Suddenly I’m even more glad I chose a 360 for my current HD console purchase - I just watched the latest Little Big Planet demo from CES 2008, where it looks cute and interesting as ever (even if they didn’t have time / inclination to show anything we haven’t seen before really), but the guy doing the presentation was talking about a public beta in late Summer, with an intention of a ‘Fall’ release (2008).
A couple of people expressed an interest in what my opinion of Mass Effect would end up being, as a previous KOTOR fan, so now that I’ve had it for a while, and am about 10 hours into the game (according to my last save), I felt I had enough information to deliver on this request. For the time-poor among you who are tired of my wordy postings, here’s the skinny version:
Posted on Major Nelson: Dear Xbox LIVE Members: During this past holiday season you helped us break a number of Xbox LIVE records. This included our largest sign-up of new members to Xbox LIVE in our 5 year history and just yesterday you broke the record for the single biggest day of concurrent members ever on the service. As a result of this massive increase in usage we know that some of you experienced intermittent Xbox LIVE issues over the holiday break.
You might remember the problem that my wife had with a corrupted gamertag thanks to problems with the Live registration & recovery service just before Xmas, but that hasn’t been the end of our problems with the service. Since a few days after xmas, we’ve found that in the evenings logging onto Live takes an absolute age, sometimes long enough that we just give up. The story - apparantly too many people bought or received 360’s over Xmas and the Live servers are getting swamped at peak times, or so the ever reliable Internet tells me here, and here.
Ok, rant time. I’m a multiplatform gamer, and my PC is still a key platform for me. Every time a new console comes out people predict the death of the PC as a gaming platform, but it never happens - sure, the traditional retail model continues to favour the consoles, on account of them having the marketing muscle of the console manufacturers behind them, plus the ‘idiot proof’ nature of the devices means that there are less issues with support (although the advent of patching on consoles does appear to be engendering more of a ‘release it and patch it later’ attitude in some quarters that we used to only see on PC).
Near the end of 2006 I was bitching that games were getting dull, repetitive, and far too obsessed with how best to graphically represent war, big guns, fast cars and loose women (preferably all at once). It was the very worst of Hollywood banality regurgitated - only the Wii seemed to be flying in the face of it, and even it failed to deliver a lasting riposte to the trend, suffering from the all-too-familiar condition of only Nintendo being able to make good games for their own console.
It’s that time of year again, when we’re inundated with the release of more games than we could ever possibly play. I know that a huge proportion of game sales are made in the run up to Christmas, and thus that it makes complete sense for everyone to try to get in on that action, but you can’t help thinking that good games inevitably get missed in the festive bun-fight.
Wow, Microsoft have a bit of a crisis on their hands over the xmas period. I’ve signed up with XBox Live and am having no problems with it, but my wife also has a profile and wanted to connect too, albeit as a free Silver member just to get a gamer tag (really I feel it’s very cheeky that they ask you to subscribe once per profile anyway rather than once per machine).
I probably shouldn’t keep linking these because I’m getting predictable, but they’re so bloody brilliant I can’t help it (even when he is bashing a game I’m personally still looking forward to playing). The music at the start made me think how great ‘A Little Less Conversation’ would be as a Rock Band track…