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Jun 21st, 2007 7:33 PM, 2 comments
Such great news came out this week about the next generation DVD wars -- Blockbuster has decided to carry Sony's Blu-ray format exclusively for the majority of their stores.

This is fantastic for so many reason, though most importantly, for my own selfish ones. I already own a Blu-ray player, 2 Blu-ray discs so far, and I'll own at least my third at the end of July when 300 comes out on Blu-ray! The news is probably even even more fantastic for Sony's executives and Blu-ray backers/investors, because this announcement has seemingly clenched the deal for Sony. At this point, I can't imagine them losing out to HD-DVD.

I wonder if Blockbuster's exclusivity with Sony was considered before or even planned out from the start? In hind site, it seems so obvious -- put Blu-ray in PS3, sell it to gamers who will be renting video games in mass when the new system comes out, and of course where else are they going to rent from, other than Blockbuster who will also be stocking the latest Blu-ray and HD-DVD discs?

The numbers are staggeirng recently, mostly due to PS3. Blu-ray is in 1.5 million, compared to the 300,000 homes that HD-DVD is in. The funny thing is that 1.4 million of those homes have a PS3, leaving 100,000 with a stand-alone Blu-ray player.

On the gaming front, PS3 is just getting started too. The Darkness comes out on Monday, followed by Ninja Gaiden Sigma on the following Tuesday. The developer's are saying that Ninja Gaiden will be just a taste of what the PS3 can do -- it supposedly runs at 60fps in 1080p. If you don't understand those numbers, the translation is that it runs smoothly and beautifully. It's almost unfortunate that I'll be on vacation next week. I say almost, because I'll probably be having more fun than any video game can provide... haha, just kidding, because that's just not possible.

For some reason I decided to start playing Final Fantasy X again last week. I'm 7 hours into it and loving every second of it. I don't think I recall fully understanding the story the first time I played it, but it's all making sense this time around. Just a personal note, I beat it 5 years ago. I'll probably end up buying The Darkness and/or Ninja Gaiden Sigma when I get back from vacation, but won't play it until I finish FFX again. That will be difficult.

Final note: Luke Bilger's first game back as a father. The chat log is awesome, with Luke telling the opposing team his every move.
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