Sunday, March 02, 2008

Consoles Defeat the PC


The tribe has spoken... - ... and the PC has been voted off the island. The As the Gaming World Turns poll on gaming system preference saw the console defeat the PC by a 68% to 13% margin. And I didn't even vote for either one! I voted for the last choice, you know, the booby one. They always distract me.
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Only 22 people voted but the victory was clear. So why such an overwhelming victory for the console? Is it the consoles more reasonable price? Is it games you can actually trade in? Is it mouse and keyboard induced carpal tunnel causing a mass exodus? Or is this yet another sign that the PC as a gaming unit is going the way of the HD DVD player? Its premature to say the PC is dead but unless someone can convince me otherwise (any takers?), its certainly on life support. Sorry PC gamers, this is a console world, and you're just living it it.
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Turning Point Achievements - Before I dish out the Achievements for Turning Points: The Fall of Liberty, here are a few first impressions after spending time with it this weekend. Average graphics, occassional lag, and a lot of collision detection issues with Nazi's dying in a frozen pose like Lorne Greene in Battlestar Galactica. Despite all of those negatives I've really been enjoying the game. The premise is solid and the gameplay is fun. Right now, its a solid rental. If the multiplayer is good, and I'm not sure because I haven't tried it yet, it might be worth keeping for more than 2 weeks.
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1. Reservation for One - Make your way down to Hotel Langteau on Normal or higher difficulty. (5 points)
2. Sharpshooter - Kill all the paratroopers as you make your way down the skyscraper on any difficulty. (10 points)
3. Defender - Help defend the barricade in New York on Normal or higher difficulty. (20 points)
4. Save Yourself - Escape from New York on any difficulty. (25 points)
5. Need a ride? - Meet up with the rescue team in Washington, D.C on Normal or higher difficulty. (20 points)
6. I Saved the General - Rescue General Donnelly from the D.C. courthouse on Normal or higher difficulty. (20 points)
7. Dolley Madison Award - Save the Constitution from being burned on Normal or higher difficulty. (20 points)
8. Impeached - Oust the false President from office on any difficulty. (30 points)
9. Going Nuclear - Rewire an Atom Bomb on Normal or higher difficulty. (30 points)
10. Oh, the Humanity! - Destroy all the assault blimps at the Tower Bridge on any difficulty. (30 points)
11. Stowaway - Sneak onto the Zeppelin on Normal or higher difficulty. (30 points)
12. Turning Point - Complete the campaign on any difficulty. (25 points)
13. Presidential Medal for Merit - Complete the campaign on Normal difficulty. (35 points)
14. Presidential Citizens Medal - Complete the campaign on Hard difficulty. (75 points)
15. Presidential Medal of FreedomComplete the campaign on Insane difficulty. (100 points)
16. Gravity is a Harsh Mistress - Toss a paratrooper onto the streets below New York on any difficulty. (5 points)
17. TV Repairs - Smash an enemy's head through a TV in the White House on any difficulty. (5 points)
18. Swirly Time! - Drown an enemy in a toilet in the Tower of London on any difficulty. (5 points)
19. Environmentalism - Complete 40 environmental or grapple kills on any difficulty. (15 points)
20. Clingy - Kill 15 enemies in a row by grappling them on any difficulty. (25 points)
21. Run! - Sprint for a total of 30 minutes throughout the campaign on any difficulty. (25 points)
22. Combat Experience - Kill 50 enemies in the campaign on any difficulty. (10 points)
23. Combat Veteran - Kill 250 enemies in the campaign on any difficulty. (25 points)
24. One Man Army - Kill 400 enemies in the campaign on any difficulty. (45 points)
25. Dead-eye - Complete any mission with an accuracy of 80% or higher on Normal or higher difficulty. (50 points)
26. Exploding Monkey - Kill at least four enemies with one explosion on any difficulty (20 points)
27. Master Sniper - Kill 10 enemies in a row with a headshot on any difficulty. (35 points)
28. First Time for Everything - Finish a multiplayer game. (5 points)
29. Next Time Take the Stairs - Fall to your death during a multiplayer game. (5 points)
30. Killer - Get 100 ranked match kills in any mode. (20 points)
31. Killer Instinct - Get 500 ranked match kills in any mode. (30 points)
32. Maybe I Should Go Outside… - Get 2500 ranked match kills in any mode. (40 points)
33. One in the Chamber - Kill a player in a ranked match with the last bullet in a pistol clip. (10 points)
34. Stayin' Alive - Finish a ranked match in Deathmatch mode without dying. (40 points)
35. MVP - Win an 8-player ranked or player match in Team Deathmatch mode with the highest score. (30 points)
36. Team Player - Win 20 ranked matches in Team Deathmatch mode. (25 points)
37. pwnt - Finish an 8-player ranked or player match in Deathmatch mode with the highest number of kills. (15 points)
38. √úberdork- Win 5 ranked matches in Deathmatch mode. (25 points)
39. World Tour- Finish a multiplayer game on every map in every mode. (15 points)
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8 comments:

Anonymous said...

"it's a solid rental"

who the hell rents game's anymore?. ever since they jacked up the rental prices for next gen games to $10 i decided to never rent again. it's easier to buy it and trade it in right away for a $20 difference. i haven't rented a game in like 4 years.

-phil

FrostyMelon said...

I use GameFly - love it. I get the games in two days, and the deals are solid if you want to purchase.

Terry "coloradojoe" Terrones said...

I rent games and I get about 1 new game a week mailed to me. Plenty of other people rent them as well. Its a great way to test out a game before investing your money. I'd rather spend $8 on a rental that sucks than $60 on a game that sucks. And if you like a title, I know GameCrazy lets you use your rental fee toward your purchase if you rented it from an attached Hollywood Video.

I totally disagree with your buy and trade in quick move. Instead of renting the game for $10, you're "renting" it for $20. That makes no sense. But I guess rich accountants who light their cigars with $100 can do that

Anonymous said...

i forgot to mention the time i returned a game and they said i turned in an empty box. i tried to fight it and they made me buy them a new one anyway. that also hinders my belief of game rentals.

i see your points but i stand by my statement.

-phil

Terry "coloradojoe" Terrones said...

If someone told me that I'd tell them to kiss my butt and I'd start renting my games elsewhere

Anonymous said...

apparently there is something in the contract you sign when you get your mebership card that states you will replace any items not returned. my best guess is some jackass employee took the game and i got stuck with the bill. that and i was like 19 at the time. no one would believe me over hollywood video.

Eli the Mad (Beer) Man said...

Only 22 people voted but the victory was clear. So why such an overwhelming victory for the console?

Simple... you voted 20 times, Terry. ;)

Or is this yet another sign that the PC as a gaming unit is going the way of the HD DVD player?

HAHAAH! You're just bitter because you actually got suckered into buying an HD DVD player. But hey, if you like listening to (and playing with) 13 year old R-tards whining for their mama's, that's your dealio. Then again we're talking to a GUY (presumably) that likes listening to Gayplay, so there ya go.

Its premature...

That's what she said.

... to say the PC is dead... its certainly on life support.

LMAO! Lemme see... they ("they" being k0nz013 tards) have been predicting the demise of the PC since before you were born. Ain't happened yet. Ain't ever gonna happen. Keep on babbling your predictions. It worked well for the HD DVD player after all. But feel free to hold your breath. Please.

Sorry PC gamers, this is a console world, and you're just living it it.

Someone's been smokin' and tokin' - A LOT. I smell mindless pod people. ;)

Cheers!

Ub3rn00b said...

The consoles won the polls because the people that voted can't figure out how to use a PC when they have to build it and then install a game, but they know how to browse the internet on their Dell systems, apparently. Yes, PCs are more powerful than any console but you have to make it that way and have to put some thought into it and actually design a system. That's way too much work for most people. That's too difficult. The people that did NOT vote are the PC gamers. They were too busy installing the latest $600 video card and missed the vote. So you see, in reality...both groups of people lose. Or they both win...I dunno. I play PC and XBOX 360. Again, both have strong points. And weak points. yay