“Hardcore” Playstation 3 DIY Cabinet

Gerald had designed and had a customized cabinet made to house a Playstation 3 and a PC station inside his garage-turned-martial arts gym! Dual Sony Bravia LCDs for Virtua Fighter 5 action in high definition glory.

This is pretty damn nice, but there’s only one problem with it. If you’ve read any of my posts over the last 11 months or so you can probably guess what the problem with this setup is. Yes it’s the Playstation 3. Why PS3? If it’s only to play Virtual Fighter 5 now then I can understand. I have nothing against the PS3 per se, but the fact that it comes from Sony is enough for me. If this thing had a Xbox 360 in it instead I’d offer to buy it from him. That is if I had that kind of money to through down. In other words great setup, but heavy modifications would be in store.

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Jaffe: I Would Not Have Included Blu-ray in PS3

In somewhat of a shocker, God of War creator David Jaffe has admitted that if he could change something about PS3, he would have removed its Blu-ray player and sold the console at a cheaper price. He also revealed that he might one day found his own independent studio.

It’s great to see that someone inside of Sony has the balls to say something outside of the company line. Pushing Blu-ray on Playstation 3 owners is wrong. Taking choice out of the hands of the consumer is exactly what is not needed.

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Resident Evil 4 Wii-make Confirmed

It appears that the rumored mystery Resident Evil title in the works for the Nintendo Wii is indeed a Resident Evil 4 remake. It will have Wii-specific controls and include all the content from the PS2 version, including “Separate Ways”

I’d hate to say that the Wii was just a Gamecube with a different controller, but the Wii is just a Gamecube with a different controller. The Wii-mote does allow for gameplay that’s impossible with other forms of control, but at the end of the day your still playing a video game just as before. Whether you call it a Wii or a refurbished Gamecube, if it’s fun that’s all that matters. Great game design rules over all. To bad the Wii has very few games that distinguish itself from a mutated PlayStation 2.

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Real-life version of GTA IV trailer

The video you will be seeing is actually a real-life version of the now-infamous GTA IV trailer. New Yorkers better watch out…

I think this is pretty well done considering that none of the shots used were intended for this.

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PS3 – Making Marketing a ‘Comeback’?

It’s hard to say that a console needs a comeback after being on the market not even 5 months, and SCEA certainly wouldn’t call it that, but Peter Dille, SCEA’s SVP of Marketing, does acknowledge that marketing the PS3 is an “ongoing education effort.” We speak with Dille about Sony’s marketing efforts and post-launch challenges.
Much more inside.

Ummm……Comeback all they want, but $600 dollars is still hard to swallow.

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Microsoft Announces HOMEless

With an 8-bit avatar uniquely customized according to each user’s preference, Gold members can pause Silver users’ games, reset their Xbox 360’s or trash talk through both speakers and Xbox 360 Live headsets with no option for the hacked Xbox Live user to mute the Xbox Live Gold member.

Yes! My salvation has ben answered.

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Sony Announces PlayStation 3 Global Recall

Sony Corp. announced today a global recall of the PlayStation 3 video game and entertainment system after accepting customers complaints that the system could not perform all the features as advertised by the company.

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Older Americans Increasingly Using Video Games as Recreational Alternative

Anxious about the mental cost of aging, older people are turning to games that rely on quick thinking to stimulate brain activity. A step slower than in their youth, they are using digital recreations of bowling, tennis and golf.

Alright, first things first. I don’t believe this for a second. Yes, there maybe a less than 1% of the total who occasionally do this, but given past and current experience with non-gamers of any age this is hugely over stated. Every time I ask someone why they don’t play video games at all,the excuse is always “I don’t have time”. Of course, that is total and utter crap. It’s really fun to hear this time after time when everyone has some type of hobby that they make time for even when they legitimately don’t have time for it.

The story here is the issue of people bowing down to societal pressure that say’s you shouldn’t be playing a video game if you’ve breached a certain age bracket. Any real gamer would call that hogwash in a second, but older potential gamers have mainly fallen for the pier pressure of other non-gamers that will immediately chastise them for partaking in what way to many believe to only be for kids. Just as most eventually stop playing with dolls or action figures, video games have long been wrongly branded as just another toy for far to long.

Much like early film or contemporary music in it’s early days, gaming has is and continues to fall to the misbranding of the uninitiated just because of the simple fact that gaming “will root your brain”. As many times as some will chose to say such blasphemy, us gamers know that they have just been smoking there crack pipes for just a wee bit to long.

Ironically though, the vary mediums that have become socially acceptable by nearly everyone in modern society require the least amount of interactivity and thought up against almost ever other activity one can think up. Sitting in front of a screen being shown something like a wild animal being mesmerized by a hanging steak that they can’t have is what most consider the pinnacle of being entertained. Surely that’s what a lazy minded person would side with when they have no real interest in having a real stake in what they choose for entertainment. Commitment is the essential thing that separates gamers from everyone else. Gamers are willing to learn while they are being entertained at the same time. You can’t tell me that isn’t where the real evolution of entertainment is at.

The mere fact that so many have decided to banish video games into the wasteland of kid only activities clearly shows that the overwhelming majority just flat out only want to be told a story or passively shown it from one point of view that never changes after subsequent experiences. Frankly, it’s a shame that it has to be this way. While all gamers continue on the forward path that gaming has in store for itself, everyone else is going fall further behind the times when everything isn’t about having the same experience that everyone else has, but making your own entertainment with whats given to you and turning it into your own unique playtime.

Banishing video games into the world of misfit’s has it own issue in an of itself. People like that maniac down in Florida, Jack Thompson, not understanding the medium and casting only violent or sexually related video games into the fire all the while the real mother load seen in movies and television today far surpasses what any game has done so far, which in turn makes this extremely maddening. With a clearly marked rating on every package, how is it that anyone can get outraged wihen there kid plays something that was obviously not intended for them. Bad parenting and the lack of understanding are the real problem here. Coupling from this are the politicians jumping on board a train of idiocracy with the driver headed for a titanium laced brick wall.

Citing all of this and much more, it’s difficult to believe that anyone from a older generation even has a clue as to what video games are beyond the stereotypical kids only activity. Until we get to the point where a game doesn’t have to be shown to anyone and is seeked out because of plain normal interest by someone that’s not in the so-called know, I for one can’t begin to believe that older-gamers outside of someone like Old Grandma Hardcore, giving gaming any time of day. The Wii may be what Nintendo hopes changes all of this, but the stigma that the very meaning of video game has contracted is for the moment a disease that yet has a cure.

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PS3 hard to develop for? No says Sigma dev

Yosuke Hayashi, director of Ninja Gaiden Sigma which is due out on PS3 later this year, has said that developers claiming that PS3 is hard to develop for is just an “excuse to the consumer”.

Call me crazy, but if you’ve seen or played any of the games that Team Ninja have worked on or created you’d know that they are very much unlike the ordinary development team. It’s pretty safe to call them super mutant programmers. No matter what platform it is, you’ll know that they’ll get the most out of it. Itagaki and team have gotten “pretty” down to a tee.

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Dude’s Warcraft Girlfriend Actually A Dude

Twenty year old college sophomore John Harrison suffered a terrible shock over the weekend when he discovered that his long-time cyber girlfriend was actually a male in disguise. His girlfriend, who plays under the guise of Chelxai a night elf priest on the Emerald Dream roleplaying-PvP server in World of Warcraft, couldn’t be reached for comment.

I can’t say I fell sorry for the guy, because this is pretty damn funny. Did I forget to say how sorry I am for the guy?

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