A Year of Hype, Some of It Actually Justified

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A Year of Hype, Some of It Actually Justified

Post by kai666 » Sunday, 24 Dec 2006, 19:53

A Year of Hype, Some of It Actually Justified

Best job of bringing gaming back to the masses: Nintendo Wii
If anyone in the game world can be called visionary, it is the senior executive team at Nintendo. Satoru Iwata, Shigeru Miyamoto and company realized that since the 1980s gaming had largely devolved from mass-market entertainment (like Pac-Man and Galaga) to niche hobby for hard-core young men. The Wii breaks that mold beautifully; it’s the first game system in decades that a family can enjoy together. If my 61-year-old mother can play it, anyone can.

Game of the year: Wii Sports
What is gaming supposed to be all about? How many pixels are on the screen? Technical mumbo jumbo like memory throughput and high dynamic-range lighting? No. Gaming is supposed to be about fun, and Wii Sports delivered more fun more quickly than anything else I played in 2006. (Helping kill the evil god C’Thun in World of Warcraft was pretty cool too, but that took dozens of hours of practice.) Within minutes of picking up the Wii controller, you and your most game-phobic friends and relatives are laughing and smiling while playing tennis, sinking birdies and trying to bowl that elusive 300 game. Good times.

Best Job of Living Up to the Hype: Gears of War
Even before the Xbox 360 came out, Microsoft was talking an immense amount about how Gears of War would redefine console shooters for the next generation. Every time Sony showed off Resistance: Fall of Man, Microsoft said, “Just wait for Gears.” It took long enough, but Gears delivered, even surpassing some of the superheated expectations Microsoft and the developers at Epic Games in North Carolina had created. In fact, they set a high bar for the next installment of that other Xbox shooter series (due in 2007), a little franchise called Halo.

Worst Job of Living Up to the Hype: $ony Play$tation 3
It’s understandable why Sony worked up such a lather about the PS3 before it came out: it wanted consumers to hold off buying the Xbox 360. But after so many years of buildup, after so many delays and retrenchments, it was flabbergasting when Sony delivered a mediocre product. The PS3 does nothing that the Xbox 360 does not accomplish at least as well (and in some cases far better) and for less money. The most important video game story of 2007 will be whether Sony can rebound and turn the PS3 into the must-have machine so many players were awaiting.

SOURCE: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/24/arts/ ... ref=slogin
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Post by kai666 » Friday, 09 Mar 2007, 0:33

Everytime you buy from $ony... God kills a kitten :cry:

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