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X is for Xbox 360

Posted in Consoles, Xbox 360 with tags , , , , on April 2011, by residentgamer

Dear Xbox,

I love you, I really do, but  you frighten me. You get loud and sound angry. You don’t want to do what I want sometimes. You turn red and just stop paying attention to me. Then you leave for a month and come back with “I’m sorry, here’s a  small present.”  Occasionally, you destroy my things.  But I keep coming back. Why? Because you have attributes the others don’t have. I’ve said in the past after you give me this or that, I’m done with you. But then you tell me about some new, awesome thing you’re working on. Damn you.

Love, me

Okay, so that wasn’t entirely serious, but I think any long time 360 owner can relate on some level. RROD, E74, or “the 360 ate my game.”  I have two 360’s. One is an older model I call Old Clunky. Old Clunky has made the trip to Texas (where 360s are fixed) for the RROD once while in my possession. Old Clunky ate my Halo Reach disc and is working on Black Ops by the looks of it. He also makes lots of noise and doesn’t want to close his tray sometimes.

Then I have a S model. It’s much quieter and I don’t hold my breath in fear when I turn it on. Thank you! The only thing that bothers me is its sensitive nature. It will turn on and open its tray while I dust it. I’m afraid when a cat walks by, it will turn on. Cause really, all you got to do it wave your finger in front of it and it pops to life. It’s because of this nonsense, the tray has broken once already. All my babies go to Texas. They vacation there.  But, I can’t deny I really love the S model. It’s so much better.

Really, Microsoft. I love your exclusives. Gears, Halo, Left 4 Dead. I can’t get them on the PS3 or Wii. I prefer XBL to the PSN, even if I have to pay for it.

So there. Thank you for the S model. I’m not too afraid general hardware failure anymore. I enjoy playing it and it doesn’t seem to mess up the discs. Yay!

For a complete account of my RROD adventure go here

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U is for Useless Video Game Accessories

Posted in Consoles, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360 with tags , , on April 2011, by residentgamer

Through the years, there’s been plenty of gaming accessories. It’s funny to look back and see things that were suppose to be groundbreaking at the time, but turned out to be pretty horrible. My favorite useless accessory is the R.O.B. robot from the NES. I thought it was the coolest thing ever, until I learned  it actually made things harder. But I was a kid at the time, now I’m more wary of the latest and greatest “must have” gaming accessory. How many people shelled out money for the useless Wii remote sports add-ons like tennis rackets and bowling pins?

More more useless gaming accessories*cough* plowerglove *cough* can be found here

S is for Sony’s PS3

Posted in Consoles, PS3 with tags , , , , on April 2011, by residentgamer

It was a great week to be a PS3 gamer. On Tuesday a PS3 exclusive, SOCOM 4, was released. Also on Tuesday there was Portal 2 and Mortal Kombat. Even though Portal and MK aren’t exclusives, the PS3 versions had some very awesome  features. Portal 2 for the PS3 came with the ability to link your Steam account to your PSN account, so you could play on a PC. Mortal Kombat had an exclusive character, Kratos, from the God of War series. The Xbox 360 versions of these games had no special features. Yay! for Sony, right?

Well, as every gamer knows, the PSN is down and might be until tomorrow. Sony isn’t saying what is causing the outage. Speculation on everything from hackers to integrating Steam is being mentioned as a reason. Hackers have been busy with the PSN lately. Earlier  this month, Anonymous  interrupted the PSN. I’ve been having problems trying to connect for weeks.  Every time, I would have to attempt to sign in at least twice before it would work.

It sucks that this is happening right now. I can’t connect my PSN account to Steam. Players who don’t have someone in “real life” to play with can’t use the Portal 2 co-op mode. This means no online gaming with MK or SOCOM. Yes, the PSN should be back up in a few days, but with all the awesome releases this week, gamers are rightfully frustrated. We just don’t know who to be frustrated with right now. I hope Sony gives us more information soon as to why this happened.

Update:

It’s now Sunday the 24th.  The PSN is still down and Sony isn’t giving a  definite time frame for its return. All we can do is check the PlayStation Blog  for updates.

Q is for Quality in Video Games

Posted in Consoles, Games, PS3, Xbox 360 with tags , , , , on April 2011, by residentgamer

How weird is it that I wake up to news of PC gamers complaining about the quality of Portal 2? My Q word was always going to be quality, but now it’s taking a different twist.

What’s all the fuss about? Apparently, PC gamers are mad that they can purchase DLCs on day one. Yes, I have rallied against pre-order bonuses including DLCs, but I think what’s happening with Portal 2 is different. This downloadable content includes stuff like skins for Atlas and P-body. Yes, people are complaining about having the ability to change the color of the co-op  characters.  Does any of this DLC change the game? No. Is a fancy Atlas better then a regular one? Nope. This DLC doesn’t actually impact the quality of the game.  Also, from what I understand, all these skins and costumes can be earned by playing the game anyway.

Valve has given free DLC to PC gamers in the past. The DLC that actually counts for something. When the Passing DLC was released for Left 4 Dead 2, PC gamers got it for free. I shelled out cash for it, cause I’m on the Xbox 360. But, I didn’t mind because it was new content, a new level of the game.

Another complaint is the quality of the graphics. Now, I can only speak for the version of Portal 2 I played (PS3), but the graphics are really great. In fact, they blow the first Portal out of the water. I have not played it on the PC yet, although I will.  The game also  runs smoother then the first. In Portal, controlling Chell was a bit clunky. Just this past Monday, I died while playing Portal because Chell would not back out of a door in Test Chamber 19 and I got hit with a missile. (This is the 360 arcade version, btw)

Yet another complaint is the length of the game.  The first Portal is short.  Portal 2 is a stand alone title, with two different campaigns. I haven’t finished the single player, but I’m about 3 hours into it. And I know I’m nowhere near finished. I haven’t even touched the co-op yet. If I get about 7 hours from single and 5 from co-op, that’s a decent amount of time. Plus, I replayed the hell out of the first one. A lot. So even if the game was a mere 4 hours, I know I’ll replay it cause it’s fun.

I don’t see what the big deal is. Just because you’re offered new skins, that doesn’t mean you have to buy them. They don’t change the quality of the game. Portal 2 is not broken, it’s a gorgeous looking game that’s entertaining. And that’s all that matters to me.

Video Games Based on 2011 Movie Releases

Posted in Consoles, PS3, Xbox 360 with tags , , on February 2011, by residentgamer

Ah, video games based on movies. Usually they’re so bad they leave gamers screaming in frustration. It’s  not always because the game doesn’t reflect the movie well, the main issue is the game’s broken. It’s rushed, the controls don’t respond, the graphics are choppy, it basically should have a Surgeon General warning on the box. Of course, there’s exceptions to the rule.

As a gamer, I usually avoid movie tie in games, like Harry Potter. I’m a book nerd and while the movies are okay, the games based on the movies are mediocre at best. And I want more from a franchise like HP where there is such a rich, detailed world to explore. I’m hoping to be graced with a Knights of the Old Republic style game one day.

My HP geekiness aside, 2011 is full of big blockbuster type movies, which means a video game will be released just in time. While I don’t have any expectations for these games, I’m hoping they will at least step up the quality a bit. A move in the right direction, if you will. Thor will be one follow, as the game is different on each system except the 360 and PS3 versions. Of course, all that variety can mean none of the versions are good. Captain America will have a different storyline then the movie, so at least that’s interesting.

Once 2011 is over, we will see what impact video games based on movies will have. Maybe it will be a great year, or maybe I’m just cynical, cause I’m not hold my breath.

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PS3’s Yellow Light of Death (YLOD) and Saved Data Loss

Posted in Consoles, PS3 with tags , , on February 2011, by residentgamer

This post can now be found on my new blog:

http://residentgamerblog.blogspot.com/2011/02/ps3-yellow-light-of-death-ylod-and.html

Exclusive Wii Video Games Releasing in Time for Christmas

Posted in Consoles, Games with tags , on October 2010, by residentgamer

With all the news about Xbox 360’s Kinect and PS3’s Move, let’s not forget about the Wii. At this year’s E3, Nintendo announced some highly sought after sequels to popular titles.  I literally jumped up and down over Donkey Kong, yeah I really did. Why? Because I have fond memories of DK Country on the N64. I’m beyond excited that a new Donkey Kong will be released by Christmas 2010.

Also, Kirby finally gets a long overdue game with Kirby’s Epic Yarn. The fabric texture world of the game looks amazing. Another Nintendo game that fans have been waiting an update of, GoldenEye, will be released this Christmas as well. So don’t count the Wii out yet. There are great exclusives coming out soon. It’s not Zelda, but I’ll take what I can get. 🙂

For all the details click here.