Friday, 26 February 2010
Ok this moan is going to be about people referring to the current generation of consoles as “next gen”.
In the past a lot of us looked forward to this “Next generation” of consoles. Back when it was the bit wars era the next gen was always a number that was double what it was, but then came along the Dreamcast and it died down a bit for us all as the makers stopped boasting about who many bits it was and so ended the bit wars. What bit would we be on now? 256? Well the 360 must be wrongly titled as 360 isn't 256x2 unless it is called a 360 due to the circle on the front?. Maybe the PS3 is called so due to it having the power of three Psones and the Wii is called the Wii due to it…..................?
WHAT THE FRAK WHERE THEY ON WHEN THEY NAMED THAT!!?
Anyway that's all of pondering why the Wii is called a Wii as its no longer 2006.
Annnnnyway so next gen or the current gen as it should be known.
Its a eerie thought that the Dreamcast is retro when I remember it being called “Next Gen” and now its in Retro gamer as a bit of video games history. So does this mean that in ten more years the 360/PS3 will be in Retro gamer?(that's if the printed media is still going in ten years). Will we be looking back and saying “Wow remember Portal? What a great game that was” and then buying it online to play on our PS4s(Im guessing on the title here).
While people like me moan that this next gen of consoles has robbed us of the pleasure of holding a new game in our hands.
So can people stop referring to the 360 and PS3 as next gen?
Ok the Wii is last gen one point five.
While im on it
Whats with people calling the 360 the Xbox?
Lets call it the 360 as that's its name
We dont call the PS 3 the playstation do we?
Thanks for reading
Monday, 22 February 2010
Id like to step away from games in this moan, but it can be linked to games tedious link style due to one certain pop up from it
Yes its Party Poker and there's probably some video on there of games, but aside from that there is no games connection.
Mega video then
Yeah its a video site, but unlike Youtube this one can hold more than ten minute vids.
"That sounds good" you might think. You might also think "Why isn't it as well known and as loved as Youtube?"
Well I will tell you.
For starters there's that Party Poker advert that pops up every time you click on a vid.
Its like they run the damn thing. If I wanted to play a card game id rather see the other players face, but since its poker I have little knowledge on how to play it.
But wait there's more.
There's another add that surrounds the big ol play button.
There is also the lack of moderators on the comments so site spam happens a lot.
Ok other than the adds there is errrrrrrrrrrrr
The video watching limit.
70 minutes in you get a message saying that you have watched 70 minutes of video and you have to wait OVER A SODING HOUR! to watch more.
And then it starts from the beginning (unless you skip) so if you don't know where you last where its a pain to find it again.
I have never had to do that thought as I found a way round it
Well unless you pay to get a full membership, but only fools do such a mad thing.
MegaVideo sucks, but its still good as there is a lot of films and stuff on there if you know how to look (there are sites that list them) so its not all bad. Its just that damn limit that spoils it.
Right I have gotten my cuppa and a small snack that is mostly sugar so its time to "Get My Moan On"
This moan is powered by what ever the fark Planet Rock plays.
Hype. There's a lot of it about, weather its for a new movie (Avatar in looking at you), book (No I don't want to hear about a day in some person that's famous for being on TV once). a TV program (Heroes springs to mind). the iPad (SHUT UP ABOUT IT) or some new store that is meant to be cheap but ends up going out of business as it made no profit on anything. What I'm getting at here is there's a lot of hype about for things, but this is a games based moan. So about games it shall be.
I recently bought a game (I know big shocker) based on the hype it got about how good it was. I knew very little about it besides it was a RPG and my love of RPGs and the price made me buy it. So I got it home and played it and to my surprise about a hour in and the talking ended a five minute battle later it was back to the talking, then a few more hours later I got to choose what to say next followed by more talking. I saved the game and stopped playing so I asked some fans of it on-line "When does the game become a game and less of a game and it turns out that they forgot to mention its also a "Social interaction" game (you play out somebody's life) great so very little in the way of entertainment more like a interesting soap opera, if I wanted to read loads of text id rea one of the books on my "READ" pile.
I was sucked in by the hype around its purposed really good storyline and really good battles, my instincts told me not to get it as it had "Squaresoft" on the cover (They published it in the UK) and to me there games are all hype.
Well there's a new Halo out soon and already its got the front page of Edge magazine AGAIN! The hype about it has started to build up like a pile of rubbish that hasn't been collected over the Christmas period and rubbish it is.
And that afore mentioned magazine likes to hype up games. Then they come out and they hate them.
I do remember Sega Saturn Magazine hyping up the home port of "The House of the Dead" making it sound like its going to be the best home port ever. In truth?
Shoddy wasn't the word for it and that screen flash (older gun games had to know where the gun was pointed so the flash was it telling the game where you shot) became really annoying when in a boss battle in two player (me and a mate hardly saw anything of the final boss as the screen was white most the time)
On the rare occasion a game does live up to the hype, but the last one I can remember was Portal and good it was so from now on im going to ignore all this hype and just wait for the game to come out, then wait a bit longer till it drops down in price.
Thanks for reading.
Lets get this straght
I haven't played many of the recent Sonic games, as I have a inbuilt hatred towards 3D plat-formers, as I cant get my head round them. I am possibly the only person on this planet that thinks Mario 64 is not the god of all 3D plat-forming as I found it confusing to play and kept missing the jumps as I like to jump from a side ways on view. I also avoided the recent Sonic games as they where 3D (played Sonic Heroes at a local HMV and nearly threw the damn gaming pod at the display of Sonic heroes titles on the self as such is my rage towards that game). then upon hearing about Sonic Unleashed and reading of the 2D sections I was really thinking of buying it (I am without job so my gaming spends are limited), BUT THEN! In walks the 3D warehog sections like somebody wearing a 50cent T-Shirt at a Motorhead concert and like said fan he is unwelcome and has people wanting to beat him to a pulp, so I decided not to buy it.
Upon hearing about "Project Needlemouse" I have not got my hopes up on it even if Sega have said "its going to be back to basic 2D"
So come on Sega make me happy
MAKE IT GOOD!
Best Sonic games from somebody that grew up playing them
Sonic 2, Sonic 3 & Knuckles, Sonic CD and Sonics Pocket adventure (it is like a mix of Sonic 2 and 3) Sonic Chaos Sonic on the master system
Best Sonic related games
Knuckles Choatix, Sonic Conicals, Sonic jump
Best 3D Sonic games
That extra in Christmas NiGHTS, the walk around bit in Sonic Jam
Passable Sonic games (okish but not good)
Sonic adventure/2 - Was playable, but with to much arsing around(The flying bits where enjoyable the most, but thats coming from somebody that has played Panzer Dragoon a lot)knows what game they where loosely based off).
Sonic Drift Racing 2 - I am possibly the only person that liked it.
Sonic Rush on DS - To many bits that relied upon knowing the level off by heart and the screen switching didnt work out to well.
Ideal modern Sonic game-
- 2D with 3D back grounds (Like Strider 2 of Geoman 64 2).
- The only time its 3D is with the camera behind while runing away from something (like in Sonic adventure)
- Rings goes without saying.
- Chaos emeralds that are hidden round the levels (like Sonic on the Master system but in random places).
- If it is to have cut seens make them skipable after they have been seen.
- No bonus stages as they stopped being good after Sonic 2.
- If they must be there make them extra mingames that dont have to be played.
- NO DOWNLOADABLE CONTENT!!
- No new characters.
- With the exception of a owl called Dave
- Different routes for different characters (like in Sonic 3 and Knuckles).
- Only playable characters be Sonic, Tails, Knuckles and Amy as the rest are ether dead or on vacation.
- Better still put most of them in a sequel to Sonic Chronicles with the old Team Choatix saving something.
- Sonic and Tails bits are normal 2D platform bits
- Its possibly 3D for Amy and Knuckles as theres are more of a exploration stage (with some kind of combat going on)(make it so that these bits dont have to be played)
- HIS NAME IS ROBOTNICK NOT EGGMAN!!! (there was a really good origin story for both him and Sonic in the UKs Sonic the Comic).
- Possible new versions of classic stages (GIVE ME NEO CHEMICAL PLANT ZONE!!).
- With possible time travelling thing from Sonic CD?
- The return of "SEGAAAAAAAAAAAAAA" before the title screen as it makes me feel like everything going to be ok.
- Same music composer as the one from the older titles.
- Make it not set on Earth as that makes no sense.
- Maybe make the time travel sections on a modified Tornado plane (NOT WITH IT GOING UP TO 88 MILES PER HOUR) in the Sonic Adventure style.
- No choas as they look like the bastard offspring from a drunken sex session between them puyos and Nightopians and are just as useless as the later of the two.
- SPEED Its not Sonic with out that.
Note this is not a moan against the online store GamePlay
Yeah this is one thing that really gets on my nerves, its the term "GamePlay" used on video of the game in play the Wiki say the following about the term game play
Despite criticism, the term gameplay has gained acceptance in popular gaming nomenclature, being the only common phrase describing the quality of player engagement or how "fun" the game is. The primary aspects of gameplay are the challenges the game presents to players, and the actions that players may take in response to those challenges. Some gaming reviews give a specific score for gameplay, along with graphics, sound, and replay value. Many consider "gameplay" to be the most important indicator of the quality of a game.
To summarise its what you feel when you play the game in question, some thing that makes the game good. NOT A VIDEO OF THE GAME BEING PLAYED! Unless its one of those shitty 90s FMV games that had none of this game play.
The recent change in the usage of it can be traced back to EA. there now using it to confuse that clueless idiot off the street that probably has a Wii and thinks that this Wiifit is a really good game and buys anything he see advertised by Ant and Dec as he thinks there real people that have spent years playing these strange video games, has weak normal sized thumbs, a manicure, talks with his colleagues down the wine bar about what ever it is these morons talk about and thinks that the latest X factor band is really "Rockin" and has never played anything PrePlaystation 2 and has herd that a game needs game play to be good. So a EA rep in his infinite wisdom decided to show somebody laying the game and slap on a "Actual Game play" on it witch I do applaud them for, but the bloke off the street will probably now go into a store and judge his next purchase of possible gaming shovelware on those little pictures on the back of the box thinking that "oh these gameplay shots look good, this looks like a really good game" while looking on the back of Walk it out while avoiding the ones that can be called games like Madworld, Ghost Squad or even soding Warioware.
So thanks EA you are now bringing down the games industry by influencing this poor sods game purchases and making him buy the filler and not the killer so is the possible reason why company's like Sega and Capcom arnt doing them good games on them as much.
So in closing I urge those games promoters to use the correct term "Game in play" to stop these game buying idiots from buying the wrong things.
I thank you