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  1. I agree with Ste. I like a moderate challenge these days. The days where I would try and try and try again, (such as Mario Kart on SNES) until I was seething with angrification are in the past. This is only a step change from having multiple difficulty levels, such as on Halo. I would rather choose a level geared at fun than a hardcore challenge. Once I have tried and failed at something repeatedly i just give up and move on, such as with Lost Planet, or MotorStorm. I just don't have enough gaming time to spend 8 hours on one little bit of one level....
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    £15.99

    Posted this before in another thread away back. You have to wonder whether if most games were priced at say £17.99 new whether that would actually benefit the industry, especially now we have the secondhand market. It's pretty much at an impulse buy price, and it would leave too small a margin for shops to bother with secondhand games. So all games would in theory be bought new. So you'd get more people buying a game as its much less money to risk, and as every game sold would be new developers and publishers would earn from all the sales. Obviously, the big killer apps could charge a higher rate as people would pay it, but most games are not in this group.
  3. It depends what we mean by harm. Constant, repeated patterns of behaviour become the norm quite quickly for a child. I can't believe that if a young child spent hours a day, every day playing violent video games, or watching violent films, with no other balancing experiences that that wouldn't affect them in any way at all. They have minimal real world experience in which to put things in context. Now, whether the effects are temporary or whether they will affect the childs developments, I wouldn't know, any more than any of us know. The number of people who end up with issues because their parents divorce, or they are bullied at school etc, shows how deeply childhood experiences affect us. Just wondering, do you think that video games and movies are completely harmless to people of all ages? Presumably if they are then no film or video game should ever be certified or censored, and anybody from any age should have access to everything...
  4. Is that hardware and software? If so, that's not so bad then. I presume that its a fine line which is why they won't drop the the price of the console just yet. I still think that the era of consoles sold on the back of being cool technology is passing. Stylish to look at maybe, but not the technology. I don't think PS3 would sell any more if Sony brought back their 'do not underestimate the power of playstation' ads, for example. People would just laugh. And Sony are about quality technology, so I'm not sure how they fit with this new view. They need to be stylish and cheap, not stylish and high tech. Maybe they need to create the Walkman of home consoles, if Nintendo haven't already done that.
  5. Other than keeping going so as to not lose face it's difficult to see what Sony is getting from this generation of consoles. They're losing money hand over fist and being completely outsold by MS and Nintendo. Every day that goes by the gulf between them and the 360 grows and I seriously doubt that there is anything, including a price cut that could fix that. Even in those generations when Nintendo consoles sold poorly, Nintendo themselves still made a handsome profit. And Microsoft themselves are profitable and can support their consoles for as long as they feel they need to. Sony are struggling as we all know and have nothing but debt to show for the PS3. I can't believe that they will make a PS4, I just cannot see them taking the risk. Gaming is not about cool tech and high specs any more and that is what Sony are all about. They are technology company fighting in a battle that is simply not about technology. I think they may have little choice but to gracefully bow out at the end of this generation.
  6. Hmmmm You have to wonder whether if most games were priced at say £17.99 new whether that would actually benefit the industry, especially now we have the secondhand market. It's pretty much at an impulse buy price, and it would leave too small a margin for shops to bother with secondhand games. So all games would in theory be bought new. So you'd get more people buying a game as its much less money to risk, and as every game sold would be new developers and publishers would earn from all the sales. Obviously, the big killer apps could charge a higher rate as people would pay it, but most games are not in this group.
  7. Yeah. You can now google sentences from Darren's post back to rllmuk. He is immortalised (for a few days)!
  8. I do think that £40 - £50 per game price point allows so few games to make money. At that price point people will surely only buy games that they have confidence in, which tends to be the big brands. It also creates the annual Christmas mega-glut. If DVDs were £40 -£50 a film I wonder how many DVDs people would buy. The movie industry would rather have a large number of sales with less profit per sale, and maybe gaming should look towards that model at some point. As we know all the money gravitates to a handful of dead certs whilst many other worthy games just fall away. If games were retailing at £16.99 or so, they would be much more of an impulse buy. I know that there is a fee to the console manufacturer, but even if that is £5 it must allow for some reduction in price... Is it simply that the industry is too scared to try or that they've done the research and this is the way it has to be?
  9. Does installing games to the hard drive actually make any noticeable difference? Banjo seems pretty slow to load data every time you change area, and I was wondering whether it's worth deleting stuff from the drive so I could install it.
  10. Depends what you mean by walking normally. If you mean walking from your front door to the corner shop or from the sofa to the kitchen then probably not a huge benefit. I use a fitbug which is a pedometer, and fitbug reckon that after walking for about 10 minutes continuously any steps after that help with cardiovascular fitness. Just to add that having the opportunity to watch my wife gyrate whilst hula hooping makes Wii Fit my favourite game purchase evar
  11. There are some 360 exclusive games that have been so enjoyed by my family and I that I could never choose a PS3 over the 360 now. Gears of War, Halo 3, Crackdown (mmmm Crackdown), Viva Pinata amongst them. And the controller is just the best. Sony really messed up with the chance to create a better controller this time. Microsoft improved their controller, Nintendo made the new controller the key to their new console, and Sony (who were so radical when they first entered the market) were more cautious than my nan. I do think that once the PS3 is cheap enough, it will ease past the 360 and probably have the longest legs of all of the current consoles.
  12. What we're looking for is a game with a character who commands a fleet of helicopter gunships against an enemy who have 3 rifles and a bag of rocks. Would make for a hell of a one-sided game, but the character could fill the time with unfunny shaggy dog stories...
  13. I think that people who have really only bought the Playstation consoles will simply think that a 'Playstation' game will work on the next 'Playstation' console. And that is a fair assumption to make. The PS2 was backwards compatible, and there is no reason why the PS3 couldn't have been, other than Sony incompetence. I mean, it was BC at the beginning and Sony made a big noise about it, and now they have chosen to remove it in a very hamfisted approach. To actually have two versions of a console for sale and only including BC in one of them is very likely to trip up a lot of people. Especially as its not something you can add on later like a hard drive. I don't think people should have to research whether PlayStation 3 version X includes BC. If Sony were being responsible and sticking to the spirit and continuity of the PlayStation brand they would all have BC. Any accusation of stupidity lays squarely at the door of Sony.
  14. It's not as simple as the BBFC thinking this game is a bit rough so lets ban it. I think its because by granting the game a certificate they are effectively officially condoning the games content as acceptable, and within the moral standards of the country as a whole they don't believe it is. Its not like a game is a quiet conversation between two people behind closed doors. It is very public, it will be in shops, and advertised and discussed all over the place, and I think the BBFC are saying that for our society this game is so crass it doesn't deserve that. Surely there does need to be a line drawn somewhere. With the road that Rockstar are travelling I wouldn't be surprised if their next game was 'Paedophile Rapist' or some such drama.... They make Stephen King's books seem positively fluffy.
  15. The problem with the current hight point is that it needs to justify it, and nothing about the PS3 this year will justify it costing more than the 360. Then , after this Xmas the 360 will be so established it will be the primary HD development platform. That will probably mean that even with price drop next year, it'll be too late for the ps3.... I'd wait and see. Maybe if it was sub £200 I'd get one, for th eodd exclusive gem.
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