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Have the Big Three Learned from the Saturn's Mistake?

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345w ago - When I originally proposed this story, I called it "The Saturnization of PlayStation 3" because I saw some striking parallels between the way SEGA handled its ill-fated Saturn game console and the way Sony's been handling its PS3. Of late, though, Sony has shown signs of reasonable intelligence.

While working on the backstory of this article, I became aware that the real analogies are not between SEGA and Sony; they are between Microsoft and SEGA.

History repeats?

When I first mentioned my story idea to John Taylor, a savvy videogames analyst working for Arcadia Investment Corporation, he said, "If I were your editor I would ask, Who remembers the Saturn and why is it relevant?"

I think, though, if you look carefully, you will see parallels.

It has been 12 years since Saturn first appeared, and a lot of people have forgotten about the system, but lessons learned at that time are no less valuable today.

So let's talk history. SEGA, a Japanese company founded by Americans after the Korean War, has a long and successful history in coin-operated entertainment. It also has a history as a console manufacturer, but that history is spotty at best.

In 1986, SEGA made an unsuccessful bid to compete with the Nintendo Entertainment System (known as the...
 

Condemned: Bloodshot postponed

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345w ago - Bad news for fans of survival horror, which will have to wait a little longer before they can taste 2 Condemned: Bloodshot.

SEGA indeed came to announce a further postponement of the game, even though the title had already been recently postponed by two weeks.

It is therefore necessary to wait until April 4 to find the friend Ethan Thomas in action. Until then, enjoy some new images of the game.

More screenshots can be seen at the link at the top of this article!
 

Kojima: MGS4 is "Theoretically Impossible"

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345w ago - Following widely publicized complaints that the Blu-Ray format has limited development of Metal Gear Solid 4, the game's director, Hideo Kojima, took a moment to clarify his statement.

"It is not a criticism of the Blu-Ray format, but rather of the universe itself."

According to Kojima, it is theoretically impossible to create a game as ambitious as Metal Gear Solid 4. Given recent findings in quantum physics, computer science, and information, there is simply not enough space, time, or matter in the known Universe to convey his exact ambitions for Metal Gear Solid 4.

"Truly, it is a rather large game," he explains.

As to what exactly would be in the game, Kojima is cagey, although rumor has it that he had to cut a significant portion of the planned game that focused on Matthew McConaughey, known Kojima love interest. This is due to a reputed set of restraining orders the actor had to take out against the game developer in various countries.

Regardless of content that will be left out of the game, theologians and religious figures are interested in speaking to Kojima, on the basis that if he can think of the content of a game that cannot be contained in a single universe, the mind would no longer be a physical manifestation of biology, proving amongst...
 

XDR rambus on the PS3: faster is better

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345w ago - Many argue over the relative power put into the PlayStation 3 entertainment system with out fully grasping the technology that has gone into this monumental hardware giant.

The most common issue that people take into account with the system is the seemingly small 256MB of dedicated video and 256MB of system memory.

Video is quite long, but informative and can be seen here or linked above.
 

Sony tests digital copies on DVD releases for PS3, PSP, PC

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346w ago - Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has been experimenting embedding digital copies of its movies on DVD. Wal-Mart has been exclusively offering six Sony catalog titles that have an embedded a digital copy for playback on the PSP/PS3/PC since late last month.

The embedded copies expire within three to six months of going on sale at Wal-Mart, and you must register online to obtain a code to let you use it.

Sony is apparently also hoping to raise the profile of the PSP as a movie playback device, as all you need to do is place the file on a memory stick.

To quote: The embedded copies–within Blood & Chocolate, Bobby Z, The Contractor, The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth and Wind Chill–all expire within three to six months of going on sale at Wal-Mart. Additionally, titles may be offered widely at retail after 30 to 60 days. Wal-Mart has priced the discs at $13.72.

In order to enjoy these copies, buyers register online using an individual code that is included in the DVD. That registration will notify people about whether the file has timed out or not. Sony reserves the right to extend the life of the file at any time.

One possible benefit to a short-view copy is the ability to curb rampant file-sharing or copyright infringement.

In January, Sony also offered a...
 
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