This week's book giveaway is in the OO, Patterns, UML and Refactoring forum. We're giving away four copies of Refactoring for Software Design Smells: Managing Technical Debt and have Girish Suryanarayana, Ganesh Samarthyam & Tushar Sharma on-line! See this thread for details.
Anyone a fan? Personally I refuse to buy anything that is primarily a dedicated game machine, regardless of the additional functionality they are starting to pack. A friend bought a PSP and they are beautiful. If you haven't seen one in the flesh, you want one, you just done't know it yet. Buggered if I'm forking out that amount of cash though. I saw some pictures of the DS and it looks like a 'POS' next to the PSP.
And don't get me started on the Xbox etc. Atleast the hand-held units are portable. I don't have the time to watch TV let alone play games on one, these things just don't suit my lifestyle
I am not a big gamer but I prefer PC games over console games. Mainly because I don't have to update my sports games every year by buying the brand new version if I just wanted updated rosters. PC games typically have a nice way of just downloading such updates.
However, you can 100% count on a console game playing like it is advertised where as a PC game depends a lot on the hardware you have in your PC.
I don't think money is too much a factor since if you are a big gamer you probably are keeping your PC('s) pretty current and that isn't any cheaper than buying a new console everytime they come out. Although, you have a better chance that your old PC game will play on your new hardware. With consoles, I am not sure this is always the case.
Game choice, kind of 6 one way, half a dozen the other. Not all PC games are on console and not all console games are on PC. I'd assume that the type of games you play help in making the decision as to which you prefer. Since all I really play is World of Warcraft, my options are really narrowed down.
i have an x-box and a ps2. i enjoy gaming, but can't afford to buy a new graphics card every 6 months, a new processor every year, etc.
the games i buy today for my ps2 work just as well as the games i bought 4 years ago. and, i drop them in, and they start. no hour long install, reboot, pull patch, install patch, re-boot, download new driver for whatever... games just WORK.
but ultimatly, i buy games. i got the x-box because there was a game on that platform i wanted. i waited until the price dropped. a 2 year old system, bought used, will play all the games just as well as a brand new, factory sealed one. Try that with a pc.
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Ive got the Xbox, PS2, and Gamecube, and Id swear Id play them if it wasnt for the addiction that is "World of Warcraft". But Im going to kick that habit soon unless the wife does an intervention first.
Re: Sony PSP vs Nintendo DS. On paper the PSP trounces the DS. In reality the PSP is just *awful* for the following two reasons:
1) Theres hardly any good games. For me the only game worth playing on the PSP is Liberty City Stories, but guess what? Theyre re-releasing it on the PS2 2) The load times. The UMD drive is incredibly slow. Sure its fine for watching movies, but try playing a game on it. Theres a great review of "Breath of Fire III" over on EuroGamer that highlights this.
Compare and contrast with the DS. 1) The DS has a great collection of games out for it, plus its back compatible with the Gameboy Advance catalogue. 2) The DS uses cartridges, so load times are minimal. 3) The battery life is also a lot better, I get 8 to 12 hours of battery life of it, enough for a trans atlantic flight. 4) Finally, the DS is cheaper! I can get one second hand for less that 100 bucks.
If I was a parent who was considering buying a handheld console for my child, Id consider the DS.