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Dee Yun Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2006-11-24 09:14:47

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hope everyone had a joyous and safe Thanksgiving!

Back to bitching...

While I pulled the trigger and grabbed the 360 at launch (mostly for Call of Duty 2), my decision to hold off on the PlayStation 3 and the Wii was a solid one. Apparently, firmware updates for the Wii are "bricking" some units, causing them to become fancy paperweights. I do badly want to play the new Zelda, but I may just run it on my GameCube since all indications are that the Wii-mote isn't really essential to the game experience. I know I'll get it eventually, but it can wait until there's some A grade content for it.

Meanwhile, if you've managed to get your hands on a PS3, you've essentially paid six bills for the privilege of watching the startup screen - every big ticket title continues to be pushed back. For all the hype Sony drummed up with PS3 presentations, they were all just tech-demos years away from fruition as actual games. Every decent PS3 game currently available, or available in the next several months to come, are just ports; media sources are reporting that many of these cross-platform titles actually look better on the 360. I think I'll go pick up the new Rainbow 6 and crank it up on Live, while PS3 owners read press releases about how their version is delayed again. I think I can get away with skipping the PS3 until a major price cut, a full year from now when games like Gran Turismo hit; due to Sony delays, former exclusives like Grand Theft Auto continue to hop on the 360 bandwagon.

The brand name alone will ensure the PS3's eventual success, but I refuse to give it my support until they address these and other issues. It'd be neat if Sony just caved and released a cheaper machine with a regular DVD drive. For all that they do right, you'd think they'd learn from debacles like the Betamax, the MiniDisc and the UMD. Blu-Ray is the next Laserdisc. Consumers would be wise to set aside the PS3 hype, save themselves a couple hundred dollars, and join in on the joy that is Gears of War.

[Edit: Someone pointed out to me that Resistance is a pretty good PS3 launch game. "Touche," I told him, right before we jumped into another Gears of War death match game. He also informed me that Sony's online system (PlayStation Network) is also crap compared to Xbox Live.

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