[PS4] ソニーさん、絶望したよ!

Random post number 2 for month 2. It would seem apparent that Sony hasn't really learned their lesson from the Vita's limiting features (though they're being revamped little by little with every other update), the PS4 has it's own, and in far greater numbers.

Sales of the unit started in Japan last February 22, and it hasn't been flying off the shelves as projected. That's mainly attributed to the fact that less and less people are getting into console gaming due to being more busy and on the go, but more than likely the decline in interest is probably due to these... not all of them are atrociously bad, but Sony kinda overdid it:

Pic source is from one of the peeps I follow at Twitter.

*Note: Most people know this already from the initial US release... so sue me, I don't look up stuff that's not from Japan, being an otaku and all...

*PS3, PS2, PS games cannot be used.
*Video Output is through HDMI only.
*DVD/BDs have to undergo online verification, otherwise playback will not commence. (For customers with no internet connection, call the Information Center hotline)
*Cannot play Music/Video CDs.
*Online Play (Vs, Co-op) requires PS Plus Membership.
*Torne (HDD Recorder program) cannot be used.
*Nasne (Network Recorder + Cloud Storage System) cannot be used, a system-compatible version will be released at a later date.
*Bluetooth device compatibility is limited.
*The USB Charging Cable used for Dual Shock 3 cannot be used on the Dual Shock 4 (DS4 uses a micro B cable)

Speaking for myself though, I'm willing to wait until a 2nd/3rd gen unit is released anyway.  By that time a lot of those features will probably be amended.

If there are any good exclusives released midway, I might buy them standalone for now.


[PS3] アースディフェンスフォース インセクトアルマゲドン

Back in the PS2 era I fell in love with a fun little TPS developed by the then-fledgeling outfit Sandlot and brought out by D3 Publisher as a part of their "Simple Series" line: The Chikyuu Boeigun or Earth Defense Force. My copy eventually wore out from overuse (and my first PS2 soon followed), and I promised myself that should there ever be a next-gen incarnation of the game, I'd try it out first thing... but with the PS3 being what it is, there's always the possibility of only being able to earn certain things by playing online; a trend that I'm slowly losing patience over, being more a solo player by nature.

I later found a copy of Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon in a used game shop for steal-grade cheap. Though it's still a D3 Publisher title, the development was not done by Sandlot, but by a western outfit called Vicious Cycle. I had my misgivings, but since it doesn't seem to be an online-dependent title, I gave it a shot.


[その他] この中古フィギュアーは売るもんじゃないww

Random post for this month. Finally getting around to reworking the subsections (for the model kits at least). Anyway, chanced upon a fun little 2ch post republished at nico.

The subject is a figure of Touhou Project's Patchouli Knowledge being sold at a second-hand figure shop. Not something you see everyday, but there's one little catch...

Sale item condition: Large stain under the skirt.

What kind of stain it was is best left to the imagination. One thing's for sure, this item probably won't be getting off that store shelf for quite a long while....