April 12, 2003

GameCube

GameCube

I’ve been itching for some kind of relatively inexpensive game platform with titles I’m interested in playing to make itself desirable to me for some time now. I was kind of intrigued by the new Gameboy Advance SP until I came to the realization I didn’t like playing those kinds of games. I’m impressed by the XBox and its fabulous online capabilities but I can’t see myself really getting into it and I don’t want to spend all the money for the platform, the games, the online service, etc. The Playstation 2 I have kind of a ‘been there, done that’ attitude towards although I’m sure some excellent titles have been released for it since the last time I looked.

Which leaves the GameCube. It’s a little cheaper, has some nice games, and today Reuters ran a story claiming that as of May 4th there would be a ‘Cube/Zelda bundle. The GameCube, Zelda, and a couple of Star Wars titles for under $250 seems like a nearly irresistible deal to me. Of course, I am ever the waffler on these things so we’ll just have to wait and see.

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Clayton Simmons

You should ask Mori—he knows all about GameCube (and I think he’s been playing Zelda a lot lately…) :)

Scott Yager

The ‘Cube is cool. I have one.

Nick Runco

patrick has a game cube and an xbox - i have the ps2. onine games are cooler than you think. it makes a game infinitely playable. and the xbox requires no additional gear, but a $50/year subscription. they go back and forth, but start reading ign.com for reviews and game previews. they have an article about the same game (splinter cell) for all the platforms that might shed some light on their differences.

Mori Dinauer

The two “must-have” consoles of this generation to have are the Playstation2 and the GameCube. Why? The Playstation, which is already starting to show it’s age, still boasts the most titles, and arguably the best titles. It is still too expensive, and some of the exclusive titles have begun to be ported to PC. The GameCube is cheap, has nifty media, and provides one with a sense of continuity. When you load up Metroid or Zelda, you feel a similar sensation as when you popped the cartridge into your NES in the mid-late 80s. Oh, and the controller is extremely well-designed. Frankly, I’d get the ‘Cube if you’re looking for a console. BTW, I beat the latest Zelda in a week; its not too long but its a GREAT game.

Scott Yager

You should try half.com. I bought my PS2 for $129 and it works great.

Jessyca Wallace

We have a PS2 and I haven’t compared it to others, but it seems to me like there should be better options out there. My favorite game (Tiger Woods Golf 2003) on PS2 is available on many platforms, as is the game I keep thinking about buying but some nagging part of me says I’d become addicted to it if I bought it (the Sims).

Sam Oh

I have a PS2 at home as well. But I hardly play it because I don’t have the time. But what’s nice about the PS2 is that aside from being a gaming console, you can use it to play DVD movies and it is backward compable with old PS1 game as well. I know that the Xbox can play DVDs too, but with the Xbox you have to buy the $30 remote (or something like that) to unlock that feature. But the Gamecube would be my next option if I just wanted a gaming system. It is the only one (at the moment) that doesn’t have a online gaming feature, but the unit is small, the control isn’t too bunky (like the Xbox’s) and there is a good line (granted limited) of games.

Nick Runco

you know, i thought the xBox had stupid looking bulky controls, too - and then i used them. they are probably the best designed controllers of the bunch. and i’m talking about the original. they made a “type s” controller which is much smaller but i think they compromised the design for popular opinion about it’s size and look.

Sam Oh

You’re probably right Nick, I;ve never really played the Xbox that much so I never got use to the controls. I’m most likely just too used to the playstation controls or something.

Walt Dickinson