Archive for the ‘ Editorial ’ Category

Thanks Microsoft!

I got my frist Xbox 360 Pro 11/9/06…three long and fun years ago.

To my dismay, my console got an E74 error (much like the RROD) and I had to cough up $300 for an Elite. Conviently my warranty of three years ended just a few months prior.

My brother, DaveryPocket, was able to successfully fix the E74 error and now I have two Xbox’s.

I was wanting a new Xbox primarily because of the 120GB HDD. After getting 7200MS points for XMAS I plan on buying Games on Demand from the marketplace…my old 20GB would not have enough room.

I just bought NFS: Most Wanted and that alone was 6GBs.

Sorry I haz not been posting lately, a little busy.

DaveyPocket and I recently purchased a Pac-Man arcade (the real thing, cabnet in all) and we will have a story on that shotely.

Pausing and saving in video games

Two of the building blocks of video games are the Pause function and the ability to save. When gaming started some thirty years ago very few games on consoles had a pause function and none of them had a save function! Now a days your game would be FUCKED if you don’t have any sort of save/pause function. So Now a days what makes saving good and bad, what advancements has the pause function made?
Save Function
Now saving in past was either on a memory card or on the cartridge, in present day saving is on a hard drive. Saving on a hard drive that’s inside a video game platform has its down fall especially if your system breaks **cough** Xbox 360 **cough**. When saving on a memory card or the cartridge if your system died you knew your games were SAFE! Now i feel that if my Wii or PS3 over heats there is the small possibility that it could be fucked and then i would have to send it in to Nintendo/SONY and hopefully they can recover my save files! Also with portable memory cards you can go to a friends house with just your memory card and play your save files on this game system!
Verdict: Cartridge and Memory card saving is better!

The Way saving should be if the memory cards were free

The Way saving should be if the memory cards were free

Pausing
Now pausing in video games has pissed me off! Back in the day when you paused everything would stop and you can go away get a coke or a hot pocket and come back and pick up RIGHT WHERE YOU LEFT OFF AND NO TIME IS ADDED! As some of you know I’m a gamer who LOVES RPG’s and the game clock in RPG’s is a big deal and to me and if my game clock is off by four or five hours and im near the begging of a game I will restart and replay so i have an accurate game clock! Now this fall i have been playing only two RPG’s on my PS3 and they are Eternal Sonata and Final Fantasy VII (PSN) and i have noticed two EVERY different ways of pausing. In FFVII you can only use the pause function in battle and it really only pauses the battle not the game clock, which on my first play through of FFVII some years ago i didnt know so i puased it and went away for a few hours come back and saw that my game clock was well 5 hours ahead! Well as a 12 year old kid i was pissed, i turned off the game and re-did everything up to the point where i puased for 5 hours, i had to go through the Temple of the cetra and **spoiler** Areis’ death! and that is how to my obsession with the RPG game clock. Flash forward 5 years latter and im playing eternal sonata (PS3) and pause and come back to see my game clock had also paused! I let out a joyful cry of glee and continued to play on and pause at my hearts content!
Verdict: Pausing should Stop EVERYTHING in a Game

THIS WONT PAUSE THE GAME CLOCK!

THIS WONT PAUSE THE GAME CLOCK!


THIS WILL!

THIS WILL!