Anyone who knows anything about the PS3 knows Sony is losing their shirts on every PlayStation 3 they sell. Now that the parts are smaller and cheaper, that might be a thing of the past. Also, with smaller components, the rumors of a slimline PS3 are out in full force again. The smaller PS2 helped Sony last generation, so let's see if it helps the PS3. (BTW, more PS3s means more good PS3 games!)
Are you really into those online games? How about games that are both pretty AND fun to play? Well, combine all of that, and it makes the games incredibly expensive to make. David Jones of Realtime Worlds estimates that a good game now takes $50 million to complete. That is a lot of money, almost equal to that of some Hollywood films, and the impending
Grand Theft Auto IV is predicted to bring in $350 million opening week. That is a good sign that we will start seeing more games that are of high quality if investors see the possibility of big payoffs in the end.
Two weeks ago we talked on
the show about Ewe Boll and how awful his movies are. Well, in addition to all of the people who have signed the "get out of movies" petition, the guys over at Blizzard agree as well. Ewe Boll and his bad ideas made a presentation to make a World of Warcraft movie, and Paul Sams almost laughed. That is what we wanted to hear: a gaming company that doesn't want their good name ruined.
After weeks of rumors, Toshiba announced today that they would no longer developing or producing the HD-DVD format. They have lost a lot of traction lately, with Target, Blockbuster, Netflix and Wal-Mart, plus studios like 20th Century Fox and Warner all announcing allegiance to Sony's Blu-Ray format.
Toshiba has said there are an estimated 1 million HD-DVD players globally, so Sony's decision to include Blu-Ray into their PS3 may not have been such a bad idea after all, having sold 10.5 million consoles alone globally, which has lead to the decision by these retailers and studios.
We would also like to congratulate Sony on finally developing a technology that people want, after a string of bad luck (Betamax, Hi-8, MiniDisc).
Everyone loves Captain Jack from Dance Dance Revolution and Vermont Bears, right? How much better can it be than to combine them into one epic commercial?
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