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Look Here for a PS3

so, if you were wondering where to get a ps3, there’s one down at the best buy in boise, idaho. 

however, i don’t know if it’s one of the 2 retailers that have them in stock according to

from the site:

Playstation 3 – 60GB
Local Status: 2 out of 2 retailers in your area have this item in-stock.

Item Statistics
Users Tracking: 1034
Local Users Tracking: 0
National Availability: 47%

national availability is 47%?  wow.  the shortage is apparently over with just under a million units sold and a month after launch. 

pretty telling.




look!  it found a mate and had babies!

same best buy.  half a dozen days later.

Proof of Concept

well.  we should have a proof of concept/early alpha thing of our new game for you guys to play with next week.  heh.  i guess we’re taking the google approach of throwin’ stuff against the wall to see what sticks.

anyway, i think it’s totally rad and kicks all kinds of ass.  i think you guys will too.

so, what kind of game is it?  well — it’s sort of like if you mashed up dark throne and digg all in one site.  weird, eh?

i promise it’s not as hard to explain how to play as our last game.

as i was saying, i will probably let the cat out of the bag late next week.  i want some internal guys to do a bit more bug findin’ first.

talk to you soon.


p.s. blows.  if anyone knows of a good way to transfer all of my posts and comments over to blogger, by all means, please let me know.  i’m so tired of the shitty reliability of

Happy Holidays!

happy holidays everyone!  merry christmas!  ho, ho, ho!

heh.  i love the “ho, ho, ho” part.  always my favorite.




so.  i’m cursed, by the way.  forever destined to have “game design a.d.d.”

basically, here’s what we’re up to for a bit.  we’re taking a lot of the structure and community features and some other magic from what we built with and wrapping it around a much simpler game.

the timeframe to implement this simpler game is much, much shorter and we are already 3/4 done with the site just because of the work we’ve already done.

what kind of game you ask?

heh.  you will know soon enough.  here’s a hint tho.  it’s social-resource-gameplay.

so, i’m headed under cover — probably until the holidays are over.  we should have more to talk about then.

you guys should feel bad for tj and ben for having to put up with my barrage of game ideas.  i have probably thrown a dozen “what abouts?” at them in the last 12 months.


damn that game design attention deficit disorder.


PS3 Price Over Time

so.  there’s this pseudo-report that came out today from “seeking alpha” — whatever that is.

anyway, it’s very good.  i actually agree with everything they’ve said.  analyst todd mitchell from kaufman bros. appears to have a good head on his shoulders.

i should go check his starmine rating on yahoo.  hang on….

there he is: Mitchell, Todd.  too bad he doesn’t have an accuracy rating.  somebody should really figure out how to accurately measure this stuff.

as i was saying, i read this report summary thing.  good stuff.  prompted me to put down on paper (blog) even a few thought rolling around in my head.  i actually posted it as a comment over at joystiq, but here’s the results:

39. “They will wait, like me, for PS3 to come down in price and be more available”

heh. every time someone says this, another ps3 game dies.

i know!

let’s do some math!

so, i’m pretty sure everyone will agree that consoles prices come down about 20% per year. for example, last generation’s systems would go something like this:

year 1: $300
year 2: $240
year 3: $192
year 4: $154
year 5: $123

not exact, but a pretty decent “rough estimate.”

now, let’s look at this generation’s consoles:

year 1: $400
year 2: $320, $600, $250
year 3: $256, $480, $200
year 4: $205, $384, $160
year 5: $163, $307, $128

so, all of you folks who are waiting for the ps3 to come down in price before getting one are giving the 360 and the wii a crazy software ramp-up period.

what does that mean?

that means without an install base, the ps3 won’t get the software support it needs. that’s why it dominated last generation — not because developers loved sony, but because they enough units out there that making exclusives made financial sense.

if you don’t buy a ps3 in its early life, you’re guaranteeing the only games you’ll ever see on it will be first party and ports.


Posted at 3:19PM on Dec 15th 2006 by m3mnoch 7 stars

i always knew in my head that everyone who says “i’m waiting on the price to drop” was in for a hard time.  tho, looking at the actual numbers penned, it seems even more painful than i imagined.

the 20% edict means 4 years of xbox 360 games before the ps3 even reaches the launch price of the 360.  who’s going to hold out that long?  even then, who’s going to buy a ps3 for twice what the competition is selling them for — still!  after four years!

you know what the heartbreaker is for the ps3 tho?  blu-ray.  (heh.  you saw that one coming, eh?)

the price on stand-alone blu-ray players will fall even faster than the ps3 prices.  for 2 reasons:

  1. stand-alone players don’t have cell or rsx parts to pay for too.  for other players, it’s just a manufacturing process for an optical drive that needs to be refined.
  2. sony can’t afford to subsidize like they are forever.  the ps3 needs to make money — badly.


stand-alone blu-ray players will be cheaper than the ps3.

other game consoles will be cheaper than the ps3.



Age of Conan

saw it was coming to the 360 and i was literally paralyzed with joy.  conan was the only game i’d consider going back to a pc for.

keep in mind, tho, this is coming from the guy with a huge stack of conan comics and books — from savage sword to conan the king.

hell.  my shar-pei is named “conan.”


Menopause FTW!

no. i’m not menopausal. it’s bookworm adventures. i just beat the final boss battle in book 2 with “menopause.” thought it was pretty damn funny.

if you haven’t played bookworm adventures yet, you’re missing out. something fierce. it’s completely cool to beat down badguys with words like “bodacious” or with a gemmed-up “aviary.”

my favorite tho? smacking an enemy who is overly susceptible to color words with my hammer that does extra damage on metal words with “bronze.”

hell. yeah.

and, yes. i’ve even seen the rare diamond tile — holy badass, batman.

you MUST play this game. riddling sphinxes. raging boss battles. snappy dialog. is absolutely necessitates your attention.

especially when you one-hit a 29-heart badguy with “temperatures” and a fistful of gems.


UPDATE: ha!  i just found this: dungeon scroll.   it looks like bookworm adventures is a total and complete ripoff.  funny.  i’ll check out dungeon scroll and see how it plays.

5 Dumb Reasons to Like the PS3

this’s dumb. it reminds me of a stupid ps3 top 10 list that hit right before the 360 launched last year.  you know — the list that catapulted me to blog.  i wouldn’t mind someone putting together a top 5 list of reasons to like a ps3, but, dammit, at least use good reasons. 

as in, none of your reasons should be formatted as follows:

[insert reason] is a great reason to get a ps3 if you [reason qualification].

for example, if you love sony.  or if you have a high definition setup.  or if you want high definition dvds.

no.  it should stop right after “ps3.”  as in:

[insert reason] is a great reason to get a ps3.

like, for example, “xbox live is a great reason to get an xbox.”  or “the wiimote is a great reason to get a wii.”

…anyway.  on to ric romero manning.

3 of his reasons are based on a set of unlikely prerequisites:

1) you actually care about high definition dvd because it requires…

2) actually having a big hdtv to go with it.

and 3) how many people actually have a psp?

the other two are just dumb.  there’s 4) you have a bunch of ps2 games, but no ps2 to play them on.  or even better, 5) “New games for a new box.” 

what the hell?

dammit!  i forgot!  the ps3 is the only console that’s going to have new games!  doh!  basically he’s saying, “if you’re a sony fan and you have a hi-def setup, you’ll want the ps3.”

no shit. really?

for the rest of us, with the same $600, if you don’t have/care about any of that, you can get a console with similar graphics AND a fistful of good AAA games AND some live arcade games. or a console that’s more fun (sony’s words, not mine) and an extra $350 worth of games….

yeah. you read that right.

for the price of the ps3, you can get a wii AND $350 in games.  seriously, are there any better reasons not to get a ps3 than that?


James Kim

as a fellow husband and father — my heart goes out to his family.

black, in memoriam.


Video Game (Fake) Stock Markets

dude!  here it is!

this guy is brilliant!  this thing is the coolest thing since sliced bread.  why?  it’s a game (kinda) about games. 

every gamer’s favorite thing to do while not playing games, it to talk about games.  to deep-conjecture about how good games are.  well.  now’s your chance to put your (fake) money where your mouth is.

think the ps3 is hot shit?  invest heavily.  think superman returns is the bomb?  buy it up!

it’s our chance, as gamers, to show the analysts “the what-for” when it comes to picking winners — and losers.

nod to joystiq.