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Why Sony needs to have a UMD transfer system for PS Vita

This article is based of the recent FAQ that Sony put up regarding the Playstation Vita, in it Sony stated that it is considering a UMD transfer system though there aren’t any plans yet. Sony needs to come up with something.

The PSP Go was a resounding failure, it had potential but even in PSP crazy Japan the system struggles to sell more than 300 units per week while the PSP 3000 regularly beats every other system in terms of sales. Ignoring the other downsides to the PSP Go, I believe that the reason the adoption rate is so low is because people have a stack of UMDs that they have accumulated over six years that they simply don’t want to get rid of, or can’t because of the financial implications involved with replacing all of those games.

Take the launch of the PS3 as an example, the fact that it essentially had a PS2 built into it made the $600 price tag a lot easier to swallow because people already had a stack of games to play on it regardless of what the PS3 launch games were.

Certain PSP games may even have support on Vita for twin analogue sticks making the jump to a PS Vita not dissimilar to the HD up-scaling of PS2 games on the PS3.

So if people have a big collection of UMD based games that will be enhanced by Vita when played on it why wouldn’t somebody consider a UMD transfer program as a HUGE incentive to buying one at launch, particularly if Sony made it very clear that it was a limited time offer.

This isn’t me thinking “Crap I have a ton of soon to be useless UMD games” because I don’t. I got a PSP, for the second time, after Vita was announced so I have been careful to buy all my games digitally and I would only like my UMD copy of Final Fantasy IV to be playable on the Vita. If Sony were to announce that all UMD games can be swapped for a digital copy within three months of Vita being released then I would be much more liable to buy a Vita at launch in order to transfer over my one game. Imagine the millions of people with 10+ UMD games that are looking for that added incentive to buy a PS Vita.

500 word review, Monopoly Here and Now iOS

The inspiration for this fantastic version of the game.

I have grown up playing Monopoly every Christmas and it has always annoyed me that I could only play at Christmas because nobody else would play at other times. That is why the iOS version of the game is the perfect fit for people like me.

Monopoly Here and Now for iOS devices is the re-skinned version of the original game for iOS. Like the Here and Now version of the board game it updates the monetary value of everything in order to fit with modern times by multiplying all the amounts by 10,000. One of the changes from the board game version of Here and Now is the fact that this is the worldwide version. Instead of Mayfair and Park Lane you have Montreal and Riga respectively. This makes for a nice change of pace and almost makes this hundred-year-old game feel like new. There is still something that could be said for the nostalgia of the train stations, Bond Street and the waterworks but this version of the game achieves what it sets out to do with just one worldwide version of the game for the worldwide market that is the iOS platform.

This iOS version of Monopoly is one of the best virtual versions of the game that I have played. The mechanics are essentially the same but the rules are customisable and the Retina Display for the iPod touch and iPhone really make up for the somewhat limited technology of the mobile devices. Although the game would not look anywhere near as good on an older iPod or iPhone – I also tested it on a non-retina display iPod touch – the Retina Display functionality means the game surpasses the likes of other mobile versions of the game. I would be inclined to say that the iOS version of the game is on par or at least extremely close to the PS3/PSP mini version in terms of graphics.

For any Monopoly fans out there this game is more than worth the 0.59p ($0.99) entry point. I have been playing it all week and I already feel as though I have got my moneys worth. Even for casual fans of Monopoly this could be worth getting for the simple fact that there are three difficulty levels for the AI in the game, which makes for a quick or long game depending upon yours and the AI’s skill. Although there are other versions of this game on other platforms they aren’t all the same. The Android version is extremely different from the iOS version and costs $6.99. The PS Mini version is somewhat similar but again it costs around $5 and isn’t as portable as the iOS version since most people probably take their iPhone or iPod touch with them everywhere anyway. If however you want to be able to play the game on your television as well then the Playstation Mini version would be hard to pass up since you can play it on both the PSP and PS3.


Console Exclusives That Need A Sequel

Just one of the console exclusives that needs a sequel.

 Each console has games that make it special. Microsoft have Halo, Sony has Uncharted and Nintendo have Mario. But what of the franchises that don’t get the game they deserve or are maybe even forgotten? In this article I am going to run through the console exclusives that need a sequel.

Hit the jump for the games!

New Nintendo Console Announced, Our Predictions

Thanks to IGN user Aaron Carr for this mock up.

After weeks of speculation that Nintendo are ready to unveil their new console, codenamed ‘Project Café’, at E3 2011 the company confirmed that they would indeed be doing so this past week.
Of course this isn’t the most interesting news. Most gamers I know, that follow the industry, have predicted this for months. After all the Wii’s sales are slowing, there hadn’t been many games announced for 2011 and the console is definitely showing it’s age. What is interesting are the many rumours surrounding the console.
Hit the jump to see our predictions on what the next Nintendo console will feature…

3DS Video Review Extravaganza!

As many of you will know I have been anticipating the 3DS launch for a few months. The fact that we Europeans get it a whole two days before you unlucky Americans meant we at GeeksFTW have taken the opportunity to have a somewhat casual video review of it before the American release. I will be covering the 3DS a lot this weekend so that any of you who are still on the fence about it can get some more info.

Please enjoy the video (Sorry about my cold) and let me know if there is anything else you’d like me to cover about the 3DS.

Side Note: Despite what I say in the video about the 3D being “gimmicky” it is actually very good. I’ve had more time with it since then and it really does add to the game. At least in Street Fighter anyway.

St Patrick’s Day iOS Deals!

There are a bunch of iOS deals today in celebration of St Patrick’s day. The deals range from apps to an episode of Doctor Who. There are a bunch of great apps on sale so hit the jump to view the full list!

To Game or Not to Game – A Video Game Documentary

As part of my school project myself and Sam (@Sam_FletcherUK on twitter) had to make a documentary. Obviously a video game documentary was the perfect choice and I hope we have done it justice. We interviewed a few people that are prominent in the gaming community including Activision Community Manager Dan Amrich aka One Of Swords, Veteran podcaster JVB from the Post Game Report Podcast and MLG Pro ArCtYC.

To Game or Not to Game Part 1 of 2


To Game or Not to Game Part 2 of 2


Deals of the week (App Store)

iPhone App Store Sale!

This week EA and Gameloft are having a big sale on a variety of their best selling iOS games. I’ve gone through a list of many of the best games that are on sale an the list is as follows!

Update: The list now also includes Capcom games on sale!

My life without a PC

I have been without a dedicated computer for around six months now.  The main reason why I decided against getting a new computer for Christmas was my iPod touch. In fact I got a new iPod touch instead. My iPod touch is my dedicated computer. Sure it doesn’t have flash and it can’t do some of the things that a dedicated computer can do, I do miss being able to download some things every now and then. I’ve spent the last week weighing up the pros and cons of having a dedicated computer instead of or as well as a device like an iPod or iPad. Here is what I came up with.

US Deal of the Day

I struggled last week to find any deals that I felt were suitable for this post. Thanks again to Henry Knox I am instead writing this post with several (hopefully) great deals.