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« on: May 16, 2007, 07:51:56 AM »

Just read an article about how the PS3 lost 1 billion dollars in the last fiscal quarter, wiping out Sony's entire profits for the quarter.  Kind of sad really, I would like to buy one of those some day when the price comes way down and there are a lot more games for it.  I'm sure it's a great system and all.  Now I almost wonder if it will still be around in the future.  Just too ridiculously expensive. 
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« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2007, 08:07:01 AM »

That's exactly why I didn't buy a PS3.

Overpriced...
Overhyped...
And hardly any games.
(and the games that were decent were ultimately upstaged by groundbreaking ultracool Xbox 360 games)

Sorry...but the PS3 just doesn't deliver the goods like my Xbox 360 can.

It's gotta make you wonder what Sony was thinking?
I mean...they did so well with the PS1 and PS2.
You'd think they would've had it mastered by now.


You're better off turning your PS3 into one of these
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« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2007, 10:08:59 AM »

Have you got a link to that article?
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« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2007, 02:44:26 PM »

Here's the article:  http://www.gamespot.com/news/6170776.html?om_act=convert&om_clk=newstop&tag=newstop;more;11
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« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2007, 04:24:56 PM »

The PS3 has been a complete disaster from the get go.

While I'm not an X-Box 360 fan by any means, Microsoft has really made that system work by making sure there are great games for it.  The PS3 hasn't had jack since it came out.

Plus, the X-Box 360 is almost 300 dollars less in some places near where I live.

Lightning will usually strike twice, but it clearly hasn't struck for the 3rd time for Sony.
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« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2007, 10:43:03 AM »

The ironic thing is that Nintendo backed out of working with Sony in the '90s to develope a CD based gaming system, apparently unwilling to take a gamble and evolve away from the concept of a cartridge based system. Sony, having already gone through with making the system and confident it would lead to big bucks, released the console themselves and the Playstation was born. Here we are a decade later and, after Big N falling behind Sony for the last two generations of console sales, the Wii and DS have systematically humiliated both the PS3 and PSP, helping shunt Sony into their financial hole and forcing the company to drop the price of their handheld down to nearly half of the original asking price less than two years after it's release in an effort to compete. Personally I'm happy to see Nintendo back to the front of gaming innovation with it's motion sensor Wii and dual screen, touch control DS units.  BounceGiggle

As for Sony's monster financial losses, this is what happens when your confidence in your product and your premature faith in an unproven media is bigger than the disposable income of your target demographic. It's like Atari including a Beta deck player in the 2600 or Sega putting a Laserdisc player in the Genesis. The only people I'm laughing at moreso than the geniuses at Sony right now are the sh!theads who spent thousands for their PS3s on eBay or the primates who will be doing prison time for mugging and shooting people to steal their PS3s. Sure, the degeneration of society is depressing overall, but at least it's good for a laugh from time to time.  TeddyR
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« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2007, 11:33:50 AM »

It's like Atari including a Beta deck player in the 2600 or Sega putting a Laserdisc player in the Genesis.



Actually, there is an explicit parallel to this:  R.E.A.L. 3D0 circa 1993!  Licensed by Sanyo, Panasonic, and Goldstar, this was the first 32-bit system to hit the United States.  It was capable of playing 3D0 games, audio CDs, CD+G, photo CDs and some models even had a VCD attachment.  It was marketed as something that would replace the television, gaming console, and personal computer.  Oh, and it started at $700+ US.  Haha.  What a flop.  For the time, the graphics were incredible, shaming Sega CD and PC-based games.  But yeah, it was a luxury exclusively for the wealthy and as such the game catalog pretty much started and ended with Night Trap and Road Rash.  And for those of you who are familiar with Vivid, the massive adult movie distributor, they had a branch called Vivid Interactive which licensed dozens of (mostly softcore) porn for the 3D0.  You know, extra incentive for Daddy to buy such an expensive toy for Lil' Timmy.  TeddyR

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« Reply #7 on: May 17, 2007, 12:07:14 PM »

I remember the R.E.A.L. 3DO! My friend George and I were convinced that is we saved up our money we could buy one and take turns with keeping it at our places on opposite weekends. That never happened... I'd like to get one of those now just for that "this is making up for me not having an income when I was a child" factor. If only one of the higher ups at Sony actually played video games in the '90s, maybe they could have pointed out the 3DO issue and saved themselves A BILLION DOLLARS. But then I wouldn't have any corporate a-holes to laugh at like I do now!  TeddyR
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« Reply #8 on: May 17, 2007, 03:33:45 PM »

The ironic thing is that Nintendo backed out of working with Sony in the '90s to develope a CD based gaming system, apparently unwilling to take a gamble and evolve away from the concept of a cartridge based system.


And the ironic thing about that story is that about a decade earlier, Atari turned down Nintendo's offer to sell the NES as an Atari system.   Smile



(and the games that were decent were ultimately upstaged by groundbreaking ultracool Xbox 360 games)

You're better off turning your PS3 into one of these


That's an awful strong generalization Ash.  Other than Gears Of War, I can't begin to think of a game that is worthy of purchasing an Xbox360 for.  Don't get me wrong, I'd love to have one, mainly for Xbox Live and Arcade but most of the games I can already play on my PC which I would much rather do.


Personally, I couldn't care less about the PS3's loss.  I had a PS2 but I'm not a fanboy.  I'd like to have a PS3, but it is so damned overpriced.  I don't have an HDTV so I don't care about the blu-ray player.

Now, on the other hand, Microsoft did make a mistake by not having an HD-DVD player in the machine out of the box.  They are still using standard DVDs with their limited capacity.  When you start creating games that are truly epic and honestly use the full power of the console, then you will be looking at games that come on 3 and 4 different discs.  If this does happen then maybe, just maybe, Sony will have had the upper hand.

If I had an X360, PS3 and Wii in front of me and I could pick anyone of them, I would pick the PS3.  I would then sell it, and buy a Wii with a ton of games.  Nintendo wooed me back into their graces with my DS Lite and I'd love to have a Wii.  The games don't look great aesthetically but they do look like fun.
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« Reply #9 on: May 17, 2007, 03:52:32 PM »

I'd love to have a Wii.  The games don't look great aesthetically but they do look like fun.

And that's why games were created in the first place: to be fun.  TeddyR

As for the 360, a friend is selling me his with 6 games for $300. Since I don't have a good enough PC to play modern type games on, I'm getting it so I can play Elder Scrolls IV. He and I have very similar game tastes and he says it's literally the greatest game he's ever played. This guy's a harsh critic of everything too, games especially, so that's a strong reccomendation if I've ever heard one. Also, I'm eager to play Dead Rising. Are you really not all that intrigued by playing out Dawn of the Dead in the comfort of your own home Ska?  Wink
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« Reply #10 on: May 17, 2007, 04:22:44 PM »

I'd love to have a Wii.  The games don't look great aesthetically but they do look like fun.

And that's why games were created in the first place: to be fun.  TeddyR

As for the 360, a friend is selling me his with 6 games for $300. Since I don't have a good enough PC to play modern type games on, I'm getting it so I can play Elder Scrolls IV. He and I have very similar game tastes and he says it's literally the greatest game he's ever played. This guy's a harsh critic of everything too, games especially, so that's a strong reccomendation if I've ever heard one. Also, I'm eager to play Dead Rising. Are you really not all that intrigued by playing out Dawn of the Dead in the comfort of your own home Ska?  Wink


Argh....forgot all about Dead Rising.  I will admit, that game looks fantastic.

As for Elder Scrolls IV.....prepare to give your life away to that game.  I still have about a two month period that is a blur because of that damn game.  It's absolutely immersing and you will LOVE it, I promise.  I normally don't care for RPGs but that one is special.  Fighting in an arena, becoming a vampire, finding lost civilizations.....

I might need to start playing it again.   Smile
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« Reply #11 on: May 17, 2007, 04:52:14 PM »

As for Elder Scrolls IV.....prepare to give your life away to that game.  I still have about a two month period that is a blur because of that damn game. 

No kidding!
I just started playing Elder Scrolls a few weeks ago and I can't stop.
It's probably the best RPG for a game console I've ever played.

My character is an elf marksman named Tolar.
Still building up my skills and I'm up exploring in those mountain caves.
Haven't been to the arenas yet.

I've got a long way to go...
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« Reply #12 on: May 17, 2007, 05:22:30 PM »

I'm already afraid of what's going to happen to me when I pick up Elder Scrolls IV. When I first purchased the XBox, Elder Scrolls III was the second game I purchased (right behind Armed & Dangerous). I proceeded to dump around 100 hours into it (most of which was done roaming and building my character before actually jumping into the storyline itself...) before handing the system over to a friend so he could mod it out, put a second hard drive into it, and fill it full of emulators and roms for me. When I got it back, I discovered that the original games saves I had when I gave it over to him had been wiped out in the process... I've since taken to whimpering every time I look at the game, sitting on my shelf and begging me to start the long hard road all over again... is it weakness or strength that keeps me from starting from scratch?   Question
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« Reply #13 on: May 17, 2007, 05:35:47 PM »

As for Elder Scrolls IV.....prepare to give your life away to that game.  I still have about a two month period that is a blur because of that damn game. 

No kidding!
I just started playing Elder Scrolls a few weeks ago and I can't stop.
It's probably the best RPG for a game console I've ever played.

My character is an elf marksman named Tolar.
Still building up my skills and I'm up exploring in those mountain caves.
Haven't been to the arenas yet.

I've got a long way to go...

I waited on the Arenas until my character was extremely strong.  Some of the matches would have meant death for me otherwise.  I also had some great enchanted weapons when I decided to give the arenas a chance.

One warning for you guys playing it, Vampirism isn't as great as it sounds.  I hate only being able to travel at night.  Ended up not being a great decision on my part, but still was fun.
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« Reply #14 on: May 17, 2007, 05:36:46 PM »

Tomb,
If you need some convincing as to whether to get into Elder Scrolls IV for the Xbox 360, watch this video review.
You'll want to get it after watching it.
This video review is what compelled me to buy it.

http://www.gamespot.com/pages/video_player/popup.php?sid=6146733&pid=927345
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