June 2005

Go Spurs Go

June 24, 2005

Snackbar is from San Antonio, the same city as the NBA Champions San Antonio Spurs. Memo to all sports talk guys around the country: Eat it. You loud mouth know it alls call the Spurs soft, weak, heartless, and then turn 180 when they win it all and call them full of class, like a team should be. The Spurs are EVERYTHING that is right with sports, a team full of character and role models. Eat crow, and give us our damn belts!

Battlefield 2

June 23, 2005

The only thing I have heard about BF2 so far is, and I quote, “It is the best multiplayer game ever”. I have heard this uttered so many times I can’t keep track anymore. Needless to say, the rest of our staff is off playing this one every chance they get. I may actually consider getting in on some of that action. We will see.

I have been stuck in a sort of gaming lull for a short while right now. There are a lot of games that I think I might like to play, but nothing that has convinced me that I absolutely must have it. I don’t know if the new consoles on the horizon sucked the wind out of my current generation sail or what, but I need someone to release a game that lights my fire again… SquareEnix, I am looking at you and KH2. I guess the ups and downs are present in any hobby or activity.

How many times do we as an industry have to try and defend the extremist morons that play our games? I have a feeling it will continue until the end of time. A pair of parents left their 4 month old baby on their bed as they went to a cybercafe to play World of Warcraft. When they returned 5 hours later…. their baby had rolled itself over and suffocated. [b]5[/b] hours later! Are you kidding me? The kicker is that one of the grandmothers lived upstairs and could have watched the baby had the parents had any type of sane thought process.

As a parent, this type of behaviour just makes me want to vomit.

Source: [url=http://www.eurogamer.net/article.php?article_id=59697]EuroGamer.net[/url]

Sony Sony Sony

June 21, 2005

Sony Computer Entertainment president Ken Kutaragi has recently engaged in a war with folks from Microsoft regarding the next generation consoles. Both camps have been slinging mud and insults at their competition in an effort to boost interest in their own product. This type of behaviour is to be expected. What I never expected to see was this kind of statement
[quote]Kutaragi stated earlier that although the Cell microprocessor comes with eight synergistic processor elements (SPEs) for multicore processing, the chip only uses seven of them. Kutaragi explained that ignoring one SPE as a redundancy will improve the chip’s production yield and allow costs to drop dramatically. In other words, Sony can ship a Cell chip with one defective SPE (out of its eight) as a working product, since the chip only uses seven SPEs to begin with.[/quote]
Is it really smart to admit that you were having trouble churning out quality chips so you have to justify shipping defective CPUs by saying the system doesn’t make use of the 8th SPE to begin with?? Hello…. anybody out there? Does this not shed a truly negative light on the product or is it just me?

At any rate, expect the mudslinging and statements from Mr. Kutaragi to get funnier and funnier.

Source: [url=http://www.gamespot.com/news/2005/06/20/news_6127799.html]Gamespot[/url]

BF 2

June 20, 2005

This is easily going to be the best multiplayer game ever created. We test drove the demo this weekend, and it is everything it should be and more. Expect team XG and Snackbar to defend our National I Games Championship (we need belts for that).

If you want to join our games the crew will have IP listings up as well as our TeamSpeak Server up and running. Info in the Battlefield Forums baby.