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Nick Laslett

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  1. I like to think that the Game 2.0 concept will be what really defines the next few years in gaming. By Game 2.0 I mean things like the easy creation and dissemination of user created content, the integration of game clip recording and screenshot taking whilst within a game for uploading onto the Web, and the development of integrated game communities. Halo 3 is one of the first titles to bring a lot of this together, along with the PS3 release of Singstar. Hopefully, in October LittleBigPlanet will be the next big Game 2.0 release. PixelJunk Eden which is release at the end July, will have seemless integration with YouTube for uploading gameplay clips. Buzz on the PS3 has User generated quizzes you can create and upload. A lot of these things have been around on the PC for ages, but have lacked simplicity and integration. Now that consoles are online and have storage capabilities, this has opened a whole new horizon beyond single player experiences and online death matches. People will be able to design and upload content with ease and have a strong feedback loop to build on so that they can improve. Integrated game communities will rate content much like YouTube and ensure the best stuff is easy to find.
  2. I tried real hard to read through this thread, but there is just so much hate and negativity towards Sony on this forum. For something that is FREE to download and use you would think people would be pretty happy about the HOME announcement. But the rllmuk community has tried real hard to misunderstand and just plain ignore what has been announced. One thing is for sure, you don't have to download HOME if you don't want to, it is a FREE piece of software that you can choose to take it or leave it. You can stick with the bundled avatar options and private space options, you do not have to pay for any of the additional content if you don't want too. Some dumbass poster didn't even see to realise that you can use voicechat using any exisiting USB or Blu-Tooth headset. Only an idiot would think that Sony would do something as boneheaded as to create an online meeting place and then deny you the ability to communicate. You can stream the contents of your harddrive to other users present in your private space. The data will be compresed, so it is not like they are getting perfect copies of your stored movies. This is similar to the LocationFree TV concept and data streaming PS3 content to your PSP across wider area networks. Again this is all free to do and hardly a BAD THING. Just like EyeToy enabled video chat, HOME provides an online place to meet-up with people for social purposes, for FREE. You can play multiplayer online games together within the HOME environment or jump to a game which you have in your PS3. The last point I'd like to make is that HOME is not limited to Sony. Third party publisher will have there own areas, and there is no reason why other business won't have spaces like GAP or Top Shop. This might not sound very exciting, but it is for FREE and not doing anyone any harm. I know my wife will happily visit an virtual shopping mall just as quickly as she would one in the real world. This is going to be an interesting experiment, it is a shame most rllmuk users will not be there to participate as they seem adamant against this idea.
  3. You can order from the US Playstation store with Mastercard. I would recommend Flow, Blast Factor and Tekken 5.
  4. Judging by the availability of import machines, there will be a lot to go around. I was in Dubai 3 weeks ago and every electronics shop had 2-3 Japanese machines available for £400. I wonder if the PAL launch will effect the import machine prices?
  5. Yes, you can use HDMI for video and Optical for Audio.
  6. I hear that they might be using the Motorstorm engine. Maybe Rushy can drop us some hints either way. I hope they give us a track designer and a decent online community.
  7. I'm with you here. It is a real surprise to me too. Maybe I'm just not sensitive enough to it, or my brain filters out the rumble due to the extreme visual and aural sensory input. Or it could be a bit like how different people suffer from motion sickness with FPSs. I need to try the GTDemo with the DFP steering wheel, I'm sure the difference will be more pronounced as the force feedback in the DFP is very strong. Does PES have rumble? What about Soul Calibur 2?
  8. We don't agree on this point and I have to say I was very surprised how little impact the lack of rumble had for me. I even went back and forth a few times between GT4 and GTdemo just to try and highlight the difference. I expect now that Sony have patched up with Immersion that this will be a moot point in a years time. Regarding Linux I just did a quick search and Picasa and Google Maps both work with Linux, I wonder if they will work on the PS3? Once I get my PAL PS3 and start the Linux install, I'll post a thread in Ask the Forum. It could prove a useful resource. Being a complete beginner if I can do it, then anyone can.
  9. You can barely see the difference between 576p PAL DVD and Blu-Ray on a 42" Plasma. A lot depends on the transfer and the type of movie. The big improvement in my mind is not so much extra resolution, which is decreased the further you sit away from the screen, but the encoding. Ditching low bitrate MPEG2 and moving to high bitrate MPEG2 or better still AVC yields a much more pleasing image. Especially colours, and reduction in digital artifacts that is what I notice most. For most people in the UK neither Blu-Ray or HD-DVD will yield a big enough improvement over PAL DVD to justify the costs. I think it is different in the US due to more common larger screen sizes and the crappy NTSC format that has very dodgy colour encoding to being with, without adding MPEG2 peculiarities to the situation. It would not surprise me if film studios started dialing back the MPEG2 encoding quality of DVDs just to make the leap to HD more pronounced.
  10. Despite my advice earlier in this thread not to buy a PS3 unless you are into Sony first party games or Blu-Ray movies http://www.rllmukforum.com/index.php?s=&am...t&p=3674854 I will be getting a PAL PS3 to add to my launch Japanese PS3. My wife has agreed that a PS3 in the sitting room with a large harddrive can be used for storing all our music and photos and be used as a DVD, CD player and for access to the Internet. No web browser in the Xbox360 is a real mistake in my opinion. My 5 year old daughter tried out Barbie.com using the PS3 and sixaxis and it worked okay. My only concern is a lot of kid's websites use Flash quite heavily, I hope Sony keep the PS3 browser updated. At least moving her onto the PS3 will free the PC up again. I will be installing LINUX onto my PAL PS3 hopefully that will yield a few interesing apps. It will certainly be a technical adventure for me, but hopefully no more challenging than tiling a bathroom or putting down a wooden floor. The blu-ray bug has bitten hard, not surprising as movies are my first love. I already have a stack of pre-orders at Amazon.com. The only functionality of the PS3 that still leaves me a little cold is the remote play wi-fi link to the PSP. I have played about with it a few times, but being able to access the PS3 from the PSP whilst in the same house as the PS3 does seem a little pointless. If Sony get this working over a WAN it might prove useful, but till then, it just seems easier to walk into the room with the PS3. The wi-fi bandwidth also seems a bit constrained. I still don't notice the lack of rumble, I have gone from Gears of War to Resistance and PGR3 to Gran Turismo in the same play session and not noticed anything missing. But the 360 pad is so much better than the Sixaxis, the R2/L2 triggers are not configured for how my hands work. What do people think of Flow? It is a good primer for using the motion sensors in the sixaxis. This piece of functionality shows promise. I alsoo like the way the motion sensors is integrated into Blast Factor, that is very intelligent use of the function and adds to the game play putting it above most shooters, it gives the game an extra dimension literally.
  11. I believe Singstar World is a launch game for the PS3 in the UK. I intend to pick that up and rebuy may favourite songs from the previous Singstars and whatever else they will have at the Singstar shop. I look forward to seeing some rllmuk performers posting their vids on the Singstar world site. I will be subjecting you all to my rendition of 99 Red Balloons. (If this post reads like Sony paid for it, that's because they did. )
  12. Thanks, that is want I meant it to say. Please move the thread too, it shouldn't be in Game Discussion. The most appropriate section would be films, I guess?
  13. I thought it was common knowledge that MS were spreading FUD about Blu-Ray. On the AVSForum Amir Majidimehr is highly active spinning for HD-DVD, bloggers like John Carroll at Z-Net another MS Employee and Major Nelson also fan the flames of any HD-DVD vs Blu-Ray debate. http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread....mp;#post8125298 Classic FUD, what he is trying to say is that Blu-Ray disc are hard to manufacture and therefore undermine your confidence in the format. This is around the same time as the whole "don't even think 50gb BR discs will ever arrive", message that was being spread to undermine the storage advantage BR enjoys. Since then we have the miracle triple layer HD-DVD disc to remove BR's size advantage. I love the comment from this Blog.: http://www.pebbleandavalanche.com/weblog/t...ectual+property People like John Dvorak seem to echo my views on MS FUD. http://www.dvorak.org/blog/?m=20070125 I'm sorry if my accusing MS of FUD offends your sensibilities, but I'm not alone in this point of view as you can see.
  14. Forums all over the Web have been repeating the "no-porn" message about Blu-Ray. The depth and extent of the message just made me suspicious that someone was orchestrating a campaign to spread this FUD. It's not like it hasn't happened before.
  15. Are you referring to Porn with this statement? That was just MS FUD. From Digital Bits. http://www.thedigitalbits.com/mytwocentsa132.html#bears Steve Hirsch press release. http://www.highdefdigest.com/news/show/Dis...Does_Dallas/445
  16. Sony also developed Compact Disc and 3 1/2" floppy disc for the PC. Neither of these two formats would be considered bad. I'm sure you've used them a lot. Did you like the sound chip in the SNES or was that also evil? What about the DVD drive in the Xbox360, where would you be without Sony's contribution to that console? I don't see how you can pick and choose which bit of Sony tech you endorse, they are only trying to make money that's all.
  17. According to Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blu-ray_Disc_...ciation#_note-0 My understanding is that Matsushita and Sony did most of the original development on Blu-ray.
  18. Yesteday's editorial from Digital Bits http://www.thedigitalbits.com/#mytwocents Bill obviously had a strategy in mind as today's editorial goes for the juggular, targeting Universal as the only studio that doesn't support Blu-Ray. He trots out some more sales figures to show Blu-Ray's dominance in Japan and Australia. It's now just a matter of time until Universal announces Blu-Ray support. Unlike Sony's never say dies attitute to Betamax, Universal does not have great sums of money invested in HD-DVD, they could easily start producing Blu-Ray disc.
  19. http://www.thedigitalbits.com/#mytwocents Bill Hunt the editor of The Digital Bits has written a pretty good editorial why the HD format war is a bad thing and comes out backing Blu-Ray very strongly. The Digital Bits is a long running DVD website that is very respected in the industry. It is quite surprising that Bill has gotten off the fence and put his backing behind Blu-Ray. It sounds like Hollywood is ready for the format war to end, I can see more and more actions like this happening to force the issue. This only relates to gaming due to the Blu-Ray capabilities of PS3. David Carnoy the Executive Editor at CNET had already started the ball rolling suggesting that HD-DVD will give up by September this year. http://reviews.cnet.com/4520-6449_7-669070...tml?tag=slide_1 In the link above David explains that he is not "the biased".
  20. I did the same, but I believe you don't actually lock-in the User Account until you log on with your PS3 and complete the sign-up process. You have 6 months to do this before the User Account is automatically deleted. It's all in the email they sent after you registered. So we will still get a free copy of Casino Royale.
  21. If you live in a vacuum maybe For a lot of European gamers March is going to be expensive for a very different reason. Namely the PS3 . You have to buy a lot of Xbox360 games before you'd match the £600 you'd have to drop on the PS3 at launch to get a few games and another pad. But it's not too late, cancel your PS3 pre-order and ignore the Casino Royale enticement. Buy a 360, better value, better catelogue of games, better pad. If you must buy a PS3, avoid Resistance. If you must have an FPS at launch get "Black", it's got better graphics and gameplay than Resistance I know it's a PS2 title
  22. I know it takes a lot of effort to unlock the Formula 1 car in Gran Turismo 4, but it is really worth it. I'm not so interested in the official Formula 1 game because the GT4 implementation is so good. I often wonder if people have played GT4 with the Formula 1 car when they are criticising the game, because the handling of the F1 car is very different to any other car in the game, the levels of grip combined with the acceleration make it a great car to drive. It is a shame there aren't more F1 tracks in GT4.
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