All About ebonyflame
My interaction with games through the journey of life.
So, I got my first PS3 a few weeks ago and so far it has not disappointed. Well maybe with that one game Heavy Rain, but I am just in the beginning and the beginning is so boring. After the new console fascination wore off I tapered off to a rough schedule of playing about 3-4 nights a week. That machine along with all the others (not including the PC) only get a few days a week game play time but with the PS3 there is something more. It folds at home twice a day. When I get ready for bed I turn it on and go to sleep and before I go to work I turn it on and leave the house. So far, it gets more folding time than anything, not saying it is not a good gaming machine.
I know it is not just me when I say things like Wii developers are lazy. I just saw a preview clip of the new NFS game for Wii and man does it look assy. I just cannot beleive that developers have gotten so lazy as not to even try to put any effort into making the games on Wii pretty, run smoothly or figure out good control schemes rather than just plain waggle. If this is the best racing games can come up with for Wii, which look worse than Dreamcast racing games, then why even bother? Sega GT an MSR need to be ported to Wii so we can have at least some sort of decent racing games for Wii, also add in a little online functionality and it would be better than what we get now.
17Aug 08I wish I worked in a marketing department for major electronics manufacturers, more specifically Sony as I am sure my ideas would net them huge profits. I just read an article in regards to their UMD business. In case you do not know, UMD disks are the mini DVD's used to store movies and play games on the PSP gaming device. It wa a disastrous failure for a couple of reasons. The biggest culprit was the 10-15$ price premium over regular DVD offerings which had all the extra content that is just not possible to put on a UMD. So in essence, it was a mini DVD minus all the bonus features for a higher price of a standard edition DVD with all the extras. And the UMD was only playable on PSP's. Were I in charge of marketing and development for that platform firstly, to increase the appeal of UMD as a potential buying option, I would make it so it played on standard DVD players also. Now, in an effort to make sure the PSP was the focal platform of playing the UMD's and not just buying a UMD and playing it on a DVD player instead of the device, I would make it so UMD's could only be played on Sony branded DVD players. To further the appeal of the UMD as the potential equal of DVD's, I would have instituted from the beginning, something just recently made capable on the UMD, the ability to hook the UMD player to a television and play content on the PSP on a TV. UMD support has been ended from all major motion picture studios with the exception of Sony of course and now they are retooling the UMD for a second potential revival of the format. Will any of the studios jump onboard again or will the UMD movie remain a niche? I say niche.
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