the-inbetween posts categorized as Gaming

PSP Stuff

A lot of people are repeating the GamesIndustry story about how UMD film sales have topped 100,000. I think they’re repeating it incorrectly, though it’s likely to be a mistake on GI’s part. They quote: Sales of films distributed on Universal Media Disc (UMD), Sony’s proprietary disc format for PlayStation Portable, have topped 100,000 according to the platform holder. Which seems fine unless you remember this USA Today story from last month: Two UMD movies have now sold more than…

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Minish Cap

I am playing The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap. It is a nice change of pace from Battlefield 2 and from bitching. My only annoyance is that after playing through some half-dozen Zelda games I am very familiar with the routine of the story-line. It would be great if I could skip all that exposition and head straight for the dungeons — the meat of the game — right off the bat. If there was a sort of “Lost…

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Westerns

I grew up with the films of the late 80s and early 90s. The staple of the time consisted of slasher flicks, cornball 80s action movies with Seagal and Van Damme and the Governor, and the comedies starring Bill Murray or John Candy, many of which were regulars on Sunday afternoon television. Not the greatest bunch of movies, but at ten you’re not expected to have the greatest of tastes. Westerns were never in the picture. They seemed like a…

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Battlefield 2 Demo

I had no real intention to play Battlefield 2, nor did I know when it was coming out, but I was given some “encouragement” and a high-speed download link for the demo and thus, after a dozen minutes, I couldn’t not install it. I have never played the previous Battlefield games. In fact, the Battlefield 2 demo is the first PC game I have played online since, literally, the early days of Counter Strike (and the late days of Delta…

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Patented

It’s unsurprising that the most aggravating article at Gamasutra was not written by a game designer or publisher or developer but, instead, a lawyer. The lawyer, quite obviously, supports software patents, even ridiculous gameplay related ones. Of course, to have a lawyer support patents is akin to having a prostitute support prostitution. Software patents are bad. Period. There are many, many reasons but I’m not qualified enough to succinctly express them. Others are far better at that than I am.…

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PS3

So as soon as I write the previous entry, the Playstation 3 details are officially… detailed and the XBox 360 has been officially said to be backwards-compatible. Less fucked, perhaps. I kinda like the design of the PS3, even if it is just an official mock-up right now. It’s a hell of a lot cleaner than the odd looking concave XBox 360, with its gigantic button and awkward looking ports. Tech wise — eh. I’m sure it’s all fine and…

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Microsoft to fans

If I was a new XBox owner, I’d be pissed. Edge Online has written a good little piece of analysis about Microsoft’s Halo 3 vs. Playstation 3 dick waving. Perhaps most significantly, it’s a statement which shows Microsoft talking about its most valuable IP like a commodity which can be wheeled out whenever they need headlines, rather than a creative project which needs to be husbanded to get the best results. All games have deadlines, and most deadlines are set…

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Revoluti-ON

Holy shit, I’m amazed at how vehemently convinced some people are on the authenticity of the fake “Nintendo ON” video. Yes, it’s relatively well done and a lot of time has been spent on it, but it’s amateurish with the details. There are a lot of intangible things that you can see in the video that show just how non-Nintendo it is. It lacks the kind of top-down corporate brand touches that would make this feel authentic. The minute details.…

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360

R U e? Welcome to the marginally improved generation of gaming! It’s like the last one, only better. Seriously. We have XBox Live… again. Wireless controllers like Nintendo and other third-parties have had for years. A camera peripheral like Sony has had for years, but now with video chat… again. Now you can listen to custom soundtracks, customize your cars and characters, see who’s online, and download/buy content for your games — just like you could before, but better! Marginally.…

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NES emulator for the PSP

The news of the Gameboy emulator for the PSP forced me to move on this faster than I would have liked. I’ve been sitting on it for a while as I’ve been quite busy lately, but I’ll reveal it here and now: an NES emulator for the PSP, running my favourite NES game of all time, Jaws. It’s buggy, but as you can see, it obviously works.

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The hyperbolic machine

I’m sick of the hype. I’m sick of the PSP is the greatest thing to happen EVER since THE WHEEL hyperbole. I’m tired of ourcolony.net and all the people eating their useless morsels as though they were meals (OMFG, IT’S A POWER BUTTON!!) I’m annoyed by all the losers posting their chump next generation mock-ups and poorly kerned and thought-out logos. I’m nauseous of the “artist rendition”s and prerenders of what next generation graphics might but won’t look like. Here’s…

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Mario and Luigi

I don’t know where the following image is from specifically, but it very well could be from this place. wow. It reminds me of the following, which I also first saw at a specifc non-specific site. Hell, if we’re going to go the Mario pop-art route, then I might as well throw this into the mix (from the i am 8-bit exhibit). And this (note: not actually Mario related)

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A Game I’d Like to See

A 16-bit styled non-combat RPG where you travel the town searching for pool halls and players to beat. “Battles” would consist of playing pool against opponents; with special moves and everything. There’d be no direct path to take in the game, but your actions would build a reputation and different story-lines would open as a result. You could take the route of good or evil (hustler), or you could go take on some poolhall junkies in the bad side of…

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