No PS3 For Me

I guess my purchase of a PS3 has just been delayed. The PS3 is by far, the cheapest blue ray player on the market, but it is still more than I want to pay for a blue ray player. Sony has just announced, that despite the hard economic times and extreme competition, they will not be dropping the price of the PS3 now, or anytime soon.

“As we have stated previously, we do not have plans for a PS3 price drop, and any rumors to that effect are false and are the result of speculation. SCEA remains focused on the long-term momentum of PS3. With the industry’s best software lineup this year, combined with our most aggressive marketing campaign to date, we remain confident in our approach and the value we’re delivering with PS3.”

These rumors are started every few months or so. If it’s not the PS3, then it’s the Xbox 360. Where they get started is a mystery. The systems are already selling at a loss and a price drop is due to a lack of sales. The only way they make money back on the systems is through purchase of Xbox Live or downloads depending upon the system they are more or less successful at that. Games the second way that they can make money back on their systems.

I am going to have to hold out on purchasing the PS3. I only want it for the blue ray player as I am personally not a Sony gamer. Their games are weak in comparison. They have some decent graphics due to the blue ray though.

LTN Tournament Perhaps?

Would anybody be interested in a small tournament that I’d run here on LTN? I’d try and get at least 8 teams for whatever game it is. I would be able to run a Call of Duty 4, Halo 3, Gears of War 1 or 2, Fifa 2009, Madden 2009, or NHL 2009 tournament. Depending upon interest, I would even get a small cash prize coming out of my pocket to give to the winning team or individual.

Just leave a comment with a valid email in the box, the game of choice. Note that you must be an Xbox 360 gamer. There will be no real set date. It will be up to the gamers in each round to get their games done within 2 or 3 days of the time I hook the two of you up for a game. So again, just post the games you’d be interested in entering a tournament for and if we get enough interest we’ll run one.

Amazing Race: The Video Game

CBS, the creators of the reality tv show called The Amazing Race is coming to gaming systems. The game is said to follow the traditional format of the actual game. You will receive a partener and you will travel across the countries completing different puzzles and challenges. There will also be Roadblocks, Detours, and Fast Forwards as in the real game show.

I am curious as to how this game will end up. I watched the first few seasons of this show on TV and then got sick of it. It’s the same thing over and over. I don’t see how it will easily be repeated in a video game. I mean, how do they deal with your partner quitting? How is the game going to keep the experience the same with all those difficult tasks, while still making it fast loading and capturing the many difficulties of the game.

There have been no formal announcements as to what systems the game will be coming out for. My guess is the Xbox 360 and possibly the Playstation 3 depending upon the quality of their online connection in larger player games. The PC version is probably a no simply because of the lack of mics in computer gaming.

Blizzard Entertainment New Franchise In Progress

Good news to those of you currently enjoying one of Blizzards massively successful games such as World of Warcraft. They are apparently working on some sort of secret game to add to their collection. They haven’t announced any title, yet they are searching for a programmar.

“Blizzard Entertainment is seeking an experienced gameplay engineer to focus on game rules systems for an unannounced title.”

Hopefully this is going to be something as big as World of Warcraft. It would be nice to see another huge game on the market that is currently being dominated by WoW, Halo, Call of Duty, GTA, and the various instrument games. You never know what to expect from Blizzard.

I’m guessing this is some sort of MMORPG or simple RPG that they are hoping will launch off of World of Warcrafts success. A first person shooter wouldn’t be out of the question though. If you are a gameplay engineer try applying for this job. It would be a very rewarding one.

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LTN News

Blogs starting to age here and it’s had better than expected progress. The only thing the blog has failed to do is to receieve a few guest bloggers who would like an account on here that would like to try and post some original content of their own each day, each week, or every other week. As often as you’d like.

The blogs getting to be a bit of a burden trying to upkeep, but the traffic it’s generating keeps it interesting enough. How many readers out there do I have that read this blog on a regular basis? Just leave some comments with how long your been following my blog, and if you’d be interested in some guest posts.

NHL 2009 Owns

Just my simple review of the game. It has improved greatly since the last version I played which was 2009. I’d have to say this is now the most realistic sports game for a video game system. The graphics are good, the tricks are good, the shooting is pretty good, and of course the overal interface is good. I do have two complaints about the game still. You don’t see realistic hit reactions. If you just get crushed I don’t see how you’re still standing. The second thing I don’t like is how fast the players get up. They slide for the puck or to block the puck and they are almost instantly on their feet reday to go.

If you haven’t put money into the NHL hockey game in the last year or two it is definitely worth your purchase. The game has everything it needs and more. It is so addicting, and very challenging to learn and compete to be the best. Let me know if you want to play me in NHL 2009. I might just take you up on that offer. I’m not amazing though so you’ll have to bear with me while I learn the game a bit more.

Mobile Awards

GDC ran its second annual mobile games contest and determined the winners. The winners split the $30,000 pot, and get to show off their games at the GDC IFG Mobile pavillion. This years competition was completely dominated by iTouch and iPhone games; however, the DS did sneak one into the winners. The following are the finalists chosen as the mobile games of the year.

  • Best Game: Fieldrunners (Subatomic Studios) – iPhone/iPod Touch
  • Innovation in Mobile Game Design: Galcon (Hassey Enterprises) – iPhone/iPod Touch
  • Achievement in Art: Fieldrunners (Subatomic Studios) – iPhone/iPod Touch
  • Technical Achievement: Real Racing (Firemint) – iPhone/iPod Touch
  • Audio Achievement: Zen Bound (Secret Exit) – iPhone/iPod Touch
  • The Next Great Mobile Game: Reflection (Team Reflection) – Nintendo DS
  • Best iPhone Game: Zen Bound (Secret Exit) – iPhone/iPod Touch

It appears as though the iPhone market is slowly becomming a large enough market that it makes sense for large video game companies to start to create games for the iPhone. If there were some sort of popular MMORPG to come to the iPhone there would be huge excitement in the gaming word. As for now, these are the best of the best. Let’s hope they are stepping stones to something much greater.