Setting Fire to a Pile of Twenties

7 08 2007

I’m pondering getting a PS3.

I have no actual reason to own one; it doesn’t have any major exclusives I must have. There’s some downloadables that are cool and I’d be up for… Playstation Home looks nice, as does LittleBigPlanet, Pain, and such. But actual boxed titles? Not so much. There’s no exclusives worth note that I couldn’t get in a better form on my 360, with achievements and Live connectivity.

So, why get one?

1. I can. I have cash. I’m not doing anything with the cash. It would not severely hamper me in any way to “go for it”.
2. Blu-Ray. I want HD content but my faith in HD-DVD is wavering and I don’t wanna be left in the cold.
3. It’s cheaper at the moment AND comes with PS2 back compat chips, which means some of the latter era PS2 games I didn’t finish playing and classic titles aren’t MIA.
4. That cheaper, PS2-friendly version is gonna be gone by fall.

The timing is right. It’s a bit of a waste since it’s basically an impulse buy, but the question is whether my reasons are enough to balance out the feeling like I’m throwing money away. Not sure. Still pondering.

In news about games I already own, Jen’s made a 3-D version of my standard LiveJournal icon. The icon was drawn by Bryan Lee O’Malley, which you may know from Impromanga if you’re oldschool, or from Lost at Sea or Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life if you’re newschool. (It tickles me pink to know someone I knew is a Published, Famous Type Person now.) It’s become my signature element, so having an adorable l’il avatar of it in SL is only fitting. D’awwwww.

If you haven’t seen it yet, this video is making the rounds across the Internets and is absolute genius. Or absolute madness. Or both.

May edit in more later if I think of anything.

Edit: Lord help me, I’ve Rikti-ized Guitar Hero 2.

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19 responses

7 08 2007
seangaffney

Blu-Ray is definitely the way to go; HD-DVD is losing the war.

7 08 2007
Stefan "Twoflower" Gagne

I do wish there’d be a winner of some sort. I’m tired of going “Eh, maybe I shouldn’t buy this in HD, because, you know, it may die out…” I wanna just say “HD version? DONE” and know it has longevity.
Signs are definitely pointing to nabbing a PS3 for that reason alone. I likes me some HD content and cares not what it is as long as it’s gonna be archival.

7 08 2007
inklesspen

Well, I hear Flow is good. And Heavenly Sword looks amazing. I know I’ll have to get one for Final Fantasy XIII, though. I had planned to get one in the spring, but I don’t want the broken version with no hardware compatibility, so I might have to get one sooner.

7 08 2007
shachihoko

I … basically have no useful comments on the PS3. If I could afford one, though, I probably still wouldn’t be rushing out to buy one – you know Sony is going to pull this routine again in a year or two when they’ve got more upgrades to pimp out, or can afford a larger hard drive or whatever features they can’t just slip into the firmware updates (such as the smaller transistor process I vaguely remember hearing about as part of Sony’s and/or Microsoft’s future manufacturing plans).
Granted, I have very little confidence in the PS3 generally at this stage of the console wars … Sony seems to be waffling between desperation and stupidity from what I’ve seen.
Well. Your money, your coffee table, your decision.

7 08 2007
fraggedone

*insert 300 quote about “Madness”*
edited to fix my lame HTML

7 08 2007
pockyman

You know I own a PS3, aka the monolith.
Blu-Ray has been nifty, as has HD-DVD… but… HD-DVD’s packaging and such seem shoddier to me, for some reason. @.@ (I’m really not fond of the ‘DVD on the other side of the disk’ nonsense, for example.)
And they’re not selling PS2’s after this fall? O.o

7 08 2007
Stefan "Twoflower" Gagne

I have a PS2, but it just makes more sense to keep the back-compat library AND have access to the next gen library all in one box. There’s still plenty of good PS2 titles in my lib, and if I act now, I won’t have to deal with the problems I have with the 360’s spotty back-compat support.
But after the fall, the 60gb $500 PS3 goes away, and all that’s left is the 80gb $600 PS3… which has pure software emulation instead of back-compat chips and will have the same problems the 360 has with old titles.

7 08 2007
pockyman

That makes sense. I should look into getting a new Japanese PS2 – my old one (the one from 2000 @.@) is dying. ;_;
Here’s hoping some good RPGs and such come out soon. >.>

7 08 2007
rival

I’m waiting 4 years for the inevitable PS3 Slimline.
In the meantime, do let us know how you like it. I want a review from a gamer’s point of view, not some industry jerk making flawed predictions.

7 08 2007
Stefan "Twoflower" Gagne

*flips your icon on its back and strikes its weak point for massive damage*
I’m more of a casual gamer than one of the hardcore stripe. I’ve reviewed the entire PS3 catalog and found nothing to buy, because either A) I don’t want it because it’s not my thing (Resistance), or B) I already have it on my 360. I am intrigued by the Playstation Store, though, and its casual offerings and retro titles… Mortal Kombat 2’s not available on the 360 and it was easily my favorite. I’m also keen on the Home open beta in August. Woo.
I’ll do a full writeup here in LJ, no worries.

7 08 2007
cmdr_zoom

Can’t you just buy a standalone Blu-Ray player, if you have no use for it as a game console??

7 08 2007
jeffreycwells

I realize I said approximately this in Jen’s blog already, but the cuteness of that Iddy Bitty Twof is quite nearly twitch-inducing.
Quick question: the little Twof has an appears-when-you-type laptop, and when I briefly saw you in-game, you appear to have had an appears-when-you-type keyboard. Are those for sale anywhere, or are they totally homebrew and internal to y’alls?

7 08 2007
Stefan "Twoflower" Gagne

Standalone Blu-Ray players cost 800-900 dollars.
A PS3 costs 500 dollars.
No, I can’t comprehend why this is the case either, but considering that 500 dollar blu-ray player also plays my old PS2 titles, plays PS Store titles, accesses PS Home, and coincidentally also plays PS3 titles, well… that’s tipped it over the value line.

7 08 2007
Stefan "Twoflower" Gagne

There’s gadgets like that everywhere. I also have a wristband that pops up a virtual keyboard and screen when you type — Jeremy has a great victorian steampunk typewriter with vacuum tubes and a hamster wheel. Etc.
It’s a pretty simple bit of code… it makes an attachment appear or disappear depending on whether you’re typing or not. Some even override the typing animation so you can, say, scratch out your words with a quill on parchment.

7 08 2007
cmdr_zoom

Oh, right. I’d forgotten how much of a loss-leader the PS3 hardware was.

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