Time to treat meself. Bought a Playstation 3 and an iPhone, against my initial better judgement.

The Playstation 3 is frustrating. It has some good points, but it is also flawed to fuck. People may begrudge paying for an Xbox Live subscription, but you can tell where the money goes; the GUI and download / install functions on the Xbox are vastly superior. As for the hardware itself, the PS3 is the size of the original Xbox (LOL it’s huge), it comes with a mini USB cable to charge the wireless controller, the controller has ‘dual shock’ written on it but I’ve not managed to make it vibrate yet, and the console also comes with a composite cable but no HDMI cable, which means no HD out of the box, which fucking sucks.

As for games, I’ve been ploughing through Uncharted. Not bad. Tomb Raider meets Gears of War. Controls are a bit quirky when aiming, and jumping can be a bit off sometimes, but the game is generally good. Nathan Drake is a brilliant character though, a lot like Nathan Fillion. Me likey.

And as for the iPhone, I’m surprised. Never really saw the point in them. Now that I’m used to it, I get it. It’s like holding a Star Trek communicator in your pocket. It’s like holding the entire Internet in your pocket. It’s a lovely bit of kit that takes a bit of effort to get used to, and to get the most out of it, but when you do, it’s a belter. Can’t believe I’ve typed up this blog post on a fucking phone, but I have.

And the games. The games! Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars is phenomenal. A brilliant control scheme for the touchscreen, and a fully featured GTA game on a phone. Street Fighter IV Volt is probably more impressive, if only for the fact they’ve come up with an on-screen joystick that let’s you actually do a fireball on it, or even a dragon punch if you time it right. I’m genuinely surprised by how good the games are, and how good they feel without a proper pad to play them with.

I’m almost glad I went mental and spent all my money 🙂

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