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I am the editor at Push Square.

Sun 18th May 2008

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get2sammyb commented on Sony Senior Director Gives 3DS the Thumbs Up:

You guys need to stop acting like 3D is a Nintendo innovation. Sony have been pushing this for years. They're currently producing TVs, cameras, the cameras the film your 3D movies like Avatar, camcorders, games, so and so forth.

If the PSP2 has 3D it's because Sony have been working on it for a while, not because Nintendo are doing it.

Just my $0.02. (The 3DS sounds AMAAAAAAZING by the way.)



get2sammyb commented on Miyamoto: You Need A Controller For True Immer...:

Natal will not work in the way they've showcased it. Yes, it will be fine for Eye Toy esque mini-games. Hey it'll be great for those type of games because the system can detect you and your movements better than any technology in the past.

But for playing games? I'm not convinced. And as for Milo... well... That wasn't real was it.



get2sammyb commented on Sony Deal Pushes Wii And DS Ghostbusters Furth...:

@KDR_11k - not to my knowledge but I'd be interested in reading a link if you have one. Something they've always stated is that they'd rather develop their own game, than pay another company for exclusivity. It gets a similar result (i.e. an exclusive game) except, they're fully in control of the IP and the game; which usually one of their second/first parties will make.

This is slightly different because of Sony's link with the Ghostbusters brand as it is. Whether this had happened or not, essentially Sony would have made money from every version of the Ghostbusters game sold -- I think I'm correct in saying that?



get2sammyb commented on First Impressions: The Conduit Multiplayer Mad...:

Next best thing since Goldeneye -- without wanting to be a cynic I'd argue that Halo 2, CoD4 and Killzone 2 have all already achieved that status; CoD4 probably being the front-runner.

Alas, this game does look very good, although I don't particularly see a reason why PC/360/PS3 gamers have reason to be too excited.

Excellent write up.



get2sammyb commented on Sony to Reveal Copycat Motion Controller at E3?:

@Smaman - I wasn't comparing the games on a game:game ratio -- I was merely stating that while Nintendo's big Q4 release was Wii Music, Sony's was Resistance 2 and LittleBigPlanet. And I infinitely prefer Sony's titles.

@ City_of_Delusion - oh sorry. I didn't realise we were playing the "but-but-but this did it first" -- LittleBigPlanet is innovative. I can't see how anyone can deny that. Having said that - yes I am a newb for not knowing about Trackmania.

@ Caliko - what does that have to do with anything? This doesn't even have anything to do with PSP or DS does it?

I love Nintendo but I sometimes think the fans put them on a pedestal FAR too high. They did not create the universe. They have made some very good systems with some very good games. That doesn't mean that no-one else has.



get2sammyb commented on Sony to Reveal Copycat Motion Controller at E3?:

@ KDR_11k - Please name me a DS game that allows you to full build your own entire 2D platform level/shooter/music-track, upload it to a gigantic world of other levels, and play literally millions of user created content (some of which are very, very good -- see the Dead Space level).

I wouldn't disagree that a lot of the PS3's content is stuff that has come from the PS2 - and I don't think that's a bad thing. I love Nintendo, really I do, I've played Nintendo systems forever and I've written quite a few reviews for here and Wii-Ware World in the past... But just like it's naive for people to say "PS3z haz no gmaes" I could also pretend like the Wii has no games - this isn't true. The Wii has tons of content that suit a wide audience. But when the toss-up is between Wii Music or Resistance 2. I pick Resistance 2. When the toss up is between House Of The Dead: Overkill or Resident Evil 5, I pick RE5. It doesn't mean said games are bad, I just feel I'm getting more the experience I want elsewhere.

Certainly it's subjective, but alas that's the first thing that came into my mind when you said about the PS3 not getting new owners - to be honest I really don't care. They're putting out the games I want to play.

@ Corbie - are we trying to pretend like Flower is a bad game in here? Because, and I say this with 101% honestly, it's still my game of the year.

Metacritic = 87:

I really don't want to flame but, erm, let's not even get onto the topic of WiiWare vs. Playstation Store.



get2sammyb commented on Sony to Reveal Copycat Motion Controller at E3?:

I knew you were going to post this. While I could argue your point about "decent exclusives not on the XBOX 360", I'm not going to bother because it's the kind of blind sighted commentary I expect from all press these days - so there is no point in commenting.

On the whole motion sensor thing -- I think Nintendo expected this a long time ago; I remember them opening their E3 last year (or the year before) commenting on how "immitation is the sincerest form of flattery" -- obviously scripted from when they were convinced the Microsoft were going to announce a Motion Controller.

What I would say is this: Sony have mulled in and around the casual market just as much as Nintendo (if not more) during the Playstation 2 days -- if you want to pretend that the Wii wasn't influenced by social party games such as Singstar, Eye Toy/Eye Play and Buzz! Quiz TV, then that's fine -- but let's not pretend Nintendo are sole innovators; something that Nintendo fans are always quick to argue, quickly overlooking much of what the competition has done for the industry too -- I'd argue that LittleBigPlanet is 100 times more innovative than anything Nintendo have released in the past few years (Wii Sports aside).

Alas, I do agree that a motion controller will not be what Sony needs to claw back market share -- however it does continye to show the range of content that Sony are willing to provide for the console: LittleBigPlanet, God Of War, Buzz!, Resistance, Singstar, Killzone -- It's my opinion but I'd argue Sony's exclusive line-up is much more varied than any of their competitors.

I'm not sure ripping off the Wii-remote would be the best way to win over gamers who are highly invested in their hobby. There's absolutely no doubt, and Sony must expect it, that this is going to be met with major uproar. It's going to have differentiate itself from the Wii remote almost instantly.

Having said that, if they can come up with some interesting ways of using this thing, it will be interesting to see how a Wii-type experience transpires on a fully-capable HD console -- it's certainly something I'd like to SEE.

At the end of the day though, the Playstation 3's focus is to be a centre piece of the living room, and to gain entire family appeal. I'd argue Sony do it better than anyone -- but without focus on Eye Toy (or Wii Remote) they still have that new "Nintendo audience" of over 50's to untap. Can they do it? Probably not, but we'll see.

Like I said, it'd be naive of any Nintendo fan to think that this wasn't going to happen eventually, be it Sony or Microsoft. If this really is true though, it's certainly not going to be the "staplemark" of the PS3 experience. It's very likely it'll get packaged in with a new SKU and only get supported by a few games.

EDIT: Just to tie in with the rumour though; SCEA's marketing head honcho John Koller said they were "after the casual market" a few weeks ago.

EDIT 2: From Nintendo's point of view, I think they have little to worry about. They've secured the Wii's name this generation as the machine for "casual gamers" and Sony can NEVER compete on price. The Wii is the "Playstation 2" of this generation and Sony are really going to have to release something culturally phenomonal again (a la Singstar) to even capture 10% of what Wii Fit has done.

EDIT 3: Let's never speak of the SIXAXIS again.



get2sammyb commented on Sony: We Own the Living Room, Nintendo Owns th...:

"i wouldnt own a slow loading bug fest loud fanned 3 generation out of date pobsolete control pad console if you payed me to own it and gave me the games free"

Oh good lord! "Loud fanned"? - you've never played a PS3 have you dear?



get2sammyb commented on WiiWare Sales Targets: More Details Emerge:

I'm not impressed with this at all. I appreciate Nintendo have bandwidth costs to cover, and will take their cut, but wouldn't it be more reaonable for a 65/35 share from sale one. I don't understand why they're doing this?



get2sammyb commented on Wii to increase by £20 in UK?:

I'm sorry, and I don't want to come across like a boo-boy whining about everything Nintendo do, but I find it hard enough to part with £34.99 on a Wii game, which runs in standard-definition, is (usually) without online play and gamerscore/trophies. I know many people will herald the "innovative" controls as a selling factor, but let's be honest, in many cases the Wiimote replaces a button-press for a waggle.

I guess the long-winded point I'm trying to make is, even at their current price I find Wii games out of my price range when I can, by my own opinion and standards, get a vastly superior experience on the PS3 (or 360)... if we ever see the day where Wii games retail at MORE than the price of their competitors then -- well I'm well and truely out aside from REALLY important releases like Zelda/Mario.



get2sammyb commented on Review: House of the Dead: OVERKILL (Wii):

Have to agree with the review, it's amazingly good fun. Has a quirky sense of black humour that will amuse anyone who enjoyed the Tarantino/Rodriguez movies recently; or perhaps even the originals they're based upon.

Gameplay is fun too. Works well with the Zapper. I'm enjoying it. I don't think it's QUITE as funny as it's intended to be but it has made me laugh out loud a couple of times.

Worth the 9.

EDIT: Oh. And the music. Soundtrack PLEASE SEGA?



get2sammyb commented on Luc Bernard Quits Videogame Development:

This guy strikes me as an idiot. I can only base my opinion on interviews he's conducted but surely if his game sucks then it sucks? It seems to me like he's throwing his toys out of his pram.



get2sammyb commented on E3 2008: Nintendo Announce MotionPlus Accessory:

I'm surprised at the timing they announced this. Reckon they were trying to trump the possibility of an XBOX remote?

I've heard a rumour on the grapevine that this MotionPlus extension might be packaged with a Wii Sports 2.

Stay tuned.



get2sammyb commented on See Mega Man 9 In Action:

I don't understand. I "get" the retro appeal but wouldn't it be better if they were building a new HD (well as far as the Wii can go) 2D Mega Man game?



get2sammyb commented on Mega Man 9: WiiWare Exclusive:

I don't see why they can't make a game with the same physics as a NES game but just reskin it in HD or something? Isn't that the natural progression now. Sure I love the retro look but...