Wednesday, May 25, 2005

My first Wikipedia videogame article | Going to Game Stop later


I started smoking...it's a joke. I can stick the cigarette in my mouth, but wouldn't dare light it. Just trying to look cool like smokers out there so smoke every day.

The problem with Wikipedia is there is always someone who wants to revert back to the previous revision after I spent all that time trying to make a neat article. All the revisions are saved on the database so all I had to do was copy and paste the article again, but I don’t want too!

Beginning of my Article

To my surprise, I just couldn’t use the term “512-bit generation” because 512-MegaBytes is 4,294,967,296 bits so to avoid the confusion I had to adapt to Microsoft’s “HD Generation” term. Before the 32-bit generation (Playstation, Nintendo 64, Saturn), the era was determined on the CPU’s word size. During the 16-bit age such CPUs would be considered way ahead of their time and possibly be referred to as super computers like the Playstation 3 now.

The Seventh Generation Era includes Sony Playstation 3, Nintendo Revolution and Microsoft Xbox 360. The first videogame console, MS Xbox 360, is being launched this November! Both Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 have 512 MB of RAM. No news on Nintendo Revolution’s controller. All consoles are PowerPC based and carry 64-bit CPUs made by IBM. Microsoft and Nintendo contract with ATI for graphics, while Sony contracts with Nvidia for Playstation 3.

It is believed that the most popular videogame console from the sixth generation (PS2) will carry on to be the most popular successor (PS3) of the seventh generation. All seventh generation consoles are backwards compatible with predecessors in the sixth generation. The PS2 was completely sold out in Japan in preorders, and the same can be said about the Playstation 3. Microsoft has the most money to loose, so they’re retailing Xbox 360 to about $250 to $300 as opposed to the Playstation 3 retailing for as much as $450. It is believed the Nintendo Revolution (unconfirmed name) will be the cheapest of all the consoles. Nintendo has confirmed that not only will the 'Revolution' be backwards combatable, but it will also be able to run the entire back catalogue of Nintendo games, this includes NES, SNES and N64 games which can be downloaded using the online service.

The difference between the sixth generation and the seventh is the transformation to higher high-resolution graphics (support for 1080i, 1080p), the complete disappearance of analyzing (jaggies some gamers call it) and nothing else. Online play set a standard last generation. Sound won't get much better this time around, and sometimes unnoticeable! Wireless controllers were available last generation, but not as an out-of-the-box peripheral like the 7th generation era. Wired controllers now use USB 2.0 ports to plug into like their PC gamepad cousins. Wireless controllers in the seventh generation use Bluetooth technology.

Some odds and ends are the addition of the removable hard drive and the introduction of the USB thumb drive. Previously, the USB thumb stick was packaged with the Action Replay Max Evo Edition for PS2. In the 7th era generation it will replace the memory card. The Playstation 3 will have a removable hard drive, internal memory stick duo drive, and USB thumb drive option also for saving games. Xbox 360 will have the sixth generation era idea of exclusive memory cards, and a removable HDD too. The Xbox 360 is unique because the Xbox 360 HD comes with internal hard drive like Xbox.

The seventh generation era is believed by some to be the darker era in the history of video games more so than the sixth generation era. It also features topics of debate including sex, crime, and violence criticisms and criticisms of other "objectionable" content (see video game controversy), religion, politics, feminism, economics, 9/11, various debates between "old school" and "new school" gaming, debates about voice acting, and the terms "Golden Age" and "Silver Age." Also like the sixth generation it's filled with nostalgia, such as when NES and SNES ROM images became easier to find (see emulation). Many gamers think that SNES games are still most amusing, calling the 16-bit era the "golden age of video gaming." It is also a time when several video games or video game series that were once confined to Japan came to North America, notably Fire Emblem and Nintendo Wars. The enhanced remake idea, which was devised by the Mario franchise (with Super Mario All-Stars) during the 16-bit era and the "anthology collections", were popularized during this era. Most user bannings in computer game related Internet forum have occurred in the sixth generation era, but not stopping in the seventh generation era.

Microsoft has dubbed this era in use of videogame marketing, at least for their next-generation video game console, as the high-definition era. Both consoles by Sony and Microsoft will support HD output in 720p and 1080i optimized for 16:9 aspect ratio.

Example of what it really looked like!

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7:50PM Tonight. Dad drives me to Game Stop so I can pick up Atelier Iris Eternal Mana, a Japanese SRPG, but I find out the store doesn’t have it. The Internet said it had the right date, but unfortunately, the store didn’t get it. IGN.com said it came out yesterday. So I had a quick look around saw two other games Shining Tears and Shin Megami Tensei Digital Devil Saga. Shin Megami Tensei Digital Devil Saga isn’t suppose to be as good as Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne which wasn’t in stock there. Atelier Iris will be another day’s purchase…maybe even next week.

New games to add to collection:

• Shin Megami Tensei - Digital Devil Saga (©2005 Atlus)
• Shining Tears (©2005 Sega)

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Names of the games in the photo above

First Role left to right

Arc the Lad 4: Twilight of the Spirts, Ys – Arc of Neptunium, Final Fantasy X, Suikoden III, Suikoden IV, Dark Cloud 2

Second Role of games

La Puctlie Tactics, Final Fantasy X-2, Xenosaga Episode 2 – Beyond Good and Evil, Shadow Hearts – Covenant, Growlancer Generations, Shining Tears

Third Role of Games

Kingdom Hearts, Grandia 2, Star Ocean – Till the End of Time, Tales of Symphonia, Phantom Brave, Stella Deus – Gates of Eternity

Forth Role of Games

Xenosaga Episode 1: Will of Power, Disgaea Hour of Darkness, Shin Mensu Tensei – Digital Devil Saga, Breath of Fire V – Dragon Quarter, Dark Cloud, Grandra Xtreme

Fifth Role of Games

Zelda Promotional Disc, Zelda Wind Waker, Zelda Ocarina of Time, Paper Mario 2 Thousand Year Door, Baten Kaitos Eternal Skies and the Lost Ocean

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Ridge Racer for Playstation Portable (3rd PSP game!) I spent over $350 on Playstation Portable already!

Started playing it and I feels like Ridge Racers. The FMV was great, but there was an Asian female which I find a little attractive. But I got into the game and the game has rock in it which I am unsure about so I drive in the game and I find the gameplay above average for a handheld. I read the IGN and Gamespy reviews too. I agree with the editors so I bought the game. Gamerankings said it was the top 3 PSP games to own & I own the top three so there you go.

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