Posts Tagged ‘ 1up ’

PSP Go!

According to 1UP.com, a new PSP is underway and will drop the UMD format and gain an internal flash drive. Still no second analog stick though. It will be first shown to gaming industry folks in this year’s E3 conference in Los Angeles.

The PSP Go also known as the PSP-4000 is a major update to the handheld and will be released in Japan in September. North American fans will have to wait until November. With the loss of the UMD drive, it is also expected that Sony will unveil in Playstation Network store with 100 PSP games ready for download.

The public hasn’t been kind to the PSP over the years. After a hotly anticipated launch in 2005, the price of the handheld and quality of games pretty much held back its growth compared to that of the Nintendo DS. The PSP was almost left for dead until recently where a revamped game lineup and a lower price tag is giving life back to this once promising console.

The past year hasn’t been that good to Sony. The PS3 is getting it’s sales figures kicked by the Wii and the Xbox in North America while the PSP is almost holding it’s own against the DS in Japan but it now has to compete with the iPhone/iPod touch in the handheld gaming landscape. Piracy of the console is quite high. Maybe it is time to release a new PSP.

This PSP cannot be like the ones released in the past 12 months. They were just lighter, video out, built in microphone and so on. But not really a big jump from the original model. Which is why I’m still using the same PSP I bought four years ago compared to when the DS Lite came out which I got right off the bat. I hate the UMD format. It breaks easily and there’s no cover for the part where the disc is going to be read. The UMD is worst kind of portable medium ever created. It’s something you buy and give to your child.

This new PSP in my opinion is pretty much a risk for Sony. They are releasing a new handheld in depressed economic situation, dropping of the UMD (even though is a good thing), and no backward compatibility. Unless they plan on an exchange program for you to trade in your UMDs for a downloadable version or an add on for us early adopters to play these games. There must be something big under the hood of the new PSP for me to drop my soon to be legacy version for this one.

Rumor puts this announcement in E3 to be held in the summer.

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Life after 1UP

Game Industry Tweet

After the collapse of the 1UP podcasts there is an obvious void in my list of podcast subscriptions. So what else is there to do but follow them of twitter!

Yes folks! They’re on twitter. Well not all of them, but at least most of them. For privacy purposes you’ll have to search of them and dig deep into 1UP.com to find out what their twitter names are. This reminds me of the day when techtv was sold and all them went their own ways and fans like myself followed them wherever they went. I feel the same thing happening here.

The link above will take you to links to the twitter accounts of gaming industry personalities as well as journalists. I think the road ahead is pretty bright even though a lot of people don’t think so. But as we learned from the first dot com bubble, there’s a lot more to come from these talented folks.

Mega64: EGM Metaphors

I think this is how a lot of people feel about the closure of EGM and 1up.

Goodbye 1UP, Hello to whatever you guys plan on doing in the future

Gamasutra – Breaking: Ziff Davis Sells 1UP To UGO/Hearst, Closes EGM

Gamasutra breaks the bad news to the community that Electronic Gaming Monthly and the 1UP podcasts will be shutdown in the process. Most of the staff amounting to 30 talented individuals have been laid off.

This is a sad day for the gaming industry. EGM was one of the longest running magazines dedicated to video games but with the closing of these door I eagerly look forward to what they will come up with in the future. Much like what Ziff Davis did they sold and shut down TechTV. Coincindentally enough EGM and 1UP were also owned by Ziff Davis. That closure led to the creation of the Twit Army by Leo Laporte, Revision 3 with Patrick Norton and other members of Tech TV and now most famously Digg with Kevin Rose. I do hope that they will create something inspiring in the coming months so to monitor their activities I will be following them on Twitter and waiting for anything that comes up.

I guess the Sore Thumbs blog by Dan “Shoe” Hsu will now have more contributors.

2008 Final Fantasy Fan Festival

Yes, it’s that time of the year again where Final Fantasy fans gather together in California and see what’s coming to world of Vana’diel. This time it was held in Hollywood. Although personally it seemed that last year’s event in Anaheim was much better but still both events were completely sold out.

This year didn’t bring any surprise to the players since it had already been announced the three paid “upgrades” to the game. As opposed to the Wings of the Goddess expansion which took players to the past. This series will take us to the future.

Final Fantasy XI Preview for the PS2,PC,Xbox 360 from 1UP.com

EGM Editor in Chief James Mielke went to Hollywood and got an exclusive interview with the creators of the game.

Each chapter is a paid update. Unlike previous expansions which had entire story lines and new jobs and areas, these “chapters” are too short to require the printing of new discs and too long to be included in the monthly updates to the game.

I’ll wait for the PS3 version

Ever since Square-Enix announced a few months ago that a number of titles were heading to the 360, a lot of RPG fans felt betrayed (this seems to be the word of the day). So games like Infinite Undiscovery, The Last Remnant, Star Ocean and Final Fantasy XIII will see the light of day on the 360 giving a much needed RPG boost to the American console.

But so far, it hasn’t been good to Square-Enix. Infinite Undiscovery just went from $59.99 to $19.99 in a matter of three months. Not a good sign if you are selling games. And now comes “The Last Remnant”.

Initial release for the 360 and eventually on the PS3 and the reviews aren’t exactly good.
The Last Remnant for the Xbox 360 from 1UP.com
The Last Remnant Review: Strategically Sound, Technically Flawed

In short, too many bad things to make this RPG even good. We’ll have to see what happens when Star Ocean comes out next year and FFXIII when it comes out. FFXIII has the distinction of being released first on the PS3 before being ported to the 360.

This is one game that I will wait on the PS3 and hope that they will fix all the technical issues plaguing the game.

Wii Fit Day 9

Did 30 minutes of aerobics on the Wii Fit. Mostly trying out the Super Hula Hoop and the Free Run.

I wasn’t that much impressed with the Free Run though. It was kinda hard running in place with no guide unlike the long run option. But you can indicate on how long you intend to run. So I clocked in at 20 minutes. Progressed in the “dance” game or should I say step game. I agree with the 1up Show’s comment that with the millions they’ve earned on the Wii, you think they would at least license a popular song.