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In Soviet Russia, PS3 Camps Out to Buy YOU!!! - The Ballad of an Un-Deadpan Yankee
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In Soviet Russia, PS3 Camps Out to Buy YOU!!!
I know that I was already skating on thin ice, geek-wise when I had no desire to buy the original Star Wars Trilogy on DVD. Now, I'm probably in even more danger of having my Geek Card revoked and being slapped across the face with a Nintendo Power Glove, because I have no plans to even attempt to buy a next-gen console this weekend. I'm not going to try for two reasons. I'm not trying to get a PS3 today because I have to work and I don't have a spare 800 or so bucks lying around. I'm not going to be trying to get a Wii on Sunday, because I'll be visiting my girlfriend, and yeah, hanging out with the girlfriend trumps gaming. At least for me. After this weekend, the Big Three will all be theoretically available, and while the XBox 360 has been around for a year or so and is a significant console, for the purposes of this post, I'm going to focus on the two that are launching this weekend, the Sony Playstation 3 and the Nintendo Wii.



So, the big question is, of the three big bad next gen consoles, which one am I going to buy first? Probably the Nintendo Wii. There are the standard gripes about Nintendo. It's the kiddie console, it's underpowered compared to the others, and Nintendo should really just focus on the handheld market because as far as home consoles are concerned, Nintendo is a joke any more.

I disagree. Leaving aside the financial question of the Wii's significantly lower price tag, there's the question of launch titles. Now, I'm not talking about "Launch Windows" the period between now and the end of the year, or early next year. No, I'm talking about the games I can play right now, out of the gate on Day One. To me, the Wii's got this one. Out of the gate when I get a Wii, I'll be able to play Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and Red Steel, plus the fun-looking Nintendo Sports which comes in the box. Cool. With the PS3, the only launch title that really gets my attention is Resistance: Fall of Man, from the fine folks that brought us the fantastic Ratchet & Clank series, and from the reviews I've read, Resistance is another hit. That's cool, but it's really the only game out that really makes me take notice. The rest seem to be either rather "Meh" or are just prettied-up versions of games I can get now for my current-gen consoles. And yes, the Wii has that same condition of prettier versions of current games, but they have launch titles that I'm much more interested in.

I'm not going to get into the launch date numbers of units shipped, or the reported problems with various things on the PS3. I'm concentrating here on bang for the buck, or how much fun I can have with a system for the money I put down. Again, in this area, the Wii looks like the winner to me. I could spend around 700-800 bucks to get a 60gb PS3 with a game or two and maybe an extra controller. Yeah, that would get me a pretty impressive system with a lot of graphical punch and the ability to play Blu-Ray DVD out of the box. OK, good enough. But I don't own any Blu-Ray DYDs, and there really aren't that many available. Yes, that will change, and yes, Blu-Ray looks like it will be the future of DVD. GOod enough. But you know what? I'm not going to fall all over myself. Also, the PS3 and the 360 for that matter are pretty much just beefed-up versions of Sony and Microsoft's current machines. Yeah, I like kickass graphics. But at the core, it seems to me to be more of the same, just prettier.

Now look at the Wii. For probably around 400 bucks, I'll be able to get the system, three games, and a memory card. ALso it's a system that is something a little different. I will freely admit that when it was first revealed, I scoffed at the Wii's controller. I thought it looked goofy, and it was just going to be a weird thing to use. Well, after seeing some of the footage of people actually playing with the Wii it looks like it will be really cool. One of the main goals of gaming is to give the gamer an immersive experience, and with the Wii's controller scheme, it looks like the Wii will do that. Finally, that urge to move the controller around when you're playing will actually have an effect. For example watching the footage of people playing Red Steel and the New Zelda, making the sword swing and block by actually moving the controller around, I thought, "Oh, COOL!" Yeah, I have nop problem sitting in my chair, hitting buttons and moving joysticks, but the Wii-Mote Nunchuck controller just looks like it will make for a more immersive gameplay experience. Well done, Nintendo. Pass me a bottle of ketchup, as I must now officially eat my words about the Wii-Mote.

So, from my perspective, if I do go out and buy a console in the next couple of weeks, it will most likely be the Wii. Lower price, more interesting launch titles, and an innovative control scheme. I think I'm sold. If anyone gets my money at launch, it's probably going to be Nintendo.

Does this mean that I'm never going to get a PS3? Of course not. I'm just not going to fall over myself trying to get it RIGHT NOW! I'm not really going to go nuts trying to get a Wii either. The systems aren't going anywhere for quite some time, and yeah, I may not be able to get either one at launch. But they will make more. PLus, yeah, I am going to want to be able to play Blu-Ray DVDs eventually, and there's no way I'm NOT going to want to play Metal Gear Solid 4, Resident Evil 5, and upcoming Final Fantasy games. I'm just going to take the same tack I've taken with the 360. I'm going to wait awhile for price drops and for developers to actually figure out how to harness the power of the systems.

So yeah, as far as launch day goes, for the PS3, and maybe for the Wii, you're probably not going to be able to get one. Accept this now, and realize that you may not be one of the first to play the systems, but it's not a big deal because they WILL make more. Instead, maybe take a trip to your local Best Buy, GameStop or EB with a sammich, a chair and a flask of your favorite tipple and chuckle quietly to yourself as the Uber-Hardcore lose their damn minds at not being able to get ahold of the Holy Grail. Or, you could possibly do THIS. hehe.

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