At every gaming console's launch, there may be a few consoles released to the public that may have a few bugs to work out. It is the same rule of thumb people use to not buy a car the first year it is released. As it turn's out, the Microsoft XBox 360 has faced many problems that may lead to a recall. Reports have indicated that a large number of the machines are facing technical problems including hard drive failure and overheating. This may lead to a recall on the systems already on sale.
Speaking of launches, the long time running role-playing title, Final Fantasy, is getting ready for its new title, Final Fantasy XII. Set for release in 2006, hopefully in May, the game is doing everything to get gamers hyped for its arrival. They have even created a new drink called "Finaly Fantasy Potion". Referencing to the potions found in the game, this drink according to 1up.com's article is said to contain several mysterious herbs and flavors. They hope to reach a flavor never made before.
And finally, people have already seen video games may be violent. Also, several have asked the law to step in to stop minors from accessing them. Well in Illinois, a judge has overturned the law that prohibited minors from buying violent video games. The ESA has won a court case in the name of the First Amendment to allow minors the right to purchase the games. As the court states, contorl should be put on the parents, not on the state. Now eyes are on California to see how ESA will challenge Governor Schwarzennegger's proposal on banning sales of violent video games to minors.
Thus, what does all this mean? It further echoes my previous post, video games are not what they used to be. More than a business and almost a phenomenon, video games have reached the courts, and are not what they used to be. There is no doubting how much of an impact games have on the American and even global culture. What is doubtful is whether or not it will be positive for the people. There are still some that understand video games may not be suitable for all. Some parents want to abolish the violent ones. There may come a point where a video game goes to far in warping a mind, but in the end they are still at their root entertainment. Digital, virtual, entertainment.
The press is starting to warm up and see what will happen for the holidays. Plus by next marketting quarter, it will be time for the next wave of next-generation consoles and games. It's game over for now for this blog, but it still has a few lives left.