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Daniel asks…

How long do wii remotes last? And whats with the Wii?

do the batteries run out quick, or do the controllers themselves stop working quick?

and whats with the wii? why cant they make their system compete with the other 2? i understand its more for younger people and more family oriented, but what about people who are loyal to nintendo. i have owned the first ever NES from nintendo and it was amazing. but now the game choices on wii are horrible. Nintendo is like the first ones who started gaming and now arent even that amazing anymore. the xbox and ps3 have made nintendo look like its for babies. i still enjoy all the mario and zelda games but what about real action games for other genres of gaming. i definetly think my next system will be a ps3 or xbox. with the whole wireless motion sensing controller has created it has made it very hard to get a game on the wii thats on the other systems. the companies are like why even bother? i really liked having a seat while gaming. they shoould have expanded on the gamecube and made it to compete with the others by having better graphics and bigger hard drives. i love my wii but man hopefully nintendo will make their system something amazing. ANYONE know when the next nintendo system will be released and what it will be like. also is Apple going to make a gaming system, i heard that somewhere.
thanks for all your intuitive insight. and for reading my story.
appreciate the feedback.

Leslie Tompkins answers:

The lifespan of Wii Remote batteries depends on how often and for how long you play games. I suggest you purchase rechargeable batteries or a Wii Remote docking station.

As for your other question, I can kind of understand your disappointment at the Wii but why should Nintendo make their system compete with the other two? That’s like asking why can’t a truck compete with a car. They’re both vehicles but in a different market, just like the Wii is a gaming console in a different market. Having said that, if it’s competition you want, the Wii completely outsells the other machines so Nintendo must be doing something right.

I don’t understand how you can say the NES was amazing but the games on Wii are horrible though, especially considering that you can download old NES games on it (as well as games for SNES, N64 and many other consoles). The Wii is for babies? I have over 30 games for it that you would call “hardcore”. Proper games (not downloads), and I sit down to play them all – you just need to flick the Remote, not wave it around like a baton. Motion controls are a step forward in gaming; that’s why Microsoft and Sony are copying Nintendo.

The Wii is an excellent console, is an expansion on the GameCube, and the games are out there – it’s just that people don’t look for them. There are plenty of awful titles on the PS3 and 360 you know. Don’t expect a new Nintendo system any time soon as the current one is selling so well; I’m not sure if Apple are making a gaming system.

I’ve noticed you’ve asked a few questions complaining about the Wii. Either it really is a story, and you are just trying to annoy people, or you genuinely have issues with the console. Bottom line: If you don’t like the Wii, then don’t play it. If you do like it, then appreciate it for what it is. Don’t knock it because it’s not what you want it to be.

Thomas asks…

PS3 DS3 Controller?! Help needed quick…?

Help! I really want to get a PS3 for Christmas… only thing stopping me is the controller. Thing is some people say the PS3 DS3 controller is small, hard to use, and gives them cramp. I am worried that if I do get it, my hands will end up hurting and my gaming experience will be bad. I would just like to know your opinion on what I should do. Should I avoid it and get the Xbox 360 which people say has a better controller? Problem is I really like the way the PS3 works and stuff (Built in wi-fi, free online gaming, blu ray etc)… please help me.

(P.S., the most similar console I have to these is the PS2, is the controller different in any aspect except triggers and obviously being wireless?)

Leslie Tompkins answers:

Its pretty much the same as the ps2 if its an issue you could always go get a third party controller
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Rocketfish%26%23153%3B+-+Rapid+Fire+Wireless+Controller+for+PlayStation+3/9443809.p?id=1218106121312&skuId=9443809 here’s a controller that looks like the xbox 360 one
so go get your ps3

Sandy asks…

How do I get my Xbox 360 headset to work?

I have 3 headsets and my latest one stopped working this morning.On 2 of them i can only speak to my friends and not hear them and on the other I can hear them but they cannot hear me.How do I fix one of them?

Leslie Tompkins answers:

The headsets are flimsy and not built to last, if its 3 try changing controller might be the socket for the headsets faulty not the headset itself. Might i reccomend either kinect or wireless earpiece?

Steven asks…

Can I get professional help with setting Xbox up?

I am thinking of getting a Xbox 360, but I dont want to set it up myself because im scared it wont work like what happened with my computer. Can i get professional help to set it up? Is it free or would it cost much? I live in Europe.

Leslie Tompkins answers:

Just Follow these instructions:

Unbox and position the console

Step 1: Unbox the console
An Xbox 360 game system typically includes:

A/V cable (varies by console package)
Power supply
Power cord
Wireless controller
2 AA batteries
User manual
Wired headset (varies by console package)

Step 2: Remove the protective tape

Good placement Poor placement

Step 3: Position the console
Make sure that the location for your console is as follows:

Well-ventilated, relatively cool, and away from direct heat sources.
Uncluttered. Do not put other objects on, under, or right next to the console.
You can position the console vertically or horizontally.

Plug in the power supply

Connect the power supply to the console first.
Plug the power cord into the power supply.
Then plug the power cord into an electrical outlet.
Connect the console to your TV

Most new console systems include a Composite Audio/Video cable. You can use this cable to connect the console to a standard television or monitor. This cable does not support high-definition display.

If you have a HDTV, see Connect your console to a TV.

Composite AV Cable connection with a standard-definition TV or monitor:

Connect the A/V connector to the A/V port on the console.
Locate the A/V ports on your TV or monitor. Connect the color-coded connectors on the composite A/V cable to the corresponding ports on the TV as follows:
Yellow = composite video
Red = right-channel analog audio
White = left-channel analog audio
Note Monaural (mono) TVs have only one audio jack. Connect either the red or white connector to the TV.

Turn on the TV and console.

When you turn on the console and TV, you should see the Xbox Dashboard on your display.

If you do not see the Xbox Dashboard, you might need to change the video input setting. To change the video input setting, refer to your TV or Entertainment Center manual for instructions.
To improve the video display, you can change the default settings.
Connect a controller

If you have a wired controller, see Connect a game controller.

Connect a wireless controller
Turn on the console.
Insert the AA batteries into the controller.
Turn on your controller by pressing and holding the center Xbox Guide button, until the controller turns on. If the controller does not turn on, check the batteries. If you’re using a rechargeable controller, make sure that it is charged.

Press and release the connect button on the console.

Within 20 seconds, press and release the connect button on the controller.

When the lights surrounding the power button on the console stop flashing, the controller is connected.
You can connect up to four controllers to a console.
Each connected controller is assigned to one of four positions. Each position corresponds to a lighted section around the console’s power button and the controller’s Xbox Guide button.
Set your console settings

The first time that you start your console, you’re prompted to:

Select your language.
Create a profile.
Set up a network connection (optional). For information about how to connect to Xbox LIVE, see Wired connection or Wireless connection.
Follow the on-screen instructions to complete these steps.

Now, insert a game disc and you’re ready to start playing!

Joseph asks…

I am thinking about getting a console but dont know which one. The xbox 360 or the ps3? ?

I already own a blu ray play and a hd tv. Also i think xbox is a lot cheaper. SO please help me decide.

Leslie Tompkins answers:

First of all, i would like to point out that at one point i was about to get a 360, at that time i honestly thought the 360 was the better system, but when i sat down and did the research, here is what i found out.

Here is the real deal. The 360 isn’t really as cheap as you might think. Right out of the box, the ps3 is more expensive but in the long run the ps3 is significantly cheaper than the 360.

For example
Online Play: PS3- Free, 360- $50 year
Wireless Network Adapter: PS3 Built in Free, 360- $100
Recharable Controller Bateries: PS3 Built in Free, 360- $20
Wireless Headset: PS3 – Any Bluetooth Headset, 360- $60

Also; the PS3 will probably last longer. You most likely owned a PS2. Did you see how Sony continued to support the PS2 even after the PS3 came out? Also, when the PS2 came out, they kept making PS1 games for another couple years. Sony has said that the PS3 will have a 10 year life span. This means that they will continue to make PS3 game for another 8 years. Most consoles have a life span of around 5 years, so in a few short years, the 360 will be phased out and Microsoft will probably try to jam a new console down peoples throats. When the 360 came out, Microsoft almost imediatly stopped supporting the original xbox.

And then there is the issue games. Games that are exclusive to the 360 are almost never stay that way. Bioshock, Eternal Sonata, Last Remnant and Lost Planet were all 360 exclusives at one time but now they are on the PS3 or coming to it. Other games like Gears of War and Mass Effect are on the PC. Halo, Halo 2, and Fable were games that came to the PC too so Microsoft will most likely put Halo 3 and Fable 2 on the PC also. On the other hand, games like Resistance, Killzone, Little Big Planet, Infamous, Metal Gear Solid, and God of War, and Uncharted are only on the PS3.

In the past, the 360 had a slight edge when it came to games, but that is starting to change. In 2009 there is basically 2 games that the 360 will have that the ps3 won’t. Left 4 Dead (will be on the PC) and Halo Wars (probably on PC too). But the PS3 has tons of exclusive games coming in 2009. Killzone, MAG, God of War, White Knight Chronicles, Heavy Rain are only on the PS3.

And then there is the hardware issue. The PS3 is significantly stronger than the 360. Right now, games that come out on both systems look about the same. But as developers get used to working with the PS3, that is when you are going to see a big difference. There are rumors going around that Metal Gear 4 might go to the 360, but the Hideo Kojima (the games developer) has said that they would have to make significant cuts to the game to make it work on the 360. Also Final Fantasy 13 will probably fit on to a single Bluray disc but will have to be put on multiple discs for the 360 version.

So as you can see, the PS3 is a stronger system that is higher quality with better games and it is cheaper in the long run.

The choice seems pretty easy when you look at the facts.

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