Sony vs. Halo 3
Arguably, Halo 3 will be the most important piece of software that Microsoft has ever created, and could possibly cement the Xbox 360 as the game system of choice in the minds of Americans (those that don’t also own a Wii, that is).
Halo 3’s importance is not lost on Sony who, if big-shot video game industry analyst Michael Pachter is to be believed, could possibly be announcing another major price drop next week at the Tokyo Game Show for both the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 2, which continues to rake in dough, just in time to cockblock the Master Chief later this month.
“Addressing recent rumors of a new 40GB PS3 SKU planned for release prior to the holidays (and the previously mentioned $99 PS2 rumor), Pachter opines that 'both of these ideas have merit,' noting that Sony Computer Entertainment President Kaz Hirai is the keynote speaker at next week’s Tokyo Game Show. 'If the rumors are true,' he says, 'we cannot think of a better forum for making such an announcement, given that the event is less than a week before the launch of arch-rival, Microsoft’s Halo 3.'
But really, who is not going to play Halo 3 just because a PlayStation 3, which to my knowledge has no games that are the equivalent in terms of awareness and awesomeness, is a few bucks less? Not me, boss!
Final Fantasy VII Remix Album Downloadable, Free
Ten years after it was released for the original PlayStation, Final Fantasy VII still gets mad love, as proven by a free fan-created remix album that was made available last week.
The compilation, titled Final Fantasy VII: Voices of the Lifestream, features 40 artists from around the world who took 45 of the game’s classic tracks, originally composed by Nobuo Uematsu, and turned them into jazz, rock, and techno numbers. Sure, why not?
This is the ninth album from OverClocked ReMix, a non-profit website that specializes in putting together remixed/re-interpreted albums of classic video game music.
Winamp on Wii? New Version Coming
Like Final Fantasy VII, the WinAmp media player is 10 years old! How the time flies.
And to celebrate, WinAmp, now owned by AOL, will be releasing version 5.5, whose functionalities take a square aim at iTunes, on 10/10 at 10:10 a.m. Clever.
In addition to being Wii-compatible, the new version will, according to Wired, who has had a chance to check it out, include:
-The Winamp Remote feature, which can stream music and videos from your computer to any other computer, Nintendo Wii, or cellphones, by logging in to winamp.com/remote. iTunes only lets you stream to computers on your local nework
-The Media Monitor feature, which allows you browse MP3 blogs within Winamp, assembling tracks in a playlist and allowing you to download them to your computer
-The ability to email or text playlists to friends
-The ability to find concert tickets or videos for an artist by clicking on their name