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Introducing Joseph Merrick! And, a PSP REDUX for Christmas?

Late one evening, about a week ago, I was walking through a grocery store.

I saw a hulking, stringy-haired man standing in the freezer section looking edgy as hell. After glancing around to make sure nobody was watching him (or, to make sure someone was watching him), he pulled up his shirt to reveal a flabby, sweat-drenched chest and belly. Then, very matter-of-factly, he reached out for a package of Deli Sliced Ham, and rubbed it lovingly over his torso.

No, the man in the store was not Harry Knowles. But I can’t imagine a more fitting portent for a phone call from Head Geek himself...which is exactly what happened next.

After getting caught up, and after ensuring my life was in the state of frustration and disarray he expected, Harry offered me the opportunity of opportunities: Write for AICN.

As with all things AICN, and my life in general, much of what I do here will be hit and miss, and pretty broad. Part of my mission involves stretching the interpretation of what “cool news” means on this site. While I have the kind of geeky background/pedigree you’d expect for an AICN staff person, I’m also technologically obsessed. Gadgets, games (could someone please cure my pathetic addiction to GHOST RECON: ADVANCE WARFIGHTER for the X-BOX 360?), schmaltz entertainment, Sirius satellite radio (Sirius/Stern –vs- Les the Loser), and musings on the blissful, unpredictable insanity of this thing we call the Internet will occasionally (but not constantly) find their way into my posts. I’ll also be whipping up movie and TV reviews from time to time. For whatever it’s worth, I tend to disagree with many of the reviews offered on AICN, which could make for a lot of fun.

That being said, here’s a bit of info that I chanced into the other day, from a rather well-placed source named Proteus. He CONFIRMED a few details that were already rumored around the Net.

Seems Sony’s current internal plans call for a release of a refitted PSP around Christmas this year. The device will, indeed, be streamlined (thinner), lighter, boast 4 gigs of memory and a camera. Proteus indicated Sony is having a hell of a time with PlayStation 3 on several fronts (between PS3’s Cell processor and its built-in Blu-ray DVD, cost effectiveness has pretty much gone out the window). Seems the ever-phantasmic PS3 may well be delayed until next year, with Sony’s reworked PSP being positioned as a lead-in to its release (in the same way Nintendo’s release of the oh-so-sexy DS Lite heralds the coming of Revolution).

Damn it! I was considering dropping some cash on a 1 or 2 gig memory card for my (apparently) soon-to-be-antiquated PSP (I’m still using the anemic 32 meg card that came with the system, and it hurts). But, not having much money, I’m wondering if a trade in and an upgrade might be more cost effective in the bigger picture.

Something to consider for those of you in the same situation I'm in. Damn, will they ever make this any easier? Bet they don’t! Thank God for The Aftermarket.

Merrick’s gonna go eat some of that Deli Sliced Ham!

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  • March 11, 2006, 10:50 a.m. CST


    by itanshi

    and i bought a psp x_x

  • March 11, 2006, 1:03 p.m. CST

    Was gonna ask for a PSP as a birthday present soon...

    by Johnno

    should I wait?

  • March 11, 2006, 2:16 p.m. CST

    I tried so hard to enjoy my PSP

    by Stabsalot

    I've had two PSP's now. I bought one at launch, and didn't like any of the games at all so I returned it a few days later. Then I bought it after the 2.0 firmware thinking the web browser would be cool. Even bought a 1GB Memory stick so I could watch a movie or two. Same problem, no good games. So I sold it to a friend so I could afford the XBOX 360 at launch. Two weeks later, Liberty City Stories came out. If they're really including 4GB of memory, and making it thinner, I might give it one more try. But as of right now the DS Lite is so much cooler.

  • March 11, 2006, 2:54 p.m. CST

    Now you just need a silly cartoon picture, Merrick.

    by PsychoCrash

    Good luck on getting a good one.

  • March 11, 2006, 3:15 p.m. CST


    by crazyeyezkillah

    will you be writing reviews of any video game or just the ones the game companies payola you to write, ala Moriarty and God of War?

  • March 11, 2006, 3:17 p.m. CST

    Is he related to Kurgan Merrick?

    by godhatesyou If he is then I like him already!

  • March 11, 2006, 3:24 p.m. CST

    I had to skim through so much crap...

    by chickychow

    for nothing. if this is what we've got to look forward to, I'd rather read John Merrick's reports.

  • March 11, 2006, 3:34 p.m. CST



    For a minute there I thought I was reading something by Quint. Not sure why. But yeah, this is a movie site, games are cool and all but what the hell is the point of this? PS: I was the guy in the freezer section. What can I say, I like the feel of Deli Sliced Ham against my naked flesh...

  • March 11, 2006, 3:37 p.m. CST

    That is beautifu!

    by butnugget

    This way, some of us without much $$ to fork out will be able to pick up the old PSP for cheap!!!

  • March 11, 2006, 3:44 p.m. CST

    Games and such

    by Joseph Merrick

    Hey folks...thanks for the messages. Don't expect too much empahsis on video games. In my introduction, I was simply saying I'm a fan of games & technology, which might get mentioned from time to time in postings. For the most part, my coverage and posts will be more traditionally AICN.

  • March 11, 2006, 3:47 p.m. CST



    And finally be able to play all of the cool games that are available for the handheld. Like Lumines! and Wipeout! and Lumines! and Wipeout! Did I mention Lumines an Wipeout yet?

  • March 11, 2006, 3:47 p.m. CST


    by Rowley Birkin QC

  • March 11, 2006, 3:59 p.m. CST

    PS3's Unveiling At E3 Will Settle This

    by ZombieSolutions

    please. Sony pwns. why even front? the 360 imploded; call it Dreamcast Redux for Mr. Gates. Ouch.

  • March 11, 2006, 4:21 p.m. CST

    Yes, that's exactly what I thought was missing ...

    by chrth

    Yet another topic area for Talkbackers to argue incessantly about. Has anyone ever seen Gamespot's System Wars forum? Oy vey! Why would we want something like that here? ... That said, the DS pwnz the PoSP :P

  • March 11, 2006, 4:25 p.m. CST

    If anyone from Sony is reading this.....

    by THX5334

    Then put the fucking analog stick, higher "above" the D-pad for older gamers with bigger hands. In fact, make the system have two analog sticks, and then it's a real winner. But the analog stick as it's placed now, is a poor design. Oh yeah, who can flash geek colors harder than that post? Mars Bitches.

  • March 11, 2006, 4:38 p.m. CST

    Strangely, the Nintendo DS appeals to me more

    by Terry_1978

    Don't know if it's because the PSP is trying to hard to be "edgy and hip", but playing that goofy Mario Kart on Wi-Fi just does it for me.

  • March 11, 2006, 4:44 p.m. CST

    PSP means buying MORE shit.

    by DOGSOUP

    I'm not buying all new movies just so I can watch it on my daily 45 minute bus ride. That's fucking stupid. I can see why people want to get a PSP for games but for movies why bother? The new one will have a camera? BFD, everybody's phone has a camera now so you'll have your phone with camera and limited digital video capabilities as well as your PSP with it's movies that won't play anywhere else. I'm sorry, it's slightly novel to take movies and games with you on the bus or whatever, but not enough for me to commit hundreds of dollars trying to build a new library for something that'll be outdated in a few months.

  • March 11, 2006, 4:49 p.m. CST

    The DS is a better system for the price

    by Exterminans

    PSP is great if you like buying the exact same games you have on your PS2 over again. And like buying the exact same movies you have on DVD. Of course you could spend hours uploading crap to a way too expensive memory sticks. The PSP could of been a great product if Sony didn't fuck it up at the design phase. It does have a nice screen though. But the DS Lite screen looks to be as good.

  • March 11, 2006, 4:56 p.m. CST

    PS3 at E3

    by dastickboy

    A guy I work with has just moved from Sony Consumer Electronics division and still has colleagues that are working with PS3. Apparently there will be two playable games at E3. Big whoops! 2 games in a show filled with the things! PS3 for the U.S or Europe in 2007 I reckon.

  • March 11, 2006, 5:12 p.m. CST

    I ammm not an animalllll... sthurp... I am...

    by Alonzo Mosely

    the new reviewer on AICN. But in reality you are a nobody until your posts are black. It means you are less than Herc, and nobody should be able to claim that...

  • March 11, 2006, 5:25 p.m. CST

    Just downgraded it

    by Flipao

    Again, why buy games when there's more Snes/Genesis/etc... roms out that I'll ever be able to play? Not to mention the fact that the new games pretty much suck anyway. The PSP is a great system, it's a shame the guys at Sony keep trying to lock it up shut :|

  • March 11, 2006, 5:26 p.m. CST

    PSP is a nice toy if you have $ to burn

    by veritasses

    Good things about PSP. Nice technology. Nice screen. Graphics capabilities approaching PS2. Burnout, Lumines, Wipeout. Ripping DVDs to memorystick. Homebrew is pretty cool (You should buy GTA:LCS so you can run homebrew stuff using Fanjita's hack). Music/picture viewing is a nice novelty. Sony Talkman is pretty cool. Bad things about PSP. $$$ Few good games (DS is much better in the games dept) Web browser is slow. A hard case is a must to protect your investment (Logitech PlayGear). Battery Life for games that access the UMD a lot. UMD=slower game load times. You need to buy a higher capacity memory stick if you want to do cool things with it. Basically if you want portable gaming to keep you occupied while waiting at the airport for your delayed flight to take off, DS is the way to go. PSP is a cool "gadget" made cooler with homebrew but until it gets better games, it's not a must have by any means. And it and all the stuff you buy for it make it too expensive (got mine as a gift).

  • March 11, 2006, 5:40 p.m. CST

    yeah, sony loves to do this

    by calami-shami

    screw over their customers i mean.

  • March 11, 2006, 5:52 p.m. CST

    Welcome Mr Merrick!

    by ILK

    Great so far. Keep it up and I for one will be looking forward to reading you. I love my 1 gig card in my psp. With a bit of software, I can convert my downloaded BBC programming to psp format and watch at my leisure. (Monkey Dust does wonders for the time waiting around campus, but gets me a few odd looks once in a while) I find myself using it less as a game machine and more as a portable media player. The tools are easy to find and use.

  • March 11, 2006, 5:59 p.m. CST


    by mechashiva

    I heard the studios are drastically trimming their PSP release slates, due to the shocking fact that most people don't want to have to buy the same movie twice. Who'da thunk it?

  • March 11, 2006, 6:23 p.m. CST

    Get a DS

    by photoboy

    If you're a gamer, get the DS. The PSP is OK, but it's only had a few good games so far. The DS conversely has loads of great games.

  • March 11, 2006, 6:24 p.m. CST

    F&$%^in' A! Merrick now leads the Necromongers!

    by darthferris

    Oh...wait. That was Riddick. My bad.

  • March 11, 2006, 6:40 p.m. CST

    Guys, I think you just made Xbox's argument.

    by moondoggy2u

    Everyone here is saying PSP is superior in performance, but simply not cost effective and possesses an inferior game catalog. Didn't Gates say thats why Playstation 3 will fail? I believe Gates, or someone in Microsoft, said that PS3 will take too long, cost too much, and simply not have as good a foothold as xbox. Personally, I think that by the time PS3's actually become available, Xbox will cost a third of the price, have comparable graphics, and a far cooler set of games. Not to mention the fact that PS3 is not gonna have anything like Xbox live. oh well...

  • March 11, 2006, 6:46 p.m. CST


    by drunken gibbon

    I work in the games industry and can safely say i've heard nothing about a redesigned PSP, it's utter bullshit and business suicide to even think of a redesign so soon. It would take away from the PS3 announcements at E3. Get your facts right 'merrick'

  • March 11, 2006, 6:58 p.m. CST

    business suicide

    by EWollan

    "i've heard nothing about a redesigned PSP, it's utter bullshit and business suicide" Everytime Nintendo releases a redesign of their handheld(just recently the Nintendo DS Lite in Japan) sales triple. I would expect the same could work for Sony. As for the PS3, some more info will be revealed on the 20th this month at the Game Developers Conference. Expect to hear more about everything: Online, Blu-ray, Games, Strategies aswell as 'maybe'(if we're really lucky) launch details.

  • March 11, 2006, 7:04 p.m. CST

    high prices

    by The Bobman

    I was looking at movies today for the psp- ironically on a UNIVERSAL media disk- which only plays movies from the region you are in apprently- hardly universal is it sony? Anyway- for some reason unless its a really asoundingly bargin bucket film- the prices have gone up to $30 canadian a movie- who on earth would pay that? no wonder studios are downsizing the movie output- glad I bought a 1gig stick to put my films on it- shame about all the crappy games though- really think that Sony has dropped the ball on this one- dont get me wrong- I really love watching small movies on a small screen - and love GTA and Wipeout and that Socom game- but come on sony- try harder you c*nts!

  • March 11, 2006, 7:06 p.m. CST

    Ghost Recon

    by Dashl

    That game friggin rocks. So glad I bought it. Hooking up 4 360's tonight to play the game actually.

  • March 11, 2006, 7:36 p.m. CST

    I love my PSP

    by Purgatori

    I take it everywhere and Liberty City Stories and Fight Night 3 rule. They've also started lowering prices on the older games. Some of them are 20 bucks now. Plus, you don't have to buy that uber expensive converting software for your movie files. This works awesome and the guy only asks for donations

  • March 11, 2006, 7:46 p.m. CST

    If the PSP supported more video formats...

    by Logo Lou

    it would be doing much better. Right now it's a pain converting stuff. And oh yeah, a few muist have games wouldn't hurt either...

  • March 11, 2006, 8 p.m. CST

    Welcome aboard Merrick

    by tHEmOOG

    I jst got the 1gb pro duo for 50 bucks. So there is hope.

  • March 11, 2006, 8:06 p.m. CST

    DS Is Going To Whoop PSP's Ass

    by skoobyx

    Just as the original Gameboy outlasted the Sega Game Gear, The Turbo Graffix thingy and Lynx. There must be something to having a cheaper portable.

  • March 11, 2006, 8:28 p.m. CST

    360 GamerTag NOW

    by MemBirdman


  • March 11, 2006, 8:47 p.m. CST

    Nintendo about to regain their gaming crown

    by performingmonkey

    If Sony don't get the PS3 ready this year Nintendo are going to step in and take the world by storm with their new system, the Revolution (working title). They're focussing on gameplay and innovation with the Revolution, rather than producing a machine that's likely to explode with the amount of shit forced inside it's shell, which is what Sony are doing. The new controller that Nintendo has come up with will change gaming forever, and it has been confirmed that the system will be under $199 at launch this Thanksgiving. Sony will have to rely on GTA fanboys willing to pay at least double that amount to play GTA4.

  • March 11, 2006, 9:02 p.m. CST

    Re: business suicide

    by Spice-Orange

    The difference between Sony and Nintendo is that Nintendo can't make DS's fast enough. And also remember, the DS lite is only a superfiscal upgrade- theres no new memory, bells or whisles like what sony is doing. Even before the DS lite launch, japan was regularly selling out of console inventory. now, the PSP? there's zero amazing games for it, the UMD movie idea is stupid and failing (note: studios are pulling out) and its just too expensive. granted, japan and the US are different markets, but nintendo only does the redesigns because they know that the system can sustain the upgrade. a 4gig psp? for $300? still not worth it. i'd rather get a video ipod.

  • March 11, 2006, 9:20 p.m. CST

    The strategy for UMDs is ...

    by Johnno

    That studios and Sony seem to finally be getting the idea that we don't buy movies twice... well... not for the SAME PRICE anyway... and in teh future plans are to bundle UMDs with your regular DVD and Blu-Ray releases for only a couple dollars more... sounds resonable to me...

  • March 11, 2006, 9:24 p.m. CST

    Why PS3 will still win the console war...

    by Johnno

    METAL GEAR SOLID 4!!!! BITCHES!!!! Damn, if Hideo really will let me control that little robot with a PSP I'll buy that too! Though I'll agree DS Lite is looking sexy... and so far has more appealing games...

  • March 11, 2006, 9:24 p.m. CST

    DS is better

    by Gorgomel

    coz you can play nintendogs, the most realistic game ever :

  • March 11, 2006, 9:28 p.m. CST

    Re: business suicide

    by Monkey Butler

    Handhelds and consoles are updated all the time. The SNES had one, the Megadrive had one, Saturn, PS1 and PS2 all had them. Not to mention the countless numbers of variations of the original gameboy, and then the Gameboy Advanced and the Advanced SP. Adding a couple of new features, or changing the design to something better looking or more useable (in the case of the Advanced SP) is definitely not suicide.

  • March 11, 2006, 10:20 p.m. CST

    Fuck the PSP

    by ZombiKiller86

    Bring on the PS3! And what's up with the DS Lite?

  • March 11, 2006, 10:50 p.m. CST

    PSP and DS

    by Tacodave

    I own both and currently use the PSP way more. Why? Because I watch burned shows on it every day on my 45 minute commute on the train. Converting files isn&#39;t really a pain, just download, then tell them to convert. When I wake up the next morning, they&#39;re ready to put on the memory stick... My 512MB stick holds 4 hours of video, which is more than enough....... But for games, the DS is definitely better and funner <-----not a real word

  • March 11, 2006, 10:51 p.m. CST

    Why 360 will win the war... PRICE AND HALO 3 BITCHES

    by iamnicksaicnsn

  • March 11, 2006, 11:14 p.m. CST


    by Joseph Merrick


  • March 11, 2006, 11:15 p.m. CST

    Does anyone still believe the PS3 will come out ...

    by iron pills

    this year? And I have every intention of getting a DS lite as soon as they&#39;re available. I really don&#39;t have to commute much, so a PSP for me would be overkill. Plus, the new "Metroid" game for the DS is looking excellent................

  • March 11, 2006, 11:22 p.m. CST


    by Joseph Merrick

    As I mentioned in the article, these *rumors* have been swirling for a while. But, I looked for a bit & couldn&#39;t find any *confirmation* of these details until my post. If I missed this somewhere, which I don&#39;t think I did, I apologize. Although, most folks seem to be finding the post useful none the less.

  • March 12, 2006, 12:06 a.m. CST

    iamnicksaicnsn, haha

    by Orionsangels

    Why Sony will win the war. 10 years of devoted fans and tons franchises with faithful followers. thank you. I never bought an Xbox. I&#39;m one of the gamers who made sure Xbox stayed behind Playstation2. It worked. it&#39;s not even a contest, where you can say it&#39;s close. Sony won the current gen war by a landslide. I hate halo. one game can take you only so far. halo3, an upgraded version of a first person shooter. wow run around and shoot again. after a while that gets boring. no matter how pretty it looks. halo2 case in point. which had a slight backlash and deservedly so. the number 1 reason Xbox3 will still not beat sony&#39;s PS3. JAPAN! Xbox360 flopped in Japan and will continue to do so. American&#39;s shouldn&#39;t make game consoles. They should have learned from Atari. Anyway, who&#39;s actually impressed by the Xbox360? Wow it&#39;s a slight improvment over current gen consoles. exciting. call of duty looks like a PC game, wow! haha. Sony is taking it&#39;s time. sony&#39;s idea of next gen gaming is leaps and bounds above 360. MS in the video game industry = produced artificially

  • March 12, 2006, 12:13 a.m. CST

    Microsoft in the video game industry...

    by Orionsangels

    I&#39;ll tell you the problem with Microsoft in the video game industry is, it didn&#39;t require any discipline to attain it. They saw what others had done and they barged their way into the industry. They didn&#39;t earn the knowledge for themselves, so they don&#39;t take any responsibility for it. They stood on the shoulders of geniuses to accomplish something as fast as they could and before they even knew what they had they patented it and packaged it and slapped it on a plastic lunchbox, and now they&#39;re selling it and you wanna buy it!

  • March 12, 2006, 12:31 a.m. CST

    I been following the gaming industry nearly 30 years...

    by Orionsangels

    Going back 16 years to the release of the Sega Genesis. We get these price rumors before release. Oh no! Sega is gonna sell Genesis for $250. Super Nintendo $300! Oh no Playstation will cost $600. What are we to do? boo-freakidity-hoo Bullshit! The system then comes out at a reasonable price. As usual. Even if it was say $700 dollars the PS3. Gamers would still buy it. How much do you think Gamestop is selling Xbox360 bundles for? $1000 or more? These fools still buy it, haha. I laugh at you clueless people.

  • March 12, 2006, 12:50 a.m. CST

    Here&#39;s a thought: MAKE SOME GOOD GAMES FOR IT, BITCHES!

    by Cash Bailey

    I&#39;ve regretted buying a PSP since day one. The games so far have been piss-weak.

  • March 12, 2006, 1:42 a.m. CST

    Nintendo DS FTW

    by Hideo Kojima

    Metal Gear Acid I endorse though.

  • March 12, 2006, 2:42 a.m. CST

    Handhelds in general are an after thought

    by Orionsangels

    A second banana to the home console. Why would I wanna play good looking games on a tiny screen? If I wanna play a game with incredible graphics and kick ass soundtrack. I&#39;d wanna do it on my 60inch HDTV with surround system. That&#39;s just me. Personally I never understood tiny gadgets in general, like the Ipod. When I leave my house and travel in a car, bus or train. I wanna experience the outside world. Not take my home life with me. That&#39;s just me though. I know some of you can&#39;t live without a soundtrack to the world. with that little headphone shoved up your ear. somehow the music makes the world around you cooler, right? almost like your own music video.

  • March 12, 2006, 2:50 a.m. CST

    DS PWNZ ---- PSP SUX

    by shalashaska


  • March 12, 2006, 4:43 a.m. CST


    by DocPazuzu

    Hear, hear. The whole point of more advanced gaming technology is to make the experience more immersive. What the fuck is the point of cramming all that shit into a microscopic hand held device? Who the fuck actually plays games or watches movies in a format like that? I&#39;ll tell you who -- the same techlodytes who have feverish wet dreams about the day when every electronic gizmo in their lives is crowbarred into a cell phone. Fuck that shit. You kids.... *curmudgeonly grumble*

  • March 12, 2006, 5:39 a.m. CST


    by FNORDcinco1

    What was the purpose of this? To tell us to wait till xmas to buy a psp? To show that you can break "gamer" stories? Ind33d... And DS Kills! And Libery City Stories is coming to the ps2. Poor psp owners...

  • March 12, 2006, 5:58 a.m. CST

    "Why Sony will win the war"

    by Monkey Butler

    So, by your logic, Nintendo should be dominating everything. Hell, Sega should be doing just as well. They&#39;ve both been around in the games industry for much longer than Sony, and, surprise, they&#39;re both solely gaming companies. The argument you give against Microsoft - that they&#39;re not a gaming company - could be equally levelled against Sony. At the very least Microsoft was actually in the computer business.

  • March 12, 2006, 7:07 a.m. CST

    Isn&#39;t Joseph Merrick the Elephant Man?

    by Fugazi32


  • March 12, 2006, 8:30 a.m. CST

    Monkey Butler

    by moondoggy2u

    I totally agree with you about the faultiness of the "sony will win the war." I seem to remember a similar situation that occured ten years ago. The playstation came out about a year or two before the Nintendo 64, which, of course, allowed it to dominate. When the 64 was looming, you had a bunch of people, mostly nintendo players and game hype magazines, saying the 64 will be twice as powerful as everything else on the market--it will totally rule. And what happened? The 64 was waaayyyy behind the playstation in sales (and continued to do so until PS2 came out). And im not talking total sales per system. I mean total sales per year. The 64 was simply too complicated a format to work on, wasnt cost effective, and had arrived a little too late. During the PS2/xbox/gamecube wars, the same thing happened. PS2, while inferior to the other two consoles in terms of graphics engines, came out a year or so in advance, and was the least complicated system to write software on. Well, here it comes again--only this time xbox learned from its mistakes: this time its come out with the cheaper system first--with ps3 probably at least 18 months away, and a system that will be easier to write software for. PS3 is STILL having problems--it wants to make blue-ray format games. Face it, guys, history is pointing out the fact that PS3 in all liklihood will loose this little round.

  • March 12, 2006, 8:36 a.m. CST

    And as for players willing to shell out 500 bucks

    by moondoggy2u

    Sure, you got people who are willing to do that sort of BS. But about half your game market, at least, is devoted to those who are under eighteen. And if you think parents are gonna shell out five to six hundred dollars (not even talking about a video game yet--according to PS3 reps) when they still have a system that looks almost the exact same in graphics output (as advertised by the sony guys a few months ag0), will offer the same cool games as ps3, and also have online content for about 200 bucks and no huge waiting lines (which will happen for the first six months of PS3), just what do you think they&#39;ll do?

  • March 12, 2006, 10:44 a.m. CST

    If price is all that matters, then the Revolution wins!

    by Johnno

    If Nintendo&#39;s new console turns out to be all that, then it&#39;s definately my second choice of console after PS3...

  • March 12, 2006, 11:08 a.m. CST


    by moondoggy2u

    Hell, after I saw that controller design I saw for revelotions, I started salivating uncontrollably. The only problem I have with nintendo is that aside from Mario, Metroid, and Zelda, all the best games are on the other two big consoles, you know?

  • March 12, 2006, 1 p.m. CST

    Monkey Butler, Nintendo&#39;s another story

    by Orionsangels

    Nintendo will always be around in the console war. Even if it&#39;s in 3rd place. Because Nintendo will always have it&#39;s hardcore Mario & Zelda fans. N64 surived on Mario64 & Zelda. Just like Xbox survived on Halo. Do you think if Xbox hadn&#39;t had Halo. They&#39;d still be in the game? Maybe, but not doing well at all. Heck look at Gamecube. I know alot a people who are buying a gamcube just to play the next Zelda game. Resident Evil4 kept the cube alive. It just takes one game, like Halo did for Xbox. My point earlier on Halo was though. That FPS&#39;s can only go so far. Halo2 proved that. Halo3 better do something innovative and new. As for Sony. Sony entered in the industry during a slump peroid in gaming. It herald in modern 3D gaming. It was welcomed. Xbox wormed it&#39;s way into a cash cow for a piece of the pie. No matter. Sony will win again. They always do. So byte me.

  • March 12, 2006, 2:37 p.m. CST

    Poop, nothing has been proven.

    by Orionsangels

    These are industry rumors. The usual bantor. Seen this before. You sound like a guy i used to know who said the samething before PS2 came out. Dreamcast has the lead all this and that. Trust Sony. They deliver the goods. Sony has exclusive franchises. Gran Turismo 5 alone will sell PS3.

  • March 12, 2006, 2:53 p.m. CST

    DS? Isn&#39;t that the game toy geared toward 8 year olds?

    by Swarmy

    Seriously, the only time I ever see anyone using a Nintendo DS in public is when it&#39;s an 8 year old child sitting in a restaurant playing Mario or something. Does anyone over the age of 13 actually play portable gaming systems? Just curious, as I&#39;ve never seen any.

  • March 12, 2006, 3:28 p.m. CST

    well, there is a reason dreamcast bought it

    by moondoggy2u

    sega had virtually bankrupted itself through such misfires as Saturn, Genesis extreme, etc. Dreamcast was pretty much it for the company. Everybody knows that when you make a console, you lose money on it. Your profits only occur through game licensing. Well guess what happened to Sega? It couldnt afford the hit when it made Dreamcast. It essentially spent itself into bankruptcy with that endevor.

  • March 12, 2006, 3:37 p.m. CST

    I will say this, however

    by moondoggy2u

    I dont think Sony is gonna lose this format war. Likewise, I dont think they are going to win it, either. I mean, if you want to talk about console war, big deal. Both companies will lose money on the console itself. However, I got a hunch both companies are going to turn proffits from their licensing. Nintendo figured it out a looong time ago, folks--get a good game catalogue, be innovative, and you will do well. Playstation is starting to figure that out through their licensing with GTA, and Xbox figured it out with Halo. Personally, I dont see what the big hooplah is about--its obvious the market is able to support three consoles. IF you guys want to argue about which system performs better, i&#39;ll make it reaal easy--both machines will perform exactly the same for the next three years. AFter that, Sony&#39;s games are going to be noticably better. Not much--probably along the lines of the difference between xbox and dreamcast, but noticable nonetheless. Does that make a hill of beans worth of difference. Well, I&#39;d say with the obvious success of GTA: San Andreas (whose graphics engine is was a bit aged when it came out), that awnser is obvious: people dont care as much about crystal clear graphics as they do fun factor and innovation. Thats it--end of debate.

  • March 13, 2006, 12:39 a.m. CST


    by Spice-Orange

    i dont think its so much that. its more about people&#39;s opinions on the business moves buy sony, MS and Nintendo. We all can enjoy a good game when we see one, but when you have to spend $350+ to play a Lumines, the only amazing game for the psp, its going to draw some hate from people. Sony messed up and marketed themselves into a corner with the PSP, and the PS3 looks to be going down that same road. the "must be the most high tech thing ever" road. But people don&#39;t want the high tech, they want the entertainment. who cares if it has X gigs and Y pretty colors if all it can play is crap? MS seems to be fumbling around looking for the next Halo. Nintendo has always had a solid line up of games on every system in its history. They know entertainment and innovation, and you really cant go wrong getting anything that&#39;s nintendo- as long as you&#39;re secure with your manhood and can find pleasure in nintendogs, meteos, mario kart and all the other fun, colorful titles. the revolution should be interesting. motion controller is going to be mind blowing! lets hope it doesnt suck!

  • March 13, 2006, 8:21 a.m. CST

    I&#39;m 30 and I own both a DS and a PSP.......


    AND I WANT MY BLANKEY!!!!!! Seriously, I think right now Nintendo has the upper hand with their portable if you look at the variety of games. I think overall I have been playing the DS more lately, although I play both systems a couple of times a week to just relax. Both have their good points. For the DS it&#39;s a wider array of games and the touch screen, microphone, etc. For PSP it&#39;s better graphics and......well better graphics. The thing about the DS that has surprised me is the fun I&#39;ve been having discovering some older games that I never played before by being able to play Gameboy Advance games on it. I picked up Metroid Fusion which is pretty cool, and since I never played any of the Final Fantasy games I recently purchased part 1 and 2 which are both on a single cartridge now. Yeah, some of the graphics are a little dated but guess what? That doesn&#39;t change the fact that they are good and fun games to play, and that should count for something. If Nintendo is doing anything right they are staying committed to the GAMING part of gaming y&#39;know? I am very angry at Nintendo however for redesigning the DS like less than a year after everybody bought one. After playing Resident Evil on mine I realize that a brighter screen would be great, and if I trade mine in I won&#39;t get squat for it so I&#39;ll either have to be content with the original or get ripped off GRRRRRRRR!!!!

  • March 13, 2006, 9:35 a.m. CST

    PSP and 360

    by SeanMiller

    I own both a PSP and Xbox 360 and I enjoy the hell out of both systems. GTA:LCS and SOCOM:FTB are awesome games and worth the purchase of a PSP to play. Syphon Filter comes out tomorrow, which also looks to be great. My point is there are definitely some good games on the PSP that warrant more attention and less hate. The xbox 360 is just flat out amazing and is here to stay. GRAW is one of the finest shooters ever made. Also, the ability to win "achievements" is genius.

  • March 13, 2006, 3:45 p.m. CST


    by Novaman5000

    It&#39;s going to be just like it is now, with PS2, Xbox, and to a lesser extent, Gamecube existing peacefully together. PS3, 360 and Revolution will all coexist. No one&#39;s going to "win" anything. I&#39;m impressed by how quickly this talkback sank into a fanboy debate.

  • March 13, 2006, 7:37 p.m. CST

    Excellent games for the PSP ARE coming out...

    by UndercoverCop

    Syphon Filter and Daxter, for starters..

  • March 13, 2006, 8:07 p.m. CST

    Cartoon avatar suggestion

    by Immortal_Fish

    Hopefully this Merrick guy bears a striking resemblance to muhammed...