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Playstation 4 – nerdgasim

Today, PlayStation unveiled their most prized secret… the PlayStation 4.

They started the conference off with a montage of all the Sony systems. Two decades worth of gaming leading up to this incredible moment. The President and CEO of Sony was the host of the event. He explained that Sony engineers wanted to re-conceptualize how the gamer plays. Sony also worked closely with big game developers to design the new platform.

They broke it down into five points:

1. Simple

Consumer oriented on ease of use.

2. Immediate

The ability to suspend and resume content, a secondary custom chip for background processing and being able to play downloaded games while they are still downloading.

3. Social

The ability to capture, upload and share media from your games without ever leaving the game. As well as being able to stream and chat with friends and fans while playing your content.

4. Integrated

Not just visible gaming on the system but mobile, tablets and internet browsers will be able to have access to the content on your console.

5. Personalization

Greater increasing the way your social experience feels.

Mark Cerny, Lead architect and creator of Sonic, came out and gave all the information on the PS4 specs. The PlayStation 4 will have a Super Charged PC Architecture, an X86 CPU chip, and Enhanced PC GPU, 8gb of high-speed unified memory and local HDD (Hard Disk Drive) storage. The PS4 will have up to 2 teraflops of CPU computing power, as well as a GDDR5 graphics card capable of up to 165gb of use. To put that in perspective, an average PC game uses from 2-4gb of ram and even that will still crash your computer. This will enable developers to be able to go all out in the development of their games with out worrying about crashing systems.

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The controller looks absolutely gorgeous. This is the controller to be released for the PlayStation 4. Sony is upgrading the Dual Shock 3 system to the newly developed Dual Shock 4 system. The Dual Shock 4 system will add a tighter sense of control and decrease the latency between the in-game actions and the rumble features in the controller. That rectangle in the center is a touch pad for ease of access in-game. The blue bar at the top of the controller is an LED bar used for 3D tracking of the controller. Should add for some incredible gaming experiences.

Mark Cerny ended with this statement:

“Deeply satisfying, developer focused, and easy access to content.”

What followed next my brain still cannot comprehend. There are a ton of PS4 exclusives set to release when the PS4 launches. Among them are Killzone: Shadow Zone, Drive Club, Infamous: Second Son, Deep Down and a new untitled game coming from the creators of the Final Fantasy series, Square Enix. One of the bigger announcements was a partnership between Blizzard Entertainment and Sony. Blizzard will be bring the ever popular, Diablo 3, to the Playstation 3 and Playstation 4 systems. Demos for Diablo 3 should be releasing in the following months. Bungee will also be making history by releasing Destiny, a free-roam, RPG, First Person Shooter with exclusive content only being released to the PS4.

Overall, these announcements have me very excited. This all sort of came out of no where and my brain is still trying to grasp all the mind-blowing information we’ve received today. So I bet you are reading this getting just as excited as I am, but your asking yourself, “Do I have to wait 2 or 3 years just to get it?” Don’t worry baby birds, I’ll feed you. The release date for the PlayStation 4 is set for this Holiday season 2013. If it is anything like the release of the PS3, I’d recommend saving your money now and getting a conceal and carry licence just in case. Needless to say, you do not want to miss this!

Question for the readers – What feature are you most excited about?

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Games to me

This is my first official post. I just wanted to start out by explaining why I am so passionate about video games.

It all started when I was 3 years old. My sister was teaching me how to play “Pong” on the Atari 2600. It was so fun, but I remember being terrible at it. Long story short, I started on the Atari 2600, moved up to the Nintendo Entertainment System playing Super Mario, to playing the PlayStation 1, then the GameCube, and finally to the PlayStation 3. Video games have just always been there for me.

People say that video games are terrible and do nothing but rot your brain. To them, I say nay. I am a personal success story of video games. There was an online PC game I played throughout my middle school years called Runescape. It is a massive world full of players from all over the world. I was an anti-social person, terrible reader and was awful at math; Runescape changed all that. Playing a game with millions of players forces you to talk to people or help them out. The mini-quests in the game had lots of pages of reading to do so that you could complete your quests. I hated reading, but Runescape intrigued me with their incredible world. The game had its own economy, and math was a big part of the game, not to mention buying and selling items based on the rise in costs of the items.

Next there came the FPS (First-Person Shooters). FPS games really made me critically think about every move I made. If you take one corner wrong, there is a guy ready to shoot you. I had to quickly adapt to every situation and think outside the box on how to accomplish my objective.

There are tons of other games that have had a drastic impact on my life, but all the games had one thing in common… you could not die. I have a nonmalignant brain tumor that produces bad hormones and stops the production of good hormones. Because of the brain tumor, I have had constant migraine headaches for the past six going on seven years. Video games provide me with an escape from this pain-filled life, into a beautiful, pain-free world where you can forget about your troubles and live in this fictional world. If you get hurt in a video game, it doesn’t actually hurt you and you can just take a health potion of some kind to heal you.

Video games are beautiful and have changed so much in the last 20 years; here is a video I made a few years ago showing just how far we have come

If you would like to know more about the positive effects of videos games, check out this link

http://venturebeat.com/2012/10/03/video-games-are-good-for-you-the-positive-effects-of-video-games/