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Monday, May 08, 2006

History Repeating?

For all of you old enough to remember that weird gaming period in the mid to late 90's, this is for us. Is it about to be repeated?

1991 - Philips CD-i. Started off life as a player of different media, ended up attempting to become a console. Sold for $400, sold 500,000 units. Had four different hardware versions during it's short life. Philips never entered console gaming again.

1993 - Panasonic 3DO. Technically much more advanced than the current console leaders, the SNES and Genesis. However it was $700 at launch. Sold 6 million units. Was made for two years and production ceased. The 3DO company liquidated it's assets in 2003.

1993 - Atari Jaguar. The first 64-bit console, again more technically advanced than the SNES and Genesis. Sold for $249.99, sold 2.3 million units. The last blow that killed Atari.

1996 - NeoGeo CD - Sold for $300, no official number of sales for US territories. Was totally forgotten about in the wake of the PS and Saturn.

Edit: Genesis and SNES lead in sales for the entire period. SNES 49 million units. Genesis 35 million units.

The 16-bit era held on for so long because for four years the next generation of consoles were overpriced and unappealing. Look at the current market. The PS2, Gamecube and Xbox still sell very well, the Nintendo DS is massively outselling the PSP.

2005 - Xbox 360. Sold for $300 - $400, sold 3.2 million units to date.

2006 - Playstation 3. Sold for $500 - $600.

2006 - Nintendo Wii. Sold for $150 - $200 (projected price). Oddly enough around the same as the SNES at Genesis at launch.

Are the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 the next 3DO and Jaguar?? In 1993 people were not willing to pay $400+ for a console and I honestly don't think that has changed. I guess we will see.

Thanks for reading :-p

All numbers found in the Wikipedia.

Pre-E3 Sony PS3 Announcement

Sony are taking a very strange direction. Two packs at two prices, okay not so strange MS did it first with the 360. But have you seen the difference between the two? The basic one has no HDMI, according to Sony the Blueray standard can be locked to only play across an HDMI connection and it's up to the studios to do that or not. What if they do? Half the PS3's sold won't play Blueray, ooops Sony just handed their own ass to the HD-DVD camp. Not to mention sold you a console for $500 with a BD drive, which is what made said console so expensive that can't play BD movies. The basic one has no wireless connectivity built in and only a 20Gb HD. So you go and spend $600 to get a non-crippled console. With one pad and no game. Insane!!!

Oh the controller is a dual shock with no vibration since Sony got the crap sued outta them by Immersion Technology.

I don't see the 6-degrees of motion getting much use, honestly I don't see any innovation from the usual suspects of PS development teams.

Okay my rant is done.

Bring on the Wii!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, April 14, 2006

Gmod Comic


Thanks to Facepunch Studios Forum and MSN-Hitman

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Nintendo Gal

I have been reading the articles and news on Nintendo Gal for a while now. It's a great site for Nintendo news, links, pictures, video's and chat. The community has a forum and a chatroom. So go check it out!!

Friday, March 17, 2006

Awesome Machinima Music Video

The G-Man from Half Life 2 singing 'So Cold' by Breaking Benjamin. Filmed entirely within the Source Engine.

Thanks to www.machinima.com

You must see this!

Captain..whats that smell?

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Junk Mail III

I may have to take a different approach towards my junk mail. Since I last updated I have been mailing all my credit card junk mail (oddly the only junk mail I get) back to the banks in their own business reply envelopes. I have added post-it notes with messages, more and more demanding messages to take me off their mailing lists. It hasn't worked...kinda.

HSBC haven't bothered me in a week, so maybe they got the message. However Capital One raised their game last week, sending me the same letter 4 days in a row!!

I am going to check their website to see if I can find any kind of complaint form or an address I can write to. This has got to stop, the same letter every single day? Insane!

Friday, February 24, 2006

Junk Mail II

Well I mailed the first 5 off today and low and behold I had yet another pre-approved credit card from Capital One junk mail sitting in my mail box. Of course I stuffed the contents of the letter in the business reply envelope with another one of my to the point, post its.

"LEAVE ME ALONE!!!"

Wonder of they will get the message?
Next week I start sending them junk and as much crap as I can fit in a business reply envelope.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Junk Mail

Ever since I got a credit card I have recieved no less than 5 junk mails offering me more credit cards. I know for a fact my bank doesn't sell on customer information, but unfortunatly that doesn't stop VISA sending it to it's members.
I get the same ones every single week without fail and it's been going on for 6 months and I have finally got sick of tearing the things up and throwing them away. I read a while ago, a story a guy posted on Bash.org about the crazy things he did to stop them sending them. He put all kinds of newspaper clippings and junk, and even coins to make the business reply envelope heavy and then mail it back to them. Eventually one of the banks called him and told him to stop sending junk in their business reply envelopes. What did he do? He told them he wanted his change back and they sent him a check for $0.33.

So my experiment in social hacking is underway. I opened the mail, inserted the entire contents of each letter into each business reply envelope. I put a post it note in two of them, with the words "STOP SENDING THIS TO ME EVERY WEEK". Lets see what happens next week, will I still get one from Capital One and Orchard Bank? We will see.

Luckily they don't have my unlisted phone number, if they send me a complaint letter, I will be sure to scan it, post it here and frame it.

Bring it on!