So Stark and I are at it again, this time we talk about E3. At the time of recording this stuff was relevant. It meant something. Granted, not much has really changed since the recording. Microsoft has given an inch but still decided that it will fuck anyone that decides to step out of line. Aside from that we also go off topic in some of the most wonderful ways ever created. We recorded this awhile ago, but if you listen to our streams at all, which are only not being posted here because instead of being long periods of uninterupted awesome are now broken up pieces of sadness, he still brings up as a major concern. He thinks that the people offering him the billion dollars are going to force him to take it, one way or another.
PSP owners in some areas may have to find their games elsewhere. GameStop has announced they will no longer carry PSP games in 25% of its smaller stores. GameStop claims the reasons behind this are to “maximize retail space,” and to “provide a greater assortment in stores that continue to carry the category.”
Some say this may be a sign that the PSP is quickly becoming a thing of the past, especially since the release of the Vita. PSP gamers can still buy the games online at GameStop’s website. Or better yet, they could simply just buy PSP games at any other decent retailer.
People might not remember, but around this time last year there was a massive news story breaking involving Sony and this person who went by the handle of GeoHot (real name George Hotz). Long story short, George managed to hack the Sony system to give people direct root access to the system—something that basically means that it can emulate whatever the user wants. There was a lawsuit, some additional hacking to the network in protest, and it all ended up with George getting a great job at Facebook to try and make sure the same thing didn’t happen there.
Well just this week Mr. Hotz sat down with a large group of engineers to talk about what they could do to make Sony, their network, and future products even safer. Interestingly enough GeoHot has received enough notoriety since the lawsuit that this meeting alone warranted an interview with some rather important newspapers (namely The New York Post). Directly after this case broke Hotz was quoted repeatedly saying that he would be more than happy to go and work with Sony to try and prevent this kind of thing from happening, and as odd as that sounds that kind of thing is what ends up happening 9 times out of 10 with these kinds of events.
Source: The New Yorker (via gamezone)
The current generation of console gaming systems have introduced many new elements of gaming that only seem to exist to put bigger dents into the pockets of gamers. MSRP game prices rose to a new standard of $60, Microsoft made online gaming a paid service, greedy publishers used DLC as a means to nickel and dime gamers for content that should arguable be part of the full game, rushed games fly out the door with severe bugs still in the code… I could go on forever with this list. If console manufactures get their way things could be even worse when you buy your next console.
There are rumors floating around that gaming giants Sony and Microsoft are flirting with the idea of requiring an “always on” internet connection to protect games from piracy, meaning that every time your shitty ISP has a service outage, no gaming for you. Sony is looking to tie the games you purchase with your PSN account, making it impossible to sell your used games to retailers such as Gamestop, and preventing game rentals. Nintendo still seems to be struggling to bring gamers decent hardware, as the specs for the “Wii U” are still not even on the same level as the Xbox 360 or the Playstation 3.
Will gamers actually behave like real consumers and reject this sort of consumer abuse, or are they going to let the console industry walk all over them again and keep handing them money without question? This generation of consoles showed me that gamers can be awful consumers. No one complains when a firmware update for a console forces you to sign a mandatory EULA that takes away your right to sue a console manufacturer for letting hackers have your personal information, but if someone doesn’t like the ending to a game there is a media-fueled shit storm. It’s time for gamers to man up, get some priorities straightened out, and stand up to real consumer abuse by console manufacturers and game publishers.
A mobile and tablet game developer, Ngmoco (yes, the company name is that stupid), put on a presentation at GDC that claims console games are dying out. They spewed out statistics and numbers that give the impression that gaming giants like Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft will eventually be surpassed by Apple, Google, and Facebook. That’s right; a company that didn’t even make the effort to come up with a decent name thinks folks will toss out their beloved game consoles to settle for Angry Birds and Farmville.
Most people can agree that smartphones and tablet PC’s have become very powerful little computers, and that they have some fun games available on them. However, making the claim that gaming apps with limited controls and unfocused appeal can shake down a multi-billion dollar industry with a massive fan-base is a rather bold statement. Ngmoco thinks that since mobile games have taken over the market for casual gamers, children, and handheld gamers that the hardcore gamers will soon follow. This prediction fails to factor in that children and casuals are by no means “real” gamers. Better luck with next year’s sales pitch, Ngmoco.