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Consoles vs PC’s

September 18, 2010 3 comments

I don’t know about you, but I love my game consoles. I don’t care if it’s my Playstation 3 or my GameCube, I can take refuge in the fact that even though the games I have sitting on my shelves are 6-10 years old, they’ll still work perfectly when I plug them in. Not so true with my PC.

Today I attempted to play Civilizations IV on my laptop that I had purchased several years back. I bought them on Direct2Drive & so when I tried to activate it I was given a nice little error message saying activation failed due to lack of Internet. Yeah. No duh. I just moved & haven’t managed to get Internet up & running. So I tried my CD of Galactic Civilization and found that stupid Windows Explorer would freeze each time auto-run tried to execute. Then I tried Playing my Half-Life 2 but ran into the lack of Internet issue for the Steam client. I gave up & returned to my PS3. It’s sad that even my PS3 can play my 15 year old PS1 games with out any issues but games on Windows suffer with compatibility issues after less than 5 or 6 years along with forcing Internet connectivity to even get certain games (singleplayer mind you) activated for play. This is why console sales are up and PC game sales are down. Go figure.

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Vista wipe out

January 23, 2010 Leave a comment

I was playing a couple games on my laptop today and looked over at my Playstation 3 to watch the nice little animated theme I have setup on it. It was then that I realized I should Google a PS3 driver for Windows Vista, which I did. I found one and downloaded it and after installing it my Vista revolted into Test Mode and refuses to come out of it. My networking goes in and out, stability of the system has gone to crap and I’ve decided to do what I have been putting off for the last 3 months. Rebuild the machine.
I’ve started backing everything off my Windows Partition onto a secondary partition and I will format and reinstall Vista tonight. I will probably spend all day tomorrow installing things and getting it restored to it’s current configuration. Meaning my time spent on developing will be cut short. Sad that it happened just as I started working on documentation on the Codeplex site and prepped a test Runtime for the initial Alpha release of the engine. Looks like my plans will be pushed back another week.

Gran Turismo 5 delayed… PAL release only

January 14, 2010 Leave a comment

Early yesterday morning Sony announced that the much anticipated game Gran Turismo 5 had it’s release date changed to TBA due to a delay. Later in the day Sony Europe stated that the delay only effects those in PAL regions, and so I’m curious what might be the cause of this. At first I wondered if it was a licensing issue that had come up over one of the vehicles in the game, but generally that sort of thing is ironed out prior to the content being added to the game.

I’m interested why this would only effect PAL and not NTSC regions like the U.S. Of course, the U.S. version did not have a release date set in stone like that of the Japanese version of the game, and so it’s possible there’s a licensing issue that’s come up, and Japan is the only one technically being delayed, as a North America release date had not yet been announced.

Only time will tell, if anyone knows anything regarding it drop a comment and let me know.

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