The up, left, and sideways

February 6, 2006 by Tim

So the Steelers won, the Seahawks lost. I didn’t agree with a couple of those calls. I don’t think the Steelers should have been awarded a couple of those possessions. However they played hard, they won, congratulations Pittsburgh. Seattle, better luck next time.

So we still don’t have a concrete date on Oblivion yet, but they have released the system specs, if you haven’t seen them already:

Recommended:

  • 3 Ghz Intel Pentium 4 or equivalent processor
  • 1 GB System RAM
  • ATI X800 series, Nvidia GeForce 6800 series, or higher video card

Minimum System Requirements:

  • Windows XP
  • 512MB System RAM
  • 2 Ghz Intel Pentium 4 or equivalent processor
  • 128MB Direct3D compatible video card and DirectX 9.0 compatible driver;
  • 8x DVD-ROM drive
  • 4.6 GB free hard disk space
  • DirectX 9.0c (included)
  • DirectX 8.1 compatible sound card
  • Keyboard, Mouse

Pretty hefty, so you may want to start gearing up now for the hopeful March release. That is, if you’re planning to get the game on the PC like I am.

The way I see it, when you look at Morrowind and the staggering accumulation of player-made content for the PC version, and then realize that Xbox players got none of that, the option is clear. Now of course I realize not everyone has a choice between platforms.

But if you do have that choice, I think in the long run you’ll be happier with the open-ended PC platform that can extend your gameplay infinitely. Consoles are catching up in terms of downloadable content, but are still restricted to developer offerings. And I find the fanbases are by far more fervent and diligent when it comes to creating new game content.

I’ve got my sights set on a new blood infusion for the Xbox 360 this month. Two titles I’ve been anticipating are scheduled for release, Full Auto and Fight Night. I love the Xbox 360, and I think it’s got some great potential, but let’s face it; things need to pick up. The console is hurting for a game library above and beyond Live! Arcade (although I am pretty psyched about Street Fighter). So I’ll be pouncing on these two titles as soon as they come about.

I hope most of you have heard about this, but if you haven’t, you’re gonna love it. A group of guys got together and made Jack Thompson’s game, and it’s deliciously violent. Check it out.


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