Summer is a time for outdoor activities, air conditioning, cold drinks, and exciting little romantic flings. But there's still gaming stuff to talk about!

The "frustrated" have become the "excited"

So before SCEA Vice President of Product Development Scott Rohde boasted about the strength of their first-party lineup (something they have every right to do), he spoke about how "excited" developers are to work with the PlayStation 3. He said that it's like "peeling an onion" and many designers are really starting to come to terms with this complex piece of uber-capable hardware. However, I doubt anyone has forgotten when many developers complained bitterly about the difficulty in creating games for the PS3; it was only a few years ago. This happens with every PlayStation generation: the development studios bi*** and moan about how hard the new system is, and then a few years later, we start seeing some truly amazing stuff. While I don't necessarily think it's always a good idea to give developers a completely new piece of technology with every successive generation (I can see how frustrating that could get), you would think industry guys would be used to this. Two years ago, you couldn't get away from the complaints; now, you find about one article per week with another developer going, "oh gee, this console has all sorts of great stuff in it!"

Of course, we can always expect better and better PS3 productions as the years fly by. This happened with both previous PlayStations; the most technically accomplished and impressive titles didn't typically arrive until the final few years of the machine's lifespan. Therefore, if we take a look at what we already have for the PS3 and try to imagine what is yet to come…yeah, that's pretty "exciting."

What if thatgamecompany decided to upgrade…?

When I ask this question, I don't mean to imply that titles like flOw and Flower need some sort of quality advancement; I merely wonder what might happen if this studio opted to make a big-budget blockbuster production. Co-founder Jenova Chen said their third project is "something we've never seen before" , and I certainly don't doubt it. I think we're all appreciative of what thatgamecompany has done thus far, and further, we can all agree that these guys embrace original and even ingenious concepts. It seems they'll do it again with their new project, but as it's bound to be just as successful as the first two, what might happen if they wished to go the blockbuster route? Why do I get the feeling they would be similar to Team ICO and produce something like The Last Guardian ? Don't get me wrong; I'm a fan of the accessible, downloadable titles; they act as pleasant diversions and never harm the wallet. I really wouldn't have any problem if thatgamecompany stuck with unique ideas for the PSN, but I can't help envisioning such a talented studio undertaking a truly huge, big-budget game. You know you'd be interested to see what they might produce, too, so don't try to claim otherwise. 😉

Personal gaming update

The summer drought continues as I'm done with Top Spin 3 (again), and I await August. I also put down my replay of FFVIII for too long and so, I've started a new game in FFX…yeah, I know, it's completely and utterly ridiculous. But this is a sickness I've always suffered from and it's not about to be cured any time soon; besides, I really love the nostalgic feelings of these old FFs. I also maintain that such titles provided me with many of my most memorable gaming experiences, so is it any wonder I want to experience them again? I did download the demo of The Bigs 2 today – I haven't played a baseball game in a while – and that was fun. It isn't worth my $60, but at least it gave me something new to play for a while. I also can't wait to get started on Resident Evil 5 , which I have penciled in for next month, along with the possibility of Batman: Arkham Asylum . Oh, and I'll give Madden NFL 10 a try, too. Just because.

There ain't much else to talk about. I carefully avoided women after the Amy/Courtney snafu (which yielded little, really), but as I've hinted at in the past, a new little someone has showed up, and she remains completely anonymous to the PSXE readership. Thing is, she's a little younger than me, so… Yeah, no, not illegal or anything, but definitely a lot younger. That's all I'll say.

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Phoelix
Phoelix
11 years ago

Both of the first two sections relate to the last one: the "frustrated" (Ben) have become the "excited" (Ben again), and what if Ben decided to upgrade?

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
11 years ago

Woah……

Hmm…

fluffer nutter
fluffer nutter
11 years ago

Nice one, Phoelix.

Ben, is this that girl you met at your brother's graduation? Ha! I'm kidding. I know nothing. Good luck to ya, though. Bring your bull whip and torch to fend off any crazies though. Better safe than sorry.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
11 years ago

Jesus. You guys REMEMBER too much.

King James
King James
11 years ago

She's around my age i bet. I'm 22.

Hey Ben, does the online franchise feature in Madden '10 interest you?

Karosso
Karosso
11 years ago

Hey Ben don't let the whole age difference thing stop you from having a nice summer fling 😉
I had this cute Chinese girlfriend and she was 22 (looked more like a teenager) and I was 30, took her to some nice place in NJ shore for the weekend and on my way out the owner of the B&B gives me the "say goodbye to the young one for me" LOL
I might start going out with this cute Brazilian girl and she is 23. I'm turning 34 this year so…
Just don't sweat it! Have fun my friend we only live once.
Now, if thatgamecompany makes a full fledged game, I have to agree with you that they will be taking the more emotional route with it and, we could see one of the true gems of this generation.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
11 years ago

Well, that's certainly good to know. 🙂

fluffer nutter
fluffer nutter
11 years ago

Karosso, truer words have never been spoken. "You only live once." I try to live by that statement every day.

Karosso
Karosso
11 years ago

LMAO
I got thumbs down for saying I dated a younger woman? LOL

ThePearlJamer
ThePearlJamer
11 years ago

brazilian girls are known for their hotness…look at gisele bunchen…

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
11 years ago

I wouldn't be surprised if "thatgamingcompany" takes on a whole different route too, as in… a full-fledged " psysical disc" format.

Kangasfwa
Kangasfwa
11 years ago

The "frustrated" have become the "excited"

So microsoft's bribery budget finally imploded?

JMO_INDY
JMO_INDY
11 years ago

7/17/2009 4:09:58 PM Which of my comments got deleted. just wondering,anyways,"There ain't much else to talk about. I carefully avoided women after the Amy/Courtney snafu (which yielded little, really), but as I've hinted at in the past, a new little someone has showed up, and she remains completely anonymous to the PSXE readership. Thing is, she's a little younger than me, so… Yeah, no, not illegal or anything, but definitely a lot younger. That's all I'll say." very sneaky Ben, very sneaky. I still would rather know who the singer was you blew off. But its secret.

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
11 years ago

It's cool Ben, she's over 18 and if she starts whining just dump her 🙂

Alienange
Alienange
11 years ago

I'd much prefer thatgamecompany put out a big-budget blockbuster production than more of these little games that give me at best one or two play throughs that only last a couple hours each.

city96
city96
11 years ago

Ben, you should become a teenager again, go to high school and talk about DSi's and no one will be able to pick you out!

Wage SLAVES
Wage SLAVES
11 years ago

Your gonna love Resident Evil 5. I just got done beating it and I had my foot put in my mouth by the gameplay. The tank controls aren't all that a hinderance. The graphics are stunning and the overall game is good fun.


Last edited by Wage SLAVES on 7/19/2009 6:00:32 AM

www
www
11 years ago

Thank you mister.
Most folks spirits have been killed due to the mediocre reviews thus they feel they should pass,but its unfortunate its gonna be difficult to miss it seeing as RE6 is far off. RE5 is my best game thus far this year.

aaronisbla
aaronisbla
11 years ago

Gonna have to respectfully disagree here. I thought it was a waste of time and money, if u can help it ben, rent RE5, not buy.

Its not just the tank controls ( which wasn't a major problem for me, just a hindrance ) but the story is pretty crappy compared to previous games with absolutely ZERO scare factor. Some would try and say its because we have become use to the way games like this try to scare us, but that's not the case with this one, its as if they didn't even try to surprise you at all.

Just my opinion though, i was really looking forward to the game to, even though i wasn't looking forward to the controls, i thought he story would more than make up for it.

Game looks GREAT though

www
www
11 years ago

Okay mister aaron, your entitled to your opinion.But i think it should be a buy not a rent for a dude like Ben who's pushing Infiniti on the streets,i mean…his pockets should be pretty deep 😉


Last edited by www on 7/19/2009 8:35:25 PM

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
11 years ago

My pockets aren't deep. I just know how to manage money. 😉

And I will likely get RE5 as a birthday present so it doesn't really matter. Thanks for the opinions, though. I always take feedback from other gamers into account.

aaronisbla
aaronisbla
11 years ago

since its a gift, that works out well ben, just remember, Dead Space does it better, and by IT, i mean everything with the exception of graphics.

Besides, what difference does it make to you if he was to rent or buy it? Either way he will get a chance to play it finally. Just don't count on being really pumped for playing thru it over and over again, even online


Last edited by aaronisbla on 7/19/2009 10:22:10 PM

Wage SLAVES
Wage SLAVES
11 years ago

Well, as far as scare factor nothing has even touched DeadSpace. Re5 didn't put a fright on me once. I was just looking at the overall game and I had a blast. But we all have our opinions…

NightHawk17
NightHawk17
11 years ago

This drought is crazy, i find myself jumping from R2 to Rainbow Six Vegas 2 and to Demon's Souls(New Game+++). It's ridiculous how devs/companies all release their games in the fall, and effectively crowd each other out

Andysw
Andysw
11 years ago

Nice to hear that developers are now getting the hang of the playstation 3's superior hardware. So does this mean that we will be seeing more exclusives, like the old days?

www
www
11 years ago

Hope you get your RE5 and review it yourself.

Yea i also feel like am way too old and know too much when am dating a girl a lot younger, i feel like it isn't fair and don't want to break her heart.
Like MJ said 'People always told me, be careful what you do/Don't go around breaking young girls heart' – Billie Jean. Ben be careful, i know you…

Bugzbunny109
Bugzbunny109
11 years ago

Ben: I am sure you can say bi*** on this site withoust any fuss from the readers. You already said "ass"; bi*** shouldn't a problem 😉

Masterofallz
Masterofallz
11 years ago

Jeez ben, you must be one handsome gentleman. : )

"Yeah, no, not illegal or anything, but definitely a lot younger."

Lol. That made me smile.

SubjectiveTruth
SubjectiveTruth
11 years ago

I don't think you should make the whole women thing complicated. Just go with it..But then again I'm one who has never been able to take anything seriously..SO maybe my advice is worthless.

kevinater321
kevinater321
11 years ago

So i guess there isn't much news today, eh ben.