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9:57 PM on 11.21.2007

The 100th top 100 games list

http://top100.ign.com/2007/

Yes, friends, more than 30 editors located all over the world set aside their ages, allegiances and personal favorites to pick the hundred best videogames that the planet has ever seen! There was fighting, there was mayhem, and there was pizza -- lots and lots of pizza.

Seriously, do we need one of these each year? These next to useless list being annual makes them even less credible. Do enough quality games come out that the list is constantly shifting? Did you realize that one game was worse/better than what you thought last year?

And yes, I realize that I'm bitching and posting.   read


11:17 AM on 11.21.2007

Galaxy dethroned

http://www.gamerankings.com/itemrankings/simpleratings.asp?rankings=y

Well after about a week, Galaxy has dropped back down to 2nd place and Ocarina of Time has taken back its throne. Galaxy has taken the title from Ocarina of Time longer than any other game, so that's an achievement. It was nice to see some change of the ranking list but that time has passed. Will a game ever take the throne? Probably not.   read


8:59 AM on 11.09.2007

Marky mark as Max Payne?

http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117975641.html?categoryid=1238&cs=1


Wahlberg is negotiating to play the titular cop who is haunted by the tragic loss of his family and has little regard for rules as he investigates a series of mysterious murders. He finds himself up against an adversary bent on destroying Max and the streets he protects.

He actually seems like a perfect fit for me, especially after Shooter.   read


6:13 PM on 11.03.2007

Arcade mode

This is a video of the arcade mode in Call of Duty 4: Modern Combat. Is it possible to want this game any more?

[embed]52479:4320[/embed]   read


1:09 PM on 11.03.2007

Weekly Japanese Hardware Sales

It's time to take a look at what our friends from across the sea are buying.

- DS Lite: 76,243 5,635 (7.98%)
- PSP: 59,792 1,123 (1.91%)
- Wii: 27,502 2,570 (10.31%)
- PS3: 18,785 1,655 (9.66%)
- PS2: 11,698 1,417 (13.78%)
- Xbox 360: 3,718 707 (23.48%)
- Game Boy Micro: 64 54 (45.76%)
- Gamecube: 58 10 (20.83%)
- GBA SP: 41 89 (68.46%)
- DS Phat: 30
- GBA: ???   read


3:38 PM on 11.02.2007

Advertising done right.

This has to be the best gaming commercial that I've seen this generation, definitely blows the shit out of the "Wii want to play" commercials. Runner up: The Bioshock commercials.

[embed]52342:4291[/embed]   read


7:28 AM on 11.02.2007

Halo Repair

Halo Repair by 1up


Two years ago, 1UP published an editorial entitled Broken Halo: Five Ways Bungie Can Fix Halo 2. Speaking for the collective hearts and trigger fingers of legions of serious Halo fans worldwide, author Luke Smith laid out precisely what fans felt was wrong with the series' multiplayer elements and offered some constructive ideas for fixing it in future releases.

That hazy future is now: We're playing the shiny new Halo 3, and our Mr. Smith has gone to Washington (after a stint as 1UP's news editor). So what has become of those concerns? Is Halo 3 the "broken," imperfect multiplayer experience that its predecessor was? With little more than a month since the game's release, Bungie has yet to tweak or update the game -- the original article came nine months after Halo 2's release, well past its first major update -- but we thought we'd take a look to see whether or not the problems we raised so long ago have been resolved -- and more importantly, what new issues have cropped up.

1. Haphazard Respawn times
2. Too many symmetrical/lame maps
3. Underutilized weapons and equipment
4. Issues with saved film functionality
5. Still not newbie friendly

I don't with some of this list, especially number fice since Halo has consistently been the cherry buster of many new gamers in the last generation, AKA Halo Kids. He also seems to be nitpicking, pointing minor nuisances, instead of hitting the real problems, such as the new melee system.

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I'm very pleased to see what Bungie has improved upon between Halo 2 & 3. The weapon respawn system, sniper, PP, Duel Wielding and more! were in dire need of some serious repair. The hosting problem is more on the XBL network than it is Bungie's since, not to my knowledge, they don't allow for dedicated servers.

Either way, Bungie will hopefully come up with some tweaks and fixes in the upcoming months along with a hefty assortment of new maps for people to stab their friends with bullets in. What issues have you had so far?   read


1:05 PM on 10.31.2007

Why game reviews fail, plus ratios matter?

An excellent article by Mark Wilson over at Kotaku. He's completely right and we're(gamers) not helping the situation at all. I've seen way too many times that people will write off any game that scores anything less than a nine from (insert reviewer/site here).

There are some of you out there who love the way writers and publishers handle video game reviews. This article is not for you. As far as the author and his sympathizers are concerned, you are the saps stuck as janitors cleaning dirty toilets in The Matrix, the suckers who sit around drinking Diet Coke convinced that it tastes like real Coke, the unfortunate few who were never able to see the rhinos and race cars in those Magic Eye images.

But after reading countless video game reviews over the years, and more recently editing Frankenreviews for both games and gadgets, it's become more and more obvious that the video game review system is dated, limiting and even, at times, unintentionally condescending.

But there's a ton of talent in the game review industry, really. So where are we going wrong?

Hardware to Software ratios

Xbox 360: hardware to software ratio: 6.59 (hardware total sold = 6.8 million; software total sold = 44.8 million)
PlayStation 3: hardware to software ratio: 3.58 (hardware total sold = 1.9 million; software total sold = 6.8 million)
Wii: hardware to software ratio: 3.44 (hardware total sold = 4.5 million; software total sold = 15.5 million)

Wii might be selling strong on both hardware and software fronts, but it could be doing better by focusing some of its marketing on actual gamers -- the ones who buy more games. It will be interesting to compare Wii's and PS3's data a year from now with the current data for Xbox 360. Microsoft's console has had an extra year under its belt to develop a strong software lineup, but with promising titles on the horizon for Nintendo and Sony (e.g., Mario, Smash Bros., MGS4, FFXIII, etc) the ratios may balance out in late '08. But for now, it's obvious why PS3 and Wii have such infamous reputations.

The Xbox 360's ratio isn't surprising with Peter Moore's best winter line up ever.

It seems like Wii Sports is really the system seller. Do the casuals that Nintendo is so desperately reaching out even care about a new Zelda, Mario or Metroid game that the more fluent gamer is clamoring for? It's important to know that they are not counting the VC sales, which could be a big market on the Wii. Another factor could be the advertising. I'm sure we're all familiar with their "Wii want to play" commercials that tend to focus on Wii Sports and the Mii's while leaving some games in the dust;I.E. Zack & Wiki.

The Playstation 3's ratio is a little surprising to me because I can't find too much to be interested in personally.   read


11:26 PM on 10.29.2007

It has begun.

Z-day is upon us. It is the day that we all knew would come, hopefully you have prepared.   read





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