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Ben's Week In Review: July 19

Summer is a time for outdoor activities, air conditioning, cold drinks, and exciting little romantic flings. But there's still gaming stuff to talk about!

The "frustrated" have become the "excited"

So before SCEA Vice President of Product Development Scott Rohde boasted about the strength of their first-party lineup (something they have every right to do), he spoke about how "excited" developers are to work with the PlayStation 3. He said that it's like "peeling an onion" and many designers are really starting to come to terms with this complex piece of uber-capable hardware. However, I doubt anyone has forgotten when many developers complained bitterly about the difficulty in creating games for the PS3; it was only a few years ago. This happens with every PlayStation generation: the development studios bi*** and moan about how hard the new system is, and then a few years later, we start seeing some truly amazing stuff. While I don't necessarily think it's always a good idea to give developers a completely new piece of technology with every successive generation (I can see how frustrating that could get), you would think industry guys would be used to this. Two years ago, you couldn't get away from the complaints; now, you find about one article per week with another developer going, "oh gee, this console has all sorts of great stuff in it!"

Of course, we can always expect better and better PS3 productions as the years fly by. This happened with both previous PlayStations; the most technically accomplished and impressive titles didn't typically arrive until the final few years of the machine's lifespan. Therefore, if we take a look at what we already have for the PS3 and try to imagine what is yet to come...yeah, that's pretty "exciting."

What if thatgamecompany decided to upgrade...?

When I ask this question, I don't mean to imply that titles like flOw and Flower need some sort of quality advancement; I merely wonder what might happen if this studio opted to make a big-budget blockbuster production. Co-founder Jenova Chen said their third project is "something we've never seen before", and I certainly don't doubt it. I think we're all appreciative of what thatgamecompany has done thus far, and further, we can all agree that these guys embrace original and even ingenious concepts. It seems they'll do it again with their new project, but as it's bound to be just as successful as the first two, what might happen if they wished to go the blockbuster route? Why do I get the feeling they would be similar to Team ICO and produce something like The Last Guardian? Don't get me wrong; I'm a fan of the accessible, downloadable titles; they act as pleasant diversions and never harm the wallet. I really wouldn't have any problem if thatgamecompany stuck with unique ideas for the PSN, but I can't help envisioning such a talented studio undertaking a truly huge, big-budget game. You know you'd be interested to see what they might produce, too, so don't try to claim otherwise. ;)

Personal gaming update

The summer drought continues as I'm done with Top Spin 3 (again), and I await August. I also put down my replay of FFVIII for too long and so, I've started a new game in FFX...yeah, I know, it's completely and utterly ridiculous. But this is a sickness I've always suffered from and it's not about to be cured any time soon; besides, I really love the nostalgic feelings of these old FFs. I also maintain that such titles provided me with many of my most memorable gaming experiences, so is it any wonder I want to experience them again? I did download the demo of The Bigs 2 today - I haven't played a baseball game in a while - and that was fun. It isn't worth my $60, but at least it gave me something new to play for a while. I also can't wait to get started on Resident Evil 5, which I have penciled in for next month, along with the possibility of Batman: Arkham Asylum. Oh, and I'll give Madden NFL 10 a try, too. Just because.

There ain't much else to talk about. I carefully avoided women after the Amy/Courtney snafu (which yielded little, really), but as I've hinted at in the past, a new little someone has showed up, and she remains completely anonymous to the PSXE readership. Thing is, she's a little younger than me, so... Yeah, no, not illegal or anything, but definitely a lot younger. That's all I'll say.

7/18/2009 Ben Dutka

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Comments (30 posts)

Phoelix
Saturday, July 18, 2009 @ 11:18:52 PM
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Both of the first two sections relate to the last one: the "frustrated" (Ben) have become the "excited" (Ben again), and what if Ben decided to upgrade?

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, July 19, 2009 @ 12:24:32 AM

Woah......

Hmm...

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fluffer nutter
Sunday, July 19, 2009 @ 11:11:17 AM

Nice one, Phoelix.

Ben, is this that girl you met at your brother's graduation? Ha! I'm kidding. I know nothing. Good luck to ya, though. Bring your bull whip and torch to fend off any crazies though. Better safe than sorry.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, July 19, 2009 @ 8:59:54 PM

Jesus. You guys REMEMBER too much.

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King James
Saturday, July 18, 2009 @ 11:19:44 PM
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She's around my age i bet. I'm 22.

Hey Ben, does the online franchise feature in Madden '10 interest you?

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Karosso
Saturday, July 18, 2009 @ 11:38:48 PM
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Hey Ben don't let the whole age difference thing stop you from having a nice summer fling ;-)
I had this cute Chinese girlfriend and she was 22 (looked more like a teenager) and I was 30, took her to some nice place in NJ shore for the weekend and on my way out the owner of the B&B gives me the "say goodbye to the young one for me" LOL
I might start going out with this cute Brazilian girl and she is 23. I'm turning 34 this year so...
Just don't sweat it! Have fun my friend we only live once.
Now, if thatgamecompany makes a full fledged game, I have to agree with you that they will be taking the more emotional route with it and, we could see one of the true gems of this generation.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, July 19, 2009 @ 12:25:00 AM

Well, that's certainly good to know. :)

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fluffer nutter
Sunday, July 19, 2009 @ 11:12:49 AM

Karosso, truer words have never been spoken. "You only live once." I try to live by that statement every day.

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Karosso
Sunday, July 19, 2009 @ 1:02:14 PM

LMAO
I got thumbs down for saying I dated a younger woman? LOL

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ThePearlJamer
Sunday, July 19, 2009 @ 3:02:49 PM

brazilian girls are known for their hotness...look at gisele bunchen...

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BikerSaint
Saturday, July 18, 2009 @ 11:46:13 PM
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I wouldn't be surprised if "thatgamingcompany" takes on a whole different route too, as in... a full-fledged " psysical disc" format.

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Kangasfwa
Saturday, July 18, 2009 @ 11:55:32 PM
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The "frustrated" have become the "excited"

So microsoft's bribery budget finally imploded?

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JMO_INDY
Sunday, July 19, 2009 @ 1:00:06 AM
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7/17/2009 4:09:58 PM Which of my comments got deleted. just wondering,anyways,"There ain't much else to talk about. I carefully avoided women after the Amy/Courtney snafu (which yielded little, really), but as I've hinted at in the past, a new little someone has showed up, and she remains completely anonymous to the PSXE readership. Thing is, she's a little younger than me, so... Yeah, no, not illegal or anything, but definitely a lot younger. That's all I'll say." very sneaky Ben, very sneaky. I still would rather know who the singer was you blew off. But its secret.

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Scarecrow
Sunday, July 19, 2009 @ 1:10:32 AM
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It's cool Ben, she's over 18 and if she starts whining just dump her :)

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Alienange
Sunday, July 19, 2009 @ 1:17:20 AM
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I'd much prefer thatgamecompany put out a big-budget blockbuster production than more of these little games that give me at best one or two play throughs that only last a couple hours each.

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city96
Sunday, July 19, 2009 @ 5:42:38 AM
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Ben, you should become a teenager again, go to high school and talk about DSi's and no one will be able to pick you out!

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Wage SLAVES
Sunday, July 19, 2009 @ 6:00:03 AM
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Your gonna love Resident Evil 5. I just got done beating it and I had my foot put in my mouth by the gameplay. The tank controls aren't all that a hinderance. The graphics are stunning and the overall game is good fun.

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www
Sunday, July 19, 2009 @ 12:54:14 PM

Thank you mister.
Most folks spirits have been killed due to the mediocre reviews thus they feel they should pass,but its unfortunate its gonna be difficult to miss it seeing as RE6 is far off. RE5 is my best game thus far this year.

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aaronisbla
Sunday, July 19, 2009 @ 7:03:46 PM

Gonna have to respectfully disagree here. I thought it was a waste of time and money, if u can help it ben, rent RE5, not buy.

Its not just the tank controls ( which wasn't a major problem for me, just a hindrance ) but the story is pretty crappy compared to previous games with absolutely ZERO scare factor. Some would try and say its because we have become use to the way games like this try to scare us, but that's not the case with this one, its as if they didn't even try to surprise you at all.

Just my opinion though, i was really looking forward to the game to, even though i wasn't looking forward to the controls, i thought he story would more than make up for it.

Game looks GREAT though

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www
Sunday, July 19, 2009 @ 8:34:57 PM

Okay mister aaron, your entitled to your opinion.But i think it should be a buy not a rent for a dude like Ben who's pushing Infiniti on the streets,i mean...his pockets should be pretty deep ;)

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, July 19, 2009 @ 9:01:01 PM

My pockets aren't deep. I just know how to manage money. ;)

And I will likely get RE5 as a birthday present so it doesn't really matter. Thanks for the opinions, though. I always take feedback from other gamers into account.

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aaronisbla
Sunday, July 19, 2009 @ 10:20:18 PM

since its a gift, that works out well ben, just remember, Dead Space does it better, and by IT, i mean everything with the exception of graphics.

Besides, what difference does it make to you if he was to rent or buy it? Either way he will get a chance to play it finally. Just don't count on being really pumped for playing thru it over and over again, even online

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Wage SLAVES
Tuesday, July 21, 2009 @ 2:37:53 AM

Well, as far as scare factor nothing has even touched DeadSpace. Re5 didn't put a fright on me once. I was just looking at the overall game and I had a blast. But we all have our opinions...

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NightHawk17
Sunday, July 19, 2009 @ 10:33:11 AM
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This drought is crazy, i find myself jumping from R2 to Rainbow Six Vegas 2 and to Demon's Souls(New Game+++). It's ridiculous how devs/companies all release their games in the fall, and effectively crowd each other out

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Andysw
Sunday, July 19, 2009 @ 11:51:01 AM
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Nice to hear that developers are now getting the hang of the playstation 3's superior hardware. So does this mean that we will be seeing more exclusives, like the old days?

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www
Sunday, July 19, 2009 @ 1:27:15 PM
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Hope you get your RE5 and review it yourself.

Yea i also feel like am way too old and know too much when am dating a girl a lot younger, i feel like it isn't fair and don't want to break her heart.
Like MJ said 'People always told me, be careful what you do/Don't go around breaking young girls heart' - Billie Jean. Ben be careful, i know you...

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Bugzbunny109
Sunday, July 19, 2009 @ 2:05:07 PM
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Ben: I am sure you can say bi*** on this site withoust any fuss from the readers. You already said "ass"; bi*** shouldn't a problem ;)

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Masterofallz
Sunday, July 19, 2009 @ 2:38:08 PM
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Jeez ben, you must be one handsome gentleman. : )

"Yeah, no, not illegal or anything, but definitely a lot younger."

Lol. That made me smile.

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SubjectiveTruth
Sunday, July 19, 2009 @ 8:12:50 PM
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I don't think you should make the whole women thing complicated. Just go with it..But then again I'm one who has never been able to take anything seriously..SO maybe my advice is worthless.

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kevinater321
Sunday, July 19, 2009 @ 9:30:54 PM
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So i guess there isn't much news today, eh ben.

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