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Sunday, April 26, 2015

In the Minority

I really miss the days of cartridge gaming. Weird topic, huh? Oh well. I've been playing with my 'new' PS2, buying all the games I've never had before and mostly being disappointed because next gen has spoiled me so much. The thing that I disliked most about the PS2 was the fact it required memory cards. Yes, plural. If you're trying to get every single game for the system, you're going to have to go through a few memory cards in order to do so. Not to mention the immense backlog for the PS1, and now you've got double the amount.
The advantage cartridges have over disks is pretty easy to see. Each one has its own contained memory where as a disk requires memory to be copied. So instead of having to delete stuff from a hard drive or a memory card, all you have to do is plug and play. The downside is the fact that each cartridge has its own internal battery that holds the game's memory. As we should all know, batteries don't last forever. A few years ago, there was a big thing going on where people realized that the batteries for the original Pokemon Red and Blue should be dying around this time. A game that's so recognized and launched an entire series, this was kind of big. Not insanely but thinking about all those Pokemon you caught and kept (if you grew up when it was released), that's a pretty big punch in the gut for everyone who grew up. Or a wake up call to say, "Your childhood has been over for quite some time."
"But why don't you just get a higher memory space on your memory card?" I hear you asking. Well I have. Got the biggest one I could find, in fact. 128 mb, which by today's standards is pitiful. Weird thing is, this cartridge acts like its an 8 mb and only holds as much as the 8 that I got with it. So screw me, right? I can't seem to find why this is because obviously no one really cares anymore.
Internal memory always has its own problems. Its better if you can upgrade it, but you're always going to be stuck in that place of "I will never have enough memory for every single game," which sucks. The idea of not having to worry about that with things like the Jaguar and the SNES was amazing. Now I'm constantly deleting things from my PC or console because "There just isn't enough room for all these games." Currently I have about 538 games on Steam and I'll just let that sink in. I can never have enough room for ALL of those games, so most times I'm not even bothering to download them. I've probably only played about 25% of those games and even then there's a select few I actually care to play again. Right now I've got a little over twenty that I either play frequently or just enough to let them continue taking up space on my hard drive.
What's my point? Well, nothing really. I've always been fascinated by the divide from the generations. Each one has its own leap that sort of trumps the other. From the PS2 using DVDs and memory cards to the PS3's blu ray and hard drive. Of course the original Xbox's standard memory to the 360's jump to a up-gradable  hard drive that you could take out and put back in working order in less than a second. Is it progress for progress' sake or is it a logical jump? I certainly can't say for sure.

Blog Update

Hey everyone. Sorry about the lack of posts. Not a lot of games have been coming out so... ya, no reviews. This is just more or less a quick update on the blog and what we're doing/what we will be doing or are thinking about doing.
I actually wanted to pick up Majora's Mask for 3DS as well as the Xenoblade, but my 3DS has a problem (which I'm told is common) where the shoulder buttons just don't work anymore, so I'm a bit cautious when picking out 3DS games now and reviews are probably not going to be flooding in for games. Xenoblade also REQUIRES the newest 3DS model which has a circle pad and apparently you can't play the game without it so I'm thinking about picking up that... when I have enough money...
I've been doing some serious thinking into getting an Xbox One so I can broaden the reviews a bit. Mostly its just been PC for various and obvious reasons. While I'd personally like to get a better PC (or even better to build one) it doesn't seem like that's going to be all that possible, money wise and time constraints at least.
We've been seriously thinking about starting a Youtube channel, mostly starting with the PS4 just for it's ease of use and all that. Its not definite but its definitely on the horizon. If we do, I'll be sure to tell you how you can see our videos. On a somewhat related note, we've also been starting a retro games collection, starting with a PS2 and an original Xbox. We've got a few games but if there's something you'd like us to look over specifically feel free to tell us. I've personally just been getting all the games I never had as a kid because I never owned a PS2 before. We'd like to make this into a thing but we're not sure if that's even possible at this point, its just more for fun's sake than anything and pure nostalgic value.
In any case, thanks for reading this blog. Its always nice to see those views pile up and I'm always grateful to see people reading my work. I'm not sure if any games are coming out in a while so you may or may not see a review come in. In the meantime I'll just be talking about random things or whatever I feel is pressing on me at the moment. Thanks for the support!