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Give The NGage And Phantom A Chance? 71

Thanks to GameSpy for their 'Sole Food editorial urging gamers to take another look at the NGage and Phantom games hardware. Regarding Nokia's NGage game/phone hybrid, the piece suggests: "Gamers should be excited by what Nokia is bringing to the table. Mobile multiplayer gaming via Bluetooth and GSM/GPRS is a wonderful idea and definitely the future of portable gaming." As for Infinium Labs' Phantom console, the author is cautious but optimistic: "I'm not advocating the Phantom, but I'm very much fascinated by what Infinium purports it will introduce to console gaming: digital distribution. This is definitely the way gamers will buy games in the future." Reason enough to think again?
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Give The NGage And Phantom A Chance?

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  • by Snowspinner ( 627098 ) <philsand@u[ ]edu ['fl.' in gap]> on Tuesday September 02, 2003 @02:18PM (#6852005) Homepage
    The N-Gage has justifiably gotten shitty reviews for its crappy controls, crappy looking screen, the worst system for loading games ever, is overpriced, and is just generally lousy. So, no, I don't plan on giving it a second look. While bluetooth multiplayer and a few of its features are nice, I intend to wait for them to be implemented on a device that doesn't suck.

    As for the Phantom... ummm... it's best feature is the fact that DNF is going to be a launch game.
  • by AltaMannen ( 568693 ) on Tuesday September 02, 2003 @02:32PM (#6852152)
    1) Original Games
    2) Quality of games (estimated of course)
    3) Will have games that you like when you buy the hardware
    4) Load Times (digital distribution seems the slowest, possibly apart from c-64 casette w/o turbo).

    Never ever buy game hardware for playing games for any of the following reasons (especially if they are the ONLY reason)
    1) Monthly plans
    2) Method of selling you games
    3) Also cleans your underpants
  • by JFMulder ( 59706 ) on Tuesday September 02, 2003 @02:39PM (#6852232)
    Let's see what are their launch titles... hum...
    Bikini Karate Babes.

    Okay, that does it. You lost your one chance at credibility. :)
  • by suss ( 158993 ) on Tuesday September 02, 2003 @02:42PM (#6852258)
    Penny Arcade had something to say about people who Astroturf the ngage []...

    As for the Phantom []...
  • by Danse ( 1026 ) on Tuesday September 02, 2003 @03:32PM (#6852714)

    Still, it's a great idea. A pre-configured, upgradable, HDTV-compatable game console? Great idea. Add in a DVD-ROM/CD-RW drive, or better yet, a DVD-RW/CD-RW, the ability to save TV shows to the hard drive (And make that drive big, fast, and upgradable) ala Tivo, or record live or already recorded video to DVD or (S)VCD (Hey, I watch a lot of anime fansubs, and burning them to an SVCD is cheaper than burning to DVD), the ability to network with PCs, and the best of the PC games out there, and you've got my money.

    Wow, that would be awesome!! Ya know, I think we should call it a personal computer! Everyone will want one!

  • by RevAaron ( 125240 ) <> on Tuesday September 02, 2003 @04:37PM (#6853374) Homepage
    But, but ... Only little kids use GBAs! To play Pokemon! For everything else the GBA doesn't work! Pokemon = Little kids! Duh! What if you want to play a game while at a busy club- you'll look like a little kid! HAHAHA, what a dork! Solution? Buy an N-Gage- the girls will LICK you at the lame ass club when you pull it out to play some Sonic.

    Yeah, right. Fuck Nokia's silly marketing and name-calling.

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