273w ago - In a job posting at the Official Kojima productions Web site, Hideo Kojima reportedly stated that "the creativity of video games is now on the verge of crisis. Massive advertising campaigns are executed for games before their entertainment values are put into consideration all too often, resulting in sell-off tactics happening without hesitation."
To quote: Metal Gear Solid 4 creator Hideo Kojima, who promoted the game with a rock star launch party here in the United States, has today criticized the game industry for over hyping video games and hurting sales.
The complaint arrived via a job posting at the Kojima Productions web site, were Kojima lamented that "the creativity of video games is now on the verge of crisis. Massive advertising campaigns are executed for games before their entertainment values are put into consideration all too often, resulting in sell-off tactics happening without hesitation."
274w ago - Yesterday Apple introduced HD TV downloads to the iTunes store, meaning you can watch Peter be super emo on Heroes at a crispy 720p resolution. That's a higher resolution than DVD, and technically, yup, that's HD. There's a catch though. Like every other video download service touting HD videos, it's all actually lower quality than DVD.
It's all about bitrate: How much data is packed into a file, described as bits per second. Generally speaking, a higher bitrate translates into higher quality audio and video, though quality can also be affected by codec–the encoding and compression technique that was used to make and read the file–so bitrate is not an absolute mark of quality, but it's still a very good indicator.
You're probably most familiar with this bitrate business when it comes to ripping your CDs. When you shove a CD into your computer, your ripping program will ask what format you want and what bitrate you want. A song ripped at a higher bitrate will sound better, with more presence and detail, but it does take up more space.
The same principle applies with video, though it's actually a bigger deal, because it's easier to see quality differences in video than it is to hear differences...
274w ago - Sony presents to us the following LittleBigPlanet promotional video. Per Mark Valledor (Marketing Manager, SCEA):
We've seen Sackboys everywhere recently, but much do we really know about SackBoys? What type of environment do they live in? What can they do? What do they do? If these questions ever crossed your mind... "roll video"
Caption reads: "Program to convert blu-ray images into demo files coming december 2008. Still trying to make the program user friendly, and testing this with other games besides madden 09. Will make better video when I buy a better camcorder."