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“Uncharted 2” – new PS3 ad

Previous readers of this blog (or the Frugal Gaming forums) may be aware that I nurse something of a man crush on Nathan Drake, erstwhile digital leading man and all-round, quip-on-the-draw badass from Sony and Naughty Dog’s “Uncharted” series of video games (the sequel, “Uncharted 2: Among Thieves” is released in ten days’ time).

You may enjoy the embedded ad above for the PS3, but doesn’t it trade on ‘Gamer Girlfriend = Clueless Bimbo’ stereotypes just a little bit?  I can see where Sony and their ad bods are coming from – the experience of playing next gen games can feel like you’re playing a high-end CG animation at times, and people walking in on a cut scene might well fail to register that a game is in progress if they are unfamiliar with the medium.  The line is being blurred between the mediums of cinema and gaming at the moment – I hope that this is the idea that Sony were trying to deliver here.

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Halo 3: ODST reviews digest

No Master Chief, No purchase?

From 1Up’s Jeremy Parish – “…a side diversion in the Halo universe, but it’s an awfully good one”.

MTV Multiplayer’s Rush Frushtick – “For Halo fans, it’s a no brainer”.

Kotaku’s Stephen Totilo – “Bungie’s done good this time. That’s a victory, even if that’s a departure from a series which has often seen Bungie do great”.

The Guardian’s Tom Roberts – “At the end of Halo 3, Master Chief put himself into cryogenic freezing. If  Halo: ODST’s fresh approach delivers on its potential, as far as I’m concerned, he can stay there”.

The initial word is very positive – and I have to admit that I’m intrigued by the prospect of non-linear storytelling influenced, in part, by Film Noir – but I wonder if there’s enough here for anybody who isn’t a dyed-in-the-wool fan of Bungie and all things Master Chief.

I didn’t try “Halo Wars” for that reason, and I don’t know that I feel involved enough in the series to pick up this premium priced campaign extension.

Jayne, Wash, Zoe and Mal

Jayne, Wash, Zoe and Mal

Of course, the vocal presence of some of these chaps could well sway me in the queue at GameStation.

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Gamers meet your Nemesis

The Man does not rock

The Man does not rock

My resolve crumbles as “Modern Warfare 2” approaches – and this man knows it…

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