28 years after the original release, Prince of Persia continues to be the obsession of a community made up by enthusiasts that never forgot their first, stunning encounter with Jordan Mechner’s platform game. And they are not just freaks like yours truly, who considers PoP his first computer love and that is still trying to beat his own personal record by playing the game every now and then under DOSBox. Nope: here we are talking about developers that are capable, determined and willing to dig the secrets hidden in the code of an ancient software to keep alive a myth that doesn’t fear the effects of obsolescence.
I could continue to speak ill of the never too much abused downloadable contents (DLC) and video games digital delivery with my own words, but this time I will leave to Sony management official statements the task to chill the continuous, boring, stupid and annoying hype about an exclusively downloadable gaming future and other crap of this kind: 1) “I want it on the disc, that way when they buy it, they get it” - Rob Dyer, SCEA vice-president while commenting on the state of the DLC market; 2) The gloomy and failing UMD-free PSPGo “was introduced in a mature lifecycle to learn more about what the consumer wanted and we’ve definitely learnt a lot. Is that measured by success in sales? I don’t think it is” - words of Andrew House, SCEE president.
Welcome to a new installment in the Videogames Highlights series. It is, considering the long period of time passed since the August one, a “remedial” post covering no less than the last four months of year 2009. These were intense months, from a video gaming standpoint, still the following contents collection is personal and variously assorted as usual. And seeing that there is so much to talk about I cut short with the intro and just report, after Stardock’s CEO opinion of the last time, the statements from UK accountable people for the three main gaming consoles (Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo) regarding the misleading theory according to which digital downloads should replace optical disks during the upcoming years.
System restore after the hard disk death is proceeding slowly as expected, currently I am at around 45% (…) but luckily I’m starting to see a less vague profile within the installed applications and everything. What are the basic components to make you feel at home on any Windows system? Anyone has his own, personally I’m fond of (among the others) the three things depicted by the following screenshots.
If there is something on which one can rely on so that the movie adaptation of Prince of Persia videogame saga won’t end up being an indecorous shame is the direct involvement of game designer, screenwriter, director and story-teller Jordan Mechner. Who like me has grown up with the myth of platform/adventure games, and with the PoP one in particular, certainly thinks with a mixture of terror and hope about May 28, 2010, the release date of the film that could be the first to act as a worthy continuation of a genuine videogaming archetype on the big screen.
Links & Suggestions # 7: videogame birthdays, pirates, industry assholes, nanometers and super-consoles
If technology is inclined to constantly project itself onward leaving very few room for remembering products that were so popular just some time before, Jake Gyllenhaal acting as the Prince of Persia is convincing as a cactus in a melodrama. If Doom is an historic videogame that deserves to be remembered for its birthday, pirates once again prove to be the only ones capable of saving the media world from the current DRM madness. And if the reading of this paragraph has a meaning for you then I would suggest to make an appointment with a psychiatrist, but a good one. Or the reading of a good grammar book. I am dispensed from the second, at least
With the complicity of the software houses parade during the Japanese expo Tokyo Game Show, October has been a particularly prolific month for the release of fresh videogaming stuff. After the first round of monthly highlights, hence, this new series is even richer and visually luxuriant covering consoles exclusives, multi-platform games, certainly interesting sequels and so on.
The Christmas holiday season, surely the most important occasion for consumer electronics and particularly videogames, is near. The industry enjoys a very good health, and while waiting for the marketing of some among the most promising titles of the year it’s worth looking at the substantial amount of multimedia, video clips and images, released by the software houses during the last days.
If there’s something that is clear to anyone would have just washed his feet in the Internet ocean, it’s that in the so-called information society what is never absent are the debate cues, the (exactly) information sources and the events worth of citing. The possible suggestions, indeed, abound, and the problem isn’t to find them but to make a selection and put together the most interesting ones.
Microsoft continues to push on the aggressive Xbox 360 price strategy announced in the first days of September. After having brought the cost of the basic console version below 200 dollars in the United States, Redmond has got through doing the same in the Old Continent where Xbox 360 “Arcade” will have a price of 180 € starting from tomorrow September 19.
Well, I must say it’s so much time by now that I didn’t remember an August so rich of events and news and all the rest. So either I have a poor memory or it’s the nth trickery of the enormous, relentless mechanism of chance, that has compressed in a few days so much interesting things at the point that I’m seriously thinking of closing the blog for a “surplus” of contents cues