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Name: Don
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Occupation: Tester at VMC Game Labs (Montreal) **Multiple Developers
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Yeah!!! Rock On!!! This means NOTHING TO MEEEE


So my first few blog posts were about what had happened to my PS3 and the whole ďThey took my 60 gig and gave me a 20Ē thing. So we left off at me having to call Sony and ask them whatís going on and getting a call in a day or two since last time.

So what happened is last week I called the number that was left for me on my machine and it led me to the actual warehouse where they fixed my PS3. Of course by fixed, I mean confuse my 60 gig for the other phased out SKU. So after contacting them in Ontario (where the closest warehouse is) I spoke to them about the problem. They completely understood and said itís because the have trainees in the back fixing these things. I find this fucking stupid. The PS3ís HDD probably being the ONLY thing they physically remove from the system itself would at least mean that they would pay extra attention to if they put the right drive in. I understand that people make mistakes, especially new employees but damn man. Come onÖ

So what ended up happening is I was told to send in my PS3 by mail again. Thatís right, I was told to go to Purolator myself and send the PS3 back to them. Why couldnít I maybe just send the hard drive? Or they send me MY hard drive back and I send them back their 20 gig back. So what did I do? I said fuck it. I ordered a 160 GB hard drive from http://tigerdirect.ca. Yeah thatís right. I got so fed up of all this bullshit with my PS3 that I just didnít send it back. I just ordered the 160 gig hard drive that I was going to order eventually since I heard DivX was coming.

I just wanted to sit down and enjoy my PS3 you know? I wanted to just put all my music and videos on it and re-download all my PSN games and stuff without having to think about ďoh shit Iím just going to end up sending this back in a few daysĒ. It came to a point where I stopped playing games I had just bought all together just because I found it pointless because Iíd have to copy my save file and put it back on a missing 60 GB hard drive that belongs to me. I donít think I made a wrong decision here because this is purely their bad. This is completely not my faultÖ Faulty hardware was the problem in the first place. I just want to sit down and play some damn games without having to think that this hard drive isnít really ďmineĒ since itís going to be gone in a few days.

Oh what the fuck. Why didn't they use the money they invested to make this movie to rent Mexican prostitutes?

Honestly, though we don't have to go over this again. No one here should be giving their comments on why these games don't actually make us perform terrorist actions. I really laughed out loud watching this. Just ignore it, thereís nothing we can do. The way I see it, is until video games are mainstreamed enough so that people like this have actually played many video games (as they have watched many films), this will never go away. Or until Jack Thompson gets a stroke.

If you havenít for some reason read Sterlingís article, or for some stranger reason havenít been on the front pageÖ hereís the link

So in regards to Nexís post, I had heard from Dr. Pirate first. He told me this news about the time Kotaku had it up. Although Nexís story was about 10 times more informative, Iíve still been freaking out over this for a little while now.

For those of you that know, The HotSpot is Gamespotís podcast. Not to steal some shine from the Toid podcast, but it was one of, if not, my favorite podcast to listen to. Those guys were hilarious and Jeff being the host had always made the show hilarious. So I listened to it this week and there was no Jeff... I canít remember the last time Jeff wasnít on the Hotspot. But I didnít really question it.

I will admit Jeff has made some decisions for reviews I have never been able to agree with but hey, itís his opinion. Iíve always respected that guy.. Heck I fucking loved him as a journalist. Isnít that what they paid him to do? Give his professional opinion on games? Even if I completely disagreed with him on something, his reviews weíre posted in a very professional way so IMO he was a great reviewer. Wasnít Jeff editor-in-chief since Greg Kasavin left? How could they do that?

Bahh.. I donít know. They didnít mention it at all on the HotSpot but it WAS a dull episode. Iíd love to think what higher ups think about this. Like other people at Gamespot or even IGN. What about Destructoid? What do Destructoidís editors think? Nex?

Weíve all played great next generation gamesÖ I hope. By next-gen of course I mean current gen. Iím actually not too fond of people calling the 360 and PS3 next-gen because itís arguably current gen. I mean 360 especially since itís been out for longer as you all know. My view on it is since itís the second holiday season for all consoles, then this means hardware right now is current gen.

ANYWAYS.. Back to the actual point of the blog post; the least next generation game youíve played. What I mean of coarse is gameplay. Next gen gameplay in my opinion is in games like Gears; Which IMO started the real next gen push. Assassinís Creed is pretty next-gen even if some of you really dislike the game as any with eyes can see. LittleBigPlanet, Mass Effect, Uncharted, MGS4, Super Smash Bros Brawl and Mercenaries 2 (Iím not a fan of the series but I canít deny it looks good) all look to be very good examples of games that house very next generation gameplay. **Comment on any games you think I forgot that have next gen gameplay**

So to the main question: What games have you played that you personally think are just like Xbox or PS2 games with pretty graphics (If That)?

Thereís so many to choose from in this generation.. I really canít choose just one. Hmm.. I see a pattern in publishers for this

Iím currently on my lunch break at work and I was just thinking about something I heard this morning in IGNís Playsation podcast. Today the podcast had some guys from other IGN teams like the 360 one which is called ďThree Red Lights: I believe. They had said something pretty interesting that I had forgotten. Remember when Sony had said we were supposed to be getting an open beta to home by the end of this year? Yeah, well IGN said weíd we getting it the beginning of next year. Meh..

Honestly Iím pretty eager to start home and make a goofy ass avatar so I can just start checking up on the features it offers, but, since itís going to be a beta/demo, do you think weíll be missing some of the big features like in-game XMB (if there is any). Iím pretty stoked to see the home trophy system since I own a PS3 and find 360ís achievement system really appealing. Still, an open beta in the beginning of next year sounds interesting.