Going ‘Old School’

I was thinking about all the new games and systems coming out later this year, and was fretting over the need/want for them to have a backwards compatibility feature. Call me a hoarder or just a nostalgic gamer, but I still have all my old games including my FFVII for PS1 and all my original Gameboy games.  Now I saw this picture, and it reminded me of all of this.

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Despite everyone getting all excited for all these new games, we can’t help ourselves (or at least I can’t) when it comes to older games. Even though we’ve played it time and time again, there are just certain games that you just love playing. Like Super Mario World, Mario Kart, Zelda, Pokemon, Donkey Kong Kountry, and Mortal Kombat to name a few.

Many developers have already realized this, and companies have redone older games to be downloaded or boughten as a disc/cartridge on a newer system. The ‘retro’ games, such as Pac-Man, Pole Position, and Mappy, have even come out as arcade classics to plug straight into your TV. Some are completely remodeled to be brought to a new gaming generation, which isn’t bad. Sometimes a face lift on a gaming franchise can not only bring in new gamers into the franchise, but allow those who already love it something new to enjoy.

 

While none of this is new, I was wondering…. Will these new console developers ever hear our (or at least those like me) cries for a backwards compatibility? To at least be able to play the games from the previous system on the new one about to come out? They did it for the PS2, but why not the PS3? Even the Xbox360 eventually allowed for patches and updates to let people play some of their original Xbox games. Why can’t the PS4 do that? I’m not saying that it eventually won’t, but from what news we currently have about the system it won’t even be able to play PS3 games.

What are your thoughts on the topic? I am feeling nostalgic, and wish that developers would think about the older generation of gamers when designing. Yes, many of the people who are playing are younger (tweens to early twenties), but there are a few of us gamers who have been playing our whole lives and would maybe like to play those older games without having to shell out big bucks to rebuy/rebuild our old consoles. I can’t tell you how expensive it would be to buy all the old systems I would need to play my games or even to buy all of my older games as downloads on these newer ones. It’s maddening.

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PS4 Announced!

Wednesday at 6pm was the big PS4 announcement, and boy was it good! They had explained new features that the PS4 and controller will have as well as changes to the PSN. There was also plenty of previews for games that will be coming out with the release of the PS4.

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New PS4 system specs. Click the image for a larger view.

The new PS4, to be released this holiday season, will be able to do all the things that the PS3 was capable of, such as play DVDs, Blue-ray, Netflix, etc; but they wanted all of this not to affect game play or the producers/designers of future games. They wanted it to be a flawless conversion, and, from what was shown and said from various game production companies, they did that pretty well. They did this through the advanced technology that went into creating the system.

712355-playstation-4-controllerThe controller is just as high tech as the system is. The new controller, while similar to the PS3 controller in shape and size, has several new components. The new controller now has a touch pad, that will allow you to explore your environments in your games in 3D. It also has a light bar that connects to an ‘eye’ sensor bar that will track the movements of the controller in the 3D environment of your living room as well as help differentiate better between players.  They also added a headphone jack.

They also wanted to make the players connected to a larger community, so they added a share button to the controller. Sony did this by teaming up with the communications company Gaikai. Gaikai first presented the “Try it now” feature that will be new the PSN store. This feature will allow gamers to try ‘full’ (Obviously it would be the whole game, but it won’t be a dumbed down version of the first few levels like most demos are) versions for free if you would like before buying the actual game. This “Try it now” feature will also allow you to share games that you like with friends so that they can experience them, too.  Which is excellent marketing on Sony’s part. What better way to get advertising than for free through their users? Brilliant.

The new set up for gamer profiles.

The new set up for gamer profiles.

Speaking of this ‘share’ system, they also wanted interconnectivity to be a must. In doing this they linked the PS4 and PSN with Facebook, making your player profile look much like a profile of a social network site. They will allow you to transfer information from your Facebook, allowing for a much more personal gamer profile. They will also allow you to share things, such as games you like and such, onto your Facebook page.

PS4-social-networkThe greatest accomplishment of this ‘share’ system, though, would be the new ability to broadcast your game live. You can post videos of your epic moments onto your social networking site, and your friends can broadcast your gaming as you’re playing. While they do this they can: 1. Talk to you about your game/situation 2. Take over  or ‘Command’ your controller from where ever they are in the world (if you allow them to do so) 3. Post comments on your screen 4. Drop into the game with you.

This connectivity is taken a step further with ‘Remote Play.’ The PSVita will be totally connected to the PS4 system, allowing for instantaneous play from where ever you left off last on either of the systems. All games that will be offered and playable on the PS4 will be playable on the PSVita.

The only thing that is wrong with the PS4, in my opinion, is that there will be no backwards compatibility. I’ve been looking forward to this for some time, and am disappointed that I can’t even play my PS3 games on the new PS4. I was hoping that this would be a change that many gamers would have demanded, and that Sony would have attempted to listen. You’ll be able to do what we are currently doing, downloading older games from PSN Store and playing them, but I’ve had these games already for so long. Why would I want to pay twice to play the same games?

So what is everyone’s thoughts on the new PS4? Anyone else disappointed in not having backwards compatibility still? Will these new social features be useful or hinder game play?

The latest news and updates for the Final Fantasy Series

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Click the image for the Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Q & A!

I’m not normally one to reblog things, but this was just too exciting for me not to! I’ve always been big into RPGs, and the Final Fantasy series is my favorite by far! The above link is for an interview for the latest FF, Lighting Returns: FFXIII.

It’ll be a continuation of the FFXIII storyline, featuring Lightning as the main character again. They don’t reveal much about the story line in the interview, but they go over design concepts, characters featured, composer choice, and game mechanics.

I’m personally a bit tired of the FFXIII storyline. I was unimpressed with the last story line for FFXIII-2, and am interested how they’re going to come back from that. I’m just glad that this is the last installment, and that we can move on in the FF series.

Gamer Girls: The Real and The Attention Wh0r35

I’ve seen a lot of these pictures online, and I felt it necessary to write something about it. There are some common stereotypes about girls who play video games. That all the games that they play are ‘girlie’. Games like The Sims, Just Dance, Wii Fit etc. I don’t understand how these games are considered ‘girlie’, well except for Sims. Come on. A game about creating a family, designing and building a home, and then other families and their homes; it’s all very controlling and sort of weird. Saying this, I play the crap out of the Sims.

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Anywho, another stereotype is that gamer girls brag about being a girl who plays games that are considered “Boss”, “hardcore”, or “Cool”. These girls will go online on PSN or Xboxlive or whatever gaming community that they are apart of, and then go on about how she’s a girl and she just loves to play the game. She will be cutesy and coy, and will insist on the boys that are playing that she really doesn’t want the attention and that she just really loves the game. She is only playing to get attention, trust me.

This does not just pertain to the online realm of gaming, but also on social networks. Girls that are doing stupid things just to get attention because guys like girls who share a common interests (e.i. video games) that they do. Things like trying to be sexy with game controllers (Why would you put that in your mouth? Nonsense), and holding up games that they play by holding the discs  (I seriously I found a picture of a girl holding 3 $60 games fanned out by the discs. I know those aren’t her games, because if they were she would DEFINITELY would not be holding them that way).

The real gamers, the one’s that actually give two shits about the game and not the attention that we will surely get from being a girl, will harass you for even giving them any crap about being of the female persuasion. The real gamers will cuss you out for making a big deal about being a girl instead of focusing on the game, because when this happens they lose focus and you will undoubtedly lose the match you’re currently  playing or they troll you so that you will lose. I hate it when this happens, and a lot of the time I don’t even use my headset when playing online. My PSN name doesn’t have any inclination towards a gender or sex, either. It’s a unisex name.

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Speaking of cussing, I turn into a sailor when I play. I swear so much that you’d think that…. well you’d think very bad of me.  It had gotten so bad that my husband doesn’t like playing Burnout or COD with me anymore because I’ve said and called him some things that were mean to say the least.

Real gamers don’t brag about playing and being a girl at the same time. They play the game purely to play the game. They will troll, pwn, shit talk, and commit general kick assery when playing; and if you give them any kind of sass about being a girl, they will show you what it means to “Play like a girl.” Real gamers will love, cherish, and play our games as if they were like one of our past or future lives (living in every moment) regardless of the parts that dangle between their legs or the lack there of. So get over playing with girls online, and the girls who make a big deal out of playing and being a girl just need to stop playing.