High Definition Gaming on the PS3

July 21, 2008 – 7:24 am, posted by Oliver

More than 30 years ago, pong, the first ever video game, began production and quickly took its place in bars across America. It was so popular because of the gameplay, no one cared about the poor graphics or the limited features – pong was fun.

Now in 2008, we live in a world of bright lights and sexy graphics, and there’s no better machine to showcase this than Sony’s Playstation 3. Unlike the ever popular Nintendo Wii, the PS3 has full HD integration, and displays stunning graphics if high definition from the majority of its games.

But is all this HD worth it? One of the most hyped up games for the PS3 is Grand Theft Auto 4, about the 50th title in this incredibly popular series, but in my opinion, it’s not a patch on its predecessor; GTA San Andreas.

Rockstar Games who produce GTA have focused most of their attention on the city, and its detailed graphics, and no one can dispute how realistic the environment looks, but it comes at a cost. The reason pong was so popular was because it was fun to play, GTA 4 just isn’t that fun, it’s more just a piece of artwork, and there’s only a certain amount of time you can spend admiring one piece of art.

What I’m saying is don’t get too excited about the PS3 being HD, as many of the games have neglected what video games should really be about in exchange for snazzy graphics. As for me, I’m going to get a Wii.

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