Commentary on “The Evils of Viva Pinata”

December 13, 2006

Internally, a bunch of us are talking about this hilarious review of our beloved game for the Xbox 360, "Viva Pinata":

The Evils of Viva Piñata
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"They have no genitalia, yet they can breed. How is that possible and how do we know we aren’t breeding boy piñatas together? You see how sick and twisted this game is. The people at Microsoft are trying to warp the minds of our children with their evil gay, incestuous piñata sex. Next thing you know, your children will be humping the piñata at their next birthday party, instead of breaking it open. God, I hate to imagine how warped our children could end up from all this.

The weird sex isn’t the only thing going on it the game though. Getting back to the racist nature of the game, you have all these obvious Mexican people on the island and what pray tell does Microsoft have you doing to the Mexican people? They have you hiring them to do gardening. "
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http://www.destructoid.com/the-evils-of-viva-pinata-28577.phtml#ext

I was laughing hard enough that for the first time in a while, I was left speechless as to how to respond to such irreverence.  I honestly don’t know what to say, except I love you guys at Destructoid.  I really do.  You’re right up there with Ctrl-Alt-Del Online & Penny Arcade and for me, that’s high praise.


Dave Jones, creator of Grand Theft Auto loves Xbox 360

December 11, 2006

"…as a developer who is watching the online gaming realm with particular interest, Jones also has plenty of love to express for Microsoft’s online service, which Crackdown will utilize in a few ways. “I think [Xbox Live] is absolutely brilliant,” he opined. “It’s really the defining thing for Microsoft. … One of the reasons we got the investment is so that we could try some new things in the Live space—using the Marketplace, downloadable stuff. It’s just great for all the stuff you can do—the big games, the very small ones. There’s just potential for other things as well.”

ImageOn PS3 and Wii
So what’s with Realtime Worlds and all this Xbox 360 development? Does Jones have something against the PlayStation 3 and Wii? Nah.

“I’ve only seen [the PS3 and Wii] at shows,” he explained. “I find it as hard as anyone else to get a hold of one, especially in Europe. … It’s a shame that I haven’t had a chance to spend much time on them yet.”

He continued, “We’ve been really focused. We’re only doing two projects at a time, so we’re focused on APB on PC and Crackdown on 360. We really haven’t had a chance to look at [other] dev kits.”

LINK:  http://www.next-gen.biz/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4363&Itemid=2


News from the Playstation 3 front: OOPS!

December 11, 2006

PlayStation 3 Misses U.S. Sales Goal by 50 Percent
Bloomberg News – December 07, 2006

Sony sold 197,000 PlayStation 3 consoles in the U.S. during November, missing its goal for initial shipments by half after parts shortages slowed production, market researcher NPD Group said Thursday.

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=a2AoBmhG5OEw&refer=home


Hi Definition DVDs: Watching the wars from afar…

December 8, 2006

I’ve been watching with great amusement the wars going on at these sites.  They really are interesting.

BluRay vs HD-DVD
http://www.thedvdwars.com/index.cfm
http://www.betanews.com/article//1165432567#c514148
http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20061207-8378.html

Why HD-DVD?  It’s more than just the "picture quality":
Despite the babbling idiocy of your average BestBuy or Circuit City employee, HD-DVD is beating BluRay in picture quality hands down and the critics are confirming this.  All you have to do is search for reviews comparing the two, and you’ll find this to be a truth:

But did you know that HD-DVDs have FARRRRRRRRR more "DVD extras" than any BluRay title?  I’m really surprised that no one has ever brought this up.  One of the little known facts in this space is that HD DVD uses HDi™ to build some amazingly cool additional content & interfaces around the DVD extras that people oh-so-covet. 

For example, you get Picture in Picture (impossible on Blu Ray) in HD-DVD movies.  This is useful for things like Director’s commentary head shots, showing GPS mapping for the cars in Fast & the Furious Tokyo Drift, Selectable actor biographies during the movie, Design-your-own-car and see it in the movie in Tokyo Drift, Chocolate Vision (suitably bizarre Tim Burtonesque pop ups) in Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, the "DaisyOmeter" in Dukes of Hazzard.

Check out the amazing HD-DVD extras in Fast and the Furious – Tokyo Drift, King Kong, Miami Vice, Batman Begins, Constantine, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Dukes of Hazzard, etc.