Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Adventure games.

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Last night, in the quick chat, on Abandonia someone said "This site should be renamed "dedicated to adventure games".". My response to this was "That's what games used to be back in the day. Now they are all about is this shiny enough? Yes! Can we make it cheep and sell it quick. Yes. Then f**k quality.".

Yes, games used to be all adventure. I love playing the old quest games. Today's games are all about "pushing" the limits of the hardware, but when it comes to console gaming, this concept is just a "concept". Unlike PCs, consoles cannot be upgraded, unlike PCs, you can't swap the hard drive, CPU or video cad for a bigger, better, faster model. With consoles you cannot use your favorite brand of hardware. You are STUCK with whatever is the cheapest and decent peace of hardware that the manufacturer can trow in the case. There are adventure games, and there are few that are great, and there are some, which are awesome - BioShock, Half-Life and Half-Life 2.

To conclude I will simply quote something I read long time ago, but I am not going to bother looking for who the heck said it or where it was published. It went something like this: “Console gaming is retarding games and staling the rapid advancements in hardware.” To paraphrase this, back in the day hardware like CPU and VGU were constantly in the development process, because PC gamers demanded more and more power. But in today's gaming world, the console has the majority stake in gaming, it is used by people who could care less about more power, and because there are 5 to 7 years between releases of new generation consoles, hardware manufacturers are not "pushed" to develop new, better and faster components as fast. Game developers are forced to retard graphics and functionality of games just to make them compatible with today's console variation.

I am sticking to PC gaming, when possible!!

Monday, January 28, 2008

Tweetmeme - is it worth your time?

I am looking at tweetmeme.com. A twitter.com tracker. 1? - what exactly is the point of a twitter tracker? By the way, there are a lot of them out there (just keep scrolling).

I mean, you see on tweetmeme.com what you see on twitter.com. The only useful functionality, I see, is its ability to sort content in categories: all, blogs, images, video and audio. It also takes and groups twittes, which are mentioning the same content. Personally, I am not obsessed with twitter to the point of constantly twittering, or having to know who's doing what and what type of content people are relating to. But, I do like the idea/concept of micro-blogging, a lot. Micro-blogging is a cool idea, because it makes possible to blog quickly and in short blurbs without having to bother with all of the additional steps one needs to take to create a standard blog entry. On top of that, with tools like Alex King's Twitter Tools WordPress plugin, at the end of the day you can automatically make a "standard" post to your blog with all of the twittes from the day.

I am sure that in the near future, with the next or after next upgrades of the twitter platform, we will see the ability to group/sort twittes by content type. This will return a lot users back to twitter.com, making sites like tweetmeme.com useless. For now, if you are board and looking for random thoughts and content from people you don't even know, check out tweetmeme.com.