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Site News / PS3 Launch in NYC
« on: November 17, 2006, 10:06:56 pm »
Last year when the 360 launched, Gaming Steve was at the scene and related the excitement.

The PS3 just launched in New York - quite convenient for Mr. Glicker, and what is the bet that there will be no coverage at all?

News is that the PS3 will not be region locked.  As there will also be backward compatibility with past games, does this mean I will be able to play imported PS2 games on an unmodified PS3 console?  If so, how will this gel between PAL and NTSC regions?

I hope the no region news isn't quashed like the rumours the Wii was going to be region free.

Books / Childrens Horror Book Quest
« on: September 26, 2006, 06:35:41 am »
I'm trying to find a book from my childhood.

I borrowed the book from my school library in the early 80s. I don't have the title or author - I didn't even read the book. What attracted me were the illustrations.

The artwork is the most eerie, spine chilling material I have ever seen. Pictures of torture, demented souls, and other horror themes predominated. The most memorable picture was that of a person who had had their eyes and mouth sown shut. Being a boy interested in the macabre, the pictures filled me with morbid fascination.

I believe the book contained short horror stories, must have been published in the early 80s, and was probably British or American. I would be very keen to hear from anyone who might have a clue to the book I'm seeking, or who could direct me to some database of published material.

Site News / Name change Request
« on: May 08, 2006, 06:54:03 am »
Is there anyway I can change my nickname?  It is supposed to be Bkeela, with an 'a' on the end, not Bkeel.   :(

Everything Else / Learning Not to Trust Reviews the Hard Way
« on: April 15, 2006, 10:13:06 pm »
I have invested in the current, soon to be obsolete, generation of consoles like no other.  Having discovered some gem games, it was only natural to seek out similar experiences by researching game reviews online.  It is hard to know where to start though, so I used sites like Metacritic and Game Rankings.  In this way I bought a number of games that although universally praised, just didn't appeal to me.  I have since learnt that taste in games can be as selective as taste in music or anything else, so a reviewer's taste in games is of paramount importance.  This might be obvious to some people, but it wasn't to me.

An example is The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.  It took the first boss for me to realise how much I hated the game.  I couldn't summon the motivation to continue after that, for I found the experience so profoundly painful.  I could have gritted my teeth and pushed on, but I had done that with Knights of the Old Republic and had not received adequate compensation.  The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time might be 10/10 if you have a passion for collecting hearts and gems, fighting boss monsters, and you are enthralled by cliched, childish stories, but for other people it might not rate so well.

Similarly, I thought Metroid Prime would be excellent.  I love the Metroid series, being a particular fan of 2D platform games, but Metroid Prime was horrible for me.  The claustrophobic feeling of the suit, the tedious method you had to employ to find out information, the frustrating controls, and the irritating boss battles all nearly led me to destroy the game disc in anger.

I have long loved role playing games.  From the old Sierra, point and click adventures of Hero's Quest and Space Quest, to more sophisticated games like Fallout and Baldur's Gate - they have been games that I have really enjoyed.  How was I to know that Japanese games of this type would be unbearable to me?  How could I have known that the very similar game mechanics could become almost magically tedious?  It is true that some of the reviews warned of cliched story lines, but a more dire warning was needed I feel.  Maybe a warning like this: "WARNING: DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES CONSIDER THIS GAME IF YOU ARE ABOVE THE AGE OF TEN!"

Tales of Symphonia is the first and only jap RPG I will play.  I know there are legions of fans who swear by Final Fantasy, but I just know I will hate those games.

I haven't mentioned the HELL I went through with Ninja Gaiden, nor the intense nausea that Beyond Good and Evil filled me with, but if you think they are examples of under appreciated games, I bet you haven't even heard of Do Don Pachi Daioujou or ESPGaluda.

Now I'm not prepared to suggest the above games are bad.  I just lack the needed temperament to enjoy such games.  However, I do wish I had learnt this about myself before wasting money.  I guess there is always Ebay - someone out there must want the Legend of Zelda: Collectors Edition...

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