I thought this was really interesting, not something I knew much about, a cool piece of news by my friend.
People have been talking for a while about Nintendo testing the waters of the smartphone app market. They’ve also been eagerly awaiting the rollout of its first offerings for mobile devices. While some may be wary of the company developing games for hardware other than its own, this move has been a long time coming. I think the 3DS is as awesome as everybody else, but I’m still excited for the opportunity to eventually play with some of gaming’s most beloved characters from the convenience of my phone.
Hi guys, for ages now, I’ve had this problem with the PS2 (Note: We have a European, “Fatboy” style PS2, but the fix is pretty much the same for all of them, I gather) – any time we played a game with cutscenes (I play a lot of JRPGs so it’s pretty much every game) the cutscenes become unbearably slow to load.
Anyway, here are a few common solutions:
Use the “Settings” within your PS2 to go into “Diagnostics” mode. I think this supposedly tells it to “skip anything if it sticks for too long” but I’ve yet to see it work.
Use a disk cleaner. Might work if your PS2 is fairly new/well maintained, didn’t work for me
Take PS2 apart, take the disk tray apart and clean the disk reader – this worked for me
If you have another fix, please add it in the comments.
I’m going to talk about how my girlfriend Jo fixed it. She is a writer and doesn’t do a lot of DIY/Maintenance so you can do it too! It’s slightly tricky, but fear not, you just need the right tools.
This post is all Scott‘s fault. He sent round an e-mail that was like “here is the best video game theme EVER”. I forget what it was (it was from Grand Theft Auto, I know that much) but my response was basically to send around a million other video game songs. Basically, poor Scott didn’t know what he would unleash.
I did promise not to send around 50 songs from Final Fantasy but I’m not going to lie, it’s really easy for me to get a list together.
I’ve been really busy recently training for the Race for Life so a friend of mine helped out and wrote a post about how Video Game companies need to keep up with technology otherwise they’ll fall by the wayside!
Technology, more than ever before, is advancing at a blindly rapid pace. Every day stories surface detailing the development of scientific wonder materials or that herald new and amazing advancements in the field of computing or digital technology; truly we are living in a technological golden age! Of course, speedy progress requires companies, organisations and businesses involved in all industries to keep abreast of changes, however in the gaming realm this is particularly important. Why, though?
The comic above shows a “phenomena” that I have experienced several times in the past. It only happens when I play Advance Wars which is a grid based game. After playing for a long time, my brain is tricked into thinking that real life has “turns” and I wait for other people to take their “turn” before I take mine.
Before you ask – it doesn’t last very long, only a temporary lapse of judgement. It’s not like the media love to protray this kind of thing: “gamers can’t tell the difference between a game and real life!!!” It is nothing like that. If you read into the research about it, it’s summarised as:
Acting out a game motion in real life (like trying to press X to open a door)
Thinking about applying game logic as real world logic (like wanting to pick up bottle caps because they’re currency)
Hallucinating game symbols (Like seeing a crosshair in your field of vision)
And yes, these might seem like weird nonsense actions, but the other things reported are:
They last for a short period of time (usually a few seconds)
After occurrence it’s usually followed by “why would I think/do that?!”
No confusion as to what is real and what is related to a game, just temporary lapse of judgement
In fact, I bet that you have probably experienced some Game Transfer Phenomena yourself. Here is a very simple (and very common) one: getting a song stuck in your head. Even if you haven’t played Tetris in 20 years, no doubt you can remember this song and it will persist to remain “in your head” for a while.
Some other Game Transfer Phenomena that I’ve experienced:
Thinking in “turns” (Advance Wars)
Seeing blocks when I close my eyes (Super Mario)
Feeling jumpy when I hear crackling like a radio (Silent Hill)
An urge to move my hand in a certain way when I hear “battle with the Four Fiends” (Theatrhythm Final Fantasy)
Looking at the sky to see if the moon was full because I needed a pictograph of it (Wind Waker)
And I’ve seen people on twitter say thing like this!
You know it’s a Friday afternoon when you try to open your front-door by opening your wallet… Christ.