Tuesday, 31 May 2011

I am not good at video games.

I have not had a games console of my own for many years.

I owned a playstation. I remember playing a game in which you go around on scooters... I never managed to do well enough on it to unlock other runs/ parks though, so I just alternated between the two starter hills. I was really bad at it.

I then owned the PS2. I used it to play DVDs.

I was also the proud owner of a skateboarding game, in which I believe you had to shoot paint at people? And things? I can't even remember what console it was on, let alone what you had to do. But it goes without saying that I was bad at it.

Since then I have not owned a console of my own.
It didn't matter. I was bad at games and didn't care for them.

But then I went to university.

It all started with an innocent bit of FIFA with my flatmates. We grew addicted. We stayed up till 3, 4 in the morning playing game after game. Now, this doesn't mean I got good at it. I just freaking loved it.

Then a friend invited a few people round for drinking and gaming. He had FIFA, the first two Assassins Creed games, and Portal. Weeks passed in which I was content to play casually at his house, once or twice a week, and kill the rest of the hours I wanted to play games by watching LPs on youtube.

But now uni is over and there is no one I know that's near me whose house I can take over. And I've got the whole summer ahead of me. I need to buy my own console.

I told the story of how I started to get into gaming to set the scene for this question. PS3 or XBox? I'm definitely going to want FIFA (might just get '10, I don't really care), Portal (and Portal 2), Assassins Creed (1 and 2, probably not Brotherhood), and LA Noire.

It should be noted that I'm still BAD at gaming. I'm not a hardcore gamer. I don't really like the classic first person shooter games involving killing lots of people for whatever reason. Obviously Portal is a first person shooter that's fantastic, and Assassin's Creed is killing people. Lots. No objections to killing and no objections to first person shooting. But in general they bore me. So spending a lot of money (that I don't have) just wont be worth it. With this in mind- should I buy a console of my own? And if so then WHICH?!


  1. PS3 PS3 PS3! I only have 2 friends on Playstation Network, you can be my third!
    Also, you know, beatles rockband.

  2. get a ps3.

    we can play fifa online!

  3. Depends what games you want. That's the only reason to choose one over the other. Beware that sometimes devs get lazy when doing it for both consoles and each has their strengths and weaknesses.

    BTW gotta get Brotherhood. It's great.

  4. I'll echo what harry said.

    One mans pleasure is anothers pain. No different here, Xbox Live costs money, PlayStation Network has been down a lot recently because of hacking scandals.

    Go for a deal i'd say,a console package with games, which ever works out at best value for you and what you want.