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Oh, Portal was absolutely incredible. One of the best games I've played in a long time.
Having played both... Halo is the superior game. Yes, blasphemy, I know, but really, is there a story to Half-Life? No. I was amazed when playing HL2 that people make it out to be such a big deal. Most of it was listen to a couple minutes of conversation that suggests that there may be a story somewhere, OMG, something happened, you're separated from Alyx, now go through 2 hours of story-less FPS gaming to meet her somewhere else. Then it happens again. Oh, and occasionally there are massively long and boring vehicle sections.
About 25% of HL2 was actually interesting and fun.
Halo, on the other hand, has solid story throughout. Sure, there's nothing as cool as the gravity gun in the play, but the tank-driving sections are far more fun than anything in HL2.
In fact, the section of Halo 3 where you destroy the scarab with the tank was more fun than the entirety of HL2.
Let me get this straight.
Because one title with proper ratings has a small portion of the game, something that's completely optional for end users to participate in, that's related to sexuality, then there can't be the policy decision to decide that topic's not allowable in a console feature that's in no way related to the game in question?
The fact that the majority of the use of terms related to sexual orientation of XBL are meant as pejoratives can't be allowed into policy decisions? So because Fable 2 has sexuality in it, XBL must allow sexual orientation and related terms in profiles, even if that means for every single GLBT person that puts it in their profile, 10-20 kids make gamertags like "FAGKILLER" and "STUPIDGAYS"?
Sure, you can just say that offensive ones are not allowed. But then what happens when someone's tag is "RichardIsGay" - is that offensive or not? Then the judgement calls get difficult, and eventually one is made incorrectly, then Consumerist gets more articles about how the people making the decisions at XBL aren't all perfect and therefore they're all a bunch of gay haters.
The game is ESRB rated, and a parent could choose to not buy it, and even set parental controls so a child couldn't play the game on the console even if they got a hold of it. (Assuming the parent actually PARENTS, instead of using the console as a babysitter.)
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And this is why you are out of the loop!Um, dude, who do you think plays them?
Right, kids at high schools and universities.
Sorry dude, the market has changed. The demographic used to be only kids in high schools and universities, but it's gotten a lot broader. Geez, even you should realize this, as a Wii fanboy.
As us gamers have gotten older, so has the demographic. There are plenty of adults playing games. The Wii has also been appealing to much older gamers as well, since it's so much more accessible.
If anything, kids in school still gravitate very much to the traditional "hardcore console". Who do you think it gobbling up millions of copies of Halo 3? Or who has the time to play it for hours at a time, every day of the week? It's those high school and university kids, playing on the 360, the PS2, and to a much lesser extent, the PS3. The Wii is great for social environments, party games, and for families, but actually not so much for the traditional game-playing crowd (kids in school). Spend some time in various video game forums, and you'll quickly realize this too.
I'm hoping you're just out of the loop when it comes to tracking video game markets, since your "knowledge" has been off. If you'd like to catch up, here are some excellent business-oriented sites that track the games industry:
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- Parental Timer — Limit play time
- Xbox Originals — Crash Bandicoot: Wrath of Cortex, Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge, Halo, Fable, Fuzion Frenzy, and Psychonauts for 1,200 MS Points.
- XBLA Greatest Hits — Best-selling Xbox Live Arcade games for 800 Points.
- Enhanced Online Profiles — You'll be able to look up friends of friends now, in sort of a social-networking-way.
- Inside Xbox — RSS news feed from Xbox Central Headquarters on your Xbox 360 dashboard.
- New Dashboard Layout
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