Monday, February 28, 2011

Braking Nuews on the Sony Front

So everyone knows that Sony has gone through a rough patch of sorts with the PS3 recently. Video game piracy has knocked a large dent in potential sales the company could have made. But now a battle between companies could possibly cause Sony to pay royalties on every console and blu-ray player sold since its release.

After an attempt to get LG mobile phones banned in the US, it seems Sony has been subject to a little revenge. LG has taken Sony to court on several accusations of infringement of LG's patents on Blu-Ray playback technology. And apparently, the first case has been lost by Sony, to which LG has used to ban Playstaion 3s in Europe for a short time. Many consoles have been seized at customs, and LG is working to extend the ban.

Many rumors can be interpreted from this piece of news, most of which can already be found in online communities all over. One of the wildest rumors seems to be that Sony is going out of business. You can often hear this from anti-Sony fanboys, who think that the console is Sony's only source of revenue. If the next few  trials don't fall to LG, everyone will forget about this and continue on to the next video game market scandal. Otherwise, we may see a drop in the amount of quality and quantity of Playstation games.

You can probably find some better sources then what I have here, but this is one that I thought captured the argument well:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/feb/28/playstation-3-lg-legal-dispute

Sincerely, a common man with a common dream. To sleep, IN SPACE.

P.S. I am in no way an expert and many things with this post may be wrong. Try no to call me out on it too hard.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Issue #2 The Return of The Start-Up

It has been weeks since that first night. The sounds and the noises haunt the man's mind. Not five minutes into a tussle and his body is broken. The screams of that woman drew him, but it wasn't a trap until he made it one. He had never felt so much pain. But now his mind is re-focused and willing. The night calls to him again, and this time, he WILL make a difference.

Alright, so I'm back after a few weeks break. Not that I have anyone really reading this thing just yet. I guess the problem is finding a purpose for this blog. I want to write about something, but what? I can't just post writings, that well would run dry quick. I am asking for a call to arms, an open forum, if you will. Anyone who wants to suggest something to test my writing skills, go ahead and ask. So long as the story's mindset is outside of the gutter, I shall make an attempt at most suggestions.

And while I'm waiting for people's feedback, I shall be spreading word of this blog to promote traffic and such.

While all of what I wanted to say has been posted, I guess I might take a whack at reviewing some video games I have gotten my hands on recently. This will not be a regular thing, but I thought it would be a good way to flesh out this post.

Bulletstorm:
To anyone who is a bit bored with the current slew of carbon-copy first-person shooter in the industry lately, EA's Bulletstorm is a fresh piece of work that offers fun for the player that isn't tied to progressing through ranks. The campaign is packed with innovative violence and hard humor that makes many wonder why there aren't more like it. It is my opinion that the game industry has gotten itself stuck in a rut of "realistic" shooters that are focused on multiplayer mode time-sinks. Bulletstorm makes the shining focus of the game its campaign mode, which can also be played in a pseudo-cooperative mode.

The amount of time someone can spend playing the main campaign can still be likened to the other popular shooters, so anyone who has a grudge against the shooter "scene" might not see it for what it is. However, I recommend that everyone should at least try out the fresh gameplay that has many people learning to "kill creatively."

Dragon Age II demo:
Okay, so this might not be a full game and it only comes out in about a week from now, but I wanted to offer my two cents on the matter.

The demo tries to offer short looks at certain sequences to showcase how the gameplay will work, and it is that way that they implement this that makes it fall flat on it's face. Even if the game will be fun and the features work well, the demo Bioware has released may not provide an accurate glance at it's true potential.

That said, the combat has a greater flow and a quicker tempo. The special moves that the fighter and rogue classes receive make the fights much more interesting that in the previous title, Origins. The speaking system is much more like Bioware's other product Mass Effect, but many see this as detrimental to the players way of effecting the world. I believe, however, that this new way to have the character voice the players choices will have no actual affect on how the plot would play out. If anything, this should give the player more chances to play Hawke as the character they want.


And as a final note, I wanted to let everyone who hasn't yet heard know that Elder Scrolls V game footage has finally been released:
http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2011/02/24/mindblowing-new-skyrim-trailer-shows-epic-dragon-action.aspx

Sincerely, The Super ASB

P.S. Post ideas for short stories if you want, or just post ideas for me to talk about in the blog. Thanks for reading!