Friday, November 17, 2006

PlayStation Insanity

Watch the video. All this over a game?

40 Comments:

At 11/17/2006 11:14 PM, Blogger Steve Harkonnen said...

I am not at all surprised. Anyone that gets caught up in the PSIII hype needs to become consumer conscious over the fact that the Nintendo Wii far outshines PSIII in both technology and quality. Lessons should be learned from the PS II. I know someone that made a fortune repairing PS II's.

This is like liberals that have that fetish over Apple computers, aka morons that don't know how to operate a real pc, get a Mac, which leaves a total lack of imagination and computer common sense to the user.

Since Macs are for liberals and IBM's are for cons, I take it that the mad rush of these morons were most likely all stupid liberals.

 
At 11/17/2006 11:28 PM, Blogger Mr. Beamish the Instablepundit said...

Steve!

Macs are good for music production and uh...music production, and something else I forget.

Oh yeah, music production. No, I said that already. Damn.

I'll think of it in a minute.

Oh yeah. They play pretty good versions of video games that came out for PCs 10 years ago.

 
At 11/17/2006 11:52 PM, Blogger Steve Harkonnen said...

True story.

Yesterday, our CFO called me. She was in a panic.

"My computer is saying over and over again, lost clusters in 8888 and it won't let me log in."

Of course, I went up there. XP obviously was in a tizzy. Instead of reaching winlogon.exe immediately following POST, the machine was scrolling like mad. Something had upset this computer, so I had to find out.

I did a cold boot, restarted. The problem immediately returned. I instantly suspected that there was an OS issue - but what? No, this could not have been hardware, or could it?

"Oh, wait," she said. "Maybe it's my daughter's iPod nano. I hooked it up to my pc in the back."

Lo and behold, there was this little shiny thing, dangling from a USB cable behind the 'puter.

As soon as I unplugged the device and rebooted, the computer booted back up fine.

Amazingly enough, NO messages in her syslog, NOTHING noted AT ALL, except for this:

"winlogon.exe experienced an unknown and unpublished problem."

Hmm.

Turns out her $250 2Gb wonder device crapped the bed, thus dragging the XP machine on its knees. I banned the device from ever being attached to the pc again.

It's funny, I can go over to Best Buy, get a much more reliable Zen nano at the same size for a fraction of the cost of an apple device.

Sure, Apples may be known for graphic quality, just keep them away from any IBM clones and we'll all get along just fine.

 
At 11/18/2006 12:16 AM, Blogger Mr. Beamish the Instablepundit said...

My 4GB Nano has never given me problems hooked up to a PC.

Getting the 2 Macs I have to share an internet connection with my 4 PCs... there's a problem that occurs every other week.

 
At 11/18/2006 12:24 AM, Blogger Steve Harkonnen said...

Her main problem was that she didn't have itunes installed on her computer - but jeez, it shouldn't have acted up like that.

No one has yet been able to explain to me why the itunes.exe process takes up half of my athlon's processor bandwidth when I am not even running my daughter's silly itunes program.

in frustration, I deleted everything mac related - even quicktime. the pc now runs like a champ. Maybe my machine is a swingin' conservative?

 
At 11/18/2006 12:25 AM, Blogger Steve Harkonnen said...

"there's a problem that occurs every other week."

Don't tell me you're running the dreaded applespeak protocol on your home network in a mixed environment?

If you are, I am willing to bet it's not running properly on your router.

 
At 11/18/2006 6:12 AM, Anonymous Seth said...

Wow, being a myopic end user with Windows XP Pro, I would definitely need the Rosetta Stone to decipher all the Sanskrit I just read in the above comments, LOL.

Joking aside, the idea that adults and "almost" adults would become so frantic to be the first to buy a fantasy venue that will undoubtedly be on the market in plenty of time for Christmas, anyway, is a sad commentary upon the direction in which our society is headed.

 
At 11/18/2006 6:35 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Seth,
I don't speak computerese either but Mr. Beamish and Steve do. They can hash out those technical matters.

That pepper balls had to be used to disperse the crowd at Tysons Mall, the address of which says "Vienna" but which sprawl is much nearer McLean (the high-end address closest to me) defies credibility. Now, I like computer games to a point, but I can't get that worked up over them.

A frothing-at-the-mouth frenzy rooted in materialism--that's how I see the obsession with PlayStation. Bread and circuses, anyone?

 
At 11/18/2006 7:52 AM, Blogger The Merry Widow said...

Part and parcel of the dumbing down of America, it took over a hundred years...Tells you what a good thing we started with! My daughter has dyslexia, she uses my original copies of MacGuffy's for her spelling! It is better set up for her brain!
No more civics,no more real history, no more reading, writting and arithmatic! And they can't add or subtract without a calculator? Duh!
Good morning, G*D bless and Maranata!

tmw

 
At 11/18/2006 8:03 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

TMW,
I learned to read with those McGuffey Readers. Now some of the selections in the 5th and 6th Reader appear in high-school literature books.

Recently, I used McGuffeys to help a student improve his syllabication and spelling skills. Even though the readers don't have beautiful color-photos, students like the books. Why? Because they are experiencing the joy of learning (not to mention the consistency of values throughout the books, which promote the Christian work-ethic and integrity).

Interestingly enough, students who go through those early McGuffeys have little difficulty with spelling--learning differences or not.

The other day, I left my calculator at home and needed to determine a student's test-score; I believe the number of questions was 47. The students in my class watched in amazement as I did long division in a trice. Me--the "math-challenged" teacher of language arts. Well, I may not know calculus, but I surely can do any basic arithmetic computations without a calculator.

 
At 11/18/2006 8:26 AM, Blogger lilfeathers2000 said...

Ho Ho Ho tis the season to hurt your fellow man?
Its shameful the way people behave.

Blessings

 
At 11/18/2006 8:57 AM, Blogger nanc said...

we're rearing little puddin'heads. we don't have ANY gaming type stuff in our house and our children have great disgust for others who prefer their games over their company when asked to stay the night with friends.

of course, mine will play with them occasionally at friend's, just to remind me they're human - they so prefer live company.

the mentality of people who would camp outside stores for these games has to say, "it's all about me, mine and what WE want!"

jeez - what kind of spirit of christmas is that? they have an extra supply in the back and put them out the day after...sick half to death of people...

 
At 11/18/2006 10:54 AM, Blogger Brooke said...

Steve, I must disagree with you. I am as hawkishly conservative as they come, and I Loooove my Mac, and would never, ever go back to a PC. My HP POS used to crash constantly, despite constant defragging, keeping my Anti-virus up to date, and spending a fortune on Norton's.

My Mac hasn't crashed one single time, my iPod has never, ever given me problems, and OSX is a breeze to use.

I I want to delete something, I just type the name of whatever it is and Finder brings up all the stuff related, I drag it to the trash and it's gone. No more waiting forever for that darn dog to find (maybe) everything.

Maybe I'm just not good at PC stuff, but it seems to me that Windows is a total POS.

And the Mac is awesome for pictures, movies, music, ect... right out of the box.

Oh, well... We'll probably never convince each other.


One thing we can agree on: Nintendo is FAR superior to PS. I have an old eight-bit that I've since sold, but when it crapped out a couple of years ago, I called Nintendo, and they were extremely nice and agreed to repair the console and replace the battery packs in a couple of my cartridges that save all for $20, shipping included.

Try to get service like that from the PS people.

 
At 11/18/2006 4:29 PM, Blogger Mr. Beamish the Instablepundit said...

I use my Mac laptop for music production / recording / editing, and my PCs for everything else. It's fun to have a portable recording studio. Just plug in the guitar and wail.

I'm pretty sure the Macs that can now run Windows XP are more useful than those that only run OSX.

As far as going nuts for a gaming system, I waited until the hype was over before getting my Xbox 360, and I'm glad I did. Many of the first units sold had defective parts and system failures.

 
At 11/18/2006 4:41 PM, Blogger The Merry Widow said...

I agree, Mr. B.. My son waitted to get his, and has had no problems!
As for the other issue, it must be sad to have such a pathetic life, that the release of a new game system consumes you! All I can say is,"GET A LIFE!"

tmw

 
At 11/18/2006 5:50 PM, Blogger Mr. Ducky said...

Oh dear, a bunch of macheads. So is Ducky, go figure.

 
At 11/18/2006 6:42 PM, Blogger City Troll said...

I refuse to pay $600 for a gaming system my last car only cost $300

besides I have to say I'm buying the game systems for the kids... It's great you should see my 6yr old playing Medal of Honor, she just picks up the machine gun and fires until she's out of bullits.... maybe I should worry about that

 
At 11/18/2006 8:32 PM, Blogger The Merry Widow said...

CT- She needs to learn a little bit of self preservation! LOL!

tmw

 
At 11/18/2006 8:40 PM, Blogger Mr. Beamish the Instablepundit said...

City Troll,

I'm sure the Democrats will crack down on the more explicitly violent video games, now that they're in legislative power again. Nothing gets Democrats Viagra-hard like the opportunity to shakedown the entertainment industry with threats of unconstitutional regulation of their artistic freedom. It wasn't a Republican Congress that went all Talibanesque on rock music lyrics in 1985, after all.

 
At 11/18/2006 9:07 PM, Blogger benning said...

At my Wal-Mart all is calm. Just as it was last Holiday for whichever game system they were lining up to buy. I'm very glad our customers are mannerly and pleasant. :)

 
At 11/18/2006 9:07 PM, Blogger benning said...

At my Wal-Mart all is calm. Just as it was last Holiday for whichever game system they were lining up to buy. I'm very glad our customers are mannerly and pleasant. :)

 
At 11/18/2006 9:22 PM, Blogger Elmer's Brother said...

Nothing gets Democrats Viagra-hard

Beamish this truism is meant to be carved right next to your face on Mt. Rushmore

 
At 11/18/2006 9:36 PM, Blogger nanc said...

take your kids out and teach them real respect for and how to shoot real guns. if someone enters our home uninvited or unwelcome, our kids could, if they had to, draw a bead on them - somehow i cannot see the same results from a joystick or whatever they call them these days...

there were six grown men camped out at our local wal-mart for these games. wonder what their kids were up to?

 
At 11/18/2006 9:37 PM, Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

I must be missin something AOW..cant for the life o me understand how a game can cause all of this!..lol :)

 
At 11/18/2006 10:06 PM, Blogger Mr. Beamish the Instablepundit said...

Nanc,

Games like Call of Duty 3 can teach your kids basic squad-level tactics that they could implement in real life situations.

Imagine your neighbor made apple pie and forgot to make enough for you. A tactical insertion through the front door might suffice, but you really do need to go room to room to make sure no dead-enders come out of the sideboards to ambush you just as the pie is retrieved. That's why a force infil through windows on opposite sides of the house, coordinated by encrypted radio headsets is necessary to minimize casualties to your strike team while maximizing the success of the mission.

With proper training you can have your neighbor's pie and eat it too.

 
At 11/18/2006 10:10 PM, Blogger OSONSFORLIBERTY said...

HELL IT,S HAPPENING UP HERE TOO!!!!!!!!!!!!! TWO PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED FOR BEATING ON EACH OTHER HERE IN CALGARY , OVER THIS VIDEO GAME. WHAT THE HELLS THE WORLD COMING TOO??????????? I DON,T KNOW . WHEN I WAS GROWING UP, WE DID,NT HAVE SUCH NONSENSE. I,M ONLY 43, BUT WE WERE LUCKY TO GET GIFTS THAT MAYBE TOTALED 30 DOLLARS WHEN I WAS A KID. KEEPING OUR COUNTRIES FREE AND STRONG, STARTS IN THE HOME WITH THE PARENTS. AND THAT MEANS TEACHING YOUR KIDS RESPECT!!!!!!!!!!!!SEEMS LIKE ALL KIDS THINK OF TODAY IS MATERIALISM.

 
At 11/18/2006 10:20 PM, Blogger Elmer's Brother said...

bwahahaha Mr. Beamish

 
At 11/19/2006 12:08 AM, Blogger nanc said...

coconut cream?

 
At 11/19/2006 6:09 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Years ago, before video games were available for home use, my husband and I dropped thousands of dollars in our pursuit of playing PacMan. Or maybe it was Miss PacMan.

Then, one fateful evening, we got an Atari system. That first night, we sat up until 4:00 A.M. as we played Breakout. On a weeknight, at that! The lot of us--my husband, my cousin, our best friends-neighbors, and myself stumbled chicken-eyed and grouchy into work the next morning. What did we do the minute we got home? We fired up the Atari, of course. Typically, I arrived home first, so I branched out to Centipede, Frogger, and Space Invaders. Centipede was my favorite, and I became master of that particular video game. But for playing against a human opponent, nothing excelled Breakout. For months, during the late fall and the entire winter, we lived to play Atari, despite the system's primitive graphics.

I tell you, we played those games until we broke the joysticks. We replaced the joysticks, of course, but once spring arrived, we gave up Atari, the joysticks broken once again, and got outside again. The good weather broke the cycle of game-playing, and we never resumed our frenzy, though in the dog days of August we managed a few games despite the hobbled controls.

But camp out for hours and riot to purchase the system? No way!

 
At 11/19/2006 6:11 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

City Troll,
my last car only cost $300

Some of my best vehicles have been the cheapies. In fact, I once bought a car for $31.50. The body was flawless, the interior good. All the vehicle needed was a starter.

We drove that car for years--until my husband wrecked it in an icestorm.

 
At 11/19/2006 6:20 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

OSFL,
The frenzy is everywhere!

Many parents don't teach their children about respect. A lot of parents are afraid their children "might not like them." Yes, it's a part of cycle of materialism, but there's an underlying problem of the parent-child dynamic too.

 
At 11/19/2006 6:36 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Nanc,
we're rearing little puddin'heads.

Playing a video game compares very poorly to reading with regard to mental stimulation.

our children have great disgust for others who prefer their games over their company when asked to stay the night with friends.

Preferring games over the company of friends and family can serve as a metaphor of the times in which we're living.

 
At 11/19/2006 6:46 AM, Blogger The Merry Widow said...

Asimov wrote a trilogy about robots and androids, not "I,Robot". In one of them a detective from Earth and his android friend travel to another world where there is no human interaction after a certain age, except for marriage, and even then the marriage partners lived on their own estates and all interaction, except procreation, was by proxy. It was a very strange life, to say the least!
Yes, my son has a 360 x-box, which he saved for, but he can barely sit still for more than 45 mins.. So I don't have to worry about addictions to it! He lost his gamecube and all his games over a year ago, and he has taken the lesson to heart. Now a good book, he'll read for hours! Otherwise, he's outside!
Good morning, G*D bless and Maranatha!

tmw

 
At 11/19/2006 6:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am still waiting for the Mr Beamish and Beakerambo wideo game. Mr Beamish cleans up NYU rated M for extreeme violence and consumption of adult beverages.

 
At 11/19/2006 6:36 PM, Blogger Brooke said...

I might wait in line to read that one!

 
At 11/19/2006 6:36 PM, Blogger Brooke said...

Read... Duh. I meant, "play."

 
At 11/19/2006 7:17 PM, Blogger nanc said...

madze banned plucky. it wasn't pretty. i mean the falling apart of the foulfeathered one.

 
At 11/19/2006 7:21 PM, Blogger Steve Harkonnen said...

Well, believe it or not, yours truly here participated in a totally nutty release event of the Nintendo Wii. Read all about it over on my blog.

 
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At 11/20/2006 10:01 PM, Blogger Mr. Beamish the Instablepundit said...

I had fun with firearms today.

 

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