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Don't Be a Pawn of Bill Gates! Say NO to
X-box is Overhyped
You didn't think I was going to write an editorial
about PS2 and leave X-box out, did you? Well, think again buddy. X-box
is yet another example of Microsoft trying to take over part of the market
where they don't belong. Why does X-box suck? I'll give my reasons below.
First of all, Microsoft is trying to budge its way
into an already established gaming world. Honestly, I don't think it's
gonna work. Microsoft makes operating systems (very unstable ones, Windows
sucks), and computer software. That's great, they make computer software.
They should stick to software. Why do you think the Justice Department
is trying to break up Microsoft? Because they're too big. Microsoft is
a monopoly and they have almost complete control of the software market.
Do you want them to have control of the gaming market? Do you want to have
to bow to Bill Gates's wishes? When he says "jump", do you say "how high"?
I certainly hope not. Microsoft is a sleazy company that just wants more
money. Bill Gates is worth hundreds of billions of dollars, why would he
possibly want more? He's trying to get into the gaming console market,
and he doesn't belong there. I could get into a huge philosophical discussion
of why Bill Gates and Microsoft suck, but I have other things to do. Let's
just agree that Microsoft is hell and Bill Gates is Satan.
Now it's time
to get down to the nitty-gritty. If you want a detailed comparison of X-box to
here. It will tell you all the little hardware differences. Basically,
all it says is that X-box's hardware specifications are overrated at best.
Microsoft has touted their too-good-to-be-true polygon rates as one of
their selling points. Well, I got news for you. The polygon rates they
give (125 million/sec) are totally unrealistic. These rates only hold up
under experimental conditions with no special effects or graphics. In real
life, it'll probably go down to 6-10 million. So when Microsoft says you'll
get 125 million polygons, they're lying. That's right, they are lying
to you! Do you trust a company that has to use lies to try to get you to
buy their product? Nintendo is being truthful when they say you'll get
6-12 million polygons during a game. They are giving you estimates that
are factual, based on real game conditions. Nintendo tells you exactly
what you're going to get, while Microsoft has to lie by giving you big
pretty numbers. And of course, the big difference is the processors. Don't
let those megahertz numbers fool you, megahertz is not a measure of processing
power. It is simply a measurement of how many clock cycles a processor
can complete in one second. What really matters is how many operations
the processor can perform in one second. Everybody is hyping the fact that
X-box will have a Pentium III processor in it. Big deal. I'll admit, a
PIII is great for personal computers. The Pentium is designed for computers,
it is designed to do different tasks that one would normally do with a
PC. But the Pentium III is not designed for game play. Did you ever wonder
why computers have graphics cards? That's because a graphics processor
is designed to, get this, process graphics! The PIII is designed for general
use, it is not specifically designed for graphics. Microsoft is trying
to turn an all-use processor into a specific-use processor. I'll tell you
right now that it's not gonna work. Microsoft wants to model the X-box
after a PC, and that won't work for games. PCs are made for all-purpose
uses. A game console is designed for games. Remember that they're supposedly
making a game console, not a cheap knock-off of a PC. But research shows
otherwise. The X-box reeks of being a bad imitation of a PC. I won't go
into specifics, just read the comparison. All I'm trying to say is that
ripping off a PC won't work. Game Cube is better because it uses brand-new
technology specifically designed for playing games. They went through all
the trouble of making a really good processor just for you. What did Microsoft
do? They just took some chip off the shelf and said "this'll do." It just
goes to show you how resourceful they are. And what about memory? Once
again, Microsoft is using memory that is designed for personal computers.
It might work good for PCs, but it sucks when you try to plug it into a
game console. Once again, Nintendo is using special high-speed RAM that
is perfect for the demands of a game console. Microsoft is just grabbing
stuff off the shelf again. I personally think the X-box was designed by
some kind of genetically-engineered monkey (who may or may not be Al Gore,
my people are looking into that) that was designed to make a game system.
Well, I guess that genetic engineering backfired, because the monkey did
it all wrong. They should just stick to substandard humans, who designed
the oh-so-wonderful Windows ME (which is in Kasuto's Book of Records for
"worst operating system ever"). I'll tell you the truth. I have Windows
98 Second Edition, and it crashes at least twice a day. The Blue Screen
of Death is permanently etched into my retinas. Do you trust a company
that crashes your computer everyday to make a game console? An operating
system is the core of the computer, and nothing can work without it. If
they suck at this very basic aspect of computing, then chances are they'll
suck at making a game console. I don't like the idea of my game system
crashing in the middle of the game. But that happens all the time with
Windows. I guess we're all just used to settling for something crappy.
And what about Microsoft's "official" specs for the X-box? Their list gave
all sorts of little features, comparing them to PS2 and Game Cube. But
in half the features they put an "N/A" for Game Cube, meaning "not applicable."
Well, that's just wrong. All of the features they listed are applicable.
They just don't want to admit that Game Cube is going to one-up them. And
now I'll complain about DVD compatibility. I've said it before, if you
want to play DVDs, get a DVD player! Don't try to cram it into a game console.
That'll just raise the price of the console because they have to pay fifty
bucks just for licensing fees. Did you know that Microsoft isn't even designing
their own controller? That's right! They're getting some third party to
make it for them. That just sounds like laziness to me. At least Nintendo
took the initiative by creating a wonderful new controller on their
Now it's time for that philosophical discussion.
You didn't think I would actually skip that, did you? Well, the gist of
it is that Microsoft is a huge, blood-sucking monster that only wants to
take your hard-earned money (or your parents' hard-earned money). You all
know what Windows ME is the supposed "upgrade" to Windows 98. The truth
is, it's just the same thing with a couple pretty bells and whistles added.
So how does this relate to X-box? The X-box is just a PC with a couple
pretty bells and whistles added. Frankly, I have about as much faith in
Microsoft as I have faith in Al Gore being a stand-up comedian. That is
to say, none whatsoever. Microsoft is just a money grubbing super-corporation.
They don't care about your gaming pleasure, or creating a good game system.
They just want your money. So they're "inventing" this new game console
(which consists of a crack team of engineers playing with legos that represent
computer parts) that is supposedly going to usher in the future of gaming.
If Microsoft is going to be the future of gaming, then it'll be a pretty
bleak future (the book 1984 rings a bell). In reality, Microsoft is not
creating a new game console. THey are just taking off-the-shelf parts and
gluing them onto a motherboard and making you think it's a new game console. They don't have any
fantastic new technology, it's all stuff that you can find in any PC. But
Nintendo (and the companies involved in Game Cube's development) has developed
radically new components for their system. They have revolutionary processor and
memory design that is for the sole purpose of running games. I'll tell you right
now, I'm an old-school Nintendo fan. I've been with them since the beginning,
and I'll be there till the end. Why do I like Nintendo? Because they were there
first. They invented all these radicaly new ideas first, and the other companies
just copied off them. Nintendo has been making great games and great consoles
for as long as I can remember, and they will continue to do so for years to
come. Mcrosoft and Sony only think of the short-term profits. They don't care
what will become of their consoles in two years, because they'll come out with a
"new" one by then. But Nintendo is in it for the long haul. When they build a
system or a game, they make sure it will be around for a long time. Look at
Zelda as an example. I'm talking about the original Legend of Zelda for the NES.
It came out in 1986 and people are still playing it. And physically, they built
games and systems that will last. I still have my original NES and it still
works. I'd like to see an X-box or a Playstation 2 sill working in fourteen
years. Nintendo is the grandfather of the gaming industry. They've been there
forever, and they know what to do. They have experience that tells them what
people what want and what people don't want. So I'm staying with them. One last
thing, what I hate the most is hearing people say "PS2 rocks!" or "X-box is
gonna kick Nintendo's ass!" Don't say that to me. PS2 sucks and so will X-box.
Sony and Microsoft have just brainwashed you into thinking that they're stuff is
better. Well, it's not. Don't become a mindless zombie to them. Stay with
Nintendo, because they don't need to brainwash you. Nintendo tells the truth,
while the other companies have to use deceptive advertising. And I don't trust a
company that uses deceptive advertising. So next time you get the urge to buy a
Playstation or preorder the X-box, think of this: Sony and Microsoft will never
make another Zelda.
Kasuto of Kataan
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