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4:32 PM on 06.06.2008

Playstation Qore Impressions: Is it here to stay?

Today, I woke up, sticky and probably foul smelling saliva in my mouth with one sole purpose, to download the latest Playstation Store content because last night, Sony wanted to get the hell out of the office. Well after dragging my butt to wake up, turn on my PS3 and going to the New Releases, there was one piece of content I wanted to immediately put on the top of my queue.

Thats right, Qore full year service. Now unlike many PS3 owners who are turned off by the idea of "paying for having ads shoved in your face for a year," I wasn't at all reluctant to immediately sign up for the service, cause so far, Sony has been nice to me: I wasn't forced to buy a PSN account, I didn't have to pay extra to get a wireless card or HDMI, heck Bluray even won, so why not help out Sony by trying their service out for a year?

Well the verdict is, I think Qore has potential. It might be $25 to get ads shoved in your face, but I see a lot of things that could make Qore not only great, but possibly setting a new trend in print media.

Well here's the rundown, once you download Qore, you have to install the 1.16 GB install and it could eventually be found in your XMB under the game menu. Well once you get all that initial mumbo jumbo out of the way, you get to see an awesome HD trailer of "the Incredible Hulk" which looks amazing, especially after you are greeted by a cute and corny geek who goes by the name none other than Veronica Belmont (I first noticed her on that Mahalo show where she's doing yoga poses like the picture above) but she comes out first to shove in your face how great Qore is going to be and then acts cute for no particular reason.

But the way the content is presented after this is both love and hate. Could Sony have done better? Hell yeah! But is this a great start? Most definitely! The idea of Qore itself is just true to whatever Sony is trying to do, to be different, to be a trendsetter, they hit spot on with this interactive magazine. They aimed to do something no one would do in the first place and they at least sold me to spend the money to try it out. I wouldn't mind at all to get my magazines in a digital format thats just so awesomely presented.

But the real question is, is it here to stay? I mean, the PS3 is projected with a 10 year life span, but how do you provide exclusive content especially in this day and age where people love to pirate their material. It just makes me wonder if Qore will even survive the light of day. But oh well, I am sold on the idea, I like Qore but there are some things that I know they could perform much better.

-If you're gonna put ads, either footnote them, embed them on the bottom of the page, or allow to skip the ad. Don't put it right on my face and make me waste 3-4 seconds of my life.
-Make a rewind and fast forward function in the videos, nothing is more annoying then watching the whole thing over again.
-Make Qore a community based interactive magazine. Allow things to be posted here like people's game saves, rosters (for sports games), user submitted videos of achievments, and other things. Don't restrict to just being the "background access."
-Put more content. I'm not spending essentially $2 a month to only know about (in this case, 4-5 games). Thats just not cool.

Anyways what do you guys think? Did Qore hit the spot? Is it going in the right direction? Or will it be something we'll totally forget?   read

4:05 PM on 05.29.2008

First Blog (better late than never): Are Japanese Developers Losing Their Touch?

I really don't know how to start off a first blog, so I'll start with a little introduction.


Anyways I have been a long time lurker of this site, I finally decided its about time to start a Clog after everyone has been doing one. Usually I try to vent with some of my thoughts, but if I read some other person's Clog and they seem to get my idea down, I'll rest easy. But if I search and search and find the topic has not been discussed, I usually will start a post unless some bastard beats me to it in the 1 minute it takes me to write one. So without further ado, there's a topic thats been on my mind for a while that I wouldn't mind discussing on this community.

Are the Japanese Developers Losing Credibility within Console Gaming?

Okay before I get mobbed by angry individuals with pitchforks, I'd like to reiterate that I am strictly talking about console gaming, as thats all I really know.

I grew up around the period when the SNES and Genesis were at odds. I have vague memories of all the back and forth slandering of the consoles, the "Sega do what Nintendon't" motto that made that era of gaming famous. And one day, as I was sitting in class, in a somewhat racist environment of my third grade class, we were talking about race and what each race was essentially good for. On a whim, one of the asinine students shouted out "All Japanese are good for is making videogames."

Needless to say, I didn't really know what the difference of an American guy or a Japanese guy being the creator of Mario would affect gaming in anyways, but surely it did affect a lot of the public portrayal in media about gaming usually being associated with Japan.

As I started growing up, anime started being the big thing with Dragon Ball Z taking off, this caused somewhat of a chain reaction when I noticed that around this time, a lot of my friends were starting anime clubs, video game clubs, and heck, there was even a Japanese club (mind you I don't know any Japanese in South FL). But I started really getting into videogames during Final Fantasy 7's infamous debut.

From then on, I guess I had this preconceived notion, that most videogame wonders had standards set by Japanese developed software. Call me racist, call me living in a bubble, but during this time, I could easily recognize the name Shinji Mikami over someone like Ed Boon.

I mean back then, I guess the first generation Playstation really took off during the JRPG revolution, with Final Fantasy 7 being the forefront of all that (I wasn't into Chrono Trigger or Secret of Mana back in the day), prompting me to get any game essentially that had a Japanese developer on the helm. And usually it didn't disappoint. I guess its like us who prefer Japanese cars over American ones.

But lately, there has been a shift of the public opinion starting with last generation. When Microsoft entered the console market, I started of hearing more American hits. Halo and what not have been rising the charts in popularity and hype, its gotten to the point where in this current generation, I can not honestly name a single game that is completely Japanese helmed and "memorable." I think quite honestly, seeing the PS3 more popular in Europe and the Wii being so kiddy has skewed my image even more about what has happened to Japanese developers in general. I mean it wasn't too long ago when I had a conversation with my friend about going into the gaming industry and he stated something along the lines of "Well you might wanna go to Japan and check out working for a developer there, all games are made in Japan anyways." (of course we know that isn't true)

So what does everyone think? Am I living in a bubble? am I being racist (although I assure you I'm not)? Have the Japanese really lost their "dominance" if you will in the gaming world? Are Sony products really better cause they're Japanese and Caucasians are too damn tall (see below video)?

Comment me and tell me what you think, and be gentle if you are gonna flame me.

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