Tuesday, March 2, 2010

The thieves of time.

The PS3 only does everything, but it does not know that 2010 is not a leap year, so says this article. Old PS3's were coming up with all sorts of errors yesterday just because the day it thought it was didn't really exist. My launch PS3 whould surely had fallen victim to this, had I had reason to turn it on. The shiny black tower sits idle most days (weeks), being roused for its blue ray capabilities more than anything else. I have played most of the titles that Sony has locked down to one console (Heavy Rain is certainly on the list of things that need to be played in the near future, as is White Knight Cronicles), but console exclusives are so few and far between that I occationally question the wisdom of owning both consoles. When it was the PS2 vs the Xbox it was much easier to decide where to play something: the Xbox version almost always looked better. Now it is not so simple, plus I have fallen right into the achievments trap that Microsoft has so carefuly laid. I play games on the 360 because that is where I have played everything previously and I have a meaningless number to pad. Logically, it makes no sense, but there is no escaping it.

We're not going to talk about Nintendo. The last home console that they made was the Gamecube, as far as I am concerned. I have nothing bad to say about the DS; it is an excellent handheld, far and away better than Sony's offereing, but the Wii is a cesspool of third party shovelware and first party games that would have been good six or seven years ago. Only the downloadable retro games are worth the effort, but who has time for nostalgia when there are planets to strip mine and alien species to blow to pieces?

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