Ben's Week In Review: January 18
Getting over a cold. I rarely get sick so it's annoying. ;)
Reflecting on PS4's top-dog news
Yeah, we knew PlayStation 4 had sold 18.5 million units since its launch, but now the result is official:
It's the fastest-selling PlayStation console in history. That's pretty impressive. But there a few things to consider. Firstly, generational fatigue during the last era was a very real thing, so nobody should be surprised that a ton of gamers leaped at a new machine. There's virtually no reason to hang onto the old systems, which is in contrast to previous generations. Secondly, let's not forget that the industry wasn't anywhere near as big as it was during the PS2 days. That many more consumers inevitably means higher sales.
Lastly, I think we have to consider the effect 2012 had on PS4's launch. It was just such a positive year of hype for Sony; it was a complete demolition of the competition, really. Microsoft's reputation at the time of the Xbox One's launch was shot, due to a number of reasons that showed just how little MS thought of gamers. Yeah, remember those recanted and reversed policies? Anyway, like I said, it's impressive, but I don't think we should be too surprised.
Good on ya, Naughty Dog
There's nothing that bugs me more than all these frame rate and resolution arguments. It's just so effing boring.
If the game runs great and looks great, who cares? That's why I respect Naughty Dog for basically shrugging off the 60fps question concerning Uncharted 4: A Thief's End. They simply replied that they'll shoot for 60 but they care far more about how the game performs, which is perfectly sensible. Have we forgotten that in the past Uncharted games have run at 30fps and they ended up being some of the best titles ever created?
I have infinite faith in that developer as they have yet to let me down. That says a lot as I've been around for a while. I've no doubt they'll make the right decisions concerning the technical performance and stability of the new entry.
Personal gaming update
I've put aside Assassin's Creed Unity to play some smaller, yet super fun, games. This includes Super Mega Baseball (closing in on Lv. 30 and playing on Ego of 40) and Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition on Vita. That game is just so loaded with old-school goodness that it's tough to explain. Can't figure out why it's not more technically sound, though.
As for the recent Unity unpleasantness, I refer everyone to my final comment on that page. The idea that I did this for hits is absurd (oh yay, two days of good traffic; now I'm set for life) and those with a brain see that there's no upside for me. I did that for all the gamers out there. Although sometimes I wonder why I remain so loyal to such a community when critics and journalists everywhere got zero respect from that community. Well, whatever.
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