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5:03 PM on 10.18.2007

Something controversial and non-Gaming

I'm just curious about something. The net is a rather wonderful beast as it allows people from all over the world to connect up and talk about their favourite shit etc, get into flaming wars. There is a downside to that though and it pertains to racism. I guess this would mainly be for non Americans. See, I'm from New Zealand and I'm a maori, which is the indigenous people of lovely NZ. Most of you probably don't even know what that is. Would I be offended because you don't know the particular sensitivities of my culture? No way. But for some reason I find that people from America, blacks in particular, expect everyone else to know what is and isn't an insult? Not everyone out there is a racist, but I get offended when people expect me to know what's an insult to them when they don't know what's an insult to me. You could call me a coconut and I'd knock your block off, but you could call that to one of you and you would probably wonder why I'm calling you a strange food. You see what I mean? The N word is an obvious one, my grandfather used to be called that as his nickname, which was lovely as you can imagine, so I like to think I know the basics. But when you get jumped on for using innocuous terms, at least to where I come from, in general conversation, I get a bit ticked because I guarantee if the shoe were on the other foot, I doubt anyone would care if they said something I found offensive. I guess I'm just saying I wish people would stop thinking everyone was a racist automatically and maybe return some of that sensitivity they use for themselves with people from other parts of the world. This is just ranting, I suppose. Just curious if anyone else has come across this sort of thing.   read

6:10 PM on 10.12.2007

Retro Daze

In my last three posts I blabbed on about the different machines. While all three have their advantages, some more pronounced than others, all three have their disadvantages. Wii - craphics and catalogue, 360 - Game diversity, PS3 - Games, what games? I think the 360 would win overall though. While the Wii is a different experience, to be applauded, the drawbacks are just so numerous. Hard drive, VC ripoff prices, graphics, graphics, graphics. The PS3 just doesn't have enough games of note to really give it a mention, but I'd put it in the middle. 360 best, PS3 meh, Wii worst. Which is odd, because I tend to play the Wii more than the 360, which I in turn play way more than the PS3 [read: hardly ever]. But even acknowledging how much fun I ahve with the Wii, it's easier to see its long term limitations. I have to say, PS3 has the most potential longevity, unless Nintendo pulls something out of its hat.

If we go back a couple generations to the N64, it was the beginning of the end for Nintendo's dominance. They really dropped the ball back then by refusing to switch to CD format, while sticking to their beloved cartridges. I still loved the N64, because of games like Goldeneye, Ocarina of Time [my favourite game ever], Tetrisphere [bring that to the VC please, Ninty!], to name but a few. But it just never caught on like that other machine ...

PSOne. Of course, it wasn't called that back in the day. It was just the good old ugly as shit Playstation. God, that was a fucking cool machine. I still remember my first one. I almost had an orgasm unwrapping that beautiful machine. Now that was really an exciting time. It was the first real hint that gaming was entertain a new mainstream era. Before then, it just wasn't as widespread during the SNES/Genesis days. At least not in New Zealand. Don't get me wrong, gaming was still popular, but it just had a different feel when the PSOne entered the fray. Even the demo disc, and that awesome little sound the PSOne made when you turned it on, still makes me smile. That was a good machine. Tekken 2 and 3 were awesome. Soulblade was freaking awesome. FINAL FANTASY VII. I still love this game. V-Rally 2 is a game I remember liking as well. Crash Bandicoot 1, 2, and 3.

I don't have a favourite between the two machines, as I loved them both for different reasons. The N64 was the party machine. Smash Bros, Goldeneye, were all popular. I didn't get into the Saturn at all. It's one of the few machines I never owned. I do have to say that I never cottoned onto the PS2 like I did the PSOne. From that generation of machines, which games did you like most? I won't ask which machine, because I know Sony fanboys will far outweigh any Nintendo fans. And as for you Saturn fans, well, I hardly played it so I wouldn't know how yuo'd feel about it. I did love the other two machines. Ocarina of Time, Final Fantasy VII, GoldenEye, Mario 64, Tekken 2. Top five for me, I think.   read

6:40 AM on 10.11.2007

Wii - Are you happy with yours?

The last of my blog posts on the three machines. Perhaps the most controversial of the three machines. The Nintendo Wii. First of all, the name revelation made me think it was a piss poor joke. Pun intended. I mean, seriously, what the hell? But in the end, it worked, with only a tiny voice in your head wanting to make urine jokes every time you hear that name.

Second of all, the revelation that the Wii would in fact have very shit graphics. No high definition and a graphics engine that barely rivals the original Xbox. This will ultimate prove, in my opinion, to be the bane of the Wii's existence. The difference between the Wii and the PS3 is that one has potential longevity, while the other just has potential.

The Wii is a cheap little machine, lacking a hard drive, a dvd player, good graphics, and other staples that the other consoles have. These are all severe cons. By the sounds of it, it may seem I really don't like the Wii. The truth is, it's my most played console. I love it. But even I can see the limitations of this little beauty.

However, on the plus side, the Wii has absolutely opened the floodgates and taken gaming to a new level. The 360 and PS3 are fighting their own little place for what I feel will be leftovers from Nintendo. None of this would be possible without the Wii's unique control system. I never thought it was possible to do what they've done with their little wiimote. I still can't believe it. Now I can't play Tennis on the PS3 or 360 without laughing at how mundane an experience it is. Wii Sports just blew me away more than any game on 360 and PS3. Why? Because when I moved my hand in a swinging motion, the Mii on the screen did too!

The looks on peoples faces when I invited them to play. They'd ask 'what button do I press?' when we played tennis. When I told them they didn't have to, they couldn't believe it. Seeing them move their hands and going wow when they realized they really were playing the game, it was just plain cool. For this reason alone, despite crap graphics, crap media support, a token memory store, I absolutely love this machine. Of all three machines, each of which have their great games, the Wii is still the most fun bar none. The other two might be hardcore, but for a lot of games I just feel 'meh, been there, done that'. With the wii, it has so much potential to even just be fun. Wii Sports is still my favourite game on the system. The Virtual Console, while a rip off, is a load of fun. But the sheer interactivity, motion sensor technology, it all just sells it for me. A year afte rit came out, I'm still playing Tennis and Bowling on Wii Sports. I use the internet channel to watch Youtube on tv. I plug my SD Card in to let a slideshow play when family come over to visit. It's a friendly little machine. It's a fun little machine.

One of my biggest gripes is that there simply aren't enough stellar games on it. The 360 wins that race, with Wii second, and PS3 quite a distant last. Yet still, I love it. It's the little machine that could, and it returned Nintendo to prominence. If I had it my way, I'd lvoe all the machines to do great because that way we all get the games we want. However, if I had to pick a favourite? For me, it's the Wii. It's different. It doesn't have the greatest graphics, but it sure has the greatest little wiimote around. And for me, that means a lot more. I am very happy with mine. Mario Galaxy, here I come!   read

6:35 PM on 10.09.2007

Xbox 360 - Are you happy with yours?

To continue the theme of the last post I made, I'll move onto the 360 and ask owners out there if they are happy with their machines. Now, to give my own view on this subject, I have to say that in general, I am more than happy with mine. I feel it will be the last of the traditional type gaming console. I think the advent of the Wii will influence the next generation greatly, but I digress, this post isn't about that.

If I did have a bias, it would be against Sony. I don't generally like the PS3, but I have a very good feeling I will in the future when it really hits its stride. The 360 I feel has hit its stride, but I am curious how much more potential it has as a machine. I like the 360. I do think the machine tends to lean too much towards FPS and Sports/Driving games. Having said that, it is home to some truly great games. Gears of War, BioShock, to name but a couple. This is probably one advantage it has over the PS3 and the Wii. Even though it has great games, I'm not sure I've found a game that makes the 360 stellar to me. As in, to my personal liking. I loved Call of Duty 2. I would love to see more RPG games on it in the vein of Knights of the Old Republic. I'm not a great fan of FPS, and I suppose that's why I don't find myself in awe over the top tier games on the machine.

All of the above is personal opinion, but that's what I'm looking for. Personal opinion. This doesn't detract from the fact the machine is a lot of fun. The red rings of death of course suck, but besides that, I've found it to be a good machine. I use it more for media than for games to be honest. I have it rigged up to my Media Center PC to stream video and music from my computer to the tv. The Media Center Extender is pretty awesome.

I also use it to play my back catalogue of Xbox 1 games. I love this part of the 360 because it really ups the graphical wow of some old games when fed into an HDTV. This is one of the coolest aspects for me. I get a bigger kick out of this then playing new games. The 360 has some stellar graphics for its newer games though, like GOW obviously.

I think I've rambled on quite a bit about this machine. In short, I'm quite happy with it. I'd give it an 8/10. The PS3 would get a 5.5/10, but I'd raise it in the future when we really see it hitting its potential. The 360 has a great library that is in need of a bit more diversity, but it is a solid machine that has some great graphics. So the question begs, are you happy with your 360?   read

12:39 AM on 10.08.2007

PS3 - Are you happy with yours?

This is for those of you who own a PS3. How do you feel about your purchase? Do you feel satisfied with it? The PS3 has taken a lot of crap since its release and I agree in one area, and that is the lack of worthwhile titles. System sellers, as we like to call them. I know a lot of people mod their machines to become little Linux behemoths, and some use it to watch Blu-Ray. What do you do most with yours and after having it for a while, what do you thikn are the systems pros and cons? And at the end of the day, are you happy with it or do you find it lacking? I'd love to hear what you think.   read

5:04 PM on 10.03.2007

HD-DVD vs. Blu-Ray

Hey everyone,

This is related to gaming in that it uses the consoles. I'm curious to know what people out there think of the HD-DVD vs. Blu-Ray debate. I tend to lean towards HD-DVD because of the interactivity features and the fact that the format isn't still a work in progress like Blu-Ray. I think the difference in picture quality is negligible. What I would like to know is what you guys think of your console's ability to play either format? Is the 360 a good HD-DVD player? Is the PS3 a good Blu-Ray player? I have heard that some Blu-Rays can give the PS3 some grief.

I'm also curious to know for people who might have both the consoles how the PS3 and 360 compare when upscaling standard DVDs. Does anyone have experience like this on an HDTV? I'd love to hear some feedback on any of these subjects. Thanks guys.   read

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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