1491 posts • joined Thursday 11th June 2009 12:46 GMT
I'm not convinced
Nokia used to have some amazing phone diversity and were always ready to try a different riff on a design. If all they can do now is crank out generic blackslab after generic blackslab, either due to Winphone restrictions or other factors, they are doomed. The Nokia name won't be enough to carry them against Samsung, Apple & HTC.
...weren't the only one...
One to watch
This isn't the first time Tom Watson has spoken up on behalf of games. I vaguely recall his name being mentioned in the Manhunt 2 debacle with a pro-gamer view.
It's strange to find an MP that actively champions a cause I have an interest in.
The id legacy
Hmmm, I dunno if I can really see Doom and it's ilk with the same hint of nostalgia.
Wolfenstein 3D, for me at least was an exercise in frustration - no maps, no easy way of finding hidden sections of wall aside from just spamming the use button everywhere and the shared ammo system for every weapon meant that once you had the next one up (e.g. machine gun to chain gun) you never used it's predecessor again.
Doom 1 was good for the reasons stated in the article, although sadly I never got to play deathmatch. Doom 2 was a mixed bag for me. It seems like the level designers had a lot more fun this time around, with lots of evil tricks (e.g. a plasma rifle beneath a huge slab of falling rock should you attempt to pick it up, turning the demons against each other). That said, there were some glaring issues with it - certain levels were nothing more than meat grinders without much strategy or design involved. Only one new weapon was added and some of the new creatures were just downright annoying (the resurrecting, flame spamming Archvile springs to mind).
It wasn't until Doom 3 that I genuinely felt The Fear, playing with the sound up and lights down. It seemed like more thought had gone into creating a realistic space environment, harking back to Doom 1 and then a lot more thought had gone into making afforementioned environment as laundry soiling as possible. The business with the endless keypads and numbers was a bit much.
All well and good
...but how is it at frying Allied tanks and people called Tanya?
I'm about to spend tonight on the couch as I post this,
Inherently unlikely I know, but would this thing be emitting any sort of external radiation at all? It would be shame if any Martian sand-plankton got fried as soon as Curiousity scooped it up. I'm just curious* as to how they get the heat circulation without the issue of radiation.
...the other angle is the economic one. Once the bacteria enters mainstream production, the price of oil will nosedive spectacularly. For countries whose currency is closely linked to oil values, such as the USA and Middle East, the effect will be much like a European country suddenly discovering it can't actually pay back its loans.
Interesting times await ahead but I wish I could see them from a less invested point of view.
I worked with this guy once
You should have seen the kerfuffle that happened when I had Iron Maiden on the radio.
"Dehydration is a disease"
This is the most prepostorous bullshit I've ever heard and this is coming from someone that used to read the Daily Mail.
A close second is the fact that it took them 3 years to arrive at this conclusion.
A really piss-poor piece of engineering; the engineers did a crap job and are probably not flushed with success right now.
The thing is
If the child was given this name in Scandinavia, he could probably get away with it without too much hassle.
In middletown America? It's just asking to get the shit kicked out you. Poor bastard - a bad name can ruin a guy's life. Trust me on this.
All well and good
...but eleven partners at once? You'd end up getting shagged to death before the coffee got cold.
It seemed a bit pants to me.
Real balls-up for justice there. It's nuts she only got a suspended sentence. He's going to have trouble in the sack for quite a while.
A new, revised Space Program policy
"Fuck the nuclear sceptics, I want to see boots on Mars before I croak."
I've actually been thinking of upgrading my old Alienware M17 laptop to a gaming desktop of some description. Given what the article says about sales in a nosedive, do you reckon I could pick up a good gaming rig for about £1,500?
Civilisation ended because V was buggy PoS with moronic AI.
An MMO Skyrim - I dunno. The who free roaming world thing? Yeah, definitely want that in an MMO. A bunch of Horde/Alliance running around PVPing, griefing and generally being assholes? Hell no.
In other forums, I've been trying to tell people that mobile phone games won't wipe out handheld consoles and that they still have a good future ahead of them. Please stop making my job more difficult by doing dumb shit like *CHARGING PEOPLE FOR A GAME THEY ALREADY OWN*.
"Open the pod bay doors, Hal."
"I'm afraid I can't do that, Dave."
"Why, have you got some sort of hidden mission objective that results in the termination of all the humans on board?"
"No. You upgraded me to iOS 5.0.1 and now I don't even have enough battery life to continue talk-"
Cheers for the more accurate sales info AC
I'd probably say the DS has more to worry about than the PSP, as the DS caters to a more casual market and thus the game types are more similar. I'd still be very reluctant to call it the death of the handheld games console though.
It's like the difference between a dog nibbling your hand and walking away with your wedding tackle between its jaws.
Always keeping us abreast of the news.
Could have been interesting
Operator: "Emergency services, how can we assist?"
Fanboi: "My phone isn't working!"
Operator: "Excuse me sir, but do you require police, fire or ambulence service?"
Fanboi: "This iPhone isn't making calls!"
Operator: "Ah, you want our Paradox Resolution Service, sir. They'll be along shortly, just ignore the yellow sidearms they have with the pointy bits."
Fanboi: "Thanks very much."
Been tempted to get one myself because, as you point out, it has a dedicated gaming control system that allows full view of the screen.
If we wanted to make what I would class as a fair comparison of gaming systems, I'd go for things like PSP vs DS vs Xperia Play vs Nokia N-Gage because they are all dedicated gaming systems.
Claiming a PSP with God of War and an LG Optimus with Angry Birds are equivalent devices is not on.
As I ranted in another comments section on, would people please shut the hell up about smartphone gaming being the death of the DS & PSP?
I'll reiterate what I said previously - the DS & PSP are dedicated handheld gaming systems, with very different pricing structures to mobile phones. When Angry Birds costs £34.99 at launch, then you can "start" to make comparisons.
There's also a question of volumes as well. The PSP sold 185,000 units at launch and the Nintendo DS 87,000 units. Let's extrapolate a little and say both have sold 1 million units ish by now. As of 2008, there were 75.7 *MILLION* mobile phones in use in the UK, a figure which I suspect is closer to 90 or 100 million by now.
How in the name of fuck can you say that's a fair comparison? If each mobile phone user bought just 1 game, the market share of Nintendo and Sony, two of the biggest games console manufacturers on the planet, instantly gets reduced to 1%.
TL;DR - When mobile phone games cost the same price, are of the same quality and are of the same prevalance as PSP or DS games, then you can harp on about mobile phones causing the death of the platforms.
Until then, kindly shut the fuck up.
The quality of Android gaming is dire, to say the least, as indicated by a distinct lack of Android game reviews on here.
Of course there are going to be more mobile phone game sales than PSP/DS game sales, ***because there are more mobile phones than PSP/DSes***. You cannot expect to qualify statements like "Sony's PlayStation Portable has lost out too" & "a decline of 36 per cent" *when smartphones and PSP/DS are two gaming systems*.
Basically, PSP & DS compete for market share because they are both standalone game systems, with similarly priced games. If you compare 1 million PSPs vs 1 million DSes vs 100 million smartphones, which one do you *think* is going to have the greater market share in games?
Agreed. Every time I read an article along these lines I die a little inside.
Can I get Super Mario World on an iPhone?
Can I get Final Fantasy Crisis Core on an Android?
No? Then shut the fuck up with the "death of the PSP and DS" angle which most articles like go for.
In other news
Local excitement increased amongst the maidenry of Gila Bend when rumour spread about the Prince having a 12-inch.
....right up to the point where you realise they didn't develop a damn thing and merely bought out someone that had created it on their App store.
If we make the only thing the 4GS has going for it a £20 upgrade for everyone else, we can watch 4GS sales nosedive in a way that makes the Touchpad seem a roaring success.
"It’s customary to start with a description of the hardware"
...except that it looks almost exactly the same as every other Win Phone out there and every other Win Phone that will ever be due to Microsoft's insistance on specfic design details.
I was a long time WoW player to the point where it almost consumed my life and I remember frothing at the mouth when the first ex-pac was to be released.
Burning Crusade came and went and the jade started to set in. I was never in a hardcore raiding guild so a lot of the top end stuff I never got to play, no matter how much time and effort I sunk in.
Then Wrath of The Lich King arrived. A few small scale features that didn't really add much apart from the new class, which involved revisiting content I'd already gone through a dozen times before, with dungeon runs consisting of 5 death knight teams. -.-
That was the point when I quit. Cataclysm was released and for a little while I was tempted to go back and see the new changes. Then I remembered that the good memories I have of WoW (and there are more than a few) were all from the old content - the endless Scholomance runs, dying in Zul'Gurub, the fishing contest and exploring with guildmates.
All those are gone forever.
I don't know if there's anything that would make me go back to WoW but what I do know is that it'll take more than a panda and a new class.
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