Monthly Archives: February 2010

The System

Agree, disagree.
Take up arms and shoot to kill.
Truth’s a consensus.

Shard

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It would seem that I’ve grown negligibly popular without noticing it…

Despite having made no posts since this one ten days ago, I’ve been consistently getting at least some traffic on the site from day to day, averaging to about 4 views a day. That’s pretty shocking, and slightly alarming. I mean, this unsolicited surge in non-imaginary readership really puts pressure on me to deliver quality content on a regular basis. Am I up to it? Doubtful, but I suppose I can try. So let’s kick it off with this wonderful, content rich post.

Shard

A Brief Rant on the Subject of an Ambiguous Term

PlayStation Network. That’s that thing were you can download stuff like games and demos for your PSP and PS3, right? Yeah, that about sums it up, I’d say. But I mean, obviously, you’re talking about a whole with two very distinct halves. Sure, maybe I could play a PSP game on a PS3, but good luck trying to run Metal Gear Solid 4 on a PSP.

What I’m getting at here is that there are very separate elements to the PSN, and I don’t think that’s a difficult concept to grasp. But apparently for notable gaming blog Kotaku, it is. Whether its their PSN Update or a preview of Mega Man 10, these guys never seem to notice the difference between the two, going so far as to apply the term to the PS3 half 99% of the time. And they aren’t the only ones. Wikipedia, for example, is prone to this as well. Painfully prone.

Now, going back to an earlier point, it’s obvious that if they talk PSN in an MGS 4 article, they’re talking PS3. But with games like Mega Man 10, and 9 before it, games that are specifically tailored to imitate one of the most basic iterations of the home gaming console, it wouldn’t kill them to be a bit more specific! I mean, if they can put a port of Mega Man 1 on the PSP, these games shouldn’t be any different! I suppose this makes divides the issue into two, but the point still stands.

The PSP is a powerful handheld in its own right, and there are many cases where games look like they’d run on the PSP, but don’t. So Kotaku, next time time you guys wet yourselves over the new Mega Man game, or some new Indie game hitting the online stores, distinguish the PS3 from the PSP!

Plus, Nintendo has WiiWare AND DSWare, so I think they’ve got a leg up on you, Sony. Quit slacking! /rant

Shard

It’s That Day Again…

Which is to say, the new moon/Chinese New Year! So go party it up in the year of the Tiger, with absolutely no fear of werewolves! Leave the silver bullets behind, and have some fun. That is all.

Shard

Half-Assed Book Review: The Graveyard Book

Okay, it’s time to try out something new. I’m going to do a book review! Since I’ve never really done one before, I have already lowered your expectations by tacking ‘half-assed’ onto the title of this post. If I have failed to achieve this effect, go back and read it again. Good now? Okay, let’s begin. I’m going to review the book that I just finished reading, The Graveyard Book. Read the rest of this entry

Yeah, it’s a New Theme

I liked the last theme, but it was too restrictive, y’know? I felt too squeezed together with that narrow column, and it looked even worse once I got a widescreen monitor. So when I saw this new theme, I jumped on it. I don’t get much in terms of customization, but the whole thing looks and feels a lot more natural, I think.

Now, obviously, all this theme shuffling is all part of a clever conspiracy to divert your attention from the distinct lack of content on this blog. I’m working on that, maybe? Wouldn’t you like to know. Well, we’ll see. Well, I will, for sure. And maybe you will, too. No obligations. And I mean, the subtle hypnotic cues all over the place don’t mean anything, do they?

Shard