Update: I was unfortunately not aware of Shamus Young's severe criticism of Fallout 3 available here to link in the original piece and I regret that. It dovetails rather nicely with what I've written and it's much better executed than my piece. I strongly recommend anyone...
I have been going to your site for quite a while now and I personally
think it is great. I can find all the information I am looking for in
your site. Plus, the reviews are always good to read, and sometimes humurous.
(Especially the PC Survivor one) The mailbag is also quite funny too.
Anyway, (as you may have imagined) I have a question for you. Now that
the three major consoles are out, and have been out for quite some time,
I haven't really heard much about the console wars anymore. Before they
were launched, there was a lot of controversy between which one would
be the greatest, and now that they are out, you don't hear anything anymore.
So, in your personal opinion, which one do you think won the console wars?
I myself, own a Gamecube and a PS2. I am not an Xbox hater, but it just
seems like there are a lot of sports games for Xbox, Halo, and a Time-sweeping
Let me know what you think
Hi S. Towler,
We randomly picked your letter
out of the 7 billion we get each week asking about our thoughts on the
console wars. Congratulations on being random.
You're right - the console
war concept has died down for a while, but it's slowly coming back as
the holidays draw ever-nearer. So who's the winner? Well, that depends
what your criteria for 'winning' is.
In terms of sales, no one
is even remotely close to the Playstation 2, which has dramatically
outsold both the GC and Xbox at about a 4 to 1 ratio. But to be fair,
the system has been out for a solid year longer than the Xbox and GC,
so it's a little skewed.
And sales figures do not
a system make. The true barometer for the success of a system is the
quality of its games, at least in terms of how much enjoyment you get
from it, which, after all, is what these things are all about.
There are terrific games
for each system, and it still boils down to what kinds of games interest
you. Zelda, Mario and Resident Evil can only be
found on the Gamecube. You want Grand Theft Auto, you'll need
a PS2. Halo 2, Splinter Cell or Project Ego? Hello,
Will the Gamecube or Xbox
fold in a few months? Probably not, as neither Microsoft nor Nintendo
is really losing money. It looks like we'll have all three for at least
another 6 months... which is how long we're going to wait before answering
another console war question.
It's A Travesty Of Geek Justice!
Subject: Halo isn't on Xbox Live?
Just recently, after talking to a tech, on xbox.com I learned that
the original Halo will not be compatible with Xbox Live! A lot of the
old PS@ games you can pay $5 and get an online version of the game,
Microsoft isn't doing this with Halo. WTF is Microsoft thinking, why
isn't one of the best FPS's of all time (and a GR grade A) not on Xbox
Live? It even says on the label that you can play Halo on the Internet.
Even on the multiplayer screen it says that you can play Halo online.
Has Microsoft ever heard of false advertising. I wonder if I could successfully
sue Microsoft for false advertising?
We're not that mad at Microsoft
about Halo not running through Xbox Live! because, after all,
the game came out a year before the system went online. They gave you
one of the best console games you've ever played. The least you could
do is give them (and us) a break.
'S' Stands For Smooth
From: "Joey Joe Joe Shabadoo Jr."
Subject: xbox controllers
Which is the best third-party xbox controller and is it worth buying or
are you better off to just pay the extra cash to get Type S controller?
"Part of what makes Suikoden III so unique is how the storyline
is addressed. Told from multiple points of view, the progression of
the plot is pretty revolutionary." -ign
Can you believe it?! I know a certain internet gaming network that
has been bought by Belgium.-
(United States Committee on Belgian Atroscities)
Dammit! That's TWICE IN A
ROW! First we find out that another site named
a forum "Misc" and now we have proof that the thieves
over at IGN are STEALING OUR WORDS. What's next? We hope they stay away
from classic GR words like "control" and "graphics,"
not to mention more complex words like "frisky" and "aforementioned."
Belgium and IGN...how did
we not see that coming? Especially after that time in Vegas when we
saw the IGN editors eating BELGIAN WAFFLES at the buffet line...
Your Vomit Does Not Scare Us
From: "Serge Ostrovski"
Subject: Expect it within 2-3 weeks.
If you geeky outcasts of society post another self-elevating, monotonic,
blunt sarcasm riddled reply I will throw up. I will then seal this symbol
of loath in an air tight package, and mail it to you.
In fact, I think I'll go and get myself ready. Do you fellers like
sausage? ... Sausage it is!