PlayStation Move: Goodbye FPS Mouse+Keyboard!

26 05 2011

Far be it from me to shrill for any one company, device, or product. Sony certainly is no exception but in the case of the PlayStation Move (PSM), I have to admit I’m impressed. Color me surprised when I opened up my X-Mas ‘10 present and found a PSM wrapped and ready to rumble. We already had a Nintendo Wii but last year when I read that Killzone 3 was coming with Move support, I had a minute bit of interest in how it would pan out.

When I first set up the Move, I thought, “Ok, it’s Wii-ish, but the camera is intriguing.” The Sports Champions game that comes with it is a lot like Nintendo Wii Sports with two very notable exceptions:

a) Graphics and sound are obviously better

b) You can’t cheat with PSM like you can with the Wii mote.

Example. When you’re swinging your axe down on someone, you have to carry through the entire stroke, otherwise it stops right where you stop. Yes—it’s that accurate.

The one thing I take away from the PSM vs. Wii is that the Wii mote is bordered to the screen while the PSM isn’t. When you move the cursor or crosshairs off of the screen in a WII game, it loses you completely. However, the PSM can keep going because of the wide-angle camera that tracks the lighted ball on the end of the controller.

The most noticeable difference is when playing Sports Champions, and of course…(wait for it) Killzone 3.

Killzone 3 was made for the Move, or vice-versa. They fit together like hand-in-glove, and not like some post-production patch (ala Heavy Rain) that makes you do silly gestures and that is “motion gaming.” No no no…this what twitch FPS fans will appreciate. Having cut my teeth on the Call of Duty and MoH franchises on the PC, I felt that using a controller was a step backward when playing FPS. The Move changes all of that.

The Sharpshooter attachment (MSRP $30) does one thing, and does it very well: it makes your shots more accurate, especially when the controller is vibrating. You also get a more comfortable grip on the game when shooting rifles or trying to take prone positions. However, playing without it is akin to playing with a wireless mouse that has twitch-ready accuracy. You can turn off vibrations but it takes away from the game. I find that when playing Campaign, I like to use the Sharpshooter; when I am playing multiplayer, I like to go sans-Sharpshooter unless it’s a sniper match.  To each their own.

Anyway, this is my true pick for anyone who is a FPS fan. I’m loving it on Killzone 3….it’s almost an unfair advantage when playing people who are on controllers. You decide. Winking smile

Amazon.com: PlayStation Move Starter Bundle: Video Games

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This Coffee Shop’s Restroom Policy Is Extremely Subtle – The Consumerist

24 05 2011

This is excellent…. enjoy.

This Coffee Shop’s Restroom Policy Is Extremely Subtle – The Consumerist





How a law firm tested "phantom" AT&T smartphone data use

23 05 2011

It’ll be interesting to see how this pans out…

How a law firm tested "phantom" AT&T smartphone data use





Thoughts on Apple’s Location Data FAQ

27 04 2011

 

As posted on their site…..
Apple – Press Info – Apple Q&A on Location Data

 

First, “Users are confused” is not a good way to talk about your customers but who am I to judge?

I don’t have a problem with what Apple is doing nor is it any different than what other smartphone mfgs are doing. However, I do have a problem with how they bungled it….as they did with Antennagate….as they did with the original iPhone pricing…. how anyone is still an iPhone customer after the string of media fumbles… oy vey!

Some highlights…

"Users are confused, partly because the creators of this new technology (including Apple) have not provided enough education about these issues to date."

CNN, MSNBC, FOX News, NBC, etc. and just about every news outlet already did that for you.  The horses have already left the barn but I’m glad to see you finally closed the door.

"This data is sent to Apple in an anonymous and encrypted form. Apple cannot identify the source of this data"

Except by GPS tagging, of course.  No mention of UUID in this FAQ either.

"This is a bug, which we plan to fix shortly (see Software Update section below). "

Then why not say so early on?  Unless of course you were waiting to announce the white iPhone to drown out the controversy.

"Apple will continue to be one of the leaders in strengthening personal information security and privacy."

So letting it get to CNN-type proportions, or get to Senate panel investigations meant you had your customers’ best interests in mind?





iPhone tracking?

21 04 2011

I see this as neither Good nor Bad—it may not be that bad, but it certainly doesn’t look good…..

iPhone tracking: What you need to know – CNN.com





AppleInsider | Microsoft discontinues hard drives, “squircle” from Zune lineup

4 09 2009

Did anyone actually buy these things?
http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/09/09/02/microsoft_discontinues_hard_drives_squircle_from_zune_lineup.html





Ok, here goes… :)

4 09 2009

‘dis be my first post, so here I go.

I’m now set up and ready to blog….so what do I write about?  Well, I can think of a few things, but the first one that comes to mind is how do I get myself up to speed.

I will be writing more in the next few days.  In the meantime, thanks for visiting! 🙂

JG