Gaming - Week 2, 2008

Already 2 weeks gone in the new year - where does the time go? That’s 50 more weeks of OMG moments, and God knows what else. It’s obvious that the third week is not living up to its’ predecessor so let’s see what happened. Best thing this side of the Galaxy comes in small packages and that’s Yoda on the 360 Version of Soul Calibur IV. You either thought it was a desperate attempt by Namco to put Yoda on the 360 and Darth on the PS3 for there final rump in the SC series or you probably felt that it was eau naturelle. Whatever your reason most of us enjoy these characters on screen and play. I was left wondering if the WII version was being made and was also hoping for another sword wielding character from the Star Wars Universe[Luke]. Not one person seemed to notice it was left out so perhaps the WII owners don’t care about SC to begin with. Ask and you shall receive they say… well, most of the time at least.

Since we’re talking about Nintendo, Alone in the Dark got delayed again but nothing stopped the WII VC manics from releasing a ton of new VC games. Adding to the ever growing list - see for yourself. Compliments to VC Console Reviews for keep that list up to date. Why did I collect all those catridges though? Because like you, I am avid collector and originals matter. So that’s why you can get Smash Brothers for $19.82 over at walmart - well at least you could. Chuck it to a bad typist as the brawler was going for cheap last week at Wal-Mart but the price has already been correted, so don’t bother going to the web page. I did enjoy hearing that the new Bionic Commando was possible on the system though, as is any other game if developers so pleased to develop for the WII.

But not so for those 360 owners. My dreams of getting those original XBOX titles [yes, I don't own an XBOX, or a 360] that I wanted may never see the light of day as the dwindling backwards compatible list for the next gen system grows even shorter. Honestly, so what? If the system can kick out games like Omega 5 for the next two years then I’m sold [minus the mental stress everytime I boot up]. Since this console is ahead in the game, we may see version 3 sooner than expected.

Team XBOX was a little harsh on Omega 5 in my opinion. They rated it 6.5/10! You have to wonder but its like the man said “why would I have a shooter fan rate a shooter game?” Something about the story being horrible but to begin with shooter titles have had cryptic-non-existant stories since Alien Invasion [much like fighting games], so we expect that but a score of 6.5 was personally un fair from the view of my fighter jet. In addition, key elements that make a solid multiplayer does not exist but again, its a shooter. Well there’s that 4 player tank game that I can’t get enough of whenever I go by a friend who has a 360, so I get it. Still Omega 5 was not deserving of a 6.5: I was thinking more along the lines of 8 or 7.5. That’s just me - I like shooters and that’s the way the cookie crumbled.

The funniest thing announced last week was about the PSN XMB. By now, you should know the strong desire for this feature amoung PS3 owners. I have a strong desire for it too but the minute posts an update about firmwares, you see strong replies of the most garbled text ever conceived by man or gamer:

“ingamexmb ingamexmb ingamexmb ingamexmb ingamexmb ingamexmb ingamexmb ingamexmb ingamexmb”



Check out this link for good laughs at the PS3 owners. Hey I’m one so you can laugh at me to. It’s as if its’ some sort of morse code that says “If you don’t release this thing now … you’ll pay.” Sony announced that it will implement the feature in 9/2008 to keep the ravaging masses at bay. God speed to there efforts. That’s about week 30’something once the “In-game-Music” requests start. I’m counting and still waiting on the broken promise called Home. Thirty, or forty something wasn’t enough but Insomiac promised us last week that Resistance 2 will boast 60 man player tournies. Indeed, I’ve had my fair share of madness on a solid 40 man MP game, but 60 is just begging for Spawn kills. Oh by the way, its more fun on small maps and its only on the small maps do the words “Frag Fest” actually make sense. So snake can’t join in on the fragging for a while it would seem.


Konami announced that the game will not hit Gold till some vague date that we nor any other site knows around the equinox of Quarter 2. Get this, a nice slap in the face to yours trully, the Japanese version will hit Quarter 1. Unfair? Maybe. Over at CES 2008 Sony left us impressed over its’ new OLED Monitors. The monitor is made up of layers of special made organic polymer molecules that conduct electricity. Take a look below - something about 3 credit cards thin, or three credit cards to purchase. I’m not sure which one comes first -

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No backlight, 1,000,000:1 CR, thinner than my X girl-friend; what’s not to like? The technology, something I read in a Popular Science mag years ago, is based on Organic Tech. The only thing cooler than that is the obvious lead that BRDVD took last week over HDDVD but who’s keeping score. But the advantages of the technology include these facts -

  • its cheaper to make which means it should cost less than plasmas or LCDs
  • the technology makes it possible to do things like roll-up displays or those that can be bent, which means you won’t break your psp monitor when you sit on it
  • believe it, the range of colors is greater than LCDs or Plasmas
  • 180 degree angle view may become a thing of the future
  • no backlight, no affects on the color, contrast ratio, and other things that give images problems
  • average response time is about 0.1 milliseconds while LCDS do 8 - 12

On the darkside of things the life of the units are limited since they are organic-based and have been recorded to go up to 5000 hours of use. Remember the saying “don’t use Windex on your LCDs” well put any type of liquid on these babies and they’re gone forever. What really took the OMG moment for me last week was the one hundred and fifty inch [150"] plasma display by Panasonic. I had to spell that out. Can you imagine … ? Maybe if you walked to one of the jumbo trons in Midtown Manhattan you could but this goes into the realm of a True Home Theatre design and deep-deep pockets.

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And they said Plasma couldn’t go beyond 60 inches. Do invite me for weekend movies if you purchase this bad boy.^_^

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