Review: PlayStation 3 EX-02 Next Gen Bluetooth Headset with Faceplates

  • February 2, 2014
  • James Skemp
The following is a review of the PlayStation 3 EX-02 Next Gen Bluetooth Headset with Faceplates, which I received as part of the Amazon Vine program. External speaker is key I've tried two different microphones before this headset: the one that came with Warhawk and the PlayStation 3 camera, and since I rarely play multiplayer games, and PlayStation players are less likely to have microphones that Xbox 360 players, both were just fine.

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Review: Mafia II (2010)

  • May 8, 2012
  • James Skemp
The following is a review of Mafia II (2010), for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. If you enjoyed The Saboteur, you’ll enjoy this While I was playing Mafia II I was constantly reminded of The Saboteur (2009), and since I enjoyed that game, I would consider that a good thing. The game features much of the same, with gun and hand fights (the latter of which plays an important part in the story) and driving.

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Nier weapon data in XML (and LINQ sample query)

  • October 16, 2011
  • James Skemp
Going through the game Nier yet again, I wanted an easier way to track what weapon levels I had already upgraded to, and what items I still needed to unlock weapon items. Phase one towards that goal is creating an XML file with weapon upgrade information which is available online: Nier weapon data. An XML schema document for this information is also available: Nier weapon XSD. Sample LINQ query The following query can be run from LINQPAD, and will either display all items with their counts, or a grouped listing of items with the total quantity needed.

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Review: Yakuza 4 (2011) (PlayStation 3)

  • October 1, 2011
  • James Skemp
The following is a review of Yakuza 4 for the PlayStation 3. A masterpiece I picked up Yakuza 4 without having played any of the previous iterations of the game. After looking at reviews online I thought it might have a pretty good story, and provide a good amount of entertainment. After playing a little under an hour of the game I was quite impressed what I had seen. Used copies of Yakuza 3 were available locally, at a pretty decent price, so I decided to pick up a copy of Yakuza 3 and play that first (since Yakuza 1 and 2 were a little harder to find, and more importantly on the PlayStation 2).

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Yakuza 4: Tanimura Hostess Guide

  • September 18, 2011
  • James Skemp
This is a very rough guide for the hostesses for Tanimura for Yakuza 4. This only includes the questions/answers I needed to complete his hostesses. Chihiro (Jewel) Italian Scarf +.25 - never wore Orange Juice +1 Fruit Platter +1 When I was twenty? I wasn't interested in love yet. +1 I see. It's nothing, really. +1 What do you think of a girl who can't drink? It's cute. +1 Something interesting?

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Review: Last Rebellion (2010) (PlayStation 3)

  • August 28, 2011
  • James Skemp
The following is a review of Last Rebellion for the PlayStation 3. It’s interesting how badly this game is generally rated, yet I didn’t find the approximately 12 hours I put into the game all that horrible. Sure the graphics don’t push the limits of the PlayStation 3, and the game could certainly have been released for the PlayStation 2, but given the current pricing of the game I’d argue it’s worth a purchase.

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Review: Yakuza 3 (2010) (PlayStation 3)

  • August 21, 2011
  • James Skemp
The following is a review of Yakuza 3, for the PlayStation 3. Around the time Yakuza 4 was being released I began hearing about the game, although after further research I do remember hearing about those who had asked actual Yakuza to play a Yakuza game (the 3rd specifically). Either way, everything I had heard about 4 suggested I would like it, especially when I heard it had a great story.

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Review: Eat Them! (2010) (PlayStation 3)

  • August 6, 2011
  • James Skemp
The following is a review of Eat Them!, for the PlayStation 3, and released on the PlayStation Network. I just recently picked up a copy of Eat Them!, for the PlayStation 3, as it was on sale for PlayStation Plus members. According to some Eat Them! is a Rampage-like game, where you control a monster that lays waste to an area of a city. Indeed, this an extremely apt description, as playing this game brought to my mind fond memories of putting quarters/tokens into the Rampage machine, and later playing it, and later releases (such as for the Nintendo 64) to mind.

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The Kinect is selling really well; but is that good for gamers?

  • November 29, 2010
  • James Skemp
Techmeme had a couple of interesting titles this evening. "Kinect is Selling 2X as Fast as the iPad" and "Microsoft: Over 2.5M Kinect Sold." Even if I thought I had the space for it (I'd have to move furniture every time I wanted to play it in my current apartment) I still wouldn't pick up the Kinect. Why? First there's the price. At $150 you might as well buy a PSP (which I did) or a Nintendo DSi.

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Thoughts on the Kinect and Playstation Move

  • September 5, 2010
  • James Skemp
Laying aside the question of whether these are merely in response to the amount of money being made by the Wii, and whether the technology will be as lasting as history suggests 3D televisions will be, I've been thinking about the Kinect and Move recently. Here are my thoughts. How well will they work? This is the biggest question. Ever since they were first shown on television there's been the question of what environments will support the Kinect.

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Review: AmazonBasics USB 2.0 A-Male to Mini-B Cable (6 Feet / 1.8 Meters)

  • August 23, 2010
  • James Skemp
This is a review of AmazonBasics USB 2.0 A-Male to Mini-B Cable (6 Feet / 1.8 Meters). I purchased this for an additional (and longer) cable for a Playstation 3 controller. It works perfectly (although I realize now I would have preferred a few feet longer - oh well). The fact that it comes in Amazon’s hassle free packaging is another definite plus, although since the box was rather large, when I received my package in the mail, I thought perhaps it was the Blu-ray movies I’d purchased shaking about.

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Resonance of Fate: General data file

  • April 11, 2010
  • James Skemp
Resonance of Fate, available for the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 (I purchased for the former), has a vast amount of data associated with it, as RPGs usually do. Because I usually do, I started keeping track of levels and etcetera for the game, which is available as an XML data file. The data is currently raw (and as of this post need to finish adding data that I've got on paper and on another computer), without styling, but I've been sitting on the information for far too long.

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Review: Borderlands

  • January 24, 2010
  • James Skemp
The following is a review for Borderlands, available for the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. I specifically played the Playstation 3 version, but my review should be applicable to the Xbox 360 version as well. What I was expecting After all the hype and reviews I was expecting a ripe-off, albeit a fairly good one, of Fallout 3. Of course, Diablo II with it’s randomly generated baddies and weapons (and drops in general) was also mentioned.

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Video games I'm looking forward to in 2010

  • December 9, 2009
  • James Skemp
In no particular order, here are the video games I'm currently looking forward to playing in 2010. Note that some games may have been released earlier. Consoles that games can be released for are the PS2/PS3, Xbox 360, or Wii (which therefore includes GameCube games). Since I will probably not be getting an Xbox Live Gold subscription this coming January, and am going to go back to playing RPGs on PS systems only, when possible, PS3 versions of multi-console releases will be higher on my list.

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Initial thoughts on Playstation 3 instant streaming

  • November 6, 2009
  • James Skemp
Today I received my instant streaming disc for the Playstation 3 from Netflix. Having now moved around and watched a video, here are my thoughts. Note that I've watched Netflix streaming videos on my PC as well as on my Xbox 360. Thoughts As noted, currently the streaming capabilities require a disc. While this could perhaps be a download (and will be in the future), I don't believe it's too terrible that it requires a disc.

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