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Written by Christophor "SuperGuido" Rick   
Sunday, 30 September 2007

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  Here are a few things to read while you have that Sunday morning coffee and prepare for another day of NFL football. I have been very busy of late and haven't been keeping up on things like I ought to. So here's a quick catch up with some of the things I have read in the last few days but haven't personally had time to write about:

PSP, PS3, PS-anything...

The fanboys over at PS3 fanboy (part of Joystiq) will write about almost anything, so long as it has to do with the big black monolith they bow before (no offense guys). Here we find them telling us they found a SKU for the new PS3 model. Of course no matter how vehemently Sony denies this, we all know it is coming. As CigDangle and I have already asserted, we believe nearly the complete opposite of whatever Sony PR people say. Speaking of, that PR woman for Sony from GC Leipzig never emailed me. I know, big surprise right?

  Still don't have a PS3? If you head over to your local EB Games, who say they still have some stock for this item, you might be able to pick up a 20GB version for about $450, then go buy a big hard drive, crack it open and install it. Of course the 40GB version should be showing up soon (I predict November for the shopping season) and will be about $400 so it might be even smarter to wait until the 40GB comes out forcing them to lower the price on 20GB and THEN get a good deal on it.

1UP is reporting that even though the world (outside of Japan) won't officially be able to get their force feedback-less hands on the Dual Shock 3 (that's the PS3 controller with force feedback for those not in the know) before 2008 simply by importing. 1UP contacted Sony and asked about hardware compatibilty. Sony's response? "We don't know," ok that's not true they actually said they couldn't see why it wouldn't work. Well at least there's no hardware lockout on the PS3. That will be in firmware update 2.0 I'm sure, hardware lockout and even less network stability. Oh and if you get your idle hands on the Dual Shock 3 from Japan you might as well pickup Haze to utilize the force feedback when it arrives.

 One final piece of Sony news before moving on. Phil Harrison, while talking to GameTrailers, said gamers don't give a damn about the length of games and that short games are fine if they have a story. "You know what? Not that many people finish games, so I think we shouldn't criticize a game for being a story, which has an arc with a beginning, a middle and an end... and actually encouraging all gamers to see all of the story, I think that's something positive." What a JOKE that is! If I shell out $60 for a game I normally want 60 hours of gameplay. This used to be the model which is becoming harder and harder to live up to. Lair and Bioshock were both short according to CigDangle and he and I discussed another upcoming review of a game that was far too SHORT. So basically Mr. Harrison is smoking crack and then telling us that a short game is better because EVERYONE will finish it. Now it looks like we need two versions of all games, those for people who want to PLAY the game and those for people who just want to FINISH a game. Sheesh, get a damn clue! Here's the video where he tells us all this amazing wisdom.

Now I'm so disgusted I don't even want to think about Sony for awhile. Because apparently some people only have a PS2 to play Singstar!... You know Sony pioneered the casual game movement right? Yeah with releases like Lair and Bioshock which are so short they could be considered casual.


  Square Enix showed off the upcoming Kingdom Hearts titles at Tokyo Game Show (TGS). Three titles to be exact one each for PSP, DS and mobile phones. It's a portable trifecta of Kingdom Hearts, a series I have been a fan of since the original (which my sister Annamarie hooked me on). It seems that the PSP version, Birth by Sleep has been in the works for a very long time but the big surprise will be the character development system they say. Of course of equal interest in the multiplayer capability in the DS version. If you are interested you can read more of what IGN had to say.

Joystiq, those crafty bastards, got their hands on LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga for the DS. Considering the level of fanaticism for all things Stars Wars of LEGO this title has a lot to live up to. According to Joystiq's article , Traveller's Tales might have gotten it right which only required a redesign of the game mechanics. Of course they call the game 'adequate' which I would use to mean 'slightly above mediocre.' So maybe they didn't really get it totally right now did they?

  More to come after I personally go get another cup of coffee, and maybe some hot ham and rolls from the supermarket for the football games. It was sort of a tradition when I at home in Wisconsin.

  OK one final note before I go. What the hell is this?! A Vii? Surely they are joking right? No, sadly it is not a joke. Chinese 'developers' (that should be read as any of the following - thieves, idiots, thieves, morons, thieves, thieves - have taken the Wii and chopped a small piece off making it a Vii. Thank for digging this one up GoNintendo to show us just how far some people VILL go to make a dollar, yen, or several thousand yuan (that's Chinese money by the way).

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