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As My 360 Silently Weeps 
12th-Aug-2006 10:45 am
My Man Moz
I'm bored with my 360.  There was Oblivion, which RAWKED, but I invested more than a hundred hours in that game, and frankly... it started to stale.  There are a couple of shooters that are decent, but when I feel like killing people, I turn to Halo 2 far more often than Call of Duty 2.  Not as pretty, but SO much fun. 

It sucks.  I have this $400 piece of hardware, and it's collecting dust because there just aren't games for it yet.  Seems that developers are more interested in making everything "next gen," rather than focused on truly great gameplay.  It's really telling when the downloadable games on Arcade show more innovation and sound game mechanics than the shit that costs $60 at the store.

Sooo...

I returned to my roots, and picked up a used GameCube at GameStop the other day - that set me back $60.  I also picked up Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door, Resident Evil 4, The Ledgend of Zelda: Wind Waker, and Mario Kart: Double Dash.  Grand total was less than three hundred bucks.  Each of those games is more fun than nearly anything I've played on my 360 yet... Like I said: Sucks.

It doesn't look like it's going to get any better, either.  I downloaded demo's for Dead Rising and Saints Row and felt bludgeoned by stupidity.  Dead Rising played EXACTLY like State of Emergency, and that's not really a good thing.  Take SoE, add pretty graphics, zombies, and even more blood, and you've got the idea.  Saints Row was ... wait for it ... a GTA clone.  Not similar to GTA, or kinda like GTA, I mean that shit could have BEEN GTA, and I wouldn't have known the difference.  Minor changes in combat mechanics were the only distinguishable features to me. 

So, I disgustedly put down my 360 controller and wait for the Wii. 

... and Mass Effect.
Comments 
12th-Aug-2006 10:35 pm (UTC)
I've been seeing a lot of this recently myself. I have friends that are dropping like flies to the boredom bug when it comes down to the TREE SIDDY. I played Dead Rising as a demo and I have to tell you, after playing the demo I didn't need to do anything but watch my friends play it full. It has nothing for me, neither did Saints Row. I've also grown tired of playing characters that get reffered to as the N word as peer term. (I'm not racist, I'm just not stupid either.) It also lagged horribly, making driving, knee jerk combat, and even running away from gunfire difficult.

I entirely agree with you, I about got a game cube the other day. I found myself staring at the Pikman box longing to get sucked into it again. Face value, nintendo knows their shit. Everyone else is happy with 6 year development periods, graphics, and 7.1 surround sound.

Have you seen call of duty 3's screenshots? What is up with that! It looks the SAME, and it most definetly will play the same. Great 10 hours of scripted combat. Thanks!
13th-Aug-2006 03:10 am (UTC)
Yep. People keep dissing Nintendo for not going the high-bling route with the Wii's processor, etc., but I'll bet you three months pay that it sells like gangbusters. I think that Sony is precariously close to going the route of the Sega Saturn with its largely unaffordable mega-gadget, and that M$, while still very viable, is walking a fine line, as well. Both companies have major franchises that will sell systems (read: Final Fantasy series and Halo), but it's not going to be enough to keep the industry thriving.

I'm so proud of Nintendo for what they're doing. Sounds cheesey, but I totally mean it. Odark, gaming means a lot to me. I've been a gamer since Pong paddles were kick-ass, and I am happy that the industry is finding a place outside of niche entertainment. It scares me to see so few independent thinking companies in what should be a fantastically creative industry. Were it not for Nintendo and the Wii (and the DS too, now that I think of it), I would feel very depressed about the current generation of consoles. It is my profound wish that the Wii outsell Sony and M$ combined - it would send a message that GTA, Halo and mega processors are NOT the only ways to make money.

Oh well. At least I know that if console gaming totally implodes, there'll always be PC games...

Right?
13th-Aug-2006 03:32 am (UTC)
I'm also a life long gamer, it's been pc, nintendo, and sega for me. I don't like Xbox, Xbox360, PSX, PS2, I don't give a crap about PS3, and I'll tell you why I don't. Because what we play these days aren't games, the games of the old with their qwerky well thought out rules have been replaced with alternate forms of reality. Fire burns, swords stab, bullets fly, metal makes metal noises, it's all a great simulation but a poor game. Nintendo makes games that haven't lost their flavors, which is welcome after years of basically shoveling mindless flavorless genreless junk.

It's been a while since I played a game to get a highscore! When was the last time you did that? I'm thinking maybe 95 96? Sad man just sad... This conversation makes me want to play side scrollers... LoL

But I agree with you man.
13th-Aug-2006 05:06 am (UTC)
I don't mind - and often like - the realism that is infused into gaming more and more, so long as actual gameplay doesn't have to suffer as a result. ICO on the PS2 is a great example of how real-life physics, alternate fantasy realms and rock-solid gameplay can all live in harmony. (Sidenote: Since we're talking about ICO, isn't it sad that both common user and the gaming press alike can find only this one example of how games can merge with art? ICO has almost become its own cliche)

I honestly cannot remember the last time that I played for high score. When I was stationed in Korea (1998), my rommy had a PacMan rom on his PC that I used to play incessantly - I wanted to top 100K. When I finally reached it, I never touched PacMan again. ; )

Do you read Play Magazine? If not, you really should - it's worth supporting. The editor, Dave Halvershon, is a very vocal proponent of botique publishers and old-school game flavors. Dude's in his 40's and still creams his pants every time a decent platformer comes along. Check it out, if you haven't already.
13th-Aug-2006 05:11 am (UTC)
Hah, yeah I was talking about ICO with someone else just the other day. I do think it has become a cliche of itself really, almost in the same manner that Sean Connery is to himself lol.

Never really read Play Magazine, might give a shot thanks for the heads up. I'm all about unsyndicated gaming as well, small little projects light me up like a christmas tree. Like project offset, and even smaller ones like D U O and Gunroar.
13th-Aug-2006 05:13 pm (UTC)
I'm not familiar with either, so I'm gonna Google them both. Thanks!

I wish that I knew the first damned thing about either programming or game design. I'd love to be a part of this business. My bud and I were talking about starting a publishing company called "Games That Don't Suck." The whole conversation was kinda similar to the astronaut ideas I used to have for myself when I was seven.
13th-Aug-2006 05:43 pm (UTC)
The site is...
www.binaryzoo.com
For d u o (get mono too it's nuts.) They link out to some other good projects as well. You should also check out demo scene, hit it up on google. They do alot of interactive demos for free download.

I a pretty avid modder of video games with tool sets. Also a part of a 6 year MMO to SPO title group. Long story lol. I like that name Games That Don't Suck. GTDS Publishing LTD! ::folds arms and tilts glasses::
14th-Aug-2006 08:00 pm (UTC) - I agree, but slightly more optomistic...
I agreed with you for a while, but I took a look recently and found out that a lot of games are coming out in the next two months. RPG's, strategys and other else that will at least give me something to do with a gamefly account.

Enchanted Arms is your standard japanese RPG. Still waiting for an american RPG (GTA doesn't count). It's supposed to be pretty good though. 8/22

Blue Dragon is another japanese RPG that's getting a lot of praise recently. Frankly I'm glad that so many RPG's are coming out for the 360. I don't care if the main charecters name is Assfar, it's better than an orgy of FPS's. 9/1

Just Cause looks interesting. I have no idea what it is, but it kinda looks like a Splinter Cell with a GTA freeform walkaround kind of thing. 9/22.

There's a lot more as well. At least enough to keep me entertained. My best suggestion, Gamefly. These things are to damn expensive to buy them and find out you don't like them.
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