There are two parts of this post. The first is my obsession with white consoles. I’m not sure why, but when I picked up my PS4, I specifically got the Destiny edition because it was a white console. Then, months later, when I traded in my 360 for an Xbox One, I was determined to have the Master Chief edition because it was white one too. And then I wanted the white Playstation Vita, which is slightly harder to come by because it was a special edition released with Assassin’s Creed: Liberation (released in 2012). The white PS Vita sells for exorbatant amounts of money on Amazon and ebay.
I got my white PS Vita, btw, by shopping craigslist regularly and I found some guy selling one for a reasonable price. I don’t regret it for a minute.
One of the reasons why I wanted it was for the ability to play the PS4 from bed in the other room. The other was to play slightly better quality games in bed (there’s a trend, I’m noticing).
The thing I wasn’t anticipating when I picked up a few games for the Vita, was that they were slightly “dumbed down” versions of the full-sized games.
What the hell?!?
I understand that sometimes there’s a need to lower the graphics because the device doesn’t have the same computing power as the bigger console, but there are games where the content is significantly different than the full version on other consoles. Most specifically are the LEGO games.
I know there are some bad reviews on Borderlands 2 for Vita because the graphics had to be diminished so severely as to make it playable, but even then it lags and has problems playing online, making the port less than desirable. But the LEGO games are simpler than that. The graphics are not intensive, which is nice because it looks and plays the same as it does on the console. But while playing through Harry Potter: Years 5-7, when I would get stuck or was hunting for something for 100% completion, I noticed that any gamefaqs or tutorials did not apply to the Vita version of the game. Upon futher digging I discovered that there were whole sections of the game just removed in the Vita version.
Look, I don’t make games so I don’t know what it takes to port a game from one version to the next. But I have a hard time believing that leaving in all of the content for a LEGO game is “too hard” or “too difficult” or “too much” for a Vita game. Cause, like, those are basically SD cards.
Why do gaming companies do this? I feel like this would be similar if the PC version of a game was vastly different than the console version (in terms of content). Or if the PS version is different than the Xbox version. It just doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. I always understood why the DS/3DS games were a little different, but the Vita?
What’re your thoughts on cutting content from the full version of a game for handhelds?
This post is part of the #Blaugust series.
Content warning: If you think this post was written about you, please kindly check yourself. You are not the only person to ever call me a unicorn and you are likely not the last. *sings* Your so vain, you probably think this post is about you, don’t you, don’t yoooouuu. Staph it.
It’s supposed to be a compliment, you know, to be called a “unicorn”. It’s supposed to make a person feel like they’re so special and so different that no one has compared to their special-ness or difference before. It’s intended to make a person feel as though they are unique.
I think it needs to be said and pointed out again why this is actually rather problematic as opposed to complimentary. All people (and by literally everyone) have flaws. All people have difficulties, bad days, rough moments in time, say terrible things unintentionally, hurt people, are hurt, get frustrated, lash out, and are not, well, mythical creatures.
No human is so unique that they are exempt from the very things that make humans human. This sort of goes along with the “don’t be a dick” post, but really, people who use this “compliment” don’t even probably realize that it’s not nearly as fun to receive as it might be intended.
I am not always the nicest or easiest person to get along with. I’m bull-headed and strong-willed. I stand my ground on things that matter to me and I am steadfast in trying to make the world a better place in small but meaningful ways. This often comes across as me being “bitchy” or “harsh” or acting like a “feminazi”, but the truth of the matter is that I don’t always just look out for myself. I consider the ways in which my actions affect other people. While I care about how my words might be understood and I not exempt from making mistakes now and again.
Yeah. It probably comes as no surprise to many people, you know, who get that people, all people, make mistakes. Sometimes really big ones. Sometimes small ones. I also understand that all of our lives are stories that the rest of us don’t get to be privvy to. I’m not entitled to know the inner workings of a person’s life unless they invite me to know these things. Am I curious? Oh you bet your sweet ass I am! But because everyone has their own story to tell and their own story to lead, I need people to not try to write mine for me.
Which means I need people to stop trying to turn me into a mythical creature that doesn’t actually exist.
When someone calls me a unicorn I feel as though I don’t actually exist with everyone else. It makes me feel like I have this impossible standard to live up to that no one will ever be able to meet. I feel like I don’t have the opportunity to stay “I’m not a unicorn, please don’t call me that” because then I’m just being “overly sensitive” or a bitch. (Yup, been there, done that).
It is human nature to defend ourselves when we feel as though our best intentions aren’t being understood the way we intended. Except, it’s not really the responsibility of the other person to know this, it’s up to the Teller of Words to be mindful of how those words might be interpreted and to share them in a way that is meaningful for both parties.
The thing is, communication is a two (or more) way street. It’s not just “I say this thing” and the other person immediately understands it the way I meant it. There are rules to the way we communicate with each other. As friendships and relationships (I don’t necessarily mean romantic, all interactions in my book are relationships) grow, people establish rules of communication. The closer I get to someone, the more comfortable I am with the way I talk to them. I also adjust accordingly. If something I say is offensive to someone, it’s probably offensive to others and I work on trying to curb the use of whatever word/phrase in order to be more accomodating. When I first meet someone, I don’t come out and say “I love you” even in a friendship way, because those rules of okay-ness have not yet been established.
Annecdotal story time: When I was actively trying to date on OKC (which is a retched site, btw) I had a guy that I got along with pretty well. Took the chance and after only a couple of days of messages decided to go on a date with him. While there were a handful of problems, the one thing that made it impossible for me to ever want to go futher than a single date was the fact that he called me a unicorn. It was a done deal at that point.
So PSA? Just don’t say it. Keep those kinds of thoughts to yourself. While not everyone will take it the way I’ve described here, some will, and it just might be the dealbreaker.
This post is part of the #Blaugust series.