Category Archives: Playstation 2
Sony, in another great marketing move, decided to use a freshly slaughtered goat and entice people to reach into its carcass and eat offal hidden within. Yum!
Note to Sony PR and Marketing. YOU FAIL! That is all. This is a shame, because God of War 2 is such a fantastic game. Cory Barlog should defect for this.
After seeing countless threads on numerous forums and article’s all over the net about red light this and red light that, I find my self in a peculiar situation as my Xbox 360 has shown me the red lights. Of course I love the Xbox 360 to death, but not solely for the Xbox itself. Xbox Live is what makes Xbox what it is.
Now I find myself in a situation where I have to either endure a Xbox-less existence until this issue is resolved or go back to a platform without on-line. Yes, the PlayStation 2 has an on-line component,but it’s no Xbox Live. This is going to make what I do over on The Xbox Domain kind of weird in the process as well. Writing about all things Xbox without a working Xbox?
I am a gamer first after all, right! I have all three of the past gen machines, but I still can’t help but feel slighted playing a machine without the 360’s implementation of Xbox Live. Wireless is another thing that will kill me if not in the short, in long term for sure. If anything, having to actually push a button on the machine to turn it on and off will be the death of me as a gamer. As petty as it sounds, it’s not a luxury as far as I concerned anymore. I have my original Xbox still, so I guess I’ll have to move back to the cave man days for my gaming needs until further notice. I hope I make it out alive! I guess this will be my excuse to go back to Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess having only played a few hours into it.
In December video game maker Square Enix Co. began running prime-time TV ads in Japan featuring battle scenes from its new adventure game Seiken Densetsu 4, or Legend of the Sacred Sword. Every 30-second spot ended with a familiar logo: PlayStation. But the game isn’t played on Sony Corp.’s (SNE) new PlayStation 3 console. It’s for the PlayStation 2.
This isn’t encouraging news if this turns out to be the case for Sony. While they are still making money whether it’s PS2 or 3, Sony is in dire need to make inroads with there newest format. As with the UMD, Sony needs people to move on to Blu-ray for them to keep afloat and stop bleeding money from there other divisions. Shouldn’t this be the way for them to squeeze out that other great white box called 360, and think PlayStation for everything regardless if its version 2 or 3. It sure seems to be working in Japan.
If you don’t already know Xbox Live is down at the moment. So what to do in the mean time?
- Play offline? Who the hell does that anymore? I’m looking at you PS2 players, who think they’ve played on-line when they don’t really know what on-line is unless it’s Socom.
- Go outside? It’s raining. Scratch that.
- Go back to my Xbox or PS2? Can’t bring my self to do it. I can’t play a game without points anymore. Give me my points and I’ll be happy. Yes, I’m a point’s whore. You can’t tell by my embarrassing gamer-score though (see right side column). I’m not as bad as Jeff Gerstmann over at Gamespot though.
- How about actually hanging out and talking to people in the same room as me? Nope. To old fashioned and overrated.
Maybe I’ll just have to be in withdrawal today from Xbox Live. I can’t stand not having that integrated Live experience anymore. Have I become an Xbox Fanboy? Is this part of the evil Microsoft plain to get me hooked on playing with people around the world I don’t personally know. If so, it’s working. Now Sony and/or Nintendo have to convince me that they can do better.
They’ve finally stepped up with a couple of interesting, albeit expected, announcements. First up: the Xbox 360 HD DVD drive finally has a price and date of launch — for Japan.
Not that I’m trying to stick it to Sony, but why is that $200 more needed? Apparently that little white box I’m looking at right now does just about everything Sony claims as the separating factor between the PS3 and Xbox 360. To me, the real separating factor is the already established on-line community I’ve been having a great time with for the last few years. Last time I looked Sony doesn’t have that yet or if ever.
I still have my PlayStation 2 sitting right next to my Xbox 360, but for how long? I fully intend to wait it out for God of War 2 next year, hopefully.
Someone created a site to expound on their disgust about the delay that Sony has forced on Europe.
Now matter the intentions this site has, it sure is funny. I won’t be feeling sorry for Sony while I have a few laughs at there expense. With all of the arrogant statements and broken promises, how can anyone blame them. If I were intending to get a PS3 later this year only to be told I have to wait five month’s, I would be blowing a gasket right now all the way to the store to buy the competitions offering. At least for Europeans, they have that as a choice.
Oh! I almost forgot. Arrrrrrrrgh!
Is Sony’s PlayStation 3 in trouble before it even launches? Sony has been the undisputed champion of the last two console generations, towering over the competition, but now it seems like every analyst, developer and industry pundit is placing a laser sight directly on Sony’s forehead.
Well, I dont want to say I told you so. If this turns out to be true, hear this, “I told you so”. After all of the bad PR since E3 Sony has been trying to pick up the pieces from there revelation of mortgaging your house for a Blu-Ray player disguised as a gaming machine. To make matters worse, it seems nearly every Ps3 game announced is just another game in a long line of sequel’s that they espect us to keep paying for like we don’t notice that this is the millionth edition of the same game we’ve been playing for 2 generations now.
The truely sad thing about all of this is that they have all of the history they need to look at by glancing over at one of there competitors named Nintendo. After Nintendo pretty much dominated the late 80’s and the early 90’s they were in the same position Sony is in now. Nintendo was just as arrogant as Sony is now by sticking to there cartridge games versus the new and cheaper CD in a move that later turned out to kill there third party support for the N64. In return for this action most third party publishers flocked over to the Playstation giving Sony there arrogant attitude they have now thinking that they can do no wrong.
It looks like history is repeating itself once again. Is the Xbox 360 the new Playstation this time around? If so, this doesn’t look good at all for Sony. Given the fact that just about ever consumer electronic division other than Playstation at Sony is struggling against stiff competition from the likes of the Ipod and just about every other televison brand out there.
As far a Blu-Ray goes, need I say more than Beta-Max vs VHS. One was clearly better than the other, but the cheper solution prevails almost everytime. This goes for HD-DVD as well. Sony maybe pushing Blu-Ray down our throats if why do someday end up with a PS3, but at what cost is the consumer to pay for this unproven technology that cost more for very little gain if you haven’t already splurged for that other bigger purchase called HDTV.
With Sony leaning so heavily on the success of the Playstation 3, how will Sony survive if there videogame throne is snatched right from underneath them buy Nintendo or Microsoft simply because Sony time after time feels it needs to control the standard of which we all use to consume there media?
Over on 1up.com there's an article were a Sony rep has forwarded the Sony ship deeper into the void they are going to inevitable to be.
WTF? My Sony bashing continues because of stupid comments like, "We don't need GTA". How arrogant can you get. How can anybody say that Sony would be were there at with or without Grand Theft Auto. There stanza is that there first party line is what caused them to stronghold the industry to the point it has.
My opinion on this is that many people bought a PS2 to play GTA in return allowing those said people to have the console to play all those Sony first party titles. They in return say that a franchise like Gran Tourismo has greatly out sold Halo. The problem is that Halo is the only franchise out there that is guaranteed millions of sales just because of the name Halo. How can you compare an established franchise like Gran Tourismo against a start-up that just showed up this past/or current generation of consoles. I do remember that there were two GT's on the original Playstation. Doesn't this already guarantee a fan-base for GT going into the PS2 GT's. Don't try to compare that to a new franchise like Halo that single handedly put Xbox on the map.
I have allot more where this came from, but I think I'll keep it to that for now.
Over on the Gamespot Xbox 360 Forums someone posted this nice 360 Dashdoard pic. It has an extra blade added where you could play not only Xbox games, but Playstation 2, Playstation, Gamecube, and Dreamscast. After seeing this I feel I could do better, but if Microsoft could some how pull this off for real I'd be all for it.