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August 3, 2011 2 comments
In my youth I used to play a lot of video games. Well actually I still play a lot but that’s a whole different story. Well anyway as I was saying, in my youth I played a lot of video games and typically I’d play with a select few friends. Now by select few I would actually mean only three friends. Of these three friends, I only keep in touch with one. The other two have long since fallen by the wayside and I have not talked to them for many a year. Now Stephon I still keep in touch with even though we actually live quite literally a thousand miles apart. I would go so far as to say he is my best friend.
Recently he came to visit me and my family and it was a time that I was excited for yet dreading. Now I was excited because it had been over a year since we had last been in each other’s presence. We talk on the phone often but really it’s not the same as enjoying the weather with beer in hand or visiting a local restaurant for lunch. What I was dreading was the hand off of all of his gaming hardware and software to me. Now this may sound like a good thing to most of you but here’s the problem with it. It signals to me that he has officially moved on from the gaming scene. We have discussed it before but through this physical exchange, it has become official and ultimately set in stone. My one greatest gaming ally has moved on and it saddens me to no end. It’s like ToeJam without Earl, Marcus without Dom or even Ratchet without Clank.
Anyway enough of the sob story. I’m sure you’re only reading this to find out what was handed over so here’s what was in the official exchange. I’ll even post some pics for you to enjoy.

Game Collection Handoff

 

Atari Jaguar and games

Atari Jaguar Console CIB
Alien vs. Predator CIB
Raiden CIB
Tempest 2000 CIB

 

NES Compact and games

NES Compact Console (NES ver2) CIB
Castlevania CIB
Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse CIB
Contra
Donkey Kong Classics
Gradius
Life Force  CIB
Mario Bros.
Rad Racer CIB
Rad Racer II CIB
Rush ‘N Attack
Super Contra
Super Mario Bros. CIB
Super Mario Bros. 2
Super Mario Bros. 3 CIB

 

Playstation 2 and games

PS2 Slim Console CIB
Castlevania: Lament of Innocence  CIB
Devil May Cry GH CIB
R-Type Final CIB
Resident Evil: Code Veronica GH CIB

 

PSOne and games

PSOne Console
Castlevania: SotN GH CIB
Metal Gear Solid GH CIB
Resident Evil 2 CIB

 

SNES Compact and games

SNES Compact Console (SNES ver2) w/Kirby Super Star CIB
Axelay CIB
Castlevania: Dracula X CIB
Contra III: The Alien Wars    CIB
Final Fight
Final Fight 2 CIB
Firepower 2000 CIB
Gradius III CIB
Ninja Gaiden Trilogy CIB
R-Type III CIB
Street Fighter II Turbo
Super Castlevania IV CIB
Super Mario All Stars CIB
Super Mario Kart CIB
Super Mario World
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island CIB
Super R-Type CIB
Top Gear CIB

It pleases me that he thought of me to hand these off to. Unfortunately it still was a sad day for me. The end of an era so to speak.

PSN Game Sharing -My Thoughts-

August 4, 2010 3 comments

Ok I’m really getting sick of the huge game sharing debate and the constant attempts from game companies to quash it. Primary example would be Final Fight: Double Impact. There is a pretty serious DRM lockout on this game. You are only allowed to play it if you are online and no one else is playing your copy (shared). This is true even if you just want to play through the game solo. If the game doesn’t sense an internet connection, it won’t load. That’s total BS! What happens if my internet goes out for a day? I’m not allowed to play my own game? Now I’ll be honest. I was really looking forward to downloading this game. I especially love Magic Sword and would have loved to be able to co-op with my buddies. Fortunately I found out before I bought it that it had this ridiculous DRM lockout on it. Because of that I won’t ever purchase it. Capcom just lost a sale.

I guess before I start arguing my stance on game sharing I should probably look at their side.
• They are losing sales on their product.
• They don’t get money for the shared games aside from the initial purchase.
• They are making less money.
• They can’t line their pockets with more money.
• Less money
• Not more money

Yes these are all the same but worded differently.


Here’s my stance on it:

• I bought it. I should be able to share it. You know, kinda like back in the good ol days of cartridges? I finished a game and would loan it to a buddy. He in turn would finish it and return it to me so I could loan it to someone else. Is there any wrong in that? Oh and a physical copy doesn’t magically destruct after the 4th loan out.
• 80% of the PSN games I have purchased would not have been purchased if I couldn’t share it. I have 2 PS3’s and being able to play my games on either console is a must!
• Downloadable games cost the same (if not more) than its identical physical retail product. Where is my incentive to buy it online? I actually get less because I have no physical copy. Sharing – that’s the only incentive I have. Even so, if I bought a retail copy I could loan it out to as many friends as I have. I wouldn’t be limited to only 4 friends.

Come to think of it… what IS the benefit of downloading games and content? There almost isn’t a benefit.
• Obviously if the content is not available elsewhere, you have no choice.
• If it is available as a physical copy, the cost of the DLC and downloadable games use the same “retail cost” as a physical copy. On top of that you don’t get a physical copy if you download a game. Also you can’t “shop around” for the best price because there is only one store to buy the content in. That would be the PSN store and sales are few and far between.
• There typically is no preorder bonus for digital copies of games (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World would be an exception but the bonus is pretty weak sauce). I mean why would you preorder a digital game anyway? It’s not like they will run out of digital versions of the game.

I dunno, I just get frustrated with the debate. People argue that it’s in the publishers rights to limit the sharing. I say what makes digital ownership different that physical ownership. I have been able to share my cartridge and disc based games for as long as I can remember. Now people think it’s ok for the game companies to limit my sharing to 4 just because formats have changed? F*&# that! I say if you want to stop game sharing, take that feature away from PSN and only charge 20% of the retail disc cost of the download version of the game. If that’s done then I’ll call it even.

So what do you kids think?

PS3 or Wii or 360?

December 17, 2009 8 comments

It’s the holidays. A season of giving and a season of receiving. Now I have all current home consoles and so my friends seem to think I’m the guy to ask about which console to buy as a gift (or for themselves for that matter). I figure I get that question enough so why not just have my personal opinion shared to anyone willing to read this. It’s probably a little late for those who need to purchase a console for someone this year but I’m hoping it will be handy for the after holiday sales.

Now this question is asked all over the place of course and there is no definitive answer. It really depends on what the end user needs or wants and not truly a question of which console is better. I’ll try to break down all of this information so it’s approachable to gamer or non-gamer alike.

Overall Cost:
Wii Console – $199 (Extra wiimote + nunchuck = $59.98) (New games = $49.99)
360 Elite – $299 (Extra controller = $49.99) (New games = $59.99)
PS3 Slim – $299 (Extra controller = $54.99) (New games = $59.99)

Internal memory:
Wii Console – 512MB expandable with an SD memory card (max 2GB)
360 Elite – 120GB HDD (possible future expansion to 250GB?)
PS3 Slim – 120GB HDD expandable with just about any 2.5 form factor HDD

Backwards compatibility:
Wii Console – 100% with Gamecube Games and also controllers/memory cards
360 Elite – Limited with original xBox games
PS3 Slim – None

Hardware internet capabilities:
Wii Console – Wireless modem built in (need adapter to hardline)
360 Elite – Standard ethernet modem built in (need adapter to go wireless)
PS3 Slim – Both wireless and standard ethernet built in

Internet capabilities:
Wii Console – Limited online play, Opera browser, Downloadable games and demos
360 Elite – Full online play (with $49.99 yearly fee), no browser, Downloadable games, game content, demos, movies, trailers, Netflix streaming
PS3 Slim – Full online play, proprietary browser, Downloadable games, game content, demos, movies, trailers, Netflix streaming.

Video playbaback capabilities:
Wii Console – None
360 Elite – DVD playback
PS3 – Blu-ray & DVD playback

High definition capabilities:
Wii Console – None. Limited to 480p with component cables
360 Elite – Up to full 1080p with HDMI or component cables
PS3 Slim – Up to full 1080p with HDMI or component cables

Recognizable exclusive games:
Wii (Nintendo) – Any Mario game, Any Zelda game, Any Metroid game
360 (XBox) – Halo series, Gears of War series
PS3 (Playstation) – Gran Turismo, Metal Gear Solid, Uncharted series

You’ll notice that this information doesn’t really help at all in deciding which system to purchase. It just gives pretty much the low down about each system and nothing about the games or gameplay. Man I can totally ramble on about consoles. Anyway if you were just looking at this info here’s what it breaks down to:

Wii has the upper hand on cost and backwards compatibility.
360 is tied with PS3 on internal memory and high def capabilities.
PS3 has the upper hand on hardware internet, internet and video playback capabilities.

There are so many nuances of each system and more details that I could get into but I’ll get into that with each individual console in the near future. For now I hope this information confuses you even more. Enjoy the incoming break. Great time to catch up on some gaming 😀

My Friend Elle

August 29, 2008 Leave a comment

Elle & Adam dukin' it out on boxing

Today is the last day of work for my good friend Elle. She will be returning to school very soon. I am sad and envious all at the same time. She will be missed 😦

Categories: Friends, Life, Me, Snapshots

Cowbell

August 25, 2008 Leave a comment

Cowbell

A birthday gift from fellow gamers 🙂 cause I got a fever!

Rock Band
+ Blue Oyster Cult + Cowbell = Awesomeness!

Need I say more?

Bad news X2

March 5, 2008 2 comments

Typically news from friends is good. Unfortunately sometimes you get news that perhaps you really didn’t want.

Yesterday I was informed that some good friends of mine are getting a divorce. Now I always thought that if a couple was planning to get a divorce, I would notice signs of the upcoming doom. Not so. I really had no idea. It definitely comes as a surprise and I’m still trying to look back at times we all hung out and I still don’t see it. They always seemed like a great couple.

News like that is bad but on top of this news, I got some worse news from another friend. He found out last week that his father has terminal cancer. It’s progressed so far as to pretty much leave him with 2 months to a year (according to the doctors). It’s actually looking more like the 2 months at the rate that the cancer has spread throughout his body. His father doesn’t want to undergo chemo which of course means that there’s probably only enough time to say the goodbyes and make amends. It’s a hard thing for me so I could only imagine how hard it is for my friend. I only hope that this will pass easily and painlessly.

We all need to  take a break sometimes and think about the really important things in life because life can be a lot shorter than we expect.

Categories: Friends, Life, Me