“Romania se lupta cu morile de vant!”. Pare o expresie tipica pentru vremurile lui Don Quijote dar atat de des intalnita in ultima perioada incat a intrat deja in domeniul banalului. Chiar daca in locul morilor de vant punem giganti precum Microsoft, Sony si Nintendo, tot nu mai impresioneaza. S-au inradacinat atat de rau in roman lipsurile incat nimic nu-l mai poate soca, nimic nu-l mai poate impresiona. Mai ales cand vine vorba de niste gameri. Pentru presa din Romania in general, cuvantul game deja inseamna stire de nisa. Atat timp cat in continut nu se regaseste Basescu sau Tariceanu, stirea este deja de mana a doua. Sa nu mai vorbim de game (joc), care pentru romanul suparat in general nu-si mai are locul. Putini sunt cei carora un astfel de cuvant le provoaca un zambet ascuns, cei pentru care viata inca inseamna un joc. Sau cei care dupa o zi nenorocita de munca se retrag in linistea micii garsoniere unde apa calda este taiata si caldura vine de la un amarat de resou. Aceeasi care in liniste isi pornesc consola sau calculatorul si se retrag in mica lor lume virtuala. Sa nu-i uitam si pe cei care isi educa micul prichindel cum sa conduca de la 4 ani masina la Need For Speed, sau cei care la o petrecere uita de orice grija cu prietenii la un SingStar, Tekken sau Guitar Hero…
If you want to laugh, you can start right now! You all remmember the deadly famous RROD (Red Rings of Death) from Microsoft’s Xbox360 console, right? Well, this time, with the new Falcon boards, you get a nice present from them. Whenever the console will crash, instead of having 3 ugly Red Rings, you’ll have a nice Christmass bling-bling. Check out the video and keep on laughing! I don’t.
This article could be easier named “The Console War”. But if it would be as i wish, it would be a war with no winner. Actually, the winner would be the player, the daily gamer that could get the best out of all worlds. And we have in here the PC world, getting more and more expensive each 3-4 months, when a new GPU or CPU is released. Then we have the Playstation world, which Sony feeds on like a frenzy beast. PSx, PS2, PSP, PS3 are all shortcuts to a world that every gamer should know about. Then we have the new player, Microsoft. If it is an old player on PC world, on the consoles they’ve started recently with their Xbox console. And now they claim “world domination” with their Xbox 360 console. And finnally, we have the “oldest” player in the house: Nintendo. Who in the world doesn’t know what a NES, SNES, N64, Gamecube or Wii is? Who will win? Which one is now the recommended choice for a player? Which one is worth investing in? Well, read on and we shall see.
Although everyone was afraid this year E3 will be no longer the superb show we’ve got used to, it fortunatelly wasn’t so. I mean, this year exceeded everyones expectations, and every developer/publisher showed it’s best. Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft bragged a lot about exclusive titles for their consoles, but we’ve seen it coming. Anyway, it was a superb show, and here are the GameTrailers Best of E3 2007. Read more for the rest of them. Enjoy!
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Best Trailer E3 2007
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Today, Microsoft just announced oficially: Xbox 360 consoles warranty will be extended from 2 years to 3 years. I’m actually amazed by this announcement. I was hoping for an announcement that they found a way to fix their consoles. I was hoping to recall the series that seem to have manufacture issues. I was crying for some hardware sollution (better cooling, better manufacturing)… But no. They choose to extend the warranty. It’s like “From now on, our customers will be happy. They will be able to go to exchange their broken Xbox 360 consoles not only 20 times in 2 years. Now they can go to service 30 times in 3 years!”. WoW! And this is actually costing them 1bln USD. I wonder where those money come for (actually, from ppl like me who decide not to wait for repair and get e newer console). Read more for full details.
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N-as vrea ca site-ul sa se transforme intr-o lupta surda impotriva Microsoft, dar pur si simplu it keeps on happening. Titlul este evaziv, in ton cu problema de care m-am lovit recent, referitoare la licentierile Microsoft. Well, pe scurt, am inceput de ceva vreme incoace sa simt placerea de a folosi soft original, cu licenta si toate cele. Ba mai mult, am ajuns pe sistemul meu sa am chiar cate 2 licente (una de XP Professional si alta de Vista Ultimate), pe langa multe altele. O groaza de bani daca fac un raport la salariul lunar… dar am zis ca e un efort care merita. M-am gandit la developerii care isi varsa sudoarea pe la Microsoft. Well my friends… acum mi s-a pus capacul. Astazi am avut de testat 3 HDD-uri (un Raptor 150GB, un Seagate de 750GB si un WD de 500GB). Mare mi-a fost mirarea cand m-am trezit dupa ceva reboot-uri cum eram anuntat de Mr. Windows ca au fost multe modificari hardware pe instalarea curenta, si ca licenta a expirat. WTF?!? Tin sa mentionez ca nici macar nu m-am atins de HDD-urile mele de sistem… pur si simplu am adaugat cate unul, cate doua, HDD-uri noi. And for what?!? I mean, come on Microsoft! Eu personal o consider o bataie de joc, si de-abia astept sa ma rafuiesc maine cu cineva de la Microsoft. Shame… shame on you Microsoft. Acum, ar trebui sa ma simt prost cand ma gandesc la amicii mei care ma intreaba de ce sunt idiot si dau atatia bani cand ei nu dau un leu si nu le expira niciodata nimic?!? Well, i kinda do… and i start thinking… Why bother?
OMG. If that’s true, i would just stay away from today’s batches of Xbox 360, until Microsoft will find some cure and use better cooling for Xbox 360 console. According to Smarthouse “Retailers are claiming that Microsoft has had to handle a failure rate of over 30% with their Xbox 360 console. More than 100 consumers have written to SmartHouse complaining of either poor service from Microsoft or total failure of their gaming console. One consumer was even given back a refurbished unit in exchange for their original Xbox console”. Well, i was there, beeing now on my third console (which is already patched by a very good friend with some epoxy glue… but don’t really know for how long). Microsoft tech guys, it’s time to DO SOMETHING! Click here to read the full story from Smarthouse.
Call me crazy, but is this the answer from Microsoft to overheating and 3 rings of death problem for Xbox360? I mean, come on. Are they so cheap that the only sollution they find is to add a heatpipe and some small heatsink into another area inside the console? Instead of changing position for the GPU, adding good thermal paste, replacing the cooling system with something better… they’ve decided to only lower the temp by a few degrees? I don’t know if i should laugh or i should cry… i mean, does it really matter if the temperature is lowered by 2-3 degrees when the temperature is high enough so that the GPU contacts simply unsolder from the mainboard?!? Well, anyway, here is a video with the new cooling.. hopefully it’s not the only thing they improved.
New Xbox360 Version
I got mad. Really mad. I just had to get my third Xbox 360. I got it replaced under warranty without problems (except losing all my saves, my downloads, themes, trailers, demos, etc… plus losing a lot of time to get to/from the store 4 times). But i got tired. And mad, as i’ve just said. I’ve paid a little fortune for my Xbox360, and all i got was 3 rings of death. I’ve invested a lot of money and time to get original games, to get accesories, to pay monthly for Xbox Live Gold, and all i got was brokend consoles, sooner or later. My Playstation 2 is arround 10 years old, never crashed… my Xbox almost 5 years, never crashed… my older consoles (well, some are even older than i am) also. What’s wrong with Microsoft, not beeing able to fix their hardware inside Xbox 360, or at least improve the cooling? I don’t know, but this time i’ve decided to do something. Nooo, not protesting, but doing some fixes to the console. For the start, fixing the GPU with some epoxy mixture that can ressist upto 300 degrees celsius. The fix it’s suppose to not allow the GPU to unsolder from the motherboard (because of too higher temperature and weak soldering). Well, thank you Microsoft for the games, and Live. But No Thanks for the hardware we have to fix for ourselves!
You probably heard about it, you probably haven’t. Now you do. The new gadget coming from Microsoft, a new SciFi table with a lot of power underneath, called “Surface”. Watch the video, and pls, after you buy it, don’t put your drinks on it!
Microsoft Surface Teaser
Well, nu cred ca exista impatimit in ale consolelor care sa nu detina un Xbox 360 si sa stea cu frica in san, cu frica de Rings of Death, moartea consolei ce se pare ca este cauzata datorita racirii slabe si a materialelor folosite la prinderea GPU-ului pe placa de baza. Daca pana acum Microsoft s-a facut “recunoscut” prin celebrul BSOD (Blue Screen Of Death), acum se pare ca din ce in ce mai multi clienti se plang de calitatea proasta, racirea insuficienta a ultimei console scoasa pe piata. Personal sunt la a 3a consola Xbox 360. 2 au murit cu celebrul Rings of Death. Daca si asta se duce la fel, probabil ca nu voi mai cumpara un Xbox 360 decat dupa ce voi fi asigurat ca nu se va mai intampla (65nm anyone?). Intre timp, un articol/protest scris foarte eficient, il puteti citi aici.
Well, poate titlul e un pic dur. Din pacate insa, este cat se poate de adevarat. Printr-o incercare (disperata as putea-o numi) de a opri moddingul (modificari aduse consolei Xbox 360) Microsoft a facut un update silent la dashboard prin care a inceput sa blocheze consolele modificate. Problema n-ar fi asa mare daca userul ar fi atentionat inainte, sau daca ai avea dreptul la 3 incercari. Din pacate insa, fara drept de apel, Microsoft baneaza inclusiv pe acei care au deja platite card-uri de Live Gold de 12 luni. Daca e fair sau nu, discutia ar putea continua forever. Consider insa ca fiind o miscare din punct de vedere economic foarte proasta.