two months went by fast. When I first return to GameSpot I saw 94 messages in my inbox and my E-mail on the other hand has 153 messages. XD Wow I would never finish reading all of those. Most of them went to the trash so if I missed your message and didn't read it, please don't kill me.
Something is also wrong with my Firefox when I started using my computer this week. Every time I search for something it freezes and I get an error message. I'm currently using Opera because there's no way I'm using IE which is freakin slow.
I heard that Obama is gonna be the next president (hooray for Obama ) And I also heard that Guitar Hero World Tour did poorly compared to Rock Band 2 unfortunately. The DSi was recently released in Japan. WOW I want one but I don't want to spend so much money. Also the Conduit is getting Sega as a publisher. I'm not too happy, but well I'm never too happy with Sega because of all their failures after the DreamCast.
So I can keep going but I'm gonna end here because I don't want to make this a super long blog. I do have one thing to ask. Did anyone miss me? No? I'm so heart broken
I won't be here on GS until November. I have stuff to study, my exam is coming and I need to study harder, please don't get mad at me because I haven't been answering your messages or posting in unions or anything. I might be able to come here once in a while to see what's happening, but other than that don't expect anything more. I'll be off, studying... studying... HISTORY! I hate that subject!
As I was saying I have a lot to study, history, chemistry, biology, physics, mathematics, bla bla bla... I really need to study, I'm doing rather bad recently.
Anyways, see you guys on November when the exam is over... I won't be anywhere near my PC, Wii, or anything game related...
WoW (Literally). The MMORPG we all know from Blizzard Entertaintment. Over 10 millions subscribers, I can't believe GameSpot actually took one of their stuff and used it as a GameSpot ranking. Well okay, maybe I CAN believe it, I'm level 25! So enough with the lame stuff, you're here to know what this is all about right? I'm sure those who played WoW already knows what this is already.
The Defias Brotherhood is an evil group of assassins, thieves, and pirates found in World of Warcraft. Their is Edwin VanCleef, is a level 20 elite human boss found in the Deadmines, one of the lower level dungeons in the game.
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Over a year has past for every console. This means I can pretty much give everybody a more accurate comparison of each console. It's official already. Sony lost the 7th generation of video games after being the leader for nearly 15 years.
I'm sure all of you already know the success of Nintendo and their console the Wii. As for Sony and Microsoft, the battle went for a year, but despite that, Sony lost more than just fans. It also lost many third party exclusives, such as Devil May Cry, Final Fantasy XIII, and Monster Hunter is now exclusive for the Wii.
Why is Nintendo leading.
Nintendo is the leader of the gaming industry for this generation. Thanks to a group of great minds from Nintendo like Miyamoto, Nintendo has been successful and still producing consoles, beating everyother competitor through 2 whole decades. Atari, Sega, are some of the few companies that did not make it.
Today, thanks to primarily, the president of Nintendo, Satoru Iwata, Nintendo has rised back up thanks to his great innovations, the DS, and the Wii. Nintendo's consoles not only revolutionizes gaming, but it is also supported by many people around the world.
The DS, no doubt, is beating the hell out of Sony's PSP. One of the eason is probably because it is cheaper, but that's not the primary reason. The touch screen and games such as Pokemon which is still popular even today, are pushing the DS into pockets of more people. Other than that, the DS, now own by more than 70 million people world wide, is supported by more 3rd parties than the PSP. This is thanks to the DS unique touch screen, gives handheld gaming a new feel, and make some games work BETTER than using the analog control of the PSP.
The Wii is also successful, thanks to its innovative controls that made more people play games. I can definitely see why many third parties are still avoiding the Wii. But that will change soon. Third parties are afraid that the Wii will flop and stick to the old PS3 and 360, but it won't stay that way forever. More and more third parties are begining to realise that the Wii is going to be the future of how games will work though I still doubt other companies will try to follow their "Wiimote-like" and "Nunchuck-like" controls anytime soon.
Why Microsoft has won.
Microsoft which many people once thought to have joined the video game industry just for the money. Okay, that maybe true now as well, but Microsoft has great online support for online games, which explains why it is beating Sony now. Moreover, Microsoft got a ton of third party support, hardcore games, the classic Rare games, what more do you need?
The 360 is cheaper than the PS3, with recent price drops however, PS3 prices have come close to the price range of the 360, but that makes no difference. 360 also has a ton of exclusives, games like Halo, Gears of War, are some of the few games that pushes sales for the 360.
The final factor is that is the most obvious one. It's the fact that Microsoft started early. Microsoft's plan to become the leader of the gaming industry turned out to be a nice one. Though still unable to beat the Wii in terms of sales, the early start did mean developers had more time to get ready on working 360 games before the Wii and PS3 launched. Because of that and several other factors, 360 has more 3rd party games than the Wii and PS3.
Why Sony lost, and what are the mistakes they made.
I like to save the worst for last. Sony unfotunately made many mistakes when designing the PS3. Indeed, the PS3 has more power than the Wii and 360, but all that power comes at a price. A BIG price.
-It's too expensive
At E3 2006. Sony, embarresed themselves infront of millions of people worldwide. During, their press conference, Sony announced the price of the PS3, which was ridiculous. At $499 and $599, seriously, are you going to pay that much to play games when there's a cheaper alternative called the 360? Recent Price drops did make the price more reasonable, but it is still not a console worth purchasing.
-Blu-Ray is NOT needed this generation.
Going from CD, to DVD, to Blu-Ray, DVD is still a fairly good storage medium for games. Games WILL get bigger and take more space, therefore Blu-Ray will be needed, but it is not now or anytime soon yet. Blu-Ray just push the price of the PS3 higher, when there is no reason to even have Blu-Ray.
-PS3 lost their 3rd party exclusives to Microsoft and Nintendo.
Mostly Microsoft, a few was stolen by Nintendo in favor of the Wii remote. PS3, Lost theexclusives which made PS2 king. Devil May Cry, Final Fantasy, GTA, some of the few major titles that are now multiplat (and we all know multiplatform games does not drive console sales). Capcom was never against Microsoft, they were a neutral company. As for Square Enix, I can pretty much say they love Sony, they even announced that Final Fantasy was going to be PS3 exclusive, but that no longer exist. Square knows that FFXIII won't sell well in the US as a PS3 exclusive only so they made it available for the 360.
I originally planned to get the PS3, but I am fairly glad I did not. After trying all 3 consoles at a store and friends' house, as well as doing a little research over the internet, I can come to the conclusion that Sony lost this generation. I'm sorry if you can't accept the truth, but Nintendo IS the current leader, Microsoft IS doing very well, and Sony has lost in both home consoles and handheld market.
And I can't stop laughing back then . This video was made pretty long ago (maybe 2 yrs I think), back then I didn't blog much on GameSpot. Since I have so many great friends here I thought I share with you this video. This video just came to my mind today. Like I said, It's old, so some of you may have already seen it before, but for those who haven't, have a nice time... Laughing.
I actually have it in my MP4 player.