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Ask Slashdot: Linux-Friendly Desktop x86 Motherboard Manufacturers?

fistfullast33l Re:Phoronix = fail (294 comments)

I just bought a brand new Asus Ultrabook and installed gentoo with few if any problems. Lots of documentation on the Arch Linux and Ubuntu sites related to my laptop model were really helpful. The boot was a small pain but really only took a few hours to sort. If you're not willing to spend a few hours sorting something out, Linux on the desktop probably isn't for you anyways. I had it fully up and running in about a week with no tinkering for Suspend/Resume, Touchscreen support, or Audio, which were pain points in the past. I did spend a lot of time on the Intel wireless (I had to download the firmware manually and really it was more learning about Systemd and NetworkManager) and the Intel video chipset because the kernel parameters were customized. Also ACPI support for the backlight and function keys was a bit...messy. Still haven't gotten wireless printing working, and I'm fighting with Plymouth still.

FWIW, I have a linux NAS box I custom built using a Gigabyte motherboard about 3 years ago and had no problems with it either. It did have UEFI, but Windows 8 wasn't out yet so I don't know if that complicates things. More recently I built a couple of LTC miners using MSI motherboards with few problems. Those definitely had UEFI and weren't a big deal. The biggest problem was getting the ATI drivers to like my 4 video cards.

about two weeks ago

How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi?

fistfullast33l Re:Phones + 1 laptop. (260 comments)

I'd add in my phillips hue lights and nest thermostat.

about a month ago

Network Hijacker Steals $83,000 In Bitcoin

fistfullast33l Re:Where is the validation? (101 comments)

Really, this sounds like the miner's fault for not realizing it earlier. My pools have an app that updates me in realtime what they see as my balance and my hash rate. If you've been re-directed to an invalid pool, you'd think your hash rate and earnings would drop to 0 over time and you'd pick up on that and try to correct the issue. I would probably notice within 15 minutes if this happened.

about a month ago

Peter Hoddie Talks About His Internet of Things Construction Kit (Video)

fistfullast33l 1002? (53 comments)

I know Quicktime is a little long in the tooth, but I didn't know it was THAT old.

about a month and a half ago

FAA's Ruling On Smartphones During Takeoff Has Had Little Impact

fistfullast33l Re:Do people even know the ban has been lifted? (128 comments)

I've flown a few times since the ban was lifted. Airlines are pretty clear during the stewardess briefings what is allowed and not allowed. You can use your phone but only in airplane mode. They've updated their safety videos to include it as well in some cases.

The international flights are fun as some countries haven't lifted the ban so you never know what they're going to do. The ones I've flown don't allow it when taking off in another country, but do allow it when taking off in the US.

about 2 months ago

Amazon Dispute Now Making Movies Harder To Order

fistfullast33l Re:Now wait (210 comments)

While I agree in principle that publisher's are a bit superfluous to the publishing equation, acting solely as a middle man, you did leave out one major point regarding their value add. They provide substantial marketing muscle that it's not clear Amazon would provide to an individual author alone. They arrange book and media tours as well, especially for up and coming authors. Established authors obviously have their own agents or PR people who could help with this, but new authors have neither the resources nor the experience to participate in this critical marketing tool.

As a corollary - look at the Apple or Android app stores. Obviously the larger apps have marketing muscle behind them (in the form of publishers, of course), but the day that the individual could make a lot of money is few and far between. I would argue that the window for indie developer success lasted about 6 months after the app store launched. After that, you were just one person shouting in a crowd and had no chance to break even without marketing saavy or dumb luck.

about 3 months ago

Which desktop environment do you like the best?

fistfullast33l Re:Enlightenment (611 comments)

Yep, E17 got me through grad school 8 years ago. I was running gentoo with ~x86 by default and it was an exciting time configuring that laptop. Nowadays I just don't have the energy to keep up so I just run windows on my desktop at home. I still configure my windows menus and desktop to match my old linux environment as much as possible - no desktop icons, quick launch icons, etc.

about 4 months ago

Netflix Plans To Raise Prices By "$1 or $2 a Month"

fistfullast33l Re:Not Necessarily A Bad Thing (202 comments)

You don't get anything with basic cable these days. Most sports channels and the decent cable channels require a premium subscription. I looked at DirectTV, Dish, and Verizon before cutting the cord completely. There was no way I could keep my wife and my favorite channels like ESPN 2, NBC Sports, Bravo, etc. without spending a minimum of $70 just for the cable alone, not including boxes and remotes which they charge extra for.

about 5 months ago

Netflix Plans To Raise Prices By "$1 or $2 a Month"

fistfullast33l Re:Milk that cow! (202 comments)

Agreed - I was paying a $200 cable/internet/phone/HBO bill a few months ago and my wife and I decided to cut costs. We got rid of cable, the whole-house DVR, and the phone and now just have the internet and Hulu and Netflix. Add in 3 chromecasts and converting my NAS to a plex server, and that dropped our monthly bill to $75, and we still get all of our shows except my wife's Bravo and my sports, which I've found various shady ways of watching on my own with no problem. It's been great, and I'd gladly pay $10 a month to keep watching their original series and movies.

I figure the only way to change the way we watch TV is for people to keep cutting the cord and forcing the broadcasters to adapt.

about 5 months ago

NYC Taxi Commission Nixes Cab-Hailing Apps

fistfullast33l Re:"while operating a taxicab" (264 comments)

You cant call for a yellow cab in NYC, unless they come from a large private garage. But no one I know has ever done it.

This app wont work well in Manhattan anyways, since there are so many cabs. And in the outer boroughs, most people know which street to go to to hail a cab trying to go back to Manhattan.

about 2 years ago

Gov't Approves Parts of Verizon-Cable Spectrum Sale

fistfullast33l Re:The rejected part about selling cable TV servic (76 comments)

I thought it was clear? Maybe missing the word TV?

However, the Justice Department rejected the agreement between the two groups to allow Verizon to market cable services in its stores in markets where it also offers FIOS service

more than 2 years ago

VISA, MasterCard Warn of 'Massive' Breach At Credit Card Processor

fistfullast33l Re:No Source? (164 comments)

In Hoboken, you can park for $5. There's no way you can park for 10 minutes in Manhattan for $5.

more than 2 years ago

Publicly Shaming Laptop Thieves Catches Bystanders in the Crossfire

fistfullast33l Re:Karma's a bitch (372 comments)

You buy electronics at crackhead prices, don't be surprised if you get burned. About as dumb as people who download hacking binaries.

TFA doesn't mention the age of type of laptop. I sold my 7 year old Dell Inspiron on eBay for $100, originally purchased for $1600. It worked just fine, except I had Linux on it and they were going to install Windows. We don't have enough details here to make a judgement either way. If it was brand new, the I say she should have used her judgement. But a few years old, then you never really know. This was a school library laptop, so it really could go either way.

about 3 years ago

Apple Sued Over Use of iCloud Name

fistfullast33l Re:But do they have a case ? (394 comments)

Why, in that case, did they not defend their name against he previous owners of the cloud domain ?

I have the same exact situation with my own company. I own the .net analogue of my company's name, and someone owns the .com. They've owned the .com for several years, and have a 10-year registration according to GoDaddy. The site currently doesn't do anything - it doesn't resolve at all.

The best thing to do in this case is not to approach the person, but establish yourself and make the name worth something. Then, the cybersquatter will attempt to monetize the name and hopefully do something which can be used in a UDRP claim against them, like setting up an advert site or something.

In any case, it appears the trademark was owned by someone else and maybe iCloud didn't want to pay up. You can't go based on domain names at all - you have to use established business use as the guideline.

more than 3 years ago

Researchers Say Happiness Costs $75K

fistfullast33l Re:This is painfully obvious. (772 comments)

I personally make around $35k as a young single person with no debt, and feel rich, fwiw. I can't even spend it all--- after $1k/month on rent for a nice apt near the beach, and another $1k on food/car/entertainment, my expenses are pretty much covered.

Unless you have paid the car off in full and don't lease or have a car payment, I don't see how this doesn't qualify as debt.

about 4 years ago

My Automobile Gets __ MPG

fistfullast33l Missing Option: Manhattan (1141 comments)

I live in NY where it costs more to park in the parking garage in my building for a month ($500) than it does for the car payment + insurance! And god forbid I'd want to drive from my apartment to my office - easily twice that monthly!

So I walk and take the subway, or occasionally a cab to work.

more than 4 years ago

The Recovery Disc Rip-Off

fistfullast33l Re:One Of The Best Things About Being A Mac User (551 comments)

Which is great for about 6 months...until they release the next version of OS X (or maybe iOS?).

So now, for my mac mini I'd have to install Leopard from scratch, then re-install Snow Leopard over it.

Either way you cut it, re-installing the OS is a pain in the neck. On Windows, it's a once-a-year activity at the very least. On Linux and Mac, I haven't found it necessary thanks to portage on Gentoo and Mac staying pretty stable for the most part, outside of the latest forced upgrade due to the XCode release.

more than 4 years ago

VLC 1.1 Forced To Drop Shoutcast Due To AOL Anti-OSS Provision

fistfullast33l Re: iPhone (315 comments)

Whatever pays the bills. Not everyone can invent iFart or iVuvuzela.

more than 4 years ago

VLC 1.1 Forced To Drop Shoutcast Due To AOL Anti-OSS Provision

fistfullast33l Re: iPhone (315 comments)

As an iPhone developer, I can tell you the majority of streaming radio apps on mobile phones are listening to Shoutcast servers. That's where most of the money lies for AOL/Nullsoft in Shoutcast. The protocol is very simple and similar to HTTP so the iPhone OS supports it (sort of) out of the box, and some of the more advanced features (like in-stream song names) can be taken advantage of by manipulating the HTTP headers.

more than 4 years ago

NY Bill Proposes Tax Credit for Open Source Developers

fistfullast33l Re:$200 in NY is a start (111 comments)

I know it's Slashdot, but I'm assuming you're not from New York. Per the article's link, the bill was introduced on March 3rd, so if this gets passed by 2015 we'll be lucky. This is the same state that's rebuilding the World Trade Center and swears it'll be done in time for the 10th year anniversary - in 2011. Did we mention they started in 2002?

more than 5 years ago



Gov't approves parts of Verizon-Cable spectrum sale, co-marketing agreements

fistfullast33l fistfullast33l writes  |  more than 2 years ago

fistfullast33l (819270) writes "Buffalo News is reporting that the Justice Department, FCC, and New York State Attorney General approved portions of a deal between Verizon Wireless and Cable companies Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks and Cox to sell parts of the wireless spectrum to Verizon for $3.9bn. It rejected the agreement between the two groups to allow Verizon to market cable services in its stores in markets where it also offers FIOS service. The spectrum will be used to increase Verizon's 4G LTE network coverage. Verizon will also sell some spectrum to T-Mobile. Consumer groups were very concerned about the cross-marketing by Verizon:

When it comes to home broadband, Verizon Communication Inc.'s FiOS provides the only significant competition to cable in many areas. Yet FiOS is costly to build out, and Verizon's commitment to the technology has faltered. Consumer groups and unions that opposed the deal between the cable companies and Verizon said it showed that Verizon was further giving up on FiOS and yielding the home broadband market to cable.


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Bank of America Rescinding H1-B Offers Due to TARP

fistfullast33l fistfullast33l writes  |  more than 5 years ago

fistfullast33l (819270) writes "The Financial Times is reporting that Bank of America is rescinding job offers to recent MBA graduates who require H1-B visas to stay in the US. According to the article

The recently passed $787bn stimulus bill in effect prevents financial institutions that have received money from the government's troubled asset relief programme from applying for H1-B visas for highly skilled immigrants if they have recently made US workers redundant.

Only about 50 students are affected, but business schools are worried that other banks will soon follow."


Sen. Stevens Election Hopes Down the Tubes

fistfullast33l fistfullast33l writes  |  more than 5 years ago

fistfullast33l writes "The Associated Press has announced that Senator Ted "Tubes" Stevens has lost the Alaska US Senate race. While he was favored to win based on the counting during election night, absentee ballots ended up giving his challenger, Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich, a 3,500 vote lead with 2500 votes left to count. Alaska's threshold for an automatic recount is .5%, so with over 290,000 votes cast the threshold also puts the recount out of reach. The article notes that his 85th birthday was Tuesday, and that he was recently convicted on federal charges of "lying on Senate disclosure forms to conceal more than $250,000 in gifts and home renovations from an oil field services company." Slashdot previously discussed the Senator's infamous nickname."

SoHo Apple Store Not Popular with Neighbors

fistfullast33l fistfullast33l writes  |  about 6 years ago

fistfullast33l writes "It seems that the Apple Store in the SoHo neighborhood of New York City isn't exactly being welcomed by the neighbors anymore. A store in the local Metro discusses complaints from neighboring stores that the crowds, noise, and other environmental issues ("the HVAC equipment on the roof"). The article says the straw that broke the camels back "was last Tuesday's Jonas Brothers concert held at the store, attracting thousands of screaming tweeners for several hours to Sweeney's block 'like it was Shea Stadium and the Beatles.'" The story also references long lines for some kind of new product launch from earlier this summer."

Microsoft Offered $40 a share for Yahoo

fistfullast33l fistfullast33l writes  |  more than 6 years ago

fistfullast33l writes "Bloomberg is reporting that a recently unsealed court case by shareholders against Yahoo reveals that Microsoft offered $40 a share for the internet search company in January 2007 and the company turned it down. Slashdot has had extensive coverage on the bid by Microsoft to buy Yahoo earlier this year for $33 a share, which was rebuffed. Investor Carl Icahn has launched a proxy fight against Yahoo over the spurning of the Microsoft deal."

Real Life Restaurants of GTA IV

fistfullast33l fistfullast33l writes  |  more than 6 years ago

fistfullast33l writes "Adam Kuban has posted a blog entry on the website Serious Eats that compares restaurants located in the game-world of Grand Theft Auto IV with their real-life counterparts. He only names a few, so there probably are more out there that can be picked out. I personally am looking forward to visiting the Beer Garden, which is a blast in real life."

PS3/PSP Now Play PS1 Games Remotely

fistfullast33l fistfullast33l writes  |  more than 6 years ago

fistfullast33l writes "Yesterday firmware updates for the PS3 and PSP enabled new functionality included internet radio on the PSP and DivX playback on the PS3, but the stealth functionality being reported in the Playstation Forums and on NeoGAF threads (see here) is that you can now play PS1 games off your PS3, including games on disc. No official word from Sony yet but this definitely extends the functionality of Remote Play to reach its most promised feature, which is playing PS3 games remotely. Up until now only Lair was known to work over Remote Play."

PS3/X360 Orange Box Comparo: EA's fault?

fistfullast33l fistfullast33l writes  |  more than 6 years ago

fistfullast33l writes "1Up's has posted a side by side comparison of the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of Half Life Orange Box. The video shows that the PS3 definitely has some issues with slowdown, as previously discussed here on Slashdot. The biggest issues seem to occur during the jetski scene in the original HL2. However, upon closer review you can see that the largest lag (which really turns the game into a slideshow) actually occurs while the game is quicksaving, something the 360 does not actually do. This occurs right around 1:47 in the video. Is this the hardware's fault, or EA's fault for poorly implementing the Quick Save on the PS3? Not having played the game I couldn't say if the quicksave was controlled by the user, but it certainly makes you suspect whether the slowdown is actually a coding or hardware issue and rather a game design problem. Couldn't they have just scheduled the quicksave a little later?"

Eye of Judgment Dated, Priced, Misspelled

fistfullast33l fistfullast33l writes  |  more than 6 years ago

fistfullast33l writes "Mark Valedor has a post up on the official Sony blog with pricing and release information regarding the game Eye of Judgment, which is a game bundled with the Playstation Eye. The game will cost $70 and will include a starter deck, booster pack, the Eye, and the game. Booster packs from Wizards of the Coast will cost around $3.75. To prevent online cheating, you will be required to register your deck offline, and when you play online Sony will allow you to choose the deck you wish to play with, shuffle it, and then randomly pick the cards for you to use. They don't really go into detail about the offline registration though. Extreme amounts of controversy have emerged since Sony is spelling Judgment with only one E. Also of interest, IGN has an article up discussing upcoming PSN titles utilizing the Playstation Eye."

Most important development tool?

fistfullast33l fistfullast33l writes  |  about 7 years ago

fistfullast33l writes "Most important development tool:

5)interactive run time environment
6)automated build process
8)CowboyNeal's GUI Generator 3000"

Warhawk's PS3 Server Cluster

fistfullast33l fistfullast33l writes  |  more than 7 years ago

fistfullast33l writes "The official Playstation Blog has a post from Dylan Jobe of the Warhawk team detailing their setup of dedicated PS3 server clusters around the globe. Complete with pictures, Jobe details the purpose of connecting hundreds of PS3s in data centers around the world. Called "Integrated Game Servers", they act as official dedicated servers so players will be able to find free, fast, available games anywhere, anytime. As Jobe details, "In addition to players being able to host their own servers, 32-player "dedicated" servers for your clan practices or 24-player "player" servers, SONY has made a great commitment to all of our Warhawk players by staging Warhawk Server clusters similar to this one all over the world." He also mentions the possibility of playing 4-player split screen on your own server with others connected."

Team to Use PS3,YDL in DARPA Urban Challenge

fistfullast33l fistfullast33l writes  |  more than 7 years ago

fistfullast33l writes "While the PS3's Linux distribution has taken some hits for running inside a hypervisor that limits access to some hardware, the Axion Racing team has announced they will be using a PS3 running Yellow Dog Linux in their entry for the DARPA Urban Challenge in November 2007. "We felt having cars drive themselves was getting a little too easy, so we threw the Sony PlayStation into our bag of tricks," joked Bill Kehaly, Axion Racing's team leader. The PS3 will be in charge of examining information from an RGB road finding camera, and will be utilizing the Cell processor's multithreading capabilities to do so."

Epic's Mark Rein on UT3 Mods, More

fistfullast33l fistfullast33l writes  |  more than 7 years ago

fistfullast33l writes "Joystiq has an interview up with Mark Rein, VP of Epic, talking about the upcoming release of Unreal Tournament 3. Rein confirms that there will be no limit on mods made for the PS3, but that you will need to buy the PC version of the game to have access to the Unreal Editor. "Well, they have to make [the mod] on a PC anyway. How else are they going to do it?", as he puts it. He also discusses the possibility of mods being allowed on the 360 when it releases next year. Will there be mods on the 360? "We don't know. We're talking to Microsoft and still trying to figure that out. Worst case scenario would be Epic bringing popular mods onto the 360 and putting them through the certification process." He also comments that there will be no monitoring of mods released for the PS3 version — "We don't check mods today on PC, why would we check them in the future?" Oh, and he hints at the possibility of a Halo mod for UT3 on the maybe it's not as exclusive as Microsoft thinks."
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Trenton: PSP Homebrew Support "In the Works&#

fistfullast33l fistfullast33l writes  |  more than 7 years ago

fistfullast33l writes "In a little noticed IGN PSP Mailbag interview earlier this week, Jack Tretton, head of Sony Computer Entertainment America, was quoted as saying, "We certainly see some of the stuff that has been done via homebrew, and it's incredibly creative. And I think we'd like to try and tap into that a little bit more." Obviously no details have emerged yet, but Dave Karraker, head of PR with SCE, confirmed the quote and commented that figuring out how to support the content and keep the PSP safe (from you?) was the challenge. Karraker also noted that the upcoming Playstation Store for PSP would allow downloading PS1 titles directly to the PSP rather than from the PS3, as is currently the case."

Sony Releases Firmware, Heavenly Sword Demo

fistfullast33l fistfullast33l writes  |  more than 7 years ago

fistfullast33l writes "Sony has released a Playstation 3 firmware upgrade to Japan overnight, with the version coming to the European region within the next day or so — no word on the US version but it probably will hit around the same time. New features include customized backgrounds on the XMB and the ability to change game resolution within both PS3 games and PS2/PS1 games as well. Another feature I personally am looking for includes greater folder customization — maybe I can create a music playlist now? This upgrade leads to speculation that 2.0 will probably include in-game XMB integration and hopefully in-game soundtracks. Also coming this week is the highly anticipated Heavenly Sword demo."

PSP-Slim Hands On

fistfullast33l fistfullast33l writes  |  more than 7 years ago

fistfullast33l writes "PSPFanboy, a Joystiq blog, has a great closeup of the new PSP redesign. Photos show the old PSP and the new PSP side by side. Modifications include adding more RAM (up to 64MB), extended battery life, a new UMD loading door, removal of the IR port (Sony really hates infrared), and a redesigned headphone jack to support video output. Sony confirmed that you will be able to play movies and games through the video out, but the games can only be viewable via component, not composite cables. Also, 0okm has some nice pictures of the new PSP internals as well as a manual snapshot showing button layout (the wireless switch was moved) and TV out information."

Transformers movie verdict

fistfullast33l fistfullast33l writes  |  more than 7 years ago

fistfullast33l writes "Transformers movie verdict?


Not enough plot
Too much plot
The robots looked fake
Megatron should have been a gun
One word: Bumblebee
Amazing! You mean there's a cartoon?
Amazing! The cartoon is mostly a haze
CowboyNealformers was better
I don't watch movies"

fistfullast33l fistfullast33l writes  |  more than 7 years ago

fistfullast33l writes "Ubisoft published a confusing release schedule yesterday showing the PS3 having a one-week timed exclusive for the game Haze, with a release date of November 23rd, 2007. Further clarification from Ubisoft (see main article) indicates that "Haze is still to be confirmed for PC and Xbox 360, apparently, so the 30th November date now slips into the realms of TBA. The exclusive PS3 date remains the same." For those that aren't keeping track, Haze gained some notoriety for being the one title that might challenge Crytek's claim that upcoming Crysis will be the best looking game to date. Could this be Sony's Halo killer for the holiday season?"
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Verizon Proves Net Neutrality is Necessary

fistfullast33l fistfullast33l writes  |  more than 6 years ago

The story today in the New York Times regarding Verizon's decision to allow NARAL to send pro-choice text messages underscores the importance of advocating for net neutrality to keep the internet and telecommunications networks out of corporate hands. Verizon originally denied NARAL's request on the grounds that the messages were "controversial or unsavory" proving that they were willing to stand ground on being judge, jury, and executioner for what happens on their network. While some people probably do not agree with the politics of the pro-choice group, it doesn't take much to see that Verizon basically is willing to enforce their own morality on their network and thus deny access to anyone whom they see fit. Their reversal indicates that they see the pitfalls that this could produce in the telecommunications companies' attempt to control the internet through tiered pricing or worse. If public opinion turns against them, then Congress won't give them what they want. It's imperative to hold this forth as a great example of what could happen if net neutrality is not enacted.


PS3Fanboy interviews PSN's Buchert

fistfullast33l fistfullast33l writes  |  about 7 years ago

PS3Fanboy/Joystiq have an interview posted with Rusty Buchert, senior producer at Sony Santa Monica, which is in charge of incubating and developing games for the PS Store on PS3. My opinion is that these games are currently the most underrated part of the Playstation Platform right now, but I don't own a 360 or Wii so I have no idea how they shape up. My general impression of the Wii's offerings are SNES and NES rehashes, but I don't pay that much attention. I have no idea what the 360 has.

Sony, though, has done a great job of bringing some truy innovative and fun titles with high production values to PSN. Only one game, Super Rub Dub, really was a bomb, in my opinion. But I think they've done pretty well at putting out some really fun party titles, especially Calling All Cars. Piyotoma definitely would appeal to casual gamers, as would Flow. Most of them feature some form of multiplayer action which shows that Sony "gets" what the purpose of these small titles are - party titles to show off the fun of the PS3. Sure, you can play them alone, but they are great to have around when you have a group of people over and want to quickly fire up a game to play.

I think that Buchert reinforces that in this interview, talking about the PSN as the "Sundance Channel" for independent game studios and mentioning some of the more innovative titles they have coming, including Everyday Shooter and Pixel Junk Racers, which I'm really looking forward to.

Overall, I think that Sony is really kind of holding it's breath now for HOME to release and once that is out and stable, more of these games are going to show up on the network. I think their end goal is to release HOME and slowly eliminate the PSN interface because it really is just a glorified web page that doesn't always work very well.


Proof that the Wii will Boost the PS3

fistfullast33l fistfullast33l writes  |  more than 7 years ago

In a previous journal, I argued that the PS3 would be buoyed by the Wii due to the fact that both share a control mechanism that the 360 lacks. This makes it likely that games targeted at one system could easily ported to the other based on the fact that the game design would remain intact and only coding to architecture differences and possibly upscaling art for the PS3 would be necessary. Yesterday, there was a small confirmation that what I said will ring true. Developer System 3 announced Ferrari Challenge would be coming to the PS3, Wii, DS, and PSP. This is actually a pretty big announcement in that the 360 is left in the cold. Granted, this game probably will not be a blockbuster of kingmaking proportions, but it shows that game designers are taking the mechanic into account. Interestingly, there are no details that the PS3 would feature the Wii mechanics, but you have to assume the option would be available. Formula One Championship Edition allowed you to steer this way and I'd expect that this game will translate it as well. It might take a while for this idea to hold on, but I'm going on record predicting that a game like this will become the trend and not the outlier.


Will the Wii's Success help Playstation 3?

fistfullast33l fistfullast33l writes  |  more than 7 years ago

The Wii currently is the hottest item on the block. You can't find it in stores at all and it's all the rage on the internets. Early fanboy reports imply that the Wii is the king of the next generation, and that the 360 and the PS3 will just be afterthoughts. Obviously, it's way to early to tell this. However, a more important fact is pointed out by the success of the Wii. Third party developers will be listening and acting on this. The Wii will begin to gain momentum, and business sense would state that this will give the Wii a leg up in size of its games library.

The Wiimote has been sold by Nintendo as the best part of the system. Its motion sensing abilities are part of the number one draw to buy a Wii right now - the ability to play interactive fun games with your friend being the foremost point. It is so important to Nintendo to emphasize this element of the system that just about every game takes advantage of it. It's safe to say that without the Wiimote, the system wouldn't have the character it does. This isn't a knock against the Wii, it's just a point that the Wiimote makes the Wii what it is.

Since last spring, Nintendo fans have seethed over Sony's SIXAXIS controller and its motion sensing capabilities. The fact that it was announced after Wii made everyone suspicious that Sony was out to blunt the effect of Nintendo's Wiimote. This is definitely possible, but has yet to be confirmed. The release titles for the game really did not support the motion sensing capabilities of the SIXAXIS except for trivial game mechanics, such as shaking off an attacker in Resistance. In fact, the most obvious use of the motion sensor was in Fight Night 3, but wasn't used too much at all. The game really could have been an answer to WiiBoxing, but instead it decided to compete head to head with the 360 version, probably because there was less work involved.

And this is the point I want to make. The ability for the PS3 to have that motion sensing capabilities is what will help it succeed. The more developers that move to the Wii as a main platform, the easier it will be to port those games to the PS3. Why? Because the basic game mechanics won't have to change much. You have a boxing game with punches thrown by punching with the controller. You have a golf or baseball game that detects the swing. We are slowly moving towards this.

The PS3 already is starting to make plays in this territory. Flow actually is very fun and uses the SIXAXIS as the main mechanic for moving your character. The Rub-a-Dub game for PSN will also use the SIXAXIS as a main mechanic. Blazing Angels, originally released on the 360 and released in December for the PS3, allows you to enable SIXAXIS motion controls for steering your plane. It's not realistic, but it's a lot of fun. The biggest knock on this game was the fact that the motion sensing was delayed just a little bit. I think this was intentionally done by the developers to take away some of the arcade feel that you get from doing it. However, there's a great level late in the game where you have to fly the plane through a glacier with tight turns and low "doorways" of ice while being timed, and it's hard and a lot of fun.

Yesterday, I picked up MLB 2k7. I haven't played baseball on a console since Super Bases Loaded on SNES way back when. This game is a lot of fun, but I think the batting and motion sensing has fallen a little flat. Instead of swinging the controller like a bat, you thrust the controller forward when you want to start to swing. It's actually quite awkward, and I look forward to seeing what other games will do instead of this. If a game comes out that let's you swing the bat for real, then I'll be all over it.

The takeaway point here is that while Sony might have added on the motion sensing as an afterthought, it's in Sony's interest to focus on the SIXAXIS capabilities, particularly with the success of the Wii. Even though the hardware between the consoles is so different, the fact that the underlying mechanics may not have to be modified much from Wii to PS3 is definitely a point towards PS3's corner versus the 360. Some games just don't make sense using a controller, just like some games just don't do well with the Wiimote (Red Steel, we're all looking at you).

Sony's Harrison said "Rumble is a last generation feature" which was spun as a rejection of the lack of rumble on the SIXAXIS. But it's probably coming, and I don't miss it too much. Hell, does your keyboard and mouse rumble? I've played doom, quake, and half life for years without rumble, and I don't see it making a difference towards the way I play. Motion sensing, however, is the Next Big Thing (TM) and look for Harrison to touch on it in front of the GDC next month.

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