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18 August 2009 @ 08:48 pm
Video game stuff  
Sony finally admitted that the PS3 Slim exists. It will be about 1/3rd smaller and lighter, have a 120 GB hard drive, and cost $300. And although i'm not sure if it's been officially confirmed or not, every indication is that it will not be restoring PS2 backwards compatibility, which means i really don't feel bad about having paid $450 for a 160 GB PS3 about 8 months ago. (The smaller and lighter part seems pretty insignificant to me.)

I am a little sad that about a month after i got Little Big Planet using my Sony Reward Points a new Game of the Year version has been announced, which will include a lot of extra free content. Although the only one i _really_ want is the History Costumes, which i can pick up for $2.99.

I do find it kind of amusing that the pack, which includes Ada Lovelace, Genghis Khan, Boudica and Mozart, is described by the Little Big Planet site as being "based on four most non heinous historical figures." Clearly this has got to be some Bill & Ted definition of "non heinous"? Because one could debate about whether Boudica was heinous or not, but Genghis Kahn? Srsly?
 
 
 
Pavajmpava on August 19th, 2009 03:53 am (UTC)
Personally, i think the fact you've had it and have been using it for 8 months means you don't need to feel bad.

Anyway, http://www.1up.com/do/newsStory?cId=3175651 basically confirms that there is no surprise ps2 emulation.
Laura Parkinson: Broodingstormfeather on August 19th, 2009 03:57 am (UTC)
Yeah, which makes my wish to rush right out and pick up the new slim PS3... still close to zero :p
Kirin: SoMana-openingkirinn on August 19th, 2009 04:18 pm (UTC)
Note they've said existing PS3s on store shelves are also supposed to drop to $300, so if you can find a software-BC one hanging out somewhere that could be a reasonably good deal.

(Er, assuming you don't have any kind of PS3 already. No idea why anyone would want to "upgrade" to a slim unless they're living in a box, since it doesn't add anything.)
Laura Parkinson: Vincentstormfeather on August 19th, 2009 04:24 pm (UTC)
I don't (own a PS3 that is). I've been kept pretty happy with my 360, Wii, and PS2. Haven't really seen any exclusives on the PS3 that have had me salivating for one, especially now that FFXIII (I think that's the right number, I start to lose track) is coming on 360.

Really, the thing that would make me most likely to buy a PS3 (other than a whole boatload of exclusives that I just HAVE to have suddenly popping up, which I doubt) is if my current PS2 were to crap out and I'd have to replace it, and if I found a semi-cheap PS3 with full back-compat. Since y'know, I'd have to be buying something anyhow, so I might as well pay out some extra for the ability to play Blu Ray and more games.
Kirin: Goomba-transparentkirinn on August 19th, 2009 04:29 pm (UTC)
Ah, yes, if I had all those I wouldn't have *time* for a PS3 much ess need for one. As is, my PS2 *was* starting to crap out, the balance of exclusives I wanted favored PS3 over 360, and I did find a full-BC model (like a year and a half ago). Though I hear the software-BC model is pretty adequate.

(But if you do ever get one, Valkyria Chronicles and Little Big Planet are awesomesauce. And presumably The Last Guardian whenever it actually comes out.)
DonAithnen: Games: Tifa - FF7donaithnen on August 19th, 2009 07:25 pm (UTC)
Well given that you have a 360 and are pretty happy with it that makes sense, especially now that FF13 isn't platform exclusive like you said.

Although i'm kind of curious about what if any effect that's going to have on the game. At one point they were claiming that they don't have enough room for both dubbed and japanese voices on regular DVDs, so if they end up cutting that for the PS3 version too i'm going to be rather peeved.

Anyways, i've been having fun with Little Big Planet (although i haven't actually gotten into the user created content at all yet) and i've heard good things about Valkyria Chronicles but haven't actually tried it out yet. (As soon as i finish Dragon Quest 5 i have to decide between picking up Kingdom Hearts again, or starting Disgaea 3 or Valkyria Chronicles.)

Aside from that most of the fun stuff i've been messing around with has been PSN stuff, and it definitely doesn't seem worth buying a console just for all the downloadable content. (That would be the only thing i'd want to pick up a 360 for myself =)
DonAithnendonaithnen on August 19th, 2009 07:20 pm (UTC)
Oops, i didn't actually read the whole article, i skimmed the first bit and then searched for "backwards", which just took me straight to the comments :)

And yeah, that would be _why_ i really don't feel bad. (Although it actually just sat there unused for the first four or so months of that period =)
Just Another Idiottiurin on August 19th, 2009 07:02 am (UTC)
Maybe they thought it was Dschinghis Khan?
Coraacoraa on August 19th, 2009 07:24 am (UTC)
You could probably make an argument about the Mongols being no worse than the people they conquered, but I admit, it's a serious stretch.

(I admit, one of the things I find interesting about the culture of the people in Inda is that they appear to be a kind of 'what if the Mongols settled down and developed castles and fixed territories' kind of civilization.)

Edited at 2009-08-19 07:25 am (UTC)
DonAithnendonaithnen on August 19th, 2009 07:37 pm (UTC)
Yeah, we'd probably have a somewhat kinder view of Ghengis Khan if his empire had stuck around longer. Did we actually inherit anything particularly notable from the Mongol Empire? (Other than genetically that is =) I know they were pretty good at organization once they'd conquered you, but not in any way that's seemed to particularly stand out through the ages. It seems like Alexander's empire had a much bigger cultural impact in just a small fraction of the time, but maybe that's just because it led directly into our own cultural heritage.

(Then again, perhaps it led directly to our own cultural heritage because no one from a different cultural heritage did a better job of making an impact, kinda a chicken and egg thing...)
Coraa: historycoraa on August 19th, 2009 08:52 pm (UTC)
Yeah, and there's the question of 'greatest impact to whom?' My dim memory of my Russian history classes in college is that the Mongols had a much greater impact on Russia than on the West -- and then there's the question of their impact to China and environs.

(As a parallel, we-as-people-of-Western-cultural-descent might point to Rome as a very impactful civilization -- perhaps even the most impactful -- but is it to people east of the Caucasus? I'm not sure. It's all very relative.)

I remember a book I read for one of those classes called The Golden Horde that explored that some, but unfortunately I've forgotten most of what I learned from it, except that it was interesting at the time. ;)
DonAithnen: Historydonaithnen on August 19th, 2009 11:09 pm (UTC)
Well he certainly had a huge impact in Russia and China and pretty much everywhere else in mainland Asia, however my impression, although it's obviously a biased westerner impression, was that no one in Asia liked him much either. Well, aside from the people in Mongolia of course.

Hmmm, according to wikipedia he is indeed a cultural hero in Mongolia, and fairly popular in Turkey.China has a very mixed view of him, though he's got a big core of enthusiasts in (surprise!) Inner Mongolia. Pretty much everywhere else seems not too fond of him though.

Rome wasn't just impactful in a historic sense, we inherited a lot of popular culture from it. Roman art, Roman architecture, Roman law, Roman mythology, etc. For the cultures that feel they descended from it in some way there's usually strong feelings about it that are at least somewhat positive. At worse it's usually a love/hate relationship, "Yeah some of those emperors were dicks, and we have our own cultural identity now, but imagine if Rome had never fallen..." Likewise with Alexander.