Weekly Reacharound Review: Week Of November 8


Posted November 14, 2010 - By Jake Gaskill

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Black Ops: A History of Call of Duty

Well, here we are again. Another lazy Sunday afternoon, and that means it’s time to celebrate the most insightful, humorous, and anti-Stephen Johnson comments from the past week in today's Weekly Reacharound Review. Let’s do this.

Two clever readers, JustTheBeginning and Spybreak kicked things off on Monday with these gems that framed the recent spate of Kinect-related injuries with the recent Supreme Court case regarding violent video games:

JustTheBeginning: See! Video games cause violence among adults too! Call California, we need a 99+ sticker instead of 18+!

Spybreak: See video games are so dangerous, we need to regulate them! Oh wait no no we need to regulate owning dads haha.

We put up our console comparison video for Call of Duty: Black Ops on Tuesday, and, as you’d expect, quite a few readers got bent out of shape about it. However, as reader balto85 pointed out, just because there might be differences between the PS3 and 360, that doesn’t mean either one is necessarily better or worse than the other. They’re just…different.

I have both systems, so I really do believe I'm not biased. I think PS3 games will always look just a little better. I mean, it truly is a more powerful console and I don't think that could be argued. There are games for the PS3 that the 360 could never do (if the developer really specifically designed for the PS3, such as Uncharted or Gran Turismo and not just a game out for all consoles). That being said, if it's a game that can be played online, I'll go with the 360 every time. That's where my friends are, and so that's where I want to play the game. The visuals on those multi-console games usually aren't noticeable enough to pull me away from Xbox. For me, single-player-only games are definitely PS3, online is 360.

On Wednesday, reader lowkevmic reminded us that we don't know nearly enough about next year's Kinect powered Star Wars game to have any real sense of what the game will eventually end up being, or if it will even be the kind of game Star Wars actually want.

It's reached a point where you can no longer say if an upcoming game is going to be good or not until it is out. We all thought the Kinect was going to be crap, and everyone is eating their words. We though the PSPGo was going to be awesome, and you see where that went. For all we know this upcoming star wars game could be the best thing to come to the Kinect, or the fanboys can be right and it can just be crap. But I doubt that the fanboys will be right about this one.

News that Viacom is selling off Harmonix came as a bit of a surprise, but as reader GatsuBlackSword explained, Harmonix’s fate is directly tied into the genre they helped create.

Harmonix has been around for 9 years now. They have always innovated. Frequency, Amplitude and Rock Band were nothing more than amazing, no matter where they get sold to they will continue to make some great games.

Unfortunately the "Music" genre is getting massively over-saturated and people are loosing interest. Entertainment has trends, some last for many years and some come and go.

And Friday brought official word that Gran Turismo 5 will be released on November 24, which prompted reader
 xxCoolMikexx to give us all one last GT5 release zing before the era of perpetual waiting comes to a close.

So they say November 24th? I can't wait to buy it on the day it's finally released, in February ...

And that, as they say, is that. Great job everyone. Now sit back, enjoy the rest of your weekend, and we'll you bright and early tomorrow morning for the start of a new week filled with all the latest and greatest in gaming culture. See you then!

Weekly Reacharound Review: Week Of November 8


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