Saturday, January 17, 2009

Getting games not getting robbed

Ok so what i've found (in Jamaica at least) is that if you don't have some foreign connection where someone goes up and gets your games and so forth, you don't really have much of an option to get your games. Yeh we have stores that sells electronic goodies but sometimes the pricing on em just don't translate very well for what they really cost in the real world.
One example of this is when i went to Innovative in Sovereign and saw a 3 year old game that still cost over five thousand dollars! What the frickin hell is THAT all about?! This isn't that stores only crime as i've seen games in there costing over eight thousand dollars now lets just calculate that shall we in "the real world games cost 60US added tax and it comes to 65US now multiply that by the current rate of exchange and tell me what you get...hrmmm lets seee here....carry the one add the 2 and hrmmmm....5,200Dollars folks!! and your telling me you put a mark up of 3 thousand dollars on it? I know they do it cuz gaming is getting popular and some unknowing jackass will have the money to buy it..BUT COME ON MAN!
The most my conscience is willing to deal with is if i paid and extra say 1500 and no more cuz yes you gotta make your profit and what not but don't carry to the extreme cuz you know some of us don't have the option of getting it any other way. Now with the wave of technology you've now got stores that allow you to use their credit cards to buy what you want at get it here for you at a nominal fee. Like Global and Mailpac but when you really check them out its really not worth it folks... REALLY, I used to deal with them but now i just relegate myself to asking friends or family i know to get my stuff abroad.
Now this is just my personal opinion others who read this can have their own, but remember THIS IS MINE! If you don't like it read another blog...places i avoid whenever i'm considering a game are as follows,
Innovative systems
Watts new
That's about it anywhere else you go the prices are fairly reasonable and these places are:
Computer Royale
Str8 Games (you can also trade here, that heps in decreasing the cost)

Give you a comparison tale i went to Watts new and saw Eye of Judgement game which came bundled with the Playstation eye camera and the price was $7,800 plus tax. I said to myself "Hrmm maybe cuz its bundled with the camera it costs this much." and i thought it was reasonable. Then i had the HEART-A-CLAPSE when i went to Computer Royale and saw said game for guess how much? $6,500 FLAT!! now do you see the savings and big blousecup difference in the price...yeeeeeeeeah....Wattz New wha dat?!!
Anyway i know gaming is an expensive hobby and i know businesses are trying to capitalize on how big of an industry it is becoming and how popular. Back in the day you'd have never seen electronic stores carrying alot of nintendos, but now all of em have at least one Wii, X-box 360 or PS3 selling. Gaming is getting its much deserved slice of the entertainment pie and i say bring it on, is long time i wanted my hobby justified and stop being called a freak or nerd or geek just because of what i love, now i laugh at those who try to get into it and haven't a clue, ahhhhhh newbies gotta love em. Anyway STORES!! stop taking advantage of the newbies if they had half the gaming sense we veterans did they'd know you're robbing them blind and stop buying from your teifing asses and your stock would pile up on you with no where to store em so u'd end up selling em dirt cheap to get rid of em! Hey that sounds like a plan still....*writing down*
Anyway games are in the mainstream now and i'm happy...veterans educate the newbies and newbies when u see a game costing a certain amount in a store don't just buy it, do ur homework and see how much it costs in the real world then ask yourself is the price justifiable.

Gash out :P

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Little Big Awesome!

Once in awhile there is comes a gaming idea that shapes the destiny of videogames to come after it...God of war with its use of quick time events, super mario brothers for forever setting the standard of a good accessible platformer, Metal Gear Solid for its use of stealth in an action game....and now LIttle big Planet!
This game has come onto the gaming scene with a bang! It has seen what everybody else has offered spun around dropped its pants and pissed on them all for their lack of ingenuity and originality. The game reeks of creativity both from the developers and from you the gamer. From the developers side... for them to give you such robust yet easily accessible tools is amazing to behold, how they came up with it and structured it is a testiment to there super genius. simple menus, easy walkthroughs and simple implementation make this game super easy yet its so super deep! The possibilities are virtually ENDLESS! This is where the creativity of the player comes in, just imagine...ever wanted to create a level but didn't have the proper tools to execute it, well dry those tears of non-production and smile the sweet smile of yes sir game development here i come!
The best part of this planetary experience is getting to share it with friends online and off. 4 people can play a level at the same time and this only adds to the chaos or cooperation in the game either way its still raw fun. The expressions you can get out of your "sackperson" (as their called) is priceless and cute (yeh i said cute!) you'll grow to love em. I urge people to actually sit down and plan out their creations as create genius and respected levels takes dedication. Its not difficult but it goes much smoother if you have a plan about how you want to layout your level. And this only garners more praise from those who will play it in future.
That's another aspect of the Planet is how they connect you to other pplayers and their creations wether it be creations worthy of acclaimed praise or ones worthy of travelling down the porcelain express! You can play levels created by others, searching by rank or most favourited and you can favourite those you like yourself or leave comments. The game thrives on interactivity between the players and the created worlds and rewards you for it by giving trophies for various activities.
No game though is without the occassional hiccups and yes the mighty big planet has a few, some stages are that great with all 4 characters on screen as some will get involuntarily cut off, I've found situations where i had to kill myself in order not to slow down the progress of the others. There is also some lag on the online portion but u can't knock the game for that as many games before it has experienced lag too.
Anyway its a great game and is one that doesn't have to worry about having to provide sequels for a loooooooong time as its community of creators are madly going at it making a plethora of stages to try out like almost 30,000 so far. So go check it out and create till your little big heart is content. The game is awesome!! nuff said.

Gash out :)