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President Obama: Video Games are a Health Concern

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289w ago - Video games are now a health concern. That's what President Obama is saying anyways.

During a speech to the [Register or Login to view links], President Obama made a comment about video games being a factor in unhealthy lifestyles.

To quote: The second step that we can all agree on is to invest more in preventive care so that we can avoid illness and disease in the first place. That starts with each of us taking more responsibility for our health and the health of our children.

It means quitting smoking, going in for that mammogram or colon cancer screening. It means going for a run or hitting the gym, and raising our children to step away from the video games and spend more time playing outside."
 

Sony CEO: PS3 Motion Controller Can Work with Existing Games

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289w ago - Speaking to [Register or Login to view links], the president and CEO of SCEA Jack Tretton promised that the PS3 motion controller (and its games library) will be far more flexible and diverse than what one would find on Nintendo's machine.

To quote: "Personally, it's very difficult for me to perceive God of War 3 being played with the Wii controller," he said.

"It's a different experience that doesn't lend itself to certain types of games. [But] I think our [motion] controller can be used with every game that's on the system now - and every game we're working on."

In fact, Tretton goes so far as to say compatibility with current PS3 games is "absolutely conceivable."

Without being able to go hands-on with the device, it's hard to judge. Are there sufficient buttons and sticks to make a 1:1 translation between DualShock and the motion controllers? Time will tell...
 

Rant: Why Do Developers Screw-up PlayStation 3 Games?

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289w ago - We've all heard the excuse before; "The PS3 is too difficult to develop for." One thing Sony's Playstation 3 is well-known for is its powerful hardware, which boasts (among other things) a Blu-ray disc format and a Cell Microprocessor as its CPU.

For those of you that don't know what all that means, all you need to know is that it is very, very powerful.

But while that's all well and good, there's also a downside to it. The PS3 is complex - more complex than every other console currently on the market.

To quote: Some developing companies have had problems developing games for the PS3, and have even gone so far as to not develop for it altogether. In the past, game consoles have had the same problems with game development (the Sega Saturn comes to mind), but is this really the same case with the PS3? No, it's not.

The first thing that we need to take a look at is the multiplatform games. In the past, some games that have been released on multiple platforms haven't always been as good on PS3. Prime examples of this are Madden NFL 08, F.E.A.R, and the infamous [Register or Login to view links], which all suffered from similar issues with framerate, load times, and glitches.

Now look at other games, like Grid, Bioshock, ES:IV Oblivion,...
 

EA: Sony's Got a Lot of Great Games, XBox 360 is Maxed Out

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290w ago - Senior VP of EA Games Europe Patrick Suderland described the Xbox 360 as "Maxed out", in comparison to the PS3.

This comment came in tow of Sony's and Microsoft's presentations at the recently-concluded E3 2009 Expo.

That's not to say he meant it in a bad way, however, to quote:

I like the Natal. That's cool. It's an interesting device, so I'm truly impressed by Xbox. It's my personal favorite console... I think Microsoft is on a roll right now. They're doing really well. If I was Sony, I would have a headache, to be honest.

He did say too, however, that Sony does have a lot of good games this year. "If you go to their booth, there's a very consistent, high-quality product line-up and that will help them." Now this is where the "maxed out" statement comes out.

I do think that we'll see developers inside the organization getting to understand the PS3 better and I think that we're getting more power out of PS3 right now... I think that we've maxed out the 360 but we haven't maxed out the PS3.
 

Redbox Expands Into Video Games

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291w ago - Redbox, the automated DVD rental kiosk company, has announced that they have hired their first "senior level videogames executive," and plan to expand into video game rentals this summer.

"Our customers and retail partners have been really clamoring for video games, and Redbox is responding," added Mark Achler, Redbox's new VP of video games.

"We are very actively engaged in putting out a video game offering. There are changing demographics, where we see the casual market continuing to open as more women become involved."

The tricky part now is pricing. Redbox currently offers $1-a-night pricing for its video rentals, but it is almost a guarantee that the same pricing will not be given to video games, which retail for much more than DVDs and Blu-rays.

Achler added that Redbox will offer two types of kiosks; one with only video games and another with both games and movies. There will be titles for the PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii available.

"We think rental really has an opportunity to grow and lift the whole video game sector," noted Achler.
 
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