Long time supporter, employee, world class business man, co-founder, and promoter of the PlayStation family, Phil Harrison, has put in his resignation with the mother ship that is known as Sony Computer Entertainment effective 2/29/2008. Yea, there are 29 days in February this year among other things.
Phil has supported Sonys’ PlayStation since PS1 back in the mid nineties, up to the PlayStation3 but has actually worked with Sony years before (Since 1992).
Phil was undoubtedly a key part of the core team that made PS what it is today. He worked as a graphic artist and game designer prior to his post at Sony. Harrison says -
“The past 15 years at Sony Computer Entertainment has been the defining journey of my life so far. I am grateful to all the PlayStation family for their incredible support, guidance and friendship.
It has been a privilege to serve as part of the team and be inspired by them on a aily basis. I am so proud of everything PlayStation has achieved and will continue to support its future in every way I can.”
Kazuo “Kaz” Hirai will take up Harrisons’ post and continue his current role as well.
Hirai has worked since the days of CBS/Sony here in NY and has been strongly involved with Sony’s marketing and music departments for years. Since heading up Sony Computer Entertainment America Kazuo Hirai has been a key member regarding Sony’s success. Many believe that he and Phil are the sole reason why PlayStation became a success in the United States and abroad, and his methods of cross-promoting of the PlayStation brand took its advertising beyond merely “game” or computer fields.
Through him, PlayStation advertisements were placed in mainstream areas, even NASCAR, that were not approached before. This method of marketing has been credited with introducing large numbers of individuals to video games who would ordinarily have not considered purchasing a console.
Check out this new funny ass version of metal gear from the awesome series! Prepare to laugh out loud as they hit on some many true points from the game. Also this one aint for the little kiddies, Enjoy!
Hmm, what a tornado of a week. It came and went by so fast. Good thing is, Warkhawk finally got the seal of approval and will be out on 8/28/2007. I’m not sure I’m as excited as this months release of Bourne Ultimatum, and Rush Hour 3. Still, the fact that the downloadable version of Warhawk will go for $39.99 as opposed to the $59.00 CD version will have an interesting effect on your purchasing choice. Do you really value a physical disc for your game. Paying the $59 price, plus tax, is almost double as the DL version. Personally, I’ve gotten accustomed to DL games, and so have my XBOX brothers, as they testify to the fact that the online games for that system are worth their DL price.
Speaking of XBOX Live, ID announced that Quake Arena will be released for XBLA in the near future. Strange though that also for XBOX, the new title Rage requires two  DVDs for an FPS, as opposed to the 1 BR Disc for the PS3 version of the game. If you come across this video on the net, you may see why. Of course, the first year for any system is usually drought with the games so its good to see titles for the PS3 get release dates. Several PS3 titles will be hitting stores from now on to the end of the year. Heavenly Sword, which got a 9/12/2007 release date should have more work done on it if the demo was anything close to what it will play like. Mark my words, that demo had tale to tell regardless of how short it was. Besides, being proven wrong is much better than saying “I told you so.”
Ready at Dawn developers say their work on God of War for the PSP is done. The game will see its scheduled Christmas release. To recap, this game is set 10 years before the events of God of War and counter attacks will make a return in this hand held addition to the series. No word on the US getting those limited edition DS Yellows. Everyone has resorted to trash talking the yellow beast. My favorite one is from DSFanboy.com:
“Your DS is so yellow, Crest Whitestrips told it go to the dentist.”
Unlike another title, Capcom’s Zack & Wiki [once thought to be Island] will not offend. As a matter of fact, it looks so good you have to see it -
If you’re into PC games like I am, which includes FPSs, some strategy titles, and others, you’ll be happy to know that UT3 will have full keyboard mouse support for the PS3.
That’s not much to brag about as Activision plans to follow in the steps of Team Ninja and claimthat COD 4 will be the best game on the PS3 this year. Given the insanity for titles like Halo, and those in the same genre, they may be right. To top them off, Team Ninja recently announced that Ninja Gaiden sigma will get a few expansion packs for the PSN before years end [in Japan]. This includes things like Survival mode and time attack. I hope this will cost $3.00 because that’s what I thinks it’s worth right now.
If you’ve never played みんなのゴルフMina No Golfu, perhaps you can’t understand its insane popularity in Japan. The title has been one of the key selling points in Japan as analyst claim that it caused PS3 sales to hit the 1 million mark in Japan this week. Maybe the lads who help direct the Underworld movie will move sales of the XBOX even more, as Len Wiseman has been rumored to have started talks on doing a movie based on the GOW game for 360. As if things for UE [unreal engine] couldn’t get better. One of the developers of the engine claim that the potential for building games on the PS3 with the engine will be limitless with UE. Mark Rein, VP of Epic, claims that constant help they’ve gotten from Sony and the constant optimizing of the system has almost gotten the dev kit to a plateau of greatness. If you didn’t know, if you can afford to get this Dev Kit, you have constant access to their servers, so developers always have the latest version. Mark claims that if other groups go ahead and release games before updates, their games will not take full advantage of the system and will require them to mimic those updates [if possible].
The first week of Tekken 5 Online has gotten some positive reviews. Here are the things you can do on online brawler, take note VF Ojiisama:
- You can play anyone in the world, there are no boarder restrictions [I’m calling you out かずおさん]
- Download size for update: 550MB
- Lag/Latency for global play considered extremely good [of course if one of you had dial up and the other has broadband, the math is easy]
- Unfortunately, players are able to pull off those insane juggles easily online
- Modes that have returned include - Survival, Command Capture, and Practice Mode which include Defensive Training, Hit Analysis, and standard practice. Required game modes when trying to play the world in this game.
The US version of the game will be out in the middle of August but if you’re a Tekken freak and you can’t wait, go ahead an purchase the JP version with no worries. Don’t worry, the menu’s for JP Tekken titles have always been in English for some time now. Microsoft is more worried about that their XBOX may have killed a baby a few years back. This is not a joke. As you all know, the XBOX is known to generate a serious amount of heat and MS has gotten some of that heat in the form of a lawsuit filed by an Illinois couple who lost their child via a fire thaty they claim was caused by the XBOX. My heart goes out to the couple. MS claims that the fire, back in 2004, was due to:
“…missuse or abuse of the console.”
From what I remember, if you were unlucky enough to buy an XBOX around this time, the power cords used on that machine have been known to set a ablaze. MS had originally claimed that the XBOX and the accessories used by the family at the time did not exist on the market yet. We all know that you should keep your consoles in a well ventilated area, keep cords concealed if you have kids, and take general precautions if your room is not properly ventilated, especially if you own a carpet. A final thought: personal computers, like Dell XPS, now come built with mini air conditioning units within them. If this trend continues perhaps the next wave of consoles will have them to and nip that awful overheating problem in the ass. Also expect to pay way more for consoles in the future [as much as a PCs that is].
I’ve decided that the “This Week In Sony and other Tidbits” just won’t cut it anymore. This does not reflect any disappointment with Sony as of late. Its so hard to find the good [and there is some] when your in the pits of Hades. Why not look at gaming as whole I thought? Besides, who else is doing it? I have a lot of catching up to do since E3 so make a thick cup of Cacoa [if you know what that is] and read on.
Right after the Sony media blow out at E3 and the late clearance Sale on the PS3, everyone was wondering where the 360 was at the show. Don’t get me wrong, the Box didn’t have much to worry about, especially when things are going so well for MS and its powerhouse machine [besides that annoying “I’m afraid to buy an XBox360 because the Ring of Death God my get me.”] .
All they had to say were a few things; Yes Halo 3 is coming out, Yes, Master Chief is in it, Yes, we are still making games. And that’s good considering that M. Moore claimed that Halo 3 will make launch sales of a lifetime. Shame the same can’t be said about the release of the 80GB PS3 on 8/12/2007 [maybe]. Perhaps more exciting is the pending release of Blast Factor 2, aka, Blast Factor - Advanced Research on the PSN.
Where is that XBOX360-PS3 release of Stranglehold? Several of us were looking forward to that title this early in August, well maybe except the WII owners, but don’t feel bad, things are looking up for you as well. Its times like these that a game like Everyday Shooter would be ideal to pass the time till Stranglehold releases. The creator of that game, Jon Mak, points out that the game is strictly focused on “maximum re-playability.” Another addition to Sony’s artsy marketing approach and their jump into what they call casual games. As a matter of fact the last Sony update to PS3 was so casual that it took me a whole week to figure things out [even though they post what’s updated before you install said updates]. What did fanboys get -
you can play movies and access the main menu [ala xbox menu]
you can add images to your main bg if you don’t like that wobble, bubbly looking thingie [ala psp]
free images now on psn
delete/copy multiple files
new dvd/bluray features added [don’t ask me, I didn’t look yet]
It was more impressive to hear this fact though: Miyamoto is working on new characters for Nintendo. OMG! It only took you like what, 10 years, and four consoles. C’mon man, I’ll be fifty by the time you stop milking those new bad boys. Please tell me you’ll shell out more. The telling quote from the mighty mouth of Miyamoto-san is as follows -
“Maybe next year sometime, we may have new characters in the same way we came up with Pikmin when we introduced the GameCube.”
Wow, 1 character in 10 years. Emmm Goody-Gum-Drops. While some of you may argue that the MII characters are new characters there in of themselves, do they really count? I won’t answer that. The new Smash Brothers Brawl screens over at IGN.com count. Those boys know how to taunt me. Damn! I got dibs on Kirby TGHeadz!
If you’re not into Kirby, lets not leave Arcades out, as new clips of the upcoming Basara X has made it on the net. Don’t know what I’m talking about? Take a look here. And you thought Arcades were dead.
Way to go Microsoft for dispelling that ugly rumor that they would discontinue the core XBOX360 system after the pending $50.00 price drop. The price drop isn’t much but it would be nicer if it was $100 and they didn’t discontinue the console *cough*Sony*cough*. It’s a little painful to look at the current gameplay footage for Mass Effect. I thought this game would be much faster but then again, maybe that happens later on in this must have title for 360 [well if you like action RPGs that is].
My feelings were some what mixed after playing the Heavenly Sword demo today [900MB+ download!!!!]. Don’t worry it was only impossible to get the download when it was first released because every gamer and their uncle were leached onto it like the media hungry parasites that we are. The game not only does not feel like God of War, but button mashing really gets you no where. You really have to plan out your attack a few steps a head, something thats actually very hard to do as the enemies don’t do the come at you one at a time attack like old games of lore. Also there were some jittering while loading that made it look odly suspicious. Hmmm, I don’t know.
Someone should have told your cool Dad who plays video games non-stop, that casual games will be the thing of the future. Analyst Evan Wilson says that “US online casual market will nearly double in the next two years while publishers have misplaced their judgment on the hardcore market.” Strangely one can agree with this as he/she/[it?] gets older and you only have time to dedicate 1 hour a day to games. Funny thing about that is that reviews for Darkness claimed it was too short but several gamers I have spoken to [in my age group] all said that it was great, fast paced, and they felt more satisfied with the game than other more intense titles. Better brush up on my Flow skills.
It seems that the Donkey Kong KingBilly Mitchell had to brush up more than just his skills as he bested would-be nay-sayers from taking his title for a cool $10,000.00. Shit! Talk about talent. Mitchell’s new high score in Donkey Kong is now a whopping 1,050,200 points. Can you say damn! What’s more cool was his quote -
“I’m Billy Mitchell. I don’t need to run up the score. I just want to put one in the win column. I want to make it competitive. I didn’t want to make it too tough.”
Too tough!? Maybe that’s what Nintendo’s George Harrison, Senior VP, was thinking after recently announcing his retirement at Nintendo; via voice message? Honestly, I didn’t see this one coming but then again, you never know. I didn’t even know that the boys over at Electronics Arts where even considering putting Crysis on the PS3 and XBOX360. I’m sorry for some of my brethren, but I’ve already upgraded my PC and I’m bleeding to play this intense title, as well as titles like Jericho that take advantage of a shit load of RAM, VISTA and Core based processors.
Still Castle Crashers is anything but intense. The strange racial issue that surrounded this game late last year was an interesting one. You didn’t hear about that one? Okay see the video below -
Well guess the boys at Behemoth had a serious one on their hands but that didn’t stop em from getting this ready for the XBOX360. The game will obviously be out soon, especially after seeing its new showing at Comic Con. I’m sorry lady but this game looks hella fun!
Okay so wood will break like wood in this game, and glass is break like glass … okay. Personally I’m more impressed that this game is coming out on just about every console and hand-held. Now that’s impressive. Why oh why this won’t be made on for VISTA is a nightmare in itself but if you have a DS, PS2, PS3, or XBOX360 you’ll be set. I think developers can stop ‘itching about hard coding now.
This is an interesting turn of events. Not only did this game become banned at the Britian, but Ireland as well. To make matters worse, MH2 has been given an “Adults Only” rating, a step up from the Mature rating; this is a very bad thing for a developer because Nintendo and Sony doesn’t like AO-rating games on their system. In fact, their policies ban them.
To plug my piece of opinion, it just makes make wonder as to what Take2 was thinking when starting the sequel. There was no big demand for the sequel of a mediocre game and the money could’ve been invested into better things into the company such as the next GTA. To anyone who has actually played the first game, let’s be honest here, the game did get stupidly repeatitive in a short amount of time and watching a guy suffocate with a plastic bag doesn’t become very shocking after executing it 50 times.
Games Games and More Games. We are now at the point where Rockstar’s ultra-violent game is being banned from the UK.
What do you do when this happens? We all know why it is being banned, but should it really? Someone, somewhere needs to sponsor psychological testing of a mass scale to find out if playing “Violent” videogames have an adverse effect on those who partake in them.
As much as I want to say that the probably don’t have that sort of effect, I want proof. I am in the camp that they don’t have any more effect than watching a movie or reading a book and should be treated as such. In the 70’s we had psycho’s saying, “The Dog made me do it” Did we go ban dogs?
It’s not even about right or wrong, I believe it’s about common sense.
Well it looks like the truth has come out on Ken’s retirement. It’s a long read, but worth it if your intrested. GameIndustry.biz takes a long and detailed look at the legacy he left behind at Sony as well as is his fall and how the powers that be inside the company ultimately forced him into his retirement. The whole joint reads like some Hollywood behind the scenes horror story. It’s crazy how it was pretty much a bid for power and Kens ultimate goal of trying to reach the top of Sony’s ladders to run the company. Check out a couple of excerpts below:
“It was no real surprise, then, when at the end of last November, Kutaragi’s descent continued. He was replaced as president of SCEI by former SCEA boss Kaz Hirai, although he was promoted to Chairman in the same move. Still, it was clear to everyone that this was no happy promotion - and nor was it the end of Sony’s retribution for Kutaragi’s mistakes.”
“Given enough rope to hang himself, Kutaragi had just managed to prove to Sony’s top executives and board members that he wasn’t the man for the top job. In his place, Sony took the extraordinary step of appointing its first non-Japanese boss - Welshman Howard Stringer. While Kutaragi had struggled with the poisoned chalice of the home electronics business, Stringer had been excelling as the head of the Sony BMG content business. Idei positioned him as an ideal candidate, replacing him as the favourite in the race to the top - and Kutaragi’s ambitions of ever leading Sony died.”
“At 56 years of age, for someone to retire from a senior role like Ken Kutaragi’s is almost unheard of in Japan. His removal from the top spot in SCEI is not a voluntary one; it is both a punishment for his own failures with regard to the PS3, and, by extension, an offering to shareholders angry at the losses sustained by the firm in the development of the console, and the negative press surrounding it. His head has rolled - perhaps pre-empting changes such as a price cut, perhaps merely as an act of contrition for past failures. Whichever is true, the Father of PlayStation has been put out to pasture.”
So grab some popcorn and sit back and read the whole write-up. It sounds almost good enough to make a tv movie off of it!
In one of sony’s latest publicity stunts to promote God of war 2’s release in the u.k. They hosted a party were they used a freshly decapitated goat as the centrepiece and not only that, the guest were invited to reach inside pull out and eat the intrails from the carcass while it was still warm….now what kind of sick ‘ish is that? That joint seemed more like a satan worship party than anything else. The whole events pictures were printed in the official uk playstation magazine (which has now been recalled because of said pics). Peep the full article here. I Know one thing, somebody’s gonna get fired! and sony should have known better than to do some crap like that.
Continuing thier traditon of violent, media attracting, senator hating games, rockstar has released a trailer for their upcoming game Manhunt 2, If you’ve played the first one then you know how sick and twisted this game is. And from the looks of this one, we’re in for some more sick demented stuff escpecially since it takes place in a mental institute gone to hell. This bad boy will be dropping this summer on the ps2,psp and wii. Peep the trailer below:
Man! if Rockstar got a dollar for every idiot blaming Grand Theft Auto, they wouldn’t have to look towards the next GTA for more money. This time some ass out in the Uk tripped up on Skunk Weed(never heard of this sh!t) went on a hunt to find and murder a black woman. Of course he claims the voices in his head from GTA: San Andreas instructed him to go and kill a black woman. Damn this nonsense. I truly believe the fool is using the game as a scape goat to avoid harsher punishment. These young bastards are pretty smart and know what the hell they are doing. And if people like him want to kill like in the game, i’d like to see the law come down on him just like in the game! And we all know what happens when the police come down on you when you go on a killing spree in GTA or any other game like it for that matter!
Kingdom Hearts Final Mix is available now in Japan. And for those who don’t know, Final Mix is basically a Japaneses directors cut of the first kingdom hearts game. It includes new cut scenes that flesh out the story better as well as some new enemies and weapons. Included in the game is an extended teaser for Kingdom Hearts 3. The original teaser was shown at at the end of Kingdom Hearts 2 and hinted at things to come(key blade war for example). One word can be said about this new extended version…..HOT!!!!. In it we now see what appears to be a new villain along with his ill henchmen. Also revealed are the faces behind those tight ass looking armor suits. I’m not sure who they all are, but one of them looks like Roxas(a little older now). I don’t know about ya’ll kats, but the teaser does a hell of a job of getting me amped for the next joint! DAMN I can’t wait!
You gotta give up those guys at square-enix. They’ve truly masterd the art of cg cienamatics in video games. What i love about their cg is the attention to detail and animation that brings their videos to a certain level of hotness that is often hard to match from any other cg production company out there. And whats crazy, it’s all done in house as opposed to outsourcing it to other cg production studios. Check the intro from Final fantasy X and see the hotness that these guys can produce (besides making the whole game too!).