This is what happens when I'm totally out of ideas or my mind simply isn't working well enough to form one cohesive thought for an entire article. So…random pieces of junk from my brain.

— FFXIII feels so…freaking…WEIRD. I don't think I've ever played a game where I've continually felt a distinct mixture of unbridled joy and total entertainment. One minute, I'm just focused on what I'm doing, enjoying everything about it and the next, I'm totally down in the dumps, complaining bitterly that it wrenched so much strategic control out of my grasp. With every new FF, I'm almost always amazed and absorbed. They're always highlights of a generation for me. This time…no. But even so, it's oodles of fun (most times) and I know I'll finish it. Man, whatever. It's just crazy.

— What is the DEAL what that chick who hosts "Food Wars" on the Travel Channel?! Her name's Camille Ford and holy mother of God…so CUTE. And I LOVE her voice. The show is stupid as hell but she's aaaaall I need. My God. Hey Camille, you play games? Let's do an interview. …PLEASE.

— If I'm going to get a new TV for 3D, it won't be until next year (I think). It's going to be an expensive proposition and while I suppose I could do it now, I'd rather not. Besides, I'm still a little leery of this whole 3D thing…anyone else? Almost by default, it's supposed to be even more engrossing; an added dimension should be fantastic in this way. But I dunno…something about it seems a little disconcerting to me. Can't quite put my finger on it.

— They sent me a voucher code for The Taxidermist DLC for Heavy Rain ! Yay! The only problem is, even though I consider Quantic Dream's masterpiece to be a better overall game, I can't seem to tear myself away from FFXIII… But there's no doubt I'll get to that extra stuff in HR. Still my favorite game of the year.

— So listen, I'm taking a bit of a personal survey and if you'd like to participate, I ask that you e-mail me at my psxextreme account. It's actually just one question but you might have a lot to say about it. I'm asking for gaming vets (those who have been playing for more than 10 years or so) but if you're really into the hobby, I don't care about your age, I guess. Thanks in advance.

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Qubex
Qubex
10 years ago

Ben, the 3D TV question in particular will no doubt be on the minds of many as this year rolls out, however, I think I am right in saying that the "consumer" is shopped out. The temptation is there to jump right in, and knowing Sony, their Bravia PS3 3D combination will no doubt be as slick as we can expect… with some rough edges needing to be "patched" over time.

I for one have one basic rule. If I want to play 3D games on a 3D TV the package must use the same technology we see in the movie house; i.e. using polarised glasses with an HD display, for true crisp 3D… otherwise I am really not interested.

I am also one of those individuals that is really prepared to wait 6 months, a year… however long it takes for the technology to "settle down" and for games to attain a visual quality that produces a crisp deep 3D image with decent colour levels, otherwise what is the point.

Additionally, I would like to also remain in a "wait and see" state for the Sony Move controller… The software will be key of course, if it is good and compelling, and really worth my while, I may take the plunge… otherwise I am quite happy with the D-Pad.

What happens down the line, expect quite a few "party" titles and innovative games… 3D puzzles, Eye Pet, cutesy sports games etc… I am sure the PS3 and PSN will deliver the full spectrum of possibilities.. .

…But… let us hope that "shovel ware" does not raise its ugly and unwanted head… "gaming spam" anyone?

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"


Last edited by Qubex on 3/19/2010 9:56:53 PM

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
10 years ago

I think you've put more thought into the 3D thing than I have. LOL

I just think it'll look and FEEL…weird.

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
10 years ago

3D glasses = retarded

No matter how "cool" they try to pass it as…
Sorry Sony, keep that 3D stuff for movies

lol, Ben and his love of brunettes, or more specifically babes with PITCH BLACK hair :3

I can't blame you, I have the same "problem." And I honestly don't have this preference for blondes either like a lot of people do *shrug*

But, I actually don't like Camille's voice…

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
10 years ago

Yeah, I don't know what that's all about. I think I've always preferred that black hair.

inkme101
inkme101
10 years ago

i am the same way ben. i love me a dark haired fair skinned woman.

kraygen
kraygen
10 years ago

Heck yeah, this may sound weird but when I was a little kid and the adams family movies came out. I fell in love with Christina Ricci, and her sadistic attitude on the show only made her more appealing. LOL I was weird then, but not much has changed. 😉

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
10 years ago

@kraygen,
Haha, cheers to that!

Those were awesome years….
Addam's Family (cartoons, v-games, movies, etc.)
Beetlejucie! 🙂
Batman….

That's when Hollywood and tv was actually fun to watch…

*ponders* Chloe…oh yeah! ;3
No wonder Ben loves UC2 lol

SvenMD
SvenMD
10 years ago

HA!! – Kraygen I did the SAME THING!! That's hilarious.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
10 years ago

I love UC2 for a million reasons.

But yeah, Chloe helps. 'drool'

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
10 years ago

Us gamers think too much alike.

Bugzbunny109
Bugzbunny109
10 years ago

What's your e-mail Ben?

OtisFeelgood
OtisFeelgood
10 years ago
MyWorstNightmar
MyWorstNightmar
10 years ago

Maybe that's what sex with a hooker is like.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
10 years ago

HA.

totozero18
totozero18
10 years ago

Sounds more like guilt after fapping…just saying.

This comment felt like Harakiri…. :S


Last edited by totozero18 on 3/20/2010 9:22:31 AM

Oxvial
Oxvial
10 years ago

FFXIII,hookers and masturbation? why LV isn't posting in this discussion?

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
10 years ago

He's busy playing, guaranteed.

mk ultra
mk ultra
10 years ago

That was pretty random, especially the Travel Channel bit; although I agree. I bought a nice TV last year, so 3D is out of the question for at least a couple years for me. I do welcome it though, when I saw Avatar in the theater I was thinking how cool it would be to have a game like God of War in 3D like that.

And off topic, has anyone gotten the 1000 hit combo in GoW3? It's the last trophy I need and can't think of an easy place to do it.

OtisFeelgood
OtisFeelgood
10 years ago

The best way to get that 1000 hit combo is when you're fighting Hera's son(sorry, don't want to spoil anything for the people that hasn't played it yet).

Superman915
Superman915
10 years ago

There's no way in hell I'm buying a 3D tv after Ive spent money on this 120 HZ 1080p (which im PERFECTLY happy with). I thought new TVs could update themselves for stuff like this, via a USB or connecting it to the net.

Superman915
Superman915
10 years ago

And I think ill skip this FF and instead get the PSN ones. I heard 9 will be coming soon, which is the only PS1 FF I never played.

OtisFeelgood
OtisFeelgood
10 years ago

Same here. I just bought a 42in 600hz 1080p plasma so I'm not getting a 3D hdtv for a looooong time.

MyWorstNightmar
MyWorstNightmar
10 years ago

600hz, do you mean 60hz?

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
10 years ago

He might not…plasmas have crazy numbers in that category, sometimes.

aaronisbla
aaronisbla
10 years ago

if its a plasma tv, he probably meant 600hz, they have a higher refresh rate over lcds

SvenMD
SvenMD
10 years ago

Do you play games on your plasma? Does it have the motion adaptive antiburn technology (that's a real thing) – cause burn in can still be a problem, right??

OtisFeelgood
OtisFeelgood
10 years ago
OtisFeelgood
OtisFeelgood
10 years ago

@Sven

Yeah, I play games on it. It has an anti-retention feature thats like a big eraser going across the screen.

Shams
Shams
10 years ago

I have that one, too. Better than my Sammie from last year (lna40650), and $500 cheaper, too. Colors pop more, darks are darker, and due to the higher refresh rate intrinsic to plasma technology, there's no need for the 120/240hz bogus. Plus, it displays more colors than LCD, so everything looks better (GOWIII is absolutely breath-taking, and U2 is also a sight to behold). Only draw backs is that Panasonic is infamous for a poor sound in their TVs. It's there way of making you put down extra for a sound system. But TC-P42S1's not so bad. Oh, and the other draw back is that their not as power efficient as their LCD counterparts, but this and last year's Viera models improved this.

Mr. Ben, no thoughts on GOWiii, yet? I'm looking foward to hearing your's on that.


Last edited by Shams on 3/20/2010 12:00:18 AM

Qubex
Qubex
10 years ago

That's alot of Hertz Otisfeelgood… kudus to Mr Hert for his invention 🙂

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

OtisFeelgood
OtisFeelgood
10 years ago

Is this like a mini Year in Review? ;o

And when can we use the Taxidermist code? I want to check it out asap!

Naztycuts
Naztycuts
10 years ago

Otis just enter the code in on the PS Store I played it not long after it was activated March 3rd, and it's neat. I really wish they could have released all the chronicles at once though.

OtisFeelgood
OtisFeelgood
10 years ago

Cool, thx. I'll try it in a few.

shadowpal2
shadowpal2
10 years ago

"One minute, I'm just focused on what I'm doing, enjoying everything about it and the next, I'm totally down in the dumps, complaining bitterly that it wrenched so much strategic control out of my grasp."

So it looks like FFXIII isn't so linear after all…hahaha – it can make you feel a whole variety of emotions haha.

piratedrunk
piratedrunk
10 years ago

I agree about FFXIII,
On one hand I wish I was playing another game.. one more true to the old FF games.
But on the other hand any time I play a different game I want to play FFXIII.
Weird is right.

kraygen
kraygen
10 years ago

3d is going to have to get a lot better before I go spending thousands of dollars on tech that isn't up to my high standards. I'm always looking for the best quality for the lowest price. I bought me a 32" Vizio lcd, that is 1080i, a little over a year ago and I love it.

It has better or equal picture than my friends 1080p and I paid a lot less. Sadly they don't make this model anymore, sad because it's awesome.

Before I commit to 3d I'm going to have to be incredibly impressed by the quality, has to be available without the glasses, and the price will have to be affordable. So for me probably not for 5-6 more years, but that's ok, I have plenty of patience.

As for Camille, she's a pretty lady, but I'm happily married to a beautiful brunette, so sorry guys, but "Go me!"

Naztycuts
Naztycuts
10 years ago

32" Vizio FTW

inkme101
inkme101
10 years ago

Ben,

are you thinking about writing a book?

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
10 years ago

By the way, I would ask those who have answered my question in my little personal survey not to spread the topic around.

I'd like to keep it under wraps for now. And thanks for the replies I've gotten already! These could prove to be very, VERY helpful.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
10 years ago

Secrets safe with me, I just sent you an email.

rogers71
rogers71
10 years ago

A little question about The Taxidermist DLC. Not to spoil anything for people who haven't played it yet but there are 5 different scenarios or endings you can get and 1 of those is that Madison dies.

Does anyone else think that is weird? I mean, this is essentially a prelude to Heavy Rain so if Madison dies in this how can she be a main character in Heavy Rain. Am I being too literal?

Would this not be like watching a movie where a character dies and then the studio putting out another movie that takes place later and the said character playing a major part in this movie? Just a question. I don't know how to feel about this one.

Sidenote: Even though the DLC is short, it is well worth $4.99.


Last edited by rogers71 on 3/20/2010 12:41:14 AM

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
10 years ago

It isn't unheard of for a film to have a different ending where a main character dies, but yeah it's a little weird with a prologue. Still, if there is no consequence for playing poorly then there is no real tenseness about that scene, and it WAS an intense scene. But technically she didn't die die, she just went missing 🙂

rogers71
rogers71
10 years ago

good point.

Naztycuts
Naztycuts
10 years ago

Aptly titled article Ben, certainly one of the weirder editorials, but that's what keeps me coming back, the small-site feel. I think everyone except Bill Gates, Oprah, and Jerry Jones are going to wait-and-see on 3dtv. I also think God of War 3 is quickly knocking COD4 down a notch on my top 5 favorite games this generation. 1.MGS4 2.Uncharted2 3.GoW3 4.COD4 5.Demon's Souls

SolidFantasy
SolidFantasy
10 years ago

You and I share the same # 1 spot choice. It just can't be overthrown.

Naztycuts
Naztycuts
10 years ago

I am beginning to wonder if a game will ever take it's spot.

NeoHumpty
NeoHumpty
10 years ago

I'm actually more disappointed with FF now that I'm in the chapter where everyone said it "opens up". Thinking that I'm feeling disheartened because I have so much left to do that won't really help the story along.

NeoHumpty
NeoHumpty
10 years ago

Oh. And go ahead and play the Heavy Rain chapter. It only takes about 10-15 minutes. You'll be glad you didn't have to pay for it.

tes37
tes37
10 years ago

If that is the code that comes inside the game case, I'll give you mine.


Last edited by tes37 on 3/20/2010 4:54:45 AM

I_defenestrate
I_defenestrate
10 years ago

After playing a bit of Resonance of Fate, I have dreams of FFXIII and RoF getting married and having a wonderful JRPG baby.

FFXIII has the story and RoF definitely has the battle system, sidequests, towns, npcs, and world map.

Would be a beautiful union.