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9:00 PM on 09.04.2007

A Question for PS3 Fanboys - PS3 regions

I have a question that I have been trying to find information on but then I realized what better place to ask than here? As I mentioned earlier, I'm a kiwi, that's a New Zealander loyal to the Queen for the uninitiated. Now, I would like to import a PS3 to play Region 1 Blu-Ray movies, but I need to know whether or not the region free system mentioned last year is actually reality. If I imported a PS3 from the US, would it be able to play local games? I have an HDTV with HDMI, so NTSC/PAL issues should be null and void. Could someone please give me some insight on this issue for me? Thanks in advance.   read

5:54 AM on 08.25.2007

Title, what's that for?

Wouldn't that imply I have some outline or plan for this post? I don't! I figured I should just try and increase my blog posting count to more than one. In my last blog I stated that I'm a Kiwi, that's a New Zealander for ye uninitiated. We come from that country everyone else wants to go to and seems to think Elijah Wood or King Kong or Aslan are currently in hiding. Speaking of those three subjects, let's talk about movie games and how much they suck in general.

There are exceptions, like GoldenEye and then suckers like X-Men 3 or Fantastic Four and a list of other crap titles. Why is it so hard to make a good game out of a license that people enjoy? I don't really know. Maybe they have to pay too much to the studios and they can only afford a crap dev team to work on their game. Maybe with the fees paid to the studios, they can't afford to spend a lot of time on development. I don't know.

One thing I do know is that I find it harder and harder to be impressed by newer games and constantly find myself going retro. The Wii is the only system that has impressed me because of the new style of gameplay it introduced. However, with all the crap games that have come out on it that underutilize the control aspects of the Wii, even that machine jades me. 360 is fairly solid. PS3 sucks shit. Expensive shit.

Here's a question I have for anyone out there game enough to answer. What's the PSP like? I'm a DS fan and haven't ventured into PSP territory. Is it any good? Right now I'm in Australia and today I was in EB where I noticed that the PSP was $299. That's a hundred less than a wii and a hundred more than a DS. So is anyone out there convinced of the PSPs successes or failings? I'd love to hear any thoughts. I do like the screen. It's nice and big. The interface is also pretty slick. I do find the lack of touchscreen surprisingly off putting. Nintendogs for example was just a lot of fun. So is a game like Brain Age. Does PSP have anything that challenges these titles for mainstream fun?

Bioshock seems cool. I haven't played it all, because I'm not an FPS fan. But I've heard such good things about it that I might just give it more time. What I'd really like to see is Chrono Trigger for the Virtual Console! That would really rock, I love that game. I don't care if the graphics look crap, that was an incredible game.

I'm ranked 500 right now. I love that it is a round number. I wonder how the rankings are worked out.   read

5:49 AM on 08.21.2007

WTF is this!?

A destructoid blog? Well, I'm a kiwi and a gaming freak from New Zealand. I play games for games, and don't really give a toss what machine it is on. I don't really have anything interesting to say here. I've been here for some time and used to have a few wars with Summa back in the day. Now Summa has been replaced by some British bugger called Jim lol. I love reading his posts. I don't often agree with his views, but that's the nature of this site. Everyone has an opinion. I suppose I should have an opinion in my first post, shouldn't I?

I think Sony and Microsoft are going to destroy each other and leave Nintendo the victor. I thinks the PS3 sucks donkey balls and besides the red rings of death, I really love the 360. The Nintendo Wii wins for me because I could care less about HD graphics and have always been more into the gameplay and particularly the new spin on gaming that the Big N has brought this generation. And it's just a lot more fun. I think gamers take themselves too seriously now and it's just not as much fun to be a gamer as it used to be.

I don't like GTA because I think it sucks that a pinnacle of gaming is one that pretty much espouses violence and picking up hookers so you can murder them after a fuck. Some people will cry free speech, I just cry bullshit. If free speech means every game we play needs to be ultra violent and perverted, then I say shut the fuck up a little more often.

I think Gaming is about to enter another Golden Age, and imho the last Golden Age was just before the PSOne came out. The SNES/Genesis or MegaDrive days were the golden days for me, as well as the initial release of the PSOne and N64. It ended for me about the demise of the Dreamcast and the rise of the PS2. I think the return of Nintendo to the fore has a lot to do with this because they bring a lot of old school back to gaming and carry some historical chops, while MS and Sony are still essentially younguns. I'd like to see all three gaming companies survive because competition is good for the industry. It challenges the other companies to be more innovative. I also think gaming is about to enter another golden age because of the explosion into more mainstream audiences, once more due in large part to the Wii, which is kicking the holy high hell out of the PS3 and bringing in new gamers.

Anyway, this is just a first blog post to introduce some of my views. I doubt they'll be common but hey, they're mine.   read

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