How hard is it really to make a game system that works?
Judging from previous experience with Sony's PS2 &
PSP and Microsoft's original Xbox and the recently released
Xbox 360 we'd say the answer is "Pretty hard".
Tales of new Xbox 360 owners receiving the "3 blinking
red lights of doom" hours, days and weeks after
buying their new system is absolutely ridiculous. I
don't know a person alive who wouldn't be devastated
when faced with having to send away their brand new
$$$ system for repairs.
Big BOO HISS! goes to Microsoft's R&D team who designed
this latest piece of malfunctioning game machinery.
For shame. Your customers deserve better and I guess
that's why some of them will be buying PS3's. Not that
Sony is any better when it comes to shipping crappy
systems (see below)...
EB wins a great big Boo Hiss! Award for having subpar
customer service, hiring employees who know nothing
of the game industry, the history of gaming nor gaming
in general, for ripping off customers with low trade
in values only to sell used games $5 below new price,
smart ass pseudo know-it-all employees who regurgitate
old news from Gamepro magazine and the list of grievances
goes on and on. Thanks to the mountains of mis-information
bubbling forth from these dens of incompetence and their
downright lackluster and arrogant customer service,
waiting for the aged zombie to bring the key to the
gaming sarcophagus at Wal-Mart is a much more enjoyable
HISS EB! For shame. Your customers deserve better and
that's why they should shop elsewhere.
- 800 - 4MY - XBOX Tech Support
English is a pretty popular language here in North America,
so we're told. In fact, we're actually very fond of
it ourselves here at CCC. That's why we find it particularly
perplexing not to mention infuriating when we call tech
support for a North American product made by a North
American company and we can't speak to someone who is
familiar with the language. This isn't a matter of "racism"
either so clam up. This is a matter of needing to speak
with someone who speaks the same language so we can
get some service for a game system that dies within
30 days of purchase. All we ask is that if we're calling
North American tech support, please have someone on
the other end of the phone who can speak "North
American". It's a simple concept.
Hiss Xbox support! Your English speaking customers deserve
English. Your French speaking customers deserve French.
Your Spanish speaking customers deserve Spanish. Your
Japanese speaking customers deserve....oh wait. You
don't have any. Sorry.
Ahh....you thought you were going to get away without
getting yelled at, didn't you? No chance of that you
dead pixel, finicky square button, game ejecting, dumbed
down PS2! Here's a joke - Q. How many PSP's does
it take to screw in a lightbulb? A. I have no
time for jokes...my brand new $300 PSP has too many
dead pixels on it and I have to return it in hopes of
getting one that actually works!
nice to see that Sony hasn't learned anything in the
years since they released the PS2 with its shoddy electronics
and rampant DREing. Will the PS3 be any better? We sincerely
doubt it, but boy oh boy, do we hope Sony proves us
Hiss Sony! Your customers deserve better and that better
might just be a Nintendo DS...that works right out of
the box and costs a lot less!
Code Central Contests
Okay, even we aren't immune from blowing it from time
to time. We had contests (open to anyone who joins our
forums and takes the time to write quality posts), gave
away cool stuff and it took us a few months to send
out the prizes. Which we did finally, but it wasn't
cool of us to wait so long to do so. We know what it's
like to win something and then want it - and it really
sucks having to wait. We're sorry and we'll try harder
in the new year.
Hiss CCC! Your loyal forum members deserve better!
(PS2 / X)
This is a game that is supposed to be about fighting
the war on drugs but the message is a little messed
up. Why is it that as a cop fighting the war on drugs
you can smoke pot, drop acid, take crack, sell drugs....all
of which have POSITIVE effects on your gameplay abilities?
What kind of %$#@ed message is that sending to the impressionable
youth of today Midway? Is it responsible to allow gamers
to feed their character crack which then allows him
to move faster while time slows down around him, therefore
giving him the upperhand? What the %$#@ were you thinking?
It's games like these that make me really wonder about
this business sometimes. I can't believe people are
freaking out about the Hot Coffee mod in GTA: San Andreas
which 99% of gamers can't even access and this game
is still allowed on the shelves. Unbelievable.
Hiss! Just because something CAN be done in a videogame
doesn't mean it SHOULD be done.
Paying an extra ten dollars for a next gen game that
features absolutely no gameplay enhancements over it's
counterparts on the current gen consoles is a scam worthy
of investigating. The jewel cases don't cost more, the
manuals don't cost more, the discs might cost a little
more...but the game will set you back a ten spot "just
because" you went and spent a few hundred dollars
for the priviledge of doing so. That's mental and someone
needs to be yelled at for this or at the very least
"Boo Hissed!" while walking to their BMW in
the parking lot.
Hiss Activision, Ubi Soft, Namco, EA, 2K Games...Bad
sportsmanship. Just because you CAN charge an extra
$10 doesn't mean that you SHOULD.
TV Video Game Awards 2005
I saw this really terrible car accident in December....Charlize
Theron was there and Samuel L. Jackson was there. Tony
Hawk was there. Jack Black was there...it was horrible!
Oh wait, that wasn't a car accident; it was the Spike
TV Video Game Awards! My apologies, I often get those
two mixed up. Giving awards to games that weren't released
at the time voting polls were open is a little suspect,
don't you think? In what is little more than a gigantic
popularity contest with ads, Spike TV's Video Game Awards
show actually makes the video game industry seem that
much more dirty and seamy... and it's already hanging
maybe a notch above the porn industry, at least for
this year. I'm not saying video games don't deserve
their own awards show, they just don't deserve whatever
Spike TV is doing.
Hiss Spike TV! Make it stop and you there, stop tuning
in to watch it... Even if you're watching it to laugh,
that still counts as watching it!
The phrase "Get a life" was invented just
for this Miami lawyer who can't stop looking for that
golden lawsuit against the gaming industry due to his
litigious nature. Video games aren't the enemy...stupid
parents are, and I ripped a strip off of them below.
If Mr. Thompson was attacking the video game industry
on moral grounds and for non-profit reasons, people
may be more apt to agree with some of his finer points
- he actually does have some! But he's going about it
the wrong way, looking for a payday akin to what Joe
Blow Vs. Big Tobacco walked away with a few years ago.
It's not going to happen. I don't think.....
Boo Hiss to Mr. Thompson who we believe is just looking
for a quick buck on the back of victims (or their families)
whom were harmed by people with serious mental problems.
Within the context of my own life, I run into countless
young kids who are allowed to play Teen and Mature rated
games simply because their parents seemingly don't know
any better. There are ratings on games for a reason,
just like movies, and yet time after time I discover
that parents have NO CLUE as to what little Johnny is
being exposed to when he's down the basement playing
his PS2 or Xbox on his own. Parents can't possibly still
be this ignorant in 2005, can they? Violence, sexual
themes, nudity and adult language is the norm in M rated
games, with interesting new twists appearing in each
new release in attempt to "one up" the competition.
Yet many parents remain utterly clueless as to the nature
of the content in games like "Grand Theft Auto:
San Andreas" or "Condemned: Criminal Origins".
No wonder your kids can't sleep at night.
Hiss stupid uninformed negligent parents! Your kids
are counting on you to raise them! Get your face out
of your laptop for two minutes and see what they're
playing. Chances are, you won't like it.