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See you around Fathoms - Ben Dutka

First of all, I just want to say that I just came back from a 1 week out of town vacation, and I celebrated my birthday last May 1 so that's why I've been missing in action here in PSXextreme.  But I red the email of Ben during my vacation, saying that he's leaving PSXextreme and my first reaction was, "Is it really true? I can't believe it, and I refuse to believe it!" I know Ben recruited us to be volunteer writers here in PSXextreme because he's pursuing a different career but I never expected that he'll leave us this early and that he'll fully leave PSXextreme. But despite that, I respected his decision in leaving the site. I believe in the saying that "There is nothing permanent except change", and that also applies to our careers that we are taking as a professional. I'm also waiting for an opportunity right now on my career that I can't passed up once the company that I've applied for will give the job offer to me. I'm happy for Ben that he is moving on, but at the same time I feel saddened because I'll surely miss his news articles and game reviews here in PSXextreme.
 

I've been a member of PSXextreme since around 2007, and it has been my favorite site if I want to read Sony PlayStation news, articles, and reviews. In fact, I based my PSN ID on this site, which is psxtremegamer25. I also browse other gaming sites like videogamer, IGN, gamepro (which I think it does not exist anymore), gamespot, etc, but most of the time I always browse PSXextreme. I just find the articles and pieces here on PSXextreme the most informative and fun to read, and that's probably because Ben is the one writing them. No offense meant to the previous writers or authors of PSXextreme, like Arnold (which I believe is one of the owners of this site), I just think that most of the time, Ben's news articles, reviews, and opinions are the most informative and has the best writing of them all. I know most of you will agree with me on this. 


Anyways, I don't want to make this writing any longer. I just want to thank you Mr. Ben Dutka for all the years that you spent in writing good news articles and game reviews here in PSXextreme. Thank you also for choosing me as one of the volunteers for this site. I'll try my best to write pieces here on this site for all the people who browses PSXextreme. I'll look forward to your Week in Reviews during weekends. And one last thing, I know your passion for games has waned considerably in recent years, but I hope you'll still continue to play games. Games WILL ALWAYS be a part of your life even if your new career doesn't involve video games. I know that for a fact, because like myself, I love video games and I'm proud to be a gamer. Well, I have no more words to say. I don't want to say goodbye, I just want to say "See you around, Ben".


Now time to go back in writing those articles again.  ^_^ 

 

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5/5/2016 10:43:03 PM Drew Constantino

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, May 05, 2016 @ 11:00:11 PM
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Great to have you back Drew! Well said. I'd do a tribute too but I think you guys have said it all and, hell, Ben knows how I feel about em. I told him last time he helped me and he told me something important about my own accomplishments.

It will be interesting to have him here as a lurking commenter and week in review guy. I suspect...we can never be sure... but I suspect he will start to have more fun with gaming now that it is not his job.

If one thing is for certain, it is that picking apart the inner workings of games does undo some of the fun and magic. Distancing yourself from that knee-jerk reaction to review everything you play is probably a positive thing after a decade of it.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, May 06, 2016 @ 12:07:04 AM
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Thanks very much. It really has been amazing seeing so many emails, PSN messages, social media shoutouts, comments on here, etc. There were many times when I felt that this was a completely thankless job but after the money sort of dried up, the ONLY reason I stayed here is because I still loved to do it, and I knew there were at least some people who appreciated my effort (even if they were often drowned out by the haters).

Though I haven't exactly loved it for some time, I will always miss it. And to know so many people will miss it - and me - does indeed help moving forward.

And Gordon should be getting an off-site forum going, too, so the decade-long PSXE community doesn't have to dissipate. And of course, the site should remain open for some time so whoever wants to contribute should do just that. :)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, May 06, 2016 @ 12:55:43 AM

If I don't get a new position moving up the chain at my school I'll be leaving for another school after this year. As the staff finds out here at the end of the year they keep coming up to me with these reactions of horror or, almost anger, or fear, often intense greatfulness telling me how I'm absolutely irreplaceable or they can't think of anyone else being anywhere near my ability.

It often feels thankless doing the same thing day in and day out. And then you are about to go and people really show you something you weren't sure was there :)

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HANZ64
Friday, May 06, 2016 @ 8:29:21 AM

Do try and stick around Ben, even if only as a spectator. Perhaps leave a comment or two, and let us know one day how your new endeavours are going.

Follow your passion Ben. Commit to the things that are important to you, and do what you love to do, always.

Oh and btw, I did check out your book.

It's a very different sort of writing from you...

It's not what I was expecting lol.

But top notch writing as usual Ben, well done.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, May 06, 2016 @ 12:12:18 AM
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And speaking of games, 69 counted reviews on Metacritic for Uncharted 4 and a freakin' 94 AVERAGE. This includes a ridiculous number of perfect scores.

Well, ridiculous if it was anything but Uncharted.

:)

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smileys_007
Friday, May 06, 2016 @ 12:19:40 AM

yeah, I also saw that. well, what do you expect? It's Uncharted. I'll be shocked if Uncharted 4 gets a below 90 average. can't wait for May 10!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, May 06, 2016 @ 12:52:11 AM

Well I'm starting to get excited to jump in again. My doubts are now subsided.

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Beamboom
Friday, May 06, 2016 @ 3:04:45 AM

Ah - and so my point was finally proven. I've looked forward to this day! :)

Back in the PS3 days everyone praised the PS3 architecture for the top notch PS3 exclusives. I tried to tell y'all that it's not the hardware, but the *software* that is the difference. Praise the developers, not the Cell architecture. I tried to explain that what Sony had done was to purchase the best developing houses out there.

But no way. Oh no. It was not POSSIBLE to do the same on a mere Xbox or PC. There was so much *untapped* in the Cell! Changing the architecure to an industry standard one would make unthinkable damage to the exclusives.

Well. Here goes. Point proven. And I think, at this paricular point in time, I should be allowed to pat my own back for a moment. Cause noone else will. :p


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HANZ64
Friday, May 06, 2016 @ 8:38:10 AM

Beamboom

I think the big deal about the hardware last year was really about the longevity. Even half way thorough it's life, we knew the PS3 was capable of more (and it was, as it delivered).

But just look at the PS4 now, Uncharted 4 pretty much show cases what the PS4 is fully capable of. I can't imagine that there's much 'hidden power' left with this system.

Thus the PS4K...

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, May 06, 2016 @ 9:43:23 AM

Yeah now we need a new PS4 lol. I'm getting new on-the-floor news though from sources. The PS4 seems to be TOO SLOW to run the motion capture for VR with certain games. So if you want a crisp PSVR experience, you'll need that PS4 Neo.

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Beamboom
Friday, May 06, 2016 @ 10:04:37 AM

@HANZ:
Well that was claimed *too* but it was another discussion. And the PS3 were pretty damn maxed the last years. There were no real progression on the games other than pure software related optimisations. And that can *always* be done. But the PS3 were for all practical purposes squeezed dry and lasted at *least* two years too long, I'd even say three.

The "hidden power" nonsense is something primarily non-tech or/and fanboys talk about like it was a positive thing. "Hidden power" doesn't mean more than that the software up to that point are not well written for that hardware. Just that. It's not like there are some magic components that one have to "discover" while searching around.

The Uncharted game probably pushes the hardware close to the limit, like all Uncharted has done at least from U2. That's probably true. But the only reason it is reasonable to assume we will hit the "limit" faster this time around is that developers in general know this architecture so insanely much better. So it only means that you, as a consumer, gets games that runs well on your system faster. Who the f*ck wants a console with software issues the first 2-3 years anyways? That's madness.

The PS4K is released solely because of the VR wave. That's it. It's *amazing* they've even been able to make something that works *at all* on the first PS4 (assuming it does).


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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, May 06, 2016 @ 2:10:51 PM

I can't remember when I claimed PS3 exclusives were better because of the hardware. It was always the developers; Sony's first-party teams have ALWAYS been ahead of the curve.

But I don't see why I should discount countless statements from developers who say flat-out, "this couldn't be done on the Xbox platform." Granted, they always like to promote their own product (and their owner), of course, but a lot of these designers who have moved on would still say the same thing. And perhaps it was just the way the game was made, that they wouldn't have been able to make Uncharted 2, say, for Xbox 360 in the same way. And it wouldn't have been quite as good. Doesn't mean PS3 and Xbox 360 had identical capabilities, though.

And "hidden power" is a vastly overused term that began with the PS2 but unlike the PS3, where the quality really didn't change much in the past few years, PS2 software continued to improve right up until the end, thereby supporting the basic premise of "hidden power." All it really meant was that developers weren't totally up to speed with the platform, and that was true. I remember hearing one developer say they could maybe tap into about "35-40 percent" of what the PS2 could do at launch.

And that became abundantly clear as time moved on. All one has to do is compare the PS2 launch titles to games that released late in the system's life span. We went from Fantavision and X-Squad to God of War, Final Fantasy XII and Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. Hell, it was such a massive gap the software in question could've been on two entirely different systems. Even launch games we thought were great (Tekken Tag Tournament, SSX, Madden, TimeSplitters, Summoner, etc.) were way below the quality level we saw later.

In that way, depending on how you interpret the phrase, it WAS "hidden." Developers needed time - too much time, really - to get a handle on the architecture.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, May 06, 2016 @ 5:23:14 PM

And to add onto what Ben just said I think that's true of the end of the PS3. The Last of Us and God of War Ascension and at least the graphical part of Beyond: Two Souls were things that came late and were in facking credible in their ability to use the cell architecture to get more out of it than others could have up til then.

With PC arch, everyone really does have about the same thing to see and work with. Easier, and faster dev times, lots of positives for us, but it doesn't mean we should piss on Playstation's legacy.

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Huey
Friday, May 06, 2016 @ 7:36:10 AM
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ok Beam, here's a pat lol

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Banky A
Friday, May 06, 2016 @ 9:17:38 AM

And here. A pat and a smile.

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Beamboom
Friday, May 06, 2016 @ 10:06:25 AM

Haha thanks :D

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Abidan13
Friday, May 06, 2016 @ 4:20:31 PM
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I must say I am sad to see Ben leave but people change and move on to new and exciting things. PSXextreme was one of the only places where I found someone who had enough insight and respect for industry as a whole, that gave praise only when it was warranted, and wouldn't tear into games and ideas that would go against industry norms. I guess I can wait and see to know whether that hole is going to be filled.

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fatelementality
Friday, May 06, 2016 @ 6:18:46 PM
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Ben, I hope you see this man. Even though I don't have the time to comment anymore, this site has been my go to for game reviews for over a decade. Definitely couldn't have made all those purchase decisions without some sway. I didn't always see eye to eye with you, but that didn't matter because you weren't overly critical when you didn't like a game (save for some actual lemons). I've always respected that and I hope you enjoy the journey that lies ahead. Just know that you helped shape the collections of many a gamer on this site. Sorry it's been a bit. My last comment was during the FFVII remake announcement. See you in The Lifestream Ben.

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Radical Gordon
Friday, May 06, 2016 @ 6:51:19 PM
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Thank you for everything Ben, best of luck for the future.

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