Archive for December 2nd, 2008

Again, I don’t really have the time to scour and link, but thanks to a friend’s Twitter I came across this post about the future of On Demand videos and Game consoles. Taking a page from the Netflix playbook ReelSeo discusses a recent study by TDG about the VoD chances in next-gen consoles. Interesting read, and thanks again to John for the scoop.

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Well its a slow day in the newsroom, mostly the stories I’m seeing are about Black Friday sales, and I’m not even going to bother linking to them because frankly, I don’t care. All the hooplah over holiday shopping bores me, and limited to a disastrous trip to get an iPhone and a sweet jacket, my holiday shopping was pretty tame. If you are buying video games for a loved one, I applaud you! I usually buy myself a new game or two for the holidays (and Tuesdays) and this year was no exception. In a moment of weakness and/or awesome compulsive gaming, I downloaded a copy of Left 4 Dead last night. Easily downloadable through Steam software, I was able to get the game downloaded and installed in less than an hour. Next, zombie killing time. The game is cut from the same cloth as Romero’s Living Dead movies and obviously pulls from the tried, true, and classic Zombie Genre. The opening cutscene sees the four heroes (left 4 dead, get it???) getting chased by wave after wave of zombie baddies. Cut to main menu and you are left with three options. Single Player, Online Co-Op, and Versus. I really only spent time playing the two different co-op missions, and my first impressions are fairly positive. The varying different zombie classes are challenging and require methodical and patient room clearing. Rush into a room too fast and alone and you will be swallowed alive by dozens of infected. I found the online play frusterating, by that was more because the people I played with just took off in different directions. Stay together, or die, is what I learned in that experience. Overall I would say the game is extremely entertaining, definitely challenging, but I fear that the novelty will get old after a few more hours. I’ll have further thoughts in a few days.

Quick update on something near, dear, and related to my PC Gaming. That is, the utter failure of the xbox console. Microsoft has made some more moves in clearing up the Red Ring of Death. Loot-Ninja (yet again) comes through with how to spot if your new Xbox has the new Jasper chip.

That is all for now, tomorrow will probably be busy again so I worry I will have to sacrifice the birdblahg for my day job. Sigh.

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