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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Client's wants vs. Good Design
« on: April 8, 2008, 07:37 PM »
My shame:

I designed that site EXACTLY like the guy wanted back in 1998.  They've made some changes (mostly for the worse), but it's still essentially just how I delivered it back then.  The facts that it hasn't changed at all and that he still keeps it updated at least prove he was happy with the results.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Sony PlayStation 3
« on: April 7, 2008, 11:14 PM »
If you have an HDTV then the PS3 is a no-brainer.  Once you watch a movie on Blu-ray in 1080p, you'll never want to watch anything else.  And the games in HD are just stunning.

If you don't have an HDTV yet, then the PS3 is in a lot of ways wasted on your system.  The graphics are a lot nicer than the PS2 or Xbox, but you're only seeing about 25% of what it can do.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Sony PlayStation 3
« on: April 7, 2008, 08:57 PM »
God of War 3 is slated for 2009.

This year's big exclusive titles are:

Metal Gear Solid 4
Killzone 2
Resistance 2
Little Big Planet
Final Fantasy XIII
SOCOM: Confrontation

There's a bunch more, including some racing titles I don't know all that well, but those are the biggies.

BTW, the first review of Grand Theft Auto IV has popped up.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Sony PlayStation 3
« on: April 7, 2008, 12:43 PM »
The Wii is the king of kiddie games, no question there.  But my daughter (6 years old) has gotten a lot of play on the PS3 out of Lego Star Wars, Ratchet & Clank, Burnout, and Marvel Ultimate Alliance.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Sony PlayStation 3
« on: April 7, 2008, 09:56 AM »
Uncharted is one of the best, if not the best game of this generation so far.  And Ratchet & Clank Future is the best game in a very strong series.  Those two games alone were worth the price of admission to me.  If you don't think there's anything worth playing, you must have a very narrow interpretation of what makes a good game.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Sony PlayStation 3
« on: April 7, 2008, 12:31 AM »
Here you go, fence sitters:

When you consider you get $70 in games (MGS4 + PAIN), a Dualshock3 controller, and a high-end Blu-ray player, it's the bargain of the century!   ;)

BTW, PAIN is the best $10 game I've ever purchased.  I couldn't tell you how many hours I've wasted playing that thing.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Sony PlayStation 3
« on: April 3, 2008, 10:36 PM »
I picked up Burnout: Paradise this week off eBay, and it's every bit as fun as it ever was.  The graphics are insane.  I'm still learning the map, but so far it's great.  And my daughter loves driving around and wrecking into stuff.

I've also been playing Stranglehold.  I'm not all that impressed by the graphics, and there are some bad framerate drops when things are destructing, but it's still an blast to play.

So does anybody else here even own a PS3?  Feels like I'm talking to myself.   ;)

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Official Movie Thread
« on: April 3, 2008, 11:23 AM »
I saw The Bank Job a couple weeks ago and was thoroughly impressed by the whole thing.  It was just a really solid piece of work.  And very smart.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Welcome to the Jungle Gn'R Fan Club
« on: April 2, 2008, 12:06 PM »
Let's just hope that doesn't happen until after Chinese Democracy comes out... otherwise Axl will want to re-record the whole damn thing with the new line-up...   :P

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Sony PlayStation 3
« on: March 26, 2008, 11:15 PM »
Metal Gear Solid 4 already sold out in Japan!

That's almost 3 months before the game is even released!   ;D

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Howard Stern coming to Sirius!
« on: March 26, 2008, 04:32 PM »
The merger was just approved in the last day or so by the US government.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Howard Stern coming to Sirius!
« on: March 26, 2008, 03:15 PM »
They're merging.  SiriusXM.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Sony PlayStation 3
« on: March 24, 2008, 11:50 PM »
The latest firmware update just became available on the PSN.  It's version 2.20, and it makes the PS3 BD-Live compliant.  There are a few Blu-rays that use BD-Live already (War, Saw IV, and Enchanted are the three that I know of), and this update makes the PS3 the first Blu-ray player capable of using those features.  This shows yet again that the PS3 is an amazing piece of hardware.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Barking dog...
« on: March 24, 2008, 04:15 PM »
I can understand not wanting to go talk to pretend gangsters, lest you piss them off and the go about trying to be real gangsters and burn your house down.  Just call the police and anonymously tip them off that you regularly hear them talk about shooting people.  If the police get on their ass, they'll be gone soon enough.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Sony PlayStation 3
« on: March 20, 2008, 10:46 AM »
I started playing Heavenly Sword on Monday.  I finished it last night.  That's just ridiculously short.  I liked a lot of it, but I was really underwhelmed by quite a few things.  The production values would have been stunning had there not been inexcusable flaws like framerate drops during cutscenes and really poor lip sync problems.  On a game that was supposed to be interactive cinema, you'd think they would have nailed those two elements.  The acting was fantastic, but I kept being pulled out every time the lips moved half a second before the words.  And there were just odd cuts in the action.  You fight the snake woman, then all of a sudden you're face-down and the main baddie is standing over you?  Couldn't they have shown why?  Did you pass out from exhaustion?  Was the army hiding?  And I was upset by the part where Kia got the last shot off on another boss.  You see a "shoot" prompt, sort of line up, hit the button, but it doesn't show the shot flying and hitting like every other shot in the game... it cuts to the boss with an arrow in his head.  All that sort of stuff made it feel rushed.

I turned off motion sensing for the after touch on projectiles almost immediately.  It was much better to use the left analog for that.  I wasn't all that impressed on how the motion sensing worked for anything in the game.  Ratchet and Clank was MUCH more polished in that respect.  Actually, R&C was letter-perfect in motion sensing, and all other developers should use it as a model.

It was a fun diversion, but certainly not a top game like Uncharted.

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