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Cogs can think.

I'm a mere, tiny, insignificant cog in a whole clockwork of stupidity.
The little cog that wanted to break free, I am.

Console wars

So, They're all out of the woodwork now. The three new gaming consoles that will rock the world in early 2006. Sony's PlayStation 3, the Microsoft's Xbox 360, and Nintendo's Revolution.

The first two once again emphasize brute processing power and flashy graphics. Nintendo has not said much, but what it has said is a lot more down-to-earth than the ridiculous claims made by MS and Sony ("35 times more powerful" and what not).

I have lost my interest in gaming a long time ago. I simply have the feeling all good games have already been made, and all current new games are just variations on old and chewed-out concepts. Everyone was all awed by Halo I/II, Doom III and what not-- probably forgetting that besides better graphics these games deliver absolutely no innovations of any kind. I started playing computer games basically since I was born, since my parents had a very old Pong machine. Later on we got a GameBoy, A NES (still have it), and in 1991 we got our first computer, a 286, on which I played the true classics: Wolfenstein 3D, The Keen games, Cycles, Duke Nukem I and II (3D wasn't the first Duke Nukem game, kids!) and what not. Those were the days. Later on I got totally hooked to one of the two best, if not the two best, games ever made: "The 7th Guest" and "SimCity 2000". Other classics I played in those days was the magnificent Mortal Kombat II (Finish him!!!!) and Super Mario World, Mario Kart, you name it.

Those days are long gone.

So, here we are today. I rarely play games. I have my GameCube, the only true console of the currently available three. Let's give you my thoughts on the coming three consoles.

First off: looks. Of the three, the Nintendo Revolution looks the best. It's clean, slick, almost Apple-ish. It's small, which is something I like. The PS3 also looks pretty cool, but somehow it's also a bit weird. The Xbox 360 looks horrible. It's like yer average mini-ATX tower, and it lacks the slickness of the Rev and PS3.

Power-wise, the PS3 and Xbox 360 are probably going to lead the way. However, power is no guarantee for having the best games, as the past has learned us. To me, the best games are still coming from Nintendo, and they showed their superiorty in gameplay especially with the two Metroid Prime games. And this is a theme that will continue to play a big role in the gaming world: Nintendo has the gameplay, but gives in on graphics, whereas Sony and MS have the graphics but will lack any form of new and revolutionary gameplay.

This has been the case for a long time now. And in the end it might kill off the last true console maker (Nintendo). Kids today want graphicsgrapchisgraphics. Sony and MS know this. They know their customers want raw power. And in the mix they add all sorts of useless PC functionality to their consoles, which also attracts the masses. They give flashy supa-dupa graphics, but rarely innovate on the gameplay front. This is where Nintendo comes in.

Kids today have missed the golden age of console gaming in the first half of the '90s. These kids believe it's all about graphics, and never experienced true innovative games. Too bad.
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1:07 PM, by Blogger Tom

Halo wasn't very revolutionary. However, there were many things that it simply got 'right', and combined with the fact that it ran on an XBox, which meant ultimate portability, the game was a hit. To rate games based on how innovative they seem at first glance isn't enough, as it doesn't always take innovation to make a great game. Sometimes game makers can refine an old concept and make it even better.

Not all the good games have been made, either, although as you're always saying how you're no longer a gamer, you're probably not the person to notice. :) The games coming out today *hype* the graphics, but they are awesome in other ways, which is the only reason they are able to stick around so long. People play Starcraft, Counter-Strike, and UT, and there are likely to be people still playing them for years to come. Because they're great games, and they have graphics to boot.

As far as consoles go, I do not play on them often. I do have friends who play, however, and once they're done ogling the specs, the next thing they all say is, "I can't wait for the next version of [insert game series they love to play here]," because in the end they're upgrading for the games, no the triple processor core.    



9:12 PM, by Blogger Andre

I also don't play mush games anymore... Never had a console, my father used to day, they are not real computers, a real computer, is a computer you can program yourself, you can't program a console ...

Well yeah, my first PC was a 386DX/40, 4 MB RAM, 100 MB HD, 512 KB (!) Trident T9000i VGA card ...
SB compabile sound card.. yeah ... that is long ago ...
(and i lost my floppy's of Keen :S)

Well, still I don't like consoles, they are limited... only for playing games, a Computer, it can play games and mush more.

I can't remember the last time i played a game on my pc... really i don't play mush ...    



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